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Jay Feely Wonders if Black Person Would be Defended Way Carson Palmer Is

Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely stirred up the racial pot Tuesday tweeting about Carson Palmer’s retirement from the NFL. Here’s what he wrote:

Feely apparently is auditioning for a spot as a future talk show host after his NFL career ends, because going to the race card is an excellent way to ignite debate. Responding to his point, yes, I do believe most fans are more sympathetic to the plight of white players compared to black ones. However, this situation is different.

Much like Sportress of Blogitude wrote, I support any and all players’ efforts to escape Cincinnati. I don’t care if you’re white, black, Asian, Pacific-Islander, or Antarctican (is that such a thing?), I don’t wish anyone the misfortune of playing for that disaster of a franchise. Look, if man-bander Nick Lachey calls your franchise a joke, then you know it’s a bad situation. I really think something would be wrong with a person if they did not want out of Cincinnati.

Michael Vick Suggests DeSean Jackson Could Hold Out of Eagles Camp

DeSean Jackson was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Eagles in 2008, meaning he hasn’t made the type of money the highly-selected rookies have. The dynamic receiver is only scheduled to earn $565,000 for the upcoming season despite being one of the top playmakers in the league. Given his shoddy contract situation, he may be considering a holdout.

“Hopefully, he’ll be here tomorrow,” Michael Vick said of Jackson. “DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make.”

Jackson’s agent is Drew Rosenhaus who says he’s learned that playing hardball with the Eagles doesn’t work. He’s still reportedly considering a holdout which makes some sense. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t believe Jackson deserves more money, and that probably includes the Eagles. Yes he’s under contract, but when you play in the NFL you have to get the money while you’re healthy . For someone like Jackson who suffered a concussion last season, there is even more urgency to get paid.

Fan Group Trying to Bring Rams Back to Los Angeles

The same day it was announced the players agreed to the new CBA, details on a plan to finance a football stadium in LA were released. Under terms of the potential agreement, more of the financial burden would shift to Anschutz Entertainment Group instead of taxpayers. The teams reportedly in consideration to move to LA are the Chargers, Vikings, Jaguars, Raiders, and Rams.

The Raiders and Rams used to play in LA and already have a strong fan base in Southern California. The Rams’ fan base in LA is exceptionally strong, we’ve come to find out.

There’s a fan movement to help bring the Rams back to Los Angeles. The Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams group on Facebook has over 3,100 likes. The group’s mission is “to bring back the Rams to their rightful home: Los Angeles.”

The campaign is a grass-roots movement that began on Facebook. It was started by Andy Hogan, a student at UC-Berkeley, along with Dennis Bateman, a sports writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press.

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Perrish Cox Allegedly Raped, Impregnated Victim Who Thinks She Was Drugged

Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested in December for alleged sexual assault and bonded out. He later pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges and he has a trial scheduled for October. The details of the case had been sealed by the judge until they were made public on Friday. Needless to say, the charges in the case are quite alarming.

A woman says she and a few friends went out to a club for a “white party” on Labor Day last year. The accuser’s friend was dating Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox, so the group of women hung out with Cox and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in the VIP section of the club. Cox’s girlfriend (identified as “Che”) and the accuser say they only had four drinks during the evening yet both of them passed out and could hardly recall details from the night. According to the arrest affidavit, both women felt like they had been drugged.

The accusing woman says she and Demaryius Thomas were kissing in the car on the way back to Cox’s residence. Once at Cox’s residence, Cox and his girlfriend went into his room while Thomas and the accuser stayed in a different room. They apparently kissed before the accusing woman passed out. She recalls being fondled by Thomas before passing out. When she woke up, she says she felt like she had had sex, though she could not recall what happened. Thomas told her he left after she passed out.

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John Beck Turned Away by Security Guard at Redskins Park

Multiple reports have said the Washington Redskins are prepared to go with John Beck as their starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Yes, Beck is the same guy who was drafted in the second round by the Dolphins and released shortly thereafter.

If you’re not too familiar with him, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

According to The Washington Post, Beck showed up to Redskins Park to be the first player at the facility once the lockout ended and was turned away. But that’s not the best part. Beck was not only turned away because players can’t report until Tuesday, but also because the security guard didn’t know who he was.

“I’m OK with that,” Beck said of not being recognized. “I haven’t done anything yet.”

We’ve heard of Tim Lincecum being turned away by security guards but that was from opposing teams and because he looks 12 years old. Beck plays for the Redskins where the city absolutely loves their football team. That just shows how unknown he is. It doesn’t mean he can’t become the team’s starting quarterback, it just shows us he has a long way to go.

Thanks to Andrew Siciliano for the tip

Ed Reed Calls Hines Ward a ‘Dirty Player’

You know the old expression “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”? The NFL lockout has reportedly ended before training camp has even begun, but that expression has fully applied to the world of sports over the past few months. Fans have been yearning for anything NFL-related like free agency and OTAs. More importantly, the lockout has robbed us of a whole mess of trash talk.

Sure, we have gotten the occasional cry-baby spazfest from guys like James Harrison, but there has been little talk to help fire us up for some real game action.  Last week, Ed Reed let a few more sparks fly within the Ravens-Steelers rivalry with his thoughts on Hines Ward.

“I love Hines as a player and I told him that,” Reed told the Baltimore Sun at his football camp. “But I told him also for a long time, ‘You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.’”

The history between Reed and Ward goes back a long time, as you probably know.  Reed is one of the game’s hardest hitters and probably doesn’t like the fact that Ward has dropped him with a block.  What Ed calls a “cheap shot,” some of us call being embarrassed that a receiver put you down.  As a receiver who isn’t afraid to throw a block, Ward is a dying breed.  Considering he is a respected veteran in the league and plays the game at full-speed, I doubt the officials will make anything of Reed saying he’s a dirty player.  Bottom line: football’s back.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk

NFL Lockout Reportedly Over After Sides Agree to Terms of New CBA

The best kept secret for sports fans seems to have finally come through: the lockout is over. There were several hints that the players would approve the terms of the new CBA on Monday, and FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer confirmed the news early Monday morning.

Glazer tweeted at 3:53am Monday morning that “Sources say 2 sides this hour FINALLY agree to terms of new CBA.” He added some important details on the timeline saying “Facilities open Tues, camp starts Thurs for 10 teams, Fri for 10, wkend for 12.”

Glazer also announced on JT The Brick’s show on FOX Sports Radio that the players hope to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to recertify as a union. You may recall that the Players Association had to decertify in order to sue the NFL owners. Once they recertify, they can “negotiate terms for the league’s drug programs, player discipline fines, workers comp, etc,” according to Glazer.

Here’s the audio from Glazer’s announcement on JT the Brick’s show:

We had heard for quite some time that the lockout was expected to end, but it’s no less exciting to hear this. I’m sure I can speak for everyone who enjoys this site by saying we’re absolutely stoked for camps to open and free agency to begin. Long live the NFL!