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April 2017 Archives

A high school football star might not be allowed play his senior year of high school ball due to pending felony robbery charges. This is the case despite the fact that he's rumored to have a pending scholarship offer from a Division I school and is expected to be highly recruited. Shelley Singletary, along with another teen, is alleged to have robbed an 11-year-old boy of his Air Jordan sneakers and bicycle. Singletary, while pending resolution of the charges, has essentially been under house arrest since being released from custody.

While the court has stated that it will not object to Singletary participating in football practice while wearing the home arrest ankle monitor, the high school has stated that he has not been cleared by the school to participate, and that Singletary is not currently affiliated with the team.

An NHL official who was working as a lineman during a regular season game between the Calgary Flames and the Nashville Predators is suing a player after sustaining severe on-ice injuries during the game. The ref is seeking $250,000 in damages related to his injuries, plus another $10 million for loss of current and future income. The incident occurred over a year ago now, and was captured on camera.

The video does not paint a sympathetic picture for the player being sued. Dennis Wideman is seen on the video slowly skating up ice, then lifting up his stick and arms, and cross checking the lineman in the back. The ref fell down hard, face first. Wideman was initially suspended for 20 games, but after a review, the suspension was reduced to only 10 games after it was determined to not be an intentional assault by the league's examiner.

While the thought of an injury occurring to a person practicing yoga may seem improbable, it is more common than one might expect. Among the most common injuries include joint and muscle injuries, and injuries related to falls.

Often, yoga injuries, unlike CrossFit injuries, do not immediately manifest, but occur over time. However, sometimes, the injury can be the result of a yogi pushing their student too far or too hard. Like any other injury that occurs at a gym, or under the supervision of a personal trainer or class instructor, whether or not a legal claim can be made will depend on the particular facts involved, and potentially a liability waiver.

In a shocking civil suit stemming from the sexual assault of a 15-year-old football player at a high school in Texas, allegations surfaced that the school administration and coaches were aware of repeated sexual assaults related to student on student hazing incidents, and did nothing to stop them from continuing. As of now, over two dozen students, six of which that are now adults, have been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault. More are still expected to come forward.

In essence, in the town of La Vernia's high school, varsity athletes seemingly had a regular practice of sodomizing underclassmen with foreign objects as part of a hazing ritual when the younger students made it to the varsity teams. There are numerous stories that are being uncovered of younger classmen being forcibly held down, while older students laughed and sodomized them with items like bottles, flashlights, and cardboard. The student that has filed suit has alleged nearly half a dozen separate assault incidents.

A jury acquitted-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on murder charges involving the slaying of two men outside a Boston nightclub 2012. Hernandez, currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of his fiancée's sister's boyfriend, was also acquitted of related assault charges and one charge witness intimidation, stemming from an allegation that Hernandez shot a former friend (and man who eventually testified against him) in the face.

Prosecutors alleged the car-to-car shooting was sparked by a spilled drink, but the jury apparently remained unconvinced.

Professional sports teams, much to the chagrin of less geographically-mobile fans, have a tendency to up and move. Franchise mobility, and the new-stadium-deal-or-bust extortion racket that precedes most moves, makes it all too apparent that leagues and teams are out for money first and fan appreciation third, fourth, or elsewhere down the list.

But at least one city isn't taking the taking of their team lying down. The city and county of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its teams, accusing them of breach of contract by moving the Rams to Los Angeles.

Professional surfer Alex Gray flew into Los Angeles from Hawaii, over the weekend, and like most professional surfers, he brought a few boards along with him. Unfortunately, of the five surfboards he brought, only one made it through the American Airlines flight without being completely destroyed.

One of the five boards was broken in half, right down the middle, while the others had tips broken and severe fin damage. To make matters worse, Gray has not been compensated by American Airlines for the damage to the boards. However, Gray is surely making waves as his social media posts about the broken boards has garnered the attention of surfers worldwide, as well as the traditional media.

Minor league ball player Ian Kahaloa got in a whole heap of trouble after posting a few short videos on the popular social media site Snapchat. The videos depict Kahaloa snorting a line of white powder while wearing a Reds t-shirt, as well as marijuana and paraphernalia.

The 19 year old player's alleged lack of judgment in his use of Snapchat has sparked some discussion on how players should be engaging on social media responsibly.

The NHL concussion class action that is currently being fought out in the federal courts recently exposed more documents that make NHL officials look really bad. In the last round of the court battle, federal court judge Susan Richard Nelson declassified another set of documents that include some controversial facts.

One of the attorneys for the players recently explained to a reporter that the NHL has challenged nearly every single allegation, or potential point of contention. Among the most unbelievable is that there is no link between fighting, concussions, and CTE (the condition that has been credibly linked to repeated concussions and the subject of several other lawsuits).

Two major league ball players filed suit against the news conglomerate Al Jazeera after a documentary style film aired on their network which authoritatively claimed the two ball players took the performance enhancing drug (PED) Delta 2. The source that claimed knowledge on the documentary later recanted before the film was released. But, nevertheless, the film was aired by Al Jazeera.

The players bringing the suit, Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, were cleared by an MLB investigation, and have now survived a motion to dismiss their civil lawsuit, at least as to the Al Jazeera network and its producer. The investigative journalist that used a hidden camera to film the source's claim of PED use was dismissed from the defamation lawsuit, as the court found there were no legal grounds to hold him liable for defamation.

A few weeks ago, the Arkansas governor signed a new gun law, backed by the National Rifle Association, allowing individuals with concealed carry permits to carry their concealed handguns into all sorts of new places previously prohibited. However, one of those places, college athletics stadiums, has attracted the criticism of the all powerful Southeastern Conference (affectionately known to college sports fans as the SEC), which brings millions of dollars to the state.

The SEC, along with two other collegiate sports conferences, made requests to the Arkansas legislature to carve out exemptions to the new concealed carry law allowing universities to prohibit concealed carry permit holders from carrying at sports venues and other locations or events.