Former Denver Broncos safety John Boyett was arrested early Wednesday morning and released by the team the following day. Allow us to tell you a little bit about how Boyett went from Broncos practice squad player to former Broncos safety.
According to Jesse Paul of The Denver Post, police say Boyett head-butted and punched a cab driver while intoxicated. He then allegedly stole a shovel from a construction site and tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch.
When police were arresting Boyett, the 24-year-old reportedly told them to “contact his boss John Elway” and then proceeded to scream, spit and slam his head into a patrol car window.
Before all of this went down, Boyett was getting all liquored up at the Sports Book Bar & Grill where a bartender said he began causing a disturbance. The 24-year old allegedly tried to take food off another customer’s plate and then threatened to punch a bartender and refused to pay his tab when he was told to leave.
And if all that wasn’t enough for the Broncos to dump Boyett, he was also arrested last year while with the Indianapolis Colts for stiff-arming an officer and threatening to break his jaw. Boyett also tried to get out of trouble then by telling police he was an NFL player.
Don’t be surprised if the NFL player excuse is never available to Boyett again.
- John Boyett
Former NBA swingman Josh Childress is playing professional basketball in Australia for the Sydney Kings this year. On Thursday night, Childress committed one of the hardest fouls you will see all season — in any league.
Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Waggstaff set a clean, hard screen on Childress during the third quarter, and Childress did not appreciate it. When Waggstaff got the ball in the paint a few seconds later, Childress charged at him and cranked him in the head with a flying elbow. He showed no remorse on his way to the bench.
Perth fans were actually cheering for Childress, who came to Australia with a lot of hype attached to him, before his cheap shot on Waggstaff. They turned on him in a hurry. It’s amazing Waggstaff didn’t get seriously hurt.
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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert took a high stick to the face last night that completely rearranged his smile.
It didn’t matter to San Jose Sharks fans that Calvert had his teeth knocked out and was bleeding profusely from the mouth. They still booed the call. Because he’s a hockey player, Calvert got some attention from a team trainer on the bench and returned to the game shortly thereafter. His mouth was a mess.
Matt Calvert is a badass. Didn't even miss a shift. pic.twitter.com/WZSewv4xD1
— Steve Briggs (@Briggsy182) October 24, 2014
Plenty of hockey players have messed up teeth to begin with, but Calvert wasn’t one of them. Here’s what his smile looked like during team pictures last month.
Poor bastard. Hopefully those preseason chicklets were fake anyway. At least he didn’t have to pick his own teeth up off the ice. We’ve seen that before and it’s not pretty.
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Once a pothead, always a pothead.
At least, that’s what people seem to think about former NFL running back Ricky Williams. Earlier this week, Williams was asked for his thoughts about the NFL changing its marijuana rules in the new league drug policy. The 37-year-old insists he would have never even ended up in the NFL’s drug program if the threshold for a positive test was 35 nanograms like it is now. He also said he has given up smoking pot.
“When I go places, people offer me pot all the time,” he told USA Today Sports with a laugh. “And then I have to say, ‘Well, I’m sorry, I don’t do that anymore.’ And they look so disappointed.”
However, Williams stood by comments he made a year ago about how marijuana was like “spinach for Popeye” for him when he was still playing. He said he no longer smokes because his stress and pain have gone away.
“It worked for me,” Williams said. “It was better for my body. It wasn’t necessarily better for my career.”
Williams failed multiple drug tests during his career and was suspended for the entire 2006 season because of it. The former Miami Dolphins star said the old drug testing system simply came down to luck, with collectors testing Sample A to see if it was above the threshold and not bothering with Sample B if so.
I’m not sure how much the new system would have helped someone who loved weed as much as Williams, but it certainly seems to make more sense.
- Ricky Williams
Ian Poulter is one of the most outspoken and eccentric players on the PGA Tour, and his personality shows through in his new autobiography, “No Limits.” PGA of America president Ted Bishop strongly disagrees with at least one thing that was written in the book.
According to Golf Digest, golf legend Nick Faldo made some comments last month criticizing Sergio Garcia for being “useless” and having a “bad attitude” during the 2008 Ryder Cup — the year Faldo was the European captain. Here’s what Poulter had to say about Faldo’s remarks in his book.
It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That’s the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That’s the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat.
And he was captain. So who’s useless? Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror. I have always got on great with Faldo in the past and I have a great deal of respect for everything he has achieved but this feels like sour grapes. It feels like a guy who is still bitter that he lost in 2008.
Bishop tweeted a harsh response that has since been deleted:
Poulter fired back in a statement to Golf Channel on Thursday.
“Is being called a ‘lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put down?” Poulter said. “That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment.”
Oh no he didn’t. He pulled the sexism card? Good luck responding to that one, Bishop.
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Despite beating the San Diego Chargers in an important divisional game, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was not all smiles after Thursday night’s game. Manning was quick to express his displeasure with the Sports Authority Field scoreboard operator, and he didn’t seem like he was joking.
“I have no problem with our fans, our fans are great,” Manning told reporters, via Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner. “I’ve got a problem with our scoreboard operator. I’ve got to have a little talk with him.”
With the Broncos leading 35-21 and looking to kill the remainder of the clock, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” began playing over the stadium PA system. Aqib Talib was shown on the big screen dancing, which of course ignited the crowd even more. Manning waved his arms to try to get the fans to quiet down after the two-minute warning. The Broncos ended up with a false-start penalty, though it’s unclear if it was related to crowd noise.
In addition to the “Jump Around” shenanigans, Manning was also upset that Philip Rivers was shown on the stadium videoboard multiple times so the fans could boo him.
“I’m not sure what he’s doing,” he said. “He’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought it was disrespectful. Our fans were great, our fans were loud, but the scoreboard operator, it wasn’t his best night.”
Peyton is a very funny guy with a dry sense of humor, but he clearly wasn’t joking.
If Manning came face-to-face with the scoreboard operator after the game, he probably would have given him the same treatment he gave Julius Thomas earlier this year. You can expect a few changes during Denver’s next home game.
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On Wednesday night, Notre Dame wide receiver Justin Brent — who happens to be an 18-year-old freshman — went on a date with 42-year-old porn star Lisa Ann. The two sat courtside together at the New York Knicks game and one gossip report indicated that they were on an “official date.” At some point, it appears they really made things official.
We’re not sure if Ann or Brent posted the photo you see above on one of their Instagram pages, but if so it has since been deleted. A Deadspin reader was able to capture it first.
Can we conclude that Brent sealed the deal just by looking at the photo? Do you get into bed naked with a porn star and not seal the deal? Just saying…
Miami’s Duke Johnson is one of the best running backs in college football and he showed it against Virginia Tech on Thursday. The sophomore had 210 yards, fourth most in school history, before the third quarter ended.
There wasn’t much the Hokies could do as Johnson ran around and through them on the way to his big night. If you’re looking for a play to sum up Virginia Tech’s evening in terms of trying to stop Johnson, the above run is probably it.
Late in third quarter, Johnson took off on a 29-yard run down to the Virginia Tech eight yard line. Along the way, he delivered a vicious stiffarm to Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller that rendered him essentially useless.
If you’re going to clear out a defender, that’s how you do it. That would make Earl Campbell proud.
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This has not been a good year for Mike Carey.
The former NFL referee is now the rules expert for CBS and has been called upon for interpretations and analysis during challenges and other calls throughout games, much like the way Mike Pereira does for FOX. The only difference is Pereira usually gets things right, while Carey has seemingly been consistently wrong.
Take what happened on Thursday night.
After the Chargers tied their game with the Broncos at 7, they appeared to get a strip on the ensuing kickoff. The play was reviewed and overturned by the officials. The great part was how moments before the officials announced they were overturning the call, Carey was on TV saying that it would be upheld.
Despite being incorrect in his prediction, Carey stood by his thinking:
The Hi Def shot showed clearly the ball moving before the elbow was down.
— Mike Carey (@MikeCareyRef94) October 24, 2014
But is that the proper criteria for evaluating the fumble?
For those who question the play in Denver…the runner never lost CONTROL of the ball….moving doesn't mean loss of control!
— Jim Daopoulos (@RefereeJimD) October 24, 2014
On the fumble that was reversed the forearm was down before ball came loose. Forearm down before elbow.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) October 24, 2014
The play seemed inconclusive to me, therefore I agree with Carey that the call on the field should have stood. It was just really funny seeing Carey be so certain about the call and seeing the opposite thing happen, and not as funny for the Chargers who lost out on what would have been a game-changer.
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Philip Rivers is one fiery guy, and you definitely don’t want to tick him off during a game.
Rivers’ Chargers had a hard time moving the ball in the first quarter of their Thursday night game against the Broncos and the quarterback was particularly irked with a second down call that led to a rush for a loss of five yards. The Chargers went 3-and-out on the possession — their second of the game — and punted to the Broncos, who got good field position and turned it into a touchdown.
In the video, it seems like you can see Rivers yelling about the “play,” and Jim Nantz said he was upset over the playcall.
Somebody get this angry cowboy a bolo tie, fast.
video via GIFD Sports