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August 2013 Archives

NFL Concussion Settlement: $765M for 4,500 Retired Players

The NFL will settle with more than 4,500 former players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions -- injuries that allegedly led to serious brain injuries.

The proposed $765 million settlement still needs to be approved by federal Judge Anita B. Brody, reports The Associated Press. But once approved, the deal may serve to silence some of the criticism against the National Football League.

Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer Arrested for DUI

Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested for DUI in Atlanta late Wednesday despite the fact that he told officers he'd only consumed "one glass of wine."

The 44-year-old NBA coach was released early Thursday on a $1,524 bond. Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry said the team was "in the process of gathering more information" about the incident, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ex-Pacer Kenny Williams Gets Prison Time Over Child Support

Former NBA player Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Williams has been sentenced to nine months in prison for failing to pay more than $660,000 in child support.

Williams, 44, a former forward for the Indiana Pacers, wound up in a North Carolina federal court after dodging his support obligations since the 1990s.

His tragic family law tale is a reminder that failure to pay child support can land you in jail -- and it hurts everyone involved.

3 Navy, 4 Vanderbilt Ex-Football Players Charged With Rape

Three former Naval Academy football players are facing rape charges following allegations they sexually assaulted a female midshipman at a party in April 2012, reports The Washington Post.

Meantime in Tennessee, four ex-Vanderbilt athletes have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the alleged rape of an unconscious woman at an on-campus dorm, reports CBS News.

With sexual assault on college campuses becoming more commonplace, what potential punishments await the alleged abusers?

Aaron Hernandez Indicted for 1st Degree Murder

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was indicted for first degree murder by a grand jury on Thursday, setting the stage for the former Patriots tight end to stand trial for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

A Massachusetts grand jury delivered Hernandez's indictment which alleges unlawful weapons and ammunition possession as well as first degree murder for the June homicide of his friend Lloyd, reports NBC News.

Now indicted, what will Hernandez face as he advances toward a murder trial?

Patriots Sued for $10M Over Fan's Heart Attack

A Patriots fan's family is suing the New England team over his death, alleging that the man's 2010 heart attack was caused by a confrontation with a security guard at Gillette Stadium.

Husband and father Jeffrey Chartier, 40, died in September 2010 from a heart attack. HIs death followed a 15-minute argument with a security guard over whether his 6-year-old son had permission to be on the field before the Patriots' Week One home game, reports NBC Sports.

Security may have been rude, but does that mean the Patriots and the NFL are liable for Chartier's death?

Penn State Settles With Jerry Sandusky Victim Over Sex Abuse

One of Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse victims has settled a lawsuit against Penn State, ending one avenue of potential liability following the former football coach's conviction.

The plaintiff, referred to as Victim 5 in court, was raped by Sandusky in 2001 -- months after then-graduate assistant Michael McQueary told university officials he saw Sandusky rape another boy in a Penn State locker room, reports Reuters.

Victim 5's case may be settled, but Penn State is not out of the woods from future suits.

After Ohio Rape Case, New Social Media Rules for Student Athletes

A rape scandal involving student athletes in Ohio has prompted a federal prosecutor to call for new social media guidelines for student athletes -- rules that acknowledge the dangerous cocktail created when drug and alcohol use meets smartphones.

The program was initiated by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld in early August after two Ohio high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl under the influence of alcohol. The sexual assault drew international attention because of the use of "text messages and social media in exposing the attack," reports The Associated Press.

The two athletes were sentenced to juvenile detention, but new social media policies may curb this kind of conduct.

Atlanta Braves Fan Dies After 65-Foot Fall at Turner Field

An Atlanta Braves fan died after falling six stories from the upper seating deck of Turner Field on Monday.

Ronald Lee Homer, 29, of Conyers, Georgia, was attending the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies and appeared to have sustained his fatal injuries from an accidental fall, reports Atlanta's WSB-TV.

This is the second fatal accident to occur at Turner Field in the last five years, and the historic baseball venue may be facing legal trouble.

NFL Preseason Kicks Off With New 'Clear Bag' Policy at Stadiums

Just in time for the 2013 NFL preseason, a new policy for bags brought into stadiums is now in effect.

The new league-wide policy, revealed last month, limits the size (and type) of bags that fans are allowed to bring into stadiums. The rule kicks in tonight, as the first preseason games get underway.

The reasoning behind this new rule, according to the NFL Committee on Stadium Security, is to increase public safety and to make for a quicker, more efficient entry into the stadium on game days.

To be clear, here's what the new policy allows:

13 Questions About A-Rod's Suspension, Biogenesis Scandal

Baseball powerhouse A-Rod and 12 other players were suspended by the MLB on Monday due to their alleged ties to a Florida anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis.

Major League Baseball's ruling was based on the players' alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, a three-time MVP, was alleged to have been using "testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years," reports ESPN.

Have questions about A-Rod's suspension and the Biogenesis scandal? Here are 13 questions and answers to help shed light on this story:

Game Over for EA Sports' Use of Athletes in Video Games? Not Quite

EA Sports can't use several ex-NCAA athletes' likenesses in its video games without permission, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Electronic Arts' NCAA football and basketball series needed permission from the athletes portrayed in those video games.

So is it game over for EA sports' use of athletes in its sports games?