Update: While TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) is reporting that Marshawn Lynch was "in the building during a heated altercation between two rival rap crews, but the RB kept his nose clean," night club employees confirmed that Lynch was very much part of the group that pushed its way to the backstage area and onto the stage. The first punch that was thrown came from Mistah F.A.B. and the two rival crews pushed each other back and forth. There is no confirmation that Lynch actually threw or took a punch, but he was part of the altercation.
It's understandable that Mistah F.A.B. would like to keep his friend's involvement out of the news headlines, given the circumstances, but Lynch is obviously not free of involvement as the TMZ Sports report states. Lynch was very much part of F.A.B.'s crew and was identified by sources as one of the people who pushed their way through the backstage area to get onto the stage where DJ Mustard was performing. Again, with respect to fantasy value, this incident sheds light on character, something the NFL has taken a very hard-lined stance on in recent seasons. It doesn't sound like this is something the league will investigate itself as authorities were not involved, but it does add an element of concern with regard to Lynch and compounds the risks noted in drafting him that have arisen as of late.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury.
Baez will be fine, but it was indeed a scary moment for the Cubs. Kole Calhoun took Baez out on a double play, but instead of him sliding into his feet, due to the position that Baez was in, he was drilled in the midsection by Calhoun's elbow. As Maddon accurately put it, he "got smoked." Being Joe Maddon, he of course added in that "I loved it." Initially Maddon feared that Baez was seriously injured as he writhed in pain on the ground, but the former top prospect, who is just 22, will be fine and even singled in singled in a later at bat. He is a risky fantasy proposition, who may not even make the Opening Day squad, but his upside is ridiculous. Analysis: Ben Diamond