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Vincent Frank Apr-26-2017 55 0
Long considered a lock to go in the top five, former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has seen his stock take a major tumble in the week leading up to the event. Earlier in the year, Foster was sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis after getting into a heated argument with a hospital worker. Then, last week, reports surfaced that Foster tested positive for a diluted urine sample at the combine itself.

Now potentially set to fall completely out of the first round, Foster has not been invited to the draft in Philadelphia this week.

“Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was not invited to attend the 2017 NFL draft because of an incident at the NFL scouting combine in March, ESPN’s Katherine Terrell reported on Tuesday.

As Terell notes, the non-invite stems from the aforementioned altercation in Indy earlier this year. Though, there’s surely reason to believe that the NFL bypassed on inviting this former All-American linebacker because of how bad it would look if he were still in the green room waiting for his named to be called following Thursday’s first round.
Peter Burke Apr-24-2017 65 0
The father of a former Florida State University football star was killed during the weekend in an accidental shooting at a South Florida adult nightclub, authorities said.

Darryl Rudolph was found early Saturday in a back storage room at Sugar Daddy's Cabaret in West Palm Beach with a gunshot wound, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.

Barbera said Rudolph, 55, was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he later died.

A search of the Palm Beach County medical examiner's office website shows that Rudolph died Saturday.

Rudolph is the father of former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, who left school early to declare for the upcoming NFL draft.

Travis Rudolph, who graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, made headlines last year after he ate with an autistic boy who was sitting alone while the Seminoles were visiting a Tallahassee middle school.

Barbera said an investigation determined that Darryl Rudolph was at the club repairing items when he was shot. She said the gunshot came from an adjacent room while another co-worker was moving a gun off a shelf.

Although the investigation continues, Barbera said the shooting was accidental
Jason Lisk Apr-20-2017 203 0
Cyrus Kouandjio, offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills and former Alabama player, was part of what is called a "bizarre incident," according to Vic Carucci. Kouandjio was found a short distance from the scene of an accident, having abandoned his vehicle. He was in a field "not fully clothed", after climbing an electric fence, and allegedly yelled "shoot me" at an Erie County Sheriff's deputy.

Kouandjio was not arrested, and was transported to a medical facility for observation. No explanation has been offered for Kouandjio's behavior, and the team has issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the matter involving Cyrus and are carefully monitoring his condition and gathering more information," the Bills said in a statement. "We don't have all of the details, so we won't have any further comment at this time."
AP Apr-19-2017 64 0
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.

Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.

Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said.

Fallon said he's not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and stressed that an investigation is ongoing. He said that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.

Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fianc?e Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.

But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hernandez's death comes the same day the Patriots are making their visit to the White House today to mark their Super Bowl win. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday.

Massachusetts State Police remain on the scene investigating the death.
KEVIN McGILL Apr-18-2017 107 0
It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is about to learn his punishment.

Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his December trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.

But New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said soon afterward that he believes Hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum 40 years for Smith's death, to be followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife Racquel.

Wednesday's sentencing hearing set for state District Judge Camille Buras' courtroom is likely to echo the drama of Hayes's trial, including testimony from Racquel Smith about the effect the shooting had on her and her three children.

"You'll see a Cliff's Notes version of the trial," predicts Donald "Chick" Foret, a criminal attorney and legal analyst.

And it will likely draw a crowd, including local sports figures. Saints stars past and present — including coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and former running back Deuce McAllister — often dropped in to the trial to show support for Smith's friends and family.

Smith was cast during the trial not only as a football hero — part of the Saints team that lifted the stricken city's spirits after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the one that won a Super Bowl in 2010 — but also a beloved community leader who settled in New Orleans after retirement.

Expect the defense to again characterize Hayes, a former semi-pro football player and the owner of a tow truck business, as the affable, loving father to his 6-year-old son. The defense has noted the absence of any serious criminal record and has said Hayes feared for his life when he encountered a drunken, belligerent Smith following a traffic crash on the night of April 9, 2016.

Jurors heard at trial that Hayes's Hummer had rear-ended Smith's Mercedes SUV that night, shortly after the SUV appeared to have tapped the rear of Hayes's car.

Although prosecutors said Hayes deliberately rammed Smith's vehicle, Hayes insisted he was trying to get Smith's license number when the second crash occurred. The jury appeared to believe Hayes on this point, finding him not guilty of aggravated criminal damage to property.

Hayes said he armed himself only after he and his own passenger were accosted by Smith and Richard Hernandez, a passenger in Smith's Mercedes. He insisted he fired at Smith, hitting him once in the side and seven times in the back, only because he believed Smith had retrieved a gun from the SUV. He insisted on the stand that he heard a "pop" before he started shooting and that he did not shoot at Racquel Smith, who was hit in the legs.

A gun was found in Smith's SUV — loaded but unfired. There was no other witness and no forensic evidence to back up Hayes' claim that Smith was armed.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that the former Saint had a high blood-alcohol level after spending a day at the city's annual French Quarter festival and the evening dining and drinking with friends. But they said he did nothing to provoke the shooting.

For all the expected emotion, legal experts say there is little chance Buras will be influenced by either side. She presided over the trial and is familiar with all the issues raised in pre-hearing motions and a pre-sentence report she ordered.

"She's well aware of the facts of the case," said attorney and Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino. "There's not going to be a whole lot that can be said."

Ciolino said Buras likely will have a sentence in mind when she enters the courtroom.
Foret agrees. "Most judges have their minds made up when they take the bench the morning of sentencing," he said. "I would be very surprised if either the state or the defense will present any information to Judge Buras that will significantly change the sentence that she is prepared to impose."

AP Apr-17-2017 112 0
A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a rape charge against former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald after prosecutors said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify.

Judge David A. Cena dismissed the charge -- one count of rape of an intoxicated person -- on Monday. Santa Clara County prosecutor Chris Lamiero said in a statement he tried to convince the victim to testify, but she refused.

The woman said she slipped and fell on a pool deck at McDonald's San Jose home in December 2014 and continued to fall after that because of her initial head injury and alcohol consumption. She accused McDonald of carrying her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulting her.
McDonald faced a maximum of eight years in prison.
Adam Himmelsbach Apr-16-2017 327 0
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed.

According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.

King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure. Chyna Thomas, 22, died at the scene of the accident, King said.

“Still doesn’t seem real,” said the source close to the Thomas family. “Absolutely devastating.”

Chyna Thomas is the daughter of Thomas’s father, James, and stepmother, Lanita.

Isaiah Thomas took part in the Celtics’ practice on Saturday afternoon in advance of Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the Bulls, and was not aware of the accident at the time. As of Saturday night, Thomas was planning to stay in Boston for the game on Sunday, the source close to the family said.

“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”

This season Thomas was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive year. He averaged 28.9 points and 5.8 assists per game and led the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

After Friday’s practice, he spoke excitedly about getting a fresh chance on the NBA’s biggest stage.

“I’m ready for it,” he said.
Dan Wetzel Apr-14-2017 75 0
In the end, a Suffolk County jury simply couldn’t buy the entire story that Alexander Bradley, the compromised star witness for the prosecution, was spinning.

So they found Aaron Hernandez not guilty on Friday of murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston’s Theatre District. The jury deliberated for 37 and a half hours, spread out over six days.

As the not-guilty verdict was read, some family members of de Abreu and Furtado rushed out of the courtroom in tears. Hernandez’s fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who only days earlier arrived in court with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, sobbed.

“We based our decision on the evidence and the law,” foreperson Lindsey Stringer said in a brief statement.

Hernandez was found guilty of the unlawful carrying of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey A. Locke to four-to-five years.

The decision changes little for Hernandez, who was already serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in a Massachusetts prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. While that first conviction will be automatically appealed, it is unlikely the former New England Patriots star will be granted a new trial, let alone ever walk free.

The not-guilty verdict comes one day before the two-year anniversary of Hernandez’s conviction for the murder of Lloyd.

As he walked out of court escorted by at least four officers, heading back to prison, Hernandez turned toward Jenkins-Hernandez and mouthed, “I love you.”

The verdict is a difficult blow for prosecutors and the families of two innocent men who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time – running into Hernandez and Bradley on a summer Sunday night in a Boston nightclub. The Commonwealth tried the case in an effort to deliver justice and closure for the victims and their supporters.

It is a massive victory, however, for Jose Baez, the celebrated defense attorney hired to defend Hernandez. Baez, who was not in court for the reading of the verdict reportedly due to a medical issue, can add this high-profile victory to helping young Florida mother Casey Anthony beat a charge that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.

Too much of this case relied on the word of Bradley, an admitted drug and gun dealer who is serving time in Connecticut for an unrelated incident in which he shot up a Hartford nightclub after being involved in a gunfight. Bradley testified that Hernandez, angry at de Abreu for spilling a drink on him at a nightclub, was still fuming some two hours later when he unloaded five shots into the BMW carrying de Abreu and Furtado.

The defense countered that it was, in fact, Bradley who pulled the trigger due to a drug deal gone bad.

Neither side disagrees that Bradley was the wheelman that night. He proved, however, to be the only witness who identified Hernandez as the triggerman. Bradley had multiple motives to lie – from an immunity deal to his own hatred of Hernandez, whom allegedly shot Bradley in the face in 2013 and left him to die.

On the witness stand Bradley acknowledged he was testifying as a means of revenge only because his preferred method – murdering Hernandez – was not available due to Hernandez being incarcerated.

With so little physical evidence it was not simple to determine whether it was Hernandez who was the triggerman or Bradley. On that precise, but all-important point, there was clearly reasonable doubt.

“The man who committed these crimes was given immunity by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will be out of prison soon,” defense attorney Ronald Sullivan said, referring to Bradley and according to Chris Villani of the Boston Herald.

Hernandez, 27, may have beaten the charge of the actual killings, but he was hardly innocent that night. He didn’t report the crime and afterward helped stash the murder car in a Connecticut house garage he was connected with.

The fall of Hernandez ranks among the most baffling and tragic in modern sports history. He, at the very least, was witness to the murder of de Abreu and Furtado just months after catching a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl and just weeks before signing a $40 million contract extension with the New England Patriots. He and his longtime girlfriend/fiancée had a baby on the way at the time.

The trial played out across six weeks in downtown Boston, just across the street from where Hernandez’s former teammates held another Super Bowl parade and celebration in February.
Apr-10-2017 104 0
Otis Nixon, a former major-league outfielder, was reported missing Sunday by the Woodstock Police Department in Woodstock, Georgia.

According to the Woodstock PD, Nixon was last seen Saturday morning as he left his home in a gray 2011 Range Rover.

WSB-TV Atlanta reports that Nixon never arrived for a scheduled tee time at a local golf course. The former major-leaguer apparently left his home clad in all black and hasn't been heard from since.

In 2013, Nixon was in the news due to an arrest on charges of crack cocaine possession, though he claimed it belonged to his son.

Nixon, 58, played in parts of 17 big-league seasons from 1983 until 1999 with 10 major-league teams. Perhaps best-known for his seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Nixon had a career-best 72 stolen bases in 1991 - his first with the team.
Apr-08-2017 74 0
Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested for the second time in 11 days in San Antonio on Thursday.

Boykin turned himself in for a violation of his probation and was released on bond according to Bexar County.

Boykin's legal trouble started in San Antonio prior to the Alamo Bowl in January of 2016. In June, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of resisting arrest and was given one year's deferred adjudication probation and community service.

An incident less than two weeks ago in Dallas is what violated his probation.

According to WFAA, on March 27, Boykin was in a car that struck pedestrians in Dallas. He was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

The Dallas Police Department says eight people were injured and that seven people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Boykin is currently a backup quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks.
A.J. Perez Apr-06-2017 110 0
Patrick Ewing’s hire as the head coach of the Georgetown basketball team appears to have cost his son a job.

Patrick Ewing Jr. had been on previous coach John Thompson III’s staff as the Hoyas’ director of basketball operations since August 2015. But the elder Ewing told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that school nepotism policies prevent him from keeping his son on as an assistant.

“I wish that that would be the case,” Ewing said. “They have a nepotism clause, and unfortunately they are going to stand by it.”

Mike Carey, a spokesman for Georgetown’s athletic department, was unable to provide immediate comment on the school’s nepotism rules.

Ewing said that NCAA rules wouldn’t prevent him from hiring his son, and “it’s a Georgetown thing.” Ewing was hired Monday to succeed John Thompson III, who was fired last month after 13 seasons at the school.

The policy seems odd for a school where either John Thompson III or his father, John Thompson Jr., held the position for nearly 40 out of the last 45 years.

“Please do,” Ewing said.When hosts on the sports talk show said they’d lobby for a rule change, Ewing welcomed it.

Patrick Ewing Jr., 32, graduated from Georgetown in 2008 and was taken by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of that year's draft. He only played in the NBA for seven games with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2010-11 season, but he also spent time playing overseas.

DENIS SLATTERY Apr-06-2017 91 0
With the NBA playoffs less than two weeks away, ESPN is making a major roster change.

Veteran basketball analyst Sage Steele, who has courted controversy with her conservative comments on social media, will be replaced by Michelle Beadle as host of “NBA Countdown” on both ESPN and ABC, the networks announced Tuesday.

Steele will continue to appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and she will have an “expanded on-site presence at events such as the Masters, World Series, Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff, and College Football National Championship,” according to a statement.

Steele, 44, has been with the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” for a decade, but found herself in hot water recently as she weighed in on some hot button issues.

She took to Instagram in January to complain about crowds protesting President Trump’s travel ban.

“So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights,” she captioned a photo of a demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport.

She also blasted NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem and cut short an interview with Arcade Fire’s Win Butler when he began to voice his political opinion after last year’s celebrity All-Star game.

In February, Steele, who is biracial, caused another stir when she shared her experiences with racism at a Christian forum in Tampa.

“The worst racism that I have received [as a biracial woman married to a white man], and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience,” she said during a conference on race at the Crossing Church. “But even as recent as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here, and it’s 99% from people with my skin color.”

Social media users, who have taken Steele to task over her conservative commentary, had a field day with her demotion.

“I guess ESPN was fed up with Sage Steele. Lord knows we are too,” tweeted @ceonelly.

“ Yeah I was finally done with Sage Steele when she complained about being “inconvenienced” by the protesters during the Muslim ban. #girlbye,” wrote @nikki2002h.
EVAN GROSSMAN Mar-21-2017 101 0
Colin Kaepernick may be out of a job and he may have pledged to end his kneeling protest of the national anthem, but he continues his work to make the world a better place.

Kaepernick recently made twin $50,000 donations to Meals on Wheels America and the Love Army for Somalia, a social media campaign that’s trying to raise $2 million for food and water for starving people in that African nation.

Since he began his social justice crusade last year, Kaepernick has donated an estimated $500,000 to assorted charities and community groups. On the free-agent quarterback’s website, kaepernick7.com, there is a running log of the donations he’s made.

In January, the last month listed on the site, Kaepernick donated $25,000 each to Brooklyn-based Black Veterans for Social Justice and 350.org, the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Since October, Kaepernick has donated $100,000 a month, mostly in $25,000 increments, to a variety of social and community programs dedicated to helping the less fortunate among us.

While President Donald Trump, among others, continues to rip Kaepernick for kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” (and recently presented a federal budget that aims to de-fund programs like Meals on Wheels), Kaepernick has worked to improve the lives of veterans, poor people, minorities, women and immigrants.

It makes you wonder, exactly, who is really working to Make America Great, and who is full of it.
Paula Rogo Mar-18-2017 50 0
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to make philanthropic waves after securing a way to provide relief to the people of Somalia.

After joining a Twitter campaign begging Turkish Airlines to send a cargo plane with aid, the former quarterback announced on Twitter Friday that he had secured one from the airline to bring supplies to the East African nation.

Colin Kaepernick ? @Kaepernick7
We got the plane! Now it's time to raise funds for food and water. You can donate at http://GoFundMe.com/lovearmyforsomalia … #LoveArmyForSomalia

“Amazing news, Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia, a 60-ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people,” said Kaepernick in a video. “Now we’ve started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water. We’ll make sure every cent goes to help these people.”

Turkish Airlines is one of the few that travel to Somalia, and the flight is expected to take place March 27.

The GoFundMe page’s goal is $1 million, a number it quickly surpassed in 24 hours.

“This is a victory for the people, this is a victory for the people of Somalia,” said Kaepernick. “It was done out of love, out of respect for these people. We wanted to bring structure to this so we’re going to use the name Love Army for Somalia. So use the #LoveArmyforSomalia. This is amazing, let’s keep building, let’s keep going.”
Cam Inman Mar-18-2017 131 0
Re-signing Colin Kaepernick is a long shot now that the 49ers have acquired free agents Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, general manager John Lynch confirmed Friday.

“The likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly, but we’re not going to close our mind or our options on anyone, including him,” Lynch told KNBR 680-AM.

Kaepernick has not been linked to any teams since entering free agency last week for the first time in his six-year career.

“He can still play at a high level,” an anonymous AFC general manager told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. “The problem is three things are happening with him.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.

“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or (President) Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”

Kaepernick, meanwhile, has been both training in New York this offseason and continuing his social activism. Earlier this week he made a video pitch for Turkish Airlines to help Somalia relief efforts.

Since Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract, Lynch and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan have not ruled out re-signing the quarterback. But that likely is the case.

“I’d say we have two veteran quarterbacks now,” Lynch added. “We had said we weren’t opposed to (re-signing Kaepernick) and we certainly weren’t.

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“I don’t know what happened to that market. When we added our second guy (Barkley) at that time, you learn things. He was in everyone’s minds in the league close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number and it fell through, apparently.”

At one time, getting a high search engine rating was the Holy Grail of content marketing, these days there’s more emphasis on “quality content.”


Mar-15-2017 84 0
A judge tossed out criminal charges against cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday after his childhood friend testified that he was the one who knocked out two men in a street scuffle in Pittsburgh.

"If you was my friend and you said you was getting jumped, I'd help you," Rashawn Bolton, 31, told a prosecutor in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Bolton said he pulled the accusers off Revis, and punched them after they turned on him. Bolton also said in the preliminary hearing that it was his voice heard on a video bragging, "I knocked both of these motherf------ out."

Jets cut Darrelle Revis two weeks after altercation in Pittsburgh
Bolton, who played high school football with Revis, left court without talking to reporters.

Revis, wearing a red-patterned suit and blue tie under a gray wool coat, arrived at court just before 1 p.m.

Revis, also 31, was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes after a February confrontation in his hometown with the two men.

The men told Pittsburgh police that they were assaulted while taking video of Revis on the street.

One of the men reportedly suffered broken bones in his face. Revis’ attorney claimed from the start that his client was not the aggressor in the early-morning clash.

Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor.

“They got this all wrong, absolutely all wrong," Revis attorney, Robert Del Greco Jr. told the court.

Bolton said he and Revis had been out drinking and went their separate ways after leaving a bar on Feb. 12.

A short time later, Bolton said he got a phone call from Revis saying “some guys were trying to jump him.”

When Bolton caught up with Revis, he said he saw his friend being assaulted by two men.

Bolton said he pulled the men off Revis, and that he punched and knocked one of the men out after he tried to attack him.

Mark Maske Mar-15-2017 78 0
The leader of the diversity group that works with the NFL on its minority hiring practices said the Washington Redskins should promote front office executive Doug Williams to their now-vacant general manager job.

“It is my hope that they will elevate Doug Williams to the position,” John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview. “He’s qualified. He’s prepared. I think he would be perfect for the position.”

Williams is a senior personnel executive in the Redskins’ front office. He previously worked in the front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a head coach in college at Grambling State University.

Williams, as a player, became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he did so with the Redskins to conclude the 1987 season.

The Redskins fired Scot McCloughan as their general manager Thursday, the opening day of the NFL’s free agent market. Other reported candidates include NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and Mark Dominik, the former GM of the Buccaneers and an NFL analyst for ESPN.

It is not clear when the Redskins plan to hire McCloughan’s replacement. It might not happen until after the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29. The Redskins, under NFL rules, must interview at least one minority candidate.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance has not communicated its endorsement of Williams to the Redskins but has let the league know its preference. The organization submits lists of its top head coaching and GM candidates to the NFL annually prior to the hiring cycle. It is rare for a team to have a GM vacancy at this time of the year.
Mar-11-2017 98 0
Lawyers for disgraced former NFL star and admitted rapist Darren Sharper argue in an appeal that a judge did not adequately explain the consequences of a plea agreement resulting in his 18-year federal prison sentence.

Their arguments were filed Friday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Sharper pleaded guilty or no-contest in four states to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women. A "global" plea agreement in state courts in Arizona, Nevada, California and Louisiana - and federal court in New Orleans - was expected to result in a nine-year sentence.

But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said that sentence was too light. Sharper opted to maintain his guilty plea. Milazzo last year sentenced him to 18 years and four months.
Steve DelVecchio Mar-06-2017 90 0
O.J. Simpson is eligible for parole on Oct. 1, and there is a chance the Pro Football Hall of Famer could be released from prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.

Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of 12 charges stemming from a sports memorabilia heist, was paroled on five of his charges in 2013. He will likely have a parole hearing at some point this summer, during which he will attempt to convince the board that he has kept out of trouble and been a model inmate.

Simpson was part of a group of men who stole roughly 800 items from sports memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong at a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. The crime was committed roughly 10 years after he was infamously acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

If he is granted parole in October, Simpson will reportedly have a large sum of cash waiting for him. According to the Sunday Express, Simpson has accrued $2.7 million in retirement benefits from his days of playing for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. Though the 69-year-old still owes much of the $33.5 million he was ordered to pay when he was found civilly liable of the murders of Brown and Goldman, laws state that pension money cannot be collected by creditors.

The ESPN documentary “OJ: Made in America” did not paint Simpson in a great light, as expected. We learned some disturbing new info about the early stages of his relationship with Brown, but Simpson’s reputation is never going to be repaired anyway. He’ll certainly be pleased if he gets to serve less than one third of his sentence.
Nunzio Ingrassia Mar-05-2017 116 0
Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster sent a letter to every NFL team apologizing for an incident that led to his dismissal from the NFL Combine on Friday, according to multiple reports Sunday.

Foster reportedly got into an altercation with a hospital worker after he grew impatient regarding his “pre-exam”, and the hospital worker eventually got into a heated argument with Foster, leading to his removal prior to team interviews and testing.

Foster initially denied anything had occurred.

"Y'all, stop asking me what happened, for real," Foster told AL.com on an Instagram video. "Nothing happened."

Foster, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery in his right shoulder, led Alabama in tackles last season, was named first-team All-American and won the Butkus award as the nation’s top linebacker.
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