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Adrian Peterson received award from anti-abuse group

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Roger Goodell’s woes continue. With all the NFL news lately involving Ray Rice, Johnathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, and Adrian Peterson, I found an interesting fact that I have yet to see reported regarding Peterson.

In 2012, Peterson was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Every year, players of each team vote a teammate as the recipient of the award. All of the players who receive it and many of the alumni come here to Baltimore for a big banquet to receive the award.

Peterson, who played for the Vikings,  is indefinitely suspended now after criminal charges were filed that he injured his 4-year old son by hitting him with a switch (a small tree branch.)

About the Courage Award (emphasis added):

Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication.  He is also a community role model.  With this honor, he enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis.

The Courage Award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.

Recipients go to the Courage House when they are in Baltimore and work with abused children. There is a Courage House Network of houses in various NFL cities, with the goal of putting one in every city in the league. The Minnesota Vikings’ Courage House opened in 2004. The Courage House Network is a partnership of “the Ed Block Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni.”

It will be interesting to see if the Ed Block Foundation dissociates itself from Adrian Peterson or otherwise condemns him (with the caveat that he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the court of public opinion is a different matter.)

Did FSU’s Jameis Winston punch an opponent?

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Today, Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s Florida State-Clemson game after obscene comments he made loudly in a university union building at FSU.

The last game for the Seminoles was the week before last against the Citadel. Winston has been accused of bad behavior in that game:

Late in the first half, with the Seminoles up by 21-0, Winston hands off to FSU running back Karlos Williams. A Citadel player — it’s hard to tell which one on the video — comes up and gives Winston a shove after the handoff.

Winston appears to retaliate with a swing at the 16:55 mark of the video seen here. Another version of the incident is here. No penalty was called on the play.

Here’s the video:

Winston was arrested for shoplifting crab legs at a Publix store in the off-season. He is still being investigated by FSU for a rape allegation against him, even though police finished their investigation with no criminal charges.

Watch C.J. Spiller’s 102-yard touchdown return

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C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff for 102 yards and a touchdown today for the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins. SB Nation has this GIF:

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You can see a video on NFL.COM.

 

Goodell on thin ice? AP reports NFL had Rice video in April

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The AP reports:

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

The NFL has repeatedly said it asked for but could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer — who is now his wife — at an Atlantic City casino in February.

The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until TMZ released it. When asked about the voicemail Wednesday, NFL officials repeated their assertion that no league official had seen the video before Monday.

It’s past time for heads to roll over how this situation was mishandled, at both the league and team level.

Parody video targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself:

Parody targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.” More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself:

Besides free pizza, you can trade your Ray Rice jersey for a $10 bar tab or another jersey

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I noted yesterday that Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks is giving a free pizza in exchange for a Ray Rice jersey and also donating $2.70 per jersey to House of Ruth.

Since then, other jersey exchanges have been announced (via USA Today):

Another Baltimore establishment, No Idea Tavern, is matching the $2.70 per jersey donation to House of Ruth and offering a $10 bar tab for each Rice jersey turned in, according to tweets.

The Ravens will also take your Ray Rice jersey (via The Big Lead):

Well then you can return your Ray Rice jersey in exchange for (presumably) the jersey of a different player. So don’t burn Rice’s jersey! Just return it.

The Patriots did this when Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.

Here’s what the Ravens said specifically via Twitter:

Besides free pizza, you can trade your Ray Rice jersey for a $10 bar tab or another jersey

Trade in your Ray Rice jersey for a free pizza

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Hersh’s Pizza in Baltimore made the above post on Facebook before Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

Here’s the text:

Dear Lovers of Women, Not Hitting Women, Non Violence and Just Generally Being a Good Person, 
Come trade your Ray Rice Ravens Jersey in for a free pizza at Hersh’s. These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week.
‪#‎CutRayRice‬

Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks is at 1843-45 Light Street in downtown Baltimore.

From their about section on Facebook:

We’re a lively neighborhood pizzeria marrying the fun of pizza with the Mediterranean devotion to clean and vibrant flavors. The centerpiece of our menu is the 11″ Neapolitan-style pizza. And while pizza is the driving force behind the genesis of Hersh’s, we also serve a tightly-edited menu of small plates which features seasonal produce and handmade pasta and Italian sausage.

Hersh’s is also a bar with a youthful urban vibe, with a drinks philosophy that centers on smaller, interesting producers and fresh, house-made components. We stock our ten taps with a variety of microbrews, and our vintage cocktails spotlight the renaissance in American craft spirits.

UPDATE from Hersh’s on Facebook:

 Suggestions for what to do with all the Ray Rice jerseys we collect, since there are only so many we can use for toilet paper? Let us know! Also, Hersh’s will donate $2.70 to House Of Ruth Maryland, Inc. for each jersey we receive. Eat in only.

Watch QB DeShaun Watson’s first career Clemson touchdown

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Deshaun Watson 30-yard pass was complete to Charone Peake for a TD against Georgia in Athens on 8/30/2014.

This minor league manager gets ejected; watch what happens next

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Watch the video below to see more on this meltdown, as reported by WMBF:

The Pelicans are in the national spotlight again, and if the viral video from Saturday’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans away game is any indication, you don’t want to get on Manager Joe Mikulik’s bad side.

While arguing a call at home plate with umpire Adam Beck during the fifth inning of the game against the Salem Red Sox, Mikulik was ejected – he angrily points at the umpire’s face, throws his helmet, and kicks dirt at the umpire’s feet. Mikulik even reenacts the play by Luis Mendez, sliding feet first into home plate twice.

It’s what happens next that made national news: Mikulik proceeds to remove his shoes and baseball jersey, and lays them over home plate, before making a defiant “Safe” signal and storming off the field.

“That’s enough, Joe,” the announcer says as the animated Pelicans manager walks off, barefoot.

Here’s the video: