- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Rule number one in football, even if it’s unwritten: You can’t hit the other team’s coach.
Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, broke that rule Thursday night in a CFL game. The Montreal Alouettes wideout, who was on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster last year, had quite the sequence in the game against the Ottawa Redblacks.
Carter caught an incredible touchdown pass. Then he talked trash with the Ottawa bench, including Redbacks head coach Rick Campbell. After that Carter started a brawl. Then he was ejected. Quite the one minute of real-time action there, Duron.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 1, 2016
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Rolando McClain may be out of chances, at least in the NFL.
The former first-round pick has been suspended again, this time for the first 10 games of the 2016 season, for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.
McClain was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the same policy. When he returned, he started the Dallas Cowboys’ final 11 games, totaling two sacks, an interception he returned for a touchdown, and 80 tackles.
Dallas re-signed McClain to an incentive-laden deal earlier this year, with a base salary of $1.25 million, but one that had a $5 million max value and included a $750,000 signing bonus. Under the terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, McClain may have to repay the signing bonus.
The eighth overall pick in 2010 out of Alabama, McClain was released by the Oakland Raiders after the 2012 season; the team had deactivated him for its final five games that year. McClain has retired twice, in between spending a month with the Baltimore Ravens.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Not that anyone expects Manziel to return to an NFL roster anytime soon, but his path has gotten tougher with the news. Oh, and he likely will face a further suspension under the personal conduct policy, depending on what happens with his domestic abuse case in Texas.
But Manziel did find the time to tell his friends/stalkers at TMZ that he’s going to go completely sober starting this Friday. Good luck with that, Johnny.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Last Fourth of July, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made a life-altering decision to try to throw a lit firework. The explosion blew apart his right hand, putting his career and, for a brief time, even his life in doubt. He’s since returned to the field, but the damage the explosion did to his hand reverberated around the NFL.
Now, Pierre-Paul is taking the anniversary of his accident to remind people to play it safe around fireworks, and is doing so in the most striking way possible: by showing the damage the explosion did to his hand. Pierre-Paul lost most of two fingers and his thumb, as well as the opportunity for a generational-wealth contract, and now plays with a large mitt covering his right hand.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
San Diego’s hurdle to site a new stadium just got a little higher.
The California Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling allowing proposed tax increases like the one planned to pay for San Diego’s stadium to pass via a simple majority. That means that the measure to raise taxes to pay for the stadium must now pass by a two-thirds majority, not a simple one.
The Chargers’ ballot initiative seeks to raise the hotel tax to 16.5 percent from 12.5 percent to help pay for the city’s share of the $1.8 billion stadium project. The Chargers have committed $650 million, with the NFL contributing $300 million and another $350 million coming from the ownership group and the sales of personal seat licenses and the like.
The state Supreme Court’s decision to review the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s ruling means that it’s highly unlikely the ballot initiative will be reduced to the simple majority in time for the November ballot. The state Supreme Court typically takes years, not weeks, to review its cases.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL’s past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport’s history.
Do you know the story of Joe Delaney? You probably should.
Thirty three years ago this week, the life of a promising young running back — one who didn’t much like going in the water — came to an end as Delaney tried to save three young boys who appeared to be struggling to swim in a Louisiana water hole. One made it out; the other two drowned, along with Delaney.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
As a small minority of NFL players begin to speak out about the potential pain-management benefits of medical marijuana, they have at least one former player in their corner: Jake Plummer.
Plummer, who split 10 seasons between the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, was on BSN Denver this week, advocating for the use of cannabis for NFL players. Plummer has sharp aches and pains, but he apparently has not fallen victim to some of the maladies, like depression and addiction to painkillers that have afflicted former teammates.
So he’s speaking out, and took aim at one man in particular.
“I have a hard time with it because everybody says, ‘ Oh, poor NFL millionaires. Oh, you poor people.’ They don’t understand,” Plummer said. “Maybe they should have a little more to say about the owners that are billionaires, they’re not millionaires; they’re billionaires.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Reports leaked out of the camp of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earlier this weekthat sports notables like Mike Tyson, Bobby Knight, Mike Ditka, and NASCAR CEO Brian France would speak in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
The idea of an arch-conservative like Ditka preaching the virtues of Trump wasn’t surprising. One problem: nobody from Trump’s team reached out to Ditka himself, and Ditka has declined to speak.
“No one’s ever talked to me about it,” Ditka told the Chicago Tribune. “I have no idea where it’s coming from.” Shortly afterward, Trump himself apparently reached out to Ditka, but Iron Mike gave him the same answer: “I spoke with Mr. Trump this afternoon and he invited me. But I don’t think I’m going to go.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that Andrew Luck would receive a new deal prior to the holiday weekend. Irsay beat the deadline and didn’t back down from that statement — in fact, he broke the news on Twitter.
Of course, it was lacking some details — you know, such as years, total money, guaranteed dollars, Luck’s full name …
Andrew has signed through 2021
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 29, 2016
The Colts’ official Twitter account backed it up seconds later. They added Luck’s last name in a fancy graphic, which is nice.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 29, 2016
So Jim … about the money?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
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Johnny Manziel currently isn’t an active player on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t mean — so the league says — that it isn’t trying to help him.
The NFL says it has tried to help Johnny Manziel. But he apparently doesn’t want any now. (Getty Imagine)
We saw Manziel’s salute to his father on Tuesday as he embarked on a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that showed the divide between father, who called him a “druggie,” and son. And even if Manziel’s chemical problems are not as bad as Dad makes them out to be, the out-of-work quarterback still has no job in the NFL and a pending court case that might levy him a suspension in the league even if he should find his way back.
Still, the NFL says it’s helping him. Or trying to.