Gridiron Girl


Arrowheads are Obsolete by Matthew Dangerfox

Kansas City isn’t known for its nightlife, but excitement can be found if you know where to look. However, not all of the action is begging to be explored. When LJ gets dissed, there’re more than words that come out of that mouth. Although the lady in question may have wanted another drink, she probably would have preferred it in a glass. If this running back gets removed, will the Chiefs be able to turn their tepees into TD’s?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3654308

Chiefs’ Johnson under investigation for latest incident involving a woman
ESPN.com news services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is being investigated for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face at a nightclub, the fourth time in five years he’s been accused of assaulting a woman.

Kansas City police are looking into a report of nonaggravated assault against Johnson for telling a woman that he was going to kill her boyfriend then spitting in her face at Club Blonde on Oct. 10.

The case has been assigned to a detective and will be investigated as resources allow, police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said. Johnson has not been charged.

Ashley Stewart, 24, told police she had left the nightclub in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza district but re-entered around 1:45 a.m. to find a friend. Johnson, who had tried to buy her a drink at the same club a week earlier, asked the friend to have Stewart come over, according to the police report.

Johnson got close to Stewart while swinging his arms belligerently, then said, “All I wanted [to] tell you is I’m going to kill your boyfriend,” the report said.

Johnson kept talking to Stewart and spit the drink in her face after she backed away, the report said.

Stewart told police that Johnson’s bodyguards then tackled her and that bouncers from the club escorted her outside. Johnson tried to spit on her three more times while walking to his car after the club manager asked him to leave, the report said.

Johnson already faces a Dec. 3 court date on a charge of simple assault for shoving the side of a woman’s face at a club in February. He faces a maximum jail term of six months and a $500 fine on the charge filed last month.

The Chiefs deactivated Johnson for Sunday’s game against Tennessee for violating unspecified team rules. A team spokesman said the benching was unrelated to the current investigation, and coach Herm Edwards said Monday that Johnson is expected to play this week against the New York Jets.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment, saying the league had nothing to add to a statement issued by Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson on Sunday.

Sources told ESPN’s Michael Smith that the pattern of behavior will lead to a possible suspension for Johnson under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“It’s just a matter of for how long,” one source told Smith.

A source close the situation told ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson that Johnson has not had any meetings with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or has been told of a pending punishment. The source doesn’t necessarily believe Johnson is in the clear, but he simply has not been told of any news yet.

The Chiefs acknowledged Johnson’s latest troubles in a statement Sunday.

“We are aware of the most recent incident involving Larry Johnson and we are very disappointed with his involvement,” team president Carl Peterson said. “We will cooperate fully with the Kansas City authorities who are investigating the matter. We have also made the NFL office in New York aware of the incident and officials there are conducting their own independent investigation.

“Based upon the NFL Player Conduct Policy, we will have no further comment.”

Johnson’s troubles are nothing new.

He was charged in 2003 with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic battery for waving a gun during an argument with a former girlfriend at his home. The charges were dropped when Johnson agreed to participate in a domestic violence diversion program.

Johnson also had charges against him dropped in 2005 after a woman who accused him of pushing her to the ground at a Kansas City bar failed to appear in three court hearings.

Johnson has rushed for 417 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, who lost to Tennessee to fall to 1-5. In August 2007, the club signed its 2003 first-round draft pick to a six-year, $45 million extension that included $19 million in guarantees.



Lions and Bears, Oh My by kennythunder

Lions are putting all their eggs in the basket. But come this winter, will it be early hibernation, or out with a roooooaaar! Looks like the Ford campsite might have some beastly visitors!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3609065

Lions’ new braintrust puts focus on winning the next game
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Beat the Bears.

That’s the stated goal of the two executives now in charge of running the Detroit Lions in the wake of Matt Millen’s dismissal Wednesday.

Executive vice president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew say they want to focus the franchise on winning its next game against Chicago.

Lewand will likely be back next year for a 15th season with the Lions to help with salary-cap issues and other business matters.

Mayhew wants to be retained, but one of Millen’s first hires insisted he doesn’t view the opportunity as an audition.

“I haven’t really thought of it like that,” he said. “The way I look at it, we have to beat the Bears. Right now, I’m the general manager. I’m focused on getting our guys ready and our coaches ready to beat the Bears.”

Detroit’s season seems to be over after getting routed in its first three games, but Lewand and Mayhew told beat writers Thursday a lot can be done to salvage the year and answer critics.

The Lions have a bye this week before hosting the Bears.

“The public perception will be positive when we beat the Chicago Bears in 10 days,” Lewand said.

Millen turned a lackluster franchise into a laughingstock during seven-plus years as team president. The Lions were an NFL-worst 31-84 since 2001 — one of the worst stretches in league history — and are 0-3 this year. This awful start drops them to an NFC-worst 10-25 under coach Rod Marinelli.

“The reality is, we have 13 games to play and we’re two games out of first place,” Mayhew said. “We can’t play the way we’ve played so far. But that’s not scary to me being two games out of first place with 13 games left.”

Millen added Mayhew, a former Washington Redskins teammate, to the front office soon after the Ford family lured him out of the broadcast booth to run the franchise.

“Matt and I have different viewpoints on a lot of things about football, but I’m a Millen guy,” Mayhew said. “I’ve known him for 18 years. We won a Super Bowl together.

“Yesterday was a different day for me. It was a sad day. It was a good day. … It was everything.”

Lewand has done a lot for Lions ownership for more than a decade, including guiding the construction of Ford Field, and might as well be known as “Teflon Tom” because it would be stunning if he’s not working for the team next year and beyond.

The University of Michigan graduate, however, is not focused on his future in the organization. He is trying to improve its culture right now.

“Our job that we started yesterday is to try to create the kind of organization that can work together toward a common goal,” Lewand said. “That’s really easy to say. It’s extremely difficult to do.”



Cleveland Slights for Sore Eyes by kennythunder

I don’t like to point fingers, but looks like the Browns tactics are a sight for sore eyes. Will Goodell turn a blind eye or will the Browns players have a 20/20 vision of their punishment?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3608488

Ravens accuse Browns of intentionally injuring McGahee
By James Walker
ESPN.com
(Archive)

The Baltimore Ravens accused certain Cleveland players of intentionally gouging the eyes of tailback Willis McGahee on two occasions in last Sunday’s 28-10 victory against the Browns.

The Ravens reported the incidents by sending tapes to the league office earlier this week.

“We talked to the league,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference Wednesday. “We asked them for their opinion on what happened, and we’re waiting to hear back on it.”

The Ravens are withholding the names they reported to the NFL. But in reviewing the tape, Cleveland middle linebacker Andra Davis is one of the players in question. Davis can be seen reaching under McGahee’s visor and poking him in the right eye during a tackle near the goal line midway through the third quarter.

It is unknown who the Ravens believe is the second culprit, but they believe there were two separate cases Sunday that were intentional.

McGahee rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the victory against the Browns. So far, he has had limited participation in practice this week because of his eye injury.

“That thing is swollen up badly,” Harbaugh said. “As long as he can see, he’ll play. But if he can’t see, he’s not going to be able to play. So we’ll have to try to get that swelling down.”

This weekend, Baltimore (2-0) has a big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) on Monday night in a battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The teams split their season series last year.