More and more sponsors are joining the chorus of criticism against the NFL for its handling of recent incidents involving off-the-field violence, most notably the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations. On Tuesday, two big names got involved.
Anheuser-Busch released a statement critical of the league, although they did not say they were considering dropping their advertising with the league.
“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the statement said, according to Darren Rovell. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”
Nike also took a stand, as they removed all Adrian Peterson merchandise from their Twin Cities stories, according to Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski.
An eye-opening development: Nike stores in Twin Cities have pulled all Adrian Peterson merch from shelves. Nike.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Just like Bill Polian did last week, two more ESPN personalities took clear stances on an issue, only to soften their stance the next time around. On Sunday, both Carter and Jackson were very critical of Adrian Peterson after reports of his indictment regarding alleged child abuse. The next night they were singing very different tunes on the same subject.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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– Urban Outfitters apologized Monday for selling a Kent State sweatshirt with holes and a design that appears to look like blood stains.
The company pulled the sweatshirt but denied intending to make light of the 1970 shooting deaths of four student-protesters by the Ohio National Guard, an event that was one of the turning points in America’s opposition to the Vietnam War.
“I don’t understand the thought process behind how this came to be,” Minihane said, adding; “Even if it wasn’t their intention, shouldn’t there be somebody in the process of when this shirt was made to when they were sent out to the stores be smart enough to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is Kent State, and boy, this looks a lot like blood, and it’s vintage, this is really sending a bad message.”
Joked Callahan: “I like it, I want to get one.”
Minihane then looked up the price, which was $129.
Responded Callahan: “Forget it, I’m out.”
Said Dennis: “Garanimals is going to come out with pajama bottoms that have red welts on the legs — the Adrian Peterson collection.”
– Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbonwas suspended seven games for his behavior Sunday, when he grabbed his crotch as he walked off the field, apparently in response to booing home fans who were upset that he blew a three-run ninth-inning lead.
Papelbon was ejected from the game and proceeded to argue with umpire Joe West, insisting that he was only adjusting his cup and was not responding to the crowd. He maintained his innocence Monday, while apologizing to those who might have misunderstood his actions.
“While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia,” the former Red Sox star said in a statement. “If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize.”
The team, however, appeared to agree with MLB, while implying it had no authority to punish the pitcher itself.
“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior,” the team said in a statement. “By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”
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The outspoken Papelbon, who had overcome some early season struggles, had converted 14 consecutive save opportunities since July 22 before blowing Sunday’s game and taking the loss.
Jeter entered the night without a hit in his last eight games (0-for-24), reaching base just once during that span, via a walk. He is hitting .116 in September (5-for-43) after hitting .207 in August. His season batting average has dipped 10 points to .250, and he has just three home runs.
“He’s just scuffling; he had somewhat of a tough August, and September has been even tougher,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “There are a few guys that are going through that. It’s not the time of year that you want it to happen. We’ll give him a day off today, see if we can get him out of it and get him going.”
With two weeks remaining in the season — which ends for the Yankees with a trip to Fenway Park — New York retains a slim chance of reaching the playoffs, and Jeter said that is his only focus.
“I’m not thinking about myself,” he said. “I’ve been 0-for-more than I am right now in the past. You think about it, you’re constantly answering questions about it, constantly talking about it. I’m just trying to help us win.”
During the Scarlet Knights’ first-ever Big Ten Conference game, some Rutgers students wore shirts that read “Ped State” in reference to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Other fans raised a banner in the parking lot that had an image apparently meant to represent Sandusky and a child under the Penn State logo.
A photo of fans wearing the offensive shirts made it up on the school’s Facebook page but were removed when administrators became aware.
“On behalf of Rutgers University and the athletic department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University,” Hermann in a statement Monday. “Some of the signage and T-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive. I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fan base.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 16, 1965, which Red Sox pitcher tossed a no-hitter, beating Luis Tiant and the Indians, 2-0?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control. I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his Monday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, on the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson controversies
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game, Royals baserunner Terrance Gore races around from second base to score the winning run on Lorenzo Cain’s infield single up the middle against the White Sox.
The Royals tie the game earlier in the inning when Jarrod Dyson, who was stealing third base, scores on a wild pitch.
Anthony Rizzo, in his first game back with the Cubs after being injured, hits a walkoff home run in the ninth inning for a 1-0 victory over the Phillies.
Ben Zobrist beats the Yankees with a walkoff single in the ninth inning for a 1-0 victory.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier dives and flips the ball with his glove to shortstop Danny Santana to start an impressive double play against the Tigers.
Indians reliever C.C. Lee gets pranked with a cup on his hat.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Morehead, whose only imperfection was a second-inning walk to Rocky Colavito
SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers was born on this day in 1950. He’s on the right in this video.