NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard on the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Earlier this month, it was revealed the Saints defense paid bonuses to players for deliberately knocking opposing players, violating league rules, salary cap and endangering others well being. Master mind and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely and head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season.
NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp is accusing Jeremy Shockey of being the snitch, claiming the motive being that Shockey was released by the team before the 2011 season. Sapp revealed on Twitter he knew who the league’s source was, when a follow suggested Shockey @QBKILLA replied “BINGO!”
Shockey adimitly denies being the deep throat, even telling Sapp “you know where to find me.”
UPDATE 3/22: Shockey tweeted a picture screen of a text message conversation with Payton clearing his name. “Shock your (sic) my guy and always will be!!! I know you had nothing to do with that stuff sap said!! Hell you were in the offensive meetings with me!!!”
Talk about having a teammate’s back… Carolina Panthers Ben Hartsock said his teammate and fellow veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey saved his life when he chocked on a piece of pork tenderloin.
According to the National Football Post, “He started to go to the bathroom, and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” Hartsock’s agent Mike McCartney said. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then, Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was really scary.”
“He said to me a little while ago, ‘I really hope this doesn’t get out, but if it does, it’s going to be a funny story.’ “
Former NFL agent Josh Luchs dropped a bombshell in a recent Sports Illustrated article, admitting he paid college athletes money in hopes of signing them.
Luchs names over 30 players he allgedly bribed including Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey. Ohio State opened an investigation on Holmes, who played for the Buckeyes from 2003-2006 . The college consulted with the NCAA and chose not to pursue the matter further.
While NCAA violations grab the headlines, veteran sports agent Ralph Cindrich said it is not as uncommon as you think. Cinrich told Pittsburgh’s 93.7 the Fan that 70% of college athletes take bribes.
I always had people around me telling me that I was highly naive, but I would suggest at this point that better than 70, 75 percent of the players have broken the rules
Cinrich remains adamant he has never violated any NCAA rules and believe the college recruiting culture must change.
I don’t think you can clean it up unless the whole system changes. I think it’s here and it’s always going to be here and it always was there. It just wasn’t as bad when I was coming through. Certainly, you didn’t have it in the same manner or fashion as you have it right now. … It does all start in college. It starts with coaches like [Nick] Saban out there, like [Urban] Meyer out there and the promises. Look, you don’t have to be a Rhodes scholar to know that when you go out into the parking lot of college players and you start seeing Range Rovers and Mercedes and all the rest that these guys didn’t pick it up in their summer employment.
Jeremy Charles Shockey (pronounced /ˈʃɒki/) (born August 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants 14th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
The winner of the first-ever Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2002, Shockey has earned four Pro Bowl selections in his career and received a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII and with the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
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