Chip Kelly had ‘zero’ issues with DeSean Jackson, cut him because of his size

DeSean-JacksonIt seems fairly obvious at this point that Chip Kelly and DeSean Jackson did not get along when the star wide receiver was still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. One of the last reports we heard about Jackson’s time in Philly indicated that he threw temper tantrums and cussed out Kelly on several occasions. Kelly is still denying all of that.

In anticipation of the Washington Redskins visiting the Eagles on Sunday, Kelly was asked this week what type of concerns he had over Jackson’s character off the field.

“Zero,” the head coach responded, per Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

While that answer should not surprise anyone, the reason Kelly gave for the Eagles releasing Jackson will probably make you laugh.

“Yeah, just trying to build the overall team in terms of what we’re looking for offensively and how we wanted to get bigger at the wideout spot and that’s what we did,” he said.

Riiiiight. Does Kelly think we have all forgotten that Jackson posted career highs across the board last season? In Kelly’s first year as the head coach in Philly, Jackson hauled in 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. His physical makeup looked perfectly fine for what the Eagles were trying to accomplish, if you ask me.

We realize Kelly isn’t going to stir the pot by admitting he had problems with DeSean, but he could have hinted that Jackson’s release had to do with salary cap management or something. No one is going to buy the size excuse.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Jonathan Dwyer reportedly head-butted wife after she refused sexual advances


Jonathan Dwyer assaulted his wife on numerous occasions, according to police. The Associated Press shared a law enforcement report on Thursday that claims the Arizona Cardinals running back head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances. Dwyer also allegedly punched his wife in the face the following day.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges Wednesday and deactivated from all team activities. Police had investigated two incidents that occurred at his Phoenix residence on July 21 and 22. His wife left the state with the couple’s child after the alleged assaults but came forward a week ago after she claims Dwyer sent her suicidal text messages involving a photo of a knife.

According to police, Dwyer tried to kiss and undress his wife during the first incident and she refused. The ensuing argument was reported to police, but no arrest was made after officers were convinced the altercation was strictly verbal. Dwyer reportedly hid in a bathroom when police came to the house and his wife covered for him because he threatened to kill himself in front of their child.

The next day, Dwyer allegedly punched his wife with a closed fist and threw a shoe at the couple’s 17-month-old son. When she tried to call the police, he grabbed the phone from her hand and threw it from the second story of their home.

Dwyer admitted to hiding in the bathroom and threatening to take his own life, but he denied ever assaulting his wife. He also admitted to punching holes in the walls of his home and throwing the phone. He has been booked on charges of aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage and preventing the use of a phone during an emergency.

Steve Smith, Darnell Dockett share thoughts on NFL players in trouble

Darnell-Dockett-CardinalsThe arrests in the NFL have seemingly piled up over the past two weeks, and the attention paid to the alleged crimes have been more magnified than ever.

On top of the Ray Rice scandal, Greg Hardy conviction, Ray McDonald arrest and Adrian Peterson indictment, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday for alleged domestic violence.

In light of all the negativity surrounding the league, outspoken players Steve Smith and Darnell Dockett (pictured) shared their thoughts via Twitter.

Smith, who is in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, focused on the domestic violence issues:

Dockett, a longtime Arizona Cardinals DL who is out for the season, was critical of all the players getting in trouble, including Dwyer.

Dockett tweets

Both players have done and said a lot of stupid things, but these tweets were among their better ones.

Floyd Mayweather on Leonard Ellerbe: I’ve outgrown him

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Floyd Mayweather confirmed this week that there is an issue between him and longtime business manager Leonard Ellerbe.

Ellerbe, 49, has been a member of Mayweather’s staff for 18 years, but he did not serve as Floyd’s usual assistant trainer for the Marcos Maidana fight. In an interview published by FightHype.com on Wednesday, Mayweather confirmed there are issues between them.

“I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other,” Mayweather told Fight Hype regarding his relationship with Ellerbe. “I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way. For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. That’s something I didn’t approve of. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong.

“It just got to a point to where everyone wants to do what they want to do instead of communicating and compromising like we used to. We got to this point by us communicating and compromising. If I’m not mistaken, my dad wasn’t able to work [Andrew] Tabiti’s corner, his fighter. My dad, he got all his stuff, the things that he needed for the fight, extremely late. That’s just very unprofessional. There’s just a lot of other things within our team that’s just not right. Leonard wasn’t in my corner, so, you know, it’s not any hard feelings. It’s just people outgrow one another. I’m not mad at him. There’s no hard feeling like I hate the guy; not at all. No hard feelings whatsoever. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.”

Mayweather is extremely demanding of the people on “The Money Team,” and he sounds dissatisfied with Ellerbe. He is also very controlling, so it’s not a surprise that his complaints either have to deal with things not running smoothly or control.

In the past, Ellerbe has been described as Mayweather’s personal assistant, administrative aide, and business manager. He is the current CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

In addition to his issues with Ellerbe, Mayweather used a different person to wrap his hands before the latest Maidana fight. Rafael Garcia, who usually wraps Mayweather’s hands, sounds like he is off “The Money Team.” Floyd also promised many changes to his team by the time he fights again in May and left us with this telling comment.

“Once people start making power moves without communicating with me, then I think it’s time for us to move our separate ways,” Maywather said.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

Jameis Winston reportedly stood on table at FSU student union and yelled inappropriate phrase


Jameis Winston is a Heisman Trophy winner and arguably the best quarterback in the nation, but the Florida State star has made some questionable decisions off the field. He supposedly made another one on Tuesday when he stood on an FSU campus table and shouted out some profanity.

According to several FSU students on Twitter, Winston climbed onto a table and yelled, “F— her right in the p—-!” — perhaps several times. Deadspin rounded up a bunch of tweets from students who claim to have witnessed the act.


Why would Winston (allegedly) do this? We have no idea. He was probably looking to get a few laughs, and I’m sure he got plenty of them. But this isn’t the type of attention a guy who has been caught doing stuff like stealing crab legs from a supermarket and soda from a Burger King needs.

For those of you who don’t understand the reference, the phrase Winston supposedly shouted comes from a popular internet meme that you can learn all about here.

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, says she is not good enough even with steroids

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Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other.

Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her Dec. 17, 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka. She disappeared for a year and a half while she cleaned up, giving Rousey the chance to take over as the biggest name in the sport.

Rousey became the face of women’s MMA and ran through her competition to the point that many have called for her to fight Cyborg. Though Rousey is not afraid to fight Justino, she is always more than willing to rip the cheater. Two years ago, Rousey said that Cyborg was a dick and has a dick. In April, she called Cyborg an “it.

Rousey spoke with the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and took some time to lay into Cyborg again. Rousey said she would be willing to fight Cyborg but says the steroids user’s only strength as a fighter is her strength, which is obtained through unnatural means.

“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said via MMAFighting.com. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.”

Rousey then went on to say that Cyborg is not technically proficient as a fighter.

“The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

“She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them,” she added. “My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power.”

Rousey also said Cyborg was going to fight in the UFC but bailed as soon as she found out fighters would be subjected to random drug testing. Rousey believes Cyborg has avoided dropping down from 145 pounds to 135 because she knows it would be difficult to dope and drop the weight.

Even though Rousey knows many people will cheat, she says she will always be clean and it will feel more satisfying to beat them despite being at a disadvantage.

“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why [Cyborg] was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs.”

“You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.”

Rousey has a big mouth and people dislike her for that, but it’s hard not to love those comments. How can you not root for someone with that attitude?

[Also see: Whom will Ronda Rousey fight next?]

Dwight Howard has license suspended, ran 10 red lights

Dwight-Howard-LakersIt’s pretty safe to say that Dwight Howard does not feel the rules apply to him … or at least the rules of the road.

The Houston Rockets center had his driver’s license suspended in the state of Florida on Aug. 15 for a number of infractions.

According to court records, Howard was ticketed for running 9 red lights in 2012. He ran another one in July this year, making it an even 10 in three years.

Additionally, Reuters says he has four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license on his Orlando record. Incredibly, Howard just needs to pay a $285 fine for running a red light in Florida to resolve everything.

Prior to signing with the Rockets last year, Howard spent 2004-2012 with the Orlando Magic, where he became a menace on the road (or just a dude who runs red lights). He’s probably not in Florida enough to be seriously concerned about resolving the matter. But this means he’s more similar to Andrew Bynum than we originally thought.

This song goes out to Dwight, from LBS, keep on with those red lights …