Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by Dolphins

Richie Incognito DolphinsThe Miami Dolphins suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, according to a report.

Incognito, who has been with the Dolphins since 2010 and is part of the team’s leadership council, has been accused of being the primary bully of Jonathan Martin. Martin, a 2012 second-round pick, left the team last week after snapping following a prank in the cafeteria.

The roots of Martin’s issues go much deeper than the prank; reports have said that the harassment of Martin has been ongoing since the tackle’s rookie season.

FOX’s Mike Garafolo says Martin’s representatives informed the team and league that Incognito has sent Martin multiple threatening and racially-charged text messages. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that Martin is “genuinely scared” of Incognito. Those text messages might be part of the reason why.

Despite the reports of the problems between the players, a text message conversation between Martin and Incognito became public on Friday. In the text conversation, Martin called Incognito “buddy” and said he left the team because he had grown tired of the football culture and locker room.

Incognito went on a Twitter crusade early Sunday in an attempt to clear his name.

The Dolphins have asked the NFL to investigate the situation.

Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank
Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates
Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters
Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito text message conversation
Jonathan Martin reportedly left Dolphins because of emotional issues, not bullying
Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him

John Fox to have heart surgery, will miss 4-6 weeks

John FoxDenver Broncos head coach John Fox will have heart surgery in North Carolina on Tuesday and likely be out 4-6 weeks, according to a report.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer reported the news about Fox’s surgery and says the head coach has known for a while that he would need this operation. Glazer adds that Fox was slated to have the aortic procedure this offseason, but the condition deteriorated faster than expected. Fox actually met with his doctor during the bye week to schedule the procedure for February, but after feeling light-headed on the golf course Saturday, he went to the hospital for tests and has now scheduled the surgery for the coming week.

Glazer says Fox is still determining who the team’s interim head coach will be. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was a longtime head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, could make the most sense.

The Broncos are 7-1 and currently on their bye.

Carl Pelini accused by FAU assistant of using cocaine, marijuana

Carl PeliniCarl Pelini resigned as head coach at Florida Atlanta University on Monday amid allegations of drug use.

The initial reports were that Pelini used marijuana at a social event in October. SB Nation obtained documents that show a Matt Edwards and Allison Stewart stated in affidavits that they observed Pelini using drugs.

Matt Edwards is the name of FAU’s defensive line and special teams coach. He stated in his affidavit that he personally observed Pelini smoking weed on Oct. 19 in Key West. He also said he personally saw Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis using marijuana and cocaine in the last 12 months. Rekstis resigned on Monday along with Pelini.

In her affidavit, Stewart said she saw Pelini smoking on Oct. 19. She also stated that Pelini admitted over text message that he uses drugs on occasion.

Pelini went 5-15 in nearly two seasons as head coach of the Owls after taking over for Howard Schnellenberger.

Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates

Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins this week after being relentlessly teased and bullied by his teammates, who nicknamed him “Big Weirdo,” according to a report.

Martin, a former second-round pick out of Stanford, left the team and went AWOL in response to a cafeteria prank his teammates pulled on him Monday. As Martin sat down to join a group at a table, all the players got up. He slammed his tray down, left the facility, and hasn’t talked to his team since. He was listed as doubtful and then out for Thursday’s game against the Bengals. Martin is reportedly spending some time with his family.

Hearing that Martin left the team in response to a cafeteria prank didn’t make much sense on its own and led us to think that there was much more to the story. That’s why we’re not at all surprised to learn that Martin has been tormented by his teammates for a while.

FOX’s Alex Marvez has the goods on the story:

This wasn’t an abrupt action by Martin, who is Stanford-educated and the son of two lawyers who attended Harvard University. A source said Martin has tried dealing with a slew of indignities that crossed into personal and family insults, including being bestowed with the nickname of “Big Weirdo.”

Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero also reported about the “Big Weirdo” nickname, which I can’t imagine would do wonders on a player’s self-esteem. Salguero also says the Dolphins are “concerned” about the past and future relationship between Martin and some of his teammates.

Marvez says the bullying of Martin went well beyond typical rookie hazing and that the team was aware of how he has been treated. The NFLPA reportedly is looking into the situation.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Koji Uehara records final out to clinch World Series (Video)

The Boston Red Sox completed a huge turnaround, going from last in the AL East last season to winning the World Series this year. They switched managers, dumped their big contracts and brought in several key pieces. And then everything just seemed to click.

What better represented the change of the organization than seeing John Lackey, who was dreadful last year and a disappointment in 2011, go 6.2 innings for the Game 6 win, and Koji Uehara, an underrated signing, close out the game?

With the exception of the walk-off home run allowed in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, Uehara was almost flawless this season. It was fitting to see him whiff Matt Carpenter for the final out of the World Series, which marked the first time since 1918 that the Red Sox celebrated a World Series win at Fenway Park.

How can you not love a celebration like this?

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Aaron Hernandez reportedly being investigated for secretly passing notes to other inmates

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez is reportedly being investigated for something we have probably all gotten in trouble for doing in grade school — passing notes. According to TMZ, officials at the Bristol County House of Corrections are trying to determine if Hernandez has been passing secret messages to other inmates, which is not allowed.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that one of Hernandez’s fellow inmates was caught trying to steal Aaron’s jail ID badge. Jail officials say an inmate would receive no in-house advantage by using another inmates badge, so there was speculation that the person who stole it may have been looking to somehow sell it for a profit. As it turns out, the guy who stole the ID badge is reportedly the person Hernandez was sending messages to.

Hernandez apparently gave a copy of a book called “Bad Boy Brawly Brown” to the inmate who stole his badge and wrote a note inside of it. The handwriting, TMZ says, matched the penmanship of the previous letter Hernandez wrote from jail. Was Hernandez angry at the guy for stealing from him? Not exactly.

“I heard you are the one that tried to steal my ID!” Hernandez reportedly wrote. “That’s crazy LOL!”

He then went into more of the same narrative about how he is innocent and can’t wait to have his day in court and play football again soon. There could supposedly be “severe consequences” if it is determined that Hernandez was passing secret notes to inmates. Maybe they’ll keep him after school or make him write “I will note pass notes in jail” on the chalk board.

LeBron James now beloved – stars in Samsung and Nike commercials

LeBron James Samsung

One of the most notable aspects of opening night of the NBA season on Tuesday was how much LeBron James was featured in the commercials. The Miami Heat star was the pitchman in new Samsung Mobile and Nike commercials that aired nationally throughout the first two games, both of which portrayed him as a lovable, friendly and wholesome character, or as branding expert Nate Jones calls it, the “athlete next door.”

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