The Baltimore Orioles received awful news late Wednesday night amid word that former pitcher Mike Flanagan had been found dead. Local affiliate WBAL is reporting that Flanagan was so despondent over the poor performance of the organization in recent years that it drove him to suicide.
Flanagan, the 1979 American League Cy Young Award winner, was a pivotal part of the Orioles’ 1983 World Series team, going 12-4 that season. After his career ended in 1992, Flanagan stayed in baseball as an executive. In the 2000s, he found his way back to Baltimore, holding the top baseball executive position in the organization.
When veteran running back Thomas Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly took exception to rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin’s protests over hazing rituals, the two got into a fight in the weight room that left Baldwin with a broken thumb.
Reports of the incident reignited debate over whether hazing belongs, and whether teams are doing enough to supervise their players’ conduct off the field.
Tom Cruise got to test drive a race car at a track in California this week, where the actor did 24 laps in the Red Bull F1 car. Former driver and 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard instructed the ‘Days of Thunder’ star before he let Cruise take hold of the wheel of the 850-horsepower car, reaching speeds of 181 mph.
Former quarterback Jim McMahon and six other former players say the NFL hasn’t done enough to address and ensure safety for its players. The effects of violent hits on players’ long-term health is widely known, yet, the players complain, the league hasn’t done enough to monitor players’ conditions. An NFL spokesperson responded denied that the league is acting irresponsibly.
The group hoped to recruit other retired and current players who are now dealing with a lifetime of consequences of concussions or other head-related injuries. Earlier in the summer, a group of 75 other players filed a lawsuit against the NFL, but this is the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind.
The scandal involving University of Miami athletes who reportedly accepted gifts from boosters continues to unfold, with possible sanctions on the horizon. It’s quite possibly the “most egregious, widespread and long-lasting disregard for NCAA rules and regulations ever.”
NCAA president Mark Emmert is floating the idea — though he didn’t speak directly about Miami — of imposing the so-called ‘death penalty’ on the most blatant offenders. The death penalty means a school cannot compete in a specific sport for at least one year. Southern Methodist University became the first college football program to get the death penalty when it served a two-year ban during the 1980s. Miami could become the second.
Two fans were shot in a Candlestick Park parking lot fight after the 49ers beat the Raiders 17-3 in a preseason game on Saturday. One of the men was seriously wounded. A suspect has been arrested in the attack.
The incident should remind some fans of the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten up by two Dodgers’ fans back in March. And, separately, during Saturday’s football game, 26-year-old man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a bathroom.
A lengthy piece in the upcoming issue of GQ highlights Michael Vick’s mindset past and present and the aftermath of the dogfighting scandal that sent him to prison for two years. How’d he handle the sentencing and subsequent backlash?
“For a while, it was all ‘Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he’s not a person,’” he said. “It’s almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money.”
Police will reportedly look to interview Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant about allegations that he sprained a man’s wrist last Sunday after the man allegedly tried to take Bryant’s picture with his phone at a San Diego church.
The unidentified man was treated at a nearby hospital for his injury.
In what many are flagging as a strange ruling, the NFL announced that former Ohio State standout Terrelle Pryor will be eligible for Monday’s NFL supplemental draft but that the controversial player must sit out the first five games after he signs a contract.
Pryor chose not to play his final season with the Buckeyes or else suffer a five-game suspension for his role in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal. Now, it seems that the NFL is enforcing the NCAA’s sentence.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said you can’t dance around the rules “and get a free pass into the NFL.”
Roger Clemens may have inadvertently gotten some security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC into trouble after it was revealed they accepted signed baseballs from the former pitcher Roger Clemens after his criminal trial. Guards are prohibited from receiving gifts of any kind from criminal defendants.
After a Boston sports blogger caused a frenzy late last week when he posted a picture that featured Tom Brady’s toddler in the buff on a Costa Rican beach, Massachusetts State Police reportedly went to his home to request that it be taken down. David Portnoy of the Barstool Sports blog agreed to remove it, though he didn’t agree with the nature of the request.
“I obviously still stand by the fact I had every right to do everything I did, but I’m not looking to make cops jobs more difficult that it already is so I complied,” he wrote in a post on Monday. “I went with my gut and my gut said just make it easy on everybody at this point.”
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