Well there you have it. All the answers you were looking for. Cris Carter says Chandler Jones was smoking weed laced with angel dust. Based on what, exactly? Based on his own uninformed, unsubstantiated, shot-in-the-dark guess.
Welcome to sports journalism in 2016. ESPN can’t be bothered to look into why Mrs. Peyton Manning was getting shipments of performance-enhancers at the same time Mr. Peyton Manning was coming back from four neck surgeries in his late 30s. But there’s nothing preventing Cris Carter from pulling random and irresponsible speculation out of his ass. To review: HGH, no. PCP, yes.
I am more convinced than ever that the report Chris Gasper of The Boston Globe tweeted out the other day is absolutely true. Chandler Jones smoked spice. Period. I base this on several facts. Not the least of which is the audio of the Foxboro cop who said over the radio that Jones was ‘definitely involved with Class D (delta) before this happened.’ He didn’t mention Adderall, pills or any other prescription drug. And he for sure didn’t say squat about PCP.
Second, I’ve done my homework on this. Friday morning I talked to the biggest substance-abuse expert God ever put on this Earth: A mom whose son is addicted to synthetic pot. Everything that she described her kid has gone through is what Jones is accused of doing at the Foxboro police station. The irrationality, the hallucinations, the psychotic behavior. All of it. From a legal substance that her kid would by at the local convenience store like it was a bottle of 5-hour Energy.
I’ll add that I don’t want my defensive ends smoking anything, much less a product that’s sold as an incense and carries a warning label that says, “Not fit for human consumption.” But that’s a damn sight different than saying he went all Jake Hoyt on us.
And Brady has never forgiven the NFL for its unsuccessful attempt (so far) to suspend him for whatever role he may have played in the Deflategate scandal in last year’s AFC Championship Game.
Brady, 38, played like a man possessed as the Patriots raced to a 10-0 start this season, reminiscent of 2007 when New England went 16-0 in regular season.
Even as injuries struck the team, Brady kept raising his game. … Brady completed a franchise-record 402 passes for 4,770 yards — the fourth-most of his career. He led the NFL with 36 touchdowns to 10 different players and threw just seven interceptions.
“This may be his best season ever,” said Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, who will broadcast Saturday’s game for CBS.
What the actual hell? Like this Patriots week hasn’t already been bizarre enough, with the coach coming up with a mysterious black eye, Chandler Jones having a freakout like the teenager in a 1950s anti-marijuana health class film, and conflicting reports about why Rob Gronkowski is missing practices. Now we get this?
The Kansas City papers are writing love letters to Tom Brady? Has the world gone mad? Where’s the anger? Where’s the phony-baloney sanctimony about all his cheating with his conniving coach and his arrogant organization? Where’s the discrediting of all that he’s accomplished and unsubtle digs at his manhood and family life? Instead we get a tribute so glowing I wouldn’t even have written it. And I make a living posting stuff about Brady that would embarrass a girl who writes “Twilight” fan fiction.
I’ve been looking for some quality hatred out of the Kansas City media, but this is the best I can do. I’m ready to kick their door in and come in with both guns blazing, and instead I’m getting welcomed in and served coffee and pie in the living room. And it’s killing me. I waited all year for the Pats to be in the playoffs and so far all I’ve gotten is disappointment, controversy and an opponent playing nice, and I need it to be over. They can’t kick this ball off fast enough.
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Timberwolves at Thunder, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Akron at Toledo, 7 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: George Washington at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Evansville at Illinois State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Blackhawks at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College hockey: Merrimack at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The Raiders were left out of the NFL’s preferred plan regarding Los Angeles, but they might have another option. San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs said Wednesday that he spoke with Raiders owner Mark Davis to pitch a plan for the Texas city.
Talking to ESPN San Antonio, McCombs — who owned the Vikings from 1998-2005 — said he would be willing to invest his own money in the team if needed. The 88-year-old said he has locations in mind along with 12 corporate sponsors ready to make “serious commitments.”
“We would be happy to be investors if that what he wants,” McCombs said. “We have investors lined up if that what he wants. If he wants to keep it all to himself, that’s OK too.”
Davis reportedly already owns land in San Antonio where he could build a stadium should he choose to leave Oakland, where he has struggled to get a new facility.
“He was born and raised there [in Oakland] and he has a great feeling for the state of California,” McCombs said of Davis. “But it appears he is going to need to go somewhere.”
After the NFL announced Tuesday that it approved a plan for the Rams and possibly the Chargers to move to a new stadium in Inglewood — with the Raiders to step in only if the Chargers remain in San Diego — Davis made it clear he was shopping around for a new home immediately.
“We don’t have a lease right now at the Oakland Coliseum,” Davis said. “America, the world is a possibility for the Raider Nation.”
— When the Knicks visit Memphis on Saturday it will mark the first meeting between Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes since their confrontation in October at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife that led to a two-game suspension for Barnes.
Said Barnes: “I know I’ve got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell. So we’re focused on playing that team [the Knicks]. And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”
While Fisher has been quiet about the incident, Barnes has discussed it freely. He said one of his twin sons told him he was upset that Fisher, who apparently was dating Barnes’ ex-wife, was in the house, so Barnes drove there. The two scuffled, and Barnes reportedly punched Fisher in the mouth. Police eventually arrived to calm things down.
Barnes, no stranger to controversy in his long NBA career, insists he did not want the league to discipline Fisher for his role in the incident.
“I never wish for another man’s downfall. I always knew the NBA would come down hard on me, so I wasn’t surprised. … ‘Cause I’m the bad guy.”
The suit claims Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff made false and misleading statements about the team’s desire to stay in St. Louis, violating Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, which prohibits false statements in the sale of advertisement of trade or commerce.
As an example, the suit cited Kroenke comments in a 2010 interview when he said. “It’s not our desire to ever lead the charge out of St. Louis. … I’m going to attempt to do everything I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis.”
Stated the lawsuit: “Defendants did in fact ‘lead the charge’ out of St. Louis, yet defendants never informed their ticket and merchandise buyers or corrected the previous statements.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 15, 1987, which Bruins forward recorded an assist in a 6-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers to become the 35th player in NHL history with 500 career assists?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend. Right now, my main focus is becoming the best player I can be and helping the team, and we’re focused on Kansas City.” — Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, on his hospitalization Sunday morning
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers loses the ball, recovers it and hits an off-balance jumper with less than a second remaining to beat the Pistons.
Kings forward Rudy Gay hits the game-winning jumper with less than a second left against the Jazz.