Truth & Rumors: Nov. 23, 2004
Posted: Tuesday November 23, 2004 10:49AM; Updated: Tuesday November 23, 2004 4:13PM
Baseball's Hot Stove is heating up with a flurry of rumors and gossip. To keep you up-to-date, we've created a special edition of Hot Stove Truth & Rumors.
Authorities in Auburn Hills, Mich., confirmed yesterday that they intend to file charges against members of the Indiana Pacers -- as well as a number of fans -- involved in Friday night's brawl during a game between the Pacers and Pistons. "Charges are forthcoming," Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca said in a phone interview. Gorcyca is waiting until all the evidence is gathered before charging individuals, a process that will take at least two weeks, said Lt. James Manning of the Auburn Hills Police Department. The investigation has been slowed by the sheer volume of altercations captured on video.
Police have also begun investigating new reports that Indiana reserve center David Harrison struck a man during the melee but apparently out of camera range. "The information that we've received is that Harrison hit a 60-year-old man without any provocation," Gorcyca said. Harrison declined comment.
The NBA Players Association will file an appeal on the suspensions of Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson today or Wednesday and seek an expedited hearing with an arbitrator.
The Pacers have not hinted whom they will sign to replace the three suspended players, and do not plan to have anyone in place by tonight. Forward Randy Holcomb, shooting guard Desmon Farmer and point guard Rashad Wright were the final players cut in training camp, and earned high marks from the coaching staff for their effort and talent.
Trade speculation has the Grizzlies supposedly offering Bonzi Wells and Mike Miller in a deal for Toronto's Vince Carter. Not true, a Grizzly insider emphatically insisted.
When Antawn Jamison was a rookie at Golden State struggling with his confidence and his limited role on the team, Vince Carter was his sounding board. Six years later, Jamison and Carter have reversed roles. "We've been talking every day and I've been listening," Jamison said. "My main thing is that he has to enjoy what he's doing. Because now, he's not enjoying it at all. You can just see it."
Denver and the Bulls have discussed a trade that would send fourth-year big man Tyson Chandler to the Nuggets.
Browns coach Butch Davis is on the verge of being fired. Owner Randy Lerner has grown weary of the losing and contemplated firing Davis on Monday, following Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Jets.
Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli will be a coveted candidate to run the Browns if Davis leaves or cuts back on his responsibilities.
After giving up two touchdowns and several big plays in the 27-19 win over the Chiefs, Patriots cornerback Earthwind Moreland was one of the first players to leave the locker room at Arrowhead Stadium last night. The sticker bearing Moreland's name and number above his locker was ripped off by the time the media entered the room. It was the only sticker removed. Time will tell if he's welcomed back.
Retired Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said of playing football, "I decided I don't want to do this. It's not worth it. I'm closer to being happy. I'm doing things that make me happy. In football, I loved to practice and I loved to play. But I hated to be in meetings, hated to talk to the media, hated to have cameras in my face, hated to sign autographs. I hated to do all those things." -- San Francisco Chronicle
The long-expected four-game suspension of Seahawks wide receiver Koren Robinson for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy became official yesterday.
The Ravens will work out running backs today and may sign one before the start of practice tomorrow. Some of the more experienced running backs available include James Jackson, Jamel White, Aveion Cason, Trung Canidate, Lamar Smith, Stacey Mack and James Stewart.
After watching running back Ahman Green (ribs), backup Walter Williams (ankle) and fullback Nick Luchey (shoulder) exit in the first half of a 16-13, come-from-behind victory over Houston on Sunday night, the Packers did not bring in any free-agent running backs Monday. But they generally bring in players for workouts on Tuesdays and might look at a couple of available running backs.
Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley vowed he would start against the 49ers. ''I'll play on Sunday regardless of what's going on,'' Feeley said. ``If I have to get shot up five or six times, I'll do it.''
If Olindo Mare can't prove he is ready to handle field goals and kickoffs, the Dolphins likely will bring in a kicker as early as Wednesday. Matt Bryant, who filled in for Mare during his four-week injured stint, could be a candidate.
Former Vikings vice president Jeff Diamond, who left last season as president of the Titans, could be the next president of the Dolphins, who are expected to clean out their front office at the end of the season.
Giants GM Ernie Accorsi must put better players around Eli Manning to give him a chance to play the first Sunday in February in years to come. There are two intriguing names in free agency: Indy's Marvin Harrison and Pittsburgh's Plaxico Burress.
Oilers GM. Kevin Lowe said he would resign if the current economic system does not change. ''I would not do this job for another four years under what I just went through the last four years," he said. "It was too difficult, too difficult emotionally, spiritually, psychologically.'' In recent years, Edmonton has dealt key players like Curtis Joseph, Doug Weight, Bill Guerin and Anson Carter for financial concerns.
Guerin, who is an NHLPA vice president, said on the lack of negotiations since Sept. 9: "We've given (the owners) well-thought-out proposals and (Gary Bettman is) not willing to negotiate. What we've gotten back is just ridiculous. We presented a proposal with hundreds of pages of fine details. What we got back is six concepts and the longest one may have been 230 words and some were 30 words. You know what that is? That's no effort. (Bettman) is not being serious."
Lawyers for Atlanta forward Dany Heatley are considering a plea bargain as he awaits his next round of court proceedings in Atlanta on Monday. Heatley is charged with first- and second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and speeding in connection with a crash last year that killed his teammate Dan Snyder.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with improper conduct for his outspoken criticism of Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after Arsenal's defeat at Old Trafford last month. Following the Gunners' 2-0 defeat, an angry Wenger told reporters: "We know how Van Nistelrooy behaves. He can only cheat people." Wenger will face a possible fine and official censure from the FA if he is found guilty.
Manchester United Alex Ferguson becomes only the third manager to pilot 1,000 matches with a single team tonight when the Red Devils face Lyon in Champions League play.