A prison inmate in Pennsylvania has reportedly filed a motion to sue the NFL, arguing that the Pittsburg Steelers were robbed of their spot in the playoffs due to improper refereeing during a Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers game in Week 17.
Inmate Daniel L. Spuck of the State Correctional Institution in Mercer County filed a motion on Jan. 2 against the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell. The motion, written by hand and filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, requests an "emergency injunction" in the current NFL playoff games due to the "negligent and fraudulent" actions of NFL referees who oversaw the Week 17 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
Spuck argues that the referees overseeing the game were wrong to not call an illegal formation penalty against San Diego during the Chiefs' 40-yard field goal attempt. The Chiefs missed their kick, but had the referees called the illegal formation, they would have been given a second chance at a field goal from five yards closer. Had they made that field goal, they would have almost certainly won the game with four seconds left in regulation. If the Chiefs had won the game, the Steelers would have been the sixth-seed in the American Football Conference instead of the Chargers. more >>
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman expressed his regret over controversial comments he made regarding imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae in North Korea, blaming them on drinking and stress.
"I want to apologize. I take full responsibility for my actions," Rodman said on Thursday through his publicist Jules Feiler in an email to The Associated Press.
"It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth." more >>
Chris Kluwe, a former Minnesota Viking, said in a recent interview that he is encouraged the NFL has agreed to conduct an investigation into his claims that he was fired from his Midwestern team for his gay advocacy.
Kluwe, who was a punter for the Minnesota Vikings for eight seasons, recently wrote an open letter on Deadspin magazine, stating that he is "pretty confident" he was let go from the Vikings at the start of this season due to his outspoken support for same-sex marriage. Kluwe described his former special teams coach, Mike Priefer, as a "bigot" who allegedly once said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."
In the article, Kluwe calls for Priefer to lose his coaching position, but the current free agent later clarified to "Fox Sports Live" on Tuesday that his previous suggestion was perhaps exaggerated, and he would rather see Priefer get counseling and come back to the NFL as a role model and supporter of the LGBT community than lose his job entirely. more >>
Special teams coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings Mike Priefer vehemently denied allegations by the team's ex-punter and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe that he was a homophobic bigot who told him that he would "wind up burning in hell" for supporting homosexuals.
In an explosive and scathing article for Deadspin Thursday, Kluwe claims he was fired from the team for his gay activism and alleges that Priefer attacked him repeatedly for his stance on homosexuality.
"Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible," he claimed in the article. more >>
Tim Tebow has reiterated his interest in being a quarterback in the NFL after it was announced this week that he has been hired by ESPN as a college football analyst for the SEC Network.
The former Florida Gators quarterback said during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that although he is grateful and excited for his new opportunity with the ESPN network, he still wishes to continue his career as a quarterback long term. The 26-year-old began playing for the NFL in 2010 for the Denver Broncos, and then moved on to the New York Jets where he endured a tougher spell. Over the 2013 preseason period he played with the New England Patriots but was dropped before the regular season got underway.
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin could be in line for a three-team trade according to some reports, which could end up with him moving to the Chicago Bulls before the winter trade deadline.
The Houston Forward Times noted that the Rockets have "desperately" been trying to trade off defensive center Omer Asik, and a deal concerning Lin could lead to the Turkish basketball player going to the Atlanta Hawks.
Lin could be traded to Chicago, while the Bulls' small forward, Luol Deng, could be headed in the opposite direction. more >>