The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.
There’s another addition coming, too.
NBA Senior Vice President of Replay & Referee Operations Joe Borgia offered his take in an appearance on NBA TV on Wednesday night:
“Our rule is once the ball touches the glass, a defender cannot touch it,” Borgia said. “… But in order to use replay, you must call goaltending on the court. And no call was made on the court, therefore they could not come over and look at it.
“In super slow motion, you just see the ball hit the glass, and maybe come off an inch and that’s when LeBron got it. Like I said, once the ball touches the basketball, defenders cannot touch it and unfortunately James did.”
The Panthers issued a statement Thursday saying they would not comment on the specific allegations because of an ongoing legal review, but they did defend what’s been done to create “an environment in which our staff can feel proud to work.”
Meredith, 25, led the Bears with 66 receptions, 888 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He missed the entire 2017 season after he tore knee ligaments in Chicago’s third preseason game at Tennessee last summer.
“Without getting into specifics, obviously he was coming off an injury,” Pace told reporters at his annual pre-draft news conference. “We lean on our training staff and our docs. Hey, I got a lot of respect for Cam and a lot of respect for the organization he went to. We wish him luck.”
The Saints — Pace’s former team — felt comfortable enough with Meredith’s medical information to offer him a two-year deal that included $5.350 million. The Bears, however, tendered Meredith at the lowest possible level ($1.9 million), and therefore received no compensation in return when he joined New Orleans.