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Raiders players speak out after Jon Gruden’s racist email was revealed.

After a racist email was discovered in his locker room last week, Jon Gruden appears to have a lot of support in his locker room.

After Gruden apologized this weekend for an email he sent to then-Washington GM Bruce Smith in which he stated NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith “has lips the size of michellin tires,” some Raiders players defended the head coach.

“I’ve been around this man for three years now, and I’ve never felt a certain way about him,” Raiders running back Josh Jacobs said, according to ESPN.

“He’s never rubbed me that way, that kind of manner.” I mean, what he said at the end of the day is what he said at the beginning of the day. But, you know, I have complete faith in him. I mean, it’s been ten years. People develop.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who ranks second in the NFL in passing yards, had similar sentiments.

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“As a team, we were like, ‘Yeah, Coach, it was ten years ago.’” Man, we adore you. ‘We’ve got your back,’ stated Carr. “All we’re trying to do is be there for Coach.” I realize it’s a difficult moment for him. ‘Men, learn from my error,’ he said. We didn’t accept the outcome of the meeting when we left.”

When asked how the Raiders’ black players were feeling, Raiders standout pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue responded, “No comment on that.”

This weekend, Gruden apologized, claiming he hadn’t had any communication with the NFL about the email yet.

“All I can say is that I am not a racist,” Gruden declared. “I can’t express how ill I am. I apologize one more to De Smith. But I’m proud of who I am and what I’ve accomplished in my life. And please accept my apologies for my inappropriate words. I had no racist motives when I made those statements. … That is not at all how I am. However, I really apologize.

“I can’t remember a lot of what happened 10 or 12 years ago, but I’m standing here in front of everyone apologizing.” I don’t have a single iota of racism in me. I’m the type of man that takes delight in bringing people together. And I intend to do so for the rest of my life. And, once again, I apologize to De Smith and anybody else I may have upset.”

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Marc Staal to take on senior leadership position with the Detroit Red Wings in 2021-22

The Detroit Red Wings have revealed their alternative captains for the next season, and they are counting on a veteran defenseman to step up. Marc Staal has been named one of this year’s assistant captains, alongside Danny DeKeyser.

Staal has not spent much time with the Detroit Red Wings, but he has been in the NHL for 14 years. After 13 seasons with the New York Rangers, Staal was acquired by the Red Wings in a draft capital-generating sweetener deal before to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings chose to utilize him as a veteran to help secure a defense core that had suffered some injuries and necessitated his presence. Now, in 2021-22, Staal hopes to fill a similar position and serve as a leader for this club both on and off the ice.

With youngster Moritz Seider making the roster, it will be invaluable to learn from some of these veterans and observe how someone like Staal, a seasoned veteran, conducts himself in a leadership role.

Marc Staal, a defenceman with the Detroit Red Wings, will assume a leadership position in 2021-22.

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When you think of Marc Staal with the Detroit Red Wings, you don’t immediately think of his offensive contributions, but his job will need a great deal of intangibles. Staal appeared in all 56 Red Wings games last season, scoring three goals and adding seven assists for a total of 10 points.

He is not going to score a lot of goals; he is not going to have an offensive renaissance at this time; he is a defensive defenseman who can execute the job effectively. Additionally, he may serve as a mentor and role model for some of the organization’s younger players.

While re-signing Staal is not a game-changing move, the decision to do so this summer was a solid one. On the morning of the 2021-22 season, looking forward, it appears reasonable to anticipate that Staal will contribute to the Red Wings defense core even if he does not contribute much on the stat sheet.

While I am not shocked that Staal was considered for and ultimately awarded the assistant captain position, it was rather surprising to see someone like Nick Leddy ignored. He was, however, a fresh addition, and the Red Wings may have preferred to keep returning players.

This season will not be a Stanley Cup contender, but the Red Wings should be able to begin focusing on future growth, which someone like Staal will nurture on and off the court.

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RIP KiXSTar: According to relatives, FPS commentator KiXSTar has passed away.

Michael “KiXSTar” Stockley, a former Rainbow Six Siege pro player and color commentator, has died. Stockley, 24, passed unexpectedly a few days ago, according to his family.

Although the statement was made on October 13, 2021, KiXSTar’s family confirmed that the caster died on October 11, 2021. The reason of death was not disclosed by the family.

KiXSTar began his esports career in 2016 as a pro player for Team Orbit in Rainbow Six Siege, before moving to color commentary in 2019. He was a color commentator at the Esports Awards in 2020 and was nominated again in 2021. Voting for the awards for 2021 is now underway.

His departure will leave a void in the first-person shooter community, both in Rainbow Six Siege, where he rose to fame, and in VALORANT, where he recently worked.

Rainbow Six Siege’s official Twitter account issued a brief message on KiXSTar’s death. Additionally, the esports organizers have chosen to reschedule the North American League playday and broadcast, with a new schedule to follow.

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Numerous esports organizations and players have reached out to KiXSTar’s family to express their condolences.

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KiXSTar’s family has encouraged fans and friends who wish to pay tribute to him to give to a local food bank in his name instead of sending flowers.

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Astros’ Carlos Correa responds to White Sox pitcher’s ‘disrespectful’ sign-stealing implication after ALDS win

The Astros defeated the White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday, putting an end to their season. Reliever Ryan Tepera took a shot at the Astros following the White Sox’s lone victory of the series on Sunday night.

He specifically addressed the 2017 season’s well-known sign-stealing issue.

“They have a reputation for doing some shady things over there,” Tepera added. “It is possible to say that there is a difference. In comparison to the previous two games at Minute Maid, I believe you witnessed the swings and misses tonight.”

In Game 4 on Tuesday, the Astros struck out nine times. They also had 10 hits, including three doubles and a home run, for a total of 10 runs. If Tepera’s insinuation was that the Astros cheat better at home than on the road, things didn’t quite line up in this game.

Shortstop for the Astros Carlos Correa went 2 for 4 with a two-RBI double to give the Rangers the lead for good. He was queried about Tepera’s comments after the game.

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“Disrespectful words with no facts… he needs to know the facts, or you know what he needs to do.” 👀

Carlos Correa responds to Ryan Tepera’s comments ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5kK7k5S7fW— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 12, 2021

“Disrespectful words with no facts with nothing to say,” Correa said. “We scored six runs at home, then we scored, what, like nine? Then we scored six again here, they just happened to score 12. And then you look at our OPS on the road that’s the best in all the big leagues through a 162-game season which we played 81 on the road. Their OPS was a lot higher at home than it was on the road.

“He needs to know the facts.”

Correa did his homework. The Astros led the majors this season with a .780 road OPS. The White Sox’s home OPS was .789 compared to a .729 road OPS.

Whether any of this means anything is up to you, dear reader, but when Correa said he was talking facts, he was.

Source: cbssports

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