Goodell brushes off Lewis’ celebration criticism: I’ve heard it before

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to remarks made by Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who criticized the league for relaxing their rules regarding on-field celebrations.

The NFL will allow players to perform group celebrations and use props for the upcoming season. Celebrations that are sexually suggestive or promote the use of violence are still outlawed.

Lewis was vehemently opposed to the rule changes.

"I'm not for that at all," Lewis said Tuesday. "We had a good standard and the whole standard has always been you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that's not a very good example for young people."

Goodell is confident that Lewis’ position will be rendered moot.

“Well, I’ve heard it from Marvin before,” Goodell said during his press conference Tuesday. “We’ve had these discussions over the last couple years. And I think the players will prove him wrong on that. I think the players will do this in a way that will be responsible, show good sportsmanship, and do it in a way I think is entertaining but also respectful.”

Lewis also articulated that football is a team game and the new rules emphasize individuality over everything else.

Going into the upcoming season, it will be fascinating to see which argument prevails.

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Raiders’ Carr has ‘complete faith’ he’ll have new deal before training camp

It's only a matter of time before Derek Carr strikes a rich, new contract with the Oakland Raiders. He knows that and the Raiders know that.

Carr is approaching the fourth and final year in his rookie contract. It was reported the quarterback was growing concerned about the stalled progress in his extension, but he put those rumors to rest on Monday.

"I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (general manager Reggie) McKenzie will work it out. I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players," Carr said, according to Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee.

"I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback."

McKenzie has expressed the same sentiment, stating publicly that he hopes Carr will be a Raider for the remainder of his career.

Carr was named to the past two Pro Bowls and helped lead the Raiders to the playoffs last season, ending their 13-year drought.

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Hat Trick: Trick Daddy Files For 3rd Bankruptcy Just Before Foreclosure

Trick Daddy knows how to use the system to his benefit. The Miami rapper has filed for his third bankruptcy in three years—just in time to stop the loss of his home via foreclosure.

Reports Bossip:

Trick – real name Maurice Young – filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy last month on the same day that his house was supposed to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

It is the third time in three years that the Miami rapper has filed for bankruptcy, with his other two being dismissed because of failure to make plan payments.

Trick listed his assets between $ 100,000 and $ 500,000 but said he owes between $ 500,001 and $ 1 million to various creditors.

Besides his house, which is worth $ 417,000, he has $ 2,500 in furniture, $ 150 in clothing and $ 400 in jewelry. The rapper said he has no cash on hand, in the bank, or in investments, but does own $ 10,000 in stock in the company Trick & Rick Music Publishing.

Among his debts are about $ 57,000 in back child support, $ 280,000 left on his home’s mortgage and $ 290,000 to the IRS.

Reportedly, Trick says he only made $ 17,000 this year, and $ 75,000 total last year.

Sounds like the “Shut Up” rapper needs to book a tour, stat. Reportedly, Trick will be appearing in the forthcoming Love & Hip Hop: Miami reality show.

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Report: Bucs didn’t consider Kaepernick before signing Fitzpatrick as backup

Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, becoming the team’s primary backup to Jameis Winston.

However, Fitzpatrick was arguably not the best option available following a poor 2016 season. Some would contend that free agent Colin Kaepernick is the superior player, and would be a better option if Winston were to go down with an injury.

The Bucs disagree with that assumption, as Tampa Bay didn’t consider Kaepernick before opting to add Fitzpatrick, a source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

With 12 years of experience in the NFL, Fitzpatrick could provide mentorship to Winston, and offers no challenge to the fourth-year pivot's position as the starter.

However, Fitzpatrick finished last season with a 69.6 passer rating in 14 appearances, throwing 12 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. Kaepernick, meanwhile, had 16 touchdowns to four picks and a 90.7 passer rating.

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Orgeron: Kiffin was going to be LSU OC before taking Florida Atlantic job

If Lane Kiffin hadn't been offered the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic in December, he would have made a move within the SEC West from Alabama to LSU.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed that news, which was widely rumored before Kiffin signed on with the Owls, during an event in Louisiana on Friday night.

"We were looking at Lane Kiffin," Orgeron said, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. "He was going to come. He got a head job."

The two men are close personal friends from their time on the USC staff together. Orgeron immediately began advocating for Kiffin after becoming the permanent LSU head coach following the 2016 season.

Kiffin spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at Alabama, and confirmed his previous interest in the LSU job during a radio appearance this week.

"I was (interested), because I really think they're going to win a lot there and do great things, they got some great players coming back, especially the running backs," Kiffin told Bo Mattingly of "SportsTalk with Bo." "The intrigue was there."

LSU eventually hired former Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada to fill the role after Kiffin signed on at Florida Atlantic. That robbed everyone of seeing how Nick Saban would react to his offensive leader leaving for another program in the division.

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Watch: LeBron dances on Ibaka before drilling step-back 3

What LeBron James is doing to Serge Ibaka in this series is borderline bullying.

James didn't quite spin the ball in his hands this time, but he did isolate against Ibaka late in Game 3, then busted out a series of dance moves before draining the step-back triple.

The King finished the game with 35 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists on 9-of-16 shooting to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.

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