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Ezekiel Elliott Clears up Run-in With Police on Friday Night
Holden Walter-Warner Feb-18-2017 108 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.

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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.
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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.”
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Cam Inman Mar-18-2017 92 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.”

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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."

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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.

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Mark Maske Mar-15-2017 54 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Nunzio Ingrassia Mar-05-2017 92 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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Brett Bodner Feb-17-2017 120 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.
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