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Oregon players taunt Jameis Winston by chanting, “No means no.”

Via TMZ:

As if beating the living crap out of him wasn’t enough, a bunch of Oregon football players taunted Jameis Winston after the Rose Bowl … by chanting “no means no” while giving the FSU tomahawk chop.

The players — which included #36 Kani Benoit and #86 Torrodney Prevot — were celebrating the ass-whooping when they decided to go in on Winston over his rape case.

FYI — Winston was never charged with the crime and was cleared in an FSU code of conduct hearing.

OUCH.

Well this is embarrassing. Talk about adding insult to injury. Whew.

Ndamukong Suh gives his reason for stepping on Aaron Rodgers’ ankle…

Again, here’s what happened…

Initially, the NFL suspended Suh for one game, but then he appealed and won, leaving him with no more suspension and a $70,000 fine annnnnd…

Well. This is what Suh said was his reason for stepping on Rogers’ ankle:

Again, he won his appeal.

 

 

BET writer suggests Michael Sam gets new people. Whew.

It’s not looking good for Michael Sam these days, as he continues to want to play in the NFL.  The only problem is that he continues to put his sexuality in the forefront, instead of football (which he doesn’t seem to be very good at anyway).

I tried to cut this piece from BET down, but I just didn’t know what to take out. I think it’s all worth reading so…here you go:

“Commentary: Michael Sam Should Abandon His PR Campaign”

A seat next to Oprah Winfrey on one of her TV specials usually guarantees good things for a person. Oprah is a kingmaker; she can transform a hack of an author or a C-list actor into an instant celebrity.

Perhaps the thought of what Oprah might be able to do for his floundering career drove Michael Sam, an openly gay athlete, to sit on a stage with her. He had to hope it would.

For there Sam was last Saturday, a yard or two away from the most famous Black woman in the world, praying his interview with her might do what nothing else had been able to do: earn him a spot on an NFL roster.

His interview with Oprah will not. It didn’t improve his time in the 40 or make up for his lack of bulk.

Instead, it raised concerns about Sam, who came across as a pathetic character. He whined to Oprah about how his homosexuality had cost him a roster spot. He tried to make her audience believe he was good enough for the NFL.

He failed there, too.

Sam, a rookie defensive lineman in waiting, could have been a genuine hero, someone who stood up to homophobic thinking in sports and who insisted his homosexuality wasn’t going to decide his worth.

He did have a noble, heartbreaking backstory, which recounted his life with dignity and pride, unashamed to tackle sexual orientation. But his backstory overtook his present story.

That story has turned those who had been aligned with Sam’s quest for an NFL career into critics. They aren’t asking for Sam’s silence; they are asking him to focus more on improving his skills and less on his public campaign that has become a sideshow.

At the circus, sideshows make people laugh, and Michael Sam is giving people plenty to laugh about. They are finding it increasingly funny that he’s building his football career on a stage, not in the workout room.

If homophobia is why people are laughing, their reaction is a reflection on those people and not on Sam. But if it is his whining, then laughter is appropriate.

They know the NFL isn’t looking for political statements, which Sam seems most interested in making. The league is looking for football players; it has no interest in putting a politician on a team’s roster.

“I did everything I was supposed to do,” he told Oprah. “I did everything right. I am proud of how I handled things.”

Everything? Sam can play politics if he prefers to, but he needs to hire a better campaign manager. Whoever has been advising him isn’t offering the man the best wisdom.

For even circus clowns could have told Michael Sam that sitting down with Oprah might draw rating points but won’t make him attractive to NFL teams. They want an athlete who talks less and practices more, and teams tend to cut athletes who do more of the former and a whole lot less of the latter.

Ouch.

I think it’s getting to the point where the same conversation is wearing people out. There is only so many times people are wanting to hear about your sexuality WHEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR JOB….and that goes for all people.

This is what I wrote in a comment on my Facebook page about the situation:

You know, on one hand, I get the desire to make history (I think that’s the correct word?). Similar to how the black community views being the “first black,” etc.

However, he doesn’t seem authentic. At all. I’ve always felt he was exploiting his sexuality for, as you said, personal gain. Him trying to film a reality show in the middle of tryouts added to that feeling.

In my head, I’m thinking his focus should’ve always been on proving himself. But then he speaks out on his sexuality, and then comes back to say he wishes people wouldn’t make it a big deal? Can’t have it both ways. I’m sure he was aware of the attention it would bring. But it seems like what he WASN’T prepared for, was playing professional football.

The problem here (for most folks, I believe) is not the fact that he is a gay football player. That is nothing new. The problem is that it seems he is using his sexuality to try ad push his agenda.

I don’t necessarily agree with the “distraction” argument, seeing as though there are other players who have brought huge amounts of negative attention to their teams, but I do think that it’s a lack of work and just a lack of ability to be in the NFL.

Either way, the more he talks, the worse it gets. So yeah, maybe he should surround himself with different people?

Michael Sam wants you to know there are a lot of gay players in the NFL.

In a OWN documentary that aired this past Saturday, Michael Sam explains that he isn’t the only gay player in the NFL:

Michael Sam is one of many gay men actively playing in the NFL.

The free agent, who was released from both the St. Louis Ramsand Dallas Cowboys this year after becoming the first openly gay player ever drafted, told Oprah Winfrey in an OWN special that aired over the weekend that “there’s a lot of us out there.”

“I’m not the only one,” Sam said. “I’m just the only one who’s open.”

Sam said during the same interview that he was contacted by “a very few” after coming out during an ESPN interview last February.

“[They] pretty much just told me their gratitude, how they were thankful,” Sam said without giving Winfrey an exact number. “They wish that they had the courage to come out.”

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I’m not sure how the terminology works, but the first sentence confuses me. Actively playing in the NFL? I thought he’d been released from everybody?

Either way, there it is!

 

Jameis Winston has been accused of point shaving.

So I see Jameis Winston’s name is out here bad again, huh? SMH

TMZ reports:

New reports have surfaced alleging Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was involved in a point shaving scheme to help an old high school teammate win a $5,000 bet.

According to the report, Winston tanked the 1st half of the FSU vs. Louisville game on October 30th … after his buddy Chris Rabb allegedly placed a bet for Louisville to be winning at halftime.

Winston’s play in the 1st half was atrocious … and FSU was down 21-7.

FSU eventually came back and won the game — but according to the report, the final score had no bearing on Rabb’s bet.

FYI — point shaving is illegal and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

So far, it’s unclear if law enforcement is investigating — but we’re working to find out if that’s the case.

I really want to believe that he wouldn’t be quite this dumb. I mean, I know he’s made some (very) dumb decisions as of late, but, I really want to believe that he’s LEARNING from said decisions and not continuing to make bad ones.

Oh but wait. Here’s a comment I just read:

One thing you left out TMZ. The Bookie that’s accusing Winston of this is a proven liar who has put out fake reports to move betting lines. Winston gets accused of something new every week. Yes he’s an immature dumbass but please report all the facts before you make allegations.

More (via Fox Sports):

A gambling website has alleged that Jameis Winston shaved points in the first half of the Louisville game. The website alleges that Winston and a former high school teammate conspired to wager $5500 to win $5000 on a first half line of Louisville +1. The Seminoles trailed 21-7 at the half, winning Winston’s high school teammate his wager.

According to the website it was the biggest bet that Winston’s teammate had ever placed with the bookie.

Quoth the website:

“Bookie meets with Chris Rabb morning before Louisville / Fla St game and receives $5,500 from Mr Rabb with instructions to bet Louisville +1 (1st Half) -110 to win back $5,000. Bet was placed and Louisville won 1st Half vs Fla St (21-7). Mr Rabb is now suppose to receive $5,000 for winning bet + his $5,500 initial bet (square up day is Tuesday)

Bookie gets information late Sunday night that he’s been “Played for a fool” as Mr Rabb and Jameis Winston are former teammates and conspired together on the above mentioned first half wager. Bookie wants no part of paying the debt. (i think he should pay he took the bet he knows the risk… just my opinion)

Bookie is claiming he has betting screenshots of the bet and proof it’s Mr Rabb’s account (look below for all bets placed last week) 

Now does this mean we have a scandal on our hands? Does this mean Jameis Winston is gambling (crazier things have happened)?

This certainly all could be a coincidence that a former HS teammate and close family friend (Chris Rabb) made his biggest bet ever ($5,500) on game where his friend (Jameis) had probably his worst half ever in college… it’s all just a coincidence right?”

And this…..

*Update* As of 9:45 AM est.. IBN attempted to reach out to Chris Rabb via phone and someone did answer the cell phone, we asked if he had any comment on “alleged” gambling rumors that involved him and his former high school teammate Jameis Winston, his answer was brief “Fuck boy how did you get my number?.. mind your business boy” that’s when the phone hung up.”

Whew. This is…interesting.

I guess we shall see how it all plays out, huh?

What I DO know is that this isn’t a good look for Jameis. His name is all out there for all the wrong reasons. Yeah, he’s a good quarterback, but I mean if everything else is lacking (particularly decision making)….