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Player Quits NFL to Join Police Force

Cam Gordon;  Photo: via ESPN.com

Cam Gordon; Photo: via ESPN.com

NFL linebacker Cam Gordon, who previously played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, made a decision recently to hang up his football pads for a career in law enforcement. 

Gordon, 25, had recently been cut by the Chiefs when he decided that he wanted to pursue another career with meaning.

Gordon said, "I came to the realization that I just wasn’t performing the way that I once was."

He then added, “So I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper, law enforcement, jumped into my mind.”

Gordon applied for and was recently accepted into the next Michigan State Police training academy. 

Gordon still has a long way to go before hitting the streets as a State Trooper; however, here's wishing him luck in his new career.

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Another NFL Player Cited...This Time for Allegedly Spitting on Police Officers

Deiondre' Hall;  Photo: Cedar Falls PD

Deiondre' Hall; Photo: Cedar Falls PD

An NFL player with the Chicago Bears was tasered and cited for multiple misdemeanors after allegedly spitting in the face of police officers during an altercation at an Iowa bar early Sunday. 

Officers had responded to the Sharky's Funhouse bar in Waterloo just after midnight when they discovered Bears' cornerback Deiondre' Hall allegedly yelling profanities at patrons and bar staff.

When officers attempted to contact Hall, 22, he allegedly spat in the face of the officers and resisted arrest.

He had to be tasered in the leg as officers attempted to get him under control. 

Hall was ultimately cited for three misdemeanors; public intoxication, interfering with "official acts," and disorderly conflict.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was also cited in the incident, allegedly for approaching officers "in a threatening manner: while they attempted to arrest Hall. 

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Former NFL Star Avoids Felony Charges After Altercation with Police Officer

Joey Porter;  Photo: via behindthesteelcurtain.com

Joey Porter; Photo: via behindthesteelcurtain.com

Former NFL star Joey Porter of the Pittsburgh Steelers avoided felony charges after the Allegheny County District Attorney dropped the aggravated assault charges that he was potentially facing.  

The incident stemmed from a recent altercation where Porter was apparently not being allowed into a nightclub.

After arguing with the doorman of the club, a police officer arrived to intervene.

In the video of the incident, which was only recently released by the website Deadspin, Porter is seen placing his hands around the wrists of the officer and moving him away while the officer was trying to get Porter to leave. 

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1, Bob Swartzwelder, said, "I find it incredible that charges were reduced prior to a preliminary hearing taking place. I hope every other criminal defendant is given such expedient treatment, or is there something more to this case? If an individual put his hand on a police officer, the charges should stand."

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NFL Star Player Tells Cops "I Hope You Die" Following Arrest

Adam "Pacman" Jones;  Photo: via cbssports.com

Adam "Pacman" Jones; Photo: via cbssports.com

New details have emerged following the January 3 arrest of Cincinnati Bengals football player Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Jones was arrested on charges of shoving a man and poking him in the eye as well as resisting arrest.

Now the public has learned that Jones also berated officers, threatened their jobs, and even wished death upon them.

In the video of Jones' arrest he can be heard stating to officers, "Suck my d--k," and telling them, "I hope you die tomorrow." He also added, "B---h you gonna be out of a job tomorrow."

Jones' attorney released a statement saying that the football player was "embarrassed and remorseful."

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Buffalo Bill's Running Back to Invite 15-20 Police Officers to Attend Upcoming Game

LeSean McCoy;  Photo: via espy.com

LeSean McCoy; Photo: via espy.com

Buffalo Bill's running back LeSean McCoy plans to bring between 15-20 police officers to an upcoming Bill's game as a sign of appreciation for the work they do.

"Just an appreciation type of thing. Cause they’re taking so much heat right now. There’s things that are happening that’s definitely wrong but I just feel like there’s bad people, there’s bad cops and there’s good cops,” McCoy said.

Ironically, the gesture could happen to coincide with the Bill's upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers and the return of quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the playing field.

Kaepernick drew outrage earlier this season over his kneeling during the National Anthem.

The 49ers quarterback said his protest was directed toward police mistreatment of African Americans and other people of color.

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NFL Star Wears Cleats Depicting Police Caution Tape, Cites Desire to Start Dialogue

Photo: AP/Mark Tenally

Photo: AP/Mark Tenally

Washington Redskins WR Desean Jackson wore practice cleats depicting police caution tape in an apparent effort to inspire a dialogue about the "senseless killings of both citizens and police."

Both the Redskins and Jackson released statements on the incident. 

Jackson said, in part:

I have chosen to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.

The Redskins added:

We stand in support of DeSean and the law enforcement community. We have great respect for law enforcement and the sacrifices they make each and every day to protect and serve our communities. We continue to have open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner.

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Police Union Offers to Pay Fine for NFL Player Who Wants to Wear Patriotic Cleats

Photo: TMZ

Photo: TMZ

While most of the attention swirling around the NFL these days concerns players taking a stand, or knee, against social injustice in America, at least one player is attempting to demonstrate his pride in the United States.

Avery Williamson, linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, has indicated his desire to wear red, white, and blue cleats on 9/11 to show his patriotic pride.

The NFL's response? They threatened to fine him for breaking the league's uniform code.

In response, the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association indicated that they, along with another union, would pay Williamson's fine for him.

In a statement from the PAPBA, they told the Tennessean, "We read, with understandable interest, your piece on Avery Williamson and the NFL’s stance on Avery honoring the September 11th victims. We, along with the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, are offering to pay any reasonable fine levied by the NFL if Avery chooses to wear his 9/11 cleats.”

The Port Authority Police Department is responsible for patrolling the World Trade Center complex.

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NFL Star Who Joined Kaepernick in Anthem Protest Has History of Anti-Police Tweets

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane made the news recently after he joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in not standing for the National Anthem.

While Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the American flag stems from an apparent protest against police brutality, Lane's recent foray into the controversy does not appear to be the first time that he has expressed an anti-police attitude in public.

Several news sites reported over the weekend that Lane had tweeted out an apparent anti-police tweet in December, 2011 that depicted a police officer "emoji" with a gun "emoji" pointed at it's head.

Not sure what, if anything, the NFL will do to address this issue but we are eager to hear.

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Sheriff's Office Invites Kaepernick to Train With Police Recruits, Learn What it Really Takes To Be a Police Officer

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick;  Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick; Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty

San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick, embroiled in a national debate over his refusal to stand for the National Anthem and his criticism of law enforcement, received an invitation from the Alameda County (CA) Sheriff's Office to attend police training.

The gesture was made in light of Kaepernick's comments that police officers in America are under-trained. Kaepernick also made a reference to cosmetologists being more well-educated than cops.

"You can become a cop in six months, and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist, that’s insane," Kaepernick said.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office extended an invitation to Kaepernick to learn more about the actual training that most police officers undergo in order to wear a badge and serve the public.

"We have a specially designed Use of Force simulator that puts officers in situations where they must make split second decisions on what actions to take. In addition, we invite you to meet with our current academies and veteran officers to talk to them about their experiences and yours," the Sheriff's open letter read.

It is unclear if Kaepernick will take the Sheriff's Office up on their offer.

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FLASHBACK: Only Weeks Ago, NFL Rejected Dallas Cowboys' Attempt to Honor Police

Lest we forget, there are some in the NFL who have thought to honor the sacrifices of the law enforcement community in recent weeks...

Photo: Tom Fox via DallasNews.com

Photo: Tom Fox via DallasNews.com

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