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Terrelle Pryor dyed his hair blond

Terrelle Pryor RaidersTerrelle Pryor is entering his fourth NFL season with the Oakland Raiders, so why are the veterans still treating him like a rookie? There’s no need to hold a player down and force him to bleach his hair when he has been in the league for several years and played in 14 games. Wait, Pryor chose to dye his hair blond? Nevermind then.

TMZ spotted Pryor at Akon’s birthday party in Los Angeles over the weekend and he was rocking a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey with hair that matched. It would appear that the former Ohio State star has gone blond for the time being.

Between the blond hair and the backwards snapback, Pryor looked like he was doing his best JR Smith impression. Smith was told by his coach to get rid of the bleached look. Pryor is in the middle of his offseason, so he probably won’t be taking orders from anyone. We wish someone would talk him out of it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

DeSean Jackson misses Redskins’ team workouts while on vacation

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DeSean Jackson has an opportunity for a fresh start with the Washington Redskins. Even if you don’t believe the reports about Jackson being linked to a gang or throwing temper tantrums and cussing out Chip Kelly, we can all agree his image is in need of repair. Showing up to work early would be a good way to kick things off, but Jackson is on vacation.

Because they have a new head coach, the Redskins were allowed to begin their official offseason workout program two weeks early. As Crossing Broad pointed out, Robert Griffin III and other key players have been present. Jackson has been on an island somewhere, which we know by looking at his Instagram page.

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Richard Sherman takes shot at Michael Crabtree with autographed picture

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We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.

Sherman later apologized for personally attacking Crabtree the way he did. Was the apology sincere? At some point, Sherman autographed a photo and wrote “Sorry Crabtree” underneath his signature. Steiner Sports tweeted a photo of the item on Sunday, though it has not gone on sale on their website yet.

As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.

Kyrie Irving to Josh Gordon: Stay in your own sport and mind your business

Kyrie IrvingRumors have been circulating that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. The former Duke star has firmly denied them, but they’re out there. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, there are several people within the Cavaliers organization that Irving does not get along with. One of them is teammate Dion Waiters.

“The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland,” Windhorst told Cavs: The Blog last week. “That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired.”

Enter Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is friends with Waiters. During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” last week, Gordon shared his thoughts on the Irving situation.

“I talked about it with Dion,” Gordon said, via Cleveland.com’s Tom Reed. “He’s my neighbor in my building so we hang out all the time. I’m aware of the rift in the locker room. That’s just alpha males and supreme athletes trying to share the spotlight. Dion has some exposure right now depending on how Dan Gilbert wants to play free agency or trades. Hopefully they get along.”

Gordon added that it “might play out better” if Waiters and Irving were not teammates next season. The Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd later asked Irving what he thought about Gordon’s insight.

“Guys like Josh Gordon need to stay in his sport and mind his own business,” Irving said. “Does he still play for the Browns? I’ll continue to root for the Browns, but in terms of this stuff here, what goes on in this locker room, he needs to stay out of it.”

Irving also said he has no problems with Waiters personally but that anyone can see their playing styles don’t mesh well on the court. Gordon fired back on Twitter over the weekend.

Waiters tried to distance himself from all of the reports:

If the Cavs really aren’t getting along, I’m sure another Cleveland superstar speaking about it publicly makes things more awkward. In this instance, I’m with Irving — Gordon is probably better off minding his own business.

H/T Eye on Football

Report: DeSean Jackson threw temper tantrums, cussed out Chip Kelly

DeSean JacksonWhile DeSean Jackson tries to rehab his image by doing interviews denying gang ties, the stories about his poor behavior with the Philadelphia Eagles continue to emerge.

On Friday, CBS Philadelphia reported that Jackson was a selfish, bad teammate on the Eagles and that he treated head coach Chip Kelly poorly.

Here are some of the things Joseph Santoliquito writes in his report:

Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.

A source told CBS Philadelphia that Jackson was a me-first guy with a bad attitude, which isn’t exactly new. The source also says teammates were happy to see Jackson go.

Jackson supposedly did not have the same respect for Kelly that he had for Andy Reid, possibly because Kelly came from college and did not have previous NFL credentials.

Seriously, does anything from this story surprise you? It’s the exact same stuff we’ve been hearing about Jackson for years. And you could probably say the same thing for many other diva wide receivers throughout history.

Despite how good they may be as players, there’s only so long you can put up with a guy who’s a problem in the locker room. Few will deny how talented or productive guys like Jackson are, but you have to ask the question: is putting up with him worth it? For the Eagles, the answer was no.

Brendon Ayanbadejo thinks Nick Saban traded him because he took paternity leave

Brendon-Ayanbadejo-Complaining-About-AFC-ChampionshipFormer NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo can relate to New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Like Murphy, Ayanbadejo once faced criticism during his career after he chose to be with his wife for the birth of his child. The difference is Murphy has received the support of his coaching staff.

In his FOX Sports column on Friday, Ayanbadejo wrote about how he took a small amount of time off from preseason action with the Miami Dolphins back in 2005 when his daughter was born. He said that Nick Saban, who was coaching in Miami at the time, made it clear that he did not approve of him missing any practice time to be with family.

Despite Saban’s wishes, Ayanbadejo said he took a total of about 36 hours off to be with his wife — who was recovering from having a C-section — and newborn child. He was traded shortly thereafter.

Five days after the birth of my child, I found out that I was traded to the Chicago Bears. Due to the timing of the circumstances, it was a nightmare. But in retrospect, it was clearly one of the best things that happened to my football career.

As I left Miami, I had more questions than answers. Did Saban ship me off because I put my family before football? Did the team question my desire to be a Dolphin because of my life priorities?

Personally, I don’t see the issue with players taking a little bit of time off to be with their families when a child is born. We wouldn’t question anyone in any other profession if they did that. At the same time, I’m not surprised to hear that Saban supposedly did not approve. We all know how he can be.

Related: Boomer Esiason apologizes for comments about Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave

Report: Titans tell Chris Johnson he will be released

Chris JohnsonIn a development that should come as a surprise to no one, Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean reported on Friday that the Tennessee Titans have informed Chris Johnson he will be released. The move will save the team $6 million in cap space for the 2014 season.

Johnson made it clear a while back that he would never take a pay cut to remain with the Titans. It has been relatively obvious since Ken Whisenhunt was hired that Johnson is not his guy. Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster have been given several chances to back Johnson, yet they have always stopped short of saying he is in the team’s future plans. That’s because he wasn’t.

Johnson can be one of the most explosive players in the game when he tries, but he has a tendency to take plays off and not give 100% effort. There’s a reason some of his former teammates have described him as selfish.

All that said, Johnson is still only 28 years old. Despite all the criticism he has faced, the former East Carolina star has never rushed for less than 1,000 yards in a season during his six-year NFL career. He won’t get the type of money that the Titans gave him on the open market, but plenty of teams — one of which will be the New York Jets — will have a high interest in CJ?K.