Wife of 49’ers DT Suing Company For Antics Based After “Wolf of Wall Street”

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A disturbing report was published today in the New York Post that talks in detail about the wife of 49’ers DT Lawrence Okoye who worked in a real-life “Wolf of Wall Street’’ office.

The story is about 27-year-old Philippa Okoye, who worked at deVere Group office in Manhattan.

Here’s a portion of the story talking about the outlandish exploits at the office, and how higher-up Benjamin Alderson “made it known that he wanted to model [their] office on the ‘Boiler Room’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ films,’’ Philippa’s suit says.

Here’s part of the story:

“How many cheerleaders has your boyfriend f–ked today?” Philippa Okoye, 27, who is white, said her boss sneered at her at their deVere Group office in Manhattan, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Referring to Okoye’s now-husband, British Olympic athlete and San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, the boss allegedly added, “He’s probably f–ked the whole cheerleading squad by now.’’

Higher-up Benjamin Alderson “made it known that he wanted to model [their] office on the ‘Boiler Room’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ films,’’ Philippa’s suit says.

“In those films, employees of male-dominated investment firms used highly offensive language and engaged in extremely inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment and drug and alcohol use in the workplace.”
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Philippa says she was the only woman in the Midtown office when she was hired as a senior investment adviser in October 2013.

Surrounded by about 21 male co-workers, she was exposed to sexist antics the first day, she said.

“So can you handle the banter or are you going to be a woman about it and be sensitive?’’ Alderson snipped, she said.

Philippa said that another time, a worker near her announced, “I think it’s disgusting when white women go out with black guys.’’

The story ends with Philippa being demoted and fired. She is suing for damages.

The link to the entire story can be read HERE

Veteran DE Justin Smith Announces His Retirement

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The 49ers have announced to retirement of veteran defensive end Justin Smith.

Smith had been undecided about returning for a 15th NFL season and had been meeting with team officials to determine his future. There is no doubt the 49ers and new head coach Jim Tomsula wanted Smith back but the former University of Missouri star ultimately decided he was ready to hang up his cleats.

Drafted fourth overall in 2001 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Smith was a stalwart on the Bengals defensive line but did not achieve real NFL stardom until signing with the 49ers as a highly-coveted free agent in 2008. He went to five consecutive Pro Bowls as a 49er. Perhaps Smith’s most impressive accomplishment was the streak of 185 consecutive starts from his rookie season through December of 2012.

“Justin is the consummate professional whose impact on this organization can never be measured by statistics alone,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “His durability, competitiveness, work ethic, strength and rare stamina helped set him apart over his 14-year career. Cowboy will go down as one of the best to ever wear a 49ers uniform and his candidness, work ethic and pure passion for the game will be missed. We wish the very best for him and his family!”

Smith’s retirement adds another rotating element to a 49er’s team that has gone through many changes since last season. 49ers fans will have to be out in full force this season and Hipmunk.com will get any fan to any game at home or on the road. Flights to San Francisco can be booked in minutes, including hotels in San Francisco starting from $109 to have any fan in the heart of the Bay area.

49ers Four Round Draft Preview

 

The 2015 NFL draft is of the utmost importance to the entire San Francisco 49ers organization, but in particular it is a pivotal point in the tenure of General Manager Trent Baalke. Baalke has outlasted his foes within the organization and is now the unquestioned boss. Owner Jed York might sign the checks, but Baalke is the person who calls the shots in all matters relating to football. This off season has seen a great deal of upheaval and, for good or bad, the eventual results will be attributed directly to Baalke. The overhaul is almost complete, with only the draft remaining as the final piece of the puzzle.  So far this year the 49ers have lost several players who were key contributors in recent seasons. Baalke’s philosophy is strongly focused around building through the draft. Over the next three days the 49ers have a chance to fill the holes left by departed veterans as well as add players who can step in to replace the team’s pending free agents in 2016 and 2017.
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49ers to Talk to LB Lance Briggs Monday

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Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com he has a Monday visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers.

Briggs just completed his 12th and final season with the Chicago Bears. The Elk Grove, California, native grew up 1 ½ hours from Candlestick Park and was a 49ers fan.

The 49ers are in desperate need of help at linebacker following the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. The team only has three experienced inside linebackers on the roster.

Briggs, who turns 35 in November, said he strongly believes he can “still perform at an elite level” as he looks to continue his career. He played in just eight games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Niners Expected to Release WR Stevie Johnson

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The 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Stevie Johnson on Wednesday, but both sides are keeping the door open for a possible return at a reduced salary, a source told Matt Maiocco of CSN BayArea.

With the release of Johnson, the 49ers will clear an immediate salary-cap savings of $6.025 million – the amount Johnson was scheduled to make in 2015. There is no “dead money” involved in the transaction because Johnson was acquired last year in a trade from the Buffalo Bills.

The 49ers have expressed an interest in re-signing Johnson at a lower salary. However, Johnson will become available to any team as a free agent once he is officially released.

The 49ers on Tuesday signed free-agent wide receiver Torrey Smith to a reported five-year, $40 million contract. Smith is expected to replace free-agent Michael Crabtree in the 49ers’ starting lineup and provide the offense with a needed deep threat.

The addition of Smith makes Johnson expendable at his scheduled salary.

Darnell Dockett signs with 49ers

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According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has signed with the division rival San Francisco 49ers.

Dockett, who will turn 34 in May, signed a two-year contract with $7.5 million. He will receive $4 million of that in the first year, with $2 million guaranteed. Per reports, Arizona offered Docket a one-year contract that could have been worth up to $4 million with incentives.

In his first 10 seasons with the Cardinals, Docket recorded 459 tackles, 40.5 sacks and forced nine fumbles. He became expendable after sustaining a knee injury during training camp that cost him all of the 2014 season.

While the future of Justin Smith is still up in he air, this signing shouldn’t impact his decision either way. Dockett will slide into the left defensive end spot that was left vacated when Ray McDonald was released last December. If Smith returns, the 49ers will once again boast a formidable veteran defensive front that includes Smith, Dockett and Glenn Dorsey.

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49ers Free Agent Watch: Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox

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The odds of the 49ers bringing back both Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox would appear to be slim to none. It’s not that they wouldn’t love to have their two starting cornerbacks for most of 2014 back, it’s just that there’s no way to do that under the salary cap.

The early speculation around Culliver is that there could be a lot of interest in him on the open market, and he could end up getting a sizable offer from another club.

After missing all of 2013 with a knee injury, Culliver rebounded well and was solid for most of last year. Overall he started 14 games for San Francisco and intercepted four passes. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

While many expected Culliver’s strong play, the same can’t be said for Cox. An injury to Tramaine Brock forced Cox into the starting lineup early on, and he responded by having a career year.

Cox made 14 starts and led the 49ers with five interceptions. He came into the season with only nine starts and one pick in his entire career.

Some teams may be leery to throw a large some of money at Cox because of his small sample size, and that scenario would give the 49ers a better chance at re-signing him.

If Brock comes back healthy, and Jimmie Ward and Dontae Johnson build off of some the promise they showed during their rookie campaigns, the Niners will have a good base to build from at cornerback. The team also took a flyer on Keith Reaser in last years draft, and that pick could pay dividends in 2105.

While re-signing one of Culliver or Cox would be beneficial, San Francisco could always look to go in a different direction and sign an affordable veteran in free agency. One name to keep an eye on could be Brandon Flowers, who the 49ers showed some interest in last offseason.

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49ers Free Agent Watch: Mike Iupati

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Following the 2009 season, the 49ers desperately needed help to fix their porous offensive line. The team had two picks in the first round of the 2010 draft and used them to select tackle Anthony Davis (11th overall) and guard Mike Iupati (17th overall).

The picks were a homerun and helped transform the San Francisco offensive line to one of the best run blocking units in the NFL. While the powers that be decided to lock Davis up with a long term deal, they have taken a chance by letting Iupati hit free agency this year.

Iupati may very well get north of $7 million per year on the open market, and when you consider that Alex Boone is scheduled to make $3.7 million next year, it’s highly unlikely the 49ers will invest that much cash into their guards.

Also working against Iupati returning is the fact that their are multiple players already on the roster who could replace him. Brandon Thomas is coming off an ACL injury but San Francisco selected him in the 2014 draft with the idea that he could slide into Iupati’s spot. There’s also Joe Looney who played decently enough at times, and the loser of the Daniel Kilgore/Marcus Martin battle at center will also be in the mix.

In a perfect world, it would be ideal to keep a player like Iupati around, but the NFL is a salary cap league and teams have to make choices. The 49ers will mostly likely choose to let Iupati move on.

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