Mike Tomlin: Hopefully we’ll have exciting Le’Veon Bell news on Monday

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is sounding an optimistic note about running back Le’Veon Bell’s contract.

Tomlin told WAVY in Virginia that he’s hoping to have a long-term contract done with Bell before Monday.

Obviously we want to get the deal done, Tomlin said. He wants to get the deal done. Everybody has said that. Now it’s just about the negotiators getting in the room, and doing what it is they need to do. I’m excited and hopeful. Hopefully we’ll have some exciting news Monday.

If Bell doesn’t sign by Monday at 4 p.m., he’ll only be able to sign a one-year contract with the Steelers this year. In that case, Bell would likely skip training camp and only report before the start of the regular season. Tomlin doesn’t want that to happen, but he said he thinks he can count on Bell to be in shape for Week One even if he’s not in training camp.

Well, I was just talking the way that the Colonel talked, Schnatter said. And, again, shame on me. And it wasn’t even done in the context of, ‘That’s 40, 50, 60 years ago.’ Because even back then, again, the way I was raised, you don’t talk that way.

But, again, he did. Even though the radio interview was peppered with vague suggestions from Schnatter that maybe he didn’t say what he said, Schnatter admits that he said something that justified all of this. And it still remains to be seen where all of this leads, especially as it relates to Papa John’s partnerships with multiple NFL teams.

At the same time, Neuner’s contract (signed in 2011) contains various provisions that prohibit the Texans from engaging in harassment and discrimination. Likewise, it prohibits the team and its employees from physical contact such as assault and making threats. Gary, the cheerleading coach, is accused of engaging in such misbehavior. Whether Neuner notified Texans’ human resources of her grievances (as required by the employment contract) is unclear. Interestingly, such anti-harassment and anti-discrimination clauses do not appear in the 2017 employment contracts—a finding that suggests the Texans learned from other NFL teams that had been sued by their former cheerleaders and in turn sought to minimize opportunities for lawsuits brought by Texans cheerleaders.

The Texans also charge that the seven cheerleaders are at fault for not reporting their hours. According to Turnow’s employment contract, the cheerleaders were explicitly required to report their hours:

Fred Zamberletti: They talk about doctoring footballs—back in those days those kickers doctored the hell out of those balls, and I can remember vividly we had those balls and we worked them over pretty hard. Those kickers had them in the clothes dryers, heating them, pushing them, making pumpkins out of those things. Breaking the seams and everything else. They really worked hard on it. Then we end up missing the kick. If we make that kick the game is over.

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