- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
After 10 days in which the NFL has been forced to come to terms with the specter of domestic violence among some high-profile players, Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on allegations of two incidents of aggravated assault that occurred over the summer. The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer from all team activities.
Tyler Baldwin of Arizona's 3TV first offered this news:
The Phoenix Police Department indicatedthat the incidents involving Dwyer's wife and 18-month-old child took place over the summer on July 21 and 22. Dwyer's wife left the state of Arizona shortly afterward and took their child with her. According to Phoenix police, Dwyer admitted to the incidents but denied any assault took place.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
A bettor in the Delaware Sports Lottery was less than one half of football away from winning $100,000 on a $5 bet, but the Indianapolis Coltscouldn't hold up their end of the deal.
The money was lost on this play:
The Colts, as you may recall, had a two-touchdown second-half lead on the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn't hold on, eventually losing 30-27. Tough news for their fans, even tougher news for the unnamed bettor.
See, he'd participated in Delaware's 15-team parlay, in which he bet on 15 different teams against the spread. And he'd won the previous 14, meaning all he needed to do was have Indianapolis win by a field goal or more. Alas.
"Honestly, we were rooting for the guy, starting with Sunday night's game," Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk told ESPN. "It was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout."
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• A breakdown of the latest Adrian Peterson news
• Some actual football discussion about Week 2's significant games
• Lightning round with Frank Schwab, hitting him with Qs about Eli, RG3, and more.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles1 day ago
It's been more than a month since an accident involving Tony Stewart claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr. at a race track in Ontario County, N.Y. In that time, Stewart has returned to driving in NASCAR. A police investigation into the event has concluded, and on Tuesday came the news that Stewart's case has been referred to an Ontario County grand jury. Here are answers to the most common questions surrounding Stewart's impending grand jury hearing.
What has happened from the time of the Ontario County police's investigation until now?
In the wake of the incident, Ontario County police maintained that there was nothing in their initial investigation to indicate that Kevin Ward Jr.'s death was anything more than a tragic accident.
As Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr., a criminal defense attorney with the Rochester, N.Y. firm of Brenna, Brenna & Boyce told Yahoo Sports, there were basically two options at that point: the police could have filed the charges themselves, or they could have taken the case to the Ontario County district attorney, who would then turn the case over to the grand jury.
Over the weekend, a Photoshopped alteration of a CoverGirl ad began circulating on social media, one which placed the NFL and, by association, its sponsors in a less-than-flattering light.
CoverGirl is the "Official Beauty Sponsor of the NFL," and the presumption is that its sponsorship is more geared at the 45 percent of the NFL's fans who are women. Thus, the image of a woman with a black eye is meant to put a face on domestic violence and pressure the NFL to remove commissioner Roger Goodell.
Here's another version:
CoverGirl has a line of makeup devoted specifically to each team, and thus has much more of a stake in the NFL's perceived treatment of women than other sponsors. On Tuesday, CoverGirl released the following statement to For The Win:
When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble.
VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation:
Vikings Message Board has been shut down permanently. It will not return. There are two primary reasons.
1. The Vikings' cowardly decision to reinstate a child abuser and think that an apology will make this blow over. We will not stand for this arrogance and we will no longer be the home of any support of the Vikings. We stand for those who cannot defend themselves.
The NFL is in real trouble right now, and it's going to take inspiring leadership, thoughtful solutions, and calm voices to help the league through these treacherous waters. Just don't look to Tom Brady to provide any of that.
Brady, speaking in his weekly radio interview on WEEI, has made it clear that he has no interest in speaking out about the cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson or the NFL's new domestic abuse policy.
"I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control," Brady said, according to the Providence Journal. "I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me."
This was the ugliest loss in the history of Levi's Stadium.
Yes, the Bears-49ers game was the first in the history of Levi's Stadium, but still ... it's going to be a long time before San Francisco fans witness a clunker this bad. San Francisco had a 17-point lead, the support of an enthralled home crowd, a chance to put the hated Seahawks a game down in the division ... and somehow, Jay Cutler beat them.
Yes, Jay Cutler, he of the surly demeanor and unreliable decisionmaking, threw for four touchdowns against a defense that wasn't supposed to let this kind of steamrolling happen. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and surrendered a fumble, all of which contributed to a loss so stunning neither Chicago nor San Francisco fans likely believe it really happened.
Every stadium opening brings with it a horde of firsts, and Levi's was no exception. San Francisco's Michael Crabtree scored the first touchdown, and teammate Phil Dawson kicked the first field goal. But after an early rush, the statistics began to turn against San Francisco.
In a week in which several of the league's biggest names were carried off the field with injuries, a rookie left the day's most lasting image: that of a wounded player being dragged away to satisfy referees and preserve a chance at winning.
The story: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down two to the St. Louis Rams in the closing seconds of the game, driving and trying to set up a field goal. Quarterback Josh McCown found rookie Mike Evans at the Rams' 32-yard line, and with eight seconds remaining, there appeared to be enough time to spike the ball and set up for a 49-yard field goal attempt.
But Evans, the No. 7 pick in this year's draft, suffered an injury on the play. And because Tampa Bay had no timeouts remaining, Evans had to get off the field or the game would end, because by rule 10 seconds would be run off the clock.
Problem was, Evans could barely move. So first his teammates, then his trainers tried to drag him away.
You can see it play out in this sequence:Thu, Sep 185:25 PM PDTTampa Bay at AtlantaPreview Game
Ray Rice is not going quietly into his indefinite suspension. Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension on Monday, Pro Football Talk reported.
Rice was involved in an altercation with his then-fiancee in February in an Atlantic City casino. This summer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games for his actions, in which he knocked his now-wife Janay Rice unconscious with a punch. However, when video of the actual punch surfaced last week, Goodell, under extreme public criticism, increased the suspension to "indefinite." Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, also cut ties with him. (For a complete timeline of the Rice case, click here.)