New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells has been admonished by owner Robert Kraft for referring to rookie wide receiver Terry Glenn as “she.”
Kraft told The Associated Press he was offended by the remark and let his feelings be known to Parcells.
“That’s not the standard we want to set. That’s not the way we do things,” Kraft said. “It’s just like there was a player last year that gave the finger to the crowd: He’s not here anymore.”
Patriots observers say Parcells, who did not return a call seeking comment, has similarly addressed other players in the past. But it attracted more attention this time because of the draft-day power struggle over whether to select the Ohio State wideout in the first place.
Parcells wanted to take a defensive player with the No. 7 pick overall, but the Patriots took Glenn because of Kraft’s feeling that the team needs to upgrade its offense if it is to compete for a Super Bowl title.
Then, Glenn injured his hamstring and missed the entire exhibition season with what Parcells insisted was a mild strain. Asked about Glenn one day at training camp, Parcells said, “She’s making progress.”
The problem was also magnified because of this spring’s Christian Peter problem, in which the team drafted the Nebraska defensive lineman and then renounced the rights to him after an outcry over his history of violence against women.
Both incidents attracted negative attention to the team.
Brooks’ recording honors fans
Packers receiver Robert Brooks has recorded a hip-hop song that pays tribute to Green Bay fans and his practice of leaping into the stands after every touchdown.
Titled “Jump in the Stands,” the song has been No. 1 in requests since WIXX-FM in Green Bay began playing it three weeks ago, program director Dan Stone said.
“Any song that mentions the Packers is destined to be No. 1 here,” Stone said.
The single was released on Brooks’ own recording label - Shoo-in 4 Life Records - and was expected in stores this week.
Raiders marketing consultant quits
A highly paid consultant hired to help sell Oakland Raiders tickets and recoup the cost of renovating the Oakland Coliseum has quit in frustration.
Don Perata said he resigned last week because of the disorganization of the Oakland Football Marketing Association. Perata, a former Alameda County Supervisor and state Assembly candidate, was being paid $12,000 a month.
The agency had hoped to use money from personal seat licenses to pay back $198 million borrowed for the renovation of the Oakland Coliseum and other costs of moving the team back from Los Angeles. However, apparently only 3,000 of 9,000 club seats have been sold.
Topless dancer pleads guilty
A topless dancer indicted on drug charges along with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin has pleaded guilty in exchange for two years’ deferred probation.
Angela Beck, 22, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of cocaine possession, said Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Mike Gillett.
Police found cocaine during a March 4 search of a motel room that Beck and Jasmine Jennipher Nabwangu occupied with Irvin.
Rice to get extension
The 49ers and Jerry Rice have finally made a deal that should keep him in San Francisco through the year 2002.
Team president Carmen Policy and Rice’s agent, Jim Steiner, have hammered out the final details.
The team has scheduled a noon news conference today to officially announce Rice’s five-year contract extension.