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November 2019 Archives

Nike Athletes Caught In Doping Agency Tiff

Alberto Salazar won the New York City Marathon three consecutive times, starting in 1980. He went on to an acclaimed coaching career that includes Olympic and world champion distance runners like Mo Farah. Following a lengthy fight with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), he was suspended last month for four years (he has subsequently appealed that suspension, and the appeal is pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport). USADA did not, however, punish any of his athletes, and the arbitration decision concluded that there was no evidence that any of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project had received any banned substances from Salazar (or Nike).

Kaepernick workout comes with more drama

There was more finger-pointing on November 16 between quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the NFL. The black-balled quarterback has not taken a snap since 2017 and has since settled his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the NFL. As a symbol that the two sides buried the hatchet, the NFL with help from rapper Jay-Z announced on November 12 that it organized an open workout for Kaepernick so professional teams could get a look at the quarterback.

Kellen Winslow II Defense Cites CTE

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II was recently back in court to face a variety of charges again involving sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old girl in 2003 when she was passed out. He also pleaded guilty to felony sexual battery charges involving a 54-year-old homeless woman he picked up hitchhiking in 2018 and assaulting another homeless woman that same year. Last June, a jury convicted him of exposing himself to a female neighbor and committing a lewd act against a woman in a local gym. 

Patrick Day's death is the 4th in professional boxing this year

Boxing has been called "the sweet science," but the untrained eye likely sees two muscular athletes moving around a ring punching each other, ideally trying to knock the opponent out with a blow to the face. There is, of course, endless hours of training as well as refining the boxer's technique, which includes strategy and footwork. Nevertheless, it is a deadly sport.

Gronk recently reveals the extent of head injuries

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised many when he announced his retirement in March of 2019. Hot off a Superbowl victory and just 29 years old, the all-pro said at the time that he had enough, adding that football was no longer fun for him. He has since gone on to endorse CBDMedico for treatment of the chronic pain issues he felt on a day-to-day basis.

NCAA reverses course on athletes' compensation

The NCAA's governing board made a surprising but necessary reversal in allowing financial compensation to college athletes. The unanimous vote by the organization's board of governors will enable student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.

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