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May 12, 2011

Thursday lunchtime links

A couple of Panthers' items on Day 63 of the lockout (Day 62 counting the one-day reprieve last month).

Testimony began Wednesday in the civil trial of Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, who is accused of punching a patron at a Charlotte strip club in November 2009.

Gregory Frye alleges Beason hit him in the face, crushing his nasal cavity, after Frye told Panthers TE Dante Rosario he saw Beason snorting cocaine at a party on Lake Norman. Beason has denied punching Frye, as well as the drug-use allegations.

I spoke to Beason briefly Monday before jury selection began. He'd been training in Miami during the lockout before returning to Charlotte for the trial, which he said would come down to whose version of events the jury believed.

Frye is expected to testify today. Beason could take the stand Friday. ...

Panthers' PSL owners had a chance to chat with commissioner Roger Goodell and team officials during a 'fan forum' conference call Tuesday night.

The 6,800 fans on the call were the most among the dozen or so forums Goodell has held in recent weeks.

Panthers' PSL owners have more of a financial stake than fans of most other teams. This is the third such call the Panthers have organized in recent months. It's a good way to let fans ask questions of the Panthers' brass, sort of like an annual shareholders meeting for a publicly-traded company -- only PSL owners don't get a vote. ...

Lastly, a little football nugget while the weeks continue to pass with no OTAs or minicamps:

Eric Norwood, who played linebacker and defensive end as a rookie, will play defensive end exclusively for Ron Rivera's staff. It's not a big change -- most of Norwood's game snaps last year came at DE -- but it does get Norwood back to his best position.

"At the end of the day, I'm a pass-rusher. That's who I am," said Norwood, South Carolina's all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM | Permalink


I feel bad for Jon Beason. Greg Frye is a con-artist, and a fraud. A lot of people know Greg Frye (especially around the club scene). I don't believe Greg's story one bit. The guy hasn't worked a hard day of work in his life, and this isn't his first scam.
This guy used to go around clubs and flash a fake Carolina Panthers player I.D. card to get in V.I.P., etc.. His close friends are just as bad as him. I trust Beason's story all day long over Greg's, and if anybody was doing drugs, then it was Greg Frye.

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 2:14:16 PM

Greg Frye is a big guy that used to take steroids. That's why he got away with the fake Carolina Panther player act every where he went. This guy has pictures of himself hanging with Fat Joe in a club at South Beach, Fl. Greg told Fat Joe that he was a Carolina Panther.

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 2:21:10 PM

Greg is the worst kind of scumbag!

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 2:27:05 PM

On a different note, Jon Gruden never asked Cam Newton to recite a "lenghty play", like Cam claimed on "Mike & Mike". He asked him to recite "any" play. and he couldn't even do that.
I like all the new changes the Panthers have made, except drafting Cam Newton. I thought we had a good Draft, except Cam Newton.
We shoud of got a veteran quarterback, drafted A.J. Green, or Julio Jones to build a all around solid team and potential replacement for Steve Smith.
It would of gave Clausen, and Moore one last chance to prove themselves. If we still sucked this year we could draft a quarterback next year, and our supporting cast would be solid.

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 3:35:45 PM

Panther Fan: Get over it.

I might not agree wuth the draft either, but I don't want my panthers to suck just so I can write "I told you so" on the Internet. If you really are a fan, get on board.

Posted by: Thorrez | May 12, 2011 3:42:03 PM

I'm a fan through thick & thin, since the beginning of the franchise. Always will be, but you don't gamble on a #1 overall pick. If Cam fails, this is going to set us back big time. I hope Cam turns out to be the greatest quarterback in history, but I don't see it happening. Hopefully, he'll prove me wrong.

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 3:48:42 PM

At 6'1, 250 with Johnson and Brown to offer penetration on passing downs, it seems like Norwood is being shown the door.

PF, you're ABSOLUTELY in the right. Being a fan does NOT demand blind faith in terrible decisions like the one to draft Newton #1.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 12, 2011 3:53:04 PM

Thank you

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 3:57:55 PM

It's unfortunate that accusations like this are going this far. The Panthers really need him on the field.

Posted by: Jon L. | May 12, 2011 4:19:14 PM

Oh Yeah, how are they going to put Cecil Newton's fake preacher tail on the website. What a joke!

Posted by: Panther Fan | May 12, 2011 4:40:30 PM

Panther Fan= Really? The pick is in. get over it. Ok, so you don't like the pick. We get it but the real question is are you going to pull for the Panthers in lieu of what you deem as a horrible pick? If you say no, you're not a real Panther's Fan.

Posted by: Greg | May 12, 2011 10:54:35 PM

Procton, it's more like Brown is being shown the door. He's just another example of Marty Hurney trading multiple picks to draft a complete bust of a player.

Posted by: Authority | May 13, 2011 8:20:30 AM

There is absolutely no way to gauge how good or bad this team will be. New coaches, new system, players like DWill, CJ, and Smitty may or may not be here. I can't even remotely begin to get excited about football or the team's prospects because of this stupid lockout.

Posted by: Fatty McButterpants | May 13, 2011 9:37:18 AM

I agree with Authority-Everett Brown has been a major disappointment. I believe Norwood has more upside.

Posted by: SC Ken | May 13, 2011 9:38:37 AM

To all you Cam hater in case you didn't know your friend JAKE was with the Panthers for 8 years and couldn't read the defence which is why he lead the NFL in interceptions. GET OFF CAM CASE !!!!

Posted by: Don | May 13, 2011 10:16:55 AM

AU is planning statues of its Heisman winners even though the NCAA/FBI investigation is ongoing and incomplete of both Newton and Auburn. Newton was only cleared to play in the nat champ game. Nothing else.
Wonder what the eventual outcome will be? We know the CP and Disturber sold its soul for Newton but then again had to do the deal or else suffer the consequences of being labeled racist by the world.


Posted by: informant | May 13, 2011 10:25:05 AM

@ Don ,you ain't heard NOTHIN yet ,because Cam's gonna BUST and run outta hear in 2yrs from the heat from the haters!

Posted by: Soulja Boi | May 13, 2011 11:01:56 AM

Don, I don't think Jake's problems came from an inability to read a defense...most of that should come before the snap. Jake got used to Moose, Smitty and Ricky being able to make plays regardless, so he learned to just put the ball up and pray. Then when Moose and Ricky were not there, his "wing and a prayer" passes were picked off.

Posted by: NoDon | May 13, 2011 11:33:40 AM

The greedy players union demands 4 billion for a "war chest" and 707 million in breaches?

Lets end this once and for all. Just give them 24 hrs to get back to work or its over and then hire all new players and get rid of the union scabs.

There will be no NFL football in 2011 unless these present scabs are all replaced with new players.

Posted by: mike t | May 13, 2011 4:00:09 PM

i am so curious to see if the so call loyal panther fans will support newton in year 1, how many games should we expect him to win..if he win 6-7 games is that failure to the fan base..

Posted by: youngpanthernation | May 13, 2011 6:25:31 PM

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