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Deion's comments sparked tampering allegations

For those of you who have been following PFT for at least the past few weeks (and for those of you who haven’t, shame on you . . . and welcome), it’s no surprise to learn that the comments of Deion Sanders on NFL Network triggered the 49ers charge of tampering against the Jets.

Sanders said during an appearance on September 4 that two teams were willing to pay Crabtree $40 million, even though the 49ers were offering only $20 million.  We then argued that the 49ers should insist on a tampering investigation — and that the 49ers should demand that the league office interrogate Sanders, who technically is a league employee, regarding what he knows and how he knows it.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Monday night that, indeed, Sanders’ comments sparked the tampering charge.  But while Mort explained that such cases are hard to prove, the Niners should still insist on Sanders being required to cooperate in full, or else.

Meanwhile, we don’t put much stock in the fact that Captain Lou Albano (a/k/a Jets coach Rex Ryan) has denied the charges.  For starters, what the hell else would he say?  “Sorry, you caught us”?  Also, our guess is that, if G.M. Mike Tannenbaum talked to agent Eugene Parker about signing Crabtree, Tannenbaum probably didn’t share that information with a man who thinks the phrase “exercising discretion” refers to something that happens in the bathroom.

But we did get a kick out of Ryan’s predictable response to the complaint from the Niners; Ryan told Mike & Mike In The Morning that he wishes the Jets played the 49ers this year.
 
In reality, there’s a bigger fight going on between the two franchises, and there’s a chance that the Jets will lose something other than a game.

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49 Responses to “Deion's comments sparked tampering allegations”
  1. Westbasco says: Sep 21, 2009 8:40 PM

    What would be the repercussions?

  2. jrd8523 says: Sep 21, 2009 8:44 PM

    The Jets have already shown that they have little regard for the rules and proper procedure. Considering how vocal they were about shopping for a WR do people really think they did not consider Crabtree?
    “Ryan told Mike & Mike In The Morning that he wishes the Jets played the 49ers this year.”
    Would be more interesting to see Rex Ryan in the same room with Mike Singletary. Ryan has a great tough guy act to the media, somehow I think it might get toned down a bit with a Singletary. Singletary bulldozed tougher guys then Ryan on a daily basis in his 10 pro bowl seasons with the bears. Only thing Ryan dominates is a restaurant menu.

  3. Calir says: Sep 21, 2009 8:48 PM

    Crabtree really needs to get a professional baby sitter like Tony Dungy to help him get out of this situation. Apparently Dungy is a miracle worker for bad situations….sort of like “The Wolf” in Pulp Fiction. His current crew is just making things worse.

  4. bigfog says: Sep 21, 2009 8:51 PM

    Maybe this will prompt Deion to think before he speaks…wait a minute, this is Deion Sanders. So yeah, not likely.

  5. NinerNation says: Sep 21, 2009 8:54 PM

    They better lose their first rounder for this crap. If Goodell can hose the Niners over a BS charge by the Bears, he’d better really make the Jets pay for that. I want to know who the ‘second’ team is too. It’s ridiculous that other teams are trying to STEAL draft picks! If Goodell doesn’t come down hard, he should be replaced immediately, this is BULL SHIT!

  6. smilergrogan says: Sep 21, 2009 8:58 PM

    Mike: as i noted last week, ryan is anything but a buffoon, and plays the gomer with a purpose. as a gomer from west virginny yerself i would have thought you better than to play the hillbilly card.
    guess a high paid internet flack has to pick all the low hanging fruit…
    keep funnin good ol’ rex, son. he’s a better coach and a smarter guy than you think.

  7. oldschool says: Sep 21, 2009 8:58 PM

    Rex Ryan has a “dicky do” that is his belly sticks out further than his “dicky do”

  8. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 21, 2009 9:04 PM

    If the Jets are stupid enough to give Craptree $40 million, that should be punishment enough

  9. Calir says: Sep 21, 2009 9:05 PM

    I said bad people, not bad situations. Dungy is a solid babysitter for bad people like Vick.

  10. Renoedge says: Sep 21, 2009 9:07 PM

    The Jets should lose a 1st or 2nd round pick to the Niners. So should the second team who contacted the agent. Deion should lose his job…what a walking conflict of interest that ahole has turned out to be! However…I have a feeling that somehow the east coast powers that be will figure out a way to screw the Niners and sweep this away….I heard Goodell say as much on his opening week chat. What BS!

  11. Bigbluefan says: Sep 21, 2009 9:09 PM

    Niners Nation
    Do not get your panties in a knot
    You won two games in the NFC Worst dont be buying your tickets to Fla in Feb yet
    I would like to see Mike S go head to head with Rex my moneys on Mike
    The only issue the 49ers have is the toughest guy on the team is the head coach

  12. FiveFiveNine says: Sep 21, 2009 9:24 PM

    “…the 49ers should demand that the league office interrogate Sanders, who technically is a league employee, regarding what he knows and how he knows it.”
    The NFL pays guys like Deion for their insight and analysis. The league should let them operate without fear of having to give up sources, otherwise those sources will stop giving information and quality of NFL Network programming will suffer as a result.

  13. Renoedge says: Sep 21, 2009 9:25 PM

    Jets should have to give thier 1st or 2nd round pick to the Niners. So should the other team that allegedly tampered. Deion should lose his job….guy is a walking conflict of interest as well as a self centered jerk. Let’s just hope the East Coast bias doesn’t rear it’s ugly head and the Niners don’t get the short end of the stick!

  14. slipkid says: Sep 21, 2009 9:30 PM

    hell yes it’s tampering. fire the clown in a pimp suit.

  15. Ken1313 says: Sep 21, 2009 9:33 PM

    # NinerNation says: September 21, 2009 8:54 PM
    They better lose their first rounder for this crap. If Goodell can hose the Niners over a BS charge by the Bears, he’d better really make the Jets pay for that. I want to know who the ‘second’ team is too. It’s ridiculous that other teams are trying to STEAL draft picks! If Goodell doesn’t come down hard, he should be replaced immediately, this is BULL SHIT!
    ———————————————–
    Do not forget the Jets were also found guilty of tampering with Deion Branch a couple years ago
    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2006/09/12/patriots_trade_branch_to_seahawks_and_file_tampering_charge_against_jets/

  16. Sportygal says: Sep 21, 2009 9:40 PM

    I hope Deion has to cooperate. I remember watching the interview where he made these comments about Crabtree. He is so arrogant.

  17. julyeast says: Sep 21, 2009 9:53 PM

    This site is a shill for Boston – go mourn another Kennedy losers

  18. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Sep 21, 2009 10:09 PM

    “Ryan told Mike & Mike In The Morning that he wishes the Jets played the 49ers this year.”
    Right, because if you play head to head this year, that means that you didnt break the rules and talk to Crabtree….. What a tool bag
    *side note, if Kris Jenkins and rex Ryan had a face to face discussion, they would need to talk to each other with cell phones, because those are two of the biggest bellies this earth has ever seen
    *side note 2, only girls spell Kris with a K…..

  19. jrd8523 says: Sep 21, 2009 10:18 PM

    “I would like to see Mike S go head to head with Rex my moneys on Mike . The only issue the 49ers have is the toughest guy on the team is the head coach”
    Yeah. Its not like they have physical players like Patrick Willis, Michael Lewis, Justin Smith, Nate Clements, Takeo Spikes.
    The 49ers have been building a team of physically tough players for years, what are you talking about….

  20. stanjam says: Sep 21, 2009 10:32 PM

    I highly doubt that Goodell would come down on the Jets. Sure, he made a token punishment earlier this year because he was backed into a corner. However over the past 10-15 years the Jets have been accused of many wrongdoings. Taping coaching signals, several tampering allegations which were barely investigated, underhanded deals and cheating allegations. There have also been many player complaints about deals not being honored, and the team making many verbal promises they never had any intention of keeping, all with little to no investigation by Goodell. Keep in mind, Goodell used to work for the Jets, and he likely credits them as having a lot to do with his rise to power. He has also shown repeatedly that he will come down heavily on one person or team while doing next to nothing to another. He talks about coming down tough on player misconduct, and came down hard on some little known players, while letting well known players with proven criminal histories skate with little to no repercussion.
    So the likelihood that the Jets would be finally properly chastised for their long history of cheating is slim. They SHOULD get a punishment equal to, or greater than the Patriots suffered for their infraction. The league admitted, as well as many coaches, that the infractions by the Patriots gave them little, if any, advantage on the field. This is different. The Jets have allegedly done something that assuredly affects the 49ers, whether or not Crabtree ever signs. Their attempts to lure Crabtree to them, essentially stealing the first round pick of the 49ers, would surely have an effect on the field. If they are found to have done this, nothing short of losing at least a first round pick (preferably awarding it to the 49ers) would be fair.

  21. downsouth49er says: Sep 21, 2009 10:40 PM

    Bigbluefan says:
    September 21, 2009 9:09 PM
    “Niners Nation
    Do not get your panties in a knot
    You won two games in the NFC Worst dont be buying your tickets to Fla in Feb yet”
    where in that comment did he mention anything about this season or our games or record? You wanted so bad to take a cheap shot at the 49ers that you took things way out of context.
    You guys beat the skins(struggled by the way), and beat a always overrated cowboys team, WOWWW…book your tickets to the bowl

  22. FastEddy415 says: Sep 21, 2009 10:42 PM

    Didnt the 49ers punched the Jesters in the mouth not long ago.. Believe me RYAN you wouldnt want to face a much improved squad from last year.
    Funny how the haters wanna keep on hating. PHYSICAL is what the whole team is about ask the seahawk QB with a broken rib.
    I could care less about crabtree.

  23. scrapdawg12 says: Sep 21, 2009 10:48 PM

    Who listens to Deion anyways? I wish the darn guy wouldn’t be on TV. Same goes for Michael Irvin. They are not role models and if Crabtree is taking advice from Deion Sanders, I surely wouldn’t want the guy on my team. Deion is nothing but a trouble maker. The 49ers are better off without Crabtree and to be honest the NFL should give them a compensatory pick at 33 and I hope Crabtree doesn’t get drafted till the 2nd round at least. Only team that might take him in the 1st round is Oakland.

  24. Renoedge says: Sep 21, 2009 11:20 PM

    From what I’ve deduced from these charges and the League’s position is this investigation will not be transparent. This in itself creates a problem especially if Goodell was a former Jets employee who may not be completely neutral. This might be an indication that there needs to be some sort of judicial department in the NFL comprised of a representative of each division with any affected division being excluded from an investigation that affects teams from their division (in this case the reps from the NFC West and AFC East would be excluded). If Goodell takes no action against the Jets all H E Double toothpicks should break loose….and he’ll deserve it!

  25. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 21, 2009 11:41 PM

    “julyeast says:
    September 21, 2009 9:53 PM
    This site is a shill for Boston – go mourn another Kennedy losers”
    Another classy genius. Jets fan no doubt.

  26. HarrisonHits says: Sep 21, 2009 11:52 PM

    “and that the 49ers should demand that the league office interrogate Sanders, who technically is a league employee, regarding what he knows and how he knows it.”
    Aren’t sportscasters at least technically journalists and therefore they aren’t required to reveal confidential sources ? And if the league were to fire him for not cooperating wouldn’t Sanders have a major lawsuit against them for improper termination ?
    From legalzoom.com -
    “Under the First Amendment, laws “abridging the freedom…of the press” are invalid. Most states also have their own laws in place which protect reporters from having to disclose their sources and, in certain cases, unpublished materials. Some states have even included “free press” provisions in their state constitutions.”
    Seems to me that Sanders has the law on his side if he doesn’t want to reveal his sources.
    That said, the Jets may have a tough time getting out of this one.

  27. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 21, 2009 11:59 PM

    I said bad people, not bad situations. Dungy is a solid babysitter for bad people like Vick.
    ————
    Babysitter left the liquor cabinet open.
    Dungy also jumped off that runaway train as it was leaving the station, which makes him smarter than I thought he was.

  28. leatherneck says: Sep 22, 2009 12:27 AM

    The 49ers have developed a secret strategy for hurting the Jets really, really bad. They’re going to let the Jets have Crabtree.

  29. billsfanaddict says: Sep 22, 2009 12:36 AM

    funny, i am absolutely not a fan of the jets ((if my name didnt kinda give that away i dont know what will)) but doing what the Redskins do the day before free agency beings every year… the bills seem to get one “too fast” signing regularly too… doesnt seem that bad to me
    Its not like illegally taping the Steelers in the AFC championship game then ((and this is somehow un-related according to MAssholes)) going on to magically dominate the second half after being stonewalled for 30min.
    With how Goodell seems to punish teams this should cost the jets $300k-ish in combined fines and maybe the loss of a 3rd.

  30. billsfanaddict says: Sep 22, 2009 12:40 AM

    …and when he finds out who the second team is he’ll burn the evidence for no apparent reason. Leaving them unpunished & unknown, especially if the other team is from the afc east.

  31. mrzazz41387 says: Sep 22, 2009 1:10 AM

    I am seeing reports that no one contacted Crabtree’s agent, and that Deion got this information 1st hand. This means no contact was made from any team to Crabtree or his agent. Great! Amazing! Now can we get back to football?

  32. 10mm says: Sep 22, 2009 1:54 AM

    I don’t think Mike would fight anyone man to man he has that thug-life gang persona.

  33. jackleary says: Sep 22, 2009 2:28 AM

    if there was another team with their hand in the Dollartree’s cookie jar, my money is on Dallas. the kid is from the dallas area, and i wouldnt put it past jerry “new al davis” jones to make a power play so a first rounder with hype around him could get paid too much to play for the cowboys and then in two years either caught up on a weapons charge or get stuck holding irvin’s crack pipe.

  34. mnmaverick says: Sep 22, 2009 2:29 AM

    Deion is phoney, great player, but phoney person. He’s not qualified to be a commentator.

  35. PARavensJeff says: Sep 22, 2009 2:54 AM

    Maybe Rex & Mike didn’t get along in Baltimore & now it’s coming out since they are both head coaches.

  36. LighTsouT says: Sep 22, 2009 3:49 AM

    Rams fan and I’ll be giving my input from a NEUTRAL point of view. Jets’ first round draft pick should definitely become the Niners. I’d be pissed if someone was being a blatant cheating fa.. err. However, I do think Deion NEEDS to be confronted and he should be forced to tell him who these two teams are. Someone above said he shouldn’t be because he’s giving up his sources, that’s completely ridiculous. He’s an employee of the league and he should definitely tell something that so badly hurts the league (because if the Jets are doing it to the 49′ers, which I think they are, who’s to say not every team will go ahead and start doing this in a week in and week out basis?). If nothing is done, this will be worse than the MLB not caring that the MLB players were blatantly roiding and cheating the game because there it was THE PLAYERS cheating, not the front office. The moral of the story? Rookie wage scale is needed. This wouldn’t be happening if that were in place.

  37. Zahar says: Sep 22, 2009 6:52 AM

    I really love the trolls on this site. Your lack of knowledge about football is only surpassed by your lack of knowledge, well, about almost everything else…
    All of these comments about the Jets being punished, let alone losing a first round pick for this are ridiculous. As of NOW, there is completely no evidence that the Jets did anything. Your basis for stripping a team of a first round pick is as follows: 1) Loudmouth Deion made an off the cuff and possibly unsubstantiated remark about TWO teams willing to offer more money to Crabtree; 2) the Jets had an apparent need for a receiver; and 3) the Jets expressed interest in other receivers on the market. If you think this is anywhere near conclusive you are on some serious drugs. If and when there is more evidence then perhaps there can be a discussion about punishment. Your comments reveal that you are either San Fran homers or bitter Pats fans trolling.
    I hope if anyone ever accuses you of a crime or some wrongdoing you are afforded the same opportunity to defend yourself as you think the Jets deserve.

  38. mrzazz41387 says: Sep 22, 2009 7:45 AM

    1st things is 1st, I am seeing reports that no one contacted Crabtree’s agent, and that Deion got this information 1st hand. This means no contact was made from any team to Crabtree or his agent. 2nd what would be the point of calling up his agent to tell him that they would be willing to pay what he wants. If the 49ers don’t sign him, he goes back into the draft, in which case, anyone can pick him up. It would have more to do with who has a good draft pick. It wouldn’t matter at all if they were willing to pay him what he wants. If the Jets wanted him this season, then they would want to talk to the 49ers, not his agent. I feel like no one uses logic anymore. It doesn’t make sense for the Jets to do any of what is being claimed. If anyone should be charged with tampering, it should be Deion Sanders.

  39. Quagmire says: Sep 22, 2009 8:13 AM

    It sounds more likely that the common agent for Crabtree & Sanders just made this up to try to get more$$ from the Niners?
    And, like the everything else he’s tried, it didn’t have the desired effect.
    Bad draft pick, bad agent…really bad announcer.

  40. Evan says: Sep 22, 2009 8:14 AM

    I agree with Zahar. Lets wait for some real facts to come out before we start delivering punishment. For all we know, Deion could have simply been assuming that there are two teams out there willing to pay Crabtree money based on their perceived need.
    Regardless, I’d say there’s a 90 percent chance that no one gets in trouble for this. I think the Niners are clearly upset with their situation and are looking for a scapegoat.

  41. Ike Huminspurts says: Sep 22, 2009 8:25 AM

    To the guy who referred to Deion and said that he deserved the freedom of the press, OK that is all fine and well but he also runs a camp in the offseason that was broadcast on TV and he made money off of..from the network and players I’m sure. It was called Prime U and featured a few NFL players now. Undoubtedly, Deion introduced Eugene Parker and Crabtree…just liked he introduced Jerry Rice and Crabtree when Rice was making a pitch for the Debartolo Group. Now if Deion got this information first-hand like someone else said and then informed Crabtree and Parker and then went on TV to say look at me and how smart, arrogant, and cool I am because I have inside information and Crabtree knows too. Then Deion at the very least can be looked at as mentor/advisor and this is tampering. Now having proof of all this is another thing from being able to prove it. The Jets will pay and then Ryan and all your little goombah fans can give the 49ers and thier fairy fans your first round pick.

  42. Tears_of_a_Favre says: Sep 22, 2009 8:56 AM

    “jrd8523 says:
    September 21, 2009 8:44 PM
    Only thing Ryan dominates is a restaurant menu.”
    ROFLMAO!

  43. Ike Huminspurts says: Sep 22, 2009 9:12 AM

    No club, nor any person employed by or otherwise affiliated with a club, is permitted to tamper with a player who is under contract to or whose exclusive negotiating rights are held by another club. …
    The following chain of events is enumerated here as one example of a violation of the policy against tampering with another club’s players:
    1. A club’s representative, or a third-party intermediary of that club (Club A), is involved in a private meeting or conversation with a player (or his representative) who is under contract to, or whose negotiating rights are held by, another club (Club B); and
    2. The League obtains substantiation that after or during the above contact with the player, Club A has stated, publicly or privately, its interest in obtaining his services (see ‘Public/Private Statements’ below); and
    3. Contract problems or other disputes subsequently arise between the player and Club B (for example, the player’s failure to report on time to Club B).
    In circumstances like those of the example above, tampering will be found even in the absence of a demonstrated cause-and-effect relationship between the player’s contract problems and his prior involvement with the other club. In other words, a club will not be able to defend a tampering charge in these circumstances by asserting that its private contact with a player (or the player’s representative) did not involve any expression of interest in the player or was not related in any way to the player’s subsequent contract problem with his club.
    this all courtesy of Mike Sando..ESPN.com…now tell me again how the someone hasn’t tampered..may or may not be the Jets but someone had the hand in the Crabtree jar

  44. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Sep 22, 2009 9:40 AM

    As a journalist, Deion does not have to reveal the source of his information either to the league or in a courtroom. So, Deion would be next to useless in regards to proving tampering charges.
    Furthermore, considering Deion is part of “team Crabtree” it is more than likely that he got his information from Crabtree himself (who might or might not have been telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth).

  45. justintime says: Sep 22, 2009 9:44 AM

    Not a Jets apologist by any means, but is the only shred of evidence here that Deion Sanders said so? In what universe is that meaningful?

  46. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Sep 22, 2009 12:34 PM

    # billsfanaddict says: September 22, 2009 12:36 AM
    funny, i am absolutely not a fan of the jets ((if my name didnt kinda give that away i dont know what will)) but doing what the Redskins do the day before free agency beings every year… the bills seem to get one “too fast” signing regularly too… doesnt seem that bad to me
    Its not like illegally taping the Steelers in the AFC championship game then ((and this is somehow un-related according to MAssholes)) going on to magically dominate the second half after being stonewalled for 30min.
    With how Goodell seems to punish teams this should cost the jets $300k-ish in combined fines and maybe the loss of a 3rd.
    +++++++++++++
    Bill’s fan, WTF are you talking about??????? Are you referring to the 2001 AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh, where NE had a 14-3 lead at the half, and then won 24-17. Because Pittsburgh appears to have won the second half of that game.
    Or maybe you mean 2005, when NE was leading 24-3 at halftime, and the final score was 41-27. Pittsburgh won the second half of that game as well. Which one of those games did NE “dominate” in such a way, that they gave up more second half points than they scored themselves.
    Sounds like NE dominated them, in the same way that Buffalo dominated the 4th quarter in week 1, LMFAO.
    Your hatred for NE has clouded your judgement.
    Just in case you got your teams wrong, in 2004 NE lead Indy 15-0 and the final was 24-14. I’ll do the math for you, Indy won the 2nd half of that game
    I know, you must be thinking of 2006, when NE lead Indy 21-6 at halftime, only to “dominate” the second half, and lose 38-34
    Nope, I have got it, you are talking about the 2007 game, where NE lead SD 14-9 at halftime, and won the game 21-12. That must be the game you mean, because that is the only AFC Championship game, out of the 5, where NE actually won the 2nd half of the game…… If anything, the tapes were hurting their second half performance, dont you think
    Dont take my word for it, look it up yourself:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Championship_Game

  47. footballrulz says: Sep 22, 2009 12:35 PM

    “…The NFL pays guys like Deion for their insight and analysis. The league should let them operate without fear of having to give up sources, otherwise those sources will stop giving information and quality of NFL Network programming will suffer as a result.
    _______________________________
    It’s one thing to have sources that cue you in on who’s hurt, who called who a pussy, who’s mad at who, who’s getting the start, etc. Total other thing when one gets on National TV and announces he has sources that say one or more teams are violating league rules. Now considering the source he could have made it all up just to have something to say on television but if it is true, he needs to be made to ‘fess up.

  48. smilergrogan says: Sep 22, 2009 4:38 PM

    Ike Hums: your legal logic is why lawyers go to college. if/when you are ever charged with a crime, you would be well served to have someone who knows something represent you, instead of acting as you own counsel.

  49. garaniman says: Sep 23, 2009 4:01 PM

    If Deon worked for CBS or NBC, that’s one thing. But he’s drawing a directly paycheck from the NFL; if he wants to hide behind freedom of the press, they can boot his freedom to the unemployment line.

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