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Jigawatts
07-16-2008, 04:59 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8350038?MSNHPHMA

Concerned that some of its players are flashing signals related to street gangs, the National Football League has hired experts to examine game tapes and identify the hand gestures, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

"There have been some suspected things we've seen," NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich told the Los Angeles Times. "When we see it, we quietly jump on it immediately, directly with the team and the player or employee involved to cease and desist. Period."

Ahlerich says the NFL has long warned its players about the influence of gangs. Concern intensified after Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was gunned down following an altercation involving known gang members in 2007.

The concern was raised with first-year players at the recent rookie symposium, and a video on the dangers of gangs was shown to every player in the league last year.

"Guys come from all over the country, and who knows what they're really doing?" Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Dennis Northcutt told the paper. "People have got signs for their kids, signs for their fraternities. How do you differentiate who's really throwing up gang signs?"

Northcutt gave an example.

"This is a gang sign," he said, touching his index finger to his thumb to form a squished OK sign. "But at the same time, it's a sign for a personnel group."

Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, said the gang experts being consulted by the league take those factors into account. They are looking for "symbols, clothing, jewelry or other items that would signify an association with criminal gang enterprises," Ahlerich said.

Game officials will not be asked to identify gang signals but will alert league headquarters of anything suspicious they see.

League executives did not specify how offenders will be punished, but Pereira said, "it will be dealt with harshly. The commissioner is not going to stand for gang signals on the field."

The NFL took further notice of the issue after Paul Pierce of the NBA's Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 in April for what the league said was a "menacing gesture" toward the Atlanta Hawks' bench. "I 100 percent do not in any way promote gang violence or anything close to it." Pierce said in a statement. "I am sorry if it was misinterpreted that way at Saturday's game."

The Times said that was the precipitating incident for the NFL.

"We were always suspicious that might be happening," it quoted Pereira as saying of gang-related signals. "But the Paul Pierce thing is what brought it to light. When he was fined . . . that's when we said we need to take a look at it and see if we need to be aware of it."

Other leagues have varying policies on aspects of the gang issue.

The Pac 10 Conference created a rule in 1992 prohibiting football players from wearing bandannas and allowing them to wear elastic skullcaps only if they were in the school's primary colors or black.

Major League Baseball has a policy related to merchandising, and forced New Era to pull New York Yankees caps last year because they featured gang colors and logos.

According to the paper, an NHL spokesman said the league has a policy against inappropriate gestures but has never employed a gang expert.




I wonder if SMG was considered for a position??? :D

NKySteeler
07-16-2008, 05:03 PM
I wonder if SMG was considered for a position??? :D

SM-izzleG is in the hooouuussseee!!!.... :wink:


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Shawn
07-16-2008, 05:07 PM
Through my extensive gang related activites and research...I gained the needed experience and expertise required to do this job effectively. Unfortunately, because I forgot my 9 milli at home during the interview...they said I wasn't "street" enough for the job.

:D

Jom112
07-16-2008, 05:51 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8350038?MSNHPHMA

Concerned that some of its players are flashing signals related to street gangs, the National Football League has hired experts to examine game tapes and identify the hand gestures, a newspaper reported Wednesday.



Expert to examine game tapes? They're probably from the Patriots organization...

ghettoscott
07-16-2008, 05:56 PM
Chris Henry aint doing nothing, maybe he should apply.

Jom112
07-16-2008, 05:59 PM
Chris Henry aint doing nothing, maybe he should apply.

I think they're trying to catch real thugs not fake thugs...

ghettoscott
07-16-2008, 06:04 PM
ahhh touch'e. :Clap

NKySteeler
07-16-2008, 06:08 PM
I think they're trying to catch real thugs not fake thugs...

Alright "Mr. Bengal fan"..... I think even you have to agree that Henry is a legitimate "thug" . Gang or not ... How many times has he been arrested?... I don't care whether he's gotten off the hook or not... Look at what the "incidents" were.... The one that got me was the "plying little girls (underage) with alcohol".... That, among other things, makes him a "thug" in my eyes...

....BTW, where do you think he'll end up?... Since not convicted, I doubt that the Commish can kick him out of the league, can he?

Jom112
07-16-2008, 06:13 PM
I think they're trying to catch real thugs not fake thugs...

Alright "Mr. Bengal fan"..... I think even you have to agree that Henry is a legitimate "thug"... How many times has he been arrested?... I don't care whether he's gotten off the hook or not... Look at what the "incidents" were.... The one that got me was the "plying little girls (underage) with alcohol.... That, among other things, makes him a "thug" in my eyes...

....BTW, where do you think he'll end up?... Since not convicted, I doubt that the Commish can kick him out of the league, can he?

Ah, you're reading too much into that comment. It's more a diss at Henry than trying to excuse his actions. GhettoScott understands.

As for the last part, now that Henry isn't playing for the Bengals anymore Goodell probably won't ban him (Come on you didn't think I was the only Bengals fan without any conspiracy theories). Cowboys appear to be the best fit for him, but who knows. I'm sure there are a good amount of teams that will give him a look if he isn't banned such as the Vikings or Jags or dare I say da Raiders...

NKySteeler
07-16-2008, 06:16 PM
I'm sure there a good amount of teams that will give him a look if he isn't banned such as the Vikings or Jags...

That's fine.... My bad.... :oops:

.... And yes, the Jags are going to be in the market for another WR that doesn't have a fondness for cocaine. Henry has alot of issues, but I haven't heard about that one..... Y-E-T...

Flasteel
07-16-2008, 07:46 PM
This is great and I hope that NFL security crawls up their ass to investigate any possible gang affiliation if their caught throwin' signs. What really bothers me is what we're seeing in today's military. Due to the shortage of warm bodies, recruiters are taking people with seriously checkered pasts and even convicted felons. These gangs (especially in major urban areas) purposely send members into the military to receive the highest level of tactical training and connections to weapons, then they bring it back to the streets. I've seen images of buildings and burned out vehicles all over Iraq that are tagged by these scumbags.

The military should be ashamed and maybe both they and the NFL should be a little more careful in who they let in. Why don't they institute a rule where no convicted felon is allowed in the league? If he's off limits to everyone and that's understood, who cares about any talent level...there's plenty of talent out there to entertain us.

ghettoscott
07-16-2008, 08:27 PM
....I'm sure there are a good amount of teams that will give him a look if he isn't banned such as the Vikings or Jags or dare I say da Raiders...

or the Pats :wink: :| :evil:

Jigawatts
07-16-2008, 09:05 PM
Through my extensive gang related activites and research...I gained the needed experience and expertise required to do this job effectively. Unfortunately, because I forgot my 9 milli at home during the interview...they said I wasn't "street" enough for the job.

You should have ganked those crackers anyway. :D


Expert to examine game tapes? They're probably from the Patriots organization...

I like this troll. :Beer


I think they're trying to catch real thugs not fake thugs...

Never mind. :moon

:P :lol:

Jom112
07-16-2008, 09:19 PM
Never mind. :moon



Stop flashing your gang sign at me...

NKySteeler
07-16-2008, 09:21 PM
:Clap :Clap :Clap :Clap :Clap :Clap

... Damn, I just thought that was funny...... :wink:

Flasteel
07-16-2008, 09:28 PM
Never mind. :moon



Stop flashing your gang sign at me...

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :Clap

Jom, you are pretty cool for a Bengals fan. :lol:
:Boobs

papillon
07-16-2008, 11:01 PM
Nky,

I thought you said all Bengal's fans were homos and pathetic? Jom's okay in my book, but, :bungalssuck :moon :tt2

:P

Pappy

Jom112
07-16-2008, 11:15 PM
Thanks for all the compliments everyone, I appreciate it.

I just hope I can build up enough good will so I won't be banned once the season gets under way and trash talking inevitably get worse... :D

Jigawatts
07-17-2008, 04:25 AM
Never mind. :moon



Stop flashing your gang sign at me...

:lol: :lol: :lol:

stlrz d
07-17-2008, 07:34 AM
Reporting for duty!

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frankthetank1
07-17-2008, 10:02 AM
i think its pretty stupid. i doubt a whole lot of players are still affiliated with gangs. that being said im sure the ravens will be targeted more than any other team

NC Steeler Fan
07-17-2008, 05:26 PM
i think its pretty stupid. i doubt a whole lot of players are still affiliated with gangs. that being said im sure the ravens will be targeted more than any other team

Freakin' hilarious!!! And, probably true... :lol:

Oh yeah, and the bungle troll is okay by me too (so far).

Anybody slammin' the patsies has "some" redeeming qualities
right out of the gate in my book.... :Beer