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Baylor Football Coach Fired Over Handling of Player Assault Allegations

A Baptist university in Waco, Texas this week demoted the school president and fired the Baylor Bears football coach after an external review of the handling of sexual abuse allegations, including against football players, proved highly problematic. Independent investigators found that Baylor authorities ignored abuse reports in violation of federal law, according to ESPN.

The now-demoted Baylor president, Kenneth Starr (best known for his investigation of Bill Clinton), apologized to sexual assault victims for his previous indifference, saying he was sorry they were not treated with the care, concern, and support they deserve. Baylor's board of regents too expressed dismay. Let's see what independent investigators found and what the school had to say.

After being indicted on misdemeanor domestic assault charges last week, Johnny Manziel turned himself in to Highland Park police in Texas yesterday, posing for a mug shot and posting $1,500 bond before being released. The former Texas A&M Aggies and Cleveland Browns QB is scheduled to appear back in court this morning.

The charge stems from a January incident during which Manziel’s then girlfriend Colleen Crowley claims he restrained, beat, and threatened to kill her.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in response to his involvement in a scheme to deflate game balls before the 2014-15 AFC Championship game. An NFL-funded investigation last year determined it was "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel altered game balls and that Brady was likely involved.

Brady and the NFL Players Association challenged the suspension on evidentiary and procedural grounds, but he's running out of options to have the suspension overturned again. So what happens next?

Nobody likes NFL games on Thursday night. Teams don't like them. Players don't like them. The media don't like them. And fans don't like them. Nobody likes NFL games on Thursday night except for the league, and Twitter, apparently.

The ever-evolving social media app allegedly plunked down $10 million for the right to stream 10 Thursday night NFL games during the 2016-17 season. Considering the NFL started the bidding at $250 million, that's a cut-rate price to air a product most people want cut from the schedule entirely.

It's been a bad month for the NFL and its concussion problem. Earlier in the month, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety admitted that there was "certainly" a link between playing football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Then last week The New York Times exposed the NFL's already flawed concussion research as being even worse than previously believed.

Now, a new lawsuit (filed by an old plaintiff) is citing this new evidence as the basis for new litigation.

Kevin Turner played eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Turner was also the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL over the league's handling of concussions. "It's about helping people who had their brains affected in a very drastic way, and to make their lives so much more livable," he told The New York Times in 2014, "not just them but their families, and to supplement their health care."

Turner passed away last Thursday, at the age of 46.

If there's anything better than Spring Break, it's videos of bros acting a fool at Spring Break, then local police departments posting those videos to their Facebook page along with said bro's arrest warrant and a request to turn himself in. It's a seasonal ritual not unlike the first cherry blossoms or the salmon returning to Capistrano.

And so we salute Kameron, the Spring Break bro who acted a fool by launching a football at a Gulf Shores Police Department SUV on the beach. And we toast the Gulf Shores Police Department, who posted video of the pinpoint bomb, along with Kameron's name and the warrant that has been issued for his arrest.

The National Football League announced it has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bryant has indicated he will not appeal the suspension and will sit out for at least one year.

Bryant was also suspended for four games in 2015 for testing positive for marijuana, and one of his agents, Brian Fettner, told USA Today Bryant would enter rehab for drug and mental health treatment: "His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it."

Pop Warner is the nation's premier youth football organization. With a quarter of million annual participants, just about every player in the NFL got their start in Pop Warner. And this week, Pop Warner settled a scathing lawsuit that claimed the league "recklessly exposed children to the risk of injury including head, brain and other injuries."

The suit was filed by Debra Pyka, whose son Joseph Chernach hung himself in June 2012. Pyka claimed that concussions sustained during Chernach's Pop Warner days were a "substantial factor" in his suicide.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has filed a lawsuit against ESPN and NFL correspondent Adam Schefter for violating his medical privacy. Last July, Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul's medical chart, indicating the player had his right index finger amputated.

Pierre-Paul is claiming Schefter violated Florida medical privacy statutes and invaded his privacy by publishing his medical information without permission, and is looking to hold ESPN responsible as Schefter's employer.