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Manziel needs buffer from fans, teammate says


Manziel needs buffer from fans, teammate says

Ever seen the “Mean Tweets” segments from Jimmy Kimmel’s show? Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel gets the same kind of reaction when he’s out in public, a teammate says.

Cornerback Joe Haden, who hangs out with Manziel, tells cleveland.com: "I'm walking around with Johnny and we're leaving a little restaurant. We're walking back to valet going to the car, and then, you just hear, 'How was rehab?' I'm like, 'Dude, you're just getting at him when we're chilling, leaving the restaurant,' so it's just negativity that people are trying to get a reaction out of him, and it's upsetting.''

Though coach Mike Pettine declared it a “non-story,” Manziel had a run-in with a harassing fan at a hotel near Dallas over the weekend, reportedly throwing a water bottle in the young man’s direction. No one was hurt and no charges were filed.

Haden suggests Manziel could use his own security detail when he’s out and about.

“I mean, they were heckling him for two hours,” Haden says of the latest incident. “I mean, can somebody please get the kid away from him? It gets annoying. It gets to the point where people are just out to say stuff just to get a reaction out of people, and I think we've got to look at it that way, too. … You should just have somebody, some security or somebody be able to get around the situation.”

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.