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Golden Nuggets: 40 Yards of Gold update: Checks were written to an account with no money in it

our San Francisco 49ers links for Monday, July 29, 2019

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What. A. Mess. What a joke, really. In June, Marquise Goodwin won the “40 yards of Gold competition,” beating Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson. It was sketchy how quickly everything happened, and the event was put together. It was sketchy when we found out how big the purse was. Here we are, a month later, and Goodwin has yet to be paid. Supposedly, his reps are working toward getting his million-dollar check “soon,” per Pro Football Talk.

This smells like litigation. I wonder if Goodwin would pursue legal action, or if he would wait it out and “hope” his team can work something out. Goodwin isn’t the only one that can’t cash his check. Vikings receiver Jeff Badet has a $25,000 check for being a participant. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’ve still got the check in my wallet,” Badet said Tuesday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’m keeping it just in case. . . . I just heard a bank was saying there were zero dollars in an account that they wrote it to, so it’s just one big scam. I’m calling it one big scam.’”

Zero. Dollars. Yikes.

This would be a bigger story if more prominent names were involved. Unfortunately, players are once again exposed and taken advantage of. I’m sure we’ll have another update on this next month.

Okay, back to training camp.

Some Niners links:

11 observations from 49ers training camp practice on Sunday (

5 players who are impressing at training camp (Niners Noise)

49ers say new player performance staff already has impact (NBC Sports)

Dre Greenlaw gets early first-team reps (Niners Wire)

Kwon Alexander says it feels legendary to be back on the field (49ers Webzone)

Some links from around the NFL:

Malik McDowell’s dreams crashed on his ATV

What second-year player is set to take off in 2019?

Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone slam Dayton’s practice field after A.J. Green’s injury

The best UDFA in every NFL training camp

Tyreek Hill speaks for first time since return