Jerod Mayo Retires at the Age of 29
He was the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year in 2008, and a key cog in the Patriots 2015 Super Bowl run. After eight seasons in the NFL, Jerod Mayo is calling it a career. “After a lot of thought [my wife] Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life changing event … that of becoming a New England Patriot for the past 8 years,” Mayo wrote on Instagram.
“We are extremely grateful to ‘Thundercat’ [Patriots owner Robert Kraft], [Patriots president] Jonathan [Kraft], the Kraft family, Coach Belichick, the Pats organization, and the most amazing fans in contributing to these pages of our lives. As my family and I prepare for the future be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts. #51 JMayo.”
Mayo was the second-highest paid player on the Patriots behind franchise QB Tom Brady, but was unlikely to be kept past this season due to his high $11.4 million price tag. Although Mayo played every game in the recent regular season, he’s missed the end of the previous three due to knee, shoulder and pectoral injuries. Mayo retires as a two-time Pro Bowler.
WWE Announces The Global Cruiserweight Series
The gaping hole in your wrestling hearts for the WWE to reignite a Cruiserweight division is finally about to be filled. The WWE announced yesterday that The Global Cruiserweight Series will debut on July 13th at 9pm at Full Sail University live on the WWE Network.
“For the first time ever, WWE invites cruiserweights from all over the world to compete in the inaugural Global Cruiserweight Series,” the WWE said in a statement. “Thirty-two of the greatest in-ring competitors under 205 lbs. will descend upon Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., and collide for 10 weeks to earn the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world.”
The potential for this is pretty astounding if the WWE is really willing to get the best cruiserweights from around the world. Rumored participants are WWE stars Neville and Kalisto, NXT upstarts and indie darlings Tommaso Ciampa, Rich Swann and Johnny Gargano, as well as Akira Tozawa, Zack Sabre Jr., and quite possibly a returning Matt Sydal/Evan Bourne. We can all pray to the wrestling Gods that contracted, but incredible talents like Ricochet/Prince Puma, KUSHDA and more are invited in some way.
Blake Griffin Is Really, Really Sorry
With his name heavily on the trading blocks, Blake Griffin spoke out to the media for the first time since his attack on the friend/Clippers equipment manager who broke his hand and left the All-Star forward on the sidelines. Although it doesn’t seem like the Clippers will be moving their star forward anytime soon, Griffin did own up to the mess he made in his first official comments to the media.
“I just want to say that I have had a lot of time to reflect, and that I am very truly, truly sorry for what happened,” said Griffin. “It was a situation between two friends that kind of got out of hand and I exercised poor judgment. I have spoken to Matias about it. I have spoken to my teammates about it … coaches. The last people to apologize to are the fans, and to show them how sorry I am for this situation. You know, something I feel awful about.”
You can watch the video of the apology below.
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