Shutdown Corner

  • Giants' Pierre-Paul gets big victory in court, paving way for trial in ESPN, Schefter lawsuit

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago

    A U.S. District court judge on Thursday denied a motion from ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter to dismiss Jason Pierre-Paul’s invasion of privacy lawsuit, paving the way for a potential trial.

    As outlinedby Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann, the ruling by Judge Marcia Cooke was a bench ruling, meaning it was read aloud in court; Cooke will explain her decision in a subsequent written order.

    Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit stems from a Schefter tweet on July 8, 2015 that showed a copy of Pierre-Paul’s medical chart and that he had undergone a finger amputation in the wake of his July 4 fireworks accident.

    Before Schefter’s tweet, it was known that Pierre-Paul had been in some sort of accident, but the extent was unclear.

    The reaction to his post was mostly condemnation, as fans went after Schefter for doing something “unethical” and telling him he should be ashamed. Many also mentioned HIPAA laws, which ensure protection of individuals’ medical information.

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  • Tom Coughlin, John Mara together on NFL's competition committee? It appears so

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago

    Tom Coughlin’s resignation from the New York Giants was an awkward affair. But he and Giants owner John Mara now will be on the same committee together again.

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the out-of-work Coughlin joins two other prominent newcomers to the influential committee.

    Along with John Elway and Bruce Arians, former NYG HC Tom Coughlin also has been added to NFL's competition committee, per source.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2016

    Coughlin, who turns 70 next week, led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories but stepped down from the team following the 2015 season under strange circumstances. The divorce couldn’t have been summed up better than in the way the two passed each other at the Giants’ facility after Coughlin gave his farewell speech.

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  • Cleveland trades Barkevious Mingo to New England

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago

    As a player who was the sixth overall pick in his draft, Barkevious Mingo hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being such a lofty selection.

    If it wasn’t obvious that the Cleveland Browns weren’t happy with Mingo when they declined to pick up the fifth-year optionon his rookie deal, on Thursday we got crystal-clear proof: the Browns traded him to the New England Patriots.

    New England confirmed the trade; Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Patriots gave the Browns a 2017 fifth-round pick for Mingo.

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Mingo wasn’t a fit for the new Hue Jackson regime in Cleveland.

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  • Texans lose expected rookie starter at center for season with ankle injury

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago

    Nick Martin, the overwhelming favorite to be the Houston Texans’ starting center as a rookie, is now done for the 2016 season. He underwent ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.

    A second-round pick out of Notre Dame, Martin — the brother of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin — had looked the part in the early going before suffering the injury and serious damage to his ankle during a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. Martin also had been slowed by a back injury, although that was believed to be less serious.

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    Although he had not played in either preseason game, Martin projected to start. Head coach Bill O’Brien extolled the rookie’s toughness, intelligence and athleticism.

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