Friday Sports Briefs

Junior Seau

Junior Seau’s tragic passing this week spurred a number of articles about Seau as a player and a person.  Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote an excellent piece on Seau; ESPN Boston has a number of posts regarding Seau’s time with the New England Patriots; and Eric Olsen has a great story about Seau from a high school football camp.

Seau’s family has reportedly consented to the study of his brain for concussion-related damage.

NFL Hands Down Player Suspensions for Saints Bounty System

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down stiff penalties to the current and former New Orleans Saints players involved in a bounty system, suspending Jonathan Vilma for the season;  Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, for eight games; Saints defensive end Will Smith for four games; and Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, for three games.

Vilma, in a statement claimed that the NFL lacked evidence of a pay-to-injure system, however an attorney retained by the NFL, Mary Jo White, claimed that the investigation was thorough.  White  declined to make the NFL’s evidence public.

The NFL Players Association has commenced the legal challenge on behalf of the players.

Roger Clemens Trial Underway

The retrial of Roger Clemens is underway, and seemingly flying below the sports radar.  ESPN’s Lester Munson has some great coverage of  the trialMichael McCann has a new column on on the Congressional investigation of Clemens.


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