Chris Culliver, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback, was arrested on Friday in San Jose. Culliver was charged with hit and run and felony weapons possessions expenses following a collision with a bicyclist. An eyewitness followed Culliver and tried to nook him. That’s when Culliver obtained out of his automotive and threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles and even clipped the witness’ automotive as he left.
In 2013 Culliver bravely got here out in opposition to the concept of a homosexual teammate, suggesting any gay players “stand up out of right here.”
Ever since punter Chris Kluwe was reduce by the Vikings after the 2012 season, he’s been asked many occasions, together with by me, whether or not he thought his outspokenness on marriage equality was one of many reasons Minnesota launched him.
He always stated he wasn’t sure because he wasn’t present for the personnel conferences but he additionally mentioned in the future he would write about his experiences with the Vikings. Thursday was that day.
Kluwe, writing for Deadspin in a chunk titled “I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot,” reveals why he believes he was fired from his job in Minnesota, and he blames former coach Leslie Frazier, normal supervisor Rick Spielman and special teams coach Mike Priefer. Kluwe also writes that he desires to make sure Priefer by no means will get another teaching job again.
“I honestly do not know if my activism was the rationale I got fired,” Kluwe writes. “Nevertheless, I’m pretty assured it was.”
Here are a number of the accusations made by Kluwe:
-After Kluwe wrote an open letter to Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., blasting him for his criticism of former Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo, Frazier referred to as Kluwe into his office to inform him he wanted to stop talking out on the marriage equality issue. Kluwe disagreed, and after the 2 went forwards and backwards, a tense Frazier reportedly said, “If that is what you’re feeling it’s a must to do..”
The following day, Vikings proprietor Zygi Wilf shook Kluwe’s hand and informed him he was proud of him for speaking out. After Frazier called Kluwe again into his workplace, Kluwe told him about his meeting with Wilf. Said a “shocked” Frazier: “Effectively, he writes the checks. It appears to be like like I have been overruled.”
-Priefer reportedly used homophobic language round Kluwe after the punter began to speak out on the equality issue.
Wrote Kluwe, “He had not carried out so throughout minicamps or fall camp that year, nor had he carried out so during the 2011 season. He would ask me if I had written any letters defending ‘the gays’ lately and denounce as disgusting the concept that two men would kiss, and he would continually belittle or demean any concept of acceptance or tolerance… Mike Priefer additionally said on multiple events that I’d wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible. He mentioned all this in a semi-joking tone, and I responded in sort, as I felt a yelling match with my coach over human rights would greatly diminish my probabilities of remaining employed.”
Kluwe stated he felt uncomfortable every time Priefer used that kind of language. This, Kluwe writes, was not the one time Priefer used such hateful language.
Earlier than Kluwe was released, Priefer notably stated this to the media about his punter: “These distractions are getting previous for me, to be quite sincere with you.”
-After Kluwe underwent knee surgery in January of 2013, he writes that no one – not Spielman, not Frazier, not Priefer – known as him to verify in on him.
The primary time Spielman contacted him was for this:
Writes Kluwe: “On Feb. 11, I acquired a message saying, ‘Please fly underneath radar please,’ from a phone quantity I’d later study belonged to Rick Spielman. The text message presumably concerned a number of things I had tweeted that day relating to the Pope Benedict XVI’s resolution to step down. Spielman later known as me and requested me to cease tweeting in regards to the pope as a result of indignant folks have been ringing up group headquarters in Winter Park, Minn.”
Kluwe also writes about how he first discovered that the crew drafted a punter in 2013 and the way he is statistically one of the best punter ever to put on a Vikings uniform.
It’s an intriguing learn, and Kluwe is a robust writer. Check out the total piece if in case you have some time.
And Kluwe, toward the tip of my piece, manages to get in one more shot at Priefer:
“If there’s one factor I hope to realize from sharing this story, it’s to make it possible for Mike Priefer never holds a training position again within the NFL, and ideally by no means coaches at any degree,” Kluwe writes. “… It is inexcusable that someone would use his status as a instructor and a task model to proselytize on behalf of his own doctrine of intolerance, and I hope he never gets one other opportunity to cross his example alongside to anybody else.”
What do you do whenever you’re a baseball staff working on a tight funds, which often cries poverty regardless of taking part in within the biggest city in America? If you’re the New York Mets you could have dinner at an costly Manhattan restuarant with Jay-Z to talk about his consumer Robinson Cano, who’s rumored to desire a contact price over $300 million.
That’s reportedly what Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Sandy Alderson did Monday night time by way of the New York Put up’s Ken Davidoff.
Clearly this makes good sense. All all through last week’s Common Manager’s meetings in Orlando, Alderson claimed the Mets still don’t have some huge cash to spend on free agents, prompting zingers from mega-agent Scott Boras, among others. Boras represents two of the opposite high free brokers available in the market — Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo — every searching for offers within the $150 million vary. Cano reportedly wants double that quantity so in fact, the Mets, who’ve seen their payroll shrink from $149 million in 2008 to $ninety three final season, will discuss the cope with Jay-Z for Cano.
From the Cano camp it actually does make some sense, sarcasm temporarily put aside. Apart from the Yankees there doesn’t appear to be another crew willing to bid for the star second baseman. The Bombers only wish to provide him a seven-year deal worth $a hundred and sixty-170 million. Why not try to sucker the Mets, if only for some leverage? If nothing else, establish a working relationship with the Mets.
Tuesday morning Yankees President Randy Levine reiterated that the staff is not going to pay Cano his $300 million demands. From Newsday:
When asked whether he may envision the Mets prying Cano away from the Yankees, Levine laughed and stated, “For 300 million, yes.”
As for the Mets? It’s nearly not possible to see them signing off on a 10-yr contract for a player who’d be 41 by the point it’s complete. Sure, going after the highest player available on the market, Cano, could be a sign of intent that the associated fee-cutting days are over at Citi Area. It could also be a means for the staff to stay it to the Yankees. More than doubtless the Mets will once more go low-cost, making an attempt to piece together the workforce and possession can point to this assembly with Jay-Z that, hey, we’re making an attempt to sign players however we’re being priced out.
Granted the Mets are the workforce that agreed to pay Bobby Bonilla over $1 million a year till all of the polar ice caps soften (really 2035) to purchase out the final yr of his contract, value $5 million … so something is feasible.
Related: Jay-Z Gave Robinson Cano a $33,900 Watch, MLBPA Investigating for Attainable Violation
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Is Mike Woodson already on the new seat in New York? (USATSI)
Because the New York Knicks’ disastrous start to the season continues to unfold, the stress continues to mount on the crew to find a resolution. The New York Daily Newsreviews that whereas coach Mike Woodson is not on the recent seat in the intervening time, the front workplace is making demands on him to alter his lineups approach.
The autumn guy finally will be Mike Woodson though the pinnacle coach has the assist of most of the locker room and apparently Dolan as effectively. Regardless of the Knicks’ three-6 start and 5 straight residence losses, Woodson just isn’t in imminent danger, in line with a supply, of being the next Knicks head coach to “resign” — which is Backyard-converse for canned. If Lenny Wilkens and Mike D’Antoni each resigned, so will Woodson. Depend on it.
Till then, the coach is protected, but the word from above is to tinker with the beginning lineup, which possible will include shifting quickly-to-be-traded Iman Shumpert to the bench and sure selling veteran powerful man Kenyon Martin. The move permits Anthony to play small ahead whereas inserting a rebounding and defensive-minded ahead next to Andrea Bargnani, a non-rebounding, defensively challenged forward/center.
via Knicks not giving Carmelo Anthony successful cause to stay in New York – NY Daily Information.
This makes a variety of sense, since Shumpert has the second-greatest on vs. off-court docket differential of anybody on the Knicks, and has been the one participant to play nicely on each ends of the floor. So shaming him unto the bench whle selling the woeful J.R. Smith makes loads of sense.
As for Martin, the KMart-Bargnani-Melo combo has solely performed ten minutes together, but it was +9 in those nine minutes. It makes sense, taking part in into Anthony’s strengths (New York’s precedence No. 1 always) whereas protecting for Bargnani’s weaknesses. It permits Melo to play smallball offensively whereas covering defensively. But is Martin a protracted-term reply? And even if he isn’t, do the Knicks have a lot of a choice, considering their lack of huge man depth?
Yet the larger question is that this: Should a front-office that has so persistently tries to find quick-time period options to lengthy-time period problems really be this involved in teaching choices?
Meanwhile, the Knicks face Indiana, Portland, and the Clippers earlier than November is out, including a four-sport road journey to finish the month. If they do not discover some solutions quickly, Christmas might get to be fairly dour round Madison Square Backyard.