May 13, 2022
Bears Insider Drops Unsettling Nugget on Teams Top Rookie
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Getty The Bears chose Kyler Gordon as the 39th overall pick in the draft this year.
The Chicago Bears selected two defensive backs with their first two picks of the 2022 NFL draft, with the hope that both will become Week 1 starters.
Chicago chose Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon (No. 39 overall) and Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker (No.48 overall) in Round 2, which some analysts found head-scratching considering the team’s glaring needs on offensive line and at wide receiver.
Still, the Bears also needed significant support in the secondary, and adding both Gordon and Brisker should help re-vamp the entire unit — if they can both stay healthy, that is.
Bears insider Adam Hoge of CHGO Sports recapped what he gleaned from the team’s rookie minicamp, which was held from May 6-8. One thing Hoge mentioned was an “unsettling” moment on the first day that saw Gordon exit practice.
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The rookie corner came up limping during an 11-on-11 drill, and while he tried to return shortly after, he wound up missing the remainder of the team’s first rookie minicamp practice. Gordon did return to practice the following day on May 7, according to the Chicago Tribune, but his early exit wasn’t the best way for the team’s first overall pick this year to start things off.
“With the Bears’ injury history with key draft picks, it was unsettling to see Gordon deal with cramps at rookie minicamp. If that’s all it was, then no big deal,” Hoge wrote on May 10.
“Gordon just had cramps,” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said when asked about the rookie CB on May 6. “He was out there, started practice, had a couple of cramps. So, we’ll just get him hydrated and get him ready for tomorrow.”
There’s no indication it was anything other than a cramping issue, but it’s still something to monitor moving forward.
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When Hoge referenced the team’s luck when it comes to key draft picks dealing with injury issues, he made a solid point.
Over the last seven years, Chicago has selected several players, including receiver Kevin White (No. 7 overall in 2015), second-round tight end Adam Shaheen (45th overall in 2017), third-round center Hroniss Grasu (71st overall in 2015) and second-round offensive tackle Teven Jenkins (39th overall in 2021), who have seen various ailments prevent their careers from taking off.
The jury is still out on Jenkins, who had back surgery as a rookie last year and wound up starting just two games. It’s not fair to judge his career yet, but the other three players can safely be deemed busts when considering their on-field production coupled with their draft position.
White is the most notable of the three, as he was a top 10 pick. The former West Virginia standout missed his entire rookie year dealing with a stress fracture in his leg and he suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and fractured fibula the following season in 2016. White wound up playing in 17 games in his three seasons active with the Bears, starting five. He caught 25 passes for 285 yards, and while he had brief stints with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints after Chicago let him go in 2018, they never amounted to much.
Shaheen also dealt with various injury issues in Chicago, playing in 27 regular season games and starting 13 out of a possible 48. He caught just 26 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns with the Bears before he was ultimately released in 2019.
Grasu tore the ACL in his right knee prior to the start of his second season in 2016, and he didn’t play at all that year. He started 12 games out of a possible 32 for Chicago in the two seasons he was active, and he has started two games in the four years since.
Again, there’s no reason to be alarmed about Gordon leaving his first-ever practice with cramps, but considering the team’s recent luck in that department, Hoge may have found the perfect word in “unsettling.”
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Gordon Ramsay wins $4.5 million in damages from ex-business partner
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Gordon Ramsay was awarded $4.5 million in damages after going head-to-head with his former business partner Rowen Seibel in court.
Seibel sued the fiery British chef in 2014, but a judge in New York Superior Court ruled last Wednesday that Seibel was “not a credible witness,” stating that it appeared he had “fabricated evidence.”
In a filing seen by Page Six, Judge Melissa Crane awarded judgment in favor of Ramsay and his company GR US and ordered that Seibel pay $1.6 million as well as 50 to 70 percent of Ramsay’s attorneys’ fees, which were $5 million. The total payout comes to approximately $4.5 million.
A spokesperson for Ramsay tells us, “The judge believed Seibel was ‘not credible,’ that it ‘appeared he fabricated evidence,’ that he received ‘kickbacks’ and siphoned money and was ‘incompetent in managing’ the restaurant. Mr. Ramsay was earnest in his efforts to sever all business dealings as these problems with Seibel were discovered, and we’re pleased but in no way surprised by the ruling.”Ramsay will get $1.6 million plus 50 to 70 percent of his attorneys’ fees, which were $5 million.Boston Globe via Getty Images
Ramsay, 55, and Seibel, 40, opened The Fat Cow restaurant in The Grove, a swanky outdoor shopping mall in Los Angeles, in 2012.
But when it shuttered in March 2014, Seibel sued Ramsay for $10.8 million, claiming the chef had “deliberately mishandled a trademark problem” for the eatery — and then “formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord” to create a new restaurant in The Fat Cow’s space.
Ramsay counterclaimed, citing Seibel’s “fraudulent scheme to freeload upon the renown and acumen of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.”Seibel, pictured in glasses, sued Ramsay in 2014.Getty Images for UNICEF
Ramsay also called Seibel “inept,” “self-dealing,” “incompetent and dishonest” and alleged that Seibel “begged to be included” but “proved egregiously inept in its management.”
Judge Crane stated “if a witness will lie to the court, it is possible he would lie about everything,” and disregarded all of Seibel’s testimony.
The court found that Seibel took kickbacks from suppliers to The Fat Cow. Seibel and his colleague, Craig Green, had also plotted to takeover Gordon Ramsay Holdings via a deal with Wexford Capital, which the court found reflected poorly on their credibility.
Seibel also withdrew money from the restaurant’s capital account at the time when the business was failing and Ramsay was putting his own funds in to keep it afloat.Ramsay counter-sued Seibel after Seibel brought legal action in 2014.FOX Image Collection via Getty I
Judge Crane found some criticism of Ramsay but said that in closing The Fat Cow, he had mitigated the damages from a class action from employers.
Former employees had launched a suit in 2013, claiming they were overworked and underpaid.
The ruling read: “Bottom line, though the record reflects that Seibel engaged in wilful misconduct, where the Ramsay side was merely negligent at worst.”The Fat Cow, opened by Ramsay and Seibel in LA in 2012, shuttered in 2014 amid a host of issues.Facebook
A friend of Ramsay told Page Six, “It’s been an emotional and stressful eight years, but Gordon feels vindicated by the judge’s decision and can finally put this all behind him.”
A lawyer for Seibel — who in 2016 was sentenced to a month behind bars for lying to the IRS about more than $1 million he stashed in Switzerland as part of a tax evasion scheme — told us he plans to appeal.
Ramsay’s new show, “Next Level Chef,” meanwhile, will get the coveted spot on Fox after the Super Bowl in February 2023, it was reported Monday.Filed under celebrity chefs , celebrity lawsuits , courts , gordon ramsay , restaurants , 5/16/22