Story: Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is so far willing to forgive and forget after two male teens admitted to police that they defaced the player’s front lawn. Hamburg police Sgt. Thomas Best said Wednesday night that McKelvin is refusing to press charges against two 16-year-olds, who said they were the ones who spray-painted a message and an obscenity across the grass in front of the player’s home shortly after the Bills’ season-opening 25-24 loss at New England on Monday night.
After the Patriots scored to cut Buffalo’s lead to 24-19, McKelvin was faulted for not taking a knee in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff. Instead, he ran the ball out and had the ball stripped from his hands. The Patriots recovered at the Bills’ 31 and scored the decisive touchdown three plays later.
Reaction: Officer Best, the best way to handle this is force the kids to attend Bills games for the rest of the season. Sitting next to Terrell Owens.
Story: Gilbert Arenas says he’s back to his explosive self but is wondering if it’s the Wizards’ fault that it has taken him so long to get back to normal. Arenas, who worked with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago this summer, told The Washington Times that his injuries are in the past. …
But While Arenas praised Grover for saving his career, he blamed the Wizards for giving him too much control over his failed comebacks from surgery the past two seasons.
“If you have a kid that loves basketball, that eats, sleeps, drinks and thinks basketball and all he knows is basketball and he gets hurt and he’s your franchise player, you need to hold him back from himself,” Arenas told the newspaper. “If I’m saying I feel good and you know it’s supposed to take six months, instead of letting me at four months run … they should have held me back. Rather than saying, ‘Let’s let this guy do what he wants and use him to sell tickets’ — sometimes you have to protect players from themselves. I don’t feel like I got that type of protection. But, I don’t judge them for that. Some things just happen. I told them I felt OK because I wanted to play, and they did what they did.”
Reaction: Just blog about it next time, Gil. We miss the blogging.
Story: The New York Jets’ defenders are talking big for their Week 2 matchup against the New England Patriots. Earlier this week, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins called this game the Jets’ “Super Bowl” and on Wednesday, free safety Kerry Rhodes said he wanted to “embarrass” the Patriots.
The Patriots (1-0) have owned the Jets (1-0) since Bill Belichick became their coach in 2000, going 13-6, including one playoff game, against New York. Tom Brady and Co. have won the past eight games played against the Jets at the Meadowlands.
“You go out from the first quarter on, from the first play on, and try to embarrass them,” Rhodes said, according to the New York Daily News. “Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them. Try to make them feel bad when they leave here. We don’t want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them, ‘We’re not backing down from you and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck, it’s not going to be a mistake.’ ”
Reaction: No pressure, Sanchez — aka, the San-chise. Now go out and embarass Tom Brady in the second game of your professional career.
Story: Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Police say the 28-year-old Rogers was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he refused a Breathalyzer test. Results of a blood test are pending.
Rogers was arraigned Thursday on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating without a valid license. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond and didn’t have an attorney on record with the court. A pretrial conference is set for Monday.
The second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft served a 30-day jail sentence, with credit for 15 days, earlier this year instead of staying in an intensive counseling program after violating probation in a domestic violence case.
Reaction: Once again, Rogers couldn’t outrun the coverage.