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Players behaving badly, Rockets return, and the Disco bar of the week: The update for April 25

Draft day is quickly approaching, and we have another case of gigantic man punches tiny woman in face because he feels threatened going on with Caleb Brantley – a defensive tackle out of Florida. The story is pretty strange, and you can read a good breakdown of it here. But here’s what we know: a few weeks ago, Brantley was waiting for a friend at a bar and it sounds like some women were coming on to him. He said he wasn’t interested (they must have been hideous. If I know college aged guys, they don’t say no very often) and the ladies got upset. Here’s where things get a little murky. According to Brantley, a woman punched him in the face and he tried to push her away but because of “reflexes” hit her in the face. He says that she was fine when she walked away and he is the victim here. Well her story is a little different and there are multiple witnesses corroborating it. What she says happened is that Brantley punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious. There is no video of the altercation, but Caleb Brantley is now being charged with misdemeanor assault. Couple things here:

  1. This case is very much a he said/she said situation, but I’m sick of this type of thing happening and players face very little consequences for it compared with victims who are often attacked and made to feel even worse especially at these schools where football is king. Joe Mixon completed 100 hours of community service and had to undergo counseling for a punch to the face of Mia Molitor, who had her jaw wired shut. He’ll be drafted on Thursday evening, three years after the incident. Ray Rice may have lost his job but it’s because he sucked in his last season. I doubt this will effect Caleb Brantley at all because there is no video and these two are giving conflicting reports. NFL football teams continue to posture and fake care about domestic violence. They run commercials during games were I have to look at that mouth breather Eli Manning tell me hitting women is bad as if I didn’t already know, all the while being soft on actual violence. They do as little as humanly possibly to deal with any actual domestic violence issues in the NFL, but we all keep watching.
  2. The woman who hit Brantley first should have consequences as well. But, if you’re looking at being taken in the first round of the NFL draft, you have just got to be more careful. Saying that you were concerned for your safety when a girl who is 5’6 and weighs 120 lbs hits you in the face and you’re 6’3 307…it’s a little fishy. Had he just walked away when this started, or when she hit him simply pushed her away and called the police, she would be the one facing a misdemeanor assault charge and he would be comfortably sitting in Philly on draft night. And that’s the point here. Guys, you just have to be Jay Z in this situation. There is too much on the line.

I hate boiling things down to the lowest common denominator but that’s what you have to do some times. And in this case, Caleb Brantley is basically waiting on a call back for his dream job and doesn’t have the self awareness to walk away from some drunk girl at a bar. Also, laugh out loud funny that punching someone in the face and knocking them unconscious is a misdeamor in Florida but possessing one single ounce of marijuana is a felony.

The Rockets return to Toyota Center tonight for game five against the Thunder. Russell Westbrook looks like The Grinch and Rafael from the Ninja Turtles made passionate love and had a baby but my god can he play basketball. I wanted James Harden to win MVP as much as the next Rockets fan but watching these two teams play each other, it’s obvious that it’s Westbrook. Harden is one of the ten best players in the league, but without Westbrook the Thunder are a lottery team. He knows it, and the whole team knows it. Which is what makes this question from a reporter baffling:

I agree with Westbrook. I think the reporter was trying to get a reaction out of Steven Adams but honestly what could he possibly say that would add any value to your story? “Yeah, when our best player isn’t playing we’re a horrible team.” I couldn’t be more on team Westbrook for this one.
I love this move by the Rockets. Toyota Center is going to be opening at 5:30 tonight and will be serving $1 beers, $1 soft drinks, $1 hot dogs, and $1 nachos.

The deal is only taking place until tip off, but it’s genius. The attendance at Rockets games has always been an issue, especially in the first quarter. Many people live and work far away from downtown, which makes getting to Toyota for a 7 p.m. tip off time a little bit of a struggle, especially if you’ve got kids or a job that isn’t as flexible with your coming and goings. Also, a huge portion of the lower level tickets are owned by corporations who are not as likely to want to be sitting in the stands at tip off time. If you’re trying to land a client, you may take them to a 6 p.m. dinner and then meander into the game when you’re finished. I’ll be interested to see how this one works out. 

In case you missed it… Brien gives his two cents regarding the combine drug testing. I totally agree with him. I don’t understand why the NFL does anything they do, least of all this. Also, Chris gives us the Astros week in review. And this, regarding the Texans quarterback woes from Lamont.

Disco Bar of the Week: Velvet Melvin is my new favorite place. I spent all day there on Sunday and it’s Griff’s level of great for me. They have food too and I needed a cigarette and cold shower after I ate the Melvin Melt. It’s a Houston institution, so if you haven’t been you need to check it out. 

Quote of the Day:

“It’s the wood that should fear your hand, not the other way around. No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin.”

– Pai Mei, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Hottie of the Day:


I watched both Kill Bills this weekend. When I saw Daryl Hannah it reminded me of Splash. The beginning of my dream to be a mermaid.

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