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Police: Raven’s safety Matt Elam arrested with drugs, cash, jewels in Miami Beach

Baltimore Raven’s safety Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Saturday night in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade police said.

The 2013 first-round draft pick is facing a series of drug possession charges, including possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance.

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Elam, 25 and a native of West Palm Beach, was pulled over for speeding through Miami Beach in a Range Rover, police said. During the traffic stop officers found an armed passenger in the Rover and a Gucci bag full of marijuana, cash and jewelry, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Police found more than 4 ounces of marijuana, six Oxycodone pills, almost $950 in cash, a Rolex watch and other jewelry in the vehicle, according to the newspaper.

Elam wasn’t expected to return to the Ravens’ roster anyway. He’s officially a free agent in just a few weeks.

BREAKING: Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested after police find 126 grams of Marijuana and 3 grams of Oxycodone in his vehicle. pic.twitter.com/EBnMPr5CYD— Ravens Nation (@RavenNationLIVE) February 26, 2017

“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam,” a team spokesperson said. “Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”

The All-American left Florida for the NFL draft after his junior year. He suffered a number of  injuries and didn’t play much after his first season.

Following his arrest on multiple charges, #Ravens say this on FA safety Matt Elam: "Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens." Oh.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2017

The police records for #Ravens S and pending FA Matt Elam, arrested on multiple charges at 3:45 am today in Florida pic.twitter.com/G5pLa10ElH— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2017

UNCC quarterback, brother of Panthers tight end, arrested on rape charges

University of North Carolina at Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested on rape charges Sunday, police said.

Kevin Olsen in jail, records show. Charges of 2nd degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on female, 2nd degree force sex offense. pic.twitter.com/SKlzrxcdhg— Blake Hanson (@BlakeWSOC9) February 20, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Olsen is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

Kevin Olsen was arrested on charges of second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex.

The Charlotte 49ers were Olsen’s fourth team since September 2014.

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Out of high school in Wayne, New Jersey, Olsen committed to the Miami Hurricanes but left after being suspended from the team several times and failing a drug test.

Olsen never played at Miami after being charged with a DUI and possession of a fake or stolen ID in September 2014.

Olsen transferred to Towson, in Maryland, where he was kicked off the team in March 2015 for violating team rules.

Olsen played football in the fall of 2015 for Riverside California City College.

He played well there and signed with the Charlotte 49ers in December 2015.

Olsen won the 49ers' starting quarterback position last spring.

However, he appeared in just six games last season.

He lost his starting quarterback job halfway through the season.

UNCC Charlotte football coach, Brad Lambert, said he and the university are aware of his quarterback's Kevin Olsen's arrest.

UNCC released this statement:

The University administration has been in close communication with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department regarding its arrest of student-athlete Kevin Olsen Sunday afternoon.The allegations in this incident took place off campus. This incident occurred a week after a separate, unrelated case of alleged on-campus sexual assault involving acquaintances. Olsen has been suspended from Charlotte Athletics, and the University is reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures. Due to the ongoing CMPD investigation and federal protections on student information, the University will have no further comment on the investigation at this time.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turns himself in

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turned himself in to Pittsburgh police Friday to face charges  in connection with an altercation last weekend in the city's South Side neighborhood, authorities said.

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Revis, 31, a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony robbery, one count of conspiracy and one count of making terroristic threats.

He was arraigned Friday night and granted non-monetary bond with several conditions, including no contact with witnesses and victims and the surrender of his passport. Revis' preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

Pittsburgh police said officers were called at 2:43 a.m. Sunday for a report of two men who had been knocked unconscious. 

According to the investigation, Dallas Cousins, 22, from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was walking along East Carson Street when he spotted a man who resembled Revis. The man told police that he asked if the man was Revis, and Revis confirmed that he was. 

The man began recording the interaction on his cellphone and continued following Revis, police said. At some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video, according to authorities.  

Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, attempted to help Cousins retrieve the cellphone, and Revis tossed it onto the roadway, police said. 

Authorities said a verbal argument followed and a fourth man came to assist Revis. Both Cousins and Jarvis told officers that they were punched and then remember waking up to talk to police.  

Witnesses said the two men were unconscious for about 10 minutes. 

Lisa Huston, who owns South Side’s White Eagle bar, said she heard a commotion outside early Sunday and saw two men lying on the sidewalk. 

“I heard a commotion outside, ran to window, looked out front and saw legs,” she said. “There was two young boys … completely knocked out, side-by-side, right on my corner.” 

Pittsburgh police said they viewed the cellphone video recorded by Cousins and confirmed that the person involved in the altercation was Revis.  

Blaine Jones, who represented Revis prior to his surrender, said the two men were taunting Revis while he was visiting a place in the South Side that he is developing. He said Revis allegedly told the men he played football and that he didn’t want any trouble.

"He was not the aggressor that night. He was 1,000 percent the victim. He tried to retreat. He did everything in his power to get this situation to die down,” Jones said. “If any punches were thrown, they were thrown in self-defense. Darrelle did not initiate any of the physical contact. You think Darrelle Revis would go down to the South Side and start throwing punches?” 

Jones said Friday night that he was only hired to handle a portion of the case and to get Revis safely turned in. Bob del Greco is taking over as Revis’ defense lawyer.

Jones told ESPN before the arraignment that he believes Revis has a "very good case." He described his client as serious, somber and "ready to answer charges."  

Del Greco represented Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter last month after Porter allegedly was involved in an altercation outside a Pittsburgh bar, ESPN reported. All but the two least serious charges were ultimately dropped.

Revis was a star player at the University of Pittsburgh before he went to the NFL. He is facing an uncertain future with the Jets, ESPN reported. After a disappointing season — he called it the worst of his career — the 31-year-old Revis could be a salary-cap casualty in the coming weeks; he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11, plus another $13 million in base salary (including $6 million guaranteed).

Revis, who spent one year apiece with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, returned to the Jets in 2015, signing a five-year, $70 million contract. Since then, he has struggled to reach the standard he set from 2007 to 2011, when he was regarded as the best cornerback in the league.

Police file charges against Jets CB Darrelle Revis

 Charges have been filed against New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in connection with an altercation over the weekend in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, authorities said.

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Revis, 31, faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony robbery, one count of conspiracy and one count of making terroristic threats, police said. 

Revis' attorney, Blaine Jones, told ESPN that he was trying to reach the four-time All-Pro by phone Thursday night to arrange for him to surrender to police. Jones wouldn't say when Revis, an Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native would turn himself in, but noted it would be "rather soon." Jones told The Associated Press that once a warrant was issued, he would arrange for Revis to turn himself in.

A Jets spokesman said Thursday that the team was aware of the incident and had spoken to Revis, ESPN reported. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would look into the matter. 

Pittsburgh police said officers were called at 2:43 a.m. Sunday in Pittsburgh’s popular South Side neighborhood for a report of two men who had been knocked unconscious. 

According to the investigation, a 22-year-old man from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was walking along a street when he spotted a man who resembled Revis. The man told police that he asked if the man was Revis, and the player confirmed his identity. 

The man began recording the interaction on his cellphone and continued following Revis, police said. "At some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video," the police statement said. 

 A 21-year-old man from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, attempted to help the 22-year-old retrieve the cellphone, and Revis tossed it onto the roadway, police said.  

Authorities said a verbal argument followed and a fourth man came to assist Revis. Both the 22-year-old and the 21-year-old told officers that they were punched and then remember waking up to talk to police.  

Witnesses stated that the two men were unconscious for about 10 minutes. Pittsburgh police said they viewed the cellphone video recorded by the 22-year-old man and confirmed that the person involved in the altercation was Revis.  

Jones said the two men were taunting Revis while he was visiting a place in the South Side that he is developing. He said Revis told the men he played football and that he didn’t want any trouble. 

Revis was a star player at the University of Pittsburgh before he went to the NFL. 

Jones said Revis had returned home to Pittsburgh to visit family and friends and stopped by a location on the South Side that he's in the process of developing. Asked by reporters Thursday night why Revis was there at such a late hour, Jones said his client "didn't want to be around a lot of people" while looking at the real-estate investments and "kind of wanted to do it on his own terms."

Jones said Revis was "physically assaulted while at the location by a group of at least five people," ESPN reported.

"It's my understanding that when Darrelle turned around he wasn't sure whether it was a weapon or a phone," Jones told reporters. "He didn't know. He just knows he left, these guys were saying his name, he turns around and sees an object and he wasn't sure what it was or whether he was going to get robbed or assaulted or what.

"He feared for his safety."

Revis, one of the NFL's most accomplished players, is facing an uncertain future with the Jets, ESPN reported. After a disappointing season — he called it the worst of his career — the 31-year-old Revis could be a salary-cap casualty in the coming weeks; he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11, plus another $13 million in base salary (including $6 million guaranteed).

Revis acknowledged he reported to training camp last season out of shape, contributing to his slow start. He has vowed to rebound in 2017, even saying he's willing to switch to safety.

Revis, who spent one year apiece with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, returned to the Jets in 2015, signing a five-year, $70 million contract. Since then, he has struggled to reach the standard he set from 2007 to 2011, when he was regarded as the best cornerback in the league.

"He was not the aggressor that night. He was 1 thousand percent the victim!"#DarrelleRevis attorney clearing the air on @WPXI 11 @ 11. pic.twitter.com/AvwkZeWlXz— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) February 17, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Attorney Jones on #Revis assault charges right now.... @WPXI pic.twitter.com/mchDTHCqRr— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) February 17, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks on players skipping White House Trip

Joy Johnston contributed to this report.

There's been a lot of support as well as criticism for the decisions of some Super Bowl champions publicly declining to go to the White House.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the topic Monday on “The Today Show” by downplaying it.

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“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” he said. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.

“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”

WATCH "Has your relationship with Donald Trump in any way restrained your relationship with some of your players?" @MLauer asks #RobertKraft pic.twitter.com/COcCuWlJm7— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 13, 2017

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett commented on the subject last week, saying, “I’m not going to go.”

“It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter,” he said.

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Defensive back Devin McCourty also announced his decision not to go to D.C.

“I’m not going to the White House. Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” he said.

Alan Branch, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount won’t be going either.

“I won’t be going to the White House,” Blount said. “I just don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll just leave it at that.”

>> Tom Brady isn't the first 5-time Super Bowl champion

Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady skipped a White House team visit with President Obama in 2015, after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. At the time Brady said he had a previously arranged “family commitment,” but there was speculation that Brady was upset at a Deflategate joke made by then-White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Brett Favre said he also lost jersey after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady’s jersey was stolen after the New England Patriots’ memorable comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, and it still hasn’t turned up nearly a week after New England’s heart-stopping 34-28 win in overtime.

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However, it’s not the first time the jersey of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback has gone missing. 

Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre told Fox Business Network on Friday that his uniform disappeared shortly after the Packers’ 35-21 victory against New England 20 years ago in Super Bowl XXXI. 

While Favre did not say his No. 4 jersey was stolen, he did admit to “Mornings with Maria” host Maria Bartiromo that he doesn’t “know where it is and where it went.”

“What happens is there’s a massive celebration, of course, you go into the locker room – it’s mass confusion,” Favre said. “Unless you actually take your jersey off and your pants and stuff, and you put them in a bag that is secure, you don’t know because there’s people grabbing stuff, there’s laundry, guys are going in the shower, they’re hugging, there’s champagne – so, it could easily get taken.”

After Super Bowl VII in January 1973, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula was being carried off the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum when a fan tried to steal his watch. Shula, the architect of the NFL’s only perfect season, wrestled the watch back despite the swarm of fans around him.

The person who took Brady’s jersey probably would be caught if he or she tried to sell it. Josh Evans, founder of the auction site Lelands, told USA Today that he probably could sell it for more than $1 million if the jersey was obtained legitimately

 “I would not have a hard decision to make in pricing that at a million. I think if we auctioned it off it would probably sell for a million,” Evans told USA Today. “That’s a lot for a modern jersey. The key is that you probably have to sell it very quickly because now is the time when people are the most excited and the most fanatic about these kinds of things. Five years from now something else will happen, something else will occur and it will probably go down in value.”

That’s for a legitimate sale. For a stolen jersey, Evans said the value is worthless to his company.

 “It’s such a big story that you couldn’t sell it legitimately,” Evans told USA Today. “There is probably a black market for sports memorabilia. … To me it’s worth zero, but you know, legitimate it’s amazing.

“Illegitimate? It’s unsellable.”

Now watch:

Headlines the day after Tom Brady was drafted are quite amusing

Hard to figure. Somewhat curious.

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In the pantheon of “words that can come back to haunt you,” those rank up there. They were uttered in the spring of 2000 when the New England Patriots selected Michigan quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round.

While everybody can be forgiven for not recognizing that the course of pro football history had been changed — that Brady’s career would surpass the 198 players taken ahead of him collectively — a look back at what was said then is more than a reminder the draft is a crapshoot.

“Brady pick hard to figure” said the headline in The Boston Herald. “What’s with that?” the paper went on to say. “Why another quarterback? The Patriots already have their franchise starter in Drew Bledsoe, a proven veteran backup in John Friesz, and a young developmental player in Michael Bishop.”

Absolutely. Let the first stone be cast by any of those among us who has never said you don’t need Tom Brady when you have Michael Bishop.

But there’s more. Massachusetts’ Telegram & Gazette called the Brady pick “somewhat curious.” The Boston Herald used a similar description, only not being in such a gracious mood, it dropped “somewhat” as a qualifier.

Days later, as the Patriots began rookie orientation camp, The Herald speculated on which quarterbacks would be the odd men out, concluding Brady and Bishop “would be trade possibilities.” At least the report warned against picturing Brady on the practice squad. Another team probably would claim him, it said.

A calming voice belonged to Belichick, who said Brady was simply the highest-rated guy left on his board.

“He’ll make everybody forget Drew Bledsoe, win five Super Bowls for us, become a Hall of Famer and supplant Joe Montana as the consensus pick as the greatest quarterback ever,” Belichick said at the time.

In reality, Belichick did not say any of that.

“We’ll put him out there, let him compete and see what happens,” is what Belichick did say.

Entering the draft, the consensus was there were at least a half-dozen quarterbacks more coveted. The Los Angeles Times rated the best as Chad Pennington (who would eventually play for the Dolphins), Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Todd Husak and Giovanni Carmazzi. Lumped under the label “the rest” was Brady, at No. 10.

Carmazzi actually warrants a moment of attention. Coming out of Hofstra, he was taken by San Francisco in the third round. He never played a down in the NFL.

So Carmazzi did not become the GOAT. He did, however — and we absolutely are not capable of making this up — become a goat farmer who practiced yoga.

In more bland matters, the one visit Carmazzi took was to the Dolphins.

“I’m not going to say that we wouldn’t draft a quarterback,” then-Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt told Newsday. “We’ve got a couple of guys who are rated really high. … But with our quarterback situation right now, we’ve got three young guys — Jay Fiedler, Jim Druckenmiller and Damon Huard — who we’re trying to develop.”

Absolutely. Let the first stone be cast by any of those among us who has never said you don’t need Tom Brady when you have Jim Druckenmiller.

Brady had a very Brady-like reaction to not going as high as he’d hoped all those years ago.

“I don’t think disappointment is the word,” Brady said back then. “Whether it’s the second or sixth round, I think everyone starts on the same level.”

In truth, almost every franchise can pinpoint a time they lucked out in the draft. Don Shula had a chance to stick out his chest years ago when asked about one of the “smartest” picks he ever made — receiver Mark Clayton in the eighth round in 1983.

“He was there,” Shula said. “When you take somebody that late in the draft, obviously you don’t have great convictions about him. Otherwise you would have taken him a lot earlier.”

So give the Patriots credit for taking Brady.

Give Belichick credit for being a genius.

Just use a little caution in putting those two together.

In Brady’s class?

Much has been made of quarterbacks taken in the 2000 draft before Tom Brady, starting with the first QB selected, Marshall’s Chad Pennington at No. 18 to the New York Jets. But little has been said about passers evidently considered equal to Brady in terms of where they actually were drafted. Keeping in mind Brady was the 199th player taken, here’s a look at the passer taken directly before him and all four drafted after him.

Rd. (pick) ;Player ;College ;NFL

6. (183) ;Spergon Wynn ;Texas St. ;Browns

Comment: Two NFL seasons; career rating 39.5.

6. (202) ;Todd Husak ;Stanford ;Redskins

Comment: Never threw incompletion (2 for 2 career totals).

7. (212) Tim Rattay ;La. Tech ;49ers

Comment: Best career of bunch; 4,853 yards; 81.9 career rating.

7. (214) Jarious Jackson ;Notre Dame ;Broncos

Comment: Only 22 attempts in four seasons.

7. (234) Joe Hamilton ;Ga. Tech ;Buccaneers

Comment: Four seasons, 0 passes, but did lose 2 yards with one rushing attempt.

Patriots’ higher priorities?

Here are the six players the Patriots drafted in 2000 before they got around to Tom Brady.

2. (46) ;OL ;Adrian Klemm ;Hawaii

Comment: Six seasons in NFL but never started more than four games in a season for Pats.

3. (76) ;RB ;J.R. Redmond ;Arizona St.

Comment: 406 yards as rookie by far his best of six NFL seasons.

4. (127) ;OT ;Greg Randall ;Michigan St.

Comment: Starter in ’01 but career lasted only four seasons.

5. (141) ;TE; Dave Stachelski ;Boise St.

Comment: Two seasons with Saints; one catch for 5 yards.

5. (161) ;DE ;Jeff Marriott ;Missouri

Comment: Never played in NFL.

6. (187) ;CB ;Antwan Harris ;Virginia

Comment: Started total of two games in six NFL seasons.

Tom Brady isn't the first 5-time Super Bowl champion

The New England Patriots became champions for the fifth time Sunday when they beat the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

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The win was also the fifth championship takeaway for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been with the team since 2000. The team has won the Super Bowl five times, with championship wins in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2017.

But Tom Brady isn't the first football player to earn that many championship wins in a career. 

Charles Haley, whose football career spanned from 1986 to 1999, earned a number of accolades throughout his time playing for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998-1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996).

The Hall of Fame defensive end/linebacker earned the rings over a 12-season period in 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 and 1996. 

Twenty-one years later, Brady earned his fifth over a 17-season period.

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Haley, 53, congratulated Brady via Twitter on Monday and encouraged Brady to beat the record. 

"Congrats to #tombrady," Haley wrote. "Welcome to the 5x Club. Now go get that 6th one."

On Sunday, the Patriots joined the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys as a team with five Super Bowl wins. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently hold the record with six championship wins.

Congrats to Tom Brady & @Patriots for an amazing run to #SuperBowl - Tom, I hope you can join me in the 5 Super Bowl Ring Club, I'm lonely!— Charles Haley (@CharlesHaleyHoF) January 23, 2017

Congrats to #tombrady Welcome to the 5x Club. Now go get that 6th one. @Patriots @SuperBowl @NFL— Charles Haley (@CharlesHaleyHoF) February 7, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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