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Cleveland Browns Receiver Andrew Hawkins: “A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Warrant An Apology”

"Justice means fair treatment"

Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt bearing the words “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” — two unarmed Black Cleveland residents who were shot and killed by police — during pre-game interviews on Sunday, prompting Cleveland police officers to demand an apology. The Browns refused, and later, Hawkins spoke with the media at length about his decision to wear the shirt. He said that ultimately, justice means “fair treatment,” continuing, “So a call for justice shouldn’t offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn’t warrant an apology.” Keep reading »

Watch Chicago Band Firago’s Touching Plea For The Bears To Get Rid Of Jay Cutler

"I'm in Orton withdrawal..."

Chicago band Firago has covered A Great Big World’s “Say Something (I’m Giving Up On You)” to express their deep, deep discontent with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Chief among their complaints is that he sucks and he’s overpaid. To give you a picture of how heartily Chicagoans and football fans everywhere agree with Firago, it’s worth mentioning that the video had 8,000 views when I heard about it three days ago and is, as of right now, pushing 90,000 views. I’m assuming Cutler and his family are the people accounting for those 15 thumbs-down. [Deadspin] Follow me on Twitter.

The End Zone: JJ Watt Is Just Having The Best Damn Time Of His Life This Season

The End Zone: JJ Watt Is Just Having The Best Damn Time Of His Life This Season

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is having the best damn season of his life, what with all those touchdowns he can’t seem to stop scoring. After single-handedly running the Tennessee Titans ragged this weekend (sure, Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a monster six touchdown game, but this was clearly the Watt show), the MVP talk surrounding Number 99 has reached fever pitch. But while Watt has proven he’s worth the hype, is he really an MVP candidate?

Let’s start with those five touchdowns this season alone. As a defensive lineman, the majority of those scores have come on, well you guessed it, defensive plays (though, as he showed off in Sunday’s matchup against the Titans, when he lines up at offense, no one wants to come between him and the endzone). Teammate DJ Swearinger put it best when he told reporters after Sunday’s blowout, “You wouldn’t find another defensive lineman with five touchdowns; you don’t find some tight ends, some offensive players don’t have five touchdowns. Five touchdowns speak for itself. Not even speaking about what he does on defense. … If you watch the games, you see 99.” To put that in perspective, Philadelphia Eagles running back Lesean McCoy, the top ranked running back going into the 2014 NFL season, only has four touchdowns this year. Keep reading »

It’s Not About You, St. Louis P.D.

Earlier this week during Sunday night football, five St. Louis Rams players came out of the tunnel to take the field ahead of the rest of the team, arms raised in “hands up, don’t shoot” posture, in honor of the Ferguson protesters angry with the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, four months after his shooting of Mike Brown. The gesture was powerful, especially coming from influential athletes from the St. Louis community. And what did they get in return? A whole bunch of belly aching from the St. Louis Police Department, who demanded an apology, rightfully didn’t get one, and then still chose to pretend they did. What a world! Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Blame Roger Goodell For Ray Rice’s Return To The NFL

Blame Roger Goodell For Ray Rice's Return To The NFL

Ray Rice is now allowed to play football in the NFL should anyone choose to have him. And if you, like me, are wondering where exactly to direct your outrage, look squarely at Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL.

For nearly 10 months, we’ve watched Goodell bungle Rice’s suspension and appeal. In August he admitted he “didn’t get it right” when it came to handling the case. On Friday we got to see Goodell fumble the ball again, this time in slow motion, when ex-U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones released a scathing 17-page report on how the NFL handled the Rice debacle. In one fell swoop, Jones lifted Rice’s indefinite ban from the NFL and allowed him to sign as a free agent.

According to Jones’ report, when Rice explained to Goodell and the NFL what happened in the elevator of an Atlantic City Casino during his disciplinary hearing in June, he described the scene shown in the security camera video. That video was available to the NFL, they just never asked to see it. Keep reading »

The End Zone: 7 Times Rob Gronkowski Has Been His Most Rob Gronkowski

The Patriots improbably excellent season just keeps getting better and better. After a rocky start, Tom Brady has more than proven that he hasn’t gotten any less effective with age. But it’s tight end Rob Gronkowski, now back at full strength after knee surgery earlier in the year, who has been having a monster year, both on field and off. Of course, the best part of Rob Gronkowski isn’t really his ability to take it to the end zone – it’s his beer-drinking, lady-loving, party-crashing alter ego on top of it all. Some of Gronk’s finest moments of Gronkness? Keep reading »

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