A Carolina Panther has a bone to pick with Rodney Harrison, and it’s not loud-mouthed cornerback Josh Norman, but NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis.

A Carolina Panther has a bone to pick with Rodney Harrison, and it’s not loud-mouthed cornerback Josh Norman, but NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis.

The Panthers linebacker fired back at the former Patriots safety on Friday in response to Harrison’s contention that if he were to face superstar quarterback Cam Newton in the Super Bowl, he’d “try to take him out.”

“How can you sit there and say you would intentionally try to hurt another player?” Davis tweeted, per the Charlotte Observer. “#NoRespectForTheGame get this clown off the air!!”

Davis didn’t stop there, also ripping Harrison for his 2007 suspension over the use of human growth hormone.

“It’s crazy to think that I actually (used) to look up to a guy like @rodney_harrison even after he got caught cheating!” Davis tweeted.

Davis was responding to comments Harrison made on Wednesday to radio host Dan Patrick, noting that he’d try to injure Newton as a means of winning Super Bowl 50.

“If I was playing against Cam Newton, I would try to take him out,” Harrison said. “I would try to take him out. I would try to hurt him. I would go right at his knees. That’€™s the goal. That’€™s the goal: you want to knock him out. That might be the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl.”

Blog Author: 
WEEI

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is aware of the charges involving Peyton Manning and HGH.

Speaking at his annual state of the league press conference in San Fransisco, a question about Deflategate was bound to be asked to Roger Goodell — and it was.

Roger Goodell addressed the collection of PSI information this past year during his state of the league address Friday. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell addressed the collection of PSI information this past year during his state of the league address Friday. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking at his annual state of the league press conference in San Fransisco, a question about Deflategate was bound to be asked to Roger Goodell — and it was.

CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran asked the commissioner about what he said earlier in the week about the PSI information collected this year being part of spot checks and not a research project and also what constitutes a violation.

Goodell never directly answered Curran’s question, but did repeat what he said earlier in the week by saying the data collected was just to see if there was a violation committed.

“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research,” Goodell told reporters. “It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations.”

Below is the complete exchange between Curran and Goodell:

Curran: “Earlier this week you said during your “spot checks” that no violations of the PSI rule were found. What actually constitutes a violation now? Did you find anything under 12.5? In the spirit of getting better, doesn’t this whole thing demand transparency in terms of what the numbers were and what the standards will be going forward?”

Goodell: “As you know, at the beginning of the season we made changes to our protocols of how we were going to manage the footballs. That is how they were going to be managed in the moment. They were taken into the stadium right after the game. We have implemented that. As part of that, and it happens in most of our game operations areas, we conduct random checks. We make sure the clubs understand that we will look at that type of procedure and make sure there were no violations of that. We did that, in a very limited basis. We don’t disclose all the specifics on that because it’s meant as a deterrent. If you tell everybody how many times you’re checking, which games you’re checking, it’s not much of a deterrent. It’s a deterrent when they think that game may be being checked.

“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research. It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations. There was never an accusation of a violation by any other club. And so we’re comfortable that this policy, this rule was followed by our clubs. And we do this across the board on our game operations. There are many areas in our game operations that requires that type of thing.

“Second of all, we did a great deal of research, scientific analysis last year. That was part of the appeal hearing. There was Ted Wells’ report where [he wanted] independent people to study this type of issue. The intent of what we were doing was not a research project, it was to make sure that our policies were followed just like we do in other areas of our game operations.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is aware of the charges involving Peyton Manning and HGH.

“When these allegations first came up, we started our own investigation,” said Goodell.

He added: “When we find the facts, we’ll share them.”

Goodell also contended that the NFL is investigating the allegations involving Manning every bit as stringently as it did Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Deflategate.

More on this story shortly…

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

According to Madison.com, former Patriots practice squad running back Monte Ball was arrested by Madison, Wisconsin police early Friday morning after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a

Monte Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Monte Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

According to Madison.com, former Patriots practice squad running back Monte Ball was arrested by Madison, Wisconsin police early Friday morning after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table at a hotel.

The girlfriend reportedly had a cut on her leg that required stitches.

Ball was outside the hotel and reportedly was cooperative. The running back played his college ball at Wisconsin.

He spent the last few months of the 2015 season on the Patriots practice squad, but was one of two players who finished the year on the practice squad and didn’t sign a futures contract to stay with the team.

The other was J.J. Worton, who was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery the day before the AFC title game.

In two seasons in the NFL, Ball has 175 carries for 731 yards and five touchdowns, both years being with the Broncos.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski admitted once working as a stripper at a bachelorette party. During a Thursday appearance on Fox Sports’ “House Party by the Bay” from the site of the Super Bowl, co-host Julie Stewart-Binks brought up the subject. Then she took it a step further, encouraging Gronkowski to demonstrate his skills. “Want to show us maybe show us a little Magic Mike?” she asked.

Gronkowski eventually gave in, walking over to Stewart-Binks and giving her a quick lap dance while she stuffed money in his pants.

And that’s not sitting well with everyone. Stewart-Binks is getting widely criticized for her behavior, especially by other women in the media like the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan, who are saying her actions make it more difficult for them to be taken seriously.

Jason Whitlock, one of the show’s other hosts, responded to the criticism with a tweet Thursday night that read: Anybody wanna step up on their high horse better have a sparkling closet. All the b.s. that goes on behind closed doors. #frauds

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar