“Fundamental openness and transparency” This past May, I asked for all email communications between NFL people and R. Andrew Murray, the Mecklenburg County district attorney, and Jamie Adams, the assistant district attorney and prosecutor on the case, over a period spanning May 13, 2014 (the day Hardy was arrested) to April 7, 2015 (the day after Murray’s office announced its agreement with the NFL). No emails spring up until Sept. 12, 2014, close to four months after Hardy’s arrest. That’s when Murray signs two formal letters addressed to Jerry Sennett, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg deputy police chief turned NFL security representative. An email earlier in the day describes these as “the two separate letters that Jerry requested.” One outlines the legal machinations playing out in Charlotte: Hardy was found guilty by a District Court judge, but state law allowed him to immediately appeal to Superior Court, at which point “it is as … [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]
Mostly, they do it for Sundays. “The gameday experience—that’s what keeps people coming back,” says the former cheerleader, who even now gets wistful thinking about those moments on the sideline before kickoff, watching players hype themselves up, looking down the tunnel and seeing Ray Lewis doing his trademark dance. There’s nothing quite like it. It is a view of the nation’s most popular game from right there on the field, and with a good team like the Ravens, there’s even a chance of going to the Super Bowl, like last year. That must’ve been an exciting moment for the cheerleaders, especially after the 18-hour bus ride to New Orleans. … [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
While Washington was in a close game with Chicago, some suspicious tweeting went down. These two tweets, sent from two purportedly different organizations that have no affiliation with each other, look pretty similar. Given the exact similarities between the two tweets, this is almost certainly a copy/paste job. … [Read more...] about Blunder Reveals Washington NFL Team Runs Supposed Fan Account Supporting “Redskins” Name
Jadeveon Clowney, Edge, Texans Like Le’Veon Bell the last two years, Clowney’s in a take-it-or-leave-it position at the moment, because of the franchise tag. The tag rules gave the Texans an exclusive negotiating window with him until July 15, but once that date passed the two sides were forbidden from discussing a multiyear contract until after the season. Because Clowney’s not under contract, he won’t cost himself any money until and unless he starts missing game checks during Week 1 of the regular season. He would then have until Week 11 to report or to miss the season entirely. One final screw-you from the tag system to Clowney: The tag figures slot players like him as either linebackers or defensive ends, with no distinction made between inside and outside linebackers. As a result, Clowney’s outside linebacker tag tender would pay him $15.443 million for the year, versus $17.128 million for defensive ends. As Banner said, players might be starting to … [Read more...] about Which Of The NFL’s Five Holdouts Has The Most Leverage?