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By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2008

A karmic shift?
Not only did the Celtics skull-whip the Los Angeles Lakers for their 17th title this past week, bringing the city of Boston all the way back from the karmic disaster of the Super Bowl, but fault lines began developing in the foundation of our winter conquerors, the New York Giants. First Michael Strahan retired, then we saw contract squabbles involving Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress bubble over into full-blown TO-style media psychodramas. Now the G-Men have entered the sports-crime realm with the jailing of 2007’s surprise rookie running-back phenomenon, Ahmad Bradshaw, for violation of probation.

No one is saying exactly what Bradshaw did — he was on probation for an offense committed years ago — but we do know he’s serving a 30-day sentence in Virginia. Making the matter even more mysterious is the fact that the underlying offense was committed while he was still a juvenile, which means we don’t know what he did then, either. All we know about is what Bradshaw did in the meantime. Namely, he got himself kicked out of two different college programs — from the University of Virginia for resisting arrest and underage drinking, and from Troy Brown/Randy Moss–land, Marshall, for the then-boutique sports crime offense of stealing a PlayStation 2. It was behavior like this that caused the talented Bradshaw to drop to the seventh round of the 2007 draft.

This looks like about a three-point offense. Let’s see how many more the Giants can rack up before September.

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