June 2011 - Football Wiretap
Report: Talib's Trial In 2012
Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib reportedly won't stand trial for his aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge until next year, according to an ESPN.com report. Talib's attorney, Frank Perez, told the St. Petersburg Times on Thursday that Talib had his trial scheduled in Texas for March 26, 2012. Police said they believe Talib and his mother, Okolo Talib, shot at his sister's boyfriend on March 21. The man was not injured. Talib, 25, has been out on $25,000 bond since March 30.
Woman Says T.O. Failed To Pay Some Child Support
The mother of Terrell Owens' child says the NFL star has refused to pay the full $5,000 a month in child support he owes. Melanie Paige Smith filed court papers June 20 in an Atlanta court seeking to hold the player in contempt. Owens "has failed and refused to pay the full amount of child support for June 2011," Atlanta attorney Randall Kessler wrote in court records. Owenss' financial advisers have informed Smith that he's decided to no longer pay the full amount, Kessler added. Kessler said Wednesday that Smith doesn't have any ill will toward Owens.
Ochocinco: Carson Palmer Is Gone
Carson Palmer says he'll never play for the Bengals again and his house in the Cincinnati suburbs recently sold. One of his favorite targets said Thursday he doesn't doubt the quarterback won't play for the team again. Chad Ochocinco, interviewed by "SportsCenter" on Thursday, said Palmer is a man of his word. Ochocinco said that if Palmer comes out of character, and says he wants out or is going to retire, then the Bengals should listen to what he says. "He will sit out, he will retire," Ochocinco said from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ochocinco added that Palmer is "frustrated" and wants a "fresh start."
Superdome Renovations Almost Done
A six-year, $336M, multiphase transformation of the Louisiana Superdome is nearly complete, enough so that spectators will get to see the latest changes in person when the dome reopens this weekend, for the first time since last football season, to host the Essence music festival, according to an ESPN.com report.
Notre Dame's Floyd Gets One-Year Probation For DUI
Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to a year of probation. Whether he plays next season remains unclear, according to an Associated Press report. St. Joseph County Magistrate Brian Steinke gave Floyd a one-year jail sentence that was suspended as part of a plea agreement.
Britt Surrenders To Police On 2 Warrants
Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has surrendered to police on two outstanding warrants alleging that he provided inaccurate information on separate driver's license applications, according to an ESPN.com report.
Tavaris Jackson: 'It's Probably Time For A Change'
The Vikings aren't giving him a chance to be their starting quarterback, so Tavaris Jackson is ready to move on. "It's probably time for a change," Jackson told The Star Tribune. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to play up here the last five years. ... (But) I'm not trying to be a backup. I'm trying to go somewhere where I have a chance, and I don't feel like I'd get that chance here. It's time to move on. No hard feelings or anything. It's a business." The Vikings drafted Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. "Since Day 1, I don't really think I was really welcome here anyways, because nobody really knew who I was, being from a smaller school," said Jackson. "A lot more things probably play into it, too. It's just the way things are. I can't help that."
Sapp Warns Teams About Free Agent Huff
Warren Sapp is urging teams to think hard before signing soon-to-be free agent safety Michael Huff. Sapp didn't hold back Tuesday when asked on a Dallas radio show if the Cowboys should court Huff, who has ties to the area. "Michael Huff leaves something to be desired," Sapp said on KESN-FM's "Ben and Skin Show." "I watched Huff for two years not pick a pass off in practice. I seen him make a couple plays lately. I'd really be interested to see his tape and watch his last couple of years because his first two make you want to throw up watching him practice.” Huff was the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and Sapp painted the picture of an entitled young player. "I went so far with Michael Huff, and you can ask him this, that my last day in Oakland, I waited in the parking lot for Michael Huff," said Sapp, who played for the Raiders from 2004 to 2007. "I waited in the parking lot because I wanted to talk to the young man because he made me want to throw up watching him practice. I mean, the scout team would complete ball, after ball, after ball. I'm like, 'You're not going to make one play? I mean, you're not even going to put your hand on it and knock it down?' "
Lockout Hurting Fantasy Companies
The lingering NFL lockout has begun to seriously hurt many fantasy football companies. Usually by now, thousands of the estimated 24 million people who play fantasy football each year already have begun preparing for their leagues. But as NFL franchises and players skip offseason workouts and free agents go unsigned amid the labor unrest, companies that depend on fans poring over statistics and incremental personnel moves to form their fantasy teams have coped with the reality of lost revenue. The fantasy football industry brings in about $800 million per year. "We'll be lucky if we make one-third of what we make in a normal year," said Bruce Taylor, the 46-year-old co-owner of Seattle-based Fantasy Index Magazine, Inc., which isn't publishing its Fantasy Football Index magazine for the first time in 25 years. "It's tough because we've had to lay somebody off -- I've got another employee that I should lay off, but I don't have the heart. We're a small company," Taylor said. "I try and be philosophical about it because when you hitch your wagon to somebody else's horse, you're going to take your lumps."
Palmer's Cincinnati Home Is Sold
In the latest in a long line of developments that appear to signal the end of Carson Palmer's time with the Bengals, the quarterback's Cincinnati-area home has been sold. The home was listed at $2.1 million, but the sale price isn't immediately known. Palmer, 31, went to the Bengals after the team wrapped up its 4-12 season and asked to be traded or he would retire from the NFL. Bengals owner Mike Brown has said numerous times he will not trade Palmer.
49ers Lose Heitmann To Neck Surgery
49ers center Eric Heitmann had neck surgery approximately four weeks ago.
Enderle Begins Workouts With Bears
Bears rookie quarterback and fifth-round draft pick Nate Enderle arrived in Chicago on Sunday.
Goodell, Smith Address Rookies
Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith spoke to 155 rookies on Wednesday afternoon.
Holmes Wants To Finish Career As Jet
Santonio Holmes will hit the free agent market when the NFL lockout ends.
Crabtree Still Bothered By Left Foot
Michael Crabtree attended San Francisco's recent informal workout.
Ravens Interested In Pryor As Receiver?
Anquan Boldin could be a perfect mentor for Terrelle Pryor.
Ty Law Wants To Retire With Patriots
Ty Law hasn't played since 2009, but he hasn't filed his retirement papers because he wants to retire with New England.
Kaepernick Shows Off At 49ers Workouts
Colin Kaepernick doesn't feel limited at all following left leg surgery in May.
Crowder Says He Didn't Sell Jerseys
Channing Crowder says he was just trying to make a point when he hinted that he sold jerseys while at Florida.
Goodell, Smith Hold Talks Without Owners, Players
The NFL owners and players have engaged in a fifth week of labor talks, but they have looked decidedly different this week.
Rookies Urged Not To Make Big Purchases
The lockout has kept the NFL's incoming rookies from signing contracts with the teams that drafted them in April.
Ryans Teaching Teammates 3-4 Defense
Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has assumed a leadership role with the team as the NFL lockout lingers.
Woman Tries To Extort Titans Wide Receiver
An Tennessee woman is being charged with extortion in her dealings with Titans receiver Damian Williams.
Agent: Owens Isn't Retiring
Drew Rosenhaus said Terrell Owens had surgery in April, that he won't retire and didn't injure himself filming for a reality show.
Manning: Giants Would Take Burress Over Barber
Eli Manning took a subtle shot at Tiki Barber.
New Meadowlands To Get Name Soon
MetLife may soon purchase the naming rights to the New Meadowlands.
Crowder Hints He Sold Jerseys In College
Channing Crowder discussed the subject during the debut of his new weekly talk show on WQAM radio in Miami.
Dockett Tweets While Pulled Over
Darnell Dockett gave his Twitter followers a play-by-play account when he was pulled over by police recently.