NFL player calls for the death of George Zimmerman jurors

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to the Twitter last night to officially register his displeasure with the outcome of the George Zimmerman murder trial. The jury came to their verdict late last night, acquitting Zimmerman of all charges involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It turns out, White wasn’t a fan of the outcome.

Here is his first Twitter tweet:

Fucking Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013

A world where overpaid athletes use profanity and practice improper grammar? He goes on with the following:

All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013

And so it begins. I doubt Roddy White was the first to call for the death of the Zimmerman jurors, and something tells me he won’t be the last. This is why I would have found Zimmerman guilty, not because I thought the prosecution made its case, it didn’t, but because I wouldn’t want to be involved with any of the post-trial drama, including professional athletes calling for my death.

I’m not sure if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have something to say about Roddy White’s Twitter tweet. The NFL may have rules against players advocating the death of six women not smart enough to get out of jury duty.

Washington Redskins take Robert Griffin III with the second pick

The NFL Draft started last night and the Washington Redskins selected Baylor quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Not that it was a surprise. The Redskins moved up in the draft to select Griffin.

They haven’t wanted a quarterback this badly since they traded for former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb way back in 2010. They started selling RG3 t-shirts in northern Virginia about two months ago.

I only wonder how long it will take the Redskins faithful to start booing Griffin. If I had to take a guess, I’d say by halftime of his fourth start.

NFL punishes Saints coaches, GM for bounty program

NFL punishes Saints coaches, GM for bounty program - Bent Corner
The NFL has doled out the punishments pertaining to the bounty program the New Orleans Saints had in place that rewarded players for injuring opposing players. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended without pay indefinitely. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year. The suspension will cost Payton $7.5 million in lost salary. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was given an eight-game suspension, while assistant head coach Joe Vitt was given a six-game suspension.

The Saints organization was also fined $500,00 and will lose their 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks.

It’s unclear who will be running things for the Saints while these suspensions are being served. They would be in a better situation if they just fired Loomis and Payton and hired a new general manager and head coach. I imagine they would still be on the hook for their salaries, but that’s what lawyers are for. Considering the damage these men have done to the Saints, it could be easily argued that early termination for more than justified.

By administering such severe punishments, it’s clear NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t fooling around here. Now he needs to look at a few other organizations who have had similar bounty systems in place, for instance, the Baltimore Ravens. Goodell is smoking crack if he thinks paying players to hurt opposing players is solely a New Orleans thing.

It’s not.

New Orleans Saints paid players to injure opponents

An investigation by the NFL reveled that the New Orleans Saints maintained a bounty system that paid players up to $50,000 for game-ending injuries to opposing players. The program was in place for three seasons, including the year the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl.

The bounty system was maintained by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the backing of head coach Sean Payton.

The NFL said between 22 to 27 players took part in the bounty system. Players were paid a premium for injuring an opposing player to the extent that he had to be carted-off the field on a stretcher, referred to as “cart-offs.”

The NFL has yet to hand out penalties for the program, but I’m sure that will soon. My only wish is that criminal charges could be levied against everyone involved. If nothing else, I would think a player who accepted $50,000 for purposely injuring an opponent could be investigated for tax evasion. Something tells me any player stupid enough to participate in this is also stupid enough to not declare the money as income.

It’s how the federal government took down Al Capone. It would be nice if the same technique could also be used to rid the NFL of its thugs.

Ray Lewis: Evil will increase without the NFL

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis sat down with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio to talk about the NFL and the lockout. He sad that fans, not just players, will turn to criminal activity if there is no NFL season this upcoming fall. Form The Huffington Post:

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game”.

Normally I would immediately dismiss anything said by Ray Lewis simply because he’s a tard, but if there’s one thing the man knows about is crime. After all, he was the only suspect with a criminal conviction stemming from the brutal knife murder of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, the two men Lewis was with the night of the murder, were acquitted of all charges. Lewis struck a deal with the prosecution and agreed to testify against his friends. It’s what I believe the French refer to as “snitching.”

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He also reached out-of-court settlements with the two murdered men’s families.

If Ray Lewis says crime will increase, then he should be taken at his world. If there’s one thing the man knows about is crime.

When did LaDainian Tomlinson win a championship?

ladainian_tomlinsonI saw this book, LT & Me: What Raising a Champion Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams, sitting in the book store yesterday. It’s written by Loreane Tomlinson, mother of San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The book insinuates that LaDainian Tomlinson is a champion.

The thing is, he’s not.

He’s never won a Super Bowl. In fact, he’s never even played in a Super Bowl.  I’m sure he’s watched one, but who hasn’t?

If he’s never won a Super Bowl, why is his mother identifying herself as the mother of a champion?

In case you’re wondering, LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t win a championship in college either.  He played college ball at Texas Christian.  They’ve never won the national championship.

Maybe he won a championship in high school.  If that’s the case, why isn’t he wearing his high school jersey instead of his San Diego Chargers jersey?

I’m not trying to knock LaDainian Tomlinson.  I think he’s a fine NFL running back – as long as he’s playing in the regular reason.  In the postseason, he tends to disappear, unless the TV camera pans the bench.

He’s just not a champion.  I don’t see how his mother can write a book where she claims that she raised a champion.