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Old 06-10-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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to find something about Reggie.

BUSH VIOLATING NFL GAMBLING POLICY?

A league source told us on Thursday night that he recently received an invitation to a celebrity poker tournament at the Playboy mansion. The event is hosted by Baron Davis, Paul Pierce, Shannon Sharpe, and Reggie Bush.

The problem? Bush's association with the event is an apparent violation of league rules regarding gambling.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told us by e-mail on Friday that NFL rules prohibit the hosting of a celebrity poker tournament, even if (as in this case) it's all for charity.

Under Article XI of the CBA, such activities would potentially be subject to discipline from the Commissioner as conduct detrimental to public confidence in the game of professional football. Alternatively, Bush could be disciplined pursuant to paragraph 15 of the Standard Player Contract, which states:

"Player recognizes the detriment to the League and professional football that would result from impairment of public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of NFL games or the integrity and good character of NFL players. Player therefore acknowledges his awareness that if he accepts a bribe or agrees to throw or fix an NFL game; fails to promptly report a bribe offer or an attempt to throw or fix an NFL game; bets on an NFL game; knowingly associates with gamblers or gambling activity; uses or provides other players with stimulants or other drugs for the purpose of attempting to enhance on-field performance; or is guilty of any other form of conduct reasonably judged by the League Commissioner to be detrimental to the League or professional football, the Commissioner will have the right, but only after giving Player the opportunity for a hearing at which he may be represented by counsel of his choice, to fine Player in a reasonable amount; to suspend Player for a period certain or indefinitely; and/or to terminate this contract."

We assume that Bush can avoid any scrutiny by simply removing his name from the event. And we don't really fault him for this one, since it's not his job to understand the nuances of NFL rules and regulations. That job falls to his agent and/or marketing rep.

In this specific case, someone apparently screwed up.

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Old 06-10-2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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This falls under the "Enforce your bylaws with intelligence and understanding" IT IS FOR CHARITY!!!!!!!!!! I could see if he was making millions off of it but he isn't. Having his name on it puts in the limelight and allows for more marketing for the tournament. The military does the same thing and no one looks down on us for that. Why would we do it to Bush. We have Michael Vick making a profit off of dogs killing each other, and the media is trying to make him a martyr, but Bush is helping a charity and he is now a pusher for gambling addiction? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS MEDIA!!!!
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:23 AM   #3
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Totally stupid.
Last night I was talking to some friends and we got on the topic of beer endorsments. We could not remeber one player doing an ad. Fun how the NFL brings in millions with beer but it is off limits to players. Just like a card game. totally stupid. Lets have the NFL itself clean up its act at the top too if it wants to be so stupid.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:12 AM   #4
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Didn't Jeoy Porter punch Levi Brown in the face at a blackjack table? Yeah, I thought so too. Just a thought. I think is BS
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