Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:55 pm

McNabb's agent responds to Bernard Hopkins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember how legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins got nasty with Donovan McNabb the other day, basically calling him an Uncle Tom and saying that he was only a guy with a suntan?

McNabbIt was disgusting and ruthless and, oh yeah, Hopkins has a fight coming up later this month that he wants you to watch. Even so, the comments were unfair toward McNabb.

"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed?” Hopkins asked, referring to the Eagles trade of McNabb to the Redskins. “Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. 'You're our boy.’ He thought he was one of them."

All of which compelled McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, to make a retorting comment (because it’s hard to imagine “the rarely say anything controversial” McNabb standing up for himself in a situation like this).

Said Smith, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Ill-informed statements such as the perplexing one Mr. Hopkins muttered recently are dangerous and irresponsible. It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren.

Donovan successfully lead the Philadelphia Eagles franchise for a decade. He is the ultimate professional. On the field, he embodied confidence, hard work, assertiveness and a mutual respect for his teammates and the organization. Off the field, Donovan has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against diabetes, which has disproportionally affected the black community. He has given his time to bring awareness to this disease, which unfortunately affects 4.9 million African-Americans. Additionally, he is also involved in many other social initiatives. Donovan has always prided himself on being a leader who possesses impenetrable integrity. He will continue to exemplify the same characteristics in his future endeavors and will remain committed to serving all communities.

Donovan’s parents are proud Americans who worked hard to give their sons the best childhood they could provide. He is unapologetically proud of sacrifices they made for him. Donovan and his brother were raised to be hard-working African-American men who were taught to believe in themselves.

It is vital that we extinguish this brand of willful ignorance and instill in the minds of African-American youth regardless of the parental makeup of your household they can become anything they wish if they work hard and make the right decisions in life.

I wish Mr. Hopkins luck in his upcoming fight.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 3:06 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bernard Hopkins is one of boxing’s all-time greatest fighters (and perhaps the best middleweight in history). But he’s certainly not an effective ambassador for the sport.

Which he proved yet again Tuesday when promoting his May 21 fight against Jean Pascal in which Hopkins will try to become the oldest-ever world champion in any weight class.

For some reason, Hopkins had a hankering to talk about Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, and it wasn’t in very complimentary terms. In fact, this was more of a Rush Limbaugh-style rant.

Hopkins basically said McNabb isn’t a black man in the same way Hopkins is a black man. Or Terrell Owens and Michael Vick are black men, for that matter.

Said Hopkins, via the Phillynews.com: “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”

As an example, he brought up the Eagles trade of McNabb to Washington.

"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed?” Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field,” Hopkins said. “He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. 'You're our boy.’ He thought he was one of them."

Clearly, Hopkins is referring to slavery and plantations and Uncle Tom’s. And it’s not the first time Hopkins has gone off on a racial rant – he also said Joe Calzaghe couldn’t beat him because Calzaghe is a white guy (for the record, Calzaghe won a split decision against Hopkins in 2008).

"McNabb? Great. Skills? Throw the ball? Great,” Hopkins said. “But there was something missing. Vick? He understands. And T.O. - same cloth."

That said, Hopkins said that he WOULD allow McNabb to watch his kids. So, McNabb has that going for him.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am

Report: Cardinals looking at Kyle Orton

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb (not going to happen) and Carson Palmer (Bengals probably won’t let this happen) have been linked to the Cardinals signal-caller spot, 3TV in Phoenix is reporting that Arizona has an interest in current Broncos QB Kyle Orton.

Orton Apparently, the Cardinals have been in contact with the Broncos to gauge their interest in dealing him, and though the TV station reports the talks aren’t yet serious, Orton could provide another option to the Cardinals if their courtship of Eagles QB Kevin Kolb fails.

It’d be interesting to see if Denver actually had interest in trading Orton, especially with Tim Tebow possibly waiting in the wings – I’m just not sure I see this happening – but it’s clear that since the Cardinals didn’t take a quarterback in last week’s draft (and considering, gulp, Derek Anderson is still the starter), they’ll need to find somebody in the offseason to run the offense.

Orton, if they could get him, would be a pretty good option. At least he has a solid record of playing well in the NFL (unlike, say, Kolb).

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:43 pm

McNabb works out with Cardinals

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb is currently a member of the Redskins. But despite the fact that Washington didn't draft a quarterback, it seems quite unlikely he'll remain on the team's roster when the regular season begins.

So, when you read that McNabb is working out with the Arizona Cardinals -- a team desperately in need of quarterback help -- there's really only one thing to do: take off sprinting and see if you can land on the "Jump to Conclusions" mat.

“I always believe in a low profile,” McNabb told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “Guys get a chance to work and it’s not something you’re broadcasting all over the place, telling everybody what you doing and who is in town and all of that."

ARGH. Or not. I was actually kidding anyway -- everyone knows that only Carson Palmer can work for Arizona. Plus, McNabb lives in Phoenix and he's not exactly welcome in D.C. right now. And Todd Heap was with the Cards too, and you don't see anyone trying to tie him to their offense.

Fortunately, while Somers had McNabb's attention, he asked him about the quarterback's future.

“The next couple years, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “Who knows where I’ll be anyway? I’m looking forward to that and when that time comes, step in there and be ready to go."

The next few years really will be interesting for Donovan -- a decade from now (and probably sooner), he'll be on television, covering the NFL for some network. That just seems like a lock. But between now and then, anything's fair game.

Although the way things shook out in the 2011 NFL Draft, you have to assume that just about anywhere McNabb goes he'll end up in a tutorial-type role, as virtually every team in the NFL is, at this point, either "set" at quarterback or heavily invested at the position following last weekend's festivities.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 4:33 pm

Warner keeps beating Palmer-to-Cards drum

Posted by Will Brinson

A couple months ago, Kurt Warner made it very clear on a radio appearance that he believed Carson Palmer would succeed in Arizona, stating that Palmer would be "tremendous" in that system. (Oddly: a few months ago I thought the Cardinals might "have a look" at Cam Newton. Wow.)

Well, Warner repeated those marks after the Cards wrapped up their draft and didn't address the quarterback position, stating on the Dan Patrick Show that Palmer would be a better fit for the Cardinals than Marc Bulger, Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.

“I would take Carson,” Warner said.

He also apparently said that Palmer is in a "crazy" situation (Cincinnati, everyone!) but that the former Heisman-Trophy winner would thrive in Arizona.

And he might. The only problem is, he's got to escape the clutches of Mike Brown before that can actually happen.

Fortunately for Palmer -- and perhaps Arizona -- the Bengals took Andy Dalton during the NFL Draft, and might be amenable to actually getting something in return for Palmer, rather than letting him retire.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:53 am

Could an NFL owner break rank mid-draft?

Posted by Will Brinson

Could an NFL owner break rank during or just before the NFL Draft and decide that it's time to make a trade or sign a free agent? That's a legitimate question, because I'm not positive I -- or anyone -- know the answer. But I'm fairly certain it could happen.

Of course, first, a few things have to go down. One, Judge Susan Nelson has to rule -- between now and the beginning of the Draft on Thursday -- in favor of the players on the stay issue as well as clarification of her original ruling . If she does, and it's not a stretch to think that she will, the league may be forced to open its doors immediately and begin the league year.

Pandemonium unlike we've known it could erupt. Or, alternately, teams could take their sweet time making moves to sign players. The latter seems like the most likely situation, because the NFL will still be pushing to get their appeal into the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Also, making a case for collusion, based on the fact that teams didn't sign any free agents amid the hectic few days of the NFL Draft could be a stretch.

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Although you could argue teams should be pursuing all of their options during that time, particularly if they want to shore up their respective rosters. And this, to me, is where things get interesting, should the league "begin the season" some time on Thursday.

Because there are some teams more in need in of making certain moves than others. The Eagles obviously would like to end up moving Kevin Kolb; our own Clark Judge recently pointed out just how coveted Philly's backup remains around the league.

And the Redskins, for example, would probably like to receive some sort of value for Donovan McNabb -- or Albert Haynesworth! -- before they're forced to cut him rather than paying him a roster bonus before he's due, when football actually starts. And they just so happen to need draft picks, thanks to the very trade they made last Easter to bring McNabb in.

And let's not put it past Dan Snyder to "go rogue" either; this is a man currently embroiled in a ridiculous lawsuit with a small-time Washington, D.C., newspaper because he didn't like the way he was portrayed publicly. He'll need someone to play along, should the rank-breaking be a trade and not a free-agent signing, of course. While it seems unlikely Jerry Richardson will bail on his role as lead negotiator to pick up a quarterback, there's nothing to say that another owner running one of the many quarterback-desperate teams wouldn't.

Of course, it seems like the owners are unified. Whereas reports about players splintering into factions have made their way into the public, we've not yet heard anything too concrete about owners arguing amongst themselves. But did you see the utter disorganization that went down on Tuesday when players attempted to make their way into team facilities?

Some teams, like the Giants, let players work out on Tuesday. (But not on Wednesday !) Other teams, like the Seahawks, said no. Jerry Jones stepped up to the mic and provided a not-too-crafted statement about why Cowboys players couldn't come in.

That's the very definition of "factions" -- if the NFL owners were all on a singular page, a concrete policy would have been in place across the league.

Which brings us back to the day of the Draft. Perhaps the NFL is forced to open its doors to players and "get back to work." And perhaps, hypothetically, owners are advised that it's better to wait and see how the appeal process shakes out before making personnel moves.

Do you think, though, that the Eagles front office can resist the possibility of landing a top-10 pick for tomorrow night in this quarterback-desperate landscape that exists? And do you think that anyone can predict what Snyder will do in relation to his payroll and roster decisions when he desperately needs draft picks?

Certainly not. And what would the repercussions be if an NFL owner started wheeling and dealing? The league could fine that team or take away draft picks ... except that would amount to admitting collusion.

In fact, aside from Roger Goodell giving someone a dirty look the next time they were in the same room, the only thing that might happen is the rest of the league following suit and opening up the floodgates for other signings and draft-day trades of players.

And if and/or once that happens, it might be kind hard to bring back the lockout.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:20 pm

Shiancoe selling McNabb on Vikes over drinks?

Posted by Will Brinson

In case you hadn't heard, there are a lot of teams with a need for a quarterback in the NFL. One of those teams is the Minnesota Vikings who, for various reasons, have been tied extensively to Donovan McNabb, should he become a free agent.

Well, as it turns out, at least one Vikings is working on selling McNabb on the idea of coming to the Twin Cities -- Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota's tight end, says he's been having a little "alcohol talk" with McNabb about the possibility.

"You know what, as a matter of fact, I seen him out the other day, and we had a little alcohol talk, should I say, a little alcohol talk," Shiancoe said on "Washington Post Live," per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. "And I told him, 'Hey, look, you know, Minnesota might be a good fit for you.' I think that he would probably agree on that. Who knows if he wants to stay here anymore, right, being in those circumstances? I don't know if he wants to or not, but I wouldn't want to stay here. Speaking for myself, I wouldn't want to stay in this predicament right here."

So, um, needless to say, the Redskins probably won't be pursuing Shiancoe's services any time soon, huh?

And there's no telling how they'll react to his comments, but the guess here is that they'll probably find some way to be upset. That's just kind of how the 'Skins roll.

There's also no guarantee that the Vikings end up landing McNabb, even if -- which is not that big an if -- he becomes a free agent. But it's pretty obvious that they're at least going to have a little bit of an advantage in pursuing the former Pro Bowler if the Redskins release him.

Unless Shiancoe's skills of persuasion just totally disappear when he gets near a bar.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Vikes 'one of teams' interested in McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

Thanks to the economic principles of supply and demand, there's a common perception that someone will want Donovan McNabb on their roster in 2011. One of the top contenders, based on general speculation, common sense and maybe even the quarterback's own interest, for McNabb's services are the Minnesota Vikings.

But on Monday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post gave new life to this theory, by citing sources who say that the Vikings "are indeed interested in McNabb."&

Jones also mentions multiple "teams" when discussing the interest in McNabb; ironically because of the low value that McNabb has for the rest of the league.

That's partially his skill set (it's declined, duh), but mostly because the way in which 2010 ended. Mike Shanahan, when benching McNabb for Rex Freaking Grossman, made it pretty clear that he'd have some sort of change to begin 2011.

Teams realize this and, as such, aren't going to overpay to get McNabb from the Redskins when there's a significant chance they can land him via free agency as soon as the Redskins cut him, which they likely will.
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One problem with that, though, is that there's a strong -- in my opinion -- chance that Shanny won't cut McNabb until the minute before he's owed a bonus, which could take him into September (after the first regular season game) on the Redskins roster. Jones points out, though, that "it's believed" McNabb would pay back $3.5 million worth of signing bonus if he was released.

That goes to show not only that both sides don't care for each other, but that there might be an amicable way of settling this issue, once a labor agreement is reached.

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