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Video of Kash Daniel twisting Kyle Trask’s ankle removed by Kentucky website

Kash Daniel Kyle Trask

A video of Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Kash Daniel twisting the ankle of Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask last weekend was removed by a Kentucky website that had posted it during the week.

Video of Daniel pulling the dirty move on Trask at the end of a 2-point conversion play in Saturday’s game was a talking point following Florida’s 29-21 win. Kentucky news station WYMT posted video the video to their site but later took it down.

The videos circulated elsewhere on social media:

Even though the video evidence showed Daniel’s move appeared to be intentional, the Kentucky linebacker defended himself in comments shared on Wednesday:

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was asked about the matter Thursday. He said that Daniel would be playing Saturday, which was an indication the linebacker will not be suspended a full game. Stoops also backed Daniel, saying the linebacker is not trying to hurt anyone.

There’s no doubt Kentucky is lucky that Daniel will be avoiding serious discipline. Florida fans have extra reason to be upset — Trask was knocked out for the season last year with a foot injury.

Mike Tyson attends Jaguars game in teal No. 1 jersey

The big hit in Jacksonville before Thursday night’s Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game was not Gardner Minshew, but another famous athlete: Mike Tyson.

Tyson walked into TIAA Bank Field before the game wearing a teal No. 1 Jaguars jersey. He drew quite a crowd:

Tyson even filmed a video for the Jaguars and joked about trading his pet white tiger for a jaguar:

The former heavyweight champion boxer is now 53. He has been involved in several media projects in recent years, including acting in a one-man comedy show, writing books, appearing in movies, songs and commercials, and working for entertainment companies.

There is actually a pro football player in the league named Mike Tyson who played 10 games last season for Houston, but he is unrelated to the former champion boxer. When you have Iron Mike on your sideline, you’re guaranteed to put up a fight and come out swinging.

Lamar Jackson wants to make doubters ‘eat their words’

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has a great attitude about the way he approaches doubters.

When Jackson entered the NFL, he had plenty of critics. Some people were impressed with him, which led to his draft stock rising. Then you had one NFL coach saying Lamar couldn’t be an NFL quarterback. Other teams wanted him to work out as a wide receiver.

Through a few weeks of the 2019 season and even going back to last year, Jackson has played well. This season he’s among the early MVP candidates. So how does he handle his doubters? He talked about it in an interview with NFL Network’s Steve Smith.

“Regardless of what they may say — you’re going to see negative comments of what people say. I see it all. I’m not going to fight against those people. There’s always going to be naysayers, doubters. That’s part of the game. I’m going to make those people eat their words. That’s my job — to make you eat your words,” Jackson said in his interview with Smith.

Jackson seems to love giving it to his haters too. He had words for them last year and again after Week 1 this year. As long as he keeps playing well, he’ll be able to make critics eat their words.

Execs reportedly concerned about NBA auditing their communications

Adam Silver

The NBA is considering measures to try cracking down on tampering, and one such change is causing concerns among league executives, according to a report.

Among the league’s measures being considered to combat tampering include: an increase in fines for tampering, allowing the commissioner to take draft picks away from teams as punishment, and the ability of the league to audit the communications of five teams per season. It’s the last part that apparently has executives concerned, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported on Thursday.

“I don’t think [Adam Silver] should have any right to get into my phone,” one GM told ESPN. “I wish my owner would vote no, but I doubt he will. You’ll only make yourself a target for investigation if you do.”

A proposal would include teams being forced to save communications with agents for a year, likely so the league could investigate if needed. To combat this, some teams are apparently considering using less traceable means of communications than emails and text messages, such as phone calls, face-to-face conversations, and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegraph.

Though teams and owners are concerned about tampering as a problem, NBA commissioner Adam Silver apparently does not want to create a police state and prefers to have teams abiding by the rules themselves. That’s a lot easier said than done.

If he ever wants to get a message across to prove his point, the biggest deterrent would be stripping teams of draft picks. Would Silver do that if the occasion called for it?

Antonio Brown speaks to media for first time since signing with Patriots

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has seemingly been under a gag order since the New England Patriots signed him, but that order was lifted on Thursday.

Sort of.

Brown spoke with reporters for the first time since arriving in New England. As expected, he said very little about the sexual assault lawsuit against him and his status with the NFL. The star receiver said he is grateful to be playing under Bill Belichick and alongside Tom Brady, but he avoided questions about his ongoing legal issues.

“I appreciate that question, I am here to just focus on ball and look forward to getting out there in the home stadium and be home with the team,” Brown said when asked about his playing status.

Brown, of course, has been sued by his former trainer Britney Taylor, who says Brown sexually assaulted her on three different occasions. Some new allegations against him also came to light this week in a lengthy Sports Illustrated feature, when a woman who chose to remain anonymous accused Brown of sexual misconduct while she was working for him painting a mural at one of his homes.

Taylor met with the NFL for 10 hours on Monday, and Brown is expected to meet with league officials at some point in the near future. There remains a possibility that he could be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, but he appears to be clear to play in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Former Cowboys DE Taco Charlton claimed by Dolphins

Taco Charlton

The Miami Dolphins are making some significant changes ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, and one of them is adding a former first-round pick to their defensive front.

Taco Charlton, who was waived by the Cowboys on Wednesday after they were unable to trade him, has been claimed by the Dolphins. He will get an immediate shot at revenge when he faces his former teammates on Sunday.

Charlton fell out of favor with the Cowboys after racking up just four sacks in 27 games through his first two NFL seasons. They reportedly thought about cutting the former Michigan star during the offseason and then made him inactive for the first two games of the year. Charlton went on social media earlier in the week to try to accelerate the process of forcing his way out of Dallas, and it appears to have worked.

While the first two years of his NFL career have been a disappointment, Charlton had enough potential to warrant being taken as the No. 28 overall pick in the draft two years ago. Perhaps the Dolphins will be able to get more out of him than the Cowboys could. They can certainly offer him an opportunity to start right away, if nothing else.

The Dolphins also announced on Thursday that Josh Rosen will start Sunday’s game over Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Josh Rosen to start for Dolphins against Cowboys

Josh Rosen Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins must feel that Josh Rosen gives them the best chance to lose, as they have decided to name him their starting quarterback.

The Dolphins announced on Thursday that Rosen will start over Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Miami traded a second-round pick for Rosen during the offseason, but head coach Brian Flores was publicly critical of him on more than one occasion during the summer. They obviously think the former UCLA star has the potential to be their quarterback of the future, otherwise they would not have traded such a high pick for him. If they want to start developing him, now is as good a time as any.

The Dolphins were shut out 43-0 by the New England Patriots on Sunday. Fitzpatrick started and went 11-of-21 with three interceptions, throwing for only 89 yards. Rosen came in later in the game and went 7-for-18 for 97 yards and one interception.

Rosen was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals last year and did not play until Week 3. He passed for 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and lost several fumbles on the 3-13 team. The Dolphins have been so bad that the league is reportedly planning to look into their tanking, so it goes without saying that Rosen doesn’t have a whole lot around him to work with.

NFL competition committee will reportedly look into Dolphins tanking

Miami Dolphins tank

The Miami Dolphins may be bringing us the worst case of tanking this season that the NFL has ever seen, and it is no surprise there are people around the league who are unhappy about it. Their commitment to losing is so impressive that the NFL competition committee may explore ways to prevent it going forward.

The NFL competition committee is planning to take a closer look at the way the Dolphins are tanking, a source told Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic.

“The committee will probably have the questions posed to it again, if not by the media, maybe by teams,” the NFL source said. “It’s likely the competition committee will have to address this issue.”

How exactly would they address it? The most extreme fixes would be changes like adopting an NBA-style draft lottery — which would remove the guarantee that the team with the worst record gets the No. 1 overall pick — or limiting the number of first-round picks a team can accumulate. Those outcomes seem unlikely, as Kaplan’s source noted that the competition committee looked into the Cleveland Browns when they were tanking five years ago but decided not to change the structure of the draft.

In all likelihood, nothing will come of the examination. The situation could end up policing itself, as there are far more draft busts in the NFL than there are in the NBA. Aside from the occasional Peyton Manning, there are very few players in college football who are such guaranteed franchise-changers that they are worth going into full tank mode for. The Dolphins found themselves in a situation where they feel that will be worthwhile this year, even if it has resulted in them being mocked by their own players. It would be a surprise if the practice of tanking became nearly as popular in the NFL as it is in the BA.

Evander Holyfield’s son to make pro boxing debut in November

Evander Holyfield is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers to ever live, and one of his sons is hoping to carry on the tradition when he makes his professional fighting debut later this year.

At a news conference for the Sergey Kovalev-Canelo Alvarez fight on Wednesday evening, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva announced that 21-year-old Evan Holyfield will make his pro boxing debut on the undercard of a Nov. 2 event that will be shown on the streaming service DAZN. As Dan Rafael of ESPN notes, Main Events recently signed Evan and is the same promotion company that represented Evander throughout much of his career.

Evander, of course, was a cruiserweight and heavyweight. He remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Evan currently fights as a middleweight.

Another one of Evander’s sons, Elijah, played football at Georgia and was in training camp with the Carolina Panthers this summer, though he did not make the regular season roster.

As you can see, the Holyfield family is loaded with athletes. Evan will have the tough task of having to live up to the enormous expectations his father created, which will not be easy. Hopefully he’s able to enjoy a successful career.

Ron Rivera walks out of press conference over Cam Newton questions

Ron Rivera

The Carolina Panthers have yet to rule Cam Newton out of Sunday’s game with the foot injury he has been battling, but head coach Ron Rivera is already tired of being asked about the star quarterback’s status.

As expected, the majority of questions Rivera was asked at his press conference on Thursday pertained to Newton. When reporters didn’t respect his request to ask questions about players other than Newton, Rivera walked out of the room.

Rivera is probably frustrated that yet another Newton injury is dominating the headlines in Carolina, but you can understand the media dedicating most of their attention to it. Newton has been spotted in a walking boot this week after re-aggravating what has been reported as a mid-foot sprain. The severity is unknown, and Rivera said the team will have a better idea on Friday.

The Panthers had some horrendous 4th down calls in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, and it’s possible Newton’s health had something to do with that. These are not ideal conditions for Rivera to be coaching under, but he can’t fault the media for focusing on Newton’s latest injury.