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A new opportunity

16 March 2010 2 comments

People of Earth:

I am pleased to announce that I have been offered an awesome opportunity to become a writer for SB Nation’s Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and I have graciously accepted the offer and will start writing for the website in the near future.

Some of you may be familiar with SB Nation, and some of you may not be. For those who are not: SB Nation is a sports blog site that is full of fan blogs for pretty much every team in every sport. Regardless of what your favorite team (or sport) is, there is a blog for you to join and be a part of a community with other fans just like you. CSR is, in my opinion, one of the best sports blogs on the planet – not because I’m now a part of the writing staff, but because the fans there all understand the concept of being a true fan, and there is a true camaraderie involved. CSR will make any Panthers fan feel right at home, and if the other team blogs are anything like CSR, you must join and get involved with your favorite team now, because you will truly enjoy the experience.

What does this mean for the status of The Panther Playbook? Nothing, really. I’m still going to maintain this blog, so don’t worry about that (because I’m sure you were nervously awaiting confirmation that this blog would still be active).  I just wanted to share this exciting information with everyone, and invite anyone reading this to take a look at CSR (or any other team site you would like to look at).

Thank you for reading.

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RIP Chris Henry

17 December 2009 7 comments

Official police reports now claim that former Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry has died from multiple injuries sustained in an automobile accident yesterday.

According to several reports, Henry was involved in a domestic dispute with his fiancee yesterday when he allegedly jumped in the back of a moving pickup truck his fiancee was driving, and was later thrown from the vehicle. His body was found on the side of a residential road in Charlotte, NC and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:30 this morning.

While I do think what he did was monumentally stupid, now is not the time to discuss what he could have done to avoid this mess. However, I wrote an article about this story for my weekly column at You Gab Sports, primarily focusing on Henry’s lack of responsibility in the situation (and the premature reports of his death). If you’re interested in reading it, you can do so by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that it was written before Henry passed away, and it should not be taken as “speaking ill of the dead” — because he was alive at the time the article was written, and the primary focus of the article was on the premature report of his death by the media, not the domestic situation between him and his fiancee*.

My condolences to the Bengals and the family of Chris Henry.

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* – In other words, please don’t think I’m being insensitive.

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Charges against Beason to be dropped

11 December 2009 1 comment

Awesome development in the Jon Beason case involving the night-club incident where he allegedly attacked a fellow patron of the club in a “drug-related dispute”.

The Herald, via CSR:

Mecklenburg County prosecutors won’t pursue the criminal charges filed against Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, his attorney said Friday.

Attorney George Laughrun received a two-page notice that the case was being dismissed, saying that the Mecklenburg County district attorney’s office didn’t find sufficient evidence to continue to the case.

“That was a pretty big vindication of Jon,” Laughrun said.

There is still a pending civil suit in the case, but the good news is Beason won’t face any jail time and will have less to worry about when he prepares to play every week.

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Beason to face civil lawsuit

2 December 2009 Leave a comment

Found this article today while surfing the web.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason was sued Tuesday by a team fan who claims Beason beat him last month at the Uptown Cabaret.

Gregory C. Frye claims in his lawsuit the Nov. 15 attack occurred after he told another Panthers player that he had seen Beason “up at the lake doing coke with some girl.”

Beason, 24, was arrested Monday and accused of punching Frye in the face at the Morehead Street strip club after the team’s win over Atlanta.

Beason, one of the Panthers’ team captains and their leading tackler, adamantly denies attacking Frye and the drug allegations, said his attorney George Laughrun.

“I think Mr. Frye is living in fantasyland if he thinks Jon Beason ever snorted cocaine,” Laughrun said.

Frye’s suit claims he went to the annual Lake Bash at Lake Norman in June and saw Beason and an attractive woman “engaging in what he believed to be snorting cocaine.”

The suit then describes what Frye, 29, alleges happened at the nightclub after he told Panthers tight end Dante Rosario that he had seen Beason doing cocaine.

Frye claims Beason’s driver/bodyguard later approached him, saying: “Whatever you said about Beason, he’s really pissed. You need to go talk to him.”

Frye says a short time later Beason approached him “in a noticeably angry manner, cursing and yelling at Frye about the ‘cocaine’ statement.”

To cool things down, Frye said, he suggested talking outside.

Frye says he took one step and turned to see if Beason was following.

“Just as Frye turned around, Beason hit him with a crushing right blow to his left eye/nose area,” the suit says. “When the blow landed, Frye saw a streak of light, his legs buckled, and he fell to the floor.”

Frye claims he was kicked as he tried to get up. When he got to his feet, he alleges, Beason struck him again on the left side of his head, causing him to stagger back as someone handed him a rag to catch blood rushing from his nose.

Frye says he didn’t raise a hand or provoke Beason, and that he didn’t fight back.

The lawsuit alleges that Beason was asked if he had struck Frye, and that Beason responded “something along the lines of, ‘Yeah, I hit him. It might cost me a hundred grand, but you don’t go around telling people I’m doing coke …'”

Frye says he suffered a crushed nasal cavity, a facial fracture and swelling on the left side of his head. He is seeking damages in excess of $10,000.

Frye has a history of criminal charges and civil complaints, according to court records.

Among them: He sued a woman in 2005 for assault and battery and for medical costs, records show, but the case was dismissed. He was charged in 2008 with assaulting a female. That case was also dismissed.

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