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Report: Seahawks entertaining Russell Wilson trade conversations

Russell Wilson

Most people would agree that the Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to trade Russell Wilson this offseason, but numerous reports have now claimed they are at least discussing the possibility with other teams.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini said during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday that Wilson has not gotten to the point of demanding a trade yet. However, she added that the Seahawks have both made and fielded calls about potential Wilson trades.

McAfee immediately went nuts and declared that the Seahawks are “shopping” Wilson. Russini realized at that point that she had — perhaps unintentionally — just delivered a huge piece of news. You can see the exchange below at around the 2:04 mark, but be aware that it contains some inappropriate language:

Russini later softened the report a bit. She tweeted that she has been told the Seahawks are answering calls from other teams but are not actively shopping Wilson.

Either way, it sounds like Wilson is available, which meshes with what we shared with you on Wednesday. The Houston Texans are said to be completely ignoring inquiries about Deshaun Watson, so the situation in Seattle is a bit different.

The Seahawks would be left with a $39 million dead cap hit if they part ways with Wilson. That is one of the reasons a trade this offseason does not seem realistic, but stranger things have happened. If you want to know more about why Wilson is so frustrated, this should give you a better idea.

Tiger Woods did not remember driving following crash

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has not been able to provide investigators with much information about how or why he drove his car off the road last week, and that is because the 15-time major champion says he has no recollection of what happened.

USA Today Sports reviewed a copy of an affidavit for a search warrant to obtain the “black box” in the vehicle Woods was driving on Feb. 23. The documents show that Tiger told police at the crash scene that he did not remember driving. He said the same when he arrived at the hospital.

Woods was initially unconscious when a resident found him trapped in his car with blood on his face, according to the documents. He was awake by the time the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department arrived but did not know what happened.

“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” the affidavit states. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving… Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”

The form filed to obtain the search warrant for the black box claims data from the vehicle Woods was driving “constitutes evidence that tends to show the commission of a felony or misdemeanor offense.”

Tiger suffered multiple serious leg injuries in the crash, but there has been no mention of head trauma. Some forensic experts believe the details surrounding the accident point to Woods having been asleep at the wheel.

Authorities have said there were no signs of Woods being impaired at the time of the crash. In May 2017, Woods was arrested for a DUI in Florida when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. He passed a breathalyzer at the time and was not drunk. However, a toxicology report later showed that Woods had five substances in his body: two painkillers, a tranquilizer, a sedative, and THC.

One report claimed Woods was driving erratically before he crashed his SUV last week.

Here is the latest in the drama between Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson brought the trade buzz surrounding him to new heights when his agent openly named for teams that the quarterback would be open to joining, and the tension between the two sides does not appear to be subsiding.

Wilson and the Seahawks are both unhappy with each other. Wilson feels that he does not have enough of a voice within the organization, and Seattle’s brass is unhappy with him for airing his frustrations publicly. Michael Silver of NFL Network on Wednesday described the drama as “a complicated situation,” but he said the Seahawks are willing to listen to trade offers for their franchise quarterback.

Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said last week that Wilson wants to remain in Seattle but would waive his no-trade clause for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears.

“I believe that they will obviously listen to offers from those four teams,” Silver said. “Wilson does have some control because of the no-trade clause. I think Peter Carroll regards himself as a problem-solver and will try to figure out a way to patch this up.

“If (the 2021 season) doesn’t go well, are you going to trade Russell Wilson after the season or tell Pete Carroll, ‘Hey man, it’s been a great run, but we’re gonna bring in a coach that Russell Wilson wants to play for?’ I’m not saying that’s going to happen, but there are a lot of balls in the air and this is not a great situation right now.”

You can hear Silver’s full report below:

The Seahawks would be left with a $39 million dead cap hit if they part ways with Wilson. That is one of the reasons a trade this offseason does not seem realistic, but the same may not be true a year from now.

If you want to know more about why Wilson is so frustrated, this should give you a better idea.

Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes

Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow II was found guilty of several charges relating to rape and sexual assault back in 2019, and the former NFL player will be going to for a very long time.

Winslow was sentenced in a California courtroom on Wednesday to 14 years in prison. The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea deal he agreed to with prosecutors.

Winslow had been charged with multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California. He was found guilty in 2019 of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman the year before. He was also found guilty of indecent exposure for exposing himself to a 58-year-old woman who was gardening in her front hard and lewd conduct related to an incident where he made sexual advances toward a 78-year-old woman in a health club.

During Winslow’s sentencing on Wednesday, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said the 37-year-old can only be described with “two words, and that is sexual predator,” according to The Associated Press.

Winslow’s case took an interesting turn at one point when one of his alleged victims was unable to identify him during a court hearing.

Winslow, the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, was drafted No. 6 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. He played nine seasons in the NFL.

Jets GM addresses Sam Darnold trade rumors

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets are keeping all of their options open at quarterback this offseason, and general manager Joe Douglas admits that the team has not ruled out trading Sam Darnold.

Douglas was asked on Wednesday about the reports that Darnold is on the trade block. He said the Jets are not actively shopping their former No. 3 overall pick but are not going to ignore inquiries.

“I will answer the call, if it’s made,” Douglas said, via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “Sam is, we think, a dynamic playmaker in this league with dynamic talent … But if calls are made, I will answer them.”

While Douglas essentially confirmed that Darnold is available, he also praised the 23-year-old and indicated the Jets would be comfortable moving forward with him as their quarterback.

“With Sam, our stance on Sam hasn’t changed. He’s an extremely talented player,” Douglas added. “Very smart, very tough. We have no doubt he’s going to achieve his outstanding potential.”

Darnold battled a shoulder injury and had a rough season in 2020. He finished with 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 12 games. Those are not the numbers the Jets were hoping for in the former USC star’s third NFL season, but many have blamed Adam Gase for New York’s offensive struggles. Gase, of course, was fired after the season.

While he has reportedly drawn interest from multiple teams, Darnold probably has not played well enough to attract big offers. There have been indications that the Jets could have an unrealistic price tag in mind. If that’s the case, Darnold is unlikely to be moved.

Here is what Gisele told Tom Brady immediately after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady Gisele

Tom Brady’s wife Gisele has always been very supportive of his football career, but she has hinted in the past that she would prefer if the quarterback retired. Now that Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, that sentiment may be stronger than ever.

During his appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that aired on Tuesday night, Brady shared a funny story about the exchange he had with Gisele after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks ago. The 43-year-old said the first thing his wife did was drop a subtle remark about Brady hanging up the cleats.

“I was looking for my family, and all of a sudden I see my oldest son run over to me and I gave him a big hug,” Brady recalled. “I saw my two little ones, and all of a sudden I saw my wife. I gave her a big hug, and just as I did it she says, ‘What more do you have to prove?'”

Brady said the only thing he could think to do was change the subject.

“I just gave her a big hug. I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick,” he added. “I think I moved onto something else pretty quickly.”

Brady probably has no answer for Gisele. In terms of his legacy, he has nothing left to prove. He’s the greatest quarterback of all time and has now shown he can win a title without Bill Belichick. His seven championships will almost certainly never be matched.

Obviously, Brady still loves playing. Gisele has expressed concern about his health in the past, which is understandable. But if you saw the way Brady was acting at the Bucs’ victory parade, you know he is far from bored of adding to his Hall of Fame legacy. We would be surprised if next season is his last.

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Report: Lloyd Pierce had lost Trae Young’s support

Trae Young

Trae Young is very much the future for the Atlanta Hawks, and it sounds like he may have had a role in the team’s decision to fire coach Lloyd Pierce.

Chris Kirschner, Sam Amick, and David Aldridge of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Pierce had lost the support of Young, among other players. The report states that Pierce and Young had “a difficult dynamic.” Pierce had allegedly taken a “tough love approach” with Young from Day One, which Young often pushed back against. The report adds that the two clashed on a number of issues, including Young’s shot selection and Pierce’s late-game decisions. Player support behind Pierce otherwise had also supposedly been dwindling towards the end with the Pierce-Young relationship said to be “a tone-setter of sorts” for the entire group.

Pierce departs from his post with a 63-120 record (.344) and zero playoff appearances in two-and-a-half seasons. Assistant Nate McMillan, who has 16 years of head coaching experience, will be Atlanta’s new interim coach.

The firing of Pierce may not fix all that ails the 14-20 Hawks however. Young has also had tensions flare up this season with some of his own teammates.

Ricky Williams reveals crazy reason he started smoking heavily

Ricky Williams

Marijuana has been a huge part of Ricky Williams’ life for several years now, and the former running back has always been very open about that. He was suspended multiple times during his NFL career for violating the NFL’s drug policy, but he was able to stay out of trouble at the University of Texas. That’s probably because it wasn’t until his senior year that a major life event got him big into smoking.

During an appearance on “Club Shay Shay” with Shannon Sharpe on Tuesday, Williams revealed that he became a big smoker his senior year at Texas. He got more into it after learning that his girlfriend had been cheating on him with one of his teammates.

“That’s how it started. I was like obsessing about this and my friend was like, ‘Dude, you gotta chill,'” Williams recalled. “He brought it out and was like, ‘You gotta hit this.’ And I did and it was the first time where I wasn’t obsessed and I wasn’t thinking about it. I could sleep and relax. From that moment I was like, ‘OK, this could be helpful for me.'”

Williams doesn’t feel too badly about the cheating now, because his ex-girlfriend and former teammate have since gotten married. You can see the entire clip of him talking about the situation below:

Williams won the Heisman Trophy at Texas and led the NFL in rushing with 1,853 yards in 2002. He’s spoken in the past about the ways in which he feels weed has negatively impacted him, some of which you can read about here.

A lot people assume Williams was a stoner all through college, so they’ll be surprised to hear relationship troubles are what really made him commit to the green.

Attorney offers update on young girl injured in Britt Reid car crash

Britt Reid

The young girl who was hospitalized in critical care after being injured in a car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid awoke from her coma recently, but she is still dealing with numerous health complications.

Tom Porto, the attorney for the family of 5-year-old Ariel Young, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Ariel could have permanent brain damage. She has also been unable to walk.

“She’s awake, which is a huge development,” Porto said. “She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story.”

Reid’s vehicle was on an entrance ramp not far from the Kansas City Chiefs’ facility on Feb. 4 when it struck two cars — one disabled vehicle that had run out of gas, and another that had come to help the other vehicle. He admitted to police that he had two or three drinks and had taken prescription Adderall.

Porto provided some photos of the damage to ABC that show the severity of the collision. You can see them in the video below:

Porto said Reid’s toxicology report has not come back, but he believes Reid should not have been driving. The attorney said he will be “advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive.”

Reid, 35, is no longer employed by the Chiefs. He is facing serious legal consequences. He did not travel to the Super Bowl with Kansas City after the crash, and his father Andy Reid shared some thoughts on the incident before the Chiefs’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here’s hoping for better news about Ariel in the days ahead.

New details emerge in death of Louis Nix

Louis Nix

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of former Notre Dame star Louis Nix, and some new details surfaced in the case on Monday.

Nix, who was 29, was found dead after his car was pulled out of a pond on Saturday in Jacksonville. He had been reported missing by his family several days prior. Nix’s girlfriend said he was driving in the car with another man, but investigators have yet to confirm or deny that.

Jacksonville reporter Ben Becker spoke with Nix’s mother on Monday, and she said police told her they do not suspect foul play. She said investigators believe it was an accident and that “something may have distracted (Nix and he) lost control and went into the pond.”

According to the missing persons report from three days before Nix was found, his girlfriend said he was driving with another man and that she suspected Nix was intoxicated.

Nix’s mother said police have not suggested they believe her son was impaired.

There are still many questions surrounding Nix’s death. The pond where he was found is not far from a gas station where Nix was shot in an attempted robbery a few months ago, so investigators are working to determine if that is a mere coincidence or not.

Nix played for Notre Dame from 2011-2013 and had 14 sacks during his career. He was a third-round draft pick by the Houston Texans in 2014 but had knee issues that hurt his pro career.