FOUR BITS: Elam, McDonald, Nike, Wilbekin

By Adam Silverstein
November 11, 2014

1 » The Florida Gators announced on Tuesday that Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam will play the role of honorary Mr. Two-Bits ahead of Florida’s clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon. In doing so, Elam will be the first active NFL player to come back and take the honorary duties of wearing the Mr. Two-Bits ensemble and leading the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium crowd in a pre-game cheer. The honorary Mr. Two-Bits concept has been a highlight for the Gators over the last two seasons with numerous former players (football and otherwise) taking the field including Wes Chandler, Errict Rhett, Lito Sheppard and Danny Wuerffel. Elam’s Ravens are on their bye week, which will allow him to travel down to Gainesville, Florida.


2 » The San Francisco 49ers stood behind former Florida defensive lineman Ray McDoanld while Santa Clary County police were deciding whether to charge him with domestic violence stemming from an Aug. 31 arrest at his home. That is looking like the right call more than two months later as the district attorney has decided not to bring charges against McDonald due to insufficient evidence. “We have determined there is insufficient evidence to file charges against Ray McDonald,” said Deputy District Attorney Lindsay Walsh in a release obtained by sfgate.com. “Both parties agreed that Jane Doe [McDonald’s fiancee] struck Ray McDonald first, and her minor injuries are consistent with restraint rather than an attack. Due to conflicting accounts, the lack of eyewitnesses and the lack of cooperation on Jane Doe’s part, we cannot prove that a crime occurred.” McDonald assured the 49ers and their fans upon his arrest and subsequent release that the “truth will come out” about the situation. For more details, check out sfgate.com‘s account of the incident.

3 » Gators basketball on Monday received a big shipment from Nike, in which were custom orange-and-blue Kevin Durant kicks (model KD7) for the entire team. Check out the picture below for what you are likely to see many players wearing in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center throughout the season.

4 » Cairns Taipans rookie point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named NBL Player of the Month for October, taking home honors in the Australian basketball league. Cairns was 6-0 with Wilbekin leading the charge, and the floor general nearly received a unanimous vote for the award, falling “just one point shy of a perfect score,” per the league. “He keeps a really strong demeanor about himself. He’s poised, he moves the ball very well. He always makes a high-percentage play – finish at the rim, pull-up jumper, find the open man. He’s been fantastic,” said Taipans coach Aaron Fearne. Through October, Wilbekin was the NBL’s fourth-leading scorer with 18.2 points per game and fifth-leading assist man with 4.33 dimes per contest. He is considered an “early MVP contender” as he tries to lead Cairns to its first league title.

2 Comments

  1. W says:

    For those interested and on Twitter, Murray Wenzel (@wenzel87) is a great follow to keep up with Wilbekin. He is a beat writer covering Wilbekin’s team. It is clear that he and many throughout that league think very, very highly of Scottie. It’s great to see.

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