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Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

SAN DIEGO (AP) Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his foundation are suing one of the former organizers of his celebrity golf tournament in southern California, saying the organizer cheated benefactors of the foundation out of thousands of dollars he kept for his own marketing firm.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against David Miller and Integrated Sports Marketing in San Diego Superior Court, says Miller negotiated a favorable hotel rate for celebrity guests at the La Costa Resort earlier this year, then collected higher room rates, keeping the difference.

Now Brees wants his representatives to audit ISM's books from the past three tournaments to which he lent his name.

Miller said he has not seen Brees' lawsuit and cannot comment other than to point out that Brees failed to uphold his end of their marketing deal and that counter-claims are forthcoming.

``ISM will review that complaint and, when required, will be filing a counterclaim setting forth the acts and conduct of Mr. Brees and his agents that constitute breach of contract and misappropriation,'' Miller said.

Brees has been advised by attorneys not to comment on the case at this time. However, one of his lawyers, James Bo Pearl, said ``The reputation and goodwill of Drew and Brittany Brees are inextricably intertwined with the foundation, and this lawsuit was filed to protect the good work the foundation is doing.''

``The foundation placed its wholesale trust in ISM, but the company's failure to abide by the terms of their agreements made litigation unavoidable,'' Pearl added.

In addition to the ability to audit ISM's books concerning the golf event, the Brees Dream lawsuit asks for the return of ISM's profits plus punitive damages.

Drew Brees has said in past interviews about his foundation work that virtually all of the money taken in goes directly to the charities that benefit, with negligible, if any amounts kept to cover costs. Brees and his wife take no salary from the foundation, nor does the marketing agent who helps them run it.

The foundation says it has donated more than $13 million to charitable causes and academic institutions, usually to the benefit of cancer patients, cancer research and to improve the lives of children or families in need.

ISM has run the golf outing for 14 years, with former NFL quarterback Stan Humphries acting as honorary host the first 10. ISM asked Brees to lend his name to the event in 2009, and the event has benefited Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Friends of Scott Foundation and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

Carol Damon-Sherer, interim executive director of the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, said her organization values its relationship with the Breeses, who have often visited the hospital bearing gifts for children there.

``We value their support,'' she said, adding that the hospital also has a good relationship with ISM.

``Both entities have been supportive of Rady Children's Hospital for many years,'' she said. ``I'm sorry the folks have a difference of opinion. I don't know what the circumstances are. That's between them.''

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

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In talking 2018 NFL draft, Doug Williams actually explained Redskins' free agency

The Redskins spent modestly in 2018 free agency, and plenty of fans thought the team should have shelled out much bigger bucks. Talking with sources around the Ashburn facility, a prevaling notion became clear that the Washington brass believed they had a strong team in 2017, but they lost their chance to compete because of injuries. 

Well, the secret is out. Doug Williams said as much on Tuesday. 

"Coming out of Richmond last year, I liked this football team. I think we’ve got a tough football team, a smart football team. Some things you can’t control," Williams said Tuesday in a pre-draft media session. "We were very competitive up to a certain point, and when you have the injuries that we have, at a certain point, that competitive edge, you lose it because your best players are not playing."

Williams' words were true, and telling. 

First the true part:

  • In Washington's first five games of 2017, the team went 3-2. The Redskins only lost to eventual the Super Bowl champs Philadelphia and AFC West champs Kansas City. Washington only gave up more than 100 yards rushing once in those first five games, before rookie Jonathan Allen got hurt and the defense began to look much different. After Week 5, the Redskins only held one team under 100 yards rushing and finished the year dead last in rush defense.

Now the telling part:

  • The Redskins signed free agent WR Paul Richardson, and kept free agent LB Zach Brown. Beyond that, the team added inexpensive veterans in OLB Pernell McPhee and CB Orlando Scandrick. No splash moves, and recurring speculation that Washington was not offering top dollar to free agents. Bruce Allen acknowledged as much during NFL League Meetings when he explained that his team identified exactly how much they would offer free agents, their own and otherwise, and wouldn't go beyond that dollar figure. 

That means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is about this weekend's NFL Draft.

That also means the focus of the offseason, at this point, is not about Johnathan Hankins or any other free agent. 

"We’re going to deal with the draft now, and the second wave of free agents, if it’s somebody out there we feel like can help the Redskins,that’s what we’re going to do," Williams said. 

Throughout the offseason, Redskins fans wanted more action from their front office. It didn't happen, and Williams' basically explained why on Tuesday. The brass likes their team, and by default, expects better health and luck in 2018. 

When Williams talks about drafting the best player available, it's not just the typical NFL front office tripe. Right or wrong, the Redskins believe they have a team ready to compete in 2018, and any rookies that come in will only supplement that position.

"At the end of the day, I like this football team we’ve got. Like, last year when I walked out of camp, I thought we had a pretty good football team and I still feel the same way today," Williams said.

"At the end of the day, you get the best football player, and if that best football player is the guy that you want to plug and play, that’s all right. But if that’s the best football player that’s going to help your team overall, I think that’s the route you have to go."

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How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

Things did not look good for the Capitals after two games.

Facing a 0-2 series hole after losing both games in Washington, it looked like it could be an early summer. The Caps were going to be the first team to ever lose a series in the playoffs to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

HOW DID THE CAPS WIN THEIR SERIES AGAINST COLUMBUS? FIND OUT HERE

But the Caps rallied.

Washington won the next four games and turned what looked like it would be another postseason disaster into a postseason triumph.

Only once in franchise history had the Caps rallied from a 0-2 deficit and only once had the Caps won four straight games to win a series. They managed both against the Blue Jackets.

Here's how the Caps were able to rally to a first-round victory over Columbus.