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Saints News, 4/29/14: NBA Owner's Lifetime Ban Sets Precedent For Owners In All Sports

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Mike Florio at PFT writes, "Every owner of every major-league franchise, in the NBA or elsewhere, now knows that views like those espoused by (Donald) Sterling will result in swift and decisive action. How could Commissioner Roger Goodell do anything less with an NFL owner, now that Silver has set the precedent in a different sport?" That's a very good question. Would Roger handle a situation like that the same way? I'll bet he hopes we never have to find out. In related news, Saints/Pelicans owner Tom Benson writes that he fully supports Adam Silver's decisions.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Statement from Tom Benson: Pelicans fully support decisions made by Adam Silver and will fully support his recommendations moving forward.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/461226865743511552">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Watch Adam Silver announce the <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA">@NBA</a> decision to ban Donald Sterling for life on <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports">@YahooSports</a> <a href="http://t.co/LuRkCODmRp">http://t.co/LuRkCODmRp</a> <a href="http://t.co/wPDC3BBvgI">pic.twitter.com/wPDC3BBvgI</a></p>&mdash; Evan Doherty (@YSportsEvan) <a href="https://twitter.com/YSportsEvan/statuses/461235136424472576">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s training camp for our new team of THE NFL TODAY as the guys get ready for the season at the <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLonCBS">@NFLonCBS</a> NYC studio <a href="http://t.co/u3tE5LY6vP">pic.twitter.com/u3tE5LY6vP</a></p>&mdash; CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSSportsGang/statuses/461232953230913536">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Before Adam Silver&#39;s smackdown, it took a village to allow Donald Sterling&#39;s reign of racism. Column - <a href="http://t.co/tQYar7KJ6A">http://t.co/tQYar7KJ6A</a></p>&mdash; Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreggDoyelCBS/statuses/461232543069913088">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Adam Silver looked nervous, but angry. Like Cruise shaking as he held the water before asking Nicholson about code red. Brought it strong.</p>&mdash; Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanWetzel/statuses/461232525822533632">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hahahahaha RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Dotta9">@Dotta9</a>: <a href="http://t.co/Nx2nH1wvJp">pic.twitter.com/Nx2nH1wvJp</a></p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/461228655105302529">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I picked the wrong day to try to write my Sports Law exam question on the power of the commissioner.</p>&mdash; Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsLawGuy/statuses/461227205238849536">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Statement from Tom Benson: Pelicans fully support decisions made by Adam Silver and will fully support his recommendations moving forward.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/461226865743511552">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;In light of the serious matter facing our league, a matter than transcends sports, the New Orleans Pelicans (cont) <a href="http://t.co/5FBv7DhH9V">http://t.co/5FBv7DhH9V</a></p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/statuses/461225166585217024">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good job NBA and Adam Silver. Definitely got this one right!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/461222912834682880">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bottom line: There isn&#39;t a franchise that could withstand public backlash of failing to vote w/ Adam Silver on Donald Sterling&#39;s ouster.</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/statuses/461222621942525952">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So <a href="https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson">@MagicJohnson</a> be like <a href="http://t.co/H5YJU4tH79">pic.twitter.com/H5YJU4tH79</a></p>&mdash; Bossip (@Bossip) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bossip/statuses/461221726328586240">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bravo Adam silver</p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/461221883690905600">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On ownership super majority needed to vote Sterling out, one Board of Governor tells Yahoo: &quot;Adam has the votes - all of them, I believe.&quot;</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/statuses/461221016094523392">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Falcons are exercising the fifth year option on WR Julio Jones</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/statuses/461219376310394880">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>There is no amount of money that excludes you from treating other people with respect. Thank you, Adam Silver.</p>&mdash; Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/statuses/461216340234096640">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/daringantt">@daringantt</a>: If Adam Silver ran the NFL, Dan Snyder would have many new exciting merchandising opportunities.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/461215836670152704">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What an interesting time for relatively new Pelicans owner Tom Benson ...</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/461213649408131073">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>All about protecting a brand whether you agree with it or not.&#10;Illegally recorded or not.&#10;Now continue on with the playoffs <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NBA&amp;src=hash">#NBA</a></p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/statuses/461212819451437056">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Nice work AdamSilver!!! There should be no room for racism anywhere on earth, let alone in Professional Sports..</p>&mdash; Bobby McCray (@bobbymccray) <a href="https://twitter.com/bobbymccray/statuses/461212695912382466">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NBA Commissioner: When I first heard it, I was shocked and hoped the tape was fraudulent.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/461211415777255424">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NBA Commissioner: Clippers owner Sterling admits it was his voice on the tape making disparaging remarks about minorities.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/461209310882586624">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Why is the giant robot from the cover of Queen&#39;s News of the World holding a press conference about the NBA?</p>&mdash; Grandmaester Warg (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/461208315729428480">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Donald Sterling banned for life; fined $2.5 million. Thanks for playing....</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/461208205109239808">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NBA Commissioner: I will do what it takes to force Mr. Sterling to sell the team.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/461207983544750081">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/mateogeovanny">@mateogeovanny</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsNation">@SportsNation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhatJordanSaid&amp;src=hash">#WhatJordanSaid</a> <a href="http://t.co/rgEuTXVlaM">pic.twitter.com/rgEuTXVlaM</a>&quot; hahaha</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/461197376817201152">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Monty Williams talks about his relationship with the late Dr. Jack Ramsay on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/vFtFW4FC2s">http://t.co/vFtFW4FC2s</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/461195543277232128">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Me and and coach Saban at <a href="https://twitter.com/chickfilabowl">@chickfilabowl</a>! We shot 7 under but missed 7 6 ft sliders for birdies smh!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RollTide&amp;src=hash">#RollTide</a> <a href="http://t.co/Afjrhvme1Z">pic.twitter.com/Afjrhvme1Z</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/461183869707104256">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thankful for the little things today</p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/461178601732587521">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd no longer NFL's highest-paid safety after Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas agree on extension | NOLA.com
The Associated Press reported Thomas and the Seahawks agreed Monday on a $40 million, four year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.

Mark Ingram won't have option exercised by New Orleans Saints - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints do not intend to exercise their 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram's contract, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Report: Saints won’t pick up option on Mark Ingram | ProFootballTalk
Ingram was selected by the Saints with the 28th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. As per terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, all draft picks sign four-year contracts with first-round selections having a team option for a fifth season. The deadline for teams to pick up that fifth-year option for players from the 2011 draft is May 3.

5 to watch when the Saints pick in the first round | wwltv.com New Orleans
Predicting what the Saints will do throughout the entire NFL draft is next to impossible, but we do have an idea about who might be on their radar in the first round.

Ranking New Orleans Saints 2014 NFL draft needs: No. 11 QB - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: Drew Brees, signed

Unofficial guide to first- and second-day draft prospects Saints have visited with, worked out | Black and Gold
With the May 8-10 draft a little more than a week away, below is an unofficial guide to players who the Saints have either hosted for visits or worked out and who could be taken in the first two days (or first three rounds) of the event.

Ranking New Orleans Saints draft needs: No. 10 RB/FB - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: RB Pierre Thomas,

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NFL News

Sterling’s lifetime ban sends clear message to all owners | ProFootballTalk
Silver’s action nevertheless puts all current and future NFL owners on clear and unambiguous notice.  If you harbor hatred and bigotry in your heart and if it somehow finds a way to make itself to the public eye, game over.

NFL denies Hard Knocks field has been cut to three teams | ProFootballTalk
Under standards the NFL passed last year, the Bills, Bears, Cardinals, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams, and Steelers can be compelled to do the show.

Panthers need tackles and receivers, but want a "blue goose" | ProFootballTalk
Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman, in case you've not heard him speak, did not grow up in the Carolinas. But the Boston-born Gettleman has caught his fanbase's attention with some smart patchwork and some new catch-phrases, and introduced another one Tuesday.

Gronk: Too soon to tell if I’ll be ready for opener | ProFootballTalk
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent last offseason answering questions about whether he'd be ready to go for the season opener, so he's familiar with the line of questioning he'll be facing for the rest of this offseason.

Roby pleads guilty to reduced charge | ProFootballTalk
The pre-draft legal issue for cornerback Bradley Roby has been resolved almost as quickly as it arose. On Tuesday morning, Roby resolved a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence by pleading guilty to having "physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence.