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June 2011 Archives

NY Football Star Isayah Muller Stabbed After HS Graduation

In a tragic story out of New York, Truman High star running back Isayah Muller was stabbed to death just hours after his high school graduation on Tuesday while coming to the aid of his father who allegedly started an altercation with two parking lot attendants.

Isayah's father, Andre Muller, has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, but due to the nature of the incident, the attendants must be indicted by a grand jury before being charged.

Olympic Athletes Free to Tweet, Facebook Away (Sort of)

For athletes at the upcoming London Olympics, Facebook, Twitter and other social media is no longer out of the question.

According to new guidelines from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), participants should feel free to take to the internet and share with adoring fans worldwide.

As long as their updates don't get anywhere near the organization's intellectual property rights.

Gilbert Arenas' 'Basketball Wives' Lawsuit to Keep Ex off Show

Gilbert Arenas' Basketball Wives lawsuit has put a damper on the upcoming reality series, Basketball Wives: Los Angeles.

Arenas is a player for the Orlando Magic. He wants to prevent his ex-fiancée, Laura Govan, who is also the mother of his four children, from appearing on the reality series.

The lawsuit is alleging that Govan and her company, Shed Media US, is infringing on Arenas' trademark, is false advertising, and is a misappropriation of his likeness, reports The Washington Post.

Dodgers File for Bankruptcy: Wise Move for Frank McCourt?

The Dodgers bankruptcy filing seems to be just one of the latest developments in the baseball team's role in owner Frank McCourt's divorce from Jamie McCourt. The Dodgers' Chapter 11 filing will now likely allow McCourt to keep the team running.

The bankruptcy was filed in Delaware, reports USA Today.

McCourt had been seeking approval of a TV deal with Fox Sports, reportedly worth up to $3 billion. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig had blocked the deal.

Raheem Brock Arrested: Ex-Colt DE Skips Out on $27 Bar Tab?

It looks like the lockout is taking its toll on ex-Colts defensive end and current NFL free agent Raheem Brock.

Arrested in Philadelphia on Friday, he's been charged with theft of services and resisting arrest.

His crime? He allegedly skipped out on paying a $27 bill.

Didn't he sign a $23.6 million contract in 2006?

Chris Bosh Sued by Ex Over 'Basketball Wives' TV Deal

About six weeks ago, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh sued his ex-girlfriend and current baby momma, Allison Mathis, after he learned that she had entered into an agreement with Shed Media to appear on Basketball Wives, a reality television show that follows the romantic interests of professional athletes.

Now Mathis has sued Bosh, alleging that he tortiously interfered with her contract to appear on the show, causing her economic harm and emotional stress.

Can things get any worse for this Chris Bosh? He just lost the championship.

Shaq Sex Tape Kidnapping: 7 Gang Members Arrested

What do an alleged Shaq sex tape and kidnapping have to do with each other? According to Robert Ross, the victim of a purported gang kidnapping, the Shaquille O'Neal sex tape has everything to do with the crime.

Ross says he was a member of the Main Street Mafia Crips Gang, and is now a music promoter, reports CNN.

Seven members of his old gang tracked him down on the night of the Grammys in Hollywood in 2008, where he was kidnapped.

Dallas Mavericks' DeShawn Stevenson Arrested for Public Intoxication

Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson, arrested for public intoxication late Tuesday night, apparently likes to fraternize with the little people...even if he doesn't know them.

Still partying two days after helping the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA Championship, he was picked up for stumbling around alone in an apartment complex in Irving, Texas. (Where were teammates Jason Terry  or Jason Kidd?)

DeShawn Stevenson, of the newly crowned NBA champions, had no idea where he was.

WWE Star Kevin Nash's Battery Charge Dropped

If you're about 7 feet tall, you tend to tower over most people. Kevin Nash's mugshot after his recent arrest illustrates this - he was taller than the measuring chart at the police station. A former WWE wrestler, Kevin Nash's battery arrest stemmed from an incident last month involving his wife, reports TMZ.

Nash (aka "Diesel" and "Big Sexy") and his wife were walking on the street when a man attempted to hit on Nash's wife, walking close to her and eventually getting aggressive. That's right, this guy decided to hit on the wife of 7-foot professional wrestler. Apparently the man even going at Nash with a beer bottle according to TMZ. Nash then stepped in.

He held the man down on the floor until police arrived - but police arrested Nash instead on suspicion of battery. The charges were later dropped.

Charles Oakley's Vegas Assault: Sues Aria, May Quit Coaching

According to Charles Oakley, an assault last year in Las Vegas has left his coaching future with the Charlotte Bobcats in jeopardy. He has since sued the Aria Hotel. The lawsuit alleges that the assault led to his back pain.

Oakley, who is 6'9", was punched and handcuffed after an argument with Aria Hotel security. The argument was about whether or not Oakley could return to a VIP area of the hotel pool area.

After the dispute, Oakley was taken to the hospital with injuries to his neck and back. Oakley alleges that the incident led to two slipped disks that has caused in a sciatic nerve condition, reports the AP.

QB Terrelle Pryor Quits Ohio State Amid Scandal

Surrounded by scandal and facing possibly more sanctions from the NCAA, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor quit the team Tuesday afternoon, claiming that the decision to forgo his senior year was partially inspired by his wish to put his teammates' interests before his own.

Of course, many also believe his part in the school's equipment for tattoos scandal would make him ineligible to play another game at Ohio State.

Pryor's also apparently decided to pursue a professional career, which also might have something to do with why he wants to avoid the NCAA.

NFL Plans for 8-Game Season as Backup Plan?

On the heels of Friday's NFL court hearing in front of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, it appears as though there may be a 2011 NFL season after all.

Well, a shortened one at least.

As part of the league's contingency plan, it's been reported that an 8-game season may be in the works.

It would even include a Super Bowl.

Lenny Dykstra's Drug, Auto Theft Felony Charges Laid Out

The criminal charges against Lenny Dykstra keep mounting. The former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star was charged Monday with grand theft auto and drug possession by prosecutors who claim he used phony information to lease a car from a Southern California dealership.

Dykstra, 48, was charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes. He faces up to 12 years in state prison if convicted.

When Dykstra was arrested April 14 by Los Angeles Police Department detectives during a search warrant at his Encino home, officers allegedly found cocaine and Ecstasy along with Somatropin, a synthetic human growth hormone, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Plaxico Burress' Prison Release: Will Teams Want Ex-Con Receiver?

For former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress, a prison sentence meant he could not play football for nearly two years.

His recent release from Oneida Correctional Facility in New York means that he may be making his way back onto the field once again, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Burress famously shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub then served 20 months in jail for a criminal gun possession charge in August 2009.