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Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year.
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INDIANAPOLIS —New head coach Jay Gruden is putting the finishing touches on the Washington Redskins’ playbook, and he will roll it out to quarterback Robert Griffin III and the rest of the offense when the team hits the April OTAs.
The good news, Gruden said Friday at the NFL scouting combine, is that Griffin can’t wait to sink his teeth into it.
“He’s excited to get the new playbook,” Gruden said. “We can’t give it out yet; we’re still in the process of making that, and once the OTAs start, we are able to introduce it to him.
“I think the one thing about him, he’s a very fiery competitor. He’s a good, solid leader, and he’s excited to get to work.”
Gruden was hired, in part, to oversee the rebuilding of a fantastic prospect who hit the highest of highest in a transcendent rookie season in 2012 but also the depths of a brutal 2013 campaign in which RG3 came back too soon from torn knee ligaments, never really go on track and he and the Redskins limped to a 4-12 mark.
Adding insult to injury, the team now must watch another club — the St. Louis Rams — use its former No. 2 overall pick that would have been theirs for their poor performance. Except that pick was part of the pre-draft trade that eventually landed Griffin two years ago.
“He’s only going to be in his third year,” Gruden said of Griffin. “Last year was a tough year, a humbling year for a lot of people, especially him. He’s eager to get back into shape, eager to work. He’s got a great work ethic — I can already see that.”
Gruden said he isn’t worried about Griffin letting last season weigh too heavily on him and feels his quarterback, who turned 24 last week, has the resolve to move on confidently, even if not every young player could handle such a burden.
“It could be [difficult] for some guys if they are not mentally tough,” Gruden said. “But the good thing about Robert is that he’s a tough kid. He’s going to let last year be a learning experience for him, and he’s going to do everything in his power to not let it happen again.
“If you’re a mentally tough kid, a physically tough kid like he is, he can have a bright future as long as he doesn’t let it affect him in too negative or too positive a way. Just stay even-keeled, because there’s not question about the talent he possesses.”
Gruden also is banking on help from a run game anchored by Alfred Morris and Roy Helu to help ease the load on Griffin’s shoulders.
“You don’t want to put too much on your quarterback ever,” Gruden said. “We’re going to do the best we can with our running game.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Smith was 34 last season, and his play made it seem like the end might be getting close.
Carolina’s top receiver had 745 yards and his yards-per-catch average plummeted to 11.6, down 4.5 yards from 2012. He is due $ 4 million in base salary for the Panthers, who have repeatedly said this offseason they are “cap challenged.”
All of that has led to the Panthers being noncommittal when it comes to Smith’s future with the team in 2014 and beyond. Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he was “not quite sure” when asked if there was a scenario in which Smith wouldn’t be back.
“It’s all about the evaluations,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “We have got to look through everything.
“Steve is part of who we are. We’ll go from there.”
When asked about impending free agents Jordan Gross and Greg Hardy, Rivera expressed a lot of probably unrealistic optimism that both would return, so he wasn’t lukewarm about other players returning.
The Panthers might be hopeful that Smith will restructure his deal. It’s hard to believe the Panthers would get rid of Smith considering how few receiving weapons they have for Cam Newton. Smith might be aging, but he’s still the best they have.
“Again, we’re going through the process. We have to see,” Rivera said. “He’s a veteran guy that has played a lot of games for us.”
Smith has been with the Panthers since 2001. It’s hard to imagine him playing anywhere else. It’s especially hard to see the Panthers moving on considering they’re struggling to find a reliable No. 2 receiver, much less someone who can be Smith’s successor as their top option. But the Panthers are apparently considering all their options.
“We’re going through the whole process,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. “Steve’s had a great career. He really has. None of us are here forever.”
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The final pieces have fallen into place for WB’s big screen Entourage movie.
Ray Rice’s attorney previously the Baltimore Ravens running back had a “minor physical confrontation” with his fiancée in Atlantic City.
Hate to see what he thinks is a major confrontation.
Rice and Janay Palmer, his future bride, were allegedly involved in a physical altercation at the Revel Casino around 2:50 a.m. on Saturday. Each person was arrested and eventually released because of the confrontation.
Mike Hellgren of WJZ in Baltimore obtained a copy of the summons, and it alleges Rice committed assault on Palmer by striking her with his hand and “rendering her unconscious.” On Wednesday, TMZ Sports showed footage of Rice allegedly dragging his unconscious fiancée out an elevator at the hotel.
Ray’s attorney Michael Diamondstein told TMZ Sports he had not seen the video, but said, “Neither Ray nor myself will try this case in the media.”
Here is what Diamondstein told TMZ Sports:
“However, the video that’s being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired … We’ll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you’ll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgment until all of the facts come out.”
Now this minor confrontation is becoming a major problem for Rice and the Ravens.
It is not uncommon for NFL players to get into trouble, but allegedly knocking a woman unconscious creates a public relations nightmare. The alleged incident will not result in Baltimore releasing Rice – this league is all about talent – but it could hurt Rice’s current endorsement deals, plus his status as a role model for children. That is in addition to a potential legal penalty.
In addition, Rice could be disciplined by the NFL under its personal conduct policy. If an NFL player lands in legal trouble, the league could suspend that player regardless of the legal outcome.
There might be more to this story, but so far, Rice’s alleged incident has gone from bad to worse.
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch packed a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and make sure he brought “Beast Mode” for a recent trip to Brazil.
Lynch and several NFL players were in Brazil to participate in American Football Without Barries (AFWB) camp. AFWB’s goal is to teach children across the world football fundamentals.
Oh, what a lesson these kids learned.
As a Brazilian kid ran through a football drill, Lynch unleashed “Beast Mode” and knocked down the unsuspecting participant. Lynch taught the camper the importance of keeping his shoulder down. He learned that lesson the hard way.
It could have been worse.
Imagine if Lynch knew that kid was an aspiring reporter.
Let’s hope Lynch rewarded the poor youngster with a bag of Skittles for trying.
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If you, like so many, isolated yourself in a Netflixian cave of prison lady goodness until you finished watching every second of season 1 of Orange Is The New Black, prepare to clear your schedule again.That’s right, come June 6th, all 13 episodes of season 2 of OINTB will be available for your viewing pleasure exclusively on Netflix.
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