The crowdsourcing effort by teams like the Ravens to determine whether Colin Kaepernick should have a job now has another factor to consider: Fans who believe Kaepernick is being unfairly shunned may shun pro football. In addition to online petitions that have lingered for the past few weeks, the Atlanta NAACP announced on Friday a boycott of the NFL. “There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP at a Friday press conference, via fox5atlanta.com.
Dedric Lawson was accused of walking out on an $88 tab, according to a police report obtained by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, but the general manager of the restaurant released a statement clearing the player of wrongdoing. Here’s what was alleged to have happened: Lawson was at a restaurant in Overton Square in Memphis at 1:30 a.m. when he was handed a bill for more than $88 by a waitress. Appearing on 92.9 FM, an ESPN radio station in Memphis, he said that he ordered two drinks worth a total of $10.50 and gave the waitress $12, but she wanted him to pay for drinks that were ordered by other people for other people.
Early Friday evening, the Washington Nationals announced that Max Scherzer wouldn’t start against the San Diego Padres tonight due to tightness in his neck, the second such instance in four starts in which the injury sidelined Scherzer. Later, the team announced that they had placed him on the 10-day DL with left neck inflammation. The Nats’ ace suffered from neck spasms in an earlier August start against the Miami Marlins, in which he exited after only one inning due to tightness in the right side of his neck, which a trip to the chiropractor supposedly cured. It seemed like a non-event of an injury, one that would ultimately end up being forgotten and meaningless on the Nationals’ inevitable journey to the postseason.