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Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Sue, Alleging Mistreatment

Five former Buffalo Bills' cheerleaders, better known as Buffalo Jills, are suing the organization and the Jills' management companies for allegedly failing to fully compensate them for their work.

While the lawsuit's claims are based on wage and labor law violations, the Jills also allege that they were subjected to harassment and degrading sexual comments at team events, The Buffalo News reports.

According to the lawsuit, as a condition of their employment on the squad, the Jills had to sign a contract classifying them as independent contractors rather than employees.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated by Miami police over an alleged incident involving a woman in a hotel room last month.

Responding to rumors and some news reports about possible sexual assault "charges," Kaepernick tweeted that TMZ and others "are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened."

In unpacking this Kaepernick police probe, let's look at five important points:

Northwestern University's football players may be able to unionize after a NLRB ruling Wednesday determined that scholarship-receiving players are employees of their private university.

The National Labor Review Board found that many of the school's football players were being "paid" in the form of scholarships and working 20 to 50 hours a week to maintain the school's multimillion-dollar football program, reports CNN.

What legal ripples could this decision have for college athletes everywhere?

A battle over the "Johnny Football" trademark was lost by a Texas-based investment firm, which hoped to poach the mark from Texas A&M's star quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments' trademark registration was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the reviewing attorney writing that "Johnny Football" referred to a "particular living individual," reports ESPN. That individual is apparently Johnny Manziel, and the firm may not be able to obtain a trademark without Manziel's permission.

Manziel has his own trademark for "Johnny Football" pending, but who will win out?

Four college athletes are suing the NCAA and its five biggest conferences, claiming that the organization is an "unlawful cartel."

The lawsuit seeks damages for college football and basketball players who claim they suffered economic harm from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It asks for a declaratory judgment that the NCAA is in violation of antitrust law, reports The Associated Press.

How is the NCAA an "unlawful cartel," according to the lawsuit?

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Arrested for Alleged DWI, Drug Possession

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on suspicion of a DWI and possession of controlled substances Sunday night. He was released from jail about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Police in Carmel, Indiana, pulled Irsay over for driving too slow, stopping in the road, and failing to signal a turn, according to The Indianapolis Star. After being pulled over, Irsay allegedly failed several sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

In addition, officers also found evidence in Irsay's car that led to his arrest on suspicion of possession of controlled substances.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested on assault charges during an altercation with his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino early Saturday.

Both Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer, who was also arrested for assault, declined medical attention, and they were released on a summons, The Associated Press reports. The Baltimore Ravens and New Jersey prosecutors are continuing to examine Rice's case, especially in light of surveillance video obtained from the casino.

Will this alleged casino assault bench Rice?

College football players at Northwestern University are continuing to push for union recognition -- a strategic move that may start a new trend among college athletes.

Representation for these players have already appeared before the National Labor Relations Board to argue for unionization, but quarterback Kain Colter and possibly other players are set to testify Tuesday as part of a second NLRB hearing, Sports Illustrated reports.

So can college players unionize?

A small-town North Carolina football coach hsa been told to stop baptizing players after receiving a letter from a Wisconsin-based non-profit.

Patrick Elliott, a lawyer with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, sent a letter to the Mooresville Graded School District concerning Coach Hal Capps' alleged custom of baptizing players. Elliott and others at the Foundation were concerned that Coach Capps was promoting religion in a public school, in violation of the First Amendment, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Can coaches legally baptize their public school players?

Alleged Prostitution Ring Busted Ahead of Super Bowl Weekend

Ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday announced a major prostitution and sex-trafficking bust.

The sting operation, called "Operation Out of Bounds," began 11 months ago, but the arrests were strategically timed to raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking before the Super Bowl, reports The New York Times.

The sporting event is reportedly a notorious magnet for the sex trade. But is it true?