NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who last played for the Houston Texans and is expected to hit free agency this March, has been arrested in Denver, Colorado on a charge of vehicular assault in relation to a car crash that occurred on February 16th.
According to the Denver Post’s Sam Tabachnik, police say that Thomas and two passengers were transported to the hospital after suffered non-life-threatening injuries a one-car rollover accident that occurred earlier this month
According to TMZ, an eye-witness named Michael Tofoya was shocked when people emerged from the car following the accident, which reportedly launched the car 20 feet in the air and flipped over three times.
“I thought those people were dead” Tofoya told TMZ.
CBS Denver’s Troy Renck posted Thomas’ mugshot from the arrest.
Denver Police release mugshot of former #Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas who is being held for investigation of Vehicular Assault, Driving Without Proof of Insurance, and Reckless Driving for a crash that occurred Feb. 16 in downtown Denver. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/xfUV65JTbY— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) February 28, 2019
Giants Waive Janoris Jenkins Following ‘Offensive’ Tweet to Fan
The New York Giants have waived veteran defensive back Janoris Jenkins, two days after he tweeted an inappropriate response to a fan on Twitter.
When a fan was criticizing Jenkins on Twitter, Jenkins tweeted back at the fan, calling him a “retard” in response to the fan’s questioning of the statistics that Jenkins was using to demonstrate his effectiveness was not proving to be successful for the team.
Jenkins offered an odd explanation on Thursday, saying that the use of the word was “slang” and adding that it is “just part of my culture.”
“This was an organizational decision,” Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur said (h/t ESPN). “From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player. Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”
Jenkins, 31, was released with one year and $11.25 million left on his contract. Jenkins collected 54 tackles and 4 interceptions this season for the Giants.
Jenkins issued the following response after he was released.
Best news ever.. Thank you
— JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) December 13, 2019
Clintin Portis, Joe Horn Among Former NFL Players Accused of Defrauding NFL Health Program
Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis and former New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver Joe Horn are among a group of former NFL players that have been charged with defrauding the league’s health program, according to ESPN.
A group of 12 facing charges in the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Department of Justice announced officially on Thursday. They are accused of filing more than $3.9 million in fraudulent claims, of which more than $3.4 million were paid from June 2017 to December 2018.
Additionally, the Department of Justice said it will seek charges against two others, including Horn.
“Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multimillion-dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said. “Today’s indictments underscore that, whoever you are, if you loot health care programs to line your own pockets, you will be held accountable by the Department of Justice.”
The others charged are Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Carlos Rogers, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Fred Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt, and the government intends to charge Donald “Reche” Caldwell.
Portis was reached by ESPN’s John Keim and said, “I don’t have any comment on that.”
The indictments state that the players made claims for expensive pieces of medical equipment, such as hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines and electromagnetic therapy devices. However, those items weren’t purchased or received. A typical claim was for $40,000 to $50,000 and several of the former players are accused of recruiting other players to join the scheme and would make the claims in return for kickbacks of up to $10,000.
Furthemore, the group allegedly fabricated letters from health care providers about using the medical equipment, fabricated prescriptions that were purportedly signed by health care providers and created fake invoices from medical equipment companies in an effort to prove the equipment was purchased.
NFLPA Partners with Twitch and Epic Games for Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl Series
Twitch, Epic Games, and the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) have teamed up for a the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl, which is a three-part series with both NFL players and twitch streamers who are paired with one another in Fortnite competitions for charity, according to the Esports Observer.
The series will take place live from Miami, Florida during Super Bowl LIV week, and will see streamers draft a partner from a pool of NFL players, and once they all have partners, the will play a Fortnite duos tournament for $500K of charity prize pool money.
Additionally, all active NFL players are to be invited to participate in the NFLPA Open, where players can play Fortnite for a chance to be named the “Best Fortnite Player in the League.”
When the NFLPA Open wraps up on January 15th, four participants will be selected to participate in the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl.
It’s another partnership in a growing relationship between Twitch and the NFL, which has brought Thursday Night Football to the platform. Additionally, Twitch was announced as the official streaming partner for the Raiders upon their move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Streaming has elevated to astronomical heights in the past year alone, in popularity and financially. Some of the best twitch streamers can make some serious money by becoming a popular streamer, but Twitch is not alone. Mixer has poached a number of high profile streamers from Twitch and positioned them as the best Mixer streamers on the platform, bringing a boost in visibility and popularity as well.
Streaming has also boosted awareness for esports teams as well, and have given gamers a source of entertainment that is directly in their wheelhouse. Streaming has also gone beyond just gaming, as it has introduced a platform for ASMR and cosplay as well as live sports and entertainment.
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