NFL revised Domestic Violence punishment over public outrage in Ray Rice case

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell  apologized for his decision in the Ray Rice domestic abuse case in a letter to NFL owners and announced changes to the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Goodell announced that violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force “will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense.” A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL for at least one year. An individual can petition for reinstatement after one year, but “there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted.”

The policy applies to all personnel, not just players.

In the open of his letter, Goodell admitted he fell short in prior situations of domestic violence.

“At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals, We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”

From NFL.COM REPORT.

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N.Y. Jets CB – Dimitri Patterson releases statement – was not AWOL

Dimitri Patterson claims he didn’t go AWOL ( absent without leave ) from the New York Jets.

The Jets cornerback denied claims that he went missing for several days without contacting the team, he was suspended by General manager John Idzik.

Patterson returns in full on Monday to practice with the team for the season opener.

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“As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false,” Patterson reportedly wrote in a statement Thursday morning to ESPN television reporter Josina Anderson. “My agent [Drew Rosenhaus] reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night’s game.”

He further stated;

“My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue. As it relates to the rumors about my frustration in regards to the depth chart is totally and completely false. In nine years I have never had control over the depth chart.”

General manager John Idzik had announced Monday that Patterson was  suspended “indefinitely” after the cornerback had failed to show up for Friday’s pre-season game against the Giants. He started that there were personal issues involved.

The Jets have not conveyed whether further discipline is warranted.

View original article on suspension here.

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Riley Cooper owes Mike Vick a debt of Gratitude

New York Jets Quarterback Michael Vick has “been there” for his teammates in more ways than one.

Before the rise of Nick Foles, before backing up Geno Smith; Michael Vick was there for Riley Cooper.

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Michael Vick was more than magnanimous when it came to bringing the Eagles locker room back together after WR – Riley Cooper was caught on tape making a racial slur at a country music concert. Vick put himself on the line.
Riley Cooper says he’ll fight… In this 2012 video clip.

VICK, in an ESPN interview had this to say recalling when he heard that “something” was up.

Michael Vick stood up for a drunken Riley Cooper when others weren’t so forgiving.

In fact, Eagles Cornerback Cary Williams got into a physical altercation with the Cooper.

You would think the two are the best of friends.
You would think the episode would have made Cooper grateful.
You would think they kept in contact.
The truth is Riley Cooper hasn’t even answered texts from Vick.

Mike Vick had these remarks surrounding Riley Cooper and his behavior:

Concerning the video itself;
“And when I’d seen it I didn’t believe it,” Vick told ESPN NewYork.com. “I couldn’t even see him fixing his face to say that because I’d known him for three years.”

On his attempts to quell the outrage;
“I just felt like I was the most capable guy on that team of taking a stand for Riley, and being a voice for him at that time,” Vick said. Without taking that stand and being that voice, the video of Cooper’s racial slur “was going to derail our team. Unfortunately, it was going to derail Riley’s career. It would have ended his career.”

Cooper apologized to teammates who weren’t in the mood to hear it. Then coach Chip Kelly addressed his players about a problem he couldn’t attack with X’s and O’s. Kelly asked the Eagles if any of them wanted to speak; Cooper wasn’t in the room.

“Nobody had anything to say,” Vick recalled. “Everybody had kind of a dumbfounded look on their faces. … I just felt like something needed to be said at that point, and Chip kind of gave me a look like, ‘Mike, come on. Give me something.'”

So Mike gave him something even though Vick’s brother, Marcus, had tweeted the offer of $1,000 for the first safety who flattened Cooper and Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said lost respect for the receiver.

Vick, who himself once asked millions of fans for forgiveness asked dozens of players to forgive Cooper for his show of ignorance.

“I stood in front of the team, I stood in front of the cameras and defused that whole situation.” Vick said.

“Guys were mad at me for a while, they were upset with me for a day or two, like six or seven guys who were just like, ‘Really, how could you do that?’ And then I’m getting phone calls from people everywhere, and my Twitter page is kind of in an uproar. But I took that stand for him, man, and I just hope at the end of the day that he appreciates that. Vick said.

Vick hopes Cooper “… understands the magnitude of it, because nobody else was going to step up and say anything. I could’ve said the same thing that 25 of my teammates were saying, and there was built-up anger.”

Riley Cooper did immediately text Vick a message of thanks for his support in the meeting room and in the news media.

But afterwards, Cooper told reporters “it was easy to forgive”

The result of Vick’ quelling the situation allowed Cooper to remain with the team, with the NFL and he ended up having a breakthrough season which ended with 47 receptions for 835 yards and 8 touchdowns. Which, in turn, got him a contract. A five-year, $25 million contract.

How are things now, between them?
“A couple of things transpired since that I dislike, and I’ll be honest with you, After he signed his contract, I sent him a text and I never got a text back, and that made me feel a certain type of way. But I’m not the type of guy who holds grudges.”

Anyone in Cooper’s shoes should owe Vick an eternal debt of gratitude.
“I’d have you on speed dial.” Vick said.

Vick recalled the scene of Cooper eating alone in the days after the video’s release, a pariah to black and white teammates both and that it took his Eagles two weeks to move past it.

“They might not have forgotten about it, but they forgave him,” Vick said. “We had guys talking about knocking him out, taking his head off, doing X, Y and Z to him on the field, and none of that happened, out of respect for myself, I think.”

“What people of my race understood was that I was trying to protect one of my brothers. I was trying to protect a teammate, a friend, and at the same time letting them know that, ‘Listen, there’s education behind this. This can be taken as an opportunity to educate so many people around the world to never let this happen to you. Change the language. Use a different word … because you never know who’s watching or who’s listening. So don’t offend anybody.'”

Vick said that he grew up in a culture allowing for liberal use of the N-word among African-Americans, and that he has occasionally slipped and used it in casual conversation with black friends. He’s trying to eliminate the word altogether.

But it was after Cooper’s vile slur went public that Vick showed as much leadership as any NFL quarterback has shown in any setting. Ever.

“It’s the best thing I’ve done as a professional athlete, absolutely, I handled it so my team could move forward, and I handled it so people could forget about it and not look at Riley a certain kind of way. I changed the whole dynamic of that situation, and that was a proud moment for me. … I was able to save a young man’s career, and that young man went on to have the greatest year of his career and get a contract that he probably never imagined he would get.”

Now with the New York Jets, Vick says he isn’t exactly thrilled with the way Cooper has treated him since.

Vick said he would greet Cooper with open arms when the two teams face off on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Is the culture changing? The N* word is still prevalent today. Be it on social networks or out in public, the word has still not been stricken from everyone’s vocabulary. Until that happens incidents like this could happen again.
It should go the route of the one word you never call a woman.
Without even saying it, everyone reading knows exactly what it is.

Michel Vick is to be commended for his actions and his view towards a better tomorrow.

UPDATED: 9:42pm A spokesperson for Vick told NJ.com on Wednesday night that the quarterback and receiver have talked, and that Vick’s comments about Cooper were blown out of proportion.

Excerpts from ESPN interview.

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Jets WR-Stephen Hill -Is the end near as Hakim, Salas, Gates fight for Roster spot

In 2011, while at Georgia tech. New York Jets Wide receiver Stephen Hill averaged 29.3 yards per reception, more than any player in college football.

When he was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round, number forty three overall in 2012, he ran a 4.36 forty yard dash.

What was there not to like?

Are Stephen Hill’s days with the Jets now numbered? That’s one of the questions the team faces heading into Thursday night’s preseason finale against at the Eagles.

Hill desperately needs a good outing under his belt, remembering Saturday’s final deadline for roster cuts.

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N.Y. JETS WR - Stephen Hill

“I think he’s had some strong moments, but then there’s others that we wish he maybe hung on to a ball or so,” I think he’s had a pretty good training camp. I wouldn’t say it’s been outstanding, but I think it’s been pretty good.” Rex Ryan said Tuesday.

Hill, has shown “some” flashes this summer, but he continues to struggle with route running, drops, and catching the ball with his hands instead of his body.

Preseason stats: Hill has played 94 snaps in the first three preseason games, per Pro Football Focus. He’s only been targeted six times for just two catches.

The Jets roster, must be reduced to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday. They only kept five receivers on the roster for most of the 2013 Season.

This year, Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, and Jalen Saunders look good to make the roster.
Saunders is a rookie but adds value as a punt and/or kick returner.

The remainder, including Stephen Hill are, Greg Salas, rookie Quincy Enunwa, Saalim Hakim, and Clyde Gates. Greg Salas, has had a good summer / pre-season whileHakim has been used as a kickoff returner on special teams.

“Well, it’s a disadvantage for anybody, because special teams is something that we said is going to be a point of emphasis, You look at a Saalim Hakim, the way he’s played on special teams. That’s going to give him a leg up, without question. So I think that’s a big factor in decision making.” Rex Ryan said.

Hill finished his second season with 24 catches after being put on injured reserve.
General manager John Idzik told Hill to make sure he keeps going to meetings and comes back strong, saying, according to Hill, “We have a plan for you.”

Hill had persistent knee problems throughout the entire 2013 Season.

” I mean, this wasn’t the guy that we drafted that ran the 4.2 time in the 40.” Rex Ryan said of Hill’s 2013 Season of knees.

Hill had knee surgery last December after suffering an LCL sprain against Jacksonville.

Daily news interview with Chris Carter and Michael Irvin:

“I see raw ability and raw talent,” Michael Irvin said. “But in order to bring the best of that raw ability, you got to have some things around him so he can learn and really understand it. He needs people that will teach him how to work and teach him how to play the game. . . . I can’t kill Stephen Hill. I can kill what has poured into Stephen Hill.”

“You don’t have a stable quarterback situation, so how can you have a stable offensive system?” Irvin added. “How can he gain confidence in what he’s doing if there is no confidence in what the quarterback’s doing? We’re asking this kid, ‘Hey, show up and be big even though all the mechanisms that get you the ball to give you the opportunity are less than big.’ It’s kind of a tall order.”

“I’m not comfortable with a guy who runs really fast but isn’t comfortable with the ball in his hands,” said Carter, who is an ESPN analyst. “He’s not really good after the catch and he’s not great at catching the ball. So, for me, it’s kind of hard to figure out how he’s going to create his niche. Because that’s what you have to do.”

Hill will surely benefit from Decker’s presence after being around locker room cancer Santonio Holmes for the past two years. “Decker is a hard worker… He wants to be great,” Irvin said. “The kid needs to see that in people.”

Hill’s knees haven’t been an issue this offseason, but Irvin cited technical flaws in the 6-4, 215-pound receiver’s elongated strides. Mornhinweg and Lal have emphasized the finer points of route running such as shortening stride length on various patterns to maximize the efficiency and fluidity of cuts, but it hasn’t necessarily clicked for their pupil.

“Speed is the derivative of stride length and stride frequency,” said Irvin, who is an NFL Network analyst. “If you cut down on stride length, you can have more ground contact. You build up stride frequency by taking shorter steps, so you can make more (precise) cuts.”

Hill is expected to play Thursday night in the final preseason game, Starters and key personnel usually don’t play in the annual game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill has only 45 receptions with two full seasons in the NFL and
According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets tried to trade Hill this summer but were unable to do so.

“No takers,” Schefter reported.

“I think there would be some interest,” an AFC personnel executive said. “There aren’t a lot of free-agent wide receivers out there, so it’s supply and demand.” -USA Today.

“In 2012 Jets’ top scout, Joey Clinkscales, said Hill’s size-speed combination reminded him of another former Georgia Tech wideout, Calvin Johnson. Yes, that Calvin Johnson.” Remember, he ran a 4.36/40, not bad for a 6′ – 4″ 210# receiver. But Hill only had 28 receptions.
Clinkscales is now an executive with the Oakland Raiders.

“They’re still battling for roster spots, and it’s not a slam dunk to say it’s going to be this player or that player, It’s probably close in a couple of situations.” Rex Ryan said.

Marty Mornhinweg on Stephen Hill; May 2014

Jets Fans are watching and commenting. He has yet to respond with better play.

Georgia tech. bio in Stephen Hill

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ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE -a dose of reality for one man

Support the ALS Ice bucket challenge.

For this 26 year old Newly diagnosed man ALS is generational and a way of life.

* His grand mother had it.
* His mother has it
* He now has been diagnosed with it.

Read his story and watch his video simply to humanize what has become fun on the social networks.

I can think of little more frightening than taking care of your mother, stricken with the disease that you have just been diagnosed with.

Please click on this link:

For this 26 year old man ALS is a way of life.
Donate what and if you can and please share his story.

God Bless

ALSMay we find a cure in our lifetime

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Jets – Jalen Saunders had seizure – cleared to play

JETS punt returner / wide receiver returns to full practice, will play in pre-season finale against Philadelphia Eagles.

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N.Y. Jets Wide receiver / Punt returner Jalen Saunders cleared for return

On August 15th the New York Jets got quite the scare.

The Wide receiver and Jets number one, on the depth chart, punt returner had a medical incident.

The incident which caused Saunders to be hospitalized for observation has now been deemed a seizure.

Today Jalen Saunders was all smiles as he returned to full practice, having been cleared by doctors.

According to Saunders himself, he will not need to be on preventive medicine.

It is not known if there are any restrictions at all.

Jalen Saunders did not know what battery of tests he was subjected too. Or exactly what tests doctors gave him to determine their diagnose that he, in fact, had a seizure.
Saunders has stated that there is no family history of seizures.

Seizures are the most common acute neurologic problem in the United States​States according to the NIH.


“Epilepsy (recurrent seizures) is the third most common serious neurologic disorder, following stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

By age 74, 3% of all people will have had epilepsy at some point in their lives. For those living to 85, the cumulative incidence rises to 4.4%.”

Terminology; Seizure: an uncontrolled, paroxysmal neuronal discharge in any part of the brain; it may cause physical or mental symptoms and may be convulsive or nonconvulsive

Jalen Saunders had this to say on the subject;

“I was scared myself—and my family, of course,” he said. “It was something very, very scary in my life”.

“I’m not too sure it can’t happen again. I’m not going to say it is. I don’t know the causes or anything for it, so I really can’t give you a straight answer for that.”

Jalen’s original incident police report along with his press interview story link:
Saunders incident report and interview

With the recent upturn in concussions the National Football leagues protocols are evolving.

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New design padded helmet meeting resistance, even banned by some schools.

How athletic one is has nothing to do with outcomes and playing football in the NFL is not just a job. It may very well reflect on your remaining quality of life.

One company in Indiana is devoting itself to helmets and impact research, check the link:
Creating, testing and researching football helmets is big business

This is but one company, there are others designing helmets to protect our children.
But there is resistance, some schools have banned padded helmets. The fight to protect continues.

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Denver Broncos could utilize Andrew Furney

The New York Jets recently released kicker Andrew Furney.

The Denver Broncos recent lost Matt Prater to a four game suspension.

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Andrew Furney makes 51 yard field goal

WATCH as Kicker Andrew Furney makes 60 yard field goal for WSU

Andrew Furney made a 51 yard field goal for the win in New York Jets pre-season opener.

FURNEY has the leg and should not remain unsigned for long.

The ball is in Denver Broncos court.

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