BREAKING: AP Source: Law enforcement official sent copy of Ray Rice tape to NFL executive in April
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is in the news again for negative reasons. Fresh off the heels of being deactivated yesterday’s game in which his team lost to the Patriots 30-7due to the first report of child abuse that involved hitting one of his kids with a switch that was reported on Friday, there are revelations per a KHOU report that he abused a second child.
KHOU, Houston’s CBS affiliate:HOUSTON — Photos and text messages obtained by the I-Team reveal another incident in which Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy.
The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child. In that case, Peterson admits to repeatedly striking the boy with a tree branch or “switch,” but has maintained he did not intend to harm the child, and was using his judgment as a parent to discipline his son.
The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in The Woodlands. A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy’s mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.In text messages aired on KHOU allegedly exchanged with the mother of the child, Peterson tells her that the boy received the beating because he was swearing at a sibling. While Peterson wouldn’t tell her what he hit the boy with, he hit hard enough to leave a scar on the boy’s face—apparently due to the presence of a car seat. You can view KHOU’s full report from tonight’s 6 p.m. newscast above.
The result of the Child Protective Services investigation is unclear, but charges were never filed. It’s unclear when this second incident occurred.Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, revered for years as one of the nicest guys in all of sports, is turning out to be anything but nice or reasonable when it comes to administering discipline to his children.
In a chain of text messages with the boy’s mother, Peterson admits that the wound occurred as Peterson disciplined the boy for cussing at a sibling.
Per the report, Peterson never admits what he struck the boy with, but Peterson told the boy’s mother, “Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the [scar].”
The fact that Peterson faces allegations in a second case compels the league to aggressively investigate both cases, and to take action against Peterson, if the league determines that Peterson did what he is accused of doing. Failure to act promptly would suggest a level of indifference to child welfare that justifiably should make fans equally indifferent to the NFL.
So far, he is scheduled to play against the Saints this Sunday. His first court day is scheduled to be on October 8th, 2014. The NFL and/or Vikings need to suspend serial child abuser Adrian Peterson indefinitely for his actions!! He is more evidence that spanking as a tool to discipline your child(ren) is NOT effective, as it can lead to negative side effects.
ALERT: Adrian Peterson will likely play Sunday against the Saints
NOW: Adrian Peterson reinstated by Minnesota Vikings. Will practice and expected to play Sunday after indictment on child abuse charge.— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) September 15, 2014
Thanks to the 10-second runoff rule, the @STLouisRams wins 19-17. #STLvsTB #NFL #Rams #RamsNation
With Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse charges only days after the Ray Rice video turned the NFL on its head, it’s unclear when Peterson will return to the field for the Vikings.
It’s becoming more clear that he may not be a Viking much longer.
Already in the big-money years of a contract that devotes way too much cash to a devalued position, the charges against Peterson could sufficiently diminish his standing in the eyes of the fan base to allow the Vikings to free themselves of salaries of $12.75 million in 2015, $14.75 million in 2016, and $15.75 million in 2017. (Moving on from Peterson after the coming season would result in a paltry cap charge of $2.4 million.)
Despite the reality that the Vikings could use that money to find a stable of very good running backs with plenty left over to address other needs, it was believed by many before Friday that the Vikings would never let him go. Peterson believed that, too.
“I think the organization would take a heavy hit — for real — more so from the fan base,” Peterson said earlier this year regarding the consequences of cutting him. “I don’t think it would be like a LeBron [James] situation where they’re burning my jersey, this, that and the other. They might be doing [the opposite] and not buying some season tickets.”
The charges against Peterson potentially will turn that dynamic on its head, with the Vikings ultimately scoring points among the fan base by moving on from one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. And with $43.25 million in extra cash and cap space from 2015 through 2017, the Vikings could build the kind of team that will quickly make the fans forget about a player who, before Friday, may now be unforgettable for very different reasons.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Quinn signed a four-year, $65.6 million contract extension that will keep him in a Rams jersey through 2019, according to a source involved in the deal. The dealincludes $41.2 million in guarantees. Quinn had two years left on his rookie contract.
The team later confirmed the contract.
UPDATE: The Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson for Sunday’s game vs the Patriots.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)September 12, 2014
NOW: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play Sunday. Deactivated by team after grand jury indicts him in child abuse charges.
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes)September 12, 2014
I called this earlier this evening:
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)September 12, 2014
Fox Houston reports that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
According to Fox Houston’s Isiah Carey, the charges stem from allegations that Peterson "beat his young son."
NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport adds this detail:
Arrest of Adrian Peterson (reported by @MarkBermanFox26) stems from the disciplining of a son with a switch, source says. He’s been indicted— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2014
Peterson keeps a home in Houston suburb The Woodlands, which lies in Montgomery County.
It’s a real shame, because I admired his talents.
h/t: Barry Petchesky at Deadspin
CBS sportscaster James Brown used his time on air during the pregame for the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game Thursday night to broadcast a serious message about domestic violence, as outrage over newly-released video depicting former Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his now-wife unconscious continues to ripple through the NFL.
While the league have faced criticism for continually citing Rice’s then-fiancee Janay Palmer’s role in the February incident, Brown’s speech turned the conversation to men’s role in domestic abuse.
“This problem is bigger than football,” Brown says over the din of audience flowing into the stadium. “But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channeled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women and, as they said, do something about it?
“Like an ongoing comprehensive education of men of what healthy, respectful manhood is all about, and it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says ‘you throw the ball like a girl,’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion.”
Sexual assault and domestic violence prevention organizers have long advocated for flipping the conversation about abuse to what men can do to prevent it, rather than how women can get out of the way of men who will inevitably abuse. “When we solely focus on whether a survivor stays with or leaves their abusive partner,” Chai Jindasurat, the programs coordinator for the Anti-Violence Project, told ThinkProgress’s Tara Culp-Ressler in a recent interview, “we place all the responsibility on the survivor rather than holding an abusive partner accountable.”
Instead of asking why women have put themselves in a dangerous position or stayed in one, “A better question,” the National Network to End Domestic Violence says on its website, ” is, Why does the abuser choose to abuse?”
But both the NFL and some other outlets have been slow to take this message to heart. When the incident originally came to light, the Baltimore Ravens tweeted that Janay Rice “says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.” That tweet was just recently deleted after the video became public knowledge. Similarly, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade argued last week that Palmer sent a “terrible message” by staying with her abuser, and that since Rice hit her in the elevator, “I think the message is, take the stairs.”
Jack Buck’s speech about 9/11 13 years later:
ST. LOUIS - When you’re dealing with something as maddeningly powerful as 9/11, it can be hard to put your feelings into words, but every once in a while, someone gets it just right.
It was September 17, 2001 and baseball was back in St. Louis for the first time since the terror attacks.
More than 32,000 fans were on-hand; so was Cardinals Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jack Buck.
The greying Buck walked onto the field, bright red jacket on his back, flag pin on his lapel. And when St. Louis and the nation needed it most, he helped us to begin to heal, with this poem.
Video of Jack Buck’s speech made on 09.17.2001, a few days after the 9/11 attacks:
Lackey ejected in third for arguing balls and strikes by Communist-sympathizing "umpire" Tom Hallion
CINCINNATI — Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, who started Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, was ejected in the third inning by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes.
On a 2-1 pitch to Brayan Peña with nobody out, Hallion called a ball on a close pitch. Lackey expressed his disagreement, which eventually led to him being tossed.
"Lackey was warned to quit arguing balls and strikes," Hallion said after the game. "When I came out and I gave him a warning, that was it, knock it off. And he continued to argue, which got him ejected."
"I threw a ball that was up, and I said, ‘If that’s up, the other one’s not down,’" Lackey said. "And then he came up and kind of started yelling back towards me, and I kind of got back up on the mound, and about as loud as I’m talking now, I said, ‘One or the other,’ just kind of to myself getting back up on the mound. There’s no way he could’ve heard what I said.
"I didn’t say any cuss words towards him or anything like that. … I don’t think what I said was worth getting thrown out for, that’s for sure."
Lackey went two-plus innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one. He allowed a solo home run by Ryan Ludwick in the second.
The ejection was the fourth of Lackey’s career. His last one came on May 16, 2009, against the Rangers, when Lackey — then pitching for the Angels — was tossed two pitches into his outing by home-plate umpire Bob Davidson. Lackey had thrown the first pitch of the game behind leadoff batter Ian Kinsler's head, and followed that with a pitch that hit Kinsler in the ribs.
That start was Lackey’s first following a lengthy stint on the disabled list, and he argued that he was trying to throw inside, but wasn’t sharp because he had just come off the DL. Kinsler had homered twice the day before.
Lackey’s other two career ejections were also for allegedly throwing at hitters.
"It was unexpected, for sure," Lackey said. "I’ve been thrown out a few times for throwing balls at people, but in over 12 years, I’ve never been thrown out for anything like this."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was taken by surprise as well at how quickly everything transpired.
"It just caught me off guard," Matheny said. "Usually when a guy comes out from behind the plate, you better tone it down a little. [Lackey] didn’t necessarily walk toward him anymore; he got back on the mound. He had been warned."
Matheny noted that the emotion Lackey displayed is pretty standard for the veteran.
"He was frustrated with a couple pitches — one borderline low, one borderline high — in particular that got him pretty fired up. … It wasn’t just those couple pitches. He was on [Hallion] pretty hard in the beginning. I think we’ve seen that basically every start. Part of it is his intensity, and I’ve said this before and will continue to say it, we’re not going to take the emotions out of these guys. We want them having that edge. Some umpires take it better than others."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on his previous statements about the investigation of Ray Rice, who was indefinitely suspended from the league this week after TMZ released video showing the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife in a casino elevator.
Rice was originally suspended for two games related to the February altercation, which left his now-wife, Janay Rice, unconscious. Local prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated assault after Rice completed a diversion program.
The NFL had asked for the elevator video, but their requests were denied, Goodell said. Under New Jersey law, any evidence related to an ongoing police investigation is not public, he added.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti also released a letter on Tuesday, describing a similar series of events and apologizing for how the investigation was handled.
A source told the Associated Press that the NFL actually received the video in April.
The law enforcement source played the AP a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number confirming receipt of the video. A female voice says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”
In response, the NFL denied again that they had received the video.
Read Goodell’s full letter below.
As you know, there has been a good deal of speculation about the investigatory process that preceded the decision to suspend Ray Rice for his involvement in an incident of domestic violence last February. I want to use this opportunity to address this matter and provide a full understanding of the process that was followed.
First, we did not see video of what took place inside the elevator until it was publicly
released on Monday. When the new video evidence became available, we acted promptly and imposed an indefinite suspension on Mr. Rice.
Second, on multiple occasions, we asked the proper law enforcement authorities to share with us all relevant information, including any video of the incident. Those requests were made to different law enforcement entities, including the New Jersey State Police, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic County Police Department and the Atlantic County Solicitor’s Office. The requests were first made in February following the incident, and were again made following Mr. Rice’s entry into the pre-trial diversion program. None of the law enforcement entities we approached was permitted to provide any video or other investigatory material to us.
As is customary in disciplinary cases, the suspension imposed on Mr. Rice in July was based on the information available to us at that time.Our understanding of New Jersey law is that casino security is regulated by the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the State Attorney General’s office. Once a criminal investigation begins, law enforcement authorities do not share investigatory material (such as the videos here) with private parties such as the NFL. In addition, the state’s Open Public Records Act excludes material that is generated in the context of an active law enforcement proceeding. The law enforcement agencies did nothing wrong here; they simply followed their customary procedures.
As the New Jersey Attorney General’s office said yesterday, “It would have been illegal for law enforcement to provide [the] Rice video to [the] NFL.”
We did not ask the Atlantic City casino directly for the video. Again, our understanding of New Jersey law is that the casino is prohibited from turning over material to a third party during a law enforcement proceeding, and that doing so would have subjected individuals to prosecution for interference with a criminal investigation.
Moreover, our longstanding policy in matters like this – where there is a criminal investigation being directed by law enforcement and prosecutors – is to cooperate with law enforcement and take no action to interfere with the criminal justice system. In addition, in the context of an ongoing criminal investigation, information obtained outside of law enforcement that has not been tested by prosecutors or by the court system is not necessarily a reliable basis for imposing league discipline.
Finally, it is our understanding that the criminal proceedings involving Mr. Rice are
considered an open matter, and that so long as he is in the pretrial diversion program, no information will be made available to third parties or the public.
As always, we will continuously examine our procedures. I believe that we took a
significant step forward with the enhanced policies on domestic violence and sexual assault that were announced last month. I also know that we will be judged on our actions going forward. I am confident that those actions will demonstrate our commitment to address this issue seriously and effectively, and will reflect well on the NFL, all member clubs, and everyone who is a part of our league.
Roger Goodell has ruined the NFL enough even before all this drama with the Ray Rice fiasco, thus it is past time for Goodell to resign!
The Federal Communications Commission will likely vote this month to kill off its decades-old sports blackout rule.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday that the agency will vote on Sept. 30 to get rid of the rule, which requires cable and satellite companies to black out some games that aren’t shown on local broadcast stations.“With the first weekend of professional football in the books, two things should be abundantly clear: The NFL is king; and the Federal Communication Commission’s sports blackout rules are obsolete and have to go,” he wrote.
The rules date from 1975, when teams said they were critical to make sure fans came to sports games in person, instead of staying home to watch them on TV, depriving them of ticket sales at the gate.
But as times have changed, criticism for the rules has mounted. Opponents say the rules allow leagues like the NFL to be immune to normal market forces and disproportionally hurts teams in smaller cities.
The NFL requires local broadcast stations like CBS or Fox to black out games that don’t sell out ahead of time. The FCC’s rules require that cable or satellite companies that carry those stations also black them out locally.
Even if the rules are vacated, leagues like the NFL would still be able to negotiate with broadcasters and cable companies to black out some games.
This month’s vote comes in the face of intense lobbying pressure from the NFL, which has blitzed the FCC to save the rule and brought on former Steelers star Lynn Swann to make the pitch around the country. Civil rights groups like the National Urban League and a number of lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus have also called for the FCC to uphold the rules.
The league and other supporters of the regulations say they are necessary to ensure that games stay on free broadcast stations, instead of forcing them onto cable channels where revenue might be higher.
“To hear the NFL describe it, you would think that putting a game on CBS, NBC or Fox was a money-losing proposition instead of a highly profitable multi-billion dollar business,” Wheeler retorted in his op-ed on Tuesday. “If the league truly has the best interest of millions of American fans at heart, they could simply commit to staying on network television in perpetuity.”
Last year, just two professional football games were blacked out.
“The bottom line is the NFL no longer needs the government’s help to remain viable,” Wheeler added. “And we at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV.”
An NFL spokesman referred The Hill to the nearly 20,000 letters fans have sent in support of the existing rules, which Swann previously called part of a “growing chorus” calling for keeping them in place.
It’s about time the idiotic sports blackouts rule gets axed.
h/t: Julian Hattem at The Hill
some players (past and present) have been weighing in on the Ray Rice issue.