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Mr. Laz
04-24-2006, 10:52 AM
POSTED 11:18 a.m. EDT, April 24, 2006

BEARS' HANDS TIED ON MANNING

Reggie Bush isn't the only guy with SoCal ties making news on Monday morning. Former UCLA defensive back Ricky Manning Jr., who signed on Friday an offer sheet with the Bears, has been arrested in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly knocking a man unconscious at a Westwood Denny's. Manning and four or five of his friends reportedly were teasing the man because he was (drum roll, please) working on a laptop computer.

(Man, this sounds like a deleted scene from Crash. Or Playmakers.)

The man reportedly asked a Denny's employee to intervene, and then Manning reportedly hit the man in the face. The others then began to kick him and beat him. Allegedly. The men fled when an employee called the police.

Manning's Range Rover fit the description given by witnesses, and then the alleged victim identified Manning. Of course, Manning has told his agent that he didn't do it. (If he goes to jail, he'll fit right in, 'cause none of those guys who are locked up did it, either.)

The bigger question is whether Chicago can now revoke the offer sheet that, if not matched by the Panthers, will make Manning a member of the Bears. According to Article XIX, Section 3(d) of the old CBA, an offer sheet can be revoked only upon the written consent of the player. (This specific provision was not affected by the term sheet generated in connection with the "new" CBA; thus, the language of Article XIX, Section 3(d) likely controls.)

If ultimately convicted, Manning faces possible discipline under the league's Personal Conduct Policy. For persons merely charged with crimes, however, the league can only require a "clinical evaluation and, if appropriate, additional counseling or treatment as directed."

Despite reports that Carolina has until Friday to make up its mind as to whether to match the offer, we noticed in Article XIX, Section 3(b) of the CBA a requirement that the intent to match be communicated "within seven days from the date the Prior Club receives an Offer Sheet, but not later than four days before the Draft."

Under this language, it appears that the deadline for matching is noon on Tuesday, April 25.

We won't hold our breath.

RedDread
04-24-2006, 10:55 AM
There has to be more to this story. Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.

Fish
04-24-2006, 10:58 AM
Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.

Thug athletes who think the rules don't apply to them?? :shrug:

StcChief
04-24-2006, 10:58 AM
There has to be more to this story. Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.

somebody who thinks he is above the law....

Bowser
04-24-2006, 10:59 AM
There has to be more to this story. Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.

Maybe not. I'm sure athletes are quite capable of being assholes for no good reason. Especially athletes suffering from little man's disease.

Fish
04-24-2006, 11:00 AM
somebody who thinks he is above the law....

You are .13 seconds late! But I like your thought....

Rain Man
04-24-2006, 11:05 AM
Somewhere, some Denny's executive is shouting, "SEE!? SEE!? I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!"

StcChief
04-24-2006, 11:09 AM
Somewhere, some Denny's executive is shouting, "SEE!? SEE!? I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!"

Next they will ban WIFI broadband access as an excuse to violence

This is something they really didn't want to pay for lowers table turn over.

chagrin
04-24-2006, 11:12 AM
There has to be more to this story. Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.


Nobody

Bwana
04-24-2006, 11:29 AM
Laptop computer guy is going to get a very nice pay day before this is all said and done if this story is true.

chubychecker
04-24-2006, 12:06 PM
Those Manning boys all think they are better than everyone else. First Peyton throwing is O-line under the bus now this.

greg63
04-24-2006, 02:41 PM
There has to be more to this story. Who in their right mind would beat the crap out of someone for using a laptop.

I say; throw the note book at him.

chiefsfaninNC
04-24-2006, 02:48 PM
Gives new meaning to the Grand Slam breakfast.