Seahawks star QB Russell Wilson opens up about President Trump

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM


            Seahawks star QB Russell Wilson opens up about President Trump

In hundreds of interviews and news conferences over a five-year span, Russell Wilson has carefully avoided tackling controversial political issues.
 
That changed on Tuesday during a Facebook live session while Wilson was getting a haircut before appearing on the Conan O'Brien show. When the subject of President Donald Trump came up, Wilson went deep.
 
"We've got to attack this issue here," he said. "Despite anyone's political issues or views, everybody has the right to choose who they want to vote for, but this thing is getting out of hand. It's getting out of hand, people. I don't care who you voted for. Just so you know, I voted for Hillary," he said.

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Wilson reacted to the protests in the streets of Seattle and what he saw himself in airports from SeaTac to LAX.

"When you think about all the negativity that's happened within a 10-day period, it's already too much. It's already crazy. It's already affecting people's hearts and souls and lives in such a negative way, in my opinion," he said.
 
Seahawk fans seemed startled when they saw the comments. 
 
"I was a little surprised that he got political because he hasn't been political in the past," said Anne Bennett. 
 
"I was shocked actually to hear such a strong statement from him," said Lee Kindell.
 
Wilson's statements grew bolder with a dark prediction that Trump may not finish his term in office.
 
"I don't even know if he'll be able to last four years, in my opinion," he said. "You don't want to wish bad upon anybody because if he doesn't last four years, that means that something went wrong. Hopefully nothing goes wrong," he said.
 
Some Seahawks fans pushed back on social media, urging Wilson to "focus on football." Wilson reacted to one of them during his commentary, saying he was focused on "a balance" in his life.
 
Others admired Wilson's first pass at a politically charged issue.

"I think that gives us as a community more strength and courage to step up and say what we believe and what we think should be done," said Kindell.
 
Glen Freeman said Wilson has a responsibility to share thoughtful opinions about current events.

“I think people who are in the limelight that are mentors, and people we look up to, if they're saying nothing, they are missing half of their function," he said.

NFL draft: Here is where the Bengals will pick in each round

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 3:11 PM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

With the NFL draft more than a month away, the league published the official draft order this week. 

The Cincinnati Bengals have 11 selections, starting with the No. 9 pick in the first round.

Here is a look at where Marvin Lewis’ team will choose in each round.

ROUND 1

1- 9- 9 Cincinnati

ROUND 2

2- 9-41 Cincinnati

ROUND 3

3- 9- 73 Cincinnati

ROUND 4

4- 9-116 Cincinnati

4-32-138 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 5

5- 9-153 Cincinnati

5-33-176 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 6

6- 9-193 Cincinnati

6-34-217 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 7

7- 9-227 Cincinnati

7-33-251 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr rescues stranded driver, reveals post-football plans

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr rescues stranded driver, reveals post-football plans

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is known for his random acts of kindness. This week, he came to the rescue again.

Ron Reeser said he ran out of gas Tuesday and was ready to trek to the nearest gas station with his gas can when a young man in a SUV pulled up and asked if he needed help, according to the Fresno Bee report.

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When Reeser explained the situation, the young man said he'd give him a ride to the gas station. Reeser accepted, and proceeded to have a revealing conversation with the good Samaritan, not realizing he was an NFL star quarterback.

The young man told Reeser he was a football player when asked what he did for a living. He told Reeser that he'd like to be a pastor when he retires from the sport. Reeser thought the young man was a college player, so he asked his position and favorite team. That's when it was revealed that the helpful young man was actually Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Before departing, Reeser and Carr prayed together. 

In January, Carr was given a shout out by law enforcement for helping to find a missing girl.


In addition to performing good deeds, Carr is spending the offseason recovering from a brutal leg injury he suffered during a Dec. 24 game against the Colts.

Bengals Burfict, Steelers RB go back and forth on Twitter

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 11:41 PM

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Bengals Vontaze Burfict during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Four months later, the acrimony between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers lives on.

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams lit the fuse again Wednesday when he told ESPN.com there was “no doubt” they could have made a run at Super Bowl 50 with a healthy Antonio Brown.

Brown, the Steelers’ standout wide receiver, was knocked out of the Steelers’ 18-16 wild-card playoff win over the Bengals in January by linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a late hit to the head. Brown missed the divisional round playoff game the following week against the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos.

Burfict, who was suspended by the NFL for the first three games of next season because of the hit, responded to Williams on Twitter. And away they went.

 

Bengals re-sign offensive lineman

Published: Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

The Bengals have re-signed center T.J. Johnson, the team announced today.

Johnson (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2013. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad. In 2014, he saw action in four games and last season played in 12 regular-season games and the wild-card game vs. the Steelers.

He will be classified as a third-year player in 2016.

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson #72 and T.J. Johnson #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals work out during a rookie camp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – MAY 12: Offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson  and T.J. Johnson (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals work out during a rookie camp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)