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Report of four-game Holmes suspension is confirmed

On Saturday morning, I took a break from my normal routine of writing up a string of three-to-five-paragraphs blurbs and hitting “enter” to devote two-plus hours to working the phones regarding some information I’d obtained on Friday.

For the first time in league history, a Super Bowl MVP is facing a suspension.

Ultimately, we got to the point where we were 100 percent comfortable reporting that former Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes had been suspended by the league, and that the matter was pending within the NFL’s internal appeals process.

Though the various Pittsburgh television stations and other blogs picked it up, it was largely ignored until Holmes was traded to the Jets for that well-traveled cold turkey sandwich with wilted lettuce.

Now, Adam Schefter of ESPN has confirmed the report, and he has expressly given us credit for breaking the news, prompting the rest of the ESPN machine (as far as we can tell) to do the same.

Bottom line?  If the appeal fails, Holmes is one bad Friday night away from a one-year suspension.  By handing him to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, the Steelers apparently are betting that Holmes won’t be able to avoid a full season on the sidelines.

So now we can celebrate.  Time to “wake n bake.”  Some cinnamon rolls.

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27 Responses to “Report of four-game Holmes suspension is confirmed”
  1. irishgary says: Apr 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    Jets are trying to become the Bengals of the NFL. Great receivers…..if they stay out of jail.

  2. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Apr 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    “For the first time in league history, a Super Bowl MVP is facing a suspension.”
    - Sensationalist, Mike Florio

  3. lexnbenz says: Apr 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    holmes = time bomb. holmes is a decent wr, but ben made him look like a star. good luck resigning him to anything less than top wr money at the end of the year jets.

  4. jbruder02 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    Nice work on this one. Congrats.

  5. funi says: Apr 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    Nice work on breaking this 4 game suspension. Holmes will be suspended for 1 year shortly has he will get caught smoking the wacky weed or in trouble in a New York club!

  6. superbowl says: Apr 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    so the great period of peace between NBC sports and ESPN will be ushered in by none other than little Mike Florio

  7. theReapercalls says: Apr 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    Santonio isnt worth a lick…except the lick used to seal the zig zag when your done rolling it

  8. allday28 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    no surprise there, just wonder how soon he will get into trouble again. He is now in one of the worst cities to be a “good boy”

  9. StephB says: Apr 12, 2010 10:25 AM

    and pacman number is being born right in front of our very eyes, next?last stop “the bad boys of the East” New York Jets

  10. nflisking says: Apr 12, 2010 10:26 AM

    Throw this bum out of the league!
    If he couldn’t catch a football he’d be flipping burgers in some grease shack, until he gets fired for a on-the-job incident.

  11. Get A Job says: Apr 12, 2010 10:26 AM

    mmm cinnamon rolls… that’s the good stuff.

  12. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 12, 2010 10:33 AM

    Wake and catch Super Bowl winning TD?
    Wake and Bake?
    Not a lot of difference between the two. So long Santonio – we hardly knew ye.
    And to think – Holmes is STILL the only Super Bowl MVP to hail from Ohio State.

  13. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 12, 2010 10:34 AM

    Well, dummy, the reason Adam gave you the credit is that the cause of suspension is still just speculation – so Adam wisely names his source so ppl won’t think he is stating a FACT. PFT is synonomous with RUMOR.

  14. lexnbenz says: Apr 12, 2010 10:44 AM

    santonio is a joke…that catch didnt change anything

  15. eljay2 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:49 AM

    Jets seem to be starting a TURD collection.
    Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t…………………..

  16. Dixon29 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:53 AM

    I hate Ohio State, but to attempt to ridicule them for only having one Super Bowl MVP is ludicrous. Count how many Super Bowls have been played, then check just how many FBS schools there are, and you will see it is actually a big deal just to have one.
    Colleges like Michigan, Stanford, Alabama, Purdue, Miami, Florida State, and Georgia have more than one.

  17. Xenu_D_Alien says: Apr 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    It’s better to be a burnout than fade away…

  18. Cleric John Preston says: Apr 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    FreeAgentPro:
    Please go away. If you don’t like a blog about rumors, then why are you reading the rumor mill of PFT?
    And why hate on the fact that Florio and Co. broke a story way before ESPN? Isn’t that the point of this blog?
    I mean, why are you here? Go read ESPN and Schefter if all you want is supposed fact. And I say supposed, because Schefter and Clayton give their opinions all the time.

  19. SATAN567 says: Apr 12, 2010 11:05 AM

    Congrats on breaking the story, Florio.
    But, what the hell are you doing busting your ass on a Saturday morning on this story? Your family and friends must think you are a tool. Take a vacation.

  20. ZombieRevolution says: Apr 12, 2010 11:12 AM

    “Though the various Pittsburgh television stations and other blogs picked it up…”
    “Now, Adam Schefter of ESPN has confirmed the report, and he has expressly given us credit for breaking the news”
    Of course it was news that originated from other sources, but PFT “broke it”, and Schefter being less of a tabloid news style reported “fixed it”.

  21. TimTheEnchanter says: Apr 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    League should schedule Bengals, Browns and Ravens vs. Jets in first 4 weeks; Steelers vs. Jets after that.

  22. TimTheEnchanter says: Apr 12, 2010 11:17 AM

    Do we know: Is this a result of a failed test, or did his “Wake ‘n’ Bake” comment get him flagged for the behavior part of the rules?

  23. JoeSixPack says: Apr 12, 2010 11:28 AM

    Jets fans must be feeling a little bit queasy this morning… every year they and the Redskins contend for the “Best NFL Upgrades on Paper” Award.
    Every year they both fall FAR short of the Super Bowl.
    Picking up LT and Holmes must have them feeling like this is Groundhog’s Day with the same outcome looming once again. I’m more than happy to give them the award for most improved team on paper – knowing that no games are played on paper.
    But overall I don’t think this is a bad trade… they’ve rented a talented player, and a turd of a person, for 12 regular season games in return for a 5th round pick. Given his 4 game suspension, off-field issues and expiring contract I’d say the Steelers did ok.
    Although I don’t see Holmes assaulting Jet players the way he did the mother of his children, his “wake and bake” work ethic could have a negative impact in the locker room – but seeing as he’s entering a contract year he’ll probably be well behaved.

  24. Bucfs says: Apr 12, 2010 11:59 AM

    While at college at UCF, I spoke with a highschool friend of Santonio and claimed that he was very enthusiastic about smoking and selling it.
    And I bet you Florio has waked and baked before. And if he hasn’t, you bet your ass junior does.
    Florio Jr = Pot Head

  25. ffking_27 says: Apr 12, 2010 12:49 PM

    Hey FreeAgentPro:
    We are really lucky to have you. Way to point out that the “Latest News and Rumors” category contains “rumors.” What’s next, you’re going to tell us that this site is also about “football.”
    You are about as useful as the morons that log onto the site, read the article, and then comment “who cares?”

  26. bonecity7 says: Apr 12, 2010 1:26 PM

    superbowl says:
    April 12, 2010 10:23 AM
    so the great period of peace between NBC sports and ESPN will be ushered in by none other than little Mike Florio
    Florio plays the Frodo Baggins role, while Schefter is Samwise Gamgee!!

  27. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 1:41 PM

    I don’t really see the significance of the MVP part. Larry Brown was a Super Bowl MVP who shortly thereafter wound up without a team. David Tyree may not have been the MVP but he was the hero of XLII–where is he now? Holmes was just one of three players on the field that night who all had good claims on being MVP. And if his Lebron James improv had been seen by the refs, he could have just as easily wound up being the goat of that game. If I’d had to vote for the MVP that night, it would have been Harrison.

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