No idea if the Phils won last night. Don’t care. But the guy yelling “cheater!” at Ryan Braun all night is my new hero.
Video after the jump.
H/T to reader Brian12 Comments
Back in 2013, I had former Philly.com gossip columnist Dan Gross, who broke the Dry Island story, on the podcast, and he reprised comments he made on Puck Daddy Radio in 2011 that the real nut of the story involved prescription painkillers. Here’s what Gross told me [audio at 25:30 mark]:
“After [Richards and Carter] both left, we started hearing some things about why they were gone. And whether it had to do with excessive partying. And there was also a question that didn’t make my story, because it wasn’t to the level which we could say it definitively … it’s certainly accurate to say there were teammates of these guys who had believed that they were taking prescription painkillers in addition to drinking and partying. Now, were those painkillers prescribed due to injury? I’m sure they were– Carter had the broken foot and Richards had I’m sure other things going. So, I’m not about to say the guys were abusing drugs or anything like that. But I will say that there’s at least two teammates who were concerned that was the case.”
He also said that the Daily News was uncomfortable printing some of those details because they were unable to verify the claims, even though Gross felt they were at the heart of the Dry Island story:
“It was unfortunate that it didn’t get into the story. I kinda of thought that if you did have that in the story, it just made the whole thing sound a little more legit. Look, I knew it was legit, I knew what I reported was accurate. And there were people who were like ‘oh, we all know these guys drink but they don’t drink any more than this one or that one,’ and all of that seemed true. But what I think what was really instrumental in selling that story so-to-speak to the readers, was the idea of the Dry Island.”
None of this is particularly surprising, but it does demonstrate that these concerns regarding painkillers have swirled around Richards (and others…) for years now. It would make sense if the Kings had this as context for their decision to release Richards for a breach of contract following a border incident involving OxyContin.
Related: Here are more photos from that trip to PPL Park to see Becks, who wasn’t there29 Comments
Photos via Redditororororororor Barch88
The caption on that photo: “Was out at a bar on Sunday, saw this guy with no boot dancing around.”
Not even gonna call out Embiid for going full Bynum here (you never go full Bynum!). Rather, let’s call attention to that customized Chelsea kit. There has to be a line somewhere in every professional sports contract that once you accept payment for playing a game, you’re thereby not allowed to wear any jersey in public – your own or otherwise – and especially customized jerseys with your own name on them, and especially when they’re Chelsea kits. Yuck. What, were they out of his size in Liverpool?
UPDATE: Big weekend for Embiid:
via /r/Sixers19 Comments
The owner always gets the front page. Me thinks this was as much about introducing Middleton to the public as it was MacPhail.5 Comments
Several sources told ESPN.com the Kings were made aware of the situation Friday, approximately an hour after the first round of the 2015 NHL draft had begun.
The team was already in the process of trying to trade him — discussions were in place with both the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames — but Kings general manager Dean Lombardi immediately informed both teams upon learning about the situation that he had no prior knowledge of the incident and halted those talks, according to a source.
Oh, juicy. So, what do we got?
TSN’s Eric Macramalla, echoing other reports that it was a border incident: Continue reading50 Comments
So the way I see it there are a few themes to come out of the press conference, including numerous reasons to be upbeat about the MacPhail hiring, and many reasons to be skeptical. Let’s break them all down.