NFLPA director Smith: Goodell ‘lied’ about 2014 conduct policy changes

NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith took aim at Roger Goodell during an interview with Bryant Gumbel that airs Tuesday night on HBO, accusing the commissioner of lying about how the personal conduct policy was changed in 2014 following the Ray Rice scandal and other high-profile incidents.

"When Roger Goodell can stand up there as he did and say, 'We're drafting a new NFL Personal Conduct Policy,'" asked Gumbel, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. "We're gonna do so in conjunction with the union,' and then doesn't consult the union, comes up with a new policy, that says what?"

"That says he lied," responded Smith.

The changes essentially allowed Goodell to act as judge, jury, and executioner when it came to player discipline, and eventually led to the NFL clashing with several big-name players, most notably Tom Brady during the Deflategate scandal.

Many have laid the blame for allowing Goodell to wield such power at the feet of the NFLPA, seemingly causing a rift between Goodell and the NFL owners and Smith.

“He has a job,” Smith said. “And I have a job. My relationship with Roger I would argue is irrelevant.”

Asked if he trusts Goodell, Smith opted for a more diplomatic answer, but only slightly.

"I don't have the luxury of trust, now do I?" said Smith.

The NFL and NFLPA are once again at loggerheads over Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game ban for domestic violence allegations, with the league accusing the union of victim shaming. The NFL suspended Elliott after its investigation found “substantial and persuasive evidence,” though the running back was never arrested or charged.

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Bucks’ Brogdon: ‘Absurd’ to think athletes shouldn’t talk about politics

More and more professional athletes are refusing to stay silent on political issues, with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the forefront of it all by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. LeBron James has also been vocal in recent days over his displeasure with the direction the country is heading in, even going as far as calling out president Donald Trump on social media following Saturday's events in Charlottesville, Va.

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, who supports James’ stance, hopes athletes continue to use their platform to help facilitate change, shutting down the notion that they should simply “stick to sports.”

"I think it's extremely offensive. I think it puts us in a bubble. I think it simply implies that because were athletes we don't have a say, we don't have an opinion, or we don't have the educational background to comment on things outside of sports," Brogdon told Sports Illustrated. "I just think it's absurd. I encourage all athletes to speak out if they're comfortable to do it. I think it's our duty, i don't think it's something we really have a choice to do. If you have a platform, you should speak out. It's the morally right thing to do."

The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year attended the University of Virginia for a full four-year term. Suffice it to say, the recent protests by white supremacists on the campus hit close to home on many levels.

"Honestly, for me, it was pretty shocking to see this happen at a place that I call home. It's sort of jarring for me. If I were to be honest, the level of hate and blatant racism that still dominates the minds of so many Americans today is not shocking to me," Brogdon added. "I think at the end of the day, you have to call it what it is – I think this is white supremacy, and I think it's domestic terrorism."

A large group of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and far-right extremists gathered Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, who was a commander in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Fights eventually broke out with counter-demonstrators, resulting in a local state of emergency being declared.

“I’m a person that thinks things should not be glorified that did not do the country any justice,” Brogdon added. “For example, these statues, they stand still, but all they do is divide people. At this point in time, I think America needs to be unified, and the statues are clearly something that’s not unifying people. It’s going to continue to create a divide within our communities. I think they have no place in our society right now.”

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Watch: Saban rants about media predictions

Nick Saban has become known to deliver an entertaining press conference from time to time, and he surely didn’t disappoint during his media session Wednesday.

Saban, clearly frustrated to some degree with how the media has gone about predicting the performances of college football players, took the opportunity to vent a little of that frustration when asked about the progress of linebacker Christian Miller.

"Sometimes I wonder … why do we play? Why do we even have practice? Because you guys have got all these conclusions already drawn about who's what – how good they are, what they can do. So, why would you ask me? That's what's puzzling to me. Why would you ask me?"

Saban would end up answering the reporter’s question, saying he was happy with Miller’s progress thus far in camp.

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Jeffree Star Goes OFF About Kim Kardashian Drama: F–K OFF!!!

It hasn’t been a good week to be Jeffree Star.

Some would argue that, except for some success with his makeup line, that it actually hasn’t been a good decade to be Jeffree Star, but let’s focus on one thing at a time, OK?

Jeffree’s issues this week began when he criticized a video Kim made showing off some swatches from her new makeup line.

See, Kim is new to the business, and she wasn’t exactly clear on how to properly swatch a product — she admitted as much herself.

But Jeffree tweeted “Umm… Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? Looks like chalk.”

And things sort of took off from there.

Kim’s fans began to go after him, and many brought up the fact that he’s come under fire for some racist and misogynistic remarks he’s made in the past.

After she noticed what was happening, she made a Snapchat video calling those people “petty” for bringing up “negative” things from his past, and she urged them to “let him live.”

And that made people upset at Kim, too, because Jeffree really has said some truly horrific things.

And when someone’s said such awful, racist garbage, it’s hard to look at that from a “people change and grow” perspective, you know?

Luckily Kim realized her mistake, and she made another video to apologize for her previous statements.

“I feel a bit naive,” she confessed, “and I do want to really apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say ‘get over it’ in a situation that involves racism.”

She added that she wants to “move forward and be positive,” and that she really does believe that “people can change and that people can learn to be better and do better.”

That video got some criticism too — after all, it’s kind of weird to hear Kim say that she’s “naive” on topics like these when she has a black husband and biracial children.

But at least it seems like Kim is trying.

Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for Jeffree.

Last night, he tweeted “Every news and media outlet in the world has emailed and called my office all day asking me for a Kim K quote.. Please f-ck off.”

“Talking about makeup has turned into a blood bath since yesterday,” he added. “WAKE UP. THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS 2 WORRY ABOUT.”

Which is unfortunately a common stance celebrities take when they mess up — the old “focus on the real issues” argument.

And he’s right, there are definitely more important things to worry about than things Jeffree Star says.

But every single person can’t talk about only those things all the time, and it’s unreasonable to expect them to do that.

Sometimes you just need some mindless celebrity gossip to lighten things up — though we’d also argue that calling this guy out on his vile comments isn’t totally mindless.

We all know that racism is a pretty huge issue right now.

Jeffree also tweeted “We have a literal PIECE OF SH-T for a ‘President’ who is embarrassing our entire country and you want to worry about Jeffree Star. #cantrelate”

“I get that people love drama and feed off of it, but attacking ME with hate and disgusting comments doesn’t fix anything.”

Which is a funny thing to say, because he’s basically made a second career out of attacking others — fans, fellow makeup artists, etc. — with hate and disgusting comments.

About calling him a racist, he wrote “You can’t call me something that I’m not. It’s getting old… Same bullsh-t every time there’s online drama. CHILL and worry about YOU.”

This coming from someone who once “joked” about throwing acid in a black woman’s face so that her skin would be lighter and it would match her foundation.

Finally, he tweeted “If you’re upset about Jeffree Star and contour swatches and makeup drama, get the f-ck out of my mentions. You’re wasting your own time.”

He sounds like just as much of a peach as he ever did, right?

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Raptors GM: We’ve called Cavs about Irving

Newly installed Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said Tuesday that he called the Cleveland Cavaliers to inquire about Kyrie Irving.

“Definitely,” Webster told TSN 1050’s Michael Landsberg and Matt Cauz. “We all do our due diligence. Things don’t always make sense, but if they do we’re always prepared.”

Whether a team is a realistic destination or not, the public knowledge of Irving’s desire to be traded – something that hasn’t been denied by himself or his agent – demands that all teams make an inquiry.

“That’s a lot of talk that we do, that doesn’t really see the light of day that happens behind closed doors,” Webster added. “When a player like that becomes available you’d be remiss not to call.”

From a roster perspective alone, the Raptors would be unlikely to want to team Irving and fellow point guard Kyle Lowry. And Lowry, who just re-signed on a three-year, $ 100-million contract, cannot be traded until January under league rules.

Raps president Masai Ujiri promoted Webster to GM in June. At age 32, he's the youngest GM in the NBA.

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Kent State fires strength coach for providing false information about certification

Kent State has fired strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher for providing false information about his certification, the school announced to Dennis Dodd of CBS on Monday.

Bowsher was in charge of a workout on June 13 where freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz died. CBS reported last week that Bowsher appeared to be uncertified.

A preliminary cause of death was revealed to be hyperthermia, according to the coroner’s office, which occurs when the body is overheated and can’t cool.

Here is the full statement:

The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is paramount at Kent State University, and we have continued to assess and review all policies and circumstances relative to the June 13 summer football workout that occurred prior to the death of Tyler Heintz. We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler, and the Kent State family is focused on joining with the Heintz family in honoring his memory in our thoughts and actions.

The university has concluded its internal review of the matter, and our findings indicate that the workout was conducted in accordance with national protocols for student-athlete health and safety, and the session was supervised appropriately by qualified personnel. Present at the June 13 football workout were five certified personnel who participated in the design, implementation, and supervision of the 20 student-athletes.

During the course of the review, it was discovered that football strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher provided false information about his certification, which is required by the university and the NCAA. Mr. Bowsher has been dismissed from the university, and we are self-reporting this decision to the NCAA.

The NCAA mandates strength coaches must have certification through an accredited strength and conditioning program.

Bowsher previously worked at Arkansas Tech and Purdue.

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Quinn admits he was worried about Falcons’ mindset coming into camp

Dan Quinn has as much belief in his team as anyone, but even the Atlanta Falcons head coach had his doubts after an offseason of being reminded of his Super Bowl failures.

Quinn says he had concerns about his team's state of mind coming into training camp under the cloud of a gut-wrenching Super Bowl loss, though it didn't take long for his doubts to subside.

“It probably took me until about the second day of training camp, and when I saw us going after it and battling against one another and making sure that part was in place, I knew we were in a good space,” Quinn told SiriusXM NFL radio on Monday. “Over the summer I was certainly worried (about), ‘How much work am I going to have to do?’

"And then, once I got to about that second day of training camp and I saw the speed and the effort at which we were straining and battling against once another, I thought to myself, 'OK, end of those conversations. It's '17 and full speed ahead.' I haven't made one mention of anything in the past since training camp began."

The Falcons must seem relieved to be back on the field after nothing but talk throughout the offseason, though a blown fourth-quarter lead in their first preseason game may have brought back sour memories.

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Report: Adidas hesitant about giving Wiggins signature shoe

Andrew Wiggins doesn't appear to be as marketable as he was once thought to be.

With the 22-year-old struggling to launch himself into superstardom, Adidas is weary of giving the Minnesota Timberwolves swingman his own signature shoe, ESPN's Nick DePaula reports.

Instead, Adidas would reportedly prefer to steal Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo from Nike when his current endorsement deal expires this fall, and use him as its most marketable young star.

Wiggins signed a lucrative contract shortly after he was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 selection in the 2014 draft.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 23.6 points, four rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a steal on 45.2 percent shooting for the Timberwolves this past season.

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Instagrammer Sheds Light About Illegal Child Marriage Crime

An Instagrammer from Kyrgyzstan tries to raise awareness of forced child marriages in her culture. Saykal Jumalieva, a twenty-one-year-old citizen of Kyrgyzstan, made a YouTube video. It illustrates the atrocity of girls being taken against their consent for marriage. The video depicts Jumalieva dancing in traditional wife clothing. Slaving away with never ending chores each […]
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