- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The NFL Players Association was put in a tough spot with former Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension. It's safe to assume it didn't want to appear to be condoning domestic violence. But there's also good reason to believe that Rice's rights as a union member were violated by commissioner Roger Goodell as he tried to make up for his own mistakes.
The NFLPA officially filed an appeal on behalf of Rice on Tuesday, with a carefully worded statement that made it clear it was protecting the rights of "all NFL players," not necessarily siding with Rice and his actions:
"Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators."
If you knew nothing about the NFL before Sept. 4, were dropped in and watched the first two weeks and had to determine the best team in the NFL just off that, the answer would be easy.
It's the Cincinnati Bengals. It's not particularly close, either.
In Week 1, the Bengals played very well in a road win against the Ravens. Four days later, the Ravens looked phenomenal against the Steelers. The Falcons couldn't be stopped against the Saints in a Week 1 win. Then Atlanta played Cincinnati, and the Falcons didn't score until deep into the fourth quarter when the game's result was not in doubt anymore. Also, the Bengals won that game without their best player, receiver A.J. Green, who left early with a toe injury.
The Bengals' defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The offense has a lot of playmakers. They have been dominant in both games. So are they the best team in the NFL?
I'll explain here:
Anyone who tuned into the Vikings' press conference announcing their decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson, despite his indictment for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a switch, might have noticed that the Radisson hotel logo appeared on the banner that acted as a backdrop. It was hard to miss, considering it appeared all over the banner behind general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer as they spoke about deciding tolet Peterson's case unfold in the legal system while he plays.
Radisson must not have liked that look too much, because on Monday evening it announced it is suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings.
The Radisson hotel chain announced on its website and Twitter that it is suspending its limited sponsorship with the Vikings. The Radisson brand of hotels is operated by the Carlson Hotel Group, which is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Here is Radisson's statement:
A few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in which he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch, KHOU in Houston reported there was a separate incident last year in which Peterson allegedly hit his son and left a scar.
KHOU in Houston said Peterson hit a different 4-year-old son last year, leaving a scar on the boy's forehead. That can be used as evidence in the current investigation, the report said.
TMZ reported, citing sources, that the case "went nowhere" because he did not strike the child, but the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.
Here is what Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told KHOU:
San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick tried to play off the inappropriate language penalty he received during "Sunday Night Football" by denying it altogether.
"I didn't say anything," Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area.
That's pretty tough to believe. Actually impossible to believe. And the side judge who called the penalty refuted Kaepernick's dubious claim that he got a 15-yard penalty for saying nothing at all.
“He knows what he said,” side judge Laird Hayestold CSNBayArea.com on Monday.
What did Kaepernick say? Hayes wouldn't say. It's probably fairly easy to narrow it down.
When asked if Robert Griffin III would return from a dislocated ankle this season, Redskins coach Jay Gruden answered with an emphatic "yes."
Gruden said there's no fracture for Griffin, that he'll be in a cast a couple weeks and then the Redskins can start to figure out when Griffin can return.
When asked who starts upon Griffin's return if Kirk Cousins plays well in Griffin's absence, Gruden wasn't so emphatic.
"We'll cross that bridge when that comes," Gruden said in his scheduled Monday press conference, which was streamed on the Redskins' site. "Right now we're going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter, and Robert is going to rehab, and then all decisions after that will come after that."
The NFL, which has been greatly criticized the past few weeks over not caring enough about women in its fan base, will have four women help shape the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policies, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported.
Anna Isaacson, the league's vice president of community affairs and philanthropy, will be promoted to vice president of social responsibility. Pelissero reported that Lisa Friel, the former head of the sex crimes prosecution unit in the New York County District Attorney's Office, NO MORE co-founder Jane Randel and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will be retained as senior advisers.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the moves in a letter to owners, which USA Today published in full.
The NFL has strict rules on wearing sporting apparel from companies that aren't league sponsors during postgame media interviews. That's apparently why Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III turned his religious T-shirt inside out before meeting with the media on Sunday.
Griffin was wearing a "Know Jesus Know Peace" shirt in the locker room, as he prepared to talk to the media about his dislocated left ankle injury. By the time he got to the podium, he turned the shirt inside out, as Washington Post's Dan Steinberg pointed out.
The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating running back Adrian Peterson after benching him for just one game.
Peterson was indicted last Friday in a child injury case, after allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch as punishment last May. The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against New England. They announced on Monday morning that Peterson will return to practices and meetings, and is expected to play this Sunday against New Orleans.
While the NFL looks into the allegations, the Vikings decided that they would let the case play out in the courts and let Peterson play while that happens. Peterson surrendered Saturday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and was released on $15,000 bail. Peterson's trial is likely to be in 2015, after the NFL season, NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Willie Young had two sacks on Sunday night for the Bears, and of course, two sack dances. The first one was a quick "reel 'em in" fishing themed dance.
The second one was ... let's say elaborate. I didn't time it, but this fishing-themed dance seemed like it took about four minutes. The 49ers ran their third down play while Young was waiting for a bite on the line, I'm pretty sure.
And this was the greatest sack dance ever.
Willie Young’s sack dance was phenomenal
Willie young has a fantastic sack dance!!
Or was it the worst sack dance ever?
Dude from the Bears has the worst sack dance game in history.
This fishing rod sack dance is one of the worst sack dances I've ever seen
Or maybe it's just confusing.
The rest of the team is not exactly sure what to make of Willie Young's sack dance
willie young's "fishing angler" sack dance was the worst sack dance i've ever seen & that's exactly what makes it the best sack dance ever.
I think we can all agree on that.
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