Curran: Owners try for another P.R. score


Curran: Owners try for another P.R. score

By TomE. Curran
Classic. Just classic. The NFL sent out a press release Wednesday saying it will deposit 177 million on Wednesday to complete the funding for the 2010 season. The press release notes that the total amount funded by owners for the 2010 season will be 245 million. What did they hold, a bake sale? Collect cans? Was this out of the goodness of their benevolent hearts? No. No. And no. They did it because they're supposed to. It's part of the deal, ya know, paying employees pension, medical, disability etc. This would be like the Patriots sending out a press release saying they paid Ron Brace his 586,000 salary. Of course, that 245 million is just 176 million less than the 421 million the owners wrangled out of DirecTV to pay the NFL if there's a lockout for the 2011 season. Until Judge David Doty said, essentially, "You can't take 421 million for yourselves for NOT HOLDING GAMES and then NOT SHARE IT WITH THE PLAYERS IN THE 60-40 SPLIT YOU'RE OBLIGATED TO."But this is just another example of the NFL playing chess while the employees are playing . . . tic-tac-toe. Total non-story that, if you just let it wash over you without processing, becomes another log on the owner's "aren't we generous" fire. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.