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NFL player was being bullied you have got to be kidding

When I first heard that an NFL player was claiming to be the victim of bullying I must admit that I laughed. The thought of one of these huge mountain men being the victim of bullying seemed ridiculous, but the laughing stopped when I started reading the facts. Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin claims his veteran teammate Richie Incognito has been brutally harassing him. The harassment has included racial epithets, threats of murder and threats to family members. The behavior went way beyond rookie hazing. The behavior seems almost criminal, but the big question for me is how did this terrorism go on without management’s knowledge? The Miami Dolphins are standing around looking stunned but they know what goes on in their own locker room. Bad behavior is an accepted part of professional sports. Richie Incognito was a leader in the locker room and he had power sanctioned by the team and he abused that power when he allegedly abused Martin. What makes this story different is it has gone from being an ESPN story to being a CNN story. Sure now there will be an investigation because we know about it. Martin left the team last week because he was done with it but he did not say why. Martin feared if he outed the team he might not be able to get on another NFL team. He was content to be silent until the Miami Dolphins dismissed the suggestion that there was something amiss in the team locker room. Martin’s agent produced voicemails that may be the thing that substantiates Martin’s claim. The sad thing is that NFL players around the league see this situation differently. Some thing Incognito crossed the line and other simply think this is normal locker room high jinks. It will be interesting to see if Martin finds another team. The word is the Miami Dolphins are cutting their ties with Incognito, but how will martin fare some will see him as a whiner, a snitch, not a team player and being a part of a team is why Martin suffered in silence.

Ray Lewis said the Patriots had to know something about the activities of Aaron Hernandez…did the Ravens know who Lewis was hanging with in 2000?

Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Raven and arguebly the greatest linebacker of his era made his ESPN debut yesterday. Lewis asserted that the Patriots had to know something about Aaron Hernadez’ activities, but that begs the question what do the teams know about the things players do on their off hours. Lewis was involved in an incident at the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta in which 2 men lost their lives. Lewis eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge but did the Ravens know who he was associating with? Lewis needs to be careful because you need to be without sin before you cast stones, and most of us are not.


Why would Dan Patrick ask Joe Flacco if Ray Lewis scares him?

Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis is passionate about football, and he is not afraid to show it. He plays hard and he is an inspiration to his team. His teammates respect his play and yes his passion. Tonight Flacco was interviewed during the half time of the Pro Bowl NBC Dan Patrick asked Flacco if Ray Lewis scared him. Patrick must have pulled this question out of his stupid question file. One is left wondering why would he ask this question. Share your thoughts.

Is it arrogant for Tim Tebow to try to trademark “tebowing”?

Did Tim Tebow create the act of bowing in deference to God after some kind of sporting achievement? The answer would be no. So what makes him think he could trademark it? Sure he probably can claim the word but not the act. What do you think? Arrogant or on the mark?


Eric Winston lectures the Kansas City fans for cheering downed quarterback, but is this the new normal?

Yesterday Kansas City Chief quarterback Matt Cassels got knocked out and his own fans cheered. His teamate Eric Winston lectured the fans on their bad behavior. He said that this is the game they have chosen but they are not gladiators and the behavior of the fans was simply unacceptable. As you listen to him talk you feel his passion, but has bad behavior simply become the new norm? We are seeing parents jump on referees at their kids games, we are seeing children defy their teachers and their parents side with them, yesterday a tape was released that showed two bridal parties brawling at their wedding reception venues. So is it surprising that a crowd of 70K would show no humanity when their quarterback goes down? I am in no way excusing their bad behavior I am just saying this is happening everywhere and the question is not where is the civility, the real question is does anyone know the definition of civility?


Warren Sapp declares bankruptcy…how did it happen?

How do you go from earning millions to bankruptcy? Just ask Warren Sapp, Terrell Owens, Allen Iverson or Dennis Rodman. They will have different stories with similar sad endings. Back in the day when athletes did not have faniancil planners at their disposal it might have been understandable but now it just seems pitiful, but it is hard to pitty millionaires who squander their fortunes when ther are so many people living on far less and making ends meet. Read the linked story and share your thoughts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/warren-sapp-the-latest-multimillionaire-athlete-to-file-for-bankruptcy/2012/04/09/gIQAErXz5S_blog.html

Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis is Helping Hudson River Survivor

A couple of months ago a distraught mother drove herself and her kids into the Hudson River. The oldest kid managed to escape but he still needs help. Baltimore raven Ray Lewis and other current and former players have taken an interest in the boy. This morning the Today show profiled his progress.  too often we only talk about athletes when they do something criminal or crazy it is nice to see them doing something good simply because it is the right thing to do.


NFL Lockout Makes some Players seek “Payday Loans”

Payday loans are usually associated with low income wage earners. They seek out these loans as a bridge between one paycheck to another. These loans usually carry high interest rates. The NFL lockout has created a need for this kind of loan for cash-strapped players. Some would ask how did these high income players get in this situation? The simple answer is some of them live from one big paycheck to the next and with the lockout the checks aren’t coming but the bigs ar still coming. it is sad to see players securing thes high risk loans when they have only been locked out for one month. “A spokesperson for the NFLPA declined comment on the high-risk loans players are securing. But at a time when the players are engaged in a financial war of attrition with the owners, the fact that players are already in need of funding — after only one month of lockout negotiations — appears troubling. And the longer the lockout drags on, the greater the percentage of players who will aggressively seek out needed revenue. And that aggressive pursuit could eventually have long-term consequences. “What’s going to happen here, and it’s going to happen to a lot of people, is these guys who are getting loans aren’t going to have the means to pay them back,” the financial adviser said. “They’re going to lose their homes. Their credit is going to be shot.” “It’s unfortunate and not the way it should be, but it is the situation we find ourselves in.” Are you surprised that NFL players are this cash strapped? Tell me what you think.


Does Lawrence Taylor Have any remorse?

Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor had sex with an underage prostitute. He received 6 years probation and he is now a registered sex offender. Yesterday he appeared on Fox News with Shepard Smith. Taylor seemed to be almost flippant in his response to questions regarding have sex with a child. He simply described her as a “working girl.” Did Taylor receive celebrity justice? Tell me what you think.

Memo to Dan Hampton: It is Never Appropriate to Use Human Tragedy as a Punchline

 “There are TV analysts who choose their words poorly, there are people who really stick their feet in their mouths, and then there’s Dan Hampton. Hampton, the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears defensive lineman, made what will (I hope) go down as the most offensive comment of the 2010 football season when he was previewing Thursday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints for the Pro Football Weekly television show. Said Hampton, “The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina. I really can’t imagine what on earth made Hampton think a Hurricane Katrina reference was a clever line to insert into his prediction for a game being played in New Orleans, but I feel confident saying that Hampton will open next week’s show with an apology.”* If he’s on next week’s show at all.” Some things should never be used as a punchline. What’s next… the defense is going to tear up that offense like the planes that hit the Twin Towers? No some things are off limits and Hurricane Katrina is definitely one of those things.

*NBC sports

UPDATE: Monday Night 9/6/10 Dan Hampton apologized for his  Katrina comment.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment comment intended strictly as a metaphor for the storm-like intensity I believe the Vikings will bring to their rematch with the Saints, and it simply never occurred to me that anyone could read anything more than that into it. I have nothing but the deepest respect and greatest admiration for the people of the Gulf Coast, and I am horrified that even one of you would think I would make light of the terror Katrina wrought, and that I have clearly offended so many of you. I realize now it was a terrible choice of words, and I offer absolutely no excuses. I screwed up, about as badly as I could, and I am deeply and profoundly sorry.”