Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for the Clippers. But he had a technical and committed two big turnovers in the closing seconds.
“I can’t be the one to get a tech in the fourth quarter. I put us in a hole and sort of started the onslaught of techs in the last four minutes,” Griffin said. “We got good looks, a couple calls didn’t go our way. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the calls.”
“We appreciate Joe’s expertise and commitment to the NFL and the league’s communications department,” Goodell wrote. “Joe helped modernize our communications, social responsibility and government affairs teams and has provided valuable guidance to me and our senior management on a wide variety of issues.
“A national search is now underway for his replacement and Joe has agreed to stay on and help during the transition.”
Lockhart, 58, served as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000 during the Clinton administration. He was hired by the NFL in 2016 after working with the league and Goodell through an affiliated communications firm.
“While I’ve marveled at what you all have done over the last two years, I realized that keeping up that 24 hour a day intensity was a challenge for me personally,” Lockhart wrote in a memo to the league’s communications, social responsibility and government affairs staffs. “For those of you who’ve met my three children, you know why I’m excited to focus more attention on providing them the best possible environment to grow and prosper.
To support their claim, Salzano and Rosenblum point to a specific incident that Elliott’s ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson was found to have told untruths about: that Elliott pulled her forcefully from a car on July 22, then asked her friend to vouch for it.
The NFL, however, did take that situation into account in its year-long investigation, said former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey, who served as one of the four external advisers to Commissioner Roger Goodell and reviewed the 160-page investigation report.
Alonso is looking forward to his new F1 horsepower, and the plan to be that much stronger means no thought of skipping an F1 race to compete at Indianapolis in 2018.
“Hopefully the last three years will be forgotten very quickly,” Alonso said. “It’s a completely different game for us. We believe that we could be very, very competitive with a Renault power unit next year.
“All the preparations of the new car, it is looking much, much [more] promising than before. Our hopes for next year are very high. … Definitely the mood of the team is completely different.”