June 2011 - Football Wiretap

Report: Talib's Trial In 2012

Jun 30, 2011 4:26 PM

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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Legal

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Woman Says T.O. Failed To Pay Some Child Support

Jun 30, 2011 3:20 PM

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.

AP

Tags: Legal

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Ochocinco: Carson Palmer Is Gone

Jun 30, 2011 1:34 PM

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."

ESPN.com

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

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Superdome Renovations Almost Done

Jun 30, 2011 11:31 AM

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.

ESPN.com

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Notre Dame's Floyd Gets One-Year Probation For DUI

Jun 30, 2011 11:25 AM

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.

AP

Tags: Legal, NCAA

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Britt Surrenders To Police On 2 Warrants

Jun 30, 2011 11:20 AM

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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Legal

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Tavaris Jackson: 'It's Probably Time For A Change'

Jun 29, 2011 5:04 PM

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."

NFL.com

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Trade Rumor

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Sapp Warns Teams About Free Agent Huff

Jun 29, 2011 5:02 PM

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?' "

NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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Lockout Hurting Fantasy Companies

Jun 29, 2011 4:59 PM

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."

NFL.com

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Palmer's Cincinnati Home Is Sold

Jun 29, 2011 4:56 PM

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.

WCPO

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor

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49ers Lose Heitmann To Neck Surgery
49ers center Eric Heitmann had neck surgery approximately four weeks ago.

CSN Bay Area

Enderle Begins Workouts With Bears
Bears rookie quarterback and fifth-round draft pick Nate Enderle arrived in Chicago on Sunday.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN.com

Goodell, Smith Address Rookies
Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith spoke to 155 rookies on Wednesday afternoon.

ESPN.com

Holmes Wants To Finish Career As Jet
Santonio Holmes will hit the free agent market when the NFL lockout ends.

Fox Sports

Crabtree Still Bothered By Left Foot
Michael Crabtree attended San Francisco's recent informal workout.

Sacramento Bee

Ravens Interested In Pryor As Receiver?
Anquan Boldin could be a perfect mentor for Terrelle Pryor.

Baltimore Sun

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.

Boston Herald

Kaepernick Shows Off At 49ers Workouts
Colin Kaepernick doesn't feel limited at all following left leg surgery in May.

Associated Press

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.

ESPN.com

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.

NFL.com

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.

Fox Sports

Ryans Teaching Teammates 3-4 Defense
Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has assumed a leadership role with the team as the NFL lockout lingers.

Associated Press

Woman Tries To Extort Titans Wide Receiver
An Tennessee woman is being charged with extortion in her dealings with Titans receiver Damian Williams.

Associated Press

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.

ESPN.com

Jason Taylor Wants To Return To Jets
Jason Taylor would welcome a return to the Jets.

Sporting News

Manning: Giants Would Take Burress Over Barber
Eli Manning took a subtle shot at Tiki Barber.

New York Post

New Meadowlands To Get Name Soon
MetLife may soon purchase the naming rights to the New Meadowlands.

ESPN.com

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.

Associated Press

Dockett Tweets While Pulled Over
Darnell Dockett gave his Twitter followers a play-by-play account when he was pulled over by police recently.

Associated Press

Sources: Owens Had ACL Surgery
Terrell Owens had the surgery within the last month, but the cause of his ACL injury remains unconfirmed.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN.com