Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

NFL suspends free agent RB Derrius Guice 6 games

Former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice was suspended for the first six games of the NFL season Friday, stemming from his domestic violence arrest last year.

Guice, currently a free agent, was arrested Aug. 7, 2020 on one count of felony strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. Prosecutors later dropped the felony charge, and the other charges were dismissed in June when Guice and his accuser reached a settlement.

A 2018 second-round draft pick by Washington, the team released him hours after his arrest.

Two women have also accused Guice of sexual assault while he was a student at LSU, among other allegations of sexual misconduct.

Following an investigation, LSU announced in April it was wiping out Guice’s records from the football program and was banning him from future involvement with the school.

Guice only appeared in five games for Washington due to multiple injuries, including an ACL tear suffered during a preseason game that wiped out his rookie year.

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Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington running back Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Charges dismissed against RB Derrius Guice after settlement

Misdemeanor domestic violence charges were dropped Wednesday against free-agent running back Derrius Guice after he and the alleged victim reached a settlement.

A judge in Loudoun County (Va.) Circuit Court signed off on the agreement. Under Virginia law, a judge can dismiss some misdemeanor charges if the victim says adequate compensation — either in the form of money or an apology — has been received.

Guice was arrested Aug. 7, 2020, and charged with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property. The Washington Football Team released him hours after his arrest.

Prosecutors dropped the felony charge earlier, and Guice, 24, walked away with no criminal charges in the case.

After the hearing, the woman involved with Guice and an attorney for the running back issued a joint statement but didn’t reveal settlement terms.

“They have both worked hard toward a resolution of their relationship and appreciate the input and consideration of the Commonwealth,” the statement read.

It is unclear whether Guice will attempt a return to the NFL.

Washington selected Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. A projected first-round pick after three productive seasons at LSU, Guice saw his draft stock fall after team executives questioned his maturity and attitude and also worried about reports of off-field incidents in college.

With Washington, Guice played in just five games. He missed his rookie season after sustaining a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game, and his 2019 campaign was interrupted because of a torn meniscus.

In his NFL career, he carried the ball 42 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He added 79 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

In April, following an investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct in the athletic department, LSU announced it was wiping out Guice’s records.

The school also banned Guice from future involvement with the Tigers in light of numerous allegations of sexual assault or misconduct during his time at LSU, 2015-17.

Guice played in 35 games for the Tigers, compiling 3,074 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns as well as three receiving TDs. He ran for 1,387 yards as a sophomore in 2016 and 1,251 yards the following season. On Nov. 24, 2016, he ran for a school-record 285 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a win at Texas A&M.

In March, former LSU tennis player Abby Owens told a Louisiana Senate select committee that Guice raped her in 2016. At least one other woman made the same allegation to LSU officials, USA Today reported in November.

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Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

LSU fires law firm, bans former RB Derrius Guice

Looking to move past multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct over the past decade, LSU announced Friday night that it was firing its law firm and wiping out the records of former running back Derrius Guice.

The school also is banning Guice from future involvement with the Tigers in light of numerous allegations of sexual assault or misconduct during his time at LSU, 2015-17. In the past year, he was charged three times with domestic violence.

The Taylor Porter law firm had represented LSU for 80 years but is out largely due to its perceived missteps regarding sexual misconduct allegations against then-coach Les Miles in 2013.

LSU board chair Robert Dampf told The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, “These are difficult decisions, and the board has tried to work to get it right. We regret some of the actions we’ve had to take. But these are very complicated, fact-specific issues. They take time.”

The school recently suspended or transferred several athletic department staffers over their past actions or inactions regarding sexual-misconduct allegations.

In 2013, Taylor Porter investigated allegations against Miles levied by a female student accusing him of unwanted advances. Miles denied the allegations then and continues to deny them. ESPN reported that the findings indicated only three of 16 LSU board members were notified of the investigation.

Taylor Porter general counsel David Shelby said to The Advocate, “Our firm’s attorneys made no recommendations about who should be informed of the results of the investigation. Indeed, it was not our place to do so in light of the issues presented by the investigation. Any suggestion that Taylor Porter orchestrated or participated in a cover-up is absolutely false, and, in time, the full record will make this clear.”

Guice played in 35 games for the Tigers, compiling 3,074 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns as well as three receiving TDs. He ran for 1,387 yards as a sophomore in 2016 and 1,251 yards the following season. On Nov. 24, 2016, he ran for a school-record 285 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a win at Texas A&M.

A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by Washington, Guice played just five games as a pro. Injuries cost Guice all of the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season before his legal troubles prompted Washington to cut him in August 2020.

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Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Guice told Washington of his ‘anger issues’

Running back Derrius Guice told the Washington Football Team he had “anger issues” months ago, well before his Aug. 7 arrest on domestic violence charges, The Washington Post reported Friday.

According to a search warrant filed in connection with the case, the former girlfriend of Guice said the team referred him to counseling after his revelation and that he attended three sessions early in 2020, The Post said.

Guice, a second-round draft pick in 2018, was released by Washington after being arrested on a felony count of strangulation and other domestic-violence charges. Subsequently, two former LSU students accused him of raping them in 2016 when he was a freshman for the Tigers, USA Today reported on Aug. 19.

Guice was arraigned in Loudoun County, Va., court on Friday on three counts of assault and battery, strangulation and destruction of property.

He appeared via video and waived his right to have the five charges against him read. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 1.

On Friday, the team released a statement when asked about the search warrant, The Post said.

“We will refer you to our August 7th statement on the release of Derrius Guice which stated that the Washington Football Team learned of domestic violence-related allegations against Derrius on the day prior to his release. … We cannot confirm or deny any information regarding a private health-related matter for one of our current or former players.”

Guice’s attorney, Peter Greenspun, previously has said his client is innocent of both the Loudoun County and LSU allegations.

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Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Two women accuse RB Guice of rape at LSU

Two former LSU students accused ex-Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice of raping them in 2016 when Guice was a freshman for the Tigers, USA Today reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the women’s allegations were shared at the time with multiple people at the school, “including at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse — yet the school does not appear to have investigated.”

Both women, who requested anonymity due to a fear of retribution, told USA Today that Guice assaulted them in their own apartments after nights of heavy drinking. Neither reported the alleged incidents to police.

“I was drunk and passed out on my bed,” one accuser said. “I never gave him consent. I never wanted to have sex with him. I don’t even remember except the flashbacks I had. I just wonder sometimes, does he even know that that was wrong?”

Guice, a second-round draft pick in 2018, was released by Washington earlier this month after being arrested on a felony count of strangulation and other domestic-violence charges.

Guice’s attorney, Peter Greenspun, denied the allegations outlined by the USA Today investigation.

“At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU,” Greenspun said in his statement. “To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later.

“Such speculation and innuendo should not be the basis for Derrius to be required to make any comment at all,” Greenspun added. “But he wants to be absolutely clear. The allegations in this story are just that and have no basis in fact.”

Guice, 23, missed his entire 2018 rookie season with Washington after suffering a torn ACL in training camp. He played in the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.

He played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.

Guice played in 35 games at LSU from 2015-17, rushing for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns and catching 32 passes for 250 yards and three scores.

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Feb 26, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera  speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rivera: Releasing Guice in Washington’s best interest

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Monday that releasing running back Derrius Guice was in the “best interest of our organization.”

Guice was released by the team on Friday, the same day the Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office charged the 23-year-old with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.

The Washington Post, citing charging papers in the case, reported Monday that Guice is accused of strangling his girlfriend to the point of unconsciousness.

“Very difficult decision. Anytime you have to release a very talented young football player, it’s always a tough decision,” Rivera said. “This type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very seriously.

“… I talked with the players yesterday and basically told them I made a decision I thought was in the best interest of our organization. If it was the right decision, we will benefit from it. If it’s not, it will be on me. I will take full responsibility as we go forward to try and make sure we do things the right way.”

Washington selected Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of LSU. He missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in camp, played the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.

Guice played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.

Rivera also addressed the team’s decision on Sunday to activate Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list.

Washington claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker in November 2018. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 26, spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the commissioner’s exempt list.

“Reuben and I have talked about some things, some specific stuff, I’m not going to get into details,” Rivera said. “But the one thing Reuben has shown since I’ve been here is that he is doing things the right way. He is doing things the way we need him to do and he has been excellent. He really has. He’s done great things in terms of his rehab. He’s done a great job in terms of working with our coaches. I’m excited for the young man’s opportunity.

“You know, here’s a guy who needed a change of scenery. I think that may be one of the things that has truly benefited him. Who knows, that’s what might be needed in Derrius’ case, an opportunity for a change of scenery.”

Foster has played in 16 of a possible 48 games in his career since being selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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August 30, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Washington activates LB Foster from PUP list

The Washington Football Team activated middle linebacker Reuben Foster from the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Sunday.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Foster is in line to play Week 1 after recovering from a torn ACL and LCL he sustained during organized team activities in May 2019.

The activation of Foster comes two days after Washington cut running back Derrius Guice following a domestic violence arrest. The Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office charged the 23-year-old Guice with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property

Washington claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker in November 2018. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 26, spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Foster has played in 16 of a possible 48 games in his career since being selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Derrius Guice before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Washington releases RB Guice after arrest

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday afternoon, shortly after learning of Guice’s arrest earlier in the day on domestic violence-related charges.

“On Thursday we learned of a potential domestic violence related incident involving RB Derrius Guice,” the club said in a statement. “We immediately alerted the National Football League and have continued to work with them during this process. We then met with Derrius to inform him that he was excused from all team activity pending a review of this matter. This afternoon, we learned there were multiple charges filed against Derrius. Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately.”

Earlier in the day, the Loudon County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office charged the 23-year-old Guice with one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property. The NFL confirmed the charges in conjunction with the announcement of Guice’s release, and stated that Guice turned himself in to authorities Friday.

Washington drafted Guice in the second round out of LSU in 2018. His missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in camp, played the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.

He played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.

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5 NFC East Players/Owners Involved with Esports

Odell Beckham Jr. – WR New York Giants
The star wide out made a sizable investment in Vision Esports back in February. Kevin Durant and the St. Louis Cardinals joined him in a $38 million cap raise for the ownership group that is behind esports organization Echo Fox, (owned and operated by former NBA player Rick Fox) video game record keeper Twin Galaxies and media company Vision Entertainment.
It isn’t clear what games ODB plays himself, but if he’s invested in esports, he’s likely a gamer as well. He could, however just be a shrewd businessman who knows opportunity when he sees it.
If he is a gamer, it’s likely that he is playing Fortnite – along with the rest of the world. One of the purchasable in-game skins called “Brite Gunner” bears a striking resemblance to the star receiver. As such, he’s become the subject of a lot of clickbait videos that claim to be playing with the receiver, when in actuality, they are just playing with the skin. (See screenshot below.)

 
Jerry Jones – Owner Dallas Cowboys
He’s not a player, but as owners go, Jones is one of the most recognizable in the league. In 2017 he bought – along with real estate mogul John Goff – one of the longest running esports organizations, CompLexity Gaming.
He moved the organization to Texas where he also had a hand in developing the largest esports arena in North America. Technically in Arlington, the stadium is 100,000 square feet and is only about a mile from AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys.
Founded in 2003, CompLexity is ancient in the esports world. It fields teams in CS:GO, Call of Duty, Rocket League and Fortnite, to name a few.
However, it is not present in the two largest franchise-based esports leagues in North America. Riot’s North America League Championship Series (NALCS) and Blizzard’s Overwatch League (OWL.) The buy-ins for those leagues are $10 million and $20 million respectively. The majority of teams in both the NALCS and the OWL are backed either fully or in-part by traditional sports owners. Those include NFL owners Stan Kroenke (Los Angeles Rams) and Robert Kraft (New England Patriots)  as well as NBA owners Andy Miller (Sacramento Kings)  and Wesley Edens (Milwaukee Bucks).
Derrius Guice – RB Washington Redskins
The rookie running back is projected to be the starter for Washington this season. He was drafted in the second round, 59th overall, but many thought the LSU star would go in the first round.
So why’d he slide?
There were rumors about his professionalism and maturity, but they didn’t come from LSU, which assured he would pass every test of character. The other, more inexplicable reason is that he is “addicted to video games.”


“I never saw a concern with that until I started seeing reports that said I probably game too much,” Guice told Fox Sports reporter Garland Gillen before the draft. “I was still getting my workouts in, I was still ready for pro day, I don’t see what the problem is. A lot of people in pro sports play video games, so I don’t see why you would be worried to draft someone who does.”
Honestly, if I was a coach, I would much rather my players be dropping into Fortnite games than dropping Jägerbombs. You can’t workout 24/7, and if the rest of the time is spent being competitive online, seems good to me. That sentiment was echoed by fellow gamer and teammate in the backfield Chris Thompson.
For a player who outrushed Jacksonville Jaguars’ star back Leonard Fournette in 2016 at LSU, Washington may have come out like bandits with the seventh back taken in the NFL Draft.
Oh, and for fantasy players, he’s projected as a 4th/5th rounder. Like former teammate Fournette, he could be a steal as an RB2.
Dez Bryant – WR Free Agent
While not technically in the division anymore, the former Cowboys star is a huge Madden fan. In 2017, he played against Dave Grunfeld from NFL.com. It was a close game with Grunfeld taking an early lead but eventually losing to Bryant.
“It’s the best simulation of the game out there,” Bryant said when asked about how it compares to an actual game.
In the third quarter, in true Dez fashion he looked past the wide-open check down and threw a corner route to his virtual persona in triple coverage. And, in true Dez fashion, he caught it.


As he waits to find his next team destination, he probably is playing a lot of Xbox. A huge fan of DragonBall Z, it’s likely Dez has checked out the new fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, which recently announced the formation of an official tournament circuit after becoming a favorite title in the fighting game community.
Zach Ertz – TE Philadelphia Eagles
Before the Eagles took down the Pats in the Super Bowl, Ertz and some of his teammates took on a different challenge —  playing troops stationed overseas in a variety of esports.
It came from the non-profit Joint Forces Initiative, which helps connect athletes and celebrities with military members all over the world.
“It builds up the morale,” said airman Jonathan Cunningham to FOX29 photojournalist Bill Rohrer. “If you’re able to be happy when you’re out there. I’ve been there. Little things like this just bring up the morale and perform better for the Air Force, the Army, what have you.”
Receiver Mark Hollins played Overwatch and defensive end Steve Means played Madden. Means ended up throwing a touchdown to the virtual Ertz, while the real one stood over his shoulder, watching the action.
Joint Forces founder Greg Zinone told Rohrer how gaming can help bring people together.
“What that controller does in their hand, with just playing a video game for that long. It breaks down barriers and it is like you are almost playing your best friend in the basement,” Zinone said.
This is the part three of our division by division look at esports in the NFL. For future reading here’s Clay Matthews, Kyle Long and the NFC North. And here’s Richard Sherman, Todd Gurley and the NFC West.