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salberico


New York, NY

Member since 07 September 2010 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Being in the stands for the 2002 National Championship Game
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Scoonie Penn
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks (via NHLPA '93)
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: West Ham United

Recent Activity

Comment 12 Aug 2017

Kangaroo Court: "The NFL investigated him for over a year. There's a whole camera roll of the woman bruised up. Do the math."

I'm not all saying Zeke is innocent of anything and I would agree he definitely needs to chill and learn how to lay lower but "doing the math" and convicting someone (even publicly) on that is absolutely inappropriate and naive. Just because someone posts pictures and a story on the internet, it now becomes the truth? Why? Because an inept, interested third-party dragged their feet on an investigation? Again, the NFL had a history of bad PR here. They are in no way an unbiased, independent voice of reason.

Thank God for innocence until proven guilty in this country. And I'm sure you'd feel the same if someone was accusing you of crimes on the internet and it was your opinion (at worst) or the truth (at best) that the accusations were false. And if your employer confirmed these things under weak standards when the police/prosecutors didn't, I think you could, would and should say something to defend yourself. Never say never.

Comment 12 Aug 2017

Putting yourself in Zeke's position and comparing 11W to the NFL falls a bit short and leaves a lot on the table. It ignores fame, money, opportunity (I'm sure a joke is coming) in addition to the apples to oranges comparison (with inherent personal bias) of a longterm girlfriend versus whatever status the accuser had in this case. Obviously very different relationships and I don't mean that DV is appropriate in one or the other. I mean that the feelings and dynamics in those relationships are very different leading people to different levels of appreciation (and therefore potentially further actions). As for the "preponderance of evidence" which is a legal term, we know that is not the burden that the NFL holds its investigations to. We have established precedent from the Ted Wells report (works at the same law firm as my wife) on Tom Brady which concluded in their "opinion" it was "more probable than not" he knew based on the fact he deleted text messages and got rid of phone(s) as if he's the first famous person to constantly change cell phones. But in addition, in this case, we have no police arrest or DA charges following their investigation. So we have an organization with a history of bad PR and weak evidentiary standards playing judge, jury and executioner juxtapose the PD and DA. One does football as profession and the other investigates/prosecutes criminal activity for a living. Knowing the outcome of the criminal probe with the NFL saying there's substantial evidence he engages in physical violence against a female, the NFL is essentially taking the opposite position of the CPD/DA and potentially defaming Zeke which could cause him damages in a variety of ways (not that it'd be necessarily a good decision to sue the NFL for this cause of action).

Comment 09 Aug 2017

Hard to imagine Dragic going back to the Suns for a third stint. I think he left on bad terms with them the last time around too (i.e., demanded a trade and/or was mad about something with how they treated his brother). Can't remember all the details but I definitely think there were hard feelings between him and the team before he went to Miami.

Comment 13 Jun 2017

I think they'll give Chris Bosh a look on the cheap if he can pass a physical. I also think they'll explore PG13 at the expense of some sort of combo of Love, Shump, JR or TT and a pick (if Indy is listening). Maybe add Bogut once healthy. RJ/Frye likely will be gone Road Trippin. Wouldn't mind seeing DWill (PG) and Korver back in reserve rolls. I actually think the Cavs were closer to making this a series than most. I'd take the Cavs in a rematch next year even without too much personnel turnover for either team. Warriors' FAs include Iguodala, Livingston, Zaza, West, among others (McGee, Clark, McAdoo, Barnes) and they will not likely be able to retain Iggy and Livingston on top of a hefty raise for Curry and possibly Durant.

Comment 29 Jan 2016

Wall Street

American Psycho

Swingers

National Lampoon's Vacation

Whipped

Honorable Mentions: Fletch, Old School, American History X, Boiler Room, Big Lebowski, Glengarry Glenross, The Money Pit, Reservoir Dogs, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Natural Born Killers, Trainspotting

Comment 07 Dec 2015

I completely respect this view point. Obviously I'm just on the other side of the fence. Which makes sense since I do corporate defense work and not plaintiffs work.

My main point in this situation though, is that I think his best path to getting back to the top of his profession is going a different route. There are only a limited number of head coaching positions in D1 college football (especially Power 5). Even less so for a major, blue blood. Even if it's poor form, I think it's the reality that schools will see a very public dispute being litigated and shy away from him given the situation. IMHO, I just think if he wants to get another head coaching job somewhere/anywhere significant, I think his easier path is taking his lumps, getting better, seeking forgiveness and redemption and working his way back.

I also understand your point of bullying if USC is the one saying that. But not if other schools have those discussions behind close doors and nobody ever learns of them. Which is unfortunately what I think his reality will be. Head coaches are a significant investment for a university and those discussions are warranted for the risk averse if you ask me. 

Comment 07 Dec 2015

Agree this is likely a way to just pursue some type of settlement but suing the school cannot be good for his chances of getting another major head coaching job. Why would any school hire a guy with his past who has a proven penchant for litigation against his employer? To me, a step towards the right path of recovery is owning your mistakes and part of that is owning the consequences attached to your mistakes. In this case, it would be not only owning the firing but deserving nothing. In the long run, the better move for him would be to live the truth and try to move on and try to better himself. To me, that's the route that gets you forgiveness and a second chance at regaining what you once had (i.e., coaching again in his case).

Comment 20 Nov 2015

Who do you think I am? Christopher Columbo?

Comment 05 Jun 2015

Most Cleveland thing ever (from long time Clevelander)

Braxton...JT...Cardale

Love...Kyrie...???