Darnell Dockett was pulled over by police – and gave Twitter followers a play-by-play account.
The Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman was clearly agitated while posting a series of tweets during the incident Monday. Dockett tweeted that police told him he was pulled over because he was speeding, and they wanted to search his car.
He says he refused to allow police to start a search without a warrant. Dockett eventually tweeted he was about to be let go, and updated his Twitter page a few hours later by saying he did not receive a ticket from police.
It was unclear where the incident occurred, and agent Drew Rosenhaus did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
Dockett, who has played seven NFL seasons, frequently uses Twitter and has more than 70,500 followers.
MetLife vying for Meadowlands naming rights: The home of the New York Giants and Jets might soon have a name.
MetLife is in advanced talks with the NFL teams on acquiring the naming rights to the stadium that will be the site of the 2014 Super Bowl, Sports Business Daily reported.
Neither team nor the New York-based insurance company would comment on the report.
The deal would be worth between $17 million annually, Sports Business Daily reported.
“We’re not commenting on rumors or speculation about this,” MetLife spokesman Chris Breslin said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press.
“We have no comment,” Alice McGillion, a spokesperson for New Meadowlands Stadium, the $1.6 billion plant that was privately built and co-owned by the Jets and Giants, told The AP.
MetLife currently pays about $7 million annually to be one of four cornerstone sponsors for the stadium that opened last year. It would drop that position if it acquired the naming rights, opening a sponsorship for another company.
The other cornerstone partners are Verizon, Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo.
Source: Players meet with their attorneys: As the two sides in the NFL labor dispute work toward ending the lockout, a small group of players met with their attorneys in Minneapolis.
A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that the players’ side met on its own, without owners. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no labor developments are being made public.
Players were told in conference calls that there will be more negotiations this week involving Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, several owners and players at an undisclosed location.
Previous meetings between the sides took place in suburban Chicago, New York, the Maryland shore and Hull, Mass., about 18 miles south of Boston.
The players have an antitrust suit against the league that was filed in Minneapolis, and the city also is where the sides met for court-ordered mediation in May.
The lockout began on March 12, and players – except for when the work stoppage was briefly lifted in April – have not been allowed to train at team facilities or be in contact with any of their coaches. Players on several teams have gathered on their own, trying to keep in football shape so they’ll be prepared to get back to business on the field whenever the labor impasse is over.
“It’s not about getting a deal done as quickly as possible, it’s about getting a fair deal done,” said Houston linebacker DeMeco Ryans, one of the team’s representatives who worked out Monday with other Texans players.
“Whenever that time comes, when a fair deal is on the table, that’s when it will get done. We’re not in a big panic to get something done, just for the sake of getting it done.”
The key issue in the dispute centers on how to divide revenues after the league took in about $9.3 billion last year. One person familiar with the owners’ proposal told the AP last week that the players’ share would approach the 50 percent mark the NFLPA has said it has received throughout the last decade. But the expense credits – about $1 billion last year – that the league takes off the top would disappear.
Also, there would no longer be “designated revenues” from which the players would share. Instead, the players would share from the entire pool of income, which both sides project will grow significantly over the course of a new collective bargaining agreement.
A salary floor requiring teams to spend within 90 percent of the cap in cash also would be included.
Training camps are scheduled to open in about a month, and the first preseason game – Chicago vs. St. Louis – is scheduled for Aug. 7 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions in Canton, Ohio.
“Hopefully, everything gets worked out quickly so we can get to training camp on time and get guys back to work and have a full season,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said in a telephone interview with the AP. “That’s what the fans want. Obviously, they are the ones that make this possible, so hopefully we can get it done for them.”