The Aaron Hernandez story came to a tragic end earlier this week when the former star tight end of the New England Patriots was found hanging in his prison cell in what has since been ruled a suicide. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player and friend Odin Llyod. More details have been coming to light in the wake of Hernandez’s death, revealing just how troubled Hernandez may have been, and how he possibly posed a threat to everyone around him, including reporters. Just ask NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, who was a Patriots beat writer back in 2010 when Hernandez was drafted by the Pats.
The Giants consistently have said that the supposed smoking-gun email implicating quarterback Eli Manning in memorabilia fraud was taken out of context and does not show that he actually wanted to dupe purchasers of game-used helmets with helmets not actually used in a game. According to ESPN.com, lawyers representing the Giants and Manning have claimed in a court filing that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in that case deliberately omitted “relevant evidence” to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a scheme to defraud. The claims were made in a formal request to ask the presiding judge to uphold an agreement that information regarded as confidential would not be disclosed publicly. The Giants’ lawyers also contend that the plaintiffs “cherry-picked” the email that seems to show Eli’s involvement, in order to make him look bad publicly.
The NFL officially announced the 2017 regular season schedule earlier this week, and to say the New York Giants got hosed would be an understatement. The Giants have, by far, the toughest schedule in the NFL. Four of their first six games are on the road, their first two in primetime, they play four teams coming off of their bye week, have split west coast games and play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Oh yeah, based on the 2016 standings, they also face the eight-hardest strength of schedule in the league. Despite it all, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says they will approach it one game at a time and make the best of a bad situation. “I know we have three of our first four