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Family of Danroy Henry reaches $6 million settlement for fatal shooting

03.15.16 at 10:08 am ET
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The family of Danroy Henry Jr., a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, finalized a settlement with the officer as well as the Village of Pleasantville, New York. Henry’s family will receive $6 million, according to family attorney Michael Sussman.

“The Henrys have been clear from the beginning that no monetary settlement could ever replace the deep loss of their beloved son DJ,” Sussman said. “While this aspect of their lawsuits has now been resolved, they will continue to deal with their deep loss by focusing on faith, family and the important work of the DJ Henry Dream Fund, which has provided opportunities for thousands of young people and will continue to do so.”

The fatal shooting occurred in October 2010. Henry was idling his car outside a bar In Mount Pleasant, New York, where a disturbance was taking place, when he was told by a police officer to leave. It’s unclear exactly what happened next, but as Henry was pulling out, Pleasantville officer Aaron Hess wound up on the hood of the car and fired through the windshield, killing Henry and injuring a passenger.

Conflicting stories and inconsistencies led to Hess being cleared by a grand jury. Sussman said the Henry family was “extremely disappointed with the result.” The settlement, however, was viewed by the family as a step in the right direction.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL exec finally admits link to CTE as congresswoman criticizes league for ‘peddling a false sense of security’

03.15.16 at 8:17 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:
NHL: Bruins at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Akron at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Davidson at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, High Point at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Alabama at Creighton, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Florida at North Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Long Beach State at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, New Mexico State at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Red Sox, 6:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Dynamo Kyiv at Manchester City, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Under pressure from a congressman during a congressional committee roundtable discussion Monday, an NFL executive admitted for the first time that there is a link between football and the chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the brain disease known as CTE.

After referencing the work of Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Anne McKee, whose staff has found CTE in the brains of 90 former players, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) asked NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller point-blank if there is a link.

“Well, certainly, Dr. McKee’s research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE, so the answer to that question is certainly ‘yes,’ but there are also a number of questions that come with that,” Miller said.

It marked the first time the league acknowledged football can lead to CTE. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league representatives have long sidestepped the issue, deferring to the medical community. Prior to the Super Bowl, San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Mitch Berger, who heads the league’s subcommittee on long-term brain injury, recognized the studies but noted that CTE has been found “in all spectrums of life” and said, “It remains to be seen” what the cause is.

Miller said he was “not going to speak for Dr. Berger,” saying it’s more important to examine the entire issue.

“You asked the question whether I thought there was a link,” he said. “Certainly based on Dr. McKee’s research, there’s a link, because she’s found CTE in a number of retired football players. I think that the broader point, and the one that your question gets to, is what that necessarily means and where do we go from here with that information.”

Schakowsky criticized the league for its evasive behavior on the issue.

“The NFL is peddling a false sense of security,” Schakowsky said. “Football is a high-risk sport because of the routine hits, not just diagnosable concussions. What the American public need now is honesty about the health risks and clearly more research.”

Miller’s comments might impact a settlement of the concussion lawsuit against the NFL by former players. A lawyer representing seven ex-players who are objecting to the settlement sent a letter to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals later Monday, arguing that Miller’s statements are a “stark turn” from the league’s previous position, as they “directly contradict” the NFL’s position in the case.

— Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji announced Monday he will take off the 2016 season, explaining he needs to take a “hiatus.”

The seven-year veteran, a product of Boston College, is a free agent after a bounce-back 2015 campaign in which he recorded 22 tackles in 15 regular-season games. He missed the 2014 season with a biceps injury.

“This decision was made after hours of conversation with close family members and mentors and considerable self-introspection and is one in which I am absolutely certain,” Raji said in a statement. “I cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future, but I will definitely not be playing during the 2016 season.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Unhappy NCAA investigates leaked tournament bracket

03.14.16 at 8:04 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:

NBA: Pistons at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Rockies at Mariners, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Giants at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Leicester City, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While fans and teams groaned during CBS’ new NCAA Tournament show — which dragged out the bracket revealing over two hours — someone leaked a copy of the matchups over Twitter. And the NCAA is not happy about it.

About 20 minutes after the TV program began, an unidentified person released the brackets under the heading “Spoiler alert.”

“We go through great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early, and the NCAA took its usual measures to protect this from happening,” the NCAA said Sunday night in a statement. “Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and we are looking into it.”

The person who posted the tweet changed the account’s name and protected the account, then apparently deleted it. But it already made its way around the Internet, including to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, whose son texted him his matchup.

“I thought he was messing with me,” Brey said. “So I just deleted it. Fifteen minutes later we show up, and then I found out we had a little leakage going on. Nothing’s secure, huh? That’s great. That is so typical. It’s so typical of college basketball.”

— The Boston Pride won the inaugural Isobel Cup as champions of the National Women’s Hockey League, and they made sure injured teammate Denna Laing shared in the celebration.

Laing, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Women’s Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31, joined her teammates via FaceTime as they hoisted the trophy on the ice Saturday night after a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Beauts.

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Thinking Out Loud: Erin Andrews benefits from celebrity with $55M jury award in stalker case

03.11.16 at 5:20 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Terry Dehere.

— It isn’t my intention to be flippant here, but does anyone else think Erin Andrews received the amount of money ($55 million) she was awarded due to her popularity in the first place? In other words, if she weren’t “Erin Andrews,” there’s no way that kind of a price tag would have been attached to this decision?

— It is undoubtedly a very trying, emotional situation — having to deal with a stalker and deal with the aftermath of a peephole video on the Internet for the rest of her life. But $55 million? There’s absolutely zero chance she ever receives the full amount — especially since her stalker (Michael Barrett) is on the hook for just over half (51 percent) of that.

— Not for nuthin’, but it doesn’t seem as if the exposure here (no pun intended, really) harmed Andrews’ career in the least. Most plaintiffs in civil lawsuits don’t receive anywhere near the kind of compensation she was awarded. Our legal friend Michael McCann (SI.com) pointed out this week an average award in the wrongful death of an adult female is $3 million. And that’s with someone dying.

— If anything, the notoriety of the case helped her gain favor with her new employers at Fox, as they won a bidding war over ESPN for her services. And, by the way, she now hosts ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” too. The defense attorneys in the case made this argument, however, to no avail.

— I have some sympathy over the lack of privacy/invasion of privacy issue, sure. But at what price do we cap monetary awards for alleged humiliation and degradation? This entire “story” was over the top. So was the money. Hope the nude pictures were worth it, fella. But they were kinda pricey, if you ask me. Just sayin’.

— As for the story that has gained traction on Red Sox manager John Farrell and CSNNE’s Jessica Moran having a “relationship,” I concur with ESPNBoston’s Jackie MacMullan. It’s not a good look for either side.

— MacMullan took both Moran and Farrell to task on WEEI this week, and it was deserved. How many times does the business of journalism — especially women reporters — need to be degraded by unthinking, selfish narcissists who allow themselves (and the industry, not to mention employers) to become involved in a situation where no one wins? Except for gaining a few, fleeting moments of pleasure?

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Reports: Browns, Jets, Broncos among possible destinations for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

03.11.16 at 12:15 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of trade talks all week. While there are several potential suitors for the 28-year old, his destination remains unknown.

A report Friday morning indicated that Kaepernick wants to be traded to the Browns to play for new coach Hue Jackson. The team officially released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday morning, and have reportedly been in talks with the 49ers on a possible deal. Sources say the Browns have been one of the most aggressive teams on the trade front for Kaepernick.

On Thursday, reports came out indicating that the Jets were interested in Kaepernick’s services and had been asking about a possible trade. New York reportedly has not shown any progress on a possible deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If the team does not give into Fitzpatrick’s contract desires, the remaining options at the quarterback positions would be limited to Geno Smith and youngster Bryce Petty. Needless to say, the Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback, whether it be through free agency, a trade or the NFL draft.

Another team that is considered a contender for Kaepernick is the Broncos. After Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s signing with the Texans, the team is forced to find a competent starter elsewhere. Despite the dire need at the position, the Broncos reportedly have been “slow-playing” their approach to acquiring Kaepernick thus far.

While a deal with one of these teams is likely, nothing is considered imminent at the moment.

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Hall of Famer Goose Gossage: Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes ‘disgrace to the game’ for showboating

03.11.16 at 11:39 am ET
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Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage made headlines Thursday after an interview with ESPN in which he went on a 10-minute, expletive-laden tirade. He ripped several current players as well as those who run the league.

Part of the new-school look to baseball involves flashiness. Antics like bat-flips, admiring home runs and showing up pitchers have become more accepted now than they ever were during Gossage’s playing days. This apparently does not sit well with him, as he specifically called out Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista for repeatedly showboating.

“Bautista is a [expletive] disgrace to the game,” Gossage said. “He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a [expletive] fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”

When informed of Gossage’s strong words toward him, Bautista took the high road and did not return fire.

“He’s a great ambassador for the game,” Bautista said. “I don’t agree with him. I’m disappointed that he made those comments, but I’m not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me. I have too much good stuff to worry about his comments. Today is my first game [of spring training], getting ready for a new season; hopefully, we will whoop some more ass.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Canadiens’ P.K. Subban taken off on stretcher after hit to head during team’s win

03.11.16 at 8:21 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:
NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, UMass vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Richmond vs. Dayton, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Michigan vs. Indiana, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, South Florida vs. Temple, noon (AAC)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Florida at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, UConn vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Illinois vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, George Washington vs. Saint Joseph’s, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Tennessee vs. LSU, 3 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Providence vs. Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: C-USA Tournament, Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Notre Dame vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Baylor vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Tulane vs. Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Alabama vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska vs. Maryland, 8:55 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Memphis vs. Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Davidson vs. St. Bonaventure, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SEC Tournament, Georgia vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN SEC Network)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Miami vs. Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Seton Hall vs. Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pac-12 Tournament, California vs. Utah, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big West Tournament, Long Beach State vs. UC Irvine, 11:59 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston University at UMass-Lowell, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban might be known for embellishing in an attempt to draw penalties, but on Thursday night there was real concern for his health.

The veteran stayed on the ice receiving treatment for about 10 minutes after teammate Alexei Emelin’s leg hit his head on a play in the corner. Subban, who had fallen just as Emelin skated over and bumped into him, initially threw off his gloves and wriggled around, but he then stayed on his back as medical personnel attended to him before strapping him into a stretcher to get him off the ice.

“It’s scary to see that many trainers and doctors on the ice,” Habs captain Max Pacioretty said. “Nobody knew exactly what happened. That was the scariest part for me. It looked like a nothing play. It was impossible to concentrate after that.”

“When you see a guy go down like that, and the stretcher comes out, it takes the life out of you,” said teammate Torrey Mitchell, who had a goal in Montreal’s 3-2 win. “We’re just praying that Subby is OK right now.”

Added Sabres coach Dan Bylsma: “You’re trying to win a hockey game but you almost felt like you don’t want to keep playing at that point and time. The game’s an afterthought.”

Subban, who has played in 273 consecutive regular-season games, was injured late in the third period and would seem unlikely to play in Montreal’s next game Saturday in Minnesota. The team said he was taken to a hospital for further testing of a neck injury, and he had normal movement in his extremities.

— Former Celtics guard Nate Robinson plans to give the NFL a try. The 31-year-old last played football as a freshman at Washington, starting six games at cornerback and intercepting two passes.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Damon endorses ‘good friend’ Donald Trump

03.10.16 at 8:39 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:
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Cavaliers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, UMass vs. Rhode Island, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Georgetown vs. Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Richmond vs. Fordham, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern vs. Michigan, noon (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Baylor vs. Texas, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Duke vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Illinois vs. Iowa, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Butler vs. Providence, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Saint Louis vs. George Washington, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Kansas State vs. Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Utah State vs. San Diego State, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, South Florida vs. East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Nevada vs. New Mexico, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Tulane vs. UCF, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Penn State vs. Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech vs Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Marquette vs. Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, TCU vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska vs Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, La Salle vs. Davidson, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Iowa State vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, UNLV vs. Fresno State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Creighton vs. Seton Hall, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pac-12 Tournament, Oregon State vs. California, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Colorado State vs. Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

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Johnny Damon is all in on Donald Trump. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Johnny Damon is all in on Donald Trump. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

— Tom Brady and Robert Kraft might still be unwilling to publicly endorse controversial Republican presidential candidate (and good friend) Donald Trump, but former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon is completely on board.

“I want [Trump] for president,” Damon told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “I’m a Trump fan every since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, [Trump] is bringing us up to speed.”

The 42-year-old Damon once appeared on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” and is friends with Trump’s children. He dismissed concerns about Trump’s apparent bias toward immigrants.

“Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it,” Damon said, adding: “He wants to watch out for [terrorist attacks like last year’s in Southern California]. He wants everyone documented and in this country legally.”

Damon, a Florida resident, said he did not oppose Trump’s plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, but he wasn’t sure it would be possible.

“I can see other people’s views. The country is so split. Building a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols,” Damon said. “He’s trying to make the country great. We’re worrying too much about what’s going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here.”

Damon — whose endorsement follows that of another ex-Yankee, Paul O’Neill — said he is willing to offer his support to Trump during the campaign.

“If [Trump] needs me anywhere, I’ll be there,” Damon said. “He’s a good friend.”

— As the exodus from the Broncos continues — quarterback Brock Osweiler is the latest high-profile player to depart Denver one month after its Super Bowl championship — executive vice president and general manager John Elway defended the team’s offseason strategy.

“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here,” Elway said Wednesday. “That’s been a successful approach for us.”

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NFL roundup: Dolphins’ trade with Eagles reportedly back on after Byron Maxwell passes physical

03.09.16 at 12:36 pm ET
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Byron Maxwell

Byron Maxwell

After being held up due to injury concerns, a trade between the Dolphins and Eagles reportedly is back on. According to multiple reports, the Dolphins will swap first-round draft picks with the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. The two teams appeared to be close to finalizing the trade earlier in the week until concerns about an injury to Maxwell’s shoulder began to rise.

During the required physicals to complete the trade, the Dolphins medical staff apparently discovered lingering effects of Maxwell’s injury, which put him on injured reserve to end last season. ESPN reported Tuesday night that Miami considered the deal to be “dead” after its findings. Wednesday morning, however, news broke that the deal will be going through as originally planned after concerns over Maxwell’s injury passed.

The Dolphins were weary of acquiring Maxwell if his injury was expected to linger. He is in just the second year of a six-year, $63 million deal he signed with the Eagles last season in free agency. On top of those concerns, he had a disappointing season as the Eagles’ top cover corner last season. After breaking out with the Seahawks the year prior, Maxwell finished with just two interceptions and 64 tackles. The Dolphins may need some depth at cornerback, after reports have indicated the team plans to release four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes.

Alonso is in a similar position as well. He came off his worst season as a pro last year, as he fought through several injuries and registered a career-low 43 tackles to go with one interception. He was acquired from the Bills last offseason by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, in a controversial deal that sent star running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo.

— In other NFL news, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday morning after an 18-year NFL career, and he now will be breaking down the game on the set of ESPN. He reportedly will be joining the “Sunday NFL Countdown” crew as an analyst, while also contributing to broadcasts on Monday nights. In 2005 Hasselbeck made his lone Super Bowl appearance, which was the first in Seahawks history. He served as a backup for the Colts the past three seasons.

— After former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement earlier this week, interest has grown around Denver as to who will replace him as the Broncos starter. A report Wednesday indicated if the team cannot retain Brock Osweiler, it will pursue 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick via a trade. The 28-year-old Kaepernick has made it clear he is not happy in San Francisco, so the possibility of a deal could be mutually beneficial for both teams.

— Also making headlines Wednesday are the Giants, after the team reportedly inked ex-Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a deal. His contract reportedly is worth $62.5 million over five years. In his four-year stint with the Rams, Jenkins was a standout in the secondary. His six defensive touchdowns over that span are the most in the NFL.

— After Calvin Johnson’s retirement on Tuesday, the Lions did not waste any time attempting to replace his production. According to reports, the team signed former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a deal worth an estimated $8 million per season. Additional contract details have not yet been released. The 25-year-old Jones had his best season as a pro last year, catching a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Media, legal scholars call for NFL attorney Paul Clement to admit untruths to court in Deflategate hearing

03.09.16 at 8:01 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:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Patriot League final, Holy Cross at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, N.C. State vs. Duke, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota vs. Illinois, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, DePaul vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Rutgers vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Florida State vs. Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, TCU vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, St. John’s vs. Marquette, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Champions League, SL Benfica at Zenit St. Petersburg, noon (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain at Chelsea, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NFL attorney Paul Clement was widely lauded for his performance before the Second Circuit appeals panel last Thursday, as he argued that Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate should be reinstated.

However, it soon became clear that Clement played fast and loose with the truth, and calls are growing louder for him to rectify the situation.

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, longtime columnist Sally Jenkins took Clement and the league to task for their dishonest behavior and suggested Clement should rectify the situation by sending a letter of correction to the court. She has backing from some legal scholars, including New York Law School professor Robert Blecker, who filed an amicus brief.

In perhaps the most obvious incorrect statement, Clement repeated commissioner Roger Goodell’s assertion that Brady denied discussing the Deflategate accusations with assistant equipment manager John Jastremski the day after the AFC championship game. Goodell used this as an example of Brady’s obstruction. However, in Brady’s arbitration testimony he said he and Jastremski discussed “the allegations we were facing,” adding: “I think trying to figure out what happened was certainly my concern and trying to figure out, you know, what could be — possibly could have happened to those balls.”

Clement also claimed that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally repeatedly referred to himself as the “deflator” in text messages “throughout” the 2014 season, when in fact McNally only used the term in one text message, and it was in May of 2014, well before the season began.

Jenkins writes that the league’s untruths — and Clement’s decision to repeat them — “should serve as evidence to those judges that the Brady arbitration is dishonest and should be tossed.”

Writes Jenkins: Lawyers are officers of the court and cannot make false statements of fact, under pain of sanctions. Clement is one of the top appellate lawyers in the land, a former solicitor general, so he knows better than anyone that he owes the court candor. He is professionally obliged to admit that he was (surely unwittingly) sucked through the looking glass into the deceitful universe of Goodell’s NFL, in which the commissioner habitually makes up facts in disciplinary cases to suit himself and consolidate his powers.

Added Jenkins: Over and over again, other courts have found Goodell not credible in disciplinary cases, because he takes rash actions and then is too vain to admit a mistake. The Second Circuit should be aware that he’s not credible in this instance either. Clement is professionally obligated to correct the record on the misstatements Goodell led him into. He owes the court that candor.

— Adam Vinatieri’s record-setting career will continue in Indianapolis.

The 43-year-old, who has played 10 seasons with the Colts after spending his first 10 seasons with the Patriots, agreed to a deal on Tuesday night after some touch-and-go negotiations reportedly centered on Vinatieri’s desire for a multi-year deal.

“At the end of the day I made it crystal clear that I wanted to keep playing, and wanted to play here,” Vinatieri said (via the Indianapolis Star). “I want to finish my career off here.”

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