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NBC’s Cris Collinsworth appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” Friday night to discuss the recent string of arrests among NFL players. Collinsworth said of player evaluations before the NFL Draft, “I do think there will be a real examination and some soul searching on the part of the NFL owners and coaches because there’s always that balancing act between do you take the talent because, let’s face it, Aaron Hernandez was a first-round talent, had a little rap sheet but then he comes out in the fourth round.” Collinsworth added, “There are so many great things going on with the National Football League, there really are. You know, RGIII and Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, I mean it’s the best of the best of times for the National Football League.” Leno asked Collinsworth, “The Patriots are always sort of the straight-laced team, right?” Collinsworth: “They are and it’s not good. There’s nothing good about it, but they got Tim Tebow so maybe that will straighten them all out a little bit” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 7/26).

NBC’s Jay Leno: “OJ Simpson attended a parole hearing yesterday in Nevada. He pleaded with the court for leniency and he said that they needed his prison cell for younger, upcoming NFL players. … Boston police have released more evidence against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. Apparently, there is security footage of Hernandez holding the murder weapon on the night of the murder. He’s holding it in his hand, or as they call it in Florida, reasonable doubt. The Milwaukee Brewers have a new slogan: No Braun, no brains. It looks like 2011 MVP Ryan Braun has been suspended by Major League Baseball for the rest of season for cheating with performance-enhancing drugs. You know what’s the sad part? The Brewers are already 19 games out of first place. That’s with performance-enhancing drugs. How bad are they going to be now?” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 7/26).
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