Larry Sanders to Quit Using Marijuana

According to reliable sources in the NBA, Larry Sanders, the center of the Milwaukee Bucks, who has been suspended for 10 games for violating the anti-drug program of the league, will try to quit marijuana and deal with personal issues that force him to use drugs.

Larry Sanders loves marijuana

Larry Sanders (photo. Instagram.com)

Reportedly, Sanders is serious about basketball and has finally realized that the league cannot allow him to play basketball as long as he tests positive. However, one cannot say if the Milwaukee Bucks will take Sanders back as they have learned to live without him. The Bucks not only have new owners at present, but also a new coach. They could consider a buying out Sanders’ contract, but have not yet discussed the issue with his lawyers.

In his best days, Sanders has shown that he is excellent at defense and could be good at offense too. His productivity has been marginal ever since he signed a $44 million deal in 2013, which extended his contract by 4 years. But in the last two seasons, his career has been fraught with injuries and suspensions. In 2013-14, he tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for five games. According to NBA rules, he would be suspended for 10 games without pay if he tested positive again.

The 26-year-old player was not allowed to play against the Toronto Raptors and will not be allowed to play till “he is in full compliance with his treatment program.” When he was suspended last time, he claimed that he used marijuana (from cannabis seeds) only for its medical benefits.

Family Emergency Prevents Trent Richardson from Playing

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Trent Richardson (photo. wikipedia.com)

Trent Richardson of the Colts did not play the AFC Championship game against the Patriots. Kevin Bowen, who manages the official website for the Colts, said that Richardson had personal reasons for failing to travel to New England to play the Colts vs. Patriots game.

On Sunday, the player told ESPN that “a very serious family emergency” prevented him from attending his team’s walk through. He said: “I’m still at the hospital. I wouldn’t purposely just miss walk through.”

The running back has performed poorly during this season. Although he played the Wild Card round, he remained inactive most of last week. Rumors flew around that weight issues were responsible for his reduced duties and poor performance. But this week, Richardson clarified that weight issues had nothing to do with his inactivity.

Missing Sunday’s game, however, is just the latest in a series of setbacks Richardson has been going through although he had stubbornly stated that he will make up for it. Once again, the Colts have to rely on Daniel Herron and Zurlon Tipton, who will be the team’s backup.

Recently, Herron has shown that he fits better in the team’s offense. He has achieved 119 yards at the rate of 3.4 per carry, 35 carries, and a couple of touchdowns in the two playoff matches he has taken part in. This includes 18 receptions too. A great runner with big burst abilities, Herron’s ability at catching as well as blocking has had Andrew Luck breathing a sigh of relief during the past weeks.

NFL Panel Suggests Names of Prospective Coaches and GMs

new nfl coachesThe Monday after the NFL season comes to an end is generally referred to as the Black Monday because several general managers and head coaches are fired on that day.

Last year, the NFL put together a panel of eight people to help teams decide who could be their next best coach. The panel comprises Tony Bungy, John Madden, and Wolf. NFL teams only have to call the NFL office to get a list of less than 20 NFL coaches and GMs.

According to NFL Executive VP Robert Gulliver, NFL teams are finding it very difficult to hire coaches, especially as they have to hire a new coach within one week of firing the previous one.

The panel, called the Career Development Advisory Panel, focuses on giving team owners the correct information regarding potential GMs and head coaches. Gulliver said: “We realized there was an opportunity to do more digging, more analysis and get more names beyond what were mentioned in the media.”

Last year, NFL teams had hired six coaches from the list that the panel had suggested. This year’s list includes names such as Dan Quinn and Todd Bowles. However, this does not mean that the coaches in the list have expressed an interest in working for an NFL team. This year’s list for general managers includes Marc Ross, the vice president of the New York Giants, and Lake Dawson, the vice president (player personnel) of the Tennessee Titans.

According to the panel, the focus was on identifying as many prospective GMs and coaches as possible.

NFL Policy Prevents Players from Wearing Beats Headphones

NFL players can no longer wear the insanely popular “Beats by Dre” headphones during the games because of a long-term agreement the NFL signed with Bose in March.

According to the terms of this deal, only the Bose logo can appear on headsets that the coaches wear. The agreement also permits Bose to request the NFL to prevent its coaches and players from wearing headphones from any other company.

Beats by Dre Banned in NFL

NFL Players have been ignoring the “beats by Dre” headphone ban.

The NFL has stated to the press that it has “longstanding policies” that prevent “branded exposure” either at interviews or on the field unless it has authorized such exposure. Drafted early in the nineties, these are NFL polices and not policies created by any of the sponsors of the league. The league has confirmed that Bose has nothing to do with the enforcement of NFL policies.

NFL players, therefore, cannot wear their Beats headphones either during the matches or at NFL events that get media coverage. They have to refrain from wearing their Beats headphones for ninety minutes after the conclusion of a match. They are also not allowed to wear Beats headphones at workout sessions or training camps, at which they may have to face an interview.

Richard Sherman, a top Beats fan, may have enjoyed the freedom to wear his Beats headphones while getting off a plane just before the Super Bowl XLVIII. But he will no longer be able to do so in a similar situation when this season comes to an end.

Nobody knows how much the NFL is paying Bose to be its exclusive headset provider.  Most players have ignored the ban or put a piece of tape of the “B” logo.

Brain Damage To ex-NFL Star Jovan Belcher Could Have Triggered Murder-Suicide Deaths

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Jovan Belcher in his “happier” days.

It was back in 2012 when NFL fans were shocked to learn of the horror caused by NFL superstar Jovan Belcher who played for the Kansas City Chiefs as a linebacker. Belcher shocked everyone including his family when he murdered his 22 year old girlfriend and then went to the Kansas City Chiefs training facility and committed suicide by shooting himself.

Family, friend and Kansas City Chiefs colleagues found it extremely difficult to explain the rationale behind Belcher’s actions. Nearly two years later, medical experts believe they might have some clues as to why Belcher snapped and turned into a monster.

The dean of research and professor of pathology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City, Dr. Piotr Kozlowski has stated that the autopsy report of Belcher revealed that his brain displayed signs of CTE, a degenerative brain disease. CTE Experts believe that this disease occurs due to a gradual death of brain cells that is caused due to blows to the head. As a result, CTE can cause individuals to go into depression, dementia and memory loss.

Family members of other NFL players have joined forces with Belcher’s family and accused the NFL of not providing proper medical care and treatment to its players. More than 30 plaintiffs have filed similar suits in federal court and want the NFL to pay out $765 million in a joint settlement.

The NFL responded to the claim by releasing a statement which read “The NFL has a long history of changing the rules of the game to make it safer on the field, providing players the best medical care, and updating protocols on diagnosing concussions, treating concussions, and returning to play after a concussion”.