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YouTube Rap Video Gets Teen's Football Scholarship Revoked

The Jay Harris Rule: If you've been accepted to college on a cushy football scholarship, a YouTube video full of weed-smoking and profanity might not be the best idea. Michigan State yanked the incoming freshman's football scholarship because of his online rap single, "Datbull 4 Life," reports a Yahoo! Sports blog.

Clearly, another wise choice: Harris, who was one of the top football recruits in his area, is skipping on college altogether to tailgate his lifelong dream as a rapper...

Saints WR's DWI: Joe Morgan Found Asleep on Freeway

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was found asleep behind the wheel on a freeway early Saturday. After failing a sobriety test, he was arrested for DWI.

Louisiana troopers responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on the Earhart Expressway about 6 a.m. Saturday. After the trooper awoke Morgan and asked him to step out of the car, he was swaying and smelled of alcohol, reports The Times-Picayune.

Although Morgan wasn't driving when law enforcement found the intoxicated football player, he still faces DWI charges.

Rutgers' Coach Allegations: Abuse? Or Just Coaching?

Rutgers University's newest athletic director is facing many allegations of being an abusive coach, involving volleyball players she coached back in the 90s.

Julie Hermann is only the latest figure to star in a series of scandals coming out of Rutgers University. According to a statement from Rutgers University, however, they fully intend on keeping her onboard. Hermann also has no plans to resign, either.

Jose Canseco Rape Investigation: Tweets May Hurt His Case

Baseball legend Jose Canseco tweeted Wednesday that he's been accused of rape. He also disclosed the name, picture, and phone number of the alleged victim -- a move that may soon regret.

After being visited at his home by Las Vegas police, Canseco posted on Twitter about the woman who accused him of rape, reports Business Insider. Most of those tweets were quickly deleted.

This antagonistic move may not only be cretinous, but it could also potentially land Canseco in even more legal hot water.

Celtics' Terrence Williams Arrested Over Alleged Gun Threats

The Boston Celtics' Terrence Williams was arrested Sunday after he allegedly brandished a gun and made threats during a child custody exchange.

The mother of Williams' 10-year-old son told police in Kent, Washington, that Williams had a visit scheduled with his son. During the child-custody exchange in a parking lot, the mother and Williams began arguing, which escalated into Williams allegedly pulling out a firearm, according to the Kent Reporter.

Williams fled the scene before police arrived, but was later located and taken into custody. What legal consequences could he potentially face?

Chad Johnson's Warrant May Lead to His Arrest

Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson has an arrest warrant with his name on it for failing to report to his probation officer.

Chad Johnson's warrant was issued May 7 for violation of the probation he received for head-butting his ex-wife, "Basketball Wives" mainstay Evelyn Lozada, back in 2012, reports the Associated Press.

With Johnson still MIA, he may face even more dire consequences if he continues to evade arrest.

Kobe Bryant Lawsuit Over Memorabilia Sale Set for Trial

Lakers star Kobe Bryant's latest lawsuit involves a bitter family dispute against Goldin Auctions LLC and his mother Pamela.

The dispute involves some memorabilia that she intended to sell for profit, including jerseys from Kobe's high school days and two NBA All-Star rings, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. A federal judge has set a mediation session in an attempt to settle the suit before trial, currently set for June 17.

It's no wonder that efforts have been made to resolve the matter sooner, as there's a whole mess of legal concerns that would need to be dealt with if the case went to trial.

Ex-Lions WR Titus Young Busted for DUI, 2 Burglaries in 1 Week

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has been arrested for the third time in a week. For the sake of Young and any of his fans, let's hope he takes a break from the cuffs. Third time's the charm, right?

Young was arrested on one DUI charge and two burglaries. Here's the lowdown on what he's facing:

What Do NASCAR Chief's Divorce Docs Reveal?

A nasty divorce may not necessarily remain a secret, as NASCAR chief Brian France has learned. Court documents unsealed Wednesday reveal details of his finances and his acrimonious divorce.

The documents were finally obtained by the reporters after a five-year court battle. France wanted the divorce files kept under seal, reports The Charlotte Observer.

With nosy media types scrutinizing celebrities and their personal lives, is there a way to keep the details of a divorce under wraps?

Ex-MLB Player Otis Nixon Arrested for Drugs During Traffic Stop

Former outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested on drug charges after a weekend traffic stop in suburban Atlanta.

Deputies allegedly found two crack pipes and a few suspected crack rocks around the driver's seat. But lo and behold, they determined Nixon wasn't under the influence of crack cocaine or alcohol.

Nixon, 54, was busted for the alleged possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object. But if his story holds up, he may have a viable defense.

Soccer Referee Ricardo Portillo, Punched by Teen Player, Dies

A Utah father and soccer referee died Saturday, one week after being punched in the face by a teenage soccer player.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, slipped into a coma following severe internal head injuries from the teen's assault April 27. It all happened because Portillo had given the player a yellow card, reports CNN.

Although Portillo's family has begun to grieve, they also want justice.

Michael Boley's 'Secret' Child Abuse Arrest Ends in Plea Deal

Ex-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was reportedly arrested for child abuse back in February -- three days after he was cut by the team.

Don't worry, you're not the only one who didn't know about this so-called "secret" child-abuse arrest, which happened on the DL. Boley was arrested for physically (not sexually) abusing his 5-year-old son, reports TMZ.

But Michael Boley's no-longer-secret child abuse case isn't going to trial, as the ex-NFL star has apparently struck a plea deal with prosecutors.