Jay Busbee

  • Michael Vick has nearly paid off his $18 million debt

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Prison will always define Michael Vick. But in a very tangible way, he's almost shed one of the heaviest burdens of his days behind bars: an $18 million debt.

    Vick's career out of prison, six seasons, is now as long as his career before it. But as ESPN's Darren Rovell notes, much of the second half of Vick's career, which is now in low gear in New York, has been spent paying off a $17.8 million debt to creditors. Vick declared bankruptcy while in prison on federal dogfighting charges in July 2008.

    Vick has spent the last five years on a budget in an effort to pay back creditors. Vick had to pay back the Atlanta Falcons $6.5 million in salary, among many others.

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  • Ray Rice video investigator gathers records from 500 NFL employees

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    The key questions remaining in the Ray Rice spousal abuse investigation remain: What did the NFL know and when did it know it?

    An investigation into those questions is digging deep into NFL personnel's correspondence.

    In July, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell served Rice with a two-game suspension for striking his then-fianceé in an Atlantic City elevator in February. However, when a videotape of the incident became public in September, Goodell increased that suspension to indefinite. Rice appealed that decision, saying the league office had knowledge of and access to the incriminating videotape at the time of the initial punishment. Rice won that appeal and is currently available to be signed by any team.

    Meanwhile, former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III is leading an investigation into whether the NFL actually had the videotape earlier than its public release. According to two AP sources, Mueller has ordered nearly 500 employees in the NFL's New York offices to turn over phone and email records to Mueller.

  • Judge: No Patriots gear in Aaron Hernandez trial courthouse

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The judge presiding over the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end has taken steps to ensure that the Bristol County (Mass.) courthouse will not resemble Gillette Stadium.

    “No person wearing clothing, or a button or other object attached to clothing, or carrying an object that displays any Patriots or other NFL team logo, football-related insignia, or words and/or a photograph that relate in any way to this case will be permitted entry to the Fall River Justice Center during any phase of the trial,” wrote Judge E. Susan Garsh in a pretrial order.

    The motivation behind the order is to preserve an atmosphere of decorum and safety for all participants. Garsh also laid out specific routines for family members, the general public, and the media to observe during the trial.

    Jury selection begins Jan. 5.

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  • How much time should Johnny Manziel get to prove himself? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:

    • Which 11-win team will miss the playoffs? (Starting at the 0:30 mark)

    • Which coaches are on the hot seat, aside from the obvious? (11:48 mark)

    • What chances at success does Johnny Manziel really have? (16:16 mark)

    • Lightning round quick-hit questioning on Jacksonville, Buffalo, the AFC North, and so much more (25:22 mark)

    All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...

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  • No, Tim Tebow is not going to play quarterback for the Cardinals

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Tell your Facebook friends: no, Tim Tebow is not going to the Cardinals.

    Facebook allows your friends to share all kinds of fascinating information with the world, but if your friends are either 1. not well-versed in how Internet gags work or 2. not very smart, chances are they'll happily pass along this little tidbit from satire site Daily Leak.

    a LOT of people are falling for the fake story that Cardinals signed Tebow. https://t.co/XXsKxSzhWI pic.twitter.com/nYyFG5wyeF

    It's a joke, folks, like the one about Facebook coming to steal your pets or the one where the Redskins swap in a new quarterback every 15 minutes. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

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    So, no, he won't be playing for Arizona this season. Washington, on the other hand ... we wouldn't put anything past those guys.

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  • Andrew Hawkins on T-shirt: 'Justice should be the goal of every American'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins drew both praise and grief for hisdecision to wear a "Justice" T-shirt prior to Cleveland's gameagainst the Cincinnati Bengals. Hawkins sought to bring awareness to the cases of Tamir Rice and John Crawford III, two recent Ohio instances where individuals were shot and killed by police under debatable circumstances.

    Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins wore a “Justice for #TamirRice and #JohnCrawford” T-Shirt over his jersey today! pic.twitter.com/tLP9D4xNqh

    Cleveland police were not pleased. "It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law," Cleveland police union head Jeff Follmer said in a brusque, tone-deaf statement. "They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland police protect and serve the Browns stadium, and the Browns organization owes us an apology."

  • Report: NFL initially promised Adrian Peterson a two-game suspension

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Adrian Peterson remains suspended over child abuse charges, having lost an appeal for reinstatement. However, new evidence has surfaced that seems to bolster Peterson's claim that he was promised one degree of punishment and served another.

    ABC News has obtained audio of a call between Peterson and NFL executive vice-president of operations Troy Vincent, recorded Nov. 12, in which Vincent seemed to promise a two-game suspension. Instead, Peterson was suspended indefinitely.

    "Two additional games, not time served?" Peterson asks on the recording.

    "No, no, no," Vincent replies. "It's just the one this weekend. So really, it's just next week and you ... you're rolling. You're back."

    Six days after this recording, made in the offices of Peterson's attorneys while Vincent was on a speakerphone, the NFL handed down its suspension. At issue: a meeting on Nov. 14 that Peterson skipped because his attorneys claimed it was not a mandatory one. But Vincent seems to imply that Peterson needed to toe the line in every way in order to get the two-game suspension.

    "So, two games?" Peterson asks at another point.

  • NJ governor Chris Christie hangs with Jerry Jones, is a Cowboys fan

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Look, you can understand why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be a Cowboys fan. It's not like there's a pro football team in New Jersey, right?

    Oh, wait, right. Well, the Cowboys were playing the Eagles on Sunday night, and it's not like the Eagles have much of a presence in Jersey, right?

    "Nah, there are no Eagles fans in New Jersey." pic.twitter.com/v9xdBonzSS

    Hmm. Well. Cowboys fandom thus may not sit so well with much of Christie's constituency. But according to the governor's own people, he's been a Cowboys fan since the days of Roger Staubach. So you can imagine that it was quite the thrill for him to spend some time in the suite of Jerry Jones:

    But Christie's presence didn't sit so well with the quick-react masses on Twitter:

    Mark it down: Chris Christie's Presidential run ended in Jerry Jones suite.

    Cheering for the Cowboys is an odd way for Chris Christie to announce he doesn't believe he can be elected president, but whatever.

    Chris Christie likes the Cowboys, the Mets, and Mitt Romney.It's been a rough decade.

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  • Music City Miracle II was a bust ... or was it?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Titans-Jets game on Sunday afternoon was a strange one. First off, it ended at 16-11 Jets, the first game in NFL history ever to end by such a score. But it also very nearly ended on the kind of miracle play that once, a long time ago, sent Tennesee to the Super Bowl. (Yes, really.)

    Cast your mind back to 2000, when the Titans were playing the Bills (man, this WAS a long time ago) in an AFC wild card game. The Bills had gone ahead 16-15 with 16 seconds remaining, but on the ensuing kickoff the Titans executed a lateral-and-runback that sent Tennesee to victory and an eventual Super Bowl berth.

    Nothing so auspicious was on the line here, but watch the video: once the lateraling gets going and the possibility of a last-second game-winner becomes clear, you can't help but get excited. And when the play ends just yards short of the end zone, you can't help but feel cheated.

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  • Andrew Hawkins wears protest T-shirt, Cleveland police aren't pleased

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    NFL players continue to use their platform to bring awareness to social issues despite backlash from police organizations and some fans.

    This week, it was Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who wore a T-shirt reading "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III" during pregame warmups and introductions:

    Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins wore a “Justice for #TamirRice and #JohnCrawford” T-Shirt over his jersey today! pic.twitter.com/tLP9D4xNqh

    If the Browns follow the same path as other teams whose players have taken public stands on social issues, there will be no apology.

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