Before we get to the latest news for the NFL Police Blotter, and thus the latest score in my NFL Fantasy Crime League, we have a small bit of housecleaning.
This is why you need to stay up to speed on ALL crimes, not just current ones, but developments with past crimes, because apparently the judges have gone back and reviewed Aldon Smith's bomb threat at LAX from a couple weeks and have downgraded it from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Yes, this has ramifications for Aldon Smith personally, positive ones, as he is already staring at conviction for other potentially felonious acts. But this also has FCL scoring ramifications!
So the overall scoreboard has been changed below to reflect the downgrade, taking the Niners from a league-leading 10 points down to a still-league-leading 8 points. (Chris Culliver is like 2014 Regular Season Peyton in this league, by the way.) The Niners' lead is still comfortable, especially considering there are still Colin Kaepernick shenanigans to be sorted out.
So if you have San Francisco, feel comfortable. It would literally take a murder (10 points!) to derail your season, and when was the last time we saw an NFL player murder somebody? Oh...wait....
Okay, one with the latest crime news....meet Josh Morgan!
Morgan is a wide receiver who's been in the league for six years, most recently last season with the Washington Redskins, who opted to part ways with him during the offseason. So on April 21, Morgan signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. A new start, a fresh start.
I know all about signing on with a new employer, since I recently changed radio stations as of the first of the year. You want to do everything you can to impress your new bosses and show them how committed you are to making the team and their business a success. Somehow, I don't think Morgan grasps that concept, otherwise he wouldn't be getting arrested a week after signing his deal.
Here's the story:
New Bears receiver Josh Morgan, signed to a one-year deal last week, was arrested early Sunday after an altercation outside a Washington nightclub, according to police.
Officer Paul Metcalf of the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Morgan's arrest at about 1:30 a.m. on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. According to the incident report, Morgan was accused of escalating a verbal altercation outside his vehicle and punching the complainant in the upper lip.
Morgan was taken into custody but qualified for citation release, Metcalf said. He will face a court date on the charges.
So not the end of the world, and certainly not murder or DUI, but still. Come on, man. The Bears had this to say about the incident:
The Bears issued this statement acknowledging the incident: "We are aware of Josh Morgan's presence at a weekend incident in Washington, D.C. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the event."
With news of the incident spreading, Morgan spoke with WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Washington, and denied the allegations.
"Not a scratch on his face," Morgan told the TV station. "I didn't touch him. ... I've always been a standup guy in the community; I've always been a standup guy period. Everybody knows me. Everybody knows how I am. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. What a coincidence that now I signed with the Chicago Bears, now all of a sudden it happened."
After his first season with the Redskins, Morgan was named the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year as recognition of his charity work and involvement in the community.
Morgan declined to comment through his publicist, citing the fact the case is active.
My biggest takeaway from all of this -- Josh Morgan has a publicist?!?
The 2014 FCL standings are updated....
2014 FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS 1 point .. misdemeanor 3 points .. felony 10 points .. murder
49ERS .. 8 * 3/28/14: 49ers CB Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles. * 4/13/14: 49ers DE Aldon Smith is charged with MISDEMEANOR false report of a bomb threat.
COLTS .. 3 * 3/16/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance (felony)
RAVENS .. 3 * 2/14/14: Ravens RB Ray Rice is charged with third degree assault. * 2/21/14: Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana. * 3/9/14: Raves OL Jah Reid is arrested on two counts of battery.
FALCONS .. 1 * 2/18/14: Falcons WR Roddy White is arrested for failing to appear in court.
TITANS .. 1 * 3/20/14: Titans DE Adewale Ojomo is arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
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BENGALS .. 1 * 3/31/14: Bengals FB Orson Charles is charged with wanton endangerment.
RAMS .. 1 * 3/29/14: Rams CB Greg Reid is arrested for violating probation.
BEARS .. 1 * 4/21/14: Bears WR Josh Morgan is arrested for simple assault.