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    NFLPA tells agents to reject “inappropriate” language in Rams contracts
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 12, 2016, 11:12 AM EDT

    The Rams apparently are staying in St. Louis. In one very specific, self-serving way.

    Per a league source, contracts being offered to new players state that the laws of Missouri, not California, control the relationship. The NFL Players Association has in turn instructed all certified contract agents to reject that term as “inappropriate.”

    Other language in the contract makes the purpose of this strategy clear. The Rams hope to nudge any workers’ compensation claims away from California and into Missouri.

    From the contract: “The parties hereto acknowledge that this Player Contract has been negotiated and executed in Missouri; that should any dispute, claim or cause of action (collectively ‘dispute’) arise concerning rights or liabilities arising from the relationship between the Player and the Club, the parties hereto agree that the law governing such dispute shall be the law of the State of Missouri. Furthermore, the exclusive jurisdiction for resolving Workers’ Compensation related claims shall be the Division of Workers’ Compensation of Missouri, and the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act shall govern.”

    The NFLPA strongly disagrees. “We believe that any reference to the state of Missouri is inappropriate since the Rams have relocated to California as evidenced by the fact that they have changed their name on their website to the Los Angeles Rams, are prepared to hold off-season workouts and training camp in California, and will practice and play their home games in California in 2016,” the union says in the memo to all agents.

    It’s a gutsy move by the Rams, for a variety of reasons. Apart from trying to keep workers’ compensation claims out of a forum that universally is regarded as grossly pro-employee, the Rams hope to impose burdens on the administrative mechanisms of the state they have now abandoned.

    Here’s the bottom line. If you move to California, you accept everything that goes along with it. And if there’s something about it you don’t like, don’t move there.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ams-contracts/
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    Nike terminated Johnny Manziel deal some time after 2015 season
    Darren Rovell
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    The hits keep coming for Johnny Manziel, as the 23-year-old free-agent quarterback has lost his biggest marketing deal.

    Nike spokesman Brian Strong told ESPN that Manziel, who was signed by the shoe and apparel giant in March 2014 to a multiyear deal, is no longer an endorser of the brand.

    Sources said Nike terminated the deal some time after the NFL season ended.

    The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was dumped by his original contract agent Erik Burkhardt and his marketing agent Maverick Carter. His second contract agent, Drew Rosenhaus, left him on Tuesday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

    Now, Manziel has lost his biggest marketing deal with Nike.

    Losing Nike means that only one company, Panini, is actively marketing its relationship with Manziel. But Panini, which signed Manziel in his rookie year to an exclusive autograph deal, recently slashed prices on Manziel-signed Browns items.

    Brands that used him, Nissan and MusclePharm, are no longer promoting an association. Other deals that Manziel signed his rookie year, including with Snickers and McDonald's, were one-off commercial spots that concluded by the time Manziel went to rehab in early 2015.

    After signing Manziel, Nike didn't wait to cash in on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, even dressing him in a special outfit for his Pro Day and selling the gear on its website.

    Less than a month after he was drafted as the 22nd pick of the Browns in 2014, Nike began selling "Money Manziel" shirts for $30 each. Nike also reached agreement with Manziel to exclusively use "Johnny Football," his college nickname that he had filed to trademark in 2013. Manziel never did receive the formal registration to the mark.

    Up until the start of the 2015 season, more Nike Browns Manziel jerseys were sold than any other player.

    But Manziel started in only eight games over two seasons for the Browns. In 15 games played, he threw as many interceptions as he did touchdown passes (7).

    After his partying ways and troubles with the law, Manziel was waived on March 11.

    Manziel is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation in Dallas into whether he assaulted his former girlfriend. The NFL is investigating whether Manziel violated its personal conduct policy in that incident.

    Dallas prosecutors will present the Manziel case to a grand jury on Thursday, and an indictment could be announced as early as next Monday.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15...-endorser-nike
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    And Tim Tebow could barely get an interview.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkus View Post
    And Tim Tebow could barely get an interview.
    Tebow was also a first round pick, only a few spots lower than Manziel was a few years later. Tebow has deals with Nike, Jockey, etc. He's done fine for his talent level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    Tebow was also a first round pick, only a few spots lower than Manziel was a few years later. Tebow has deals with Nike, Jockey, etc. He's done fine for his talent level.
    Shush you.

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    NFL wins 'deflategate' appeal; Tom Brady's suspension reinstated
    Updated 12:13 PM ET, Mon April 25, 2016

    (CNN)A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the NFL in the "deflategate" case, reinstating New England Patriot Tom Brady's original suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/us/nfl...ion/index.html
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    NFLPA Brady statement
    The NFLPA is disappointed in the decision by the Second Circuit. We fought Roger Goodell's suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players' rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement.

    Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players' rights and for the integrity of the game
    via @daniel kaplan · @dkaplanSBJ
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    It's been reported that Jonny Manziel was indicted over the weekend on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from the alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend, and a formal announcement will be coming sometime today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    It's been reported that Jonny Manziel was indicted over the weekend on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from the alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend, and a formal announcement will be coming sometime today.
    His attorney seemed to indicate their defense will be he was helping her. Sounded like he was saying she was not fit to drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth (drunk?) and Johnny forced her in the car to get her home safely.

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    Manziel's Lawyer Accidentally Texts AP That He'll Seek Plea Deal, Doubts Manziel Will Stay Clean
    BySCHUYLER DIXONPublishedJUNE 24, 2016, 5:46 PM EDT
    DALLAS (AP) — An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press.

    Defense attorney Bob Hinton's text indicated Manziel's legal team was seeking a plea deal with prosecutors, but suggested that could be tricky.

    "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," the attorney wrote.

    Hinton also wrote that he had been emailed a "heads up" receipt "which purports to reflect" that Manziel made a purchase of $1,018.77 at a Gas Pipe store at 12:03 p.m. on Tuesday, less than a day after his crash. A manager at a Gas Pipe location not far from where Manziel's crash was reported declined to discuss whether he bought anything there. A sign in the store says ID is required for purchases above $200.

    "I don't know if the receipt is legitimate or not," Hinton responded when asked about it by the AP. "I just know that it doesn't say Johnny's name on it anywhere that I can see. It's just that somebody in that store, I guess, circulated that to the other store managers and employees saying, 'Guess who was here today and spent this amount of money.' That's all I know."

    The errant text was sent Wednesday after the AP sought comment via text about Monday night's crash. When asked about the text, Hinton said he had meant to send it another attorney on the case and was unaware the AP had received it instead. He insisted the contents were protected by attorney-client privilege and threatened to sue if certain details were published.

    The text shows that Manziel's attorneys are pushing for leniency, even as they grapple with indications he could still be struggling with substance abuse more than a year after his stay in a rehab center. The charges the former Cleveland Browns quarterback is facing come amid heightened scrutiny of legal cases involving professional athletes following domestic violence accusations against NFL players Ray Rice and Greg Hardy.

    The 23-year-old Manziel is accused of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. He faces a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

    As the case has played out, the 2012 Heisman winner at Texas A&M has been photographed partying from Hollywood to Las Vegas to New York in recent months, and his own family has expressed concern about his well-being after he was cut by the Browns this year after two underwhelming seasons.

    Hinton's text said the Gas Pipe receipt was sent to him by an attorney who is involved in a federal case accusing two people affiliated with the chain of making and selling synthetic marijuana. Manziel's spokeswoman, Denise Michaels, called the purchase "a rumor" in a statement to the AP.

    "We don't know for sure whether the receipt does or doesn't represent a purchase he made since there are always unfounded stories flying around, but we all make it a policy to keep each other up to date on them," she said.

    Hinton also wrote that he had met Wednesday morning with Jerry Varney, an administrative chief in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

    "He is very interested in working with us to arrive at some agreement" in the case, he wrote. A spokeswoman for the DA's office did not comment.

    Dallas police said Manziel reported that his car had been struck Monday night in a hit-and-run, but Hinton said in the text that there was "conflict as to whether Johnny reported it or not." Manziel was not seriously injured.

    It's unclear how close Manziel's domestic violence case is to being resolved. Similar cases usually result in deferred adjudication probation, meaning the charges are dismissed after one to two years, said David Finn, a Dallas attorney and former judge who is not associated with the Manziel case.

    Finn said drug-testing conditions depend on whether the defendant has shown a pattern of substance abuse. The defendant is normally required to enroll in anger management classes and a domestic violence program, an outcome similar to that of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant when he faced a misdemeanor charge in 2012 over an incident in which he allegedly struck his mother with a hat.

    Manziel's rise and fall has long been punctuated with headlines for his off-field partying. The Browns selected the player dubbed "Johnny Football" in 2014, but he struggled on the field and was dropped this year. Since the 2015 season ended, two agents have cut ties with Manziel after demanding a second trip to rehab. He also faces potential punishment from the NFL under tougher standards regarding domestic violence cases adopted in 2014 following the Rice case.

    The allegations stem from a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley alleged Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel, a confrontation that continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and that a valet disregarded her pleas for help.

    The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the driver's seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but that he then dragged her back inside and hit her.

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