Dolphins, South Florida companies keep eye on Irma

A person familiar with the discussions says the NFL is considering moving the Miami Dolphins’ season opener against Tampa Bay to another site or earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.

The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the league and teams aren’t talking publicly about the options.

Switching the game to Thursday or Friday is being considered, the person said, because Irma could threaten South Florida over the weekend. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Sunday in Miami.

Playing the game at another site Sunday is also being discussed, the person said.

The teams share the same bye week in November, but would prefer to avoid moving the game to that weekend.

During a Monday media session, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he’s preparing his team to play and will leave the decisions to other team officials.

“It’s out of our hands, they’ll tell us when to play and we’ll show up.”

Meanwhile, Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced Monday that it has so far altered itineraries for two of its ships due to Irma’s presence in the Caribbean.

The Allure of the Seas will switch to a Western Caribbean itinerary, while the Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox was also modified.

“Our primary focus will always be the continued safety of our guests, while ensuring we provide the best vacation at sea.” said Owen Torres, manager of Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean.

American Airlines is allowing passengers whose plans are affected by Irma to rebook flights without change fees.

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Dolphins, South Florida companies keep eye on Irma

As South Florida prepares for a possible strike from Hurricane Irma, corporations and teams are also keeping an eye on the storm.

The Miami Dolphins are set to open the regular season Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium against Tampa Bay.

However, if Irma is to hit South Florida, it would most likely do so on Sunday.

Team officials are monitoring the storm along with the league, but have yet to make a decision on what, if any, changes they will make to the schedule.

The Dolphins and Buccaneers both share a bye week on Nov. 19, making it possible for the teams to reschedule on that date, but the Miami Herald reports the NFL is hesitant to force teams to play 16 straight weeks.

During a Monday media session, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he’s preparing his team to play and will leave the decisions to other team officials.

“It’s out of our hands, they’ll tell us when to play and we’ll show up.”

Meanwhile, Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced Monday that it has so far altered itineraries for two of its ships due to Irma’s presence in the Caribbean.

The Allure of the Seas will switch to a Western Caribbean itinerary, while the Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox was also modified.

“Our primary focus will always be the continued safety of our guests, while ensuring we provide the best vacation at sea.” said Owen Torres, manager of Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean.

American Airlines is allowing passengers whose plans are affected by Irma to rebook flights without change fees.

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Dolphins, South Florida companies keep eye on Irma

A person familiar with the discussions says the NFL is considering moving the Miami Dolphins’ season opener against Tampa Bay to another site or earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.

The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the league and teams aren’t talking publicly about the options.

Switching the game to Thursday or Friday is being considered, the person said, because Irma could threaten South Florida over the weekend. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Sunday in Miami.

Playing the game at another site Sunday is also being discussed, the person said.

The teams share the same bye week in November, but would prefer to avoid moving the game to that weekend.

During a Monday media session, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he’s preparing his team to play and will leave the decisions to other team officials.

“It’s out of our hands, they’ll tell us when to play and we’ll show up.”

Meanwhile, Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced Monday that it has so far altered itineraries for two of its ships due to Irma’s presence in the Caribbean.

The Allure of the Seas will switch to a Western Caribbean itinerary, while the Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox was also modified.

“Our primary focus will always be the continued safety of our guests, while ensuring we provide the best vacation at sea.” said Owen Torres, manager of Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean.

American Airlines is allowing passengers whose plans are affected by Irma to rebook flights without change fees.

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Former Dolphins cornerback ‘disrespected’ courtroom before tackling officer, report says

An arrest report released Wednesday detailed the moment a former Miami Dolphins cornerback is accused of trying to escape from a courtroom at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in downtown Miami.

The report stated that Dimitri Patterson, 34, appeared Tuesday before Judge William Altfield in family court on allegations that he violated a no-contact order in relation to a past domestic violence case on which he had been acquitted of the charges. 

The hearing was an opportunity for Patterson to tell the judge why he should not be held in contempt of court. 

Police said officers were requested inside the courtroom to “keep the peace.”

According to the arrest report, Patterson “disrespected the courtroom” as Altfield was trying to begin the hearing and the judge ordered that Patterson be taken into custody for direct civil contempt.

Police said an officer grabbed Patterson’s right wrist and placed the handcuff on. The officer then tried to handcuff Patterson’s left hand, but Patterson ran toward the exit doors of the courtroom, authorities said.

Police said Patterson tackled an officer in the process, causing her to fall down and hit the back of her head.

Authorities said six officers and Patterson fell to the ground during the struggle, and the officer who was initially trying to handcuff Patterson was able to eventually place him into custody.

At one point during the struggle, Patterson pulled the officer with the handcuffs to avoid being handcuffed, the arrest report said.

Authorities said another officer suffered an injury to her left wrist during the struggle.

Both injured officers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Records show that Patterson was previously arrested after an incident with his child’s mother on Aug. 1, 2015, at the Aventura Mall.

An arrest report stated that Patterson met with his ex-girlfriend for a custody exchange of their then-1-year-old son, and an argument ensued over child support payments.

Police said that the baby suffered a bruise to the back of his head.

Authorities said the ex-girlfriend, Erika Medina, suffered redness to her neck area and a cut to her left elbow.

Patterson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery.

Records show that Patterson was previously acquitted by a jury on charges of misdemeanor battery and culpable negligence.

Patterson, who was was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005, also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
 

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