WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Audi Cup, consolation, AC Milan vs. Tottenham, 12:25 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Audi Cup, championship, Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Fiorentina at Chelsea, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Sounders at Whitecaps, 10 p.m. (FS1)
— Former Ravens running back Ray Rice, an NFL outcast since video emerged of him punching out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator last year, insists he’s “a rehabilitated man” as he attempts to find a team willing to give him a second chance.
Speaking to ESPN’s Jemele Hill on Tuesday, Rice said he wants to return to the league and eventually retire on his own terms so he can “hang them up the right way.” The 28-year-old said some teams have shown an interest in bringing him in for a look.
“The conversations that I had with [teams] is more to understand the magnitude of my situation,” he said. “I know that it’s a unique deal, so I just try to honestly live day to day and stay hopeful for that opportunity.”
Rice, whose indefinite league suspension was overturned on appeal, making him a free agent after his contract was terminated by the Ravens, reportedly has been working out daily in Connecticut while supporters, including former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano (who coached Rice at Rutgers), lobby teams on his behalf.
There was an ESPN report in July that one team “seriously considered” making an offer to Rice, but ownership was not comfortable with the potential public backlash.
“We do live in a society where public opinion matters, and a I totally respect that,” Rice said. “Domestic violence is real. It happens every 12 seconds as we speak. … I think that that issue alone with me in my situation, having the video — that puts a lot in perspective. That vivid memory, obviously, that was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life.”
Added Rice: “I can understand some people probably never will forgive my actions. But I think that every step that I took going forward right now — over time, I want to be able to rewrite the scripts, to tell my daughter that daddy made the worst decision of his life, but this is what I did going forward.”
Drafted fifth overall in 2012 out of Oklahoma State, Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns in a promising rookie campaign. However, he was arrested for DUI in 2012 and suspended twice in 2013 for violating the league drug policy, with the last suspension an indefinite one. He also was arrested last year in Oklahoma for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said Tuesday his team has had no contact with Blackmon, despite retaining his rights, and time is not on the receiver’s side.
“I have not heard anything, and I guess I harbor a little bit of hope, but realistically I think when you’re away from the game for 2 1/2 years, what you were once is not what you probably will be,” Caldwell told ESPN. “Your skills do erode, and especially if you’re not staying in tip-top shape and you’re not in football shape.
“I don’t know what to expect, but I would say common sense would probably be if you haven’t played football in 2 1/2 years, apparently that’s not a priority for you.”
— The father of Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a man outside an adult entertainment club in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
According to the police report and the Rock Hill Herald, David Morgan was removed from the Crazy Horse Showclub for sitting on the stage. He later was spotted in the back of the building, where he fired at Braxton Homesley, who returned fire. Morgan was found by police at a local hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Morgan, 45, is a convicted felon who already has spent several years in prison for offenses including assault and battery and burglary.
Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the Texans in 2014, is on the inactive list after having microfracture knee surgery in December. He was said to be ‘highly upset’ when informed Tuesday morning of his father’s arrest.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 5, 1979, which Red Sox pitcher became the first player born and raised in the Netherlands to record a major league victory?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ball pressure has been so inconsequential, I hadn’t even thought about that. I think at the end of the day, the only time I thought about it was after the Jet game and then after this was brought up, after the [AFC] championship game. It’s never something that has been on my radar, registered. I never said ‘PSI.’ I don’t think I even know what that meant until after the [AFC] championship game. It was something that never crossed my mind.” — Tom Brady, during his appeal to the NFL, in testimony that was released Tuesday
Disclaimer: I’m not Jerry Thornton. He’s the entertainer’s entertainer, a global icon with comedy chops, a radio show and a full head of hair. I have none of these things. I merely have the unenviable task of keeping the award-winning Thornography blog afloat while Jerry is on vacation, undoubtedly enjoying a romantic getaway with Johnny Weir.
Most athletes use the ol’ “My account was hacked” excuse whenever something nefarious pops up on their social media accounts, but in Jae Crowder’s case, it’s probably true. It’s hard to imagine the Celtics forward would post a photo of a woman who does not appear to be his significant other on Instagram and caption it with the following.
“THIS IS A HOME WRECKING HOE! SHE’S A FORMER DRUG DEALER AND SHE HAS ABANDONED HER CHILD TRYING TO COME UP OFF ATHLETES. HER 7 YEAR OLD CHILD IS CURRENTLY IN NEW YORK CITY WITH HER EX WHO PRETENDS TO BE HIS FATHER, WHO IS ALSO A DRUG DEALER. SHE IS DESPERATE & LOST!”
Tell us how you really feel, Instagram hacktress. The comments also turned up this gem from whoever got hold of Crowder’s account: “U [expletive] somebody husband in a guest bedroom while they whole family there.” Well, then.
Naturally, Crowder deleted the post and replaced it with a photo of his significant other and daughter, who he introduced to the crowd at last week’s press conference announcing his five-year, $35 million contract extension. The caption: “FAMILY IS FOREVER.” His Instagram account was then erased altogether. Smooth recovery.
It doesn’t take a genius to decipher what is going on here: J.R. Smith hacked Jae Crowder’s Instagram account.