The man who is suing Aaron Hernandez and claiming the New England Patriots tight end shot him in the face told responding police the night of the incident he was shot by “both black and Hispanic males,” according to a police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
Alexander S. Bradley, a 30-year-old Connecticut native who is the plaintiff in the suit against Hernandez, initially told police he didn’t know who shot him but then provided the description of the two males to Officer Alex Mack, according to the 17-page report. Bradley then said he didn’t want to talk anymore because it hurt, the report stated. When he refused to cooperate with investigators later at the hospital, police deemed his case to be inactive.
The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for his slide into Ed Reed in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The action taken by the league was first reported by NFL.com.
During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground at the end of a scramble with his legs raised up. He hit Reed, who was not injured, but the slide angered some on the Ravens sideline, but not Reed.
Reed’s teammate Bernard Pollard was less diplomatic.
“When you slide, obviously, quarterbacks know when they slide, everything is on the ground,” Pollard told USA Today on Monday. “He knew what he was doing … Hopefully, the NFL will do something about it.
The San Francisco police are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree that allegedly occurred in a hotel room after the 49ers’ playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
Crabtree has been interviewed with his lawyer present and has cooperated with the investigation, the statement said. Crabtree agreed to be available for more questions. According to, The New York Times.
Charles Tillman, and wife Jackie is expecting their fourth child. The baby is expected to arrive by Monday and could require him to be at the hospital on game day.
“The wife is due any day, so hopefully this baby can stay in until after the game on Sunday,” he said. “I hope she stays in — I’m having another girl. Monday, for sure, but if she comes Sunday, I think I’m going to have to be at the hospital Sunday. So, I hope she stays in until after Sunday.” According to, Chicago Tribune.
TILLMAN’S CORNER, Ala. — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his second arrest in his home state in two months.
Seifert: Stupidity Tries
Nick Fairley is the latest Lion to get arrested this offseason, a trend that has gone from silly to just plain stupid, Kevin Seifert writes. Blog
Alabama state troopers say the 24-year-old passed a state trooper early Sunday morning at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade in unincorporated Mobile County. After initially refusing to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, Fairley pulled over and seemed impaired. He was arrested without incident.
Fairly was also cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container. Fox10TV.com reported Fairley posted $1,750 bond and was released shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Lions spokesman Bill Keenist says the team is aware of the reports and is gathering information. Fairley’s agent did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Sunday.
Fairley also was arrested April 3 in Mobile on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after citizens called to complain that Fairley’s Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle class neighborhood in Mobile.
Fairley was a standout at Auburn and the Lions’ first-round draft pick in 2011. As a junior, he was the Lombardi award winner as the nation’s top lineman and helped lead the Tigers to the 2010 national title.
However, Fairley struggled through his rookie year, playing in just 10 games because of a foot injury. He finished the season with 11 tackles and one sack.
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure also pleaded guilty earlier in May to a marijuana possession charge, two months after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan. Leshoure was also a member of the Lions’ 2011 draft class, taken with the 25th pick of the second round.
According to TMZ, NY Jets superstar Antonio Cromartie — the dude with 10 kids (and 2 on the way) — is in danger of losing the house he bought with his mom back in 2006 … right AFTER he became a multi-millionaire … TMZ has learned.
Cromartie is being sued by the Bank of NY … for allegedly blowing off $105,381 in missed mortgage payments on an 864 sq. foot home he bought in his hometown of Tallahassee, Florida in November ’06.
According to Zillow.com, Cromartie bought the house for $135k. Docs show he co-signed on the loan with his mom right after he was selected in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft … and they locked in on a ridiculously high 9.7% interest rate.
Bank of NY claims Antonio stopped making payments in 2010 … and now it wants a judge to force the Pro Bowler to hand over the keys to the property AND make good on his mortgage payments … plus interest.
We’re guessing the bank is aware of the MASSIVE contract he signed with the Jets last year … 4-years, $32 million … which probably isn’t that much considering he’s got 12 mouths to feed … plus baby mamas.
Media Credit: Photo (Zimbio) / Video (Wall Street Journal)
Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m. PST
According to Fox News, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because of the team’s bounty program that targeted opposing players.
Handing down sweeping and serious punishment for a system that paid out thousands of dollars when hits knocked specific opponents out of games, Goodell also suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season, and assistant coach Joe Vitt for the first six games.
In addition, Goodell fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round draft picks this year and next.
After the NFL first made its investigation public on March 2, Williams admitted to — and apologized for — running the program as the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-11. He was hired by the St. Louis Rams this offseason.
Goodell will review Williams’ status after the upcoming season and decide whether he can return to the league.
The Saints now must decide who will coach the team while Payton is barred, his suspension is effective April 1, and who will make roster moves while Loomis is out. After the NFL made clear that punishments were looming, Payton and Loomis took the blame for violations that they acknowledged “happened under our watch” and said Saints owner Tom Benson “had nothing to do” with the bounty pool, which reached as much as $50,000 in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.
The NFL said payoffs went to 22 to 27 defensive players for inflicting game-ending injuries on targeted opponents, including quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. “Knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.
All payouts for specific performances in a game, including interceptions or causing fumbles, are against NFL rules. The NFL warns teams against such practices before each season, although in the aftermath of the revelations about the Saints, current and former players from various teams talked about that sort of thing happening frequently — although not on the same scale as the NFL found in New Orleans.
Punishment for any Saints players involved will be determined later, because the league is still reviewing the case with the NFL Players Association.
So far, though, the discipline for the Saints’ involvement in the bounty scheme is more far-reaching than what Goodell did in 2007, when the NFL came down on the New England Patriots for illegally videotaping an opponent. Goodell fined the Patriots $250,000, stripped a first-round draft pick, and docked their coach, Bill Belichick, $500,000 for what was known as “Spygate.”
Source & Full Story Credit: Shutdown Corner – Chris Chase
Photo Credit: Shutdown Corner – via sweaterpunch.com
Posted: Friday March 9, 2012 @ 11: 47 A.M PST
According to Shutdown corner, It was a good thing Peyton Manning left such a nice tip for his server at the Angus Barn because it was one of the last the server would ever receive at the Raleigh, N.C., steakhouse.
Yeah, you probably shouldn’t post a photograph that includes the last four digits of Peyton Manning’s credit card number (we’ve blurred them, just to be safe). That’s bad publicity for the restaurant. It surely can’t afford for the Raleigh glitterati to think that all their checks will be posted on Twitter.
It comes as no shock that Manning’s a good tipper. I’m sure he held the door for people when he walked in, called his waiter “sir” and pulled out the chairs for everyone at his table, all while donating money to charity and shaking hands with strangers.
No, the only thing that’s surprising about this is that a restaurant with “Barn” in its name has such a pricey menu.
Source & Story Credit: USA Today (Robert Klemko) and (Contibuting: Jim Corbett)
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Posted: Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 5:10 p.m. PST
The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis will end Wednesday.
USA TODAY’s Jim Corbett confirmed ESPN’s report that the quarterback will be released by the Colts after speaking with Manning’s brother, Cooper.
“Peyton and I talked today and had a good chat,” the eldest Manning brother said by phone from his home in New Orleans. “He’s going through kind of an emotional time right now. Until it was over, he was a Colt through and through.”
The Colts will release the four-time NFL MVP, opting not to pick up his $28 million roster bonus and leaving him free to sign with any team. The team will announce the move Wednesday in a press conference attended by team owner Jim Irsay and Manning, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Manning, who turns 36 years old in two weeks, still wants to play football after sitting out the 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries. He watched from the sidelines as the Colts finished 2-14, securing the No. 1 pick, which they are likely to use on former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
The team fired the personnel management team of Bill and Chris Polian, installing Ryan Grigson as the team’s new general manager.
“Time will take away some of the hurt that comes with leaving the organization,” Bill Polian told USA TODAY. “He will look back on it from a little bit of distance I hope secure in the knowledge that he made an incredible contribution to that franchise.”
Manning, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl victory following the 2006 season, played 14 seasons and did not miss a start before 2011. He has been medically cleared to resume playing football, and has worked out in North Carolina and Florida this offseason.
“I don’t think Peyton’s done any personal diligence on what the next step is,” Cooper Manning said. “Now he’ll have to re-evaluate and see what this next chapter reads like.”
Manning’s older brother has not seen the quarterback throw in person, but said the triceps nerve in his throwing shoulder that was slow to recover following Sept. 9 neck fusion surgery is recovering at an encouraging rate.
“Peyton has gotten better and he will only continue to get better,” Cooper Manning said.
Polian says he is confident the man featured in a recent YouTube video throwing footballs is Manning, and that the quarterback showed great improvement.
“After 14 years, I recognize that throwing motion even from a distance,” Polian said. “He looked darn close to the orginal Peyton Manning.”