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Stripper Jana Weckerly says Jerry Jones paid her hush money

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Jana Weckerly, the 27-year-old former stripper who is suing Jerry Jones for sexual assault, claims the Dallas Cowboys owner paid her an undisclosed sum of money over a long period of time in exchange for her silence.

Weckerly filed the suit against Jones earlier this month, alleging that he “fondled her genitals” and “forced her to touch or rub his penis” at a five-star hotel roughly five years ago. As Scott Farwell of The Dallas Morning News noted, Jones’ attorneys have denied the claims and argued that the case falls outside the five-year statute of limitations for the state of Texas.

However, Dallas defense attorney Thomas Bowers is likely looking to prove that the alleged hush money that Jones gave Weckerly was paid out more recently and thus would allow for an exemption from the statue of limitations.

[Previously: Jerry Jones photographed in compromising positions with young women]

Weckerly says Jones and the Cowboys periodically sent money to her bank account from 2009 until at least July 2013. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages. Chad Ruback, a Dallas appellate lawyer, reviewed the complaints filed by Weckerly’s legal team and found some holes in the claim.

“She’s claiming she was coerced against her own free will through forced payments, but I’m not aware of any case law in Texas that would toll [suspend] that statute of limitations on those grounds,” Ruback said. “And if she’s choosing to accept those payments, that would suggest it wasn’t against her free will.”

Jones insists the sexual assault lawsuit is merely an extortion attempt and a way for Weckerly’s lawyer to make a name for himself. I tend to agree.

ESPN admits to paraphrasing text messages between Ray Rice and Steve Bisciotti

Ray Rice RavensWhen ESPN’s Outside the Lines released its bombshell report that exposed the Baltimore Ravens for allegedly covering up the Ray Rice elevator video, one of the most interesting chunks of information involved some text messages that team owner Steve Bisciotti sent to Rice after releasing him. The general idea of Bisciotti’s offer to Rice was captured in the OTL report, but was the way the World Wide Leader delivered the information irresponsibly inaccurate?

When you look at the way Bisciotti’s texts were included in the OTL report, the only reasonable assumption is that they were directly quoted.

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Almost anyone who read that part of the report would assume the italicized words implied a direct quote from the texts. However, the Ravens later released the exact text message exchange that Bisciotti had with Rice in a statement addressing the OTL report. ESPN acknowledged on Tuesday night that it could have been more clear with the presentation of the messages.

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Report: Rob Bironas tried to run multiple cars off road, threatened to kill people

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Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died on Saturday night after flipping his car in a brutal single-car crash in Nashville, and the details surrounding the incident have gotten more bizarre by the day. On Tuesday, two Belmont students told The Tennessean that Bironas threatened to kill them and tried to run them off the road minutes before his accident.

Connor Fraley, a 20-year-old student, said he was a passenger in a pickup truck full of people that Bironas threatened and tried to sideswipe with his white SUV. Fraley said he and the others in the truck notice a burning smell coming from Bironas’ vehicle and tried to inform him about it.

“His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, “Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley said he told Bironas. “He looked over at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle.’ It was so random, so bizarre I was like, ‘What?’ And he said the exact same thing again.”

When the driver of the Ford F-150 Fraley was in turned left, he says Bironas followed them and tried to sideswipe them.

“The girls in the back seat were starting to freak out because he was swerving on the road in between lanes, all over the place,” he explained. “We had no idea who he was and why he was trying to harm us. It was a fight or flight situation and, unfortunately, we had to take flight at about 110 miles per hour. It was very scary.”

Fraley said he is certain it was Bironas that threatened and chased after him and his friends. He said he got chills when he listened to the 911 call from a woman who described Bironas as “crazy” and “dangerous” and claimed the former Titan tried to run her off the road.

Something very unusual went on that night. As LB mentioned before, it’s quite strange that Bironas’ wife would call police to report him missing after not being able to get ahold of him for just 30 minutes. Police also said alcohol was not believed to be a factor, which makes Bironas’ behavior even more strange. There’s a lot more to this story.

Steve Bisciotti releases text messages he shared with Ray Rice

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The Baltimore Ravens released a lengthy statement on Monday addressing the recent Outside the Lines bombshell report that exposed the team for allegedly covering up the Ray Rice video to protect their former star running back. One of the biggest accusations from the ESPN report was that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti offered Rice a job with the team after cutting him. Many viewed that as a bribe.

The Ravens’ statement included what they claim are the exact text messages that were exchanged between Bisciotti and Rice regarding his future with the team. Bisciotti did offer Rice a job when he retires from football, and he said Monday that the offer stands.

“I cannot believe that Ray ever thought I was suggesting he keep quiet, when he got the texts or later on,” Bisciotti said. “They were not an insult. To the contrary, I think he knew these were messages from the heart, as were his responses to me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Everyone knows that, including Ray.”

Here’s the conversation that took place, per the team’s statement:

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Report: Some NFL players had access to Ray Rice video ‘a week or two’ after incident

Ray Rice apologyMost people seem to agree that NFL officials are either lying when they say they did not see the Ray Rice elevator video or are telling the truth because they made minimal effort to obtain it. The claim that the NFL did not have access to the footage gets harder to believe by the day. Another tidbit from Adam Schefter on Monday made it seem even more bogus.

During an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” Schefter revealed that there were NFL players who had access to the video of Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious “a week or two” after the incident took place.

“There were players who were in Las Vegas a week or two after this incident and I know one player said, ‘You want to see the videotape of what happened?'” Schefter explained, via Deadspin. “So there were players who could see the videotape, yet the Ravens, many of the Ravens, claim they couldn’t see it.”

And yes, Schefter specified that it was the second TMZ tape and not the first, which only showed Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator.

The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL claim law enforcement officials did not make the footage available to them. TMZ somehow got the tape, but we are supposed to believe that one of the most powerful organizations in America didn’t have the resources to track it down.

“You would have to think at some point somebody here will be in trouble over this,” Schefter added. “The security guy clearly knew exactly what was going on. Leadership, management, did what it could to conceal and push it through. I think that Ray Rice’s track record helped him here, that they cared about him. They wanted to believe that it was an isolated deal but they knew.”

The NFL has to be lying. It also sounds like Roger Goodell was lying when he said Rice gave him an “ambiguous” account of what happened on the elevator. We should believe hardly any of what we hear at this point, but that doesn’t mean any of it should surprise us.

H/T Deadspin

Florida WR Demarcus Robinson says on Twitter he wants new QB

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Well this is awkward.

Florida sophomore wide receiver Demarcus Robinson appears to have voiced his opinion that the Gators need a new starting quarterback much in the same way that a fan would.

No, he didn’t post on a fan message board or call into talk radio, but he did retweet a tweet by GatorZone that posed a call to action, instructing followers to “retweet” if they want to “see a new face at QB” (screenshot at the top).

Robinson later undid the retweet so it doesn’t show up on his timeline. Apparently in response, he sent out this tweet saying he supports all his team’s quarterbacks.

Sure you do, Robinson. We know you feel just like Emmitt Smith on this subject. Don’t worry, the coaches will too before long.

Robinson does have 23 catches for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season, but you know he cares more about having a good offense than good stats.

Helmet smack to Alligator Army

Nick Foles hit by Chris Baker on dirty play, leads to fight (Video)

A dirty hit by Chris Baker on Nick Foles in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Eagles-Redskins game led to a fight between the teams and some ejections.

A Foles pass that appeared to be intercepted by Bashaud Breeland led to a return from Washington. While Foles was trying to tackle Breeland, Baker cheap-shotted him with that huge hit.

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters went after Baker in response, and a fight spilled over by the sidelines. Baker was seen jerking Peters around by the facemask. Both Baker and Peters were ejected from the game.

It turned out that the ball hit the ground while Breeland was trying to make the interception, so that hit happened on a play where the ball was actually dead. The pass was ruled an incompletion, allowing Philly to keep the ball.

You can see that Foles was totally clueless on the return and blindsided:


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