Terrell Owens is literally in the humble pie business for a new Super Bowl spot.
The one-time brash NFL receiver joins fellow league vets Emmitt Smith, Larry Allen, Brett Favre and Franco Harris in a commercial for Wix, a service that allows anyone to create their own website.
In the ad, Owens builds a website for his new pie selling business, Humble Pies, while Pittsburgh Steelers legend Harris turns his “immaculate reception” into Immaculate Receptions, a website for his new business of hosting wedding receptions.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Bryant, who was being examined by team doctors Friday, suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, though sources said he has been dealing with the injury since the preseason.
Lakers coach Byron Scott expressed his concern during Friday morning’s shootaround in San Antonio.
“Yeah I’m worried,” Scott said. “We all in the organization are worried about it.”
Bryant, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers for $25 million, apparently aggravated the injury with 4:14 left in the third quarter against the Pelicans when he drove baseline for a two-handed dunk.
“It felt fine when I went up, didn’t feel too good when I came down,” Bryant said after the game.
The 19-year veteran grabbed his shoulder as he ran back down the court and checked out of the game a few minutes later.
Bryant checked back in with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and immediately favored his shoulder. He tried to rebound and dribble with his left hand, but it became clear something was wrong when he shot and made a turnaround 14-foot jumper with just his left hand.
“Obviously after I saw that everything he did was with the left hand, I knew then, let’s get him out of there,” Scott said after the game.
Scott said Friday that he believed that Bryant, who played just six games last season after recovering from Achilles and knee injuries, could rehab another injury if need be.
“This is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around as far as dealing with injuries and things like that and being able to come back,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done after the Achilles and he came back pretty strong.
“Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way. I think he’ll rehab it if that’s the case and then we’ll have to wait and see.”
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is taking “full responsibility” for his mistakes and hoping for a second chance in the NFL following an arbitrator’s decision to overturn his indefinite suspension for the assault of his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino.
Rice, who was reinstated to the NFL on Friday, spoke about his future in football during an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
Asked what it would take for a team to sign him, Rice said, “They would have to be willing to look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night, and I took full responsibility for it. And one thing about my punishment and everything going along with anything that happened is that I’ve accepted it. I went fully forward with it. I never complained, or I never did anything like that. I took full responsibility for everything that I did, and the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance.”
Accompanied by Janay and her parents during the interview, Rice also said he would be willing to “sacrifice” for his wife in the event that no team would want him.
“If I never play football again, I’ll be honest with you, I would adapt into life and I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future,” he said.
At least four teams have expressed interest in Rice, multiple league sources recently told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Two of those teams are the Colts and Saints, although neither team is expected to pursue him, sources told Schefter.
The NFC West-leading Cardinals also are not considering signing Rice, a league source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. Despite the hip injury suffered this past Sunday by starting running back Andre Ellington, the Cardinals have “no interest” in Rice, according to the source.
A source close to Rice told Werder that the priority is to have the three-time Pro Bowler signed with a team by this weekend.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting Janay, his then-fiancée, emerged and began widely circulating. The Ravens released Rice that day. The incident occurred in February inside an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.
Rice said during the interview that he is “horribly sorry for everything that I have put my family through.”
“We all just want our lives back,” he said. “I realize football was one thing, but now I realize that the amount of people we’ve affected, the amount of families we’ve affected, that domestic violence is a real issue in society.
“We could take our one bad night, it just happened to be on video, but we are truly sorry to the people that are really going through it. You know, it’s a real problem. And I know when the time is right, I know my wife wants to help, I know I want to help.”
The Rices had a June meeting with Goodell, who initially issued a two-game suspension before increasing it to indefinite after the release of the in-elevator video.
Janay Rice told the “Today” show in a different interview that Goodell wasn’t being honest when he said her husband was “ambiguous” about hitting her.
“I know for a fact … that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February,” Janay Rice told the “Today” show in an interview that was broadcast Monday.
As for Goodell, she said: “I can’t say he’s telling the truth.”
Ray Rice acknowledged that he understands inquiries into whether prior instances of domestic violence had occurred with his wife.
“I truly understand that, and one thing you learn is that, we weren’t in a perfect relationship,” he said. “No relationship is perfect. We’ve had arguments, but when you talk about abuse, that’s something that we know that we’d never cross that path. … (The incident in the elevator) was just very uncharacteristic of myself. I take responsibility. That was very uncharacteristic.”
Multiple outlets are reporting that former BALTIMORE RAVENS running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. He’s now eligible to sign with any NFL team.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a VIDEO of him hitting his then-fiancée was released publicly.
Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified under oath Nov. 6 in Rice’s appeal hearing that he heard the former Baltimore running back tell Goodell during his June 16 disciplinary hearing that he had hit his then-fiancée in a casino HOTEL elevator, sources told “Outside the Lines.”
Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension ended Nov. 6 in the OFFICES of Judge Barbara Jones, who decided the appeal outcome. Rice also testified, as did his wife, Janay.
DETAILS of what Rice and his wife testified to Nov. 6 and what Goodell said Nov. 5 were not released because of a gag order that Jones imposed. But sources said Newsome backed Rice’s previous accounts of what he told Goodell. Goodell spent the majority of his time testifying under cross-examination by outside union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, sources said.
Rice, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowler and helped the Ravens WIN Super Bowl XLVII. He rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons with Baltimore.
Ray Rice will reportedly sit down with Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the elevator footage of his domestic incident rocked the NFL and caused his suspension.
According to TMZ, the interview is expected to air sometime between now and Nov. 26, and it’s unclear if Ray’s wife Janay Rice will participate in the interview.
Rice hasn’t spoken publically since the video was released but did appear at a New Rochelle, N.Y. HIGH SCHOOL football game in September. Janay Rice has used social media to express herself, posting pleas for privacy on Instagram after the video surfaced and tweeting about offensive Ray Rice Halloween costumes.