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Greg Hardy returns to Panthers practice amid domestic violence charges

09.12.14 at 10:17 am ET
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Greg Hardy

During a week in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL indefinitely for punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator in February, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, a day after he met with his lawyer about an offseason domestic issue.

In May, Hardy was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The Pro Bowler was convicted on two domestic violence charges in mid-July but immediately appealed the decision. When he was arrested, the police officer filling out the report noted that Hardy grabbed and threw the woman around.

Two months before the domestic violence incident, Hardy signed a one-year franchise tag deal for $13.1 million.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera only talked about Hardy’s practice performance, and would not comment on his legal problems.

“I couldn’t tell you that,” Rivera said of the potential pressure Hardy is facing. “The only thing I can tell is he practiced very well.”

Carolina expects Hardy to play in the team’s home opener Sunday against the Lions. Neither the league nor the Panthers have suspended Hardy, and a decision most likely will not be made until the legal process comes to an end.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide; Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton takes pitch to face

09.12.14 at 8:01 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)


– On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.

Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.

Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.

MASHUP POLL: What sentence will Oscar Pistorius receive for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend?

  • 10 or more years (44%, 84 Votes)
  • 4-9 years (24%, 46 Votes)
  • 1-3 years (18%, 34 Votes)
  • Suspended sentence (no jail time) (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Less than a year (6%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

– Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.

Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”

– Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.

Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.

Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.

Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’€™t say that we have limitless money, but we’€™ve got a lot of money to spend and we’€™re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” – Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder

09.11.14 at 7:36 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Steelers at Ravens, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Louisiana Tech at North Texas, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Houston at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, United States vs, Lithuania, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


– A South African judge ruled Thursday that Oscar Pistorius did not intentionally kill his girlfriend when he shot her in their home last year, but the former Olympic hero still could be convicted of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is deciding Pistorius’ fate along with two other judges, began the verdict portion of the trial Thursday morning as a tense Pistorius sat listening. Pistorius broke down and started crying when Masipa said he was not guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

The verdict portion could last for hours or even days as the judge explains her analysis of the evidence and testimony.

MASHUP POLL: Should Oscar Pistorius have been convicted of murder?

  • Yes, there's no way he would have shot her repeatedly by accident (85%, 212 Votes)
  • No, there's too much doubt in this case (15%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 250

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Masipa called Pistorius a “very poor witness” during the trial, noting that he avoided answering some of the prosecution’s questions, but said that it does not mean he is guilty. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was a burglar when he shot her repeatedly through the bathroom door in the middle of the night.

The trial has lasted five months, including a one-month break so that Pistorius could be examined by mental health specialists.

Pistorius, who uses prosthetic legs, participated in the 2012 London Olympics, inspiring people worldwide.

– Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was granted a leave of absence from the team to consider his future in football. Abraham, in his 15th NFL season, suffered a concussion in Monday’s win over the Chargers, but coach Bruce Arians said that was not the main reason Abraham was considering retiring.

Abraham, who missed most of training camp because he was receiving treatment for an alcohol problem following a DUI arrest in Atlanta, has five days to mull things over before he must be either reinstated or ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Sabres owners buy Bills for NFL-record $1.4 billion

09.10.14 at 2:53 pm ET
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The Bills reached a “definitive agreement” Tuesday to sell the team to the owners of the NHL‘s Sabres.

The Pegulas, who already have substantial clout in the Buffalo area, bid an NFL-record $1.4 billion to buy Bills from late owner Ralph Wilson‘s estate, much higher then the team’s estimated $935 million value. The previous high came when Stephen Ross bought the Dolphins for $1.1 million in 2009. The Bills’ new owners plan to keep the team in Buffalo.

“It is gratifying to reassure these great fans that the two franchises, so important to our region are here to stay,” Terry Pegula said in a statement released by the Sabres. “Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community and we will strive every day to honor his legacy.”

Other prospective owners included groups headed by rock star Jon Bon Jovi and one led by Donald Trump. Some feared that the Bills would move to Canada if Bon Jovi took control of the franchise. Mary Wilson, the team’s controlling owner, said her late husband would have been happy with the Pegulas’ decision to keep the team in Buffalo.

“Ralph would have been pleased with the sale of the team to the Terry Pegula family, who have been so committed to Buffalo and the western New York region,”Wilson said. “He loved his team and he cherished the fans, and his legacy will remain for all time.”

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Roger Goodell continues to deny seeing Ray Rice videotape

09.10.14 at 9:55 am ET
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The sports world is still reacting to the shocking Ray Rice video and the player’s subsequent release from the Ravens.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claimed in a CBS interview Tuesday he had not seen the video of Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer inside an elevator in Atlantic City. Goodell and the league had only suspended Rice for two games before the second video was released.

“We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell said in the interview. “We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.” 

The Ravens and coach Jim Harbaugh initially supported Rice after the incident occurred in February. In July, Harbaugh said he would “stand behind” Rice and was “proud” of how the running back handled the situation. After the TMZ video was released this week, though, Harbaugh said his feelings on the matter were swayed in the other direction.

“[The video] is something we saw for the first time today. All of us,” Harbaugh said. “It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”

Jets backup quarterback Mike Vick, who spent more than a year in jail for organizing a dog-fighting ring, said Rice’s actions have no place in the game.

“It’€™s very sensitive,” Vick said. “I think we all got to realize as professional athletes that we are professionals. And we have to be able to maintain our poise in all situations, on and off the field. There’€™s just no room for that.”

While most have disapproved of Rice’s actions, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he thinks the NFL overreacted. Mayweather, who previously pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges and spent two months in jail in 2012, said there are other things people do that aren’t seen by the cameras.

“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Hawks’ front-office racism controversy widens

09.10.14 at 8:00 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.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Giants, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, noon (ESPN2)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: D.C. United at Red Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


– The Hawks’ front office scandal widened with the revelation that general manager Danny Ferry made an offensive statement in June when discussing free agent Luol Deng. Despite calls for Ferry to be fired, CEO Steve Koonin said Tuesday that the GM will be disciplined but will retain his position.

Ferry, who like Deng played college ball at Duke, described the South Sudan-born forward as someone who “has a little African in him.”

In a June 12 letter to co-owner Bruce Levenson — who recently announced plans to step aside following the revelation of racially charged comments he made two years ago — Ferry elaborated on the comment by saying: “Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. recommended that Ferry be fired, writing: “Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat.”

Ferry apologized Tuesday and claimed he was only passing along something he had heard about Deng.

“In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players,” Ferry said in a statement released by the team.

“I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process. Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Hawks GM Danny Ferry be fired for his racist comments?

  • No, the team's punishment is enough, he doesn't need to lose his job (60%, 249 Votes)
  • Yes, there's no defending what he said, even if he was passing along someone else's comments (40%, 168 Votes)

Total Voters: 417

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Deng, who now is a British citizen, said he was proud of his African heritage, and he condemned the hurtful remarks.

“Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype,” Deng said. “I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.”

– Defensive tackle Devon Still, who was cut but re-signed by the Bengals two weeks ago after he acknowledged not being fully focused during training camp due to his 4-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer, is turning his tough situation into a positive.

The Bengals announced Monday that all proceeds from sales of the player’s jerseys would be donated to pediatric cancer research. On Tuesday, a team representative said more Still jerseys were sold in a 24-hour span than any Bengals jersey ever. So many people ordered the jersey at one time that the site crashed.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Providence College, ABA legend Marvin Barnes dead at 62

09.09.14 at 8:02 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.

MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, United States vs. Slovenia, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, Lithuania vs. Turkey, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Finals, Sky at Mercury, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Kazakhstan vs. Latvia, noon (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Norway vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Czech Republic vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Bolivia, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)


Marvin Barnes led Providence to the 1973 Final Four. (Providence College)

Marvin Barnes led Providence to the 1973 Final Four. (Providence College)

– Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, the immensely talented but troubled basketball player from Rhode Island who starred at Providence College in the early 1970s and briefly played for the Celtics, died at the age of 62, according to a report in the Providence Journal.

Former PC teammate Kevin Stacom said that he saw Barnes at a Providence-area restaurant about 10 days ago and knew he was not well.

“He struggled with his demons but he was a great friend,” Stacom told the ProJo. “He was a great talent and a great teammate, but most of all he was our friend.”

Barnes, who admitted having a drug-abuse problem throughout his career, averaged 18 points and 19 rebounds when he led the Friars to the 1973 Final Four, playing alongside Stacom and fellow Providence native Ernie DiGregorio, who both went on to play in the NBA (and for the Celtics).

After an All-America senior season in which he averaged 22 points and 18.7 rebounds and led PC to a 28-4 record, the 6-foot-8 forward was the second overall pick in the 1974 NBA draft by the 76ers. However, Barnes signed a deal to play for the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis.

One month into his first season, while averaging 24.0 points and 15.6 rebounds and en route to being named ABA Rookie of the Year, Barnes left the team. He turned up a few days later at a pool tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Spirits owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna lured Barnes back and remained supporters of him throughout his life.

“I was young, wild and had tons of money,” Barnes said in an interview a few years ago. “I’d be late for practices, miss team flights and did what I pleased. Because of the numbers I put up management never really got too upset. If they didn’t care what I do, I don’t care what I do. My motto was live hard and die young. I didn’t expect to be around long, figured I’d die in a shootout where I grew up. I’d live for the moment so I’d drink, use marijuana and snort coke when I could. The coke intensified everything. When I got that rush, I thought the coke was making me a better ballplayer.”

Barnes jumped to the NBA in 1976 and played for four teams, including a 38-game stint with the Celtics during their miserable 1978-79 season. His first season with the Pistons was interrupted by a 3 1/2-month prison term in a Rhode Island jail for violating probation related to an assault on a PC teammate in 1972.

After his career ended, Barnes became homeless and bounced in and out of jail and rehab programs. He eventually returned to Rhode Island and worked for a foundation counseling youth, trying to convince them to avoid the same fate as him.

In 1997 Barnes was named to the ABA All-Time Team. His jersey was retired by the Friars in 2008.

– Thousands of Penn State students and fans celebrated on campus Monday night after the NCAA surprisingly lifted some of the penalties that were enforced in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, allowing the Nittany Lions to compete in the postseason this year and allowing the return of all scholarships for next season.

The NCAA‘s Executive Committee credited Penn State’s progress in reforming its athletic program as the reason for the move. It was suggested by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who is serving as Penn State’s athletic integrity monitor.

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FIBA investigates possible Australian tanking at World Cup basketball

09.08.14 at 1:51 pm ET
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A 91-83 Australia loss to Angola in the FIBA World Cup last Thursday is under investigation by basketball’s international governing body because of concerns that the Australians lost the game on purpose.

Australia held a second-half lead against Angola, but the team sat its starters, played weak defense and committed 18 turnovers. A loss in the contest meant Australia finished in third place in Group D of the tournament.

If the team had won, then Australia would have finished in second place, meaning the team would have had to play the United States in the quarterfinals. A loss against Angola delayed a potential U.S.-Australia matchup to the semifinals.

Australian coach Andrej Lemanis said after the game that his team did not lose on purpose. 

“We always, as Australians, compete the right way,” Lemains told AdelaideNow.com.au. “People will make up their own minds. There’€™s always going to be speculators. I can’€™t control what people think.”

Slovenia guard Goran Dragic took exception to the possibility that Australia tanked the game. The Slovenians, who finished in second place in Group D, will have to face the Americans on Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup.

Tweeted Dragic: Basketball is a beautiful sport, there is no room for fixing the game like today Australia vs Angola!! @FIBA should do something about that!

Whether or not Australia lost intentionally, it does not have to worry about playing the United States at all, as Turkey eliminated Australia from the tournament Sunday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: New video of Ray Rice domestic violence incident leads to further criticism of NFL

09.08.14 at 8:09 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.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Indians, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 4:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Giants at Lions, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Chargers at Cardinals, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Russia vs. Liechtenstein, noon (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Switzerland vs. England, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: US Open, 5 p.m. (CBS)


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– More video from the Ray Rice domestic incident in February was leaked early Monday morning, and the shocking tape has stirred further criticism of Rice as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to impose harsher discipline.

In the video, released by TMZ.com, Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator at the Revel hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Rice leans in and appears to antagonize Palmer before she pushes him away. Rice then punches Palmer with his left first, knocking her head into the back of the elevator. When the elevator doors open, Rice drags the apparently unconscious Palmer — which matched video that was released a few months ago.

Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault, but he was accepted into a pretrial prevention program in May that allowed him to avoid any jail time. Rice and Palmer were married one month later.

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL attempt to punish Ray Rice further?

  • Yes, this video confirms the need to suspend him longer (89%, 123 Votes)
  • No, the league already suspended him and it wouldn't be fair to change it now (11%, 15 Votes)

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Goodell already has acknowledged he was not as hard on Rice as he should have been when he suspended the Ravens running back for just two games. On Aug. 28 Goodell announced new domestic violence penalties, starting with a six-game suspension for a first offense.

“My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families,” Goodell said in a statement at the time. “I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”

The NFL has not acknowledged whether it had access to the second video.

– The Yankees held Derek Jeter Day on Sunday, honoring the retiring captain with a 45-minute ceremony that included sports legends Michael Jordan and Cal Ripken Jr.

Jeter received a 1 1/2-minute ovation from the Yankee Stadium fans before unemotionally addressing the the crowd with a three-minute speech.

“It’s kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly,” Jeter said. “You guys have all watched me grow up over the last 20 years. I’ve watched you, too. Some of you guys getting old, too. But I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid for the last 20 years.”

Added Jeter: “In my opinion, I’ve had the greatest job in the world. I got a chance to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, and there’s only one of those. I always felt as though it was my job – was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys. But it can’t compare to what you brought me.”

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NFL to review Jets practice squad member’s domestic violence arrest

09.05.14 at 11:31 am ET
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Quincy Enunwa

Quincy Enunwa

The NFL will take a deeper look into the arrest of New York Jets practice squad member Quincy Enunwa after he was charged with domestic violence Sunday night.

Enunwa pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday and was released from jail. After the NFL caught flak for the case of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended just two games for his incident, commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that players involved in domestic violence cases would face stiffer punishments, including a six-game suspension for a first-time offense and a year-long ban for a second.

Though it is unclear what Enunwa’€™s relationship was with the female victim, a police complaint obtained by NJ.com said he grabbed the woman, which led to injuries to both her head and finger.

Enunwa practiced with the Jets on Thursday, but had no comment on the matter. The wide receiver is not on the Jets’€™ active roster for games.

Coach Rex Ryan said the Jets will have to wait and see what happens to the 2014 sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Nebraska.

“There’s different circumstances to every case and, this thing, we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said.

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