On Wednesday, Peter King appeared on a podcast with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic to discuss his jump to NBC after 29 years at Sports Illustrated, as well as other subjects. And although King’s explanation for his departure mostly mirrored what he had previously offered (he was tired of the NFL grind and wanted to give other, younger writers a chance), he did drop in one fresh and fascinating tidbit.
Midway through the conversation (around the 35-minute mark), King casually mentioned the fact that he once offered to resign from Sports Illustrated after an erroneous report during the Deflategate scandal. In January 2015, King somewhat famously confirmed a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen saying that the footballs the Patriots used to beat the Colts in the AFC Championship Game had been significantly under-inflated. The report proved inaccurate and King soon apologized.
The subject came up this week when Deitsch asked King about the perception that he was too cozy with the league he covers. King rejected that premise but said he understands why people feel that way given that the two biggest reporting errors of his career both favored the NFL.
QB Roger Staubach: Captain America was at the helm when the Cowboys truly entered the national spotlight in the ’70s and earned their infamous America’s Team moniker. Staubach started four Super Bowls, helped win it twice, was Super Bowl VI’s MVP and came up just short to the legendary Steel Curtain Steelers twice. A Heisman Trophy winner at Navy, Staubach was renowned for his wholesome personality and ability to lead miracle comebacks, including a playoff win over the Vikings in 1975 that saw Hail Mary coined as a football term.
Reports said that allegations made against Irving were reported to police on April 22nd at two separate times — 5pm and 10pm — by his girlfriend and was being investigated on three allegations — assault bodily injury of a family member; assault family member impeding breath/ circulation and unlawful restraint.
Irving’s ex-girlfriendhacked his Twitter account and posted a number of allegations against him including that he beat her, and has smoked weed and done other illegal drugs while in the NFL’s substance abuse program, via the Dallas Morning News.