Report: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's bid for reinstatement denied by NFL

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 14: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns gets tackled by Carlos Dunlap #96 and Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 14: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns gets tackled by Carlos Dunlap #96 and Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns fans who remember Josh Gordon probably still won’t get to see him on the field in 2017.

USA Today reports the All-Pro receiver’s bid for reinstatement from a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy has been denied by the NFL. 

Per the report, the 26-year-old can reapply for reinstatement this fall.

Gordon last played in an NFL game in 2014.

He was an All-Pro in 2013 when he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards.

Trae Young tops NBC Sports’ Player of the Year Power Rankings

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Move over Marvin Bagley, Trae Young has arrived.

The Oklahoma freshman point guard is having a monster season so far for the Sooners. Oklahoma is 7-1 with wins over Oregon and USC, and it can make a huge statement with a win against Wichita State on Saturday.

Young’s scoring and passing ability has made him one of the most dangerous players in college basketball, and NBC Sports has placed Young at the top of its Player of the Year Power Rankings, updated on Tuesday.

“Assuming he stays on his current pace [I can’t imagine that he actually will, but he might] he’ll do things that have not been done for 27 years, and that may never have been done before,” NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes. “Young is currently averaging 28.8 points and 8.8 assists. The last player to do that was Loyola Marymount’s Terrell Lowery back in 1990-1991.”

It’s fair to say Young’s current pace would be insane to sustain throughout the season. But through eight games, Young looks like a special player and living up to his elite potential.

If he can keep up his pace and put Oklahoma in a position to make the NCAA Tournament as a top-4 seed, it’s going to be hard to ignore Young for college basketball’s Player of the Year awards.

CBS writer ranks ACC the worst of the Power 5 conferences in 2017 season

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

The ACC will be sending more teams to a bowl game this year than any other conference. But not only does CBS sports writer Barrett Sallee say the Atlantic Coast Conference doesn’t have an argument as the best conference in the country, it’s not even in his top 4.

In the conference rankings he released on Tuesday, Sallee ranked the ACC at No. 5 behind all the other four Power 5 conferences. Here was his argument:

If the SEC was top-heavy in 2016, the ACC was close to toppling over in 2017. Sure, Clemson is a monster. But Miami turned out to be a bit of a paper tiger down the stretch, Virginia Tech and NC State were decent and Florida State fell off a cliff (no, it wasn’t just the loss of quarterback Deondre Francois that caused it). Only four of the 14 ACC schools finished above .500 in conference play.

 

Report: Former Hurricanes star Warren Sapp among retired players accused of sexual misconduct at NFL Network

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

According to a report from TMZ, former Miami Hurricanes star Warren Sapp is among a group of retired players accused of sexual misconduct at NFL Network.

Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans and Eric Davis are the other former players involved.

Jami Cantor, 51, is the accuser who is suing. Cantor was hired by NFL Network in 2006 as a wardrobe stylist before being fired in 2016.

The NFL Network suspended Faulk, Evans and Taylor after Cantor’s lawsuit.

Per TMZ, here’s Cantor’s details of the alleged harassment:

Marshall Faulk (current on-air talent) — asked invasive questions about sex, “such as favorite sex position, whether she liked oral sex, and whether she dated black men.”

“As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, ‘when are you gonna get on this already?’ He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.”

Ike Taylor (current on-air talent) — sent Plaintiff sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower.

Warren Sapp (former on-air talent) — came into restroom while plaintiff was preparing clothes and urinated in front of her.

When she screamed at him to get out, Sapp said, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our sh*tter.”

Sapp is also accused of giving the woman sex toys for Christmas 3 years in a row.

Donovan McNabb (former on-air talent) — sent text messages to plaintiff asking if “she was a squirter” and telling her she “looked like the kind of girl that squirted when getting f*cked.”

Heath Evans (current on-air talent) — sent nude pics of himself to plaintiff

Eric Davis (former on-air talent) — groped, grabbed and made sexually charged comments to plaintiff.

Eric Weinberger (former Exec Producer of NFL Network) — sent nude pics and graphic text messages including telling plaintiff she should be “getting f*cked every day.”

According to ESPN, Cantor originally filed a wrongful termination case in October and filed a more detailed complaint on Monday.

“The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, told The New York Times on Monday. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”

Steelers make official move with linebacker Ryan Shazier

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

When Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal surgery, it was clear that his season was over. Today, the Steelers made it official, moving him to Injured Reserve.

Before the surgery, there was hope that Shazier could come back by the playoffs. Quarterback Tommy Maddox had a similar injury and missed just two games. That was when it was thought that Shazier wouldn’t need surgery, however. When he did, things changed.

“Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II, per Teresa Varley of the team’s official website. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.”

The Steelers struggled in their first game without Shazier, giving up 38 points to the Baltimore Ravens. They still edged the Ravens, 39-38.

“I’m glad we could get the win for Shay,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “It was really tough. I went and saw Shay (last) Thursday after practice. Guys are starting to go visit him. When you walk in and see him and give him a hug, it makes you breathe a little easier. We love our brother and we are glad we got this win for him.”

That was a great win, and a much needed one, but they play a tough opponent with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots coming up at 4:25 EST on Sunday. That will be the real test of how well they can step up and what they’ll look like in the postseason without Shazier.