|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Pouncey, Dolphins silent about subpoena in Aaron Hernandez case||10.29.13 at 7:59 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Lightning at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Gold Glove award show, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who was served a subpoena after Sunday’s game against the Patriots to testify in front of a Massachusetts grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez case, remained quiet about the matter after returning to Miami.
Pouncey, a former University of Florida teammate of Hernandez, practiced Monday but did not meet the media following a long meeting with a team executive, according to the Miami Herald.
Coach Joe Philbin was asked about the situation numerous times at his Monday press conference, but he offered nothing.
“We are obviously aware of the reports regarding Mike,” Philbin said. “Consistent with my responses to non-football-related matters, I have nothing further to say.”
There are reports that prosecutors are looking into Hernandez’s possible involvement in interstate gun trafficking, but it’s not clear if Pouncey would be a witness or a suspect.
• Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, now toiling in Washington, took his war of words with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a new level Monday.
After Marshall suggested that players like Meriweather — who just returned after a one-game suspension for multiple helmet-first hits against defenseless receivers — should be “taken out of the game completely,” Meriweather fired back by referencing Marshall’s arrests for confrontations with his girlfriend earlier in his career.
“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said. “If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”
Marshall initially declined to respond to Meriweather’s comment, but during a radio appearance later in the day, he said: “You can only pray for someone with those feelings. So, that’s all I have to say about that.”
Marshall also expressed his frustration with being penalized for his hits, promising to aim lower, even if it causes serious knee damage.
“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said. “I’d hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better [for something to happen to] other people than me getting suspended for longer.”
Added Meriweather: “You’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s career. You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit ‘em high anymore.”
• The Raiders and the NFL announced Monday that the team would handle discipline for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver following the coach’s obscene gestures toward the officials during Sunday’s 21-18 victory over the Steelers.
Upset about a penalty on Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of the ball-carrier, Tarver twice held up his middle finger in the direction of the officials.
“I apologize for my action on the sideline of [Sunday's] game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”
Said coach Dennis Allen: “I don’t know it’s one of those things where you say, ‘Let’s forget about it.’ He’s made his statement about what happened. The only thing I’ll say is I think he’s done an outstanding job with this defense. I think he’s a fiery and emotional guy, and our players have really taken to that. I think they’ve embraced that type of attitude, and he has the defense playing at a high level right now.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Aaron Hernandez college teammates show support||07.15.13 at 7:48 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Gold Cup, El Salvador vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 9:30 p.m. (FSC)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Aaron Hernandez‘s fall from grace has been dramatic, and his lack of support widespread. In the latest slap in the face to the former Patriots tight end, the Pro Football Hall of Fame removed a photo of him scoring a touchdown. The photo, from a 2010 game, won an award in the Hall’s annual photo contest.
“In the spirit of good taste, we thought we’d take it down,” HOF vice president of communication and exhibits Joe Horrigan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
However, there are at least a couple of people in football apparently willing to show support for the troubled Hernandez.
Twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, former Florida teammates of Hernandez who currently play in the NFL (Mike with the Dolphins, Maurkice with the Steelers), were photographed at a Miami party wearing hats that read: “Free Hernandez.”
It was revealed last week that the Pounceys were involved in an incident at a club in Gainesville, Fla., in 2007 that led to a double shooting, about which police attempted to question Hernandez at the time.
Mike Pouncey was Hernandez’s roommate at Florida.
UPDATE: Maurkice Pouncey tweeted an apology Monday, writing: I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.
♦ To no one’s surprise, athletes are weighing in on the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and they’re not holding back — although two NFL players apologized after their incendiary comments.
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweeted: [Expletive] Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in.
Added White: All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.
White apologized on Sunday, writing: I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. … I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted: Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him him.
Cruz then deleted the tweet and apologized, writing: I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress. I have never have and never will advocate violence under any circumstances and I pray that we all encourage and educate each other.
♦ The track and field world was rocked Sunday when it was revealed that world-class sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson failed drug tests, and they all deny doing so purposefully.
“I am not now — nor have I ever been — a cheat,” Powell, a Jamaican who at one time held the world record at 100 meters, said in a message released through his Twitter account.
“I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games,” said an emotional Gay, the American record-holder in the 100 who won the 100 and 200 at the U.S. nationals last month. “I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”
Simpson, another Jamaican who owns an Olympic gold and two silver medals, said she “would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”
First-time offenders usually receive two-year bans, although penalties can be reduced due to extenuating circumstances.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 15, 1986, which Red Sox pitcher became the first in team history to record a win in the All-Star Game?
|Dolphins center Mike Pouncey: Ryan Tannehill will be ‘one of those elite guys like Tom Brady’||11.02.12 at 2:03 pm ET|
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is stroking the ego of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, calling him “the best rookie quarterback in the NFL right now.”
Pouncey said the Dolphins QB is a leader on the team and has helped the Dolphins to a 4-3 start this season.
Pouncey said he values Tannehill more than Washington rookie Robert Griffin III, who is ranked third in passing efficiency.
“I think he’s better than RGIII,” Pouncey said. “Their games are different. RGIII can throw, but he can also run. Tannehill’s a smart quarterback.”
Pouncey took it a step further, though, when he compared Tannehill to Patriots QB Tom Brady.
“I think he’s going to be one of those elite guys like Tom Brady when it comes said and done,” Pouncey said. “Just his composure. His leadership in the huddle right now is just phenomenal. … I do see Tom, and the way he coordinates and runs his offense is the same as Tannehill does.”
Tannehill has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,454 yards this season. He’s thrown for four touchdowns with six interceptions.
“We were lucky to get that kid at No. 8,” Pouncey said. “He’s playing phenomenal for us right now. … If he keeps it up, he’ll be the franchise quarterback for a long, long time.”
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