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O.J. Simpson, once affectionately known as 'Juice' by friends and former-fans worldwide, could soon be a free man. O.J. was convicted nearly a decade ago in a sports memorabilia heist in Las Vegas, where he, along with others, were arrested for the armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer. Although he was sentenced to 30 years, he is eligible for parole this year. If denied, he'll have to wait until 2022 for his next opportunity at parole.

Based upon one report, it appears likely that the Juice will be let loose as he has avoided all trouble while incarcerated. Nevada uses a point system to guide the parole board's discretionary decision, and based upon the information publicly available, he seems poised to have a good chance of being granted parole. Nevada's system recognizes that O.J. is an older convict, with no write-ups, no criminal history, a stable employment history, and that during his incarceration he availed himself of the rehabilitation and education services offered by the institution. Despite public opinion, based upon the Nevada parole board's criterion, the Juice appears to be a model inmate.

As if the Sandusky name had not been sullied enough, Jeffrey Sandusky, adopted son of former Penn State football assistant coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, was arrested and charged yesterday on a multitude of child sex charges.

The charges involve text messages to two girls -- one 15 and the other 16-years-old at the time -- asking for naked photos and oral sex. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told the AP Sandusky "made statements. I wouldn't classify them necessarily as directly inculpatory, but I don't think they helped him much."

A recent lawsuit filed against Brandon Spikes, of the Buffalo Bills, is seeking payment of a court judgment that was the result of unpaid fish services performed by "the Fish Guy." Spikes, apart for being known for his ability to tackle and move back and forth between the Bills and Patriots, enjoys his tropical fish. Unfortunately, during one of the moves between Buffalo and New England, tropical fish drama ensued. Following the fish drama, the Fish Guy filed his fishy lawsuit.

Spikes had hired the Fish Guy in order to pack up and move his tropical fish and aquarium. Spikes had also purchased a large, $8,000 fish tank from the Fish Guy. During the move, and shortly after, approximately $2,500 worth of Spikes' fish died. Spikes believes that the deaths are due in part to the new tank that was not right, despite being recommended by the Fish Guy, and due to the Fish Guy's negligent packing and moving of them.

While sports teams, leagues, conferences, colleges, and even coaches and other staff have been put in the hot seat over concussion-gate, the well known helmet maker Riddell is being brought into the fray by college and high school football players. While the NFL players' lawsuit against the helmet maker started in the middle of last year and has gone nowhere yet, a class-action was filed last month against the same helmet maker on behalf of former high school and college players.

The new lawsuit contains many of the same allegations as the NFL players' suit regarding the helmet company's safety claims, as well as allegations that the manufacturer failed to warn players about the dangers of repeated concussions, which their helmets could not prevent. It is alleged that Riddell was aware that its marketing and advertising were misleading, and that they misrepresented the safety of their helmets.

Football is one of those sports where the fans delight in the big plays and the big hits. But, over the last few years, after the controversy over player concussions and the link to long-term illness was exposed, big hits are now seen as big risks.

This month, another federal lawsuit was filed against the NCAA by former college football players alleging long-term injuries related to concussions suffered while playing college ball. The five players are all alleging that the NCAA, as well as the Big 12 conference, failed to warn and protect players from the long-term risks of concussions.

Three former high school football players have sued their school's head coach, saying they were kicked off the varsity team after standing up to the head coach's bullying. The three star players and former co-captains of the team also allege the school's principal told them that while bullying is prohibited in the classroom, it is permissible on the football field.

"The public policy point we're trying to make is that this conduct is as prohibited on the athletic field as it is in the classroom," the boys' attorney told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "This coach was over the top and played a significant role in harming these students and their future."

Nagging litigation between the National Football League and retired players over treatment of concussions might finally be drawing to a close. The two sides first reached a settlement over three years ago, but the settlement itself has been contentious, with hundreds of former players opting out of the settlement to file their own lawsuits and a judge even saying that the initial settlement amount of $765 million wasn't enough.

But, finally, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the settlement, meaning it could go into effect as early as March, when the NFL will begin paying out around $1 billion over the next 65 years.

On Thursday of last week, former NFL player Joe McKnight was gunned down in the middle of the day during an alleged road rage incident in Louisiana. Friends, family, fans, and the local community are still mourning the loss of the 28-year-old McKnight. Despite police having obtained a confession, the shooter has been released.

While law enforcement has warned that media reports of the story are inaccurate, witness descriptions provided to the media immediately after explain that the shooter pulled McKnight out of his car, then stood over McKnight and fired three shots. Law enforcement pointed out that McKnight was shot three times, once in the chest, once in the hand, and once in the shoulder.

The NFL has faced quite a few controversies on and off the field, but Darren Sharper's crimes are among the most deplorable the NFL has seen. The former NFL player took a plea deal last year. Since his crimes occurred in multiple jurisdictions, each state's court has issued a different sentence, all of which will be served concurrently.

Most recently, a 20 year sentence was handed down in a Los Angeles courtroom, of which Sharper may only serve half. Earlier, he was sentenced by a Louisiana federal judge to 18 years, but this decision is being appealed. If the appeal is unsuccessful, Sharper may be looking at the full 18 year term behind bars.

The future is here for athletes. Performance enhancing drugs will soon be a thing of the past once performance enhancing sports apps become more widely used. Last month, news broke that Intel is betting hard on a performance enhancing sports app. Their $9 million investment in Kinduct could pay off big time if the company is able to deliver on its promises.

Kinduct allows athletics programs to monitor their athletes in ways never before possible all in one system. The software works by integrating wearable data, with data gathered from other sources, to enable teams, coaches, trainers, doctors, and even the players, to see performance data, prediction models, and more.