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  • After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue

    04/02/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 129 replies
    Kentucky.com/Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 4-2-2014 | Sam Youngman
    April 2, 2014 After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue BY SAM YOUNGMAN Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in therace to be the GOP's nominee in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin believes the legality of cockfighting should be decided by states and not the federal government, his spokeswoman said Wednesday following a news report that Bevin attended a pro-cockfighting rally over the weekend."Matt doesn't believe this is a federal issue, and the state government can handle it," said Rachel Semmel, Bevin's spokeswoman.The News Journal in Corbin...
  • How Tony Gonzalez Inadvertently Saved A Photographer's Life By Crashing Into Him

    12/22/2013 4:47:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    ThePostGame ^ | Thursday, December 19, 2013
    Monday night will be an emotional one for the San Francisco 49ers and their fans, as the team's matchup with the Atlanta Falcons will be the last regular-season game at Candlestick Park. For Tony Gonzalez, who will be on hand with the visiting Atlanta Falcons, it will also mark his final visit to the site where he experienced what he calls the "strangest thing that ever happened to him." On a conference call with Bay Area reporters, Gonzalez recalled how during a game between his then-team, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 49ers at Candlestick Park he was pushed out...
  • Brian Banks Fails to Make Falcons Roster (Spent 5 Years in Prison for False Rape)

    09/02/2013 1:12:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sunday, Sep 1, 2013
    Banks still might have a future in Atlanta, media sources reportThe Atlanta Falcons have waived Brian Banks, a Los Angeles linebacker who was imprisoned for five years after being convicted of a rape that never happened. Banks, 28, spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. The woman who made the charge when Banks was a 16-year-old football standout later recanted her accusation. The conviction was overturned by a California court last year.
  • Falcons give Brian Banks a chance (spent 5 years in prison on false rape charge)

    04/04/2013 8:05:31 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    profootballtalk ^ | 4-2013 | Florio
    By now, Brian Banks is used to waiting. He sat in prison for five years, punished for a crime he didn’t commit. Freed last May after the victim admitted she had falsely accused him, the former USC recruit has been trying patiently but persistently to get a shot at the NFL. Finally, he’s getting one. Jay Glazer of FOX, who has worked extensively with Banks to get him into NFL shape, reports that the Atlanta Falcons have signed Banks to a contract. Banks, a linebacker, received tryouts last year from the Seahawks, Chargers, and Chiefs. Eventually, he joined the UFL...
  • Former NFL star kills himself after lifetime of depression 'brought on by concussion during career'

    04/24/2012 7:34:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Former football star Ray Easterling has become the latest sportsman to kill himself after suffering from depression believed to have been linked to head injuries during his career. The 62-year-old, who police say shot himself at his home in Richmond, Virginia, played for the Atlanta Falcons during the 1970s and later sued the NFL over its handling of concussions. He began showing signs of brain damage 20 years ago with bouts of depression and insomnia.
  • Tests Confirm Thousand Oaks [California] High School Quarterback Died From Heroin Overdose

    12/23/2011 4:50:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBS) ^ | December 23, 2011 2:27 PM
    THOUSAND OAKS (CBS) — A toxicology report found that the 18-year-old son of a former NFL quarterback died from a heroin overdose, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said. Thousand Oaks High School backup quarterback Griffen Kramer was found dead in his Agoura Hills home on Oct. 30. Friends told investigators that Kramer began foaming at the mouth while doing heroin with them. Authorities say one of his friends took him home and hoped he would sleep it off. Police have arrested five people in connection with Kramer’s death. Griffen Kramer’s father, Erik, played in the NFL for 12 years.
  • Unable to make trade, Falcons cut Vick

    06/12/2009 7:31:29 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 10 replies · 611+ views
    espn ^ | 6/12/09 | Pat Yasinskas
    Quarterback Michael Vick's time with the Atlanta Falcons is officially over. Vick, who is serving the remainder of his prison sentence on dogfighting charges under house arrest in Virginia, has been released. "We feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. "Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts making positive changes in his life and we wish him well in that regard."
  • Records Show How Vick Burned Through Fortune

    12/08/2008 1:54:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies · 2,114+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/6/08 | Alan Judd
    The day he went to jail, Michael Vick bought a $99,000 Mercedes. He cashed four checks that totaled $24,900. He gave $28,000 to the mother of his oldest child. He paid a public relations firm $23,000 and gave a friend $16,000. Altogether on Nov. 19, 2007, Vick spent $201,840. But for the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, the day was most remarkable for how it ended: behind bars, beginning what would be a nearly two-year sentence in a notorious dogfighting case. The day’s spending, in fact, was but a small part of the $18.2 million that flew out of Vick’s hands...
  • Five (Atlanta) Falcons fined for uniform violations over Vick-related support

    12/18/2007 6:26:42 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 65 replies · 417+ views
    ESPN's Web Site ^ | 12/18/07 | Len Pasquerelli
    Five Atlanta Falcons players have been fined a total of $47,500 by the NFL for uniform violations that stemmed from demonstrations of their support for banished quarterback Michael Vick during the team's loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10. Several hours before the game, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in an illegal dogfighting ring that was centered on property he owned in Virginia. Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston, wide receiver Roddy White and tight end Alge Crumpler each were fined $10,000. Wide receiver Joe Horn was fined $7,500. It is not...
  • Mora optimistic Vick will play vs. Bears

    12/13/2005 1:27:49 PM PST · by mainepatsfan · 9 replies · 212+ views
    Mora optimistic Vick will play vs. Bears Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora remained optimistic Tuesday that the bruised ribs quarterback Michael Vick suffered Monday night will not keep him out of Sunday's game at Chicago. Michael Vick Quarterback Atlanta Falcons Profile 2005 SEASON STATISTICS Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat 305 170 1880 13 10 76.6 Mora said Vick should play against the Bears, even if he is held out of most of this week's practice schedule. "Mike is typically a fast healer," Mora said Tuesday. "At this point in the season, he's basically...
  • Dan Reeves Fired by Falcons

    12/10/2003 10:10:40 AM PST · by flying Elvis · 22 replies · 169+ views
    Rome News Tribune ^ | 12-10-03 | na
    Stoops, Saban named as possible candidates FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Reeves was fired abruptly by the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday with three games left in a disappointing season. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as head coach for the rest of the season. Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Reeves — the sixth-winningest coach in NFL history — that he would be fired at the end of the season, but asked him to coach the final three games. Reeves asked to be let go immediately. ``When Arthur told me he had made the decision about the end of...
  • Atlanta Falcons fire Dan Reeves

    12/10/2003 6:10:37 AM PST · by mhking · 28 replies · 282+ views
    WXIA-TV/DT Atlanta ^ | 12.10.03 | Sean Rowe
    The Atlanta Falcons are releasing head coach Dan Reeves from his contract, Falcons sources announced Wednesday. The Falcons will formally announce their decision at a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the team's training camp at Flowery Branch. Wade Phillips has been named interim head coach for the remaining three games of the season. Falcons owner and CEO Arthur M. Blank made the following statement in a press release posted at the Falcons’ Web site: “Yesterday, I advised Dan that we’ve decided to bring in a new head coach beginning in the 2004 season,” Blank said. “Dan asked to be released...
  • Rappers Sing Vulgar Lyrics at Half-Time of Atlanta Falcons Football Game

    11/04/2003 9:19:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies · 910+ views
    ESPN.com: NFL Monday, November 3, 2003 Updated: November 4, 3:45 AM ET Official: Some things 'shouldn't have happened' Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As if they didn't have enough problems, the Atlanta Falcons were scrambling to defend a halftime show featuring three rap groups. Bonecrusher, Youngbloodz and Jermaine Dupri performed Sunday during a 23-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Falcons' seventh straight loss. Bonecrusher, a hefty, Atlanta-based artist, sang the hip-hop hit "Never Scared," in which he muses about shooting someone in the head. According to profanity-laced lyrics obtained from an Internet Web site, the song goes, "Let...
  • Falcons Player Arrested for Drugs (also stolen vehicle)

    10/12/2003 5:09:25 AM PDT · by mhking · 5 replies · 167+ views
    WXIA-TV/DT Atlanta ^ | 10.12.03 | Sam Crenshaw
    Atlanta Falcons cornerback Juran Bolden was arrested Saturday evening at Lenox Mall in Buckhead, Atlanta Police say. Bolden, 29, is charged with two counts of felony drug possession. He also is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen tag. "He is charged with a stolen tag, which came off another vehicle that was reported stolen--the tag," Sgt. Scott Kreher said. "And then we have the theft by receiving stolen auto, which is the actual vehicle itself was reported stolen out of DeKalb County in August." Police say Bolden had in his possession less than an ounce of marijuana...