|Funny, because its a football. And Deflategate happened.|
Well football is back. But only after one of the more painful off seasons for the NFL in recent history. With that being said here's my take on a list of things that happened, after Pete Carroll was a complete moron.
Dez Bryant - End of February there was a rumored video of Dez Bryant beating a woman in a parking lot somewhere. Adam Schefter knew what was on the tape, all the insiders knew about the tape, TMZ paid 2 million for it. Yeah dude, never saw that tape. Could have been a huge misunderstanding of relating to the 6 police related issues in which Dez's name came up which you can hear about here. He ended up getting a 5 year $70 mil contract anyway.
Chris Borland - Two things of importance happened in March. After his first year in the NFL, 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retired to preserve his body and head, or something like that. The kid knew exactly what sport he was playing the whole time, and it infuriates me that parents can now use his case to fuel their argument against their kids playing football. The NFL vs. concussion nonsense is ridiculous to me. Yes, I know you can get concussions playing football, and with what they are labeling concussions nowadays, I've probably had ten. What I am mad about is that its taken a few suicides, and some guys quitting to label football as the worst sport for a child to play. Everyone knew (unless they are very, VERY uneducated), that football is a dangerous sport. I'm not harping on it anymore, you can read my whole opinion on my one-shot blog if you want.
Greg Hardy - The 2nd thing was Greg Hardy, the woman-beating defensive end, getting signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Hardy played one game in 2014 and was then put on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he was FOUND GUILTY by a judge for beating his girlfriend, Nicole Holder and threatening to kill her. He then appealed for a jury trial which was supposed to start mid February of 2015. Surprise surprise, the charges were dismissed. Why? Because the scumbag paid her off. Hardy was a free agent when the off season began, and even though the NFL was still reviewing his situation, he had suitors. The two front runners ended up being Tampa and Dallas, the one with common sense backed out. "At the end of the day, we didn't feel good about it," general manager Jason Licht told the Tampa Bay Times. So that left Jerry Jones and his 1-year $11.3 million contract.
Aaron Hernandez - Not necessarily NFL related, but in April, Aaron Hernandez, the former TE for the Patriots, was found guilty for first degree murder for killing his acquaintance Odin Lloyd. Hernandez is a complete thug. Pretty boy face, great athlete, terrible human being. He's where he belongs.
Greg Hardy - The 10-game suspension for Hardy came down on April 23rd for violating the personal conduct policy. The NFL came down with the suspension after an "extensive two-month investigation" into Hardy's situation.
Deflategate - Tom Brady was handed a 4 game suspension for his role in "deflategate" in May. It was appealed, Goodell stood by his original ruling. My view on it is this: Maybe other teams around the league do it, but it doesn't make it right. Brady and New England got called out. Brady destroying his cell phone was absurd. PERIOD. Now they battle in court, does anyone even care anymore? Honestly, I was over this 10 minutes after the Colts bitched about it. Move on.
Ray McDonald - Also in May, winner Ray McDonald, a the Bears defensive lineman, was charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment, child endangerment and violating a court order after breaking into an ex-fiancée's bedroom and hitting her, while she held their 2-month-old child. Thats a solid group of charges there. However, Grand Jury never indicted him. Still amazing how the Bears gave him a contract after the 49ers cut him in December, citing off-the-field issues, good on them for cutting him as well.
Jerry Jones Strikes Again - Jerry Jones used the draft to prove, once again, that all he cares about is winning. He drafts Randy Gregory, a real goodie two-shoes out of Nebraska, a first round talent, in the 2nd round. He's a kid that just LOVES smoking weed and failed the drug test at the combine. This was AFTER Gregory tested positive for marijuana twice at Nebraska in 2014. Then after the draft, he picked up La'el Collins, the lineman out of LSU. A first round talent who was connected to the investigation into the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Nice. Sometimes I wish the Giants would do things like that. Just throw good character out the window, but to be honest, when was the last time the Cowboys won anything? Right.
JPP - Fourth of July weekend. We had JPP being a complete moron and fucking the Giants over by playing with fireworks. Giants pulled their long-term $60 million offer. He then stayed in the hospital, refusing to talk to the Giants. Rumors swirled as to what was going on until then Mr. Schefter was given a picture of JPP's medical records. The idiot BLEW OFF HIS INDEX FINGER! Took almost a full month for JPP to grow a pair and contact the Giants. Now, JPP is the Giants franchise player, so either he signs the one-year contract, or doesn't sign anywhere. If he's not healthy enough to play, the Giants can put him on the non-football injury list and won't have to pay him the $14.8 million franchise tag. Either way, terrible decision making on his part, and now the Giants have yet ANOTHER hole to fill with mediocrity.
Greg Hardy - July 10th. Hardy's 10 game suspension was reduced to 4. This was after the NFL investigation into the matter found this, from ESPN.com:
"First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub," a league news release said. "Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder's neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment's entry hallway."
Cannot begin to understand or even read the reasoning on the reduction of games. It's a joke. Guy is a complete clown and I'd love to see him get hurt the day he comes back.
Ray McDonald/Ahmad Brooks - McDonald was indicted by a grand jury on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. Brooks was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. This all comes after a night at McDonald's house in December of 2014. The charges involve one woman that claimed both men assaulted her after she fell and hit her head at McDonald's pool deck, which resulted in her being unconscious. You can read the sickening details here.
Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments. I feel like I am missing something big, but who knows.