The Confidential: 4/19/17

The majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman, Tom Coughlin: No more ping pong in Jaguars’ locker room, Brad Stevens is now 2-10 in the postseason, Keshia Knight Pulliam questions Ed Hartwell’s fitness as father, Adidas Takes Heat Over Email, Rudy Giuliani says, “Don’t Judge Carmelo”, and Snoop Dog thinks the Steelers need to look at a QB in the upcoming Draft.

Poll: 87 percent of NFL fans oppose their team drafting player with history of violence against women

According to one poll, the majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman.

Running back Joe Mixon. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

“A Marist poll conducted for HBO’s Real Sports found that the vast majority of fans — 87 percent — say that they would oppose their favorite NFL team drafting a top college prospect with a history of physical violence against women,” writes Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Seems reasonable enough. But can we believe that same 87 percent won’t embrace a player like Joe Mixon if he is drafted and starts to take the NFL by storm?

Opinions are widely split about where Mixon might land in the draft. Some think he’s going to be undraftable because of the video that showed him decking a female student. Others say he won’t make it out of the second round.

Chances are, if Mixon — a guy who racked up 2,921 yards and 26 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Sooners — ends up making big plays for his team on game days, the 87 percent opposed to him now will be cheering for him soon enough.

If he stinks, then the 87 percent who are now opposed can continue to stay opposed, but let’s not kid ourselves about any of this, folks.

Tom Coughlin effect: No more ping pong in Jaguars’ locker room

There’s no ping pong in the locker room on Tom Coughlin’s football team.

FILE – Coach Tom Coughlin. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Coughlin, the Jaguars’ new front office boss, has always demanded a businesslike approach on his teams, and so it’s no surprise that players confirmed today that the ping pong table that had long been in their locker room has been removed.

“I didn’t play ping pong as much, you know, so it doesn’t matter to me,” linebacker Telvin Smith told Mike Kaye of WTLV. “But some of my teammate are really good ping pong players, so maybe they are, so for them, I feel sorry. But, hey, if it’s a distraction, get it out of here.”

This is nothing new for Coughlin. One of the first things Coughlin became head coach of the Giants in 2004, one of his first moves was removing the ping pong tables from their locker room. It may seem trivial, but Coughlin’s way won two Super Bowls with the Giants, and he’s been hired in Jacksonville to bring the same approach. Even if life in the locker room isn’t as fun.

ESPN Stats & Info‏ had this after the Celtics lost to the Bulls again last night

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens . (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brad Stevens is now 2-10 in the postseason, a .167 winning %. That’s the worst record by any coach in playoff history (min. 10 games). it’s worth noting that he’s never won a road playoff game (0-6).

Don Chaney was 2-9

Bob Weiss was 2-9

Monty Williams 2-8

Keshia Knight Pulliam questions Ed Hartwell’s fitness as father due to prescription drug use

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Ed Hartwell. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

And it keeps getting uglier.

The quickie marriage and pending divorce of Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell might already be a pop culture footnote in history if she hadn’t gotten pregnant and a child is now involved.

But that pregnancy created all sorts of accusations in court documents. She has previously accused Hartwell of trying to poison her to induce a miscarriage and provided more details in the latest court filing.

She procured a deposition from a woman Damia Ward Henley who spoke with Hartwell’s alleged “paramour” Tonya Carroll. Ward Henley said Carroll wanted to drug Knight Pulliam to create a miscarriage. This information, true or not, is not proof at all that Hartwell wanted to kill the baby in the womb.

In the past, he had questioned paternity but ultimately, the baby was his. Ella Grace was born on January 23.

She has seen Hartwell take Oxycontin and anti-depressants. She said he uses them to deal with symptoms resulting from injuries sustained while playing in the NFL. He is involved in another lawsuit filed against the NFL regarding head injuries. At the same time, in his previous court filing, he said he is mentally and physically capable of helping raise their child.

Knight Pulliam, in the court document, “is not certain which version is the truth, but she fears for the safety and well-being of the parties’ Minor Child in Petitioner’s care while he is actively taking a prescription drug cocktail every day, whether at night or in the mornings.”

She suggested he take tests to show he is “physically, emotionally and mentally stable enough [to] care for the parties’ Minor Child for any significant period of time, especially while the minor child is an infant.”

They currently have joint legal custody and she “understands and recognizes that Petitioner shall have a relationship with his daughter.” Knight Pulliam has primary physical custody.

Adidas Taking Heat Over Email ‘You Survived the Boston Marathon’

Adidas was under fire Tuesday after sending out a mass email with the subject line: “Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!”

C’mon people … really?!

The email opened into an advertisement urging runners to buy Boston Marathon gear like shirts and jackets … but people are pissed at the lack of sensitivity after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

Three people were killed and hundreds were injured in the attack.

– Adidas issued its mea culpa later Tuesday, saying: “We are incredibly sorry. Clearly, there was no thought given to the insensitive email subject line we sent Tuesday. We deeply apologize for our mistake.”

Rudy Giuliani Don’t Judge Carmelo … Tons of Athletes Cheat

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rudy Giuliani says basketball fans shouldn’t turn their backs on Carmelo Anthony in the wake of allegations that he knocked up a stirpper … because HALF of all athletes cheat.

He was asked how fans should feel about Melo’s alleged off-the-court activity, Rudy defended him, saying, “I don’t think you judge sports characters based on things like that … otherwise you’d probably lose half of them.”

Snoop Dogg Big Ben’s Time Is Almost Up Steelers Should Draft a QB- audio

Calvin Broadus, Jr., aka “Snoop Dog”. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)

Ben Roethlisberger ain’t gonna play forever — and Snoop knows it … which is why he wants his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers to finally start looking for Big Ben’s heir apparent.

Snoop is a die-hard Steelers fan — you’ve seen how passionate he gets when they lose — so we asked the rap icon how the Black and Gold should reload for the 2017 season.

Ben is 35 and has dealt with some injuries over the years — but the big question is, who’s gonna replace him?

There are rumblings Pittsburgh could be eyeing Patrick Mahomes — the junior QB from Texas Tech — if he’s still around when the Steelers are on the clock with the 30th pick in the draft.

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