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September 2012 Archives

Manny Pacquiao has settled his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Who says the judicial system moves slowly? The resolution of this lawsuit has come much faster than the highly anticipated fight between the two fighters largely considered the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

In fact, there's still no scheduled fight between the two despite hype that it may finally happen in 2013. But this could be one less hurdle to a fight actually happening.

N.J. State Senator Wants Law to Ban Replacement Refs

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to introduce a law that would ban replacement referees from being used in professional sporting events in his state.

Many observers had anticipated that it would take political pressure for the NFL and the referees union to come to an agreement.

And while there is no team in the NFL that is labeled as "New Jersey," both the New York Giants and the New York Jets would be impacted by the law, as they both play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., reports Politico.

John Abraham Arrested for Not Leaving Suicide Scene

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested Monday night for not leaving the scene of a suicide attempt.

This is the second week in a row that a member of the Atlanta Falcons was arrested on a Monday night. And of all the things someone could be arrested for, who would have guessed Abraham would be arrested for not exiting a suicide scene? Who even knew this could constitute a crime?

Abraham was charged with a misdemeanor obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters and he was booked at Fulton County jail, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Did Pop Warner Coaches Set Bounties on 10-, 11-Year-Old Players?

Two Pop Warner coaches are accused of offering bounties to their 10- and 11-year-old players to make big hits and knock out opponents during games.

Coach Darren Crawford and assistant coach Richard Bowman of the Red Cobras football team in Tustin, Calif., allegedly offered cash for hits during the team's undefeated 2011 season, reports The Orange County Register.

This "scandal" allegedly occurred four months before we heard about the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal that rocked the NFL. Considering how unsavory the Saints' bounty scandal was involving highly-paid trained athletes, the alleged bounty scandal in Tustin involving fifth graders would be that much more disgusting if true.

Chad Johnson, Evelyn Lozada Officially Divorced

Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada are now officially divorced.

A Florida judge signed off on the divorce papers ending the three-month marriage, reports the Examiner.

The couple was married on July 4 and the marital bliss ended abruptly in August when Lozada discovered a receipt for a box of condoms in their car. The claimed infidelity led to a physical encounter and Johnson allegedly head-butting Lozada.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. KO'd by Manny Pacquiao in Court

Manny Pacquiao scored a victory over Floyd Mayweather in his defamation lawsuit.

Pacquiao brought suit against Mayweather claiming that Mayweather defamed him. A court did not rule on the underlying defamation claims, but did order Mayweather to pay Pacquiao more than $113,000 to cover the legal fees of a missed deposition last year, reports Reuters.

Pacquiao accused Mayweather of falsely telling reporters and others that Pacquiao was using performance enhancing drugs. The two had been working on scheduling a fight, and as a prerequisite, Mayweather wanted Pacquiao to undergo blood testing.

Michael Turner Busted for DUI After Falcons Victory

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested for a DUI just hours after his team defeated the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

So much for the notion that our favorite athletes go home and rest up after a game, while studying some more game tape as they get ready for next Sunday.

The good news is that Turner apparently did not suffer too much wear and tear during the game as he was able to party, reports The Associated Press. In the early morning hours following the game, a Georgia police officer clocked Turner driving 97 mph in a 65 mph zone while driving his Audi R8. After getting pulled over, the police officer conducted a DUI investigation and sent Turner to jail for allegedly driving drunk.

Chad Johnson Pleads Not Guilty to Headbutting Wife

Chad Johnson pleaded not guilty to headbutting his wife Evelyn Lozada, reports TMZ.

The former wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco faced misdemeanor battery charges related to the domestic dispute and could go to jail for up to a year if found guilty.

Johnson and Evelyn Lozada allegedly got into it after Lozada discovered a receipt for a box of condoms that were apparently not used with her.

U.S. Open Security Guards Complain About Employment Violations

So what's it like to work behind the grandest New York sporting event -- the U.S. Open? Well, it's not as glamorous as one would think, if the claims of a group of U.S. Open security guards are true.

The U.S. Open tennis tournament just finished with one of the most exciting finals ever. But just as Andy Murray was finishing off Novak Djokovic in a five-set classic, several security guards working the event came public with allegations of the violations they had to endure working the event, reports The Village Voice.

The U.S. Open security guards made a variety of claims running the gamut of employment law. Below is a quick overview of the claims made by the guards, as reported by The Village Voice:

Peyton Manning Jersey Banned at Middle School

Students at a Colorado school district better dust off their Tim Tebow jerseys, because the school banned anyone from wearing a Peyton Manning jersey at their schools.

The ban is nothing personal against the Denver Broncos new quarterback. If anything else, Manning is by all accounts an excellent role model and the key cog in the fortunes of the Broncos.

However, Manning has also worn the number 18 throughout his career. While that number may have been innocuous in Indianapolis (where he used to play), the number is associated with the 18th Street gang in the Denver area, and so runs afoul of the district anti-gang dress policy, reports The Denver Post.

Will Goodell Suspend Vilma, Saints Players All Over Again?

A three-person appeals panel overturned Roger Goodell's suspensions of Jonathon Vilma and three other players. The players were ruled eligible to play - but it may be a temporary victory.

In the wake of the decision, Vilma tweeted: "Victory is mine!!!!"

Vilma may want to hold back though, as the appeals panel decision may merely just delay Roger Goodell from handing down the exact same penalty again, this time outside of the purview of the appeals panel, reports The New York Times. So what gives?

Chad Johnson Refuses to Sign Evelyn Lozada's Divorce Papers

Chad Johnson is reportedly refusing to sign divorce papers drawn up by his wife Evelyn Lozada.

The former NFL wide receiver is pulling out all the stops to save his marriage with Lozada. Not only is he holding on to the divorce papers and refusing to sign them, he also had Lozada's face tattooed onto his leg, reports Fox News.

While having your face tattooed on a man's leg may be a dream come true for many women, this apparently is not the case with Evelyn Lozada as she reportedly wants to divorce Chad Johnson as quickly as possible.