10 former NFL players facing U.S. fraud charges

Federal authorities on Thursday charged 10 former National Football League players for allegedly defrauding a healthcare program of more than $3.4 million by filing false claims for hyperbaric oxygen chambers and other expensive medical equipment. Freddie Joyner has more.

Former NFL Players Charged in $3 Million Health…

Former NFL Players Charged in $3 Million Health Benefits Scheme. Among those named in fraud charges by a federal grand jury is Clinton Portis, a former Pro Bowl running back. Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multi-million dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses, Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General, via CNN. The scheme allegedly took place rom June 2017 through Dec. 2018. The players allegedly filed hefty false health care claims in order to receive reimbursements for expensive health care equipment. The equipment was then allegedly never purchased. Portis — who played for both the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos — was a well-known player, earning more than $40 million during his career. More than

Ex-NFL players charged with fraud of health…

Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. (Dec. 12)

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Roger Goodell Says the NFL Has ‘Moved on’ From…

Roger Goodell Says the NFL Has ‘Moved on’ From Colin Kaepernick. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently spoke out about the events surrounding Kaepernick’s sponsored workout. The November event nearly collapsed at the last minute when Kaepernick opted to host his own event 60 miles away. The decision was reportedly due to the NFL’s “unusual” liability waver as well as their requirement that the session be closed to the media. . In Goodell’s opinion, the workout was an “incredible opportunity” that Kaepernick “chose not to take.”. This was ... about creating an opportunity, which Colin's representatives came out in early October and we created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity -- an incredible opportunity and he chose not to take it, Roger Goodell, via CNN. Goodell went on to say that while he understands Kaepernick’s decision to change venues, the NFL has ultimately “moved on” from him. . Although he didn’t provide any more specifics, his statement is believed to indicate that the league is finished considering Kaepernick for future workouts or team rosters. . As of now, Kaepernick has not received any contract offers from the eight teams that did attend his relocated workout.

Patriots Admit to Recording Cincinnati Bengals…

Patriots Admit to Recording Cincinnati Bengals' Sideline. The New England Patriots are no strangers to filming controversies. The Patriots admitted that they were filming during the game between the Bengals and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The film crew was credentialed by Cleveland to shoot video for the Patriots' web series, 'Do Your Job.'. New England did not inform the Bengals or the NFL that they would be filming the game. We are aware of the incident, and we are aware it is being investigated by NFL Security. We will have no further comment. , Cincinnati Bengals, via statement. The Patriots and Bengals play this Sunday. The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. , New England Patriots, via statement. The Patriots were forced to forfeit their 2008 first-round draft pick and coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000. after the team was caught videotaping the New York Jets' defensive playcalls from the sideline in 2007

Jack Black: Veganism is 'straight-up delish'

At the premiere of "Jumanji: The Next Level," Jack Black says that if Tom Brady - "the greatest athlete in the history of the NFL" - can go vegan, then others can too. (Dec. 12)

NFL CIO on Women Breaking Through in Sports and…

Michelle McKenna, the NFL's first chief information officer, joined Cheddar to discuss sports, technology, and breaking glass ceilings in male-dominated industries.

Online Petitions Want Michael Vick Removed From…

Online Petitions Want Michael Vick Removed From 2020 Pro Bowl. Online activists have recently come together to petition against Vick after the NFL announced his involvement in the 2020 Pro Bowl. . The former star quarterback was named one of four captains for the upcoming Jan. 27 game, along with Terrell Davis, Darrell Green and Bruce Smith. . According to one of the petitions, which has over 150,000 supporters, Vick does not “deserve the honor” of being a captain. He is a convicted felon and a known animal abuser ... There are so many players that have made amazing contribution[s] to society, however Michael Vick is not one of them, Via Change.org. A separate petition on AnimalVictory.org, which has garnered nearly 240,000 signatures, calls the NFL’s decision “a slap in the face to dog lovers.”. Michael Vick should not be placed in a position of honor - the dogs who were tortured and killed deserve to be remembered and honored. Not the man who played a part in their suffering, Via AnimalVictory.org. The accusations made in the petitions are in reference to Vick’s 2007 conviction of killing dogs and promoting dog fighting. . Vick was subsequently suspended from the NFL and given a 23-month prison sentence. He returned to the league in 2009, playing on the Philadelphia Eagles for an additional seven seasons