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Seahawks violations reportedly stemmed from Richard Sherman practice fight

Richard-Sherman-practice-fightThe Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll were fined a total of $300,000 by the NFL on Tuesday and forced to give up two minicamp practices in 2015. The punishment stemmed from a violation of the no-contact rules that are in place for certain offseason workouts. The question now is how the Seahawks got caught.

Remember the fight that broke out involving Richard Sherman during Seattle’s practice back in June? Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the NFLPA began investigating after TV footage showed the altercation. The NFLPA asked the Seahawks to turn over all video of their offseason practices for review.

The fight that Sherman was at the center of started when wide receiver Bryan Walters made a diving catch on the sideline and injured his shoulder. Several offensive players felt that safety Earl Thomas made too much contact with Walters and caused him to lose his balance.

The NFLPA concluded that the practice where the fight broke out was “way too aggressive” and that coaches were “coaching contact.” After reviewing the footage, the league apparently agreed and handed out the punishment.

I’m sure Carroll and the Seahawks aren’t the only ones doing this, but the situation is a reminder that someone is always watching with the technology we have available these days. Even a seemingly minor dust-up can lead to much larger problems.

Josh Gordon appeal denied, one-year suspension upheld

Josh GordonCleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2014 season. The suspension ruling was officially upheld on Wednesday after a long appeal process.

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said in a statement. “I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.”

Gordon had maintained that he failed his most recent drug test because of second-hand marijuana smoke. His attorneys also argued that a significant flaw in the NFL’s testing process resulted in Gordon testing positive. That argument is broken down in more detail here.

Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season after testing positive for using codeine syrup as a recreational drug. He was then placed in the NFL’s Stage III drug program and has since had to pass 10 drug tests per month. The 23-year-old was also arrested for driving while under the influence in July, two months after his failed marijuana test.

ESPN (sort of) apologizes for Michael Sam shower report

Michael Sam RamsAfter initially defending its report about Michael Sam’s shower habits in the St. Louis Rams locker room, ESPN finally received enough pressure from the masses to issue a half-hearted apology on Wednesday.

“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,” the network said in a statement. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”

For those who missed it, Josina Anderson discussed how Sam is fitting in with his teammates by passing along information she got from players about when and with whom Sam has been taking his showers. One Rams defender supposedly said Sam is “respecting our space” while two others said they weren’t keeping track of when the former Missouri star cleans himself. Shocking, I know.

[WATCH: ESPN shares report about Michael Sam's showering habits]

Rams defensive end Chris Long later sent a tweet directed toward ESPN, basically saying Sam’s sexual preference is no longer a topic of interest for anyone but the World Wide Leader. ESPN initially defended Anderson’s reporting on Tuesday.

“In response to recent questions about Sam fitting in with the team, multiple Rams brought up the shower topic and we relayed that information as part of our reporting,” the network said, via Shutdown Corner.

We get that Anderson was just passing along information, but it didn’t seem like there was enough there to constitute a news story. To me, the report represented an uncomfortable invasion of privacy.

Floyd Mayweather welcomes Warren Buffett to The Money Team

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Warren Buffett probably don’t have a lot in common, but we know they can certainly relate to one another when it comes to wealth. On Tuesday night, the two incredibly rich men got together to discuss finances.

“I had a great meeting with the $66.9 billion dollar man, Mr. Warren Buffett,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram. “We talked about how we could turn a $100 million of my assets to $1 billion. Mr. Warren Buffett is the original founder of The Money Team, he’s just one of my billionaire buddies.”

Buffett, 83, is the most successful investor in the world. We spend so much time talking about how ridiculously wealthy Mayweather is that we forget there are people out there who dwarf his net worth. Floyd’s estimated net worth of about $300 million is roughly 1/200th of Buffett’s $60 billion-plus.

Mayweather is right. Buffett is the original founder of The Money Team, even if he doesn’t own one of these.

Report: Patriots players pissed about Logan Mankins trade

Logan-Mankins-Torn-ACL-Super-BowlThe New England Patriots’ decision to trade All-Pro offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday came as a shock to most, even his former teammates. Players are well aware that the NFL is a business, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to disappointment.

On the surface, most of the Patriots players said all the right things. Julian Edelman said he trusts Bill Belichick to do what’s best for the team. Devin McCourty said the team simply has to “move on.” But according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, there was no mistaking the mood in the locker room.

But to say that Mankins’s teammates were shocked Tuesday is an understatement of Belichickian proportion. They openly discussed in the locker room how surprised they were by the move, and Darrelle Revis acknowledged that “the atmosphere was a little down” at practice.

A league source connected to several Patriots players used a “p” word that rhymes with “missed” to describe the mood in the locker room Tuesday. Many players still felt that Mankins was the best lineman on the team, the source said.

There’s a difference between being “pissed” and being disappointed. Disappointment would mean the players are sad to lose a team leader, great player and good friend. The fact that Volin says they were pissed would seem to indicate not everyone feels Belichick made the right decision.

Mankins was reportedly traded because he refused to take a pay cut. The Patriots have never been afraid to make an unpopular decision if it helps their financial situation, and there’s a good chance they are looking to free up a large chunk of salary cap space to sign Darrelle Revis to a long-term contract.

Could they have waited until after the season? For financial reasons, yes. But Belichick must have some young linemen he is confident in that he wants to start developing now. Either that, or he loves the attention he gets for being an evil genius. The Patriots fan in me leans toward the latter.

Ned Yost calls out Royals fans after walk-off win

Ned YostThe Kansas City Royals came away with a dramatic walk-off win against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. With his team trailing 1-0 in the ninth, Alex Gordon blasted a two-run homer that scored Alcides Escobar and gave the Royals a much-needed win to protect their 1.5-game lead in the NL Central. Despite that, manager Ned Yost was not all smiles after the game.

Yost was irritated at the fact that only 13,847 people showed up to the game.

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” Yost asked reporters without being prompted to share his thoughts on attendance.

Of course, that led to follow-up questions. Yost welcomed them, because he clearly had an axe to grind.

“We’re in a pennant race, yeah,” he said. “We’ve been working on trying to build this team for the last three or four years to put ourselves in a position where we can contend for a championship. And not only the division, but we want to contend for a world championship. It’s really, really important we have our fans behind us at the stadium.

“I know it’s a school night. But I’ve been through this before in Atlanta (when the Braves first made the playoffs) in ‘91, where it didn’t matter what night it was, that place was packed at the end of August and September. The fans really got into it.

“They’re a big part of our success, especially at home. Because the electricity they provide, the energy they provide, helps you get through games like this. You know? …”

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, who transcribed the above quotes, took issue with Yost’s comments and bluntly described them as “stupid.” It’s hard to disagree with him. For starters, Mellinger pointed out that the Royals are 4-6 in front of crowds of 30,000 or more this season. He also noted that on Aug. 26, 1991 the Braves played a Monday night game in front of 12,889 people while in a pennant race. Atlanta moved into first place with a win the next night, and 15,806 people were there to see it happen.

Mellinger’s well-reasoned takedown of Yost’s surprise attack on Royals fans is worth reading. He went on to discuss how the Royals have been bottom-dwellers for decades, so Yost has some nerve expecting a packed house now that the team has been hot for a few months. Do you know how much money fans have spent watching the Royals lose?

Yost’s remarks were poorly timed, to say the least.

H/T Hardball Talk

Kevin Love to Glen Taylor: Focus on your own team

Kevin-Love-bald-headMinnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took some parting shots at Kevin Love on Tuesday, pointing out some shortcomings in the star forward’s game and wondering out loud if he will be a good fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love responded on Wednesday by basically telling Taylor to worry about himself.

Love’s message during an appearance on “Mike and Mike” was that Taylor received enough of a haul in the trade that he should be focusing on the Timberwolves and nothing else.

“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love said. “For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young.

“I think he got a lot for me. So I’d be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I’m just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here.”

Taylor is obviously bitter that he was unable to keep Love. He admitted that he regrets not giving Love the deal the three-time NBA All-Star sought back in 2012, but in the next breath he questioned whether Love can stay healthy and handle not being the biggest star on his team.

Personally, I agree with Love. Minnesota got a player in Wiggins that many feel could be the next Kobe Bryant. If you can’t keep your biggest star, you might as well get one with no ceiling in return. Taylor has nothing to be angry about after the way the Love era ended.