Shutdown Corner

  • Johnny Manziel lawyer withdraws after text mixup; no guilty plea

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago

    After mistakenly texting the Associated Press with confidential information about Johnny Manziel, one of Manziel's attorneys has withdrawn from representing him, according to Manziel's spokeswoman.

    Bob Hinton had sent the AP a long text message on Friday —  which he said later was meant for another attorney — that appeared to be a precursor to a plea bargain in Manziel's domestic violence assault case in Texas. Hinton expressed concern about Manziel's ability to stay clean in the text.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now]

    Now Hinton, who was  an associate counsel in the Manziel case , is no longer repping the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, who was released this offseason after a slew of incidents.

    Read More

  • Johnny Manziel attorney mistakenly sends text to AP about his case

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago

    Even by the standards of Johnny Manziel's 2016, the story the Associated Press reported on Friday is unbelievable.

    The AP reportedthat Manziel's lawyer Bob Hinton mistakenly sent the AP a long text message, which he said later was meant for another attorney, presumably discussing a plea bargain in Manziel's domestic violence assault case and apparently suggesting he believes Manziel might have trouble staying clean if that is part of any deal.

    "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," Hinton accidentally wrote to the AP, the news organization says.

    Hinton also wrote, the AP said, that he was emailed a "heads up" receipt "which purports to reflect" that Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store this week, 15 hours after an incident in which his car was hit and the other car that hit his drove off.

    Read More

  • Report: NFL to interview players named in Al-Jazeera America report

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 days ago

    More than six months after five current and now-former NFL players were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drug use, at least four will be interviewed by the league next month.

    According to a report by USA Today's Tom Pelissero, the NFL has notified the NFL Players' Association that it will conduct interviews with Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews III and Julius Peppers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison on the first day of their respective training camps.

    The Packers are scheduled to hold their first practice of camp on July 26, and the Steelers set to open July 29.

    Additionally, free agent linebacker Mike Neal, a former Packer, will be interviewed on or before July 22.

    However, the "strongly worded" (according to Pelissero) letter from Adolpho Birch, NFL vice president of labor policy and league affairs, to NFLPA counsel Heather McPhee makes no mention of Peyton Manning, the most prominent player named in the Al-Jazeera report.

    Read More

  • NFL, Florida-based teams give to OneOrlando fund

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 days ago

    The league's three Florida-based teams - the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers - have joined with the NFL Foundation to do a little good.

    It was announced on Friday that the four groups are combining to donate $400,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, created to support victims' families as well as survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre on June 12, in which 49 indivduals were killed.

    In a statement, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, " Our city has just begun to recover from the impact of the Pulse tragedy. The support of partners like the NFL and the NFL’s three Florida-based teams sends a signal to our City that we are not in this alone. The money we are raising will provide a way to help us respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support from across the globe.”

    If you'd like to donate to the OneOrlando Fund, you can do so here: oneorlando.org.

    Read More