At the first ever NFL Women’s Summit on Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he will be implementing an update to the Rooney Rule that will make it a requirement that women be interviewed for executive positions throughout the league, as well as in NFL offices.

“We believe in diversity,” Goodell said. “We believe we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table. We have great people at the table. We’re also seeing it on the field.”

The first full-time female assistant coach, Kathryn Smith, was hired by the Bills last month. Jen Welter made headlines when she joined the Cardinals as an inside linebackers coach during the preseason, and this season Sarah Thomas became the first female official in NFL history.

“Sarah was our first female NFL official on the field this year,” Goodell said. “She did a fantastic job, and we’re very proud of her. We also have people breaking into the coaching ranks. Jen was the first coach last year. She set a trend, and we now have a second coach with the Buffalo Bills.”

Because of the new rule, the NFL should see this trend continue in the near future.

“You can see that progress is being made and our commitment is, we have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates,” said Goodell. “Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we, as a league, are going to do that for women as well in all of our executive positions. Again, we’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham

 

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Washington PostFive days before a documentary alleged that quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes had used performance-enhancing drugs, two men hired by Manning’s lawyers visited the parents of the documentary’s key witness. Both men wore black overcoats and jeans and, according to a 911 call from the house that evening, one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but didn’t have a badge.

After they told their daughter to call 911 the night of Dec. 22, Randall and Judith Sly stepped outside to talk to the strangers, who clarified they were private investigators, not cops. They had come to this red brick house with a well-manicured lawn looking for the Slys’ 31-year-old son, Charlie, a pharmacist who was the primary source in the upcoming documentary. …

Manning’s lawyers … hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate Sly, and sent a lawyer to examine Peyton and Ashley’s medical records at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis. …

The story Sly said he made up contained at least a bit of truth, though: The Guyer Institute did ship medication to Ashley Manning, [Manning spokesman Ari] Fleischer confirmed.

Nothing to see here, folks. No need to be alarmed, citizens. It’s nothing more than Peyton Manning‘s hired goons doing a little bit of witness intimidation. Men in Black, showing up at the door of Charlie Sly’s parents and sister in order to make him forget all about the HGH he shipped to Peyton’s place. Only instead of using those little strobe light things, these guys take your memory with fear and passing themselves off as law enforcement.

So this is the way America’s Sweetheart conducts business. His thugs scare the crap out of old people at the door of their private residence while his other operatives are going through the medical records. And now all Manning is asking us to believe is:

  • Those gorillas who showed up at Mr. and Mrs. Sly’s door and lied about being cops were paying a friendly visit, not scaring anyone to the point they’d call 911.
  • The lawyer who “examined” the medical records at Guyer didn’t take out anything that would damage Manning if there was a further investigation by the NFL.
  • The HGH that was shipped to Manning’s house was for Ashley. Peyton might have been flying around the world seeking treatments for his four neck surgeries that aren’t legal in the United States, but he drew the line at taking his wife’s hormone treatments. That would be wrong.
  • He came back after his surgeries to have the best year of his career in his late 30s and set a record for touchdown passes. But he wasn’t on anything illegal.

I want to be clear: I don’t care that Peyton Manning might have used the miracle of modern chemistry to get back on the field and enhance his performance. All I’ve ever demanded is that he be judged by the same standard Tom Brady was on Deflategate. But that was before this latest development. Now that we know Manning’s people are running around scaring witnesses, tampering with evidence and admitting that he did get HGH sent to his house, we’ve got something no one ever had on Brady — an actual case. Well done, Washington Post. Now let’s see if anyone in America cares.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
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Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is in the midst of yet another off-field controversy this week. According to a police report released Thursday, Manziel allegedly struck his girlfriend several times during a dispute at a downtown Dallas hotel on Saturday.

The report goes on to say that Manziel and his ex-girlfriend then left the hotel, and he drove them to her apartment in Fort Worth. In his ex-girlfriend’s testimony, she says that she and Manziel were screaming angrily back and forth during the drive, which followed with him striking her several more times.

ABC affiliate WFAA talked to several unnamed sources regarding the case, one of whom says Manziel told his ex-girlfriend, “Shut up or I’ll kill us both,” after they were in the car. She also alleged that Manziel acted “as if he were on some kind of drugs.”

When reached for a comment by TMZ Sports, Manziel maintained his innocence. “It didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m completely stable. I’m safe and secure.”

Manziel was not charged by the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments, who say their investigations are closed.

“We’re trying to get our son better,” Manziel’s father, Paul, said in an interview with WFAA on Thursday. “We’re not there yet.”

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham

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