To decide how to discipline Hardy, the NFL decided that it needed to see photos of Holder’s injuries, photos that weren’t part of the police file. (A non-law enforcement source gave them directly to prosecutors, complicating the question of whether they are public records). This NFL request to see them came despite the fact that the league had already been granted access to other photos in two separate police files. As in the Rice case, the NFL knew the facts—a woman said a player beat her up, and nearly all the evidence backed her claim—but appeared reluctant to believe her without every possible visual confirmation. Perhaps the NFL wanted to be thorough; an at-least-equally likely explanation is that Goodell wanted to make sure his ruling wouldn’t make him look bad if these photos got out. … [Read more...] about How The NFL Convinced Prosecutors To Give Them (And No One Else) The Greg Hardy Photos
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NFL Media is, by its very construct, in a tricky position. It’s a league reporting on itself. That means that when a coach or player or owner gets arrested, the NFL is, in a sense, reporting on its own employee. As such they have to be incredibly careful, and that’s before you factor in the risk of potentially pissing off an owner. I had a lot of experience on how to write and report when someone got arrested from my previous gig, and that made me valuable—especially when Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder. Very few people in the newsroom wanted the headache of convincing police public information officers to fork over information, but I didn’t mind doing that. In retrospect, it also gave me power, at least to the extent that a seasonal employee could have power. There was some protection in that: Fuck with me, and that meant you would be the one dealing with Los Angeles police or some random Massachusetts courthouse. Early on, in a fight over whether we … [Read more...] about You Survived At NFL Network By Staying Silent
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys Elliott’s situation is similar to Gordon’s because of the position they play, but Elliott has more leverage for a few reasons. For one, Elliott has put up better numbers—he’s twice led the league in rushing, and he averages 401 touches and 2,099 scrimmage yards on a per–16-game basis, which is Bell territory. For another, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones has referred to Elliott as “the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about.” Elliott, who has reportedly flitted off to train in Mexico while his teammates are in camp, is due to earn $3.8 million this season, with the Cowboys holding a $9.1 million option for 2020. The Cowboys also have the threat of the franchise tag beyond that, in addition to looming deals that have to be done for quarterback Dak Prescott, cornerback Byron Jones, inside linebacker Jaylon Smith, right tackle La’el Collins, and wideout Amari … [Read more...] about Which Of The NFL’s Five Holdouts Has The Most Leverage?
I think it was slowly uncovering the layers of it and realizing that a lot of their labor is intangible in some ways. You think about the word cheerleader outside the context of football, where you’re seeing maybe your friend or your mentor is your cheerleader, they help you, they cheer you on. And that’s part of what the cheerleaders job is, to cheer on the team and maintain this positivity and enthusiasm even in the face of defeat. That mentality of positivity is something everybody actually needs in their life. … [Read more...] about The NFL’s Undervalued And Underpaid Cheerleaders Get a Spotlight in
The elder Glenn had a difficult youth growing up in Columbus after his mother was murdered when he was 13. He became an all-American with Ohio State, where he was drafted during his junior year and ascended to become a record-setting N.F.L. rookie receiver with the New England Patriots. He played for the Green Bay Packers before reuniting with his former coach Bill Parcells for the Dallas Cowboys a year later. … [Read more...] about Son of Late NFL Star Terry Glenn Dead at 22 of Accidental Overdose
“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?”