Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchel was in court this week down in Orlando in front of a Federal judge who the former People's Champ hoped would show him some mercy. FredEx claims that head injuries he suffered playing football contributed to the tax fraud he plead guilty to earlier this year.
The details are sparse but WFTV out of Orlando had a reporter in the courtroom and writes:
Freddie Mitchell's attorneys had the judge watch a two-hour documentary about the link between NFL football and brain injuries.
The Lakeland native argued the disorder contributed to his crime.
Philadelphia Magazine reports the documentary was the very controversial PBS Frontline documentary "League of Denial."
We've had some fun at Freddie's expense over the years, but head injuries are not a matter worth joking about. That said, I think it's safe to question whether there really is a tie-in with head injuries here or if Mitchell is just looking for a remotely plausible excuse to get some leniency.
You can watch video of Mitchell entering the courtroom and his lawyer talking here. Freddie is not quoted on the case but he does get in a line about the reporter being at the court but not at any of his charity events.
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CAMDEN, N.J. -- The first matchup between the oversized point guards will have to wait.
Ben Simmons will not face off against Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is sidelined because of soreness in his right knee, in the Sixers' Saturday evening game against the Bucks. Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 blocks per game this season.
That’s not the only absence.
Jerryd Bayless, who had started in place of JJ Redick (leg), is out with a sore left wrist. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gets the nod at shooting guard.
“It’s another opportunity to show up and make some shots and prove that I can do that,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said at shootaround, also noting he has to play tough defense on Eric Bledsoe (17.7 points per game).
Reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon will also miss the game because of a personal matter, per the Journal Sentinel. Brogdon beat out Joel Embiid and Dario Saric for the award last season.
Markelle Fultz (right shoulder) remains out. He worked on free throws, driving drills, and knocked down a jumper in the portion of shootaround available to the media.