Teen lands signed Bucs jersey over wrong number text

An Ohio teen turned a wrong number into a special delivery from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In March, Justin Deeds received a text message from the NFL team reminding him about a meeting after his pro day workout at Ohio State.

A great opportunity, right? The only problem is Deeds is an 18-year-old who played safety at Twinsburg High School in Ohio.

“I’d be glad to do so,” Deeds texted back to the team, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I’d love to be apart of the Bucs organization even though I’m a high school senior.”

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After the Buccaneers apologized for the mix-up, the team offered to send him something.

Deeds aimed high and asked for a jersey signed by wide receiver Mike Evans. On Wednesday, he received his request.

“Best accidental text ever,” Deeds tweeted on Wednesday with a photo of himself holding up his new jersey.

Deeds, who will attend Kent State in the fall, told the Times he’s a Cleveland Browns fan but will now cheer for the Buccaneers against any other team. 

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” he told the Times. “If I didn’t ask, I wasn’t getting it, so it didn’t hurt to ask.”

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Former 49ers great dies after battle with ALS

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark died Monday at age 61 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

His wife, Kelly, announced his passing on Clark’s verified Twitter account: “I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS.”

The 49ers released a statement that said, in part: “The San Francisco 49ers family has suffered a tremendous loss today with the passing of Dwight Clark. We extend our condolences and prayers to Dwight’s wife, Kelly, his family, friends and fans, as we join together to mourn the death of one the most beloved figures in 49ers history.”

Clark was on the receiving end of one of the greatest plays in NFL history, forever known as “The Catch.”

The two-time Super Bowl champion caught the touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 1981-82 NFC playoffs, tying the game and spurring the 49ers to a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the final minute of the game.

Clark revealed in 2017 he had been diagnosed with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Former 49ers great dies after battle with ALS

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark died Monday at age 61 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

His wife, Kelly, announced his passing on Clark’s verified Twitter account: “I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS.”

The 49ers released a statement that said, in part: “The San Francisco 49ers family has suffered a tremendous loss today with the passing of Dwight Clark. We extend our condolences and prayers to Dwight’s wife, Kelly, his family, friends and fans, as we join together to mourn the death of one the most beloved figures in 49ers history.”

Clark was on the receiving end of one of the greatest plays in NFL history, forever known as “The Catch.”

The two-time Super Bowl champion caught the touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 1981-82 NFC playoffs, tying the game and spurring the 49ers to a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the final minute of the game.

Clark revealed in 2017 he had been diagnosed with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Former cheerleaders sue Houston Texans

Five former NFL cheerleaders are suing the Houston Texans for alleged harassment and unfair pay practices.

“We were harassed, we were bullied and we were body-shamed for $7.25 an hour,” said former cheerleader Ainsley Parish, who is among the five who are suing. “The Houston Texans should not have given us a uniform if they did not want us to become an army.”

The lawsuit, which was announced in a press conference on Friday, is being brought by prominent attorney Gloria Allred.

“These women all had the same dream: They all aspired to be an integral part of the Houston Texans. And they looked forward to promoting the team,” Allred said during a press conference. “But their dreams were shattered by the reality of their lives as Houston Texans cheerleaders.”

Allred said the women were harassed, intimidated and forced to live in fear. She said they were threatened with being fired if they spoke out. The cheerleaders were also instructed not to speak with players and weren’t paid for making public appearances.

One of the cheerleaders, Hannah Turnbow, was allegedly assaulted by a fan and was told to “suck it up and act like nothing had happened,” according to Allred. She said there are photos of the injury the cheerleader sustained.

Turnbow said she and her teammates were expected to attend events where no transportation or security was provided.

The five former cheerleaders, who were part of the squad as recently as the 2017 season, are filing individual lawsuits versus pursuing a class action.

Last week, three different former cheerleaders filed a lawsuit against the Texans over pay and treatment. Those women are seeking class action status.

The Houston Texans responded to both lawsuits with the following statement:

“We are proud of the cheerleader program and have had hundreds of women participate and enjoy their experience while making a positive impact in the local community. We are constantly evaluating our procedures and will continue to make adjustments as needed to make the program enjoyable for everyone.”

The former cheerleaders are the latest to allege that they were unfairly treated and paid while representing NFL teams.

In March, a former New Orleans Saints cheerleader filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging gender discrimination by the NFL team.

In her complaint, Jacalyn Bailey Davis said female cheerleaders and male players were held to different standards of personal conduct. She also said cheerleaders were told not to interact with players, to block them on social media and to leave a restaurant or party if an NFL player was there or showed up after them.

An attorney for the Saints said in a statement that the team “denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female.”

The statement said the team’s “policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny.”

Cheerleaders for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills have also sued their respective NFL teams demanding fair pay.

Cheerleaders for the Buccaneers, Raiders, Bengals and Jets reached settlements with the teams.

The cheerleaders for the Bills filed a class action suit against the team, the NFL and several intermediary companies. The case, which was initially brought in 2014, currently isn’t moving forward because one of the companies being sued went bankrupt.

The Bills were not immediately available for comment on Friday about the case.

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Cleveland DB promises free jerseys if Cavs win

Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall’s Twitter boasts in support of the Golden State Warriors may just end up costing him millions.

Randall made a promise on Twitter on Monday that if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Warriors in the NBA Finals he would buy a jersey for anyone who retweeted his post.

As of early afternoon on Wednesday, Randall’s tweet had been retweeted more than 760,000 times, becoming the most retweeted tweet of any NFL player ever.

 

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Although Randall did not specify which jersey he would buy, the promise would easily cost him more than the $1,090,381 in base salary and $424,037 roster bonus he’s set to earn this season.

That’s because the absolute cheapest Cavs jerseys offered online in the NBA Store cost around $30, with prices climbing as high as $300 for more exclusive editions. Meanwhile, Browns jerseys at the NFL Shop average around $99, although jerseys of former Browns players can be had for as little as $40.

That would mean Randall’s promise would cost him at minimum $22.8 million to upwards of $76 million, unless he can get a deal buying in bulk.

While other Twitter users have cast doubt on whether the newly acquired defensive back will follow through, he tweeted back at one skeptic on Monday with the promise he would “100 percent” keep his promise.

 

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Randall, who has been openly rooting for the Warriors throughout the playoffs, was traded to the Browns from the Green Bay Packers in March.

Some Cleveland fans have questioned the wisdom of a Browns player actively rooting against one of the city’s other pro teams, but Randall has also tweeted support for James as MVP and said he would have “gladly rooted” for the Cavs had the Houston Rockets beat the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

With Game 1 of the NBA Finals set for Thursday night in Oakland, California, Randall has said he intends to be courtside when the series comes to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 next week.

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Richie Incognito held for involuntary psychiatric evaluation, police say

Officers responded to a gym and took former Miami Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito into custody for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation Wednesday, according to the Boca Raton Police Services Department. 

Officer Jessica Desir, a spokesperson for the department, said they responded to a disturbance at Life Time Athletic at 1499 W. Yamato Rd., Wednesday morning.  

TMZ reported the alleged victim said Incognito threw a tennis ball and a dumbbell in his direction before shouting, “Get off my [expletive] playground.”

Incognito reportedly had issues before the St. Louis Rams drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft.

“His inability to control his emotions both on and off the field is such a significant concern that he’ll likely slip to the later rounds of the draft,” ESPN’s Scouts wrote in his profile. “If the team that takes a chance on Incognito can get his life squared away and control his anger, he has the potential to be a real ‘steal’ of the 2005 draft class.” 

After the Buffalo Bills granted the 34-year-old four-time Pro Bowl lineman his release, TMZ reported Incognito was out drinking at SALT7 in Delray Beach.

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