Tarnished Twenty: April 2011 Archives
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April 2011 Archives

NFL Lockout Lifted by Judge Susan Nelson, NFL Expected to Appeal

The NFL lockout has been lifted by a Minnesota federal judge.

Judge Susan Nelson granted the request of the players for an injunction that forces NFL teams to open for business and continue football operations, The New York Times reports.

Nelson's ruling gives the players an early victory in their battle with team owners over a new collective bargaining agreement, the LA Times reports. Owners locked out the players after negotiations broke down on March 11 and the players decertified their union.

NCAA to Ohio State: Jim Tressel Lied to Hide Violations

Could Ohio State's Jim Tressel era be coming to a close?

Ohio State University could be facing very severe NCAA penalties as punishment for coach Jim Tressel's failure to report violations, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The NCAA has delivered a 13-page notice of allegations to Ohio State and Coach Jim Tressel accusing Tressel of dishonesty and failing to report possible infractions when he learned that players were selling memorabilia and clothing to a tattoo parlor.

NCAA to Ohio State: Jim Tressel Lied to Hide Violations

Could Ohio State's Jim Tressel era be coming to a close?

Ohio State University could be facing very severe NCAA penalties as punishment for Jim Tressel's failure to report violations, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The NCAA has delivered a 13-page notice of allegations to Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel accusing Tressel of dishonesty and failing to report possible infractions when he learned that players were selling memorabilia and clothing to a tattoo parlor.

Titans Receiver Kenny Britt Arrested: Tried to Outrun Police

Being busted for marijuana possession isn't much more than a low-level misdemeanor in most of the country.

But don't tell that to Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt--he's now being charged with three crimes--including a felony--after evading police to protect his marijuana-toting passenger.

One would imagine it would make him feel stupid.

Barry Bonds Convicted: Guilty of Obstruction of Justice

Is Barry Bonds guilty? Of what? That has been the hot question Wednesday after the jury came back with news of a verdict

After starting deliberations on Friday, the jury of 4 men and 8 women convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice.

They deadlocked on related charges of perjury. That means there could be a second Barry Bonds trial if the prosecutors want to retry him.

NFL Season on the Line: Judge Encourages Mediation

Unfortunately the NFL season is still in limbo.

This past Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson failed to rule on an injunction that would end the NFL lockout, instead requesting a few weeks to more closely consider the issues.

Despite the delay, both the players and owners have expressed their desire to get back to mediation.

It may have something to do with Judge Nelson and her reputation.

Allen Iverson's Lamborghini Impounded: 'Do You Know Who I Am?'

If you think only active sports stars have an attitude problem, think again.

Ex-NBA bad boy Allen Iverson demonstrated last week that the notion of entitlement doesn't end with retirement.

He spent twenty minutes throwing a self-indulgent hissy fit at a Georgia police when they impounded his Lamborghini.

He's lucky he didn't get hauled in.

Barry Bonds' Defense Rests Without Calling Any Witnesses

In a surprising move, the defense in the Barry Bonds perjury trial rested today without calling any witnesses. Not even Bonds himself.

While we may never know why Barry Bonds' witnesses did not testify, it was most likely a strategic move made to shelter Bonds and keep the jury's focus on the prosecution's shortcomings.

NFL Lockout in Judge Susan Nelson's Hands

On Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson will hear a motion for a preliminary injunction requested by the players in the NFL lockout antitrust suit.

The motion requests that the judge enjoin the NFL from continuing its lockout, permitting players to return to work.

Thus far, there is no indication about how Judge Susan Nelson will rule, but her decision will determine just how and when the NFL lockout will end. Which means millions of NFL fans will be very interested to know how this might shake out.