|Penn State sexual abuse documentarian John Ziegler on D&C: ‘I don’t believe that Joe Paterno had any knowledge of the 1998 investigation’||03.26.13 at 1:21 pm ET|
Documentary writer and director John Ziegler checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss his recent three-plus-hour conversation with Jerry Sandusky at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute.
Ziegler made multiple visits to Sandusky and came to the conclusion that if it was not for a certain New York Jets losing streak from nearly 15 years ago, the Penn State scandal may have never come out.
Said Ziegler: “I’ve concluded, that after my three and a half hours with Jerry Sandusky, that if the New York Jets had not lost their last three games in the 2000 season, there would be no Penn State scandal … If Al Groh doesn’t decide at the last second — he was coaching the Jets at that time — that because they lost the last three games to miss the playoffs, Jerry Sandusky was about to sign on the dotted line to be the head football coach at Virginia in December of 2000. I’m totally convinced that there’s corroborating evidence for that, but Jerry and I talked about this extensively. Apparently during his last interview, the interviewer gets called out of the room, Al Groh calls, that’s his alma mater, Virginia, he’s on the search committee for that job, and tells them, ‘Hey look, I think I’m out of the Jets, I want the job.’ All of a sudden the guy comes back, is cold to Sandusky and Sandusky’s wondering what the heck’s going on. The next day Al Groh gets the job; five weeks later is the [Mike] McQueary episode.”
Ziegler, whose documentary “Framing Paterno” was recently released, also discussed what he thought Paterno really knew and, more importantly, didn’t know regarding the investigations into Sandusky’s actions in the late 1990s.
“People are misunderstanding what the most important conversation in this entire situation was,” Ziegler said, adding: “The key conversation was actually when the athletic director went to Sandusky and said, ‘OK, what was this all about? We have this report that you did something inappropriate with a kid in the shower.’ That’s where the information that I’ve been able to [get] from this interview is critical, because I have the actual statement from the boy in the shower, made ironically on the day [Joe] Paterno was fired, as a 24-year-old married sergeant in the marine corps, proactively coming forward with his mother with him, to say, ‘Look, I’m the boy in the shower, McQueary is lying. Nothing happened.’ ”
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family continues push to clear his name||02.12.13 at 7:51 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Kentucky at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ While the family of Joe Paterno continues its crusade to clear the Penn State legend of any wrongdoing in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, the school is closing in on settlements with most of the victims of the former assistant coach.
Attorney Ken Feinberg, who was hired by the school, told The Associated Press that he delivered settlement offers from 28 alleged victims (18 more than the number brought up in Sandusky’s trial) to school administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during Friday meeting in Philadelphia.
“The next step is Penn State — we’ll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks,” Feinberg said.
Meanwhile, on Monday a member of the board of trustees called on the board to re-examine the findings of Louis Freeh‘s investigation, saying a new report from a team hired by Paterno’s family raised “serious and troubling” questions about the Freeh report. The school declined comment on the request from board member Alvin Clemens.
Pateron’s wife, Sue, and others, including former Penn State player Greg Buttle appeared on Katie Couric‘s show on Monday and defended Paterno, who died last January.
“Joe Paterno didn’t conspire to do anything,” Buttle said. “The conspiracy to me was perpetrated by a cabal of trustees and others that felt they needed a convenient way out to relieve Penn State of what had happened.”
♦ Kobe Bryant, who last year was fined $100,000 for using a homophobic slur toward an official during a game, apparently has learned his lesson. When one of his 1.3 million Twitter followers tweeted “You’re gay” as an insult to another follower Sunday, Bryant stepped in.
Tweeted the Lakers star:
Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.
Bryant acknowledged that last year’s incident was on his mind after another follower brought it up. Tweeted Bryant:
exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.
♦ Inspired by the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, USA Today has a list of the top 10 athletes who tied to cling to their careers for too long.
No. 1 is Muhammad Ali, followed by Brett Favre. Former Red Sox players Rickey Henderson and Roger Clemens are third and fourth, respectively. They’re followed by Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gordie Howe and Deion Sanders.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Emotionless Lance Armstrong admits being ‘flawed character’||01.18.13 at 8:06 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Stony Brook at Vermont, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fairfield at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Harvard at Yale, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
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♦ Lance Armstrong admitted to cheating, but he did it on his terms. Showing little to no emotion or contrition and offering few details, the cycling legend acknowledged during his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he cheated in all seven of his victories at the Tour de France.
“I’m a flawed character,” Armstrong said.
However, Armstrong insisted his taking performance-enhancing drugs and doping only put him on par with other cyclists.
“I went and looked up the definition of cheat,” he said. “And the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn’t view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”
As for all the people — especially former teammates and support crew — he attacked when they tried to tell the truth, Armstrong offered no public apology, although he said he has reached out to some of his victims. He attributed his behavior to his competitiveness.
“It’s a major flaw, and it’s a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome. And it’s inexcusable,” Armstrong said. “And when I say there are people who will hear this and never forgive me, I understand that. I do. … That defiance, that attitude, that arrogance, you cannot deny it.”
♦ Notre Dame star Manti Te’o said in Wednesday night’s statement that he’s focused on the NFL draft, but the girlfriend hoax that was revealed this week might turn out to be a problem for prospective clubs.
“I think some teams will say it isn’t worth the problem,” said NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt, who has Te’o rated 19th overall following the linebacker’s disappointing performance in the national championship game.
“I don’t think anybody considered him to be a top-five pick before all this happened,” Brandt said. “In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he can’t even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him …”
Meanwhile, a minor league baseball team in Kentucky, the Florence Freedom, announced that it would have a Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day in May. The first 1,000 fans will receive an empty bobble head box, there will be a pretend kiss cam for fans to kiss their imaginary friends, and there will be an imaginary food fight in the kids’ area.
♦ Al Pacino has been been tabbed to play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State coach that’s based on Joe Posnanski‘s recent biography. Brian De Palma, who directed Pacino in “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way,” will direct the film, tentatively titled “Paterno.”
“I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” producer Edward R. Pressman said in a statement.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Baseball legend Pete Rose to have reality show on TLC||07.18.12 at 7:55 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Phillies at Dodgers, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Marlins at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLS: Revolution at Impact, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
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♦ Major League Baseball career hits leader Pete Rose is filming a reality show for TLC. The show will focus on the 71-year-old Rose and his fiancee, a model who is about half his age. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show has a working title of “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project.”
“It’s not going to be classless,” Rose insisted. “It seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining and real.”
Rose, banned from baseball after gambling on games when he served as manager of the Reds, remains out of the Hall of Fame, but he hopes his call will come some day.
“If the commissioner [Bud Selig] ever finds it in its heart to give me a second chance, I’m sure that we’ll address that,” Rose said. “But if I ever make the Hall of Fame, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world because I understand what it means. But I’m not just going to sit here on pins and needles. I’m not in the Hall of Fame because I screwed up. It’s not Bud’s fault. It’s not [former commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti's] fault. It’s not Mike Schmidt’s fault or Johnny Bench’s fault. I’m the one who screwed up. And if I’m ever given a second chance, all I can tell you is: I won’t need a third.”
♦ NCAA president Mark Emmert talked about the Penn State scandal during an appearance on Tavis Smiley‘s PBS show, and Emmert said he has not ruled out giving the Nittany Lions the death penalty.
“I’ve never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope never to see it again,” Emmert said. “What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we’ll have to decide.
“We’ll hold in abeyance all of those decisions until we’ve actually decided what we want to do with the actual charges should there be any. And I don’t want to take anything off the table.”
The NCAA is awaiting a response from the school after demanding information for its investigation.
♦ Cornerback Asante Samuel, who left the Patriots for the Eagles in 2008 but was traded this offseason to the Falcons after his production continued to decline, engaged in some banter on Twitter with Philadelphia fans Tuesday. Samuel indicated he’s looking forward to his new team visiting Philadelphia on Oct. 28.
Tweeted Samuel: Last time I played against the Eagles I had two interceptions and 1 for a TD. #justsaying What was they thinking!
Added the 31-year-old: Just make sure yall booo me when I step on the field so I can get it crackin out there. #neverscared
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 18, 1990, one day after the Twins turned two triple plays against the Red Sox, the same two teams combined to set a major league record by hitting into how many double plays?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch latest NFL players to be arrested||07.17.12 at 7:52 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
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♦ Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are the latest NFL players to be arrested in what has been a busy offseason. There have been at least 25 arrests in the past six months.
Bryant was arrested Monday by police in DeSoto, Texas, after a domestic incident Saturday. According to an ESPN report, Bryant got into an argument with his half-brother and pushed his mother. Police paid a visit then but did not decide to make an arrest until Monday.
Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Bryant also could be penalized by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Bryant has had a couple of run-ins with law enforcement in the last year, but this is his first arrest. His mother has a checkered past, including an 18-month stint in prison for selling cocaine when Dez was a youngster.
The 23-year-old had 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season, his second in the league.
Lynch was was arrested in Oakland on Saturday for DUI, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The Seahawks star, in his hometown to award a scholarship to a recent high school graduate through his charitable foundation, was detained after a traffic stop.
Lynch’s rap sheet includes an incident in 2008 in which he drove into a woman outside a bar and drove off, costing him his license, and a misdemeanor weapons charge for which he was suspended three games in 2009.
Lynch, 26, rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, his second in Seattle after being traded from Buffalo.
♦ The area outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium where students camp out to get tickets will no longer be known as “Paternoville.” The student group that manages the area announced a name change Monday to “Nittanyville” in an effort to “return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.”
The move comes days after the release of the Freeh report, which concludes that then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno helped cover up child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a longball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss? Hint: This pitcher was still active in the majors earlier this season.
|Red Sox’ Bill James claims Freeh report exonerated Joe Paterno||07.14.12 at 8:44 pm ET|
As the godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James has made a career out of looking at widely available information and coming to new and different conclusions.
In his “Hey Bill” Q&A on Friday, and later on ESPN’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, James discussed his rather different and controversial evaluation of the information laid out in Louis Freeh‘s investigation of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State and former coach Joe Paterno‘s role in it.
Below is the relevant passage, with the emphasis having been offered in the original article on James’ website:
Independent report on Penn State scandal: “The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s.” Asked by: Bruce Answered: 7/13/2012
The Freeh reports states quite explicitly and at least six times (a) that the 1998 incident did NOT involve any criminal conduct — on the part of Sandusky or anyone else — and (b) that Paterno had forced the resignation of Sandusky before the 1998 incident occurred.
The 1998 incident was perceived AT THE TIME to involve no criminal conduct. The May 3, 1998 incident was very, very, very thoroughly investigated by at least four different agencies (University police, state police, and two different child welfare agencies), all four of which issued written reports stating that no criminal event had occurred. In retrospect, since the actions were part of a pattern of criminal conduct, it may be said that they were criminal conduct in and of themselves, but no one saw that at the time.
In any case, what EXACTLY is it that Paterno should have done? Fire him again? It is preposterous to argue, in my view, that PATERNO should have taken action after all of the people who were legally charged to take action had thoroughly examined the case and decided that no action was appropriate.
In a follow-up post, James — a Red Sox senior adviser — said that satisfying the minimum legal requirements “is totally and absolutely irrelevant to the defense of Joe Paterno.”
|ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on D&C: ‘The evidence is all there in black and white’ against Joe Paterno||07.13.12 at 10:11 am ET|
ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap , who has covered the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State, appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss Thursday’s release of the Freeh Report and its consequences for the legacy of Joe Paterno. To listen to the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Schaap said that former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report has all the evidence to prove that Paterno knew about the crimes Sandusky was committing and did nothing to stop it.
“The evidence is all there in black and white,” Schaap said. “It is all in the appendices, these e-mails, and they are damning. And while I wouldn’t say [the investigation] was private because there weren’t a lot of people who really gave it serious thought who believed that Joe Paterno did not know about it in the 1998 investigation, until yesterday we didn’t have any evidence. Now there is evidence that proves that he was lying about the fact that he didn’t know anything about allegations against Sandusky, [Mike] McQueary came to him in 2001, lied to a grand jury, spokespeople lied, his family lied, he lied — this is not an incidental piece of information.”
Now that this evidence has been released, there likely will be more criminal prosecutions against former university president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. However, what does this report mean for Penn State as a university?
“It’s not as if Penn State is going away,” Schaap said. “This is a terrible blow, obviously, for the university. We can only hope that it does the right thing going forward. Instead of hiring highly aggressive attorneys to defend it against civil claims in terms of some kind of a humane resolution of those claims from the victims. That it doesn’t act as it has acted in the past, which was to do everything it could above all else to protect the institution at the expense of the victims.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family denies coach protected Jerry Sandusky||07.11.12 at 7:43 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Pacers, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
MiLB: Triple-A All-Star Game, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Former FBI director Louis Freeh announced that he would release his findings on the Penn State scandal Thursday morning, but after reports indicated Joe Paterno‘s legacy will be further tarnished, the late coach’s family decided to make a preemptive strike. The family released a statement Tuesday insisting that the longtime Penn State coach “did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky.”
“Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile,” the statement read. “Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.”
Before he died in January, Paterno supported the trustees’ decision to have Freeh conduct a thorough investigation, but the family — which was denied the opportunity to see the report ahead of its release — said it now has concerns about the fairness and confidentiality of Freeh’s work.
“It is our firm belief that the report would be stronger and more credible if we were simply given a chance to review the findings concerning Joe Paterno in order to present the case he was never allowed to make,” the family said.
♦ Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos is not happy with his sales staff after a representative e-mailed a Chiefs fan (and blogger) with an offer for a discount for a Kansas City group to attend the Chiefs-Chargers game in San Diego this season. The fan blogged about the offer, and it appeared all over the Internet.
“When I saw that e-mail, I thought, ‘Wow. This is kind of hilarious. I’ll have a little fun with them on this,” Chiefs fan Patrick Allen told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It kind of just steamrolled from there.”
Spanos read about the situation Friday, while Chargers fans criticized the team.
“I totally understand that reaction,” Spanos said. “It’s disappointing because we’ve been so aggressive this year with trying to sell to new Chargers fans. We hired 18 new people. We’re launching a season ticket-holder referral program. … We’ve been very aggressive. We’re trying our best to pack the stadium with Chargers fans. This article, it hurt.”
♦ An Ohio man found a box in his grandfather’s attic that contained hundreds of 1910 baseball cards, and it turned out to be one of the biggest discoveries in the history of card collecting. The cards, in near-mint condition, are expected to bring in up to $3 million when put up for auction.
“It’s like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic,” said 51-year-old Karl Kissner, who stumbled upon the treasure while cleaning up following the death of his aunt, who had inherited the house.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The game is a game. We’re all competitive and we’re all trying to win. It’s not less painful when you’re out in the outfield and people keep smacking balls around like they did today. … Ultimately we want to win this game. It doesn’t matter if it’s an All-Star Game or a regular-season game. We’re all competitive and we all want to win.” – Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, downplaying the players’ apparent lack of interest in the All-Star Game
STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – Consecutive innings in which the American League has failed to score in the All-Star Game, dating back to last year’s loss
‘NET RESULTS: Jose Canseco now is a pitchman for Old Milwaukee.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Monbouquette, who allowed four runs in two innings in the American League’s 5-3 loss
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Suzanne Vega turns 53 Wednesday.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: DA says Syracuse police uncooperative in Bernie Fine investigation||11.22.11 at 7:47 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
No games scheduled
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police have not been cooperative in his investigation into Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was accused of child molestation by two former ball boys but denies any wrongdoing.
Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records related to the case, and the deputy chief responded with an obscenity upon being presented with the order.
“I’ve never seen this happen in my history with the DA’s office,” Fitzpatrick told the Syracuse Post-Standard, noting that he’s been pushing for assistance since last Thursday.
“I pleaded with people to turn over the records,” he added. “I don’t understand this. I’ve heard three different stories about what they have and don’t have.”
Earlier Monday, Mayor Stephanie Miner released a statement saying police are conducting a “thorough, professional and complete investigation” and will not share information until they are finished.
♦ Fired Penn State football coach Joe Paterno battled the school’s standards and conduct officer for years over discipline issues on the team, eventually leading to her resignation in 2007, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. At one point, frustrated chief disciplinarian Vicky Triponey e-mailed school president Graham Spanier, complaining that Paterno believed she should have “no interest, (or business) holding our football players accountable to our community standards.”
The case that pushed Triponey to leave was a 2007 incident in which a number of players were charged with breaking into an off-campus apartment and instigating a brawl. After apparently receiving little cooperation from the players, police eventually dropped many of the charges and the players did not miss any games. Triponey, who had arrived from UConn in 2003, finally quit that year, citing “philosophical differences.”
Paterno’s lawyer, Wick Sollers, responded to the Wall Street Journal report through a spokesman that “the allegations that have been described are out of context, misleading and filled with inaccuracies. … Penn State’s record of producing successful student athletes under coach Paterno’s guidance is unquestioned.”
♦ Jets coach Rex Ryan said he will not appeal the $75,000 fine he received Monday for swearing at a fan at halftime of last week’s Patriots-Jets game in New Jersey. Ryan was punished for swearing at the fan, who heckled him with a comment about Bill Belichick being better.
“It was a mistake,” Ryan said Monday. “I’ve owned up to that mistake, there’s no question about it. I’m not going to appeal it. Quite honestly, the man [commissioner Roger Goodell] has made a decision and his decision is that I should be fined 75,000 then that’s the way it is. I just want to get it behind me.
“Obviously, it was a mistake that I made and I’m responsible for my actions,” he added. “I haven’t denied that one bit or slouched on that responsibility. To coach in the National Football League is an honor. I don’t want to be the guy to put a black eye on this or whatever. I just want to get it behind me and move forward.”
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan apologizes for swearing at Patriots fan||11.15.11 at 8:01 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
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♦ Rex Ryan was caught on video shouting an obscenity at a Patriots fan who was taunting the Jets coach after Sunday night’s game at MetLife Stadium. After the Jets’ 37-16 loss, the fan yelled, “Hey, Rex, [Bill] Belichick is better than you.” Responded Ryan: “Shut the [expletive] up.”
On Monday, Ryan apologized. An NFL spokesman said the league is looking at the situation, and there is speculation that Ryan will face a fine.
“I was emotional,” Ryan said. “It was an emotional time. I was coming in. You know, I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off. Obviously, I know I represent the National Football League, I know I represent the Jets and I know it was a mistake. And I apologize for it. This is who I am. I made a mistake. I’m about as big a competitor as there is. At that time, I was in no mood to hear anything. But I also understand I have to handle that better.”
Meanwhile, Belichick had some derogatory comments of his own for the Jets, making a snide comment about the Jets’ supposed “best defense in the league” to his son Stephen as they walked off the field. Ryan insisted he didn’t take offense to Belichick’s words, joking that he made a similar statement to his son after stopping New England’s high-powered offense and winning in Foxboro last season in the playoffs.
Added Ryan: “It’s something I’ll bring up to [Belichick] after we beat them in the playoffs again this year.”
♦ The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday inducted its new class: Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe. Onetime Bruins coach Pat Burns, who died a year ago at the age of 58, was not one of the inductees, and that does not sit well with Jesse Spector at the Sporting News — or some of the inductees themselves. “Pat Burns,” Doug Gilmour said at the end of his speech. “We all miss him, the league misses him, and more importantly, we believe he’ll be here one day.”
♦ Joe Paterno‘s name was removed from the Big 10 football championship trophy, in the latest insult to the legendary Penn State coach. With that in mind, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 tarnished legacies in sports. Paterno ranks third, behind Mike Tyson and No. 1 O.J. Simpson.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 15, 1967, Carl Yastrzemski, winner of the American League’s Triple Crown, was named MVP. However, the vote was not unanimous. Which Twins player received one vote?
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