The sexual assault allegation that Matt Patricia faced in 1996 was apparently an incredibly well-kept secret.
The black body remained a multimillion-dollar commodity to America, but this time they got to keep the money. They were rich beyond the imagination, and their wealth provided them access to the best Western culture could provide: housing, schools, business opportunities, luxuries. Racism still existed, but the players were considered, because of their money, beyond it. Players not only avoided racial subjects in talking to the press, but as long as they didn’t talk about it, they could avoid being black altogether.
There was even a phrase for it: Athletes now transcended race. If there was a need for players to make a social statement, it was not done by standing in the streets, physically arm in arm with their people, but by privately sending a few bucks along a back channel, with a slickly produced ad campaign that also showed the shoe company on the right side of a social issue. Sports would now be in balance: abundantly commercial, lucrative for all and without the polarizing sociopolitical component. Sports was now like the music or movie industry, just another form of entertainment.
Though Griffin has two years remaining on his contract, none of it is guaranteed. Houston could save nearly $2.5 million this season by letting him go.
Robert Turbin primarily has been a backup and role player during his six-year NFL career, but he’s had some productive stretches. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, and he averaged 4.3 yards per carry with the Cowboys in 2015.
For the right team, Turbin has value as a backup. However, it likely won’t be with the Indianapolis Colts.
Turbin has spent the last two seasons in Indianapolis, but he has never averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry with the team. Last year, he had just 23 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Marlon Mack established himself as a better rushing threat with the Colts last season, averaging 3.8 yards per carry and scoring three rushing touchdowns. Indianapolis also added running backs Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the draft and has Josh Ferguson and Christine Michael on the roster.
Ryan Shazier’s father did an interview with CBS4 Miami that aired on Jan. 22, in which he revealed the chilling details of his first conversation with his son after the injury and how the family is dealing with the situation.