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Eli Manning Fraud Trial To Start Next Week

(East Rutherford, NJ) – Jury selection is expected to start next week in a lawsuit accusing Giants quarterback Eli Manning of memorabilia fraud. Sports collectors allege they paid thousands of dollars for Eli Manning game worn jerseys and helmets, but say they were not used in a game.

Lawyers for the Super Bowl winning quarterback tried getting the case dismissed, calling the allegations baseless. Court documents show Manning in an e-mail allegedly asked the equipment manager for helmets that could “pass as game used.”

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Shaquem Griffin Becomes The First One-Handed Player In The NFL

(Arlington, TX) – The AP reports, Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it.Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds. Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, wasn’t in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Then he was after Seattle spent the 141st overall selection on the Central Florida linebacker who has no left hand.That fifth-round choice, announced in Seattle, drew loud cheers from fans at Jerry’s World.Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was young, has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent.
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”I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. ”To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.”That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”

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Griffin helped UCF go undefeated last season, then blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude.
Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF last year.
”It’s been a really good experience,” Shaquem said. ”I would have been crazy to turn an experience down like this. I’m just glad I was one of the selected few to be here.”Griffin had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.
”I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying `answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.”I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”
Griffin received, by far, the biggest cheers of the day – louder even than when the Cowboys’ selections were announced. And he made a promise: ”Great things are coming to Seattle.”

Bob McNair: I’m Sorry For Apologizing For “Inmates” Comment

(Houston, TX) – Houston Texans owner Bob McNair now says he regrets apologizing for his “inmates running the prison,” comment. McNair tells “The Wall Street Journal” he had nothing to apologize for because he was referring to NFL executives, not players.

McNair was widely criticized for the statement which came amid the controversy over players not kneeling during the National Anthem. McNair says people need to have a more complete view of his community work, including paying for the funerals of the 2015 South Carolina church shooting victims.

Nine black people were killed by a white gunman in the attack.

Fired Cheerleader Blames Antiquated Rules

(Metarie, LA) – A former cheerleader with the New Orleans Saints says she was fired because of outdated and discriminatory fraternization policies. Bailey Davis explained how the teams intimidate their cheerleaders on NBC’s “Today” show.

Davis was fired in January after she posted a picture on her private Instagram of her wearing a swimsuit the team decided was against policy. She also said she was accused of attending a party with a player, something that’s not allowed and that she says never actually happened. Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for arbitration with the NFL. She argues that male players on the team aren’t held to the same standards.

Bills’ Zay Jones Arrested After naked, Bloody Argument May Have Been Trying To Attempt Suicide

LOS ANGELES –  Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones was arrested Monday night in Los Angeles after a naked, bloody argument with his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones.

The player, whose legal name is Isaiah Avery Jones, was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said Officer Luis Garcia, a police spokesman.

When the officers arrived, they found Jones ”breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested him on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video of the brothers arguing that showed a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building. The site also obtained a photo of a broken window with what appeared to be blood on the floor nearby.

Listening to the audio on the video it appears that Zay may have been attempting suicide saying he wanted to fight for Jesus. Reportedly, after he broke the glass on the 30th floor he was trying to get through it. Thank God his brother was there.

Odell Beckham Jr. Quiet On Alleged Video Of Him In Bed Next To Girl Lining Up Cocaine

(SL) – A video featuring an Odell Beckham lookalike has the internet buzzing. Whether or not it is in fact the Giants star or someone else or if the video is current is up for debate but if it is him, it’s not a good look.download-93In the short clip, Odell Beckham is seen laying in bed next to a pizza holding what appears to be a blunt or marijuana cigarette. Not too exciting right? The female next to him is what makes the video inappropriate and potentially costly for the baller. She’s holding a card and lining up a white substance that many think is cocaine. The wide receiver has been laying low in the off season while he reportedly attempts to negotiate a new deal.  Rumor has it that he’s hoping to up his pay to $20 million per year. He’s currently on a $8.5 million deal after New York picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Beckham has been on a Nike-sponsored trip to Europe.  A Giants spokesperson says, “We’re aware of the video, but we don’t have any comment beyond that.”

Some say the NFL could step in with a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. But…that’s assuming your assumptions are correct in that it’s him in the video and that it’s marijuana in the blunt like cigarette. To be continued…

Super Natural: One-Handed NFL Prospect Posts 20-Rep Bench Press

(Indianapolis, IN) – His twin brother already plays for the Seattle Seahawks and after an impressive workout during the NFL scouting combine Shaquem Griffin could be right behind him. NO brainer right? Not when you consider that Shaquem only has one hand.
Griffin was 4-years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scorching pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect. However, despite having just one hand, he kept up with his twin brother on and off the field.
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From the playground to UCF to the NFL, Shaquem is proving why he deserves to be suited up and running on the field once again with his brother in the Pros. His 20-Rep Bench Press put him in the something like a  phenomenon category.
The bench press room at the NFL scouting combine is one of the most exciting places to be. At the end of the day it is a true test of strength gripping the crossbar and pumping 225 pounds of free weights. The crowd normally participates in the counts and as the repetitions roll everyone wonders just how many one will compete.
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Shaquem a few years ago, really couldn’t bench press at all. He couldn’t even lift the 45-pound bar. But after being fitted with a prosthetic hand, he was all good. His mother recall crying when she saw him do his first pull-up.
His personal best is 11 reps but his mark for the combine was much less than that. “My goal was six,” Griffin says.
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As the AP reports, Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back. This wasn’t his brother spotting him – the one who he was sure used to surreptitiously help him – but this new spotter was hyping him up and the crowd joined in as did his fellow linebacker prospects.”Everybody in the stands was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. ”I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”
His chest heaved. And the counting began.One, two, three.”I said, this thing feels like 135. Let’s go!” Griffin recounted.”And I just started cranking them out.”
Four, five, six.That was easy.Seven, eight, nine.The crowd was hollering by now.Ten, 11 – this was his personal best.Twelve.A new high.Thirteen … 14 … 15 … 16.The crowd was roaring in disbelief. Seventeen.Can this really be happening? Eighteen!That’s one more than his twin brother, Shaquille, managed at last year’s combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected the speedy cornerback in the third round of the NFL draft.
Nineteen! One more … 20!
Impressive by any standard but with one hand, he’s almost super natural. ”I got chill bumps watching him do 20 reps,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. ”I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can’t wait to watch him tomorrow.”
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Tomorrow meaning today. Griffin will run the 40-yard dash, do some quickness drills and some on-field testing at Lucas Oil Stadium. He told reporters that he’s also going to try to join the defensive back drills Today after doing his work with the linebackers. Griffin played D-line, linebacker and safety at the the Senior Bowl.
As dozens of reporters and photographers surrounded him, ”I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people.”
Get used to it Shaquem! Not only are you an inspiration but you are a force to be reckoned with. We’ll see you in the Pros!

Funeral Today For Colts Player Killed By Drunk Driver

(Indianapolis, IN) – Funeral services are set for today for Indianapolis Colt’s player Edwin Jackson. The 26 year old was killed February 4th by an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk. 636534440531588704-Manuel-Orrego-SavalaJackson was standing outside of a car along with an Uber driver when Manuel Orrego-Savala allegedly slammed into it, also killing the driver. Prosecutors have charged Manuel Orrego-Savala with four felonies.

They say Orrego-Savala has twice been deported. President Trump called the crime “disgraceful,” and used it to call upon Democrats to work towards stricter immigration laws.

Eagles Beat Pats In Super Bowl 52 Behind Monster Offensive Performance

(Minneapolis, MN) – The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Etrz with 2:21 to go. The game’s MVP says he kept his focus on that go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
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“I didn’t switch my mindset. I wasn’t worried about the scoreboard. I wasn’t worried about the time. I was just playing ball. I think sometimes you start worrying about that so much it starts creeping in your brain. I was just playing. Whatever play Doug called, I was going to to rip it.”
Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered,setting up rookie Jake Elliot’s 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.
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Then Brady got his team to midfield before his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia, which went from 7-9 last season to its first NFL crown since 1960.
Foles orchestrated it with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. It covered 75 yards on 14 plays,and had to survive a video replay because Ertz had the ball pop into the air as he crossed the goal line.
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Foles finished throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to earn MVP honors.  The Eagles averaged 6.1 yards per rush on their way to 164 yards on the ground.  Brady broke his own Super Bowl record throwing for 505 yards.  He also tossed three TDs.

Report: Steelers LB Shazier Walking, ‘Making Progress’

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has movement in his legs and is walking, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday,citing a source.”He’s making incredible progress,” a source told Schefter of Shazier, who is two months removed from sustaining a serious spinal injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Shazier was discharged from the Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday.The 25-year-old Shazier posted a picture of himself standing next to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on that day. Shazier was wearing a leg brace in the picture, and it appeared that Roethlisberger was providing an assist to help him stand.
Shazier hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone low with his shoulder pads, then immediately reached for his back while his legs remained motionless during a game on Dec. 4. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery two days later. Shazier finished with 89 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed in 12 games this past season. In four NFL seasons, Shazier has 299 tackles,seven sacks, seven forced fumbles and seven interceptions.