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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Richard Sherman cancels weekly press conference, calls it a ‘privilege'; Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suspended for violating NFL drug policy

12.29.16 at 8:09 am ET

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— Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used his weekly press conference to take aim at the media for the second week in a row, but this time he did so by canceling the presser altogether.

On Wednesday Sherman called off his weekly media event, telling reporters at his locker they take him and his media availability for granted.

“I’m just going to make sure people — it’s a privilege to have me up there,” Sherman said. “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

This comes just one week after Sherman threatened to ruin Seattle radio host Jim Moore’s career after Moore asked Sherman about his criticism of the coaching staff’s play-calling decisions.

This was the first time this season Sherman canceled his weekly press conference.

— The NFL has suspended Buccaneers running back Doug Martin for four games without pay for violating the league’s drug policy.

The Buccaneers deactivated Martin before Saturday’s loss to the Saints because of this suspension but the reason was unknown at the time.

Martin issued a statement on Wednesday in reaction to the suspension that suggests he is entering rehab:

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me — including Coach [Dirk] Koetter — I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.”

The suspension will start this week with the Buccaneers’ season finale against the Panthers and will carry into the first three games of next season.

— Prosecutors in Aaron Hernandez’s latest murder trial say some of his tattoos are evidence he was involved in the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

The prosecutors claim the tattoos depict the same type of gun used in the murders, and Hernandez allegedly got another tattoo at the same time as the handgun tattoos that reads “God Forgives.”

These tattoos are “in fact an admission by Mr. Hernandez,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan reportedly said.

In a filing on Tuesday, Hernandez’s lawyers argued against this claim.

“The displays and mention of tattoos on the Defendant’s arm may easily cause the jury to base their decision on bodily artwork unrelated to propositions in the charged crime of this case, in addition to providing a misleading distraction from the elements of the case,” they wrote. “The tattoos generally relate to a non-specific revolver and shell casing, and were acquired along with other tattoos across other body areas.”

Hernandez’s other tattoos were brought up as potential evidence in his 2014 murder trial for the killing of Odin Lloyd.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They have a good football team. They’re strong in all three areas. They’re well-balanced. They can run. They can throw. This is as explosive an offense as we’ve seen all year, which they had 460 yards against us so we saw quite a bit of it. But they can run it, they can throw it, good on defense, good secondary, turn the ball over, good on third down.” —Bill Belichick, on how impressed he is with the Dolphins, who face the Patriots on Sunday

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