Coronavirus Daze: The New NFL CBA Makes it Harder than Ever to Hold Out

The newly minted CBA includes rules changes designed to prevent holdouts from players under contract, making fines mandatory (previously, they could be waived at teams’ discretion), jacking up the daily cost of a fine up from the old $40,000 per day, and wiping away an accrued season allowing the player to hit free agency on time; in short, delaying the opportunity to hit free agency by a year. … More Coronavirus Daze: The New NFL CBA Makes it Harder than Ever to Hold Out

U.S. Women’s Soccer Deserves Proper Pay

The USWNT is dominant on the field.  Their record in the FIFA World Cup and in international play is beyond impressive, let alone the star power provided by members of the WNT such as Carli Llyod, Megan Rapinoe, and Julie Ertz.  However, for playing the same game, at the same level, and being more successful than their opposite-sex counterparts, they are paid far less than the men. … More U.S. Women’s Soccer Deserves Proper Pay

Former Penn State Football Player Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Hazing

According to Humphries, the older players together coordinated, took part in, directed, and facilitated “a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen members of the Penn State football team.”  These forms of hazing allegedly occurred at several different places on campus, and according to Humphries, several football coaches witnessed the hazing, but did not stop it or report it. … More Former Penn State Football Player Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Hazing

Cuba Gooding Jr’s Sexual Misconduct Cases in the #MeToo Era

The actor is one of the most recent in a slew of high-profile celebrities to be accused of various acts of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.  Cuba Gooding Jr. will eventually join the ranks of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, because like them, the cases and charges against him have expanded abundantly due to the presence of multiple accusers and the proffering of their testimonies at trial. … More Cuba Gooding Jr’s Sexual Misconduct Cases in the #MeToo Era

Grievances Galore: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Their Steady Practice of Violating the CBA

By fining players for rehabilitation appointments that were before mini-camp, the Jaguars were violating the CBA agreement. In the NFLPA’s release it was noted that one player was fined over 25 times which resulted in $700,000 in total fines for missing offseason appointments.  This aforementioned player was former Jaguar, Dante Fowler Jr.. … More Grievances Galore: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Their Steady Practice of Violating the CBA

Julian Edelman Arrested for Misdemeanor Vandalism: What are the Patriots and NFL Supposed to Do?

Julian Edelman, the 33-year-old star wide receiver on the New England Patriots, was arrested for misdemeanor vandalism barely one week after the Patriots were shockingly eliminated by the Tennessee Titans from the NFL playoffs.  The charge occurred in Beverly Hills, CA, after Edelman was found jumping onto the hood of someone’s Mercedes, causing damage to the vehicle.  It was reported that alcohol played a role in the incident. … More Julian Edelman Arrested for Misdemeanor Vandalism: What are the Patriots and NFL Supposed to Do?

Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown: An Encounter with Discrimination in Law Enforcement

Background On Friday, January 26th, around 2:00 in the morning, a policeman noticed an unoccupied vehicle illegally parked across two handicapped spaces in a Walgreens parking lot.  The officer, Grams, waited to see if the driver would exit the store.  Eventually the driver, Sterling Brown, a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, walked out of the … More Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown: An Encounter with Discrimination in Law Enforcement

When Practice Takes a Turn for the Worst

Jordan McNair (“McNair”), a 19-year-old freshman from Owings Mills, Maryland was a lineman for the Maryland Terrapins.  During a routine workout on May 29, 2018, McNair sprinted down the field for the full 110-yards.  What started out as just another workout in the hot sun, would be McNair’s last workout.  Showing signs of exhaustion during the sprint, McNair collapsed at the end of the drill.  His body seized and yet an hour goes by before 911 is called.  McNair is rushed to the hospital where they take his vitals.  His body temperature read 106 degrees.  Now in critical-but-stable condition, McNair is airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. McNair’s family is distraught and began a GoFundMe page to help cover the medical expenses.  McNair received a liver transplant and was expected to have a long hospital stay to recover fully.  Sadly, just two weeks after his first collapse, on June 19, McNair was pronounced dead at the hospital. … More When Practice Takes a Turn for the Worst

Short Season for Cubs Shortstop: Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games Over Domestic Violence Accusations

In October of 2018, Chicago Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, was placed on a 40-game suspension for violation of the Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy.  The suspension stems from allegations of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse made by Russell’s now ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.  Russell was placed on administrative leave after Reidy shared a blog post, detailing accounts of abuse and infidelity.  The suspension is retroactive to September 21, 2018 and will continue into the 2019 season. … More Short Season for Cubs Shortstop: Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games Over Domestic Violence Accusations

THREE STRIKES: Angel Hernandez and his Prima Facie Case of Discrimination

        On July 3, 2017, Angel Hernandez, a 24-year veteran umpire, filed suit against the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (“MLB”). The complaint alleges discrimination based on race and national origin pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and Ohio Revised Code § 4112.02. Hernandez alleges that from the time Joe Torre became the Chief Baseball Officer of the MLB, Hernandez has been discriminated against based on race and national origin. This has come to a head as a result of Torre’s refusal to assign Hernandez to World Series games and failure to appoint him to the position of crew chief. … More THREE STRIKES: Angel Hernandez and his Prima Facie Case of Discrimination