*He has three years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson from seeking a raise.
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said Monday, two days after the Eagles’ season ended with a 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. “We’ll see how that plays out.”
Jackson, who is two seasons into a five-year deal, wants more than the $10.5 million (including a workout bonus) he’s set to earn in 2014, reports ESPN.com. He made $7 million this season, when he hauled in 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
*Robert DeNiro’s Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed character in the new film “Silver Linings Playbook” is likely suicidal over his team’s current 6-game losing streak and last place 3-7 standing in the NFC East. But thankfully, he’s just a character from a movie – a concept that’s apparently lost on the real NFL.
Bradley Cooper in a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook”
DeNiro’s co-stars Chris Tucker and Bradley Cooper were supposed to promote the Weinstein Company film on last night’s “Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special.” The segment was all approved, had finished pre-taping, and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson even tweeted a photo with Cooper at a practice last week and made a video with quarterback Michael Vick about game-day superstitions inspired by De Niro’s character.
But no one got to see any of it, thanks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose office abruptly told the NFL Network on Wednesday to scrap the entire segment – all because De Niro’s character is also a part-time bookie.
“The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games,” an NFL Media rep confirmed.
Until yesterday, the “Silver Linings” interview was promoted online with the above picture of Cooper, Tucker and Eisen. It was replaced on Thanksgiving by a picture of Eisen and another guest, John Slattery.
Weinstein said, “We are deeply disappointed in the NFL’s decision, and we are quite frankly surprised. Pulling a pretaped interview with our stars is nothing short of censorship . . . [‘Silver Linings’] is not a film about gambling in the NFL. It’s a film about fathers and sons and football bonding a family together.”
He added that he’s a football fan and that his wife, Georgina Chapman, designs clothes for NFL charities and works pro bono.
Robert De Niro in a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook”
In the movie, De Niro’s character, Pat Solitano, Sr., has been banned from the stadium for punching out a Dallas Cowboys fan. He wears the vintage jersey of ruthless linebacker Bill Bergey (No. 66), a star of the “Gang Green” defense in the 1970s. Pat Sr.’s other obsessions: holding a lucky towel and requiring certain player jerseys to be worn during games, believing that individuals sitting in specific chairs bring the team good luck.
Below, director David O’Russell explains what drove De Niro’s character to become a bookie in the first place.
In theaters now, “Silver Linings Playbook” is about the redemption of Pat Solatano Jr. (Cooper), who returns home to live with his parents (De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after being institutionalized for eight months. He has problems controlling his moods; he had brutally punched out the guy who was having an affair with his wife. Pat’s family lives in a blue-collar Philly suburb and, like everyone else in the neighborhood is obsessed with the Eagles. Watch two clips with De Niro below.
*An emotional moment took place on “The View” yesterday that had everyone – including Whoopi Goldberg – breaking down in tears.
Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson, Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson surprised a young bully victim whose beating made headlines after it was posted on YouTube. [Scroll down to watch video.]
Accompanied by his mother and stepdad, Nadin Khoury, 13, had just finished explaining how he was beaten, dragged through the snow, hoisted into a tree and hung from a fence by seven of his classmates – one of whom videotaped the incident and posted it online.
At the end of Thursday’s interview, it was revealed that Khoury’s favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cue the three Eagles – who took the stage with flowers for the family and heartfelt pounds and hugs for young Nadin – who at this point was moved to tears.
The surprised youngster pulled himself together enough to thank DeSean and his teammates for taking time out of their busy schedule just for him — and to tell DeSean he was his favorite receiver.
“You’re brave, because this happens every day and people are not brave enough to stand up and take this on,” Jackson told the teen.
DeSean then took the Eagles jersey off his back and signed it for Nadin. He told the boy that he had an open invitation to any Eagles game, and all three of the players told Nadin to call them if he has anymore trouble with bullies.
“Anytime ever you need us, I’ve got two linemen right here … my boys are ready to come down,” Jackson said.
Shaquille O'Neal answers questions at a press conference for ABC's reality show "Shaq Vs." held at the Lowes Hotel on August 5, 2009 in Santa Monica, California.
*A six-figure settlement has been reached in the copyright case between ABC’s “Shaq Vs.” and a writer who claims the show’s idea was stolen from him.
As previously reported, Todd Gallagher sued the Endeavor Talent Agency in 2009 claiming “Shaq Vs.,” which features NBA star Shaquille O’Neal competing against pros in other sports, is based on his book “Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan.”
Todd’s book is a collection of stories featuring mainly himself engaged in sports challenges with pros like tennis star Andy Roddick. who agreed to play with handicaps like frying pans instead of tennis rackets.
According to TMZ, the case was dismissed after the two sides reached a secret agreement.
Todd’s lawyer tells the site, the “matter has been amicably resolved.”
Season two of “Shaq Vs” will debut Tuesday, Aug. 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Over the course of six episodes, O’Neal will race Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Concord Speedway; take on pop singing sensation Justin Bieber in Orlando; challenge daytime host and author Rachael Ray to a cook-off in the Big Apple; team up with NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles to outrun Tyson Gay in a 200-meter relay race; tee off with Charles Barkley on The St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links; attempt to defy illusionists and comedians Penn & Teller at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; participate in a spelling bee against Scripps National Champion Kavya Shivashankar; box against Sugar Shane Mosley in an exhibition match at Caesars Palace in Vegas; challenge Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut outside Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas, and more.