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NFL seeking 2 things in Deshaun Watson discipline

Deshaun Watson at a press conference

Mar 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with the media during a press conference at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has decided to appeal the penalty given to Deshaun Watson by disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson. They are apparently seeking two things with the appeal.

Judge Robinson heard the case as an independent party mutually approved by both the league and NFLPA. She gave Watson a six-game suspension. Either side had 72 hours to appeal the decision, and the NFL on Wednesday filed for an appeal.

The NFL reportedly is seeking to have:

– an indefinite suspension for Watson of at least a year
– to have him fined

Robinson’s discipline did not call for a fine for Watson. Watson’s contract with Cleveland was structured to help him avoid a financial hit in the case of a suspension. Due to his low base salary for 2022, he is only set to lose $345,000 if he is suspended six games. The NFL seems to believe Watson needs to be penalized more financially.

Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in civil lawsuits filed by 25 women. One of the lawsuits was dropped after a judge’s ruling. Watson settled 23 of the remaining 24 suits. The Houston Texans reached settlements with 30 women who had made accusations against Watson, who was a quarterback for Houston at the time of the alleged misconduct. Watson was investigated by two grand juries in Texas but not charged.

Ex-NBA champion arrested at airport with marijuana, ammunition

Iman Shumpert in street clothes

Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Iman Shumpert (1) arrives to the arena prior to the game against the New York Knicks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

A former NBA player was arrested at the airport on Saturday due to drug possession, and he also had ammunition in his possession, according to a report.

TMZ Sports reported on Wednesday that Iman Shumpert was arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport after TSA screeners found a plastic bag filled with a “green leafy substance.” Shumpert admitted the substance was marijuana.

Shumpert was then placed under arrest for being in possession of 6.12 ounces of marijuana.

TMZ says Shumpert was also found with a Glock magazine and 14 9mm rounds in his bag, though he did not have a gun in his possession.

Shumpert was concerned about not being able to make his flight to Los Angeles, which he said was to visit his daughter. He ended up being arrested.

Shumpert was a first-round pick by the New York Knicks in 2011. The 32-year-old guard played four seasons with the Knicks, four with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then he bounced around with the Kings and Rockets before concluding his career with the Nets.

Shumpert peaked as a rookie when he averaged 9.5 points and 1.7 steals per game. He won the championship with the 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tom Brady gets hilarious birthday cake from teammate

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday and received a rather amazing cake from one of his teammates to commemorate the occasion.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette got Brady a custom GOAT cake for the big day. Fournette shared a picture of the cake on social media, complete with a sarcastic message wishing Brady a happy 100th birthday.

This was, in fact, a real cake that Fournette had made, as was proven in another photo.

Custom cakes are not unusual. Sometimes they replicate a major accomplishment. For Brady, it’s about how old he is, while somehow paying tribute to his remarkable career at the same time.

Fournette hit the nail on the head here. The Buccaneers probably just want to make sure he does not wind up having too much cake for the occasion.

Nick Saban has telling comment about his Alabama team

Nick Saban in red

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Nick Saban’s standards are high every year at Alabama, but what he said Wednesday may give SEC rivals a bit more reason to worry.

Saban told “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” Wednesday that his team’s 2021 campaign, which made it to the College Football Playoff final, qualified as a “rebuilding year” for the program.

“Last year, we had kind of a rebuilding year, so we should have nine starters back on offense and nine back on defense but six guys go out early for the draft, so now we have five back on offense and seven back on defense, so that in and of itself creates a few more question marks but also creates opportunity for other players to shine in the program and contribute in a positive way,” Saban said, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “Nobody knows for sure how all this stuff’s going to sort of come to fruition, but that’s part of the excitement and challenge we have to try and develop a team.”

Alabama’s “rebuilding year” had them close to a championship, so it’s safe to say Saban is expecting more this year. Part of that is probably full buy-in from some players who may be needed in big moments. That, in Saban’s mind, cost them last season.

Still, Alabama’s “rebuilding year” saw them go 13-2. That standard is one reason why Saban is so accomplished.

Kevin Durant set for showdown with Nets owner?

Kevin Durant looks up

Apr 23, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

There has been no change with Kevin Durant despite the former MVP asking the Brooklyn Nets at the end of June to trade him. Over a month has passed since then, and Durant remains with the Nets. Now, according to one report, Durant is set to meet with the team’s owner.

Heavy’s Steve Bulpett reported in an article published on Tuesday that Durant is set to meet with Joe Tsai at some point this week. The meeting could help provide clarity regarding the 33-year-old’s future with the team.

One of the biggest reasons why the Nets have not yet traded Durant could be due to the shifting trade market. The Minnesota Timberwolves paid so much to get Rudy Gobert that it set too high of a standard for players deemed more valuable than the center. The price a team would have to pay to get Durant is so great that it could conceivably cripple a franchise and inhibit their ability to contend.

Have the Nets intentionally set their asking price for Durant too high because they don’t want to trade him? Or have they set a reasonable asking price in light of what Gobert fetched, and no team has met that asking price?

Those could be questions Durant wants answered.

Durant has four seasons left on his existing contract. The Nets may be trying to stall because they really want to keep him. But Tsai reportedly does not want Kyrie Irving back, which could make for an interesting conversation with KD.

Juan Soto traded to Padres in huge deal

Juan Soto in a uniform

May 16, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) runs to the dugout after the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres on Tuesday won the Juan Soto sweepstakes.

The Padres acquired Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals. In return, the Padres are sending the Nationals a large group of prospects. The prospects include shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood, outfielder Robert Hassell and top pitching prospects MacKenzie Gore and Jarlin Susana. Abrams, Hassell and Gore are all former first-round picks.

The Padres’ acquisition of Soto certainly changes the face of the National League playoff race. Assuming Fernando Tatis Jr. returns healthy, San Diego will have an outstanding middle of the order that also includes Manny Machado. The Padres also appear to have managed to get the deal done without giving up any major contributors to their MLB roster.

San Diego was long viewed as the favorite to nab Soto. General manager A.J. Preller was determined to not get beaten on this deal, and his team now has the pieces to seriously challenge for a World Series.

Jerry Jones addresses when Jimmy Johnson will go into Ring of Honor

Jerry Jones takes off his sunglasses

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a “minor” car accident.
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Jerry Jones pledged to finally induct Jimmy Johnson into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor last year, but no further plans have been announced on that front. Jones does not appear to be in any hurry to make that announcement, either.

Jones was asked by Newy Scruggs of NBCDFW when Johnson would be honored by the Cowboys, and Jones’ response was not exactly diplomatic.

“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything (of that),” Jones said, as transcribed by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’ve said I’m going to put him in. Now, when I put him in, and the circumstances and what I do with that, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here, and I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well. And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision, and it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.

“I’ll be very sensitive and be very appreciative of what Jimmy is, but it’s too much to say, ‘Well, that is the thing that gets up and goes to bed at night when we think about the Ring of Honor’ as to Jerry and Jimmy’s relationship. Jerry and Jimmy were two of the luckiest guys that’s ever been on this earth to get to be sitting here having this talked about if you want to know the truth about it.”

Johnson coached the Cowboys to back-to-back championships in the early 1990s, but he and Jones fell out after that. The two have been at odds since, and Johnson has been omitted from the Ring of Honor since. That seemed to change last summer, when Jones finally relented on his stance.

Johnson has made clear, however, that nothing more has come of this since then. Based on Jones’ quotes here, it hardly seems imminent at this point, and there still seems to be significant tension in that relationship.

Enes Kanter implies he is being blackballed by NBA over China criticism

Enes Kanter smiling

Nov 22, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (11) before the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Enes Kanter has not played in the NBA since February, and he suggested that he is being blackalled by the league.

Kanter played 35 games for the Boston Celtics last season. They traded him to Houston in February, and the Rockets quickly waived the big man.

Not only was Kanter not picked up by another team for the rest of the season, but he was not signed in free agency this summer. Kanter told Israeli outlet Walla that he believes his criticism of China has prevented him from being signed.

Here is a Google Translate translation of what Kanter said:

“Free agency is open for one month. Normally, I should have already received offers. This summer I did not receive one single offer. The reason is that I spoke out against what is happening in China in recent months. The Chinese market is a big part of the NBA business. So, they will allow talking freely about anything you want until it hurts them financially. As soon as you do that, they will cut you. It is very sad and unacceptable.”

Kanter said he does not regret his outspoken ways.

“I knew there was a price to pay. And I don’t regret my actions. These things are bigger than me, bigger than the NBA, and bigger than basketball. While I am playing in the USA, people are being killed all over the world or imprisoned or tortured in prisons. If this is the sacrifice I need to make, I am ready to live with it,” Kanter said.

Kanter’s opinion should not come as a surprise. In December, the big man said the NBA begged him not to wear anti-China shoes. Some audio that was leaked in July showed that teams did not want to upset China.

Kanter averaged 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game with the Celtics last season. The season before that, Kanter averaged 11.2 points and 11.0 rebounds in 72 games with Portland.

H/T Euro Hoops

Ex-Nets teammate makes wild claim about Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant dribbles

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The seeds of Kevin Durant’s discontent in Brooklyn were planted well before his official trade request, at least if you believe one of his former teammates.

Appearing this week on an episode of the Players Choice podcast, ex-Nets guard Mike James made a pretty crazy claim about Durant. James said that Durant called him before this year’s playoffs started and said that the Nets were about to lose.

“When I went back overseas, [we talked] like, ‘Alright, whoever season end first, the other one gonna come to watch the playoffs,'” said James. “When I first said it, I thought, ‘OK, you’re gonna be in the Finals. I’m gonna get to go to the Finals, that’s lit.’ So when they was trash and they was losing, I called him one day and was like, ‘Alright, you know what this means right? You gonna come to my playoff game.’ He was like, ‘It’s no way I’m coming to your playoff game.’

“Then like a week later, he called me before the playoffs start,” James added of Durant. “He’s like, ‘Yeah, imma be there in like a couple of weeks. We [the Nets are] fitting to lose.”

Players Choice clarified in a later tweet that James was referring to the Euroleague playoffs when he said “before the playoffs start.”

But even so, that is a neglible difference since both the Euroleague playoffs and the NBA playoffs began in mid-April this year within just a couple days of each other. James’ own quote even indicates that Durant was calling Brooklyn’s elimination “a couple weeks” before it happened.

Indeed, the Nets would get swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. To his credit, Durant made good on his promise to James, who was his teammate in Brooklyn during the 2020-21 season. But Durant apparently giving up on the Nets’ playoff hopes while the season was still going is a fairly wild relevation if true.

Josh Hader traded to Padres in blockbuster deal

Josh Hader in uniform

Jun 20, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) reacts to the final out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The first major chip of the MLB trade deadline fell Monday, and it was not a name that was widely expected to be moved.

The San Diego Padres are acquiring closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple reports. The Brewers are getting a significant package in return, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, including closer Taylor Rogers and pitcher Robert Gasser, who was the Padres’ No. 7 prospect.

While Hader’s name has come up in trade rumors from time to time, there was no real expectation he would be moved prior to Tuesday’s deadline. The Padres were clearly able to convince Milwaukee to make the deal, perhaps out of their own sense of urgency. The back end of the San Diego bullpen has had issues recently, with Rogers losing the closer role after posting a 9.31 ERA in the month of July.

Hader, a four-time All-Star, is suddenly no sure thing either. While he has been dominant for most of his career, he is having his own issues recently, including a stretch of eight appearances where he allowed 13 earned runs. The Padres are betting on track record and clearly think this is just a blip, and will expect him to be the dominant closer they have lacked.