Monday’s Morning Mashup: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tweets of arrest: ‘Truth will surface’
|07.09.12 at 7:49 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Thunder, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, arrested early Saturday morning after an incident with an off-duty police officer who was working security at a Houston nightclub, implied Sunday that he will be vindicated. Peterson was told to leave the nightclub because it was closing when he allegedly pushed the officer and then, when told he was under arrest, yelled and resisted.
Tweeted Peterson: Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface.
Peterson also tweeted a famous quote from Winston Churchill: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
♦ English soccer star John Terry was in a London court Monday to defend himself against accusations that he targeted an opponent with racial abuse. The Chelsea defender has admitted using offensive language in a dispute with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand but said it was a misunderstanding after taunts about Terry’s alleged affair with a teammate’s ex-girlfriend.
Terry, a married father of two, was stripped of his captaincy on the English national team in 2010 after reports of his alleged affair.
♦ British cyclist Bradley Wiggins retained his lead in the Tour de France after Sunday’s eighth stage, but he was not in a good mood after being asked what he thinks of anonymous people on Twitter to claim it’s impossible to win the race without doping. Wiggins offered an angry response before abruptly ending his press conference.
“I’d say they are just [expletives],” Wiggins’ said of the tweeters. “I can’t be dealing with people like that, it justifies their own bone idleness. Rather than getting off their asses and doing something with their lives, it’s easier for them to sit underneath a pseudonym on Twitter and write that sort of [expletive].”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 9, 1979, the Red Sox became the first team to have three players start in the outfield in an All-Star Game. Who were the players?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In this sports, as competitive ballplayers, we get pretty fired up. So I think, maybe, he picked the wrong profession. I think he’d be better off playing a women’s sport.” – Red Sox pitcher Vicente Padilla, on Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira
STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – First-inning runs for the Yankees against the Red Sox in the four-game series at Fenway that ended Sunday night
‘NET RESULTS: A cheerleader (who also is an EMT and firefighter) comes to the rescue when a minor league football coach in Indianapolis collapses during Saturday’s game.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marc Almond, former lead singer of Soft Cell, turns 55 Monday.
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