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Summer Sports Camps for Kids: 5 Legal Tips for Parents

Summer's here and for many families that means the kids are gone, on their way to one of the multitude of summer sports camps.

But as President Obama highlighted in a recent speech, the rough-and-tumble world of kids' sports can be a potential source of serious injuries which can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects.

What should you be aware of before you drop off the kids at a sports camp? Here are five legal tips every parent will want to keep in mind:

Donald Sterling's Response to NBA Ban Raises More Questions

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has published a lengthy response to being banned for life from the NBA.

The response comes as NBA owners are preparing to meet on June 3rd to vote on whether to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

Legally, Sterling's answer seems to raise even more questions about the circumstances surrounding his potential ouster.

Could Aaron Hernandez's Tattoos Contain Murder Clues?

Prosecutors in Aaron Hernandez's murder case are looking into whether the former football player's tattoos contain clues to his alleged murders.

Investigators are hoping to speak with any tattoo artists who inked "specific tattoos on [Hernandez's] right forearm" between February 2012 and June 2013 -- the period of time covering the three killings.

What clues could investigators hope to find in Hernandez's tattoos?

Ex-NFL Players Sue, Alleging Painkillers Used to Mask Injuries

The NFL is already facing a head injury lawsuit by former players that will likely cost them close to a billion dollars.

Now, another group of former players (including several of the plaintiffs from the former lawsuit) have filed a separate lawsuit alleging the NFL illegally provided painkilling drugs to players to encourage them to play despite serious injuries.

Who are the players behind this latest suit, and what are they asking for?

Pro Surfer Jill Hansen Charged With Attempted Murder of Woman, 73

Pro surfer Jill Hansen has been charged with attempted murder over an alleged hit-and-run incident involving a 73-year-old woman.

Hansen, 30, was arrested last week in Hawaii after what police have called "a road rage incident," in which she allegedly followed an elderly driver to her condo and ran her down once the lady exited her vehicle, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Will Hansen be trading her surfboard for an orange jumpsuit?

Jim Donnan, Ex-UGA Coach, Not Guilty in Fraud Scheme

As coach of the University of Georgia's football team, Jim Donnan won some big games in the SEC, college football's powerhouse Southeastern Conference.

But it's unlikely any of those victories could match his victory Friday in a federal courtroom against the other SEC -- the Securities and Exchange Commission. Donnan was found not guilty on 41 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering.

What was the ex-coach's game plan for his Personal Freedom Bowl, and how his did his accused co-conspirator fare?

Aaron Hernandez Indicted in Double Murder From 2012

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was indicted for two more murders Thursday, adding to his prior indictment for the 2013 slaying of Odin L. Lloyd.

The former New England Patriots tight end was charged with the 2012 murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot and killed at a stoplight. According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez allegedly orchestrated Odin Lloyd's murder in 2013 to silence him about Hernandez's alleged role in the killings of Abreu and Furtado.

Have things changed now that Hernandez has been accused of three murders?

Nats Manager Matt Williams Rear-Ended During Radio Interview

During his days as a player, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was known as "The Big Marine" for his unflappable demeanor.

That reputation was put to the test last week when Williams was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver while being interviewed live on a local sports radio station.

How'd the Big Marine handle his on-air mishap, and what should you do if you're involved in a car accident?

NFL Draft Lessons: 5 Legal Tips for Employment Contracts

With first round of the 2014 NFL Draft now complete, the big news is that Johnny Football is officially a Cleveland Brown. But behind the scenes, the teams and players are both already moving on to next phase in their budding relationships: contract negotiation.

Even if you're not an NFL owner or a blue-chip draft pick, these five legal tips could help prevent you from getting involved in an employment contract dispute:

Pro Bowler Marcell Dareus Arrested for Alleged Drug Possession

Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday on charges of drug possession.

The 24-year-old Pro Bowl athlete was arrested in Alabama on drug charges after state troopers stopped him for speeding, reports ESPN. Dareus was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

What do these drug charges mean for Dareus?

Jameis Winston Caught Shoplifting Crab Legs, Crawfish: Sheriff

$32.72. College athletes aren't paid, at least not yet, but surely Jameis Winston could've afforded $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish?

Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State University quarterback, ran into more legal trouble Tuesday night, when he reportedly shoplifted a little more than $32 worth of food from a local supermarket, reports USA Today. Store employees contacted law enforcement who met Winston at his residence; the quarterback claimed that he "forgot" to pay, but admitted to taking the food.

For many, petty theft would lead to an arrest, but luckily for Winston, he was given a civil citation as part of a diversion program. What does that mean for Winston?