Channing Crowder: Mel Kiper Mock Draft Made Me Blow My Money

The idea that college football players spend money before they have it assuming they will soon be rich is extremely well known.  Said athletes actually admitting that they blow money before even getting it is a bit more rare.  Thankfully, we have idiots like Channing Crowder who flap their gums and tell us all about their complete lack of judgment displayed before reaching the NFL.

Pro Football Talk passed along a tremendous little blurb from Sports Radio Interviews on Tuesday, in which Crowder blasts Mel Kiper Jr. for misfiring with his prediction of where the linebacker would be drafted.

“Yeah I watch (the hype leading up to the draft) and all,” Crowder explained. “Mel Kiper and all, he messed me over, he lied to me said I was top-20 had me go out and spend X amount of dollars and then owe the bank stuff. So I don’t know the guys; they’re guessing just like we guess; I can guess who the Dolphins are going to take too. But I look at it a little bit and hear the experts I guess they call them to hear what they got to say.”

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Cam Newton’s Character Destroyed in Pro Football Weekly Draft Preview

Cam Newton’s character has come into question on numerous occasions over the past six months. The reason the Auburn star has been so scrutinized is because he played well last season and drew attention from the media, fans, and scouts. Newton became a national champion and Heisman Trophy winner, and emerged as a potential #1 overall draft pick. Along the way, he became the center of the biggest scandal in college football.

During the middle of the season, allegations of academic cheating while Newton was at Florida were revealed. He then went third-person in an interview prompting us to say he needed to show humility. He topped it off by calling himself an entertainer and icon. Needless to say, Cam Newton has become quite the controversial character.

As mentioned above, we’ve criticized Cam Newton a good amount, but nothing states the concerns as bluntly as Nolan Nawrocki did in his draft profile of Newton in Pro Football Weekly’s Draft Preview. Here’s what Tom Curran wrote about it for Comcast New England:

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Johnny Jolly Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Mixing the Purple Drank AGAIN

After avoiding a felony drug charge because of codeine possession last year, Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly only had one job: to stay out of trouble for a year.

He couldn’t make it.

Pro Football Talk alerted us to a report from CBS in Houston that says Jolly was busted for possession of 600 grams of codeine early Friday morning. The amount he was carrying could be considered enough to constitute possession with the intent to distribute.

In case you’re thinking of codeine as strictly a cough syrup medicine and you’re wondering why he’d be carrying it, codeine is one of the key ingredients to the popular party beverage “Purple Drank.”

Purple Drank aka sizzurp, which you probably hear in rap songs, originated in Houston where Jolly went to high school. The cough syrup is mixed with Sprite and Jolly Rancher candy to form the drink which can become addictive. It was actually one of the weaknesses for JaMarcus Russell who busted out of the NFL.

It would be one thing to sack Jolly with the LBS Nut Bag for sippin on the sizzurp, but what really prompted the sacking was that this is his second offense and that it happened within his one-year probation period. That’s good enough for the defensive end to have his normal job duty reversed. Then again, with a last name of Jolly, one can argue he’s only living up to his name with the arrest.

Michael Vick’s Jersey Should be Displayed at Warwick High School

A student movement aimed at getting Michael Vick’s jersey back on display at his high school in Virginia was denied earlier this week. According to the Virginia Pilot, the reason for denying the motion is safety. “Administrators felt that displaying the jersey again could result in vandalism or theft. They also saw it as a distraction for students during the last stretch of classes before the end of the school year,” the paper says.

I can understand the desire to keep things safe and vandalism-free, but would putting Vick’s jersey back on display really create such a disturbance? I’d put it back up and take my chances that the students can behave themselves accordingly.

Michael Vick has already gone to prison and served what I felt was an extremely harsh sentence. Over the summer there were shots fired at his birthday party and then Vick’s name was used to promote a 4th of July party. It was wrong of Vick to be involved in the party scene rather than protect his safety and reputation, but it’s pretty clear he has stayed clean since then.

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Dez Bryant Thinks Deion Sanders Is Getting Kickbacks from Under Armour

Deion Sanders prides himself on working with young athletes and serving as a role model and father figure for them. One of his prized youngsters was Dez Bryant, who actually was suspended by the NCAA for the season for lying about his contact with Deion. Deion defended himself after Bryant was suspended saying he doesn’t prostitute kids.

The relationship between the two continued after college when Bryant was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and given the sacred #88 jersey. But things changed to the point that Deion gave up on Bryant and stopped talking with him and advising him. Bryant says it was all related to him backing out of an endorsement deal with Under Armour.

“I never knew the reason for Deion not saying anything to me,” Bryant told ESPN Dallas. “The only thing I can believe is that when I stopped talking to Under Armour, Deion stopped talking to me. I never knew what Prime’s problem was.

“That’s my decision. That has nothing to do with Prime. That made me feel he must be getting something from Under Armour.”

Bryant’s response came after Deion ripped him on the radio for his whole sagging pants at the mall fiasco. Deion said that Dez needs help, and that’s when Dez said Sanders had an agenda due to Under Armour. Between the two of them, it’s hard to know what to believe. Deion is right in that Dez needs some help to avoid trouble, and Dez is likely right that Deion has an agenda to push despite his denials.

Should Rookies Boycott the 2011 NFL Draft by Staying Home?

While players and fans find themselves wondering whether or not there will be football in the fall, soon-to-be rookies are faced with a difficult decision that needs to be made in just over a month. The NFL Players Association has decertified, and as of now there is no collective bargaining agreement in the NFL.  The owners have locked players out of team facilities. The players do not want to do the owners any favors or help them make extra money.  For that reason, the player’s union has asked that incoming rookies boycott the NFL Draft in New York and stay home on draft day.

Fans may not realize it, but this is one of the most difficult decisions rookies will ever have to make during their NFL careers. The NFL Draft represents the most exciting three days of a young football player’s life. If you are expected to be a first-round pick, hearing Roger Goodell call your name at Radio City Music Hall and hand you an NFL jersey is something you have probably dreamed about since Pop Warner.  Oh well.

My advice to rookies: stay home.  The decision will be brutal for anyone who had their heart set on attending the draft.  Any college athlete who envisioned himself putting on an NFL team’s hat and holding up a No. 1 jersey while cameras flashed all around him can forget about it.  Would the rookies rather have an owner who might be a little miffed they refused to attend an NFL event, or a locker room full of guys who feel like they aren’t “one of them”?  The former is any easy choice.

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Dave Duerson Autopsy Report Reveals He Had American Flag Folded on Bed

More details from the sad story of former Bears safety Dave Duerson’s suicide were released in the autopsy report by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department. Duerson died after shooting himself in the chest and asked for his brain to be donated to the NFL Brain Bank for examination. The 11-year veteran may have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy which is a condition many athletes have developed after receiving repeated concussions, and he wanted to know if he suffered from the condition.

The Autopsy Report describes the environment in Duerson’s apartment when the police arrived. The building’s manager called the police to enter the apartment after a chair was lodged up against the door. Inside the apartment they found several documents on the dining room table. In the second bedroom, there were more documents laid out along with two framed certificates, framed medals, and an American flag folded at the head of the bed. They found Duerson dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in the master bedroom. In the walk-in closet in his bedroom, they found a football statue, three helmets from different teams, and three football trophies. The helmets were likely from the Bears, Giants, and Cardinals — the three teams for whom Duerson played.

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