Tag:Gerard Warren
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:03 pm

Investing with gaming operation could be trouble

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A bingo and entertainment operation near Dothan, Ala., has caused headaches for a number of NFL players who have invested money in the project. It’s been closed since February when the state decreed that slot-machine lookalikes in bingo halls were illegal, and the project’s developer pleaded guilty to 10 counts of corruption.

But there’s another problem for Terrell Owens, Santana Moss, Santonio Holmes, Gerard Warren and Adelius Thomas – all of whom invested in the $20 million project now known as Center Stage.

As Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole reports, at least 25 NFL players are facing potential discipline from the NFL because of their association with a gaming operation.

And if the NFL forces the players to bail from the project, they might have a tough time reclaiming whatever money they’ve invested.

More from Cole:

From an NFL standpoint, the league currently has no authority to discipline players while it’s in the midst of an owners-initiated lockout. However, though the NFL has yet to contact financial advisor Jeff Rubin, who guided the players to the investment and is currently working to re-open the venture, a formal investigation and/or disciplinary action is possible once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

“If it were to be determined that an NFL employee had made an investment in violation of league policy on gambling-related activities, that individual would be directed to withdraw the investment and it would be reviewed for potential discipline,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. ...

 “I know four players with $7 million in this thing,” said a source closely connected to some of the athletes. “They keep getting told, ‘It’s going to re-open,’ then it gets pushed back again and again. This is a bad situation for a lot of these players.”

Make sure to read the rest of Cole’s investigative piece. Some really interesting stuff in there.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:34 pm

Patriots could lose Ty Warren for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots defensive end Ty Warren, one of the most solid, underrated players in the game, could be lost for the season with a hip injury, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Warren has a labral tear (similar to what Yankee Alex Rodriguez had a while back). It is not career-threatening, but if surgery is required, Warren would be shelved for 2010.

If Warren, one of the premier run-defenders in the game, goes down, the Patriots would likely turn to another Warren: Gerard. The former Brown/Bronco/Raider is not experienced in a 3-4 scheme, but he has been challenging veteran Mike Wright for playing time all offseason.

On Tuesday, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson talked to Reiss about Warren’s value to the Patriots. "The things that he does for the people around him and us, it goes unspoken," Johnson said. "He is a strong character in the locker room. He is a strong character in our meetings. He's a stand-up guy. He's a guy that if he misses a play, or if he blows a play out there on the field, he stands up and says 'that was me and that's not going to happen again.' You can't have enough of those type of guys out on the field."

UPDATE: The Patriots have put Warren on Injured Reserve, ending his 2010 season. They have also reinstated end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess, which means the veteran is not retiring after all.

UPDATE II: Warren explained his decision to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com: "It was something that I wanted to get done -- that I needed to get done. I've been laboring around for about a year-and-a-half. The season's too long to be taking shots all year, to feel OK one week and feel bad the next. To have arthritis and not be able to be me. I'm going to sacrifice one year for the next couple."

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:06 pm

The Unique Case of Gerard Warren

Gerard Warren is running with the first unit in New England. He’s operating as a 3-4 defensive end for the first time in his career. The 325-pound Warren is a fascinating player. He was drafted third overall by the Browns in 2001. He was shipped to Denver in ’05 (around the time when every Browns defensive lineman was showing up in Denver). After two ho-hum seasons, he became a Raider. Now, he’s in New England.

So what’s fascinating? Warren has always shown tantalizing talent (mainly rare burst for a player with his resounding strength), but lazy habits and iffy stamina have put a cap on his output. In short, for a third overall pick, he’s been an underachiever – perhaps even a bust.

Most journeymen underachievers become backups. You might think of Warren as a backup, but he’s actually started all but seven games in his career. Have we ever seen a third overall pick disappoint but still start for an entire decade?

At 31, Warren is still in his prime. He has the right tools to occupy blockers in New England’s power-based 3-4 scheme. Don’t be surprised if we see another 16 starts added to his name in 2010.

--Andy Benoit

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