Tag:Roddy White
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:19 am

White understands why college athletes take money

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The University of Miami football program was on the receiving end of a swift kick to the groin Tuesday when Yahoo! Sports reported that a former booster admitted to providing "thousands of impermissible benefits" to at least 72 Hurricanes athletes over an eight-year period.

Some of those named in the story currently play in the NFL. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (who attended the "U" but wasn't cited for wrongdoing in Yahoo! Sports' investigation) on Wednesday spoke publicly about the allegations, as did his Texans teammate and "U" alum, Eric Winston.

Commentary wasn't reserved to just former Hurricanes, though. Whether universities making handsome profits off its athletic programs should pay its athletes has long been debated. And Wednesday night, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, took to Twitter to go on record on the matter:

"How can u expect a kid to turn down a 30,000 dollar check when they momma starving u can't be serious I'm taking it every time cause family comes first."

And that's the crux of the argument from those who feel college athletes deserve more than a scholarship for their contributions to a university. But White was just getting warmed up. Here are his other tweets on the subject (all sic'd):
  • "They got to change the 3 year rule the nfl has cause its killing the kids." 
  • "Found out today ohio state made 2 million for selling terrell pryor jersey last year amazing and he gets kicked out of the university so he doesn't even get to finish his education for free thanks NCAA." 
  • "So the biggest crocks in football thinking about giving miami the death penalty ridiculous how about the NCAA fix the rules." 
We consulted the Google Tubes and couldn't find any mention of Ohio State making $2 million on Pryor jerseys, but we did come across this Forbes.com slideshow that said the Buckeyes football program made $36 million in profits in 2009. Certainly some of that came from jersey sales.

Exact dollar amounts aside, White makes a fair point. CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel, who wrote that the NCAA shouldn't give Miami the death penalty, later tweeted his own proposal for paying college athletes: "How about this: Pay athletes ... but make them pay their own way. They can't have it both ways. Not to me."

Works for us, and we're guessing players would be in favor of it, too (assuming the cost of paying their own way isn't greater than or equal to the payments they would get from the school).

While this makes for a swell debating topic, the real issue is if the NCAA will ever change the rules. As it stands, we wouldn't bet Nevin Shapiro's $930 million Ponzi scheme winnings on it.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 5:16 pm

Hot Routes 6.22.11: BW3 giving fans lockout wings

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Buffalo Wild Wings is offering up what I like to call "lockout wings." Or, what you might call "free wings if the lockout ends before July 20." (Which, coincidentally, is what BW3's is calling them.) To be eligible for six free wings in the event of the lockout ending, cruise on over to their Facebook page and like their petition to end the lockout. If the lockout ends before July 20, everyone who does so will get some free grub. The fascinating thing here, for me, isn't that I might get six wings. It's how much freaking money places like BW3 stand to lose come September if there's no football on for fans to come in and watch. So, yeah, it's probably worth whatever they have to give up in Jamaican Jerk.

Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?

Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 11:53 pm

Roddy White sounds off on Twitter again

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ali White, the 21-year-old cousin of Roddy White, was arrested on armed robbery over the weekend. We wouldn’t report the story except that the Atlanta Journal Constitution did and Roddy was furious about it.
R. White (US Presswire)
The Falcons receiver tweeted, “Can the atlanta journal constitution not call my phone anymore about stuff tht has nothing to do with me if its not football related don't call my #!@%*# phone. Better yet don't even associate me with criminal activities I aint done nothing u f****** a*******.”

The AJC noted that four years ago, Ali White was troubled and moved from Charleston, SC to Georgia to live with Roddy. They no longer live together. And if Ali is found guilty, they won’t be living together again anytime soon. According to the AJC, “Police say four men in ski masks -- one carrying a baseball bat, another carrying a handgun -- barged into the basement of a home on May 2 while a woman and her boyfriend were relaxing and playing a video game…One intruder struck the woman, while another pistol-whipped the man, causing him lacerations.”

To be clear, Roddy White had nothing to do with this. But he might learn a lesson here. White was angry that the AJC tied his name to the story. Still, it was a story confined almost strictly to the Atlanta area. By taking his anger to Twitter, White put the story in front of the entire nation.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Hot Routes 5.23.11: Brady, Gisele frolic poolside

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • You think Tom Brady spent his weekend sweating the Rapture? Hell no he did not. So what did he do? He spent his weekend at a resort in Mexico, frolicking around a pool on a waterslide with his mildly attractive soulmate, Gisele. Yes, there are pictures. And yes, it's entirely possible to enjoy the lockout without actually SAYING SO. 

Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2011 3:48 pm

Roddy White's jerseys being held hostage

Posted by Andy Benoit

Roddy White is caught up in a situation that involves arrests warrants, ransoms and…hmm, guess we have to go with paperwork (sorry, couldn’t think of a third overly-sensational thing).

What’s the deal? White gave an Atlanta man two of his Falcon jerseys plus his Pro Bowl jersey from this past season. The man was supposed to frame each jersey at the cost of $400. Instead, the man is holding the items and demanding that White pay $10,000 for their return (no word on whether the demand specifies that the $10,000 be in cash).

If you think the man’s plan sounds like one of the dumbest, most ill-thought out you’ve ever heard, there’s a twist: when contacted by Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News, the man claimed that he has performed several odd jobs for White in the past, and that White owes him $10,000.

A judge will hold a hearing next week to decide whether an arrest warrant will be issued for the jersey holder.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Hot Routes 4.22.11: Sand-bagging special

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In case you missed the CBSSports.com draft chat with Andy Benoit, Will Brinson, Rob Rang and Mike Freeman (with a cameo appearance by yours truly), you’re in luck. Click the link for the archived version.
  • Read this story from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez about the potential of players sand-bagging their baseline concussion tests. It’s scary, and I’m sure it will happen.
  • All Falcons WR Roddy White wanted was some of his jerseys framed. Now, he’s asking for an arrest warrant to be taken out on the person who, according to White, is demanding $10,000 for the jerseys to be returned. Apparently, the two originally had agreed on a $400 fee for each jersey to be framed.
  • Former Ravens coach Brian Billick on why it’s so hard to get that first-round quarterback pick right. Money line: “I am living proof that if you miss on a first-round quarterback, as I did with Kyle Boller, you end up broadcasting games and writing about the NFL instead of coaching.”
  • Boomer Esiason sympathizes with any future Bengals QB. Said Esiason: "I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals. I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris (Collinsworth) and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."
  • Lynn Chandis, who starred on Steelers teams in the 1950s and is second only to Gayle Sayers for career kickoff return average, died at the age of 86.
  • Positive news story of the day! Falcons owner Arthur Blank has donated $3 million to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nice gift.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:05 pm

Roddy White, for some reason, rips Alex Smith

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the last four yearsR. White (US Presswire), Roddy White might be the most improved wide receiver in all of football. Once a bust, the former first-round pick has blossomed into Atlanta’s most dynamic weapon, racking up over 80 catches and 1,150-yards-plus in each of the past four seasons.

But in the NFL, no amount of success gives a player a free pass to take a random shot at one of his peers. That’s an unwritten rule throughout the league.

Thus, it’s bizarre that White would send out this tweet on Friday afternoon: “Why is the 49ers wasting their time with Alex Smith they need to move on better yet try to get luck next year would be good for them”

Though the Falcons have played the Niners each of the past two seasons, there’s no ostensible rivalry between the wideout and the quarterback. The best guess to explain White’s criticism is that thisis a case of a man forgetting that he’s a professional football player first and a fan of professional football second.

This is not the first time White has caused a stir via Twitter. This past season, before the Falcons’ Monday night game at the Saints, White trash-tweeted New Orleans, saying, "The grace of god gave them tht championship so tht city wouldn fall apart now and now they think they hot [obscenity].”

On that one, he later apologized for taking things too far.

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