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Being on the right team, staying healthy and playing well are obviously the most important things for a professional athlete, but not far behind those happiness keys is having the right agent. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tarell Brown. The 49ers starting cornerback fired his representative yesterday after he was informed he cost himself a $2M bonus by not participating in a voluntary offseason workout program.
The Cleveland Browns suck. They haven’t made the playoffs in more than a decade. They haven’t ever appeared in a Super Bowl, let alone claimed a victory in one and most of their most famous moments involve horrendous failure, such as being on the losing end of The Drive. At one point, owner Art Modell even up and moved the team to Baltimore before the NFL gave the fans another franchise with the exact same name. Safe to say, there’s been a lot of heartache over the years, and Scott E Entsminger experienced it all.
Police in Massachusetts have arrested a second man, Carlos Ortiz, in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and they’ve released information concerning a third man, Ernest Wallace, who they’re actively looking for. At this point, it’s unclear whether either man would be willing to testify against accused murderer Aaron Hernandez in exchange for a reduced charge, but even if neither accepts the offer that’s most likely coming, the now former NFL player seems destined to sit in jail for at least the next year or so.
Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested by police inside his luxury North Attleborough home this afternoon for the murder of Odin Lloyd, his fiancee’s sister’s boyfriend. Within just a few short hours, he was also officially cut by the New England Patriots and denied bail by the judge overseeing his case.
Massachusetts area police still haven’t released many details about the murder Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been linked to, but the little tidbits they have released are more than a bit suspicious. Apparently, a rental car spotted near the scene of the murder traces back to the former NFL Pro Bowler, and when police first contacted him to get some information, he was allegedly very uncooperative.
The general consensus among NFL experts prior to today’s signing was that Tebow wouldn’t land with any teams because they wouldn’t want to risk a sideshow. After all, who wants their back-up or even worse, third string quarterback to be generating headlines? Well, apparently Bill Belichick does, and more than likely, his little experiment won’t generate nearly as many headlines as people think.
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson was placed in handcuffs and hauled off to jail following an appearance in court this morning. He reportedly failed to live up to several conditions of the probation agreement he signed off on, and if that proves to be the case, he will likely be looking at more than just a slap on the wrist.
Running back Michael Goodson signed with the New York Jets during the off-season with hopes of winning a job as the team’s principal ball carrier, but thanks to an off-the-field incident, he hasn’t exactly the made the best impression on his new club. This morning, the twenty-five-year-old was arrested by New Jersey police officers after they allegedly discovered him in the passenger seat of a vehicle drunk as a skunk with a bunch of weed and a loaded handgun.
An overwhelming majority of the things NFL players say while on the field are either woefully uninteresting or filled with too many curse words and/ or team secrets to be played in public. That being said, there are always a few great comments picked up by the microphones that are worth listening to each week, and apparently, when compiled together, they make a pretty sweet YouTube video.
Most twelve-year-old boys like to think of themselves as smooth, sexually sophisticated ladies men, at least if they were put in the right situation. I know this because I was once a twelve-year-old boy with plenty of male twelve-year-old friends and all of us talked out of our asses about how great we would be with a girl if we were given the chance. Well, if this story proves anything, it’s that many twelve-year-olds are not ready, regardless of what they might tell you.
It’s highly unlikely that any NFL general managers are so homophobic they wouldn’t be willing to draft a homosexual player. What I think is more likely is that these teams are asking about everything they can imagine, trying to gauge whether a person is a partier, whether they’ve settled down, whether they’ll be reliable and whether they have good support systems. Even so, however, there’s now way NFL executives won’t take this seriously. We’ll let you know what their investigation discovers.
In addition to timed sprints, monitored bench presses, invasive measurements and thorough physicals, wannabe NFL players who attend the league’s annual combine undergo dozens of interviews with general managers, scouts and team presidents. During these chats, the players are grilled about everything from their football knowledge to their off-the-field behavior. From past arrests to poor performances, quite a bit comes up, but if Colorado tight end Nick Kasa is to be believed, the grilling went a little too far during one of his chats.
Apart from those who have spent time living in foreign countries and those who are particularly excited about sports, the average American doesn’t know anything about rugby, except the fact that it’s vaguely like football and doesn’t involve as many pads. So, that got YouTube user Billy White wondering about how much English teenagers know about American football.
A little more than two months from now, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was scheduled to speak about his well-documented faith at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Given his willingness to preach openly and on the record and his history of similar appearances, nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary when he first booked the gig, but in recent weeks, some information about the head pastor of the eleven thousand plus member mega-church has come to light.
This weekend, the NBA took a pause from its regular season to celebrate the best of the best, to give the fans a special show and to woo potential sponsors with a young stars game, a celebrities game, a skills competition and an all-star game. To a certain degree, every single professional sports league does something similar, but the specifics of each are different.