Archive for August, 2010
Wow I DON’T CARE
One more year, and more more embarrassment on Favre’s long illustrious career. He has become the spokesperson for players who do not know when to say good bye. He still can play and he still wants to but for some reason he has turned Favre into a characterized form of himself .
So here is my advice-
- Do not ever talk to the media again Favre
- Just play the sport, no comments about retirement
- Or when you think you cannot play anymore, cut out your voice box
Just days after feeling good about making what they think is their best trade in years, the Pacers were knocked down Sunday when rookie guard Lance Stephenson was arrested and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs in Brooklyn, N.Y., early Sunday.
“We have been made aware of a situation involving Lance Stephenson early Sunday morning in Brooklyn,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement released from the team. “We are currently in the process of gathering information and will have further comments as we learn more facts.”
Stephenson’s agent, Al Ebanks, did not return a phone message Sunday.
Stephenson’s incident is a hard blow to the Pacers because they’ve spent years trying to repair their negative off-the-court image with the fan base.
They raised eyebrows by drafting Stephenson in June. A schoolboy legend in New York City, he played one year at Cincinnati and fell to the Pacers with the 40th pick overall, in the second round of the draft.
After an impressive showing in the Orlando summer league, the Pacers decided to sign him to a guaranteed contract, even though they weren’t obliged to with a second-round pick. He received a two-year contract with an option on the third and fourth years.
Sunday wasn’t the first time Stephenson has had a run-in with the law.
Stephenson was charged with sexual abuse for allegedly groping a girl at a bus stop near his high school in New York his senior year. The charge was dismissed and he ended up pleading to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
The Pacers supposedly did their homework on Stephenson before drafting him in June. They hired a private investigator to do a thorough background check on Stephenson and his family.
The more you hear about the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into Tennessee’s recruiting practices under former coach Lane Kiffin, the clearer it is that this probe is much broader than a couple of recruiting hostesses making a trip last September to see a high school football game in Duncan, S.C.
That trip by members of the now-defunct Orange Pride group may have been one of the things that prompted the NCAA to start turning over rocks, but it’s mushroomed into something much bigger now. For Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton to admit that a letter of inquiry is probably coming, that’s telling. The unnerving thing for Hamilton and the rest of the university is that there’s no way to know at this point what the NCAA has or what all has turned up in its probe.
This thing has been going on for nearly six months, and the latest news is that the NCAA wants to interview former Tennessee running back Bryce Brown, who was Kiffin’s most heralded recruit in the Vols’ 2009 class. Browns’ father, Arthur Brown, told ESPN’s Joe Schad that they asked to delay that meeting with the NCAA while preparing for Brown’s appeal on his release, an appeal that was heard via teleconference on Wednesday. Current Tennessee coach Derek Dooley refused to release Brown from his scholarship, meaning he would have to pay his own way this first year at Kansas State, which is where Brown’s older brother plays.
When the Vols signed Brown, a showy deal that dragged out well past signing day, you could almost guess that the NCAA would come snooping around at some point. Remember, Brown had an “adviser” at the time (Brian Butler), and Butler initially was charging for updates concerning Brown’s recruitment on a website. Before Brown was cleared to play at Tennessee as a freshman, the NCAA looked into whether his amateur status had been violated.
Well, here we are now — some 16 months after Brown ended his recruiting circus by signing with the Vols — and neither Brown nor Kiffin is still around.
The NCAA hasn’t gone anywhere, though, which makes you wonder what kind of price Tennessee might end up having to pay.