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Holden Walter-Warner Feb-18-2017 54 0
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the most talented players in the NFL, which could make him a potential target for trouble.

He seemed to be bringing the trouble on Friday night and TMZ released a video of Elliott allegedly being detained in the town of his Ohio State Buckeyes.

But Elliott took to social media on Saturday morning to deny TMZ's report.

I was never "detained" by the police. Nor was I ever questioned or in any type of trouble. ?
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) February 18, 2017
The man in the video clearly looks like Ezekiel Elliott and the police are definitely looking at/for something in a car, but it doesn't go any further than that. It does not appear that he is being detained.

More accounts of the interaction between Elliott and the police will surely emerge, but for now, it appears Elliott's run-in with the police was nothing more than a run of the mill exchange.
Brett Bodner Feb-17-2017 79 0
Trent Richardson has been out of the NFL for two years and now it looks like it will stay that way.
Richardson was arrested in Hoover, Al. on a third-degree domestic violence charge on Thursday night, Alabama.com reports. A woman was left with scratches and bruises on her face following the incident.

Hoover police responded to a 911 call for a reported domestic disturbance at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 8:04 p.m. A second call came through at 8:05 p.m. about yelling coming from one of the rooms at the hotel.

Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told Alabama.com officers arriving on scene came in contact with Richardson and the woman and determined the two were arguing earlier at a Walmart. At some point their argument turned physical, which led to the woman being left with bruises and scratches.
Raiders’ Aldon Smith reportedly involved in domestic incident.

The name of the woman has yet to be released. She was treated for her injuries at the scene.
Richardson is in Hoover City Jail with a bond set at $1,000. He’s expected to be released when he posts the bond.

Richardson was a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Browns, who took him with the third overall. The former Alabama running back was a force for the Crimson Tide in college and was part of two National Championship teams.

Trent Richardson is expected to be released from jail after he posts a $1,000 bond after being arrested on a domestic violence charge. (Hoover Police Dept.)

His professional career never really panned out.

After a strong rookie season where he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’d only play two games for Cleveland in 2013 before being traded to the Colts in 2014.

Richardson never found his footing in two years with the Colts and no team has placed him on their active roster since.

Normally domestic violence charges for NFL athletes are a death sentence. Former Ravens running back Ray Rice was never given a second chance in the league after his incident and Greg Hardy played one year with the Cowboys before teams started to stay away.
amara grautski Feb-17-2017 59 0
From the big game to the big house: Super Bowl champion Michael Floyd has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after striking a plea deal in his extreme DUI case, according to TMZ Sports.

The 27-year-old wide receiver — who was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 12 after cops found him passed out at the wheel at a traffic light — reportedly pled guilty to extreme DUI in Scottsdale City Court on Thursday.

Floyd will reportedly serve 24 of those days at a Maricopa County facility and the other 96 under house arrest. He will also serve 30 hours of community service and has to pay a $5,115.99 fine, Fox10 reported.

The Cardinals booted Floyd off their roster after his arrest, during which he reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .21 (more than twice the legal limit).

The Patriots picked him up two days later, and they went on to win Super Bowl LI over the Falcons.
Floyd, who’s currently a free agent, had played his entire five-year NFL career in Arizona before playing for New England. He only played two games for the Patriots and was inactive for the Super Bowl, but he'll still get a ring.
max olson Feb-17-2017 44 0
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young has hired agent Leigh Steinberg in an attempt to reboot his football career.

Steinberg announced that he signed Young, 33, in a Twitter post on Wednesday, declaring Young has a "dream of playing more football."

On Thursday, Steinberg tweeted that he was in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL regarding Young.

Young, the former star at Texas, has not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. He retired from football in 2014.

The Spring League, an independent four-team football league made up of free agents that debuts in April, has publicly expressed interest in adding Young, the former No. 3 overall pick who earned rookie of the year honors and made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009 during his six years in the NFL.

Young last attempted a comeback in 2014, a brief offseason stint with the Cleveland Browns. He signed following a minicamp tryout but was cut days after the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel. Before that, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers in the preseason in 2013.

Young works for the University of Texas as a development officer in its division of diversity and community engagement.

He returned to his alma mater, where he led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2005, following his retirement and took a position specifically created for him that pays $100,000 annually.

Young was sentenced to 18 months of probation in January after pleading no contest to a DWI charge. He was fined $300 and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service to resolve his case after a January 2016 arrest in Austin.
Feb-17-2017 89 0
Former University of Miami cornerback Leonard Myers has died after battling cancer. He was 38 years old.

Myers played for the Hurricanes from 1997 to 2000, starting for two and a half seasons at Miami.

"The family lost another one way too soon," the team said Friday on its official Twitter page. "Rest easy, Leonard Myers."

Sinorice Moss, a former Hurricanes wide receiver, expressed shock at Myers passing in a tweet sent Friday morning.

"Everyone is fighting a battle you know knowing about," Moss posted. "Take wings & soar, Leonard Myers #22."

Another UM alum, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, also tweeted out his feelings by simply posting "RIP."

He started for the first four games of his senior year before suffering a foot injury.

Myers was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and went on to have brief stints with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2001.

In 2015, Myers coached wide receivers at New Mexico Highlands University, and in January, he served as the cornerbacks coach for the Nationals team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, according to Patriots.com.

Myers, who was from Fort Lauderdale, went to Dillard High School, where he registered 85 tackles, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries during his senior season.
Brett Bodner Feb-15-2017 62 0
Draymond Green is now getting involved in the debate over the Charles Oakley and James Dolan feud.

On an episode of his “Dray Day” podcast with Uninterrupted, Green sounded off about Dolan’s treatment of Oakley. The outspoken Warriors forward said Dolan had a “slave master mentality” with the situation.

Green had an issue with how Dolan was fine with Oakley’s confrontational personality when it helped the Knicks, but not when he spoke out against organization.

“You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me...you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”

Green didn’t stop there.

He also spoke out against Dolan for the statement he put out following the incident suggesting Oakley had addiction problems even though he didn’t have proof.

“That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all,” Green said. “It’s not OK for you to go say to the world as a multibillion dollar organization. How can you even pin that on someone? Just throw that out there. That’s grimy. I think that’s wrong.”

Oakley had to be physically removed from Madison Square Garden last week after an altercation broke out near the Knicks bench. Dolan had banned Oakley from the arena following the incident, but the two sides have since seemed to have resolved some of their issues thanks to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan.

Dolan has since lifted his ban of Oakley from MSG, but it’s unlikely the Knicks legend will be paying a visit any time soon.
Feb-12-2017 162 0
Former Miami Dophins defensive end Quentin Moses died Sunday in a house fire that also killed a woman and her 10-year-old daughter. Moses was 33.

Moses was unconscious when firefighters found him, along with Andria Godard, 31, and her daughter Jasmine after the early morning fire roared through the Monroe, Georgia home. He later died at a nearby hospital.

For the past five years, Moses was serving as the assistant football coach at Reinhardt University. They acknowledged his passing and expressed their condolences on Twitter.

You will forever be remembered for your love for the game of football and your love for young adults. Rest in Peace Coach Moses. We love you pic.twitter.com/C9Wdor82hL

— Reinhardt Football (@R_U_Football) February 12, 2017

The Oakland Raiders chose Moses in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft, but he never played for the team, giving the Dolphins the chance to snatch him up off waivers before the start of that season. During his four seasons with Miami, he had 4.5 sacks and 35 tackles as their defensive end and lineman.

“We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic news involving Quentin Moses. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the team said in a statement.

Among those who have paid their respects on social media are Jason Taylor (Moses’ former teammate and soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer) and current University of Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

My heart breaks for former teammate and friend Quentin Moses and his family. Thoughts, prayers and tears! So sad. Life is too short #RIP

— Jason Taylor (@JasonTaylor) February 12, 2017

Very saddened to learn of the tragic death this morning of Quentin Moses. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.

— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) February 12, 2017

AP Feb-12-2017 55 0
Former Syracuse University and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died in his native Brazil, military police said Sunday. He was 26.

An emergency call Saturday night brought police and paramedics to Melo's house in Juiz de Fora, in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to a police sergeant who gave his name only as Couto. Couto said that when the police arrived, paramedics said Melo was dead, with no signs of violence.

"We don't know the cause yet. It's so hard right now, so hard to believe," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN .

The 7-foot Melo was a star at Syracuse and was named Big East defensive player of the year as a sophomore. But he also had academic issues that forced him to miss the 2012 NCAA Tournament after being declared ineligible.

"He was a really good kid, and it's not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper," Boeheim told ESPN. "He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid."

Melo was a first-round draft pick in 2012 by the Boston Celtics. At the time, Boston's assistant general manager, Ryan McDonough, marveled at how quickly Melo was picking up the game after just a few years of playing it. McDonough said Melo grew up playing soccer in Brazil, where that sport is national obsession.

But Melo played only six games for the Celtics, spending most of the season with Maine in the NBA Development League.

"I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of Fab Melo," Celtics general manager Danny Ainge wrote on Twitter . "He was a good kid with a big heart. Our prayers go out to all of his loved ones."

In August 2013, Melo was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who waived him two weeks later. He then signed with the Dallas Mavericks but was waived shortly after.

John Breech Feb-10-2017 89 0
At the rate we're going, Tom Brady might be the only Patriots player to visit the White House when the team heads to Washington, D.C., later this year to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl LI.

LeGarrette Blount has added himself to the list of players who won't be attending the ceremony. During an interview with Rich Eisen on Thursday, Blount said he won't go to the White House because he doesn't feel "welcome" there.

"I will NOT be going to the White House," Blount said. "I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that."

Blount is the fifth Patriots player over the past four days to announce that he won't be visiting the White House. The Patriots running back joins teammates Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Chris Long on New England's list of players will be skipping out on the chance to meet President Donald Trump.

Long also announced Thursday that he wouldn't be going to the White House. As for Bennett, he made the decision to skip the trip before the Patriots even won the Super Bowl.

On McCourty's end, he echoed Blount's reason, and said that he wasn't going because he wouldn't feel "accepted" there.

Hightower's explanation for skipping the ceremony is that he has already been there. The Patriots linebacker was a member of the 2014 team that visited the White House while Barack Obama was in office.

Super Bowl star James White might also skip the White House trip. The man who scored three touchdowns in the Patriots' 34-28 win over the Falcons said he'll make his decision when the time comes.

Thanks to Bill Belichick, the Patriots are almost always on the same page. However, the White House trip could lead to some tension among teammates. Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft will definitely be at the White House ceremony because they're all good friends with Trump.

If Trump feels insulted by so many players skipping the visit, it wouldn't be shocking if he were to let Kraft and Belichick know. That being said, it might not be a big deal at all. Brady didn't go on the Patriots' last White House trip back in 2014 when Obama was still in office.

Brady is just one of several star athletes who have avoided a White House visit. Larry Bird and Michael Jordan also once skipped out on their White House celebrations.
AP Feb-09-2017 86 0
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with assaulting a fellow inmate in a Kansas jail.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges filed Wednesday stem from a confrontation Friday in the Sedgwick County Jail. He now has five criminal cases pending against him in the county, where he has been jailed since June.

County prosecutors also allege that he purposely hit people with a car after being asked to leave a housewarming party; dodged law enforcement attempts to serve him with a warrant; threatened to kill a jail deputy; and damaged a jail television.

During a court appearance on the latest charge, Randle said he defended himself when another inmate punched him in the face. His bonds now total $59,000.
BERNIE AUGUSTINE Feb-09-2017 116 0
Any far-fetched hopes the Knicks might’ve had about landing free-agent-to-be Chris Paul probably followed Charles Oakley out the door Wednesday night.

Paul was appalled with the way the Knicks handled things with Oakley at the Garden, specifically the team’s statement about the incident and the line “we hope he gets some help soon.”

“Hope he gets some help soon? Not the right way to portray Oak,” Paul tweeted Thursday afternoon. “... always had my back and the realest person our league has seen #UncleOak”

Paul joins his friend LeBron James in publicly supporting Oakley following the ugly scene; James shared a photo of Oakley on Instagram, calling the retired All-Star forward a legend. While the Clippers were in town, Paul was not with them; he’s rehabbing from torn ligament in his left thumb.

Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault after he got into it with security guards, shoving one of them. The 53-year-old was seated a few rows behind Garden chairman James Dolan — Oakley first said he bought the ticket only to later say that it was given to him — and things quickly escalated from there. When Oakley was asked to leave, he objected and the situation spiraled.

While the Knicks have been celebrating their 70th anniversary, and inviting many former players back to the Garden, Oakley has been excluded. The Daily News’ Frank Isola reported that Oakley has been hurt by the Knicks ignoring his place in the team’s history.

Oakley insisted that he didn’t say anything to Dolan, who was in his normal courtside seat, Wednesday night.
Des Bieler Feb-09-2017 103 0
Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was dragged from his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and arrested during a game between New York and the Los Angeles Clippers. The burly ex-forward had reportedly gotten into a verbal altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan before engaging physically with members of the arena’s security staff.

Shortly after the altercation, which occurred in the first quarter of a contest nationally televised on ESPN, the Knicks issued this statement: “Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department.

“He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

Sports writers on the scene reported that Oakley said, “Dolan did this,” among other shouted comments about the owner after being led away by security. Knicks president Phil Jackson attempted to calm down the 53-year-old down, who was yelling, “This is bullish–,” and, “F— that, let me go.” Oakley was charged with three counts of assault, according to multiple reports citing the NYPD.

“I didn’t say anything to [Dolan],” Oakley told the New York Daily News, after being released from a Manhattan police station late Wednesday evening. “I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”

Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and was selected for the 1994 All-Star Game, became a fan favorite at the Garden while developing a reputation as one of the NBA’s toughest players. However, he has been in something of an exile from the organization, an awkward situation Oakley has blamed on Dolan.

“The boss don’t like me,” Oakley told the New York Times in October. He went on to say of Dolan, “I mean, I had at least 15 people try to set up a meeting. He won’t meet. I want to sit down to talk to him. I want me and him in a room. And lock the door. Lock that door!”

Oakley added, “I mean, he can have the police outside the door.”

“As hard as I played for that motherf—–, and he don’t want to talk with me?” Oakley exclaimed about Dolan in 2015 (via the New York Daily News). “Everybody in New York liked me except this one guy. . . . He’s a bad guy.”

The incident Wednesday just adds to the turmoil surrounding the Knicks, who have plummeted to 22-31 (going into the game against Clippers) amid an all-too-public feud between Jackson and his star player, Carmelo Anthony. The team president is making little secret of his desire to trade Anthony, who has a clause in his contract giving him veto power over any proposed move.

With Oakley intimidating opponents alongside Patrick Ewing, the Knicks made the playoffs every season he was with the team (he also played for the Bulls, Raptors, Wizards and Rockets in a 19-year career). However, New York has reached the postseason just four times since 2002 — Dolan took control of the team in 1999 — and has gotten as far as the second round once in that span.

The ugly scene at MSG came one year to the day after the Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher, brought in the season before with no previous experience at the job and handed a talent-deficient squad with a mandate to run Jackson’s favored triangle offense. On Feb. 8, 2015, reports emerged of Dolan’s response to a letter he had received from an elderly fan lamenting the team’s direction. Dolan called the fan “a sad person,” “a hateful mess” and likely an “[a]lcoholic” before telling the man to “start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks don’t want you.”
jake becker Feb-08-2017 57 0
After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday as an “asset” to the country, the Warriors star responded to his sponsor’s comment with a shorter, sharper label for the president.

“I agree with the description, if you remove the 'et' from asset,” Curry told The Mercury News.
Curry, who is one of Under Armour’s top endorsers, has mostly avoided using his status as the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP as a platform for political commentary. He said he was surprised to see Plank praising Trump in an interview with CNBC and felt compelled to have a chat with his sponsor.

“I spent all day yesterday on the phone with countless people at Under Armour, countless people in Kevin Plank’s camp, my team, trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue,” Curry said.

Plank has reportedly reassured the Golden State guard that his Trump compliment was meant in the business sense and not in regards to the president’s controversial statements that have angered minorities and policies that have affected immigrants. Under Armour also released a statement clarifying Plank's position on Wednesday.

Curry has largely kept mum on politics compared to his coach, Steve Kerr, who hasn't minced words about his dislike of the new commander-in-chief. Curry said he preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump in September but chose not to elaborate on his political preferences.

In July, Curry said "it's disappointing" that the NBA chose to move this year's All-Star Game from his native North Carolina because of the state's controversial bathroom bill, but added that he understood the league's decision. 

Curry indicated Wednesday that he is more concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump's values than any business deals.

"There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off if it wasn’t in line with who I am,” Curry said. “... It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating: how inclusive we are, what we stand for. He’s the President. There are going to be people that are tied to them. But are we promoting change? Are we doing things that are going to look out for everybody? And not being so self-serving that it’s only about making money, selling shoes, doing this and that. That’s not the priority. It's about changing lives. I think we can continue to do that.”
steve Delvecchio Feb-08-2017 74 0
The list of New England Patriots players who are going to pass on visiting the White House to be honored for their Super Bowl victory continues to grow.

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, one of the heroes of Super Bowl LI, said Wednesday that he will not be taking the trip to Washington, D.C. It should be noted that Hightower did not visit the White House when the Patriots won it all two years ago, either.

Tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive back Devin McCourty have already said they will not go to the White House, and running back James White told Alex Marvez of Sporting News on Tuesday that he has yet to decide what he will do.

White had a Super Bowl record 14 catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. Hightower had a huge strip-sack in the second half that helped the Patriots mount a comeback.

McCourty has openly stated he does not feel welcome at the White House with Donald Trump in office, and you can read some of Bennett’s thoughts on the subject here.
John Zucker Feb-06-2017 111 0
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett wasted little time revealing whether he'd join his team when it visits the White House to be honored by President Donald Trump for its thrilling come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl LI.

Bennett told reporters following New England's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday that he will decline the invite from President Trump, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

The Patriots have been linked with Trump more so than any other sports franchise in the United States. On Wednesday, the New York Times' Mark Leibovich reported on the various connections between Trump and New England team owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady.

The president gave a shout-out to all three after the Super Bowl:

Bennett played down any ideological differences he and his teammates might share.

"You just don't bring that to work," he said, per George. "We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are."

Bennett's decision to skip the White House visit doesn't come as a surprise. During Super Bowl opening night on Monday, he told reporters he was on the fence, adding he didn't "support the guy that's in the house," per NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo.

Bennett wouldn't be the first Patriots star to turn down the opportunity to see the president. Following the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX victory, Brady decided not to attend the team's White House ceremony, citing a family commitment, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

Larry Brown Feb-03-2017 67 0
The man who is accused of killing former NFL player Joe McKnight was indicted on Thursday by Jefferson Parish’s District Attorney on second-degree murder charges following a grand jury’s investigation.

The man accused of killing McKnight, Ronald Gasser Jr., was arrested for manslaughter in December for the death of McKnight on Dec. 1 in a road-rage incident.

Detectives believe both men were driving erratically as they approached a bridge. One witness reportedly said McKnight may have cut off Gasser, which upset the man. Gasser fired three rounds from his gun through a passenger window and killed McKnight.

Gasser was initially taken in for questioning and released. After more evidence was reviewed, investigators indicted him on second-degree murder chargers.

McKnight was a high school star in Louisiana and was a highly-sought after recruit who went to USC. He played for the Jets and Chiefs during his brief NFL career.
Joshua Hoyos Jan-28-2017 68 0
Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Australian Open Saturday to capture her 23rd major singles title, setting a record in the Open era.

Serena, 35, had been tied with Steffi Graf at 22 major titles.

This is also Serena's 7th Australian Open title --- tying Margaret Court for the most by any player in the Open Era

Serena is one title behind Court, who has 24 overall Grand Slam titles in the Open and amateur eras.

With this win, Serena will retake her title as the world's number one player. She takes the title from Angelique Kerber who claimed the no. 1 ranking after winning the 2016 US Open.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted congratulatory remarks to Serena, writing, "Congrats @serenawilliams on your 23rd major title and return to the top of the @WTA rankings. You are a history maker and a trailblazer."
AP Jan-27-2017 71 0
Charles Shackleford, a North Carolina State basketball star in the 1980s who spent six seasons in the NBA, was found dead in his home Friday. He was 50.

The cause of death hasn't been determined and an investigation is underway, spokesman Woody Spencer of the Kinston Police Department told The Associated Press. He did not say what circumstances led authorities to the home.

"N.C. State is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Wolfpack men's basketball player, Charles Shackleford," the school said in a statement Friday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time."

Shackleford, 6-foot-10, averaged 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in three seasons at N.C. State. He earned first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 1988 after leading the league in rebounding at 9.6 per game that season.

Shackleford was a second-round draft pick by New Jersey in 1988. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds for his NBA career while also making stops in Philadelphia, Minnesota and Charlotte through the 1998-99 season.

He also played professionally in Italy, Turkey and Greece during that time, according to Sports Reference's NBA website.
BERNIE AUGUSTINE Jan-23-2017 87 0
The Steelers wide receiver, who last week took fans inside the Steelers’ locker room after a win over the Chiefs in the divisional round, is a paid Facebook pitchman, according to the NFL Network.

Brown recently agreed to a marketing deal with the social media behemoth, the NFL Network reports, and the value is believed to be in the high six-figures.

That certainly softens the blow of the $10,000 fin the Steelers hit Brown with for violating the team policy on social media use. The video caused a minor stir since it captured Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots “a--holes.” Tomlin also had strong words for Brown, calling his move “foolish and inconsiderate.”

Brown apologized, saying his “emotions and genuine excitement” got the better of him, but that excuse seems a little thin knowing that Brown is paid by Facebook to promote their products.

The Brown case is reminiscent of David Ortiz’s selfie with President Obama at the White House in 2014. Ortiz used a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the trip shortly after signing an endorsement deal with the tech company.
SI Jan-22-2017 102 0
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25.

Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Ventura’s death comes on the same day former Indians infielder Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican. The accidents are unrelated.

Ventura is believed to have been driving under the influence at the time of the crash, according to ESPN’s Cristian Moreno.

Ventura was known for his electric fastball and, at times, his short temper. He was suspended nine games last season for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

Ventura was a fixture in the Royals’ rotation since he finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014. He went 11–12 last season with a 4.45 ERA.

Ventura was close friends with Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car crash while driving drunk in October 2014. Ventura pitched his final game while wearing inscriptions on his hat paying tribute to Taveras and Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.


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