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Sheriff in Joe McKnight case gives bizarro press conference

12.07.16 at 9:59 am ET
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ProFootballTalkThe authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana initially did not arrest Ronald Gasser, the 54-year-old man who shot and killed former NFL running back Joe McKnight last week. Gasser has since been arrested for manslaughter.

Sheriff Newell Normand, whose press conference from Friday seemed unreasonably defensive and unnecessarily combative, took it to the next level on Tuesday, complaining about the criticism his department has absorbed by pounding on the podium on multiple occasions and quoting from profanity-laden messages directed to elected officials who supported law enforcement’s desire to take a deliberate approach to the investigation of the shooting.

MSNBC quickly cut away from the press conference once Normand began reading the comments, which contained a variety of words not appropriate for broadcast.

This case was all over the place already with Gasser being arrested, released and arrested again and now the sheriff in charge seems to have lost his mind.

Normand read some of the worst words in the English language out loud during a press conference about something else. They just re-arrested they man accused of murdering McKnight and instead of focusing solely on that Normand gets super defensive and starts going rogue and dropping the n-word seemingly out of nowhere.

Here is MSNBC cutting away from the live broadcast.

Yes, it’s a shame if Normand and other officials are getting threats and being criticized, but maybe get the manslaughter issue settled first and then take on the haters.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42; Phil Jackson speaks out on his ‘posse’ comment

12.07.16 at 7:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA:  San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Princeton at California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL first-round draft pick, was found dead in a park in Colorado on Monday night. He was 42.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Salaam’s mother, Khalada, said her son left a note and suspects he might have committed suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” she said.

Salaam was a star running back at the University of Colorado, ultimately winning the Heisman as a junior in 1994. That year he set the school record for touchdowns with 24.

The Bears selected him in the first round of the draft in 1995. Salaam only spent a few years in the league due to injuries but rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season.

Former USC quarterback and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted his condolences.

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‘Major League’ star Margaret Whitton dies at 67

12.06.16 at 10:13 am ET
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TMZ— Margaret Whitton — who played Indians owner Rachel Phelps in “Major League” — has died at age 67.

She died peacefully at her home in Florida after a brief battle with cancer, this according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitton was GREAT in the ‘Major League’ movies — playing an owner rooting against her team so she could relocate ’em from Cleveland to Miami.

Her most memorable scene … when she crashed the Indians locker room when Lou Brown was complaining about the “bitch” who runs the team … and responded, “You wanted to talk to the bitch?”

Awesome.

OK, yes, she was very good in those movies even though she rooted against her team but she also basically sexually assaulted a bunch of the players.

It was because she rooted against the team that they won to spite her so she was actually a great owner.

Except she didn’t care about the fans at all because she was going to abandon them and move the team to Miami, so maybe she was a terrible owner.

Either way Whitton was a great actress and will be missed.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bud Selig admits he ‘should have said more’ about steroids; Antonio Cromartie bashes Jets-Colts game on Twitter

12.06.16 at 7:42 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton vs. California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Villanova vs. La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bud Selig

Bud Selig

— Just after being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bud Selig is opening up about his handling of steroids in baseball as the commissioner.

Selig teaches a “Baseball in American Society” class at the University of Wisconsin and spoke with ESPN about his lecture on steroids and baseball last week during which his students began to grill him about how he dealt with the issue.

“They asked me, ‘When were you aware of it?'” Selig told ESPN’s Jayson Stark on Monday, “and, ‘Why didn’t you do more?’ ”

Added Selig: “I talked to a lot of baseball people. Over and over and over again. But you know, by 2000, I moved [to impose testing and suspensions] in the minor leagues, which I could do unilaterally. So that’s 15 years ago. So this idea that we didn’t do anything just isn’t accurate.”

“You know, I’ve thought about it a hundred times, because I’m pretty tough on myself,” Selig said. “And I honestly don’t know what else I could have done. That’s my answer.”

But Selig continued, saying he should have done more. When Stark suggested he could have spoken out more about the issue of steroids earlier, Selig admitted he could have done that.

“Maybe you’re right,” Selig said. “Maybe I should have said more.”

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Juror forgets to tell family she’s deliberating late, relatives file missing person’s report

12.05.16 at 9:35 am ET
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New York Daily News — A Texas juror forgot to tell her family she was deliberating into the evening, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.

The juror had been working late Thursday evening in the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco when family members became concerned, according to the Tribune-Herald.

“This was a very intense trial and deliberations obviously were very intense because they deliberated for seven hours, and I think they just got so absorbed in what they were doing,” Judge Ralph Strother told the newspaper.

“It is comforting to know that the jury was taking it seriously, but we don’t want them to take it so seriously that they forget their families.”

In more than two decades as a prosecutor and a judge, Strother said that this was the first time a missing person report was filed for someone on jury duty.

“We knew everything was OK, and I’m sure the family member was quite concerned, and I don’t blame them,” Strother told the paper. “But from our perspective, it kind of brought a bit of comic relief from a very intense trial.”

After her family filed the missing person report, two Waco officers went to the courthouse to check on her whereabouts. Jurors were still working at 11:45 p.m. when the officers interrupted their deliberations.

This is absolutely something my mom would do. If I don’t let her know when I get home after driving at night or in the rain she is ready to call the police and I am three weeks away from being 25 years old. When my brother was studying abroad and she didn’t hear from him for two hours she almost contacted the embassy. But it’s because she cares.

Even so, I understand how this juror must have felt and can picture her eye-roll when officers told her they were there because her family thought she was missing and actually filed a missing person’s report, which is the ultimate worried mom move.

But I bet you this tactic worked because this juror will always check-in with her family when she’s going to be late from now on.

It’s actually kind of sweet that she has a family who worries enough to go through the trouble of filing a missing person’s report when she’d only been gone seven hours. We should all be so lucky.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bud Selig voted into Baseball Hall of Fame; Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis giving Donald Trump a chance

12.05.16 at 7:52 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Boston at Houston, 8 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NHL: Florida at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NFL: Indianapolis at NY Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CSUN at St. John’s, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stetson at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bud Selig

Bud Selig

— Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with MLB executive and current Braves president John Schuerholz. The two will be inducted into the Hall in July 2017.

They were voted in by the Era Committee on the the “Today’s Game Era Ballot” spanning from 1988 to the present.

Former players are considered for induction along with non-players involved in the game.

Others being considered for induction but who missed the cut included Lou Piniella, Mark McGwire, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner.

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Thinking Out Loud: Bryant basketball blunder puts Bulldogs in spotlight

12.02.16 at 5:39 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Bonzie Colson.

— The old saying that “bad PR is better than no PR” is applicable in the case of Bryant basketball this week. Did you catch the end of the game at Brown? You should have by now, it was all over social media — even ESPN and Deadspin picked up on it.

— ICYMI, Bryant freshman Ikenna Ndugba thought his team was leading in the game’s frantic final seconds, when in actuality his team trailed by a point. Ndugba’s miscalculation and inadvertent celebration led to Brown’s big come-from-behind 91-90 win Monday night. Ouch.

— A teachable moment for coach Tim O’Shea? Sure. Keep your head in the game, son. Keep your head in the game. And, freshmen will make mistakes. Count on them. Hopefully, not too many game-ending-in-a-defeat mistakes, like this one.

— On the positive side for the Bulldogs, sophomore guard Nisre Zouzoua (say it fast five times) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for averaging 25 points per game over three games last week. So there is that. If you need an entertaining, phonetic challenge at all, just follow Bryant basketball for a while.

— URI had the chance to come up large at Valparaiso this week but came up short instead. It is true — and Rhody fans might not want to hear this — but good teams find a way to win road games. Tuesday night’s loss in Indiana was a missed opportunity. You know when the next shot is, right?

— E.C. Matthews is, indeed, struggling after missing the last year due to his knee injury. He’s not the same player he was, and that’s not surprising. Rhody fans had best hope I just jinxed the Friars for Saturday, and that Matthews has his come-to-Jesus breakout performance against PC.

— Jared Terrell is carrying the Rams right now. But he needs offensive help, and he’ll get effort from Hassan Martin in that regard. Kuran Iverson needs to stay out of foul trouble, and someone on the team needs to be able to hit a clutch shot. Win or lose Saturday, the Rams most likely will fall out of the AP Top 25 next week after a four-week run, the second-longest in program history.

— There’s plenty of time and opportunity left to be NCAA good — but it’s got to start somewhere, some time. Just sayin’.

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Keira Knightley’s cat-obsessed stalker is beyond creepy

12.02.16 at 3:29 pm ET
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The SunA stalker who made meowing noises through Keira Knightley’s letterbox left her terrified to go out, a court heard.

Mark Revill, 49, repeatedly visited the actress’s north London home, delivering letters and postcards featuring cats and a USB stick containing a song he wrote called “The Fuzzy Kitty Waltz.”

Revill, who recently changed his name to Mark McCattipus, sent her a note asking her if she had listened to the music, and also wrote two letters to her mother.

One picture of two cats she received was labelled, “That’s you on the right, the stupid looking one, and that’s me on the left.”

In an emotional impact statement read to the court, Keira said, “This man has caused a lot of ­distress and panic. I’m scared every time I go outside. When I return home I have to look behind me, I don’t know who might be in the shadows.”

“Who recently changed his name to Mark McCattipus.”

Holy moly, what a psycho.

Knightley said “every time I go outside” and “when I return home” meaning she actually leaves her house while this is going on, which is brave. I would not leave my house ever until I was sure this guy was locked away somewhere with no chance of coming within 100 miles of me.

HE MEOWED THROUGH HER MAILBOX. WHO DOES THAT?!

This article goes on to say Knightley and her husband and daughter are looking at houses in another part of London because of McCattipus.

If I heard that meowing in the mail slot in my front door, I would move that very day.

And I would be very, very scared to hear whatever the hell “The Fuzzy Kitty Waltz” is.

Jennifer Aniston admits to joining Mile High Club, possibly in threesome

12.02.16 at 10:00 am ET
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Us WeeklyJennifer Aniston revealed she’s a card-carrying member of the Mile High Club on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired on Wednesday, November 30.
During a game of “Never Have I Ever” with the host, the Friends star confessed to hooking up on an airplane — and then some.

Aniston, 48, hesitated briefly before lifting up her “I have” paddle when Ellen DeGeneres asked if she’d “joined the Mile High Club.”

“You with me on that one?” she asked the comedian, who admitted: “On that one, I’m with you.”
But it didn’t end there, as the pair hilariously took it a few steps further. “Never have I ever with the pilot?” asked DeGeneres.

“Oh, God,” Aniston replied, before holding up her “‘I have” paddle again — and keeping it up as the host continued, “And the co-pilot. And the flight attendant.”

Gives new meaning to “cockpit,” am I right?

This has never, ever appealed to me because planes are disgusting. And doing it with both the pilot and the co-pilot seems just a little dangerous. But maybe that’s the main reason they invented autopilot.

Of course, Jen has done OK for herself and it very well could have been a private jet, where this kind of thing is much easier, I’m guessing.

If this is your kind of thing, there are actually entire airlines just for people who want to have sex in the sky. I learn something new every day writing these posts.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former teammates mourn death of RB Joe McKnight, killed in road rage incident

12.02.16 at 7:59 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Sacramento at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Houston at Denver, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Alabama at Texas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Michigan at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (Fox)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday in New Orleans during a road rage incident.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said in a news conference McKnight was standing outside his car when he was fatally shot by Ronald Gasser.

“The only thing we know right now, everything else is conjecture, is that Mr. Gasser did in fact shoot Mr. McKnight,” Normand said, adding: “We will release additional details when we get through with the interviews.”

Normand said Gasser was in custody and was being questioned. A number of witnesses are also being questioned.

McKnight played three seasons for the Jets and one for the Chiefs. He played in the Canadian Football League this season.

He is the second ex-NFL player to die in New Orleans this year in a road rage incident. In April, former Saints player Will Smith was shot after an altercation with another driver.

McKnight’s former teams and teammates expressed their condolences on Twitter.

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