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Trevor Lawrence, wife to donate $20,000 to Jacksonville charities after Jaguars fans’ wedding gift

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even Trevor Lawrence thinks he’s likely going to be the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ choice at the top of the NFL draft.

The former Clemson standout acknowledged that during a Sunday evening tweet in which he thanked Jaguars fans for purchasing a wedding gift and raising more than $11,000 for him to donate to a charity of his choice. Lawrence wrote that he and his wife, Marissa, will donate $20,000 to charities in Jacksonville and that they “hope to be a part of your community soon.”

“Soon” will likely be April 29, shortly after the draft begins at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN and the ESPN app). The Jaguars have the first overall pick, and the expectation since the 2020 season ended is the team will select Lawrence, whom ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks as his fourth-highest-graded quarterback prospect behind John Elway, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer told NBCSports.com last month that taking Lawrence with the first overall pick is “the direction we’re going.”

Jaguars fans put together a social media campaign to raise money to purchase a gift for Lawrence’s wedding. The total donations raised reached $11,203, according to one of the organizers of the fund-raising drive.



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Tennessee giving $1.2M to Tim Tebow’s foundation to help fight human trafficking

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tim Tebow joined Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee at the state Capitol on Thursday to announce a multimillion-dollar partnership to fight human trafficking.

Tebow’s foundation is due for an infusion of $1.2 million in the upcoming Tennessee state budget. The annual spending plan, which tops $42 billion, is sending more than $5 million combined to Tebow’s organization and other groups to combat human trafficking.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the Florida Gators is expected to sign a one-year contract to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, a source confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

“I would say that today, that’s not the focus,” Tebow said of the speculation concerning his signing with the Jaguars. “Today is about every life that’s being trafficked in the state of Tennessee, around the country and around the world.”

The funding will help a ministry within the Tim Tebow Foundation, named Her Song, which seeks to build safe homes in the state alongside other funded organizations, Tebow said.

The rest of the funding goes to other groups that help survivors of human trafficking in the state.

“We hope that this will facilitate and engage and inspire churches, nonprofits, organizations, individuals, to find out how they can be involved in rescuing women and children in Tennessee,” Lee said.

Tebow said the discussions on the issue began less than three months ago when country music star Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, introduced him to the governor’s chief of staff, Blake Harris, at Bryan’s restaurant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kansas City Chiefs acquire CB Mike Hughes from Minnesota Vikings, source says

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The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired cornerback Mike Hughes in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chiefs traded a 2022 sixth-round pick to Minnesota while the Vikings are sending a 2022 seventh-round pick to Kansas City in the deal, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.

Hughes was drafted by the Vikings in the first round (30th overall) of the 2018 NFL draft. The Vikings declined to exercise the fifth-year contract in Hughes’ rookie contract, meaning he will be a free agent after this season.

He was limited to just four games last season because of a neck injury that resulted in him being placed on injured reserve in October.

He has appeared in 24 games in his three seasons, making seven starts. He has two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in his rookie season, 13 passes defended and 80 tackles.

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NFL role worries lawyer for women suing Deshaun Watson

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Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the 22 women suing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, expressed concern to a Houston television station on Wednesday over how the National Football League is handling its investigation.

Buzbee, in speaking to FOX26 in Houston, said “some of the women did not feel like they were being respected” during their first three meetings with NFL investigators, which he told FOX led to him attending the four meeting between the league’s investigative group and his clients.

Buzbee told the television station four of his clients met with the league’s lead investigator, Lisa Friel, and he has “probably four more women who want to meet with the NFL,” but he’s not sure if he’s going to let them speak with the league’s investigators.

In his interview, Buzbee did not say what the league did to potentially make his clients feel that way. Watson is being sued by 22 women in civil court and being investigated by the Houston Police Department into claims ranging from inappropriate touching to sexual assault of massage therapists from March 2020 until March 2021.

“The allegations are very concerning and the league immediately began investigating the matter under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to ESPN on Thursday. “The investigation includes gathering information, monitoring law enforcement developments and conducting interviews with relevant people willing to participate with counsel present.

“Throughout her decades-long career as the chief of the sex crimes unit in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and most recently as the NFL’s special counsel for investigations for the last six years, Lisa has earned a stellar reputation as a consummate professional who conducts investigations and interviews with compassion and fairness in an effort to determine the truth.”

Buzbee also told FOX26 that eight-to-10 of his clients have met with the Houston Police Department and he was pleased with how the Houston PD has worked with his clients. In March, Buzbee had publicly said he wasn’t comfortable with his clients going to the Houston police. After a complainant went to the Houston Police Department, however, an investigation into Watson was opened.

On Thursday, a Houston Police Department spokesperson said “it remains an ongoing investigation” into allegations against Watson, but would not say how many women have spoken with police.

Buzbee also told FOX there are no plans to settle the case between Watson and the women suing him.

ESPN reporters John Barr and Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.

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