Shaq Lawson is having a rough week on social media.
The newly-acquired Houston Texans defensive lineman was exposed by porn actress Teanna Trump. Trump shared a screenshot on her Instagram Story that showed Lawson had sent her a direct message asking to see her. Lawson’s message said he was trying to make Trump his girlfriend.
Trump claimed she posted the screenshot accidentally and expressed how much she disliked Instagram’s platform.
That was just the start.
A woman on Instagram who goes by Jenna Marie, who is the mother of Lawson’s daughter, started ripping on him too. She called him embarrassing and said he is “weird” in person as well.
“And he doesn’t take care of his kid. … I moved across country for my daughter’s dad to be in her life and I still get blamed for him not being a dad. Some men are just sorry,” she wrote.
Lawson does not seem to have responded.
The 26-year-old was a first-round pick by the Bills in 2016. He played four seasons with them and then signed with Miami last year. The Dolphins traded him to Houston last month. Prior to the NFL, Lawson played at Clemson, where he had some brazen trash talk.
The Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have agreed to a trade, but it is not one that involves star quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Texans are trading linebacker Benardrick McKinney to Miami in exchange for pass-rusher Shaq Lawson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The teams are also swapping late-round draft picks.
McKinney received permission in recent days to seek a trade, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The Tennessee Titans also showed interest in the former second-round pick.
McKinney underwent shoulder surgery last October and missed the remainder of the 2020 season. He averaged more than 100 total tackles per season in each of his previous four before that.
Lawson, a former No. 19 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills, had four sacks in 14 games last season.
It is hardly a surprise that McKinney wanted to be traded, as several veteran players reportedly want out of Houston. Watson, of course, is the most notable of the bunch.
Cam Newton was involved in a minor scuffle with some Miami Dolphins players after he led the New England Patriots to a win on Sunday. The former NFL MVP said he felt disrespected when someone tried to pull his chain off his neck, but two Dolphins defenders seemed to refute Newton’s account of the incident.
After New England’s 21-11 win, Newton wrote on Instagram that the Dolphins “tried to snatch my chain and the game.” Miami defensive linemen Shaq Lawson and Raekwon Davis both had similar responses to the post.
“We don’t want that weak a– chain,” Lawson wrote.
“Man ain’t nobody want your fake a– chain s— was weak anyway,” Davis agreed.
You can see some screenshots of the comments here.
Newton and Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins exchanged words on the field after the game. That led to some pointing and shoving, and Wilkins then grabbed Newton by the collar area. You could see Newton scrambling to make sure he still had his chain afterword.
In an appearance on WEEI Monday morning, Newton said the chain represents his children and their birthstones.
Newton was also asked how Bill Belichick responded to the incident.
The skirmish reminded us of a past chain-yanking incident in the NFL, though it didn’t quite escalate to that level. The important thing for Newton was that the Patriots got the win. Whether it was his fault or not, Belichick undoubtedly spoke with him about avoiding that type of conflict.
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Former Clemson defensive lineman Shaq Lawson says he always was suspicious of Tigers assistant coach Danny Pearman.
Pearman on Tuesday apologized after a former Tigers player outed him for using the N-word during a 2017 practice. The former Clemson walk-on who publicized the incident over Twitter said Pearman was able to escape without any repercussions and without issuing an apology to the team. Pearman was said to have been dealt with by coach Dabo Swinney privately.
Lawson, who played at Clemson from 2013-2015 but was in the NFL before the 2017 incident, said on Twitter that he was suspicious of Pearman.
“Damn I always had that feeling about the same coach. Smh only f— with you when make plays for them,” Lawson said on Twitter (note: his use of the F-word has been edited by LBS).
“Smh” is an acronym for “shaking my head”. Lawson was saying that Pearman only likes/cares about his players when they’re playing well.
Lawson was drafted No. 16 overall by the Bills in 2016 and has had 16.5 sacks with them during his four-year career. He had 20 sacks in three seasons at Clemson.
Pearman is an Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach/Special Teams Coordinator for Clemson and has been on their staff since 2008.
The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars got into a scuffle by the end zone after a controversial completion to Donte Moncrief that resulted in ejections for Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson.
Moncrief caught a long pass from Blake Bortles and fell right around the end zone. Buffalo’s Levi Wallace was wrestling with him for possession of the football, and players from both teams ran down towards that part of the field. A scuffle broke out with Fournette and Lawson appearing to trade punches.
The Jags were given the ball at the 1-yard line after the completion to Moncrief. Both Fournette and Lawson were called for personal fouls and ejected from the game for throwing punches.
Fournette was seen waving to Lawson in the tunnel after their ejections:
Every year, we see NFL players across the league come into their own despite not having much of a track record. They can be all types; many are second- or third-year players who have matured and overcome injury or adapted to the NFL. There are others who were never highly-touted but find themselves in the right situation.
Each NFL team has breakout candidates. Here is a leading candidate from all of them.
Arizona Cardinals — Haason Reddick, LB
The 13th overall pick in last year’s draft flashed potential and appeared in all 16 games, but only started three of them. He still made an impact, with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the season. The Cardinals plan to move him to inside linebacker, where he’s been studying tape of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. That bodes well for a big year two breakout.
Atlanta Falcons — Austin Hooper, TE
Year three could be the one that sees Hooper mature into a big target at tight end. His numbers improved last season, as he caught 49 passes and scored three touchdowns. A more prominent role and regular playing time could await him in 2018 and make him a Matt Ryan favorite. He’ll just have to compete with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Atlanta’s talented running backs for touches.
Many rookies enter the NFL with unparalleled or even unfair expectations, and then fail to live up to that billing. But one season does not generally make or break a player.
New York Giants safety Landon Collins is perhaps the best recent example of this, as he struggled throughout his rookie campaign only to catch fire and set historical marks during his sophomore season, very nearly winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
So, who will be the Landon Collins of 2017? Here’s a look at 10 second-year players who are poised for a breakout 2017 season.
10. Darian Thompson, safety, New York Giants
It seems somewhat ironic that in referencing Landon Collins to open this article, we immediately pinpoint another second-year Giants safety as a potential breakout star.
A third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Thompson was supposed to join a talented Giants secondary and provide a ball-hawking, center fielder alongside the bone-crunching, run-stopping Collins. Unfortunately, a foot injury limited Thompson to only two games, and the Giants were never able to see the full potential of that tandem.
But for those who cover the team on a daily basis, the talent Thompson possesses is evident. Thompson is a true coverage safety capable of shutting down tight end seam routes — one of the team’s biggest area of concerns — and he is a turnover-creating machine. Above all else, he picked up the defense rapidly and become a leader in the secondary before ever stepping foot onto the field in a meaningful game.
If Collins can continue his progression at strong safety, there’s no telling how productive Thompson can be by fitting into a role that could not be more perfectly suited for him.
9. C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks (more…)
Lady Luck is certainly not smiling down on the Buffalo Bills.
Fresh off the news Monday that wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a broken foot, now, defensive end Shaq Lawson, the Bills’ first-round pick in last month’s draft, is expected to miss the next 5-6 months after re-injuring his shoulder, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lawson is said to have suffered the injury, an aggravation of a pre-existing one, in a non-contact tackling drill.
The Bills promptly announced that the injury to Lawson will require preemptive surgery.
Lawson’s shoulder was a red flag for many teams heading into the draft with Albert Breer of NFL Network reporting in March that the issue has been identified dating all the way back to the combine.
Schefter also reported soon after the Bills had selected Lawson that he would likely require shoulder surgery to address the injury at some point.
The 5-6 month timetable means that Lawson is unlikely to make his debut for the Bills until October or November. Given that he will miss all of training camp and the preseason over that span as well, it could be a growing pain-filled rookie season for the edge rusher in 2016.
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Shaq Lawson suffered what Oklahoma fans might consider a dose of karma during the Orange Bowl on Thursday.
The Clemson Tigers DE left the game after suffering a knee injury on a big sack during the first quarter.
Lawson headed to the team’s bench after that and took off the brace for his left knee. He then had an ice pack on his knee, and he was being consoled by teammates.
Lawson was then replaced in the lineup on the Sooners’ next drive.
Lawson, who is one of the best players on Clemson’s defense, was involved in some heavy pregame trash talk.
Clemson and Oklahoma are getting set for what is sure to be a spirited game as the College Football Playoff kicks off Thursday afternoon, and Tigers defensive end Shaq Lawson has done his part to crank up the intensity level.
According to Oklahoma radio analyst Dusty Dvoracek, Lawson boarded the Oklahoma team bus on Wednesday to talk trash to his opponents.
There are a lot of players on either side who have history with each other, as Clemson put a 40-6 whooping on Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season. Tigers players have reminded the Sooners about that game throughout the week, and there have been some exchanges on social media.
Needless to say, there has been no shortage of drama leading up to the Orange Bowl. We have already seen a handful of players get sent home for being boneheads. The incident on the team bus should lead to some chippy play in Miami.
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