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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: June 9, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a tough few weeks for Ohio State football. Head coach Jim Tressel resigned amid allegations of wrongdoing, and shortly thereafter quarterback Terrelle Pryor left school, presumably to avoid further NCAA sanctions.

It wasn't long after Tressel's departure that we started hearing he could coach again, maybe even in the NFL. Pryor, on the other hand, doesn't appear to have many professional options. At least ones that include making a living playing football.

It's unclear what Pryor's next move will be, but the NFL's supplemental draft is one possibility. The allure of millions is tempting, but here's to hoping someone in Pryor's camp is living in reality. Because if the early reports are any indication, Pryor's not considered much of a quarterback prospect, and at least one NFL front-office type had doubts about Pryor's character.

“We spent a lot of time this year going through Cam Newton (notes) and Ryan Mallett’s (notes) personality,” an NFC general manager told Yahoo.com's Jason Cole. “I haven’t done all my homework on Pryor yet, but my initial impression is that if you line all three of them up and just talked about trust and reliability, Pryor is dead last. Like not-even-out-of-the-starting-gate last. And it’s probably only going to get worse.”.

Doesn't leave much room for interpretation. Ryan Mallet was once considered a first-round talent but the dreaded "off-the-field concerns" saw him plummet to Round 3 before Bill Belichick and the Patriots took a flyer on him.

An NFL coach echoed many of the same worries. “The more you read about this guy with the cars and the tattoos and money and all that other stuff … Look, we all know how the college game works and what those [coaches] have to deal with, but this kid sounds like he didn’t give a damn about anybody. He was just there for himself. He didn’t even try to hide it. He flaunted it. If you’re like that, it’s hard to be a quarterback.”

There are a lot of places on an NFL team that you can hide character flaws and personality defects. Terrell Owens has made a handsome living despite his notoriously divisive locker room presence. Antonio Cromartie has at least nine kids by eight women, and isn't much on tackling, but he played without incident for the Jets last year.

Teams don't have such luxuries at quarterback. It's the one position you can ill-afford to have a mental case -- or worse: a flake. And we haven't even gotten into Pryor's physical shortcomings as a quarterback. “I’ve viewed him as a wide receiver prospect more than a quarterback prospect,” ESPN's Todd McShay said on a conference call. “I think he’s so far off in terms of decision-making, being comfortable in the pocket, being able to go through the progression reads, with his mechanics and consistent accuracy from where you need to be as a quarterback." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper thinks Pryor's path to the NFL is as a tight end.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow faced similar questions about his ability when he was at Florida. The difference: his character was unimpeachable and his leadership skills were indisputable.

Still, Pryor has alternatives to the supplemental draft, which is currently on hold because of the labor situation. As CBSSports.com's Josh Katzowitz wrote Tuesday, Pryor could transfer to another FBS school and have to sit out a year, transfer to an FCS (or lower) school and play immediately, or hone his talents in the CFL or UFL.

But unless Pryor undergoes a complete transformation -- both between the ears and in terms of physical talents -- his NFL future looks decidedly dim.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Rosenhaus won't repeat TO mistake with DeSean

Posted by Will Brinson



Way back in 2005, Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles had a nasty little divorce. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was at the center of the feud, made things quite public and didn't really garner a whole lot of popularity in the Philly area.

He's not going to make the same mistake this time, however, when he negotiates a new contract for Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson.

"One of the things I realized with the Eagles is that there’s an approach that works with them and an approach that doesn’t work," Rosenhaus told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk. "And the approach that doesn’t work is to try and strongarm them and allow it to become public and take them on."

Look, Rosenhaus hasn't become rich and famous without being smart about stuff like contract negotiation.

And there's a reason why Jackson, despite not loving his current contract situation, has been pretty quiet about any possible disagreement he has with the Eagles waiting to give him some more money.

That reason is likely Rosenhaus' experience with the Eagles front office when he was negotiating Owens' deal, and it's also why you shouldn't expect any heavy griping or grumbling coming from Jackson's corner any time soon.

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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: April 19, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Cincinnati Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit



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After the Bengals fell behind the eight-ball with a devastating turnover-infused loss to the Bucs in Week 5, they went into their bye a lowly 2-3 and searching the depths of their character for answers.

Problem was, the depths of their character included the collective souls of Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Tank Johnson, Cedric Benson, Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, Carlos Dunlap, Frostee Rucker, Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall and whatever other players on the roster who, at one point or another, have raised the red character flag.

None of these guys were individually heinous in 2010 (save for Owens), but collectively, they created a staggering void in the leadership department.




Offensive scheme

Bob Bratkowski is out as offensive coordinator, and deservedly so. In terms of complexity and sophistication, the Bengals’ system in 2010 was comparable to that of a really sophisticated Pop Warner team’s.

The receivers’ route combinations rarely worked off one another, making them easy to defend. The play-action game was non-existent, which was fitting because the run game was an afterthought.

Which brings us to the change: more power runs under new coordinator Jay Gruden. Expect Cedric Benson to re-sign and get about 25 carries a game. Not only is he best suited to be a bell cow, but the Bengals powerful but heavy-footed offensive line is best suited to play downhill, rather than in the frequent drop steps of pass protection.




1. Quarterback
Carson Palmer insists he’s retiring if the team doesn’t trade him. Owner Mike Brown may be great at playing hardball, but it would take a hardhead to keep Palmer around at this point. Besides, Palmer’s skills have declined (though not as much as you’d probably guess) and he clearly doesn’t trust his offensive line or receivers.

2. Pass Rusher
This need is almost as glaring as the potential need at quarterback. Antwan Odom has not been the same since injuring his Achilles. Robert Geathers was never the same after blowing out his knee. (Unfortunately for the front office, both players were inked to long-term deals before their injuries.) Athletic ex-Gator Carlos Dunlap earned some high marks as a second-round rookie last season, but equally as prominent were his low marks.

3. Interior Offensive Lineman
Right guard Bobbie Williams is aging. Left guard Nate Livings is the definition of average. Or maybe center Kyle Cook is. Whatever; the Bengals need more athleticism inside up front.




A healthy goal for the Bengals would be to regain respect. Self respect, that is. Individually, the Bengals are more athletically gifted than a lot of teams.

But their athletes have not lived up to potential or played well together. Ushering in a new wave of leadership would plant some positive seeds moving forward.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:35 pm
 

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Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Terrell Owens rips Bengals coaching staff

Posted by Andy Benoit

From the “some guys just don't get it” file, Terrell Owens recently appeared on NFL Total Access and had some very blunt thoughts about the Bengals’ problems in 2010.

“I think if you look at the talent we had in that loT. Owens (US Presswire)cker room this year and we mustered four wins, that should let you know something is not right,” Owens said. “Throughout the year, I saw some things that really wasn’t right.

“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down. (Warren Sapp) mentioned Mike Brown; I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball. … Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”

Bam.

To be clear, what Owens is saying is absolutely correct. Week in and week out last season, the Bengals offense presented one of the most basic and predictable attacks football has to offer. There’s a reason offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was recently let go.

But if you’re Owens, why would you say this publicly? What good does trashing your previous coaching staff do in terms of helping you get signed as a free agent? Why do you think all 32 teams let you stay on the market for months and months last year? Think these type of comments might ultimately impact your earning power?

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:46 am
 

Carson Palmer's unhappiness a 'one-way street'?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carson Palmer dissatisfaction issue in Cincinnati is an odd one -- the Bengals won't trade their "franchise" quarterback, even though he wasn't very good in 2010. And Palmer, even though the Bengals inexplicably love him, wants out.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has some interesting info in his Sunday Blitz though, especially the fact that he hears the apathy in Cincy is a "one-way street." (Running east from Palmer to Brown.)

Reportedly, the team is "taking Palmer off the hook" for his shoddy performance last year and pinning his lack of success on the people that surrounded the quarterback offensively. Pompei writes that the team will "try to rectify the situation by making sure the locker room understands Palmer is the only leader."

Now, without pointing fingers, um, "Terrell Owens." It's also possible that the Bengals could dump Chad Ochocinco, although it might be difficult to put him in the "best situation" with just youngsters Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham serving as receiving options.

Bottom line is this: the Bengals truly believe that Palmer hasn't lost a step performance-wise (arm strength, etc.) and is capable of returning to Pro Bowl form in 2011.

Well, either that or they're doing a hell of a job trying to prop him up as a desirable trade asset for someone like the Vikings or Redskins once the labor situation is sorted out.

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