TOP 10 AP Sports Stories of 2014 … NFL Domestic Violence #1 … However, They Missed a Few, Including #22 Lauren Hill
AP has released their TOP 10 stories of 2014. Some I would agree with; however, I think they missed a few glaring oversights, in favor of the cause-celeb issues of the day. At least in the mind of the media and not the common sports fan. AP made the NFL domestic violence issues their top story, which sadly, I do agree with. Although, it is not like domestic violence is something new to the NFL. It has been around for decades, it has just been swept under the carpet, much like the steroids and concussion issues.
Does anyone notice a glaring omission from AP’s stories below? With all the clamor about the Washington Redskin’s and their offense name, how come that one was no where to be found?
1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.
But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely. And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar. [editors note: looks like AP forgot Carolina Panther's DE Greg Hardy, Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald who was just released by the 49ers after another allegation of domestic violence.
The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players' union is balking at Goodell's role in the disciplinary process.
2. CLIPPERS' STERLING BANNED
3. LEBRON GOES HOME:
4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES - [editors note: not sure if this story gets top 10, not because of not being important, more so because Michael Sam never made a starting roster and was eventually cut from the Ram's practice squad and never resigned by another team].
5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES
6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF – [editors note: This was a huge story for college football; however, it will soon be changed to 8 teams and not 4.]
7. TONY STEWART:
8. WORLD CUP:
9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL – [editors note: Once again QB Peyton Manning choked in the big game as the Legion of Boom and Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos 43-8. I am not even sure if the game was that close. The score was 36-0 before Broncos decided to score a meaningless TD.]
10. SOCHI OLYMPICS:
Many of the above stories were covered by Scared Monkeys, I think a couple should be added that are glaring commissions from AP’s top 10.
All my life I have been a Boston Red Sox fan and have hated the vile NY Yankees, but I will be the first to admit that the retirement of Derek Jeter should have easily been in the top 10. What about the NCAA College basketball center of the universe being located in Storrs, Connecticut? In 2014 the UCONN Huskies Men’s and Women’s teams were proved they were both “Best in Show” as they won National Championships. The men for the 4th time as the #7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54. Then, the following night, Geno Auriemma’s (40-0) Lady Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 for their 9th title. This accomplishment had only happened one time before in D1, by the UCONN Huskies in 2004.
Maybe the best sports story of 2014 and maybe the most inspirational of 2014, which was completely missed by all sports pundits, is the story of freshman forward Lauren Hill of the Division III Mount St. Josephs. Lauren is dying of inoperable brain cancer. It is a story that will touch your heart. I will write more about this in a separate post as it is my #1 story of 2014 in a year that had so many negative ones.
FCC Says Using “Redskins” On the air Isn’t Obscene or Profane … Daniel Snyder-owned station WWXX-FM Keeps License
File this one under PC police lose one and the Federal government actually gets something right …
The FCC has ruled that saying the word “Redskins” on the airwaves is not obscene or profane. The Federal Communications Commission dismissed a petition that called for one of the team’s flagship radio stations, WWXX-FM, not to have its license renewed based on the repeated use of the word “Redskins.” The petition stated that the use of the word violated rules against indecent content. Good grief. Thankfully, cooler heads and the law prevailed.
Saying the word “Redskins” on the air isn’t obscene or profane – at least not according to the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition that called for one of the team’s flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word “Redskins” violates rules against indecent content.
But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature – meanings that don’t relate to the name of the football team.
Many Native American and other groups consider “Redskins” to be a racial slur and have demanded that owner Dan Snyder change the name. Snyder says he’ll never change the name, and he has the official backing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Thursday’s ruling affects the Snyder-owned station WWXX-FM.
Tennessee Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen’s Gaffe … Eli and Peyton Manning ‘Don’t Do Sexual Assault… Other Than Their Wives’
OOPS, SEXUAL ASSAULTS BEGIN AT HOME WITH YOUR WIVES …
Tennessee Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen seems to not only know who NFL Tennessee Titan’s WR Sammy Hill is, he also seems to have trouble with the English language. While answering a question on the allegations that Sammy Hill sexually assaulted a woman, Cohen stated, “I never heard of him. I don’t keep up with football except for college football, unless it’s Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. And Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people other than their wives.” WHAT!?!
UPDATE I: Cohen Regrets Eli, Peyton Manning sex assault comment:
No duh, I think we can pretty much figure out that Congressman Cohen misspoke. More to the point, I think this shows just how unprepared and ignorant of the fact that these elected politicians are and their inability to speak unless its been prepared in a speech by some unnamed staffer.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said the congressman intended to point out NFL quarterbacks Eli Manning and Peyton Manning are in committed marriages when he said the pair don’t sexually assault people “other than their wives.”
“Congressman Cohen misspoke, abhors sexual violence of any kind, is a fan of both Manning brothers, and deeply regrets any confusion. His intention was simply to indicate that Eli and Peyton are in committed, monogamous marriages,” Garmisa said.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – St. Louis Police Group Angry at Rams Players, Wants Them Punished
- The Police Group wants the St. Louis Ram’s players punished for holding their hands up in solidarity with the Ferguson protestors
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Five ST. Louis Ram Players Display “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Gesture Before Game with Raiders … SLPOA Condemns Rams Display … “Tasteless, Offensive and Inflammatory” (Update: NFL Says No Fines)(Update: Rams & Police Battle Over Apology)
Who wants to tell these fools that “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” was a lie?
The NFL gets another black eye. Before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, members of the St. Louis Rams came out during pregame introductions with their hands up as they entered the field at the Edward Jones Dome in solidarity with the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ movement. Really? A St. Louis Rams spokesman said the team was unaware of the demonstration before the game. However, the St. Louis Police Officers Association was none too happy with these actions and condemned the St. Louis Rams football players who entered the field displaying the “hands up don’t shoot.” Too bad it was a contrived false narrative made up by the MSM.
Wide receivers Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt and tight end Jared Cook all took the field displaying the gesture, which mimics the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” stance that has become a frequent image among protesters since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in nearby Ferguson, Mo. in August.
While the players and Rams have not yet confirmed whether the gesture was related to the recent protests after a prosecutor’s decision Monday not to indict Wilson, a number of other athletes did respond to the news from Ferguson via social media and in interviews earlier this week.
“St. Louis, Missouri (November 30, 2014) – The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.
“Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the “hands-up-don’t-shoot” pose that has been adopted by protestors who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown. The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood.
“SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, “now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson’s account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”
“No matter what happened on that day, no matter how the whole situation went down, there has to be a change.”
Coach Jeff Fisher said he’d not been aware the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture had been planned by the players, all of them black.
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt came out together first, with the move obscured by a smoke machine in the upper reaches of the Edward Jones Dome. Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens then came out and stood together with hands raised in the fog.
Some witnesses said Michael Brown had his hands up before being fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in August. Brown had been unarmed.
“I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it,” Britt said. “What would I like to see happen? Change in America.”
UPDATE I: NFL Will not Fine Players … sides with thuggery.
Keep it up NFL and you will become the NBA real fast. You already went soft on domestic abuse, now you thumb your nose at the very individuals who keep our streets safe. Pathetic.
The NFL will not adhere to a request from the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association to discipline St. Louis Rams players who did the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose used by protesters in Ferguson, Mo. during pre-game introductions on Sunday.
“We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
The police officer’s association issued a letter late Sunday condemning the players’ actions as “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory” given a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.
UPDATE II: NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement, “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation.”
“So we wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a heck of a job around the world.”
Well, cops in St. Louis County wouldn’t have minded being told they were doing a heck of a job, too – what with trying to keep criminals from burning down businesses and generally running riot with the same “hands up, don’t shoot” attitude the players brought to the field with them on Sunday.
And in case geniuses like Cook et al didn’t realize it, the fan base of the NFL is at bottom middle-class America, the kind of people – white and black – who don’t appreciate rioting as some kind of art form for social justice.
That something the police union is trying to make them aware of.
“I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play,” the union’s statement said.
“If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”
A lot of those cops, and they’re supporters, were Rams fans until Sunday.
Why is it so difficult to apologize for the St. Louis Rams? If some thing had been done to offend blacks in any way I am sure there would be an apology.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association was furious, saying the players “chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury” after the jurors decided not to indict former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.
A Rams official spoke with police Monday. And that’s when the he-said, he-said started.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar sent an e-mail to his staff saying the Rams’ chief operating officer called him Monday to apologize.
“I received a very nice call this morning from Mr. Kevin Demoff of the St. Louis Rams who wanted to take the opportunity to apologize to our department on behalf of the Rams for the “Hands Up” gesture that some players took the field with yesterday,” Belmar wrote in the e-mail, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
But the Rams said that’s just not true.
“We did not apologize,” Rams spokesman Artis Twyman told CNN.
Former Baltimore Ravens Running Back & Wife Beater Ray Rice Wins Appeal of Indefinite Suspension, Reinstated to the NFL (Update: Some Teams Interested)
RICE WINS APPEAL BUT WHO IS CRAZY ENOUGH TO SIGN HIM.
Yesterday, former Baltimore RB Ray Rice won his appeal against the NFL for lifting his indefinite suspension. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones ruled in favor of Rice to have him reinstated to the NFL, following his fiance/wife (Janay Palmer) beating incident. However, what team is going to be crazy enough to sign Rice and deal with the media circus and rightful protests from organizations against domestic abuse? Just because some one has been reinstated to play in the NFL does not mean that they will be signed to play. Currently, the Denver Broncos are in need of a running back in their playoff drive, bus=t is the risk/reward worth it?
“I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans — but most importantly, my wife Janay,” Rice said in a statement released by the NFLPA on Friday. “I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions.
“I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes.”
Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, who heard Rice’s appeal earlier this month, concluded in her decision, which was obtained by ESPN, that Rice did not lie to or mislead NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Because, after careful consideration of all of the evidence, I am not persuaded that Rice lied to, or misled, the NFL at his June interview, I find that the indefinite suspension was an abuse of discretion and must be vacated.”
An abuse of discretion. As much as sports commissioners prefer that bad news breaks on Friday afternoons (never mind the Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving), when people are busy fleeing the office and diving into their weekend plans, Goodell couldn’t escape the magnitude of this rebuke.
The commissioner gave Rice only two games after seeing the first video — the outside-the-elevator video — despite the horrifying images of the running back dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, and dropping her face-first to the floor. Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and introduced tougher domestic policy measures — a six-game ban for the first offense, a potential lifetime ban for the second — only after outrage from fans, sponsors and the news media forced him to act.
Jones’ report said Goodell called Rice after that policy change and made it clear to him the terms of his punishment wouldn’t change. But when the second video surfaced, showing the very violence any reasonable witness would’ve imagined by watching the first video, Goodell knew he was in deep, deep trouble.
Sorry, but running backs are one of the most interchangeable positions in the NFL. Add that to the pass-happy NFL. It is the reason why very few are ever drafted in the top 10 anymore. It is doubtful that any team would pick him up this year and want to deal with the PR and the disruption it might cause in the locker room.
At least four teams have expressed interest in recently reinstated running back Ray Rice, including Indianapolis and New Orleans, though the Colts and Saints are not expected to pursue him, according to multiple league sources.
Two sources declined to identify the other two teams that have been checking into Rice.
It still will be difficult for Rice to find work this season. He turns 28 in January, is coming off a down season and hasn’t played football since training camp. But Rice signing this season is not out of the question, either, if the right team should emerge.
Multiple NFL executives have said the profile of a team willing to sign Rice would be one that is a contender with injuries in its backfield and a strong-minded head coach.
- The Walking Dead again has topped the NFL for Sunday night viewership
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Daily Commentary – Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – DEA Surprised Some NFL Teams With Inspections Last Weekend
- The Federal Agents showed up unannounced on Sunday to inspect NFL medical staffs for prescription drug abuse by players
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53 Year Old Paul Kitterman Missing Since 10/23/14 from Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO (Found Safe in Pueblo, CO)
VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE …
53 year old Paul Kitterman has been missing since Thursday night, October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Kitterman was attending the Denver Broncos game last Thursday with his son Jarod, and two friends. According to accounts, Paul and Jarod had seats in the south bleachers that were separated from Bakke and her boyfriend. They met back up at halftime. They stated that they would all meet up after the game was over. Paul Kitterman never returned to his seat after halftime and has not been seen or heard from since.
Paul Kitterman is described as a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, weighing about 190 pounds. At the game, he wore a dark-colored hoodie and a Broncos cap.
Missing – Paul Kitterman
That was the last they heard from Paul. Jarod said he never came back to his seat. After the game, she says they scoured the stadium and called security and police, in addition to jails and hospitals in the area.
Bakke said Kitterman, who is not a “technology guy,” did not bring his cell phone, and did not have credit cards. Bakke said he was carrying about $50 cash.
“He’s absolutely nowhere to be found,” Bakke said. “It’s been the longest, [most] miserable three days of our lives.”
Bakke said Kitterman does not have medical problems and hasn’t had any issues with drugs or other dangerous activity in the past.
“This is just so not characteristic of Paul,” she said. “Paul is one of the most loyal, responsible people you’ll ever meet in your life. He would never, ever just leave you hanging, and especially his son. He would never leave Jarod.”
Bakke said they’ve continued to call hospitals and have been handing out fliers, but they’ve exhausted all of their resources.
Anyone with information about Kitterman’s whereabouts should call Denver Police at 720-913-2000.
The man who went missing during a Broncos game last week was located in Pueblo and is safe, according to Denver police.
He was found Tuesday more than 100 miles from where he went missing. Pueblo Police said that Kitterman was found just before 6:30 p.m. in a K-Mart parking lot off of north Elizabeth Street.
Police told 9NEWS a family friend had called 911 saying that they picked him up at a Salvation Army and took him to a Rodeway Inn in Pueblo. Officers immediately went to the motel to try and find him but he was not there.
The Dana Pretzer Show – Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – With Special Guests Attorney Joel Brodsky, Former ADA and Commentator Robin Sax and Crime Reporter Mike McIntyre
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- Attorney Joel Brodsky with Drew Peterson Updates
- Former ADA and Television Commentator Robin Sax discussing the NFL
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