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August 2011 Archives

LSU Football Bar Fight: QB Jordan Jefferson Kicked Man in Face?

Despite conflicting reports of what went on at the LSU football bar fight, Baton Rouge police have acquired arrest warrants for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Joshua Johns.

Suspended from play until further notice, both are now facing felony second degree battery charges and are accused of beating a man with the help of fellow LSU football players Chris Davenport and Jarvis Landry.

One witness also claims that Jefferson kicked the victim in the head.

Gilbert Arenas' Ex Cleared for 'Basketball Wives LA' by Federal Judge

Gilbert Arenas' Basketball Wives battle with ex-fiancé Laura Govan ended yesterday when a federal judge gave the go ahead, allowing her to appear on the newest season of the VH1 reality show.

Arenas had sued Govan, who also happens to be the mother of his four children, arguing that her appearance would infringe on his trademark and misappropriate his likeness.

He also didn't want anyone to think they were married.

Kyle Busch's License Suspended 45 Days: 128 mph in Lexus LFA

A North Carolina judge revoked NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's license for 45 days on Tuesday as a result of a May incident during which he was cited for reckless driving when officers clocked him going 128 in a 45 mile per hour zone.

Busch, who at the time was test driving a $400,000 Lexus LFA lent to him by teammate Denny Hamlin, will be able to continue racing, but should plan to be watched by the Iredell County judge, who also sentenced him to serve 1 year of unsupervised probation.

Terrelle Pryor Drafted by Raiders with 5-Game Suspension

Now that the lockout is over, new trouble may be brewing in the NFL between the Raiders, Terrelle Pryor, and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

As a condition to taking part in Monday's supplemental draft, which landed him with an offer from Oakland, Pryor had to agree to start the NFL season with a five-week suspension as punishment for the tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal that ended both his career and that of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

That's right, the NFL appears to be punishing Terrelle Pryor for breaking NCAA rules.

LSU Bar Fight: Players Lawyer Up, Delay Police Interviews

In response to a police investigation into Friday's LSU bar fight, Louisiana State football players Jordon Jefferson, Chris Davenport, Josh Johns, and Jarvis Landry have hired an attorney, postponing police interviews until after they have conferred with counsel.

With approximately 20 players at the scene, the location of which is just blocks from Tiger Stadium, it's unclear why these four have been singled out, but at this juncture, police seem to know little about what exactly happened, and are still speaking to witnesses.

University of Miami Scandal: Booster's Football Sex Parties, Gifts

The University of Miami scandal may be one of the biggest to hit college football in recent history. Ex-booster Nevin Shapiro is claiming that he gave dozens of UM football players illegal gifts and financial support, including hosting lavish sex parties in South Beach hotels and on his yacht, cash, jewelry and electronics.

Some may question Shapiro's credibility. Much of the information Shapiro is sharing with the press stems from a jailhouse interview, as he is currently serving a 20-year sentence over a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

But, as a man with not much left to lose, maybe Shapiro's story will be corroborated. And, if you believe his tale, the University of Miami's scandal could be the motherload of all scandals.

Did Kobe Injure Man at San Diego Church?

Rumor has it that Kobe, cell phone cameras, and church services simply don't mix.

The Lakers shooting guard is apparently accused of injuring a man during Sunday's services at St. Therese of Carmel Church in San Diego after he suspected that photos were being taken of him and his wife.

He allegedly "wrenched" the guy's wrist.

Did Drunk US Skier Pee on Girl on a Plane or Not?

The internet was abuzz recently when it was reported that Robert "Sandy" Vietze, an up and coming U.S. skier, peed on a girl while flying between Portland and New York City.

Arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure, it now appears as though the story wasn't quite right.

The family of his supposed 12-year-old victim has said that, while Vietze peed next to the girl's seat, he did not pee on her seat while she happened to be in it.

Unfortunately, this won't make that much of a difference.

Darius Miles Arrested: Ex-NBA Star Had Loaded Gun at Airport

Former NBA star Darius Miles has been arrested at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. Apparently, Darius Miles had a gun - and it was loaded.

Miles was drafted into the NBA in 2000 as the No. 3 pick and played for the Memphis Grizzlies as well as with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Miles, 29, was arrested after TSA security found that he had a gun during an X-ray screening. There were no details as to where the gun was found, or what type of gun it was, according to the AP.

HS Football Deaths in GA, SC, TX Blamed on Heat, Practice

Across the country, high school football practice two-a-days are underway. The grueling practices are being held amid a record heat wave. And the football deaths are mounting of late.

In the last two weeks, the high school football community across the South has suffered from at least four such incidents, losing three players and an assistant coach.

Who's responsible? And what can be done?

NBA Lockout Takes to the Court(room): League Sues Players Union

Now that the NFL lockout is over, the labor woes of the NBA have now taken center stage. Yes, now the NBA lockout has set off a series of legal actions. For one, the NBA has sued the player's union, the National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA).

Plus the NBA has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union with the National Labor Relations Board.

In its lawsuit, NBA is seeking a declaration that the NBA lockout is not illegal and does not violate antitrust laws, according to the filed complaint.

Mich. Judge Go Too Far? Used Jalen Rose's DUI to 'Send a Message'

Was Judge Kimberly Small of Michigan stepping beyond her judicial powers when she handed down Jalen Rose's DUI sentence? The judge recently sentenced the former NBA star and current ESPN analyst to 20 days behind bars.

It was Rose's first DUI. Rose does not plan to appeal his sentence, which is 93 days in jail, with 73 days held in abeyance if he completes his 12 months of probation.

Rose wanted to accept his punishment. Judge Small, on the other hand, said that she felt she needed to "send a message" with Rose's sentencing. Drunk driving is the cause of many traffic-related deaths a year, often claiming the lives of innocent bystanders.

NBA Players Can Play Overseas During Lockout with Opt-Out Clauses

Basketball fans upset by the NBA lockout may be able to watch NBA players overseas in the next few months as a result of a decision by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

The organization, which governs basketball worldwide, announced on Friday that NBA players currently under contract with the league will be permitted to play on national or club teams abroad while the NBA and players' union attempt to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

Don't worry--this won't affect the season.