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September 2011 Archives

Manny Ramirez Charged with Domestic Violence for Slapping His Wife

Broward County prosecutors have formally charged Manny Ramirez with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and battery.

The semi-retired All-Star was arrested on September 12 after his wife accused him of slapping her across the face. Photographs corroborated her story, but little else has been said about the incident.

Why has he been suddenly charged 18 days later?

NCAA Concussion Lawsuit: Ex-Player Sues NCAA for Negligence

Is the NCAA negligent? That's the question at the center of a new NCAA concussion lawsuit that alleges the organization failed to protect student athletes.

The suit is filed by a former college football player, Adrian Arrington. Now 25, Arrington says he suffered from numerous concussions during his college football career at Eastern Illinois University. Arrington's suit is seeking class-action status.

Arrington served as EIU's team captain in 2009. He says he suffered from memory loss and had trouble finishing his degree because of his constant injuries.

Interestingly, Arrington asked for policy changes as part of his damages, the AP reports.

Pistons Ben Wallace Arrested on Drunk Driving, Weapons Charges

Detroit Piston center Ben Wallace was arrested last weekend in Michigan for drunk driving and carrying a concealed weapon.

Wallace, famous for his role in the 2004 Pacers-Pistons "Basketbrawl" fight, was arraigned on Saturday.

And guess who's presiding over Wallace's case? Judge Kimberly Small, the same judge who sentenced former NBA player Jalen Rose to 20 days in jail over a drunken driving charge in July. That sentence was view as particularly harsh. Could Wallace face a similar fate? 

Pot Package Sent to Cincinnati Bengals' WR Jerome Simpson's House

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson's pot bust might be landing him in a lot of hot water. Authorities tracked a 2.5 pound package of marijuana delivered through the mail to Simpson's Kentucky home earlier this week.

The package was sent from the Northern California city of Eureka. It was one of 40 packages the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement was tracking.

Aleen Smith, Simpson's girlfriend, accepted the package at Simpson's home.

Simpson and fellow Bengals teammate Anthony Collins were present at the house when authorities arrived. Simpson consented to a search of the home.

Kobe Bryant Church Battery Case Sent to San Diego Prosecutors

San Diego police have referred the Kobe Bryant church battery case to prosecutors, reports TMZ.

For those who don't recall the August incident, Kobe allegedly wrenched a cell phone from the hands of a church patron. Bryant believed that the man had taken photos of him and his wife during Sunday services.

That man then claimed serious injuries, reporting the incident to police.

No photos were ever found.

NFLPA Sued by Retired Players

A new NFL lawsuit has surfaced. This time, the NFLPA has been sued by 28 retired players.

The retired players, including Hall of Fame players Carl Eller, Chuck Bednarik and John Hannah, allege that the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) had no authority to negotiate or agree to terms regarding retirement benefits after the group was decertified on March 11th.

The NFLPA was decertified right before the NFL players were locked out last spring, Yahoo! reports.

Manny Ramirez Arrested for Domestic Battery in South Florida

Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez was arrested for domestic battery in suburban Fort Lauderdale Monday evening, police say.

The former Boston Red Sox's wife Juliana Ramirez told police she and her husband were both on the couple's bed when he struck her with an open hand during an escalated domestic dispute, according to a police report by Weston Police officer Jose Campos.

Juliana Ramirez told police the blow caused her to hit her head on the headboard of their bed and, fearing the situation would escalate, she promptly called police, NBC Miami reports.

U.S. Open Tennis Umpires Illegally Denied Overtime: Federal Lawsuit

Possibly putting a damper on the annual tennis tournament currently underway in New York, a group of four U.S. Open umpires have filed a federal wage lawsuit against the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), claiming that the organization misclassified the officials as independent contractors so that they could avoid offering overtime pay and other benefits.

Seeking class action status, the lawsuit covers all U.S. Open umpires since 2005, many of whom were only paid between $115 and $200 a day despite working in excess of 40 hours a week.