8:00 PM WDTV reports witness intimidation charges against West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwoodhave been dropped. Smallwood faced the charges involving a 2012 shooting death in Wilmington, Delaware.
7:45 PM Former pro wrestler & Minnesota governor Jesse Venturawon a $1.8 million defamation lawsuit against the estate of former Navy SEAL turned author Chris Kyle. Kyle claimed in his book "American Sniper" that he punched out Ventura at a bar, an incident Ventura denied ever happened.
7:30 PM A jury on Monday found Ed Thomas not guilty in the October 18 shooting death of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed. A second suspect, Kristopher Pratt, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Reed's death.
7:15 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said on Tuesday about wanting to play in the NFL until he's 45: "I'm serious. But I'm not delusional. I know that that's something that would be extremely difficult to do."
Adrian Peterson enjoyed lotsa notable, public accomplishments during his decorated Oklahoma football career. But while he was still enrolled at Norman, he authored one virtually unknown feat that some of you may end up cherishing more than his trampling K-State.
In 2006, Peterson was named to the Playboy All-American team. As part of the honor he posed for a photo that appeared in September ‘06 issue of Playboy Magazine. The very next month, in the October ‘06 issue of Playboy, his current fiancee Ashley Brown posed nude for the magazine’s “Girls of the Big 12″ issue as an Oklahoma coed.
I checked around with some NFL, Twin Cities and OKC media sources today about the couple and it turns out Peterson started dating Brown his freshman year at OU. She now lives with him in Minneapolis and was most recently spotted with the NFL player during a trip South Africa before the World Cup.
The couple has been engaged for some time but Peterson hasn’t announced the news to the media. A 2007 story about the Peterson and Brown by WCCO radio referred to her as Peterson’s girlfriend. Read more…
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports today that Adrian Peterson was popped for a 109-in-a-55(!) speeding ticket last weekend:
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson said Thursday that he’ll be more careful after police clocked him driving 109 mph on a suburban Minneapolis highway over the weekend and cited him for speeding.
Peterson told The Associated Press he “got a little speeding ticket. I need to be more aware of the speed I was going and not let it happen again.”
Peterson was pulled Saturday night at 8:30 while driving his BMW through a 55-mph zone on “a normally busy stretch of road known as the Crosstown that connects Minneapolis with southern and western suburbs.”
What’s interesting is that police are saying it was a “routine” traffic stop. Read more…
The NFL opening weekend continues on Saturday, and a whole lotta eyes will be on the shores of Lake Erie, where the Minnesota Vikings will pay a visit to the Cleveland Browns. Most folks will be watching to see how Brett Favre does with his new team now that the games actually count. But the Vikes also have another primetime player in the backfield in electric RB Adrian Peterson.
However, had things shaken up differently in the draft two years ago, Peterson could be running like mad for this Sunday’s opponent - Purple Jesus could have been Brown Jesus. And a former Cleveland personnel staffer says his team screwed up by not picking Peterson.
While the news, which we tripped across at COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK, is a slight publicity hit to Peterson — who didn’t do anything wrong to earn the trouble himself — it’s a crushing blow to the NIACC program, quite literally. The team needed at least $150,000 to continue operating, and with the revelation that Peterson’s donation was, well, never a donation, the school is shuttering the football program altogether, effective immediately.
• THE DENVER POST throws out news that Mark Grace says he was only joking, but the Rockies aren’t laughing about the commentator’s comments that pitcher Manny Corpas“didn’t have enough Vaseline on that ball.”
VIKES’ PETERSON TEARS KNEE LIGAMENT, OUT NEXT WEEK: Adrian Peterson is out for next week’s game after suffering a torn knee:
BLOOMBERG reports the Vikings running back tore a knee ligament after getting hit by the Packers’ Al Harris during Minnesota’s 34-0 loss to Green Bay.But don’t jump out of any windows yet, fantasy football owners. Coach Brad Childress said Peterson’s injury would not require surgery.
“The good news is that the knee otherwise is stable. I’m told that’s a good-healing ligament. So if it was a lineman, maybe he’s braced up and plays this week.”
There’s no set time for Peterson’s return to the sidelines. But it’s a safe bet that Purple Jesus will rise again.