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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL security boss denies receiving Ray Rice elevator video

09.26.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Fresno State at New Mexico, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL preseason: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

– NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller staunchly denied having seen the second Ray Rice elevator videotape after a law enforcement official said he mailed it to Miller in April.

“I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8,” Miller said in a statement from London, where the Raiders and Dolphins will play Sunday.

The unidentified official previously told The Associated Press that he mailed the video to NFL headquarters in April, and he has a short voicemail from a woman confirming receipt of the package and saying, “You’re right. It’s terrible.” On Thursday the official allowed the AP to report that Miller was the intended recipient.

“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice‘s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: ‘Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe the NFL security chief that he did not view the Ray Rice video that was sent to him?

  • No, he's clearly lying as part of the league's cover-up (64%, 94 Votes)
  • Yes, there's no indication he actually had it himself (36%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 148

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The official insisted his only goal was for the NFL to have more information before deciding how to punish Rice.

“My intention wasn’t to bring down commissioner Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” he said.

The official also said he has no desire to be a part of former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into the NFL’s handling of the situation.

“I know nothing else about this case,” he said.

– Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who missed a chance to earn a $500,000 bonus for innings pitched when a rain delay forced him out of his final scheduled start Wednesday, said he will not pitch this weekend in an attempt to get the extra check.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team was prepared to let Hughes pitch again — he needs only one out in order to reach 210 innings — but Hughes declined.

“I just didn’t think it was right,” the right-hander said. “If I were fighting for a playoff spot, I’d 100 percent be available. But given the circumstances, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

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Woman claims Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid her money to keep quiet for alleged sexual assault

09.25.14 at 10:29 am ET
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A former stripper claiming that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones allegedly sexually assaulted her in a bathroom now says Jones also paid her money for almost five years to keep quiet about the incident.

Jana Weckerly said Jones performed unconsented sexual acts on her and forced her to watch Jones receive oral sex from another woman in a Texas hotel bathroom in 2009. Since then, Weckerly claims Jones has sent hush money to her bank account.

The updated lawsuit says Jones attempted to pay off Weckerly until the five-year statute of limitations expired. A hearing will be held Friday to determine if the lawsuit was filed too late because of the statute. The lawsuit does not state on exact date or location the alleged incident took place.

The updated lawsuit filed Monday is seeking $1 million in damages from Jones. Jones’ attorney Levi McCathern has denied the allegations that Jones committed any such acts.

“This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones,” McCathern said in a statement earlier in September.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for comments about Roger Goodell

09.25.14 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Giants at Washington, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: UCLA at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
NHL preseason: Ducks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons

ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after his profanity-laced comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he called a liar.

In a podcast earlier this week — since removed by ESPN — Simmons ripped Goodell for claiming he was unaware of the security video that showed Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.

“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such [expletive]. It really is. It’s such [expletive]. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.

“The best point that a lot of people have made about this is this is exactly why he fined and suspended Sean Payton for a season [for Bountygate]. Sean Payton was like, ‘I didn’t know.’ [Goodell] was like, ‘Well, ignorance [is not an excuse],’ and suspended him for a year. This is the same exact situation and it’s worse, because he knew and he’s a liar. … I don’€™t like liars. I think that people who you know they are lying and they are lying anyway, those are the worst people.We know you are lying. … Roger Goodell has no integrity whatsoever.”

Simmons also challenged management to punish him.

“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” Simmons said. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Bill Simmons have been suspended by ESPN?

  • No, he did not say anything worthy of punishment (86%, 51 Votes)
  • Yes, not just for the comments about Goodell but for his unprofessionalism (14%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 59

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Simmons and others at ESPN have been critical of Goodell in the past, but ESPN executives reportedly were upset that Simmons took it as far as he did and called them out.

“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” the network said in a statement. “We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”

– When the Yankees head to Boston Friday, Derek Jeter‘s last three games will have very little meaning. New York was eliminated from playoff contention after blowing a three-run lead and dropping a 9-5 decision to the AL East champion Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s tough. It’s what you play for. It’s a rough feeling,” said Jeter, who went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

It’s the first time since 1992-93 that the Yankees have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons, and just the second time (along with 2008) in Jeter’s 20-year career that he will not participate in the postseason.

“It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “This is not where you want to be at this time of year.”

Said Jeter: “For the guys that are coming back and the team that plays it’s a feeling you shouldn’t like and you shouldn’t want to get used to.”

Jeter’s final home game is scheduled for Thursday, although there is rain is in the forecast. If that game is rained out, his final Yankee Stadium at-bat will go down as an eighth-inning groundout to first base. He received an extended ovation after the out, but he did not leave his seat in the dugout.

“The game wasn’t over. We were trying to come back,” he explained. “You can’t help but notice. I catch myself looking around sometimes and I’ve always tried not to do that, but I’ve caught myself a couple of times.”

Jeter was on deck in the ninth when Brett Gardner struck out to end the game.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for his role in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last month, although Ward’s family announced that it will pursue civil damages.

“Our son got out of his car during caution when the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing the tragedy,” the family said in a statement. “The focus should be on the actions of Mr. Stewart. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.”

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said that toxicology results showed Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death and “the levels determined were enough to impair judgment.” Tantillo also said there was no evidence Steward did anything wrong.

“The videos did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by Tony Stewart until the point of impact with Kevin Ward, at which point his vehicle veered to the right up the track as a result of the collision. Prior to that, his course was pretty straight,” Tantillo said.

Said Stewart: “This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive/ While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1965, the legendary Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics against the Red Sox. The 59-year-old former Negro Leagues star, who was making his first major league appearance since 1953, allowed only one hit — a first-inning double to which Sox player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’d like to shore up my pass protection. I’d like to work better with the offensive line and do some of those things better that I haven’t been doing well.” Nate Solder, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 43 – Years since the Red Sox started seven rookies in a game, which they did in Wednesday’s 11-3 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton takes a home run away from Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale plunks Victor Martinez and then accuses the Tigers of stealing signs, leading to the benches emptying.

U.S. soccer captain Clint Dempsey takes to the streets of New York and asks people about Clint Dempsey.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Will Smith was born on this day in 1968.

Read More: Bill Simmons, Derek Jeter, Kevin Ward Jr., Roger Goodell

Steelers unsure of what James Harrison can offer after LB comes out of retirement

09.24.14 at 9:13 am ET
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Ten-year linebacker James Harrison has come out of retirement to help a depleted Steelers defensive corps.

The Steelers began the 2014 season with Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier manning the linebacker position. But injuries have forced the Steelers to get creative, which meant coaxing Harrison back to the field. Jones suffered a broken wrist last week against the Panthers and will miss at least eight weeks. Shazier will sit out at least one game with a sprained right knee.

Coach Mike Tomlin said is unsure of Harrison’€™s role with the team right now, despite the little depth the team has.

“We need to see what he is capable of doing before we etch out any roles for him or others,” Tomlin said.

Harrison had a strong nine-year career with the Steelers, averaging at least nine sacks per season from 2008-2011. After recording 67 tackles and 16 sacks in 2008, the linebacker was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

But last year, Harrison joined the Bengals after he refused to take a pay cut with the Steelers. He recorded two sacks and 16 total tackles in a limited role. Tomlin said he isn’t concerned about how Harrison played with the Bengals and wants to see what the linebacker can bring to the table in 2014 with Pittsburgh.

“I don’€™t care about what he did in Cincinnati or what their schematics are,” Tomlin said. “€œI’€™ll base my judgments based off of his capabilities based on what I see back in this setting among us.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell gets advice on personal conduct policy from former NFL players

09.24.14 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

– NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.

“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL suspend a player immediately after he has been arrested for anything?

  • Yes, if there's enough reason to arrest him, he should be held out until he settles his legal issues (75%, 110 Votes)
  • No, it's not fair to punish a player until he's be proven guilty of a crime (25%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

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With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.

“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?

“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”

The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.

– Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.

Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.

“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.

“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”

Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.

“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”

– Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped practice and left the team’s training facility after being told that he was being pulled from the starting lineup, according to multiple reports.

The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.

“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’€™re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’€™t feel comfortable, he doesn’€™t trust that offensive line.” – NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 40 – Home runs this season for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, making him just the sixth player in team history to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates clinch a playoff berth after turning a double play to finish off the Braves.

Wellington Castillo hits a long single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over over the Cardinals.

Rockies left fielder Brandon Barnes makes an impressive leaping catch at the fence against the Padres.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox.

The benches empty after Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig is hit in the foot by a pitch vs. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning.

From Monday night, Guilder Rodriguez, called up the Rangers this month after 13 years in the minor leagues, gets his first major league hit.

Here are Derek Jeter‘s top-10 career highlights recreated with OYO toys.

A brawl breaks out at a college basketball game in the Phillipines, leading to the ejection of 17 players.

From a high school football game in South Dakota, Dell Rapids kicks an extra point, which is low but bounces off a Millbank player’s helmet and goes through the uprights.

A youth football team from New York has a little trouble running through a banner before the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

Read More: Cary Williams, Chip Kelly, Jerry Jones, Mike Singletary

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti blames ESPN, Ray Rice’s camp for biased report

09.23.14 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Real Esteli at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Alpha United at Portland, 10 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti broke his silence Monday and accused ESPN of biased reporting in its scathing piece that accused the team of influencing New Jersey authorities and the NFL in regard to Ray Rice‘s domestic violence incident.

In a statement to fans before the press conference, Bisciotti admitted the team “did not do all we should have done,” but he assured that “there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens.”

Bisciotti also placed blame on Rice’s camp for attempting to spin the story to the player’s benefit. He insisted the team expected a suspension of more than two games after the initial report of Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator on Feb. 15.

“The accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact,” Bisciotti told the press, denying his organization pushed for leniency for Rice. “I don’t think the league would take too kindly to us badgering them. I didn’t really care. If it was going to be a precedent-setting [suspension of] four or six games, I would have told Ray not to appeal it.

“I expected four or six games, and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe Steve Bisciotti that the Ravens did not attempt to influence New Jersey authorities nor the NFL?

  • No, there's enough evidence to show that the Ravens intervened (65%, 138 Votes)
  • Yes, Bisciotti is correct that the report was biased (35%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 213

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Bisciotti, who took ownership of the team 14 years ago and rarely meets with the media, said this is the biggest crisis he’s faced as owner.

“When your integrity is being questioned, it’s pretty humbling,” he said. “Last week it was our competence being questioned. Now it’s our integrity.”

Bisciotti acknowledged the team “failed” by not looking at the second videotape, which shows Rice’s knockout punch, and he promised to learn from the mistakes.

“The question is, What are we going to do next year as a team, and what is the league going to do next year or the next time this happens?” he said. “I would lose faith in the league if this happened next year and their response is unsatisfactory. If I’m asking people to give me another shot, then I certainly would ask you to give the league office another shot.”

– Former Patriots fan favorite Danny Woodhead‘s season is over, as the Chargers running back broke his lower right leg in the first drive of Sunday’s win over the Bills when he was hit by defensive tackle Kyle Williams in the ankle.

“He means a lot to the organization,” coach Mike McCoy said Monday. “His love for the game, the way he plays, his love for his teammates, the way he practices, great to be around. He’s one of the first guys in the building. He only knows how to do it one way. He’s a true professional. We’re going to miss him, but we’ve got to move on.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson reportedly in denial about NFL future

09.22.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bears at Jets, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pirates at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB)
NHL preseason: Devils at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson reportedly is in denial about his future — both this season and with the Vikings, who apparently plan to move on without the standout running back.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge for disciplining his 4-year-old by whipping him with a tree branch, leaving scars that lasted for more than a week. Peterson has acknowledged the whipping, saying that it was a form of discipline and that he did not intend to injure the boy.

Peterson tweeted Friday that he passed a lie detector test. According to ESPN, a team source said that’s another indication that he “really doesn’t get it.”

MASHUP POLL: How long should Adrian Peterson be suspended?

  • One season: He needs a year away from the game to change his mindset (52%, 227 Votes)
  • Forever: A guy like this should never be allowed to play in the NFL (23%, 100 Votes)
  • A few games: He should be punished, but his alleged crime is not as serious as the other incidents in the news (20%, 86 Votes)
  • No suspension: He didn't do anything worthy of being punished by the league (5%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 440

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The Vikings activated Peterson after he missed last Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but the team reversed course following an outpouring of criticism, placing him on the commissioner’s exempt list while he deals with his legal issues. Now the team, which continues to pay his $11.75 million salary, is said to be looking for ways to cut ties with Peterson.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Friday press conference that players will be harshly punished for off-field violations including child abuse, and that apparently changed the Vikings’ expectations about Peterson’s return to the team.

Ray Lewis turned some heads with a comment he made during his appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” show while talking about former Ravens teammate Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after video emerged of him knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator.

“Sometimes I think we get lost in trying to find out whose head to go after and who to attack now about what they didn’t do,” Lewis said. “Sometimes we forget why we’re here. We’re here for one reason and one reason only. We’re here for domestic violence. We’re here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in an elevator. There’s some things you can cover up and then there’s some things you can’t.”

Lewis, of course, faced a murder charge in 2000 but had the charges dropped as part of a deal in which he testified against two co-defendants and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Read More: Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Rob Bironas

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick supports Roger Goodell, says commissioner ‘doing a great job’

09.19.14 at 8:22 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: UConn at South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Roger Goodell has had a target on his back since his mishandling of the Ray Rice situation, but at least one player has his back.

Michael Vick, who was suspended indefinitely by the commissioner in 2007 for his role in running a dogfighting ring but paid his penalty and returned to the NFL in 2009, offered his support for the embattled Goodell.

“I think he’€™s doing a great job,’€ the Jets backup quarterback said after Thursday’s practice. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’€™re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations that [have arisen] are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’€™s kind of new to everybody.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Roger Goodell be disciplined for his poor leadership?

  • Yes, he should be fired as it's clear he's not the right person for the job (45%, 46 Votes)
  • No, he owned up to his mistake and should not be punished (36%, 37 Votes)
  • Yes, he should be suspended but not fired, as overall he's done a good job (19%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 103

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With a number of NFL players facing domestic abuse issues, Goodell is taking heat for not getting ahead of the situation and being harder on offenders.

“Nobody’€™s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you’ve got to give the man a chance. You’ve got to give him a chance. You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’€™s happened in weeks prior. So you’ve got to give people a chance, man. You’€™re not going to get it right on the first time.”

Vick said he’s looking forward to the league putting this controversy in the past. Of course, that will require the players to behave themselves, which has been a problem of late.

“It’€™s a lot of issues that are taking place. In due time, they’€™ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “It’€™s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume [to] normal the next couple months. We just can’€™t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’€™s a new story that’€™s being written about and being talked about. We don’€™t seem to let it go. It’€™ll be all handled. . . . That’€™s what we have lawyers for. That’€™s what you have the commissioner for. You’ve got to let it die down. Other than that, [if] you keep talking about it, it’€™s going to continue to be an issue.”

Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned as manager of the Rangers two weeks ago, made his first public statement since the move and offered some insight into what was behind it.

“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer latest NFL player to face domestic assault charges

09.18.14 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 3:30 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Buccaneers at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Auburn at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa: Partizan vs. Tottenham, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Wolfsburg at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Mexico at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A difficult month for the NFL got a little more challenging Wednesday when Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest player to be arrested on charges related to domestic violence.

Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault for his role in two altercations at his home in July involving a 27-year-old woman and their 18th-month-old child. Police said the 25-year-old Dwyer denied committing any assault, although he admitted other facts about the confrontations.

“Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement.

Following two incidents days before training camp opened, the woman moved out of state with the child. She contacted police last week with new information, including text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”

Dwyer was freed on $25,000 cash bond early Thursday, wearing an electronic monitoring device. He was ordered to stay in the state and avoid contact with the alleged victims. He also cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs and alcohol.

Dwyer, who signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Cardinals as a free agent on March 12, has 16 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in two games this season.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred claimed in a press conference Wednesday that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall assaulted his former girlfriend in 2007, and commissioner Roger Goodell failed to investigate the situation after promising to do so.

Marshall was arrested after an incident seven years ago, but he claims he never hit his ex-girlfriend, despite her repeated accusations of domestic violence.

– Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston acknowledged his mistake after being suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s game against Clemson for shouting an inappropriate comment on campus.

“I have to tone it down,” he said during his weekly press conference before Wednesday’s practice.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again

09.17.14 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals, at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Prior to Tuesday night game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Rays honored Derek Jeter on the Yankees captain’s final trip to Tropicana Field. However, things deteriorated a few hours later.

Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

In Jeter’s final at-bat, he was hit on the hands by an eighth-inning pitch from reliever Steven Geltz. The Yankees retaliated in the bottom of the inning, as David Phelps threw a brushback pitch at Kevin Kiermaier, leading to the benches emptying.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected after arguing with the umpire and then yelling at Geltz after Jeter’s HBP, voiced his frustration with the Yankees being hit five times in the past four games against Tampa Bay (with no Rays being hit during that time). Jeter was the victim twice, while Chase Headley missed four games after taking a ball off the chin.

“I don’€™t know what they expect; you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’€™t think we’€™ll be pissed?” Girardi said. “I’€™m tired of my guys getting hit and where they’€™re getting hit. I’€™m tired of it. If you’€™re going to pitch inside, learn how to pitch inside.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understood the Yankees’ point of view.

“I really don’€™t blame the Yankees for being upset right there,” Maddon said. “We’€™ve hit a couple of their guys — obviously none of it intentional. It’€™s called baseball. It happens once in a while.”

MASHUP POLL: With Derek Jeter in an 0-for-26 slump and the Yankees still in the playoff hunt, should the team bench the retiring legend?

  • No, he's earned the right to be in the lineup for the final two weeks of his career (57%, 243 Votes)
  • Yes, the focus has to be on making the playoffs, and he is hurting the team's chances (43%, 187 Votes)

Total Voters: 430

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Jeter’s slump continues, as the shortstop — who was benched Monday — is without a hit in his last 26 at-bats after his 0-for-2 effort Tuesday. He was down 0-2 in the count when he was hit, and the fading Yankees lost the game 6-1. New York is 1-5 on this road trip, scoring just seven runs in the six games.

Said Phelps: “I think our team as a whole is frustrated about a whole lot of stuff right now.”

– Hours after singer Rihanna blasted CBS for pulling her music video last week in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, the network announced that it would no longer include her as part of its intro.

Rihanna, who was the victim in a domestic incident involving singer Chris Brown in 2009, had recorded a special version of the song “Run This Town” for the network. CBS did not use the video last week, instead spending more time discussing the Rice situation.

Rihanna took that as an insult, and she lashed out at the network via Twitter, writing: CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, [expletive] you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.

CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle released a statement shortly thereafter, reading: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”

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