Joe Banner ran two coaching searches as president of the Philadelphia Eagles, and two more as CEO of the Cleveland Browns.
While the facts of the case remain unclear — Patricia wouldn’t provide details of the night in question on Thursday, and attempts by the Detroit Free Press to reach the woman involved have been unsuccessful — the Lions have found themselves in a minefield made more dangerous by a vetting process apparently hamstrung by state law.
The Lions said in a statement Wednesday that Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose his arrest, and Banner and other current and former league executives who’ve been involved in similar searches in the past said those checks are rarely, if ever, handled by the executives who make the actual hiring decisions.
It’s also that his violent swing, with all its moving parts — from the Gary Sheffield -like bat wave to the hitch in his hands to his leg kick — has gotten a bit funky, Boone said.
Gray’s troubles started early and never let up. He let someone on base in every inning but the first. He allowed three hits to start the second and third innings each and two to start the fourth. And it was just the fourth time in eight starts he went at least five innings.
The A’s started to pull away in the second inning, when Khris David led off with a booming homer to center field to put the Yankees down, 1-0. After Matt Olson immediately followed with a single, Matt Chapman cranked a two-run shot.
The A’s went ahead, 4-1, when Jed Lowrie singled home Semien, who started the frame with a single. They extended their lead to 5-1 when Mark Canha scored on Semien’s force out.
Yankees reliever David Hale gave up a pair of solo home runs over his three innings. He hadn’t pitched since April 27.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, meet the Boston Celtics, in Game 1 of the NBA’s best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, May 13, 2018 (5/13/18) at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.