The days of taking money under the table as a college player and then evading punishment once you get drafted by a pro team may be over. Apparently the NCAA and the NFL are working on some kind of super-secret probation policy that would allow the league to suspend rookies who are found guilty of taking money from agents or boosters.
Usually it’s the players and coaches left behind (sometimes years later as in the infamous Reggie Bush situation) who take the brunt of the punishment. And, while this is a good start, what about some kind of punishment for agents who also break the law? Not possible you say? It would be if sports agents had to be licensed at the Federal level and had a code of ethics or they’d be disbarred, so to speak. The Dumbasses! logo at right is for both institutions for taking so long to try and fix a problem that fans have been complaining about for DECADES.
Players who lose their college eligibility for receiving improper benefits from agents could face financial penalties upon entering the NFL draft under a proposal being considered by a panel of college and pro football officials seeking solutions to the problem.
The NCAA noted the possibility of “potential post-NCAA financial penalties” in a news release Monday announcing the collaborative discussions between professional and college football leaders, player agents, state law enforcement officials and NCAA executives.
The possibility of suspensions during a player’s NFL rookie year — as long as six to eight games — is also being discussed, according to two sources involved in the collaborative discussions including representatives of the NFL, the NFLPA, the NCAA and the American Football Coaches Association.
This means that if a college player’s eligibility has ended under NCAA penalty, a player such as former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant or former North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin could be subject to penalties that extend well beyond the loss of college eligibility.
Think the folks in Cleveland have gotten over LeBron James leaving to go to Miami? Not completely.
Here’s the basic information about the video clip below:
LeBron James Cursed by Witch Doctor on Rover’s Morning Glory
Rover hired a couple of witches to perform a curse on LeBron James the morning of the Miami Heat’s season opener as payback for the way he left Cleveland. They used blood, bones and voodoo dolls to place the hex on James, assuring he will never win an NBA Championship ring. Covered on ESPN, SI, CNN and many more. www.roverradio.com
Anyone heard of being accused of “oral copulation by anesthesia” before?
Wait, keep you hands up a little longer so we can get an accurate count. Yep, that’s what we thought: Zero.
Actually, the full charge is oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, which, in this case seems to refer to some booze that former Moorpark High School baseball coach, Christopher Atkinson, 26 is accused of giving to an underage girl to get her ready for, uh, some lovin’. And, not to dismiss the alleged bad behavior on the coach’s part, but on the witness stand at Atkinson’s preliminary hearing, the victim not only got a little mouthy with the defense attorney, but also admitted sneaking out the window . . . of her parent’s trailer to meet with the coach. And, according to her, it wasn’t the first time.
Again, not to downplay the coach’s bad behavior, but it does sound like something more is going on here. Guess we’ll have to wait for the trial to get all the dirty details.
The petite student calmly gave details during a preliminary hearing about how she met Christopher Atkinson at the school, how she started communicating with him on the social network, MySpace.com, and about the time he invited her to “hang out’ with him on the day he sexually assaulted her.
She testified that she snuck out of the house and crawled out the window of her trailer to meet Atkinson, who was in a black pickup truck parked just outside her window.
Atkinson drove about 10 minutes to his apartment where he played the guitar and gave her about five shot glasses filled with alcohol. She testified she woke up in his bedroom with him sexually assaulting her. She said she didn’t want to have sex with him.
Judge Kathryn Stoltz found enough evidence to hold the 24-year-old Atkinson for trial on three felony counts: rape by the use of drugs; oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance; and unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 16 as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.
The soft-spoken girl often laughed or grinned and moved slowly from side to side while on the stand, saying she felt “awkward” testifying. At one time, however, she abruptly interrupted Atkinson’s lawyer, Bob Bernstein, who demanded that she answer his question about her text-messaging his client.
“Let me finish my story,” she told Bernstein.
The teen said she was running extra laps in school after getting into trouble in physical education class when she saw Atkinson, who authorities said was a campus supervisor.
“He said ‘hi,’ and I said, ‘hi,’ ” the girl testified, adding that later he added her as a friend on MySpace.