Peyton Manning reportedly hired two private investigators to look into the source of the HGH allegations against him five days before they were published by Al Jazeera.
According to the Washington Post, Manning’s legal team hired private investigators Brian Bauer and Ben Ford to question Charlie Sly. The two men went to the home of Sly’s parents on Dec. 22, and the couple initially had their daughter — Sly’s younger sister Kaitlyn — call the police. When police arrived and the investigators explained that they were working for “a party interested in the Al Jazeera documentary,” the Slys agreed to speak with them the following day when Charlie returned home.
Sly’s laywer, Travis Cohron, said the discussion with Manning’s investigators was “very cordial.” Sly told the men that he made up everything he said when he was being secretly recorded for the Al Jazeera documentary, and Sly and Cohron later decided Charlie should create a video recanting all of his statements, which you can see here.
Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary and crisis management expert that Manning hired, insists that Manning’s private investigators did not coerce Sly into recanting his statements. Sly recorded the video the day after they met.
Fleischer has confirmed that Manning’s wife Ashley did, in fact, receive a shipment of medication from the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis, though he would not say whether the medication was human growth hormone. Manning has not denied that his wife received shipments of HGH, though he insists he never took anything that was prescribed to her. Al Jazeera claims Ashley Manning received the shipments illegally.
As we previously explained, there are more than a few red flags associated with the founder of the Guyer Institute.
As promised on the Instagram account Thursday (and yes, you should be following us on IG), my pick for the Super Bowl would be released tonight.
I recorded this video live from Super Bowl City in San Francisco. Lots of thought went into the pick, and in general, I like to get a real sense from the players before making my selection. Do players from one side or another seem distracted by the glamour of the game or are they there strictly for business? Does one side seem just happy to be there or do they have unfinished business? Those are major factors we examined when making a pick.
Pick is below:
Just so we’re clear: that’s Carolina to win outright but Denver to cover. That is the pick!
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Johnny Manziel’s family is aware of the quarterback’s problems and they are still trying to help him get better.
Manziel’s father, Paul, talked to WFAA in response to the report that Johnny tried to hit ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley and threatened their lives.
“We’re trying to get our son better,” Paul Manziel told WFAA. “We’re not there yet.”
Johnny Manziel’s problems seem to have only gotten worse over time. He entered the draft with some questions about his character because of his reputation for partying and enjoying the spotlight, but he hadn’t done much wrong in the way of the law. That has changed.
Police were called regarding a fight between Manziel and Crowley on the road in October (video from the incident here). Prior to that, Manziel was in treatment for alcohol abuse.
Manziel has been exhibiting questionable behavior the past few months. He reportedly skipped the Cleveland Browns’ final game of the season to go to Las Vegas undercover. Then, despite his public alcohol problems, he was spotted buying or drinking alcohol multiple times.
The Browns plan to cut Manziel in March when they have the chance, and incidents like this make it more unlikely that another team would want any part of him.
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The Dallas Police Department has announced that Johnny Manziel will not face any charges stemming from the incident that took place between him and his ex-girlfriend over the weekend.
“The Dallas Police Department has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to us by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel,” DPD said in a statement. “Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed. No further statement is expected at this time.”
Fort Worth PD, however, is continuing its investigation.
While Dallas PD has closed its investigation into Johnny Manziel's alleged assault, Fort Worth PD has not. Its investigation continues.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 5, 2016
Police were called to the home of Colleen Crowley early Saturday morning after reports of a domestic assault. When they arrived, Crowley was reportedly not cooperative and would not show officers the injuries she claims she sustained. She told police she was concerned about Manziel’s well-being, and a search party was sent out to locate the Browns quarterback.
The allegations Crowley made against Manziel are very disturbing, as she accused him of threatening to kill her and hitting her multiple times. You can read more details here.
Manziel has denied the allegations, saying that he is “completely stable” and is focusing on football. This is the second incident between Manziel and Crowley that led to police involvement in the past several months. You can see some footage from the first incident here.
Colleen Crowley, the ex-girlfriend of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, told police that Manziel physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her over the weekend.
WFAA in Dallas reports that Crowley claims Manziel told her to “shut up or I’ll kill us both” after forcing her into a car, hitting her and grabbing her by the hair. Crowley has reportedly told police that she fears for her safety and is seeking a protective order against Manziel.
Manziel spoke with TMZ on Thursday evening and denied the allegations.
“It didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m completely stable. I’m safe and secure.”
Police were called to Crowley’s house over the weekend after she claimed she was involved in an altercation with Manziel. She reportedly told police she was concerned about Manziel’s well-being, and the department ended up sending a search party out — including a helicopter — to locate Manziel. Crowley was said to be uncooperative with investigators and refused to allow police to photograph her alleged injuries.
According to WFAA, Crowley detailed to police an assault she claims began at Manziel’s hotel room early Saturday morning. Crowley and Manziel reportedly began arguing over another girl, and Crowley claims she tried to leave the room and Manziel wouldn’t let her. She accused Manziel of restraining her and leading her down a hallway.
“I was crying and begged the valet, ‘Please don’t let him take me. I’m scared for my life!'” Crowley told police.
More from the report:
Sources say Manziel then drove her about a half-mile to her car, which was parked near the Concrete Cowboy bar off Cedar Springs Road. She claims she jumped out of the car and tried to hide from Manziel, but he found her in some nearby bushes.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” she reportedly told police. “He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later.”
Crowley then reportedly hit Manziel several times, hoping to get out of the car, but, she told police, Manziel “threw me off of him” and she hit her head on the car window. She told police he would not give her her phone.
Sources say Manziel then got on Interstate 30 and began driving to her apartment in Fort Worth. While en route, she claims, she yelled at him, “I hate you!” He allegedly replied that “he was going to drop me off, take my car and go kill himself,” sources said.
She says she thought he was on drugs or maybe having a psychotic break. She told police she then began telling him she loved him.
She says at that time Manziel “started laughing” and then reportedly yelled at her to “shut up or I’ll kill us both.” She says they finally made it to her Fort Worth apartment where the argument continued.
Crowley claims Manziel smashed her phone and also began checking her computer and realized she had tried to contact her parents. She says she pulled a knife and “advanced toward him out of fear for my life.” Manziel allegedly fled on foot before police arrived.
Crowley told police that she broke up with Manziel back in December, which is consistent with the rumors we have heard. Reports during the season indicated that the Browns wanted Manziel to break up with Crowley after another incident involving the two in which police were also called. You can see some footage from that incident here.
The Browns released a statement earlier this week ripping Manziel in the wake of the latest off-field drama. They are reportedly expected to release him when the new league year begins in March.
No charges have been filed against Manziel. He told TMZ he is currently preparing for the 2016 season.
“I have great things coming ahead,” Manziel said. “I know I’ve been having fun but I just need to get my body right. I’m 100% committed to playing football.”
Manziel was likely referring to one of the many videos we have seen over the past several months that show him partying.
The Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets are reportedly discussing a trade involving Brandon Jennings and Thaddeus Young.
According to Chris Sheridan as Sheridan Hoops, the Nets would be willing to sign Jennings long-term before he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and are one of several teams interested in the point guard. The Pistons already have Reggie Jackson at the position, and the addition of Young would give them a stronger post presence.
Sheridan says the Nets are “desperate” to bring in established veterans due to the fact that they have few future draft picks due to a series of ill-fated trades. He also says the Nets could throw in Shane Larkin or Jarrett Jack to sweeten the deal for Detroit and fill the team’s new need for a backup point guard.
This looks like one of those deals that would make some sense for both parties, though it isn’t without its flaws. It’s not quite clear how Young would fit into a Stan Van Gundy system – he averages 15 points and 9 rebounds per game and plays well in the post, but he lacks the stretch four skills that Van Gundy likes in his power forwards. Jennings, combined with Brook Lopez, at least provides the Nets with a decent foundation to build something with and a potential hook to lure in some established free agents. Jennings would absolutely be a gamble – he’s a flawed player who’s coming off a torn Achilles, but at the same time, he’s still only 26. It’s no secret that the Pistons will move him if they find a deal they like, as he’s an expiring contract who is surplus to their needs.
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Rob Gronkowski is already at the peak of his offseason form.
Gronk was a guest on Jason Whitlock’s show on FOX Sports 1 Thursday, and the topic of a lap dance came up somehow. One thing led to another and before you know it the Patriots tight end was dry-humping Julie Stewart-Binks.
here is gronk's very intense lap dance pic.twitter.com/snwsjFgOGd
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 4, 2016
We’d like to see Gronk try that on Charissa Thompson, who has experience shutting him down.
The Patriots may have failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions this year, but that is not going to stop Gronkowski from living it up during the offseason. The “Summer of Gronk 2016” is off to an early start.
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Bill Self called out one of his Kansas players about as strongly as one possibly can.
On Wednesday night, Kansas’s Brannen Greene threw down a dunk as time was expiring in the second half against rival Kansas State. That made the score of the game 77-59, and the Jayhawks could have very easily dribbled out the clock. In fact, everyone except for Greene was already headed off the court. Here’s video:
Final moments of the KU-K-State game. pic.twitter.com/Y1rhdOycJI
— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) February 4, 2016
Self didn’t like it. In fact, it would be fair to say he downright hated it.
“Brannen Greene, we’ve put up with him doing some stuff in the past, but that was probably the biggest d— move I’ve ever had a player do during a game,” Self said on the postgame radio show, via the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Matt Galloway. “To dunk the ball like that when the other team – even their players are going, ‘How disrespectful to the game.’ It certainly showed unbelievably poor sportsmanship.
“I’m so pissed right now that we represented the way we did at the end.”
Not often you’ll hear a coach so thoroughly eviscerate one of his own players in public. It seems a bit over the top – an apology and a frank discussion behind closed doors seems like it would have sufficed – but Self has clashed with Greene before, so that may have played into the reaction.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Self has had to deal with this sort of thing. Elijah Johnson did something similar in a 2013 game against Iowa State, but he didn’t get this sort of treatment from Self – perhaps because he didn’t have Greene’s previous history, or perhaps because he apologized himself during a postgame interview.
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Marshawn Lynch does not have to sit in front of hundreds of reporters and microphones this year during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, but he seems as irritated as ever with the media.
When Lynch was on his way into Jay Glazer’s charity event in San Francisco Wednesday night, a reporter from TMZ asked him if he is planning to come back next season. Let’s just say it would have been much kinder of Beast Mode to ignore the question altogether.
Classic Marshawn, right?
Whatever the case, we’re glad to see Marshawn is still feeling like himself.
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Dear team social media and promo people: do you really not notice how these things look?
That is a tweet sent out Thursday by the Miami Marlins. It’s about a team-sponsored charity golf outing that includes Marlins players, coaches, and broadcasters. It reads as if it is talking about something completely different, does it not?
Probably have to check with my wife. I'll DM you if she's up for it. https://t.co/kCdTrGcPRA
— Marc Hochman (@MarcHochman) February 4, 2016
This is the internet. Anything that can be manipulated into looking even vaguely dirty is going to get seized upon by a horde of rabid commenters. This was a straight-up gift.
The tweet was promptly deleted and replaced by something a bit more specific:
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 4, 2016
They should have just left it up. Not only is it just as funny as this ill-advised promo, but it would probably be the most attention the Marlins get all season.
H/T Big League Stew