Tag:Freddie Mitchell
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:25 am

Report: Freddie Mitchell indicted for tax fraud

Mitchell has been indicted on tax fraud charges. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

For as much as he liked to talk -- and talk trash -- former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell had a pedestrian* four-year career. He accumulated 90 catches and 1,263 yards and five touchdowns. Which would have been good for one season. But not so impressive when it’s spread out over four seasons.

Since then, we’ve seen him pop up on a reality TV show (unfortunately, he didn’t find love on “Millionaire Matchmaker”) and on police rap sheets (he’s been the subject of a drug charge and has been in trouble for an apparent lack of child support payments).

Now, Mitchell has got trouble with the IRS, as My Fox Philly reports that Mitchell has been indicted on federal tax fraud charges in Orlando. Mitchell allegedly recruited a pro athlete for a scheme to obtain false tax returns for two other co-conspirators who apparently claimed tax refunds ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million.

Allegedly, Mitchell recruited a pro athlete with the initials A.G., who paid a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes. That athlete, who had no knowledge of the scheme, paid Mitchell $100,000 for tax preparations with the thought he would receive a $1.2 million tax refund.

Instead, Mitchell’s alleged co-conspirators filed false tax returns without A.G. knowing about it.

*He was so unimpressive that Bill Belichick once said he was happy to face off against the Eagles when Mitchell was in the game because he was so bad.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 7:25 pm

Tedy Bruschi talks about Patriots' media rules

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Part of Bill Belichick's genius is his ability to dupe onlookers into believing that his hobo chic image is anything other than shtick. But early in his Patriots coaching career Belichick had most everybody fooled into thinking that he he was better equipped to live under a bridge than handle the pressures of coaching an NFL team.

After 12 years in New England, Belichick's legend has grown. Three Super Bowl championships in four seasons has a way of earning you respect from peers that inexplicable fashion choices can't.

While the cut-off hoodie, Dockers, and Seinfeld-white sneakers continue to serve as a conversation piece for Belichick's critics, the method to his madness goes beyond comfortable outerwear. He's also notoriously boring during press conferences. In fact, the next interesting thing he says to the gathered media throngs will be the first. But that's by design.

Thanks to former Patriot-turned-ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi, we get a peek behind the curtain. During Friday's "NFL Live" show, Bruschi said "We had Belichick, so he really wanted us to keep a lot of things close to the vest. It was the interpretation of veterans on what Belichick wanted through that media [so] I formed my own 'Patriots Rules for Media Engagement.'"
1. Speak for yourself. "That's something Coach Belichick always said -- 'Don't worry about anyone else's situation, on another team or your team, always think about your job, doing your job, and commenting on that."

2. Never talk about injuries. "Never let them know if you're hurt or not hurt."

3. Pour on the perfume. "This is compliments. You want to spray that perfume on your opponent on Wednesday all the way through Saturday, and then get the job done on Sunday."

4. Fall back on cliches. "When in doubt, use the old safe cliche. You love those -- '100 percent', 'one day at a time.'"
Bruschi's joking ... we think, but there's a lot of truth in what he's saying, too.  Either way, it comes down to this: laudatory obfuscation peppered with platitudes. No one -- fans, media, players -- puts much credence into anything Belichick or his players might say in the days leading up to a game. But that's the point: don't give opponents additional incentive to beat you. Not only is Belichick a master at boring observers stupid during press conferences, he has the uncanny knack for finding motivation where there isn't any (Rodney Harrison, and later Tom Brady, were often tasked with delivering that message to a usually incredulous media).

A quick Google search unearthed this 2005 USA Today story about Belichick's love affair with clichés.  "Bill Belichick, besides being a head coach, is cliché coordinator," said Don Powell, a psychologist, sports buff and author of the book 'Best Sports Clichés Ever!'  Nobody is as good as Belichick. But it's more than just Belichick using clichés. It's also him getting his team to buy into the clichés."

Publicly, Belichick rarely breaks character. But when he does, just pray that you're not the target. Prior to Super Bowl XXXIX, former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell took some shots at the Patriots. After New England won Belichick spoke frankly: "All [Mitchell] does is talk. He's terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game."

Freddie Mitchell was never heard from again.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:05 pm

Freddie Mitchell to Kolb: Beware of Reid

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For a guy who never caught more than 35 passes in a season during his four-year career, former Eagles WR Freddie Mitchell remains outspoken six years into his retirement. Whether he remains relevant is another matter entirely.

Either way, Mitchell had an interesting reaction to the story that Philadelphia coach Andy Reid indicated to backup QB Kevin Kolb that he would do whatever was best for Kolb heading into next season (perhaps not coincidentally, Reid is on record as saying the Eagles could be interested in trading Kolb).

The following is what Mitchell told WIP radio in Philadelphia, via sportsradiointerviews.com:

“Believe that if you want Kevin. Believe that if you want. Andy Reid … I love him to death. He’s like my father and whatever else, but I’m going to keep it real. Andy is going to do what is best for the Philadelphia Eagles. I tried when I was going on after we lost the Super Bowl [XXXIX] …I went in there and I did not want to go to the media, and I said, ‘Hey Coach Reid, I had problems with Donovan McNabb. You know I can’t eat off of 12 catches a year. I need more catches. I’m doing all the things with the blocking and whatever else to make it happen. I need more catches. Donovan will not throw me the ball.’ Andy Reid was like, ‘Okay Fred, well just don’t tell nobody. You don’t have to come to this next mini-camp. We’re going to try to…I know a couple of teams and we’re going to try to trade you.’

“At the end of the day what he tried to do was he tried to put a price tag on me that nobody was even going to touch. When they found out that they wasn’t going to touch me, he released me, and then the blackball began with all kinds of dirt saying I was a cancer to the team. I talk too much and everything else. It’s funny because you never heard a teammate complain about me. You never heard that or whatever else, but he put the cancer [comment] on. Kevin Kolb, do not think them guys or anybody in the NFL is your friend. The only friend that you have is your agent and, if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback, is your arm. That’s it. Them guys at the end of the day they are going to go and save their job, save their butt, and go out and do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles. You need to do what you need to do.”

Ah yes, but that’s life, isn’t it? And though we probably didn’t need a 32-year-old former wide receiver to tell us that, it's nice to know that Mitchell is still around.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:21 pm

Hot Routes 10.02.10: Gots to get paid

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-Packers DE Cullen Jenkins wants a new contract. He’s saying the fact the Green Bay front office hasn’t talked with him about it is a slap in the face. He also wants Darnell Dockett money ($48 million with $30 million guaranteed).

-Former OT Willie Anderson, who visited Bengals practice this week, would like to return at some point and teach more. Although he finished his career in Baltimore, he said returning to Cincinnati was like coming home.

-The irrelevant Freddie Mitchell decided to rip Donovan McNabb this week. For some reason.

-Former Ravens DE Trevor Pryce signed with the Jets on Thursday, practiced Friday and Rex Ryan wants to play him Sunday. It helps that the defensive playbooks for the Ravens and the Jets are very similar.

-Steelers FS Ryan Clark doesn’t appear all that impressed with Baltimore’s squad. Said Clark: “To me, the Ravens are just another football team. They don't come in here wearing a cape. I am not scared they are going to take my lunch money. ” You might remember that in the 2008 AFC championship game, Clark’s hit on Willis McGahee knocked the Ravens RB out of the game.

-San Diego LB Shaun Phillips reached a conditional settlement with a man who sued him for allegedly punching him in the face in April of 2009. Phillips, though, still has to face another lawsuit from a woman who claimed that Phillips struck her and injured her in Las Vegas in February 2008. He was not charged by police in either case.

The $11 million verdict awarded to former Dolphins WR O.J. McDuffie has been tossed out by a Miami-Dade judge. Looks like they’re going to do this whole thing over again. As we all know, going to trial again doesn't generally work for guys named O.J.

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