Bengals release Geathers, Little

Published: Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 2:06 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals severed ties with their longest tenured player today, releasing 31-year-old defensive end Robert Geathers in addition to cutting wide receiver Greg Little.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2004, Geathers played 11 seasons with the Bengals and appeared in 152 games, which ranks third in franchise history among defensive linemen behind Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170).

“Robert has been with us for all my seasons except the first one, and he has been a team leader as well as a very productive player,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “He’s an incredible teammate and a true professional, a big part of the winning seasons we’ve achieved. If Robert elects to pursue an opportunity with another NFL team, the timing of this move will allow him the best possible chance at that.”

Cutting Geathers, who was entering the final season a three-year contract, saves nearly $3.1 million in cap room this season with no dead money.

A two-time Bengals team leader in sacks, Geathers is one of eight Cincinnati players to have logged double-digit sacks in a season, registering 10.5 in 2006. His Bengals career totals include 473 tackles, 34.0 sacks, three INTs, 16 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

He scored two touchdowns (one fumble return and one interception return), and he holds the Bengals record for most fumble return yards in a season (113). He shares the team record for longest single fumble return (75 yards).

Geathers is also a former Bengals team selection for the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award, having earned that designation for 2013 for his work in rehabbing from a torn triceps. He came back in 2014 to play in all 16 regular-season games, plus the Wild Card playoff. He logged 21 regular-season tackles, one sack, one INT and three passes defensed.

Little’s release gives the Bengals an addition $745,000 under the salary cap. A second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2011, Little signed with Cincinnati in October after wide receiver Marvin Jones went on season-ending Injured Reserve with a foot injury. Little appeared in six games with one start and caught six passes for 69 yards.

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WWE champion wrestler Enzo Amore denies assault allegations following release from company

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:38 PM

Jan. 24 3:49 p.m.: Multiple news sources state Amore, real name Eric Arndt, was essentially fired by WWE for not telling the company police had responded to the alleged assault involving himself and a woman at a hotel in Phoenix in October. 

Arndt released a statement Tuesday denying the allegations.

Over the last two days, Philomena Sheahan has made multiple public allegations against Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore with the WWE), including allegations of sexual misconduct concerning an October 2017 incident in Phoenix. Mr. Arndt fully and unequivicoally denies these accusations. He is cooperating with the authorities in this matter and looks forward to having it resolved in a timely manner. Neither Mr. Arndt nor his counsel will be making any further public comments on this matter.

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Eric Arndt, who performed under the name Enzo Amore, was released by World Wrestling Entertainment on Tuesday following allegations he raped a woman in October while in Phoenix. 

According to Joseph Currier of the Wrestling Observer, the Phoenix Police Department confirmed it had responded to a local hospital over a sexual assault that occurred on Oct. 19, 2017 at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa. 

The story came to light when Philomena Sheahan, under the Twitter account ‘missgucciwitch’, posted the details of her story on her account. She spoke to TMZ on Tuesday relaying the same details. 

Arndt was the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion, the belt for wrestlers under 205 pounds. He was considered the biggest star of WWE’s streaming show “205 Live.” He was scheduled to appear at WWE’s Royal Rumble on Sunday. He was suspended on Monday after the allegations surfaced. WWE announced via its website it had come to terms with Arndt on a contract release. 

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Bengals rookie kicker ready for the challenge

Published: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 11:02 PM

Jake Elliott talks about his opportunity to take over Cincy kicking job.

Marvin Lewis has never used a draft pick on a kicker in his 14 years as the boss of the Bengals, so it certainly opened some eyes when Cincinnati took Jake Elliott in the fifth round last month.

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“It’s just competition and that’s what I love about it,” Elliott said during a break at Paul Brown Stadium. “I get a chance to make a name for myself here and I can’t wait to be a Bengal.”

Elliott got his first chance at rookie minicamp over the weekend. He brings an impressive resume to Cincinnati, connecting on 81 field goals in four seasons at Memphis.

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“I think a lot of that speaks to just being mentally tough and being focused at all times, whether it’s an extra point or if I’m going out there for a 50-yard field goal,” he said.

Randy Bullock is the veteran on the Bengals roster, but he certainly didn’t lock up the job down the stretch last season. Elliott figures to have every chance to win the job heading into the 2017 season.

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Stories of WWE bullying pour onto web; include ESPN anchor who defended company

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09:  WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon speaks during the Beyond Sport United event at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon speaks during the Beyond Sport United event at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)(Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

World Wrestling Entertainment’s bullying culture, led by alleged management enforcer, former wrestler and TV announcer John Layfield, extends 20 years according to an article by Brandon Howard of Fightful.com, the popular MMA, boxing and wrestling website. 

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Some of the quotes are sexually explicit and use foul language, and paint a picture of a company led by Vince McMahon, which allowed a hostile culture to continue that other wrestlers said doesn’t occur in contemporary companies other than WWE. 

The most surprising of quotes come from Layfield, who admits to his behavior in several instances, referring to it as hazing.

Another surprising admission came from Jonathan Coachman in a quote found by David Bixenspan of Deadspin, where the ESPN anchor said he was once left crying for 10 minutes after being “pranked" by management into thinking he was arrested. 

Layfield admits in one quote to enjoy his bullying, saying he sees it as a test of toughness and trust between wrestlers when asked if he hazed wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.

“Did I haze The Miz? Hell yeah I did,” Layfield is quoted in the article. “A lot of people want to talk about me and did I haze people? Yes. Absolutely. I make no apologies whatsoever.” 

Deadspin unearthed an interview Coachman did with BackSportsPage.com in 2014 where he said he was set up by WWE’s top management - Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Jerry Briscoe and Paul “Triple H” Levesque - to believe he was arrested for running an illegal football pool in the locker room. He said he was berated by McMahon for shaming the company for 45 minutes then driven off by police, before being being returned to the arena.

“Greatest rip in the history of the business,” Coachman said. “And for about 10 minutes I literally walked to a place in the building and started crying.” 

One quote from Brian “The Blue Meanie” Heffron said a tag match with Layfield and his partner Ron Simmons led to Heffron’s partner Duane Gill blacking out twice from the severity of the unchoreographed blows. 

Mike Bucci, who wrestled in WWE as Nova and Simon Dean said Layfield’s antics often occurred while he was drunk, and were excused as “seeing what he’s made of” when making life and work difficult for a WWE employee.

WWE and ESPN have come under fire over the last week. The controversy started over the unannounced absence of lead TV announcer Mauro Ranallo due to a bout of depression. Layfield blasted Ranallo for not being on TV while on-air and during a non-character segment on WWE’s streaming service. Ranallo’s absence timed with the publication of the book “Best Seat in the House” by former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts, who detailed harassment he took from Layfield.

ESPN began a weekly segment with WWE wrestlers a year ago, but is now canceled as of this weekend after Coachman began blasting people on Twitter who called for ESPN to cover the pro wrestling company like it would any other story. 

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Amanda Nunes spoils Ronda Rousey's comeback with quick TKO

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM

Amanda Nunes made short work of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Friday night, needing just 48 seconds to retain her mixed martial arts bantamweight title with a first-round technical knockout of the former champion.

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The 135-pound championship fight was the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It was Rousey’s first bout since a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in November 2015 at UFC 193, and Friday night’s fight was even more lopsided as Nunes (14-4) connected solidly with right hands to stagger Rousey (12-2).

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 48 seconds into the first round; it was the fastest knockout finish for Nunes, nicknamed “The Lioness.”

"I'm stopping everybody like that," Nunes said, according to ESPN. "When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, But no one is going to take this belt from me."

It was the second straight loss for Rousey, who earned $3 million for fighting Nunes. That tied the richest disclosed fight purse in MMA history, tying Conor McGregor’s payday in a non-title welterweight fight against Nate Diaz in August, ESPN reported.

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