Gerry and Kirk got off to a rocky start when trying to discuss the Chris Sale trade. Kirk was feeling the Keefer Madness.
Gerry and Kirk got off to a rocky start when trying to discuss the Chris Sale trade. Kirk was feeling the Keefer Madness.

ProFootballTalkThe authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana initially did not arrest Ronald Gasser, the 54-year-old man who shot and killed former NFL running back Joe McKnight last week. Gasser has since been arrested for manslaughter.

Sheriff Newell Normand, whose press conference from Friday seemed unreasonably defensive and unnecessarily combative, took it to the next level on Tuesday, complaining about the criticism his department has absorbed by pounding on the podium on multiple occasions and quoting from profanity-laden messages directed to elected officials who supported law enforcement’s desire to take a deliberate approach to the investigation of the shooting.

MSNBC quickly cut away from the press conference once Normand began reading the comments, which contained a variety of words not appropriate for broadcast.

This case was all over the place already with Gasser being arrested, released and arrested again and now the sheriff in charge seems to have lost his mind.

Normand read some of the worst words in the English language out loud during a press conference about something else. They just re-arrested they man accused of murdering McKnight and instead of focusing solely on that Normand gets super defensive and starts going rogue and dropping the n-word seemingly out of nowhere.

Here is MSNBC cutting away from the live broadcast.

Yes, it’s a shame if Normand and other officials are getting threats and being criticized, but maybe get the manslaughter issue settled first and then take on the haters.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

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— Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL first-round draft pick, was found dead in a park in Colorado on Monday night. He was 42.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Salaam’s mother, Khalada, said her son left a note and suspects he might have committed suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” she said.

Salaam was a star running back at the University of Colorado, ultimately winning the Heisman as a junior in 1994. That year he set the school record for touchdowns with 24.

The Bears selected him in the first round of the draft in 1995. Salaam only spent a few years in the league due to injuries but rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season.

Former USC quarterback and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted his condolences.

— Phil Jackson sort of discussed his “posse” comments about LeBron James in an appearance on CBS Sports on Tuesday.

On CBS’s show “We Need to Talk,” Jackson danced around apologizing for saying last month that James has a posse. James took issue with Jackson using that word, believing it has racial connotations.

“That’s a topic I’m not going to discuss because, one, we’re not supposed to discuss other teams’ players in this position that I have here,” Jackson said. “So I violated one of the tenets of our thing. And the obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don’t understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I could regret. But yeah, talking about other teams’ players, that’s out of the box.”

Jackson also said he has no plans to meet with James about the comments.

“No, it’s water under the bridge,” he said. “I don’t think there was anybody hurt or harmed in this situation. I think LeBron’s friend obviously had an issue with it. So we just let it go. It’s not enough to talk about it.”

— ICYMI: Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz went off on a great rant about participation trophies following his team’s loss to the University of Maryland last week.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ll have plenty of time to figure that out. But the way that Rick emerged last year — first of all, just you think about Chris Sale as an addition, you think about the returning guys, another year in the progression of Eddie Rodriguez … David Price obviously, Steven Wright, get him back on track. And that’s not to leave out Drew Pomeranz or Clay Buchholz. There’s a surplus right now, but when you think about the high end of it, this is an exciting group.” — John Farrell, on the Red Sox pitching rotation after the acquisition of Chris Sale on Tuesday

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Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Mut talks with Rob, who is at the winter meetings, about the addition of Chris Sale to the Red Sox rotation, what it means for the club and who may move from the rotation to the bullpen.

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[0:19:44] ... day unless they make some of the move for a third baseman Aaron Hill comes back 88. You are handing third base to a player. Who could not she'd be show up in shape last year ...

Mut is taking more calls and reaction to the Red Sox trading for Chris Sale, the loss of Yoan Moncada and the thoughts on the remainder of the farm system

[0:00:45] ... start today. I downed a six to one now to win the World Series. So one legitimate favorites now to win all the span of three moves Tyler Thornburg Chris sailed and Mitch Moreland in the ...
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[0:18:16] ... up and I guess not great field but he's a potential from Michael Robinson thirty actual thirty almighty here. Players so what do you think Connecticut she come up and placed third this year cheap too ...

Mut is taking reaction from Red Sox fans about the Chris Sale trade. It seems the only person who doesn't like the trade is a Yankee fan who calls in.

[0:06:00] ... gonna be more aggressive. And I'll blame just been Sherri can because Jon Lester I goes ownership. And there mirror I think that was ownership. Hobble Santa all I believe was ownership so it wasn't all ...
[0:11:31] ... that it's a different approach. Instead of trying to sign it next David Ortiz and when it Ganassi owned. The price got too high they bailed out and dealt from prospect to set a money instead ...
[0:19:26] ... as a utility guy the Major League level. How ballots gossip when Dustin Pedroia first came up people hated Dustin Pedroia he sucked his first time up any reset came back and won the MVP so don't judge a guy out two weeks. Okay all right almost. Involved and use it to let me yeah the other street guys in agony employees never even know their own they're rock. Next why why did that why the expose trade the Red Sox Pedro Martinez for Brian rose. And Carl a mile wide wider teams do this because they they want to get younger they wanna acquire ...

Mut is of course reacting to the big news of the day the Red Sox trading for White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale and what he adds to the Red Sox rotation.

[0:01:16] ... Feels like Mitch bullet is now your. Billy everyday first base with Hanley Ramirez. Going to a more prominent DH role that's to be determined by John Ferrell ala they get the spring training when you ...
[0:03:44] ... five years in the league with David Price. In a league with Felix Hernandez. And all the other all stars and great pictures in the jail. Since he became a starter. Varsity RA first and whip first complete games first and strikeouts first to know PS against. You are not getting if not the best pitcher in the American League today if you're Red Sox fan. He's at worst the second best behind Felix Hernandez a wanna give yeah if king Felix the nod. I have a hard time argue with you. But he is it worse ...
[0:08:37] ... If you're looking for other powerhouse offense. If you are looking for Edwin Encarnacion to replace David Ortiz again him for four years at twenty million dollars a year. The Red Sox found a better way. ...
[0:09:40] ... questions about how does it work the split to any time that John Farrell's got to get. Yet into the the real extensive work here. I get a little bit concerned. As he's got to figure ...

Dale and Michael welcome in the newest member of the show Rich Keefe, and spend the day discussing the big news... Chris Sale has been traded to your Boston Red Sox.