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come against Washington.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released by the NFL team Wednesday night Ryan Kelly Jersey , hours after he was charged by
federal prosecutors in Philadelphia with insider trading.
Kendricks, who signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Eagles, allegedly used tips
from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors said.
The 27-year-old issued a statement earlier in the day admitting to his guilt and apologizing. He expressed regret and accepted “full
responsibility” for his actions.
However, the Browns decided after learning more about the case that they couldn’t go forward with Kendricks, who was going to start for the team.
The Browns issued a statement after traveling to Detroit for Thursday night’s exhibition finale against the Lions. Kendricks did not make the
“Prior to signing Mychal, we were informed that there was a financial situation that he had been involved with in 2014,” Browns general manager
John Dorsey said. “We were told Mychal had fully cooperated with investigators as a victim. From what was communicated at that time and based on the
numerous questions we asked and further due diligence on our part, including checking with the league office, there was no information discovered that
“Recently, we were provided an update on the matter and the circumstances have changed. We are now dealing with a different set of facts and the
additional information we’ve gathered has led us to the decision to release Mychal from our team.”
Kendricks is facing possible prison time and further discipline from the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the situation.
Prosecutors allege his co-defendant, Damilare Sonoiki, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015 Authentic Justin Reid Jersey , as well as perks like tickets
to Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain.
Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. An IMDB profile lists him as a former writer
on the popular TV series “Black-ish” as well as other movies and TV shows.
In a statement released by his lawyer, Kendricks said he was sorry and takes full responsibility for his actions.
“While I didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions,” he said
in the statement. He also claimed he didn’t take any of the profits for himself but didn’t elaborate on where the money went. I am committed to
repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions.”
Kendricks said he has been cooperating with authorities since the investigation began.
McSwain along with representatives from the FBI and the Securities Exchange Commission— which filed a separate complaint — said Kendricks and
Sonoiki used coded language in messages to try to hide their actions. McSwain said Sonoiki, who had limited trading powers at the time, would gave
non-public information to Kendricks about acquisitions and other deals that would affect the price of securities for at least four different
Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, said in one message when Sonoiki was asking
for payment, he told Kendricks that he liked Philadelphia bread used in cheesesteaks more than the bread in New York and asked that Kendricks bring
They also had a conversation pretending to be talking about changing the number on Kendricks’ jersey to 80, meant to signify the amount of money
that should be deposited into a new trading account, she said.
If the men are convicted Customized Philadelphia Eagles
Jerseys , they could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $5.25 million as well as the seizure of any profits made from the insider
The Browns signed Kendricks as a free agent, bringing him in to upgrade their linebacker corps following an 0-16 season. Kendricks spent six years
with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2012 after he played at California.
The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder recorded a team-high eight tackles in last season’s NFC Championship against Minnesota and had four in Philadelphia’s
Super Bowl win.
The Washington Nationals are far from finished. Not after briefly slipping below .500 this week. And, certainly not after spotting the Miami Marlins
the first nine runs on Thursday night.
Trea Turner hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and drove in eight runs to help Washington rally past Miami 14-12 in a wild
slugfest to end a five-game losing streak.
”Not to get ahead of ourselves, put together wins, try to win a series,” first baseman Matt Adams said. ”I think that’s what we’re going to
focus on from here on out, win two out of three, win three out of four. If that’s the case, then the wins will start stacking on top of each other
and we’ll just get rolling the way we’re capable of.”
The Nationals, who dropped 17 of their previous 22 Ryan
Kerrigan Jersey , have won 12 consecutive games against Miami dating to last season – their longest winning streak against any team since the
franchise moved to Washington in 2005.
It was also the largest comeback victory since the team left Montreal. The Nationals rallied from eight runs down to defeat Atlanta 13-12 on April 28,
The victory came a day after the Nationals called a players-only meeting Wednesday after Washington was swept by Boston and slipped under .500 for the
first time since May 2.
But things didn’t start smoothly.
Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado’s three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. The Marlins
made it 9-0 on Justin Bour’s two-run homer in the fourth off Jeremy Hellickson.
Despite the huge deficit, Washington was far from out of it.
Turner led off the fourth with a solo shot off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, who surrendered four more runs in the fifth – including two on Juan
Soto’s double. Adam Conley (2-1) then allowed four of the first five hitters he faced to reach in the sixth before Turner smacked a two-out fastball
with the bases loaded into Miami’s bullpen to give the Nationals a stunning 10-9 lead. It was Turner’s third career multi-homer game.
”Command was an issue today, so I wasn’t able to get the ball where I wanted,” Conley said. ”My hat’s off to him. I thought the ball was
coming out pretty good today, so for him to get ahold of it, that’s the way the game goes. If the game were easy, everybody would play it.”
Turner added a two-run single in Washington’s four-run seventh. His eight RBIs tied for the most ever by a leadoff hitter, according to STATS
”When we were down 7-0, I feel like we still for sure had a shot – 9-0, it hurts a little bit more, but we did it Mike Adams Jersey ,” Turner said. ”I think once
we got the first run on the board, it kind of just got the momentum back on our side and we continued to push. I think that’s what we’re capable
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win. Sean Doolittle earned his 22nd save in 23 opportunities.
Adams had four hits for Washington in his first game since a stint on the disabled list for a broken left index finger.
”Good win, but we still got stuff to do,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Marlins: Prado was activated from the disabled list after missing 37 games with a left hamstring strain. … Miami recalled RHP Ben Meyer from
Triple-A New Orleans, placed RHP Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday and designated OF JB Shuck
for assignment. … SS JT Riddle (hip) was scratched from the lineup. … RHP Sandy Alcantara (right axillary infection) is expected to be
re-evaluated and begin a throwing progression Monday. … OF Lewis Brinson (right hip) will be re-evaluated Monday.
Nationals: Martinez said the team is optimistic RHP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation) will be ready to return right after the All-Star break.
… 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) will start running the bases Friday or Saturday and could begin a rehabilitation assignment as early as
Sunday. … Washington recalled RHP Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed RHP Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list. Fedde, who is 1-3
with a 5.79 ERA, left his start Wednesday in the second inning with right shoulder inflammation.
WALK IN THE PARK
Five Nationals who walked eventually scored. Another Washington runner scored after reaching base on a forceout of a player who walked.
”We walked eight guys,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ”You can’t walk eight guys with that club over there. We let them back in the
Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (3-4, 4.70 ERA) has held NL East batters to a .202 average in five starts this season, though none of those outings have come
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.77) is winless in his last six starts, but is 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA lifetime against Miami.
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