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3 Text Messages to Fan Cost Buffalo Bills $3M

He brought class-action suit after too many alerts

(Newser) - In a case most commentators are calling frivolous, finicky, or just plain silly, the Buffalo Bills have coughed up $3 million to settle a lawsuit from a fan who complained that the team sent him too many text messages. The fan brought the class-action suit after he signed up for... More »

NFL Player Proves He's Buddies With Teen

Texans' JJ Watt makes video for his pal

(Newser) - Houston Texans' star JJ Watt has a viral video on his hands for all the right reasons, reports NBC News . It seems Watt has stayed in touch with local teen Trey Brandt, after Trey waited after a game for an autograph more than two years ago. But Trey's friends... More »

Stop Expecting NFL Stars to Abandon Old Friends

Richard Sherman: Don't judge DeSean Jackson by company he keeps

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Eagles cut DeSean Jackson in the midst of reports that he has ties to gang members. Is he in a gang himself? Fellow NFL player Richard Sherman, who grew up with Jackson near Los Angeles, doesn't know one way or another, but he's got a little... More »

Dolphins' Richie Incognito Enters Psych Clinic

He admits he smashed his own car with baseball bat, calls it 'art'

(Newser) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to an Arizona psychiatric clinic, in the wake of an incident in which he smashed his own car with a baseball bat. Sources differ on the circumstances; TMZ 's sources say Incognito didn't go to the facility willingly, and that police filled... More »

Rape Charges Piling Up for Ex-NFLer Darren Sharper

Sharper turns himself in on New Orleans arrest warrant

(Newser) - Already out on bail for charges that he raped and drugged two LA women, Darren Sharper turned himself in to police last night on an arrest warrant alleging he raped two more women in New Orleans on Sept. 23. If you're keeping count, that now makes eight rape allegations... More »

Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man'

(Newser) - The NFL might seem to have other , seemingly more pressing problems , but a Republican lobbyist has decided to first tackle gay men in the league. Jack Burkman's proposed bill, which he says was inspired by openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam , would ban gay players from the NFL, the... More »

NFL Ponders New 'N-Word' Penalty

Owners will vote on how to penalize players for racial slurs

(Newser) - Trash talking on an NFL field is one thing, but the N-word? No way, says John Wooten, head of a group that promotes minority hiring in pro football. He said he expects owners to approve a new rule punishing N-word users with a 15-yard penalty on first use and ejection... More »

Dolphins Fire Coach Accused in Sex Doll Incident

Two fired in wake of Incognito report

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill yesterday, less than a week after the two were called out in the NFL's damning report on bullying in the team's locker room. Turner not only let Richie Incognito and two other... More »

NFL's Ray Rice Knocked Fiancee Out Cold: Cops

Both arrested for simple assault after fight at Atlantic City casino

(Newser) - More controversy for the NFL: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice got into a fight with fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino early Saturday and knocked her out cold, ESPN reports by way of a court summons. A video posted to TMZ yesterday shows Rice dragging an apparently... More »

To Fix NFL Culture, Sponsors Must Take Action

They're 'tacitly condoning' shocking behavior: Juliet Macur

(Newser) - Thanks to an NFL report, we've learned all about the extent of bullying in the locker room—and something has to be done about it. For real change, writes Juliet Macur in the New York Times , sponsors have to lead the way. "Companies like Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, and Visa... More »

NFL Report: Yes, Lineman Harassed His Teammate

It faults Richie Incognito and two others, but says they didn't intend 'lasting injury'

(Newser) - A long-awaited report on allegations of bullying in the NFL is in, and the main headline-grabbing point is that Richie Incognito (and others) did indeed harass Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin (and others), reports the Miami Herald . But the report by attorney Ted Wells also gets a little squishy on... More »

Another NFL Cheerleader Suit: Bengals Pay Peanuts

Alexa Brenneman says she made $2.85 per hour during the 2013 season

(Newser) - Another cheerleader is suing an NFL franchise for paying her what amounts to peanuts. Alexa Brenneman of the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals squad says she earned just $2.85 an hour during the 2013 season, her first. Her suit, filed Tuesday, notes that's nowhere close to Ohio's $7.... More »

Stewart: If Only Michael Sam Had Just Killed Dogs

'Daily Show' host points out some NFL hypocrisy

(Newser) - Michael Sam could be the first gay football player in the NFL —assuming he actually gets drafted. Now that the University of Missouri lineman has come out, Sports Illustrated talked to personnel directors in the NFL who confirmed that some team managers just don't want to deal with... More »

Lawmakers to NFL: Change Redskins' Name, or Else

League faces threat to tax-exempt status

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins' name is facing a new attack, this time from two members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, who heads the Indian Affairs Committee, tells the New York Times that if the NFL doesn't take action, legislators will "definitely" review the league's tax-exempt status. "... More »

NFL Prospect: I'm Gay

Michael Sam set to become league's first openly gay player

(Newser) - Is the NFL ready for its first openly gay player? All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to make history after announcing that he is an "openly, proud gay man." Sam, whose coaches and teammates at the University of Missouri were already aware of his sexual orientation, is... More »

Bunny, Manatees, Porcupine Predict Super Bowl Winner

But the animals can't agree

(Newser) - One way or another, a horse or a bird is going home with the Lombardi Trophy for Super Bowl XLVIII. The big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is just around the corner, and it's the first Super Bowl to be played on Groundhog Day, so what... More »

Hey Seattleites, You Need More 'Swagger,' Trash-Talk

Essayist thinks city is too soft; NFL fines Richard Sherman

(Newser) - The NFL today fined Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman $7,875 for taunting, though it's apparently not because of his volatile post-game interview . Instead, it seems to be for the choking gesture he made toward the 49ers QB at the end of the game, reports BuzzFeed . But as for... More »

'Raiderette' Sues: I Make $5 an Hour

'Lacy T.' say team pays $1,250 per season

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders pay their cheerleaders what amounts to less than $5 an hour, according to a new lawsuit from one of the team's "Raiderettes." The woman, identified only as "Lacy T," says the team pays $1,250 per season, paid in a lump sum... More »

Richard Sherman: 'Thug' Just an Accepted Version of N-Word

Seattle Seahawks cornerback responds to interview controversy

(Newser) - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman found himself the center of a storm of controversy after he gave a loud, emotional post-game interview/rant moments after his team beat the 49ers to make it to the Super Bowl. Many critics responded by calling Sherman a "thug" (the term was used an... More »

Seahawks Beat 49ers, Are Super Bowl-Bound

They'll face Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII after a 23-17 win

(Newser) - "Every ounce of your energy, every moment spent watching film has been worth it, because we made it." Indeed. So said Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, whose game-saving deflection in the end zone with 22 seconds left was caught by teammate Malcolm Smith to clinch the 23-17... More »

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