Sports with Shook: Football, more football and fashion

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden greets fans in the Dawg Pound before the start of the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, August 24, 2012. (Akron Beacon Journal/MCT). Photo by Ed Suba Jr.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden greets fans in the Dawg Pound before the start of the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, August 24, 2012. (Akron Beacon Journal/MCT). Photo by Ed Suba Jr.

Nick Shook

Joe Haden dropped back in coverage, reading opposing quarterback Michael Vick as he rolled out to the left. Vick’s pass was tipped, Haden caught the ball and raced 50 yards down the Eagles sideline before being tackled by the quarterback. Haden made one of his hallmark, game-changing plays.

And it will be the last we see of Haden for the next month.

The Cleveland Browns corner was suspended four games Monday for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. ESPN 850-WKNR reported in early August that Haden was facing a suspension for testing positive for Adderall, a medicine typically used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Haden doesn’t have a prescription for the drug, and his appeal was denied by the league.

My question is, why was Haden taking the drug?

One theory presented to me includes the fact that Haden relishes fulfilling the role of “Mr. Cleveland.” Take one look at his Instagram profile and you’ll agree with this statement. One can speculate that maybe, while out partying, someone could come up to him and say “Hey, drink this; take this; snort this.” And Haden, being Mr. Cleveland, willfully obliges. Maybe that theory is way off base.

One thing is for sure though; he loves the city in which he is employed. He even accompanied a Cleveland-area teenager to her senior prom as her date, complete with his escorting her in his white Lamborghini.

Haden drove the same Lamborghini past me with an expressionless face down West St. Clair Avenue while I sat in traffic after the game Sunday. It appeared as though he knew what was coming, and that he had just played his last game for a month. The Browns will surely miss him.

That’s that Ish I do like

Speaking of the Browns, shout out to former Kent State defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen for signing with the Browns and seeing his first professional action last week in a 17-16 loss to the Eagles. I wrote a profile on Kitchen last spring, and he was one of the nicest — and quietest — athletes I have ever interviewed. He was in the Baltimore Ravens’ training camp but was cut before the season, and the Browns made a wise move in scooping him up off the waiver wire.

Even if he only lasts until the return of Phil Taylor, it is still quite an accomplishment. Shout out to the big, quiet fella. Way to go, Ish.

Winfield plays through sorrows

Keeping the football theme within the state, former Akron Garfield and Ohio State star Antoine Winfield played in Sunday’s season-opener with a heavy heart. Winfield, a safety for the Minnesota Vikings and a 13-year veteran of the NFL, took the field just days after his brother, Anthony Travis, was murdered in Akron.

Travis was shot multiple times Wednesday, Sept. 5, in front of his vehicle by an unknown shooter who is still on the loose. He was pronounced dead at 12:29 a.m. Akron police are investigating it as a homicide.

Being an Akron-area native myself, I would like to take this time to simply say that this needs to stop. It seems as though there is a fatal shooting in the Rubber City nearly every week these days.

In Winfield’s case, he was informed of the tragedy Thursday and requested to be excused from practice. He returned to the team Friday and played Sunday, with few knowing what had occurred during the week.

I would like to give my condolences to him and his family. I have the utmost respect for him for working when no one could honestly expect him to do so. May his brother rest in peace, and may the Akron police quickly apprehend the man responsible for the killing.

Cavs order extra mustard

The Cleveland Cavaliers unveiled their new third jersey for the 2012-13 season Monday via Twitter. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted pictures of “Mr. Cavalier” Austin Carr (I swear I’m not trying to name everyone Mr. So-and-So in this column, that’s really his nickname) holding up the new jersey and another photo of him holding up the shorts. The uniforms are, well, yellow; really, really yellow.

But I love them.

This new uniform came as no surprise, seeing as the Los Angeles Lakers are among teams in the NBA that utilize yellow as a base color for a third uniform. The jersey reads “Cavs” across the chest, and follows the same format as the home and road uniforms. I’m just hyped that the Cavs have a regular alternate yellow uniform, because I haven’t been able to enjoy a great golden basketball moment since they sported these in 2005-06.

The Cavs also signed forward Alonzo Gee to a new three-year deal Monday. Cavs fans ended Monday saying to themselves “Today was a good day” (Ice Cube voice).

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