“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
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There were a few other keys to working at NFL Media. Our most sensitive day was Black Monday, when the regular season ends and coaches get axed. Just as NFL Media had an internal hierarchy, our reporting had one as well. To me, it felt like we could say more or less whatever we wanted about the players, but news connected directly to the owners—things like hiring and firing head coaches—was treated as extremely sensitive. Before Black Monday, Marvel reminded us all that we had 32 bosses; these were, as you’ve probably gathered, the NFL’s owners. Commissioner Roger Goodell visited once, and we all had to dress “professional” for him. Perhaps the schedule maker knew it was best to put me on a late shift that day, but thankfully I missed his appearance. When Goodell and his entire group left, a group of us converged on the big conference room in which they had been served a catered lunch. We found it piled high with uneaten food and grabbed it, like … [Read more...] about You Survived At NFL Network By Staying Silent
“Well, it’s got to stop. Period. There are no more excuses for it. He’s had 26 holding penalties in the last two years and two games, so it’s got to stop. The bottom line is if he thinks he’s getting singled out, he is. He’s got to understand that. He’s got to understand what he’s doing. And that was my question [Sunday], ‘Does he know what holding is?’ Does he know what he can and can’t do?’ If he thinks he’s getting targeted, he’s got to realize he isn’t. We’ll keep working for it and he’s still a talented guy. He cannot do that because it’s beating us.” … [Read more...] about John Elway On His Struggling Left Tackle Garett Bolles: “Does He Know What Holding Is?”
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work,” Taylor Swift wrote in her Tumblr post about the sale of her masters and former label Big Machine Records to Scooter Braun, who she calls a “bully.” Some can read the post as merely a call-out of Braun and Big Machine Records owner Scott Borchetta—one which has already attracted support and ire from fellow celebrities (Justin Bieber, Halsey, , … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Turns the Music Industry’s Power Imbalance Into Empowerment
...came into Plaintiff’s office pretending to ask for help with his clothes so he could grab and push/rub his body against Plaintiff. Mr. Davis made lewd comments to Plaintiff in her office and while on set, such as, “when are we going to spend time together?” “I want you so bad,” “my cock is so hard because of you right now,” “you look like a woman who knows what to do in bed,” “you look like you would be an animal in the sheets,” “[Mr. Davis] loved really rough sex and would love to be able to spank [Plaintiff] so hard it would leave marks,” “can tell you like it rough and would love it.” Mr. Davis also asked Plaintiff to have rough sex with him, and said that he wanted to choke Plaintiff from behind until Plaintiff begged him to stop. Also, while Plaintiff was working on set on a ladder, Mr. Davis grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched … [Read more...] about NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans After Sexual Harassment Lawsuit [UPDATE]
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?