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 Posted: Tue Sep 3rd, 2013 09:21 pm
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clawmaster wrote: http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/06/michael-beasley-arrested-on-possession-of-marijuana-charges/

Michael Beasley arrested on possession of marijuana charges

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Aug 6, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

Michael Beasley once told David Kahn that his days of smoking marijuana were in the past. They were apparently in the future too, though, because the Phoenix Suns forward was arrested early Tuesday morning after a Scottsdale police officer smelled marijuana after stopping the former No. 2 pick for a traffic violation.

Beasley has had his fair share of public issues with the drug, but he’s pretty much been able to stay out of trouble — and out of the limelight — over the past few seasons (save for when he got his car impounded after speeding). That doesn’t make Tuesday’s news anymore surprising, though, and will likely lead to further scrutiny for the former Kansas State product.

An abundance of details aren’t necessary when it comes to this sort of case, but the Scottsdale Police Department decided to post them on their website anyway with a headline titled “High Profile Arrest.”

On 08/06/13 at 1:15 am SPD made a stop for a traffic violation in the area of Scottsdale and McCormick Roads. As the officer approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana emanating from within the car. A search of the driver’s area recovered marijuana that was impounded. The driver, identified as Michael Beasley, was booked pending charges for possession of marijuana and released.

It’s unfortunate that a player once considered to have so much potential has continued to struggle with this problem, especially considering he’s no longer as productive as he once was — despite being a five-year pro that’s just slightly older than the college seniors drafted earlier this summer. The 24-year-old averaged a career-low 20 minutes during his first season with the Suns while also putting career-lows in the scoring (10.1), rebounding (3.8) and field-goal percentage (40.5) departments.


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Posted September 03, 2013
Suns release Michael Beasley, citing ‘personal and professional conduct standards’

By Ben Golliver

The Suns announced Tuesday the release of forward Michael Beasley, who spent just one troubled season in Phoenix.

Beasley, 24, was waived less than 14 months after he signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns. He was set to make $6 million in 2013-14 and $6.3 million in 2014-15, although only $3 million was guaranteed. In a statement, the Suns said they had reached a “termination agreement” with Beasley that “reduced” the compensation owed to Beasley and “increased” the team’s salary cap space over the next two seasons. The Associated Press reports that the agreement will cost the Suns $7 million.

It appears that a series of off-court incidents finally caught up to Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, even though he promised to reform his behavior when he arrived in the desert last summer.

“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” Suns president Lon Babby said in a statement. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”

Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession in August, which marked the third time during his tenure in Phoenix that he had found himself in hot water. In May, it was reported that Beasley was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. (Beasley has not been charged but the case is still open, according to the Arizona Republic.) In February, news broke that Beasley was cited on Jan. 25 for multiple driving violations for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone at 1:10 a.m. in a Mercedes that did not have a license plate. Beasley was driving on a suspended license and a loaded gun was found in the vehicle. Suns management did not discipline Beasley after the incident.

“We have high standards for all of our players,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough, who was hired earlier this summer, said in a statement. “We expect them to represent the team and the community in a positive manner both on and off the court.”

It has been a long and rocky road since Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft after earning Big 12 Player of the Year honors during his one season at Kansas State. Before playing his first game for the Heat, Beasley was fined $50,000 for his role in a marijuana-related incident at the Rookie Transition Program. He spent time in a substance abuse treatment center in 2009 before the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves after just two seasons.

Upon acquiring Beasley, then Timberwolves president David Kahn called him ”a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana” before he arrived in Minnesota. Beasley was later pulled over for speeding and cited for marijuana possession by Minnesota police during the 2011 lockout. He also shoved a fan in the face during a lockout exhibition game in New York and sued his former AAU coach, alleging that he had received improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.

When he was introduced by then Suns GM Lance Blanks last summer, Beasley claimed that he was a changed man.

“I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy,” Beasley said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m confident to say that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”

Beasley averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 40.5 percent for the Suns, who finished 25-57, the worst record in the Western Conference.

The Suns parted ways with Blanks in April and hired a new coach, Jeff Hornacek, in May.



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from tsn.ca:



Basketball star Lamar Odom has been charged with a misdemeanour count of driving under the influence, nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Friday that the charges stem from Odom's Aug. 30 arrest in the San Fernando Valley.

The husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was taken into custody after a sobriety test.

The California Highway Patrol said Odom's car was observed travelling in a "serpentine manner."

The 33-year-old Odom could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 27.

After spending the 2012 season with the Dallas Mavericks, Odom returned to the Clippers last year. He became a free agent at the end of the season.



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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/13/arrest-warrant-issued-for-charles-rogers-2/

Arrest warrant issued for Charles Rogers
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 13, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

Former Lions draft bust Charles Rogers is in trouble with the law again.

An arrest warrant was issued for Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, after he failed to appear in court this week.

Rogers is currently facing charges on five different misdemeanors, and this is the fourth time in the last year and a half that an arrest warrant has been issued for him, according to MLive.com.

Rogers has been in and out of drug treatment and has been in trouble for, among other things, leaving a threatening message on his mother’s answering machine.

The 32-year-old Rogers lasted just three seasons and caught just 36 passes in the NFL.



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49er Linebacker Alton Smith arrested for DUI for the second time in two years this morning.



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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been sentenced to six months in prison by a U.S. court.

A judge in California ruled earlier this week that the 71-year-old had violated a term of his probation on a perjury conviction.

A spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office says he must also serve six months house arrest.

The prison sentence is to start Dec. 9.

Evidence showed Pocklington submitted a false monthly income report to his probation officer last year.

His lawyer had asked Pocklington not be sent to jail because he must care for his ailing wife, who recently suffered heart failure and received a pacemaker.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/23/adam-pacman-jones-arrested-again/

Adam “Pacman” Jones arrested again
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 23, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is in trouble with the law again.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol told WCPO in Cincinnati that Jones was cited for disorderly conduct after a car he was a passenger in was pulled over at about 2:30 a.m.

The driver of the car was stopped for speeding and ended up charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence after refusing a field sobriety test.

Jones was then arrested for the disorderly conduct charge, a misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this is at least the eighth time Jones has been arrested since he was drafted in 2005.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell began cracking down on players who misbehave off the field, Jones was the poster boy for NFL troublemakers, and off-field issues nearly derailed his career, causing him to miss the entire 2007 season, part of the 2008 season and the entire 2009 season. More recently Jones has said he has changed his ways and learned to avoid off-field trouble, although this is his second arrest of the year. He was previously arrested for hitting a woman at a Cincinnati bar, and he is scheduled for trial on October 7 on that charge.



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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford police say former pro football player Hugh Douglas has denied charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and told investigators that marks on her neck were from rough sex.

The 42-year-old former defensive end with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars was charged with strangulation and assault early Sunday at a Hartford hotel.

A police report says Douglas' girlfriend alleged Douglas grabbed her throat in a hallway and slammed her into the walls while carrying her to their room.

Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., posted $50,000 bail and is due in court Oct. 21.

A man who answered a phone number for Douglas hung up without commenting Wednesday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The former ESPN analyst played in the NFL from 1995 to 2004.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/29/bernie-kosar-arrested-on-suspicion-of-dui/

Bernie Kosar arrested on suspicion of DUI
Posted by Josh Alper on September 29, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been open about the troubles he’s faced since the end of his playing career, including brain trauma and financial issues.

It looks like he has another problem to deal with. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kosar was arrested early Sunday morning and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Kosar was pulled over for speeding at 2:42 a.m. ET by officers from the Solon Police Department in suburban Cleveland. Officers smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and administered sobriety tests at the scene, according to a press release from the police. He was then taken to a police station without incident.

Among the troubles that Kosar has discussed were issues with alcohol and pain medication, although Kosar indicated they were in the past in a 2009 interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Concerns about Kosar’s well-being were front and center after a 2012 radio interview that featured Kosar slurring his words and speaking incoherently. Kosar has since returned to broadcasting work, although not without incident this preseason when he was quite harsh in his assessment of the St. Louis Rams.



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Police: NBA legend Bill Russell had gun at airport

By KIRO 7 STAFF

SEATTLE, Wash. —

NBA legend Bill Russell was cited Wednesday at Sea-Tac International Airport for bringing a gun into a prohibited area, KIRO 7 has confirmed.

Russell, who won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and coached of the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings, had a permit for the gun and was released. His background check was clear, an airport spokesman said.

Russell’s .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was found at a security checkpoint Wednesday evening during routine screening of carry-on baggage, TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers said in a statement. Russell was cited by Port of Seattle police on a state charge, she said.

Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage.  But those items can be transported in checked baggage provided a traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.

Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.

In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA will levy a civil penalty against a passenger who brings a firearm to the security checkpoint, Dankers said. The recommended civil penalty ranges from $3,000 to $7,500, but each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, she said.

Russell spent his career as a center for the Celtics from 1956 to 1969 and also won a gold medal in 1956 as captain of the U.S. national basketball team. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Russell was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

He first was a player-coach for the Celtics and became coach of the Supersonics in 1983. He became Sacramento’s coach in 1987.

Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, Russell also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 for his efforts during the civil rights movement. Russell, 79, lives on Mercer Island, a city about a mile and a half east of Seattle.



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We've had current athletes, former athletes, son and daughters and even mascots in this thread but I'm pretty sure this is the first time a wife has been included.




from sports.yahoo.com:


There’s a certain camaraderie that exists between baseball wives and girlfriends. After all, no one understands their unpredictable situation and lifestyle better than they do, not even their baseball playing significant others. But it appears in the case of Maria Peguero, wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, the bond of trust and understanding was abused. According to a Seattle Times reports, she’s accused of using a debit card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to make nearly $180,000 in online purchases.

Here’s more from the report:

Maria Jacqueline Peguero is charged in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with three counts of wire fraud, which carries a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Maria Peguero has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond and under the supervision of federal community Pre-Trial Services, according to the court docket.

Randy Adamack, the Mariners’ senior vice president for communications, said team officials are “aware of this pending police matter, but are not in a position to discuss it further.”


According to the report, Peguero allegedly made 60 transactions with Sandra Hernandez's debit card in total. She was eventually traced and tracked down through an email that connected to her Twitter account. On Twitter, she was spotted wearing some of the items that were purchased with the card, so the investigation proved to be an easy one for authorities.

It turns out Peguero has a checkered past, as well. According to court documents, she was arrested in 2010 for allegedly shoplifting a number of items from a local TJ Maxx store in Edinburg, Texas.

For his part, Carlos Peguero denied knowing what she was doing. Though one would think he had to wonder where some of the new items were coming from if it wasn't coming out of his paycheck. Just a real strange story all around. At this point, it's probably safe to assume Maria Peguero, proven guilty or not, won't be invited to sit in wives section at Safeco Field next season if her husband is still a member of the team.

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http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/10/trailblazer_thomas_robinson_ci.html

Portland Trail Blazers' Thomas Robinson cited for driving 107 mph on Interstate 5

Portland Police cited Thomas Earl Robinson, of the Portland Trail Blazers, for driving his Porsche 107 miles per hour on Interstate 5 on Friday, Oct. 25.

An officer “observed a white 2013 Porsche Panamera traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau, in an email. “The officer’s LIDAR would clock the vehicle at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.”

Robinson, 22, a power forward, was acquired by the Blazers in June during a trade with the Houston Rockets.

Robinson was cited for violation of the Basic Rule (100 MPH +), which carries a fine of $1,150, Simpson said.

Robinson was polite and cooperative during the encounter, Simpson said.

On Sunday morning, Robinson tweeted the following: "Apologies for that speeding ticket rip city gotta be more careful with watching the speed limit my first and last one tho for sure"

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Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov arrested for domestic violence.



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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault in what authorities are calling a domestic violence incident.

Police released few details about the case Wednesday night during a brief news conference and declined to elaborate, other than to say it involved someone who Varlamov was in an intimate relationship with.

Sgt. Steve Warneke said the 25-year-old Russian goalie went to police Wednesday at about 6 p.m. Warneke didn't know if Varlamov had an attorney.

An email was left by The Associated Press with Varlamov's agent.

The Avalanche said in a statement they were aware of the allegations but wouldn't comment further until the conclusion of the investigation. Varlamov practiced with the team earlier in the day.

Varlamov was still in custody Wednesday night, and was due in court for his first court appearance at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the Denver County sheriff's website.

Asked if Varlamov will be treated any differently in custody because of his celebrity status, Warneke said: "I don't know what happens once they get to Denver Sheriff's, if they do any particulars for high profile, in regards to keeping them safe.

"I do know we consider every criminal prosecution equally important," Warneke said. "We're concerned about the rights of the victim, the rights of everybody involved. Our goal every time is to provide everybody with a fair and balanced opportunity to go through the judicial system without corrupting that through releasing things that could jeopardize any sort of criminal case."

Acquired from Washington in a 2011 trade, Varlamov is 7-1 this season with a 1.76 goals-against average. On Sunday night, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 home victory over Winnipeg.

The Avalanche play at Dallas on Friday night and Varlamov was scheduled to start. His backup, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, has been just as good in net, recording two shutouts.

Varlamov is in the midst of a resurgent season under new coach Patrick Roy and a staff that includes goalie guru Francois Allaire, who once mentored Roy and Giguere.

Between Roy and Allaire, they've restored Varlamov's confidence a year after he allowed three goals a game. Varlamov said he credits his improvement to Allaire altering his form in goal. Just minor tweaks, he said, but wouldn't elaborate on the specifics of what they were.

Whatever was changed, it has been paying off as he's among the NHL leaders in goals-against, wins and save percentage (.945).

After practice Wednesday, Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson said it was "pretty cool to see Varly transition into an elite NHL goalie.



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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov's agent says his client will be cleared when the facts come out regarding his arrest on domestic violence charges on Wednesday night.

"My client is completely innocent of these charges," Paul Theofanous told Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.

Varlamov, according to Denver police, was arrested on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges stemming from an incident on Tuesday and turned himself in on Wednesday.

He appeared before a judge on Thursday and his bond was set at $5,000.

Meanwhile, a Russian government official is claiming that Varlamov's arrest is part of a scheme to prevent Russia from winning the gold medal in men's hockey at next year's Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

"I'm confident of Semyon's innocence," Russian parliamentarian Igor Ananskikh told a Russian news agency R-Sport. "I think it is a sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics."

He was expected to go head-to-head with fellow countryman Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the starting job in net for Russia.

Varlamov is in his sixth NHL season and third with the Avalanche. He has gone 7-1 this season during the team's 10-1-0 start.

The Avalanche play at Dallas on Friday night and Varlamov was scheduled to start in goal. Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy declined to comment on his goaltender's situation overnight, telling The Fan 1043 Radio in Denver that the team will evaluate goalie situation for Friday.

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Those darn sneaky Americans.


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Semyon Varlamov isn't just the starting goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche, he's also arguably the favorite to be the starting goaltender for the Russian Olympic team when the Games get under way in Sochi, Russia this February.

After developments on Wednesday night led to the arrest of Varlamov on domestic violence-related charges in Denver, it, among other things, put his and Russia's Olympic plans in some peril. It didn't take long for some in Russia to already shout sabotage.

Indeed, a lawmaker in Russia thinks this is all just a big ploy to hurt the Russians' chance at gold as RSport reports.

"I'm confident of Semyon's innocence," State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh said. "I think it is sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics," said Ananskikh, a member of Russia's most outspoken nationalist party, LDPR.

Ananskikh said the parliament's physical training and sports committee that he heads would do everything possible to follow and influence the situation, without going into any detail.


Well let's see here; USA Hockey IS based out of Colorado Springs, not all that far from Denver. Perhaps they could have put Varlamov's girlfriend up to reporting a fictitous crime to the police for the sake of the Olympic Games. Sounds reasonable enough ...

OK no, no it doesn't at all. You knew that something like this was going to come out of Russia before anything even happens beyond an arrest. I'm wondering how somebody half the world away can be sure of Varlamov's innoncence in this case.

Especially intriguing is the part where the lawmaker claims they will do what they can to influence the decision because, you know, the Olympics are more important than the legal system doing its job and determining the facts. It's a rather ridiculous reaction, yet one that's not surprising in the least.

But if Ananskikh really has figured out USA Hockey's dastardly plan and is still unable to do anything about it and influence the decision, they always have Sergei Bobrovsky.



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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/09/vikings-jerome-simpson-arrested-on-dwi-charge/

Vikings’ Jerome Simpson arrested on DWI charge
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 9, 2013, 12:03 PM EST

Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Simpson was in Hennepin County Jail this morning. A jail spokesperson said Simpson was arrested after he refused a breathalyzer. He was booked at 5:39 a.m.

Simpson was sentenced to three years’ probation in April of 2012 after he pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge. He was also suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season. That past could put him in further trouble both legally and with the league office.

The team released the typical boilerplate statement that teams release when players are suspended.

“The Vikings are aware of the matter involving Jerome Simpson. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time,” the statement said.

Simpson leads the Vikings with 491 receiving yards this season.



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