College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Roger Goodell’
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks PG Rajon Rondo benched after verbal exchange with coach 02.25.15 at 7:58 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:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Marquette at Butler, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Freso State at Wyoming, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Monaco at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rajon Rondo‘s honeymoon in Dallas appears to be over.

The former Celtic, who has a history of run-ins with coaches and teammates, had a profanity-laced exchange with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during a third-quarter timeout and then was stuck on the bench the rest of the night as his team rallied for a 99-92 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Raptors.

The incident started early in the third quarter. With the Mavs trailing by nine, Rondo dribbled the ball past midcourt as Carlisle appeared to call for a play only to be brushed off by his point guard. The coach then abruptly called a timeout and the two argued as the team returned to the bench. Carlise would only say that they had a “difference of opinion.” As for why Rondo did not return to the game, Carlisle said: “Because I’m the coach and that’s the decision I made at that time.”

Added Carlisle: “I thought it worked out well. The other guys stepped up and we were able to win.”

Rondo, who finished with four points, four assists, two turnovers and three fouls, reportedly has been frustrated with his lack of play-calling responsibilities. He did not speak after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18 points, said: “Stuff like that is never good. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. It’s about how the team responds.”

Owner Mark Cuban played down the issue, saying: “It’s an emotional game and sometimes emotions come out. It’s happened many times in the past and will happen many more in the future.”

Carlisle indicated he doesn’t plan to change his rotation for the future, implying the Rondo will start Wednesday night’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks.

Said Carlisle: “That’s what we brought him here for.”

— Keith Olbermann, no stranger to controversy for his behavior, was suspended by ESPN for insulting Penn State students on Twitter.

Olbermann responded to a tweet from a Penn State alumnus about students raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer by writing that Penn State students are “pitiful,” and that their fundraising “doesn’t change the school’s reputation.”

He eventually apologized, tweeting: I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Keith Olbermann, rajon rondo, Rick Carlisle, Roger Goodell
Thinking Out Loud: NFL’s integrity takes another blow with Ndamukong Suh flip-flop 01.02.15 at 2:27 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off

Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering if anyone actually tries to make good on New Year’s resolutions any more.

— Yeah, that “cleaning up the NFL” thing is going really well, don’t you think? Ndamukong Suh stomps on Aaron Rodgers, gets suspended, complains (says his feet were numb), gets reinstated and then ultimately fined $70K for his transgression. Uh-huh. That means, of course, you aren’t completely innocent. And ya know, if your brain wasn’t numb to begin with, big fella, forcing the NFL to pull an about-face here would never have happened in the first place.

— The league simply blew an opportunity to make good on the whole “integrity of the league is priority one” ideal, stated earlier in the season by commissioner Roger Goodell. I understand Detroit’s side of the argument — losing a player of Suh’s ability could be a deciding factor in a playoff game and largely an unfair disadvantage playing without him. But isn’t integrity above all more important? Guess not.

— I’ve got three New Year’s resolutions that I will be trying to fulfill during 2015. Not a big list, but then again, I’m a realist. Any more than three is just asking for failure. Let’s take a chewable bite out of the New Year, shall we?

— Resolution No. 1: I will stop saying, “Oh, that feels nice,” when the security guards frisk me at Gillette Stadium. And at the airport.

— It meant absolutely zero. But we’ll also find out next week if it actually meant something more than that. The Patriots’ loss to Buffalo was a sham perpetrated on the ticket-buying public, a preseason exhibition that just happened to occur during the regular season. The NFL’s attempt at creating more meaningful, more purposeful football at season’s end backfired here — and created a meaningless game for the Pats to plow through. Sure, that’s good in one way, as they largely kept away from further injury. But it’s also not so good in that there was no real chance to work out the on-field difficulties they currently are experiencing.

— Five straight weeks without scoring on the opening possession, after a period of steamrolling teams out of the gate. Trailing at halftime in four of the past five games. OK, how are these good things heading into the playoffs? Just sayin’.

— To my point, apparently Bill Belichick feels similarly, otherwise the team wouldn’t have held a blue-white situational scrimmage this week inside the stadium. And LeGarrette Blount was 100 percent correct when he said, “Nobody can stop us but us.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bill Belichick, Brandon Browner, Ndamukong Suh, Roger Goodell
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,
Report: Roger Goodell testifies for 2-plus hours at Ray Rice appeal 11.06.14 at 10:20 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Roughly two months after Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL, Roger Goodell reportedly testified for more than two hours at Rice’s appeal yesterday, according to the Associated Press.

Rice was suspended indefinitely on Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly. The former Ravens running back is hoping to be immediately reinstated, but a team would then need to sign him. He has also filed a separate wrongful termination grievance against the Ravens after the team released him.

League security chief Jeffery Miller and Ravens President Dick Cass are also scheduled to testify.

The appeal was held for roughly 10 hours on Wednesday and it is unknown how long it will take for U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones to make a decision.

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
Michael McCann on D&C: Adrian Peterson plea deal ‘makes me think he’s going to come back pretty soon’ 11.05.14 at 10:58 am ET
By   |  Comments Off
Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal analyst and University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the Adrian Peterson plea deal. To hear the interview, go the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Peterson entered a no-contest plea in his case for reckless assault on his son, which will allow the running back to avoid going to jail. The hosts wondered how Peterson could easily escape punishment from the law for this incident.

“Under Texas law, it’€™s pretty permissive in terms of parental discipline of children,” McCann said. “And these are among the hardest cases to bring in a state like Texas. I have a feeling that there are different motivations at stake. And one of them was that the prosecution knew that there was a good chance Peterson would be found not guilty. So they themselves get a benefit by the fact that he is now pleaded guilty to a crime, albeit a misdemeanor. So I have a feeling that played a role as well.”

Now that it is known that Peterson will not head to jail, the talk is centered on if the league will allow him to return to the field. Whether commissioner Roger Goodell suspends Peterson or not is up in the air.

“I have a feeling they’ve already talked about this,’€ McCann said. “And the fact that Peterson agreed to a deal makes me think he’€™s going to come back pretty soon. And I think the one sort of plausible way of looking at this from the NFL’€™s perspective is to give him an eight-game suspension, but give him time served for the eight games that he’€™s already missed. And then make him pay for those eight games. Just write a check to the NFL charity for $6 million.”

Continued McCann: “Roger Goodell doesn’t need another headache. He doesn’t need another legal challenge to his penalty. He is in the most compromised state of his career as the NFL commissioner. I think he’€™s going to want to cut a deal himself to have this go in a way that Peterson isn’t going to challenge it.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell,
Report: Roger Goodell told to testify in Ray Rice suspension appeal 10.23.14 at 11:12 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice will be appealing his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and according to an Associated Press report, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify.

The commissioner was unsure he would actually testify, saying he would leave the decision to former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, who is hearing the appeal.

“We will continue to respect Judge Jones’ confidentiality order regarding this proceeding,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the AP.

NFL lawyers have argued Goodell shouldn’t have to testify and instead there should be testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy — both of whom were present when Rice met with Goodell to hear his side of the story from Rice’s incident when he hit his then-fiancee in an elevator.

Goodell originally suspended the running back for two games, but then after the video was released publicly the suspension was made indefinite. Goodell has said Rice’s description was “ambiguous,” while Rice’s side has said he gave exact details.

The AP also says the hearing will be held Nov. 5 and 6.

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
Judge to rule if Roger Goodell should speak during Ray Rice proceedings 10.22.14 at 10:59 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

An arbiter in the Ray Rice case is closing in on a decision if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should have to testify is the running back’€™s hearing.

The proceedings, which are set for Nov. 5 and 6 according to some close to the case, will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She will have the final say if Rice’€™s suspension should be rescinded. Union officials believe having Goodell is a key part of the process, saying he should be included in the hearing.

The union is appealing the NFL’€™s suspension of Rice, indicating it punishes him two times for the same crime. Earlier this year, Goodell suspended Rice for two games for hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator.

Once a video inside of the elevator became public in early September, Goodell changed the suspension from two games to an indefinite suspension, citing the league’€™s personal conduct policy. Following the suspension, the Ravens released Rice from his contract.

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
NFL owners meeting Wednesday to review league’s conduct policy 10.08.14 at 9:54 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Amid criticism that the NFL is not doing enough with domestic abuse cases, owners are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to move forward with the league’€™s personal conduct policy.

Football has taken heat over the past month and a half for not doing enough to discipline its players, such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, who have committed violent acts off of the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell has especially faced scrutiny for his inaction or delayed reactions in dealing with the players in question.

“We need to limit this,” Texans owner Robert McNair said of the violence in the league, “so punishment is not an issue.”

During the meeting, representatives from the player engagement department intend to speak about how those in the league can be educated on the subjects of domestic violence and abuse. Goodell sent the owners a memo earlier this week to describe just why the conduct policy needs to be reevaluated.

“For the past seven years, the personal conduct policy has brought credit to the league and to NFL players,” Goodell said in the memo. “But during that time, we did not sufficiently review the policy to keep it current and ensure that it properly reflected our values and those of our society.”

The meeting also gives the owners the chance to approve the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family and review the possibility of adding more NFL games in London.

Read More: Roger Goodell,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for comments about Roger Goodell 09.25.14 at 8:03 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Giants at Washington, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: UCLA at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
NHL preseason: Ducks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons

ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after his profanity-laced comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he called a liar.

In a podcast earlier this week — since removed by ESPN — Simmons ripped Goodell for claiming he was unaware of the security video that showed Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.

“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such [expletive]. It really is. It’s such [expletive]. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.

“The best point that a lot of people have made about this is this is exactly why he fined and suspended Sean Payton for a season [for Bountygate]. Sean Payton was like, ‘I didn’t know.’ [Goodell] was like, ‘Well, ignorance [is not an excuse],’ and suspended him for a year. This is the same exact situation and it’s worse, because he knew and he’s a liar. … I don’€™t like liars. I think that people who you know they are lying and they are lying anyway, those are the worst people.We know you are lying. … Roger Goodell has no integrity whatsoever.”

Simmons also challenged management to punish him.

“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” Simmons said. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Bill Simmons have been suspended by ESPN?

  • No, he did not say anything worthy of punishment (86%, 51 Votes)
  • Yes, not just for the comments about Goodell but for his unprofessionalism (14%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 59

Loading ... Loading ...

Simmons and others at ESPN have been critical of Goodell in the past, but ESPN executives reportedly were upset that Simmons took it as far as he did and called them out.

“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” the network said in a statement. “We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”

— When the Yankees head to Boston Friday, Derek Jeter‘s last three games will have very little meaning. New York was eliminated from playoff contention after blowing a three-run lead and dropping a 9-5 decision to the AL East champion Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s tough. It’s what you play for. It’s a rough feeling,” said Jeter, who went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

It’s the first time since 1992-93 that the Yankees have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons, and just the second time (along with 2008) in Jeter’s 20-year career that he will not participate in the postseason.

“It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “This is not where you want to be at this time of year.”

Said Jeter: “For the guys that are coming back and the team that plays it’s a feeling you shouldn’t like and you shouldn’t want to get used to.”

Jeter’s final home game is scheduled for Thursday, although there is rain is in the forecast. If that game is rained out, his final Yankee Stadium at-bat will go down as an eighth-inning groundout to first base. He received an extended ovation after the out, but he did not leave his seat in the dugout.

“The game wasn’t over. We were trying to come back,” he explained. “You can’t help but notice. I catch myself looking around sometimes and I’ve always tried not to do that, but I’ve caught myself a couple of times.”

Jeter was on deck in the ninth when Brett Gardner struck out to end the game.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for his role in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last month, although Ward’s family announced that it will pursue civil damages.

“Our son got out of his car during caution when the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing the tragedy,” the family said in a statement. “The focus should be on the actions of Mr. Stewart. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.”

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said that toxicology results showed Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death and “the levels determined were enough to impair judgment.” Tantillo also said there was no evidence Steward did anything wrong.

“The videos did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by Tony Stewart until the point of impact with Kevin Ward, at which point his vehicle veered to the right up the track as a result of the collision. Prior to that, his course was pretty straight,” Tantillo said.

Said Stewart: “This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive/ While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1965, the legendary Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics against the Red Sox. The 59-year-old former Negro Leagues star, who was making his first major league appearance since 1953, allowed only one hit — a first-inning double to which Sox player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’d like to shore up my pass protection. I’d like to work better with the offensive line and do some of those things better that I haven’t been doing well.” Nate Solder, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 43 – Years since the Red Sox started seven rookies in a game, which they did in Wednesday’s 11-3 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton takes a home run away from Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale plunks Victor Martinez and then accuses the Tigers of stealing signs, leading to the benches emptying.

U.S. soccer captain Clint Dempsey takes to the streets of New York and asks people about Clint Dempsey.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Will Smith was born on this day in 1968.

Read More: Bill Simmons, Derek Jeter, Kevin Ward Jr., Roger Goodell