Jets DE Kenrick Ellis Likely Needs Plea Deal to Avoid Being Deported

Jets rookie defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis is in a legal mess that could result in his deportation. Rich Cimini reports (via Evan Silva) that the third-round pick out of Hampton is not a U.S. Citizen, therefore his malicious wounding for allegedly attacking another student could result in his deportation. According to immigration law, a permanent resident (which Ellis is) convicted of an aggravated felony is deportable.

Ellis was indicted a month before the draft and faces up to 20 years in prison. Cimini says “Ellis’ best move is to negotiate a plea bargain before he gets to court. The key is to make sure that any plea arrangement isn’t classified as an aggravated assault and carries less than a one-year sentence, suspended or otherwise.”

In the meantime, Ellis received continuance for his trial which was rescheduled for late November. His attorney is likely to request another continuance so this won’t be dealt with until after the NFL season is over.

If there’s anything history has shown us, it’s that the courts tend to show athletes leniency. My guess is Ellis will plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid deportation.

Gavel knock to Pro Football Talk for the story

Brooke Daniels Dumped Roy Williams for College Baseball Player David Murphy

Early on Wednesday we told you that Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams is suing his ex-girlfriend to get his engagement ring back. An engagement ring he sent her in the mail. Along with a video message that was part of his virtual proposal.

Any surprise she turned it down?

Anyway, his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Texas Brooke Daniels, is now dating someone else. The fine folks at Busted Coverage did some sleuthing and figured out that Brooke is now dating David Murphy, an infielder for the University of Houston baseball team.

And guess what? There’s an apparent trend with her boyfriends: they must have sub-par stats.

Murphy batted .241 in 13 games for the Cougars this season. Roy had 530 yards in 15 games. The difference is Murphy just completed his junior season and he’s a leukemia survivor.

For someone who underwent leukemia treatment to hit .241 in college baseball is pretty awesome, so we really do give it up to Murphy. Not only that, but he’s also dating the former Miss Texas. That’s quite a pull David, so we don’t have anything bad to say about you. Just be on the look out for Roy — if he can actually catch you.

Check out Busted Coverage for more pics of Brooke and David

Roy Williams Sues Ex-Girlfriend Brooke Daniels, Wants Engagement Ring Back

Roy Williams is a proud man. If you didn’t already know that before last season, you probably learned it when he became extremely pissed off that a rookie refused to carry his shoulder pads at training camp.  When you take that into consideration, you might suspect that he would not be a fan of having his proposal rejected by his girlfriend — as no man would be.  However, Williams has slightly more reason to be upset than the average reject.

According to the Odessa American via Pro Football Talk, Williams is suing his ex-girlfriend for allegedly turning down his marriage proposal and keeping the $76,600 engagement ring he sent her.  Williams claims that his ex-girlfriend and former beauty pageant winner, Brooke Daniels, said she lost the ring when he asked that she return it.  Brooke’s father, Michael Daniels, says he has the ring in his possession and plans to return it to avoid a lawsuit but that Williams is lying about her having lost it.  Michael told the Odessa American that Williams told Brooke to keep the ring because she would “eventually come back to (him).”

I don’t know whether to laugh or feel bad, but if you know anything about me you know the former is what’s going on while I type this post.  My question is how does something like this work?  If you give someone an engagement ring to someone and they refuse to marry you, is it still their ring?  Is there some sort of legal binding between the actual ring and engagement?  Part of me wishes Daniels would keep the ring so we could see how the court rules.  Damn.

Darnell Dockett Buys Pet Alligator Nino

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is a wacky dude. He’s big into sharing his life on social media and he’s pretty funny. Last week he actually live-tweeted a run-in with the police during a traffic stop and got public sympathy on his side. Now he’s one-upped that incident: he’s bought himself a pet alligator named Nino, as he wrote on his twitter.

Just before sharing the picture of his pet gator, he tweeted that he was in the everglades messing around with the reptiles. Now I’m wondering if he bought the gator or really just caught it. Hmmm

Alright, it’s time to poll the audience: Who had the better pet, Dockett, Chad Ochocinco, or Carmelo Anthony?

Muchas gracias, Busted Coverage

Darrelle Revis: Tom Brady Is a Genius

Tom Brady received the honor of being voted the top player in the NFL by his peers, according to NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 list. Two of the top defensive players in the game, Ray Lewis and Darrelle Revis, presented him by providing commentary. Both players were extremely complimentary of Brady, but the line that stood out was when Revis said Brady was a genius.

“The guy’s calling out the coverage we’re doing, he’s calling out blitzes. Not to knock any other quarterbacks, but some of them don’t do that,” Revis said. “He’s pointing here, he’s pointing there — to me I think he’s a genius how he controls the offense.”

Lewis went on to praise Brady’s ability to find and exploit mismatches. He described a play in the Super Bowl against the Panthers that stood out to him. Facing a cover-2 defense, Brady threw to running back Kevin Faulk for short yardage rather than taking a shot deep or trying to force a throw, because that was the most optimal match up.

Both players also agreed on the way to stop the Patriots: pressure Brady.

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Alex Rodriguez Presents Peyton Manning for No. 2 on NFL Network’s Top 100 List

Football fans who dislike baseball, the Yankees, or Alex Rodriguez, had an unwelcome surprise when they tuned into the finale of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list. None other than A-Rod was involved in the production, presenting Peyton Manning for second on the list.

Of all the complaints about the list (was it a lifetime list or based on last year’s performance?), the biggest complaint I have was allowing a disliked baseball player to present football commentary on an important list. Admittedly, I like to see as little of A-Rod as I need to just because there’s so much about him that bothers me, but why was he involved with the show?

As A-Rod began to present Manning for No. 2 on the list, the answer was clear: the parallels between the two players’ careers are similar. Both players have won multiple regular season MVP awards but have failed repeatedly in the postseason. They’re the chokers stat geeks love to own in fantasy leagues and the players true fans love to rip for their playoff shortcomings.

“Anytime Peyton Manning is on TV you want to sit on your couch, get some popcorn, get a nice pop and watch him for three hours because it’s really a treat to watch,” Rodriguez said about Manning. “I think his preparation shows out there on the field every Sunday on how much better prepared he is than everybody else.”

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Ex-Bengal Dave Rimington: Cincinnati Like the Black Hole of Professional Football

The Bengals were recently ranked the worst franchise in professional sports by ESPN The Magazine, an extremely well-earned honor. That Cincinnati can’t see what they’ve done to deserve the title is further proof of how clueless they are. There was only so long Carson Palmer could take playing for them before he wanted out, and it’s a wonder he lasted as long as he did.

But he’s not the only one who feels that way.

Former two-time Outland Trophy winning center Dave Rimington is the latest player to rip on the organization, saying it’s like a black hole. Check out what the former Nebraska star offensive lineman told Big Ten Blog, as shared by Pro Football Talk:

“I went from one of the best organizations in college football to probably one of the worst organizations in the NFL,” Rimington said. “I went from a weight room that was half the size of a football field to a weight room that looked like a junior high weight room, and the strength coach didn’t want anybody to lift. … It was ridiculous the stuff we had to go through there. I just had to shake my head. It’s like the black hole of professional football.

“Good players go there and you never hear from them again.”

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