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Pundits Debate Whether Bears Should Be Punished For Signing McDonald Despite Past

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 27 / 15

The Bears releasing DE Ray McDonald following his arrest Monday morning on domestic violence-related charges has brought to the forefront the issue of whether teams should be punished for signing players who have already gotten in trouble with the law. ESPN's Michael Wilbon said the Bears should n...

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Cashman: Yanks Not Obligated To Pay A-Rod

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O's Get Home Touches For Relocated Series

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Hornets Want To Own, Operate D-League Team

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Will Crowds Still Come For Struggling Orlando City?

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Franchise Notes

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Buccaneers Take Risk Drafting QB Winston

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O's Originally Wanted To Swap Rays Series

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Thunder Give Donovan $30M Over Five Years

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