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April 2013 Archives

Steve Nash in Child Support Battle Against 'Millionaire' Ex-Wife

Lakers point guard Steve Nash is ready to defend himself in a child support battle with his ex-wife, as he told a judge Monday that she got rich enough when they divorced.

The NBA veteran informed the court that his ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla doesn't need any more money for child support because she made millions in the divorce settlement, reports TMZ.

The hearing Monday was an appeal to a prior ruling from an Arizona judge that Amarilla was not entitled to child support for their three children, and it appears the divorce battle is far from over.

NFL Memo Outlines Sexual Orientation, Anti-Harassment Policy

After rumors swirling about inappropriate drafting practices in February, the NFL has made their official policy about discrimination based on sexual orientation available to coaches, managers, and players.

The memo sent out Monday outlines a number of activities and questions which are not permitted, including asking potential draft picks if they like girls or have a girlfriend, reports NFL.com.

How does this NFL policy square with reports that some players have been asked these very same questions?

Danica Patrick's Divorce Races Toward Settlement

NASCAR star Danica Patrick's divorce has gotten the green light from an Arizona judge, who signed off on the racecar driver's split from (now ex-)hubby Paul Hospenthal last week.

Patrick put the pedal to the metal to complete her uncontested divorce. The couple's community property will be divided pursuant to a settlement agreement that's yet to be submitted to the court. But Patrick pre-emptively put the brakes on dishing out more money by signing a prenup.

So how do prenuptial agreements work in Arizona?

Browns LB Busted in Prostitution Sting

This may not be a good first month for Cleveland Browns linebacker Quentin Groves, who was busted for soliciting a prostitute last week.

Groves was arrested as part of a prostitution sting operation in which a female police officer posed as an escort hired for "full service," The Huffington Post reports.

The 28-year-old LB pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct earlier this week. But could Groves claim this was entrapment?

Lance Armstrong 'Unjustly Enriched,' USPS Lawsuit Asserts

The U.S. Postal Service has decided to sue disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong for prior sponsorship money, claiming he was unjustly enriched.

Armstrong, who was stripped of all titles he'd won since 1998, received approximately $40 million over the course of six years from the USPS, and now they want their money back, reports CNN.

If the USPS is successful, they may collect up to triple their sponsorship money. But it all may hinge on whether Armstrong was unjustly enriched.

Honey Badger Update: LSU Looking at Defamation?

Last week, we discussed the Honey Badger's new policy of brutal honesty after he told an NFL team about failing more than 10 drug tests during college. Now former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is disputing the story, ESPN reports.

He told his alma mater the story in last week's USA Today doesn't accurately reflect the discussions that he had with various NFL teams.

If the Hone(st)y Badger is right, could LSU pursue a defamation case against USA Today or the assistant coach who leaked the comments?

'Honey Badger' Tells NFL He Failed More Than 10 Drug Tests at LSU

Apparently the Honey Badger missed out on D.A.R.E. and just said yes, over and over. Former LSU cornerback and NFL prospect Tyrann Mathieu, known as the "Honey Badger," told an NFL team he failed so many drug tests in college that he quit counting at 10. (No, it's not because he was stoned.)

But based on one NFL's coach reaction, it seems Mathieu's honesty really was the best policy.

Rutgers' Whistleblower to Face Extortion Charges?

The FBI has gotten involved in the Rutgers basketball scandal involving coach Mike Rice. Surprisingly, the target of the FBI investigation is whistleblower Eric Murdock, and possible extortion charges, and not Rice himself.

Before the video of Rice abusing players was leaked to ESPN, a lawyer representing Murdock allegedly reached out to Rutgers University and demanded $950,000. Murdock had been an assistant coach under Rice and had just been recently terminated, reports The New York Times.

The university failed to pay the money to Murdock and the assistant coach eventually leaked the video of Rice kicking players, throwing basketballs at them, and taunting them with homophobic slurs.

Chris Bosh's Home Burglarized on Heat Star's 29th Birthday

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was surprised on his 29th birthday -- less by a lavish Moroccan-themed bash and more by his home being burglarized.

The birthday boy had about $479,000 worth of watches, rings, purses and cash stolen from his home, The Miami Herald reports. Bosh was out celebrating at the time.

Several media outlets are referring to the incident as a "robbery," which is legally inaccurate. Here's why the theft constitutes burglary, and not robbery -- or possibly neither:

Rutgers has finally fired basketball coach Mike Rice.

The firing comes after ESPN aired video clips of Rice shoving, grabbing, and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The video quickly went viral and led to outrage on social media, as well as from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and NBA stars like Lebron James. Rice was originally suspended for only three games for his actions. But faced with mounting criticism, the state college of New Jersey decided to terminate Rice.