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…I am in now way defending Ray Rice. I admit, however, a lawyer could probably do some damage to the NFL on his behalf. For example, where was the NFL on the Ray McDonald incident. McDonald clocked a pregnant woman and played the following Sunday for the San Francisco 49’ers. This was after the new NFL policy against domestic violence was instituted. Don’t you think the league could have been a little more active in dealing with McDonald. And if you think the league saw the Rice video the same day that you and I did, you are smoking something pretty strong. Peter King reported that they had seen in weeks ago and the NFL never asked him to retract that comment. Do you really think that TMZ could get that video before the NFL? If the player’s union wants to fight this, which may not be the case, they have a lot of ammunition.

…The pretrial intervention program offered to Ray Rice in the assault case involving his wife was granted in less than 1 percent of all domestic violence assault cases from 2010-13 that were resolved, according to New Jersey Judiciary data obtained Friday by “Outside the Lines.” Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with simple assault after an incident at an Atlantic City casino. Janay’s charges were later dropped, but on March 27, an Atlantic City grand jury increased Rice’s assault charge to aggravated assault-bodily injury in the third degree causing bodily harm and one count of simple assault. If convicted of the felony, Rice faced a penalty of three to five years in prison. Ray Rice applied for and received entry to a pre-trial intervention program that is rare in New Jersey. Rice’s defense attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein of Philadelphia, applied for and was granted pre-trial intervention for Rice, a remedy that allows defendants to avoid conviction if they complete a court-ordered set of requirements. According to New Jersey’s pre-trial intervention website, PTI is used in criminal cases that don’t involve “violence” and for “victimless crimes.” Well, Rice is a 1 percenter, isn’t he?

…Goodell says that the discipline meted out by the NFL is consistent. Are you kidding me? What if this wasn’t Ray Rice? What if it was Peyton Manning? Would he be cut? Would he be suspended indefinitely? Yeah, right.

…NOW is after Goodell. They claim that there are 50 NFL players with domestic violence issues. They are one of many calling for Goodell’s noggin.

…Maybe you don’t remember this from mid-July. Here ya go. Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday night of assaulting a female and communicating threats. Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin sentenced Hardy to 18 months’ probation. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday of assaulting a female and communicating threats stemming from a May 13 confrontation. Hardy’s attorney Chris Fialko said he’ll appeal and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court. In North Carolina that means the terms of Hardy’s probation are on hold until the trial — so he’s free to travel with the team to training camp and compete in games. That’s right – free to compete in games. He was found guilty but is appealing! But like Ray McDonald, he’ll be suiting up this weekend.\

…Here’s the scoop on Hardy, The Carolina Panthers have no plan to change their stance, saying they’ll continue to let defensive end Greg Hardy play while the legal system handles his domestic violence case. The 2013 Pro Bowl selection was found guilty in July by a Mecklenburg County judge of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. He appealed the verdict, and a jury trial has been set for Nov. 17. Greg Hardy practiced on Thursday, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the defensive end will play in Sunday’s home opener against Detroit in Charlotte. Hardy’s attorney insists the case won’t be heard until 2015 because of the court’s case backload. Under North Carolina law involving defendants convicted of a misdemeanor, the jury trial will take place as if no previous trial took place. Both the Panthers and the NFL remain adamant they won’t consider any discipline until that outcome, and Hardy will start as usual in Sunday’s home opener against Detroit. That seems consistent, right?

…Of course, this might be one difference between Hardy and Rice. Hardy’s play on the field has been dynamic. He’s been a key member of Carolina’s second-ranked defense, finishing last season with 15 sacks. The Panthers led the league last season with 50 sacks. In four seasons with the Panthers, Hardy has 33 sacks, 26 in the last two seasons. He signed a $13.1 million, one-year contract in March as the team’s franchise player.

…Any other famous athletes involved in illegal activities but nevertheless welcomed with open arms at a later date? Kobe Bryant. Ray Lewis. Jim Brown. Michael Vick. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sr. Uh, yeah. Well, Floyd Sr. isn’t really famous I guess.

…Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the 47-year-old GM asked for the leave. My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement. Ferry issued his own statement, saying he plans to undergo sensitivity training and meet with local leaders. He gave no indication that he plans to step down. “My focus moving forward is to tirelessly work to rebuild trust with this community and with our fans,” he said. Ferry made an inflammatory assessment of Luol Deng during a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group in June as the team was pursuing the free agent. The GM described Deng as someone who “has a little African in him.” Yeah, “sensitivity training”! That ought to do it.

…Sports books here couldn’t have asked for a better opening weekend to the NFL season, as the underdogs went 10-3 against the spread and nearly every key result they needed came through against what was a top-heavy group of favored teams supported by the majority of the betting public. “This was the best opening day we’ve ever had here,” said Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller. ”Just about every game we needed came through for us beginning with our biggest, the Falcons, and then the rest just followed suit like the Browns, Dolphins and then the Panthers. It wasn’t a good day for those that bet parlays.”

…LeSean McCoy’s Twitter handle is “Cut on Dime,” but according to a Philadelphia restaurant, the Eagles running back is known to leave only two dimes as a tip. PYT, a burger joint in Northern Liberties posted McCoy’s check from this afternoon in which he purportedly left a $.20 tip on a bill of $61.56. The Internet exploded with outrage aimed at McCoy and his anemic tip after the restaurant posted the receipt on their Facebook page. The Daily News’ gossip columnist, Molly Eichel, spoke with the server who gave a vague story about McCoy’s group causing a ruckus in the allegedly family friendly establishment. There are two sides to every story, and McCoy may have a case. PYT has only three stars on Yelp, the popular restaurant rating website. Many of the complaints from the users there are about service, which Bowen cites as the reason for the bad tip. Bad service or not, a few more dimes, or even dollars, is not going to break the bank of the man who will make $9.7 Million this year.

…While they haven’t made any public statements on the issue since Gov. Chris Christie’s directive that his state’s casinos and race tracks can start offering sports betting, the professional sports leagues have asked Monmouth Park to wait 45 days before accepting wagers, state senator Ray Lesniak said on an ESPN podcast on Wednesday. Why do the leagues want the race track to wait a month-and-a-half? Just as many have suspected all along, they want a piece of the pie, Lesniak believes. “The sports leagues have asked Monmouth race track to hold off for 45 days before getting started while they get their act together, I guess – or maybe even while they try to cut a deal,” Lesniak told ESPN’s Chad Millman. “I believe this is the last stand for the sports leagues. As the NBA commissioner (Adam Silver) said, sports betting is inevitable in the United States. They just want a piece of the action. … I’ve been saying this for a long time, and many others have as well.”

…Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation, though he won’t serve any additional time behind bars under an agreement with prosecutors. The former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout violated his probation in Texas when he was arrested in Montana in 2012 after breaking into a home to steal prescription painkillers. Leaf has been serving time in Shelby, Montana, for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug after being kicked out of a treatment program. On Aug. 27, state District Judge John B. Board sentenced Leaf to five years in each of two drug cases stemming from his time in Texas, where he was quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M. Board also gave him credit retroactively for time served in Montana, said Bill Kelly III, an attorney for Leaf.
The 38-year-old Leaf has served about 27 months behind bars in Montana. Randall County (Texas) District Attorney James Farren said the outcome of a Sept. 23 hearing will determine where Leaf goes next. He might have to come back to be paroled for his Texas convictions, he said.

…Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe was arrested early Thursday (February 13, 2014) morning in Huntington Woods, Michigan. According to the Detroit News, Monroe was arrested around 2 a.m. after being pulled over for a defective headlight while driving his friend’s vehicle. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.089 during a field breath test and then registered a 0.09 and then a 0.1 at the police station. Monroe, 24, pleaded guilty to DWI in April 2014. He was sentenced to six months of probation, 25 hours of community service, one day in a group alcohol program and ordered to $1,415 in court fines and fees. Monroe was suspended two games by the NBA on Tuesday (September 9, 2014).

…Long-time World Series of Poker dealer Joseph Levine, known as “Elvis Joe,” was killed Wednesday after a homeless woman shot him with a shotgun at his Las Vegas home, police said.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the 56-year-old Levine died from a gunshot wound to the chest at University Medical Center. Levine, who spent more than 25 summers working at the WSOP, was well-liked at the Rio Convention Center.

…A man driving a Ford F-150 drove through the front entrance of the Stratosphere Casino-Hotel on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The man entered the valet and then just veered right, crashing through the doors.

According to witnesses, the driver was probably not in a hurry to get to the casino’s 16-table poker room. Though, that would be a better reason than what we can ascertain at the moment about what was on the man’s mind. From the Las Vegas Sun: After crashing through the doors, the driver climbed out of his truck “like nothing happened,” as tourist Barbara Sailer, a college student visiting from Nitra, Slovakia, said. One witness said the driver exited the truck and “just started swinging,” scuffling briefly with a group of male hotel guests before being corralled by hotel security. Another witness, declining to be named, said, “He got out of that truck, and he was angry.” The driver was taken away by police. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

…Police in Hellertown, Pennsylvania have stopped what they said was illegal gambling taking place at Mike’s Kids Doggie Shop. Police seized several illegal video gambling devices, according to WFMZ.com. The owners were charged with a misdemeanor violation. Both have been released on bail. During the morning of Aug. 26, Hellertown police and members of the Pennsylvania compliance and gambling enforcement unit served a search warrant on the shop, the report said. Pennsylvania has made efforts to allow local establishments with a liquor license the chance to dabble into offering gaming, but it’s so far been limited in scope.

…Less than six months after undergoing surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has resumed “gymnastic training.” Firas Zahabi, head coach at Tristar Gym in Montreal, told ESPN.com that St-Pierre is working out his upper body regularly and expects medical clearance for martial arts training around October. St-Pierre suffered the injury in March. According to Zahabi, St-Pierre’s recovery is ahead of where it was at this point in his first comeback from a torn ACL — which occurred in his right knee in 2011 and kept sidelined from martial arts activity for eight months. “It’s looking way better than the first time,” Zahabi said. “We just finished training and were talking about how his quadriceps got back to size so much faster this time around. No two ACL injuries are the same. We’re learning that. “In October, he’s going to try really light martial arts training. Maybe hit pads. A little movement. Nothing crazy. “

…Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles has been suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for amphetamines in violation of Major League Baseball’s drug program, the commissioner’s office announced Friday. Baltimore started play Friday leading the AL East by 10 games with 17 left in the regular season, so the team could be without the 2013 home run champion deep into the playoffs. Under the terms of the game’s drug agreement, the remaining eight games on Davis’ suspension would be applied to the postseason. Davis, 28, released a statement of apology through the players’ association Friday morning. “I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” he said. “I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

…I’d go off on the NCAA with a huge rant about their preferential treatment of Penn State and the sanctions they have lifted.  But you can read about in our “Column of the Week” section along with NFL news that will make you wonder what the hell is going on.

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