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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Over the next few weeks, after long days of training camp on the practice fields of Missouri Western State University, Cairo Santos will return to his dorm room and hunker down in front of a TV.He will flip the channel to the Rio Olympics and get lost in the pageantry.You see, the only Brazilian playing in the NFL is as eager as anybody to see what kind of show his country puts on this August. The kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs knows better than most the many hurdles that have been overcome and the opportunity that Brazil has on the world stage.Unfortunately, Brazil has had that image of corruption for such a long time, Santos said in an interview with The Associated Press. But we are a country that has a lot of potential to be a great country, and were a country thats fighting to be on the right track.The run-up to the Rio Olympics has been dominated by negative news: organized doping by Russian athletes, fears over the Zika virus, polluted water, the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, venue and housing issues, a noticeable uptick in crime across the seaside city.Many of these issues, Santos said, have been part of Brazilian life long before Rio was awarded the first Olympics in South America. Its just that now the worlds attention is on the city, a glossy facade portrayed by tour operators has been pulled back to reveal a less savory underbelly.Unemployment is a problem. So is homelessness, organized crime and other social issues.Security is the main concern, said Santos, who spent time this past offseason in Rio and Sao Paulo, where his family lives and some of the Olympic soccer matches will take place.I wouldnt suggest being by yourself, at night especially, he said. The Olympic villages, near Copacabana and stuff, theres Olympic sites everywhere. Thats where the action is. Just being around there is the best place, where the police will be -- where the crowd will be.Like most Brazilians, Santos grew up playing soccer. He didnt start playing football until he moved to Florida as a foreign exchange student and his high school needed a kicker, and then he played the Madden video game so he could learn the rules.He was so good at kicking oblong balls through uprights that he earned a scholarship to Tulane.After winning the Lou Groza Award as the nations best college kicker, Santos was signed by Kansas City. The 24-year-old went to training camp in 2014 and competed against Ryan Succop, the most accurate kicker in Chiefs history, before eventually winning the starting job.In his first two seasons, he has made 55 of 67 field-goal attempts and missed just two extra points.Santoss success has quickly endeared him to Kansas City fans, but it also has made him a hero in Brazil. Very few people follow the NFL, but those who manage to catch games on satellite TV generally root for the Chiefs because of their kicker.Santos was mobbed everywhere he went during his trip home this offseason: his elementary school in Brasilia, the local TV stations where he was interviewed, his first Cairo Camp in Sao Paulo.He even hobnobbed with Brazilian mixed martial arts star Jose Aldo.Most of his trips took him to the glitzy areas of Brazil, but Santos knows well what the living conditions are like in the many slums -- called favelas -- that dot the countryside.He wonders how much of the Olympics will touch the people struggling to make ends meet.Those images probably wont show up when he flips on the TV at night at training camp. Instead, he will see the best of Rio -- Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, the panoramic vistas.Asked what he is most interested in, Santos gave a predictable answer: Im always curious about the soccer team. Theyve never gotten gold. Hopefully redeem ourselves from the World Cup fiasco (where Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals, then lost the third-place match to the Netherlands).But Im also excited to see how theyll deal with having the entire worlds attention on us, Santos said, and how were going to organize such a beautiful event like that. Its a good opportunity for our country to grow and change our image. Cheap Jaguars Jerseys . "Jeff is a hard worker who was an important special-teams contributor for us last season," said Stamps GM John Hufnagel. Jaguars Jerseys China . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games. http://www.cheapjaguarsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-dj-chark-jersey . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. 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In April 2015, Glass hired an outside law firm to conduct the inquiry, and he did so again in the past four to six weeks, sources familiar with the second investigation told ESPN.?According to the Star report Saturday, the initial investigation was prompted by complaints about the IU football programs treatment of former lineman Nick Carovillano, who played for the Hoosiers in 2014. On April 8, 2015, Carovillanos father, Dean, contacted IU associate athletic director Anthony Thompson to make a complaint on his sons behalf. Six days later, according to the Star, IU retained a law firm to investigate the allegations.?Dean Carovillano told ESPN on Saturday that his son suffered a back injury in practice in September 2014. When Nick Carovillano asked an Indiana trainer to examine his back, the trainer asked him if he had numbness in his legs. According to his father, when Carovillano said he didnt, the trainer told him, Then I wont treat your injury. A few days later, according to his father, Indianas trainers told Carovillano that he was suffering from shin splints and needed to stretch better. But when Carovillano returned home to Cincinnati a few weeks later, his parents noticed he could barely climb out of his car.That weekend, a doctor noticed Carovillano struggling to walk across the room at a social gathering. The doctor told him he needed to stop playing sports immediately, according to his father. When Carovillano returned to Bloomington after the weekend at home, he told trainers a doctor advised him to stop playing. He was examined by Indianas trainers and sent to a specialist in Indianapolis. The specialist diagnosed him with having bone fragments and three injured disks in his back.Hed been called every name in the book to keep practicing, Dean Carovillano said. He was a 19-year-old kid. He wanted to please his coaches, not be ridiculed, and wanted to make the team.After rehabbing his back for six months, Carovillano decided to leave Indiana in April 2015. When his parents drove to Bloomington to help him move out, Wilson and other IU coaches requested a meeting with them. They tried to persuade Carovillano to stay through the end of the semester so the teams graduation rate wouldnt decrease, according to his father.My son lost everything, Dean Carovillano said. He lost his scholarship. He has an injured back, and he was an emotional wreck.According to the Star, Glass met with Wilson on April 13, 2015, to discuss the allegations about his mistreatment of injured players. The next day, Glass sent Wilson a memorandum that included a warning: As you know, IU will not tolerate any behavior among you and your staff that penalizes, ostracizes, or criticizes any injured football player. I trust that you and your staff are abiding by this long-standing policy.According to the Star, the law firm Glass hired for the investigation interviewed 20 people and issued a 26-page report on May 1, 2015.An outside investigation has concluded that Nick did not receive inadequate medical care, that there is no evidence that the coaching staff exerted improper influence on the medical staff regarding the student-athletes medical care, Glass wrote in a memo to Wilson, which was obtained by the Star. But Glass also wrote, Even within the unique culture of football, there were behaviors that may create an unhealthy environment for injured players. This last conclusion was based on a variety of findings, including your own admission that you made jokes to injured players or implied that they are not useful members of the team.Some players said that they felt pressure or witnessed coaches pressuring others and indicated that they found it depressing and demoralizing to have coaches make such comments when they were already frustrated with their injuries. It was found that coaches appear to push players to work harder than they should when they have injuries that are unconfirmed by an outside test.Even after conducting the initial review into Wilsons conduct, Glass rewarded him with a raise and a six-year contract extension -- at $2.55 million pper season -- through 2021 after he guided the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance since 2007.ddddddddddddDuring a news conference in Bloomington, Indiana, on Thursday, Glass said there was no smoking gun, no precipitating event that led to his decision to ask for Wilsons resignation. Glass said he was confident that no players medical issues were compromised under Wilson. Instead, Glass said the two werent on the same page in terms of leadership style.Carovillano, however, wasnt the only former Indiana player to complain about Wilsons treatment of him when injured.In interviews with ESPN this week, several former Hoosiers and/or their parents criticized Wilsons treatment of injured players and the medical care they received while playing for the team:-- Mark Booth, the father of former Indiana wide receiver Dominique Booth, told ESPN that his son suffered a concussion in practice a week before the 2015 season opener. After sitting out a week, Booth was supposed to gradually return to workouts. But after a 20-minute workout one day, Booth was told to run six miles, according to his father. When Booth returned home, he vomited and suffered severe headaches.His symptoms went haywire, Mark Booth said.Dominique Booth, who was ranked No. 225 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 2 prospect in Indiana as a senior at Pike High School in Indianapolis in 2014, received a medical redshirt and didnt play in 2015. The next spring, according to Booths father, Indianas coaches asked him to sign a medical waiver before he returned to the field, even though hed been medically cleared to play. Mark Booth said his son declined to sign the waiver and asked to be released from his scholarship.According to Mark Booth, IU medically disqualified his son to play without his consent. When they met with Wilson and other IU coaches this past spring, they were told Booth wouldnt be released from his scholarship.They held my son hostage, Mark Booth said. Wilson said he couldnt release him because he was one of the best recruits hed signed and it would hurt his recruiting base in Indianapolis.-- Former Indiana cornerback Laray Smith told ESPN that when he had a bump on his back shortly before the 2013 season, IU trainers told him it was only a bruise.Im a freshman, so Im not thinking anything, Booth said. Ill just listen to them. But it continued to hurt. I went to the doctor for a checkup and got an ultrasound. It was a blood clot, and they drained it and said, Youre better now.But after Smith returned to practice, the bump came back and was even bigger. He had surgery to remove the blood clot and returned to play in games a week or two later.I knew it was serious because it was a blood clot, said Smith, who left Indiana in July 2015 and now runs track at Delaware State. Now that Im older I know, but I wasnt thinking that way at 17 or 18. Its like, Youre good, youre going to play as a freshman.-- Former Hoosiers offensive lineman Bernard Taylor, who played under Wilson from 2011 to 14, told ESPN Radios The Right Time with Bomani Jones on Thursday that Wilsons treatment of players was ridiculous, but he didnt offer specifics.Dont get me wrong, hes a great coach and smart on the offensive side of things. But as far as the way he treated those cats, it was ridiculous, Taylor said. If you really want to go on a whole list, a whole tangent, things beyond injuries, its an entire list, and Ill be talking to you all day, man.-- An unnamed former Indiana player, who was a member of the 2011 team, said players worked hard not to be included on the injured list because of the consequences.The trainers would hate to go up and tell him about injured players because Wilson would [curse] them, said the player, who requested anonymity. Then hed go into the training room and tell the players, No, youre going to [expletive] practice, and, of course, the players would go practice.The player said Wilson also ridiculed Indianas players constantly for their poor play.As a human being and a person, he didnt treat people around the program with a lot of respect, the player said. He cursed us up and down, and Im sure that goes on [at] a lot of other places. But when someone is telling you from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day that you couldnt play on Oklahomas practice squad, it wears you down.Staff writers Chantel Jennings and Jared Shanker contributed to this report. Cheap Authentic Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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