Jonathan Lee’s Sports Recap for Week of Aug 3rd

If the Michael Vick and Pacman Jones legal woes weren’t enough to teach NFL players that they are not above the law, hopefully the indictment of Plaxico Burress will. The former Giants wide receiver was indicted Monday by New York City’s grand jury, with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment.

Burress’ former teammate, and quarterback of the New York Giant’s, Eli Manning, will be staying with his club for quite a while as the Giants locked their franchise quarterback for six more years with a contract extension worth $97 million. The deal, which makes Manning now the highest paid player in the NFL, will be making approximately $15.3 million and has beat out Nnamdi Asomugha who recently signed his extension this year.

Some other signings in the NFL was Jeremy Maclin, who agreed on a 5-year deal with the Eagles. Financial details have yet to be announced. Third overall selection, Tyson Jackson, is believed to have signed the biggest deal with Chief’s history after coming to terms on a five year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. On the other end, Michael Crabtree, who was selected 10th overall has said he is prepared to sit out the entire season and enter the 2010 Draft if he does not receive a legitimate contract proposal.

The New England Patriots signed former Oakland Raider quarterback, Andrew Walter, after he was released by Oakland last Thursday. Following the Patriots release of cornerback Deltha Oneal, the Houston Texans signed him along with running back Andre Hall. Oneal’s former team, the Bengals, also made a signing of their own after coming to terms with tight end Matt Sherry.

Derrick Burgess, who was disgruntled with the Oakland Raiders, has been traded to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick. Burgess was a two time pro bowler after racking up 16 sacks in 2005, followed by an 11 sack performance the year after.

The NFL has decided to stand firm on their decision to suspend running back of the Buffalo Bills, Marshawn Lynch, for three games. This comes after Lynch violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

One of the suspects in the killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has requested a withdrawal of his guilty plea. Venjah Hunt was due in court Friday to ask for this request. The trail is to begin on January 18th for all suspects involved.

After suspending the 2009 season in hopes of continuance in 2010, the AFL is close to declaring bankruptcy, after 22 years as an organized league. This comes as no surprise, as the Arena Football League has gone through many troubles the past year.

Whoever said tweeting couldn’t get you in trouble, they were wrong. Cornerback for the San Diego Chargers, Antonio Cromartie was fined by the club for his complaint about the food in training camp through the social networking site. Cromartie was fined $2,500.

With the Major League Baseball’s trading deadline ending last week, there were many deals that were made, except the highly anticipated Halladay sweepstakes, in which the ace pitcher remained with his team past the deadline. Some key acquisitions though, were ace pitch Jake Peavy who went to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for prospects Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell. Another big deal was the Cleveland Indian’s trading away catcher Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for right-hander Justin Masterson and minor league pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. Scott Rolen went to the Reds, while the Yankees received Jerry Hairston from the Red’s for prospect catcher, Chase Weems.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder along with pitcher Guillermo Mota were fined by the MLB for their scuffle this week. Mota hit Prince with the ball, that ignited Prince try to retaliate after the game. Both were not suspended however.

After being confirmed that David Ortiz was on the list of players who tested positive in 2003, Ortiz is set to meet with player union head Michael Weiner.

Andrew Thomas Gallo, the man charged for the killing of Angel’s pitcher Nick Adenhart will return to court November 9th, as that is when his trial date was set late last week. Gallo is charge with three counts of second degree murder, three felonies, and one misdemeanor.

In Roger Clemens’ perjury case, they will have to wait another week to hear the story of a former gym owner, whose testimony was postponed till August 11th.

The NBA and the players union have opened the negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement, as the current one runs till 2011. The meeting was said to be 3 ½ hours long. No deal was completed.

Portland Trail Blazers guard, Brandon Roy, has agreed on a five-year deal worth $80 million. The two-time All-Star lead his team to a 54-28 record last year, and Portland hopes he will be able to replicate that success for years to come.

Rashard Lewis was suspended 10 games by the NBA for an elevated testosterone level.

Judge Redfield T. Baum has delayed a hearing on the owner of the Phoenix Coyotes and lawyers for filing confidential documents for the public to see. Baum is also deciding whether to allow Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie to take part in the September 10th auction for the team.

Minor league pitcher Julio Castillo received 30 days in jail for his part in injuring a fan during an altercation in Daytona last year. Castillo threw a baseball, which stuck and injured a fan. That’s all the sports law news today.

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