Torrey Smith refers to President Trump’s statement as so many lies

Torrey Smith has become the first player from the Eagles’ Super Bowl championship team to react publicly to President Trump calling off the team’s visit to the White House. Smith now plays for the Panthers.

So many lies smh, Smith tweeted. Here are some facts: 1. Not many people were going to go. 2. No one refused to go simply because Trump insists folks stand for the anthem. 3. The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.

The President cited the national anthem as the reason for canceling the visit, with the Eagles expected to send only a small contingent. It is not yet known how many players intended to make the trip..

Trump’s comments could be a way to rile up a GOP base in advance of a midterm election seen as a referendum on the president. Trump’s job approval rating remained in negative territory, with 51 percent disapproving of his performance in office and 40 percent approving. Among Republicans, however, his job approval rating was 86 percent.

The poll was released two days after Trump canceled a planned visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and replaced it with what he called a ceremony to celebrate America. Many players had decided to skip the traditional White House gathering with the president.

Lackluster running game? They drafted the best running back college football has produced in years in Saquon Barkley.

The conduct of sports wagering-related activities by persons or entities prior to the final passage of this legislation may bear upon their suitability for licensure under the anticipated law, it continued.

Zanzuccki added: It should be fully understood that any improprieties or adverse conduct related to any unregulated activities would have the potential to jeopardize their ability to be licensed for sports wagering under the new law.

Glover Quin back with Lions for minicamp

Safety Glover Quin is one of several Lions players with contract incentives tied to the offseason workout program, but the Fords won’t have to hand the veteran an extra $250,000 this year.

Quin opted not to take part in the voluntary portions of Detroit’s program, which led to questions about whether he considered retiring when he did report for Tuesday’s start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. Quin said players at his age, he turned 32 in January, have to gauge how much I have left, but that uncertainty about playing wasn’t the reason for his absence.

We are fighting for racial and social equality.

Unfortunately for Howard, he might have to wait for a big payday. The 2016 fifth-round pick has crushed expectations, but his rookie contract is only half complete, and the Bears probably aren’t feeling a lot of pressure to spend big at a position with a short shelf life.

The amount of money that will eventually come Williams’ way will likely be heavily influenced by what happens during the 2018 season. Williams has talked about a desire to kick his game up a level this year and the upside that would come with putting together a disruptive season provides plenty of reason to keep the contract on the back burner for the time being.

They’re both very passionate coaches, Fitzpatrick told reporters on Tuesday. They’re both really hands-on. The only difference is Coach Saban yells a little bit more. But that’s about it. Coach Gase is a great coach. He’s a real energetic coach. All of the players love playing for him. I love playing for him and I’m happy that he’s my head coach.

Fitzpatrick laughed when he said Saban yells a little bit more, and Saban gave Fitzpatrick high praise before the draft, suggesting that Fitzpatrick should be a top-five pick.

And Fitzpatrick definitely feels prepared to play in the NFL after playing college football for Saban.

NBA Rumors: Cavaliers’ LeBron James to Los Angeles Lakers?

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a 3-0 hole vs. the Golden State Warriors, the rumors about where LeBron James will play next season are about to heat up.

The latest report, published on Monday by The Big Lead, has James heading out west — to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here is a breakdown of the rumor, per Bobby Burack of The Big Lead:

I’m a big fan of whatever’s working. Keep going with it until they make you change.

Sounds simple, but there’s a lot of prep work that goes into figuring out how to read pitchers and work hitters.

I’ll watch guys during the game whether I’m playing or not and I’m watching guys at home on video to see what’s working, what’s not working, Romine said. It’s my job. I’ve got to be ready to go in at any time. I don’t want to disrupt anything.

It may have been even more significant that Gronkowski, maybe the most difficult physical matchup in the NFL, was in a good space. Like Brady, he skipped OTAs. Unlike Brady, the all-world tight end spent part of the offseason contemplating whether he wanted to retire, given the wear and tear of so many injuries.

Gronk, admitting he needed time to allow his body to recover, seemed even fresher than Brady — complete with a couple of spectacular catches on deep routes, demonstrative swaggering and a lot of whooping that suggested just how much fun it was to be back in, well, Belichick’s camp.

The other significant noise came from Brady himself. He may have been with the group that took it on the chin from Belichick. But he could dish it out, too, wasting no time to exert his leadership.

It’s always loud out there with him,noted slot receiver Julian Edelman, back in the flow after a torn ACL wiped out his 2017 season. He’s an intimidating S.O.B.

He’s incredibly athletic. I believe that he’s incredibly talented, Zayat said. I do believe that he has the ability, speed, stamina.

This is where it made the man. You’re on your own, really.

Most metropolitan cities in America have hidden abysses like this, Lewis points out, where football can serve as a beacon of light out of such hell. Or can steer you into a different kind of hell. The sport that can save you can also kill you later in life.

Lewis absolutely knows the symptoms will only get worse. Walking beagles_030ack to his Jeep, he turns pale and quiet and concerned.

You have to keep it moving.

So Lewis climbs back in his Jeep and, again, says to follow him. He has to pick up Jazz from school at 3. We stop briefly at his childhood home, redirect north to Buckhead, lose each other in traffic, find each other and pull into another bar at 2:45 p.m.

Lewis steps out and slaps his hands together.

Somebody needs to hit him, he says. Get him right!

And, given that choiceagain that he mentioned, what would he decide? He’d eyeball that Vikings safety taking a 45-degree angle, lower his shoulder and deliver a blow. No stepping out of bounds. No mercy.

Past the Falcons stadium, onto the highway, toward his old neighborhood, the white Jeep accelerates out of vision. Lane to lane, Lewis knifes through heavy traffic and I lose him.

Maybe he forgot where we’re going? Maybe he’s waiting for his brain to recalibrate?

Hard to say. All Lewis said was to follow him.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, though ‘the prognosis is positive’

Dave Gettleman, who rejoined the New York Giants as their general manager in December, announced Tuesday that he has lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells. He said he is weighing his treatment options but that doctors have told him the prognosis is positive.

Ertz and his Eagles teammates were shown kneeling in several photos during the Fox News segment, but Ertz said the players were kneeling in prayer, not to raise awareness of social injustice and police brutality issues, as other players have done. Trump has used the pregame demonstrations as a rallying point, and Vice President Pence departed early from an Indianapolis Colts game last fall when members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee.

Ertz spotted the photos in the Fox report, tweeting Tuesday morning, This can’t be serious. … Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad. I feel like you guys should have to be better than this. Ertz’s tweet quickly was shared on social media, gathering more than 83,000 likes and 33,000 retweets within six hours. And by midmorning, the network had apologized for the report on Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream.

Luck has considerable sports-executive experience, in other words, and his hiring shows that XFL founder Vince McMahon is taking things a little more seriously this time around. The pro-wrestling overlord’s first attempt at an alternative to the NFL, in 2001, was marked by slapdash preparation and terrible football, dooming it to a lone year of existence.

In announcing the new XFL earlier this year — the league is scheduled to launch in January 2020 — McMahon promised shorter, faster-paced games than the NFL. He also said players with any sort of criminal record would be prohibited from joining the league and that players would be required to stand for the national anthem.

Luck reiterated that last part Tuesday.

We respect individual freedoms, Luck told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. But we will require players to stand for the national anthem.

Aldon Smith Arrested for Violating Bail Condition for Domestic Violence Arrest

Former NFL player Aldon Smith was arrested Friday night after violating “a condition of his electronic monitoring,” according to TMZ Sports.

Per that report, Smith was fitted on Thursday with both GPS and SCRAM devices—the latter of which monitors the blood-alcohol content in sweat—after “allegedly violating a protective order put in place following his arrest for domestic violence.”

The Raiders released him in March after he was accused of domestic violence. He hasn’t played since 2015, when the NFL suspended him for a year and never reinstated him amid his ongoing legal issues.

Luck said he was not ready to disclose the timetable of his return, but that he will get back on the field better than ever.

Some will say he didn’t have the talent to be on a roster, but Kaepernick is a guy who helped get a team to a Super Bowl , and you never see those guys not get a shot on a second team.

Since Reid attached himself to the protest, there is a reasonable assumption that teams are showing some hesitancy in signing the safety, just as Kaepernick remains unsigned.

That topic came up during Reid’s free agent visit with the Bengals. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk , Bengals owner Mike Brown explained that he doesn’t want any players kneeling during the national anthem.

So yes there is a legitimate reason. Legally their owners can tell them they can’t do it and they can’t do it. The protests caused the NFL to lose millions and millions, but the players contracts were not affected. They have the absolute right to inquire whether that player may potentially cause them as an owner revenue in the form of protests, and then hire them, or not, based on the result of that answer as they see fit.bills_008

Packers WR Trevor Davis arrested on threat charge

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested on a misdemeanor threat charge at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, police confirmed to NFL.com.

Davis was arrested at the Hawaiian Airlines check-in counter when, after being asked security questions about his luggage by an attendant, turned to a female companion and allegedly asked her, “Did you pack the explosives?”

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed during a Monday conference call that the receiver reported for the opening of Big Blue’s offseason workouts.

Shurmur said he hasn’t seen OBJ yet but knows the wideout is “in the building”
“I really believe Odell is a professional. He wants to be great,” Shurmur said, via the team’s official Twitter feed. “He understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy. Again, we had already started communicating before all that communication kind of got out there and was talked about to great deal. He’s a professional and I’m glad he’s here today.”

NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported over the weekend that Beckham was expected to report for the opening of the Giants offseason workouts.

Attending voluntary workouts is a good-faith gesture for Beckham, who hasn’t shied away from letting it be known he wants a new long-term contract that will make him one of the NFL’s highest-paid players. The lack of an extension placed him at the center of trade speculation for a large portion of the offseason, but Eli Manning wasn’t too worried about his top receiver leaving town.

“In everything that he is doing, he is crying out for help,” Lewis said. “We have a lot of people reporting about it. But it’s always been the duty of elders to go back to help. That’s why I raised my hand and told him, ‘I’m here whenever you need me.'”

Beckham joins Giants’ offseason program, but does that change anything?

Lewis said  Beckham initially was receptive to his outreach and committed to regular phone calls and conversations. So what happened?

The former Ravens star suggested the reason Beckham’s off-field life has gone a bit wayward this offseason — he was seen in a video with possible drugs and is the defendant in a $15 million lawsuit that Beckham calls  a “shakedown attempt” — is because he “has removed God from his life” and “where there is no God, there is chaos.”

Lewis said he planned to reach out to Beckham again.

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Browns may keep No. 1 choice secret until draft, says Hue Jackson

It promises to be a long month of rumors, reports, innuendos and maybe even a tall tale or two about the Browns’ plans at No. 1.

At the NFL Annual Meeting coaches’ breakfast Tuesday, Hue Jackson admitted that the Browns might keep their choice under wraps until the draft on April 26.

When asked if it would be best to take their best fit at QB and get on with it, he said yes. Absolutely.

That’s why I say, we get a chance to win the draft because we get the people that we want. We get to kind of dictate this thing on how we want it to go and there are four guys, but within the four guys, we’ve got to determine what is the best fit for us moving forward.”

Having said that, Dorsey isn’t ruling out trading the first pick, and has said the Jets called about No. 1 before dealing with Indianapolis at No. 3.

According to Mike Mayock of NFL Network, teams are apparently having trouble scheduling workouts and meeting with Jackson as a result of him using his mother as his agent.

It’s entirely possible to function without an agent in this process. But this is not a great look for Jackson — he needs to be getting in front of as many teams as he possibly can.

Additionally, it sounds like he’s missing out on media availability as well and generally just hurting himself in the process without hiring an agent.

This all brings to mind what one head coach told me this week about how to measure whether a ruling passes muster: Will 50 drunks in a bar agree

We should have known that the newly christened Dez Bryant Rule wouldn’t squash controversy in the NFL on its own. Clarity is a moving target.

No, as hard as Goodell may try, confusion reigns – or rains hard – in the NFL, on and off the field.patriots_129-223x223