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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis rips Rodney Harrison for saying he’d take Cam Newton out

02.05.16 at 3:53 pm ET
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A Carolina Panther has a bone to pick with Rodney Harrison, and it’s not loud-mouthed cornerback Josh Norman, but NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis.

The Panthers linebacker fired back at the former Patriots safety on Friday in response to Harrison’s contention that if he were to face superstar quarterback Cam Newton in the Super Bowl, he’d “try to take him out.”

“How can you sit there and say you would intentionally try to hurt another player?” Davis tweeted, per the Charlotte Observer. “#NoRespectForTheGame get this clown off the air!!”

Davis didn’t stop there, also ripping Harrison for his 2007 suspension over the use of human growth hormone.

“It’s crazy to think that I actually (used) to look up to a guy like @rodney_harrison even after he got caught cheating!” Davis tweeted.

Davis was responding to comments Harrison made on Wednesday to radio host Dan Patrick, noting that he’d try to injure Newton as a means of winning Super Bowl 50.

“If I was playing against Cam Newton, I would try to take him out,” Harrison said. “I would try to take him out. I would try to hurt him. I would go right at his knees. That’€™s the goal. That’€™s the goal: you want to knock him out. That might be the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl.”

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Roger Goodell: PSI information was ‘not data for research,’ rather ‘just to see if there was a violation’

02.05.16 at 3:32 pm ET
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Roger Goodell addressed the collection of PSI information this past year during his state of the league address Friday. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell addressed the collection of PSI information this past year during his state of the league address Friday. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking at his annual state of the league press conference in San Fransisco, a question about Deflategate was bound to be asked to Roger Goodell — and it was.

CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran asked the commissioner about what he said earlier in the week about the PSI information collected this year being part of spot checks and not a research project and also what constitutes a violation.

Goodell never directly answered Curran’s question, but did repeat what he said earlier in the week by saying the data collected was just to see if there was a violation committed.

“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research,” Goodell told reporters. “It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations.”

Below is the complete exchange between Curran and Goodell:

Curran: “Earlier this week you said during your “spot checks” that no violations of the PSI rule were found. What actually constitutes a violation now? Did you find anything under 12.5? In the spirit of getting better, doesn’t this whole thing demand transparency in terms of what the numbers were and what the standards will be going forward?”

Goodell: “As you know, at the beginning of the season we made changes to our protocols of how we were going to manage the footballs. That is how they were going to be managed in the moment. They were taken into the stadium right after the game. We have implemented that. As part of that, and it happens in most of our game operations areas, we conduct random checks. We make sure the clubs understand that we will look at that type of procedure and make sure there were no violations of that. We did that, in a very limited basis. We don’t disclose all the specifics on that because it’s meant as a deterrent. If you tell everybody how many times you’re checking, which games you’re checking, it’s not much of a deterrent. It’s a deterrent when they think that game may be being checked.

“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research. It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations. There was never an accusation of a violation by any other club. And so we’re comfortable that this policy, this rule was followed by our clubs. And we do this across the board on our game operations. There are many areas in our game operations that requires that type of thing.

“Second of all, we did a great deal of research, scientific analysis last year. That was part of the appeal hearing. There was Ted Wells’ report where [he wanted] independent people to study this type of issue. The intent of what we were doing was not a research project, it was to make sure that our policies were followed just like we do in other areas of our game operations.”

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Roger Goodell: League looking into Peyton Manning/HGH story

02.05.16 at 3:24 pm ET
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Goodell spoke Friday afternoon on a number of topics. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Goodell spoke Friday afternoon on a number of topics. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is aware of the charges involving Peyton Manning and HGH.

“We take every allegation of violations of our policies, our procedures, particularly as it relates to safety very seriously,” Goodell said when asked about the report involving the Denver quarterback. “When these allegations first came up, we immediately began our own investigation. We were clear of making sure we were working with the other sports who were involved with the World Anti-Doping Association to make sure that we were getting all the pertinent information.

“We will work with law enforcement if they are involved. We will also continue our own investigations and working cooperatively with everyone to make sure we’re taking this seriously, that we find out the conclusions. When we find out the facts we will share them as we have in the past. We will want to make sure that we are transparent.”

Goodell then added that the league does not have “an independent investigation going on that this point, other than working with the other league and with WADA.”

He added: “If we feel that is necessary at some point we may do that. At this point we don’t.”

Goodell also contended the NFL is investigating the allegations involving Manning every bit as stringently as it did Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Deflategate.

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Report: Former Patriots practice squad RB Montee Ball arrested for allegedly pushing girlfriend

02.05.16 at 2:02 pm ET
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Monte Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Montee Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

According to, former Patriots practice squad running back Montee Ball was arrested by Madison, Wisconsin police early Friday morning after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table at a hotel.

The girlfriend reportedly had a cut on her leg that required stitches.

Ball was outside the hotel and reportedly was cooperative. The running back played his college ball at Wisconsin.

He spent the last few months of the 2015 season on the Patriots practice squad, but was one of two players who finished the year on the practice squad and didn’t sign a futures contract to stay with the team.

The other was J.J. Worton, who was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery the day before the AFC title game.

In two seasons in the NFL, Ball has 175 carries for 731 yards and five touchdowns, both years being with the Broncos.

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Fox host takes heat for requesting Rob Gronkowski lap dance

02.05.16 at 12:59 pm ET
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Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski admitted once working as a stripper at a bachelorette party. During a Thursday appearance on Fox Sports’ “House Party by the Bay” from the site of the Super Bowl, co-host Julie Stewart-Binks brought up the subject. Then she took it a step further, encouraging Gronkowski to demonstrate his skills. “Want to show us maybe show us a little Magic Mike?” she asked.

Gronkowski eventually gave in, walking over to Stewart-Binks and giving her a quick lap dance while she stuffed money in his pants.

And that’s not sitting well with everyone. Stewart-Binks is getting widely criticized for her behavior, especially by other women in the media like the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan, who are saying her actions make it more difficult for them to be taken seriously.

Jason Whitlock, one of the show’s other hosts, responded to the criticism with a tweet Thursday night that read: Anybody wanna step up on their high horse better have a sparkling closet. All the b.s. that goes on behind closed doors. #frauds

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Michael McCann on Dale & Holley: ‘Evidence suggests that [Tom Brady] has been defamed’

02.05.16 at 10:38 am ET
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Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Wednesday to discuss the latest chapter in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

After league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would not release PSI measurements taken over the course of the season, many have been left searching for answers.

“I would imagine one possible answer is that the results don’t corroborate some of the theories the NFL offered last year about deflated footballs,” McCann said. “There’s also the possibility that the NFL doesn’t want to share information that could be used by Tom Brady, not in the appeal, but if Tom Brady were to pursue a defamation lawsuit against the NFL.”

The possibility of a Brady defamation suit as been thrown around a lot this week after many suspect the NFL is hiding something by not releasing its data. Although it undoubtedly would drag this case out much longer than he would like it, it is certainly an option for Brady.

“The evidence suggests that he has been defamed, in the sense that there have been things said about him that basic tenets of science repudiate,” McCann said. “If you’re him, you could clearly show that you’ve been harmed. His reputation has been harmed, he’s been embarrassed, the rest of the country calls him a cheater. … Do I think he’s going to do it? No. But I would be pretty furious if I were him.”

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Poll: Who wins Super Bowl 50?

02.05.16 at 9:33 am ET
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The underdog Broncos take on the Panthers on Sunday in Super Bowl 50. Can Peyton Manning pull off the upset in what might be his final game? Will the Panthers complete one of the most impressive seasons in NFL history? Let us know what you think.

Who wins Super Bowl 50?

  • Panthers in a rout (61%, 151 Votes)
  • Panthers in a close game (27%, 66 Votes)
  • Broncos in a close game (12%, 29 Votes)
  • Broncos in a rout (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

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