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Team exec will get reprimand for threatening phone message
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Wednesday, Sep. 14 2005
Rams president John Shaw said team executive Samir Suleiman would be
reprimanded for leaving a threatening phone message on the voice mail of
Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz.
"It's shocking that he would leave a message like that," Shaw told the
Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. "It's the type of behavior that we don't condone on
any level. He will be reprimanded, and it will be handled internally."
Shaw declined to say what the reprimand would entail.
In an Aug. 28 column in the Post-Dispatch, Miklasz wrote that Rams executives
owed the head coach - no matter who he was - their support instead of
Apparently in response to that column, Suleiman left a message on Miklasz's
voice mail stating, in part, "tell your source that I'm not a back-stabber, I'm
a (expletive) throat slasher, and he'll know the difference before it's all
said and done."
Suleiman, who has the title of director of football administration, has worked
for the Rams for six years. He assists president of football operations Jay
Zygmunt on salary cap issues and contract negotiations.
Shaw said Tuesday that Suleiman's phone message showed "a lack of judgment. I
really don't understand it, to be honest with you."
Never has a probable Hall of Famer left a team, and the game, as quietly as
defensive back Aeneas Williams did after the 2004 Rams season. Williams, 37,
was an unrestricted free agent following his injury-plagued campaign.
The Rams showed no interest in re-signing him. However, Williams has made no
retirement announcement, and according to his agent, Eugene Parker, hasn't
ruled out returning to the NFL.
"I think he's keeping his options open, maybe for the right situation," Parker
And if the right situation came along?
"I think he would consider (playing)," Parker said. "He's in shape. He's just
taking his time and keeping his options open. ... He's not quick to make
decisions. He's pretty thoughtful."
Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowler, spent the past four seasons with the Rams
after playing 10 years for the Arizona Cardinals.
TDs for charity
Marc Bulger is one of eight NFL quarterbacks trying to raise $1 million for
charity this season on what's being called the Rbk Touchdown Squad by the
Reebok sports apparel company.
The other participating quarterbacks are Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle, Byron
Leftwich of Jacksonville, Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Peyton Manning of
Indianapolis, Donovan McNabb of Philadelphia, Chad Pennington of the New York
Jets and Alex Smith of San Francisco.
In a fantasy league-style twist, only six of the quarterbacks are "used" each
week, with two QBs in reserve. No six QBs in league history have combined for
more than 206 TD passes in one season. So if the quarterbacks combine for 207
touchdown passes this season, $500,000 will be donated to the Boys and Girls
Clubs of America, with another $500,000 split among the individual
quarterbacks' favorite charities. After Week 1 in the NFL, the group is on pace
for only 144 TD passes.