In Tuesday’€™€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Tim BenzLou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed a story about a woman being arrested for leaving her 9-year-old daughter alone at a park, and they debated when a child is old enough to be left to play outside alone. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Debra Harrell of North Augusta, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park for hours while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

“So she let her daughter go to the park by herself, a six-minute walk to their house. She has a key, she has a cell phone, and apparently the cops arrested her,” Merloni said. “She could face 10 years for this.”

Said Fauria: “If you’re doing your job as a cop you at least say, ‘Where’s your mom at?’ And you grab the kid if you think the situation is dangerous, bring it to work and say, ‘Listen, either you get off work right now and take control of your child, or I’m going to arrest you.’ You don’t arrest the mother.

“That’s asinine. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. You don’t tell me how to take care of my kid and what is safe for her. If you see a scary situation that isn’t safe for that girl or boy, it doesn’t matter. Just grab the kid, put them in the car and take them to where they were.”

The story inspired a discussion amongst the guys about how old a child should be to be allowed to go outside alone, and when it’s OK to be without parental supervision.

“Obviously there’s a lot of factors in there,” Merloni said. “My neighbor has two kids, 12 and 10. My son is 4 1/2, 5. Obviously I would never do that right now. But I’m looking at the neighbors I see a 12- and a 10-year-old. I’m looking at the 10-year-old, he’s out there playing in the yard by himself, and I’m thinking, would I be comfortable letting him go to the park and shoot hoops there instead of in the backyard?”

Said Fauria: “If my kids want to roll out to the parks and shoot hoops, I’ll see you when I see you. Together, yes. Or even if they were with their friends I would let them go to the park.

“My daughter who’s 10, I don’t really feel comfortable about it even if I have a cell phone.”

Benz added: “Where I grew up in Guilford, Connecticut, no big deal as a 9-year-old by yourself. But going down to New Haven?”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.
With last night's accomplishment, a heated debate was sparked about the all time great Red Sox players and who was better: Yaz or Ortiz?
MFB discuss Tony Dungy's comments with help from the callers. We also hear from Cyd Ziegler, Steve Buckley, and Keith Olberman.
Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek

Federal authorities called Wild forward Thomas Vanek to Rochester, New York, on Monday for his connection to an ongoing gambling investigation, according to local news station News10NBC.

News10NBC reported that Vanek is not charged with any crime and arrived to the federal court building voluntarily with his lawyer for his connection to a federal case in which three men at local restaurant Marina Restaurant and Bar are facing 23 counts of illegal gambling.

According to agent Steve Bartlett, Vanek was asked to come in as a witness. Bartlett said Vanek is not a target and is not under suspicion for doing anything wrong.

A native of Austria, Vanek played for the Sabres from 2005-06 until he was traded to the Islanders last October. He was shipped to the Canadiens in March and signed a reported three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild in the offseason.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
The Sox exploded for 14 runs against Toronto and got home runs from Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli, and 2 from David Ortiz. 7.5 games out of first place seems too big of a mountain to climb, but the Boston Herald's John Tomase reminds fans that the division is terrible, and will likely be won by a team with less than 90 wins.

Maverick Carter, LeBron James‘ business parter, told ESPN.com’s Jason Whitlock in a podcast that neither he or anyone else in James’ inner circle told the superstar to return to the Cavaliers.

“This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart,” Carter told Whitlock. “We didn’t push him to do it. We don’t push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don’t push him.”

Said Carter: “LeBron’s a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn’t need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you’re not going to push him either way. We’ll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I’m not the one who has to show up and play games for any team.”

James announced his return to the Cavs on July 11 after four seasons with the Heat. He opted out of his contract with Miami shortly after the loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. Carter said he wasn’t sure if James would have returned to the Heat if they had won their third straight title.

“Logic says how could he not,” Carter said. “You’ve got to go for four. But who knows. The decision about Cleveland was bigger than basketball. It was in his heart.”

Carter said James informed Dwyane Wade of his decision before the Sports Illustrated piece was released.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday he will not punish quarterback Jameis Winston for the Heisman Trophy winner’s supermarket citation in April.

“Not after we found out the story and what had happened and [what Winston did] was not a malicious thing,” Fisher told reporters at the annual ACC Kickoff. “It was not done with intent.”

Winston was caught shoplifting $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish at a Tallahassee, Florida, store. He was forced to reimburse the store and perform community service. He also was suspended from the baseball team.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said at the time of the incident it would not speculate whether Winston took the items intentionally.

“People need to realize, when you suspend him in baseball, you understand how important baseball is to him? That cut his heart out,” Fisher said. “If it was done maliciously, we may have done other things. It was a silly mistake and not done with any malicious doing, and you don’t punish a guy twice for the same crime.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

Any questions of Johnny Manziel‘s popularity were put to rest Monday when the NFL announced the rookie quarterback had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all other jerseys from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com despite the late start after being drafted May 8. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said Monday said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller.

Manziel was followed by Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was seventh on the list.

Manziel, of course, is not only popular on the field. He’s been even more recognized this summer for his life off the field.

But that doesn’t concern Browns coach Mike Pettine.

Pettine said Monday that Manziel’s off-field activity will be a “non-story” once training camp starts.

“It’s something that was a hot topic for the offseason just because of who he is,” Pettine said. “It’s a very unique thing. I don’t think he can get a handle on the why. Is his behavior that much different form the average NFL player?”

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Nick Canelas