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Ex-NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Arrested for Illegal Fireworks

Ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas was arrested for having illegal fireworks -- a truckload of them. When the ex-Washington Wizards guard was pulled over for speeding early Thursday in Los Angeles, authorities discovered that his Ford pickup truck was filled with more than 20 boxes of illegal fireworks, reports TMZ.

In fact, there were so many explosives -- about 100 pounts of 'em -- that the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad had to be called in.

This just goes to show you that even a (former) Wizard can't keep illegal firworks.

Aaron Hernandez Arrested, Charged With Murder

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Wednesday. The body of Hernandez's friend, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was found in a park about a mile away from Hernandez's home, shot multiple times in the back and chest.

Less than two hours after news of Hernandez's arrest, the Patriots decided to release him as well. According to ESPN, Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Prosecutors laid out their case in court, detailing the night of the killing when Hernandez, 23, and some friends had picked Lloyd up about 2:30 a.m. on June 17. Surveillance footage showed that Hernandez had left his home earlier that night with a gun, prosecutors said.

N.J. Bans Taunts, 'Trash Talk' in High School Sports

Trash talk is being taken out of New Jersey high school sports, pursuant to a new state policy that bans taunting in an attempt to curb bullying.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), along with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, announced the new policy last week. It prohibits high-school athletes from harassing others on the field or court, and takes effect this fall, reports the Associated Press.

Will this ban be the end of trash talking in New Jersey?

Aaron Hernandez Arrest Warrant Issued: Reports

An arrest warrant has been issued for the New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, according to media reports. The football star has been in the headlines all week, as authorities investigate the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found close to the tight end's home.

Hernandez's arrest warrant, however, apparently does not accuse the NFL star of murder. Rather, the warrant is being issued for obstruction of justice, according to Boston's WBZ NewsRadio.

What does the warrant reportedly allege?

Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Sued as Homicide Investigation Continues

NFL star Aaron Hernandez is not only a potential player in a homicide investigation, but he's also being sued in civil court in an unrelated matter. A lawsuit accuses the New England Patriots tight end of shooting a man in February, ESPN reports.

Alexander Bradley claims that after he argued with Hernandez at a Miami strip club, Hernandez shot him in a car. The bullet traveled from Bradley's arm to his face, the lawsuit asserts.

This only adds to Hernandez's legal troubles, as he is currently under investigation for the death of a friend, Odin Lloyd, who was found shot to death earlier this week, about a mile from Hernandez's house. Search warrants were executed for Hernandez's home and three rental cars that he leased.

San Jose Sues MLB Over Proposed A's Relocation

The City of San Jose filed suit against Major League Baseball in federal court Tuesday, claiming a conspiracy by the baseball association to deprive the city of the A's franchise.

Moving the Oakland A's about 35 miles south to San Jose has been an open question for years; in 2009, MLB began a survey of the A's stadium options, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

In the city's complaint, San Jose alleges that the MLB's control over team-moving is in violation of antitrust law -- a field in which professional baseball has long been exempt.

Allen Iverson's Ex-Wife Claims He Abducted Kids

Ex-NBA star Allen Iverson is accused of abducting his five children, after a short vacation allegedly turned into a permanent stay.

Tawanna Iverson, Allen's ex-wife and the mother -- with sole custody -- of their five children, made these legal accusations after Allen allegedly failed to return the children to her on both May 26 and June 4, reports United Press International.

Allen may be keeping the kids for now, but a court will decide if he'll face jail time for doing so.

Chris Perez's Pot Charge: Packages Addressed to Dog

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez pleaded not guilty to pot charges filed against him and his wife Monday, after both were allegedly caught having marijuana delivered by mail -- in a package addressed to their dog.

Police were alerted to two suspicious packages which smelled like marijuana at the Rocky River, Ohio, post office, both of which were addressed to "Brody Baum." Brody is the name of the couple's dog, and Baum is the maiden name of Perez's wife, reports The Plain Dealer.

This one can't be blamed on the dog unfortunately, and Perez and his wife face drug charges for their doggone shenanigans.

Chad Johnson Gets 30 Days in Jail After Butt Slap

Chad Johnson has been slapped with a 30-day jail sentence after the ex-NFL star slapped his male lawyer on the butt at a court hearing on Monday.

Johnson, 35, was already in hot water for violating the terms of his probation that he received for head-butting his ex-wife, "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada. And things were actually looking favorable for Johnson, who'd agreed to a plea deal that avoided jail.

But when Judge Kathleen McHugh asked Johnson if he was satisfied with this deal and his attorney, Johnson responded by playfully patting his attorney's rear end.

The judge did not find it funny.

In case you missed it, Jim Harbaugh appeared on "Judge Judy" this week, but he didn't get a word in. Instead, the San Francisco 49ers coach sat silently on the sidelines with his dad Jack -- in the front row, no less -- as his favorite TV judge laid down the law.

Judge Judy's version of the law, anyway.

Jim Harbaugh is a die-hard "Judge Judy" fan, as the NinersNation blog explains. Here's what he and his dad got to witness, and how Judge Judy called it in three game-changing moments from this week's show:

Minnesota Cheerleader Accused of Sex-Trafficking Teammate, 16

A Minnesota cheerleader is accused of being more than a mean girl. The high school senior allegedly pimped out a fellow teammate online, investigators say.

Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, was booked into Hennepin County jail last month on charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. She allegedly coerced a 16-year-old fellow cheerleader to engage in oral sex for money, reports the Star Tribune.

Parker faces serious criminal penalties under Minnesota law for essentially tricking out her classmate, who was receiving special-education services.

Steelers' Michael Adams Stabbed in Carjacking Attempt

Steelers' OT Michael Adams is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed by carjackers Saturday morning.

Adams was stabbed once in the arm and once in the stomach, after three men confronted him outside of his truck and demanded his keys, reports Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV.

Though the attackers have not yet been identified, once caught, they will likely face serious consequences -- including, perhaps, even federal charges.