Snowboarders flying high in Easton

Author: , Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published: Feb 11 2012 05:24:17 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 11 2012 06:21:35 PM EST

Easton hosts Red Bull Buttercup


Most of us may only have an inch or two of snow on the ground if you have any at all, but there's 170 feet of it in downtown Easton.

All that snow got trucked in for the Red Bull's Butter Cup Rail Jam.

100 snowboarders are competing -- not on a mountain, but right in the middle of downtown Easton.

At 28 years old, Matt McTaggart may as well be 90 in professional snowboarding years.

But someone brought him out of retirement.

"He's old!" said Miles Fallon.

That "someone" is a 10 year-old.

"You hoping to show him some moves today?," I asked.

 "Well, it's not the first time, so I guess so," Fallon said.

 "The student may surpass the master, Young Jedi," said McTaggart.

Matt and his protege are two of the 100 boarders hitting the ramp for the Red Bull Butter Cup Rail Jam.

It's unique because it's not held on a mountain, but in the middle of downtown Easton's Center Square.

"It's great weather for snowboarding," said Mayor Sal Panto.

Chilly weather and a few flakes -- finally -- made it feel like winter.  Still, all 80 tons of snow had to trucked in from the Poconos.

"We paid a lot of money to bring snow -- well, I didn't -- Red Bull did. Red Bull paid a lot of money to bring it down from Big Boulder," Panto said.

"They started making the snow a couple of weeks ago at Big Boulder, and they just stashed it away," said Drinky's Bar owner Greg Melhem.

Now in its second year, this year's event in a national qualifier for Red Bull's Butter Cup series.

"Really raised the bar, really raised the bar," Panto said.

Matt McTaggart is already feeling the pressure!

Organizers expected up to 8,000 fans here tonight.


Legal issues to keep Peterson off the field

Running back indicted on felony child abuse charges

Author: By Ed Payne CNN
Published: Sep 17 2014 02:16:41 AM EDT   Updated:  2 HR. AGO
Adrian Peterson

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

(CNN) -

Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

It's a reversal of course for the Vikings. The team had earlier said that Peterson, who is facing a child abuse charge, would practice this week and could play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

In a statement early Wednesday, the team said Peterson has been placed on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require him to "remain away from all team activities."

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision (Monday), after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," said a statement from owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right."

Peterson is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL -- if not the best. His absence was probably felt during the Vikings' 30-7 loss to the Patriots last Sunday.

In 2011, he agreed to a lucrative contract, which NFL.com reported would be worth $100 million over a 7-year period.

Turn for the worse

But his fortunes have taken a turn for the worse since his indictment last week on a felony charge of causing bodily injury to his son.

On Tuesday, he lost one of his most significant endorsement deals when Castrol, a major producer of motor oil, pulled out.

Castrol used Peterson in commercials for its Edge performance oil product and on social media. Many recent social media posts of his likeness had been pulled down, and the commercials were no longer available on YouTube. (His other major sponsor, Nike, said late last week it would stand by its athlete for the time being.)

One of the team's sponsors, the Radisson hotel chain, announced Monday night that it was suspending its "limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Also, the website for his All Day Foundation was taken off line after the charities represented on the site were getting "harassing" calls from gossip sites, his philanthropic adviser, Bruce Richmond, said.

"We took the website off line because the charities that Adrian supports were getting calls from the media and were getting harassed by the media," Richmond told CNN. "I spoke to one communication director saying she had received about a dozen calls today from the same gossip site."

Legal process

Following his indictment, Peterson turned himself in to East Texas authorities Saturday and was released on a $15,000 bond.

The next step is a preliminary court hearing on October 8.

According to Texas law, people can be convicted of injury to a child if they cause bodily or mental injury "intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence" or cause such harm by omission. The crime is punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $1,000 fine.

Authorities haven't divulged the details of what led to the charge. But Peterson's lawyer said the "charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son" -- explaining that his client did so while doling out discipline "much like "he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas."

Rusty Hardin said "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Peterson defended himself on Monday, saying he is "not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."

Other allegations

The developments came as CNN affilaite KHOU reported this week that Peterson allegedly abused another one of his children -- a 4-year-old son.

Sources told KHOU that the mother of the child filed a complaint with Child Protective Services in Texas because she alleged that Peterson beat the child, while visiting his father at his Houston-area home.

According to the report, text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother show that Peterson admitted disciplining the child, but he claims the child hit his head on the car seat in the process.

No charges were ever filed, according to KHOU.


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