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February 2019 Archives

Money can't buy happiness. But you'd think it would buy a higher class of massage parlor. The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida is not a higher class of massage parlor. It's a strip mall spa at the center of a months-long human trafficking and prostitution sting that netted solicitation charges against 25 people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

And that might just be the tip of the iceberg.

For over two seasons, just about every new quarterback signing in the NFL has had one name attached to the story: Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick had accused the league and teams of colluding to blackball him from NFL rosters following his criminal justice system protests during the 2016 season. And every new mediocre, aged, or inexperienced QB added to team payrolls begged the question: Why not Kaepernick?

That question might have a little more of an answer to it now. Kaepernick settled his grievance with the NFL last week. And while the exact details of the settlement are confidential, some are estimating he could've received up to $40 million to withdraw his claims.

Former 'Overmedicated' Football Players Lost Chance to Sue NFL

There are many considerations to take into account when deciding whether or not to sue someone. But, one of the most important considerations is the deadline -- called "statute of limitations" -- for filing such a lawsuit. Just ask the NFL players who had their lawsuit dismissed because it was past the deadline for filing such a suit.

Even the National Football League Commissioner admitted that referees botched a late non-pass interference call in the NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints. "It's a play that should be called," Roger Goodell admitted this week before the Rams, who won the game, will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. "We're going to make sure that we do everything possible to address the issues going forward and see if there are improvements we can make with instant replay or anything else. I understand the emotions."

But "everything possible" does not include reversing the call and putting time back on the clock, as a failed lawsuit filed by two Saints season ticket holders asked a federal judge to order.