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Bart Scott: Players ‘Wimping Out’ by Eliminating Two-a-Day Practices

On Tuesday Vikings punter Chris Kluwe complained that a handful of players were holding up the new CBA for selfish purposes. Later that night, another player expressed his dissatisfaction with one aspect of the CBA as well. That player is Jets linebacker Bart Scott. Scott is unhappy that the NFLPA got the owners to agree to essentially eliminate two-a-day practices during training camp.

“I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft,” Scott told The Star-Ledger (via NFL.com). “No reason to try and make camp easy.”

“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold. … I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”

“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” Scott said. “It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players’ bodies to build back up.”

See, this is the territory we get in where you worry if the players got too much power. Things need to be even, things need to be fair. Coaches can’t feel like the players will pull out their contracts Roger Dorn-style if they’re asked to practice more than they want, even if this was done for player safety-purposes. As Scott said, this is taking away reps from coaches. Let’s just hope players have the same attitude as Scott where they want to practice to get better.

Chris Kluwe Calls Drew Brees, Peyton Manning ‘Douchebags’ (Audio)

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of the most outspoken players in the league. He’s not too afraid to call out inconsistencies within the NFL when he needs to, or mock Roger Goodell with a funny drawing. Now he’s gone a step farther, calling out some of his fellow players for reportedly holding up the CBA because of perceived personal greed. Here’s what Kluwe wrote in a tweet:

Shortly after Kluwe’s tweet gained attention, he joined What’s Wright with Nick Wright on 610 Sports in KC to talk about his tweet. Before we present analysis of his comments, you must hear Kluwe read his tweet. Awesome audio:

Kluwe went on to explain why he called those players out. In case you’re unfamiliar, it stems from a Yahoo! Sports report that said Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins want to be compensated for sitting out games last season. The other part of the report is that Brees and Manning reportedly want to be exempt from the franchise tag. That’s what led to Kluwe’s reaction.

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Kenny Britt Handcuffed on Stage by Britney Spears at Nashville Concert

Britney Spears is on her Femme Fatale Tour and the singer made a stop in Nashville Monday for a performance. Ordinarily we wouldn’t care about Spears being on tour, but something crazy happened at the concert. Somehow Titans receiver Kenny Britt ended up being handcuffed on stage:

If any NFL athlete would get pulled up on stage to get handcuffed at a Britney Spears concert, it would be Britt. He’s the same guy who was arrested for leading police on a car chase and then was charged with resisting arrest a day after his careless driving plea. Oh yeah, he’s also the same dude who said he was retiring from the NFL before claiming his Facebook profile was hacked. Only Kenny Britt. Though we must say this is probably his best performance since week 7 against the Eagles.

Pictures courtesy of Ray Zate and Derek Lisle, as shared by
Jimmy Traina and Clay Travis on twitter.

Jeremy Shockey: Players Told Lockout Will End Thursday, Camp Begins Friday

Jeremy Shockey has provided us with the best news possible. The tight end told Busted Coverage in an interview that the lockout will end Thursday, and that players have been told to report to camp on Friday. From his phone conversation with BC:

“The deal will be done Thursday and we’re being told to report to Charlotte for a three-day camp the 22nd through 25th. Obviously the details have to be completed, but this deal is done. The Hall of Fame game is a go. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

Shockey’s words coincide with what we’ve been hearing all weekend, but it sure is a huge relief to hear it from a player. They may have some details to work out, but it looks like things are almost set. Now all we have to do is start preparing for the actual season again. Who even knew Shockey had signed with the Panthers???

Sam Shields Got Packers’ Super Bowl Ring Tattooed on His Neck

Packers DB Sam Shields has followed in the footsteps of Mavs guard Dominique Jones by getting a tattoo commemorating his team’s championship. Only Shields’ tattoo is a replica of the Packers’ Super Bowl ring. And it’s large. And looks painful. Here is a picture of Sam Shields’ neck tattoo that he shared on twitter via Deadspin:

Not something most players would do, but at least Shields earned it. And unlike Mikel Leshoure’s tattoo, this one won’t look as stupid even if he gets traded. OK, maybe it will be a bit stupid if he plays on another team.

Rashard Mendenhall Sues Champion After Being Dropped Over 9/11 Tweets

Rashard Mendenhall is suing sports apparel company Champion after they dropped him as an endorser following his controversial 9/11 tweets. You may recall that in May that Mendenhall expressed his doubt that the airplanes could take out the twin towers in New York city. Mendenhall tried to “clarify” his thoughts a day later, but his “clarification” left out the most ignorant aspect of his tweets. Two days later, Champion dropped him.

Now, CNBC reports that Mendenhall is suing Champion for terminating his deal. “This case involves the core question of whether an athlete employed as a celebrity endorser loses the right to express opinions simply because the company whose products he endorses might disagree with some (but not all) of those opinions,” the suit reportedly says.

According to CNBC:

The company can terminate him if he “commits or is arrested for any crime or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence tending to bring Mendenhall into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or tending to shock, insult or offend the majority of the consuming public.”

Hopefully Mendenhall doesn’t get anything from this suit. Champion is paying him to endorse their product, and he offended the majority of the consuming public with his comments, so there appears to be ground to dismiss him. If he were so concerned with keeping his sponsors happy and not rocking the boat, he would have kept his mouth shut.

Honestly though, sometimes it’s more important to have people unafraid to speak up than it is to have people who will keep quiet for money. Michael Jordan infamously refused to comment on political issues because “Republicans buy sneakers too,” and he lost an opportunity to be a difference-making voice. In Mendenhall’s case however, it’s probably best for him if he doesn’t let everyone know how ignorant his viewpoints are.

Adrian Peterson Says He Would Kiss Halle Berry’s Feet

Believe it or not, athletes and celebrities have celebrity crushes too.  While there are guys like Shaquille O’Neal who crush hard on other men, there are others who would go to great lengths for a chance to meet their celebrity crush.  One of those people is Adrian Peterson, who has a crush on Halle Berry that could frighten some people and give Rex Ryan a woody.

“I have to meet Halle Berry,” Peterson told ESPN Wednesday on the ESPYs red carpet. “She’s a gorgeous woman. I don’t kiss feet at all, but she has good features and her feet are one of those features. So, you know, I’d kiss her feet.”

Don’t get me wrong, I think Halle is great.  She might be a little too old for feet kissing though, even if you’re into that kind of thing.  If Rex Ryan really does drool over his wife’s feet we know he would completely agree with Peterson.  My main question has to do with Adrian saying she has good features and her feet are one of those features.  Does he mean she has all good features so obviously her feet are a good feature, or is he telling us he has scoped out Halle Berry’s feet before?  Whatever revs your engine, I guess.