Louisiana Sports: Chad Jones, LSU, Giants, Tulane, Zephyrs

Written by  // Sunday, 27 June 2010 22:08 //

Giants director of player development, Charles Way, has visited Chas Jones in the hospital and both coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese have spoken to him by phone.

Though the injury occurred as Jones was ending a detour along street car tracks which has become an unfortunate driving hobby for New Orleans, the Giants have no cause to recover any of his signing bonus, because under the current labor law signing bonus money can be recovered only  if a player holds out, retires or violates the steroid policy.

But the Giants could, if they so chose, per Mike Florio of PFT.com, decline to pay Jones his base salary of $320,000 for this season. “Barring a miraculous recovery and rehab, Jones will be placed on a non-football illness injury list. For players unable to play because of an injury incurred on their on time, the team can choose to pay the salary or not pay it.

The Giants will probably pay Jones. Even though he was behaving recklessly, they don't want to poison him against the franchise over a relatively small amount of cash.

Jones’ agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said he thought the test will be good. He also said he thought Jones would be able to play again for the 2011 season.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette, on the Chad Jones auto accident: "It certainly makes you realize how fragile life can be. Two years in a row now we've had a former athlete have something tragic happen to them on the way to the NFL." Six days before the 2009 draft, LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd slammed into a pole in his native Miami after his auto's tire blew out. A head injury left Byrd unconscious for about a week and in the hospital for two months.  Byrd, who was drafted by the Chargers in the seventh round a year ago, but was released by San Diego in March. He has made a full recovery and is back at LSU working on his degree...



Tulane will induct five former athletes into its 2010 Hall of Fame: on Oct. 8. Jimi Flowers, (swimming), Michael Kogan (tennis) Gayle Letulle (Billy Slatten Award) Teaha McKiver (basketball) and  Mewelde Moore (football). Letulle spent eight years working in the green Wave sports information office and graduated from the Tulane School of Law in 1967. He's still the statistician at men's and women's basketball games...



DAMOND TO PITCH: Former Rummel and uno star Thomas Diamond will start Tuesday for the Iowa Cubs as they face the New Orleans Zephyrs at 11:30 a.m.

Diamond leads the Pacific Coast League with 80 strikeouts and a .208 batting average against, and is third in the league with a 2.66 ERA. In 15 starts for the I-Cubs, he has a record of 5-2.


Diamond starred at  Rummel High School , graduating as an All-State performer in 2001. He went on to UNO, where he finished third on the school’s all-time strikeout list in his three-year career. He was selected in the first round, 10th overall, by the Texas Rangers in the 2004 draft.


All fans wearing UNO merchandise or showing an ID will receive discounted admission of $5.

For more information, contact the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155.

Contact Ed Staton at edcoachstaton@yahoo,com or visit his website at Louisiana Sports Talk.com.




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