College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Adrian Peterson’
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin move on from racial incident with Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison 04.06.15 at 8:09 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 3:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Indians at Astros, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament final, Wisconsin vs. Duke, 9 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Crystal Palace, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

(Chris Steppig/Getty Images)

Andrew Harrison (5) and Kentucky were frustrated by Frank Kaminsky (44) and Wisconsin in Saturday’s national semifinal. (Chris Steppig/Getty Images)

— Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky tried to play down the controversy that erupted when Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison muttered a racial slur about him during Saturday’s postgame press conference.

After Kentucky’s loss that ended the Wildcats’ season at 38-1, Harrison responded to a question about Kaminsky by saying, ‘[Expletive] that [N-word],” even though Kaminsky is white. Although Harrison covered the microphone with his hand, the comment was audible.

Harrison, who also was criticized for skipping the postgame handshake line along with a few of his teammates, later tweeted an apology, writing: First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.

Added Harrison: When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect.

Kaminsky, who on Sunday was named winner of the Naismith Award as the nation’s top player, confirmed that Harrison contacted him, and he attempted to put the issue to rest.

“He reached to me, we talked about it, [I’m] over it,” Kaminsky said Sunday, as he focused on leading the Badgers against Duke in Monday night’s NCAA championship game. “Nothing needs to be made out of it.”

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan also was in a forgiving mood, saying: “In this day and age, it always reminds all of us that whatever we say can and will be heard, it seems. The teaching moment is the individual himself learned from it obviously by reaching out to Frank, so we’ll leave it at that.”

— Jaguars defensive lineman Sen’Derrick Marks isn’t impressed with the NFL’s decision to hire a female official, and he made an interesting comparison.

The league announced last week that Sarah Thomas will be the first full-time non-replacement official.

“It’s just like the Michael Sam situation — if he wasn’t gay, he would have gone undrafted,” Marks told TMZ. “Instead, the league drafts him because I think they are trying to monopolize every aspect of the world. The same thing with a female ref.

“For the league, it’s great publicity. The NFL is all about monopolizing every opportunity.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Andrew Harrison, Frank Kaminsky, Sen'Derrick Marks
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LLWS star Mo’ne Davis asks for leniency for offensive tweeter 03.24.15 at 8:06 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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: Kings at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Vanderbilt at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis showed remarkable class in responding to a college baseball player’s dismissal from his team due to his insult of Davis in a tweet.

Bloomsburg (Pa.) University junior first baseman Joey Casselberry was booted from the team Sunday after he complained about Davis getting a movie made about her, tweeting: Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.

Davis said Monday that she emailed the school to ask that Casselberry, who apologized for his tweet, be reinstated.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis told ESPN. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you’ve got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.

“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?”

The school acknowledged receiving Davis’ email but did not give any indication that it would reverse its decision.

“Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her,” the school said in a statement. “Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”

— The Princeton women’s basketball team’s previously undefeated season came to an end Monday with a loss to host Maryland in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, and there was increased security at the arena following a threat made against a Princeton player who is the niece of President Barack Obama.

According to media reports, a phone message threatening Princeton freshman Leslie Robinson — whose father, Craig Robinson, is Michelle Obama’s brother — was left at Maryland.

Barack and Michelle Obama attended Saturday’s opening-round game but were not in attendance for Monday’s contest, which the Terrapins won 85-70.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Barack Obama, Mo'ne Davis,
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fire ticket-seller involved in Curt Schilling Twitter controversy 03.03.15 at 7:56 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that they have fired the part-time ticket-seller who posted vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter, saying they have “zero tolerance for anything like this.”

A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.

Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”

MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.

Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.

— More details are emerging about why Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon in January, making him the first player kicked off the team in the coach’s 35-year tenure.

According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Curt Schilling, Mike Krzyzewski, Rasheed Sulaimon
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ‘still uneasy’ about potential return to Minnesota 02.20.15 at 1:53 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off

On Thursday Adrian Peterson told ESPN that he is “still uneasy” about rejoining the Vikings next season, questioning the support he had from the organization after it worked with the NFL to put him on the commissioner’s exempt list in September.

Peterson played just one game in 2014 because he was indicted for reckless injury to a child on Sept. 12. He will not be able to be reinstated into the league until April 15 unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of a suit against the league brought forth by the NFL Players Association in hopes of Peterson’s immediate reinstatement.

The running back “has been complying with the NFL’s requirements for reinstatement” and has to meet those for his probation in Texas and child protective services order in Minnesota as well. Even if Peterson does not return to the Vikings, he still plans on playing somewhere next season.

“It shows you can have all the loyalty toward someone and toward an organization, a fan base, but when things really shift and it’s you or the empire, they’re going to put you out on a leash,” he said. “I said, ‘Of course [I would love to come back to the Vikings].’ I said it. But my emotions, as far as those things I feel, those are for players like [linebacker] Chad Greenway, those guys that play the game just like me, that have the same passion I have, the same goal I have, to win a championship. That’s where it comes from. It don’t come from the organization. I’m not in a good place when it comes to that.”

Team president Mark Wilf, chief operating officer Kevin Warren, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer all recently said they want Peterson to return in 2015, and the Vikings seem to be preparing for it. Peterson knows, though, that he wouldn’t be forced into staying with the Vikings if he doesn’t want to, and Zimmer pointed out that “the relationship needs to be a two-way street.”

“I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back,” Peterson said. “But then again, I know the ones who don’t. It’s a difficult transition, and it’s not just about me. I have a wife who was able to sit back and see how people in Minnesota said this and said that, how media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren’t even relevant. That wasn’t people in Texas — it was people in Minnesota that dug in and brought things out. That impacted me, but most importantly, it impacted the people around me — my family, my kids. This came from the state I love so much, that I wish to bring a championship to? This is how they treat me when I’m down and out? You kick me? My wife [and I], we’ve had several conversations about me returning to Minnesota, what the best options are. If I left it up to her, I’d be somewhere else today, and that’s with her weighing everything. It’s a lot for me to weigh; she understands that. But there are some things that I’m still uneasy about.”

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Timberwolves reportedly make push for Kevin Garnett 02.19.15 at 8:07 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NBA: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Dayton, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Tulane, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Francis (Pa.) at Central Conn., 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at BYU, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Garnett might be going back to where it all began.

According to reports out of Minneapolis, the Timberwolves have had talks with the Nets about acquiring the player who spent his first 12 NBA seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to the Celtics in 2007.

Flip Saunders, who returned to the Timberwolves to serve as president of basketball operations last year, coached Garnett for much of the forward’s time in Minnesota and apparently is interested in having Garnett end his career with his original club — and provide guidance to the team’s young players, including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 19-year-old dunk champion Zach LaVine.

Garnett, traded from Boston to Brooklyn in 2013, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $12 million this season, seeing reduced minutes on an underachieving Nets team that is 21-29. If he agrees to change teams, Garnett would go to the team with the worst record (11-42) in the Western Conference.

The Timberwolves reportedly would give up 26-year-old forward Thaddeus Young to acquire Garnett, who would have to waive his full no-trade clause by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Garnett has said previously that he is not looking to leave Brooklyn, mainly because he does not want to disrupt his family in the middle of the season.

“I haven’t thought too much of my own personal [situation],” Garnett said recently. “When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it. A lot of things with [my] family situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”

— The Vikings reiterated that they are ready to welcome back Adrian Peterson once his NFL suspension is lifted.

General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine that the team expects Peterson to return to Minnesota when his NFL suspension is lifted, and, “I think our whole organization is on that same page.”

“He admitted a mistake,” Spielman said. “I’m sure he’s doing everything he can to not only make himself better as a football player but also a better person off the field.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Jerome Kersey, kevin garnett,
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees give 3B Chase Headley extension, raise more questions about Alex Rodriguez’s future 12.16.14 at 8:07 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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 Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at UNC-Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Club World Cup semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees agreed with Chase Headley on a reported four-year, $52 million deal, and in the process sent a message to Alex Rodriguez: third base is taken.

While A-Rod has expressed a desire to win back his old position after being suspended for the 2013 season, Headley said Monday that the team told him the job is his.

“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said in a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club. So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hinted earlier this offseason that he wasn’t planning on the oft-injured, 39-year-old Rodriguez being the starting third baseman. Neither Cashman nor Rodriguez spoke publicly Monday.

Headley hit .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs last season. He was traded during the season from San Diego, where he finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs and winning a Gold Glove.

He said he believes he can coexist with A-Rod.

“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance o playing with Alex, to be honest. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction, especially coming from my side.”

— Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation, blaming the team’s problems on the front office.

“It is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization,” Kosar said in an interview with Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just a complete recipe for a disaster.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, alex rodriguez, Bernie Kosar, Brian Hoyer
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Olympic icon rips Charles Barkley for comments about Ferguson rioting 12.03.14 at 8:06 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NHL: Blues at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Notre Dame, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Penn State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Maryland, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Northwestern, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Wisconsin, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wichita State at Utah, 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, Tottenham at Chelsea, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— John Carlos, who become iconic for his black power salute after winning a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, criticized Charles Barkley for the TNT NBA analyst’s recent comments about the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

The outspoken Barkley last week called some of the people who rioted in Ferguson “scumbags” and made comments supportive of the police.

“He’€™s just looking for political votes down the line,” Carlos told the New York Daily News. “If you don’€™t have anything good to say, you should keep your mouth shut. I don’€™t know where Mr. Barkley gets his reports. He’€™s a basketball commentator. It’€™s not like he’€™s in the legal field. He shouldn’t be saying derogatory things.”

MASHUP POLL: Should more athletes speak out about issues like the one in Ferguson, Missouri

  • Yes, they should take advantage of their public stature and push for social justice (52%, 241 Votes)
  • No, they're athletes, not politicians, and they should keep their focus on the game (48%, 222 Votes)

Total Voters: 463

Loading ... Loading ...

Carlos also voiced support for the five Rams players who raised their arms in the “hands up, don’t shoot” style before Sunday’s game, saying, “These men are giving voice to the voiceless. They’re doing the right thing and taking a stance.” He called on more athletes and entertainers to speak out about racial and social injustice.

“Not just athletes,” Carlos said. “Puff Daddy, Snoop [Dogg], we haven’€™t heard much from those individuals or our black movie stars out there. They chose to take the back seat. How many millions of dollars do you have to have in your bank account before you speak your mind?”

Adrian Peterson read a statement but did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday in New York, according to an Associated Press report.

Peterson, suspended for the rest of the season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, was at the hearing for more than three hours. The hearing resumes Thursday, when NFL executive Troy Vincent reportedly will testify.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Charles Barkley, Jameis Winston, John Carlos
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Regretful Adrian Peterson takes ‘full responsibility,’ promises not to use switch again 11.21.14 at 8:31 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Charleston, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton vs. UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas vs. California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. South Carolina, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple vs. Due, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
NHL: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Texas-El Paso at Rice, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College football: San Jose State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Adrian Peterson had “shown no meaningful remorse” for his child abuse incident, Peterson changed course, telling USA Today that he will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids again.

Peterson hit his 4-year-old, leaving marks that last for weeks, but he insisted he was regretful for the pain he caused.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that, ‘I didn’t mean to do this to you,’ and how sorry I was.

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

Peterson has been lumped in with former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face in a hotel elevator, but he said that’s not a fair comparison.

“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

Peterson has six children with six women, and he says he tries to maintain a relationship with all of them.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,’ ” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

Peterson said he hopes to talk to Goodell and would like to return to the Vikings, although he knows not everyone in Minnesota will be welcoming.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson, adding, “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” he said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Paul Pierce and LeBron James are set to renew acquaintances Friday night in Washington as the Wizards host the Cavaliers, but Pierce downplayed the intensity of their rivalry.

“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood,” the former Celtics star said Thursday. “If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. It’s like fighting for the same girl. How am I going to be cool with that guy? I’ve got total respect for him as a person. It’s just the thing we go through on the court.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Jack Johnson, LeBron James, Paul Pierce
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson criticizes NFL for ‘refusal to be fair’ 11.17.14 at 8:19 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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: Steelers at Titans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Miami at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland-Eastern Shore at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Winthrop at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Georgia State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Binghamton at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oregon, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn at Colorado, 1 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico State at St. Mary’s, 3 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Hawaii, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson criticized the NFL on Sunday, saying the league is treating him unfairly by not allowing him to return to the Vikings since he pleased no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

The NFL Players Association field a grievance seeking to allow Peterson to play while commissioner Roger Goodell determines his punishment. The running back remains on paid leave.

MASHUP POLL: Is the NFL treating Adrian Peterson unfairly?

  • Yes, the league should announce its decision and not leave him in limbo (51%, 117 Votes)
  • No, he's the one who misbehaved, and the league has the right to take its time (49%, 111 Votes)

Total Voters: 228

Loading ... Loading ...

The league offered to have a hearing this past Friday, but Peterson objected to “outside people I don’t know” attending the hearing and turned it down.

“At this point, I’ve resolved my matter in the criminal court; I’ve worked to make amends for what I’ve done; I’ve missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened,” Peterson said in a statement issued by the union.

“However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

“I’m sorry for all of this, but I can’t excuse their refusal to be fair.”

Peterson is slated to participate in a grievance hearing Monday before arbitrator Shyam Das.

— Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration paid surprise visits to NFL medical staffs Sunday as part of an investigation into teams’ alleged misuse of prescription drugs.

At least three road teams — the 49ers, Buccaneers and Seahawks — were spot-checked after their games to determine if they were following the law. Former players accused teams of pushing prescription drugs on players in an effort to keep them on the field, without regard for players’ long-term health.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell,
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots mocked after highlighting racist tweeter 11.14.14 at 8:05 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNH at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Hampden-Sydney vs. Coast Guard, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Presbyterian at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: N.C. Central at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Auburn, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Colombia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ attempt to highlight their 1 millionth Twitter follower backfired spectacularly Thursday evening when they tweeted out a racial slur.

A person who used a Twitter handle with the N-word (with IHATE before it) tweeted the Pats in an effort to get a retweet. The Patriots tweeted at the individual: Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.

They also included an image of a Patriots jersey with the offensive tag listed where a player’s name would be, along with a handwritten note from Rob Gronkowski thanking Patriots Nation for becoming the first NFL team with a million followers.

The team eventually deleted the tweet, writing: “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Out filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.

That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from taking shots at the team.

Wrote @JesseBealJr: Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower! #1 MillionPatriots.

Added @AndrewLucksHead: Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?

— The hearing regarding Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL is scheduled for Monday, with veteran arbiter Shyam Das slated to hear the sides speak via conference call.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Brandon Marshall,