WR Russell Shepard asks for release from Panthers, report says

Russell Shepard has asked for his release from the Panthers after he refused to take a pay cut, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The release occured Monday, which will make the receiver a free agent.

Shepard confirmed his release on Instagram, where he posted “It was fun while it lasted.”

With his release, the Panthers now have an extra $2.1 million in cap space. He was signed to a three-year, $10 million deal in 2017, but Shepard didn’t move the needle much for the team.

Love them or loathe them, fans watch the Cowboys. They don’t completely give up their rooting interest, either for or against, when Dallas’ stars move into TV, according to ESPN commentator and native Texan Will Cain.

“Maybe it’s the star. Maybe it’s the blue and silver. Maybe it was Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman,” Cain told Sporting News in an interview. “But the Dallas Cowboys, in my estimation, symbolize what’s great about the state of Texas, and what’s great about the state of Texas symbolizes what’s great about the United States of America. They are America’s Team.”

“The problems posed by sports betting are much the same as they were 25 years ago,” Hatch said in a press release. “But the rapid rise of the Internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away. We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena. I invite stakeholders and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in addressing this important issue.”

The word “integrity” quickly has become a hot button in the gambling debate, because sports leagues hope to impose an “integrity fee” onto the betting framework, giving them ostensibly revenue for ensuring that their sports have a high degree of integrity but as a practical matter giving them money for nothing, because they already should be striving for the highest degree of integrity in an atmosphere of legal gambling in Nevada and widespread illegal gambling elsewhere. It will be much easier to get Congress to impose an “integrity fee” that would apply to all states than to negotiate the fee in 50 different jurisdictions.ravens_159