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Myles Garrett stands by Mason Rudolph racial slur accusation

Myles Garrett issued a statement on Thursday in response to his accusation about Mason Rudolph being widely reported and circulated earlier in the day. Garrett had his appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday over his indefinite suspension for bashing Rudolph in the head with the quarterback’s own helmet during “Thursday Night Football” last week….Read More

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Dak Prescott focused on wins, not MVP award

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott seems singularly focused on one thing: winning.

Prescott was asked Thursday about his name being in MVP conversations. He said he was more focused on winning games than the award, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr.

Prescott has maintained a similar attitude when it comes to his contract talks. He has said he wants to earn his contract by winning the Super Bowl.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback knows how things work: if he takes care of winning, then everything else — the money and awards — will come. This seems to be the theme among Cowboys players too.

Texans linebackers arrive to Colts game in ‘Mortal Kombat’ costumes

Texans LB Mortal Kombat

The Houston Texans’ defense appeared to mean business ahead of Thursday night’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans’ linebackers arrived to Thursday’s game against the Colts dressed in “Mortal Kombat” outfits

You think they were ready to bring the pain?

Let’s hope for the Texans’ sake that their Mortal Kombat outfits serve them better in their game than the last time they dressed up.

Myles Garrett stands by Mason Rudolph racial slur accusation

Myles Garrett Mason Rudolph

Myles Garrett issued a statement on Thursday in response to his accusation about Mason Rudolph being widely reported and circulated earlier in the day.

Garrett had his appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday over his indefinite suspension for bashing Rudolph in the head with the quarterback’s own helmet during “Thursday Night Football” last week. During the hearing, Garrett reportedly accused Rudolph of using a racial slur before their fight.

The NFL upheld Garrett’s indefinite suspension and said they found no evidence of a racial slur being used.

In his statement, Garrett stood by his accusation and said that he thought his conversation with the league would remain private.

“I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension. This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed,” Garrett said.

“I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

Rudolph’s attorney responded to Garrett’s “shameful” accusation, calling it a lie. Multiple Browns and Steelers said that Thursday was the first they had heard of the allegation, and some said they hadn’t heard the slur said.

Stephen Jackson has a ‘basketball beef’ with Tony Parker

Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson was teammates with Tony Parker on the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons over two separate stints. Jackson has suggested in the past that he has issues with Parker, and he elaborated on these issues recently.

The Los Angeles Times’ Arash Markazi hung out with Jackson and Matt Barnes on the set of their new show “All the Smoke” for a column published on Thursday. In the column, Markazi included comments from Jackson about the former Spurs forward’s issues with Parker.

“I don’t have a reason to talk to Tony Parker and I don’t want to talk to Tony Parker,” Jackson said, via Markazi. “My beef with Tony Parker is a basketball beef. I didn’t like the teammate he was. Tony would look me off on purpose. I don’t want to disrespect him as a man but I had a problem with him on the court.”

Jackson has taken an aggressive stance towards Parker in the past. Last year he ripped Parker over the guard’s comments about Kawhi Leonard’s quad injury.

Jackson has also said in the past that he’s the only one with the balls to call out Parker for being a selfish player.

Both players are now retired. Parker is a legend in San Antonio, and Jackson is too, to a lesser extent. Jackson clearly has issues with Parker to this day.

Stephen A. Smith says ‘attitude’ talk about Kyrie Irving is circulating

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is viewed by many as an extremely talented NBA player. However, there were several reasons to question his leadership skills after seeing how last season went for the Boston Celtics.

Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency as part of a package deal with Kevin Durant (and DeAndre Jordan!). There was already talk in October about the team having some frustration with the guard’s “mood swings.”

Stephen A. Smith said on “First Take” that he is “not hearing good things” about Kyrie in Brooklyn. He said it has to do with an “attitude perspective.” Smith did not add more than that.

Irving more or less confirmed the mood swings report, saying that he doesn’t have to be perfect.

There was talk before free agency that the Nets had reservations about signing Irving unless he was part of a package deal that brought them someone else. The Nets are 6-8 so far this season.

Irving is averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game this season, which all mark career-high stats for the 2011 No. 1 overall pick.

David Fizdale’s job safe for now because Knicks not confident in his assistants?

David Fizdale

David Fizdale might be the NBA coach whose job is in the most jeopardy right now, but he could at least have one reason for feeling temporarily safe.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Thursday that the one major deterrent to the New York Knicks making a coaching change by Thanksgiving is the sketchy alternative of promoting one of Fizdale’s assistants in his stead. That list of assistants includes Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, and Kaleb Canales.

Fizdale, who is in his second year with the Knicks, went 17-65 last season and has overseen another miserable 4-11 start to 2019-20. He signed a four-year deal with the team with at least one more season fully guaranteed in 2020-21.

The ex-Miami Heat assistant is not inspiring much confidence lately, but the Knicks’ unique circumstances may just keep him employed for the time being.

Astros’ 2017 AL MVP gets funny edit on Wikipedia

Minute Maid Park Houston

Jose Altuve won the AL MVP award in 2017. But if you checked Wikipedia on Thursday to see who won it, you’d have found a different answer.

A funny Wikipedia edit listed the 2017 AL MVP award as going to the “Center Field Camera” for the Astros:

The edit, of course, is a joke related to the current sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros.

Houston is accused of using technology to illegally steal signs and relay them to their batters in real time before pitches arrived. Their system at home reportedly involved using the center field camera to focus in on the opposing catcher’s signs. Then, someone in the hallway connected to the dugout — an employee or player — would watch a monitor showing the signs and then bang a trash can if an offspeed pitch was coming. Numerous videos have all but confirmed this setup. Even a picture seemed to confirm it as well.

Stealing signs using your eyes and without the aid of technology is legal, but using this sort of technology is not allowed, and the Astros are facing potentially significant penalties from MLB for what they allegedly have done.

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