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“So you DID need to see Ray Rice punching her in the face to make this decision…”
On Wednesday, The Daily Show addressed the current controversy surrounding Ray Rice and league commissioner Roger Goodell:
After calling out the absurdity of the whole situation, including the fact that a league with its own officiating command center could somehow NOT see a tape that was reportedly delivered to them containing footage of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator, knocking her out, Stewart offered a new resolution:
Watch the video:
“My main focus is the Detroit Lions. I think I’ve got my hands full trying to stay protected from Donkey Kong Suh and my fellow Auburn teammate Nick Fairley.”
Cam Newton, who has garnered a reputation for being self-centered, addressed the media on Wednesday, and he wanted every reporter to know how focused he was on the team's upcoming game.
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When asked if he felt healthier having sat out during week one due to fractured ribs, he had this to say:
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Then when he was asked whether or not the Panthers have reached out to him regarding a new contract, he responded with this:
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And when he was asked about his contract once more, Cam gave yet another brilliant response.
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Why the Ray Rice situation is an opportunity for women in the sports industry to speak up.
Katie Nolan is host of her own YouTube sports and pop culture show through Fox Sports.
But the recent Ray Rice situation has left her in an uncomfortable position: how to reconcile her values with her love of football.
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A boycott of the NFL is impractical and would remove the critical thinkers from the conversation, she says.
Nolan cites her uncertainty with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who needed to see a video to realize domestic violence is unacceptable. Then she digs in a little more.
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“A boycott means walking away,” she says. “I would rather fight back.”
She notes a time she had a chance to ask the commissioner a question about the NFL taking a stronger stance against violence, but instead kept quiet out of worry she would offend him as a guest of her employer.
Women in sports television are allowed to read headlines, patrol sidelines, and generally facilitate conversation for their male colleagues. Sometimes, they even let us monitor the internet from a couch.
And while the Stephen A. Smiths, Mike Francesas, Dan Patricks, and Keith Olbermanns of the world get to weigh in on the issues of the day, we just smile and throw to commercial.
The planned opening — which included the Jay Z-Rihanna song “Run This Town,” with narration by Don Cheadle — was scrapped. Instead, the pregame show will feature news coverage of the Ray Rice incident and the NFL’s response to a video showing him punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
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CBS Sports is changing its pregame show for Thursday Night Football this week, foregoing a dramatic opening and other elements for news coverage on the controversy surrounding former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and NFL leadership.
CBS Sports told BuzzFeed News the pregame show for the match-up between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers will include a CBS News report along with an interview of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and a panel discussion. The newsier elements replace an opening set to Jay Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town" with narration by Don Cheadle as well as a comedy segment and other football content.
The original opening was filmed in an airplane hanger, produced and directed by CBS Sports' creative director, Pete Radovich.
"This open combines one of music's biggest stars with one of the most dynamic actors in Hollywood," he said in a press release last week. "The energy that both talents provide gives the opening to every Thursday night the big-game, primetime feel it deserves. It is a dream scenario for any director."
Instead, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com that the network would focus on the news facing the NFL.
"We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage," he said. "A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone."
CBS This Morning anchor Norah O'Donnell interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week. Goodell has faced questions about what the NFL knew when about the casino elevator video from February showing Rice punching and knocking unconscious his then-fiancee. Goodell said the NFL had not seen the video until TMZ released it Monday. The AP reported the league actually received a DVD from law enforcement in April.
Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to his son. He turned himself in to authorities early Saturday.
Adrian Peterson is seen in a mugshot taken early Saturday morning.
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Mom Hannah Storm got emotional on SportsCenter while talking about having to explain the NFL’s decisions with her football fan daughters.
On Monday morning I was genuinely excited to come to work and break down what I thought was a fascinating first weekend in the NFL. Instead I kicked off ESPN's coverage of the horrific Ray Rice elevator video. Meanwhile, one of my daughters has her first fantasy football team this season, but at breakfast this week, instead of discussing how her team was doing, we watched the Ray Rice video play out again in all its ugliness.
I spent this week answering seemingly impossible questions about the league's biggest stars. 'Mom, why did he do that? Why isn't he in jail? Why didn't he get fired?' And yesterday: 'Why don't they even have control of their own players?'
Are we supposed to simply separate a violent game on the field from violent acts off the field, and if we do what message does that send?
Man, I love this team.
Team USA completed their world domination in basketball Sunday by defeating Serbia 129-92 in the 2014 FIBA World Cup championship.
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After receiving their gold medals and the championship trophy, Team USA then celebrated by busting out the shmoney dance.
And that's why Team USA is literally the best.
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Update: CBS will be using their new theme music to open the broadcast instead of Rihanna’s song. The singer lashed out at the network after they pulled her song from the inaugural broadcast of Thursday Night Football following the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy.
They will be using their newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open their game broadcast.
CBS could not confirm if Rihanna's song was scheduled to feature this week but their statement came after she essentially denied CBS access to her song in her tweet.
Last week, CBS pulled Rihanna's introduction song to its broadcast of Thursday Night Football in the wake of Ray Rice's suspension from the NFL for punching his wife in an elevator.
CBS pulled the opener that included Don Cheadle narrating over Jay Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna, who was assaulted in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com that they pulled the opener as well as a comic segment because, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage." Other production elements in the show were also eliminated because of time and tone, he said.
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Gov. Mark Dayton calls Peterson’s actions “a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota.”
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says NFL running back Adrian Peterson should have been suspended by the team "until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system."
Peterson was indicted and charged in Texas this week with beating his 4-year-old son with a switch. He turned himself in to authorities last Saturday, and the team deactivated Peterson for last Sunday's game versus the New England Patriots.
On Monday, the Vikings announced that Peterson would practice and play with the team on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The team released a statement supporting Peterson, adding, "We should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action."
On Tuesday, Dayton gave a statement to KARE 11 calling Peterson's actions "a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota."
It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be "innocent until proven guilty." However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.
However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota – and in Minnesota. This has been the team's only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans.
“I do it all for the kids,” the cat said in a post-game interview. (H/T Reddit )
Before the match, you can see the cat warming up with some of his less talented teammates.
"I like to check in with everyone, just to let them know we're all winners out there," he said.
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Even the coach values his opinion over anyone else on the field.
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"There's a lot of respect between all of us," he said. "I really appreciate all the effort they put out to keep up with me."
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“I am the one who bats!”
There's Jeter's flip to home plate...
Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run trot...
Special appearances from Misty Copeland...
The players’ union announced Tuesday it is appealing the NFL’s decision to indefinitely suspend Ray Rice following the release of a video that showed the running back punching his then-fiancée. BuzzFeed News takes a look at what happens next.
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Ray Rice is a seventh-year NFL running back formerly with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens drafted Rice, who played college football at Rutgers University, in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. As a pro, Rice has run for more than 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns.
On Feb. 15, Rice got into an altercation with Janay Rice, his then-fiancée, while in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey, allegedly knocking her unconscious. TMZ published a video showing Ray Rice dragging Janay Rice's body out of an elevator.
On July 24, Rice was suspended without pay for two games by the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy and fined an additional $235,294.
On Sept. 8, the NFL indefinitely suspended Rice after TMZ published the full video showing Ray Rice punching Janay Rice and dragging her out of the casino elevator. Just before the league announced Rice's indefinite suspension, the Ravens terminated his contract.
On Sept. 16, the NFL Players Association filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension on behalf of Ray Rice.
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Roger Goodell is the NFL Commissioner. He is entering his eighth season as the league's top boss.
On Aug. 28, Goodell sent a letter to all NFL owners admitting that he did not get the Rice suspension right. He also issued a tougher domestic violence policy that calls for a six-game suspension for the first offense and "banishment from the NFL" for the second.
On Sept. 8, the NFL announced that Goodell was suspending Rice based on the video published by TMZ, which the commissioner said he had not seen until that week.
On Sept. 12, Goodell sent the NFL Players Association a letter informing the players' union why the league was changing its ruling against Rice:
"This video shows a starkly different sequence of events from what you and your representatives stated when [Ray Rice and the NFL] met on June 16," Goodell wrote, "and is important new information that warrants reconsideration of the discipline imposed on [Rice] in July."
"Based on this new information, I have concluded that the discipline imposed upon you in July was insufficient under all the circumstances and have determined instead to impose an indefinite suspension."
Goodell and the league have been widely criticized for their handling of the Ray Rice situation. The National Organization of Women has called for the commissioner to resign. Anheuser-Busch, the official beer sponsor of the NFL since 2011 which has a $1.2 billion deal with the league, said in a statement, "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season."
At the same time, Goodell is also receiving support from NFL owners including Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement that Goodell's job is not in jeopardy.
The university said Winston’s behavior was offensive and vulgar.
Florida State suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for half of FSU's upcoming game against Clemson after he stood on a table and screamed "fuck her right in the pussy," TMZ reported.
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It’s hard being a wrestling fan.
David Arquette winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
While promoting his wrestling-themed film Ready To Rumble in 2000, David Arquette appeared on WCW and ended up winning the World Heavyweight Championship. That's right, the same belt that names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, and Vince Russo had held. Arquette's 12 day reign came to an end with him losing the title in a Triple Cage (lol classic Russo) to Jeff Jarrett. Many say that this was one of the final nails in the coffin for WCW which was ultimately purchased by WWF/E less than a year later.
The Katie Vick incident.
In 2002, Triple H and Kane began a feud that would lead to one of the worst/embarrassing/all-round fucked up segments in WWE Raw's 20+ year run. Triple H would expose that Kane was in love with a girl named Katie Vick when he was younger, but Katie did not love him back. In the weeks that followed it was revealed that Vick had died in a car accident. This lead to a segment taking place at an open-casket funeral where Triple H, dressed as Kane, would grope the dead body and proceed to have sex with it. That happened 12 years ago and many still wonder how it was considered a good idea.
The Claire Lynch/AJ Styles pregnancy angle.
Crazy lady comes out of the blue, tells AJ Styles that she is carrying his baby, still one of the worst storylines in wrestling today.
The Undertaker kidnapping Theodore Long.
Bad camera angles, bad acting, corny effects. Needs no further explanation than this amazingly cringe-worthy GIF.
Yeah, I’m going to need a Gatorade after watching this commercial to rehydrate from all the ugly crying.
Gatorade released a commercial saying farewell to Yankee captain Derek Jeter, who will be playing his final game this month.
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The commercial is set to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" because Gatorade wants to rip your still-beating heart directly out of your chest.
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It features the captain walking through the Bronx and greeting unsuspecting fans on his way to Yankee Stadium, like the classy guy he is.
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It's an incredibly touching tribute to his legacy, even if it is sponsored content.
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Thomas E. Brady: Assistant to Senior Sales Broker.
Posted with the caption "Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round," some of the highlights include his work as a Park Security Manager for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and additional notes like, "Guided football team as starting quarterback to 1998 Big Ten Championship and postseason bowl victory."
I think from now "I am Tom Brady" will be sufficient enough.
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Does the game wear on you?
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“I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter.”
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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference Friday afternoon to address the recent abuse scandals within the organization. Goodell apologized for the way the NFL handled abuse cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, among others.
"We have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong. That starts with me," Goodell said. "I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter."
"The same mistakes can never be repeated," Goodell said.
Friday's press conference was the first time the commissioner has addressed the public since TMZ last week released the footage of Rice in a physical altercation with his wife in an elevator.
Goodell told reporters that the NFL will be providing financial support to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and creating educational programs for all 32 teams within the next 30 days. Goodell also promised to implement a new personal conduct policy for the NFL by the Super Bowl.
The commissioner told reporters that he has not considered resigning.
"I am focused on doing my job. I understand when people are critical of my performance, but we have work to do. I am proud of the opportunity we have to make a difference and do the right thing," Goodell said.
Goodell's address at one point was interrupted by Howard Stern collaborator Benjy Bronk, who has a habit of crashing high-profile press conferences, screaming, "Don't take me to an elevator!" He was forcibly removed from the room.
Pro football is Washington’s multi-million dollar National Fundraising League. That’s not going to change no matter what happens.
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WASHINGTON — From big checks written by team owners and players to high-profile events at stadiums and even during games, the National Football League plays in tight formation with America's political fundraising operatives.
That's not likely to change, despite the flood of bad news for the league, ranging from accusations of racism, homophobia and domestic and child abuse.
"No absolutely not," emailed one Republican fundraiser when asked if it was time to advise candidates against taking checks that could in someway be traced back to the NFL.
"I probably wouldn't recommend them to take a contribution from Ray Rice, but it takes a LOT for a candidate to turn down money :)," the fundraiser wrote.
The Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time team — a watchdog group that tracks political fundraising events — crunched the numbers for BuzzFeed News and found the NFL and fundraising for both parties are deeply intertwined.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has hosted 12 parties for Republican candidates since 2011, many of them for Mitt Romney. Next month, he's hosting an RNC fundraiser at his home featuring party chair Reince Priebus. Meanwhile, New York Giants owner Steve Tisch has used his influence to help Democrats, chairing a fundraiser for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker in California last year.
The list goes on. In 2012, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan chaired a fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren featuring Madeline Albright. Eli Manning hosted an NFL watch party fundraiser at his home for Hoboken, New Jersey's Democratic Mayor Dawn Zimmer in 2013.
NFL facilities are also big draws. Michelle Obama hosted a 2102 fundraiser for her husband's campaign at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Pro-football games are regularly the home to political fundraising. Sunlight's data — which the watchdog stresses is not comprehensive — found 32 events at NFL stadiums and games, including fundraisers for Paul Ryan's PAC at Lambeau Field and a fundraiser for Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney in 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Far and away the most popular NFL facility for political fundraising is FedEx Field in Maryland, home turf for Washington's pro-football team — which has been accused of racism by Native Americans because of the team's name.
Politicians, lobbyists and other big-money types often use Washington home games to host high-dollar fundraising. Sunlight says their data shows FedEx Field is part of the DC money machine's regular rotation.
"In the world of political fundraising, there are lots of cocktail hours and receptions, so hosting a party at a football game is one way a politician can kind of stand out from the more conventional stuff," said Jenn Topper, Sunlight spokesperson. "People on Capitol Hill use the NFL as a fundraising ploy, but not a whole lot more than they use a baseball game or Taylor Swift concerts."
The NFL has its own PAC, too. The group chaired DC fundraisers for Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in both 2012 and 2013. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks all the recipients of NFL cash, 52% of donations from the league to to Democrats and 48% go to Republicans. The NFL's PAC has donated more than $1.3 million to federal candidates since 2010, according to the CRP data.
Still, the league's image, once one of the best in professional sports, has taken a major beating, starting with the negative reaction some coaches and players had to the drafting of the first openly gay player last spring, to the ongoing controversy over Washington's name and a host of domestic violence and child abuse complaints against marquee players. The NFL's top brass have been playing defense since the first kickoff, and politicians, even those who've benefited from the league's political activities, are starting to join the growing chorus of critics.
Booker said Friday it might be time to revoke the NFL's nonprofit status, and New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has threatened congressional hearings looking into domestic violence allegations against former Ravens player Ray Rice.
But the bad news isn't likely to stop the close relationship between political fundraising and the NFL, observers said.
"It is the best fundraiser you can ever throw because it can't miss," said Ford O'Connell, a Washington-based Republican strategist. "The NFL has such wide appeal across party lines. What is female viewership even with this nonsense? It's up 40%. Football is so ubiquitous in American life it's hard to see how [a fundraiser] would be a hindrance unless you took money from one of these players."
Not all fundraisers are saying raising money by associating a candidate with the NFL is a a great move these days.
"I would advise any federal candidate at this time not to seek out NFL dollars since as a candidate you do not want someone else's image issues affecting you at the ballot box with potential voters," said Amanda Kornegay a DC-based fundraising consultant who raises money for Republicans. "Also, by taking money from the NFL a campaign or candidate might give themselves an added headache for a Republican in a tight race, due to the 'perceived' GOP war on women."
But most fundraisers and political observers said the NFL will likely remain closely tied to political fundraising no matter what scandal hits the league. Asked about how the league scandals might affect the cashflow, they mostly didn't want to talk about it.
"I'm not comfortable answering that question on or off the record," one top Democratic fundraiser said.
BuzzFeed News asks sponsors if they would sever ties with the league over concerns about the way it handles domestic abuse and punishes players accused of violent acts.
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In the wake of several high-profile incidents of domestic violence involving NFL players, fans and advertisers have questioned the way the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell handles players accused of off-the-field violence.
While several of the NFL's most high-profile sponsors — Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Verizon — have put out angry statements calling for the league to up its game in handling serious personal conduct allegations, no sponsors have yet walked away from America's most lucrative sports league.
This week, BuzzFeed News asked sponsors if they were considering taking the next step and severing their relationships with the NFL. This post will be updated as more advertisers respond to requests for comment.