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Show Me The Money: Falcons Finalize Contract Extension With Julio Jones

(Atlanta, GA) – Whatever the Falcons need to do to keep Julio Jones…they need to do it.  He is one of the most if not the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL and the one-two punch that him and Matt Ryan deliver is priceless.
Questions were abound when Julio was absent from preseason action amidst contract talks. But it looks like Uncle Arthur secured the bag and the roster just in time for the Falcons’ official first game of the 2019 season.
The three year extension that locks Julio in until 2023, is pretty much fully guaranteed and worth $66 million dollars. Last season, Julio had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards and  eight touchdowns.
The Falcons visit the Vikings Sunday.  Kickoff is at 1pm.
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Antonio Brown Is Not Playing About His Helmet

(Oakland, CA)  – If it ain’t broke….. The drama surrounding Antonio Brown and his helmet continues.   The wide receiver doesn’t want to part with his old helmet even after the NFL says it’s no longer certified for use in the league.
The Oakland Raiders’ baller has been in and out of the news most recently after suffering from some serious frostbite on is feet because he didn’t  have on the proper footwear during cryotherapy treatment.
Now, Brown is threatening to quit if he can’t use the same helmet he’s been using for the last 10 years.  To his defense, Antonio says the new helmets interfere with his vision.  Brown has filed a grievance with the league.
At last check: League sources told Pro Football Talk Brown’s preferred helmet is not one of the 11 banned helmets that were allowed to be used through last season. Brown’s helmet is not allowed to be worn because it is not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The helmet is too old to receive that certification and the league prohibits the use of helmets without that certification.

Rape Trial For Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Begins

(San Diego, CA) – He’s the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow and even carries his namesake.  But that will probably fall flat when the rape of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. begins.
Once the NFL’s highest paid tight end, Kellen is facing multiple charges that include raping an unconscious 17-year old in 2003 and raping two women just last year. Prosecutors believe some of the attacks were part of a crime spree aimed directly at middle-aged and elderly women.
The 35-year old could face life in prison if found guilty. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chiefs: DA Reopens Criminal Case Involving Tyreek Hill And Crystal Espinal

(Overland Park, KS-AP) – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his fiancee discuss injuries to their 3-year-old son.

Reid and general manager Brett Veach both declined comment about Hill’s case and potential next steps involving their star player. The prosecutor, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, did not return a message.

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”I’m not going to have too much to add,” Veach said in response to multiple questions about Hill. ”As I said yesterday, we’re going to continue to gather information, evaluate information and, as I said yesterday, we’ll make the right decision when the time is appropriate.”

Police were called to Hill’s home twice last month and determined the child had been injured. On Wednesday, Howe said he would not  file charges against Hill or Crystal Espinal even though his office believed a crime had occurred . He said available evidence didn’t establish who had hurt the child.

”As a prosecutor, as a father of four, yes, it frustrates me when someone hurts a child and you can’t do anything about it,” Howe said then. ”One of the elements of a crime is you have to prove who that person is who committed the act.”

A day later, KCTV in Kansas City aired part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill earlier this year that when the boy was asked about his injured arm he replied: ”Daddy did it.”

Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: ”He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal also tells Hill their son is ”terrified of you.”

Hill replies, ”You need to be terrified of me, too, bitch.”

Later, Espinal asks Hill, ”What do you do when the child is bad? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest.”

Howe has not responded to requests for comment about the audio recording, which the TV station said has been provided to his office. KCTV said the recording is believed to have been made in March when the parents were walking through an airport in Dubai.
The station said Espinal sent it to at least one friend and was shared with KCTV ”by someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.”

Several media outlets reported that Overland Park police went to the Hill home on Thursday night after receiving an anonymous call from someone worried about Espinal. According to the reports, Espinal was fine and officers were at the home for only a short
time.

The Chiefs have suspended Hill while the team looks into the developments. The NFL could also punish Hill under its personal conduct policy.

Hill’s history with Espinal is well known. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend the previous year.

The incident resulted in his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team and he was put on probation until August 2018. He wound up playing at tiny West Alabama, where he juggled school and football with counseling sessions and other court-mandated service work until the NFL came calling.

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Hill, a fifth-round pick who is a two-time Pro Bowler, was part of a controversial draft class by the Chiefs and then-general manager John Dorsey in 2016.

The Chiefs also spent a third-round pick that year on cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who missed an entire season for violating Notre Dame’s honor code in an academic misconduct case; a fourth-round pick on wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was suspended four times at Florida for drugs and other violations; and a sixth-round pick on Virginia Tech linebacker Dadi Nicolas, who was once charged with larceny and suspended for bumping an official. Among them, only Robinson is still on the roster.

Last year, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt following a video that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season but has a one-year deal with Cleveland under
Dorsey, the Browns GM who signed Hunt while he was with the Chiefs.

Kyler Murray First Player Ever Taken In First Round Of Two Major Sports Drafts

(Nashville, TN) — Kyler Murray is the first athlete to be selected in the first rounds of both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts. The Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback was selected with the Number One pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft on Thursday.

The Oakland A’s picked Murray with the ninth pick of the 2018 draft after a standout career as a center fielder for the Sooners. Oakland offered Murray a four-and-a-half million dollar signing bonus and allowed him to return to Oklahoma to play football for his junior season. Unfortunately for them, he was the Heisman winner that season and became a hot NFL prospect.

The A’s offered Murray an additional 14-million dollars to stick with baseball earlier this month. As the top pick, Murray stands to make about 30 million dollars in his first NFL contract. Murray has announced that he intends to play football.

“You Should Be Terrified Of Me Too, Bitch.” Tyreek Hill Claims Innocence In Child Abuse Claim, But Secret Recording Proves Otherwise

(Kansas City, KS) – Chiefs wide receiver an Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill is professing his innocence one day after prosecutors declined to charge him in a domestic incident in March that caused injuries to his 3-year-old son. Those injuries allegedly included a broken arm.
A taped conversation has now surfaced. It’s believed to be Tyreek Hill and the child’s mother Crystal Espinal having a conversation about the kid’s injuries.  Espinal is trying to tell Hill that the kid is terrified of him to which he says, “He respects me.”
Espinal again challenges his respect claim and says “No. He’s terrified of you.”  Hill responds by saying, “You should be terrified of me too, Bitch.”
Espinal then brings up the situation that led to the abuse claim. Apparently, she and hill were getting into it and the little boy said, “Daddy you’re mean.”  Hill then demanded that the kid come downstairs and he didn’t want to go because he was scared.  Espinal told the child to go on and go because if he didn’t, it would be worse for him.

Espinal: “He started crying and you were like, ‘Shut up, shut up, stop crying, stop crying.'”

Hill: “Right.”

Espinal: “And then he kept crying because he was scared. He’s terrified. You grabbed onto him somehow or he fell. One of the two.”

Hill: “I didn’t do nothing. That’s sad, bro.”

Espinal: “Then why does he say, ‘Daddy did it? Why?”

Hill: “I don’t know. He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal: “Like what? A 3-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm.”

Later in the audio, Espinal describes how Hill makes the 3-year old open his arms and punches him in the chest when he cries. The little boy had made this claim to CPS as well.  Espinal also charges that Hill grabs the belt when the kid is in trouble. So Hill, then accuses Espinal of also hitting the child with a belt. She refutes that charge and asks him to detail any time in which he has seen her whip their child with a belt.
Hill then tries to say that his mother said she’s seen Espinal whip the child with a belt.
My question then, is, what does his mom think about him punching her 3-year old grandson in the chest?
The district attorney in Johnson County, Kansas announced Wednesday that he believed a crime was committed against the child, who has since been placed in protective care, but he could not conclusively prove who was responsible.
In a statement released by his attorney, Hill said, “My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority.” And he’s “working hard to be the best person for my family and our community that I can be.”
KansasCity.Com reports, Attorneys further commented that their client has maintained from the beginning that he was “innocent of any crime.” The attorneys — Trey Pettlon, Ryan Ginie and Julius Collins — also said Hill has been working with authorities. “Contrary to some media reports, Tyreek cooperated with law enforcement, waived his Fifth Amendment rights, and answered questions from both law enforcement and DCF (Department for Children and Families),” the attorneys said in the release.
“Unfortunately, due to laws related to confidentiality, as much as he would like to, he cannot comment regarding specific allegations.” News had surfaced in mid-March that Overland Park police took two reports at Hill’s Johnson County home, one for battery and the other for child abuse and neglect. The police reports, dated March 5 and March 14, both involved a juvenile.
Hill, the 25-year-old star wide receiver for the Chiefs, has a history of domestic violence.
  • In 2014, Hill reportedly punched and choked Espinal, who was then eight weeks pregnant with their son. He was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015, and received three years probation. The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The conviction was dismissed last August and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.
Hill could still be subject to discipline from the NFL, which has yet to publicly comment on the matter.

Colin Kaepernick Reacts To Rihanna’s Super Bowl Boycott

(AP) — Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick is reacting to Rihanna’s boycott of Super Bowl 53. Rihanna shared a sketch of Kaepernick taking a knee in his NFL uniform on her Instagram Story, and wrote that she was beefing with anyone who thought she was watching the big game.

He re-shared the post on his own Instagram, and said he appreciated the support. Rihanna was one of a few musical artists who turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show because of the NFL’s stance on Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality.

It’s Super Bowl LIII And That No Call That Cost The Saints A Trip To The Big Game Is Still Fresh On Reggie Bush’s Mind

(Atlanta, GA) – We’re four days away from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Georgia and people are still waiting to see what the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are going to do about the double penalty that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the big game.  Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman says he will pay the fine for the helmet to helmet hit he put on Saints’ WR Tommylee lewis, but that’s hardly what Saints fans and former players want to hear.

If Robey-Coleman has been fined, then clearly a penalty should’ve been in place.  Granted the refs have admitted that they missed both calls, helmet-to-helmet and pass interference, but there’s been no reversal of the no-call and the Saints are still in New Orleans while the Rams prepare to take on the Patriots Sunday for Super Bowl 53.

Former NFL baller and NFL Network Analyst Reggie Bush says neither one of those refs deserve to be working in the NFL and that he’s anxious to see what Roger Goodell is going to do.

 

Jay-Z Reportedly Trying To Get Travis Scott Not To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

(AP) – Jay-Z is reportedly trying to convince Travis Scott to back out of his 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance. The rapper will be taking the stage alongside Maroon 5, the headlining act, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in February.

Jay-Z wants him to pull out, though, because of the NFL’s handling of players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Maroon 5 has reportedly been having a hard time finding musical guests who want to perform with them, because artists reportedly don’t want to be associated with the league.

Travis Scott Set To Perform At The Super Bowl

(Atlanta, GA) – Word out of the Super Bowl’s Host city for 2019 claims that the NFL has finally found someone to join Maroon 5 as the halftime entertainment.
According to reports, Travis Scott will bring his Astroworld  to the ATL for Super Bowl 53.  It’s been a struggle to find anyone willing to sign up following criticism that all Atlanta musicians were overlooked and the continued fallout with how quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been ousted for protesting against the mistreatment of people of color.
Rumors are also hovering over the possibility of Cardi B and Big Boi of Oukast joining the show as well.  Cardi B will already be in town that week doing a show with Bruno Mars and Big Boi resides in the ATL and is one half of the super group Outkast and connected to Goodie Mob.