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— Jets fans had some fun at the Patriots’ expense Thursday, flying a plane over Patriots training camp practice with a sign that read, “Cheaters look up.” However, they’ve got some problems with their own team to worry about.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who like Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the season — Richardson’s issues was a failed a drug test — was charged Thursday with resisting arrest along with a series of traffic violations after leading Missouri police on a high-speed chase earlier this month.
According to police, the St. Louis native and former University of Missouri star turned off the lights on his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur W 12 drove at speeds of up to 143 mph on I-64 during the July 14 pursuit. The 24-year-old eventually pulled into a driveway (after driving through a red light), where police discovered a strong odor of burned marijuana, a gun under the driver’s seat and a 12-year-old boy in the car with Richardson and two other men.
News of the legal problems broke Thursday, an hour after Richardson talked to the media about his suspension and insisted he’d stay out of trouble going forward.
“I take full accountability for my actions,” Richardson said of the suspension, which was announced July 2. “I apologized to my teammates and this organization, and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again.”
Added Richardson: “I’m not a dope fiend, man. I can say no. I just chose not to. It was a depressing time in my offseason and that’s just that. It’s just that simple, bro.”
Richardson, the 13th overall pick in 2013, was the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 78 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Last season he had 66 tackles and eight sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.
A Jets spokesman said the team was “aware of the situation and gathering information.”
With the temperature at 101 degrees at the start of the game, Sabathia pitched five innings, allowing four runs — including a three-run home run to Josh Hamilton in the first inning and an inside-the-park home run in the fourth to Ryan Rua.
After the game, while icing his arm in the trainer’s room, Sabathia began experiencing symptoms of dehydration, the team said, and was taken to Medical Center of Arlington for fluids.
The hefty lefty did not fly with his teammates to Chicago, where the Yankees will play a three-game series against the White Sox.
Lieberman, who coached the D-League’s Texas Legends from 2009-11 and then served as an assistant general manager of the Mavericks for one season, had been working as a pregame and postgame analyst for Thunder games on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
“George [Karl] and I talked about brining her back after she helped us at Summer League [in Las Vegas],” Kings vice president Vlade Divac told the Sacramento Bee. “She was terrific. She brings a different dimension. I think it is a nice opportunity for her.”
Lieberman, 57, was a standout player at Old Dominion University in the late 1970s. She went on to play professionally, including alongside men in the United States Basketball League. In the inaugural season of the WNBA in 1997, she played for the Phoenix Mercury as a 39-year-old. After coaching the Detroit Shock for the three seasons starting in 1998, she played one game for the Shock in 2008 at the age of 50.
Lieberman follows Becky Hammon, who is entering her second season as an assistant with the Spurs.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 31, 1997, in one of the most favorably one-sided deals in Red Sox history, Boston acquired catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Derek Lowe from the Mariners for which reliever?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “While this litigation is ongoing, it is appropriate (and helpful) for all counsel and all parties in the case to tone down their rhetoric. . . . If they have not already done so, the parties and counsel are directed forthwith actively to pursue a mutually acceptable resolution of this case.” — New York Judge Richard Berman, on the NFL and the union discussing a settlement in the Tom Brady case
We tackle four of the most pressing questions coming in to training camp for your 2015 New England Patriots.
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Tom E. Curran of CSSNE joins the show live at Gillette Stadium to talk about the start of Patriots training camp and Robert Kraft's statements from yesterday.
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