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Trial Set To Begin In Ex-NFL Player’s Road-Rage Killing

(Gretna, LA) –  The trial in a road-rage shooting that left former NFL football player Joe McKnight dead was set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb.

Ronald Gasser, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 2016, shooting of the local high school football star.03glasser_xp-master768McKnight, 28, was a running back, considered a top recruit when he came out of John Curtis Christian School. He played college ball at Southern California before three seasons with the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Police said the confrontation took place as the men were traveling over a Mississippi River bridge in New Orleans and on roads in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

Jury selection was set to begin in the courtroom of state District Judge Ellen Kovach. Gasser’s attorneys have cast McKnight as the aggressor and are expected to argue Gasser shot in self-defense.

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NFL Questioning Panthers Over Newton’s Quick Return

(New Orleans, LA) – – The NFL’s concussion policy is in the headlines again with the Carolina Panthers under pressure from the league for quickly clearing quarterback Cam Newton to return to their playoff game after a hard shot to the head.

Newton collapsed while jogging off the field. NFL officials have contacted the Panthers medical staff about why he wasn’t taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a possible concussion yesterday. The staff cleared Newton and he returned to the field for the Panthers’ next possession.
He threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey on his third play back. After the game, Newton said it was his eye, not his head that was injured. The Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-26.

If You Can’t Beat Em’…Join Em’ Kaepernick Wants In On Diddy NFL Ownership Plan

(SL) – Colin Kaepernick is having no luck finding a team to hire him so now he wants to buy an NFL club. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback says he’s interested in joining an ownership group aiming to buy the Carolina Panthers.

stephen-curry-diddy-panthers-1200x806Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly is heading the group. Kaepernick tweeted Monday that he wants in. So does Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who grew up and played college ball near Charlotte, where the Panthers are based.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday night he plans to sell the team after the season ends. The 81-year-old owner is facing claims of sexual harassment and directing racial slurs at club employees.

You See That Crack? As Kushner Faces Russia Probe Deadline, Trump Takes To Twitter To Bash The Media

(SL) – President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has until the end of today to hand over more documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It’s part of the committee’s probe into Russian election interference. The lawmakers are looking for any records of transcripts of Kushner’s interviews with other Congressional committees, anything related to WikiLeaks, his White House security clearance and contact with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.GettyImages-658583276The pressure is getting hotter and hotter with  Trump doing everything he can to take the focus off of the probe. Withing the past few days he attacked NFL players once again, started in on immigration and travel bans and today he went to Twitter to bash the networks.

Forty-Five tweeted, “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”

It’s not entirely clear what set off this latest twitter attack. Trump also tweeted “Back in D.C., big week for Tax Cuts and many other things of great importance to our Country. Senate Republicans will hopefully come through for all of us. The Tax Cut Bill is getting better and better. The end result will be great for ALL!”

Mama, There Goes That Man! Julio Jones Sets Record For Most 250 Yard Games!

(SL)  — Julio Jones racked up 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the Buccaneers 34-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Wide Receiver set a records with his standout performance.

Jones became the first player to record three games of more than 250 yards in a career, surpassed Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards and Anquan Boldin for most receptions for a player through his first 90 NFL games.

24131262_1741397529217299_8770975197822633611_nPost game, quarterback Matt Ryan said, “If we could just dial up 250 yards from him every week, it would be a pretty good recipe for success. He’s so explosive. He’s an unbelievable talent and an unbelievable competitor.”23844785_1741397565883962_4312240803940137512_nRyan himself finished 26-of-35 for 317 yards and a TD, while wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a 51-yard touchdown pass to which Coach Quinn jokingly said he became confident with Sanu at QB after he completed the pass, especially after he wobbled the snap a little.

Sanu’s perfect pass rate left fans calling for him to play various other position all of which Coach Quinn said being the athlete that he is, he could probably do them all.
Tevin Coleman ran for 97 yards and two scores hours after his significant other had twins. The Falcons, who have won three in-a-row to improve to 7-and-4 on the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-of-44 for 283 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for Tampa, which slipped to 4-and-7.  Peyton Barber had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the setback. The Falcons will host the Vikings on Sunday while the Buccaneers will hit the road to play the Packers.

Jameis Winston Denies Groping Uber Driver

(SL) – The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016. The league’s investigation was first reported Friday by Buzz Feed News, which viewed a letter it said was sent from NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel to the Uber driver.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN that the “allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have.”In the letter to the unnamed woman, Friel wrote: “The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston. The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter. “
The Buccaneers released a statement that they are aware of an allegation.
“We are in the process of obtaining further information regarding today’s media report. We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL,” the team statement said.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters Friday he was “just finding out” about the allegation.Winston was not on the field with the Buccaneers on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He has not practiced all week because of a shoulder injury.
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The Uber driver told Buzz Feed News that she picked up Winston in Scottsdale, Ariz., around 2 a.m. local time on March 13, 2016. The driver alleged Winston “behaved poorly” as soon as he got in the car, and then asked her to stop at a drive-thru restaurant during the ride.While in line, the driver said Winston, who was the only passenger in the car, reached over and “grabbed” her crotch for three to five seconds.The driver told Buzz Feed News that she reported the incident to Uber at the time.
An Uber spokesman told ESPN that the “behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong. The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident. “Winston was in Arizona for Kurt Warner’s annual “Ultimate Football Experience” event during the weekend that the incident allegedly occurred.
Winston denied that accusation in a statement posted to social media on Friday afternoon.
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago,” Winston said in the statement. “The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her.  The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.”I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in anyway.”
Uber confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that on March 13,2016, a driver in Arizona reported the incident allegedly involving Winston shortly after the trip in question. Uber’s community guidelines prohibit any kind of sexual conduct.
The newspaper listened to a voicemail from Uber to Winston informing him that his account had been placed on hold pending an investigation into “inappropriate behavior.””Hi Jameis, this is Chris calling from the Uber office,” according to a call that a Times reporter listened to Friday. “I’m following up on a report we had from one of your recent trips where you or someone in the vehicle with you had some inappropriate behavior. I just want to follow up and get some more information on that.”

Hours After Losing His Son, Marquise Goodwin Helps Lead 49ers To First Victory Of The Season

(SL) – Marquise and Morgan Goodwin officially shared news that they were expecting a baby back in September. Since then, Morgan has been sharing pics of her pregnancy glow on her Instagram page as they were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new son.

464A260500000578-5077145-image-a-35_1510581892407On Sunday, something went wrong. Images of Goodwin kneeling and crying before the game now make sense. Post game, the NFL player posted a pic of him touching his son’s tiny hand after he helped San Francisco snag their first win of the season.

After thanking friends and fans for their prayers and support, he said:

“Unfortunately we lost our baby boy due to some complications, and had to prematurely deliver him early this morning around 4am.  Although we are hurt, I am grateful for the experience and grateful that God blessed me with a wife as courageous and resilient as Morgan.  ‘The pain (physically, mentally, & emotionally) that she has endured is unbelievable. Please Pray for the Goodwin family.”

Morgan and Marquise met at the University of Texas at Austin where it is believed that they both ran track. Marquise also competed for Team USA in the 2012 Olympics in the long jump.
The couple got married last year. This would’ve been there first child together. Goodwin blew kisses to the sky after catching a pass from QB CJ Beathard that turned into an 83-yard touchdown. The 49ers beat the Giants 31-21.

 

Aaron Hernandez Had Severe Case Of CTE

(SL)  – A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered the most severe case of CTE she’s evediscovered in a person his age, damage that would have significantly impacted his decision-making, judgment and cognition.

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Dr. Ann McKee, the head of the CTE Center at Boston University, called Hernandez’s brain “one of the most significant contributions to our work” because of its pristine condition. Doctors diagnosed Hernandez with Stage 3 CTE, which researchers hadnever seen in a brain younger than 46 years old, McKee said.
His brain had significant damage to the front lobe, which impacts a person’s ability to make decisions and moderate behavior.
The Daily Mail reports, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repeated hits to the head.  Over time, these hard impacts result in confusion, depression, dementia, explosiveness, aggression, and suicidal thoughts.
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Researchers are still unclear on how CTE affects behavior, but a growing swell of studies is offering some answers.
  • CTE sufferers have clumps of tau protein built up in the frontal lobe, which controls emotional expression and judgment (similar to dementia)
  • This interrupts normal functioning and blood flow in the brain, disrupting and killing nerve cells
  • By stage 3 – i.e. Hernandez’s stage – the tau deposits expand from the frontal lobe (at the top) to the temporal lobe (on the sides). This affects the amygdala and the hippocampus, which controls emotion and memory
The disgraced star had a $41 million NFL contract when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with the murder of a semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
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Lloyd was the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister. He was found dead in an industrial park on June 17, 2013, riddled with bullets. Surveillance footage showed Hernandez at the scene an hour before, then arriving at home minutes after gunshots were fired.
In April 2015, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison, Hernandez was charged with another killing – a double murder committed by a drive-by shooting. But in April this year, he was acquitted of both charges.  The next day, he took his own life.
His family has since filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez’s four-year-old daughter Avielle, claiming the club and the league knew about the connections between football and CTE long before Hernandez was drafted.

 

Jaguars’ Ramsey, Bengals’ Green Ejected For Altercation

(SL) – Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green were both ejected in the final seconds of the first half on Sunday following an
altercation.

The two could clearly be seen talking to each other throughout the game. Finally, tensions hit a boiling point. Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a 1-yard run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon.

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Green lost it. The seventh-year veteran grabbed Ramsey by the neck from behind him
and slammed him to the ground. Green then delivered several punches to the second-year defensive back until a group of players jumped into the fray.

Benches cleared and it took minutes before order was restored. The Bengals took a knee to end the first half, down 13-7. Green finished with one catch for 6 yards on two targets. Ramsey was credited with one tackle.

Cowboys’ Jones Says Ezekiel Elliott Paying For NFL’s Past Mistakes

(SL) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott is paying for the NFL’s past mistakes with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Jones told a Dallas radio station today that Elliott is a victim of an over correction and that this wouldn’t of been an issue before the Ray Rice assault case in 2014.

Rice was initially suspended two games but was later banned indefinitely after a video surfaced of the incident.

Elliott’s six-game suspension is back on after a judge denied his request for a preliminary injunction to block the suspension until the legal process plays out in court.

The ruling came after hearing arguments from the NFL and Players’ Association on Monday. The decision has been stayed 24 hours to allow both camps to prepare for a possible appeal. Elliott was handed the ban for a domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend in 2016, although he was never arrested or charged in the case.