The New England Patriots long-time owner will reportedly turn down the plea deal offered to him by prosecutors in Florida. Kraft, along with 24 (mostly unnamed) other co-defendants are accused of crimes related to an investigation and eventual raid at The Orchids Of Asia day spa in Jupiter Florida. The spa has been reportedly connected to a human trafficking ring. As for Kraft himself, the six time Super Bowl champion owner, has been charged with two counts of solicitation. Kraft allegedly visited the spa to grab himself a few cheap handy dandy’s……on two occasions. One of Kraft’s visits allegedly took place on the morning his team was set to compete in the AFC championship game.
CNN (@cnn) reported that prosecutors had offered to drop the misdemeanor charges against Kraft in exchange for fines, community service, and an admission that he would’ve been found guilty of the charges had he went to trial. If you really think about it, it’s not really surprising that Kraft turned down the deal. What’s the upside here for a billionaire? None! Kraft’s charges only carry a 60-day sentence in county jail if convicted. Even if he was convicted, he likely wouldn’t receive a jail sentence at all. (first time offender charged with a small misdemeanor) More important than that is Kraft’s image and potential punishment from the NFL. Even though prosecutors allege they have him on camera receiving a hand job, I doubt that Kraft won’t fight this charge endlessly. I could be wrong, I doubt it though. Billionaires are usually much too arrogant to think that laws for regular folks apply to them. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned on the solicitation charges on March 28. My guess is that somewhere along the way these charges against Kraft will be very quietly dismissed.
With the hiring of new head coach Jon Gruden, many fans in Oakland were expecting a change. Taking a look at the social media comments by some Raiders players and some in Raider Nation, I’m not so sure that they were expecting this kind of change.
Saturday morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) sent shockwaves throughout Raider Nation when he was first to report the news that the Raiders and Bears were finalizing a deal that would send Mack to the Bears.
The consensus from Raider Nation was that the move made the Raiders worse, not better.
Reports are the Bears are giving up two 1st round picks to acquire the all-star pass rusher from Oakland. The NFL rumor mill is buzzing with news that the Raiders never even tried to negotiate with Mack. A trade for the 27-year old has reportedly been the plan for the Gruden-led Raiders since February. Khalil Mack had 10.5 sacks and 78 tackles last season. He had 11 sacks and 73 tackles in ’16, and 15 sacks and 77 tackles in ’15. It’s pretty hard for me to see how any two first round picks will make up for this type of consistent production this season. Maybe the Raiders are looking toward the future and planning to tank this season? What do you think?
WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have reached an agreement on a new deal for the all-star receiver. OBJ and the Giants reportedly agreed on a 5-year $95 million max contract. ESPN (@espn) reported, $65 million of that is guaranteed money. The staggering amount of guaranteed money is enough to make anyone say “Damn!” I agree….but I’m also saying damn for a whole different reason.
As a Philadelphia Eagles fan it’s my duty to stay in tune with the “haps” in the NFC East. The Giants have always been an issue for me, even during seasons they were bad. The Giants have always had a very strange habit of coming out of nowhere and making some major noise in the division. A happy (and paid) OBJ can become a huge problem for the NFC East and probably the rest of the league too. Even with the “human trash can”, that is Eli Manning throwing him the ball, OBJ is a major threat. He can single-handedly make the Giants offense extremely dangerous. A guy with Becham’s skill set doesn’t necessarily need the ball in his hands to make a difference. Defenses need to double team OBJ on practically every play. This leaves one-on-one’s all over the field. Even Eli “The Trash Man” Manning will find it difficult to f*ck that up!
Make no mistake about it, the Giants are a team we need to keep our eyes on this season. OBJ has always put up BIG numbers, especially against us. Most of this happened when he was upset or unhappy about one thing or another. Imagine a healthy, focused, and most importantly, happy OBJ out there on Sundays. So, Congrats to OBJ and the New York Giants on the huge deal, but this could turn out to be a bigger deal for the rest of the NFC East….and not in a good way!
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Tyler Honeycutt, who was a standout player at UCLA and had a short stint in the NBA after being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, was found dead in his home of what police say was an apparent suicide, after he engaged the police in a brief shootout.
TMZ (@tmz) reports, officers were called to Honeycutt’s home in Sherman Oaks by a woman who said Honeycutt had been acting erratically. That woman turned out to be Honeycutt’s mother. Police went to Honeycutt’s home at around 5pm on Friday evening to check on the 27-year old. Upon arrival, Honeycutt reportedly opened fire on the police. Cops reportedly fired back, but did not hit Honeycutt with any of the shots fired. Honeycutt barricaded himself inside of the home for hours. SWAT finally entered the home early Saturday morning and found Honeycutt inside and unresponsive. The Fire Department declared Honeycutt dead at the scene.
LAPD reported that Honeycutt had not been hit by any police gunfire in the shootout with the police, but did say his injuries “were consistent with a self-inflicted wound.” No cops were hit in the brief shootout either. Police say they recovered a weapon at the scene.