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No criminal charges will be filed by the Dallas Police Department against Johnny Manziel after his ex-girlfriend accused him of hitting her with an open hand and throwing her into a car, but the lack of charges didn’t stop a judge in Tarrant County from barring Manziel from further interactions with the woman.
Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reports that a judge found “reason to believe that family violence occurred” during the incident and, as a result, signed a protective order that keeps Manziel from having contact with her for the next two years. Manziel has also been ordered to pay $12,000 in legal fees.
Manziel remains under contract to the Browns, although that’s expected to change when the new league year begins March 9. His repeated off-field problems are sure to chill interest in being the next team to have him as an employee, although that pattern of issues suggests Manziel needs to get his life in order before worrying about his future on the gridiron.
Offers to help him to do that have come from several directions in recent days, although Manziel’s father said that his son has thus far declined pleas to enter rehab.
The NFL has expressed concerns about the Titans ownership in recent months, specifically the lack of a clear succession plan.
But while commissioner Roger Goodell talked around those issues Friday, one influential owner said he didn’t think it was a tremendous concern.
According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, Giants owner John Mara said he didn’t have a close relationship with owner Amy Adams Strunk, but didn’t seem in a panic about it.
“I really don’t know her,” Mara said. “I mean I’ve met her a couple of times but I really don’t know her, . . . I know [team president] Steve Underwood is a very capable executive. But I don’t have enough knowledge about what’s going on ownership-wise. I just know they have a good man in Steve.
“I don’t know if it’s a major issue, no. I don’t think so. As long as you have a good, capable executive running the team, which I think Steve is, and I think they’ve got a good team, a good coach and a good general manager. They’ll be fine.”
Goodell was predictably vague when asked about the problems during his press conference.
“We have ownership policies, the ownership policies are lengthy, but essentially they require a single owner, to represent the club locally, but also at the league level,” he said. “We work on the basis of 32 individual owners, each having a vote. When league matters come up, whatever they may be, we work on a vote of 24 of the 32. It’s a very important principle to owners and their partners.
“They want to know who their partner is, they want to know who’s responsible for how the team is operated locally and they want to know that their partner is sitting at the table when they are making difficult decisions. So we will try to encourage our policies to encourage that type of behavior.
“We have to continue to work with the Tennessee ownership group to see how that’s going to conform with our policies. We’ll be meeting with our finance committee in the next few weeks. That’s a subject we’ll be discussing.”
Strunk owns 33 percent of the team, but Bud Adams’ heirs agreed to have her front the group. But she skipped the last round of owners meetings which were in Houston, near her home, which seemed an apparent finger to the eye of the league.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a guest on Friday’s edition of PFT Live from Radio Row in San Francisco and Mike Florio asked him the question you’d expect given the focus on his brother this week.
Eli gave the answer you’d expect, which is that no one knows whether Peyton will be calling it a career after Super Bowl 50. The youngest Manning brother did say with a smile that he’d be happy to play for his brother if he decides to transition to life as a coach in 2016.
“I think if Peyton wants to come and be a quality control [coach] for the New York Giants and work in the quarterback room … earn his ropes, earn his way into the coaching routine I think we could probably open up a spot for him,” Manning said.
As for his actual coaches, Manning said he’s happy to still be working with Ben McAdoo and expressed gratitude for what he learned about football and life from Tom Coughlin over their 12 years working together.
Manning also shared stories about the worst torture he faced from Peyton while they were growing up and his thoughts about being a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during an entertaining visit.
Well, this isn’t going to make people want to tell us secrets.
Via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, the Miami hospital which was treating Pierre-Paul has fired two employees who leaked medical records to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The two individuals were fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital, which has been investigating the leak since shortly after the July 4 fireworks accident which cost the Giants defensive end a finger and other parts of his right hand.
“During the investigation of a breach that occurred in July 2015, Jackson Health System became a party to related litigation,” the statement from the hospital read. “It is our policy that we do not comment during pending litigation. That litigation has now been settled. As part of our investigation into the breach, it was discovered that two employees inappropriately accessed the patient’s health record. That finding resulted in the termination of both employees. Protecting the privacy of our patients is a top priority at Jackson Health System. Any time we have allegations of a breach, we immediately and thoroughly investigate.”
Schefter published the records, which included part of a record of another patient, while Pierre-Paul was having surgery to remove the right index finger. In the immediate aftermath, he hedged as to whether he should have published the records as opposed to just going with the information.
That decision led to two people losing jobs, and an apparent privacy claim settlement.
The Panthers have few injuries to worry about going into the Super Bowl, and they’re not even all that worried about the two guys coming off broken bones.
“The only last hurdle is the conversation I have to have with the doctors, just to make sure they’re feeling comfortable, but I’d be surprised if it was anything different,” Rivera said. “I was real pleased with what we got from both those guys. I’m excited about having them back on the football field.”
Davis had surgery last Monday to get a plate and screws inserted into his broken right arm, while Allen has been getting treatment for a broken bone in his foot.
The Jets have had to face Dolphins edge rusher Cameron Wake many times since Wake left the CFL for Miami in 2009 and started racking up the 70 career sacks he’s recorded over the last seven seasons.
Now the Jets hope that they can get some of the same success from a Canadian import of their own. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jets have signed edge rusher Freddie Bishop to a two-year contract.
Bishop, who visited with several teams, is coming off an 11 sack season for the Calgary Stampeders. He had three sacks in his first year with the team and spent some time in 2013 with the Lions after wrapping up his college career at Western Michigan.
Schefter reports that the Jets also signed kicker Kyle Brindza to a future contract. Brindza opened the year as the Buccaneers’ kicker, but lost the job after missing six field goals and two extra points in the first four weeks of the year.
During Friday’s press conference in San Francisco, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell faced a question about the HGH allegations made against Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Specifically, the question had to do with the league’s response to this allegation in comparison to the independent investigations that were launched to look into bullying allegations involving Dolphins players and last year’s Deflategate saga. Goodell said that the league was looking into the HGH allegations with the same gusto despite the fact that there is no independent investigation planned by the league at the moment.
“We take every allegation of violations of our policies and procedures, particularly as it results to safety, very seriously,” Goodell said. “When these allegations first came up, very seriously. When these allegations first came up, we immediately began our own investigation. We were making sure we were working with the other sports involved and the World Anti-Doping Agency, making sure that we were getting all the pertinent information. We will work with law enforcement if they are involved, but we will also continue our own investigation working cooperatively with everyone.”
Goodell said that the league could still initiate an independent investigation and promised that “when we find the facts, we’ll share.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t believe that players are retiring early because the game is unsafe.
PFT asked Goodell about that in what turned out to be the last question of his annual “State of the League” press conference today, and Goodell said players’ retirements are personal decisions and not a reflection of heightened concerns about injuries. Asked specifically about Calvin Johnson’s expected retirement at the age of 30, Goodell praised Johnson but disagreed with the idea that his retirement is a bad sign for the league.
“Calvin Johnson is a great player and a great young man,” Goodell said.
Several players retired early last year, including Patrick Willis at age 30, Jason Worilds at 27, Jake Locker at 26, Anthony Davis at 25 and Chris Borland at 24. If Johnson is the first in a wave of players to retire early again this year, Goodell may have to re-examine whether it’s a bad sign for players’ perceptions of what the game is doing to their long-term health.
“We’ll do anything we can to help him personally,” Haslam said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family. We are not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player. We are worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that’s all we need to say on the issue.”
Earlier this week the Browns released a team statement that quoted new executive director of football operations Sashi Brown as saying the Browns are essentially done with Manziel from a football standpoint. For salary cap reasons, he likely won’t be released until the start of the new league year next month.
Haslam said in Cleveland last week that he believed the team’s relationship with Manziel could be fixed, but that was about 30 hours before police helicopters were searching for Manziel in Dallas. Manziel’s father said Friday he fears for his son’s life.
The quality of the play in the Pro Bowl has been an issue for the NFL at various points in recent years and it has come up again this week after a lackluster showing in Hawaii last Sunday.
At his annual press conference from the Super Bowl, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about his reaction to the game. The commissioner did not have a positive take on what he saw.
“I was disappointed in what I saw on Sunday,” Goodell said. “I raised this issue three or four years ago. We worked with a number of players to make changes to the game. They had a positive impact, at least in the short term but I didn’t see that this past week. …It’s not the kind of game we want to continue to have in its current format. … If it’s not real competition that we can be proud of, we have to do something different.”
There have been a variety of ideas tossed around about other ways to approach the Pro Bowl, including ditching the game entirely or having some sort of a skills competition. Goodell wouldn’t speculate on what path the league might take, but it’s become clear over the years that stripping away the physical nature of the games that matter leaves very little of value on the field in the Pro Bowl.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf told the Dan Patrick Show Friday that when he reads stories about Johnny Manziel, “I feel like I’m holding up a mirror. That’s how I behaved.”
Leaf said he didn’t develop substance abuse issues until his brief NFL career was over, but the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft said he believes he relates to Manziel in that he didn’t understand that football could disappear so quickly.
“He says he’s fine and he’s been to treatments…when this happened, I thought it was a great thing,” Leaf said. “Imagine if I would have gone and got behavior counseling early in my career.
“You have to be out of football for a year. You have to get your stuff right because, though this is a great game and the NFL is an institution, it’s fleeting. It’s gone in a second.”
The recent news regarding Manziel, who’s expected to be cut by the Browns next month, has not been good. Manziel’s father said Friday that he’s worried for his son’s life.
Leaf told Patrick that his addiction to painkillers that led to his 2012 arrest “got bad enough that I was willing to walk into people’s homes and take their pills. The best thing that ever happened to me was being put in jail.”
After completing a chemical dependency program that was a required part of his parole, Leaf got out of prison in Dec. 2014. He’s now working for an addiction recovery company.
You can watch Leaf talking with Patrick about Manziel below.
When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t getting planted questions from Play 60 kids Friday, he actually mentioned some things that might help the game.
Among the topics he broached was that he wanted to create a rule which would call for a player with two personal fouls in the same game to be ejected.
Turning it into a yellow card/red card situation would create a deterrent, or at least keep things from spiraling out of control such happened several times this year.
One of the most obvious examples was the Panthers-Giants game in which Odell Beckham was flagged for spearing Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in the head, and that would lead to him being thrown out under such a rule.
The measure will have to go through the competition committee, but should be the kind of thing that has plenty of traction.
Early in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual press conference, he was asked about the NFL playing a game in Mexico City for the first time since 2005.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier in the week that the Texans and Raiders were expected to play a game at Azteca Stadium during the 2016 regular season. On Friday, Goodell confirmed it.
Goodell said that the two teams will play on Monday, November 21 in Mexico’s capital with the Raiders serving as the “home” team. The last game played in the stadium drew over 100,000 fans.
“Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth,” Goodell said in a release from the league sent out shortly after the announcement. “We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”
The announcement means that there will be four games played outside the United States during the 2016 season. The Jaguars, Rams and Bengals will be serving as “home” teams for games in London that will be played at Wembley and Twickenham Stadiums.
As has become customary, Sam Farmer from the Los Angeles Times stood up to ask commissioner Roger Goodell a question about L.A.
But this time, it was about whether Los Angeles was going to get a second team, and what the league intended for San Diego and Oakland.
“It is very much a priority for us to keep our teams in their markets,” Goodell said when asked about the Chargers and Raiders.
The Rams and Chargers have been discussing an arrangement for the future, but Goodell emphasized that the goal was to get stadium deals done in place in the existing markets. Which means those markets better come up with deals soon.
Of course, that wasn’t as much of a priority when it came to St. Louis, considering the money Stan Kroenke threw at the league for the right to move to Los Angeles.
Running back Montee Ball’s playing career went in the wrong direction this season and things have now taken a bad turn for him off the field as well.
Ball was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday morning after an altercation with his girlfriend. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Ball was taken to Dane County Jail on a “tentative charge” of substantial battery.
“The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend,” a police source told the newspaper. “She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her.”
The woman told police that she suffered a cut on her leg that required stitches. Ball was described as “cooperative” when police arrived at the hotel at 3:40 a.m. to respond to the call.
Ball, a 2013 second-round pick, was released by the Broncos in September. He signed with the Patriots practice squad late in the season, but was not signed to a future contract when New England’s season ended with an AFC championship game loss to his former team.