Reuben Foster cut by the 49ers following domestic violence arrest

NFL linebacker, Reuben Foster, has been cut by the San Francisco 49ers following what is another sad and unfortunate case of domestic violence. Foster was arrested in Tampa Florida while at the team hotel that the 49ers were staying at for their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa police released a statement stating that following a verbal altercation with a Elisa Ennis, Foster “slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face.” Foster was booked in jail and is being held without bail.

49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, handled the situation well, while he isn’t dead to him, but also expressed his disappointment in his former player.

To be blessed with so much athletic talent and so little brains is a terrible thing. Imagine being so good at any sport that you’re able to make it to the professional level, making millions of dollars playing a sport and doing what you love for a living. Now imagine messing all of that up because you decided you wanted to hit your wife or girlfriend. Not to stereotype, but men are supposed to take care of and protect women, especially those close to us, whether it be mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends or friends. Obviously the issue of domestic violence exists outside of the NFL, and is something that occurs everyday with people who aren’t professional athletes, but when you’re famous, you’re under a spotlight. As a professional athlete, you have an entire team, organization and fanbase that is meant to be represented in the best way possible, which can’t be done by getting in trouble on or off the field. More importantly, these athletes are role models for children. Kids watch their favorite team and players all the time wanting to be like them when they grow up. Hitting women sets a terrible example for the youth who idolize these men and look at them like superheroes. Foster is the latest to make such a stupid decision and waste his talent.

Foster has had issues off the field since he was in college, where he tested positive for weed while he was playing at Alabama. He then had his first domestic violence incident, a time in which his same girlfriend, Ennis, testified in court claiming that Foster never hit her and that she made false accusations. Foster received no punishment for this.

One thing that’s for sure is that the 49ers organization made the right move cutting Foster. Someone who is willing to hit his girlfriend has no place in the NFL and no place being a free man. I hope Foster gets time to think about what he did while sitting in a prison cell.

TCU football star, Turpin, kicked off the team

It almost seems like a college football season isn’t complete without at least one scandal, and there have been multiple so far in this 2018 season. The newest college football scandal comes out of Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University.

Kavontae Turpin, a senior star wide receiver at TCU has been kicked off the team following an arrest on Sunday for assaulting his girlfriend, or as the police document puts it “assault of a family member with bodily injury.” Turpin allegedly dragged his girlfriend, Raiesha Atwater, across a parking lot before slamming her into the ground.

TCU kicking Turpin off the team is the right thing to do. Men who assault their girlfriends or wives are the scum of the earth and Turpin deserves to be put in jail because he damn sure isn’t playing football anymore.

However, even though TCU kicked Turpin off the team, what makes them look bad is the fact that Turpin had been arrested back in March for the same reason, assaulting his girlfriend, Atwater.

TCU claims the football staff knew that Turpin had got in some trouble but that they didn’t know that it was a battery charge. When this happened in March, it didn’t garner any media attention, which is why Turpin remained on the team, but the recent charge against him caused old incidents to resurface.

Who’s to say if TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the rest of the coaching staff actually knew about Turpin abusing his girlfriend back in March. They could be telling the truth but I think it’s a classic case of a star player getting special treatment because of how he can perform on the football field.

Turpin has been one of TCU’s top receiving targets for the past four years and through seven games this season, he’s second on the team in yards from scrimmage (442) and touchdowns (3). I think Coach Patterson knows his football team would be worse without Turpin, so he kept quiet about his assault in order to keep him on the team, a move that if correct, makes Patterson look awful.

So TCU will finish the year without its star player, and that star just fizzled out.

LSU Basketball Player, Wayde Sims, Killed in Shooting

Wayde Sims, a member of the LSU basketball team died in a shooting on Friday morning in Baton Rouge, La.

Video evidence shows men fighting in the street outside of a Subway restaurant near the campus of Southern University, a gunshot is heard and the people fighting flee the scene, with the exception of Sims, who fell to the ground following the shot. Sims was reportedly transported to the closest hospital where he later died from the gunshot wound.

Sims was a 20 year old junior at the university, as well as a small forward on the basketball team.

“We are all devastated. We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken,” said head coach of the team, Will Wade. Sims, who is a native of Baton Rouge, averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds for the team last season.

Friends and family of Sims used social media as a platform to share grievance and sorrow for their loss.

Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaquille O’Neal to undergo heart surgery and miss freshman season at UCLA

Shareef O’Neal will sit out for the 2018-2019 NCAA basketball season because of an emergency heart surgery that has to be performed after recently finding out that he had a heart problem.

O’Neal, who is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, better know as “Shaq,” is a freshman at UCLA this year and was one of five top 100 best high school basketball players in the country that committed to play at UCLA. The university is in full support of O’Neal and his need to sit out for what would have been his first season as a college player.

“Freshman Shareef O’Neal will be sidelined for the 2018-19 season (medical). He will remain enrolled in class and on the men’s basketball team during this redshirt year. The UCLA men’s basketball program completely supports Shareef and his family as he gets this issue resolved.”

O’Neal seems to be staying positive about the situation and is looking forward to going to classes and being a normal student for the time being.

“Thank God the UCLA medical staff caught it early,” O’Neal said. “During rehab, I’ll be attending my classes and being a normal student. I’ll be back in no time.”

O’Neal averaged 8.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game in his high school career. He’ll look to add length and strength to the UCLA team. He has good size and the athletic ability to keep UCLA a powerhouse in the world of college basketball and help the team to reach the NCAA tournament and of course complete the ultimate goal of being national champions.

Ohio State under fire for “silence” tweet

Arguably the biggest game of this weekend of college football is the Big 10 matchup between Ohio State and Penn State. The teams are two of the best in the country, with Ohio State being ranked number four and Penn State ranked number nine in the country respectively.

Ohio State football’s twitter account posted a tweet showing a picture of a player in full pads holding one finger up to his facemask, as if to do the “shhh” sign. The picture had the word “silence” on it and the tweet read “silence the white noise,” a reference to Penn State’s fans being dressed in all white for the schools annual “white out” game.

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The tweet has received criticism since both programs have had history of keeping quiet about scandals involving the football team. First in 2011, the Penn State scandal in which head coach Joe Paterno was figured out to have known about his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, raping young boys over a 15 year period. And more recently, Ohio State head coach, Urban Meyer, was staying silent about his assistant coach, Zack Smith, being a domestic abuser to his wife.

The tweet, which was clearly in poor taste, has since been deleted.

“As we have done in the past and in preparation for Saturday’s game, we issued a message to our fans via the football social media outlets,” the Ohio State athletic department said on Twitter. “The message has been interpreted in ways we absolutely did not intend, and we have removed it from our channels.”

Clemson QB Bryant to Transfer After Losing Starting Job to Freshman

If you’re the Clemson Tigers, you’ve got to be happy with how your football team has performed over the last few years. After making the College Football Playoff for the past three years as well as a National Championship over perennial powerhouse Alabama in 2016, the Tigers are on the same track this season, currently undefeated and ranked third in the Associated Press national college football rankings. You have to be happy as a fan or member of that team, unless your name is Kelly Bryant.

Bryant, the senior former starting quarterback for the 4-0 Tigers, has decided to transfer from Clemson after coach Dabo Swinney named freshman phenom, Trevor Lawrence, the starter moving forward.

“I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more,’” Bryant told The Greenville News. “I’ve never been a distraction, I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of like a slap in the face.”

Bryant is 16-2 as a starter in his time at Clemson and has shared time with Lawrence through four games this season. In those four games, Bryant has completed 66% of his passes for 456 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. While Lawrence has completed 63.9% of passes for 600 yards with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

 

NFL players and fans upset about new roughing the passer rules

In the offseason, the NFL added a new rule to roughing the passer in which a player landing on a quarterback with all or most of his body weight after a tackle will warrant a penalty. This rule is in place in order to protect the quarterback, but defensive players have been frustrated with the rule, frustration that is justified because it is almost impossible to run toward the quarterback and tackle him without landing on top of him. The new rule has caused players to be more cautious when rushing the quarterback, not wanting to get penalized. However, this caution from defensive players gives the quarterback less pressure and more of an advantage.

Most recently, William Hayes, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, tore his ACL in an attempt to not land on Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the matchup between the two teams on Sunday. Hayes was able to get to Carr during Sunday’s game and successfully sacked him, but while doing so, he tried using his leg to keep himself from falling too hard on the quarterback, which resulted in Hayes’ foot getting caught in the turf and giving him a torn ACL. Had Hayes been able to sack Carr how defensive players normally would before this rule was set in place, he most likely would not have been injured.

“Can they make a rule change now for this? Should be a penalty on QB and a fine because defender is trying to avoid putting weight on him and tears his AClL!! This just proves how dumb the rule is and how little NFL cares for position players….,” Joe Schobert, Cleveland Browns linebacker said on Twitter.

Many NFL players have expressed their dislike of the rule, and fans of the game are not fans of it as well, claiming that it’s ruining the game of football and that it’s becoming soft.

Green Bay Packers linebacker, Clay Matthews, is particularly unfond of the rule as he has been flagged for roughing the passer in all three games this season.

“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction a lot of people don’t like,” said Matthews after losing to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. “I think they’re getting soft.”

The NFL is standing its ground on the rule and at this point in time are not looking to make changes to it.