FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Boston at Utah, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN, NBCSB)
NHL: Columbus at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Antonio Brown was cited by police on Thursday for driving at over 100 mph in his black Porsche in Pittsburgh.
Police were investigating a bank robbery in that area at the time and set up positions along “McKnight and Babcock in case (the suspect) goes south on McKnight,” according to the police radio.
They soon saw the “Porsche going south on McKnight in excess of 90” belonging to Brown.
One officer radioed, “I’m never going to catch ‘em” as Brown “speeds to a hundred.”
Three other police officers rushed to the Porsche as Brown pulled over.
An officer told dispatch, “47 County, I’m 10-4, it’s going to be Antonio Brown.”
The Steeler was cited for reckless driving over 100 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour speed zone.
Steelers Spokesman Burt Lauten issued a short statement for the team: “We are aware of the situation, but we are still gathering information. We won’t have any further comment at this time.”
Brown’s ticket and court costs will total $316.50 and he might also lose his license for six months.
— Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction was erased after he killed himself in prison last year but a Mass. prosecutor is trying to change that.
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III is saying the law that overturned the conviction after the former Patriot’s death before his appeal could be heard is outdated and unfair. He is looking to reinstate the murder conviction and get rid of the legal principle for future cases.
“He goes through a full trial, a jury who speaks for the public convicts him and because he dies, in this case commits suicide, the whole thing is wiped out like it never happened? It’s not fair or just and should be changed,” Quinn told reporters after a hearing on the matter on Thursday.
“We’re here because he was convicted,” Quinn told the justices. “To just snap your fingers and have it go away is not fair.”
Last year, a judge overturned the conviction under the legal principle saying a defendant convicted at trial who dies before an appeal is heard should no longer be considered guilty in the eyes of the law.
Hernandez’s appellate attorney, John Thompson, told the Supreme Judicial Court that the principle is valid and should not be changed.
“The jury’s decision is not the end-all be-all,” Thompson said. “It is an opinion arrived at by 12 people followed by a process that is subject to defect.”
“A jury who represents the people spoke and said he is guilty the presumption of innocence is gone. Now he has a right to appeal. And I’m not minimizing that but it shouldn’t trump, so to speak, everyone else’s rights,” Quinn said. “Those rights of victims, the emotional toll, the right to be able to rely on a verdict of the people that says that person is guilty who murdered their loved one are important.”
A decision is expected by the end of the year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I always heard last year that during Super Bowl week, he did not have a great week of practice and one day a practice squad receiver beat him badly on a play. I don’t know how much that had to do with it, but I just think that Belichick totally lost faith in him. That is continuing now to this year.” — Peter King, to D&K, on why Bill Belichick benched Malcolm Butler during the Super Bowl