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Jameis Winston says boys should be strong, girls silent and gentle during school appearance

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

            CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said something Wednesday during an elementary school appearance that he wishes he could take back, like an errant pass.

Winston was speaking to third- through fifth-graders at Melrose Elementary, according to the Tampa Bay Times. At one point, when the kids appeared to be losing interest, Winston had the boys in the room stand up, while telling the girls to sit down. He told the boys, "All my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken."

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Winston said about girls: "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y'all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!"

According to a school staffer, a female student turned to her after Winston spoke and said, "I'm strong too."

Afterward, Winston claimed that he misspoke: "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some."

As ESPN reported, Winston has been working on rehabilitating his image. In 2012, while playing football at Florida State University, Winston was accused of sexually assaulting a female student. While Winston was never charged with a crime, last year he settled a federal lawsuit filed by the woman. The school also settled with the woman last year.

Cowboys officially rule LB Sean Lee out against Eagles

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:55 PM

It is official, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will not play on Sunday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the Cowboys last game against the Atlanta Falcons, Lee had to leave the game early with a hamstring injury. It is the same hamstring that cost him two games in early October.

Lee will likely have to miss multiple games, and on Friday the Cowboys officially ruled him out against the Eagles. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens will be assuming Lee’s role of making the defensive signal calls.

Against the Falcons, their defense did what it tends to do when Lee is not on the field, not play nearly as well. The Falcons’ offense had been struggling in recent weeks, but began to find their stride during the 27-7 victory.

However, it wasn’t entirely the fault of the Cowboys’ defense. Their offense, without left tackle Tyron Smith and running back Ezekiel Elliott, was stuck in neutral for most of the game.

At 5-4, the Cowboys are still a great position to make the playoffs, but a third NFC East championship in four seasons appears unlikely even if they somehow knock off the 8-1 Eagles.

However, that doesn’t make a victory any less important, and the defense will have to find away to play well without Lee in order for that to happen.

Russell Wilson producing at record-breaking pace for Seattle Seahawks

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is playing MVP-caliber football in 2017.

In fact, with all due respect to guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, one simple stat proves that there may not be a player in the NFL that means more to their team than Wilson.

According to NFL Research, Wilson has accounted for (whether by throwing for or rushing for) 82.1% of the Seahawks’ offensive yards from scrimmage in 2017, which is the highest such percentage of any player in NFL history during the Super Bowl era.

As the team’s starting quarterback, Wilson is obviously Seattle’s leading passer. What separates the former third-round pick from other NFL quarterbacks, though, is the fact that he is also the Seahawks’ leading rusher with 290 yards.

Granted, it’s not exactly a good thing that Wilson is Seattle’s leading rusher. The Seahawks would be much better off if they had a running game similar to the one they had when Marshawn Lynch was in the prime of his career. Still, Wilson deserves a tip of the cap for literally putting his team’s offense on his back and keep them competitive in every game they play.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologizes for racially insensitive comments from 2013

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasted little time in avoiding a new potential scandal.

A video was given to The Blast, that featured Jones making a racially insensitive comment at a Dallas hotel. A Cowboys fan asked him for a message for his fiancee. Jones obliged them.

“Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. Now, you know he’s with a black girl tonight, don’t you?” Jones said.

Jones released an apology on Friday.

“That comment was inappropriate,” Jones said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer “It’s not who I am, and I’m sorry.”

There is a lot on the Cowboys’ owner’s plate these days. He has been trying to put the brakes on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, and will be having a special session about it with the other owners at the Dec. 13 owner’s meetings.

ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham released a report Friday, that leads with his reaction over the phone when he was notified that running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended.

According to their sources, Jones said, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have.”

Then New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became collateral damage in what Jones said next.

“If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p**** compared to what I’m going to do.”


Patriots WR Chris Hogan to miss second consecutive game with injury

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 6:20 PM

The New England Patriots will again without wide receiver Chris Hogan.

He missed their previous game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder injury, and it will keep him out again on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots will also be without wide receiver Matthew Slater, tackle Marcus Cannon and center David Andrews.

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end Martellus Bennett, cornerback Eric Rowe, and defensive linemen Malcolm Marsh and Cassius Marsh are questionable to play against the Raiders.

Hogan injured his shoulder during the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ Week 8 win against the Los Angeles Chargers. He left the stadium that night in a sling. They had a  bye the next week, but it was not enough time for him to recover.

Before the injury, Hogan was on his way to a career year. His previous best performance was last year when he caught 38 passes for 480 yards and 4 touchdowns. Prior to the shoulder injury he had 33 receptions for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.

The Patriots offense finally got back on track last week after failing to break 25 points since their Week 4 loss to the Carolina Panthers, albeit with some help from the Broncos’ special teams unit. They defeated the Broncos 41-16.