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Pay Up or I'll 'Kill All You All,' Relative Allegedly Told NFL Star

Tyrann Mathieu signed new deal, then came the extortion attempt

(Newser) - NFL star Tyrann Mathieu has been dealing with extortion attempts and death threats—allegedly from a member of his own family. The defensive back, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in March, received a phone call the next month from a distant relative in... More »

Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

NFL Draft Pick Shot Hours After Being Selected

Corey Ballentine was wounded and teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting

(Newser) - Corey Ballentine was thrilled to hear the New York Giants were drafting him. Only hours later, he and a college teammate were shot on the streets of Topeka, Kansas, WIBW reports. Ballentine, 23, is expected to recover, but Dwane Simmons, 23, died on the scene. Police say no arrests have... More »

Team Owner Is 'Deeply Disturbed' by Recording

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reacts to audio of Tyreek Hill

(Newser) - Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was "deeply disturbed" by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The most visible face of the Chiefs' ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters... More »

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by... More »

'Daddy Did It': NFL Player Suspended After Tape Airs

Kansas City Chief Tyreek Hill's fiancee allegedly accuses him of child abuse

(Newser) - A wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended after a local news station got its hands on a recording that suggests domestic violence involving a young child. The Kansas City Star reports on an 11-minute audio file sent to KCTV5 that appears to contain a conversation between... More »

This Year's No. 1 NFL Pick Makes History

Kyler Murray was a first-round MLB pick last year

(Newser) - Baseball's loss is the Arizona Cardinals' gain: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, making him the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts, USA Today reports. Murray was the No.... More »

Wife of NFL QB Had Lucky Break During Brain Surgery

It relates to an 'abnormal vein'

(Newser) - An "abnormal vein" threw a kink into Kelly Stafford's brain surgery Wednesday, stretching the procedure from an expected six hours to 12, but thanks to a neurosurgeon, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is now in recovery mode, per the Detroit Free Press . "Now I... More »

Ex-NFL Player Charged in Death of Girl 'Afraid to Go Home'

Former NFL player Cierre Wood held without bail in death of his girlfriend's daughter

(Newser) - A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, along with the girl's mother, Amy Taylor, 25, who has since posted $5,... More »

Robert Kraft Asks for Jury Trial

New England Patriots owner reaffirms not guilty plea, waives arraignment

(Newser) - Looks like Robert Kraft is going to trial. The New England Patriots owner has waived his right to an arraignment and requested a jury trial in his prostitution case, according to court documents filed Tuesday and obtained by CNN . Kraft, 77, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting... More »

'Gronk' Calls It Quits at 29

'It was an honor,' says Tom Brady

(Newser) - After nine seasons, three Super Bowl victories, and several broken records, Rob Gronkowski is calling time on his NFL career a few months before his 30th birthday. The New England Patriots tight end announced his retirement in an Instagram post Sunday, WCVB reports. "I will be retiring from the... More »

After FSU Victory, a Heartbreaking Phone Call

Forward Phil Cofer learned his father, a former NFL player, had died after long illness

(Newser) - March Madness joy followed by heartbreak: Florida State senior forward Phil Cofer watched his team take victory over Vermont on Thursday only to learn immediately after the game that his father had died. Media were enjoying an open locker room period following the 76-69 win in the first round of... More »

NFL Suspends Kareem Hunt Over Violence Off the Field

Star running back will miss 8 games after investigation into reported attacks

(Newser) - The NFL has suspended Kareem Hunt for half of next season after an investigation of off-field violence involving the Pro Bowl running back. Hunt said he won't appeal the decision, Cleveland.com reports, and the Browns tweeted his statement saying, "I know that my behavior hurt a lot... More »

Scared Mom Calls Cops on Kid Who Was Just Excited About Beckham

Boy was running up and down the street in Shaker Heights, Ohio, yelling

(Newser) - A kid who was very, very excited about the Cleveland Browns snagging Odell Beckham Jr. got the cops called Tuesday night in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Cleveland.com reports. A woman called 911 after arriving home with her children to report someone running up and down the street "yelling and... More »

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. Is Moving to Cleveland

He's part of a massive Giants trade, sources say

(Newser) - Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey—straight to Cleveland. The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told the AP... More »

Player Quits NFL, Makes His Point About Pot

Former Cowboy David Irving appears to smoke a joint while criticizing league's drug policy

(Newser) - "Don’t get me wrong, I love football," recent Dallas Cowboy David Irving said Thursday on Instagram Live. "However, I don’t love the NFL." With that, the 25-year-old announced his retirement from the league, the Star-Telegram reports. Irving, who was indefinitely suspended last week for... More »

Police: NFL Player's Playbook Is Stolen

But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers say that didn't happen

(Newser) - An NFL running back got a little surprise Saturday when he opened his SUV and saw his team-issued tablet was gone, WSB-TV reports. Petyon Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had left his vehicle parked outside a friend's place in Atlanta overnight. Police say playbook information was on the... More »

NFLer Turned Assistant Principal Killed in School Lot

TJ Cunningham's neighbor is charged with murder after alleged parking dispute

(Newser) - A former NFL player was fatally shot over the weekend in what authorities say was a dispute over a parking space. Anthony "TJ" Cunningham, who played part of the 1996 season with the Seattle Seahawks, was allegedly shot three times by a man who lived across the street from... More »

Kaepernick Settles With NFL Over Alleged Collusion

No team has hired quarterback since he took a knee

(Newser) - The debate isn’t over, but the legal case is. The NFL settled a collusion complaint Friday with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, CNBC reports. The complaint said the players were blackballed, which violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement, for kneeling when the national anthem was played before games... More »

Bob Costas: Here's Why I Was Pulled From NFL Coverage

He says NBC wasn't happy about concussion remarks

(Newser) - Sportscasting legend Bob Costas has parted ways with NBC after 40 years—and he's got a few things to get off his chest. Costas tells ESPN that he was pulled from the network's NFL coverage after repeatedly speaking out about the concussion crisis and the league's handling... More »

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