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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets LB Bart Scott says he doesn’t want son to play football

05.28.12 at 6:42 am ET

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‘™¦ Jets linebacker Bart Scott, never one to shy away from voicing his opinion, joined the youth football safety discussion by saying he would prefer that his son not play the game. Scott’s son, B.J., is 7 years old, and his father said he wants to keep him from getting concussions, fearful of the effect it would have on him later in life.

“I don’€™t want my son to play football,’€ Scott told the New York Daily News. ‘€œI play football so he won’€™t have to. With what is going on, I don’€™t know if it’€™s really worth it.’€

Added Scott: ‘€œI can’€™t stop him from doing what he wants to do, but I would advise him and try to push other things in his face that may interest him. The more you tell him not to, the more he’€™s going to do it. I would support it, because he’€™s my son, but I also would try to push baseball in his face.’€

‘™¦ Look out, Patriots. Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby has high expectations for the Dolphins, despite their 6-10 record last season.

‘€œAs a team, I’€™m expecting us to win the AFC, period. Point blank,’€ Dansby told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. ‘€œWe’€™ve got the talent. We have the coaching. We’€™ve just got to put it all together. It’€™s going to come down to us as players going out and excelling and making sure we do everything we possibly can to win every game.

‘€œIt’€™s going to be a challenge, no doubt. But that’€™s what you live for. You live for opportunities to have those challenges, and we’€™ve got the opportunity of a lifetime here in Miami and we’€™ve got to take full advantage of it.’€

‘™¦ Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested in his home state of Alabama for the second time in two months, this time for DUI and attempting to elude police. Alabama state troopers said Fairley, 24, was driving 100 mph when spotted by a trooper. He initially refused to stop but relented and was arrested without incident.

Fairley, who helped Auburn win the 2010 national title before becoming a first-round draft pick of the Lions, was arrested April 3 on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 28, 1986, Larry Bird was named NBA MVP, joining which rivals from the 1960s as the only players to win three straight MVP awards?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Inevitable. It’s the matchup the game of basketball wants.” — Heat guard Dwyane Wade, on the Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Celtics

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Times this season the Red Sox have had a chance to move over .500 but failed, with the latest occurring Sunday when Alfredo Aceves blew a ninth-inning save in a 4-3 loss to the Rays

‘NET RESULTS: At the SEC baseball tournament, Vanderbilt pulls of a triple steal in its victory over Florida.

Lower Columbia College outfielder Derrick Salberg jumps over the fence to catch what would have been a game-tying home run for Everett Community College with two outs in the ninth inning of their NWAACC playoff game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gladys Knight turns 68 Monday.

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