The “interest of compromise” is now the “interest of justice.” Meanwhile, there is some additional interesting language about the “nature of the conduct involved” and “unique factors present in the situation.” This sounds impressive, but doesn’t quite fit the facts at hand. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the “conduct involved”—domestic abuse happens every day in America. There don’t seem to be any “unique factors” other than the NFL being, well, the NFL. The question about if these are public records—a document so important the public has a right to see it—is not only removed but flat-out refuted. By the terms of this agreement, everyone involved stipulates that these “are not public records,” meaning that you and I have no right to see them. But, curiously, the NFL—according to both the NFL and Mecklenburg County prosecutors—does. … [Read more...] about How The NFL Convinced Prosecutors To Give Them (And No One Else) The Greg Hardy Photos
Update (1:10 a.m., 12/12/17): The Ringer—the central property of Bill Simmons Media Group—has released a statement about Weinberger, who has been placed on leave indefinitely. “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.” … [Read more...] about NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans After Sexual Harassment Lawsuit [UPDATE]
For cheerleaders, the real money comes from appearances. It’s still not all that great. If the appearance is for charity, the team will charge $175 per cheerleader per hour; otherwise, it’s $300 per hour. Of that money, our tipster explains, each cheerleader takes home around $50 an hour. Sounds good, but in an average season, a cheerleader will make only 30 or so appearances, and many of those don’t pay at all. For certain charity events, like those set up in the NFL’s or the team’s own name, cheerleaders are expected to attend without compensation, and rules require them to attend charity events at least twice monthly, depending on availability. … [Read more...] about NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All
Pro Football Talk described Colts owner Jim Irsay as a guy who “gives off a distinctly counter-culture vibe,” which is a weird thing to write but also got us thinking about which NFL owners would be the most fun to party with. Here is a list. … [Read more...] about NFL Owners I’d Party With, Ranked
Redskins Facts is supposedly a grassroots organization aiming to create support for a mascot named after scalping Native Americans. However, it is run by a PR firm, not fans, and the team has carefully skirted around precisely designating it as independent. As SBNation points out, the Washington Post fact-checked the site’s claims and found them misleading. … [Read more...] about Blunder Reveals Washington NFL Team Runs Supposed Fan Account Supporting “Redskins” Name
Gordon has averaged 270 touches and 1,300 scrimmage yards across his four seasons—not quite Bell’s 308 touches and 1,600 scrimmage yards per year for his career, but up there. Gordon has also dealt with a variety of injuries (torn meniscus, sprained PCL, bruised knee, sprained MCL) since entering the league. It didn’t help that the Chargers went 4-0 last year in his absence, or that Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson fared fairly well in his place, or that C.J. Anderson came off the street to fill in admirably for the Rams’ Todd Gurley last year, after Gurley got paid and then injured. Gordon is slated to make $5.6 million this year on his fifth-year option, which also calls for fines of $30,000 per day for skipping camp. Banner told Eisen he thinks Gordon should return to camp and wait to see what Elliott gets from the Cowboys, in part because Chargers GM Tom Telesco has a history of driving a hard bargain to avoid setting precedents when players hold out. … [Read more...] about Which Of The NFL’s Five Holdouts Has The Most Leverage?