Adrian Peterson Vikings Return in Jeopardy Amid Concerns for Mental State

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Adrian Peterson Vikings Return in Jeopardy Amid Concerns for Mental State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adrian Peterson’s return to the Minnesota Vikings is in jeopardy amid concerns over his physical and mental state following felony child abuse charges and there is no guarantee he will be welcomed back if he’s reinstated, CBS News reports.

The team took a significant public relations hit due to its handling of Peterson after the initial charges came to light, as well as losing a key sponsor, and has become very sensitive to how it would look to welcome back a player once unquestionably the face of the franchise under these circumstances and following this prolonged legal saga.

While Peterson pled “no-contest” to a misdemeanor assault charge, that did not include any child abuse designations, the pictures of the wounds on the victim, his four-year old son, have been widely circulated on the Internet and Peterson never denied striking him repeatedly with a switch.

Peterson admitted to using marijuana to a court employee during one hearing and he is not in game shape, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, and has not been working out nearly to the degree he would have if he were playing. His marijuana use raises obvious red flags and, given his status as the greatest running back of his era, someone who ran for 2,000 yards not that long ago and demanded a significant part of the offensive snaps, there are concerns as well about how he might mesh with a young group of running backs who have been ascending. Source: CBS Sports

 

Father, 2 Children Dead, 1 Child Critical in Port Orange Shooting

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Father, 2 Children Dead, 1 Child Critical in Port Orange Shooting

PORT ORANGE MURDER-SUICIDE:  A father and two children are dead, third child in critical condition in Port Orange shooting. The Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said the man shot his kids and turned the gun on himself in an apparent double murder-suicide stemming from a domestic dispute at a home located at 1927 Jackson Lane, Port Orange.

Police have not released the names of the victims, but property records show the five-bedroom home was purchased by David and Cynthia Mahoney in 2010.

Police say the woman fled to a neighbor’s home to get help before the argument with her husband turned deadly. She told the neighbor her husband had threatened her with a gun. Moments later, gunshots rang out. Police were called to the home at about 5:11 a.m. Friday.

Police say the couple’s two oldest children and their father were killed; a 9-year-old girl is in critical condition at a local hospital. David and Cynthia Mahoney had moved to Florida from South Dakota. They had filed for divorce and a temporary injunction had been served in June. According to the divorce papers, they have three kids — David, Lauren and Savanna.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Fatally Shot, Wife in Police Custody

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Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Fatally Shot During Domestic Dispute (Photo Credit: BellGardens.org)

SHOCK: Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo was shot and killed by his wife, Levette Crespo, during a domestic dispute in his home, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Crespo, 45, was shot around 2:30 p.m. in his home in the 6300 block of Gage Avenue during an argument with his wife, 43, and his 19-year-old son [Daniel Crespo Jr.], said Nicole Nishida, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

An altercation allegedly began with Crespo and his wife, at which, his son intervened, Nishida said. While father and son were fighting, Crespo’s wife allegedly got a gun and shot Crespo, Nishida said.

Crespo was alive when he was transported to a hospital, Bell Gardens Fire Department officials confirmed.

Crespo’s wife is in custody for the alleged shooting.  Source: LA Times

According to his bio on the Bell Gardens website, Daniel Crespo, who was born in Brooklyn, NY,  married his high school sweetheart in 1986. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration from Cal State University. He served as a deputy probation officer for Los Angeles County.

NBC Los Angeles:  Mayor Daniel Crespo punched the couple’s 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., in the face when the teen tried to intervene during the dispute, investigators said. The wife then allegedly shot the mayor multiple times in his upper body.

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Deactivated After Domestic Violence Arrest

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Deactivated After Domestic Violence Allegations

NFL VIOLENCE:  The Arizona Cardinals became the latest NFL team to be caught up in domestic violence drama. The team has deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer over allegations of domestic violence. Dwyer was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday on multiple charges including one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minior, two counts of criminal damages and assault.

The arrest stems from two incidents involving a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child at Dwyer’s home ini southeast Phoenix on July 21 and July 22, the Phoenix Police Department said.

The Cardinals issued the following statement: ‘We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully. Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities. We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available’ – statement
Separately, PepsiCo CEO issued a scathing statement about the allegations of domestic violence dogging the NFL:  “I am a mother, a wife, and a passionate football fan. I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL’s acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league … The reality for Commissioner Goodell and the NFL is that they now have an opportunity to effect positive change with the situation presented to them. I urge them to seize this moment.”
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Rasheedah Watley’s Dad, Christina Spivey, Accuse Ex-Broncos LB Brandon Marshall of Violence

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Gloria Allred: Rasheedah Watley’s Dad, Christina Spivey Accuse Denver Ex-Broncos Player Brandon Marshall of Violence

Attorney Gloria Allred wasted no time in going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the organization’s lack of a policy to address violence by their players.

Allred says Christina Spivey was the victim of violence by a former Denver Broncos player, Brandon Marshall, and that it was reported to the NFL and nothing was done. Rasheedah Watley was attacked by Marshall, who is now with the Chicago Bears. Her father, Clarence Watley said he had written in August 2008, to Roger Goodell about the alleged attacks and nothing was done.

Gloria Allred to Discuss Domestic Violence Allegations Against 2 NFL Players

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Gloria Allred to Discuss Domestic Violence Allegations Against 2 NFL Players (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

NFL Drama:  Attorney Gloria Allred has called an afternoon news conference in Atlanta to discuss what she calls “two individuals who allege that they or a family member were victims of violence and abuse by an NFL player.” –@FOX5Atlanta

Fox5Atlanta:  Gloria Allred, who also represents the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF), says in a press release: “The victims will discuss how the NFL and Commissioner Goodell failed them.” Allred is also expected discuss changes that Goodell needs to make in order to insure “a process that is fair to victims.”

Janay Palmer Makes Shocking Statement About Ray Rice Punching Incident

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Janay Palmer Makes Shocking Statement About Ray Rice Punching Incident

Janay Palmer, who was knocked-out by her then-fiance Ray Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator that led to his termination from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinite NFL suspension, posted a shocking statement on private Instagram account, in support of her husband.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that hte media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Palmer is blaming the media and the public for what has unfolded in her life. Never mind the fact that she could have sustained major injuries from taking a punch to the face. I will say, she had no right to slap and spit on Rice. She has the right to say how she feels and yes, I know it hurts, but there is a problem with the man she married. This isn’t shocking, since many victims of domestic violence will still support and defend their abuser.

It’s shameful that the NFL never asked the casino for the video, which TMZ was able to obtain with no problems. Sounds like the NFL coddled yet another abuser. Roger Goodell should be held accountable for this latest blunder.

Here’s the reaction to Janay Palmer’s post on Twitter:

Here’s Janay Palmer’s shocking Instagram post defending Ray Rice:

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Janay Palmer Blames Media, Public for Ray Rice’s Problems

Broncos’ Terrance Knighton Tweets Ray Rice Should be Thrown in Jail For Punching Then-Fiancée

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Broncos’ Terrance Knighton Tweets Ray Rice Should be Thrown in Jail For Punching Then-Fiancée

Football voices are blasting Ray Rice after TMZ posted a shocking video showing the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife in an elevator earlier this year. The Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely over the video. Among those slamming Rice are Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who tweeted, “That man should be thrown out of the NFL and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment.”

It’s shameful that the NFL just suspended Ray Rice for only two games. I have to ask, why couldn’t the NFL get a copy of this video? How come TMZ could obtain a copy? It’s shameful that the NFL’s first move was to give this wife beater a slap on the wrist.

The fact is, Ray Rice is on a long list of athletes, movie stars and other celebrities who have been accused of domestic violence. Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide, Jason Kidd hit his wife, Floyd Mayweather got in trouble for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Columbus Short has a criminal case pending for assaulting his estranged wife, Ray Carruth is behind bars after he arranged for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. The list goes on and on.

White House on Ray Rice: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it’ – @WhiteHouse

Memphis Mom Tasha Thomas Killed by Estranged Husband in Murder-Suicide

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Memphis Mom Tasha Thomas Killed by Estranged Husband in Murder-Suicide

MEMPHIS MURDER-SUICIDE: Tasha Thomas, a Memphis mother of two, was shot and killed at the University of Little Scholars Learning Center on East Raines Road Tuesday morning. The suspected shooter was identified by family members and friends as her estranged husband Charles Thomas.

Investigators say after Thomas fatally shot Tasha, he left the scene and barricaded himself inside a home, where he later committed suicide.

WMC Action News 5 reports Tasha Thomas feared for her life and tried to get out of the relationship. An aunt of the deceased woman told the TV station that she had just filed for divorce and had attempted to leave Charles Thomas on several occasions.

Charles Thomas reportedly has a long and violent criminal rap sheet.

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San Francisco 49ers Player Ray McDonald Charged with Felony Domestic Violence

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San Francisco 49ers Player Ray McDonald Charged with Felony Domestic Violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was booked on allegations of felony domestic violence following an arrest at his home Sunday morning in San Jose.

The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke issued the following statement: “The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

The Sacramento Bee reports Ray McDonald was involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who police say is 10 weeks pregnant. She reportedly had bruises on her neck and arms.