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Off-field issues in spotlight

In what's usually a quiet time, discipline and legal matters dominate news

Originally Published: May 26, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Normally, the days before the Memorial Day weekend are somewhat quiet in the NFL.

That wasn't the case this year. Friday, for example, was flat-out bizarre. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sparred with Bay Area reporters after they pressed him for the organization's stance on linebacker Aldon Smith. Smith pleaded no-contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and could face a league suspension this fall.

Also on Friday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice held a news ...

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