Tag:Deuce McAllister
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:37 am
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Bush isn't necessarily done in New Orleans

Bush Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Saints drafted RB Mark Ingram in the first round, Reggie Bush almost immediately tapped out a farewell tweet that read, “It’s been fun New Orleans.” QB Drew Brees, though, is urging Bush to remember the situation five years ago when the Saints drafted Bush and how then-starter Deuce McAllister handled himself.

"Deuce handled that situation better than anybody ever could have and he had one of his best seasons in 2006," Brees told Towntalk.com (H/T Pro Football Talk). "He was a huge part of our success. I think Reggie has that same potential to be that big a part of our success this year despite the fact that we've got three other guys."

That also is a hindrance for Bush, because it’s not only Ingram he must worry about. There’s also Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas – who just landed a four-year contract before the lockout. So, after Bush tweeted his response to Ingram’s signing, Brees texted him some words of encouragement, basically writing not to take the draft as a sign that the Saints don’t want him.

But would the Saints actually want him back? Certainly not at the $11.8 million he’s supposed to make in 2011, so Bush would have to restructure his contract. But, after the draft, coach Sean Payton also said he would be surprised if Bush DIDN’T return to the team next season, so it’s hard to know what to think at this point.

"(Bush is) a young guy, he's very prideful and wants to be great. He wants as many opportunities as he can get," Brees said." I think you immediately see (the drafting of Ingram) as, 'Oh, well, that's taking opportunities away from me.’ But in reality, I think you've got to find the positive in it."

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (1:33 p.m.):
The statement released by the NFL this afternoon:

“We are pleased that the Minnesota Court of Appeals, like all other federal & state courts to hear the matter, has unanimously upheld the structure & operation of the NFL’s collectively bargained Policy on Steroids & Related Substances. Today’s opinion confirms the testing program did not violate Minnesota state law & vindicates the policy & procedures of the program. We are in the process of reviewing the decision and determining our next steps.”

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The NFL has been on quite a roll in the court system lately.

First, a special master ruled that the NFL can collect TV money from the networks even if there is no football next year. And today, as NFL spokesman Greg Aiello points out, the Minnesota state court of appeals ruled in the NFL’s favor in the Star Caps case, affirming a lower court’s decision against a permanent injunction for the players who were to be punished by the league.

This paves the way for the NFL to enforce the four-game suspensions for players like Vikings DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams and Saints DE Will Smith for failing 2008 drug tests. The rest of the players who failed the test because of a banned diuretic in the diet supplement Star Caps are no longer playing, including Deuce McAllister.

The Williams’ had asked for a permanent injunction for the suspension, but Hennepin County judge Gary Larson denied that. That decision was upheld today by the appeals court. The Williams’ and Smith had played the past three seasons because of a temporary injunction issued by Larson.

For more on the background of the case and for what the ruling means, check out the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

But that doesn’t mean this case is over yet. There’s always the Minnesota Supreme Court, and then, the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Deuce gets his due

Six months after the retirement of former Saints RB Deuce McAllister, the two-time Pro Bowler was honored with a dinner in Jackson, Miss., on Friday night.

The New Orleans Times Picayune has the details, but it seemed like an enchanting evening with a popular player.

From the article:

The outpouring of support was inspiring. Everyone from Mississippi State Sen. Michael Watson to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams to Saints guard Terrence Metcalf, praised McAllister, mostly for his friendship and humanitarianism. More was said about McAllister's off-field work than his remarkable on-field production.

The consensus: McAllister was a better man than a football player.


McAllister would like to work as a college football analyst or somewhere within the Saints organization. He said he’s not interested in coaching.


--Josh Katzowitz

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