Football Wiretap

Saints Accused Of Helping Catholic Church With PR On Clergy Sex Abuse

Jan 25, 2020 4:47 PM

The New Orleans Saints are attempting to block the release of hundreds of emails allegedly showing team executives doing public relations damage control for the Roman Catholic archdiocese in the area to help contain the fallout of its sexual abuse crisis.

"Obviously, the Saints should not be in the business of assisting the Archdiocese, and the Saints' public relations team is not in the business of managing the public relations of criminals engaged in pedophilia," the attorneys wrote in a court filing. "The Saints realize that if the documents at issue are made public, this professional sports organization also will be smearing itself."

In a statement Friday, the Saints said they are not trying to conceal information but rather have "requested the court to apply the normal rules of civil discovery to the documents that the Saints produced" and noted they would become public if admitted into evidence at a trial or hearing.

Gayle Benson has given millions of dollars to Catholic institutions in the New Orleans area, and the archbishop is a regular guest of hers at games and at charitable events for the church.


Tags: New Orleans Saints

Eli Manning Was Peyton Manning's Third Favorite Player

Jan 24, 2020 11:18 AM

Eli Manning was the third favorite player of his brother Peyton Manning.

"I'm happy for Eli, because I know he's at peace and he put a lot of time and thought into this decision," Manning said. "But I am sad, because I won't get to see him play anymore. And after my dad and Dan Marino, Eli really was my favorite player. So I have to find a new one. But for really 19 years going back to his three years at Ole Miss, 16 years in the NFL, I have enjoyed watching him play, watching him compete, watching him grow into a man. It's been a heck of a run."

The Mannings also have an older brother Cooper Manning.

Tags: New York Giants

Antonio Brown Turns Himself In To Police

Jan 24, 2020 8:35 AM

Antonio Brown turned himself in to Broward County Jail on Thursday night in response to an arrest warrant filed against him on three charges.

The wide receiver arrived at about 10 p.m. ET prepared to face his outstanding charges of felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief stemming from a Tuesday incident outside his home in which he allegedly assaulted a moving truck driver.

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Tags: Legal

Number Of Reported Concussions Rose Slightly In 2019

Jan 24, 2020 8:32 AM

According to data released by the NFL on Thursday, reported concussions rose slightly during the NFL's 2019 preseason and regular season, increasing from 214 in 2018 to 224.

The new total remained below the previous three-year average from 2015 to 2017 (266.3), an outcome that league executives attributed to the permanence of a series of rule and policy changes implemented after the 2017 season.

After recording 281 concussions in 2017, the league overhauled the kickoff and added a new rule that prohibited players from lowering their heads to initiate contact with opponents.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

49ers Pushed To Wear All-White Throwbacks For Super Bowl

Jan 23, 2020 4:10 PM

The San Francisco 49ers pushed to wear their all-white throwbacks for Super Bowl LIV, but will instead wear their standard white jerseys with gold pants.

The 49ers wore the throwbacks on Oct. 27 in a home win against the Carolina Panthers and received an exemption from the NFL to wear them again for their Week 17 game at the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers wore the same style throwback, except with a red jersey, when they won Super Bowl XXIX during the 1994 season.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers

Vikings Promote Gary Kubiak To Offensive Coordinator

Jan 23, 2020 11:13 AM

The Minnesota Vikings will promote Gary Kubiak to offensive coordinator, replacing Kevin Stefanski.

Stefanski was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach.

Mike Zimmer touted the impact Kubiak made last season as an assistant head coach and offensive advisor. 

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

NFL Reduces Formal Combine Interviews From 60 To 45

Jan 23, 2020 7:56 AM

The NFL informed teams recently that they'll be granted 45 18-minute formal interviews at the Combine this year, down from the usual 60 interviews, according to sources.

The change drops the total time teams are with players from 900 total minutes to 810.

The adjustment is related to schedule changes that move on-field drills to primetime.

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Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Raiders Officially Become 'Las Vegas Raiders'

Jan 22, 2020 10:47 PM

The Raiders are now officially the "Las Vegas Raiders," Mark Davis announced on Wednesday.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland, and played 13 seasons in L.A. Both cities will always be part of our DNA but, today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. For today, January 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders," Davis said.

"And, today, Las Vegas officially becomes our nation's capital."

The Raiders' move to Las Vegas was approved three years ago.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Arrest Warrant Issued For Antonio Brown

Jan 22, 2020 10:45 PM

The Hollywood (Florida) Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Antonio Brown following allegations that he and his trainer attacked a moving company truck driver near Brown's home.

Spokesman Christian Latta said in a news release that Brown faces charges of burglary with battery -- a felony -- burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

Police said they made several attempts to contact Brown to question him about the incident, but the wide receiver retreated into his home and ignored their requests to speak with him.

Brown's trainer, Glenn Holt, had been arrested on a felony burglary with battery charge on Tuesday. He posted a $20,000 bond on Wednesday and was released from Broward County Jail.

Brown threw a rock at the driver's moving truck before the alleged battery outside of his home Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

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Tags: Legal

Saints Will Be Patient As Drew Brees Mulls Future

Jan 22, 2020 10:43 PM

Drew Brees isn't in a hurry to decide if he'll return for a 20th season and the New Orleans Saints will be patient with the quarterback.

Mickey Loomis said the Saints "obviously" want Brees back.

The quarterback is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

"I wanted to give it at least a few weeks, months, postseason, just to take a deep breath and decompress a little bit and get some time with the family and then just reassess," he said.

In addition to Brees, Teddy Bridgewater will be an unrestricted free agent and Taysom Hill will be restricted.

"We'd love to have Drew back, and if he wants to be back then we'll go from there. I'm assuming that he does," Loomis said. "I don't think it's any different than it's been the last few years.

"It's easy to take him for granted, yet I don't take him for granted. I don't view it any different than I did a year ago, or a year before that, or a year before that -- regardless of whether he has a contract or not. Yeah, he's a great player, he's been a great player, he continues to be a great player."

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Eli Manning Retires At Age 39

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Packers Retain Mike Pettine As Defensive Coordinator

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Jeff Risdon Interview With John Pollard Of Next Gen Stats

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Robert Kraft: Patriots 'Plan To' Keep Tom Brady


Dak Prescott's Contract Is 'No. 1 Priority' For Cowboys

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J.J. Watt To Host Saturday Night Live On Feb. 1

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Antonio Brown, Trainer Allegedly Battered Driver

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Jaguars Likely To Hire Jay Gruden As Offensive Coordinator

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Dolphins Interested In Trading Up To Select Joe Burrow

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Odell Beckham Jr. Undergoes Sports Hernia Surgery

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'Record-Breaking Demand' For Super Bowl LIV Tickets

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Steelers Will Address JuJu Smith-Schuster's Deal 'When Appropriate'

Tevin Coleman Has Dislocated Right Shoulder

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Bengals Refute Report Claiming They Won't Trade No. 1 Pick

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Dean Pees Retires As Titans' Defensive Coordinator

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Jim Caldwell Won't Return To Dolphins In 2020

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AFC Title Game Averages 41M Viewers, 34M For NFC

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Tom Brady 'Open-Minded' About Where He'll Play

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Texans Promote Anthony Weaver To Defensive Coordinator

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Derrick Henry Feels He 'Could Have Done More'

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