Morning Pixels: John Mara says he’s not the villain in Redskins cap penalties

It has been assumed by fans that Giants owner John Mara was the driving force behind the $36 million salary cap penalty imposed on the Redskins. But Mara insists he’s clean.

“That was an issue that was negotiated between the league office and the players’ association,” Mara said on Tuesday, via the Washington Times. “I was not present in any of those sessions, nor did I have anything to do with it. But if they want to continue to make me the villain, so be it.”

Perhaps Mara is forgetting just why he was pinned as a “villain.” Last year, he had this to say after the penalty was imposed:

“I thought the penalties imposed were proper,” Mara said at the time. “What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole, and quite frankly, I think they’re lucky they didn’t lose draft picks.”

Villain!

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* The Caps had a rough one last night.

* The new Big East is ready for the spotlight.

* John Wall wants a max contract, says he’d be hurt if a deal wasn’t done by the end of October.

* Boz on Jordan Zimmermann’s change-up.

 

TWEET OF THE DAY
Deep thoughts.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
John Wall, on if his contract isn’t settled by end of October:

“I would be hurt. I feel like anybody should that feels like they are a franchise guy and proven themselves and still working to develop and get better. But this is a business and you have to deal with the stuff that comes with it and goes with it. I leave that up to those guys, but I love playing for D.C. I love this team, my staff, my teammates.”

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Bryce Harper, taking Nats ticket orders.


via @BHarp3407

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY II
Gio’s dog, Hollywood, facetiming a doggie friend.


via giog47 on Instagram

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
NCAA: JMU vs. LIU Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. on truTV. Wizards at Suns, 10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.

 

CHILD PRODIGY OF THE DAY
Give this kid a contract.

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