T.J. Ward on Highly QuestionableT.J. Ward told us Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe told Tom Brady “I’ll eat your children”

Posted by Highly Questionable on Monday, March 14, 2016

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Skip to about the 2:30 mark and you’ll hear T.J. Ward of the Broncos talk about the time teammate Derek Wolfe threatened Tom Brady:

“I heard him hit someone with the Mike Tyson. He told somebody he was gonna eat their kids. I think it was Tom Brady. Yes, digest them.”

While as a general rule I’m predisposed to not threatening to eat children, especially the adorable, genetically perfect kind like Brady’s, I can’t really get mad at Wolfe for this. First of all, it’s a great quote. Second, sports could use a little more threats of violence, mayhem and cannibalism, and a little less respectful high road. Not that everybody needs to come off like a blood-thirsty maniac, but we don’t want them to all be Mormon missionaries, either. We need the feral, untamed crazies like Derek Wolfe, otherwise football will just turn into the PGA Tour. And him talking about eating opponents’ kids is exactly why I had a huge draft crush on him when he came out of Cincinnati four years ago. And besides, how can you not love the irony of a guy named Wolfe talking about eating children? If this guy didn’t exist, you’d have to invent him.

Still, no one ever said it better than Iron Mike Tyson himself. He’s Alexander. His style is impetuous and his defenses impregnable. I’ll post this video any chance I get, and this gives me the perfect excuse.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

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Sporting NewsThe NFL Players Association has long fought with the NFL over how commissioner Roger Goodell oversees league discipline.

That may no longer be an issue.

The NFL and NFLPA are working toward a deal that would strip Goodell of his authority over off-the-field player discipline.

“We’ve been talking about changes to the personal conduct policy since October and have traded proposals,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Monday. …

Goodell has come under fire over the past several years with his disciplinary decisions in high-profile cases involving Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which have either been overturned by a federal judge or reduced by an arbitrator.

Goodell said in September that he was willing to change his role in the league’s punishment process. …

He called the process extremely time-consuming last fall and said removing himself from the process could allow him to focus on other league issues.

So Roger Goodell is willing to talk to the NFLPA about giving up his power to be judge, jury and executioner? How gracious of him. How magnanimous. Of course, it’s not because he’s terrible at it. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s bungled every case he’s been handed, treats felonies like misdemeanors and minor infractions like capital crimes. This isn’t about how he’s cost his bosses tens of millions of dollars on matters of right and wrong a preschooler could grasp. Or how he gets his ass handed to him every time one of his screw-ups goes before a judge. No, this is all about how little time all this punishing leaves him for the really important issues. Like counting money and adding Thursday night games while pretending to be concerned about brain trauma.

But still, this is a step forward on the slow, agonizing road to true justice in the NFL. Because you’d have to think that any kind of a deal on this issue would involve exoneration for Tom Brady. It’s only logical. You can’t negotiate away a despot’s power to trample the basic rights of others while leaving those others’ basic rights trampled, can you? Otherwise, what’s the point.

This is 1215 all over again. The barons of England are sick of King John pushing them around and taxing them back to the 1100s so they’re dragging him kicking and screaming to sign the Magna Carta. They’re going to strip away his absolute power and make Roger I have to do business with a parliament. They’ll be the ones to decide if being at least generally aware that it’s more probable than not someone let air out of some footballs in a bathroom is a far worse crime than cold-cocking your wife in an elevator, not this weak, ineffectual monarch with no moral compass. And this time, there won’t be a Pope Innocent III around to tear up the agreement and start a war.

Granted, the players were beyond stupid to allow Goodell that power in the first place. So it was inevitable that he would abuse it, and he has. At least they’re finally getting around to doing something about it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

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Sporting NewsThe NFL Players Association has long fought with the NFL over how commissioner Roger Goodell oversees league discipline.

That may no longer be an issue.

The NFL and NFLPA are working toward a deal that would strip Goodell of his authority over off-the-field player discipline.

“We’ve been talking about changes to the personal conduct policy since October and have traded proposals,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Monday. …

Goodell has come under fire over the past several years with his disciplinary decisions in high-profile cases involving Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which have either been overturned by a federal judge or reduced by an arbitrator.

Goodell said in September that he was willing to change his role in the league’s punishment process. …

He called the process extremely time-consuming last fall and said removing himself from the process could allow him to focus on other league issues.

So Roger Goodell is willing to talk to the NFLPA about giving up his power to be judge, jury and executioner? How gracious of him. How magnanimous. Of course, it’s not because he’s terrible at it. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s bungled every case he’s been handed, treats felonies like misdemeanors and minor infractions like capital crimes. This isn’t about how he’s cost his bosses tens of millions of dollars on matters of right and wrong a preschooler could grasp. Or how he gets his ass handed to him every time one of his screw-ups goes before a judge. No, this is all about how little time all this punishing leaves him for the really important issues. Like counting money and adding Thursday night games while pretending to be concerned about brain trauma.

But still, this is a step forward on the slow, agonizing road to true justice in the NFL. Because you’d have to think that any kind of a deal on this issue would involve exoneration for Tom Brady. It’s only logical. You can’t negotiate away a despot’s power to trample the basic rights of others while leaving those others’ basic rights trampled, can you? Otherwise, what’s the point.

This is 1215 all over again. The barons of England are sick of King John pushing them around and taxing them back to the 1100s so they’re dragging him kicking and screaming to sign the Magna Carta. They’re going to strip away his absolute power and make Roger I have to do business with a parliament. They’ll be the ones to decide if being at least generally aware that it’s more probable than not someone let air out of some footballs in a bathroom is a far worse crime than cold-cocking your wife in an elevator, not this weak, ineffectual monarch with no moral compass. And this time, there won’t be a Pope Innocent III around to tear up the agreement and start a war.

Granted, the players were beyond stupid to allow Goodell that power in the first place. So it was inevitable that he would abuse it, and he has. At least they’re finally getting around to doing something about it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

The family of Danroy Henry Jr., a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, finalized a settlement with the officer as well as the Village of Pleasantville, New York. Henry’s family will receive $6 million, according to family attorney Michael Sussman.

“The Henrys have been clear from the beginning that no monetary settlement could ever replace the deep loss of their beloved son DJ,” Sussman said. “While this aspect of their lawsuits has now been resolved, they will continue to deal with their deep loss by focusing on faith, family and the important work of the DJ Henry Dream Fund, which has provided opportunities for thousands of young people and will continue to do so.”

The fatal shooting occurred in October 2010. Henry was idling his car outside a bar In Mount Pleasant, New York, where a disturbance was taking place, when he was told by a police officer to leave. It’s unclear exactly what happened next, but as Henry was pulling out, Pleasantville officer Aaron Hess wound up on the hood of the car and fired through the windshield, killing Henry and injuring a passenger.

Conflicting stories and inconsistencies led to Hess being cleared by a grand jury. Sussman said the Henry family was “extremely disappointed with the result.” The settlement, however, was viewed by the family as a step in the right direction.

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham
Buck weighed in on the C-M ban.

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The guys discussed the CM student ban.
Pablo continues to suck in the field.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Akron at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Davidson at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, High Point at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Alabama at Creighton, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Florida at North Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Long Beach State at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, New Mexico State at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Red Sox, 6:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Dynamo Kyiv at Manchester City, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Under pressure from a congressman during a congressional committee roundtable discussion Monday, an NFL executive admitted for the first time that there is a link between football and the chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the brain disease known as CTE.

After referencing the work of Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Anne McKee, whose staff has found CTE in the brains of 90 former players, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) asked NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller point-blank if there is a link.

“Well, certainly, Dr. McKee’s research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE, so the answer to that question is certainly ‘yes,’ but there are also a number of questions that come with that,” Miller said.

It marked the first time the league acknowledged football can lead to CTE. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league representatives have long sidestepped the issue, deferring to the medical community. Prior to the Super Bowl, San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Mitch Berger, who heads the league’s subcommittee on long-term brain injury, recognized the studies but noted that CTE has been found “in all spectrums of life” and said, “It remains to be seen” what the cause is.

Miller said he was “not going to speak for Dr. Berger,” saying it’s more important to examine the entire issue.

“You asked the question whether I thought there was a link,” he said. “Certainly based on Dr. McKee’s research, there’s a link, because she’s found CTE in a number of retired football players. I think that the broader point, and the one that your question gets to, is what that necessarily means and where do we go from here with that information.”

Schakowsky criticized the league for its evasive behavior on the issue.

“The NFL is peddling a false sense of security,” Schakowsky said. “Football is a high-risk sport because of the routine hits, not just diagnosable concussions. What the American public need now is honesty about the health risks and clearly more research.”

Miller’s comments might impact a settlement of the concussion lawsuit against the NFL by former players. A lawyer representing seven ex-players who are objecting to the settlement sent a letter to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals later Monday, arguing that Miller’s statements are a “stark turn” from the league’s previous position, as they “directly contradict” the NFL’s position in the case.

— Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji announced Monday he will take off the 2016 season, explaining he needs to take a “hiatus.”

The seven-year veteran, a product of Boston College, is a free agent after a bounce-back 2015 campaign in which he recorded 22 tackles in 15 regular-season games. He missed the 2014 season with a biceps injury.

“This decision was made after hours of conversation with close family members and mentors and considerable self-introspection and is one in which I am absolutely certain,” Raji said in a statement. “I cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future, but I will definitely not be playing during the 2016 season.”

Raji quoted Packers coaching legend Vince Lombardi in his explanation.

“Coach Lombardi once said that ‘Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it — his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?’ That is the approach I have taken with football since I was a two-star high school recruit,” Raji said. “I knew that I would not be able to live up to coach Lombardi’s ‘total commitment’ standard and made this decision out of respect to this great organization.”

— University of California assistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel, a former Harvard assistant, vowed to fight his punishment for violating the school’s sexual harassment policy, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter that appear to belong to him.

“My time to exonerate myself of a fruitless claim by a reporter will come,” the posts read.

Huffnagel, 33, was accused of harassing the woman — apparently a female reporter who covered the team — last season.

“I’m crushed,” he told ESPN. “I can’t believe it. I’m blindsided. I never imagined this would be the outcome. Cal has been incredible slow-moving in the process. I’m in the process of hiring a legal team to exonerate my name.”

Head coach Cuonzo Martin addressed the issue on a conference call, after the school announced that Hufnagel had been “relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the termination process.”

“You’re talking about a guy who’s part of your staff and a family member,” said Martin, whose team is preparing for the NCAA Tournament. “We continue to push forward. It’s not an easy thing, but we’ll find our way.”

Hufnagel was an assistant at Harvard for four seasons before leaving for a season at Vanderbilt in 2013-14 and then Cal.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 15, 1928, which player became the first Bruins goalie to win 20 games in a season, with a 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This isn’t an opportunity I’m going to squander.” — New Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez, at his Monday press conference

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Year Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mirza Teletovic hits a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Suns a win over the Timberwolves.

From the Illinois Class 2A state semifinals over the weekend, Carson Frakes hits a buzzer-beater from three-quarters court to give Rockridge High School a 45-43 victory over Hales.

New Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto takes a line drive off his head during Monday’s spring training game against the A’s but stays in the game.

Braves left fielder Jeff Decker leaps over the wall to steal a home run from Rays batter Reid Brignac.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Hal Winkler

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Love of the Beach Boys (and Kevin Love’s uncle) was born on this day in 1941. He’s on the right in this 1964 appearance on “American Bandstand.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar