Houston Texans Lawsuit Expands Inquiry Into Deshaun Watson

One of the 24 women who sued Watson for sexual misconduct claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday that the N.F.L. team enabled their star quarterback’s alleged behavior.

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Roger Goodell Defends Commanders Investigation, but Not Snyder

The N.F.L.’s commissioner defended the league’s investigation into harassment claims against the Washington Commanders, but offered no support of the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, who did not appear.

#football, #goodell-roger, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #maloney-carolyn-b, #national-football-league, #nondisclosure-agreements, #sexual-harassment, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-commanders

Tony Siragusa, a Defensive Lineman Known as Goose, Dies at 55

Siragusa won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 season and worked as a broadcaster after his playing career.

#baltimore-ravens, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #fox-sports, #indianapolis-colts, #national-football-league, #siragusa-tony-1967-2022

Panel Finds Daniel Snyder Interfered With Sexual Harassment Investigation

In a memo, a Congressional panel said it found evidence that the Washington Commanders owner conducted a “shadow investigation” of accusers.

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What Will the Browns Do About Deshaun Watson?

New revelations about Watson, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with women he hired for massages, have drawn only silence from the Browns but have left some of the team’s fans in anguish.

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Deshaun Watson’s Massages Were Enabled by the Texans and a Spa Owner

Watson met at least 66 women for massages over a 17-month period, far more than previously known. He had help from the Houston Texans, including nondisclosure agreements, in making appointments.

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Las Vegas Raiders Franchise Riddled With Dysfunction and Executive Departures

Former employees described an N.F.L. franchise bedeviled by executive departures, poor financial management, unpaid electric bills and a raft of firings, payouts and N.D.A.s.

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For One Man, the N.F.L. Draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ Meant a Lot

Paul Salata made a point of celebrating the last player selected in the draft. His family carried on the tradition by honoring the 262nd pick on Saturday.

#content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #national-football-league, #salata-paul-1926, #san-francisco-49ers

How the Jets and Giants Won the First Round of the NFL Draft

The Jets scooped Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson II, three of their eight top targets in the N.F.L. draft, while the Giants bolstered both lines with Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal.

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What We Learned From Round 1 of the N.F.L. Draft

It was a big night for linemen, receivers, and the state of Georgia, but a very quiet one for quarterbacks. In surprising moves, A.J. Brown was traded to the Eagles and the Jets and Giants drafted prudently.

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NFL Draft Order and Picks: First Round Results and Tracker

The Jacksonville Jaguars took Travon Walker, a defensive end from Georgia, at No. 1 overall. Here’s a full list of the results as they happen.

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The Power of Humility

Tonight, America begins an annual festival celebrating hubris.

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When Draft Pundits Are Right, and N.F.L. Teams Wrong

An analysis shows that teams usually misfire when they ignore analysts and make a surprise pick early in the first round.

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Who’s No. 1 in the N.F.L. Draft? Depends on Who You Ask.

Mystery at the top of the N.F.L. draft makes predicting the rest of the first round anyone’s guess.

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How the N.F.L Learned to Like Las Vegas, Host of the Draft

After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.

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What to Know About the 2022 NFL Draft

Could the Jets trade down? Are any quarterbacks worth taking? Here’s what could happen in Las Vegas as the draft begins on Thursday.

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Daryle Lamonica, Hard-Throwing Quarterback, Is Dead at 80

Known as the Mad Bomber for his powerful arm, he led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl and was among pro football’s top passers in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

#american-football-league, #buffalo-bills, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #lamonica-daryle-1941-2022, #national-football-league, #oakland-raiders, #super-bowl

Washington Commanders Deny Financial Malfeasance in a Letter to FTC

The N.F.L. franchise sent 102 pages of documents rebutting claims made by a former employee that the team failed to properly report ticket revenue and withheld refunds from fans.

#accounting-and-accountants, #box-office-sales, #federal-trade-commission, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #national-football-league, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-commanders

Taxpayers Shoulder Costs for $1.4 Billion Stadium. Buffalo Bills Fans Cheer.

Critics have savaged the deal, which would use $850 million in state and local funds. But many in the city say keeping the Bills in Buffalo is good for civic pride.

#buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #fans-persons, #hochul-kathleen-c, #national-football-league, #politics-and-government, #seneca-indians, #stadiums-and-arenas

NFL Players Try a Different Training Camp: the Broadcast Booth

N.F.L. broadcasters netted massive contracts this off-season. A league-organized boot camp prepares the players who want to follow their path.

#burleson-nate, #fitzgerald-larry, #football, #national-football-league, #news-and-news-media, #sherman-richard-1988, #television, #vocational-training

Questions About Commanders’ Handling of Money Referred to F.T.C.

In a 20-page letter sent to the F.T.C., a congressional committee passed along allegations from a former employee who said the team withheld ticket revenue from fans and the league.

#accounting-and-accountants, #federal-trade-commission, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #national-football-league, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-commanders

N.F.L. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, 24, Dies After Being Hit by Truck

A Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State and backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haskins died on Saturday after being struck on a Florida highway.

#football, #football-college, #haskins-dwayne-1997, #national-football-league, #ohio-state-university, #pittsburgh-steelers, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Football Asks Me to Make Moral Compromises. I love It Anyway.

I’m not proud of myself, but nothing can keep me from this game.

#football, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-football-league, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Rayfield Wright, Cowboys’ Hall of Fame Lineman, Dies at 76

He was an All-Pro right tackle in the 1970s. But in retirement he was diagnosed with dementia, which he linked to repeated hits to the head.

#concussions, #dallas-cowboys, #deaths-obituaries, #dementia, #halls-of-fame, #national-football-league, #wright-rayfield

Two Black Coaches Join Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Against the NFL

Steve Wilks and Ray Horton added claims that the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans discriminated in their hiring practices, echoing Flores’s allegations that the league showed bias against Black coaches.

#arizona-cardinals, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #hiring-and-promotion, #horton-ray-1960, #mularkey-mike, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee-titans, #wilks-steve-1969

Attorneys General Threaten to Investigate N.F.L.’s Treatment of Female Employees

Six state attorneys general, led by New York’s Letitia James, have “grave concerns” about reports of a workplace culture within the N.F.L. that is “overtly hostile to women.”

#attorneys-general, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #goodell-roger, #james-letitia, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #snyder-daniel-m, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Herschel Walker, the Worst Candidate, Trump-Approved

Why would Trump urge the former football star to run for the Senate in Georgia? There are a few reasons, all of them part of a callous racial calculus.

#black-people, #elections-senate, #georgia, #midterm-elections-2022, #national-football-league, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-herschel

Retiring as Coach, Bruce Arians Joins the Buccaneers’ Front Office

Arians left a previous retirement to coach Tampa Bay in 2019 and won a title after the 2020 season. Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator and a former Jets head coach, will succeed him.

#arians-bruce, #coaches-and-managers, #football, #national-football-league, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

NFL to Change Postseason Overtime Rule After Bills’ Playoff Loss

Each team will get an overtime possession in playoff games.

#buffalo-bills, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league, #playoff-games

Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Looms Over N.F.L. Owners Meetings

At its annual meeting, the league announced plans to increase diverse hiring practices, as John Mara, the Giants’ co-owner, called Flores’s claims of discrimination “false.”

#belichick-bill, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #goodell-roger, #hiring-and-promotion, #mara-john-k, #national-football-league, #new-york-giants, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tomlin-mike

Introduced by the Browns, Deshaun Watson Denies Wrongdoing

Introduced by his new team, the Cleveland Browns, the former Houston Texans quarterback vowed to keep fighting the 22 civil lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

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A Texas Grand Jury Is Considering Another Charge Against Deshaun Watson

A grand jury in Houston recently declined to charge Watson with crimes related to accusations of sexual misconduct. A panel in a different county is now considering one last charge.

#brazoria-county-tex, #buzbee-tony-g, #cleveland-browns, #football, #hardin-rusty, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #massage, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #watson-deshaun-1995

‘We Are Sleepwalking to Climate Catastrophe’

Readers respond to a dire climate warning from the U.N. secretary general. Also: Factors in college success; a signing in the N.F.L.; Botox follies.

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For $230 Million, the Browns Get Deshaun Watson, and Questions

Cleveland guaranteed Deshaun Watson $230 million over five years. The cost to their reputation as he fights accusations of sexual misconduct will be harder to calculate.

#cleveland-browns, #football, #goodell-roger, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

John Clayton, Veteran N.F.L. Reporter Who Worked at ESPN, Dies at 67

Mr. Clayton, who was known as the Professor, combined substantive reporting and a crisp delivery during his on-air appearances.

#clayton-john, #deaths-obituaries, #espn, #football, #national-football-league, #news-and-news-media, #seattle-wash

Deshaun Watson Is Traded to Cleveland

The former quarterback of the Houston Texans missed last season as he faced a criminal investigation and lawsuits involving sexual misconduct. A grand jury last week declined to charge him.

#buzbee-tony-g, #cleveland-browns, #football, #hardin-rusty, #houston-texans, #massage, #national-football-league, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #trades-sports, #watson-deshaun-1995

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to Host ‘Monday Night Football’

Their multiyear deals will make the duo, who have called games together for 20 N.F.L. seasons, among the highest-paid sports broadcasters.

#aikman-troy, #buck-joe, #espn, #football, #fox-sports, #monday-night-football-tv-program, #national-football-league, #television

What Brady, Rodgers and Wilson’s Choices Could Mean for the NFL 2022 Season

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson all made decisions that shifted plans around the league and reinforced the value of having a franchise quarterback.

#brady-tom, #denver-broncos, #football, #free-agents-sports, #green-bay-packers, #gutekunst-brian, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #seattle-seahawks, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #trades-sports, #wilson-russell-1988

Tom Brady Says He Will Return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Next Season

The winning quarterback of seven Super Bowls, Brady said on social media that he would play again next season, after he had announced his retirement in February.

#brady-tom, #football, #national-football-league, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Johnny Grier, N.F.L.’s First Black Referee, Dies at 74

Mr. Grier joined the league as a field judge in 1981 and was elevated to referee, or crew chief, seven years later, becoming a mentor to other Black officials.

#black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #grier-johnny-1947-2022, #national-football-league, #officiating-sports

Deshaun Watson Invokes Fifth Amendment in Sexual Misconduct Depositions

Watson was deposed in two civil lawsuits at the same time a grand jury heard evidence to consider criminal charges against the Texans quarterback accused last year by two dozen women of lewd behavior.

#football, #goodell-roger, #hardin-rusty, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

Richard Sherman Pleads Guilty to Charges From Family Altercation

The N.F.L. cornerback, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of negligent driving and criminal trespass, was fined but avoided jail time after being credited for time served.

#domestic-violence, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #football, #national-football-league, #sherman-richard-1988, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Seahawks Plan to Trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos

Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning one, but had taken issue with being left out of personnel decisions.

#carroll-pete, #denver-broncos, #football, #lock-drew-1996, #national-football-league, #seattle-seahawks, #trades-sports, #wilson-russell-1988

Texas Grand Jury Set to Hear Deshaun Watson Case

Women who filed sexual misconduct complaints against Watson, the Houston Texans quarterback, last year have been subpoenaed to give testimony on Friday in Houston, their lawyer said.

#buzbee-tony-g, #football, #hardin-rusty, #harris-county-tex, #houston-tex, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

Aaron Rodgers Says He Has a Deal to Stay With the Packers

The quarterback, a four-time N.F.L. most valuable player, had been locked in a conflict with the team over his influence in personnel decisions.

#adams-davante-1992, #cancel-culture, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #green-bay-packers, #gutekunst-brian, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron

N.F.L. Hands Calvin Ridley a 1-Year Suspension for Betting on Games

The league said that Ridley, a receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, bet on games in November 2021 while he was on leave from the team to address a mental health issue.

#atlanta-falcons, #calvin-ridley, #football, #gambling, #goodell-roger, #national-football-league

Back Slaps and Buzz Drown Out Critics at N.F.L. Combine

Even as agents and players questioned the inequities and value of the event, N.F.L. decision makers and, for the first time, fans, gathered again in Indianapolis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #thibodeaux-kayvon

Black Former N.F.L. Players May Benefit from New Concussion Deal

A judge approved a race-neutral plan which will force the administrator of the N.F.L. concussions settlement to rescore dementia tests taken by several thousand Black former players who had submitted claims.

#black-people, #brody-anita-b, #davenport-najeh-1979, #dementia, #discrimination, #henry-kevin-1968, #national-football-league, #seeger-christopher, #tests-medical

N.F.L. Becomes First Major American Sports League to Drop Covid-19 Protocols

The league and the players’ union announced they would lift policies that had governed testing, masking and social distancing since March 2020.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn

Without the Wonderlic, the N.F.L. Finds Other Ways to Test Football I.Q.

The league will not administer the test, which has been criticized for racial bias, to draft prospects at this year’s scouting combine. Instead, teams are deploying other assessments of football acumen.

#discrimination, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #football-college, #intelligence-and-intelligence-tests-iq, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity