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  • Jaguars' Dan Skuta recently arrested for battery on woman

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner59 mins ago

    Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was recently arrested in Orlando, charged with battery after he allegedly got violent with a woman who rebuffed his advances.

    First reported by Jacksonville TV station CBS 47, Skuta was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 19 on misdemeanor battery charges.

    According to the police report, a friend of the victim approached an officer and said her friend had been hit by a man, and identified the “tall male subject.” The officer detained the man, identified as Skuta.

    The victim alleges that she and her friend were on the sidewalk when approached by Skuta, and Skuta began chatting and flirting with the victim. When Skuta asked for her phone number, she said no, and, the police report says, a verbal altercation ensued.

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

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 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texting the Associated Press with confidential information about Johnny Manziel, one of Manziel's attorneys has withdrawn from representing him, according to Manziel's spokeswoman.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.

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    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.

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago

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    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.

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  • 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.

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