The Hall of Fame Speech Junior Seau’s Daughter Couldn’t Give … Roger Goodell and the NFL Get It Wrong Again … NFL Buckles Somewhat to Pressure
SHAME ON YOU NFL , ROGER GOODELL AND THE HALL OF FAME …
As the NFL Hall of Fame inducted 8 more members into the hallowed halls of Canton, Ohio something his year was definitely not right and should not be brushed over as, oh its just a policy.
Linebacker Junior Seau gave every inch of his body to the NFL and sadly, his brain as well as the hundreds if not thousands of hits caused irreparable damage to his head, mind and health. Seau was a “Super Charger” and one of the games greats who sadly passed away at the age of 43 from suicide and a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. As his daughter Sydney Seau said, Junior Seau was an Oceanside Pirate, a U.S.C. Trojan, a Miami Dolphin, a New England Patriot, a San Diego Charger, and now he is, and forever will be, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. His daughter has stated that “the two words that exemplify my dad the most are “passion” and “love.” Everything he achieved, accomplished or set his mind to was done with both qualities. In every situation — whether it be practice, a game, a family barbecue, an impromptu ukulele song or just a run on the Oceanside Strand — he always gave you all of himself because to him, there was never any other option.” For me, as just a fan that is exactly what I saw him do on the field as a player. Is passion and leadership so late in his career appeared to be like that of someone just starting out their career. Seau played with a passion like every play could be his last and he did not just hang on to hang on. He was an inspiration until he finally retired. I had so hoped in his years with the Patriots that he could finally get that Super Bowl ring he so deserved. However, that was not to be the case.
However, what should have been the case was that Junior Seau’s family should have been able to induct him into the NFL Hall of Fame with a speech. Seau was inducted posthumously, not because he was an 85 year old veteran, but because he committed suicide from the effects of brain damage suffered over his 20 year playing career. But the NFL and the NFL Hall of Fame looked to brush that terrible dirty little secret under the Gold colored blazer. Shame on you!!! Rules are made to be broken, especially when they are for ambassadors of the game like Junior Seau, but the NFL does not want the truth behind brain injuries and damage to players to ever come out.
In his 20-year N.F.L. career, Junior Seau established himself as one of the game’s greatest linebackers. He committed suicide in 2012 at age 43 and was subsequently found to have had a degenerative brain condition linked to repeated hits to the head. Before his death, Seau told his daughter Sydney that she should speak on his behalf if he made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the Hall, citing a five-year-old policy of not letting others give full speeches for deceased inductees, did not allow Sydney to deliver her speech.
Recorded in her hotel room in Canton, Ohio, this is the speech Sydney had hoped to deliver on Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
I cannot speak for him because I am not him. I have not played in the N.F.L. for one second, let alone 20 years; I do not have past seasons to reminisce about or hilarious locker room stories to joke about. But I do have one thing, and that is unconditional love.
Your Junior Seau, your No. 55 and your buddy, was also my father. And although I didn’t know every aspect of his life, I did know one particular part very well. His athleticism and talent made him extraordinary enough to make it into the Hall, but it is his passion and heart that make him truly legendary and deserving of this tremendous honor. Tonight I would like to honor him and his legendary heart.
What the sad and pathetic NFL suits did not want said live in Canton, Ohio during Hall of Fame induction was the follwoing … Shame on you Roger Goodell and the rest of you low-lifes that would not allow a family to honor one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers because he committed suicide at the hands of the NFL turning a blind eye to concussions and the damage it reeked upon the players. But of course the air in a football is more important.
But I think what we tend to forget about our favorite invincible, unstoppable, indestructible superhumans is the minor detail that they are also human. That is something that we all must endure today without his physical presence. We cannot celebrate his life and achievement without feeling the constant piece that’s missing.
May 2, 2012, we all endured a loss. Thousands lost their all-time favorite linebacker, hundreds lost their favorite Charger, tens lost their buddy, and four lost their father. The reason why this honor is so hard to accept is because we had always envisioned him still being here to accept it.
But something that we all cannot deny is that we are all still here. We can keep working today, we can keep building our tomorrows, and we can keep praying for the rest. This superhumanlike man truly blessed us with one of the most precious gifts he could have given. He gave us his time. With that time, I know he made one hell of an imprint on my life, and from the amount of emotion and love in this room, I think we all could say the same.
Something that is hard for me to admit to myself and to you all is the fact that I miss his singing. I miss his huge mangled hands strumming on his uke, playing the only five chords he knew, to the hundreds of songs he would attempt to sing off-key. I miss him calling me Beau, my girlie middle name, and I miss him hugging me too long and too tightly, almost to the point where I couldn’t breathe.
There’s nothing I want more than to see you walk up on stage, give me a hug and tell me that you love me one last time, but that isn’t our reality. You would always say you loved me, and even after I would respond and say I loved you, too, you would look me in the eyes and say, “I love you; do you hear me?”
Well, after this speech, I hope you can hear us when we say that we love you, and I hope that this induction can exemplify the fact that you were more than just Junior Seau — you were a light, and you’re still mine. This is your speech, your moment and your honor, and to say that I’m the most proud daughter on Earth would be an understatement. Congratulations, Dad; you made it.
Watch the VIDEO here, this is what the NFL was guilted into conceding to do for a man who gave so much to the NFL and the game, including his life.
She received a similar reception Saturday as she paid tribute to her father, who was inducted posthumously, in an onstage interview after the showing of a poignant video featuring family photos and clips of his bone-crushing tackles. It was a concession made by the league, which had said it would not allow her to make an introductory speech.
After the montage, Sydney and Seau’s three sons uncloaked their father’s bronze bust to claps and cheers. Seau’s mother, who sat in the stands, wept.
“You are a light, and I want nothing more than to see you come on stage and give the speech you were meant to give, give me a hug and tell me you love me one last time,” Sydney Seau said, her voice breaking during the interview, which lasted about five minutes. “But that isn’t a reality.”
Make no mistake about it NFL … you knew damn well about the studies of the damages to the brain and what would eventually happen to these players after they retired or even during their playing days. But making money off their bodies and minds was more important to the NFL and those lucrative TV deals. To Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL suits, do not ever pretend to say you care about the players or the integrity of the game, looking the other way with concussions and the dame it caused to so many players shows exactly what you really think. But the NFL and the commissioners office would rather make a bigger deal over deflated footballs, rather than players committing suicide due to brain damage.
NFL Legend, Former NY Giant, Broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford Has Passed Away at Age 84, RIP
One of the original golden boys of the NFL has passed away … Remembering a legend of the game.
Former NY Giant player, broadcaster, Pro Football Hall of Famer and legend of the game, Frank Gifford, has died at the age of 84. Gifford played in an era when players were two way players and a game that was so rough and brutal that 95% of the players today could not withstand. Gifford played running back, receiver and defensive back for the New York Giants in his NFL career, which spanned from 1952-1964. Gifford sat out the 1961 season after a suffering a head injury from what many have said was the most brutal hit in NFL history (VIDEO) at the hands of the late Chuck Bednarik. Gifford returned in 1962 and won Comeback Player of the Year.
Frank Gifford, a Hall of Fame running back and receiver who personified the Giants’ glory years of the late 1950s and early ’60s and then became the low-key play-by-play voice of ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” teaming with the contentious Howard Cosell and the country-boy presence of Don Meredith in a broadcasting team that became must-see programming for much of America, died at his home in Connecticut on Sunday. He was 84.
After retiring from football, Gifford became a sports broadcaster, most notably as a play-by-play announcer and color commentator on Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1997 with Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meredith. Sadly, all of the original members of the Monday Night Football broadcasting crew have now passed. Frank Gifford is survived by his wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, and children.
It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.
Frank Gifford, August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015, Rest in Peace
Born in Santa Monica in 1930, Gifford attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship and went pro after being selected 11th overall in the first round of the 1952 draft.
Gifford played with the New York Giants his entire NFL career, from 1952 to 1964, with several visits to the Pro-Bowl. In 1956 he was league MVP and led the team to a championship (before it was called “The Super Bowl”).
The Giants used Gifford at running back, defensive back, wide receiver and on special teams. He went to the Pro Bowl at three different positions. His 5,434 yards receiving were a Giants record for 39 years, until Amani Toomer surpassed him in 2003. His jersey number, 16, was retired by the team in 2000.
After his playing career ended, he became a sports commentator, first for CBS and then as a co-host of Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1985.
“Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant. He was the face of our franchise for so many years. More importantly, he was a treasured member of our family. My father loved him like a son and was proud to act as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a favor Frank returned years later by presenting my father in Canton. For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly,” Mara said.
“Not only was Frank a member of the Giants family from the time he left USC, and will be forever, but because Frank, my father (Bob) and Pete Rozelle were so close in the ’60s, I felt like he was a member of my family. I always loved seeing Frank on our sideline before our games. He had the handshake of a 25-year old, and he looked you right in the eye with his big blue eyes. He was such a strong person in every way. He will be missed and will always be remembered as a Giants’ Giant,” Tisch said.
Frank Gifford was not only one of the legends who played the game but also took part in one of the more famous media events back in the day long before the immediacy of social media, Facebook and Twitter. John Lennon passed away as Monday Night Football was taking place, a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. Frank Gifford and Howard Cossell learn about John Lennon’s death live on air and would announce to the world the death of John Lennon during of all things, a football game. Check out the VIDEO below where Frank Gifford becomes the voice of reason and talks Cossell into making the announcement. So with .03 seconds to go before a game winning field goal attempt, the announcement of John Lennon’s death came out over broadcast news via MNF.
44 Year Old Special Olympic Athlete from Albania Andi Gusmari Missing Since 8/1/15 in Los Angeles, CA (Update: Found Safe)
44 year old Special Olympic Athlete from Albania, Andi Gusmari, has been missing since Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Gusmari was last seen Saturday night around 8:30 PM attending a festival at the University of Southern California with his coach and the rest of the Albanian delegation. Gusmari has a speech impediment and does not speak English, but will respond to his first name.
Andi Gusmari was attending a festival at the University of Southern California with his coach and the rest of the Albanian delegation when he disappeared at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.
He was described as a white male, standing around 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180-190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt with “Albania” on the back, black pants with white stripes down each side and white athletic shoes.
A 44-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Albania who had been missing since Saturday was found safe in Northern California.
Andi Gusmari of Albania was found in Hayward. Los Angeles police said he is in good condition.
Hayward police said Gusmari walked into a police station early Monday morning. Officials said he seemed OK but confused.
If anyone has any with information on his whereabouts, please contact the Special Olympics Command Post at (323) 441-1180 or the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) ASK-LAPD.
The Hot Rod has passed away and far too young …
Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61. Roddy Piper, born Roderick George Toombs, died of an apparent cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. The “Hot Rod” Piper was one of professional wrestling’s true icons who participated in WWE’s Wrestlemania 1 in 1985 where he squared off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Back in my youth when I used to watch wrestling, Piper was one of my favorites. His actions were off the charts and he could go from bad guy to good guy on the wrestling mat with ease. Of course we know that professional wrestling is sports entertainment, but Rowdy Roddy Piper was a master of entertainment and during his era of wrestling was truly the Golden Age. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Roddy Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids, including 3 daughters and son Colton who’s pursuing a career in professional wrestling.
Shawn Michaels vs Roddy Piper from 1992
Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 … TMZ Sports has learned.
Piper — born Roderick George Toombs — died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday.
Piper was a wrestling icon — one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the ’80s, and even wrestled in “Wrestlemania I” back in 1985 … squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
Roddy’s rep tells us, “I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”
Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was “cancer free” at the time of his death.
A family member tells us, “Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper.”
Roddy Piper makes his entrance at WrestleMania I
Former NFL Star & Soon to be Hall of Famer Charles Haley Tells SF 49ers Rookies … “Why Don’t You all Act Like the White Guys? You Never See Them in the Paper Getting High or Hitting People”
I GUESS THIS MEANS THAT HALEY WILL BE BANNED FROM THE NFL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME NOW …
WOW, former Defensive end for the San Fransisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys had some interesting comments and advice for the 2015 class of 49er rookies at a mentoring program. Haley, the soon to be DE who is to be enshrined in the NFL Football Hall of Fame later this summer in Canton, OH told the new crop of rookies, “Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people.” Oh I bet you could have heard a pin drop on that one. Haley said he did it for the shock value to get their attention. I bet he did just that. Of course all the Van Gogh listeners and readers probably only saw or heard that blacks needed to act more like whites. Charles Haley, what a racist!!! Oh, he’s black … then what an uncle Tom.
But you know what, Charles Haley has all the street cred in the world … he is a five-time Super Bowl champion, two with the 49ers and 3 with the Cowboys. If anyone bothered to actually listen to what Haley was trying to tell these newbies to the NFL, he was saying that young players need to have role models, much like he did growing up. Charles Haley was probably one of my favorite Cowboys in the 90′s as his no nonsense approach to the game was amazing. Personally, I would have rather have had him on my D-line than others like Bruce Smith and Reggie White, who garnered more praise. Thus what explains the 5 rings, count ‘em.
Said Haley: “As far as the rookies, and I know they probably got mad, but I said, ‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?’ They all looked at me crazy.”
It should be noted that fullback Bruce Miller, who is white, had been charged days earlier by Santa Clara County prosecutors with misdemeanor vandalism for throwing his then-fiancee’s phone in an argument; Miller later resolved the case by pleading no contest to disturbing the peace.
“I just did it for the shock value of it,” Haley said of his May speech. “… The hardest thing is these guys, they have an attention span of a 5-year-old. I’m not the most gentle and kind person to sit there and deal with that crap. I’m a little more confrontational. I think I got my point across.”
This year, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The family of Junior Seau was recetly told that they will not be able to speak live in Canton because Seau is being honored posthumously. However, after Haley’s comments and the BS nature of the NFL and political correctness these days, what them take away Charles speaking privileges as well. The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can’t fine Haley or ban him from any games, maybe instead he will disconnect his microphone on induction day.
FSU’s Dalvin Cook Charged with Battery After Punching a Woman Several Times Outside a Tallahassee Bar Clyde’s & Costello’s (Update: Suspended from Team)
SEMINOLES CRIMINALS BACK IN THE NEWS … HEY FSU, SAY GOODBYE TO DALVIN COOK.
Thus life continues at FSU … Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a woman several times outside of a downtown Tallahassee bar June 23. The 19 year old sophomore Cook has been suspended indefinitely from the FSU football team. Cook, was FSU’s starting running back who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman last season. According to accounts, the incident occurred outside of Clyde’s & Costello’s after it closed at 2 AM, when a 21 year old female refused to give her phone number to an FSU football player. The individual was not Dalvin Cook. However, Cook was identified out of a lineup as the person who repeatedly punched the woman and gave her a bloody lip.
Read the Court Documents HERE.
What the hell is going on at FSU and better yet, more to the point, the FSU football team. Coach Jimbo Fisher should be ashamed of himself and probably fired. What are you running, a football program or a gang? The obvious thing that should be pointed out that jumps off the table is Cook is 19. Last time I checked the drinking age was still 21 in Florida. But in Tallahassee, the drinking age for FSU football players is whatever. Second, this incident and the one with QB De’Andre Johnson, who has now been dismissed from the team, happened one day apart. ONE DAY!!!
There is no way in hell that Dalvin Cook can remain on this team and Jimbo claim he gives a damn about woman and domestic violence. What does anyone expect the culture to be at FSU when Fisher, the University president and the Alumni all looked the other way with Jameis Winston?
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook turned himself into Leon County Jail Friday night hours after the State Attorney’s Office charged him with misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a woman several times outside of a downtown Tallahassee bar June 23.
Cook, 19, was suspended indefinitely from the football team Friday afternoon.
“It is important to me that our fans and the public be aware that I do not tolerate the type of behavior that was captured on video and that was most recently alleged,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement released early Friday evening.
“We will do better. I will not tolerate anything less.”
The 21-year-old woman, who is not an FSU student, and a friend were speaking with a group of five to seven football players outside of Clyde’s & Costello’s after it closed at 2 a.m. when she refused to give her phone number to an FSU football player not named in court records.
Cook, a sophomore, came over originally trying to calm the situation down, court records say. At another point FSU sophomore wide receiver Travis Rudolph also joined the argument.
The woman pushed Rudolph and he did not react other than to continue arguing. Cook asked if she’d pushed Rudolph and punched the woman after she replied, knocking her into a parked car.
Cook continued to swing at her, hitting her at least one other time as he was being restrained. The blow knocked her to the ground. The group of football players then walked away, court records say.
The woman had a bloody lip and dirt on her knee and was intoxicated, police noted in court records.
Check this out, Fisher says this type of behavior wont be tolerated, yet as long as they could win a National Championship, rape meant nothing. He also goes on to say that they spend a great deal of time educating their student athletes about appropriate behavior. HAHAHA. You might want to reevaluate that Jimbo. Seems they are getting as much out of those lessons as they are the classes they don’t attend.
VIDEO of discussion of the incident from ESPN
“Recent events at Florida State University involving members of my football team have brought a lot of attention to the school and program. It is important to me that our fans and the public be aware that I do not tolerate the type of behavior that was captured on video and that was most recently alleged,” Fisher said in a statement Friday. “We spend a good deal of time educating our student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State. The majority of our players are exemplary, but clearly we must place an even stronger emphasis on this, and I personally promise we will.
“I remain committed to educating our young men and holding them accountable for their actions.”
In a separate statement, FSU president John Thrasher said he was “extremely disappointed” to hear about the allegations, calling them “especially disheartening” considering they came just days after Johnson’s dismissal.
“I have asked Coach Fisher and Athletics Director Stan Wilcox to develop a plan to help our student-athletes understand the consequences of these kinds of actions,” Thrasher said. “This will include Coach Fisher meeting immediately with his team to reiterate, in no uncertain terms, our expectations of them. I also plan to meet with the team, and we will be asking professionals who deal with these matters, including State Attorney Willie Meggs, to speak with them.”
Banned? What the hell are 19 year old kids allowed to be in them in the first place? Maybe some one needs their liquor license revoked? Talk about putting a band-aid on a broken leg. This is a character flaw coach, not a drinking issue. Your players think they are entitled to treat people like this and obviously have no respect for woman. Maybe you might want to ban them from being around females.
After a week that any football coach would not wish on another, where two players (one now a former player) were arrested for the horrendous action of beating on women, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has reportedly laid down the law with his players as to what is expected.
And for the time being, that won’t involve going out to local bars in Tallahassee.
It’s one way to solve the problem, but in the end it’s going to fall right back on the players to be the responsible ones. Fisher and his staff can’t be everywhere to insure that this action occurs, so the players have to decide how they want to represent being a member of the Florida State football program.
UPDATE II: A Culture of Violence against woman … 20 FSU athletes accused of crimes against women since 2009.
According to a report, Cook is the 20th Florida State athlete since 2009 to be accused of a crime against a woman
In June, Outside the Lines ran a report with data from 2009 to 2014 looking into criminal allegations involving football and men’s basketball players at 10 different schools.
Among the schools studied — Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin — FSU had the most cases of sexual assault, harassment or violence against women at 18 at the time of the report.
Keith Olbermann and ESPN have parted ways yet again …
As reported at THR, television personality Keith Olbermann and ESPN are parting ways for a second time. It turns out that Olbermann is even too liberal for what I like to refer to now as LESPN, liberal entertainment sports programming network. ESPN is looking to cut $100 million from next year’s budget and $250 million from 2017′s budget. According to BI, network executives had asked Olbermann to ditch his leased Times Square studio, where his program is produced for ESPN2, and either move to the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut or to Los Angeles, However, the biggest sticking point appeared to be that as a part of an extension of his 2 year deal, the network wanted him to stop offering commentary on his program. What, Olbermann not allowed to spew his venom? No way, that was a deal breaker. But when one thinks about it, opinion commentary and criticizing sports hardly seems like a money maker for those in the sports entertainment industry. Especially when these days ESPN is not the only game in town.
Keith Olbermann is exiting ESPN once again.
The television personality, who rejoined the sports network in August 2013, won’t be renewing his deal to anchor his ESPN2 program. The news follows a THR report on July 1, noting that ESPN management floated an ultimately unworkable caveat: that Olbermann cease engaging in commentary.
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN,” the network said in a statement. “While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
Although I admit there is very little that I agree will politically with Keith Olbermann, he did have some solid commentary when it came to sports and the actions of sports athletes. None could I agree more that when he spoke out against domestic violence and asked viewers to boycott the NFL Draft because of Jameis Winston and not watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight because of Mayweather’s long past of domestic violence charges,
FSU Quarterback De’Andre Johnson Dismissed from Football Team after Punk Punches Woman In The Face (VIDEO)
I GUESS NOT EVEN MIGHTY FSU FOOTBALL COULD MAKE THIS QB ASSAULT GO AWAY …
Florida State University has dismissed QB De’Andre Johnson after a video was released showing the FSU football player punching a woman at a bar. Hmm, but not for the video and of course the transfer of former Notre Dame QB to FSU, what would the Seminoles have done? Bleacher Report states that FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to give De’Andre Johnson his walking papers. Following the drama and rape charges against former FSU QB Jameis Winston, there is no way FSU could survive another QB scandal. The State Attorney’s Willie Meggs released surveillance video of Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar last month. 19 year old Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after viewing the footage from the West Tennessee Street bar Yiannis on June 24.
According to court records obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat, the woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose. The records also state she raised her knee into his midsection before trying to punch him.
De’Andre Johnson FSU Quarterback Punching Woman In The Face
But wait this case just got more interesting, De’Andre Johnson has hired Jose Baez as his lawyer. Yes, the same Jose Baez who represented Casey Anthony in 2011. It turns out Baez is a Florida State graduate. Of course we have the obligatory BS from the defense how this individual who punches women in the face is misunderstood and a nice guy.
“While it is clear from the video that De’Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience,” read a statement from Baez issued earlier Monday.
“He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children. De’Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected, Coach Fisher and his teammates, the entire Florida State community, as well as his family and friends.”
Last week, Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from the June incident, just days after Florida State suspended him for a violation of athletic department policy. He turned himself in and was released on a $500 bond, according to ESPN.
The decision to charge Johnson came after the state attorney’s office in Tallahassee, Fla., reviewed the security camera footage that captured the incident inside the bar.
FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL: USA vs. JAPAN (Update: USA Scores)(Update: Carli Lloyd Scores Again … 2-0)(Update: Carli Lloyd Gets Hat Trick, USA 4-0)(Update: Halftime: USA 4-Japan 1)(Final: USA Wins Woman’s World Cup!!!)
The FIFA World Cup final is about to begin. The stating line ups can be seen HERE.
USA goes ahead 1-0, Carli Lloyd scores!!!
Carli Lloyd strikes again … 5 minutes into the World Cup final, USA 2 – 0 over Japan!!!
UPDATE II: OMG, USA scored again!!! 3-0 USA, Lauren Holiday (United States) Goal at 14′.
UPDATE III: Are you kidding me, Carli Lloyd is playing out of her mind … USA scoreds again and Lloyd has a hat trick … USA 4 – JAPAN 0!!! Carli Lloyd (United States) Goal at 16′. She takes a shot from midfield, 54 yards away, and catches the goal keeper off her line and scores one of the greatest goals ever.
It is the fastest hat trick in World Cup history and Carli Lloyd has the first hat trick in a WWC final.
UPDATE IV: Japan gets a goal but still trails the USA, 4-1.
HALFTIME: USA 4 – JAPAN 1.
The game is already the highest scoring final’s World Cup game in history. Team USA said prior to the game that it was not revenge for the last World Cup loss to Japan 4 years ago. Not revenge, hell this looks like revenge for Pearl Harbor.
UPDATE V: Japan scores, BOO. USA 4-2.
UPDATE VI: USA Scored Gooooooooal!!! Tobin Heath (United States) Goal at 54′!!! USA 5-2
FINAL:USA Wins Woman’s World Cup!!! USA 5 – Japan 2.
For the first time since 1999, the USA woman have won the World’s Cup.
Carli Lloyd celebrates a great USA victory
Carli Lloyd wins the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player. Her 3 goals lead the USA to victory and to be honest she could have easily scored 5 goals today.
USA, USA, USA
Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first five minutes on the way to the fastest hat trick in World Cup history and the the U.S. made the margin stand up, defeating Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
With the victory, the American women avenged their 2011 World Cup finals loss to Japan, a game they lost on penalty kicks.
The U.S. has now won three Women’s World Cup championships, more than any other country, and the team set a record with 112 goals in the tournament.
30 year old U.S. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore has been missing since Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Trevor Moore, who is a sailing coach, was last seen early Thursday afternoon and also captured on surveillance tape when he left the U.S. Sailing Center in a 15-foot inflatable power boat. Daniel Leira stated that, “After lunch, around 1 p.m., I saw him go out in a blue RIB,” however, around 5 PM the boat was found tangled in some moorings.
Thursday around 5 p.m. the boat was found tangled in some moorings.
“The boat was found just off the edge of Dinner Key tangled up in mooring lines by a sailboat,” said Liz Barraco, a spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Now everyone is out here putting in an effort trying to find this gentleman.”
On the boat were personal belongings to the 30-year-old Moore who was a member of the 2012 Olympic team sailing team.
He and his teammate are featured in a You Tube video in which that teammate Eric Storck describes Moore as “a very good skipper.” Moore says making the Olympic team was one of his goals and dreams.
Among the items found on the inflatable boat were a life jacket and a GPS. A source told CBS4 the GPS showed that the boat reduced speed by Soldier Key, south of Stiltsville, and zig-zagged back to where it came from. It’s believed that Moore was off the boat at that time.
U.S. Sailing has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with the cost of the search and asked anyone who could provide information to contact contact Libby Patton at 440-781-9846 or call emergency services (Coast Guard at 305-535-4562 or Miami Dade Police Non Emergency Line at 305-595-6263).
UPDATE I: Where is Olympic sailor Trevor Moore?
The Coast Guard was scrambling Friday to solve a nautical mystery — the baffling disappearance of a world-class sailor.
The 16-foot craft of U.S. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore was found off Dinner Key Thursday afternoon, tangled in mooring lines, its engine idling. But Moore was nowhere to be found.
Multiple agencies headed by the U.S. Coast Guard continued to search Friday afternoon for the Olympian.
Florida Fish & Wildlife South Region public information coordinator Liz Barraco said the search, involving more than a dozen boats and two helicopters, was focusing on an area near Soldier Key, five miles south of Cape Florida and seven miles east of the mainland. The boat’s GPS indicates at some point there was a shift in direction and speed around a mile from Soldier Key.
Personal items of Moore’s, including a life vest, remained on the VSR rigid-hulled inflatable boat when it was found after 5 p.m. Thursday. FWC will lead the investigation once the search ends.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday suspended its three-day search for missing Olympic sailor Trevor Moore.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected,” Coast Guard Capt. Michael Long said in a statement. “Despite the tireless search efforts by multiple agencies and good Samaritans, we were unable to find Mr. Moore.”
The search was called off as night fell Saturday. The Coast Guard said searchers covered more than 510 square nautical miles during the massive three-day search, which included a Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat as well as boats from Miami police, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the National Park Service and members of the public.