Washington Redskins’ safety Landon Collins has become an investor for ReKTGlobal, the parent company of Rogue and London Royal Ravens, according to an official press release.
“Landon is a passionate gamer who can go head to head against esports pros and beat them” Amish Shah, Founder and Chairman of ReKTGlobal said via a statement. “A legend on and off the field, Collins is a great fit to add to our all-star list of investors. We are thrilled to welcome him to our organization and growing family.”
“Esports is one of the most lucrative industries right now and its future is bright” Collins commented, via a release. “As a professional athlete and a passionate gamer, I understand and appreciate what ReKTGlobal is doing to further connect the worlds of traditional sports and esports. I love competition and the competitive nature of the gaming industry and I’m excited to enter a new realm of competition through my investment with ReKTGlobal and Rogue.”
ReKTGlobal is making big strides in the 2019 year, especially with involvements from both celebrities and professional athletes, such as Collins, and also with big time esports players as well.
With the esports landscape evolving, with more teams created, more players on the rise, more big brands and businesses getting financially involved, more mainstream coverage, and the launch of esports team directory as well as apparel lines, 2020 is shaping up to be the most exciting year in esports considering just how big 2019 has been for the industry.
Collins has collected 79 total tackles and a sack for the Redskins this season, his first season with the team since singing as a free agent during the offseason.
Clippers’ Paul George Booed by Pacers Fans
Los Angeles Clipper superstar Paul George wasn’t fazed by the relentless boos showered down on him during Monday’s game in Indianapolis against the Indiana Pacers, the team he spent several seasons with before requesting a trade in 2017, in fact, George teased a tell-all in which he will tell his side of the story that led to his trade request, hinting that he is set to take aim at many within the organization.
As far as the boos, George says the fans are booing the wrong people. George, who dropped 36 points in the victory, was booed every time he touched the ball, and was subjected to chants of “Paul George s—!” during the game, was playing back in Indiana for the third time since the trade.
“I’m not surprised,” George said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “That’s Indiana for you. It’s a Hoosier thing.”
“You know, someday I’ll do a tell-all and tell the leading events of how I left Indiana,” George said. “And I promise you, I’m not the one to boo.”
“… I’m not gonna share the teaser,” George continued. “… I like being the villain. I’m here two nights out of the year. The people they should boo is here a lot longer than I am.”
George was pressed by the media to divulge details, specifically about general manager Kevin Pritchard who said George’s trade request was like a punch to the gut.
“You’re getting close to trying to get this story out, aren’t you?” George asked. “… I’m not going to bad-mouth KP. That’s just Kevin’s side of the story.”
George has excelled in every game back in Indiana since the trade, and Monday’s game marked the third straight time he scored 31 points or more against his former team. However, judging from George’s post-game comments, he may be saving his best performance yet against the Pacers organization.
Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game
The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.
“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”
The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.
The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.
“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.
“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”
The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.
The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.
Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young
The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.
The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.
“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”
While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.
Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.
Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.
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