- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Aaron Hernandez appeared in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., on Thursday, this time featuring a large new neck tattoo that reads "LIFETIME" over a star design. The photo below on the left was taken in court on April 15, the day Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd; the photo on the right was taken Thursday:
In superior court Thursday, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted witness intimidation. Hernandez is charged with trying to silence a witness in a double-murder case against the former New England Patriots player.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
We’re still four months away from the season, and the New York Giants are already down an offensive lineman.
The team announced Thursday that starting left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights on Tuesday. The injury required surgery, which will keep him out of action for “five to six months.”
Beatty, entering his seventh season, has played in 82 games and started 63 for the Giants since the team selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft.
The 6-foot-6, 319-pound Beatty hasn’t missed a game for the Giants in three seasons, but now will conservatively miss the first half of the 2015 campaign. Beatty’s injury likely opens up the starting role for first-round pick Ereck Flowers to fill in at a tackle spot. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Miami product was picked ninth overall, but there’s undoubtedly a steep learning curve that comes with protecting Eli Manning’s blindside.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The best thing about Bud Grant holding a garage sale is not that an NFL icon is selling some old stuff, it's that he's having a freaking garage sale .
Grant's garage sale, in which he's tweeting out his home address to come on by, includes old Vikings stuff, fishing and hunting gear and now we're a backyard hockey rink and some lutefisk from this being the most Minnesota thing that has ever happened.
Grant is a legend in Minnesota in just about every way. He won nine letters as an athlete at the University of Minnesota, played for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers in addition to an NFL playing career. He then coached the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowls. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And now Grant is inviting everyone to his house for some deals on his used stuff. There are dozens of tweets chronicling the event @HPBudGrant, but here are some highlights:
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated in Texas for child abuse.
No charges have been filed, but Fort Bend County district attorney John Healey Jr. confirmed to 9News Denver that an allegation was received.
“Our Sherriff’s Office has received some information, they’re working with our office to try and find out as much information as we can about the allegation,” Healey said. “At this particular point anything in reference to Mr. Smith is just than – an allegation.”
The news of an investigation into Smith was first reported by TMZ early Thursday morning.
The Broncos are aware of the situation.
“Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith,” the team said Thursday in a statement. “We are now in the process of gathering more information.”
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
A New Jersey judge dismissed the domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on Thursday.
The charges stemmed from a February 2014 incident in which Rice struck his now-wife Janay in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games, but the suspension became indefinite and the Ravens cut him after the graphic video of the altercation surfaced in September.
Rice, who was charged with third-degree aggravated assault, avoided jail time after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program (including anger management) for first-time offenders. Rice completed the program this week, and Judge Michael A. Donio dismissed the charge Thursday, according to NBC News.
The NFL’s indefinite suspension of Rice was eventually lifted following an appeal that was heard by federal judge Barbara S. Jones, who criticized the NFL’s handling of the situation.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Roger Goodell didn't answer many questions directly on Wednesday, but in a roundabout way he answered a big one from deflate-gate.
Why wouldn't Tom Brady give up his text messages and emails in Ted Wells' investigation? If you scoffed at the answer that it would set a bad precedent for other players, I want you to read Goodell's answerconcerning the league's cooperation with the Mueller Report (investigation of the Ray Rice domestic violence case) and consider again where Brady was coming from (bold emphasis on Goodell's answer added):
Question: When there was an investigation on the league, there was an open book, “Here’s our stuff, you can look at it.” Now when Brady was asked to provide his stuff, maybe he resisted in giving some of his private communications. Did that have anything to do with the penalties that were imposed and maybe the sanctions that were done?
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Hey, you may have heard that David Letterman is retiring! It's true! And unlike Brett Favre, he's probably going to stay retired! On Wednesday night, Letterman aired his final show, a well-earned farewell after decades of hilarity and absurdity. As part of the shenanigans, he invited an all-star panel of guests to offer up the final Top Ten list: "Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted To Say To Dave."
Among that august group were Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld ... and one Peyton Manning, who stepped onto the stage sporting Broncos colors and that forehead of his. Manning's joke was solid, though it didn't compare to the drop-the-mic hammer Julia Louis-Dreyfus threw down right before him. Poor Peyton. At least it wasn't Eli stealing his thunder this time.
Nice work, Peyton, and farewell Dave.
And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Everyone has an opinion on deflate-gate, and most of it doesn't matter. But it's different with Darrelle Revis, because he was there.
Revis, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots last season, has moved on from that lone season in New England pretty quickly. When the current New York Jets cornerback was asked by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta about deflate-gate and Tom Brady, he didn't sound like someone who just benefited from Brady's play in Super Bowl XLIX.
"(The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff," Revis said, according to Mehta. "You can't hide that … Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
When the New York Jets acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Houston Texans, many thought he would compete with Geno Smith for the team’s starting role at quarterback.
According to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, that won’t be the case.
Gailey said Wednesday that Smith will “probably” be the team’s starter in Week 1 and there won’t be a competition with Fitzpatrick (Gailey’s former QB in Buffalo) when training camp rolls around. In fact, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Gailey said “it wasn’t a thought” to have the two compete. It’s Smith’s job.
“He can make every throw in the book,”Gailey said.
Smith, a second-round pick in 2013, is 11-18 as a starter over the past two seasons. Inconsistent play cost him the starting role for part of the 2014 season, but he regained the job in Week 13 and showed some improvement down the stretch.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
If there was some kind of deal, that Robert Kraft accepting the NFL's deflate-gate punishment might positively affect Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension, Roger Goodell wasn't saying.
Goodell, during his news conference on Wednesday at the league's spring meetings in San Francisco, was asked directly if Kraft giving up the fight on the New England Patriots' punishment would impact Brady's appeal, which he will rule on.
"No," Goodell said.
And with that he looked around for the next question. Whether you believe that there was some deal in place between Kraft and Goodell is up to you, but Goodell denies it.