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February 2014 Archives

Raymond Felton's Gun Charges: What Prosecutors Will Have to Prove

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges Tuesday, after his wife alleged he threatened her with a firearm.

A police spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com that Felton was charged with three separate offenses -- second-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- leaving him open to both felony and misdemeanor charges.

What will prosecutors have to prove to convict Felton on these charges? Here's a general overview:

Bryan Stow Beating Suspects Plead Guilty, Get Sentenced to Prison

Two men accused of brutally beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in 2011 pleaded guilty Thursday and were sentenced to prison.

Stow, 45, of Santa Cruz, California, suffered brain damage after Louie Sanchez, 31, attacked him from behind and continued to punch and kick Stow while he was on the ground, Reuters reports. The other defendant, Marvin Norwood, 33, assisted Sanchez by keeping Stow's friends from helping the man as he was pummeled on the ground.

Both men were sentenced to state prison for their parts in the severe attack, and the sentencing judge was less than lenient.

Ravens' Ray Rice Charged in Alleged Assault on Fiancee

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested on assault charges during an altercation with his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino early Saturday.

Both Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer, who was also arrested for assault, declined medical attention, and they were released on a summons, The Associated Press reports. The Baltimore Ravens and New Jersey prosecutors are continuing to examine Rice's case, especially in light of surveillance video obtained from the casino.

Will this alleged casino assault bench Rice?

Minor League Players Sue MLB Over Wages

Three minor league baseball players filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball, alleging the League violated state and federal labor laws.

The suit also names Commissioner Bud Selig and three teams: the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Francisco Giants.

Aaron Senne, Michael Liberto and Oliver Odle are alleging a spate of labor law violations and are seeking class-action status, which could raise the stakes to a whole new playing field.

Northwestern Univ. Football Players' Unionization Push Continues

College football players at Northwestern University are continuing to push for union recognition -- a strategic move that may start a new trend among college athletes.

Representation for these players have already appeared before the National Labor Relations Board to argue for unionization, but quarterback Kain Colter and possibly other players are set to testify Tuesday as part of a second NLRB hearing, Sports Illustrated reports.

So can college players unionize?

Dwyane Wade's Fiancee Gabrielle Union Wants a Prenup

Well, that didn't take long -- Gabrielle Union is already talking about prenups a few weeks into her engagement to Dwyane Wade.

Both the Miami Heat player and Union were previously married to other people, but for Union, the difference this time around is that there might be prenuptial agreement, The Huffington Post reports.

So is Union going to score points with Wade on this prenup?

Sochi Olympics: What's the Tax on Medals for U.S. Athletes?

The Sochi Olympics begin Friday, and Americans will be cheering on Team USA to bring home the gold (and the silver, and the bronze). But lest Olympic athletes forget, they're still responsible for paying income taxes after winning their medals.

Sure Uncle Sam is patriotic, but he won't let members of the U.S. Olympic Team keep their winnings tax-free. Champions will generally still have to report their income -- i.e., the value of their medal and the cash prize that comes with it -- and pay taxes to the IRS.

With the IRS rolling out revised tax brackets for the 2014 tax year, how much will medalists potentially have to pay?

High-School Coach to Stop Baptizing Players After Lawyer's Letter

A small-town North Carolina football coach hsa been told to stop baptizing players after receiving a letter from a Wisconsin-based non-profit.

Patrick Elliott, a lawyer with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, sent a letter to the Mooresville Graded School District concerning Coach Hal Capps' alleged custom of baptizing players. Elliott and others at the Foundation were concerned that Coach Capps was promoting religion in a public school, in violation of the First Amendment, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Can coaches legally baptize their public school players?