8 items from 2014
One year after Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend before turning a gun on himself at his football team's training facility, his family believes they may have answers in the horrific, violent murder-suicide. An autopsy of the former NFL star's brain showed signs of a degenerative brain disease known as Cte, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a report from Dr. Piotr Kozlowski, dean of research and professor of pathology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City, obtained by Espn's Outside the Lines. According to experts who study Cte, the disease is progressive »
- Michael Miller
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. In recent years, dogfighting and taking steroids for the purpose of setting the all-time record for home runs have been widely held as the greatest sins an athlete could commit against God and country. But in recent weeks, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Jonathan Dwyer have reminded us that there is no greater transgression than to harm a woman or child. To my knowledge, Roger Goodell has never hit a woman or a child. Yet the NFL commissioner, because of his power
- Alan Grant
With more horrifying domestic abuse reports connected to NFL players rolling in last week, commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference on Friday, attempting to set the record straight regarding the league's plans for handling the issue. Instead, as John Oliver pointed out on Sunday's installment of Last Week Tonight, Goodell mostly side-stepped their true course of action by using generic rhetoric and non-specific details.
In the above clip, Oliver shows a montage of moments from the press conference, during which Goodell filled 45 minutes with comments like "These incidents demonstrate »
The bad news just keeps rolling in during what sports insiders are calling the “NFL's worst week (now month) ever,” but there may be a light at the end of this troubling domestic abuse-plagued tunnel. First there was the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. Then Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy were put on their team's exempt lists as of Wednesday, and most recently Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence. But the NFL and the teams involved “will prevail, they will learn from this,” crisis management expert and CEO Centurion Michael Bilello told TheWrap. »
- Debbie Emery
One day after NFL player Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges, law enforcement officials released new details about the alleged crime. In a police report released Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals running back was accused of head-butting his 27-year-old wife and breaking her nose after she refused to have sex with him. Authorities say he punched her in the face the next day. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, according to police. The arrest makes Dwyer, 25, the fourth NFL player to be embroiled in a domestic abuse scandal following disturbing. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she rejected his sexual advances and the next day he attacked her and his son, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press and posted online by The Arizona Republic. Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. Dwyer’s case will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, the league has said. Dwyer is the latest NFL player to be charged with domestic violence as the league faces scrutiny over its handling of similar cases involving
- Hilary Lewis
The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations against backup running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon. By evening, citing "the serious nature of these allegations," the team had deactivated Dwyer from all team activities. The quick reaction came with the backdrop of intense criticism of the NFL's handling of a spate of such cases. Dwyer, led to the jail in handcuffs on Wednesday, was charged with three counts, including "aggravated assault causing a fracture" involving the unidentified 27-year-old victim. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant of Dwyer's residence in pursuit of more evidence. »
- Associated Press
Rashard Mendenhall, the NFL running back who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season, has decided to walk away from the league for good at the age of 26.
Rashard Mendenhall Retires
Mendenhall’s retirement had been rumored for the last couple of months, but the athlete hadn’t confirmed the news until Sunday night when he linked to an essay he wrote for the Huffington Post on Twitter.
I haven't said it until now, but the rumors are true. In my own words "Why I Retired At 26" http://t.co/2mGc1X0As2
— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) March 9, 2014
Within his essay, titled “Why I Retired At 26,” Mendenhall drives home the point that there’s more to life – more to his life – than the game of football. Furthermore, the sport he fell in love with became something both more and less than what it had always been. Being a professional athlete, »
8 items from 2014
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