NFL Notes: Blogger hired to defend Redskins name resigns

NFL Notes: Blogger hired to defend Redskins name resigns
July 8, 2014, 2:15 pm
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ASHBURN, Va.-- A blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend the team's name has quit after two weeks.

Ben Tribbett announced his resignation on Twitter late Monday, saying he didn't want to be a distraction because of personal attacks directed toward him.

Tribbett is well-known in Virginia politics as an advocate for liberal issues. He is perhaps best known for leading the attacks on Sen. George Allen for using the word "macaca" to describe an American of Indian descent during Allen's ill-fated re-election campaign in 2006.

Tribbett tweeted that he supports the Redskins name but doesn't "see eye to eye with some friends" over the issue.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name but is facing unprecedented opposition from those who consider it a racial slur.

Jim Brown says Championship ring stolen 
CLEVELAND -- Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.

Brown's ring is up for bidding on www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Monday, the highest bid was for $33,275. Brown tells cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is "a lie." Brown says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.

Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, says the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.

A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.

One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In `64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title -- the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.

Aaron Hernandez moving to Boston jail on Wednesday
BOSTON -- A jail spokesman says former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to three murder charges, will be transferred Wednesday to a Boston jail.

Bernie Sullivan, spokesman for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, said Tuesday that Hernandez will move from the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, where he was been for more than a year. Sullivan said the move will follow a Fall River court appearance in the 2013 slaying of former semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Sullivan says Hernandez will either move to the Suffolk County Jail or the South Bay House of Correction. Both are in Boston.

A judge ruled Monday that Hernandez can move closer to his Boston-based lawyers. He is accused of killing two men in Boston in 2012.

 

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