Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

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Updated: Ex-Patriot Maroney arrested

Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs andweapons allegations. His publicist said Tuesday that he did nothingwrong.
Maroney was traded to the Broncos after the first week of the season.
St. Louis police said five people inan Infiniti Q56 were arrested Monday night. Police declined to name thesuspects but said all five are accused of possessing marijuana. Three,including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon.Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has beenformally charged.Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins,confirmed that he was one of those arrested in the Infiniti on theweapons allegation. She denied Maroney was arrested for drugs."He holds a permit to carry aconcealed weapon," Higgins said in a statement. "He was not arrestedfor any drugs nor was he involved in a high-speed chase. He wasreleased without being charged with any offense and we do notanticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."Police spokeswoman Erica Van Rosssaid one of the men had a valid concealed weapon permit but that statelaw prohibits possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs. Shedeclined to elaborate.Van Ross said the process of seeking charges could take up to a month.Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said, "We're aware of the matter but have no additional comment at this time."Van Ross said that around 10:30 p.m.Monday, officers saw three vehicles near Chaifetz Arena causing trafficto slow because the vehicles repeatedly stopped so occupants could talkto people on the street. Officers also suspected those in the vehicleswere smoking marijuana.Officers pulled over the Infiniti and a GMC Yukon; the third vehicle fled.Van Ross said that inside theInfiniti officers found three weapons - a .45-caliber handgun, a 9mmpistol and a .223 -caliber rifle - along with a substance believed tobe marijuana. Five of the six people in the Infiniti were arrested andreleased pending application of warrants, Van Ross said.Five other people were in the Yukon. One of them, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon.New England chose Maroney with the21st overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was acquired by former Broncoscoach Josh McDaniels for a fourth-round draft pick on Sept. 14, one ofseveral personnel miscalculations that helped lead to McDaniels' Dec. 6ouster.Maroney was injured when he arrivedin Denver and played in just four games for the Broncos, rushing 36times for 74 yards and a paltry 2.1-yard average. He didn't play in thefinal 10 games of the season, the last eight of which he wasdeactivated.The running back spent his firstfour seasons with the Patriots, where he averaged 4.2 yards a carrywith 21 touchdown runs and 10.2 yards per catch with one TD reception.His best season was 2009, when he set career highs with 194 carries andnine touchdowns.He is in the final year of his contract, and his future with the Broncos is uncertain.Maroney's arrest is the latest in a series of legal troubles involving Broncos players.Linebacker D.J. Williams wasstripped of his captaincy following his second drunken driving arrestlast season, rookie cornerback Perrish Cox faces charges in a sexualassault case, and rookie linebacker Kevin Alexander was waived hoursafter he was arrested on a domestic violence allegation last month.Maroney was a standout at NormandyHigh School in St. Louis County, and has remained active in the St.Louis community during his NFL career. Recently, he has been helpingvictims of a New Year's Eve tornado that struck the area where he grewup. And last summer, he gave out 3,000 backpacks filled with schoolsupplies to St. Louis students.

John Harbaugh: Ravens’ trickery different than Patriots ‘deceptive’ formation

John Harbaugh: Ravens’ trickery different than Patriots ‘deceptive’ formation

FOXBORO – John Harbaugh explained on Thursday the difference between the rules loophole his Ravens exploited recently and the one the Patriots exploited in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff Game that caused him to cry, “Foul.”

What it boiled down to? Everyone knew about the loophole the Ravens took advantage of when they committed an en masse holding penalty at the end of the game against the Bengals. 

Nobody had seen what the Patriots successfully pulled off when they made eligible receivers ineligible and vice versa and went on a touchdown drive that changed the tenor of the game.

“You’re right. I don’t want to get into all that,” Harbaugh said when I asked what the difference was. “That’s all been hashed out. I believe what I believe and I think it’s all been proven to be right.

“The point about [the punt hold] is, it’s been talked about, it’s been looked at, it’s been something that’s been used for 20 years so it’s nothing new,” he explained. “It’s nothing that hadn’t been addressed before by officials or the competition committee.”

Harbaugh said that, in Super Bowl 47, his Ravens used the tactic and his brother Jim, coach of the Niners, took it up with the Competition Committee. John Harbaugh supported the change, he said. The league declined.  

“Everybody knew about that so it didn’t create an unfair advantage for anybody,” said Harbaugh.

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After the Patriots beat Baltimore in a tremendous game, Harbaugh was in a snit in his postgame press conference alleging the “nobody’s ever seen that [eligible-ineligible trickery] before.” He said the play was “illegal” and “deceptive.”

I mentioned that Alabama had run the play in a nationally televised game against LSU and that the Titans had done the same thing on a game-ending play against the Jets a few weeks earlier.

Aside from whether or not the information was accurately communicated by the officials, the tone of Harbaugh’s comments left little room for interpretation. He indicated the Patriots were underhanded and that his comments seemed to discredit New England.

“That was not the intent and if you go back and read my comments at the time and the tone of it anybody that takes it that way is taking it the wrong way,” said Harbaugh. “That was not the point of it at all. You had an eligible receiver that wasn’t identified and an ineligible receiver that wasn’t identified as such. The official had no way to identify that for the defense so there was no signal or any other way that they could do that. That was something that was addressed the very next week. If somebody wants to look at it some certain way, that’s not my concern.”

When I offered that referee Bill Vinovich not only identified Shane Vereen as being ineligible but added, “Don’t cover 34…” over the stadium mic, Harbaugh wasn’t having it.  

“That’s not something that had ever been gone over,” he insisted. “Players were never taught don’t cover that player. When you’re on the field, you can’t hear that microphone. That’s not something you can even hear or are listening for. The next week there was a tweak.”

Indeed there was. And not just with the officials then being on the hook to make more detailed announcements. The further tweak, perhaps spurred by the formation chicanery and Tom Brady’s recommendation that Baltimore “study the rules” came when the Ravens passed on intel to the Colts for the AFC Championship Game. One of the recommendations from Ravens special teams coach Jerry Rosburg was to watch that the Patriots’ sideline staff didn’t monkey with the kicking balls. That was included in a letter to NFL Operations man Mike Kensil along with an allegation that it was “well known around the league” that the Patriots deflate footballs before the game and that the league needed to keep an eye on that.

Harbaugh hasn’t hidden from the fact he found Brady’s comment offensive.

"I was pissed off," he said this past summer. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed...So yeah, that should never have been said."

He has, however, disavowed any talk by his staff about the Patriots allegedly deflating footballs. "Any conversation that was had with the Colts had nothing to do with deflated footballs, which is what we've been saying since the very start," Harbaugh said in 2015. "I know that we've answered the questions from the beginning to the end very simply. Our yes is yes. Our no is no. We've answered questions directly and honestly and straightforward from the start."

Whether the Patriots’ formation plays and the Ravens response to it led to a $30M investigation that hijacked the NFL’s attention for 20 months and resulted in a four-game suspension for Brady is still not definitively known. Could Rosburg and the Colts equipment man have possibly discussed kicking ball chicanery without sharing notes on the belief the Patriots deflated footballs? Rosburg and former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Ravens coach Dean Pees were both spoken to by investigator Ted Wells. What did they offer

Just like everything else between Ravens and Patriots, it’s complicated.  
 
 

Should the Patriots rest the injured Martellus Bennett for a game or two?

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Should the Patriots rest the injured Martellus Bennett for a game or two?

Episode 80 of Quick Slants the podcast with Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry looks ahead to the New England Patriots final four games of the regular season against the team that has been in the crosshairs during the Bill Belichick era, the Baltimore Ravens.

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Will Tom Brady and company look for revenge against the team that started the Deflategate saga? The game on Monday will be a critical outcome to the seedings in the AFC. Tom Curran talks about a not-so-friendly run-in he had with John Harbaugh.

Also, with Rob Gronkowski gone for the year and Martellus Bennett less than 100%, would it be in the teams' best interest to sit Bennett for a game or two to get ready for the postseason?

Plus, a couple of Tom Brady topics - the extremely popular "What's  your number?" segment, and which of his 201 wins was the best one. 

"Quick Slants" the podcast is presented by Papa Gino's.