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UFL's Nighthawks sign Maurice Clarett

For those of you who don’t know what a Nighthawk is, at least one member of the first installation of the team will look a lot like a jailbird.

We’re told that the UFL’s fifth franchise has agreed to terms with running back Maurice Clarett, a day after Clarett received a tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks. 

The one-year Ohio State star last played football in January 2003.  He was suspended by the Buckeyes for his sophomore season, and Clarett sued the NFL for the right to enter the 2004 draft.  Despite initial success, he eventually lost both the case and any remaining college eligibility.

In 2005, the Broncos picked Clarett with the last selection in round three of the draft.  He didn’t survive the preseason roster cuts.

On January 1, 2006, Clarett allegedly was involved in two separate armed robberies.  Later that year, a police chase ended with Clarett being Tasered and maced.  He spent more than three years in prison after striking a plea deal, and he was released earlier this year.

We’re told that Clarett is receiving no special privileges because of his name recognition, and that he has earned his spot on the team.  Either way, he’ll now have to compete on the field for the first time in years — and it’ll be interesting to see if he has anything left.

We wish him well.  He played a big role in the National Championship that the Buckeyes won, and he has paid his debt to society.  If Mike Vick can return in the NFL after a six-year lifestyle of torturing and killing dogs, Clarett deserves a shot to play football again, too.

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31 Responses to “UFL's Nighthawks sign Maurice Clarett”
  1. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 12:06 PM

    The Clarett era begins.

  2. sacdaddy says: Aug 30, 2010 12:08 PM

    Did they sign his bi-polar disorder and arsenal of weapons too?

  3. william sizemore says: Aug 30, 2010 12:10 PM

    I don’t think he will look like a jail bird, he paid the price and was release, guess when you went to law school they told you once a prisoner, forever a prisoner. Bill

  4. agenice says: Aug 30, 2010 12:15 PM

    That Miami/Ohio game was one of the best games I have ever watched.
    Next to the OU/Boise State game..

  5. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 12:18 PM

    Awesome shot at Vick. Great point.

  6. ZombieRevolution says: Aug 30, 2010 12:31 PM

    “We wish him well.” Of course the first line of the article says “For those of you who don’t know what a Nighthawk is, at least one member of the first installation of the team will look a lot like a jailbird.”
    So of course PFT wishes him well, but only in a back-handed manner and will quickly report if he has further troubles. And PFT will be unlikely to report much if he does turn his life around, because that is not as lurid and attention grabbing as problems are.
    PFT- loving the worst of the NFL since the day Florio started.

  7. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 12:37 PM

    @ DJ
    I am going to assume that they let your comment on here because of the education you are about to get handed to you by me and others like me. First of all you moron, The Tea Party has been around for like a year. Second you are obviously distorted on your history. If it wasn’t for republicans the civil rights act would never have been passed. It was filibustered by DEMOCRAT Senator Robert Byrd of W. Virginia. Senator Byrd was also a former Grand Dragon of the KKK. Again, in case you can’t read, he was a democrat. Dr. King was a lifelong republican who endorsed and supported Richard Nixan, a republican.
    Next can you please explain how anyone is to blame for Vick and Claretts behaviors? Did George W. secretly finance the interstate gambling ring? Did he smash some pups to the floor until they died? Did he then connect car batteries and throw the dogs into a pool to kill them? I will admit that some guys get a raw deal because of their skin color but it certainly isn’t common and definitely doesn’t apply to either of these instances. In fact by claiming it does spits in the face of real instances of racial profiling.
    You sir have been served. It’s been a pleasure.

  8. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 30, 2010 12:51 PM

    P.S. I’d like to see Clarett make the most of his opportunity. Good luck, Mo. Rooting for you.

  9. JoeSchmoe says: Aug 30, 2010 12:56 PM

    This is effing awesome!

  10. jimmySee says: Aug 30, 2010 12:59 PM

    Clarett had plenty of time to lift those weights to get in shape in the slammer.

  11. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 30, 2010 1:00 PM

    Since comments on this story have been retracted, will we see the Roethlisberger 5 game suspension post disappear since it seems the “source” fabricated the story to see who would report on it?

  12. Brothaman says: Aug 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    I don’t see the big deal in this. I live in Mississippi and he wouldn’t have even been arrested here for carrying multiple automatic weapons.

  13. grandavenue says: Aug 30, 2010 1:39 PM

    Good for him. I will cheer for him. If he can turn things around into another shot at the NFL, then thats great. A kid who made mistakes, can still have a shot if he does the work needed.

  14. Allied Biscuit says: Aug 30, 2010 1:44 PM

    you have got to be kidding me, Florio. this guy breaks the law repeatedly, is a convicted felon, and broke team rules, among others, and you wish him well?
    yet, a guy like albert haynesworth says he doesn’t want to be a 3-4 lineman, and you say he is human trash.
    you would be the easiest person to defeat in an argument/debate.

  15. azredbird4 says: Aug 30, 2010 1:46 PM

    lil flo…wish him well?…calling him a jailbird….a bit of advice, steer clear of omaha, stay behind your keyboard

  16. Hail 2 Dan Snyder says: Aug 30, 2010 1:54 PM

    Everyone deserves a second chance

  17. BOBSAGETTTT says: Aug 30, 2010 1:55 PM

    The MVP of that National Title for Ohio State was the referee for blowing the game. Not only is Clarett a suck eye but he is also a criminal… That said I hope he sucks it up in the UFL like he sucked it up in training camp for the Broncos.

  18. Hail 2 Dan Snyder says: Aug 30, 2010 1:58 PM

    If Big Ben can return in the NFL after a six-game lifestyle of torturing and RAPINGing female dogs, Clarett deserves a shot to play football again, too.

  19. Server says: Aug 30, 2010 2:00 PM

    Oi, Chapnasty,
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a funny piece of legislature. You’re right in that Byrd, a bunch of Democrats and a Republican fought the bill with a filibuster, and that without the Republicans it wouldn’t have passed, but, it didn’t pass BECAUSE of the Republicans (no more than it was BECAUSE of the Democrats).
    The Senate needs more than 66 Senators to bypass any filibuster, or 67% of the vote. The Democrats were in favor of passage in a 69%-31% split–in other words, had it been up to Democrats it would have passed. The same can be said for Republicans, who were in favor by a vote of 27 to 6. It was a remarkable piece of bipartisan legislature where the vast majority of Senators did the right thing.
    The bill highlights not a critique of political party, but rather, it represents a breakdown in geography: no Senate Republicans from the 11 states of the Confederacy voted for the bill, while just one Democrat did. Granted, there was only one Republican Senator from those states at the time, compared to 21 Democrats, but that itself represents the issue just the same: from the 1860s to the 1960s, southerners were overwhelmingly Democrat–because of anti-Lincoln (anti-abolition) backlash.
    Coincidentally (or not), there has been almost a complete role reversal in the last forty years.
    -Server

  20. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 2:08 PM

    I find it hard to believe that there are only 16 comments on this. Obviously some idiots are getting quite vulgar if more aren’t being posted.

  21. Cubano says: Aug 30, 2010 2:10 PM

    Crime rate in Omaha just went up .25% since he signed. Damn, dat boy good!

  22. BigBear123 says: Aug 30, 2010 2:39 PM

    Vick has yet to “return” to te NFL. He has not shown he is capable of playing well enough to be on a roster aside from name recognition.
    I’m sure he’ll be joining Maurice next year in the UFL.
    Vick just turned 31. The 6 years toturing dogs is a gross understatement.
    Glad you enjoy cheering him on. Children need a good role model.

  23. realitypolice says: Aug 30, 2010 2:40 PM

    @Chapnasty-
    I liked your rebuttal but can only guess at what you were rebutting. The original comment must have gotten pulled.

  24. Chapnasty. says: Aug 30, 2010 3:05 PM

    Yeah they pulled… It was quite rough and ignorant so it was in the best interest of everyone to pull it
    @ Server
    My point is larger really, the left likes to throw around harsh words in attempt to silence opposition. Like I said, when this is done it minimizes the impact of actual racist acts and racist people that are the skid-mark of our society.

  25. maverickjcw says: Aug 30, 2010 3:12 PM

    This just in —- The nighthawks have been granted permission to change their name to the outlaws……

  26. Server says: Aug 30, 2010 3:41 PM

    If your larger point is about reckless accusations in general, and of racism in particular, I agree.
    But, you’re hurling the slings and arrows of outrageous accusations by saying “the left likes to throw around harsh words in attempt to silence the opposition.” The subtext is that the right doesn’t, and that is pure and utter B.S.

  27. Vee says: Aug 30, 2010 4:04 PM

    Vick’s punishment was way too harsh. Two years in the pen for fighting dogs from two breeds that exists for one purpose: to fight (ie the names, Boxers, and Pit Bulls). Dante’ Stallworth kills a man, spends one night in jail and is back on the field. Rick Patino pays for an abortion with no consequences whatsoever. This is where sports reflect society. In our hyper political correct society, we seem to care more about dogs than humans.
    So heck yeah, let Maurice play. He served his time. If he can perform – let him.

  28. Server says: Aug 30, 2010 4:30 PM

    Abortion isn’t a crime in this country, and there’s a genuine debate over the classification of a fetus as a “human.” Pitino’s lumping with Stallworth, Clarett and Vick is ridiculous–and it ain’t just ’cause he’s white!

  29. ShaKey says: Aug 30, 2010 4:38 PM

    Gonna get season tix on payday. Hope to see that he’s humbled.

  30. realitypolice says: Aug 30, 2010 6:32 PM

    Vee says:
    August 30, 2010 4:04 PM
    Vick’s punishment was way too harsh. Two years in the pen for fighting dogs from two breeds that exists for one purpose: to fight (ie the names, Boxers, and Pit Bulls).
    =================
    First of all, Vick didn’t go to jail for fighting dogs. He went to jail for conspiracy to run a criminal interstate enterprise.
    Secondly, he did a lot more than fight dogs. He also smashed their heads onto concrete, drowned them in buckets, and put jumper cables on their balls and electrocuted them. He also regularly threw non-fighting dogs in with the pits to see them get ripped apart for his own enjoyment.
    The man is a sociopath who relishes the sight of the bloody death and dismemberment of animals who have no defense. His soul is dark as night, and so is yours for defending him.

  31. mwcarolina says: Aug 30, 2010 11:33 PM

    (Abortion isn’t a crime in this country, and there’s a genuine debate over the classification of a fetus as a “human.”)
    sadly that’s true
    (“So heck yeah, let Maurice play. He served his time. If he can perform – let him. “)
    there’s the problem!!!! i dont think he’s as good as some or he thinks he is. He had a chance in the pros in a GREAT system and didnt even try.
    (“Vick has yet to “return” to te NFL. He has not shown he is capable of playing well enough to be on a roster aside from name recognition.
    I’m sure he’ll be joining Maurice next year in the UFL”)
    i doubt Vick goes to the UFL, to be honest, i wouldnt be shocked if Vick went to a team to start next year, maybe even Arizona???
    (“Everyone deserves a second chance”)
    agree, BUT in my book this is a 3rd or 4th chance. no he didnt go to prison twice, BUT he did make mistakes in college, trying to get into the NFL TOO early and of course, when he got to the NFL, he was not in shape, in my book that was his first or 2nd chances.

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