Around The NFL: Sanchez Benched, Cowboy Barred And Belcher’s Foreboding Text
By Danny Cox
There are many things in this world that don’t make a whole lot of sense to the lot of us, and that includes the actions of some of those in the NFL. After all, players and coaches are still human and do things that leave so many of us scratching our heads. There are also some actions done by human beings that leave us wondering what kind of evil can lurk in the minds of men.
Late Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher texted that he “would shoot” his child’s mother
Jovan Belcher, the late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, allegedly sent text messages to his secret girlfriend that he “would shoot” Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his child. This apparently happened mere months before he shot her to death and then took his own life, according to a police report received by the Kansas City Star.
The newspaper reported that Belcher had texted this other woman saying he “would shoot” Perkins “if she didn’t leave him alone.” This secret girlfriend of Belcher’s allegedly told police that she simply believed he was joking.
Jets bench Mark Sanchez, promote third-stringer Greg McElroy; Tebow stays put
In a rather expected move after the embarrassing Monday night loss to the Tennessee Titans; the New York Jets have benched Mark Sanchez. That happened late on Monday after the game. The bigger news came on Tuesday when it was announced that third-stringer Greg McElroy was promoted to starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game with the San Diego Chargers.
Needless to say, many were stunned and shocked that backup Tim Tebow was not promoted instead of McElroy. Keeping this whole situation in the middle of the “Twilight Zone;” coach Rex Ryan gave no reason at all for doing what he did, except to essentially say, “Because I wanted to.”
“I can answer this question a million ways — frontward, backward, sideways, anything else,” Ryan said late Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. “It’s my decision and I based it on a gut feeling or whatever. Everything it comes down to is, I believe it’s the best decision for our team. That’s the only factor that goes into these decisions.”
Tackle Josh Brent barred from Cowboys’ sideline for rest of season
The Dallas Cowboys have advised nose tackle Josh Brent that he will not be permitted on the team’s sideline for the rest of the season. The NFL offices and Cowboy officials had no idea that Brent would be on the sideline for this past Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His actions were deemed inappropriate by both the league and team.
Brent is on the reserve/non-football injury list after he was charged with intoxication manslaughter. This comes in the wake of the car crash that killed his teammate, Jerry Brown, a couple weeks ago. Brent has an ankle monitor and a SCRAM device to control where he goes and to detect any alcohol consumption.
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