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Ex-MLB star Nixon reported missing by Georgia police
Apr-10-2017 152 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.

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In an unprecedented move for a major professional sports league, the NFL has proposed partnering with its players to effect social justice change, though not all players are in agreement on the proposal.

On Monday, the league submitted to players the final draft of a proposal that, according to documents reviewed by ESPN, would contribute nearly $100 million to causes considered important to African-American communities. The NFL hopes this effort will effectively end the peaceful-yet-controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started when he refused to stand for the national anthem last season.

Players are expected to discuss the offer during a scheduled conference call ?Wednesday night.

However, some players who have actively protested since 2016 are displeased with the NFL's approach and plan to break from the Players Coalition, a group of roughly 40 players who negotiated with the league office, over how its leaders have handled negotiations. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin are regarded as the leaders of the coalition.

Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and 49ers safety Eric Reid tweeted Wednesday that they are withdrawing.

"The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism," Thomas and Reid said via Twitter. "However, Malcolm and Anquan can no longer speak on our behalf as we don't believe the coalition's beliefs are in our best interests as a whole."

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills said he has "a ton of respect" for Jenkins and Boldin. But according to Stills, there has been lack of communication within the group, as the NFL primarily communicated with the Players Coalition through Jenkins and Boldin.

"We were trying to work together and bring all the players together to work together. It just hasn't been going that way," Stills explained. "We don't feel like everyone was getting the same voice. That's Malcolm and Anquan's thing, and it was always their thing. Respectfully, we're going to let them go on with what they're doing. We're just saying that we're not going to have them speak for us."

Regardless, the NFL has made its pitch, and although there is no quid pro quo, the hope is that the league's commitment will create an environment in which players will no longer want to protest.

The NFL's multifaceted offer earmarks at least $89 million over a seven-year period for both national and local projects, according to the documents. On the national level, owners this year would allocate $5 million, with their commitment growing annually and maxing out at $12 million per year from 2021 through 2023. At the local level, owners would put up $250,000 annually and expect players to match that amount, totaling $500,000 for each team. Players and owners can exceed that amount if they choose, with no matching requirement.

In addition, there would be other fundraising opportunities, including telethons and auctions of jerseys worn in games.

Reid told ESPN that Jenkins had conversations with the NFL without him or Michael Thomas being involved. Reid also claims Jenkins told the NFL the players would end demonstrations if money was donated by the league to certain initiatives.

"That was never discussed at any point. I feel like I've been misled," Reid said. "I won't accuse Malcolm of directly lying to me, because I don't think he's that type of guy. But I will say he's misled us. And shoot, if that's what lying is, then that's what it is."

Jenkins responded to ESPN: "They understood the entire scope of the plan. The last time we had conversations with Goodell and Troy Vincent, Michael Thomas and Eric Reid were on that call. They understood the proposal. What we didn't have was a conversation with players in the coalition based on some of the responses that we got from the league. We then talked about myself contracting Troy Vincent just to give them some updates on some of our feedback, which I did. That call did not have Mike or Eric on it. Everybody kind of agreed to that."

Jenkins said the squabble has been "disappointing."

"For this to now be less about the actual work and more about who wants to be in the forefront or be the leader is disappointing," he said. "It's especially disappointing for us to hear this in the media and now be put in a position where we have to answer all of these questions. All of these conversations could have been between us as players. It's a little bit disappointing."

Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Kaepernick, has had major concerns about how the Players Coalition has operated under the direction of Jenkins and Boldin. Reid said he believes the process could have been more transparent.
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Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of "catfishing," and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.

Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.

Allen said Coleman is the one who is stalking.

"Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen," read the motion filed on Allen's behalf. "Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them."

Attorney David Oscar Markus released a statement saying Allen took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family, and that Allen was the victim "of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled."

In the filing, Allen said Coleman threatened to reveal details of their conversations, and that the sides eventually struck a deal to keep everything private. Allen said that deal has been violated and that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family through several social-media accounts.

"He posted about Ray's wife, Ray's children, Ray's dog, Ray's homes, Ray's wife's restaurant, and numerous other personal items," read the motion. "Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray's wife's restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts."

Allen asked the court to stop Coleman from "cyber-stalking." It was not clear if Coleman has an attorney, and a working phone number for him could not be found.

"Ray regrets ever engaging with this person online and is thankful they never met in person," Markus said. "This experience has negatively impacted Ray, and he hopes that others might use his mistake to learn the dangers of communicating online with strangers."

Allen is the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made. He won championships with Boston in 2008 and Miami in 2013, the second title coming after he made one of the most dramatic shots in playoff history -- a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation of Game 6 of The Finals against San Antonio, a game that the Heat would win in overtime to extend the series to a seventh game.

Allen also played for Milwaukee and Seattle, and last appeared in the league in 2014. He and his family have lived in the Miami area since.

Allen also played for Milwaukee and Seattle, and last appeared in the league in 2014. He and his family have lived in the Miami area since.

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Sean Montiel Oct-20-2017 112 0
Allegations recently came out regarding Leak's inappropriate relationship with a student. Leak worked at Edgewater High School in Florida, serving as a football coach and art recovery teacher.

The reports are that back in 2015, a 15-year-old student gave him a massage. Following the massage, he asked the female student to touch his genitals. After the news broke, he did not contest the allegations nor try to plead his innocence.

He resigned once a police report was filed and gave up his teaching certificate voluntarily.

Leak was once a rising star in football, as he achieved great success at Florida.

He started in games all four years, including the 2006 BCS title team. He went undrafted after his senior year, and was quickly signed by the Bears. After an unsuccessful preseason with the team, he was cut and never saw NFL action again.

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Tyler Lauletta Oct-15-2017 335 0
Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion. His attorney confirmed the report on Sunday.

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Kaepernick is filing the grievance under the players' collective bargaining agreement, and has hired attorney Mark Geragos for the case, who has represented numerous high-profile clients.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season and planned to find a role with another NFL team. But through six weeks of the regular season, he has still yet to receive an offer, despite a proven history of winning caliber play and a fairly solid statistical season last year, when he threw for 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

A recent report said Kaepernick has been working out daily in hopes of getting another shot in the NFL.

The lack of offers looks even more egregious because numerous teams have been in desperate need of a functioning quarterback. E.J. Manuel, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Cassel have all started games this season, and Brandon Weeden just signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Kaepernick made headlines last season when he became the first player in the NFL to begin kneeling during the national anthem to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Since then, more players have participated in protests of a similar nature that have become the focus of national attention after the president suggested that players that kneel during the anthem be fired.
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Landon Haa Oct-13-2017 112 0
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a Texas judge’s injunction in the Ezekiel Elliott case, meaning the Cowboys running back’s suspension is set to take effect immediately.

Elliott’s camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a New York court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in Ohio last year.

Thursday's ruling came down ahead of the Cowboys' bye week, giving him ample time to restart the legal fight. Dallas next plays Oct. 22 in San Francisco.

An NFL spokesperson, however, told WFAA that Elliott's suspension begins immediately and that the second-year running back isn't allowed at the Cowboys' facility.

If Elliott isn't granted another injunction that keeps him on the field, he won't be eligible to play until the Cowboys' Nov. 30 game against Washington.

Elliott's lawyer, Frank Salzano, sent the following statement to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport:

“We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days. Until that time we have no further comment on the 5th circuit’s decision.”

The NFL Management Council on Thursday sent a letter to the New York district court, stating its intent to file a motion to confirm the six-game suspension.

Last month, the league requested an emergency stay of a judge’s injunction that allowed Elliott to play indefinitely, saying the court didn’t have subject matter jurisdiction to make the decision.

The appeals court ruled that Elliott and the NFLPA had not exhausted all available options when it asked for the preliminary injunction in a Texas court before the league ruled on Elliott's suspension.

Two weeks ago, the NFL sought to throw out Elliott’s entire lawsuit to restore the six-game suspension.

A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on Oct. 2. No decision was made, but both sides had agreed to an expedited decision.

Elliott was not present at that hearing.

The six-game suspension was handed down in August after a 13-month investigation into an alleged string of domestic violence incidents in Columbus, Ohio the week of Elliott's 21st birthday.
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?It has been a long fall from grace for Tracy Porter.

He will forever be enshrined in the Saints history with his memorable pick-six in the Super Bowl off Peyton Manning sealing the win for New Orleans.

Many thought Porter would become a star player but he never quite reached his full potential. He went on to play for Broncos, Raiders, Redskins and Bears throughout his career.

Nowadays, Porter is finding himself in the news for the wrong reasons:

??It's not a good look for the for former Super Bowl champ. According to the report, Tracy was arrested for an incident that happened on Oct. 5.

It was said that a women whom he had been familiar with went to get her keys from him which turned into a verbal argument. The victim alleges that Porter grabbed her by the arm and the throat during the spat.

In addition to the battery charges, police also booked him for the possession of marijuana and the distribution of schedule II drugs.
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Nick Birdsong Sep-30-2017 155 0
One NBA MVP candidate will be playing with a heavy heart this season.

Two days before the Bucks preseason opener, the team announced superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo's father Charles died Friday at the age of 54.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Charles, a native Nigerian and former professional soccer player who later moved his family to Greece, suffered a heart attack in his Wisconsin home. He also leaves behind wife Veronica and former Knick Thanasis, Dayton freshman Kostas and a budding high school prospect among his five children. Giannis is coming off his finest season as a pro, having averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists to lead the Bucks to the playoffs while being named the league's Most Improved Player.

The Bucks kickoff their 2017-18 preseason slate Monday in Dallas. The team released the following statement after learning of Charles' death:

The Bucks family is heartbroken about the sudden death of Giannis' father, Charles. The entire organization, his teammates and coaches are here to support Giannis and his family during this incredibly difficult time. Charles was a big part of the Bucks and will be terribly missed by us all. On behalf of ownership, we express our utmost condolences and offer our prayers to Giannis and his family.
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AP Sep-30-2017 166 0
Police acted appropriately and professionally detaining Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett when he ran from a casino as officers searched for an active shooter following a report of gunfire at an after-hours club on the Las Vegas Strip, the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Friday.

A review of hundreds of videos, including police body-worn cameras, found no evidence that the three officers who had direct contact with the NFL star early Aug. 27 profiled Bennett by race or used excessive force, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.

"Mr. Bennett has a valid perspective as a person who experienced a reasonable-suspicion stop for a felony crime," Lombardo told reporters. "Those who experience such a stop, especially when they have not committed a crime, are not likely to feel good about it."

Bennett committed no crime, the sheriff said. But he was detained at gunpoint, handcuffed and seated for about 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car until police searching the crowded casino just hours after an Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor concluded that what people thought was gunfire was actually the sharp sound of velvet rope stands knocked to a tile floor during a scuffle.

But Lombardo said there was nothing to support Bennett's allegation, made in a Twitter post more than a week later, that an officer put a gun to Bennett's head and threatened to blow his head off.

"From the evidence we have at this point, we don't know (the officer) said that," the sheriff said.

Bennett's post, titled "Dear World," said, "Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Bennett announced in early August that he would sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice and was one the first NFL players to protest this year. He made the decision before protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia. But Bennett said his decision was solidified by what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a young woman who was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters.

Bennett has remained one of the most outspoken pro athletes on numerous social issues. Last month, he held a benefit for the family of a pregnant black woman who was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in June. Police said the woman threatened the officers with at least one knife after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen video-game consoles

Bennett's attorney, John Burris in Oakland, California, said he wants to review videos more closely. But he said he believed the clips shown verified Bennett's accounts.

"He was not acting improperly," Burris told The Associated Press. "He was not acting suspicious. He was not involved in any criminal activity."

"There's nothing to go on, no description, other than you see this big black man running," the attorney added. "He was running like everyone else, trying to get away."

Burris said the officer's gun was near Bennett's while he was being handcuffed, and he said he heard profanity in audio recordings captured on body-camera video. Burris said he heard no reference to race.

"There's a dispute over whether he threatened to blow his head off," the attorney said. "But there's no question that the officer said, 'Keep your hands up and keep them where I can see them.' "

Lombardo used a stop-motion narrative of casino surveillance video showing Bennett appear to dart behind a row of slot machines, and then body camera video from a sergeant joining the chase when officers noticed him running.

Neither Lombardo nor the executive of the 3,000-member Las Vegas police officers' union, who attended the media briefing, identified the officers involved in the incident.

Union official Steve Grammas said he believed Bennett owes them an apology.

The officer who chased Bennett and handcuffed him didn't have his body camera on at the time, Lombardo said, and might face departmental discipline.

Otherwise, "I believe they acted appropriately and professionally," the sheriff said of the officers.
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TERESA M. WALKER, Sep-29-2017 132 0
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker says he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players' protests.

The Pro Bowl tight end shared the "heartbreaking" threats Thursday night in a social media post.

"The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric," Walker wrote. "These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue."

Walker and the Tennessee Titans joined the Seattle Seahawks in staying inside their locker rooms during the national anthem last weekend, and Walker walked out arm in arm with quarterback Marcus Mariota. On Monday, Walker tried to make clear he supports the military in a protest that is seeking equal rights.

"And the fans that don't want to come to the games, OK, bye," Walker said Monday. "I mean if you feel that's something where we're disrespecting you, don't come to the games. You don't have to. No one is telling you to come to the game. It's your freedom and your choice to do that."

The Titans had no comment Thursday night.

Walker took part this spring in the NFL's USO Tour of the Middle East. He said in his statement he gained an even greater appreciation for the men and women who defend American values. He said he used strong words in defending the Titans' right to make their own choices.

He wrote that it's his choice to try to spark conversation for positive change and fans' choice to attend Titans' games, a U.S. freedom so envied around the world.

"I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for," Walker said.

Walker isn't the only NFL player dealing with a backlash from protesting.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence shared on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house due to his protest. He was among the Lions who took a knee before their game against Atlanta.

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