Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Leadoff with Lee 1.9.16

By @cleeverizon

- According to Kathy Kinser, the attorney for Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, Manziel hit Crowley so hard that it ruptured her left eardrum. Manziel is the subject of a criminal investigation into the alleged assault that took place in the early hours of Jan. 30. Crowley spoke with Dallas police on Friday to file the complaint. A Dallas police spokesman said Monday there was nothing new to release. Crowley filed for a protective order last week in Tarrant County, Texas. The order was issued, and Manziel has to stay away from Crowley for two years.

A complete copy of the affidavit can be read HERE.

Numerous athletes and front office personnel have offered to help Manziel or get him help. His family wants him to get help,A&M alum want him to seek help. But how can you help someone who doesn't want to be helped?

- The Browns rounded out their coaching staff Monday. The team has added Rock Cartwright (offensive quality control), Louie Cioffi (defensive backs), Ken Delgado (assistant defensive line), Johnny Holland (inside linebackers), Cannon Matthews (assistant defensive backs), Robert Nunn (defensive line), Eric Sanders (defensive quality control) and Ryan Slowik (outside linebackers) to Hue Jackson's coaching staff.

- A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were involved in a fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in which the two off-duty officers suffered injuries. Police have confirmed to the Associated Press that Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, is one of the men under investigation. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case. The argument took place inside the Recess nightclub in the Old City, started over ownership of a bottle of champagne. Police said that "pushing and shoving" over the bottle led to one of the off-duty officers being knocked to the ground, and while he was on the ground, he was "punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects." McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press seeking comment Monday.

The Bills said in a statement Monday that they are aware of the report and are gathering information.

- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch tweeted out during the Super Bowl that he was hanging it up, LITERALLY. For his career, Lynch will finish with 9,112 career Rush yards, 74 Rush TD  Super Bowl 48 winner. BOUT DAT ACTION BOSS. Monday afternoon his agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed that "Beast Mode" is indeed retiring, while Lynch's now former teammates Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman also tweeted Lynch. 

- After going 1-9 over the last ten games, the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson decide to part ways with coach Derek Fisher. Under Fisher this season the Knicks dropped to 23-31 following a 101-96 home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Kurt Rambis will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season according to Phil Jackson. Early favorites to land the job this summer would be Golden State assistant Luke Walton and former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

- ESPN sources say that the Sacramento Kings are going ahead with a coaching change and plan to fire George Karl in the coming days. As one source has told me personally "The players of the Sacramento Kings have turned on George Karl". Which seemed strange considering he is a well respected NBA coach that has more wins than Phil Jackson. The dysfunction started with DeMarcus Cousins and Karl, but it has spread throughout the locker room. As this story unfolds, I will provide more information.

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