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If the mods agree, maybe they could sticky this, and anytime a sports related person gets in trouble with the law those posts can be consolidated and discussed here.

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Nice to see Marshawn hasn't learned that motor vehicles can be dangerous objects.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was seen weaving from lane to lane on Interstate 880 in the Oakland, Calif., area on Saturday morning, leading to his arrest for investigation of DUI.

An incident report released by the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday described Lynch driving a Ford Econoline van and having two near collisions with two other vehicles driving in adjacent lanes.

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Authorities say Lynch was pulled over around 3:20 a.m. PT Saturday in Emeryville and showed signs of intoxication. After multiple field sobriety tests, Lynch was arrested and booked into jail, where he was cited and later released. Lynch took a chemical test.

Teresa Drenick, director of communications for the Alameda County district attorney's office, said Lynch was scheduled for an Aug. 14 preliminary court appearance and that any decision on charging Lynch will be made by then.

Drenick said the office has yet to receive the police report from the CHP.

The Seahawks said in a statement late Monday that the team is "aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information."

Lynch's agent didn't immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Lynch signed a four-year contract in March that will keep him in a Seattle uniform for the prime of his NFL career. The contract is worth $31 million, including a guaranteed $18 million. Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.


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Lynch came to Seattle during the 2010 season in a trade with Buffalo and after his career with the Bills stalled. Lynch ran into problems off the field in Buffalo, but stayed clear of trouble with the Seahawks until now.

He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years' probation, and was suspended three games by the league for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.

That was Lynch's second run-in with the law following a hit-and run-accident in Buffalo in May 2008. In the earlier incident, he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted to driving away after striking a woman with his car near Buffalo's downtown bar district.

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Hitting a woman is always less than manly, but hitting your mother is on a whole other level of lowliness.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela, on Saturday, according to DeSoto, Texas, police captain Ron Smith.

Angela Bryant calls 911

The 911 call Dez Bryant's mother, Angela Bryant, made to DeSoto, Texas, police after the Cowboys receiver allegedly assaulted her.

The rest of the story can be read here. http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/8173444/dez-bryant-dallas-cowboys-allegedly-assaulted-mom-police-say

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foolio wrote:
Hitting a woman is always less than manly, but hitting your mother is on a whole other level of lowliness.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela, on Saturday, according to DeSoto, Texas, police captain Ron Smith.


I heard Mama Bryant was badmouthing Tony Romo and Dez finally snapped.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: foolio wrote:
Hitting a woman is always less than manly, but hitting your mother is on a whole other level of lowliness.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela, on Saturday, according to DeSoto, Texas, police captain Ron Smith.


I heard Mama Bryant was badmouthing Tony Romo and Dez finally snapped.

Or maybe She told Him that the only thing He could catch was a Cold or the Clap.

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foolio wrote: Hitting a woman is always less than manly, but hitting your mother is on a whole other level of lowliness.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela, on Saturday, according to DeSoto, Texas, police captain Ron Smith.

Angela Bryant calls 911

The 911 call Dez Bryant's mother, Angela Bryant, made to DeSoto, Texas, police after the Cowboys receiver allegedly assaulted her.

The rest of the story can be read here. http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/8173444/dez-bryant-dallas-cowboys-allegedly-assaulted-mom-police-say

But isn't his mother a prostitute? He was probably just pimp slapping her to get her back to work.

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/07/rams-de-robert-quinn-arrested-for-dwi/1#.UAhk0KCWh3Q

Rams DE Robert Quinn arrested for DWI

NFL players have been making headlines recently and not for the right reasons.

St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn has joined that list after it was reported that he was arrested on July 10 at 6:44 a.m. for driving while intoxicated in Florissant, Mo. He posted bond and was released later that night, according to KSDK.com.

In addition to the drunken-driving charge, Quinn is charged with failure to exercise a high degree of care, and with having no insurance.

Quinn was drafted with the No. 14 pick last season after attending the University of North Carolina. He had 23 tackles and five sacks during his rookie campaign.

The Rams have issued the following statement:

    "The Rams and the NFL office are aware of the situation regarding Robert Quinn. We take such matters very seriously, and we will act accordingly once the legal process plays out."

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright have been arrested this month as well for the same crime.

On June 13, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell  sent out a memo regarding the recent surge of DUIs around the league, warning the players of the consequences of their actions.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/20/report-kenny-britt-arrested-for-dui/

Report: Kenny Britt arrested for DUI
Posted by Josh Alper on July 20, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

Another day, another NFL player arrested for driving under the influence.

According to Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been arrested for DUI. Details on the arrest are still developing outside of the fact that it took place in Fort Campbell, an army base which is on the line between Kentucky and Tennessee. According to the report, Britt and teammate Tommie Campbell were bringing a female soldier back to the base when guards at the gate stopped the vehicle.

If true, this isn’t Britt’s first brush with the law. He had three bouts of legal trouble in 2011 for charges ranging from theft-by-deception to leading police on a car chase and resisting arrest. That led to a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell that did not achieve its goal of scaring Britt straight if the radio report is true. He wasn’t suspended because the incidents came during the lockout, but Britt’s record dates back beyond that — seven previous arrests altogether — something that’s sure to impact a decision about punishment from the league.

Britt has spent this offseason rehabbing the ACL and MCL he tore in his right knee early last season. Britt has had two surgeries on that knee and recently had one on his other knee. His recovery from those surgeries was a big concern for the Titans this offseason and now it appears we can add a possible suspension to that list.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn have also recently been arrested on charges of driving drunk.

UPDATED: Via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, the Titans have issued the usual boilerplate team statement in light of the report. “We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering more facts.”

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Report: Chiefs cornerback Donald Washington arrested
Posted by Mike Florio on July 20, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

For 32 NFL teams, training camps can’t open soon enough.

Yet another player has been arrested, again for drunk driving.  According to 97.9 XFM in Effingham, Illinois, Chiefs cornerback Donald Washington was arrested there on Thursday.

Stopped on I-70 for speeding on Thursday afternoon, an Illinois State Police trooper detected the odor of marijuana.  He found a small quantity in a backpack in the trunk.

He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, speeding and driving on a suspended license.

Bond was set at a whopping $20,000.  Washington reportedly is due in court on August 23.

Washington, who played college football at Ohio State, is entering his fourth NFL season.  He appeared in 12 games with three starts in 2011 and 12 games with two starts in 2010.

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It amazes me how much NFL players are to stupid to take advantage of the free rides every team offers them if go out and get drunk

When I was in the Navy, my ship had it set up with 2 cab companies in San Diego that anyone could call them and get a free ride back to the ship, and the command would pay for the ride and then the person would reimburse the ship on the next payday

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One of the Detroit Lions got arrested for the second time this offseason

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/lions-berry-arrested-again-pennsylvania-162834768--nfl.html

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry has been arrested in Pennsylvania for the second time this offseason.
Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department says Berry was taken into custody early Saturday morning on three charges of simple assault. Gautsch says there ''was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident''
Berry, who is from Harrisburg, was also arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts.
The Lions released a statement Sunday saying they're disappointed by the reports of Berry's second arrest and are currently gathering information.

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The Lions cut Aaron Berry earlier today for his latest transgression.

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mike3775 wrote: It amazes me how much NFL players are to stupid to take advantage of the free rides every team offers them if go out and get drunk

When I was in the Navy, my ship had it set up with 2 cab companies in San Diego that anyone could call them and get a free ride back to the ship, and the command would pay for the ride and then the person would reimburse the ship on the next payday

Maybe because, technically...that isn't a free ride. :tongue:

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DaNkinator wrote: mike3775 wrote: It amazes me how much NFL players are to stupid to take advantage of the free rides every team offers them if go out and get drunk

When I was in the Navy, my ship had it set up with 2 cab companies in San Diego that anyone could call them and get a free ride back to the ship, and the command would pay for the ride and then the person would reimburse the ship on the next payday

Maybe because, technically...that isn't a free ride. :tongue:
But even the Commissioner has stated several times that teams offer FREE rides if needed and they want athletes to use them.  To me, by the way many seem to drive drunk, they think they are to good to ride in a plain old common taxi like a lowly peon.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/27/cardinals-defensive-end-sued-for-assault/

Cardinals defensive end sued for assault
Posted by Mike Florio on July 27, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

A lawsuit for assault has been filed in Michigan. The good news is that it doesn’t involve any member of the Lions.

Cardinals defensive end Ronald Talley, a Detroit native, has been sued this week for allegedly smashing a champagne bottle over the head of 30-year-old Robert Ford on March 26, according to the Detroit News.  The alleged injuries include glass shards piercing Ford’s skull.  He needed 13 staples to close the wound.

The lawsuit, which joins as defendants the recently-closed bar where the incident occurred and five bouncers, claims that Talley was visibly intoxicated, but that he was still being served alcohol.

Ford claims that the bouncers dragged him out of the bar, where he was “left to die in the alley.”

The bar in question closed “voluntarily” on July 16, after a shooting.

Talley, an undrafted free agent in 2010, appeared in six games last season. He played college football at Delaware.

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August 11, 2012

DAVIE, Fl. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic violence Saturday night, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Associated Press confirms that Johnson, 34, is accused of head-butting his newlywed wife, Evelyn Lozada, during an argument while the couple was inside a vehicle in front of their home in Davie, Fla.

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DAVIE, Fl. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic violence Saturday night, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Associated Press confirms that Johnson, 34, is accused of head-butting his newlywed wife, Evelyn Lozada, during an argument while the couple was inside a vehicle in front of their home in Davie, Fla.


What a Dumb Ass.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has been arrested in San Antonio after federal officials say he tested positive for marijuana use.

Using illegal drugs would violate the terms of Hurd's $100,000 bond that kept him free pending his federal drug conspiracy trial. That trial was to have begun in Dallas on Monday but has been postponed until Oct. 9.

Hurd is a former Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys player. He and others are accused of trying to buy large quantities of marijuana and cocaine to launch a drug-distribution network. The 26-year-old Hurd was arrested last December outside a Chicago-area steakhouse, and he was cut shortly afterward by the Bears.

Hurd has pleaded not guilty. Messages left with his attorneys Thursday weren't returned.

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from ktar.com:

Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mark Grace was arrested for a DUI on Thursday night and he could be looking at an extended stay in prison.

After consulting with a Valley attorney, KTAR has learned that if Grace is convicted of his second DUI within the past seven years, that he would be sentenced to a mandatory 90 days in jail, 60 of which could be suspended if he attends alcohol classes.

If Grace is convicted of an aggravated DUI, a felony, he would get prison time, though it is unclear how long he would be sentenced to, as the time given is dependent on numerous variables. The average sentence in these cases is 2.5 years.

When police made contact, they determined that Grace was driving without his interlock device, which is a Class 4 felony. A conviction of driving without the required interlock carries a prison sentence of one year to 3.75 years, followed by probation.

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He fucked. If he gets off on the interlock charge, heads will roll in that office

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/18/michael-turner-jailed-for-dui-hours-after-mnf/

Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrated his team’s Monday night win in the Gwinnett County Jail Tuesday morning.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Turner was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding early Tuesday morning.

He was booked into jail around 5 a.m., and posted a $2,179 bond about an hour ago, but no other details of the arrest were available.

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Another Falcons arrest yields another perfunctory statement
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 24, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

When Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested last week, the team issued issued a perfunctory statement about it. When Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested today, the team recycled its perfunctory statement.

“We are aware of the news regarding John Abraham. We are in the process of gathering more information and we will have no further comment at this time,” the Falcons’ statement, released a few hours after Abraham’s arrest on Monday, said.

That’s not much different than the previous statement that the team released when Turner was arrested for drunk driving: “We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”

So the Falcons changed the names of the players, changed “situation involving” to “news regarding,” and hit the same notes about gathering information and having no further comment.

Abraham was arrested for obstructing police and firefighters who were responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump off a building. Given those odd circumstances, Abraham may have to issue more than a perfunctory statement to explain.

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In other words, Abraham yelled "jump, you chickenshit!" or something similar.

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MLB Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was arrested for DUI last night in Illinois -- after allegedly driving his truck into the middle of a freakin' corn field ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to law enforcement sources, the New Lenox PD received a call about a car in the middle of a corn field around 7:20 PM.

When police arrived, officers say they found Fisk behind the wheel of his F-150 -- which had a flat tire -- and he appeared to be fast asleep. We're told cops also found an open vodka bottle in the vehicle.

Fisk was placed under arrest on the scene on suspicion of DUI -- and taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up. We're told he refused a blood alcohol test. His car was impounded.

Fisk was released this morning.

FYI -- Fisk's arrest comes almost exactly 37 years to the day when he hit the 12th inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

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Man he ain't aging well

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mike3775 wrote:
Man he ain't aging well

Well he will be 65 in December.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: mike3775 wrote:
Man he ain't aging well

Well he will be 65 in December.
He looked when I saw him in Chicago last year.  Never have suspected he that old

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Baltimore Orioles All-Star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges involving the use of information prior to the takeover of a medical device company in California, authorities said.

In 2008, DeCinces was told by a close friend and official at Advanced Medical Optics Inc. that Abbott Laboratories planned to pay $21 to $23 a share for the company's stock, prosecutors said. At the time, Advanced Medical Optics was trading for about $8 a share.

DeCinces began buying Advance Medical stock based on that information and passed along the takeover details to three friends because he wanted to make up for previous investment recommendations that had gone bad, prosecutors said.

When Abbott's offer was made public, DeCinces sold his newly purchased shares and profited about $1.3 million, court documents show. Abbott acquired Advanced Medical Optics in January 2009.

DeCinces' three friends each bought and sold Advanced Medical stock and made anywhere from $140,000 to nearly $350,000, authorities said.

Also indicted on insider trading charges were David Parker, 60, of Provo, Utah; Fred Scott Jackson, 65, of Newport Beach, and Roger Wittenbach, 69, of Lutherville-Timonium in Maryland.

DeCinces, 62, was charged with 42 counts of securities fraud and one count of money laundering. Each of the fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. DeCinces is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17.

"To put it mildly, we do not agree with the decision to bring a criminal case against Doug DeCinces," said Gordon Greenberg, DeCinces' attorney. "But the proper place to have this resolved is in the courtroom and not on the courthouse steps."

Messages left for the other defendants' lawyers were not immediately returned.

The Securities and Exchange Commission previously filed a civil lawsuit against DeCinces that was settled last year when the former major leaguer agreed to pay $2.5 million. In the lawsuit, federal authorities named James Mazzo, Advanced Medical's former CEO, as the person who told DeCinces about the pending deal.

Mazzo is a senior vice president at Abbott and is not facing criminal charges. In August, in response to the SEC lawsuit, Mazzo's attorney said his client would be fully exonerated after a review of the evidence.

Also caught up in the insider trading case was Hall of Famer and DeCinces' former teammate Eddie Murray, who agreed in August to pay nearly $360,000 to settle federal civil charges. Federal investigators said DeCinces told Murray about the impending takeover. Murray neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.

DeCinces was a third baseman during 15 seasons with the Orioles, California Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He currently is president and CEO of a real estate development firm in Orange County.




 


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Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault following a fight Wednesday morning on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

According to the University police department, Alford -- a freshman quarterback at the school and a third round draft pick by the Blue Jays in the 2012 amateur draft -- and another student engaged in a fight that involved two guns.

The university's newspaper, The Student Printz, reported Thursday the two men were held in Forrest County Jail without bond Wednesday night.

Both Alford and the other student arrested have been placed on interim suspension, with expulsion a possibility, according to the university's dean of students.

Alford was ranked 36th in Baseball America's pre-draft ranking, but he slipped to the third round (112th overall) over fears he wouldn't sign in order to pursue a career in football.

Following the draft, the Blue Jays signed Alford to a deal that would allow him to play football at Southern Mississippi University in the fall, and baseball in the Blue Jays minor league system once the school year ended.

After signing with Toronto, Alford appeared in five games this past summer with the Blue Jays' Gulf Coast League affiliate before heading to Southern Mississippi to play football.

A Blue Jays spokesperson said Thursday the club is aware of the incident involving Alford but they do no comment on matters before the court.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/30/49er-demarcus-dobbs-arrested-after-single-car-accident/

49er Demarcus Dobbs arrested after single-car accident
Posted by Josh Alper on November 30, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

You can fill in one inactive for the 49ers’ game against the Rams right now.

Defensive tackle/tight end Demarcus Dobbs will not travel with the team to St. Louis after he was arrested early Friday following a single-car accident. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Dobbs has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors for the accident, which occured around 3:45 a.m. in Santa Clara.

“He was involved in a crash and we suspect he was under the influence of alcohol,” California Highway Patrol Officer D.J. Sarabia said. “He was not injured and he was also arrested for possession of marijuana.”

Dobbs has been a key part of the teams’ special teams units in all 11 games this season. He turned 26 on Friday, which may explain the late night. The 49ers released a statement on Friday about their response to the arrest.

“The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Demarcus Dobbs. We are gathering the relevant facts as it pertains to this situation,” the statement reads. “We have been in contact with both Demarcus and the League office. He will not be making the trip to St. Louis, and we will reserve further comment at this time.”

The 49ers promoted linebacker Michael Wilhoite from the practice squad. Per Maiocco, he should be active and playing on special teams Sunday.

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Dallas Cowboys DL Josh Brent arrested on undisclosed charges
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3:18PM EST December 8. 2012 - Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been arrested and is being processed on undisclosed charges in Irving, Texas, according to Irving police.

A police spokesman wouldn't confirm any charges until processing is completed later Saturday afternoon. WFAA, a TV station in Dallas-Fort Worth, is reporting Brent will be charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter in a fatal crash.

Tim Beckman, the head coach at the University of Illinois, tweeted Saturday afternoon Cowboys defensive end Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad, has passed away.

Brent and Brown both played at Illinois. Their careers overlapped from 2007-09.

Richie Whitt of CBSDFW.com is reporting the Cowboys players were told Brown died in the accident.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told USA TODAY Sports: "It's sad. Very sad. It's tragic for everybody."

Jones said they are still in process of gathering facts, and that he can't say more at this point.

Brent, 24, is a former supplemental draft selection who has started five games this season in place of injured starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Brent was to start this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals but will not make the trip.

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More on this story.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/08/cowboys-jerry-brown-dead-teammate-josh-brent-charged/

Cowboys’ Jerry Brown dead, teammate Josh Brent charged
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 8, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown has died in an early morning car crash, and Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in Brown’s death.

The police department in Irving, Texas, has confirmed that Brown died in a crash early this morning and Brent (whose legal name is Josh Price-Brent) was charged.

“Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash; therefore, Price-Brent was asked to perform field sobriety tests,” a statement from the Irving Police Department said. “Based on the results of the tests, along with the officer’s observations and conversations with Price-Brent, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to an area hospital for a mandatory blood draw. Once it was learned that the passenger of his vehicle had died as a result of the crash, Price-Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of Intoxication Manslaughter.”

Brown and Brent were friends and teammates at Illinois before becoming teammates again with the Cowboys. Brown was 25.

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MLB Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was arrested for DUI last night in Illinois -- after allegedly driving his truck into the middle of a freakin' corn field ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to law enforcement sources, the New Lenox PD received a call about a car in the middle of a corn field around 7:20 PM.

When police arrived, officers say they found Fisk behind the wheel of his F-150 -- which had a flat tire -- and he appeared to be fast asleep. We're told cops also found an open vodka bottle in the vehicle.

Fisk was placed under arrest on the scene on suspicion of DUI -- and taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up. We're told he refused a blood alcohol test. His car was impounded.

Fisk was released this morning.

FYI -- Fisk's arrest comes almost exactly 37 years to the day when he hit the 12th inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.



Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, two months after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield.

Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling.

Fisk's attorney, Stephen White, said in Will County court that Fisk wanted to accept responsibility for what he did.

"He stepped up to the plate," White said.

New Lenox police found Fisk unconscious in the truck on Oct. 22 and said there was an open bottle of vodka on the floor. New Lenox is about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

Fisk became part of an unforgettable baseball moment while playing for the Boston Red Sox when he belted a 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. He played 11 seasons with the Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox.






You just know that f*ckin' lawyer has been waiting for 2 months to use that line. :tongue:

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Former LB Joey Porter arrested on bad check charge



December 24, 2012

The last time we heard from linebacker Joey Porter, he was finishing up his 13-year pro career in Arizona last year, where he played just six games and totaled just 16 tackles and one sack. In the offseason, the 35-year-old officially retired as a member of the Steelers organization, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career.
Now, according to the Bakersfield Californian, Porter is in jail after having been arrested on Friday on a felony warrant for writing a check with nonsufficient funds.
According to police, Porter was pulled over Friday evening in Bakersfield, and it was discovered that Clark County (Nev.) officials had issued a warrant for his arrest. He was booked at 11:26 p.m.
According to the Kern County sheriff's office, Porter's anticipated release date is Monday, but that's subject to change.





How in the fuck can he be broke already?   Oh, that's right.  another guy who liked to hang around in titty bars and casinos.   Another genius.

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Steelers cut RB Chris Rainey after arrest in Florida


3:40p.m. EST January 10, 2013






The Pittsburgh Steelers cut running back Chris Rainey several hours after he was arrested in Gainesville, Fla.on one count of simple battery (dating violence) Thursday morning following an argument with his girlfriend over his cell phone.
"Chris Rainey's actions this morning were extremely disappointing," Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

According to a press release from the Gainesville Police Department, Rainey, 24, began pulling the victim from the passenger side of his roommate's vehicle before witnesses observed him slap her across the face with an open hand. After the victim ran away, Rainey allegedly chased her down because his cell phone was in her bag and grabbed the bag, knocking both of them to the ground.

Officer Ben Tobias, spokesman for Gainesville PD, said Rainey admitted to trying to grab the purse to get his phone but denied slapping her.

"We do have at least two witnesses that saw that part of it," he said.
Rainey told police that the woman fell out of the car when he went to reach for her purse and that he chased her after she ran away. The two fell to the ground, Rainey said, when he tried to grab the purse again.

Rainey, who has reportedly been dating the victim for nine months, was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department and transported to Alachua County Jail for booking.
The running back will remain in the Alachua county Jail at least until Friday morning when he will have a first appearance in court, Tobias said.

Rainey went to college in Gainesville, starring as a running back for the University of Florida football team before being selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

This isn't the first time Rainey has spent time in the Alachua County Jail in relation to his conduct with women. Rainey was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated stalking in September 2010 and accepted deferred prosecution for a lesser charge of misdemeanor stalking after he texted his on-again, off-again girlfriend of three years, "Time to Die bitch."

The victim supported the reduction in charges and released a statement following the conclusion of that case.

"We have known Chris Rainey for three years and never during that time has he displayed any violent or threatening behavior towards us or anyone," she wrote. "His actions that night were out of character for reasons unknown to us, which is why we stood up in court on his behalf."

As he was in 2010, Rainey is being represented by Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, who frequently represents current or former UF players in court.
Reached Thursday afternoon, Johnson said he had spoken with Rainey but could not provide comment at this time.

Rainey played a sporadic role in the Steelers backfield as a rookie this season, contributing mostly on special teams, where he returned 39 kicks for 1,035 yards as the team's primary kick returner.



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Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after spousal abuse charges are filed

By David Brown | Big League Stew – 5 hours ago

Given a choice, Milton Bradley probably would prefer the days when we wrote stories about him raging at umpires or reporters. Bradley's alleged rage at his wife might have much more serious implications on his life.

Bradleyfaces serious prison time — up to 13 years — after city prosecutors in Los Angeles charged him with 13 misdemeanor counts Friday, including assault with a deadly weapon. All of the charges relate to his wife's accusations of spousal abuse.

From the Associated Press:

    Bradley's attorney, Harland Braun, says his client denies the charges and contends that his wife made up the allegations.

    The couple, who have two children, are separated and in the middle of a contentious divorce.

So that's Milton's side. TMZ has a few more details on the accusations. If they're true, Bradley has acted despicably to say the least:

    The charges break down like this: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of vandalism and 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report.

    As TMZ first reported, Milton's wife Monique filed a domestic violence report with the LAPD back in November 2012 ... claiming he tried to choke her, with two hands, when she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their kids.

    Bradley was arrested in August 2011 for allegedly attacking Monique with a bat, and in March 2012 he allegedly threatened her with a knife and said, "You’ll be dead b-tch before you divorce me."

Bradley, 34, hasn't played baseball since the Seattle Mariners let him go in 2011, but his skills clearly have been eroding since 2008. This story, no matter how it plays out, probably seals his career fate (if it wasn't already sealed before).

Bradley often behaves as if the world has been out to get him. But a lot of people could say the same thing, yet they haven't acted out with such antisocial behavior. It all can't be someone else's fault. That just won't fly, no matter how wronged you have been. If Bradley ever tried to get the mental and psychological help he apparently needed, it didn't seem to stick. It's an unfortunate situation, all the way around.

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Ryan Leaf sent to prison after threatening drug treatment staffer
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 17, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

Ryan Leaf’s life has taken another sad turn, as he was kicked out of his residential drug treatment program and sent to prison.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that Leaf, who was sent to treatment after twice getting caught stealing prescription painkillers, has been moved from a treatment center to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

“The Montana Department of Corrections terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement,” a Montana probation and parole administrator said in a statement. “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”

Leaf got a seven-year sentence for drug and burglary charges in June, but if he was able to successfully complete drug treatment he was expected to serve only about 15 months. It is unclear how much prison time Leaf will now have to serve in Montana. Leaf was previously given a 10-year suspended sentence in Texas in 2010, and he may have to serve some or all of that sentence after completing his time in Montana.

In other words, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft may be in prison for many years.

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Todd Helton arrested for DUI in Colorado

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Feb 6, 2013, 2:20 PM EST

Todd Helton was arrested last night in Colorado and charged with driving under the influence.

Helton was pulled over at 2:39 a.m. and 9-NEWS in Colorado reports that “a witness contacted Thornton Police when they witnessed a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck driving erratically.” He was then booked, processed, and released to a “responsible party.”

Here’s an official statement from the Rockies addressing the arrest:

    We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.

    Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

As always it’ll be interesting to see the media, fan, and MLB reaction to this relative to, say, steroids stuff.

UPDATE: Helton also released an official statement of his own:

    Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

    I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.

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Saban: arrested Tide players suspended indefinitely
Posted by John Taylor on February 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

And there you have it.  The king of college coaching has spoken.

In a statement released shortly after one was issued by his boss, Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed that the four players arrested Monday — running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams – have been indefinitely suspended.  As was the case with athletic director Mal Moore‘s statement, however, Saban did not address their long-term future with the program.

    The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.

Williams was charged with second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card as the result of two separate incidents that allegedly involved the beating and robbing of two UA students.  Hayes and Pettway were charged with second-degree robbery, while Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

The robbery charges the three are facing are felonies.

Williams was also arrested the day before for carrying a pistol without a permit.

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Larry Bird's Son Arrested


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Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird’s college-age son could be in a world of trouble if a nasty batch of allegations about the 21-year-old are true. According to police in Bloomington, Ind., Connor Bird allegedly attempted to run his ex-girlfriend over with a car on Sunday after she got out off his vehicle following several arguments.

For Bird, the list of allegations goes on — the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Bird’s list of charges will include “battery with injury, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.” So, allegedly, drugs on him while attempting to run someone over with a car. Sound work. Allegedly.


From Bill McCleery at the Star:

Trouble began, police said, after Bird and the ex-girlfriend got into a dispute Sunday at Bird’s Bloomington apartment. Bird threw a cell phone at the female, police said.
Later, police said, Bird waited at his ex-girlfriend’s home and took her to a parking lot to talk things over. There, however, they got into another fight, police said, and the girl got out of Bird’s car with the intent of walking back to her home. That’s when, police said, Bird twice tried to hit the woman with his car. Another IU student witnessed the incident, police said, and took the female to the Indiana University Police Department.


According to TMZ, Connor Bird was also arrested in 2011 for “underaged drinking and disorderly conduct.”

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And speaking of son's of former NBA players:


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A Texas jury sentenced the son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel to 60 years in prison Friday in the shooting death of a longtime friend.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, 22, received the punishment after his father wept on the witness stand and apologized to the family of the victim, Bradley Bassey Eyo. The same jury in Dallas County in North Texas found the younger Van Exel guilty of murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction.

Nickey Van Exel fatally shot Eyo in December 2010 and dumped his body at Lake Ray Hubbard on the eastern outskirts of Dallas. His attorney had said the two were playing with a shotgun at Nickey Van Exel's Garland home and that Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.

Nick Van Excel, who played 13 seasons in the NBA including a stint with the Dallas Mavericks and is now a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks, testified about the happy times he and his son spent together, including with Eyo.

He recalled the time that he took his son and Eyo to a 2006 NBA Finals game in Miami between the Heat and the Mavericks.

"And they were about the only guys there cheering for the Dallas Mavericks," he said. "It's dangerous when you go to an arena cheering for the other team."

The elder Van Exel broke down at one point while speaking in court. He then apologized to Eyo's family.

"I'm really sorry to the Eyo family. Nobody should have to go through something like this. Nobody," he said, as he looked at Eyo's family members who were in the courtroom.

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Da’Quan Bowers arrested for carrying gun at airport
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 18, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been arrested for carrying a gun at an airport.

NBCNewYork.com reports that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning after police discovered he was illegally carrying a handgun. Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag as he was attempting to get on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is expected to appear in court on Monday evening.

A 2011 second-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, Bowers missed the first six games of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon but returned in time to play in 10 games and record three sacks last season.

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Da’Quan Bowers arrested for carrying gun at airport
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 18, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been arrested for carrying a gun at an airport.

NBCNewYork.com reports that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning after police discovered he was illegally carrying a handgun. Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag as he was attempting to get on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is expected to appear in court on Monday evening.

A 2011 second-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, Bowers missed the first six games of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon but returned in time to play in 10 games and record three sacks last season.



The stupidity here is absolutely stunning. I can't wrap my head around what the thought process must have been in deciding it was a good thing to carry a gun in your carry-on bag into an airport.

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J’Marcus Webb arrested on drug charges
Posted by Mike Florio on February 27, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler could be shoving left tackle J’Marcus Webb.  Again.

According to KFVS in Chicago, Webb was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Webb was released after paying 10 percent of $5,000 in bail.  His next court date is in March.

A seventh-round pick in 2010, Webb is signed through 2013, at a base salary of $1.323 million.

UPDATE 2:23 p.m. ET:  The Bears have issued a statement regarding the incident.  “We are aware of the recent arrest of J’Marcus Webb in Pulaski County, Illinois,” the team said.  “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”


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Evan Rodriguez arrested in Miami
Posted by Mike Florio on March 21, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

When it comes to player arrests, the 2013 offseason has been fairly quiet.  But not silent.

Bears tight end Evan Rodriquez was arrested in Miami for resisting arrest without violence, according to CBS Miami.

The “Special Incident Notification Form” obtained by one of our NBC colleagues indicates that the incident occurred at 11:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.  According to the form, Rodriguez was arrested “[a]fter impeding a DUI arrest and refusing to comply with police directives.”  (It’s unclear whether Rodriguez or someone else was being arrested for DUI.)

A fourth-round pick in 2012, Rodriguez had a pair of incidents while playing college football.  As Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times explained it last year, Rodriguez was accused of felony assault while at West Virginia, following an alleged altercation with a female residence hall advisor.  Rodriguez then transferred to Temple, where he was arrested for disorderly conduct.The Bears nevertheless rolled the dice.  And the cubes have come up snake eyes.

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And speaking of son's of former NBA players:


from espn.com







A Texas jury sentenced the son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel to 60 years in prison Friday in the shooting death of a longtime friend.

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, 22, received the punishment after his father wept on the witness stand and apologized to the family of the victim, Bradley Bassey Eyo. The same jury in Dallas County in North Texas found the younger Van Exel guilty of murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction.

Nickey Van Exel fatally shot Eyo in December 2010 and dumped his body at Lake Ray Hubbard on the eastern outskirts of Dallas. His attorney had said the two were playing with a shotgun at Nickey Van Exel's Garland home and that Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.

Nick Van Excel, who played 13 seasons in the NBA including a stint with the Dallas Mavericks and is now a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks, testified about the happy times he and his son spent together, including with Eyo.

He recalled the time that he took his son and Eyo to a 2006 NBA Finals game in Miami between the Heat and the Mavericks.

"And they were about the only guys there cheering for the Dallas Mavericks," he said. "It's dangerous when you go to an arena cheering for the other team."

The elder Van Exel broke down at one point while speaking in court. He then apologized to Eyo's family.

"I'm really sorry to the Eyo family. Nobody should have to go through something like this. Nobody," he said, as he looked at Eyo's family members who were in the courtroom.



Not that surprising to see him shooting, because if he's anything like his dad, he damn sure wasn't passing.

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Pretty sure Pops Van Exel was suspended for attacking a ref after a call went against him

Turns out I recall correctly:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Er_-XZW4E

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Police: Former Dolphins receiver Mark Duper beat son unconscious
6:48p.m. EDT March 21, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper is facing charges he beat up his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home.

Jacksonville police say the 54-year-old Duper, following his arrest Wednesday, spent the night in jail before posting a $5,000 bail and being released Thursday afternoon.

Police say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times Wednesday night, twice knocking him out.

Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green said he witnessed the brawls and that Marcus Duper started the fight and his father acted in self-defense.

Duper caught 511 passes for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns in his 11-year career with Miami.

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Rams corner Trumaine Johnson arrested for DUI
Posted by Josh Alper on March 22, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson didn’t have to pay any price for sleeping through his first practice of training camp, but he might not be as lucky after getting arrested on Friday morning.

Johnson was arrested in Missoula, Montana early on Friday morning on a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to KPAX in Missoula. Johnson was booked into the Missoula county jail at 3:05 a.m. and released after posting a $700 bond about an hour later.

Johnson, a third-round pick last April, played in all 16 games and started three as a rookie. He had 31 tackles and a pair of interceptions, ending the year as the team’s nickel back behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.

Jenkins’ red flags got more attention after the draft and when he was benched by coach Jeff Fisher for a game last season, but Johnson also came into the league with some baggage. He was arrested, tased and charged with obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during his time at Montana during a post-game incident in which alcohol was involved.

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Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton indicted for murder

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Apr 2, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

Back in August 2011 former NBA player Javaris Crittenton — you remember him, the other guy from the Gilbert Arenas gun incident — was arrested for his ties to a drive-by shooting that killed a mother of four in Atlanta. He was released on bond but the case had yet to go to trial. (In the mean time, Crittenton was arrested on domestic abuse charges.)

Now Crittenton has been indicted on murder charges, according to a tweet from WSB television in Atlanta (hat tip to Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline).

"BREAKING: Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been indicted on murder charges. @TVRyanYoung will have the latest on Ch. 2 at 5."

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Yovani Gallardo arrested for DUI
Craig Calcaterra Apr 16, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Brewers’ right-hander/stupid, careless person Yovani Gallardo was arrested for DUI last night, reports Drew Olson of ESPN Wisconsin:

Gallardo, a 27-year-old right-hander, was driving westbound on Interstate 94 near Miller Park when he was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. for driving slowly and deviating lanes. McLaughlin said Gallardo failed a field sobriety test and later registered a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit in Wisconsin (.08).

Three times. No excuse.

And sadly, Gallardo will receive more derision and, potentially, more advere consequences due to his 6.61 ERA than he ever will for his .22 BAC.

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William Moore arrested for battery

Posted by Mike Florio on April 18, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

A relatively quiet offseason for the NFL’s legal docket had a blip on the radar screen Thursday.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons safety William Moore has been arrested for simple battery.

“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information,” a Falcons spokesperson told Ledbetter. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”

Moore signed a five-year, $30 million deal last month to remain in Atlanta. He’ll now be spending some of that money on a person who has “Esq.” in his or her title.

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Sportscaster Al Michaels arrested charged with DUI

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Sportscaster Al Michaels arrested charged with DUI


From USA Today,

Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels, who has delivered some of the most memorable calls in recent sports history, was arrested Friday night and spent five hours in Santa Monica (Calif.) City Jail, charged with driving under the influence.

Michaels, play-by-play announcer for NBC's Sunday Night Football, went through a DUI/driver's license checkpoint that had been set up by the Santa Monica Police Department. According to its website, officers were looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with penalties ranging from jail time, license suspension, DUI classes and fines.

According to the Daily News of Los Angeles, Michaels was stopped Friday at about 10 p.m. PT, and, by various media outlets, including CNN, was said to be extremely cooperative with police.

Santa Monica police Sgt. William Heric told the Daily News that Michaels was "evaluated for suspicion of DUI" and that a breathalyzer test came out at .08, right at the legal limit.

"So he was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning," Heric told the Daily News.

Michaels, 68, is scheduled for a June 26 appearance at Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Greg Hughes, a spokesman for NBC Sports, told the Associated Press that the company "is aware of the situation" and has been in contact with Michaels. Hughes had no further comment.

According to Lt. Jay Trisler in a release on the Santa Monica Police Department web site: "All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. Over the course of the past year, traffic collisions involving impaired drivers/riders were involved in 91 collisions; which have killed 3 and injured 28 people."

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New Raven Rolando McClain arrested for disorderly conduct

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Rolando McClain’s career with the Raiders fell apart in large part because of his inability to stay out of trouble off the field. Now his time with the Ravens is off to a bad start.

McClain, the linebacker who signed with the Ravens this month after being cut by the Raiders, was arrested on Sunday night in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama.

WHNT reports that McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident at a local park. Witnesses said they saw McClain cursing at police officers before he was handcuffed and taken away.

McClain’s previous arrests have included everything from assault to driving with windows that were tinted too darkly.

The 23-year-old McClain was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft and was the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker for most of his three seasons in Oakland. But his talent may not be enough to outweigh his off-field troubles, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Ravens cut him.

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New Raven Rolando McClain arrested for disorderly conduct

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Rolando McClain’s career with the Raiders fell apart in large part because of his inability to stay out of trouble off the field. Now his time with the Ravens is off to a bad start.

McClain, the linebacker who signed with the Ravens this month after being cut by the Raiders, was arrested on Sunday night in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama.

WHNT reports that McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident at a local park. Witnesses said they saw McClain cursing at police officers before he was handcuffed and taken away.

McClain’s previous arrests have included everything from assault to driving with windows that were tinted too darkly.

The 23-year-old McClain was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft and was the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker for most of his three seasons in Oakland. But his talent may not be enough to outweigh his off-field troubles, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Ravens cut him.


The guy is a loser.

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Quentin Groves arrested for solicitation

Posted by Josh Alper on April 24, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

It didn’t take Browns linebacker Quentin Groves long to get in trouble in his new town.

Groves, who signed with the Browns as a free agent earlier this offseason, was arrested for solicitation. According to a report in Cleveland Scene magazine that has been confirmed by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Groves was arrested at a hotel after responding to an ad from a prostitute promising “full service” that turned out to be a sting run by police in the towns of Beechwood and Orange along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Groves allegedly agreed to a price for sex acts on a call before arriving at the hotel — one hour of time for $100 with an additional $20 for a particular sex act – and became one of 14 men arrested as part of the operation. The report also states that $195.70 and a box of Magnum condoms were seized as evidence in the arrest, which took place while the Browns were holding a minicamp last week. Groves was not absent for any of that minicamp.

Groves, who signed a two-year deal with the Browns, is due in court on May 10. Neither the Browns nor Groves’ agent responded to requests for comment.

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Yankees prospect Mason Williams charged with DUI
Aaron Gleeman Apr 25, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams was arrested early this morning and charged with a DUI, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger.

Williams was the Yankees’ fourth-round pick in 2010 and has emerged as an excellent prospect, with both Baseball America and MLB.com ranking him among their top 50 overall heading into this season. He’s currently playing at high Single-A as a 21-year-old.

McCullough reports that police stopped Williams for speeding and weaving in traffic, at which point he failed a field sobriety test even though his blood-alcohol level was slightly below the legal limit.

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Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig arrested in Tennessee
Bill Baer Apr 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times has the details:

"Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested by police in Chattanooga, Tenn., early Sunday and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance.

A spokesman for the Hamilton County jail confirmed that Puig was booked Sunday morning and released a short time later. He has a hearing scheduled for the afternoon of May 14 in Hamilton County court."

Puig, rated the #47 overall prospect by Baseball America going into the season, was hitting .333 with a 1.010 OPS in 52 plate appearances with Double-A Chattanooga. The Dodgers signed the 22-year-old Cuban on June 27 last year on a seven-year, $42 million contract. Puig seemed to be on the fast track to the Majors. His arrest this morning is his first bump in the road.

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A former NBA All-Star is accused of squatting in a home in Arizona and then trying to make money from it. Chris Gatling played for eight NBA teams during his 11-year NBA career. Stability wasn’t a reality for him while in the NBA. Apparently that is still the case as the former professional basketball player has been charged with various criminal offenses, which include theft, forgery and identity theft.

According to a police report, Gatling moved into a Paradise Valley home without the owner’s permission by breaking into a key box. He lived in the home from July 2010 to August 2011. The power was on and it was furnished, but the owner of the home lives in California. Not content with just hanging out in someone’s home, Gatling then decided he wanted to rent out the house he was squatting in. So naturally he put an ad on Craigslist.

The ad said: "800-dollars — 4 bedroom Ex-NBA — Paradise Valley Home for rent with pool and utilities included."

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Ex-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was quietly arrested for child abuse back in February ... 3 days after he was cut by the team ... TMZ has learned.

Boley -- a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI -- had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.

The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.

Here's what we know ... Boley's case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 ... but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell TMZ ... Boley pled guilty to child abuse -- and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.

Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.









Seems the NY Giants were hip to Boley's legal issues ... 'cause he was unexpectedly cut by the team on February 5 ... 3 days before Boley turned himself in to authorities. Boley is currently a free agent, on the hunt for a job.

A rep for Boley had no comment -- but sources connected to the NFL star tell us Boley plans to comply with the terms of the plea deal.

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Browns draft pick busted for DUI

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

Character concerns were part of the reason Armonty Bryant fell to the seventh round of the draft.

And though he promised only days ago he had changed his ways, those concerns were proven valid.

According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns defensive end was arrested for DUI in Oklahoma Friday, less than a week after he was drafted.

He was arrested in Ada, Okla., and according to the police report, the arresting officer had to perform the breath test 10 times because Bryant couldn’t or wouldn’t properly complete it. When he did it right, he blew a .098. After his arrest, he refused a blood test.

“We are aware of the incident and are now in the process of collecting more information,” Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said in a statement. “We will not have any further comment.”

Bryant was suspended three games last season at East Central (Okla.) University when he was arrested for twice selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer, both times in the college’s parking lot.

On April 27, he told Browns reporters he had learned from his previous trouble.

‘“Good people make mistakes’ is something that I’ve always been told by my [college] coach,” Bryant said. “I feel like it was just a stupid move on my part. I should have been more mature about the situation and be more focused on football, which is something I really want to do with my life.

“Now that I’ve gotten that second chance, I feel like I won’t let anyone down. I won’t let myself, the people around me or the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them for taking this chance on me.”

The Browns sent defensive line coach Joe Cullen (who knows about putting trouble, if not pants, behind him) to work out Bryant prior to the draft.

“Looking into his background with coach Cullen out there, as well as our scouting staff, we felt like [Bryant] is past the mistakes he has made and ready to move on,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said April 27.

Apparently not.

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Otis Nixon arrested with “a crack pipe in his pocket”
Aaron Gleeman May 6, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

Longtime big leaguer Otis Nixon, who just a few months ago was accused of scamming the families of prison inmates out of money, was arrested over the weekend after police found him in possession of crack cocaine.

Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has more details:

Nixon, 54, had a crack pipe in his pocket and a crack rock in his vehicle when he was stopped on I-575 early Saturday, according to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. …

“Otis admitted to me that the substance was crack cocaine but it didn’t belong to him,” a deputy wrote in the report. “Otis said the crack cocaine and the pipe belonged to his son.”


Nixon passed a field sobriety test and is currently being held on $11,880 bond.

Even when he was a leadoff man/center fielder who stole 620 career bases Nixon always looked like he was about 50 years old, but now that he’s actually 54 years old he appears to be about 104 in the mugshot. Bad times.

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Otis Nixon arrested with “a crack pipe in his pocket”
Aaron Gleeman May 6, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

Longtime big leaguer Otis Nixon, who just a few months ago was accused of scamming the families of prison inmates out of money, was arrested over the weekend after police found him in possession of crack cocaine.

Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has more details:

Nixon, 54, had a crack pipe in his pocket and a crack rock in his vehicle when he was stopped on I-575 early Saturday, according to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. …

“Otis admitted to me that the substance was crack cocaine but it didn’t belong to him,” a deputy wrote in the report. “Otis said the crack cocaine and the pipe belonged to his son.”


Nixon passed a field sobriety test and is currently being held on $11,880 bond.

Even when he was a leadoff man/center fielder who stole 620 career bases Nixon always looked like he was about 50 years old, but now that he’s actually 54 years old he appears to be about 104 in the mugshot. Bad times.

"Yeah officer, this crack isn't mine! I'm holding it for my son!"

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Nixon looked like he was on crack dating back to the early 1990's. 

Mugshot is scary.

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Suns’ Michael Beasley under investigation for sexual assault
Kurt Helin May 7, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

Phoenix Suns’ forward Michael Beasley is under investigation by Scottsdale police for a potential sexual assault back on Jan. 13, according to ABC News 15 in Phoenix.

“At this point we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” said David Pubins, Scottsdale police spokesman. “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we may have to try and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.”

There have been no charges filed and we do not know the details of what he is accused of doing. So don’t jump to conclusions here.

But it seems at least another bump in an already rocky NBA career for the former No. 2 overall pick in 2008. He has never matured into the scorer scouts thought he could be. Matured being the key word.

Beasley has two years remaining on the three-year, $18 million contract he got from current team president Lon Babby and fired GM Lance Banks. Now this falls in the lap of new GM Ryan McDonough – welcome to the job. The Beasley signing was one of the truly big misses of last free agency — with Steve Nash gone the Suns wanted someone to take over the role as leading scorer during as the team was rebuilt. Beasley was given every chance to grab that role but averaged a career low 10.1 points a game, didn’t seem to grasp how bad he was, and was eventually benched. After that he said he was basically done listening to people around the team for advice.

Beasley also was picked up by police last January for speeding in a car without a license plate while he had a suspended license. The team did not discipline him at that time.

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Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested twice in 15 hours on Sunday in southern California.

According to a Moreno Valley Police Department report, Young arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he made an illegal left turn in front of a patrol vehicle at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Young was booked into jail and received a citation before he was released.

That afternoon, Young was spotted jumping a fence at a tow company where his Ford Mustang was impounded and arrested for burglary when police determined he was trying to retrieve his car. He again was booked into jail.

Young, a second-round draft pick from Boise State in 2011, ran into trouble numerous times last season with the Lions and was released on Feb. 4. He punched a teammate last spring, then lined up in the wrong spots during a game on Nov. 18 and was sent home. He ended the season on injured reserve with a knee problem.

Two weeks before he was released, he tweeted that unless the ball was thrown to him more he didn't want to play any longer.

The St. Louis Rams claimed Young off waivers but soon let him go. The 23-year-old Young is currently without a team.

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Former Patriots, Saints CB Randall Gay arrested

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 9, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

The offseason is a worrisome time for NFL players, even when they’re not NFL players any longer.

According to Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, former Patriots and Saints cornerback Randall Gay was arrested after a disturbance at a Baton Rouge bar.

Gay was charged with entry or remaining on premises when forbidden, two counts of simple battery, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Which is a lot of words for what sounds like a bar fight.

Police also arrested a woman, Desha Penco, for interfering with police officer and simple damage to property when she tried to kick out the window of the police car. Penco is listed as Gay’s wife in his Saints bio.

Both were released on bond this morning.

Gay won a national championship at LSU, and a pair of Super Bowls in the NFL. He retired after the 2010 season, which he finished on injured reserve after suffering a concussion.

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The trifecta for Titus Young!!

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Titus Young arrested on burglary, assault charges

Posted by Mike Wilkening on May 12, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young has again run into off-field trouble.

Young was arrested this weekend in San Clemente, Calif. on charges of burglary, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest, Lt. Joe Balicki of Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to PFT on Sunday afternoon.

Young is currently being held on $75,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday, Balicki said. The burglary and assault charges are felonies, Balicki said, with the resisting arrest charge a misdemeanor.

According to Balicki, the incident unfolded around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night when a homeowner contacted authorities alleging someone was inside her home. When sheriff’s officers arrived, they found Young outside the home, Balicki said. According to Balicki, Young ran away from officers. After a “brief” pursuit on foot, there was a “physical altercation,” Balicki said, with Young alleged to have fought officers before being taken into custody. Neither Young nor officers were hurt, Balicki said.

Earlier in the week, the 23-year-old Young was arrested on DUI and burglary charges.

Young showed promise in two seasons with the Lions, but the club released him in February. The Rams picked him up, but he lasted just 10 days with St. Louis. In his last game with the Lions, he is alleged to have lined up wrong on purpose, and the club essentially twice banished him after the incident.

The Detroit News first reported news of Young’s latest arrest earlier Sunday.

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Colorado QB Jordan Webb, lineman Alex Lewis arrested for assault
POSTED: 05/12/2013 11:25:55 AM MDT
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Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Colorado offensive lineman Alex Lewis were booked Saturday on charges of second-degree assault from an incident Friday night, according to a Boulder County Sheriff's report.

Lewis, the starting left guard who announced Friday he was transferring to Nebraska, was also charged with two counts of harassment.

"Jordan's exact involvement in this incident is still being investigated," first-year Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement.

"We continually stress the importance of appropriate behavior to our players and do not tolerate any detrimental conduct in our football program. Once all of the facts come to light, if Jordan is found responsible for any misconduct, he will be disciplined according to team rules.

"As for Alex Lewis, as of Friday he was off of the team when he did a media interview and announced that he is transferring to Nebraska. Since he is no longer a Colorado Buffalo, it will be up to Nebraska to decide what discipline he might face."

Lewis' attorney, Donald Brenner, said on his way to Boulder on Sunday that he doesn't know any details.

"From my preliminary investigation, my client got involved in a bad situation," Brenner said. "Justice will play itself out."

Webb, who started most of last year's 1-11 campaign, had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee this past spring and hoped to return by late September.

Lewis and Webb were not available for comment.

Second degree assault in Colorado is a felony and considered a violent crime — it carries a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.

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Ex-Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith gets six years in prison

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 13, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

Jimmy Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who is arguably the best player in the short history of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise, recently began serving a six-year prison sentence for gun and drug crimes.

Although it has gone largely unnoticed in the media, Smith has been in prison in Mississippi since March 29, and his tentative release date is November 8, 2018.

Smith was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine and two years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

It’s sad to see anyone end up like this, but it’s particularly sad for Smith because his NFL career ought to be an inspirational story of a guy who believed in himself when few others did — and was proven right. He played his college ball at Jackson State after no big-time schools gave him a look coming out of high school, and he persevered after his football career fizzled in his first three years in the NFL, with the Cowboys cutting him in 1993 and the Eagles cutting him in 1994. Through his first three years in the NFL, he hadn’t caught a single pass.

But when the expansion Jaguars picked Smith up in 1995, he became a star: He lasted 11 years in Jacksonville and topped 1,000 yards in nine of those seasons, and by the end of his career he had totaled 862 catches for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns. Unfortunately, off-field trouble also plagued Smith: He was arrested for drunk driving in 2001 and suspended four games in 2003 for a failed drug test. Now his drug problem has ensured that he’ll be behind bars for a long time.

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EAGLES STAR LeSEAN McCOY
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NFL superstar LeSean McCoy has been sued by a woman who claims the running back humiliated her on a party bus -- sprayed her with a beverage -- and then booted her from the ride on the side of the Jersey Turnpike.

According to the lawsuit filed by a woman using the alias "Mary Roe" ... the Philadelphia Eagles RB had invited 15 women to join him on a party bus that went from Philly to a NYC nightclub on December 18, 2012.

During the trip, the lawsuit alleges, McCoy, along with his bodyguard and a couple of other guys, began to spray some of the women with water.

Roe claims she protested the water spraying ... so McCoy ordered his bodyguard Big John to "get her."

In the suit, filed May 10 in Philadelphia, the woman claims McCoy and/or Big John proceeded to hit her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.

While she was on the floor, the men allegedly physically restrained her and poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes and body.

And if things couldn't get worse ... the woman claims McCoy and Big John then forcibly ejected her from the party bus on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

But some of the women allegedly complained to McCoy about Roe getting the boot -- so she was snatched back up from the side of the road and placed back on the bus.

The woman claims she was taken to a nearby rest stop -- where the football player once again ditched her -- and continued on with his party trip.

Roe is now suing for more than $50,000 in damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence. Roe says she suffered head trauma, a disc protrusion on her spine, bad sprains, contusions and bruises all over her body, and severe shock.

We reached out to McCoy's reps -- and the Eagles -- so far, no word back.

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Woman files sexual assault lawsuit against Nick Young
Kurt Helin May 15, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

A woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles against recent Sixer and now free agent Nick Young, claiming the guard met the woman at a bar, drugged and raped her two years ago, reports CBS 2 in Los Angeles and TMZ (via CSNPhilly.com).

The woman is seeking unspecified damages. This is not a criminal complaint against the Los Angeles native who played his college ball at USC and lives in his home town in the offseason.

According to the report, the woman says the two met at the Crown Bar in West Hollywood (and area of Los Angeles). The report, cititng the complaint, says that Young bought the woman and her friend a glass of champagne, and the next thing that she remembers she woke up at Young’s home naked and he said they were having intercourse until she passed out, then he stopped. The woman reports she went to the UCLA Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, where tests found GHB — a known date rape drug — in her system.

We caution you not to jump to conclusions here, we don’t have his side of the story, this is not a criminal complaint with a police investigation and charges by the state.

But it’s something Young is going to have over his head this summer.

The six-year veteran gunner from the two guard spot averaged 10.6 points a game for the Sixers last season. He is a free agent this summer.

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Mike Goodson taken into custody on drug, gun charges

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 17, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

New Jets running back Mike Goodson has always been known for his speed.

But it’s amazing how quickly he got off to a poor start with a new team.

According to News 12 New Jersey, Goodson was taken into custody this morning on drug possession and weapons charges.

Goodson and a companion were in a stopped SUV along a highway, and he was being taken to a nearby hospital when officers searching the vehicle found marijuana and a loaded handgun.

Signed to a $6.9-million deal this offseason, Goodson would have ostensibly been teamed with Chris Ivory in an interesting backfield pairing.

But there have been questions about whether he could be trusted going back to his days at Texas A&M, and those appear to have been appropriate.

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Report: Terrence Williams arrested in domestic violence case involving threats with a gun
Kurt Helin May 20, 2013, 7:58 AM EDT

Veteran NBA swingman Terrence Williams, who played last season with the Celtics, was arrested Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The charges stem from a domestic violence dispute in Kent, Washington (a city between Seattle and Tacoma that is part of the metropolitan area near where he grew up), according to the Kent Reporter.

The victim reported that the father of her 10-year-old son in common, identified as NBA basketball player Terrence D. Williams, arrived to her home for a scheduled visitation exchange of their son. She said during the exchange in the parking lot area an argument ensued. The victim reported that during the argument Williams brandished a firearm and made threats.

Williams left the area prior to police arrival, but was later located and taken into custody.


Williams was in police custody as of Sunday night, according to tweets from Chris Daniels of KING TV. The investigation is ongoing but police are booking him, Daniels reports.

Williams is currently under contract to the Boston Celtics for next season, however that is not guaranteed if he is waived before July 1, and only partially guaranteed if waived before Oct. 31. He joined the Celtics on a 10-day contract in February, stayed with them the rest of the season and actually caused some problems for the Knicks during their first round series against Boston.

Williams has played in four NBA seasons after the Nets took him with the No. 11 pick back in 2009 out of Louisville.

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Late last week the Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed to CBSSports.com that an arrest warrant was issued for free-agent wideout Chad Johnson (née Ochocinco) after he violated his probation stemming from a domestic violence arrest last summer.

Johnson turned himself in and has now been arrested by the sheriff, a search of the Broward County arrest database confirms.

Lest you think it could be a different Chad Johnson, a relatively sharp-looking mugshot confirms it is the former wideout:






Johnson pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge last summer and was given probation.

The wideout, who hasn't played in the NFL since a disappointing season with the Patriots in 2011, was tweeting throughout the time when he was rumored to be on the lam.

His account (@ochocinco) has been inactive since May 16, however, probably as a smart result of wanting to limit putting anything public out there.

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Seahawks QB Josh Portis arrested on suspicion on DUI

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on May 20, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

The Seattle Seahawks continue to deal with issues that will potentially affect the availability of their players on the field.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Portis was arrested and charged with a gross misdemeanor on May 5 after being pulled over on a freeway just outside of Seattle. The officer noted a “strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle” and Portis registered reading of .092 and .078 in tests following the stop. Washington’s legal limit is .08.

Portis was released from the Seahawks practice squad last November before being re-signed by the team in April. Portis has not played in a regular season since signing with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Portis was on the practice field and participated in the team’s first OTA workout on Monday. He faces a battle with Brady Quinn and recently signed Jerrod Johnson for possibly one or two roster spots at the quarterback position. Seattle only kept two quarterbacks on the roster last season.

Running back Marshawn Lynch still has a pending DUI case in California pending from an arrest last year. The case is set to go to trial in June.

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Report: Jones-Drew not charged yet with battery, may never be
Posted by Mike Florio on May 28, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Contrary to a report appearing earlier today in TMZ, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not been charged with battery.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that formal charges have not yet been filed against Jones-Drew, and that formal charges may not be filed against Jones-Drew.

“He’s not getting arrested,” an unnamed source told O’Halloran regarding Jones-Drew.

TMZ reported earlier today that Jones-Drew already has been charged with striking a security guard.

Whatever the situation, the Jaguars have issued the perfunctory non-statement statement.  “We are aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information,” the team said.  “Due to this being a legal matter, we’ll have no further comment at this time.”

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Cody Grimm arrested again for public intoxication
Posted by Darin Gantt on May 29, 2013, 6:17 AM EDT

So much for that quiet Memorial Day weekend.

Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm was arrested in Virginia on public intoxication charges, his second such arrest since March.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Grimm was arrested at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at a hotel in Leesburg, Va., where he was attending a wedding. Obviously it was quite a reception.

While that charge is a misdemeanor, it could create a bigger problem, since he was arrested in Christianburg, Va., on March 10 for the same charge. He was given a deferred disposition in that case, which would have allowed that charge to be dropped under certain conditions. I’m not the lawyer in this operation, but just guessing that getting arrested for the same thing two months later was not one of those conditions.

Coach Greg Schiano said in a statement from the team he was “disappointed.”

“Our players know our expectations on and off the field and we take these matters very seriously,’’ Schiano said. “When we feel we have obtained all the necessary information, we will act accordingly.”

Grimm wasn’t on stable footing with the Bucs anyway, having taken a pay cut this offseason to remain.

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Saints WR Joe Morgan busted for DUI
Posted by Mike Florio on May 29, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

So much for a quiet Memorial Day weekend.

While the Maurice Jones-Drew situation has not resulted in battery charges, news has emerged of a pair of arrests from the three-day holiday.

First, it was Bucs safety Cody Grimm, arrested Sunday for public intoxication. Now, it’s Saints receiver Joe Morgan.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Morgan was arrested Saturday for DUI.

Found asleep behind the wheel of his car, Morgan failed a field-sobriety test and later generated a blood-alcohol content of 0.218 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Morgan, who is expected to be the team’s No. 3 wideout in 2013, was released later in the day on $1,150 bond. Both the team and Morgan declined to comment.

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Bears’ Evan Rodriguez arrested for second time this offseason
Posted by Michael David Smith on May 31, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez was arrested for drunk driving early this morning.

Chicago sports radio station WSCR reports that Rodriguez was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage after he was pulled over on I-90 at 3:30 a.m.

The Bears have released the standard boilerplate statement that teams usually issue about player arrests about being aware of the situation and gathering more information.

This is the second time this offseason that Rodriguez has been arrested. In March, he was arrested in Miami for resisting an officer. That charge was later dropped.

A fourth-round draft pick out of Temple last year, Rodriguez played in 12 games as a rookie, starting five.

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Half of Rams’ 10-man 2012 draft class has gotten in trouble
Posted by Mike Florio on June 1, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

As former Titans coach Jeff Fisher tries to bring the same consistency in the standings to St. Louis, he’s well on his way to replicating one of his more overlooked accomplishments in Houston and Tennessee.

Rounding up problem children.

The well-respected coach takes more than his share of chances on players with less-than-respectable character traits.  It’s a Machiavellian mindset that trickled down to former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who has had plenty of dice rolls on bad guys come up craps during his time in Detroit.

Of Fisher’s first draft class in St. Louis, half of the 10 players taken already have found trouble at the NFL level.  Second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins, a known risk who slid out of round one, was suspended by the team for one game last year.  Second-round running back Isaiah Pead, who slid to third on the depth chart last season, will miss the first game of the 2013 campaign due to a suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, a third-round pick in 2013, was arrested for DUI in March.  Per one league source, Johnson had been removed from multiple draft boards last year after being suspended from his college team due to an alleged frat-house non-food fight, and for being arrested and Tasered in October 2011 after allegedly resisting arrest.

Receiver Chris Givens, a fourth-round pick, was suspended by the team last year, and guard Rokevious Watkins, a fifth-round pick, recently received a one-game suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy — which as with Pead implies some sort of legal violation relating to one of the substances covered by the policy.

Also, the team’s two seventh-round picks last year, while staying out of trouble in the NFL, had incidents off the field at lower levels of the sport.  Linebacker Aaron Brown was accused of misdemeanor assault while at Hawaii, and running back Daryl Richardson admits that he “got into a little trouble” in high school.

It all creates a strange disconnect for which Fisher rarely is questioned.  He’s a member of the league’s Competition Committee, and few in the media ever tie the propensity to pick college players of less-than-ideal character back to Fisher.  In contrast, whenever the Seahawks have a guy get suspended, people presume that coach Pete Carroll has responsibility, directly or indirectly, for the situation.

G.M. Les Snead, while not believed to have final control over the roster (especially since Fisher was hired before Snead), also deserves a mention on this point.  Snead came from the Falcons, where G.M. Thomas Dimitroff frowns on taking character risks.  However, Snead and Fisher have been smiling at their opportunities to get talented players later than they otherwise would have been available, but for the off-field issues.

It continued this year with linebacker Alec Ogletree.  Of the board in Dallas and presumably elsewhere, the Rams took him at the bottom of round one despite a suspension at Georgia and a pre-draft DUI.

Our goal isn’t to cause trouble for Fisher or Snead, both of whom we respect and like.  But the reality is that they have taken plenty of chances on players with issues unrelated to football ability, and for reasons neither known nor apparent the dynamic rarely has been mentioned, or even noticed, by the media.

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More legal woes for Mike Goodson
Posted by Darin Gantt on June 1, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

When it rains, it pours, and at the moment, Mike Goodson is getting soaked.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the troubled Jets running back has more problems than the recent gun and drug arrests, as he’s now being hit with another paternity suit in Houston by a woman demanding child support for four children.

According to court documents, Ashlee Wilson is suing for retroactive child support, lump-sum child support and health insurance.

She had filed suit against him in 2010 for support of three children, but never pursued it, without providing a reason why not. She was living with Goodson’s mother at the time. Wilson and the four children now live with her parents.

Goodson’s no stranger to such actions, as he’s had other paternity suits filed against him, and has been sued by a jewelry store for not paying a $56,000 bill, and has been evicted twice for unpaid rent and has failed to make car payments.

It’s not necessarily a surprise to see a new suit, with his name in the news (and the three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Jets generally mentioned therein).

Goodson’s a talented player, but his reputation for irresponsibility was well-known and there long before he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Panthers. And now that those problems are catching up to him, the Jets have to be wondering why they took a chance on him.

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A jury on Monday convicted former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley of abusing his estranged wife.

Bradley, 35, was convicted after a four-week trial of nine misdemeanor counts, including four counts of spousal battery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats, Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. He faces up to 7½ years in jail at his sentencing, which is scheduled for July 2.

Prosecutors said Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. The two have been married for five years and have two children together, but are separated and in the middle of a contentious divorce.

In one incident, Bradley pushed his wife against a wall and choked her after she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and wanted his friends to leave their home, police and prosecutors said.

"Domestic violence will not be tolerated, regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, and violators will be held fully accountable for their actions," City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.

A phone message left after business hours for Bradley's attorney Harland Braun was not immediately returned.

Bradley played 11 years with the Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

His playing history was marred by several confrontational outbursts. The Dodgers traded him to Oakland in 2005 after he threw a water bottle at fans and had a clubhouse run-in with a reporter. During his brief term with Seattle, he was suspended for a game for bumping an umpire and ejected for arguing a called third strike.

He's been a free agent since the Mariners released him in 2011.

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Indians closer Chris Perez investigated for drug possession

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Jun 5, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Indians closer Chris Perez, who’s currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, is being investigated for drug possession in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, according to Zack Meisel of MLB.com.

No further details are available yet, but Indians general manager Chris Antonetti issued the following statement:

Earlier this morning we were made aware of a situation involving Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River. We have talked with Chris and are currently in the process of gathering additional information.

In addition to his shoulder injury Perez recently made headlines for deleting his Twitter account in response to negative interactions following poor appearances for the Indians. Before going on the disabled list he had a 4.32 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings, serving up four homers and a .492 slugging percentage while blowing two of his eight save chances.

UPDATE: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that no arrest has been made yet and it’s an ongoing investigation, which is why police have yet to comment.

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an update on Chad Johnson

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday. Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind in court. McHugh says Johnson wasn't taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. McHugh also extended Johnson's probation for three months.




Johnson said in an interview with ESPN's "First Take" last Friday that the violation occurred because of a "miscommunication" with his probation officer. During the interview, Johnson said he understands he cannot afford any transgressions, big or small, and that he's willing to accept any consequences.

"I'm going to be OK," Johnson said. "I'm OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I'm at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I'm not sure. But I would like to."

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada during an argument in August. The "Basketball Wives" star immediately filed for divorce after barely a month of marriage.

Johnson was subsequently released by the Miami Dolphins. He previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.

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Indians closer Chris Perez investigated for drug possession

Aaron Gleeman

Jun 5, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Indians closer Chris Perez, who’s currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, is being investigated for drug possession in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, according to Zack Meisel of MLB.com.

No further details are available yet, but Indians general manager Chris Antonetti issued the following statement:

Earlier this morning we were made aware of a situation involving Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River. We have talked with Chris and are currently in the process of gathering additional information.

In addition to his shoulder injury Perez recently made headlines for deleting his Twitter account in response to negative interactions following poor appearances for the Indians. Before going on the disabled list he had a 4.32 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings, serving up four homers and a .492 slugging percentage while blowing two of his eight save chances.

UPDATE: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that no arrest has been made yet and it’s an ongoing investigation, which is why police have yet to comment.


 

 

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez and his wife pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog's name.

The pleas were sent by fax to suburban Rocky River Municipal Court by their attorneys.

The faxed pleas included a request that a requirement that the couple appear in person for a June 19 arraignment be dropped.

Police said they were tipped off by postal inspectors to suspicious packages mailed to the Perez home and arranged a delivery last Tuesday under surveillance. Police say Melanie Perez accepted two packages.

Authorities say Melanie Perez, whose maiden name is Baum, told the undercover officer delivering the packages that they were intended for her dog, named Brody. The package was addressed to Brody Baum.

According to investigative reports, Perez told drug agents with a search warrant that he had pot for personal use and pointed out two jars. Asked about any drugs or weapons by officers who went to the Perez home, Perez "volunteered to direct the officers to the location of it," an investigative report said.

The 27-year-old Perez and his 29-year-old wife were charged Friday with misdemeanor drug possession involving just over one-third of a pound of marijuana. Perez and his wife were released on personal bond.

Outside legal experts say the charge typically is handled like a traffic ticket and might result in a fine.

Under the drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its players' association, marijuana offenses generally result with the player undergoing a treatment program rather than discipline.

Perez has six saves this season but is on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder.

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lobo316 wrote: an update on Chad Johnson

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday. Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind in court. McHugh says Johnson wasn't taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. McHugh also extended Johnson's probation for three months.




Johnson said in an interview with ESPN's "First Take" last Friday that the violation occurred because of a "miscommunication" with his probation officer. During the interview, Johnson said he understands he cannot afford any transgressions, big or small, and that he's willing to accept any consequences.

"I'm going to be OK," Johnson said. "I'm OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I'm at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I'm not sure. But I would like to."

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada during an argument in August. The "Basketball Wives" star immediately filed for divorce after barely a month of marriage.

Johnson was subsequently released by the Miami Dolphins. He previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.


 

 


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Colts’ Joe Lefeged arrested on gun charges
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 29, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested overnight in Washington and taken to D.C. jail.

The Indianapolis Star reports that an employee of the jail confirmed that Lefeged was arrested, but no other information about what led to the arrest or what charges he is facing are currently available.

Lefeged grew up in the D.C. suburb of Gaithersburg, Maryland and played his college football at Rutgers. He has played in all 32 games since joining the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

A Colts spokesman said the team had no information about Lefeged’s arrest.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. ET: D.C. Police say Lefeged faces charges including carrying a pistol without a license and possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition. He was a passenger in a car that fled from police after a traffic stop, and when police eventually stopped the car, they found a gun they believe belongs to Lefeged.

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Milton Bradley gets 32 months for spousal battery

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Jul 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

A month after being convicted of abusing his wife, Milton Bradley was sentenced to 32 months behind bars on Tuesday.

Bradley, who faced up to 7 1/2 years, was convicted of nine misdemeanor counts after a four-week trial. Four of those counts were for spousal battery, and one was for assault with a deadly weapon. He threatened and attacked his wife five times between 2011 and ’12. The two are now in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Some tried to portray the much-maligned Bradley as more misunderstood than criminal during his tumultuous baseball career, but the lie was put to that after he his talent dwindled and he was forced out of the league. His career ended in 2011 after he hit .218 with two homers in 28 games for the Mariners. Overall, he hit .271/.364/.440 in 1,042 games over 12 seasons. He had his best year with the Rangers in 2008, when he led the AL with a .999 OPS in 126 games.

Bradley remains free on bond after appealing last month’s conviction. His next court date is in August.

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Facing sentencing for tax evasion, Zorich has negative net worth
Posted by Mike Florio on July 4, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

Former NFL defensive tackle Chris Zorich faces a July 12 sentencing on failing to file tax returns from 2006 through 2009.  Regardless of his jail time, Zorich has significant financial issues.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Zorich’s lawyer says the player’s obligation to repay $348,447 to his charity and $90,000 in back taxes and penalties exceeds his current net worth of $302,273.

“Chris Zorich’s true financial condition is that he faces heavy financial obligations, and he will be struggling to meet them for some time,” attorney Matt Lydon told a federal court in Illinois.

Zorich faces up to 16 months in prison, but there’s a chance he’ll get probation.

He already has paid more than $58,000 in back taxes.  Payments to the charity were suspended in April once Zorich’s cash flow went negative.

Zorich, 44, was a second-round draft pick of the Bears in 1991.  He played in Chicago from ’91 through 1996, finishing his career in 1997 with the Redskins.

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Giants’ Dan Connor arrested with knife at airport
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 6, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

Giants linebacker Dan Connor has reportedly been arrested for carrying a switchblade knife at Philadelphia International Airport.

Philadelphia TV station WPVI reports that Connor, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was arrested at 9 a.m. on Saturday when TSA agents spotted the knife and called police.

According to NBCPhiladelphia.com, Connor was charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

The 27-year-old Connor signed with the Giants in March. He played last season with the Cowboys after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers, who took him out of Penn State in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft.

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Broncos exec arrested for DUI, crashing into police car
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 8, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

This is the time of year NFL front offices worry the most about players.

But those front offices aren’t exempt from the concern, either.

According to CBS4 in Denver, Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested and jailed over the weekend on charges including DUI and crashing into a police car.

According to the report, Russell was involved in an accident in the town of Frisco, and then crashed into a police car in the nearby town of Breckenridge. An officer who was in the car was hospitalized with what was described as minor injuries.

“Any time anybody is impaired and hits a fully-marked police car that person should not have been driving in the first place,” said Colorado State Trooper Nate Reid. “It’s a dangerous profession.”

Russell was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance.

Russell was released on a $1,000 bond Sunday.

The former linebacker was viewed as John Elway’s heir apparent on the personnel side of the organization, and they even blocked the Chargers from interviewing him for their General Manager position this offseason.

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Authorities say Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness after a woman told police he touched her breast at a Las Vegas hospital while she was on a gurney earlier this year.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 30-year-old Chad Gaudin was arrested Jan. 27, although the case didn't attract attention at the time.

Police say Gaudin was drunk when he approached a 23-year-old woman on a gurney in the emergency room lobby at Desert Springs Hospital, told her she was gorgeous and touched her face and breast.
The newspaper reports a paramedic told Gaudin to leave the woman alone, but he refused, and security staff held him down until police arrived.

Gaudin has pitched as a starter and in relief. He's 2-1 this year with a 2.44 ERA.

Team officials didn't immediately return a call seeing comment Wednesday.

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Raiders’ Maiava charged with assault
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 10, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

And we have another delayed report of an AFC West arrest, but this one doesn’t involve the Broncos’ front office.

According to the Associated Press, Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava and his brother were charged with assaulting two men at a bar in Hawaii in March.

They were charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal property damage for the incident on March 17, allegedly causing bodily harm during a bar fight. That was four days after the Raiders signed him to a three-year, $6 million deal.

The Maiava brothers (nephews of wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) were served with a summons on July 2, when local prosecutors learned they’d be back on the island. They’ll be arraigned July 25.

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Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 11, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been arrested again.

Dennard, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail three months ago after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer, was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Dennard was pulled over in Lincoln, Nebraska around 2 a.m. after he was spotted by officers straddling a lane line. He reportedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

In addition to his 30-day jail sentence, Dennard was given two years of probation for assaulting a police officer, and this arrest could be considered a probation violation. The judge in his assault case said she would allow Dennard to wait until after the 2013 NFL season to serve his 30-day sentence; it is not clear whether this arrest will make the judge reconsider that.

Dennard could also face NFL discipline, and it’s possible that the league will consider him a repeat violator of the personal-conduct policy, even though the assault on the police officer happened before he was drafted by the Patriots.

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Scottie Pippen Sued For $4M Over Malibu Fight
July 12, 2013 9:04 AM

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is being sued over a fight last month at an upscale Southern California restaurant that left an autograph-seeker hospitalized with a head injury.

The $4 million lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court says 49-year-old plaintiff Camran Shafighi simply asked Pippen for a photograph for his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son.

Instead, the suit says, Shafighi got a “brutal and unjustified physical attack” that included spit in the face, a shove, and a punch that sent Shafighi to the ground.

“At no time did or could Mr. Shafighi physically provoke or fight back, as he was knocked unconscious with the first blow,” the lawsuit says.

Sheriff’s officials, who were still investigating the incident, said Pippen voluntarily came into a station to be questioned and was cooperative. He was not arrested and no charges have been filed.

Investigators at the time said that Pippen had been dining June 23 with his family at Nobu, a restaurant on the beach in Malibu frequented by celebrities.

Shafighi was taking pictures of Pippen inside the restaurant then outside in the parking lot, investigators said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said several witnesses described Shafighi as intoxicated.

An argument ensued that led to violence, investigators said. Shafighi was taken to a hospital with a head injury, treated and released.

A phone message left after business hours for Pippen’s attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.

The 47-year-old Pippen won six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and in 1996, was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Pippen now serves as special adviser to the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer.

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Facing sentencing for tax evasion, Zorich has negative net worth
Posted by Mike Florio on July 4, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

Former NFL defensive tackle Chris Zorich faces a July 12 sentencing on failing to file tax returns from 2006 through 2009.  Regardless of his jail time, Zorich has significant financial issues.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Zorich’s lawyer says the player’s obligation to repay $348,447 to his charity and $90,000 in back taxes and penalties exceeds his current net worth of $302,273.

“Chris Zorich’s true financial condition is that he faces heavy financial obligations, and he will be struggling to meet them for some time,” attorney Matt Lydon told a federal court in Illinois.

Zorich faces up to 16 months in prison, but there’s a chance he’ll get probation.

He already has paid more than $58,000 in back taxes.  Payments to the charity were suspended in April once Zorich’s cash flow went negative.

Zorich, 44, was a second-round draft pick of the Bears in 1991.  He played in Chicago from ’91 through 1996, finishing his career in 1997 with the Redskins.


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Chris Zorich sentenced to 3 years probation
Updated at 02:57 PM today

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July 12, 2013 (CHICAGO) -- Former Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich dodged a potential prison term Friday when a federal judge sentenced him instead to 36 months of probation for failing to file his federal income taxes.

The 44-year-old former defensive tackle -- who was an All-American and national champion in his college days at Notre Dame -- had pleaded guilty in March to failing to file taxes on income of $1 million between 2006 and 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

He faced the possibility of as much as 16 months in prison for the misdemeanor, but his lawyers successfully argued that U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin should give him probation. They said Zorich has agreed to pay back the $71,000 he owes the IRS, that he is broke and that "his good works and helping nature are well-known and have been lifelong."

Even during his professional playing career with the Bears from 1991 to 1996 and the Washington Redskins in 1997, Zorich was known for his charity work.

But it was problems with his charity, The Chris Zorich Foundation, that lead to his disgrace after his life began to unravel in 2002.

After he went through a divorce and failed the bar exam, his cousin, Barbara Singer, who had managed Zorich's foundation, died after a long bout with cervical cancer.

The charity -- which helped the needy, providing turkeys to the poor at Thanksgiving, awarding Notre Dame scholarships and delivering flowers and gifts to mothers living in homeless shelters on Mother's Day -- failed to submit an annual report that year, and the state canceled the foundation's registration two years later.

Even so, the foundation continued to receive donations, But Zorich failed to report income he took from it, as well as money he got from the Bears, the University of Notre Dame -- where he worked in the athletic department from 2008 to 2010 -- and from a Chicago law firm.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger -- who has Zorich working for his church's school, St. Sabina Academy on the South Side, as athletic director -- was among those who urged the judge to to give the former football star a lenient sentence, saying in a letter that Zorich had "a heart of gold."

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Elway: Arrests are unacceptable and inexcusable
Posted by Josh Alper on July 15, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

The Broncos have handed down suspensions for player personnel director Matt Russell and pro personnel director Tom Heckert and it appears that will be the only job-related discipline they’ll face for their DUI arrests.

In their release about the suspensions, the Broncos said that the league told them that they did not plan any further discipline for the two executives. The Broncos suspended Russell indefinitely without pay and Heckert for one month without pay on Monday and executive vice president of football operations John Elway said that Heckert and Russell failed in one of their responsibilities to the team.

“When I was named to this position two years ago, I spoke of the role this organization has in the community,” Elway said in the release. “We all have an individual responsibility to represent this team in the appropriate manner at all times. It’s particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it’s unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the lack of further league discipline does not mean the Broncos will avoid punishment under the league’s salary remittance policy. The policy punishes teams for repeated violations of the same type by members of the organization and, per Breer, any fines due from the Broncos as a result of the DUI arrests — a group that also includes offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry — would be levied after the 2013 season.

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Diamondbacks’ Spanish-language announcer accused of assault, threatening to kill wife

Aaron Gleeman

Jul 18, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Miguel Perez Quintana, who’s the play-by-play announcer for the Diamondbacks’ Spanish-language broadcast, was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intimidation, and criminal damage.

According to police Quintana is accused of “holding a kitchen knife to his wife’s throat and threatening to kill her” and Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic reports that the alleged incident occurred when Quintana’s wife found him “in the kitchen looking through her cell phone.”

The couple’s son told police that “he saw his mother on her back on the kitchen floor and his father on top of her holding a large kitchen knife.”

Quintana, who’s in his 16th season with the Diamondbacks, has been suspended.

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Larry Johnson pleads no contest to domestic violence
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 23, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson pleaded no contest today to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an accusation that he beat and choked his ex-girlfriend.

Johnson appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court and was adjudicated guilty of one count each of battery-domestic violence and assault, both misdemeanors, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Johnson’s no contest plea was part of a deal in which a felony charge was dropped.

Johnson will be on probation for one year, perform 48 hours of community service, undergo mandatory counseling and pay a $345 fine. Johnson, who has a history of allegations of violence against women, vowed after his court appearance to obey the terms of his probation.

“I’m just happy to have this behind me and go back to Florida and stay out of trouble for once,” he said.

A 2003 first-round pick of the Chiefs, Johnson was one of the best running backs in football in 2005 and 2006, topping 1,700 yards in both seasons. But injuries, run-ins with coaches and off-field trouble derailed his career, and he was ineffective as he bounced around from the Chiefs to the Bengals to the Redskins to the Dolphins before his career came to an end in 2011.

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Larry Johnson pleads no contest to domestic violence
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 23, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson pleaded no contest today to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an accusation that he beat and choked his ex-girlfriend.

Johnson appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court and was adjudicated guilty of one count each of battery-domestic violence and assault, both misdemeanors, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Johnson’s no contest plea was part of a deal in which a felony charge was dropped.

Johnson will be on probation for one year, perform 48 hours of community service, undergo mandatory counseling and pay a $345 fine. Johnson, who has a history of allegations of violence against women, vowed after his court appearance to obey the terms of his probation.

“I’m just happy to have this behind me and go back to Florida and stay out of trouble for once,” he said.

A 2003 first-round pick of the Chiefs, Johnson was one of the best running backs in football in 2005 and 2006, topping 1,700 yards in both seasons. But injuries, run-ins with coaches and off-field trouble derailed his career, and he was ineffective as he bounced around from the Chiefs to the Bengals to the Redskins to the Dolphins before his career came to an end in 2011.



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Erik Ainge arrested for DUI
Posted by Mike Florio on July 29, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

When we last heard from former Jets quarterback Eric Ainge, he was calling former teammate Mark Sanchez dumb.

Sanchez can now return the favor.

Ainge, via the Associated Press, was arrested Sunday for DUI. The fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft retired after three seasons. He spent two years on the roster with Sanchez.

The former University of Tennessee starter was released on bond. He’ll appear in court on Monday.

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Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones had a rather nondescript rookie season, but after a solid showing in the NBA Summer Leagues in Orlando earlier in July, he and his young Rockets team were probably hoping to make waves heading into a crucial 2013-14 campaign. Allegedly, Jones is off to a very poor start in terms of breaking into the public’s consciousness.

KATU is reporting that Jones was arrested after allegedly stomping on the leg of a homeless man after leaving a bar in Portland on Wednesday morning. Jones, who is a Portland native, was reported to have been observed by a police sergeant in the wee hours as shouting down the homeless man before kicking the victim’s leg. From the station’s website:

While watching the group walk away from the bar, the sergeant observed a man, later identified as Jones, walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping, according to police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The sergeant said Jones yelled, “Wake up,” then raised his leg and stomped down on one of the man’s legs. The men were sleeping in the doorway of 114 Northwest 3rd Avenue.

The victim, 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher, received a minor leg injury and did not require immediate medical attention, Simpson said.


The time and setting all point to the 21-year old Jones allegedly doing something very stupid after imbibing too much, but if the sergeant’s report is accurate this sort of act flies way past the bounds of committing a bonehead act after drinking quite a bit, and into the bounds of needless assault on a helpless victim.

Jones, who spent most of his rookie year working in the D-League before leading the Rockets’ Summer League team with a 15.8 points per game average, is due in court to face harassment charges next Tuesday afternoon.

A Rockets spokesman had no comment as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Former Titan Jamie Harper arrested
Posted by Josh Alper on July 31, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

We haven’t heard much of anything about running back Jamie Harper since he was released by the Titans in May and it turns out that no news was better than the news that broke the dry spell.

Harper was arrested in Franklin, Tennessee last Saturday after a fight with his girlfriend. WKRN-TV reports that Harper was charged with domestic assault after an incident at a hotel.

Harper’s girlfriend called the police to report that she had been injured in a physical argument and then called them again two hours later when Harper returned to the hotel room and banged on the door “so hard the walls of the room were shaking.” Police responded after Harper left, but found him a short time later and their report says he told them he’d been in a fight with his girlfriend and “pushed” his way past her.

A fourth-round pick in 2011, Harper had 64 yards on 36 rushes for the Titans over the last two seasons. He hasn’t generated much interest from other teams and his current legal troubles could help ensure things remain that way.

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Former NBA player Craig Ehlo arrested on domestic violence charge

Kurt Helin

Aug 1, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

You remember Craig Ehlo as the Cavalier player Michael Jordan nailed “The Shot” over in the 1989 NBA playoffs.

Ehlo’s got more serious issues in his life than that now — he has been arrested in Washington on a domestic violence charge. The Spokesman-Review out of Spokane, Wash., has the story.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on charges of first-degree reckless burning, domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into Spokane county jail at 7:36 a.m. The charge is a Class C felony.

Ehlo had been the coach at Eastern Washington University but resigned in July. The Washington State alum lived in the area and had also done some television color commentating for the Sonics when Seattle had a team, and for Gonzaga broadcasts.

Ehlo had a 14-year NBA career where he was a solid swingman. He shot 36.9 percent from three for his career and averaged 8.6 points a game.

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Cardinals cheerleader arrested after fight with boyfriend
Posted by Mike Florio on August 3, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

The “days without an arrest” meter had been creeping toward the all-time record of 34.  And with players in camp, the likelihood of an off-field incident was reduced.

But every NFL employee falls under the umbrella, including cheerleaders.  According to WPTV.com, a Cardinals cheerleader was arrested last month for assaulting her boyfriend.

The victim had recorded the incident via his phone, and Megan Elizabeth Welter admitted that she did indeed hit and punch him.

She was arrested on July 20 for assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage.

Welter recently was the subject of news reports regarding her military service in Iraq.  Which likely resulted in someone connecting the dots and noticing that the same Megan Elizabeth Welter who gained publicity for chasing a 16-month tour of duty with an NFL cheerleading gig also had a somewhat more notorious moment roughly two weeks ago.

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Chartric Darby arrested on domestic violence charges
Posted by Mike Florio on August 5, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

The same day that former Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp officially entered the Hall of Fame, the man who lined up next to him in the biggest game of their careers was arrested.

Via the Associated Press, Chartric Darby was arrested Saturday for domestic battery. Darby’s wife told police Darby pushed her in the chest during an argument.

A nine-year NFL veteran, Darby started Super Bowl XXXVII for the Bucs at defensive tackle. He played four seasons in Tampa, three with the Seahawks, and two with the Lions.

Darby also started in Super Bowl XL, a Seattle loss to the Steelers.

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Report: Jets RB Joe McKnight arrested for unpaid fines
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 6, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

For the second time this year a New York Jets running back has been arrested.

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Joe McKnight was pulled over after passing a police officer at a high rate of speed and changing lanes without signaling during a Jets off-day on July 30.

When the officer ran the license plate, he discovered a pair of fines that had gone unpaid by McKnight. The first was for $200 for failing to produce an insurance card in Summit and the second was $120 for failing to observe a traffic signal in Springfield. He was subsequently arrested and paid the outstanding charges of $320 and was released with a summons for an unsafe lane change and uninsured motor vehicle.

McKnight joins Mike Goodson as Jets running backs to be handcuffed this year. Goodson was arrested in May on marijuana and handgun charges.

McKnight did not practice for the Jets Monday after apparently suffering a concussion.

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Former NBA All-Star Gatling pleads guilty to theft charges in house squatting situation

Kurt Helin

Aug 6, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

Chris Gatling, who had an 11-year NBA career and was an All-Star in 1997, has plead guilty to charges of fraud and theft in relation to a house squatting situation in Arizona.

The Associated Press has the details.

    Chris Gatling entered the guilty pleas to one count of theft and one count of forgery on Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court….

    Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year. Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home.


In previous reports Gatling got caught when he had pretended to rent the home out, getting a down payment from one potential renter, but another called the police.

Gatling was the No. 16 pick by Golden State in 1991 and over the course of his career earned $29.4 million in NBA salary, plus he played a couple seasons overseas. He played for the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nets, Bucks, Magic, Nuggets and Cavaliers.

He was known for his energy. He was the only NBA player I can think of with a steel plate in his head, needed after a fall left him in a blood clot in his head that required surgery.

Gatling will be sentenced Oct. 4.

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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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Ex-Giants lineman Luke Petitgout pushed wife out of car, threw purse at her: cops
Petitgout, 37, surrendered to police in beating of Jennifer Petitgout in his parked car on Little West 12th St. in Meatpacking District around 5:30 a.m. Friday, cops said.

By Bill Hutchinson , Tina Moore AND Rocco Parascandola / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 1:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 3:20 AM

Former New York Giants lineman Luke Petitgout was arrested Tuesday and accused of using unnecessary roughness on his wife during a spat over alleged infidelity.

Enraged because he thought he was being two-timed, the hulking retired tackle shoved his petite wife out of his parked car early Friday, tossed her purse at her head and drove off, leaving her bruised and battered on a Meatpacking District street, police sources said.

Petitgout, 37, surrendered to cops Tuesday at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct station house in Tribeca, where his wife, Jennifer, had lodged a complaint. Cops initially booked him on a felony assault rap, but prosecutors presented a reduced charge of second-degree aggravated harassment — a misdemeanor — at his arraignment Tuesday night.

Petitgout and his wife of 13 years had spent the night out on the town and were in their car on Little W. 12th St. about 5:30 a.m. Friday when they got into an argument. Things got ugly after Petitgout accused her of cheating on him, a police source said.

As Jennifer Petitgout started to get out of the car, her 6-foot-6, 300-pound husband shoved her out of the door with the brute force he once used to protect Giants quarterbacks, the sources said. She fell onto the cobblestone street, scraping her arms, the sources said.

“He then threw the purse at her and hit her in the head,” a police source said.

Petitgout drove away. His injured wife hailed a cab, destination: the 1st Precinct station house on Ericsson Place. “She had visible abrasions to her head, arms and breasts,” a police source said.

After reporting the incident, Jennifer Petitgout, 36, went to New York Downtown Hospital and had her arms and wrists examined. She was soon released.

At his arraignment Tuesday night in Manhattan Criminal Court, Luke Petitgout was released on his own recognizance.

“He absolutely denies all of the charges. Mr. Petitgout never hurt a soul in his life off the football field,” defense attorney Dennis Ring said. “This case is going to be dismissed. He can go home tonight. His wife is fine.”

Prosecutors asked for a full order of protection, but Jennifer Petitgout refused it.

Ring said after the incident, Petitgout and his wife, who have three children, “spent all of last weekend together.”

Jennifer Petitgout refused to shed light on the lovers’ quarrel when reached earlier Tuesday at the couple’s sprawling home in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

“Are you kidding me?” she huffed at a Daily News reporter, slamming the door.

Petitgout was the Giants’ 1999 first-round draft pick, out of Notre Dame. He started eight seasons for Big Blue, playing offensive guard before being moved to tackle. He was a member of the Giants’ 2001 squad that got beat up in the Super Bowl, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7.

The Giants cut him loose in 2006. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his stint in South Florida ended with a knee injury four games into the 2007 season.

He retired from pro football after he was suspended by the NFL in August 2008 for a steroids violation and the Buccaneers cut him.

After hanging up his cleats, Petitgout became a spokesman for EnergetixMD, a human growth hormone treatment.

“I’ve had multiple concussions, repeated trauma to my head because of my sport. That definitely could be an indicator of why I’ve suffered some depression,” he said in a 2011 video testimonial for EnergetixMD.

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Joey Porter turns self in on 14-year old arrest warrant from college
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 7, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

Former NFL linebacker Joey Porter’s return to Fort Collins, Colo. wasn’t just to finish his degree and join the coaching staff of the Colorado State Rams as an undergraduate student assistant, it was also to square an outstanding arrest warrant from when he was a student at the university in 1999.

According to Matt Stephens of the USA Today, Porter turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Larimer County Jail. Porter was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license in May 1999. After three court appearances, Porter failed to appear for his final court date in October and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The warrant remained unheeded ever since despite Porter’s 13-year player career in the NFL.

Fourteen years later, Porter answered the warrant and was booked and released on $1,100 bond.

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Dallas, Texas, police are alleging that Erbie "E-Luv" Bowser, a former dancer on the Dallas Mavericks' all-fat-male Maniaacs dance team, went on a killing spree last night, in which he killed four people and injured others using guns and a grenade.

According to the Dallas Observer, the rampage started around 10:30 last night. Bowser walked into his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Dallas and opened fire on four people, killing two and injuring a couple more. He then drove to his ex-wife's house in nearby DeSoto, Texas. Here, he threw a grenade in the house, and when it detonated, entered after it. Bowser shot until he was out of ammo. When he stopped, he'd murdered two and wounded two more.

Police arrived quickly on the scene. WFAA reports that when cops entered the home, Bowser pretended to be one of the victims until authorities realized he didn't have a scratch on him and detained him. That's when the dancer revealed he once served in the Army.

In addition to volunteering with the Mavs Maniaacs, Bowser was also a special education teacher from 2001 to 2010, before resigning.

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Former major leaguer Chad Curtis’ criminal sexual conduct trial is underway

Craig Calcaterra

Aug 13, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Chad Curtis, whose major league career featured stints with the Angels, Tigers, Dodgers, Indians, Yankees and Rangers — and who has two World Series rings from his time in the Bronx — is on trial in Michigan on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct arising out of his time as a volunteer weightlifting coach at a high school. The charges came to light last summer.

Curtis is accused of inappropriately touching girls between the ages of 13 and 16. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted at the trial.

Curtis’s career highlight was probably hitting two homers for the Yankees in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series, including a walkoff. He was also know to have alienated multiple teammates over the course of his career, in part because his deeply religious beliefs led him to call out their off-field conduct. It has been reported that this is what led him to be traded away from the Yankees following the 1999 season, as he took issue with Derek Jeter‘s dating habits.

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu and his father, former Ontario Hockey League coach Jacques Beaulieu, pleaded guilty to assault charges in London, Ont., on Wednesday.

They were granted conditional discharges with probation and their lawyer confirmed outside court that the sentence will allow Nathan Beaulieu to play hockey.

Strathroy-Caradoc police charged each of them with two counts of assault in late April stemming from an altercation at a house party that followed a charity golf tournament.

Two people suffered minor injuries, police said.

Nathan Beaulieu, 20, was selected 17th overall by the Canadiens in the 2011 NHL draft. He played six regular season games with the Canadiens last season, tallying two assists.

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller arrested
Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports 6:03 p.m. EDT August 14, 2013

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller isn't just in hot water with the NFL right now.

Miller, scheduled to have his appeal hearing Thursday of a four-game suspension for violating of the NFL's drug, was arrested Sunday on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic citation. Miller posted a $1,000 bond that evening and was released, Arapahoe County undersheriff Dave Walcher told USA TODAY Sports.

The Broncos issued a statement Wednesday in which they said they were aware of Miller's incident.

"It was reported to the league earlier this week, and is being handled through the legal system," the team said.

The arrest warrant was initially filed on Jan. 2 after Miller did not appear in an Arapahoe County Court on Dec. 31, a day after the Broncos' final regular season game of last season. He was initially cited in October for careless driving and no proof on insurance.

The Broncos were off on Sunday, and Miller's arrest did not affect his attendance at training camp.

Though the arrest is unrelated to his NFL drug appeal, the timing is particularly troubling.

The Broncos and Miller have acted confident Miller could win his appeal. A person with knowledge of Miller's situation told USA TODAY Sports last month that Miller's suspension was not the result of a positive test.

Players can be found in violation of the league's drug policy for other reasons once they are in the league's drug program, including missed tests or diluted urine samples.

Miller has not missed a practice since camp opened three weeks ago and has spent every practice working in his spot as the Broncos' starting strongside linebacker.

Miller, 24, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, and has 30 sacks in his first two seasons.

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Former major leaguer Chad Curtis’ criminal sexual conduct trial is underway

Craig Calcaterra

Aug 13, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Chad Curtis, whose major league career featured stints with the Angels, Tigers, Dodgers, Indians, Yankees and Rangers — and who has two World Series rings from his time in the Bronx — is on trial in Michigan on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct arising out of his time as a volunteer weightlifting coach at a high school. The charges came to light last summer.

Curtis is accused of inappropriately touching girls between the ages of 13 and 16. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted at the trial.

Curtis’s career highlight was probably hitting two homers for the Yankees in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series, including a walkoff. He was also know to have alienated multiple teammates over the course of his career, in part because his deeply religious beliefs led him to call out their off-field conduct. It has been reported that this is what led him to be traded away from the Yankees following the 1999 season, as he took issue with Derek Jeter‘s dating habits.

Would that were the worst thing he was ever accused of.

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Former MLB player Chad Curtis found guilty of sexually assaulting teen girls

By John Tunison

HASTINGS, MI -- A Barry County jury spent only a few hours deliberating today before finding Chad Curtis, a former Major League Baseball player, guilty of sexually assaulting three teen girls.

The jury began deliberating about noon today in the case of Curtis, who was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. The counts included charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Curtis, 44, played for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees in a decade-long career in the major leagues starting in the 1990s.

The maximum penalty for the charges is 15 years in prison.

Curtis was a weight room training and substitute teacher at Lakewood Schools and performed massages on students for purposes of muscle rehabilitation.

However, two 15-year-old students accused him of inappropriately touching their buttocks and a 16-year-old said he touched her private areas and fondled and kissed her breasts.

An incident involving one of the 15-year-old girl's was in April 2012, while the others were earlier.

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Bobcats assistant coach Bob Beyer charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct following altercation

Brett Pollakoff

Aug 17, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Bob Beyer was charged with resisting arrest Thursday night following an altercation with bouncers at a bar in Sarasota Springs, New York.

The details, via the Associated Press:

    The 51-year-old Beyer was also charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. All the charges are misdemeanors.

    According to a police department press release, Beyer’s acquaintance, Edward Parenteau, allegedly assaulted one of the bouncers and “Beyer and (Ryan) Chartrand attempted to stop officers from arresting Parenteau and they were arrested. Beyer then began fighting with the police and was charged accordingly.”


The Bobcats, who hired Beyer on July 1, released a statement saying that the team would not comment until the legal process has taken its course.

Beyer was an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for five seasons from 2007-2012, before spending last season as an assistant with the Warriors. The Bobcats’ new head coach, Steve Clifford, similarly served on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando during those same years.

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Former Bears top pick hit with felony drug charges

By Rosemary Regina Sobol Tribune reporter

1:50 p.m. CDT, August 19, 2013

David Terrell, a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, is accused of hitting two police officers as he was being arrested on drug charges Friday on the South Side, authorities said.

Police say the officers were responding to a call of people smoking marijuana around 1:30 p.m. Friday when they found Terrell and two others in an apartment in the 3900 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

"In plain view were multiple items including cannabis and equipment to package it and other such narcotics.  That included heat-sealing machines and baggies typically used to package, sell and use narcotics," said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

"As officers were conducting an interview, Terrell struck an officer's hand by reaching over the top of the door and hitting the officer, injuring him," Mirabelli said. Terrell is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, according to court records.

As he was being placed into custody, Terrell tried to "defeat" the arrest and "in doing so, he caused injury to the hand of a second police officer," Mirabelli said.

Terrell, 35, was charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis, a felony, and misdemeanor battery, Mirabelli said. The other two people were also arrested. Bail was set at $20,000 for Terrell on Saturday.

Terrell was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, arriving from the University of Michigan. He played four seasons with the Bears and one game with the Denver Broncos in 2005, finishing his career with 128 receptions and 9 touchdowns.

Terrell was charged with domestic battery in April of 2012. Police said he grabbed his girlfriend at his 33rd-floor apartment in the 1700 block of South Michigan Avenue during an argument. "I'll throw you off the balcony and say you jumped," he allegedly threatened.

The woman, who was 25 at the time, suffered injuries to her upper arms, chest and neck, authorities said. An order of protection was issued but the domestic battery charge was dismissed in October after the witness did not appear in court, records show.

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Bills’ Nigel Bradham charged with marijuana possession
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 19, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop on Saturday in Tonawanda, New York.

The Tonawanda News reports that Bradham was pulled over at 2:01 a.m. for a window tint violation, and the officer who pulled him over smelled marijuana and asked where the drugs were. According to the police report, Bradham initially denied having any drugs, but when the officer asked again, Bradham opened the glove compartment, pulled out a plastic bag and admitted it contained marijuana.

According to the report, the amount of marijuana was too small to arrest and jail Bradham, so he was only issued tickets, one for possession of a small amount of marijuana and one for a window tint violation.

The Bills released the typical statement that teams usually release when players face off-field issues.

“We are still in the process of gathering the facts surrounding this report and will reserve comment until we have completed that process,” the statement said.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida State last year, Bradham had a promising rookie season, playing in all 16 games and starting the last 11. He has also started both preseason games this year.

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Report: Ty Lawson facing charges of physical harassment, criminal mischief following arrest on Saturday

Brett Pollakoff

Aug 19, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is facing criminal charges of physical harassment and criminal mischief following an arrest on Saturday in Colorado, according to court records.

Lawson appeared in Arapahoe County court on Monday to be arraigned on the charges, and is free on $1,000 bond, according to a report from the Denver Post.

The incident was allegedly one involving domestic violence.

ABC’s station in Denver has some additional details:

    The 25-year-old Lawson was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on investigation of harassment that includes either striking, shoving or kicking as well as property damage, court records state. Both charges are misdemeanors. The incident requires a mandatory restraining order.

    Lawson also had a Jan. 29, 2013 arrest in Denver for flight to avoid prosecution on a misdemeanor case out of Arapahoe County, court records say.


Lawson, 25, has played four seasons in the NBA, all with the Denver Nuggets. He averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 assists in 34.4 minutes per game, and agreed to a contract extension of four years and $48 million at the beginning of last season.

As is always the case in these situations, it’s important to remember that these are just charges, and Lawson hasn’t been convicted of anything at this time. He had a brief comment on Twitter, after retweeting a local reporter saying that something about this seems a bit off.

    20 day old fish RT @VicLombardi: Ty Lawson does not fit the profile. At all. Something fishy here.

    — Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) August 20, 2013


And if the follow-up report turns out to be true, this will thankfully all be over relatively quickly for Lawson.

    Got on pretty good authority this Lawson incident involves nothing but broken cell phones. Those things aren't cheap. #comparetocricket.com

    — Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 20, 2013

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Former Habs coach Tremblay headed to court for DUI charge

Joe Yerdon

Aug 20, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

Former Canadiens player and head coach Mario Tremblay found himself on the wrong side of the law.

QMI Agency reports (link in French) the 56-year-old was arrested for drunk driving back in January, pleading “not guilty” to the charge on June 18.

From the story, translated:

According to the indictment filed against Tremblay, which QMI Agency obtained a copy, on January 25, “around 10:09 PM, [the accused] illegally operated a motor vehicle – a 2013 Toyota Venza [...] while his ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by the effects of alcohol or a drug.”

He will head back to court on August 28 in Mascouche, a town north of Montreal, to set a date for his court hearing.

Tremblay coached the Habs from 1995-1997, leading them to the playoffs twice but losing in the first round each time. He’s also spent eight years as an assistant under Jacques Lemaire in both Minnesota and New Jersey. He also suited up for the Canadiens for 12 seasons as a player from 1974-1986.

(Translation courtesy: Chantal Ledoux)

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Browns’ Greg Little, Josh Gordon caught driving way too fast
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 21, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

The Browns have a speed-related concern about receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon, and it has nothing to do with their 40 times.

After reports surfaced today that both Little and Gordon have been caught driving way, way too fast, the team issued a statement acknowledging that the players need to be told to drive more safely.

“We’re aware of the situation involving the players and their unacceptable driving records,” the statement said. “We take matters such as this very seriously. We’ve spoken to both individuals, and will address the issue with the entire team.”

Now, at this point, you may be asking, “What’s the big deal?” Everyone drives too fast sometimes, right? But the details are alarming. Gordon got pulled over for driving 98 MPH in a 60 MPH zone, and he wasn’t driving anywhere near as fast as his teammate.

According to WOIO Channel 19 News, Little admitted he was driving 127 miles an hour when he lost control on the Jennings Freeway, hit a guardrail, knocked down a light pole and left 40 yards of brake tracks.

Little was lucky that neither he, his passenger nor anyone else on the road was killed. He was also lucky that all he got was a $350 fine.

That was in April, but Little apparently hasn’t learned his lesson: On Monday, Little was stopped for going 81 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. He also had expired plates.

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Jay Ratliff’s DWI trial postponed until February
Posted by Josh Alper on August 23, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in January, but his trial on those charges won’t be held until next February.

Ratliff was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Thursday, but it was postponed until February 20. That pushes it past the end of the 2013 season, obviously, and likely means that Ratliff will be able to avoid league discipline that could take him off the field at any point this season. The trial date could get pushed even further, but Ratliff’s lawyer Tom Pappas said that his client would not agree to a plea bargain.

“I’m fairly certain this is going to trial,” Pappas said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Ratliff crashed his pickup truck into an 18-wheeler in January and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when it was taken via a blood test more than two hours after Ratliff refused to take a Breathalyzer when he was arrested.

With the trial moved, Ratliff can now devote his efforts to getting on the field for the Cowboys. Ratliff remains on the PUP list and hasn’t practiced with his teammates since last season because of injuries, although the Cowboys maintain that he’ll be in the lineup for the season opener.

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Bulluck acknowledges “misunderstanding” with cab driver
Posted by Mike Florio on August 25, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

Former NFL linebacker Keith Bulluck, who currently serves as an on-air analyst for Titans preseason games, has issued a statement in the wake of a felony robbery arrest.

“I was out with friends last night in Nashville and was taking a cab home,” Bulluck said, via the Tennessean. “There was a misunderstanding between me and the cab driver about getting my money back for a service not rendered. At 2 a.m., things could easily get lost in translation, but regardless of who was right or wrong, I regret putting myself in that situation.”

The cab driver claims Bulluck assaulted the driver and stole a $100 bill.

For now, it’s unknown whether the incident will prevent Bulluck from working Thursday night’s preseason finale.

“We are not ready to talk about that, and I think it would be inappropriate to talk about that yet,” WKRN-TV General Manager Stan Knott told the Tennessean.

Coincidentally (or not), the driver claimed in 2007 to have been involved in a similar incident with state Senator Ophelia Ford.   he driver said at the time that Ford grabbed his shirt, tore off a button, and then cursed at him. The driver also was convicted in 1999 of filing a false accident report.

Still, Bulluck’s statement indicates something happened. Chances are we’ll never know precisely what it was.

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Bulluck acknowledges “misunderstanding” with cab driver
Posted by Mike Florio on August 25, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

Former NFL linebacker Keith Bulluck, who currently serves as an on-air analyst for Titans preseason games, has issued a statement in the wake of a felony robbery arrest.

“I was out with friends last night in Nashville and was taking a cab home,” Bulluck said, via the Tennessean. “There was a misunderstanding between me and the cab driver about getting my money back for a service not rendered. At 2 a.m., things could easily get lost in translation, but regardless of who was right or wrong, I regret putting myself in that situation.”

The cab driver claims Bulluck assaulted the driver and stole a $100 bill.

For now, it’s unknown whether the incident will prevent Bulluck from working Thursday night’s preseason finale.

“We are not ready to talk about that, and I think it would be inappropriate to talk about that yet,” WKRN-TV General Manager Stan Knott told the Tennessean.

Coincidentally (or not), the driver claimed in 2007 to have been involved in a similar incident with state Senator Ophelia Ford.   he driver said at the time that Ford grabbed his shirt, tore off a button, and then cursed at him. The driver also was convicted in 1999 of filing a false accident report.

Still, Bulluck’s statement indicates something happened. Chances are we’ll never know precisely what it was.


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Keith Bulluck apparently has more free time
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 26, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

Former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck was only hours removed from the team’s preseason broadcast when he was arrested Sunday morning.

And as a result, he appears to have been removed from future broadcasts.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Titans list former quarterback Kerry Collins, not Bulluck, as the analyst for Thursday’s broadcast in the team’s press release.

The initial report said Bulluck was “very intoxicated” at the time when he allegedly took a $100 bill from a man in a cab. He was charged with class C felony robbery.

And now, a part-time job has apparently been taken from him.

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Arrest warrant issued for Titus Young after missed court date
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 27, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

An arrest warrant has been issued by a California judge for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young after missing yet another court date on burglary changes. It was the fourth court appearance Young has missed since being charged.

According to Gillian Flaccus of the Associated Press, Orange County Superior Court Judge Andre Manssourian issued a $100,000 bench warrant for Young after meeting with his counsel and the district attorney on Tuesday.

Young’s lawyer, Altus Hudson, told the AP he doesn’t expect his client to be arrested as the court knows Young’s location.

Young had pleaded not guilty on four felony and seven misdemeanor after allegedly breaking into a home in San Clemente, Calif. on May 10. The break-in happened during a stretch when Young was arrested three times in less than a week.

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Former White Sox executive sentenced to two years for defrauding Dominican players

Craig Calcaterra

Aug 28, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

You may recall that in May 2008, the White Sox fired senior director of player personnel David Wilder and scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and  Victor Mateo  after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses. Specifically, they were accused of illegally defrauding 23 baseball prospects out of $400,000 from December 2004 to February 2008. Wilder was charged with seven counts of mail fraud.

He’s going to jail now:

    Former Sox scouting exec David Wilder gets 2 years for kickback scheme.

    — Larry Yellen Fox 32 (@LarryYellen) August 28, 2013


Worth noting that when this stuff first hit the fan back in 2008, it led to a lot of articles talking about the state of player development in the Dominican Republic, the dangers of Buscones exploiting players and all of that. So much of it was used as the launching pad for calls for an international draft in order to “clean up” player development in the Dominican Republic.

Maybe there is some cleaning that needs done. But as of now, Wilder is by far the highest profile guy to fall, and he is no buscone. He’s an MLB guy. So make of that what you will.

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Report: New Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer arrested, charged with DUI

Dan Feldman

Aug 29, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT


Mike Budenholzer, hired by the Hawks three months ago, has just made a terrible early impression in Atlanta.

Mike Morris of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A trooper stopped Budenholzer for having no tail lights, according to the State Patrol. The trooper detected an odor of alcohol, administered a field sobriety test, then placed Budenholzer under arrest.

    Budenholzer refused a breath test, a State Patrol spokesman said.

    A spokesman for the Atlanta City Jail told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Budenholzer, 44, was charged with DUI and a tail light violation, and was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. Thursday.


It’s expected Nets coach Jason Kidd will be suspended two games for his DWI, and Budenholzer will likely receive the same punishment. As he should. There’s no excuse for Budenholzer to endanger others on the road.

Budenholzer came to the Hawks after being an assistant in San Antonio, where Spurs general manager R.C. Buford was arrested for DUI in 2011. I’m not one to rush to assign blame to an organization – Budenholzer’s issues are his issues, and Buford’s issues are his issues – but if you’re the type to judge athletes for being collectively out of control after a couple legal incidents, it’s only fair to examine the Spurs organization and question whether its culture tolerates drinking and driving.

Unfortunately, how this incident fits the narrative of Budenholzer’s tenure with the Hawks will probably be retroactively determined. If he wins, he overcame early personal challenges. If he loses, he just never had it together.

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Oklahoma City Thunder player jailed on domestic battery complaints
Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins has been jailed on complaints of domestic battery in the presence of a minor child, according to Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office records.

By Juliana Keeping and Anthony Slater    Modified: August 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm • Published: August 31, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins has been jailed on domestic abuse complaints, according to Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office records.

He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail. He is being held on complaints of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor, a jail official said.

Oklahoma City police were called at about 4:40 p.m. to the 2300 block of NW 180th near North Pennsylvania Avenue. An official police incident report is not yet available, Lt. Arthur Gregory said.

"From what I understand it was a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship," Gregory said. "And I don't know who the child was, if it was theirs, her's or his."

Liggins averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 39 games with the Thunder last season, his first in OKC. He is on a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. Training camp begins in late September.

"We are aware of the situation and take this matter seriously," Sam Presti said in an official statement from the team. "We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."

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Colts safety John Boyett arrested
Posted by Josh Alper on September 2, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Rookie safety John Boyett has not practiced or played for the Colts this summer because he’s been on the non-football injury list as a result of injuries to both knees that limited him to one game in his final year at Oregon and it seems he needs to find a better way to keep himself occupied while waiting to get back on the field.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Boyett, a sixth-round pick in April, was arrested early Monday morning on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after an incident that started when Boyett was refused admission to a bar. According to the police report, Boyett wouldn’t leave the area in front of the bar and was “cussing” at others in the area when an employee asked police to intervene. Boyett then allegedly tried to run when police attempted to arrest him, throwing a “stiff arm” at an officer in the process, before he was finally corralled by four officers.

“Mr. Boyett had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person, his speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy, and he had a very abusive behavior toward everyone,” according to the police report.

Boyett allegedly told the arresting officers that they couldn’t arrest him because he was on the Colts and told one officer that he would “come back and break your jaw” while making fun of the hair and nose of another officer.

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Colts safety John Boyett arrested
Posted by Josh Alper on September 2, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Rookie safety John Boyett has not practiced or played for the Colts this summer because he’s been on the non-football injury list as a result of injuries to both knees that limited him to one game in his final year at Oregon and it seems he needs to find a better way to keep himself occupied while waiting to get back on the field.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Boyett, a sixth-round pick in April, was arrested early Monday morning on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after an incident that started when Boyett was refused admission to a bar. According to the police report, Boyett wouldn’t leave the area in front of the bar and was “cussing” at others in the area when an employee asked police to intervene. Boyett then allegedly tried to run when police attempted to arrest him, throwing a “stiff arm” at an officer in the process, before he was finally corralled by four officers.

“Mr. Boyett had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person, his speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy, and he had a very abusive behavior toward everyone,” according to the police report.

Boyett allegedly told the arresting officers that they couldn’t arrest him because he was on the Colts and told one officer that he would “come back and break your jaw” while making fun of the hair and nose of another officer.


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Colts release Boyett after arrest
Posted by Darin Gantt on September 3, 2013, 8:29 AM EDT

The next time John Boyett gets arrested, he’s going to have to use a new line on the cops.

The Colts announced this morning they had waived the rookie safety from the reserve/non-football injury list.

They were stashing him there for the season, after drafting him in the sixth round despite knee injuries that limited him to one game last year at Oregon.

But that was before he was arrested early Monday morning on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.

According to the report, Boyett told cops: “You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.”

Now, apparently, they are free to.

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from espn.go.com:

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested on domestic violence-related charges over the weekend, according to the Waltham Police Department.

Prosecutors said Sullinger was arrested following a domestic situation. It was not immediately clear who his lawyer is.

The incident occurred on Saturday evening, and Sullinger turned himself in Tuesday morning shortly after 6 a.m. ET, according to Waltham police. Sullinger is charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation.

According to media reports, Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Court on Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty. He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 19.

The Celtics selected Sullinger with the 21st pick in the 2012 draft. He vaulted into the starting lineup early in his rookie season before a back injury forced him to undergo surgery in early February, ending his season.

Sullinger has spent much of his summer rehabbing in Boston and is projected to be a key contributor on this season's team.

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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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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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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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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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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.




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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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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"

--Wendy Owen and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh

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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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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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Dwayne Bowe arrested last nite for speeding and for possession of marijuana

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Good, screw him, that bastard fucked my fantasy team this year..

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Married Jo wrote: Good, screw him, that bastard fucked my fantasy team this year..
I knew he wouldn't be any good this year. Can you say Alex noodlearm Smith?

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Not sure if this belongs here, but it didn't deserve it's own thread. Sam Hurd will be sentenced tomorrow, and is likely to get life in prison without parole. This is a really long, but great read into his whole situation.

http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/12/sam-hurd-cocaine-bust/



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Benlen wrote:
Married Jo wrote: Good, screw him, that bastard fucked my fantasy team this year..
I knew he wouldn't be any good this year. Can you say Alex noodlearm Smith?


You totally called it at the very beginning. I took Bowe for my friend's team and you called it right then. Bowe is now completely useless.

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Not sure if this belongs here, but it didn't deserve it's own thread. Sam Hurd will be sentenced tomorrow, and is likely to get life in prison without parole. This is a really long, but great read into his whole situation.

http://mmqb.si.com/2013/11/12/sam-hurd-cocaine-bust/





Read that today. He really fucked up.

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HBF wrote: Benlen wrote:
Married Jo wrote: Good, screw him, that bastard fucked my fantasy team this year..
I knew he wouldn't be any good this year. Can you say Alex noodlearm Smith?


You totally called it at the very beginning. I took Bowe for my friend's team and you called it right then. Bowe is now completely useless.

Should have picked up Jamal Charles. Leading the team in both Rushing and Receiving and TD's

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Reports: Falcons’ Jason Snelling arrested, charged with possession of marijuana
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 15, 2013, 6:44 PM EST

Falcons running back Jason Snelling was reportedly arrested after police said they caught him possessing — and trying to eat — marijuana.

The Barrow County News reports that Snelling was arrested by the Winder Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana and various traffic charges.

The arresting officer said he pulled Snelling over at 3:35 a.m. after seeing that his car wasn’t staying in its lane. The officer said he noticed a strong odor of marijuana and said that when he asked Snelling about it, Snelling admitted that he had been smoking marijuana earlier that evening.

“I asked Mr. Snelling if there was any other marijuana in the vehicle, and he told me that there was a grinder in the center console of the vehicle and that it had a little bit of marijuana left in it,” the arresting officer wrote in his report. “I searched the vehicle and located a metal grinder where Mr. Snelling had said it was.”

The officer said that while the vehicle was being searched, he noticed that Snelling was repeatedly swallowing, so he asked Snelling to open his mouth and saw what appeared to be marijuana inside his mouth as well.

Snelling was charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug related materials, expired or no driver’s license, failure to maintain lane, failure to maintain insurance, improper use of dealer license plate and no registration.

The Barrow Journal reports that Snelling was booked into jail early this morning and has since made bond.

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with one count of third-degree assault following an alleged domestic dispute in October.

The victim of the alleged assault is Varlamov’s girlfriend.

Varlamov, 25, is 11-5 this season with a .931 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average.

The Denver District Attorney released the following statement Friday:

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a 25-year-old man with assault in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred in Denver.

Semyon Varlamov (dob: 04-27-88) is charged with one count of third-degree assault (M1).

The charge alleges that Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend at their home on October 30, 2013.

Varlamov, who was released from custody on a $5,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2100 on December 2, 2013, at 8:30 p.m.

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Keon Clark exits the courthouse after his sentencing.




In the grand scheme of things, big man Keon Clark had a moderately successful NBA career, playing six seasons with a PER of 15.4, or just above average. However, he's arguably become more notable for what he's done since he last played a game in 2004. In 2007, Clark earned headlines for stating that he never played a game sober, and things have only gotten worse since then.

On Wednesday, Clark was sentenced to eight years in prison. However, he is also taking responsibility for his actions and vowing to get his life on the right track. From the Associated Press:

Former NBA player Keon Clark, who has said he is trying to turn his life around, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday in a plea agreement with prosecutors on weapons and driving under the influence charges.

''I, uh, did a lot of stuff in my past,'' Clark tearfully said at his plea hearing in Vermilion County Circuit Court, ''I have to own up to it.''

Clark pleaded guilty to two charges in two separate cases and was given four years for each count. He previously faced weapon, drug and traffic-related charges.

''The money, the fame, the fact that I was on TV. People think money will make your life better. Money didn't dissolve my problems. It increased them,'' he said, adding that he's been getting counseling while he's in custody.

Clark has been in the Vermilion County jail since Aug. 4. Prosecutors said he will have to serve 50 percent of his sentence. He will receive credit for 138 days already served and must serve his sentences consecutively.

At one point during the hearing, he stood and addressed them, saying, ''It could've been a lot worse. It's going to be a lot better.''



Days before accepting the plea deal, Clark spoke about his efforts to improve his life:

“I have been clean and sober for five months,” Clark told The (Champaign) News-Gazette during an interview. “I have made changes for the better mentally.”

Clark has been in this situation before — the 2007 comments on alcoholism were tied to similar claims — but there's reason to hope for the best. The reality of his prison term has clearly given Clark some reason to assess his life and state of mind. Additionally, it is the first time he has been made to face punishment for legal troubles. In 2006, Clark faced 2 1/2 years in prison for gun and marijuana charges but had the case thrown out because he did not have a lawyer present at sentencing.

Clark is facing a lengthy period of incarceration, and there's no certainty that he will get on the right track or return to society with renewed hope. But he seems closer to that point than he was several months ago. That's reason for optimism, no matter how much he has to work to improve his life.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: from sportsnet.ca:

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with one count of third-degree assault following an alleged domestic dispute in October.

The victim of the alleged assault is Varlamov’s girlfriend.

Varlamov, 25, is 11-5 this season with a .931 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average.

The Denver District Attorney released the following statement Friday:

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a 25-year-old man with assault in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred in Denver.

Semyon Varlamov (dob: 04-27-88) is charged with one count of third-degree assault (M1).

The charge alleges that Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend at their home on October 30, 2013.

Varlamov, who was released from custody on a $5,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2100 on December 2, 2013, at 8:30 p.m.


 

 

 

DENVER -- Prosecutors said Friday that they are dropping a domestic violence case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov because they have new information leading them to believe they couldn't win a conviction.



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Varlamov was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault after his girlfriend told police he knocked her down with a kick, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair at their apartment on Oct. 30.

The girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyukat, also accused him of telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia, where he is from, authorities said.

Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, declined to offer specifics on the new information that led prosecutors to drop the case. She said it surfaced from additional interviews with witnesses.

"This is not an indication that we didn't believe our victim," Kimbrough said. "It is ... simply not having the ability to prove it."

Vavrinyukat's attorney, Robert Abrams, had no comment, his office said.

Varlamov's attorney, Saskia Jordan, called the decision "a just result" and said Varlamov was pleased.

Jordan said Varlamov thanked the Avalanche, their fans and the Russian Federation for their support. A spokesman for the Avalanche declined to comment Friday.

Varlamov, 25, has been free on $5,000 bond and has been traveling and playing with the team. He could have faced a sentence ranging from probation to two years in jail if convicted.

He is 16-8 with a 2.37 goals-against average this season.

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Bears' Melton arrested after bar altercation
December 23, 2013|By Rich Campbell, Tribune reporter

Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication after he was arrested early Sunday at a sports bar in Grapevine, Texas.

Melton “became belligerent with some of the staff members of the restaurant,” said Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department. “He was asked to leave. When he was in the process of being escorted from the restaurant, he struck one of the staff members. He was restrained at that point.”

Melton was arrested at 1:45a.m. He posted $1,000 bond for the Class A misdemeanor assault charge and a $210 bond for the public intoxication charge, Eberling said.

In a statement, the Bears said: “We are aware of the reports regarding Henry Melton. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”

Melton's agent did not return a message seeking comment Sunday evening.

Eberling said the police report indicates Melton punched the restaurant manager in the face and bit him on the arm. Four restaurant staff security workers were needed to restrain Melton on the ground until police arrived, Eberling said. Melton received a cut to his nose and medics were summoned, but Melton refused treatment, Eberling said.

Melton faces a court appearance for each charge. The public intoxication charge is a Class C misdemeanor, the equivalent of getting a ticket, Eberling said. The assault charge is a state offense that will require Melton to appear in municipal court.

Melton, 27, suffered a season-ending left knee injury in Week 3. He played this season on a one-year contract under the franchise tag. The Bears must decide this offseason whether to re-sign him.

ESPN first reported news of Melton's arrest.

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 Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year after officers clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the off-season.

Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig's latest arrest.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.

Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.





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 Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year after officers clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.

A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the off-season.

Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig's latest arrest.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.

Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.





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What took him so long ?

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Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort leaves court after pleading guilty to a DUI.



 Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Tribune reported that Monfort entered the plea on Friday in his hometown of Greeley and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Monfort was arrested on Nov. 5 after police say he was pulled over and found to be driving with a breath alcohol concentration level more than three times the legal limit.

He was also sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired following a 1999 arrest in Greeley. Police said he had a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit at the time.

Outside court on Friday, Monfort said he was deeply sorry for his actions and that every day is a battle in dealing with alcohol abuse.


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Marcus Vick just had a driving under the influence charge.

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NAPLES, Fla. -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the backseat of a police car for driving so fast, video released Wednesday shows.

The Cuban defector was charged with reckless driving in a 70 mph zone in Naples. Puig, who lives in the Miami area during the offseason, told the trooper he wasn't speeding for most of the two-hour trip north until the officer clocked him. But the officer is unsympathetic.

"This is your mom? Oh, you're going to jail. You are putting your mom in danger, oh hell no," the trooper says in Spanish on Dec. 28 to Puig, 23. "Why were you driving that fast? You don't care about anyone's life in the car?"

Puig responds: "Yes, I do care. I'm sorry. Please forgive me."

The video shows the trooper explaining to Puig's mother, a cousin and another passenger why he was being arrested.

"The reason why we are in this situation is because he didn't care about his mother's life or your lives, and he's going to jail," he said in Spanish. Puig's mother is heard sobbing.

While in the backseat, Puig tells himself: "Why do you have to drive so fast, Puig? You have to learn." He repeatedly asked the officer to let him go, at one point saying he would "do anything" and that he would never drive again, "but please don't take me to jail."

In April last year, Puig was clocked going 97 in a 50 mph zone in Tennessee, although those charges were later dismissed.

Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.

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Puig deserved to get arrested just for wearing those fugly pink shorts.


Yasiel Puig's pleas for leniency fall on deaf ears as he's arrested for reckless driving.





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Darren Sharper arrested for suspicion of rape
Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2014, 10:32 AM EST

Four years ago, Darren Sharper was approaching the highest of the highs, chasing his first Super Bowl victory.  He’s now dealing with the lowest of the lows.

TMZ has reported, and PFT has confirmed, that Sharper faces criminal charges in California for suspicion of rape.

Per TMZ, Sharper is accused of two sexual assaults, one in October 2013 and another in January 2014.  He was released on $200,000 bail.

Sharper has been working as an analyst for NFL Network.  The league-owned broadcast operation has not responded to an email seeking comment.

Sharper played for the Packers, Vikings, and Saints during his 14-year NFL career.

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NFL Network suspends Darren Sharper without pay
Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

With former NFL player Darren Sharper being charged with suspicion of rape, his current employer has moved swiftly.

“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” NFL Network said in a statement issued to PFT.  “Regarding the charges, as a matter of policy, we don’t comment on pending legal action.”

Sharper, who spent 14 years with the Packers, Vikings, and Saints, has been working as an analyst for NFL Network.

Free on $200,000 bail, Sharper reportedly faces allegations involving two incidents — one in October 2013 and one in January 2014.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bass was arrested Friday on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport, the latest in a series of personal problems for the NFL player.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, Bess was approached by Deputy Thomas O'Brien inside the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport terminal because he was "acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down."

"I inquired if he was all right and received no response," O'Brien said in the report, adding later that Bess "appeared to be looking through me" while they talked.

Bess, 28, then picked up a cup of hot coffee from a counter and squeezed it, "which caused the cup to break with the liquid going all over my uniform," the deputy wrote. Bess then took up a "fighting stance," and O'Brien said he hit the player on the leg with a baton to no effect.

"Bess proceeded to take off his shirt and once again took up a fighting stance refusing my repeated orders to get on the ground," O'Brien said, adding that Bess was finally taken into custody when backup officers arrived.

Sheriff's office records show that Bess is charged with simple assault on an officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. It was not immediately clear whether Bess had a lawyer. Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said the team was aware of the arrest and was gathering information.

Bess was released Friday morning on $100 bail. The three charges are all misdemeanours. He did not comment about the substance of the charges to waiting television news crews.

The Browns signed Bess last year to a three-year, $11.5 million contract after acquiring him from the Dolphins. This season Bess had career lows with 42 catches for 362 yards.

The arrest comes one day after Bess posted a photo on his Twitter page of a small package containing what appears to be marijuana. The photo was later deleted. Last month, a photo posted on Bess' Instagram account showed him lighting a cigar or marijuana joint next to a photo of late reggae star Bob Marley, a Rastafarian flag around his shoulders.

On Dec. 19, the Browns placed Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list for what were described as personal reasons. He missed the final two games of the season.

Bess spent five seasons with the Dolphins. His best year was in 2010, when he caught 79 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns. The Oakland, Calif. native starred at the University of Hawaii before joining the Dolphins in 2008 as an undrafted free agent.

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Here's an early candidate for the coveted " 2014 S & W Sports Arrest of the Year " Award.


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Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested in East Hanover last November for possession of synthetic marijuana, but police were called to the scene because a woman had seen him allegedly masturbating in his vehicle.



When NY Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. waa arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana outside a Target in East Hanover back in November, police were called to the scene because a woman thought she saw him masturbating in his vehicle in the parking lot, according to court documents.

The redacted incident report from East Hanover police shows that on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., cops responded to a call from a woman who said she had parked her vehicle in a spot to the right of a black Cadillac Escalade outside the Target along Route 10. A man was sitting inside the Escalade with the window open, said the woman, whose name was redacted in the incident report. That man would later be identified as Winslow, 30, who lives in Madison.

From the report:

As she exited her vehicle, she commented to the male regarding how cold it was. As she stood near the open driver side window of the Escalade, she observed the males [sic] erect penis. She stated that she believed he was masturbating. [The woman] provided a written statement regarding her account.


By the time police arrived, an officer found Winslow allegedly "slouched in his seat and moving around." Winslow sprang to an upright position when the officer arrived. When the cop asked Winslow what he was doing, Winslow allegedly said he was looking for Boston Market but was lost.

The cop noticed Winslow was wearing "dark colored" sweatpants and wrote that "his genitals were not exposed." But the cop also noticed "two open containers of Vaseline on his center console" and plastic bags marked "Mr. Happy" and empty plastic containers of "Funky Monkey" scattered throughout the vehicle.

Winslow allegedly told police he smoked the "Mr. Happy" and "Funky Monkey" at his home to relax because the NFL doesn't drug test for it, and that he buys the stuff on the internet and at gas stations. Police say he consented to a vehicle search, and after a few items were seized into evidence, Winslow was free to go.

Lab tests that came back on Dec. 23 revealed Winslow was in possession of synthetic marijuana. He was formally charged on Dec. 30, and last week he pleaded not guilty before a judge in Superior Court in Morristown.

The incident report lists lewdness among the alleged crimes, but Winslow was not charged with anything relating to alleged lewdness.

A 10-year NFL veteran, Winslow just finished his first season with the Jets. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2014.










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DALLAS -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation.

Jurors took about nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members sitting in the front row of the gallery sobbed.

Among those sitting with Brent's family was Stacey Jackson, Brown's mother. Jackson did not respond to questions as she left the courtroom Wednesday with Brent's family, but she has said in interviews that she's forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday.

Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting after the proceedings.

"We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown's death," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.

Prosecutors say Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent's teammate at the University of Illinois. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown's body from the wreckage.

Police say Brent's blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks the night of the crash.

Brent's attorneys argued the blood tests used by police were faulty and that Brent couldn't have had nearly that much to drink. Attorney George Milner said his client was "guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car," not drinking beforehand.

Brent retired from the NFL last year, but his ties to the Cowboys were prominent at trial. Two current players, Barry Church and Danny McCray, testified about hanging out with Brent and Brown, first playing video games, then having dinner and going to Privae, a Dallas nightclub.

Sean Lee, a Cowboys linebacker, attended part of the trial to show support for Brent, and Jones said this week that he was closely watching for a verdict.

"Certainly it's tragic. We've all, to some degree, have been a part of this," Jones said on Tuesday, according to the Cowboys' website. "We support Josh. This has been just a terrible experience for the families who lost a loved one and for Josh who loved Jerry as well."

Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police dash cam footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers.

It was, in the words of prosecutors Jason Hermus and Heath Harris, a textbook case of intoxication manslaughter. The prosecutors told jurors in their closing argument that they should send a message about the danger posed by drunken drivers.

Hermus stood in front of Brent, hit the table and shouted: "They shouldn't be driving, no exceptions, no excuses!"

Prosecutors have indicated they will push for jail time for Brent. His conviction comes just after weeks of fierce debate about a North Texas teen, Ethan Couch, who received probation for intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that left four people dead. Couch's case, and the so-called "affluenza" defense his attorneys employed, became the subject of fierce, widespread scrutiny.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has attended parts of Brent's trial and whispered in prosecutors' ears during the questioning of one witness. Watkins told a sports radio station last year that prosecutors had the responsibility to make sure Brent "loses his freedom."

Brent, a defensive tackle, had played in all 12 games of the 2012 NFL season before the crash. He retired in July.

Brown was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad in the 2012 season.

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A reckless driving charge against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been dropped, according to a report in the News-Press of southwest Florida.

The 23-year-old Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving last month for allegedly driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone in Florida. Authorities said he was pulled over in a white Mercedes and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing.

According to the News-Press, the state attorney's office dropped that charge due to a lack of sufficient evidence in the case. The speeding ticket still stands.

Puig also was arrested in April 2013, when he was still in the minors, and charged with reckless driving and speeding in Chattanooga, Tenn., after police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

After his most recent arrest, Puig told Dodgers president Stan Kasten that he had hired his cousin to drive him around for the time being.

"I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else," Kasten said during a radio appearance on ESPNLA 710.

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Ray Rice was arrested on Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. 



Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested on Friday in Atlantic City, N.J., the team confirmed to the Baltimore Sun. Rice was taken into custody after being involved in what his attorneys are calling a 'very minor physical altercation' with a woman who has been identified as Rice's fiancée.

Both Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were charged with simple assault-domestic violence.

"We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancée. We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained," the Ravens said in a statement.

The 27-year-old running back is being represented by Michael Diamondstein, a Philadelphia-based attorney who told the Baltimore Sun that he had not been told yet what Rice has been charged with.

"We haven't seen any charging documents yet," Diamondstein said. "There was an argument that included Ray. I can't give any specifics because we haven't seen the document yet."

The argument between Rice and his fiancée occurred at the Revel Casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

"Once we're able to go through the evidence, it should wind up to be little more than a misunderstanding," Diamondstein said.

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VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation.

Davis, 28, was stopped in Tysons Corner about 4 p.m. Thursday and arrested, Fairfax County Police said.

Police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick declined to discuss why Davis was stopped. A court date has not been set.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay. Davis, who will become a free agent next month, said in a statement Thursday that the suspension resulted from taking a supplement that contained a banned substance, not recreational drug use, which prompted his 2011 suspension.

Court records show nearly three dozen traffic-related charges against Davis in recent years.

Specifically, court records in Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties and Fairfax City show 34 charges from 23 separate incidents going back to 2008, the year the Redskins drafted Davis in the second round. Twenty-one of the charges resulted in convictions, including a speeding charge for 82 mph in a 50 zone, driving on a suspended license, and numerous charges for improperly tinted windows.

The count does not include dozens of charges for failing to pay tolls, and none of the previous charges includes any allegations of drunken driving. A lawyer who has represented Davis on some of his most recent charges, Mark Dycio, was not immediately available for comment Friday morning.

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Knicks’ Raymond Felton arrested on felony gun charges

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Feb 25, 2014, 4:08 AM EST

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested late Monday night on three separate weapons charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman, according to multiple New York media outlets.

Felton is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.

New York has some of the strictest gun possession laws in the nation. Police wanted to speak to Felton following the Knicks’ loss Monday night to the Mavericks and he turned himself in at the 20th Precinct Station on the West Side, according to the New York Post, which has a good accounting of the situation.

    New York Knicks star Raymond Felton was questioned by police Tuesday morning after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman, sources said.

    Police said Felton was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth-degrees… The woman involved was his girlfriend, sources said.

Felton’s wife of less than two years filed for divorce recently.

There are few other details of the case, including where it happened

Felton is in the second year of a three-year, $10 million contract. His game has regressed this season, averaging 10.5 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds a game while shooting just 28 percent from three (all his lowest numbers in years), and with a below average PER of 12.6. The Knicks shopped Felton at the trade deadline but there were no takers.

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Red Sox prospect Jon Denney arrested.


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Boston Red Sox prospect Jon Denney was arrested for driving with a suspended license early Thursday morning and responded by allegedly telling police he "made more money than we could ever see," according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office arrest report obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Denney, 19, was arrested at 2:22 a.m., at least his second run-in with law enforcement in the last three months. Police had pulled him over at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday night after he "accelerated quickly," causing his Ford F-150 Raptor to fishtail, according to the report. Denney furnished a license that was restricted for business and emergency purposes after an alleged DUI in Arkansas, the report said.

When asked by police why he was in the Fort Myers Beach area, Denney, according to police, replied: "Partying and looking to get some [expletive]."

Police issued a citation, according to the report, and Denney called a friend to drive him home.

About two hours later, the report said, police saw Denney enter his truck and drive out of a parking lot. When pulled over and asked why he was driving, Denney said he was giving a woman a ride, according to the report. "Denney then became belligerent and started to cuss" at the police officers, the report said.

According to police, Denney said "he was a Boston Red Sox player and he didn't care [sic] he had money and made more money than we would ever see." When handcuffed, the report said, Denney said "he would be out in no time because of who he played for and that he made three million a year."

Boston drafted Denney, a catcher, in the third round of last season’s draft out of Yukon (Okla.) High. He signed for $875,000. Players in Class A, where Denney is expected to start the season, make a little more than $1,000 a month.

Denney was booked by the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 4:06 a.m. Thursday. He was released at 8:30 a.m. after posting a $500 bond.

Through a spokesman, Boston issued a statement to Yahoo Sports: "The Red Sox are aware of the incident involving Jon Denney. At present, we are still gathering more information. At this time the club will make no further comment."

In addition to the alleged DUI, which Yahoo Sports could not immediately verify, police in Washington County, Ark., arrested Denney on Dec. 7, 2013 for disorderly conduct, minor in possession of alcohol and littering after witnessing him throw a bottle of Malibu Black Rum into oncoming traffic, according to a police report. The bottle, the report said, narrowly missed a vehicle.

The arrest marks the second consecutive spring a Boston prospect has been in trouble with the law. Last March, Red Sox pitching prospect Drake Britton was arrested for DUI after driving 111 mph in a 45-mph zone, hopping a curb and ending up caught in a barbed-wire fence. When asked for his license, Britton gave the police a debit card.

He joined the Red Sox in July, threw 21 innings and won a World Series ring.

Denney's scheduled court appearance is March 31, according to the sheriff's office.

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Jim Irsay arrested for DUI, possession of controlled substance
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been arrested in Carmel, Indiana on multiple charges.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Irsay faces preliminary charges of “operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.” Bond has been set at $22,500.

Irsay is the first NFL owner to face criminal charges since Eddie DeBartolo relinquished control of the 49ers when it was learned that he was facing an indictment on federal racketeering charges in 1997. In 1998, DeBartolo pleaded guilty to failure to report a felony in connection with money allegedly paid to former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards to procure a riverboat gambling license.

The NFL routinely imposes discipline on players and non-players who are convicted of or plead guilty to DUI charges. To have any credibility when punishing non-owners for such offenses, the NFL must be willing to impose discipline on owners, too.

When players are arrested for drunk driving, one of the arguments raised is that they can afford to pay for a ride home. With a net worth of $1.6 billion, Irsay definitely can.

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Irsay checked himself into rehab.

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Report: Ex-Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace gets year in jail for accident, will serve two days

Former Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace pleaded no contest today to leaving the scene of an accident in Henrico, Va., in February, according to WWBT-TV in Richmond, Va.

He was sentenced to one year in prison, with all but two days suspended, WWBT says. He was booked into Henrico West jail today and is expected to be released Wednesday.

An SUV belonging to Wallace crashed through a fence and hit a tree in Henrico County in the early morning hours of Feb. 8; the vehicle was empty when officials arrived at the scene. Wallace entered his guilty plea today, according to WWBT.

Wallace, who attended nearby Virginia Union from 1994-96, played for the Pistons from 2000-06, then again from 2009-12. He won an NBA championship with the 2003-04 team.

Three years ago, Wallace was charged with a DWI and carrying a concealed weapon in Bloomfield Township, and was sentenced to one year of probation.

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Winnipeg Jets' forward Evander Kane is being sued in British Columbia over an alleged assault in Vancouver last summer.

A statement of claim filed on behalf of Vancouver resident Lev Makievsky says he was returning home from work Aug. 10, 2013, in the downtown area when he was assaulted by Kane, who is from Vancouver.

It gives no further details of the alleged incident but lists a long series of injuries Makievsky says he incurred, including a concussion, and claims he has "permanent physical disability."

He's seeking unspecified damages.

The statement of claim was filed only last Friday and there is no statement of defence.

The Winnipeg Jets said they would have no comment on the statement of claim and Makievsky's claims have not been proven in court.

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was charged Friday with assault after being accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument.

A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court said his girlfriend told police they got into the argument early Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis home. The woman, who is not named in the complaint, told police he kicked down a locked bedroom door, grabbed her around the neck and slammed her against the wall, choking her for 15 to 20 seconds during which she could not breathe.

"Victim's eyes were watering and she felt like she was being strangled to death," the complaint alleges.

The woman told police he then dropped her, and she called 911.

According to the complaint, their relationship began last summer and they had been living together for eight months. Police said Thursday that she did not require medical treatment.

Cunningham was charged with one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation. The 26-year-old remained jailed Friday evening with bail set at $40,000. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

He was unable to join the Timberwolves when they left Thursday on a two-game road trip to Florida.

The team issued a statement Thursday saying they were gathering more information.

"The Minnesota Timberwolves organization takes the matter very seriously and does not condone the type of behaviour that is associated with this situation," the statement read. "However, we need to let the legal process run its course, and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was arrested for impaired driving in Wasaga Beach, roughly two hours north of Toronto, early Monday morning.

According to an Ontario Provincial Police release, Valanciunas was charged with "Exceed 80" after an investigation revealed he had been in control of his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

OPP officers were responding to a report that open beer bottles had been spotted in a silver vehicle going through a drive-thru at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Police traced the alleged vehicle to a residence nearby and Valanciunas, the driver, was placed under arrest. It's unclear whether he was alone at the time.

"I hold myself to a high standard and take my role as a member of the Toronto Raptors very seriously," said the 21-year-old in a statement released by the team Monday evening. "I apologize to the organization, my teammates, my family and my fans, and regret any negativity this incident has brought upon them."

The Raptors were in between a pair of days off at the time of the incident.

"We were made aware this morning of the incident involving Jonas Valanciunas and are disappointed he has put himself in this situation," the Raptors added in a release. "We take this matter very seriously as we have high expectations for all members of this organization."

Valanciunas is scheduled to appear in court in Collingwood on April 22, in the midst of Toronto's first-round playoff series.

If the Raptors' second-year centre is convicted of the charge he will likely face supplementary discipline from the NBA. League precedent suggests he could face a one or two-game suspension, issued following a conviction.

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Colin Kaepernick's name is attached to an information report in Miami



Thursday was not full of good news for Colin Kaepernick, as his name was connected with a sexual assault information report with the City of Miami Police Department.

The news first surfaced via TMZ.com, who cited law enforcement sources that told them Kaepernick was being investigated for a possible sexual assault.

A Miami police spokesperson told CBSSports.com that police are following up on an information report that involves the 49ers quarterback.

In that report, a copy of which was obtained by CBSSports.com, a woman, whose name is redacted, states that on April 1, she went to the apartment of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, who played for the 49ers in 2012. At the apartment were Kaepernick and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton.

The woman states that the group "talked for a while and she mixed some drinks for all of them and gave them shots." The woman states "they told her in order to drink the shots she had to 'hit' the bong which contained marijuana."

The woman states she "started to feel lightheaded and went to a bedroom to lay down." She says she "took off her jacket and jewelry" at which point "Mr. Kaepernick came behind her into the bedroom and started kissing her."

She "advised that Mr. Kaepernick started to undressed [sic] her" and that "she got completely naked."

At that point she claims Kaepernick left the bedroom and that "they did not have sex." At that point in time, the woman claims Patton and Lockette "peeked" into the room and she yelled "What are you doing? Where's Colin? Get out!"

The woman says they closed the door and left but she cannot remember anything after that. She says she woke up in a hospital bed but doesn't know how she got there.

The woman acknowledged a prior sexual history with Kaepernick.

It could be semantics, as Miami Chief of Police Manuel Orosa said the department is investigating.

"There was an incident and we are investigating," Orosa told the Miami Herald. 

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts," the 49ers said in a statement.


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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said.

An officer saw Malone's SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the centre lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski. After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said.

According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone's pockets.

Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given at the jail recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 per cent, Lusczynski said. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on US$2,500 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney. Police impounded Malone's SUV.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Malone would not travel with the team for Tampa Bay's final regular season game Sunday against the Washington Capitals. He declined further comment.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement Saturday afternoon.

"We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Molone," Daly said. "Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the program doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that program.

"His future playing status, both in the near term and during the playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH program."

The Lightning are set to meet Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

Malone has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and 67 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. He has 370 points (179-191) in 641 career NHL regular-season games with the Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

He was booked for investigation of making a false bomb threat, Ortiz said

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Keyshawn Johnson arrested for Domestic Battery.


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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says former NFL and Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested after a report of a domestic dispute.

A Sheriff's Department statement says deputies responded to a residence in Calabasas at 12:48 a.m. PT Monday and determined the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute, and the resident was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.

The department subsequently identified the resident as Johnson, who posted bond at 9:15 a.m. and was released.

In the NFL, Johnson played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

He's currently an ESPN commentator and analyst. ESPN says it's aware of the arrest and is looking into the matter.

A call to Johnson's agent was not immediately returned.


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Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin said in a statement Wednesday he has suspended pitcher and Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston from the Seminoles' baseball team "as a result of his citation" on Tuesday night.

A report by Tomahawknation.com said Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs at a Publix grocery store in Tallahassee, Fla. The site did not attribute the report. Leon County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Lt. James McQuaig told USA TODAY Sports he would "not confirm or deny anything on Jameis Winston" before a scheduled 2 p.m. ET news conference.


"I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon," Martin said in a statement released by Florida State.

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said in the release, "I fully support Coach Martin's decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will."

Leon County Sheriff public records clerk Anita Muellei told USA TODAY Sports the "case was still being processed." Tallahassee Police Department officer David Northway said there were no records of an arrest under their jurisdiction.

Phone calls by USA TODAY Sports have not been returned by Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, or by the FSU athletics department.

In response to recent requests: TPD has NOT had any contact with Jameis Winston regarding an alleged recent citation.



Last November The Associated Press, citing Tallahassee city records, reported Winston and teammates were questioned by police in November 2012 in regard to a BB gun battle. The AP also obtained a July 2013 record of a Burger King employee reporting to police that Winston was stealing soda from the restaurant.

Winston was accused of raping another FSU student on Dec. 7, 2012. The two met at Potbelly's the night before, and the woman rode in a taxi back to Winston's apartment according to police records.

Afterward, he drove her back to campus on his scooter, she told campus police when she reported the alleged assault within hours and had a rape kit taken.

The woman identified Winston as her attacker on Jan. 10, 2013 when she heard his name in roll call in class at the start of the spring semester. Despite that, Tallahassee police Det. Scott Angulo did not interview Winston, collect his DNA or interview teammates who were with him that night.

The case was moved to inactive on Feb. 11, 2013 with Angulo citing the woman's desire not to pursue the case.

It became a major national story in the midst of Winston's Heisman Trophy-winning season in November.

After media outlets requested documents related to the case, the state attorney's office began investigating. Winston's DNA was ultimately confirmed to be on the woman's clothing, but he has said through his attorney that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Two teammates, Chris Casher and Ronald Darby, provided sworn affidavits to that effect through Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen.

Winston was not charged criminally, but Florida State is now under investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for its handling of sexual assault cases.

The woman filed a Title IX complaint in March, and OCR opened an investigation in April. Under Title IX, schools are obligated to investigate reports of sexual assault in a prompt, thorough and impartial manner and provide equitable grievance procedures.

Guidance from the department says an investigation should typically be done within 60 days. FSU officials did not meet with Winston until late January, two weeks after FSU won a BCS national championship and more than a year after the alleged assault, an attorney for the woman confirmed.

FSU's decision not to pursue code of conduct charges was made, at least in part, based on Winston's unwillingness to answer questions on the advice of his lawyer, said one of woman's attorneys, Baine Kerr.

Casher and Darby, meanwhile, face a combined five code of conduct charges related to their witnessing – and in Casher's case, video recording – what happened.

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan has been arrested and charged with punching a man outside a Washington nightclub.

DC police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf confirmed Monday night that a man named Josh Morgan was arrested early Sunday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanour. The Bears say they are aware of "Josh Morgan's presence at a weekend incident in Washington, D.C.," and are gathering information.

Morgan agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago last week. He played for Washington for each of the previous two seasons.

Morgan told WRC-TV in Washington that he didn't touch the man. The TV station also reported that Morgan was issued a citation to appear in court.

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More on the Winston case:

Maj. Michael Wood said that after Winston was contacted by deputies at his apartment, he said he had forgotten to pay.


Well that's completely understandable - I often walk out of supermarkets with food completely forgetting that I should have paid for those items. 

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Lorenzo Taliaferro becomes the fourth Ravens player arrested this offseason.


Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested over the Memorial Day Weekend and charged with breaking a taxi cab window, according to the Virginia Gazette.
 
Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department told the Gazette that officer J.A. Wagner was on patrol early Saturday morning and saw the incident take place. 
Wagner observed a group near the College Delly get into a cab. The taxi lurched forward, then the group got out. The officer said he heard yelling and cursing among the group.

The cab driver motioned to Wagner, and told that a member of the group whom he identified as Taliaferro, gripped the window and broke it.

 
Police report that Taliaferro, the Ravens' 2014 fourth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina, left the scene but was found a block away. He was charged with two misdemeanors: being drunk in public and destruction of property.

It's been a busy offseason for the Ravens, but for all the wrong reasons.

Taliaferro recently signed a four-year, $2.52 million rookie deal that includes a $300,584 signing bonus.

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Memphis Grizzlies James Johnson arrested for Domestic Battery.


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James Johnson has a court date Monday morning.



Memphis Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested late Friday night for domestic assault causing bodily harm, via the Shelby County Sheriff's office. He had a "domestic dispute" with his wife leaving Beale Street around 2 a.m., and at their home she called the police saying that he "hit her in the face and choked her," via FOX13 Memphis. 
She also told officers the NBA player punched a hole in their bathroom door, which is where she was waiting while holding their child. Officers say the victim gave the baby to her mother and Johnson then pushed that woman and took the baby before running away from the scene. Johnson eventually returned and was taken to jail.
Police officers said, via FOX 13 Memphis, that the couple had been drinking at home earlier that night, and that she refused medical treatment and did not have any visible injuries on her face and neck. Johnson has a court date scheduled for early Monday morning.

The Grizzlies released a brief statement on Saturday afternoon:
We are currently gathering information regarding this morning's report involving James Johnson. We have no further comment at this time.

Johnson averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 18 minutes per game for Memphis this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent in July.

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U.S. women's soccer team star Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday morning on two counts of domestic assault at her home in the Seattle area.

According to a police report obtained by the Seattle Times, police were called to the home Solo shares with her husband, ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens.

Kirkland, Washington police Lieutenant Mike Murray told the newspaper that officers were called because of an assault and a noise disturbance at the residence.

"There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation," Murray said.

At some point during the party, Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and her 17-year-old nephew, he said. "There were visible injuries on them," Murray said.

Solo will appear in court on Monday and is being held without bail.

Solo, 32, was not with the U.S. national team this weekend as they played an international friendly against France in Hartford, Connecticut. The team's Twitter account said that Solo was not available for the match.

She plays for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will be released from custody on Wednesday morning without charges after he was arrested in Ottawa on Canada Day for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer.

Police said they believed 26-year-old Giroux was intoxicated when they arrested him in a parking lot beside a ByWard Market bar around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Giroux spent the night at the Ottawa police cellblock on Elgin Street.

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lobo316 wrote: Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will be released from custody on Wednesday morning without charges after he was arrested in Ottawa on Canada Day for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer.


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Two New York Mets minor leaguers have been arrested for allegedly drag racing at speeds of more than 100 mph early Friday morning, according to a press release issued by the city of Kingsport, Tenn. 

Citing an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, outfielders Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo were arrested, director of community and government relations Tim Whaley indicated. 

Becerra, 19, allegedly was traveling at 107 mph in a 2013 Dodge Challenger. Lupo, 20, allegedly was clocked at 104 mph while driving a Ford Mustang “in close proximity.” 

Whaley indicated that one vehicle stopped immediately in response to an officer’s siren and lights, while the second vehicle stopped shortly thereafter.

 Becerra and Lupo were charged with drag racing, a Class B misdemeanor offense. 

Both outfielders are from Venezuela and neither was carrying a U.S. driver’s license, according to the report. No alcohol was involved, Whaley said. 

Becerra was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays with Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the deal for R.A. Dickey. 

Lupo played the night of the arrest as well as Saturday. Becerra did not play Friday, but since has appeared in both Kingsport games. 

A Mets spokesman said the club was aware of the arrests but declined further comment.

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Two University of Miami football players arrested on sexual battery charges against a "physically helpless" 17-year-old girl were dismissed from the team and suspended Tuesday.

Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were booked on the charges Tuesday. Both are 20-year-old linebackers.

According to the police report, both players admitted to buying drinks for the accuser, bringing her back to Figueroa's dorm room in the early-morning hours of Saturday and repeatedly performing sexual acts, including intercourse, without her consent while she was "physically helpless to resist."

Both players face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim and are being held on $10,000 bond, according to the Miami-Dade County records obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver's license.

No attorney was listed for either man. The Coral Gables police report said the accuser, a UM student, first reported the assault to university police, which turned to the Coral Gables department to investigate.

In a statement released Tuesday, Miami athletic director Blake James said the players had been dismissed from the team and suspended and barred from campus.

"Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team," James said in the statement. "The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.

Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students -- especially student athletes -- to the highest standards of moral conduct."

Miami president Donna E. Shalala said in a statement that the university has "zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence" and has spoken to the accuser.

"There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: We will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault. I have spoken to her myself and reassured her of our full support," she said in her statement, adding that Miami has launched its own investigation into the incident and is cooperating with the police.

One of the biggest accomplishments Miami made on defense this past spring was building its depth. That, however, takes a hit with Figueroa and Blue gone.

Both played as true freshmen last year and were going to be counted on to improve a unit that has only one standout. Figueroa, who started two games in 2013 and finished with 17 tackles, was the favorite to win the starting strongside linebacker job. Senior Thurston Armbrister is expected to take that role now.

Blue was penciled in to back up middle linebacker Denzel Perryman, the best player on the defense.

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Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto arrested Wednesday on marijuana possession charge

By Tasha Tsiaperas

Updated at 2:59 p.m.: Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has released a statement on his arrest on a marijuana possession charge.

“I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night. I am embarrassed and would like to apologize to my family, the Rangers organization, and our fans that I was taken in on this charge,” Soto said in a written statement.
“Because this is an ongoing case, I cannot discuss this matter any further at this time.”

The Texas Rangers have also released a statement on the arrest.

“The Rangers organization is aware of Wednesday night’s incident involving Geovany Soto. We have spoken to Geovany, and he has apologized and expressed deep embarrassment for the situation. We have notified Major League Baseball of the incident. As this is an on-going case, this is the only comment we will have at this time.”

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Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine on a marijuana possession charge.

Soto, 31, was pulled over for speeding around 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Ira E. Woods Avenue, said Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling.

He has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Eberling said Soto was cooperative during the arrest.

The Colleyville resident is free on a $500 bail. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office filed his charges Friday. Soto has not selected a defense attorney.

Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement lists marijuana as a drug of abuse. Soto will be referred to a treatment board for an initial evaluation. It will determine whether Soto should be placed in a treatment program. Former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent the process after admitting to using alcohol before the 2012 season.

A treatment program involves in- and out-patient treatment and follow-up testing. Soto would be subject to discipline from the office of commissioner Bud Selig if he refuses to cooperate with the treatment board or has not complied with a treatment program.

Soto also tested positive for marijuana during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, which has a different drug program than MLB.

Texas Rangers officials declined to comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the situation,” team spokesman John Blake said.

Soto has been recovering from knee surgery and remains on the team’s disabled list.

Staff writers Gerry Fraley and Kyle Whitfield contributed to this report.

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Former NHL player admits to robbing banks.

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Patrick Cote played six seasons in the NHL, but is now in jail. 



Patrick Cote, who played 105 games in the NHL, has been sent to prison for 30 months after he confessed to two bank robberies according to CJAD 800 AM in Montreal. The 39-year-old former enforcer spent time with the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers over parts of six NHL seasons.

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Cote caught the eye of police in May when the car he was driving broke down in Candiac. When the patrol officers realized the car had been reported stolen in Ontario, they took Cote to the station for questioning.

That's when he admitted to investigators that he'd robbed a CIBC branch in Brossard in May and a Laurentian Bank in Saint Constant a few days later.



Cote does have a criminal history.

In 2002, he was arrested in Malone, N.Y., after police found 30 pounds of marijuana in his car. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, but had twice violated his parole. He turned himself into U.S. authorities in 2011 for one such violation.

CJAD also reported Cote has armed assault on his record.

Cote was drafted 37th overall by the Dallas Stars in 1995. He scored just one goal in his career and also had two assists. All three points came in 1998-99 when he appeared in 70 games with the Predators, his only full season in the league. That year he racked up 242 of his 377 career penalty minutes.

The La Salle, Quebec, native's post-NHL career included seven seasons in what is now known as the LNAH, a circuit known primarily for its fighting.

It's always unfortunate to see a pro athlete fall from grace, but it seems like this has been a path Cote has been on for a while. Still, copping to robbing banks is a way long way away from the NHL.


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Former Minnesota Twins star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife.

The Twins issued a statement Thursday saying that Knoblauch's scheduled induction into the team's Hall of Fame had been canceled. Knoblauch was slated to be honored by the team August 23 at Target Field.

The Twins did not directly address the details of the arrest in their statement but did reference the fact that their decision was made "in light of recent news reports" and after "direct communication" with Knoblauch.

Knoblauch was arrested after allegedly hitting his ex-wife and released after posting $10,000 bond.

Knoblauch divorced Cheri Knoblauch in 2012. He was convicted of hitting a previous wife in 2010 and sentenced to a year of probation.

Knoblauch was the 1991 Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-Star with the Twins.

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databsae for NFL players areested since 2000

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DETROIT -- Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, who is now in the minor leagues, has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a Detroit hotel.

Evan Reed plays for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens but was with the Tigers when the alleged assault occurred.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Reed is accused of an act of penetration through force or coercion at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on March 30. Worthy says the 45-year-old woman felt odd after consuming alcohol earlier at a bar in suburban Detroit.

Defense lawyer Ben Gonek says his client will be exonerated. Reed is not scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

He was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA for the Tigers before being sent to Toledo in June.

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Celtics Center Vitor Faverani arrested for drunk driving.


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Boston Celtics center Vitor Faverani was arrested for drunk driving on Sunday in Spain, according to multiple overseas reports. 

Faverani reportedly collided with a bus after running a red light in Valencia, according to La Opinion de Malaga. The paper reported there were no injuries, but noted that Faverani registered a blood-alcohol rate that was three times the legal limit when twice tested by police. 

The Celtics did not immediately issue a comment on the arrest. 

Faverani, a Brazil native whose rookie season with the Celtics was cut short due to a meniscus tear, was rehabbing in Valencia and previously said he hoped to be near full strength upon returning to Boston in early September. 

Faverani signed a three-year contract last summer and is scheduled to earn $2.1 million this season. His salary for the 2015-16 season is nonguaranteed.

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Police arrested former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother's suburban Indianapolis home.

The free agent centre, who played last season for the Miami Heat, was taken into custody at the home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanour battery. Oden, 26, was still in Marion County Jail as of early Thursday afternoon, jail spokesman Julio Fernandez said.

According to a Lawrence police report, officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a woman on a sofa with blood on her face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had "punched her in the face."

Oden told officers he and the woman recently broke up after dating for two years. He said during an argument in which "things got out of control," he swung his arms trying to break free of two people holding him back and punched his ex-girlfriend, according to the report.

Oden's agent, Michael Conley Sr., directed all questions to Oden's attorney, James Bell, who declined to comment.

The 7-foot Oden was a star at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and then played a season at Ohio State before the Portland Trail Blazers made him the top pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

Knee injuries have derailed Oden's professional career, and he didn't play from December 2009 until last season, when he averaged 2.9 points in 23 games for the Heat. He is currently without a team.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge after being pulled over July 6 for going 105 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The incident took place in Fairfax County, Virginia, according to online court documents.

Werth originally had a hearing scheduled for this past Friday, but it has been continued to Nov. 12.

"The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks," a team spokesperson said in a statement. "Jayson is cooperating with the authorities. As it is an ongoing legal matter, the team has no further comment."

Werth, 35, is hitting .279 with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs this season. He's been limited of late due to an inflamed right shoulder.

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Jonathan Koppenhaver has been arrested in connection with the beating of his adult film star ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack. Fugitive and mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka "War Machine," was arrested in Southern California for the beating of his adult film star ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack.

Koppenhaver, 32, was taken into custody about 1:45 p.m. after Simi Valley Police Department officers discovered he was staying in a local motel after a week on the lam. They notified the U.S. Marshals Department, which issued an arrest warrant.

The suspect, a former resident of Simi Valley, was arrested without incident, according to Simi Valley police.

Inside the room was a small quantity of cash and some pizza.

He has been transported to the Ventura County Jail, but will eventually go to Las Vegas, the city he fled after the alleged Aug. 8 pummeling of Mack that left her with broken bones, a ruptured liver and diminished eyesight.

Mack previously told The Huffington Post what happened and detailed her injuries:

At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face.

"I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating," Mack said. "My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken."

Mack said she can't chew or see out of her left eye. "My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side," Mack said.

Her ex "sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife," she said.

Mack continued, "He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard."

When Koppenhaver went into the kitchen and left her in a heap on the floor, she escaped by running to a neighbor's house.

On his Twitter account last week, Koppenhaver appeared to defend himself while still on the run from police.

I can't believe this...I must be cursed.

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 8, 2014

The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it's all just heart breaking.

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014

I only wish that man hadn't been there and that Christy & I would behappily engaged.I don't know y I'm so cursed.One day truth will come out

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014

A fundraising page set up for Mack’s medical expenses had raised more than $65,000 by Friday, KTLA reports.





Here's a link to pics of Mack. The bastard really did a number on her.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/15/jonathan-koppenhaver-arrest_n_5683370.html

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49ers’ defensive end Ray McDonald arrested for domestic violence against pregnant fiancée
McDonald's arrest comes just days after the NFL implemented a six-game suspension for a first offense of domestic violence, followed by a lifetime ban against repeat offenders.
 

That didn’t take long — unfortunately.

Just three days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell created stronger sanctions for players involved in domestic violence, 49ers starting defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony domestic violence charges involving his fiancée.

He is now in position to incur the commissioner’s wrath in addition to whatever comes his way through the legal process.

If the NFL’s investigation of the events verifies the police report, expect Goodell to quickly hit McDonald with a substantial suspension − he is in line for more than the new standard of six games for a first offense because the alleged victim is pregnant, according to media reports from police. And it’s likely to really send out an undeniably strong message to the other 2,015 players under contract, Goodell will do it before the case is adjudicated.

As McDonald sat in Santa Clara County Jail after he was arrested early Sunday morning − he later posted $25,000 bail — he had plenty of time to study the memo Goodell instructed clubs to distribute to players last Thursday outlining the new disciplinary standards he set for any NFL personnel involved in domestic violence.

Goodell beat himself up for giving Ravens running back Ray Rice just a two-game suspension for a domestic-violence incident in February at an Atlantic City hotel. Rice was caught on video dragging his fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer unconscious out of an elevator. Goodell wanted to suspend Rice six games, but felt constrained by the precedent set by previous cases. He reluctantly settled on two games.

The criticism was immediate and widespread and Goodell knew he had made a mistake.

So, he rewrote the domestic violence portion of the personal conduct policy: Six games for a first offense, banishment for life for a second with the right to appeal for reinstatement after one year.

“Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child,” Goodell wrote in the memo to the players.

According to the police, McDonald’s fiancée is 10 weeks pregnant and reportedly had bruises on her neck and arms.

The report said police arrived at McDonald’s home in San Jose at 2:48 a.m. PDT Sunday. There was a party for his 30th birthday. McDonald was booked at 5:30 a.m. for “inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant.”

The personal conduct policy does not force Goodell to wait until McDonald’s case is resolved through the courts before he punishes him. McDonald is due in court Sept. 15.

This is what Goodell wrote in his long-standing policy regarding his power to hand out discipline: “Unless the available facts clearly indicate egregious circumstances, significant bodily harm or risk to third parties, or an immediate and substantial risk to the integrity and reputation of the NFL, a first offense generally will not result in discipline until there has been a disposition of the proceeding (or until the investigation is complete in the case of noncriminal misconduct).”

In other words, he has a lot of leeway. Don’t expect him to show much leniency with McDonald if the allegations are backed up. McDonald has given Goodell an opportunity to show that he will not make the same mistake he made with Rice.

Until the facts of the incident are revealed, however, all we know is that McDonald has been arrested. But for any player to risk his career, in addition to the unspeakable act of harming a woman, so soon after Goodell announced stronger discipline to what had already been a zero tolerance policy for domestic violence, is just beyond comprehension.

Safety Donte Whitner, who left the 49ers this year to sign with the Browns, told the Sacramento Bee last year that coach Jim Harbaugh “said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women. If you put your hand on a woman, then you’re done in his book.”

McDonald, unfortunately, has provided a test case for Harbaugh and more importantly, Goodell. 

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who cried while apologizing last year for taking a banned substance that led to a 50-game suspension, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.

Cabrera was arrested early Wednesday after the CHP dispatch center was notified of a possible DUI driver by the U.S. Border Patrol at a checkpoint in Dulzura, some 25 miles southeast of downtown San Diego. The CHP said Cabrera was determined to be under the influence of marijuana.

After being taken to the CHP El Cajon Area Office, he was not showing signs of still being under the influence of marijuana and was cited and released to the custody of his mother-in-law, the CHP said.

"Mr. Cabrera was cooperative with the CHP Officers. Charges against Mr. Cabrera for DUI will be requested,'' a press release said.

Cabrera is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. He did not make the trip to Colorado for this weekend's series but is expected to join the club for a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday, when he is to be re-evaluated. Cabrera was hitting .232 with three homers, 20 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

His agent, Scott Boras, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cabrera was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for his relationship with the Biogenesis of America scandal. Cabrera, who was San Diego's only All-Star in 2013, was leading the NL with 37 stolen bases when his suspension began.

During a news conference on Aug. 5, 2013, he struggled to control his emotions after admitting he took a banned substance.

"My situation I have right now ... I'm very sorry with all my fans in San Diego with this situation,'' he said. "I'm very sorry with my organization. I'm very sorry with all my teammates, and I'm very sorry about this situation I have right now. It's a tough situation for me. It's a tough situation for the organization, and I'm making all my responsibility is just me.''

The suspension cost Cabrera $348,361 of his $1,275,000 salary.

He's making $2.45 million this year.

The Padres said in a statement that they were aware of Cabrera's arrest and were in touch with MLB.

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Another NFL player in legal trouble.

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Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals’ practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league’s marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Dwyer was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. His wife left the state after the incidents, but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.

In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife said she hadn’t been assaulted and denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.

The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.

As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home’s second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer’s wife said, "I’m calling the police" as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.

During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son.

During Dwyer’s initial court appearance Wednesday night, defence attorney Jared Allen asked that Dwyer be allowed to leave the state for his job, but a court commissioner denied that request after prosecutor Jay Rademacher said the Cardinals had deactivated Dwyer.

The NFL has been jolted by domestic violence issues since a video surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator.

Then Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on felony child-abuse charges for using a tree branch, or "switch," to discipline his 4-year-old son.

On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers decided that star defensive end Greg Hardy won’t play any more games for the team until his domestic violence case is resolved. Hardy was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim said the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling.

The Dwyer arrest adds to the pressure on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose handling of the Rice case has been widely criticized.

Rice was originally suspended for two games, then banned indefinitely after the video surfaced of his attack in the casino elevator.

This is the second domestic violence case involving a Cardinals player. Inside linebacker Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and is serving a year of supervised probation. Washington hasn’t been penalized by the NFL for the offence but is suspended for this season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Dwyer was booked on counts that include aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage, and preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.

Dwyer signed with the Cardinals this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored a touchdown last week in Arizona’s victory over the New York Giants.

His best year for Pittsburgh was 2012 when injuries depleted the team’s backfield in the middle of the season. Dwyer filled in and had 100-yard-plus games in consecutive weeks.

Dwyer, from Marietta, Georgia, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers out of Georgia Tech in 2010.

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BALTIMORE (WJZ/CBS NEWS)—The Baltimore bullet has been arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore City early Tuesday morning.

Michael Phelps was arrested around 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 by Maryland Transit Authority police.

MDTA released the following statement:

“A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone). The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. He was later released.

This makes Phelps’ second DUI arrest.In 2004, the Olympic gold medalist swimmer was stopped near Salisbury University after running a stop sign. He was charged with  DUI, DWI, violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign.  After striking a deal, Phelps was sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake,” Phelps said in 2004 before a judge and courtroom of more than 100 spectators. “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”

In 2004, the judge also ordered Phelps to attend a victim impact panel meeting sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was fined $250 and ordered to pay $55 in court costs.

Teammate Ryan Lochte commented on Phelps’ arrest, telling TMZ that he should have hired a driver.

“He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming,” Lochte said to TMZ.

It’s been an interesting month for Baltimore athletes as the Ravens faced national criticism for how they handled former player Ray Rice’s domestic dispute with his then fiance, Janay Rice in an Atlantic City casino. After the video of Rice’s dispute was made public, also by TMZ, the NFL indefinitely suspended him.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis also made headlines recently as he was suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall, a prescribed drug that contains amphetamine.

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lobo316 wrote: Teammate Ryan Lochte commented on Phelps’ arrest, telling TMZ that he should have hired a driver.

“He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming,” Lochte said to TMZ.

Pretty scary stuff when Ryan Lochte becomes the voice of reason.

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2 more NFL players arrested over the last 24 hours. Looks like NFL now stands for National Felons League.


from tmz.com:



Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson was TASED by cops at a Minneapolis nightclub ... BECAUSE PEPPER SPRAY DIDN'T STOP HIM ... this according a police report obtained by TMZ Sports. 

Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning at Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar -- where he was allegedly causing trouble around 3AM. 

According to the police report, Johnson was told to leave the building -- but refused ... so cops decided to break out the pepper spray. 

But Johnson -- 6'3", 288 lbs -- wasn't fazed ... so cops broke out the stun gun.

He was eventually taken into custody and booked for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Johnson posted $78 bail -- and was released later that day. He's due back in court on Oct. 17.

Johnson's agent has told the media he was confident the Viking's player would be exonerated.

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Miami Dolphins reserve defensive lineman Derrick Shelby was suspended indefinitely after police used a Taser on him three times while arresting him on misdemeanour charges of resisting arrest and trespassing at a nightclub.

Shelby was suspended hours before Monday's practice for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Joe Philbin said he talked with Shelby, and said the Dolphins will gather more information before making a final determination on disciplinary action.

According to a Fort Lauderdale police report, nightclub security said Shelby was touching women without their permission early Saturday. Shelby appeared intoxicated, was ordered to leave several times by an officer and refused, the report said.

When officers tried to place the 6-foot-2, 282-pound Shelby in custody, he pushed away and took an aggressive fighting stance. He was placed on the ground and continued to resist, and officers used a Taser before he was subdued.

A mug shot showed Shelby with a swollen lower lip and a bruise on his cheek. He was released from jail on a $100 bond and entered a plea of not guilty.

"We're still gathering information," Philbin said after practice Monday. "I feel like from the information I have at the present time, I took the appropriate action and suspended him indefinitely."

Shelby's agent, David Canter, released a statement saying he was disappointed by the Dolphins' decision to suspend to his client.

Defensive end Jared Odrick, a friend of Shelby's, said he was surprised to learn of the arrest.

"I thought it was like The Onion news reporting it, thinking it was fake, because he's such a smart guy," Odrick said. "He loves his job and working hard and setting a standard with the team. So it was shocking."

Odrick said he took no issue with the suspension. But Odrick said he, Shelby and other black players face special challenges regarding their conduct in public.

"The thing we're reminded of as professional athletes and black men is we're targets more than anybody else walking down the street," Odrick said. "We're targeted sometimes, and we have to understand we have to uphold standards and society's rules more than a regular passer-by. We have to set the example."

Shelby, a third-year veteran, has played in all four games as a reserve this season. The Dolphins had a bye last weekend, and players were off Thursday through Sunday. Miami plays Green Bay on Sunday.

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Dallas Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting from a suburban mall Monday night.

Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to Frisco, Texas, police. He was released on writ bond at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Frisco Police Lt. Jason Jenkins said Randle is accused of attempting to steal underwear and cologne from the Dillard's in Stonebriar Centre Mall.

Randle, a fifth-round pick in 2013 who is making a base salary of $495,000 this season, has rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries this season while playing behind NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.

Randle rushed for a season-high 52 yards on five carries in Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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lobo316 wrote: Dallas Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting from a suburban mall Monday night.


from espn.go.com:

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said backup running back Joseph Randle will be fined significantly for being arrested for shoplifting in a Frisco, Texas, mall.

USA Today Sports reported Wednesday that the fine will be for one week's pay on his base salary of $495,000, which amounts to $29,117.

Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to police. He was released on writ bond at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Frisco Police Lt. Jason Jenkins said Randle is accused of attempting to steal underwear and cologne from Dillard's in Stonebriar Centre Mall.

Randle met with Garrett on Tuesday and addressed his teammates on Wednesday morning. Garrett said Randle will play in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"He took full responsibility for it," Garrett said. "There were a lot of circumstances that were surrounding the situation, but there are no excuses, no explanations for this. He took full responsibility, and he made a really poor decision. He recognizes that."

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Dallas Cowboys reserve running back Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting from a suburban mall Monday night.


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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said backup running back Joseph Randle will be fined significantly for being arrested for shoplifting in a Frisco, Texas, mall.

USA Today Sports reported Wednesday that the fine will be for one week's pay on his base salary of $495,000, which amounts to $29,117.

Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to police. He was released on writ bond at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Frisco Police Lt. Jason Jenkins said Randle is accused of attempting to steal underwear and cologne from Dillard's in Stonebriar Centre Mall.

Randle met with Garrett on Tuesday and addressed his teammates on Wednesday morning. Garrett said Randle will play in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"He took full responsibility for it," Garrett said. "There were a lot of circumstances that were surrounding the situation, but there are no excuses, no explanations for this. He took full responsibility, and he made a really poor decision. He recognizes that."
Another fucking rocket scientist.   Would have been cheaper to pay for the underwear or not wear shit stained ones on your way to the bar to get drunk and then arrested for drunk and disorderly or wherever you were going.


So if he kicked the shit out of the underwear he stole would he have been cut?

Football players are football players because they are too fucking stupid to be anything else.  This moron will be making several appearances here before police shoot him dead for knocking over a hot dog vendor with a weapon.

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The NHL announced Monday that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely after an early morning arrest on domestic violence charges.

Here's the official statement in full from the NHL:


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League of an arrest this morning on charges of domestic violence.

The suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, “The League may suspend the Player pending the League's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League.”

Voynov, who will continue to be paid during the pendency of the investigation, was arrested for California Penal Code section 273.5, Domestic Violence.

There are very few details at this time about what happened leading up to Voynov's arrest. Voynov is indeed innocent until proven guilty, but the NHL isn't going to let him play until more is learned about the allegations.

Given the climate of professional sports leagues and how they deal with domestic violence issues, the NHL wasted no time. The league apparently knew about the arrest before just about anyone else as the NHL's announcement preceded any reports of Voynov's arrest.

How quickly the league reacted to these allegations offers quite the contrast to how the NHL handled domestic violence allegations against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was arrested around this time last year. Varlamov barely missed any time and the charges were eventually dropped.

The heat the NFL took over the early stages of its own season regarding the incident involving Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens has certainly put other leagues on notice.

The NHL is doing the right thing by not waiting for the league process to sort itself out this time. The collective bargaining agreement section that covers "off-ice conduct" will continue to allow Voynov to be paid, though. He will also still count against the Kings salary cap, leaving them with almost no flexibility to replace him.

UPDATE: According to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, the Redondo Beach Police Department is handling the Voynov investigation. Voynov is due in court Wednesday.

Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register filled in a few more details:

According to information on the Los Angeles Sheriff Department's website, Voynov was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Monday by Redondo Beach police. The initial arrest report does not specify the charges Voynov might face, but does say he faces felony charges.

The Redondo Beach P.D. is expected to issue a statement regarding Voynov's arrest later Monday afternoon.

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You better call John Elway. :)


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As an allegedly highly intoxicated and uncooperative John Boyett was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car Monday evening, police were unable to read him his rights because the Broncos practice squad safety kept repeatedly telling the arresting officer to "contact his boss, John Elway."

Elway is not Boyett's boss, anymore. After the Broncos read details of the Greenwood Village Police Department's report on Boyett's arrest, Elway, the team's general manager, announced Thursday afternoon the safety had been released.

In summary, according to the police report, Boyett was highly intoxicated, threatened a bartender at a sports bar where he ate, drank and did shots, was belligerent to his fellow patrons, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site so he could whack the cab driver, fled the scene and tried to hide from police by trying to bury himself under mulch.

And then as he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle, Boyett, 24, repeatedly yelled at an officer to contact his boss "John Elway."

The testimony on the Greenwood Village police report included stunningly similarities to Boyett's arrest 13 months earlier in Indianapolis. Boyett had apparently made the Indianapolis Colts' season-opening roster as a sixth-round rookie last season when on Sept. 2, 2013 he was arrested on charges of disorderly public intoxication and resisting arrest after an altercation with police.

Law enforcement was called in response to an incident involving Boyett at a downtown Indianapolis bar. The Colts waived Boyett the day after his arrest. He was signed to the Broncos' practice squad on Nov. 19 of last year.

The incident Monday began at The Sports Book Bar & Grill on Arapahoe Road. Boyett showed up around 5 p.m., had food and beers, left for a message. He returned around 8:30 p.m. for more food and beer, only this time he added a "couple of shots."

Boyett tried to buy shots for patrons but when they refused he chastised them by calling them a derogatory name. He tried to take food off one woman's plate.

Police were called and say when they arrived Boyett was visibly intoxicated. The bartender had been trying to get Boyett to merely pay his tab and leave but Boyett instead told the bartender he was "gonna get popped in the face."

Police told Boyett he would not be arrested; they just wanted him to leave peacefully. Police helped escort Boyett into the cab, but five minutes later, a call was radioed in that a cab driver had been assaulted by a male who matched Boyett's description.

The cab driver said that while driving, Boyett pulled him backward by his shoulders and punched him with a closed fist behind his right ear. Boyett got out of the cab and started running. He stopped to pick up a shovel at a construction site and returned to whack the cab driver, then took off and tried to conceal himself beneath landscaping mulch when police found him and apprehended him.

Boyett remained uncooperative during the booking process, refusing to provide contact or address information. He was held in a holding cell and booked on three chargers: third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, harassment and theft under $2,000 (the shovel).

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Another day and another NFL player arrested.


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Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night on a handful of charges, the most serious a resisting stop charge stemming from him leaving the scene of an incident in Franklin, Tenn.

Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk.

The incident began when Greene parked in a handicap parking space on the square in Franklin, located roughly 20 miles south of Nashville. When a parking enforcement officer approached Greene, police say he got in his car and maneuvered to get around the parking enforcement officer's vehicle.

According to police, Greene nearly struck the officer's vehicle, and sped off from the area. Greene was later approached when he got caught up in traffic, but sped off again, police say.

Though an investigation, Franklin police determined Greene was the individual involved in the incident. Police got in touch with the Titans and arranged for Greene to turn himself in on Friday night around 9 p.m. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released at 10:38 p.m.

Sergeant Charles Warner of the Franklin Police Department said the entire incident could have been avoided.

"The entire situation could have been avoided if he would have left that handicap space for who is was intended for,'' Warner said. "The fact that he didn't and got caught being parked there, he could have stopped things from going any further than a parking ticket if he would have simply communicated with the parking enforcement officer and not taken such evasive measures to get away from her, increasing the seriousness of what would have been a simple parking ticket."

The parking enforcement officer is a civilian, not a sworn police officer, "but certain laws apply to her and her authority," Warner said.

Greene turned himself in after being informed there were warrants for his arrest, Warner said.

The Titans could not immediately be reached for comment.

Greene has played in five games this season, rushing for 190 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries. He's missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but returned to practice this week. On Friday, the Titans listed him as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans on the team's official Injury Report.

The Titans signed Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract prior to last season. He played in 11 games last season and rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns.

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A felony count of corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury allegation has been filed against Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov.

The case was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by a Los Angeles District Attorney spokesperson.

Voynov, 24, was arrested in Redondo Beach, California on October 19 and charged with domestic assault. He has been suspended by the NHL since.

Since the charge is a felony, Voynov faces up to four years in prison and could face an additional five more if the victim sustained "great bodily injury."

According to a release from the DA's office, Voynov's wife suffered injuries to her neck, eyebrow and cheek and required medical attention.

Following news of the charges, Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, released a statement.

"Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney's office elected to file charges," read the statement. "Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident."

The Kings released a statement saying that they maintain their support of the NHL's indefinite suspension of Voynov and that the organization will continue to monitor the legal proceedings.

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Minnesota G Daquein McNeil arrested for 2 counts of Domestic Assault.


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Minnesota sophomore Daquein McNeil was arrested Monday.


Minnesota, which is playing two of the next three nights in New York City, has indefinitely suspended guard Daquein McNeil. The Golden Gophers sophomore has reportedly been arrested for two counts of domestic assault.

As a result, McNeil is not with the team in Manhattan. He's sitting in jail, in Minnesota.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune first reported the story, citing a Minneapolis Police report.

The arrest came Monday afternoon, shortly after the alleged incident took place.

University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague put out a statement shortly after the Star-Tribune's story went live. Here's that statement:

"Men's basketball student-athlete Daquein McNeil has been suspended from all team activities pending an investigation into a possible domestic assault. We are currently gathering information and cooperating with the authorities. This athletics department values respect and positively impacting the lives of others and will not tolerate any form of domestic assault from its staff or student-athletes."

The details of the allegations are not pretty, as is normally the case in these situations.

The Hennepin County attorney's office has until noon Wednesday to decide whether to file formal charges against the 20-year-old McNeil. The criminal report details two counts of domestic assault against McNeil, including felony second-degree assault, against his girlfriend, 28, at an apartment near campus. 

The report reads that McNeil “ripped her clothes off, hit her with a large belt multiple times, choked her and poured cold water on her. The victim [was] able to flee [the] unit with only a small robe and coat. … Officers observed victim to have multiple bruising and welts all over her body.” 

McNeil was apprehended by campus police and booked by Minneapolis police.


Minnesota plays St. John's Wednesday evening at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Gophers coach Richard Pitino has not spoken on the matter yet.

McNeil had been a role player, putting in nearly 19 minutes and averaging 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds so far this season. The sophomore was a transfer player who went to Minnesota when Pitino took the job in 2013. Originally, McNeil committed to playing for Pitino when he was coaching Florida International.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was found guilty of reckless driving Friday and sentenced to 10 days in jail, according to Julie Carey of NBC Washington.

Lawyers for the Nationals ballplayer said he will appeal the judge's conviction and sentence, which includes a 170-day license suspension. Carey reports Werth is expected to spend five days in jail if the decision is upheld.

Werth was arrested and charged with reckless driving in July after police pulled him over for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone in Fairfax County.

The 35-year-old Werth was reportedly speeding down the George Washington Memorial Parkway in his Porsche 911 at the time of the arrest on July 6.

Werth is entering the fifth season of a seven-year, $126 million contract signed with the Nationals in 2010.

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lobo316 wrote: SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who cried while apologizing last year for taking a banned substance that led to a 50-game suspension, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.

Cabrera was arrested early Wednesday after the CHP dispatch center was notified of a possible DUI driver by the U.S. Border Patrol at a checkpoint in Dulzura, some 25 miles southeast of downtown San Diego. The CHP said Cabrera was determined to be under the influence of marijuana.

After being taken to the CHP El Cajon Area Office, he was not showing signs of still being under the influence of marijuana and was cited and released to the custody of his mother-in-law, the CHP said.

"Mr. Cabrera was cooperative with the CHP Officers. Charges against Mr. Cabrera for DUI will be requested,'' a press release said.

Cabrera is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a hamstring injury. He did not make the trip to Colorado for this weekend's series but is expected to join the club for a series at the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday, when he is to be re-evaluated. Cabrera was hitting .232 with three homers, 20 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

His agent, Scott Boras, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cabrera was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for his relationship with the Biogenesis of America scandal. Cabrera, who was San Diego's only All-Star in 2013, was leading the NL with 37 stolen bases when his suspension began.

During a news conference on Aug. 5, 2013, he struggled to control his emotions after admitting he took a banned substance.

"My situation I have right now ... I'm very sorry with all my fans in San Diego with this situation,'' he said. "I'm very sorry with my organization. I'm very sorry with all my teammates, and I'm very sorry about this situation I have right now. It's a tough situation for me. It's a tough situation for the organization, and I'm making all my responsibility is just me.''

The suspension cost Cabrera $348,361 of his $1,275,000 salary.

He's making $2.45 million this year.

The Padres said in a statement that they were aware of Cabrera's arrest and were in touch with MLB.


 

Everth Cabrera pled not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego County District Attorney.

The former San Diego Padres shortstop entered the plea by fax and requested a counter arraignment in lieu of the formal proceeding scheduled for Monday, U-T San Diego reports.

Cabrera, 28, is also facing charges for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of the drug in a vehicle. He faces up to one year in jail, if convicted, and has a readiness hearing scheduled for Jan. 14 next year.

The Padres non-tendered Cabrera on Tuesday, making the 2013 All-Star a free agent. Despite a disappointing 2014 campaign, Cabrera's expected to garner interest from several clubs given the weak market for middle infielders. Padres general manager A.J. Preller confirmed the team will not be among Cabrera's potential suitors.

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lobo316 wrote: A felony count of corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury allegation has been filed against Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov.

The case was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by a Los Angeles District Attorney spokesperson.

Voynov, 24, was arrested in Redondo Beach, California on October 19 and charged with domestic assault. He has been suspended by the NHL since.

Since the charge is a felony, Voynov faces up to four years in prison and could face an additional five more if the victim sustained "great bodily injury."

According to a release from the DA's office, Voynov's wife suffered injuries to her neck, eyebrow and cheek and required medical attention.

Following news of the charges, Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, released a statement.

"Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney's office elected to file charges," read the statement. "Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident."

The Kings released a statement saying that they maintain their support of the NHL's indefinite suspension of Voynov and that the organization will continue to monitor the legal proceedings.

 

 


It is becoming increasingly more difficult to imagine a scenario that sees Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov back in the NHL – ever. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Nathan Fenno, who was in the courtroom today for Voynov’s preliminary hearing, it was alleged that the defenceman chocked, kicked and punched his wife. Effectively, the allegation is that he laid a beating on her.

Back on October 20, Voynov was suspended indefinitely with pay following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. At that time, the Police Department of the City of Redondo Beach issued this press release indicating that a female could be heard “screaming” and “crying” and that, later that night, Voynov accompanied the alleged victim to the hospital where he was arrested on suspicion that he inflicted the harm.

Disturbing Evidence of a Beating

Here are some of the more disturbing allegations raised in Court today as reproduced from Fenno’s Twitter timeline:

- Redondo Beach police officer: Voynov's wife had laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck.

- Officer says Voynov's wife said he struck her in the face with his fist.

- Officer: Voynov pushed wife to ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on ground, chocked her three times.

- Officer: Voynov pushed her into flat-screen TV where she cut her face.

- Officer: Voynov's wife required eight stitches to close wound above left eye.

- Officer: "There's bruising, red marks, scratches on the victim's neck."

- At Voynov's home, the officer noted blood all over bedroom, including covering comforter and a bloody handprint on floor.

- Lead prosecutor Frank Dunnick: "there's evidence to suggest prior domestic violence" involving Voynov.

Fenno added that while he could only “catch quick glimpses of photos of the injuries to Voynov's wife” and there was “lots of blood.”

Voiding of Contract, Prison & Deportation for Voynov

Voynov is facing a number of legal issues. Firstly, he could be deported. In the United States, the crime of domestic violence can lead to serious immigration consequences for defendants who are not U.S. citizens. Under a federal U.S. law called the Immigration and Nationality Act, a non-citizen can be ordered deported if he is convicted of domestic violence.

Voynov is also facing jail time. He was charged under Section 273.5 of the California Penal Code for willfully inflicting corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a person. The charge can either be a felony or the less serious misdemeanor. The type of charge depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injuries sustained and whether the defendant has a history of violence.

In this case, Voynov was charged with a felony. As a result, he is facing up to four years in state jail with an additional five years if he inflicted great bodily injury. If he had been charged with a misdemeanor, he would have been facing up to one year in county jail.

There is also a risk that Voynov’s contract could be voided (or terminated) by the NHL. The NHL CBA at Article 18-A.2 provides Commissioner Gary Bettman with very broad disciplinary powers when dealing with off-ice conduct that is “detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey”. Among the punishments the Commissioner may impose is the termination of a player’s contract.

The voiding of Voynov’s contract would most certainly be challenged by Donald Fehr and the NHLPA. However, terminating Voynov’s contract would not be unreasonable if the evidence is deemed reliable. Ray Rice changed everything. Indeed, the dramatically altered landscape surrounding domestic violence may force the hand of the league. And the CBA gives Bettman the power to take action (although the NHLPA would argue there are limits to that power).

Only time will tell. For now, expect the NHL to do nothing and await the disposition of the criminal proceedings. Voynov will remain suspended indefinitely. Once the criminal proceedings wrap up, the NHL will make its decision. While things look exceedingly bleak for Voynov, they could get a lot worse should the photographs featuring his wife’s injuries leak to the public.


 

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from abc7news.com:




Police served a search warrant Tuesday at the home of 49ers Ray McDonald's home in San Jose to investigate rape allegations.

San Jose police report getting a call from a local area hospital regarding a possible sexual assault victim who was receiving treatment. Officers responded and made contact with the adult female victim. The victim alleged she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior. The preliminary investigation revealed the alleged suspect was Ray McDonald. This is the latest investigation surrounding the 49ers defensive lineman.

Just last month, the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office decided it did not have enough evidence to prosecute McDonald in a domestic violence case involving his pregnant fiance. McDonald was arrested in August in that case where his pregnant fiance reported she was the victim of domestic violence. 

Even though McDonald's fiance made a 911 call on August 31 to report domestic violence, she later refused to cooperate after her initial police interview.

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And here's your first arrest for 2015.


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New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery involving domestic violence for allegedly pushing a woman to the ground while trying to get her to leave his home, the Kenner, Louisiana, police said Monday in a news conference.

Galette, 26, was arrested and taken into custody after the disturbance at his home Monday shortly before 10 a.m. ET. Galette's cousin Terrance Banks Jr. was also booked on a misdemeanor simple battery charge after the incident.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the team is aware of the arrest and is collecting information. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also said the league is looking into the matter.

According to reports from media attending the news conference, there were differing accounts of Galette's relationship with the 22-year-old woman. She said that she used to stay with Galette and cook and clean for him over the past two years. Galette described her as a dancer who was supposed to leave the night before but was allowed to stay until the morning instead.

According to the Kenner police, the woman called police to the scene and had visible injuries when police arrived, including bleeding from her ear after an earring had been ripped out and scratches on her face.

She alleged that an argument ensued after she woke up and Galette and Banks refused to give her cab money and told her to leave. She alleged that Galette pushed her twice while trying to get her out of the house, then after she fell, both men were "on me" and she couldn't breathe. She said Banks then picked her up and put her out of the house, taking her phone away as she tried to dial 911.

She then said she picked up a knife because she was afraid of being "jumped" again. Then she said Galette began recording her, she threw the knife down and Banks again picked her up and put her and all of her stuff outside. Investigators are seeking a search warrant to search the video on the phone.

Galette is disputing that account, according to the Kenner police. Both men will be allowed to be released on bond Monday afternoon -- Galette's bond is set for $600 and Banks' for $300. According to the Kenner police, arrests are automatic when there are visible injuries in the case of domestic violence claims.

Galette has been with New Orleans since 2010, when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College. He developed into a top pass-rusher and signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension with the team in September through the 2019 season.

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from foxnews.com:




New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham has been charged with sharing explicit photos of a female friend.

The Union County prosecutor's office said Tuesday that Cunningham was arrested Dec. 29 in Summit. The 26-year-old is charged with criminal mischief, invasion of privacy and unlawful weapons transport.

Cunningham was released on his own recognizance. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

Prosecutors allege Cunningham violated a law that forbids disclosing photos or videos without the consent of someone "whose intimate parts are exposed" or who is engaged in a sexual act. They say the woman and Cunningham lived together.

A prosecutor's spokesman says a loaded handgun was found in Cunningham's Audi.

The fifth-year pro missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon.

The team declined to comment on the arrest.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Troubled former NBA player Robert Swift was arrested Tuesday along with another man suspected of attempting to break into a home in Gold Bar.
The Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman,Shari Ireton, tells KIRO the 29-year-old former Sonic was arrested on a warrant from an earlier gun charge and jailed in Seattle.
The warrant was issued in November after Swift failed to show up in court on a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun that was found in an October raid on a home in Kirkland where he was living. His roommate was charged with drug offenses.
The King County prosecutor's office says he's scheduled for arraignment on the gun charge Monday in King County Superior Court.
A spokeswoman for the King County Department of Public Defense, Leslie Brown, said Friday it will defend Swift, but lawyers can't comment without the client's permission. The department represents indigent defendants.
The 7-foot-1 Swift was selected by the Sonics with the 12th pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Knee injuries shortened his career, and he was cut by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. The Seattle Times reported he played in 97 games and earned about $10 million.



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Cleveland Indians pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was reportedly arrested Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and underage drinking.

The incident occurred early Monday morning around 4:30 a.m. when Sheffield and two other former Tullahoma high school baseball players allegedly broke into a residence while under the influence of alcohol.

Police responded to the burglary call and arrested all three suspects, according to the Tullahoma News. Sheffield, 18, was released from custody later that day after posting $5,500 bond.

The Indians released a statement Tuesday saying they were aware of the report, but declined to comment any further.

Sheffield was the Indians' first-round pick (31st) overall of the 2014 draft. The left-hander, who was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, was compensation for the free-agent signing of pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez by the Baltimore Orioles. He reportedly signed with the Indians for $1.6 million.

Sheffield went 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings for Tullahoma high school in 2014. The Indians' fourth-rated prospect by Baseball America had 29 strikeouts to nine walks in 20 2/3 innings with the Arizona League Indians in rookie ball last year.

He's the nephew of former major league slugger Gary Sheffield.

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with rape in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star reports that McNary faces one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery.

According to FOX 59, the incident in question happened on or around December 1 after McNary met the accuser at a bar in downtown Indianapolis.

McNary is a graduate of the United States Military Academy who spent two years in active duty in the military before signing with the Colts in 2013. He left Army as the school’s all-time leader in sacks. McNary played in all but one regular season game and both postseason games this year, primarily on special teams.

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Another Michael Vick case  ????


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Nose tackle Terrence Cody, who is under investigation for animal cruelty, was released by the Ravens.


The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday that they are releasing backup nose tackle Terrance Cody, who is under investigation for animal cruelty. 

A Baltimore County police spokeswoman said Cody has not been arrested. The Baltimore Sun reported that the animal cruelty case involves a dog.

Cody, a 2010 second-round pick, is nearing the end of a one-year deal with the Ravens and would have been an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

It was a week ago when Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the "threshold of tolerance" had changed after five players were arrested last offseason.

"It's a privilege to play in the National Football League," Harbaugh said on Jan. 10. "It's a privilege to be a part of the Ravens. There's a standard to uphold there, and we expect them to [do that]."

Cody, 26, wasn't expected to be re-signed as a free agent. Brandon Williams excelled in his first season as a starting nose tackle, and the Ravens have depth along the defensive line.

Last season, Cody played only one game after being on the physically unable to perform list for the first nine weeks of the season. His only season as a full-time starter came in 2011.

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A former major league pitcher is in some legal trouble.

Ted Lilly, who enjoyed a 15-year MLB career, has been charged with three counts of vehicle insurance fraud in California, according to Alexandra Pierce of KSBY 6 News.

The charges are stemming from an RV accident Lilly was involved in early last year. He did not file an insurance claim until after he purchased insurance for the vehicle, which has an estimated value of $200,000.

Lilly is accused of filing a false insurance claim, providing a false statement in support of a claim and failing to disclose a material fact in connection to a claim, according to Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham.

Lilly, a former two-time All-Star, could face up to five years in jail If convicted of the felony charges.

He will appear in court on Feb. 5.

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Missed this one last week.

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Police say B.J. Penn was in a physical altercation with a 37-year-old man Saturday night outside a bar in Kihei.



Maui police say former two-time UFC champion B.J. Penn was arrested after fighting with a man outside a bar.

Police say the Hilo native, whose real name is Jay D. Penn, was in a physical altercation with a 37-year-old man Saturday night outside a bar in Kihei.

The man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Penn was taken into custody but was not charged, police said. The 36-year-old was released pending further investigation.

Penn couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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lobo316 wrote: Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge after being pulled over July 6 for going 105 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The incident took place in Fairfax County, Virginia, according to online court documents.

Werth originally had a hearing scheduled for this past Friday, but it has been continued to Nov. 12.

"The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks," a team spokesperson said in a statement. "Jayson is cooperating with the authorities. As it is an ongoing legal matter, the team has no further comment."

Werth, 35, is hitting .279 with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs this season. He's been limited of late due to an inflamed right shoulder.

 

 

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will reportedly serve five days in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to a reckless driving charge, according to Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post.

Werth, who was pulled over July 6 on I-495 after driving his Porsche roughly 50 miles over the speed limit, was originally expected to serve 10 days in jail, but his sentence was reduced upon appeal. It is not yet known when Werth will serve his sentence.

The 35-year-old is currently recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but said earlier in January that his goal is to be ready for his team's Opening Day clash with the New York Mets at Nationals Park.


 

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Warren Sapp was arrested in Phoenix this morning for soliciting a prostitute around 7AM  ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sapp was also arrested for assault.  We're told Sapp was taken into custody at a hotel in Downtown Phoenix. 

The 42-year-old "Dancing with the Stars" alum was booked just a few minutes ago. 

Sapp was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network. 

It's not Warren's first arrest -- he was busted in 2010 for domestic battery, but those charges were eventually dropped. He was also arrested for an alleged domestic battery in Miami in 2014. 

As we previously reported, officials made it clear before the Super Bowl they would be cracking down on prostitution. 


Updates on Story


2:15 PM PT -- The NFL Network has fired Sapp. He'd been with the network since 2008. 


12:55 PM PT -- New details in the Warren Sapp arrest ...

Cops say two women told police they were at the hotel "as escorts" and went to Sapp's room, where an argument broke out over money.

The women claim the argument turned physical and spilled out into the hallway.

Cops say the women had injuries consistent with a struggle.

Officials say when cops questioned Sapp,"he was questioned and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females."

Both women involved in the incident received citations from police -- one for prostitution, the other for a violation of the City’s escort permit requirements. Both women were released.


12:49 PM PT -- Sapp has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY from the NFL Network without pay pending the outcome of the investigation ... so says NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller.


12:47 PM PT -- Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner says there are TWO female victims ... who both allegedly suffered minor injuries.

Yahner says the women contacted police officers to report the assault.  


12:21 PM PT -- The NFL Network has removed Sapp's bio from the official "On-Air Talent" section of the website. 

No word if Sapp has been fired from the Network yet ... but as one source puts it, "It's not looking good." 


12:06 PM PT -- A rep for the hotel where Warren was arrested tells TMZ Sports, "we were contacted by the Phoenix Police Dept. today in a matter involving a guest."

"We are cooperating with police as they look into the situation since it is an active investigation. We have no further comment."




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A couple of NFL player arrests today to report.


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Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle created one of the stranger stories of the 2014 season, when he was arrested for shoplifting underwear and cologne.

Well, he didn't seem to learn much from that event.

Randle was arrested again, early Tuesday in Wichita, Kan., for possession of marijuana according to multiple reports including the Dallas Morning News. The police were responding to a disturbance call at 3 a.m., the Morning News' story said. KAKE in Wichita said it was a domestic violence call. KAKE said Randle and a 22-year-old woman, who is the mother of his child, were arguing. The woman was in the hotel so Randle could see his child, KAKE said.

The Cowboys, via the Morning News, had no immediate comment. Randle had 343 yards on 51 carries last season.


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D'Qwell Lamar Jackson, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker whose interception touched off the Deflategate investigation into the New England Patriots, was arrested Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. after he got into a fight with another man over a parking space.

Jackson, 31, was driving alone at 8 p.m. on the 1900 block of 12 Street N.W., a retail area in the downtown area, when he and another man got into an argument over a space, said Metropolitan Police spokesman officer Araz Alali. The altercation became physical when Jackson hit the man in the head, Alali said.

Jackson was arrested for simple assault and released. He faces a future court date on the matter.

Jackson played at Maryland before being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. He played for the team through the 2013 season and was signed by the Colts as a free agent in March 2014.

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Not a good PR day for the NFL.


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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was arrested for felony marijuana possession and felony possession of a firearm in Starke, Fla., Tuesday night, Capt. Barry Warren confirmed to SI.com Wednesday.

The arrest was first reported by Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin.

Shortly after 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, a police officer pulled Guion over after he failed to maintain a single lane, according to a press release from the department. As the officer approached Guion's truck, he smelled marijuana. A search of the vehicle yielded two gallon-sized bags of marijuana totaling 357 grams, a firearm and $190,028.81 in cash.

Guion was "extremely uncooperative and hostile" during the traffic stop, police said. Guion "rushed" toward the truck's passenger door and attempted to a remove a black bag from the passenger seat.

After placing Guion in handcuffs, the officer saw that the bag was partially unzipped and could see a marijuana-type substance inside. A chemical test confirmed that the substance was marijuana and Guion was placed under arrest. 

Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison. Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony "regardless of whether the use of a weapon is an element of the felony" carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

Guion, 27, just completed his first season with the Packers. He started all 16 games, recording 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Guion was a fifth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and played there until 2013. He signed a one-year contract with Green Bay in March 2014.

The Packers released a statement Wednesday regarding the arrest.

"We are aware of a serious matter involving Letroy Guion. We have not yet spoken to Letroy and we will have no further comment."

Guion is a native of Starke, a small town in northern Florida, and attended Florida State University.

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lobo316 wrote: A former major league pitcher is in some legal trouble.

Ted Lilly, who enjoyed a 15-year MLB career, has been charged with three counts of vehicle insurance fraud in California, according to Alexandra Pierce of KSBY 6 News.

The charges are stemming from an RV accident Lilly was involved in early last year. He did not file an insurance claim until after he purchased insurance for the vehicle, which has an estimated value of $200,000.

Lilly is accused of filing a false insurance claim, providing a false statement in support of a claim and failing to disclose a material fact in connection to a claim, according to Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham.

Lilly, a former two-time All-Star, could face up to five years in jail If convicted of the felony charges.

He will appear in court on Feb. 5.


 

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has accepted a plea deal in a California insurance fraud case that will allow him to avoid jail time.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1C50wiF ) Lilly did not appear in court on Thursday, but his attorney entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor count of insurance fraud. Two other charges were dropped.

Lilly will pay a $2,500 fine, serve two years of informal probation and perform 250 hours of local community service.

The charges stemmed from allegedly false insurance claims filed last year connected to his damaged recreational vehicle.

The 39-year-old left-hander was a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and the Dodgers.

He retired in 2013 after 15 seasons.

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The domestic violence case against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was dismissed Monday after prosecutors were unable to locate his accuser to testify, Michael Gordon, Joe Person and Mark Washburn of the Charlotte Observer report.

Hardy was convicted in July on charges of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend. His appeal of the conviction was set to begin Monday at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte.

Prosecutors said they visited the last known address and employer of Hardy's former girlfriend, spoke to relatives and conducted surveillance of what they believed to be her residence, but were unsuccessful in reaching her.

Without her testimony, prosecutors believed they didn't have enough evidence to move forward in the case. The state also believes that Hardy and his alleged victim agreed to a settlement.

"Due to the circumstances of this case, the victim's testimony would have been critical evidence for the jury to consider," Gaston County Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner said. "The victim appears to have made herself unavailable to the state."

Hardy and his attorney, Chris Fialko, left the courthouse without comment.

Hardy walking out pic.twitter.com/QumTmEimvQ

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Hardy missed all but one game in 2014 after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that the Panthers aren't expected to bring him back next season.

The Panthers released a statement Monday afternoon stating Hardy will remain on the commissioner's exempt list while the league reviews his case under the Personal Conduct Policy.

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HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is scheduled to stand trial for reckless endangerment and other charges nearly a year after he crashed his car into a tree during an alleged race with a teammate.

Dareus, 25, arrived at Hamburg Town Court on Tuesday for a scheduled hearing but, after sitting in the front row for a few minutes, left with his attorney before the judge took the bench.


Dareus did not speak with reporters.

Attorney Michael Caffery said later that a trial date of May 19 had been set after he rejected a prosecution offer for Dareus to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. Under the proposed agreement, all other charges would have been dropped.

"I do not want my client to plead guilty to a crime," Caffery said by phone. "I would not recommend it based on the facts of this case."

Dareus, the Bills' first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, participating in an illegal speed contest, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, failure to keep right, speeding and making an unsafe lane change after crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree near a busy intersection during an alleged race with teammate Jerry Hughes not far from Ralph Wilson Stadium on May 30.

Hughes was not charged.

The accident came four weeks after Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana following a traffic stop in his native Alabama. He agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program to resolve those charges.

Caffery turned down a similar offer to plead guilty to reckless driving early on, and said Tuesday he was still talking with the Erie County District Attorney's office about resolving the case without a trial.

District Attorney Frank Sedita was not immediately available to comment after Tuesday's hearing.

The two sides are due back in Hamburg Town Court for a procedural hearing March 12.

Despite Dareus' legal troubles during the offseason, he recorded 10 sacks during the regular NFL season and was sent to the Pro Bowl.

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A bad offseason for the 49ers just keeps getting worse. Starting fullback Bruce Miller was arrested on March 5 for suspicion of spousal battery, according to the Santa Clara Police arrest log.

You can see Miller's mugshot below.





Although a police report isn't yet available from the incident, the arrest log does show that Miller was detained at 11:55 p.m. on March 5 for a misdemeanor violation of California penal code 243 (e-1). The maximum punishment for the crime is $2,000 and up to one year in jail.

In a statement, the 49ers said they are aware of the situation.

"The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Bruce Miller," the team said. "We were disappointed to learn of these reports and will do our due diligence in collecting all relevant information."

A police spokesman told CSNBayArea.com that results of the Santa Clara PD's investigation have been forwarded to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office. The DA will then decide whether or not to pursue charges.

If Miller is charged, he could become a test case for the NFL's new domestic violence policy. Roger Goodell announced in August that anyone violating the policy would be suspended a minimum of six games for a first offense and suspended for at least one year after a second offense.

Miller has played in 61 out of 64 regular season games for the 49ers since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The 27-year-old's arrest came just one day after the 49ers signed Jerome Simpson, a former Vikings and Bengals player who's been arrested three times in his career.

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Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Tanner Rahier was arrested Saturday and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Assault with Intent to Injure after an alleged vicious assault on his girlfriend.

Rahier reportedly knocked his girlfriend of one month unconscious in Glendale, Arizona outside of a bar following a verbal altercation with her.

From The Arizona Republic.

Rahier started throwing rocks at his girlfriend, police said. One rock, about 8-inches in diameter, reportedly hit the woman on the left side of her head, caused a deep cut and knocked her unconscious, according to the probable cause statement.

Rahier ran from the scene, but police apprehended him close to the restaurant, said Sgt. David Vidaure, a Glendale police spokesman.

Emergency crews transported the woman to the hospital, where she underwent tests and doctors said she may need stitches, police said. She told investigators she'd been dating Rahier for about a month and that their relationship was non-sexual, records show.

Rahier was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He's a career .223/.274/.333 minor-league hitter.

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DETROIT - Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed faces an initial hearing in trial court on sexual assault charges.

Reed is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A 45-year-old woman says she met Reed the evening before last opening day at a suburban bar and they went to a downtown Detroit casino hotel. She says she blacked out after drinking and awoke naked in bed with Reed. The woman said she believes she was drugged.

The 29-year-old Reed says their sex was consensual.

An earlier judge said the woman gave contradictory accounts of what happened and dismissed the charges. Prosecutors successfully appealed that ruling.

Reed appeared in 32 games last season for Detroit and 17 with Triple-A Toledo.

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Running back Bernard Pierce was released by the Baltimore Ravens today, hours after he was arrested on charges that included driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. The move probably didn't surprise Pierce who, according to a police statement of probable cause, asked the officer who pulled him over if his arrest could be "kept off the books" and later predicted, "I'm getting cut tomorrow."

According to Baltimore County police, the officer stopped Pierce's 2014 Ford Mustang about 2 a.m. after his radar showed Pierce's car going 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer then noticed "an odor of an alcoholic beverage from his breath" as well as slurred speech and dilated pupils, according to the statement of probable cause.The officer wrote that Pierce said he'd had three shots of Jack Daniels and he saw Pierce fumble getting his driver's license out of his wallet. He also twice told the officer that he weighed 530 pounds.

Outside the Mustang, Pierce performed the field sobriety tests and showed "clues of impairment in his performance," the probable cause statement said. The officer wrote that Pierce couldn't keep his balance, at times had trouble following directions, wobbled, and swayed. The officer helped Pierce make his way into the patrol car when Pierce asked for a favor, according to the probable cause statement.

While Officer Kindervater was helping the defendant into the rear seat of his patrol vehicle the defendant asked if this incident could be kept off the books. Officer Kindervater explained that he was under arrest for DUI and that couldn't be kept off the books. The defendant advised he would take citations if it could be kept off the books. The defendant then slurred "Never mind."

When en-route to precinct six the defendant uttered "Do you know what happened the last time a Raven player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care."

Pierce was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, exceeding a maximum speed (55 mph in a 30 mph zone), and driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway.

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The RCMP have laid charges against former NHLer Stephen Peat for setting fire to a house in Langley City on March 17.




Former NHL and Langley minor hockey player Stephen Peat has been charged with arson for allegedly attempting to burn down a Brookswood home last week.

Peat was a Langley Thunder player in 1995 and 1996.

He also played for the Calgary Hitmen, and was drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1998, but was traded to the Washington Capitals.

Before moving up to the big leagues, he played with WHL and AHL teams including the Portland Pirates, debuting with the Capitals in the 2001/02 season.







Peat bounced between Washington and the Pirates up to the 2005/06 NHL season, before finishing his pro hockey career playing for teams such as the Hershey Bears and the Albany River Rats in 2007.

The home that burned in Brookswood is listed as the residence of a Walter Peat.

The RCMP reported last week that they were looking for the adult son of the homeowner following the fire.

RCMP reported that on March 17, there was a dispute of some kind between the father and son in the afternoon, which revived again in the evening.

The father had apparently gone to bed for the night when the fire was lit sometime after 10 p.m.

A passerby saw the act of arson and attempted to stop the incident, said Marks.

The eyewitness accounts led police to declare the fire an arson almost immediately.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 10:39 p.m. and three halls put the fire out, but the house suffered severe damage, as did vehicles in the driveway. No one was hurt in the fire, as the father escaped the house and a basement suite tenant was not home at the time.

Peat has been charged with one count of arson with a disregard for human life, and one count of arson causing damage to property.

He surrendered himself to police on the morning of March 19 and has been in custody ever since, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

Peat was scheduled to make a court appearance on the morning of March 23.

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The battle for last place in the NHL between the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes, which could possibly translate into drafting Connor McDavid, has people chomping at the bit.

Former Boston Bruins defenseman and current Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton may have taken that idiom too literally Wednesday.

The former NHL player is accused of causing a disturbance at a Buffalo casino that led to him biting an officer, reports Lou Michel of the Buffalo News.

"He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger," a police source said.

The 36-year-old will be charged with assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

The Coyotes released the following statement about the incident:

Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence.

Boynton was twice drafted in the first round of the NHL draft, in 1997 and 1999, and his career ended after playing just 10 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010-11.

The Sabres and Coyotes are set to do battle in Buffalo on Thursday.

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Indiana Pacers small forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, and his friend and ex-fiancee was slashed in the arm and breast, outside a Chelsea night club early Wednesday morning, according to police and multiple reports.

The Pacers announced Copeland is in stable condition in hospital after suffering abdomen and elbow knife wounds.

The Atlanta Hawks' Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested in the aftermath of the incident for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene.

The altercation took place outside 1 OAK Club in Chelsea, N.Y.

From the New York Daily News:

A second woman was also stabbed amid the fracas, which happened shortly before 4 a.m., as the popular club on West 17th St. was preparing to close. An argument erupted as Copeland, the other victims and the suspect were leaving, the sources said.

ESPN has more on what allegedly occurred:

A source said Copeland and Katrine Saltara were having a conversation outside the club when they were approached by a stranger. According to the source, Copeland told the person he had to go, and he took it the wrong way, then pulled out his knife and stabbed the Pacers forward in the stomach. Saltara then jumped on the attacker's back and tried to put him in a chokehold, but she got slashed.

"We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City," said Pacers president Larry Bird in a statement. "We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured."

Copeland, a former New York Knick, was in New York because the Pacers play the Knicks on Wednesday night. The Hawks, meanwhile, are in town to face the Brooklyn Nets.

The attacker, a 22-year-old man named Shezoy Bleary, was apprehended and a switchblade recovered. He was reportedly trying to listen in on a conversation Copeland was having, and his intrusion set off the violent confrontation.

Antic was charged with disorderly conduct and menacing, while Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

A police spokeswoman said that Sefolosha "charged at an officer," while Antic "physically grabbed another police officer," according to a New York Times report.

"We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning," Hawks vice president of public relations Garin Narain said. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

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lobo316 wrote: Jonathan Koppenhaver has been arrested in connection with the beating of his adult film star ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack. Fugitive and mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka "War Machine," was arrested in Southern California for the beating of his adult film star ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack.

Koppenhaver, 32, was taken into custody about 1:45 p.m. after Simi Valley Police Department officers discovered he was staying in a local motel after a week on the lam. They notified the U.S. Marshals Department, which issued an arrest warrant.

The suspect, a former resident of Simi Valley, was arrested without incident, according to Simi Valley police.

Inside the room was a small quantity of cash and some pizza.

He has been transported to the Ventura County Jail, but will eventually go to Las Vegas, the city he fled after the alleged Aug. 8 pummeling of Mack that left her with broken bones, a ruptured liver and diminished eyesight.

Mack previously told The Huffington Post what happened and detailed her injuries:

At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face.

"I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating," Mack said. "My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken."

Mack said she can't chew or see out of her left eye. "My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side," Mack said.

Her ex "sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife," she said.

Mack continued, "He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard."

When Koppenhaver went into the kitchen and left her in a heap on the floor, she escaped by running to a neighbor's house.

On his Twitter account last week, Koppenhaver appeared to defend himself while still on the run from police.

I can't believe this...I must be cursed.

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 8, 2014

The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it's all just heart breaking.

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014

I only wish that man hadn't been there and that Christy & I would behappily engaged.I don't know y I'm so cursed.One day truth will come out

— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014

A fundraising page set up for Mack’s medical expenses had raised more than $65,000 by Friday, KTLA reports.





Here's a link to pics of Mack. The bastard really did a number on her.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/15/jonathan-koppenhaver-arrest_n_5683370.html


 

good article on Mack

http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/12627754/the-tragic-love-story-christy-mack-mma-fighter-war-machine

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Can't dance around this. Jarret Stoll was arrested on suspicion of cocaine and ecstasy possession in Las Vegas on Friday, April 18, CBS' KLAS-TV reports.

The NHL player, 32, was arrested at the MGM Wet Republic pool and booked at the Clark County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. Stoll has been dating TV sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews since 2012.

Stoll, who has been with the L.A. Kings since 2008, is no longer in custody. Following his arrest, the team released a statement on its official Twitter account.
"We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll," it read. "Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time."

The L.A. Kings recently failed to make the playoffs when they lost to the Calgary Flames on Thursday, April 9.

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Warren Sapp was arrested in Phoenix this morning for soliciting a prostitute around 7AM  ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sapp was also arrested for assault.  We're told Sapp was taken into custody at a hotel in Downtown Phoenix. 

The 42-year-old "Dancing with the Stars" alum was booked just a few minutes ago. 

Sapp was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network. 

It's not Warren's first arrest -- he was busted in 2010 for domestic battery, but those charges were eventually dropped. He was also arrested for an alleged domestic battery in Miami in 2014. 

As we previously reported, officials made it clear before the Super Bowl they would be cracking down on prostitution. 


Updates on Story


2:15 PM PT -- The NFL Network has fired Sapp. He'd been with the network since 2008. 


12:55 PM PT -- New details in the Warren Sapp arrest ...

Cops say two women told police they were at the hotel "as escorts" and went to Sapp's room, where an argument broke out over money.

The women claim the argument turned physical and spilled out into the hallway.

Cops say the women had injuries consistent with a struggle.

Officials say when cops questioned Sapp,"he was questioned and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females."

Both women involved in the incident received citations from police -- one for prostitution, the other for a violation of the City’s escort permit requirements. Both women were released.


12:49 PM PT -- Sapp has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY from the NFL Network without pay pending the outcome of the investigation ... so says NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller.


12:47 PM PT -- Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner says there are TWO female victims ... who both allegedly suffered minor injuries.

Yahner says the women contacted police officers to report the assault.  


12:21 PM PT -- The NFL Network has removed Sapp's bio from the official "On-Air Talent" section of the website. 

No word if Sapp has been fired from the Network yet ... but as one source puts it, "It's not looking good." 


12:06 PM PT -- A rep for the hotel where Warren was arrested tells TMZ Sports, "we were contacted by the Phoenix Police Dept. today in a matter involving a guest."

"We are cooperating with police as they look into the situation since it is an active investigation. We have no further comment."
















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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens has been sentenced to a month in jail for driving drunk in a Southern California beach town.

Los Angeles prosecutors say the sentence Friday also requires the 35-year-old to spend four years on probation and enter a two-year alcohol program.

Stevens is married to soccer star Hope Solo. He was arrested in Manhattan Beach in January while driving a U.S. women's soccer team van.

He pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor drunken driving charges. Stevens also has a 2007 DUI conviction in Arizona.

Authorities say Stevens' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

Solo was with Stevens when he was arrested. She was suspended from the national team for 30 days for what were described as health-related issues.

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Free agent defensive end Ray McDonald has been arrested for the second time in three days after violating his restraining order.

McDonald was arrested at 5:35 p.m. PT after showing up at a residence in Santa Clara, Calif. that he was barred from going to. According to the police report, he was then spotted at a nearby Togo's Sandwiches where he was taken into custody.

The restraining order was put in place after a domestic violence incident occurred on May 25. It was the second domestic violence incident that McDonald has been arrested for since August 2014.

McDonald's attorney Steve Defilippis said his client was not served with the restraining order.

"When Ray McDonald was released from jail he was not served with a restraining order. They say there is a restraining order now, but they never served him with it."

After signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears in the offseason, McDonald was released by the team on Monday following his arrest.

"We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," general manager Ryan Pace said Monday. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

In addition to this restraining order violation and his two domestic violence arrests, McDonald was accused of groping a woman while she was passed out in December.

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Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, pleaded guilty on Friday to related federal charges in New Orleans, prosecutors said.

Sharper, 39, already had pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea agreements with prosecutors that call for him to serve about nine years in federal prison.

In Louisiana, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety admitted to distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then having sex with them while they were incapacitated, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The three federal counts of drugging women with the intent to rape them each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Sharper is set to be sentenced on Aug. 20.
Authorities say Sharper met his female victims at various nightclubs and bars, then sexually assaulted them after taking them back to his hotel or apartment and spiking their drinks with a narcotic. He was arrested last year.

In March, he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in Arizona and attempted sexual assault in Nevada. He pleaded no contest to two counts of rape by use of drugs and four counts of furnishing a controlled substance in California.
He was sentenced in the Arizona case to nine years in prison. The plea bargains call for his sentences to be served concurrently in federal prison.

He still has a separate pending case on state charges in New Orleans, where he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women.

Sharper played 14 years in the NFL and helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010. He was a broadcaster for the NFL Network when the rape allegations surfaced.

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The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday after he was charged with felony animal cruelty.

Shembo allegedly kicked and killed his ex-girlfriend's dog, according to the police report.

Denica Williams alleged that her dog was found unresponsive and died shortly thereafter at Duluth Animal Hospital after she left the animal in Shembo's care, according to Alexis Stevens of The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Shembo allegedly revealed that he killed the dog the following day, and Williams broke up with him, informing police of the alleged incident.

An autopsy was performed, and it was found Williams' dog died of blunt force trauma, per Stevens's report.

Gwinnett Police filed the animal cruelty charges against the 23-year-old.

Shembo's attorney, Jeremy Froelich, told reporters "He didn’t mean to kill the dog," outside a Gwinnett County Jail on Friday. Froelich also said that Shembo owns a dog who he has never hurt and that the former Falcon was "in tears" over the incident.

This isn't Shembo's first run-in with the law. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine he admitted that while at Notre Dame he was accused of sexual battery. He was never charged, though, and the victim committed suicide shortly after.

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Ex-NBA player Chris Gatling -- a former All-Star -- was arrested in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday ... with cops saying he was the kingpin in a massive illegal credit card and I.D. theft scam. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... one of Gatling's alleged victims is a woman he met on a dating website who owned a fitness studio -- who he allegedly screwed out of $90,000.  

Long story short ... cops say Gatling set up Internet businesses to gather credit card information from people.

Once he got the numbers, he would take them to the fitness studio ... convinced the lady to run the cards for various dollar amounts (she believed they were legit) ... and asked her to front him 90% of the payment in cash.

For example ... if the woman ran a $100 credit card charge for Gatling, she would give him $90 in cash and keep $10 for herself. 

But cops say the credit card holders never authorized the fitness studio payments and cancelled their transactions -- leaving the fitness studio owner in a $90,000 hole ... the amount she had given to Gatling in cash. 

Officials eventually caught on to the scheme ... and arrested Gatling for fraud, aggravated identity theft and forgery. 

And get this ... he was busted while meeting with his probation officer -- stemming from a forgery and theft CONVICTION back in 2013 when he attempted to rent out a home he didn't own. 

An attorney for Gatling tells us she's still gathering information on the case. 

FYI -- Gatling was a 1st round NBA Draft pick in 1991 ... and played in the league for 11 years. 


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I just checked Sports Reference and it says that Gatling pulled in just under $ 29.5 million during his NBA career so wtf happened to all that cash ????

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - John Bowlen Jr., the 29-year-old son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and an administrative employee of the team, has been placed on indefinite leave following his arrest on domestic violence charges.

The younger Bowlen was arrested Wednesday night in the Denver suburb of Glendale on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment after allegedly pushing his girlfriend against a bathroom wall, police said.

After being held overnight at the Arapahoe County Jail, which is next to the Broncos' suburban headquarters, Bowlen was released Thursday on $1,000 bond. The judge said he had to stay sober, couldn't handle firearms and was allowed contact with the alleged victim but that they couldn't live together. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 6.

"We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen," the Broncos said in a statement, adding, "While this is a personal issue, he is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the organization."

Bowlen's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, was in court Thursday and didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Broncos were one of the first teams in the NFL to conduct mandatory domestic violence training for all employees last year. They held sessions at both their suburban headquarters and at their stadium near downtown.

Bowlen, who is a marketing assistant with the team based out of Sports Authority Field, was required to attend the seminars.

Bowlen is a candidate to take over the team from his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Pat Bowlen relinquished his duties almost a year ago. Team president and CEO Joe Ellis is running the team in the meantime. He said last month that the transfer of ownership to one of Bowlen's seven children was still a ways off.

According to a Glendale police affidavit, officers were sent to Bowlen's apartment after a report of a 911 hang-up. They heard a man yelling and a woman crying when they arrived at the apartment. Upon entering, Bowlen told officers, "I didn't do anything wrong! I didn't do anything and I'm going to call Harvey (Steinberg)," the affidavit said.
Police said the woman came out of the bathroom and told them Bowlen had become enraged when she mentioned "contacting 'help' for Bowlen when he made comments to kill someone he had a prior conflict with."

The woman told police that Bowlen was under the influence of alcohol and "whippets," a nitrous oxide-filled cartridge that users inhale to get high.
The woman said she told Bowlen she was going to call 911 because of his behaviour and went into the bathroom to make the call. She said Bowlen ran in and shoved her against the wall, causing her to drop her cellphone. She told police she wasn't hurt but feared for her safety.

When the dispatcher called the number back, Bowlen answered and said he was the owner of the Broncos and that nothing was wrong. Meanwhile, a woman could be heard yelling in the background, police said.
Bowlen was arrested and taken to the Glendale Police Department for processing. He was then taken to the Arapahoe County Jail.





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U.S. women's soccer team star Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday morning on two counts of domestic assault at her home in the Seattle area.

According to a police report obtained by the Seattle Times, police were called to the home Solo shares with her husband, ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens.

Kirkland, Washington police Lieutenant Mike Murray told the newspaper that officers were called because of an assault and a noise disturbance at the residence.

"There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation," Murray said.

At some point during the party, Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and her 17-year-old nephew, he said. "There were visible injuries on them," Murray said.

Solo will appear in court on Monday and is being held without bail.

Solo, 32, was not with the U.S. national team this weekend as they played an international friendly against France in Hartford, Connecticut. The team's Twitter account said that Solo was not available for the match.

She plays for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.



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KIRKLAND, Wash. -- It was early in the morning on June 21, 2014, and Hope Solo had just been arrested on two counts of domestic violence. The police were trying to book her into jail, but Solo was so combative that she had to be forced to the ground, prompting her to yell at one officer, "You're such a b----. You're scared of me because you know that if the handcuffs were off, I'd kick your ass."

Solo, perhaps the best women's soccer goalie in the world, had repeatedly hurled insults at the officers processing her arrest, suggesting that two jailers were having sex and calling another officer a "14-year-old boy." When asked to remove a necklace, an apparently drunk Solo told the officer that the piece of jewelry was worth more than he made in a year.

Those details are laid out in police records, and coupled with two sworn depositions obtained by Outside the Lines, other documents and interviews with one of Solo's alleged victims, they shed new light on what happened that night at her half-sister's home in suburban Seattle. The information stands in stark contrast to the image Solo has presented in court papers, on Facebook, in an espnW article this week and, most pointedly, during a February appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." Speaking just weeks after her case had been dismissed, Solo told GMA host Robin Roberts that she was a victim, not a criminal; an embattled woman who, as she always predicted, would be vindicated; a falsely accused athlete who had her day in court, faced the facts head on and was liberated by the truth.


There was one problem, though, with Solo's version: It wasn't entirely accurate. In fact, as the 33-year-old Solo prepares to lead the United States into Monday's opening-round match of the World Cup, her case is not over; the facts have never been aired in open court, and she has not been cleared. Rather, Solo's case in Kirkland Municipal Court was dismissed by Judge Michael Lambo on procedural grounds, and prosecutors, in a rare move that required city administrator approval, have filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Washington. Prosecutors are scheduled to file their argument by July 13, with the defense due to respond by Aug. 10. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 11.
Over several weeks, Solo declined multiple interview requests for this story. At a recent press conference promoting the World Cup, Outside the Lines asked her about the case. She wouldn't answer.

"I'm here to talk about the World Cup and soccer," Solo said. "What I can tell you is that I'm in the best place in my life both on the field and off the field. I have great teammates behind me, a great coaching staff, and I'm just honestly really excited for my third World Cup."

Solo did give exclusive access to espnW recently, though, for a story that appears in the current edition of ESPN The Magazine and on espnW. In it, Solo again denied assaulting anyone and spoke of her frustration with media coverage of the incident and how she has been portrayed: "From here on out, no matter what happens, I'll forever be associated with domestic violence." Solo, the story details, didn't hesitate to address the June incident when asked about it: "As she revisits the night and its protracted aftermath, Solo begins to cry. She feels stupid, she says, palming tears from her cheeks. For what happened, yes, but more for trusting people she now views as poisonous. 'It was hell,' she says. And then, 'I should have known.'"
Solo is partly referring to her half-sister, Teresa Obert. There was a time, Obert says, when she and Solo were best friends, when she wouldn't have missed this Women's World Cup tournament in Canada for anything. But it was Obert and her then-17-year-old son -- Solo's nephew -- who were the alleged victims in the domestic violence case. And now, Obert says, after enduring not only a beating at the hands of her sister, but, worse still, watching Solo appear on national television and paint her son as the aggressor, that relationship is over.

Obert, 43, says she never wanted anything bad to happen to her sister, that she was hoping the case would go away and that prosecutors wouldn't press charges. She imagined Solo might come out of jail and apologize, and then everybody could get on with their lives.

But Obert says she became compelled to speak extensively for the first time about that night because Solo has continued to cast herself as a victim. The "Good Morning America" appearance, she says, was the last straw.

Obert's son, who recently turned 18 but whom ESPN is not naming because he was a minor at the time of the incident, declined to be interviewed by Outside the Lines. He's big, 6-foot-8, 270 pounds, and Solo, who is 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, invoked her nephew's size to make her case to GMA -- something she would state again to espnW.
"I'm not going to go into all of the details, uh, but it was a scary night," Solo said to GMA. "I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my 17-year-old nephew, who is 6-foot-9, 280 pounds. I was struck over the head, and concussed pretty severely. It was a very scary night."

Obert says she couldn't believe what she was seeing.
"I felt like I had just been kicked in the head," she says. "She should have been happy, but then, randomly, she goes on 'Good Morning America' and lies. I was very upset. It never had anything to do with size. She has tried to make him feel small his whole life. He's not aggressive. She's a trained athlete. She's strong."

Solo's lawyer, in response to a question about evidence from police reports, depositions and statements suggesting Solo was lying, responded with a statement saying: "Police reports and other court documents clearly demonstrate that the alleged victims radically changed their stories on multiple occasions and twice refused to answer questions under oath, despite court orders. Had the case proceeded to trial and the witnesses been cross-examined under oath subject to the penalty of perjury, the defense would have proven that Teresa's son, not Hope, was the true aggressor, and that Hope suffered a concussion as a result of her nephew's unlawful conduct."

What follows is a description of the night in question, through the prism ofpolice reports, sworn depositions given by Obert and her son, a transcript of a 911 call from the Oberts' home, and a series of interviews with Obert:
On June 20, the Oberts went out to dinner and then to a park with other family members before arriving home around 10 p.m. There, they found Solo parked outside their house, alone in her car. Obert wasn't surprised to see her sister. She said Solo had called Obert while the family was at the park, telling them she was upset because she had been fighting with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. Solo's relationship with Obert and her son had become unsettled in the past couple years, and the teenager was not happy to see his aunt. But Obert asked him to try be helpful, and together they got into Solo's car.

"She was swigging out of a bottle of wine that was in her cup holder," Obert said during her deposition. "She was drunk."

Solo was insisting she needed to go find Stevens, even though she had a red-eye flight to the East Coast to join her professional soccer team, the Seattle Reign FC. Eventually, she was convinced to come inside the house. Once inside, Solo called her coach to explain that she wouldn't be arriving as scheduled and changed her flight, Obert and her son each said in their depositions.

Solo continued to drink, and Obert says she had a couple glasses of wine with her sister.
"I was not drunk at all," Obert said in her deposition, which is under court-ordered seal but was obtained by Outside the Lines. She described herself as buzzed but, "I knew everything that was happening." Her son told police Solo "drank a lot" that night and, in his deposition, he described enduring "a lot of verbal abuse" from Solo throughout the evening.

The night escalated to violence shortly before 1 a.m., as Solo and the teenager exchanged a series of insults. The teenager has performed in local theater for years, and at one point he suggested to Solo that being a good actor required "having an athletic state of mind," according to a police report. Solo responded that he was too "fat, unathletic and crazy" ever to be an athlete, the teenager and Obert told police. He told Solo she needed to "get her c--- face out of the house," and then walked away. Obert also suggested Solo should leave at that point.

Instead, Solo followed him into the home's converted garage, where the teenager then yelled for his mother, prompting Solo to call him a "pussy" and a "mama's boy," he said to police and in his deposition, which is also under seal but was obtained by Outside the Lines. He then told Solo, "You'll never know what it's like to be a mother, because even if you did have children, they would have the most unhappy childhoods because you have no compassion." He told police Solo lunged at him to "take a swing," hitting him lightly in the face. He said she charged and struck him multiple times. Obert, who had come into the room, said in her deposition and in an interview with Outside the Lines that her son briefly subdued Solo and she seemed to calm down. Obert told the teenager to let his aunt up off the ground. "She's done," Obert recalled telling her son, according to her deposition. He didn't believe his mom, but she said, "No, she's done. You can let go, she's done."

But when Obert's son let Solo go, he told police she "immediately grabbed his hair, pulled his head down and started punching him in the face repeatedly." Later, in the deposition, he said Solo "jumped on top of me and started bashing my head into the cement" inside the garage.

"She grabbed him by the head and she kept slamming him into the cement over and over again," Obert told Outside the Lines. "So I came from behind her, and I pulled her over and, you know, to get her off my son. And then, once she got off, she started punching me in the face over and over again."

At about 12:50 a.m., Obert told her son to call 911.

As the dispatcher called Kirkland police, Obert's son shouted into the phone, "Hope Solo is going psychotic; she's f---king beating people up, and we need help."

By this point, Solo had left the garage and gone into the living room area, Obert told Outside the Lines. Obert's son said in his deposition that he grabbed a broken BB gun and pointed it at Solo to try to get her out of the house. (Solo told espnW the gun was a working handgun.) Obert described Solo leaving reluctantly while pounding on doors and screaming that she wanted her phone, wallet and keys. But, she and her son said, Solo had gone around to the back of the house and entered the living room through another set of doors. Obert says she rushed from the garage toward Solo, who then shoved her down the two steps leading from the garage back into the house.

Obert's son said to the police and in his deposition that he then grabbed a wooden broomstick -- he alternately described it as a paint-roller pole -- and hit Solo over the head with it, breaking it.

"She just turned around and looked at him and started to walk toward him," Obert said of Solo's reaction. "That's all, no flinch, no nothing. Her eyes just got big and she turned, nothing."

That led the teenager to grab an aluminum mop. Then there was a knock on the door.
Sgt. Phil Goguen was one of the first officers on the scene. As he approached the house, he heard a female voice yell, "Get out of my house!" and shortly thereafter a male yelling the same. When he knocked on the door, it was immediately opened by Obert's son, who said, according to police, "Good, the police are here, come in and get her out of our house!" The teenager was holding both halves of the wooden stick and a metal pole, both of which he dropped when Goguen ordered him to do so.

According to Goguen's report, Obert was highly agitated and emotional; both she and her son "showed signs of fatigue or exhaustion. Their faces were flush and beads of sweat were visible on or about their faces." Obert was screaming, pointing to another room and saying her sister had attacked her son then punched her in the face. Her son was "animated and insistent that 'Hope' attacked him and his mother."

As Goguen walked farther into the house, he immediately recognized Solo. She was described as "calm, but visibly upset. Her eyes were red and bloodshot." As Goguen began to talk with Solo, Obert and her son were interviewed separately by other officers.
Obert's son, according to Officer Elizabeth Voss, had redness around his nose and left jawbone and a "bleeding cut on the bottom of his left ear, just above the earlobe." His T-shirt was ripped and his arms were "bright red and had scratch marks."
Obert "had bruising on the left side of her face," and "a large scratch mark on the right side of her neck," according to Officer Chuck Pierce. He wrote that Obert's clothing was in "disarray" and it "appeared she could not stand."
"I had to keep reminding myself, and my husband helped me through it, to be patient because once all the facts surface, it is going to get dismissed and all charges are going to be cleared. And that day was wonderful."
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Goguen interviewed Solo. She described getting into an argument with her nephew, who she said was an actor and into the arts. She said at one point she called him overweight, and she started to cry as she told Goguen how "her sister always protects" the teenager. Goguen observed that "When [Solo] spoke, her speech was slurred and I could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor on her breath."

When Goguen asked if the argument had become physical, Solo turned away and cried. She grabbed her head at one point and said it hurt. When he asked what happened, she said her nephew "struck her with a stick." Goguen asked why, but Solo didn't answer. As she continued to cry, she said the teenager was a "scary person" and she was "protecting herself." When Goguen asked Solo if she had any bumps or bruises," she shrugged her shoulders." He asked to examine her head but she "adamantly declined." Goguen wrote that he didn't notice any other signs of injuries.

"It was apparent to me [Solo] was unwilling to go into detail of exactly what happened," Goguen wrote. She continued to deny pushing or hitting her sister or nephew, and when asked why they were telling other officers she had done just that, Solo replied, "I did not hit anyone. He hit me with a stick."

Goguen then met with officers Voss and Pierce to discuss the various stories. Based upon Obert's and her son's "obvious" injuries, they believed there was probable cause to arrest Solo, according to documents. When Goguen returned to Solo, advised her that she was under arrest and placed her in handcuffs, she became upset and questioned why she was being arrested. She again insisted she had hit no one.

Soon after, Goguen contacted Lt. Mike Murray, the Kirkland Police Department's public information officer, to make him aware of the arrest, given Solo's public profile. Murray told Outside the Lines his department gets many cases in which officers must determine who was the aggressor -- who either "started the fight or went overboard and finished it."
"When [Goguen] called me and told me they had placed [Solo] under arrest and were going to book her, there was no doubt in his mind that she was the primary aggressor," Murray said. "And the other officers, it was clear to them that she was the primary aggressor."

Solo was taken to the Kirkland jail for booking on two counts of domestic violence in the fourth degree. Over the next few hours, Cpl. Robert Russell was among those who processed Solo. In his report, Russell wrote that as Solo arrived at the Kirkland jail, "I could hear the arrestee yelling profanities inside the patrol vehicle." As he escorted her to jail, he observed that "she showed signs of being intoxicated. Her eyes were bloodshot, speech was slurred, lack of good coordination, and the smell of intoxicants coming from her breath were present."

Solo was repeatedly insulting Russell and Goguen, according to the report, and it was Goguen whom she informed that her necklace was worth more than he made in a year. As Russell was fingerprinting Solo, she "made numerous statements that I was not worth anything, and should be proud to have such authority."

Shortly before 3 a.m. Russell wrote that he and Goguen transported Solo to another jail facility, where she would spend the next two-plus days. There, according to Russell's report, Solo continued with her insults of Goguen and Russell "to incite some reaction" and then turned her attention to the jail staff. As she was being told to walk to the search area, Solo pulled away from an officer, leading her to be taken to a holding cell. There, Russell wrote, "officers took [Solo] to the ground to gain her compliance." It was at this point, Russell wrote, that Solo told one of the officers that if she weren't in handcuffs, "I'd kick your ass."

Maybrown, Solo's lawyer, in response to questions about his client's behavior, wrote: "Any of us would be upset at being wrongly arrested." He stated that had the case gone to trial, he would have presented a "renowned concussion expert" who had concluded her behavior was consistent with someone who suffered a "significant head injury" rather than being drunk. "Hope was not intoxicated; she was concussed."

On June 26, five days after the incident, Solo issued an apology on Facebook to her "fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend." She added, "I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family." And of the case, she wrote, "Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared."

As the court case began to wind its way through the system, Solo continued with her soccer career. Despite later saying she was "concussed pretty severely," she was expected to attend and participate in all practices with the Reign days after she was released from jail, according to a statement released on the team's Facebook page. She suited up for a game one week after the incident but didn't play. There was no report of an injury.


Meanwhile, U.S. Soccer, which oversees all national teams, including the Women's World Cup squad, remained largely silent as it faced questions about whether to punish Solo. Four days after the incident, federation president Sunil Gulati said Solo and her representatives would be asked about the case the following day. It was another three months before U.S. Soccer was heard from again on the topic.

"From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo's status with the national team," Gulati said in a statement issued Sept. 22. "Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available, we will carefully consider it."
It's unclear what, if anything, U.S. Soccer did to look into the case. Obert says neither she nor her son was contacted.

"I was surprised they didn't investigate," she says.
Outside the Lines found no evidence that anyone with U.S. Soccer contacted prosecutors or police involved with the case, either. Public records requests made to the Kirkland Police Department do not appear to reflect any attempt by officials with U.S. Soccer to obtain the police reports from the case. Murray told Outside the Lines he was not aware of anyone from U.S. Soccer contacting the Kirkland police for information about the case.

Gulati declined repeated requests to be interviewed. Asked what the federation did to look into the case, spokesman Neil Buethe said: "Well, we're not going to get into all the details of what those specifics were, but obviously we had conversations with Hope and conversations with others." Asked who those others were, he said, "I don't think we're going to talk in detail on who was part of those conversations."
Off-the-field, the case against Solo began to run into trouble.

Maybrown, Solo's attorney, pressed a judge to take sworn depositions from Obert and her son. Washington state law requires only that the defense team have an opportunity to interview alleged victims before trial, but a debate about whether the Oberts would have to undergo sworn, transcribed depositions would become contentious. Ultimately, Judge Lambo ordered Obert and her son to be deposed, and, on Dec. 19, they each were questioned for about 90 minutes by Maybrown.

Maybrown pressed Obert and the teenager about inconsistencies in their stories, particularly pointing out the differences between what Obert told police and what she was saying to him during the deposition. Asked to explain the discrepancies, Obert told Maybrown: "I was hysterical. I could hardly stand from being punched. I was very upset."
"She should have been happy, but then, randomly, she goes on Good Morning America and lies. I was very upset. It never had anything to do with size. She has tried to make him feel small his whole life."
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He asked them both why there was no mention in the police report of Solo slamming the teenager's head into the cement. And why, when they sought treatment the next day, records didn't reflect they had told doctors that the boy's head had been slammed into the cement. Maybrown asked why Obert had asked an officer not to include in his report that her son hit Solo over the head with a broomstick. And why she told police she had been in the bathroom when Solo first attacked her son but now was saying she returned from the bathroom in time to see the whole thing. And why, rather than holding onto the broomstick and the broken gun, they had gotten rid of them.

Their primary responses were that the night was a crazy blur, that they did the best they could given the physical and emotional state they were in that night and the next day. And maybe the officers missed a thing or two that they said, or wrote something down in the wrong order. Obert also told Outside the Lines she still felt compelled to protect her sister and summarized some elements of what happened. As to the suggestion they destroyed evidence, Obert says they showed the evidence to the officers, but officers didn't seize the broom or gun. She says she held onto the items for a couple of months but eventually destroyed them as part of an effort to cleanse themselves of the incident.
Obert also pointed to Facebook posts by her son, reviewed by Outside the Lines but taken down at her request, in the hours after the incident to argue his story was consistent: "Some days you just wake up and feel like an Olympic gold medalist grabbed you by the hair and bashed your head repeatedly into a concrete floor."

Maybrown also suggested the Oberts might be out for a money grab, asking if Obert and her son had discussed the possibility of suing Solo.

"Yes, for slander for what has been said in the newspaper," Obert said.

Obert's son demonstrated a quick wit and biting view toward Solo as he recounted the details of the evening in his deposition. At one point, reflecting on the fact that they had been listening to a Bob Dylan album shortly before the night got physical, the teenager said, "The only person who could beat the s--- out of somebody during Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' is Hope Solo." He later added that he planned to write a song about the whole episode; he would call it, "The Hope Solo Path Of Destruction."

The transcripts reflect Obert and her son answered virtually all of Maybrown's questions -- except ones that sought medical information they and their lawyer believed was private and unrelated to the domestic violence incident, particularly from Obert's son. On this point, their lawyer, Mary Gaston, repeatedly objected, citing medical privilege, and her clients refused to answer. Among other things, Maybrown appeared to be trying to suggest that the boy was mentally unstable and, thus, unreliable or prone to behavioral problems.

With the case scheduled to go to trial in January, Maybrown returned to court and told the judge that Obert and her son should be forced to answer all of his questions. He filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that his ability to defend Solo was hampered by the alleged victims being uncooperative and by the prosecution announcing several witnesses on short notice. Judge Lambo ordered Obert and her son to appear for another set of depositions, but Obert says she left town as soon as she heard that.
"I told [my son] he would never have to be alone with [Maybrown] again unless he was in court, you know, at trial," Obert says. "It was so upsetting."

On Jan 13, Lambo dismissed the case, citing Obert and her son being uncooperative and the prosecution not adhering to procedural discovery rules regarding witnesses.
On Feb. 9, the city of Kirkland filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Washington. Prosecutor Tamara McElyea would not discuss the specifics of the case but told Outside the Lines the decision to appeal was "very rare. In fact, I believe I was told this was the first time in like seven years. ... We had to get approval all the way from the city administration, and our bosses did that. It was not a decision made willy-nilly."
Two weeks later, Solo appeared on "Good Morning America."

"I had to keep reminding myself, and my husband helped me through it, to be patient because once all the facts surface, it is going to get dismissed and all charges are going to be cleared," Solo said. "And that day was wonderful. It was a wonderful day, but it was a long [seven] months."

Nearly a year removed from the incident, Obert appears tormented by what has become of her relationship with Solo. On the one hand, in an effort to purge Solo from their lives, she and her son have ritualistically burned soccer jerseys and Nike gear they were given by Solo over the years. (Solo has had an endorsement deal with Nike, and the company issued a statement last September saying it was sticking by her. In her interview with espnW, she said, "I have lost my endorsements.")

"We started out, you know, every time something would be in the newspaper, we'd like burn something," Obert says. "It was my son's idea and my son is -- he meditates -- he's a good boy, you know? It was his idea and we did some sage or whatever; we did, you know, aromatherapy. Believe it or not, it was super healing. And then we just continued since it felt so good to keep burning things."

During his deposition, Obert's son said, "My mother and I have been having spiritual séances and getting rid of objects that hold bad spiritual energy in them."
Obert also says they have taken to avoiding using Solo's name or the word "hope."
"When we write texts and stuff, we try not to use her word, her name," Obert says, explaining they will refer to Solo as "H." "We use 'desire' or we try not even to use the word."

After the incident, a temporary restraining order keeping Solo from having contact with the Oberts was put in place. In January, as the case was being dismissed, Obert applied for and was granted a long-term order. It covers two years and precludes Solo from coming within 1,000 feet of Obert and her son.

And yet Obert also can seem overcome by grief, unable to believe that this is what has become of her life and her family.

"I think it's so tragic, it's so sad," she says. "... And I know me going [public], this is just sealing the nail in the coffin for our relationship. I know that. And I cried about it. I've done all these different emotions but I realized if I do not stick up for my son and the truth, then I'm doing a disservice to him as a mother.

"And so the future, I know we won't be in each other's lives, you know? Because I know she is so strong-willed. She'll never tell the truth. And she'll hate me for doing this. She probably believes her story at this point. So, yeah. I guess, you know, I did mourn my sister, have gone through every emotion. It's like a death. It's worse."


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That whole clan seems like a bunch of fucktards but I do believe that Hope Solo is a giant cunt whatever happened here.

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khawk wrote: That whole clan seems like a bunch of fucktards but I do believe that Hope Solo is a giant cunt whatever happened here.
Hope and Abby Wambaugh are not hard to bump into in local eateries.  Hope has always struck me as pretty unapproachable, based only on observations.  Abby is physically imposing, but seems to have a much better public demeanor.

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khawk wrote: That whole clan seems like a bunch of fucktards but I do believe that Hope Solo has a giant cunt.
Fixed...and you've obviously seen the photos!

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This moron has just f*cked away his NFL career.


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A two-year-old video showing Junior Galette involved in a South Beach brawl and hitting a woman with a belt has been recently discovered on YouTube. You can view the video below, along with some screenshots.


  






According to Larry Holder, a source confirms that both the Saints organization and the NFL are aware of the video. Nobody from the league, the team, or from Galette's camp has made a comment yet.

Weird how the public has just been made aware of this video now, two years later. I would think someone has been waiting for just the right time to tip off the media to its existence.

Despite the date of the fight, the league could still discipline the already troubled linebacker. Considering that this is tangible proof that he hit a woman, Galette good be facing a lengthy suspension. As we well know now, the NFL will not take domestic abuse and/or hitting woman lightly.

Regardless of the NFL reaction, this is probably the last straw for Saints fans, who will likely call for the team to cut Galette. Cutting him, however, would cost the team $10,750,000, a hefty financial hit. Unless there is wording in his contract that allows the Saints to get out of his contract based on bad behavior off the field.

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You're not my real Dad !!!!!!!!


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Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested on Friday on charges of domestic violence against his stepfather.

According to ESPN.com, the alleged incident took place on Thursday at the home of Tunsil's mother, Desiree Tunsil. Tunsil allegedly punched his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, and both Laremy Tunsil and his mother have since pressed charges against Miller.

The ESPN.com report says that Tunsil punched Miller after Miller shoved his mother, and that he was simply defending his mom.

"We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told ESPN. "The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather.

"Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family. Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against the stepfather. As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly."

The Oxford Police Department would not confirm that both Laremy and Deesiree Tunsil have filed charges against Miller.

Tunsil broke his leg during Ole Miss' loss to TCU in the Peach Bowl, but the All-SEC lineman is expected to be healthy for the beginning of the 2015 season.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: A felony count of corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury allegation has been filed against Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov.

The case was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by a Los Angeles District Attorney spokesperson.

Voynov, 24, was arrested in Redondo Beach, California on October 19 and charged with domestic assault. He has been suspended by the NHL since.

Since the charge is a felony, Voynov faces up to four years in prison and could face an additional five more if the victim sustained "great bodily injury."

According to a release from the DA's office, Voynov's wife suffered injuries to her neck, eyebrow and cheek and required medical attention.

Following news of the charges, Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, released a statement.

"Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney's office elected to file charges," read the statement. "Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident."

The Kings released a statement saying that they maintain their support of the NHL's indefinite suspension of Voynov and that the organization will continue to monitor the legal proceedings.

 

 


It is becoming increasingly more difficult to imagine a scenario that sees Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov back in the NHL – ever. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Nathan Fenno, who was in the courtroom today for Voynov’s preliminary hearing, it was alleged that the defenceman chocked, kicked and punched his wife. Effectively, the allegation is that he laid a beating on her.

Back on October 20, Voynov was suspended indefinitely with pay following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. At that time, the Police Department of the City of Redondo Beach issued this press release indicating that a female could be heard “screaming” and “crying” and that, later that night, Voynov accompanied the alleged victim to the hospital where he was arrested on suspicion that he inflicted the harm.

Disturbing Evidence of a Beating

Here are some of the more disturbing allegations raised in Court today as reproduced from Fenno’s Twitter timeline:

- Redondo Beach police officer: Voynov's wife had laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck.

- Officer says Voynov's wife said he struck her in the face with his fist.

- Officer: Voynov pushed wife to ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on ground, chocked her three times.

- Officer: Voynov pushed her into flat-screen TV where she cut her face.

- Officer: Voynov's wife required eight stitches to close wound above left eye.

- Officer: "There's bruising, red marks, scratches on the victim's neck."

- At Voynov's home, the officer noted blood all over bedroom, including covering comforter and a bloody handprint on floor.

- Lead prosecutor Frank Dunnick: "there's evidence to suggest prior domestic violence" involving Voynov.

Fenno added that while he could only “catch quick glimpses of photos of the injuries to Voynov's wife” and there was “lots of blood.”

Voiding of Contract, Prison & Deportation for Voynov

Voynov is facing a number of legal issues. Firstly, he could be deported. In the United States, the crime of domestic violence can lead to serious immigration consequences for defendants who are not U.S. citizens. Under a federal U.S. law called the Immigration and Nationality Act, a non-citizen can be ordered deported if he is convicted of domestic violence.

Voynov is also facing jail time. He was charged under Section 273.5 of the California Penal Code for willfully inflicting corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a person. The charge can either be a felony or the less serious misdemeanor. The type of charge depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injuries sustained and whether the defendant has a history of violence.

In this case, Voynov was charged with a felony. As a result, he is facing up to four years in state jail with an additional five years if he inflicted great bodily injury. If he had been charged with a misdemeanor, he would have been facing up to one year in county jail.

There is also a risk that Voynov’s contract could be voided (or terminated) by the NHL. The NHL CBA at Article 18-A.2 provides Commissioner Gary Bettman with very broad disciplinary powers when dealing with off-ice conduct that is “detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey”. Among the punishments the Commissioner may impose is the termination of a player’s contract.

The voiding of Voynov’s contract would most certainly be challenged by Donald Fehr and the NHLPA. However, terminating Voynov’s contract would not be unreasonable if the evidence is deemed reliable. Ray Rice changed everything. Indeed, the dramatically altered landscape surrounding domestic violence may force the hand of the league. And the CBA gives Bettman the power to take action (although the NHLPA would argue there are limits to that power).

Only time will tell. For now, expect the NHL to do nothing and await the disposition of the criminal proceedings. Voynov will remain suspended indefinitely. Once the criminal proceedings wrap up, the NHL will make its decision. While things look exceedingly bleak for Voynov, they could get a lot worse should the photographs featuring his wife’s injuries leak to the public.


 







Slava Voynov is going to jail.
The Los Angeles Kings defenseman has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to his spouse, Marta Varlamova, and will receive 90 days of jail time and three years of probation, reports Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze.
Voynov allegedly assaulted Varlamova and shoved her into a flat-screen TV on Oct. 19, leading to a drawn out court case.
The Russian youngster will serve the 90 days of jail time in county or any jail in the Los Angeles area, and was also instructed to pay fines totaling $700, perform community service, and take a domestic violence course.
He was instructed to surrender and serve his jail time no later than July 14, and could potentially have his time cut to 45 days for good time.
Voynov's plea agreement could also lead to a potential deportation for the former second-round pick, although the matter will likely be discussed in immigration court.
The 25-year-old was suspended indefinitely by the Kings in October of 2014 after news surfaced of the alleged domestic violence.

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lobo316 wrote: Slava Voynov is going to jail.
 
The good news for the Kings is that now ( according to TSN ) his $ 4,166,667 salary does not count against the Salary Cap.

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Leo Komarov is reportedly in some legal trouble in Finland.

Komarov is facing four criminal charges from a traffic incident in June. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward has been charged with two counts of traffic hazard and another two counts of falsifying information, according to a report on thefourthperiod.com that cites a Finnish website.

The traffic hazard charges could result in fines or as much as six months in jail. Providing false information carries a possible three-month prison sentence.

The trial is scheduled to take place during the summer.

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Heck of a way to start off your NFL career.


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Brandon Ivory is facing two burglary charges



Texans rookie Brandon Ivory was arrested in Alabama on Wednesday and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, according to Tuscaloosa Police.

The 23-year-old defensive tackle was taken into custody by authorities just hours after the alleged home burglary.

Ivory, who signed with the Texans as a rookie free agent in May, still remains with the team, despite the arrest.

"The Houston Texans are aware of the police report regarding defensive tackle Brandon Ivory in Tuscaloosa Alabama," the Texans said in a statement. "At this time we will have no further comment until we gather all the relevant facts."

According to police, Ivory and an accomplice kicked in the backdoor at a residence in Tuscaloosa and proceeded to steal two Apple iPads and some money.

The police report said that both men were armed during the burglary. One suspect was carrying an assault rifle while the other one was carrying a knife. It's not clear which weapon Ivory was allegedly carrying.

After the burglary, police found Ivory at his apartment, where he was taken into custody. The former Alabama nose guard is being held on a $120,000 bond.

You can see Ivory's booking photo below.





Ivory's agent, Jeff Guerriero, told ESPN.com that Ivory's name will be cleared.

"I spoke to Brandon, he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said.

Before signing with Houston, Ivory played five seasons for Alabama.

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Florida State has dismissed quarterback De'Andre Johnson after footage was released that showed him punching a woman.
Florida State has dismissed QB DeAndre Johnson.pic.twitter.com/VnGomkNCDh
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 7, 2015
Johnson was facing a misdemeanor charge for the incident, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, and had already been suspended from the team.
In the security camera video released by the State Attorney's Office, it appears the woman and Johnson were trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.
The woman raises a fist and shouts at Johnson before he grabs her fist and holds it down. She then raises her other hand and swings. It's not clear whether she made contact, but Johnson responds by punching her in the face while still grabbing her other hand. She staggers, and her nose begins bleeding.
Johnson released a statement through his attorney earlier Monday.
While it is clear from the video that De'Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience. He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children. De'Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected, Coach Fisher and his teammates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends.
Johnson wasn't considered a major threat to take over the starting duties from Jameis Winston this season, although, as a freshman, Jimbo Fisher could have envisioned him in that role down the line.










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Ray McDonald now officially charged with Domestic Violence.


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Ray McDonald's booking photo from his arrest on Monday


On Thursday former 49ers and Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and felony false imprisonment in a May incident involving his former fiancee and their child.

McDonald was initially involved in an incident in August but wasn't charged by Santa Clara authorities. He later left the 49ers only to sign with Chicago as a free agent. Before he could ever play a down with the Bears, he was arrested.

The Bears quickly released him and he was arrested again the next day. McDonald allegedly "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby."

Per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, McDonald was charged Thursday with felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment and violation of a court order.

"It is unconscionable and illegal for any woman to be trapped whether it be behind a dining room table or in a relationship filled with fear and violence," prosecutor James Demertzis said, per Branch.

McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. PT and could face up to three years in prison if he's convicted.

There's a very strong chance he played his last down in the NFL.

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from sportsnet.ca:





Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been arrested in Florida for battery.

Walton County jail records show 48-year-old Kromer was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. Sunday and released about an hour later.

He is charged with battery that caused bodily harm.

A spokeswoman for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a call seeking further details.

In a written statement, the Bills said, "We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts."

Kromer joined the team in January after being fired from the Chicago Bears.




EDIT- More info on the incident.


from espn.go.com:

According to a statement released Sunday by the Walton County (Fla.) sheriff's office, Kromer and his son allegedly confronted three boys, who had been fishing on the beach, over the use of beach chairs.

Kromer, 48, has been accused of pushing one of the boys to the ground and punching him in the face after throwing the fishing pole into the water. Kromer allegedly then ordered that the chairs be returned to where they were found and told the boy that he would kill his family if he reported him to the police, according to the statement.

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from tsn.ca:




Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O'Reilly has been charged with impaired driving after colliding with a Tim Hortons in Lucan, Ontario. The incident was first reported by London radio station AM980.

Ontario Provincial Police announced Monday O’Reilly was charged after his pickup truck struck a Tim Hortons building early Thursday morning. O’Reilly was also charged with failing to remain at the scene.

Police say a suspect drove the vehicle a ways before abandoning it on foot with another person. O'Reilly is scheduled to face the charges in London court August 20.

The former second rounder signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this month.

The 24-year-old won the Lady Byng Trophy - given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability – in 2014.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: from tsn.ca:




Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O'Reilly has been charged with impaired driving after colliding with a Tim Hortons in Lucan, Ontario. The incident was first reported by London radio station AM980.

Ontario Provincial Police announced Monday O’Reilly was charged after his pickup truck struck a Tim Hortons building early Thursday morning. O’Reilly was also charged with failing to remain at the scene.

Police say a suspect drove the vehicle a ways before abandoning it on foot with another person. O'Reilly is scheduled to face the charges in London court August 20.

The former second rounder signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this month.

The 24-year-old won the Lady Byng Trophy - given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability – in 2014.



Supposedly the Tim Horton's joint is across the street from the cop shop.

This quote from BuffaloHockeyBeat

“I think it’s going to be a big challenge with me,” O’Reilly said Monday on a conference call. “I think in the past with Colorado I wasn’t really looked at as much of a leader. I think … with the Sabres I have to be a more vocal guy, be that more off-ice leader and on-ice as well."

http://www.buffalohockeybeat.com/ryan-oreilly-wants-leadership-role-with-sabres/

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Well at least he learned something from his first mistake :tongue:



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Ty Lawson was arrested again for a DUI.


According to TMZ, Ty Lawson was arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles in the early morning hours on July 14. Lawson was pulled over for speeding and then failed a field sobriety test.

TMZ Sports has learned Lawson was pulled over by CHP for speeding on the 101 Freeway early this morning … and officers determined he showed signs of intoxication … so they gave him a field sobriety test.

Didn't go so good for Lawson. He was arrested around 2:30 AM.

He's still in jail right now. His bail's been set at $5,000.


This is the second time in 2015 that Lawson has been arrested for driving under the influence. Back in January, Lawson was arrested in Denver after leaving a team function.

Rumors about Lawson's time in Denver coming to an end, grew rampant after the Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay with the No. 7 pick in June's NBA Draft. Lawson bought into these rumors, thinking that he was going to join the Kings. However, Sacramento decided to sign free-agent guard Rajon Rondo instead. Mudiay has played well in Summer League, and after re-signing Jameer Nelson, the Nuggets now have three point guards on their roster which could mean Lawson is expendable.

The Nuggets issued a statement about Lawson's arrest but declined to comment.

"We have been notified of an incident involving Ty Lawson this morning in Los Angeles," said Nuggets General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. "We will not further comment on the matter."

Lawson still has two years and $25.5 million remaining on his contract and averaged a career-high 9.6 assists a game last season while scoring 15.2 points per game. His skill set makes him a desirable asset for a number of teams that are looking for a starting point guard, but you have to wonder if teams are now shying away from Lawson after his latest misstep.

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Former NFL DB will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.


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Former NFL cornerback Will Allen is facing decades in prison after being indicted on 23 felony counts stemming from an alleged Ponzi scheme run by the 36-year-old and a co-conspirator.   

Allen faces "12 counts of wire fraud, six counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four counts of illegal monetary transactions," according to records obtained by Jeff Ostrowski of the Palm Beach Post. Each charge of wire fraud could result in a 20-year prison sentence, according to Ostrowski, with shorter sentences for the other felonies.

Prosecutors allege Allen and Susan Daub were the heads of a business, Capital Financial Partners, that offered short-term loans to professional athletes but ultimately defrauded investors of nearly $14 million. Of the $31.7 million obtained from investors, only $18 million went to the loans.

“The defendants sold investors on the idea of lending money to pro athletes, but we allege that’s not where a large portion of the investors’ money went,” Paul G. Levenson, director of the SEC’s Boston office, said in a statement (via Ostrowski). “As in any Ponzi scheme, the appearance of a successful investment was only an illusion sustained by lies.”

Allen played 12 NFL seasons, most of which came with the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins.

Daub, 54, has been charged with 20 felonies in the case.

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BERNARD Tomic has taken responsibility for the drama that could see him land in jail for allegedly refusing to turn down loud music while partying in his Miami penthouse suite.

As the saga drew criticism from Australian tennis great Pat Rafter who accused Tomic of “hitting rock bottom”, the young player said he accepted the blame.

“It was definitely my fault,” he said.

“I was asleep on several occasions when they complained at first, but you know, it was just a noise complaint. I’m sorry for the police and the disturbance I caused.

“I’m just happy I got out, and no one got hurt.”

Miami Beach police say officers responded on Wednesday to the W South Beach Hotel after Tomic became “aggressive and belligerent” when hotel security asked him to lower the volume.

Police said they asked him to leave the hotel, where Tomic was paying AU$9400 a night, but he refused. Miami Beach Police Department Detective Vivian Thayer said the tennis bad boy would need to face court for his charges, which could lead to jail time.

Tomic, who before his feud with Tennis Australia was set to play in Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan starting in Darwin today, was allegedly contacted three times regarding the loud music after noise complaints from other guests.

A Miami police report states that he “pointed his finger aggressively towards the hotel security officers and continued to play loud music”, prompting them to call the police.

When the cops got there the other partygoers left the room but Tomic, despite being told he was being evicted, refused to go. He was then arrested on misdemeanour charges of resisting arrest without violence and trespassing.

Tomic claimed when police arrived, they didn’t give him enough time to gather his belongings and he ended up in handcuffs. He spent time in two jail cells and was released on a AU$2690 bail.

Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter, who made the decision to boot Tomic from the team, said today the young star had “probably hit rock bottom”.

“Hopefully when people hit rock bottom, they can turn things around,” he told 2GB.

Andy Roddick also appeared to take a swipe at Tomic - and by extension Nick Kyrgios - with a pointed comment he posted to his 1.44 million followers after the incident.

Is this the part where Rafter isn't allowed to be negative?

— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 16, 2015
Rafter took a swipe at young players’ “sense of entitlement” earlier this month and spoke of his desire to develop athletes “Australia can be proud of”.

Tomic is about to get pulvarised when Australia wakes up.... #cmonman

— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 16, 2015
Tomic had a further beef with the federation after TA sent out a press release saying Tomic was to play in the “Hall of Shame Tennis Championships” in Newport — where the tournament is called the “Hall of Fame Championships”. The federation insisted it was a clerical error.

Tomic received a more sympathetic response from Tennis Australia president Steve Healy, who described the current saga as a “sad, sad situation”.

“He’s making some very poor decisions,” Healy told 3AW.

“He is a phenomenal talent ... and he’s still only 22.

You have to hand it to Bernard Tomic. Whenever he sees his ranking as Australian tennis' #1 idiot threatened, he really kicks it up a gear.

— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) July 16, 2015
“If he gets his act together, his head together and gets himself fit, he’s going to use that talent and do very well. It’s not too late for him to turn around public opinion.”

Healy says Tomic needs to look at who he’s got surrounding him.

“He’s got some bad people around him that he needs to look at,” he said.

“He needs to listen. We want to help and we’ve got people who can help if he’s prepared to listen.”

Meanwhile, Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur said he hoped to speak with Tomic soon.

“I’d like to think we’ve got the resources to help him, absolutely,” Masur said.

“I’ve got four kids, and I look at Bernie as a 22-year-old kid in my eyes.

“I like him, and for me personally I will send Bernie a message. Whether he chooses to talk to me or not that’s up to him. But I absolutely hope that Bernie can just move on and get back to what he does best, which is playing tennis.”


AFL star Dale Thomas expressed sympathy for Tomic, suggesting a lot of people might be acting out in his situation, and it was tough to deal with trying to be role model.

“I put it to most people out there if they are 25, 26, 27 in a penthouse in Miami, (I’m) pretty sure most of the general public would be playing loud music and if someone told them to not do it they would probably tell ... people to push off to some degree,” the Carlton player told Nova.

“Personally I’ve lived it ... when you are in the public eye you can’t do what other people can. Which as a young kid or as a young man is at times hard to believe, you just want to be normal.

“For Bernie who is a fantastic talent hopefully eventually once his career has ended he will be remembered for his on court stuff rather than just being the whipping boy of Australian tennis.”

This is the latest in a long run of controversies for Tomic, who once boasted he would win all four grand slams but is now better known for his misbehaviour off the court.

In 2013 he had his driving license taken away after he was caught speeding in his Ferrari on the Gold Coast a second time.

A year earlier he was placed under police investigation after an alleged brawl in a Gold Coast spa. When police arrived at the Moroccan Apartments on the glitter strip Tomic allegedly turned on officers, reminding them of “who he was”.

Many have blamed his bad behaviour on the influence of his dad and coach, John, seen by many in the tennis world as the archetypal pushy parent.

Tomic senior was given an eight-month suspended sentence and banned from the ATP tour for a year in September 2013 for headbutting his son’s former hitting partner, Thomas Drouet.

Drouet later claimed that John had punched Bernard after a dispute while practicing and shot him in the leg with a BB gun.

Tomic’s indiscretions have been accompanied by a loss of form, which saw him let go by his agency IMG last summer after falling out of the Top 100.





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Tennessee Titans receiver Justin Hunter was arrested and charged with felonious assault following an incident earlier this month in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to a police spokesman.

Hunter turned himself in Monday after a warrant was filed. A fight broke out late July 3 in an oceanfront tourist area at Sandbar Surf Bar in Virginia Beach. Hunter became a suspect after a victim was taken to a hospital with injuries suffered during the incident. Hunter remains in a Virginia Beach jail without bond. The case is still under investigation.

Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans issued a statement that said, "We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts."

According to the sheriff's office, the specific allegations against Hunter include "malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding."

The 24-year-old Hunter, who is from Virginia Beach, was taken in the second round after the Titans traded up to get him in the 2013 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He had 28 receptions for 498 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He missed the final four games of the season with a lacerated spleen.

Hunter's arrest could put his status with the Titans in question.

"At some point, you either get it, or you won't be in this league anymore. That's the natural order of the NFL," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said in May.

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Former NHLer Sergei Berezin was arrested in Florida Tuesday and has been charged with alleged Medicaid fraud, according to reports.

The 43-year-old former Maple Leafs forward and his wife are among four Russian immigrants being accused of illegally acquiring Medicaid and food stamps. They are currently being held in a jail in Palm Beach County.

Berezin spent the majority of his seven-year NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering 126 goals and 220 points in 357 games with the club between 1996 and 2001. He also played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.

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This one's just weird - an ex-NFL player catches a former teammate robbing his house.


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Therrian Fontenot will be spending the next six months behind bars.



Former NFL wide receiver Bernard Berrian was at a barbecue back in April when he got an urgent email: It was his security company alerting him to the fact that a motion sensor had gone off at his locked house.

Berrian, who has a security camera installed at his residence, decided to turn the video on and check things out before calling police.

After turning the video on, Berrian was kind of shocked at what he saw: It was his former college teammate, Therrian Fontenot, who was robbing him.

The two played football together at Fresno State.

For Berrian, the most shocking part of the robbery wasn't even that Fontenot was the burglar, it was that Fontenot had actually been at the same barbecue with Berrian just a little bit earlier.

"It was crazy because we were all sitting around and he actually left from where we were at to go do it," Berrian told ABC30.com in Fresno, Calif. "Boom, motion sensor went off, I get an email, so I click on the live cam."

Berrian said that he could've actually talked to Fontenot while the burglary was happening.

"I actually watched him doing it while he was doing it," said Berrian. "I could have actually spoke to him, I got a microphone on there. I could have told him, 'I got you,' while he was doing it."

Ironically, the only reason Berrian had a security system installed at his home is because there had recently been two other burglaries at his house that police had been unable to solve.

It's not clear if Fontenot was involved with those robberies, where over $30,000 in cash was stolen, but Berrian thinks it's likely.

"He would always call me and try to ask me where I was, make sure I was out of town," Berrian said of Fontenot. "If I was home all the time, he'd blow up other friends in the crew asking them the same question, where's Bernard, how come he's not answering his phone."

Fontenot, who spent time in training camp with the Packers (2005) and Browns (2006), ended up pleading no contest to the burglary that was caught on film and will now spend six months in jail.

As for Berrian, the former Vikings and Bears receiver said that Fontenot got what was coming.

"I mean I hate seeing people go to jail and I hate seeing people get locked up but he got what he had coming to him," Berrian said.

Berrian's career spanned from 2004-11 and included an appearance in Super Bowl 41 with the Bears.


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Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges in Georgia.


Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott was arrested in Banks County, Ga., and charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule 1 drug, MDMA, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Thursday. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Hawks are aware of this but have no comment yet.

Scott, 27, was arrested with his 20-year-old brother, Antonn, and police officers had to chase their vehicle at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to AccessWDUN's Rob Moore:

Banks County Sheriff's Sgt. Carissa McFaddin said deputies attempted to stop the vehicle after noticing the driver following too close to other vehicles.

"As deputies attempted to make the traffic stop, the driver sped up to 98 mph and failed to stop," McFaddin said. "The driver continued for two miles and finally stopped near mile marker 156."

"The occupants advised that they did have marijuana in the vehicle," McFaddin said. "Deputies located over an ounce of Marijuana in the vehicle along with approximately 10.9 grams of MDMA, known as 'Molly'."


Scott averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game for the Hawks last season, appearing in 68 contests. More on this as it develops.

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Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law.

Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations for an incident on July 14 — just two weeks after his NFL-issued drug suspension for marijuana use.

Richardson, entering his third NFL season, spoke to reporters after the team’s first practice of training camp — but before the news broke about the charges. The Jets were not aware of the incident until they saw media reports.

"I apologized to my teammates and my organization and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again," Richardson said of the drug suspension.

Shortly after that, FOX-affiliate KTVI in Missouri first reported the charges against Richardson, who resides in O’Fallon, Missouri.

According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Richardson was driving at "exceedingly high rates of speed" on Interstate 64 in "what appeared to be a road race."

In the police’s probable cause report, an officer stated that Richardson and the other vehicle were travelling at speeds as high as 143 mph. When the officer attempted to make routine traffic stops on the vehicles, Richardson sped away.

The 24-year-old Richardson was identified as the driver of a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur, which also went through a traffic light before the Jets player turned off all of the car’s lights and pulled into the driveway of a home that wasn’t his. Police pulled behind the car and ordered Richardson and his two adult male passengers out of the car at gunpoint — because an officer said he saw Richardson reach for something between his feet.

According to the incident report, Richardson exited the car, along with the passengers and a 12-year-old boy. A fully loaded semi-automatic handgun was found underneath the driver’s side floor mat, and the officer said the car smelled of marijuana.

Richardson was issued traffic summonses, and has been ordered to appear in St. Charles County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 for arraignment on the charge of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanour. He was not charged for the gun possession or marijuana. A conviction for resisting arrest is punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Richardson’s passengers were not charged.

In a statement, the Jets said they were aware of the situation and were "gathering information." They added that it’s a "pending legal matter" and would have no further comment at this time.

While speaking to reporters for the first time since his suspension was announced, Richardson insisted he wouldn’t fail another NFL-issued drug test — even though he had previously failed an unspecified number of others.

"Yeah," he said when asked if he could guarantee not having another failed test, "because I’m not a dope fiend."

Richardson was suspended by the league on July 2 without pay for the first four games of this season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He’s allowed to practice with the team until the regular season begins.

"I failed every drug test and this drug test, so there was no reason to appeal it," Richardson said. "I take full accountability for my actions."

Added coach Todd Bowles: "His actions will speak louder than his words going forward."

Richardson, who made the Pro Bowl last season, worked with the second-team defence during the Jets’ first practice of training camp while first-round draft pick Leonard Williams and veteran Leger Douzable split time with the starters.

"Seeing yourself going from Pro Bowl to second string, can’t do nothing but be disappointed in yourself," Richardson said. "I’m just a little disappointed and embarrassed for my parents’ sake. NFL guys mess up, and the world knows about it. My family goes through a lot. People don’t know how to talk to them at work anymore. Those things like that, that gets to you. I put my family before myself, and this team."

Richardson wouldn’t detail what led to him failing multiple drug tests and ultimately being suspended, other than to say: "Personal reasons. Like I said, you all don’t know my life, so you wouldn’t understand that."

He reiterated that he’s "not a dope fiend, man," and added that he could have said no, but "I just chose not to."

"I was in a depressing time in my off-season, and that’s just that," Richardson said. "It’s just that simple, bro. There’s money on the line. My money is worth more than some weed."

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The charges against Kromer were dropped

The charges against Aaron Kromer, the Buffalo Bills' offensive line coach, were dropped Friday.

Earlier in July, Kromer allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family over an issue regarding beach chairs. Kromer and his son, Zachery Kromer, were charged with misdemeanor battery. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Friday, the Florida state attorney's office dropped the charges against Kromer and his son, writing in a statement that the parents of the alleged victims requested that the charges be dropped.

"The parents of the the two alleged victims and the third minor witness stated that any injuries sustained by the alleged victims were minor and required no medical treatment, and that they desired the lives of their children not to be further disrupted, as an amicable resolution of the matter had been reached between all concerned," the statement read.

The full press release is below.





The Bills placed Kromer on indefinite paid leave on July 14 and the team opened up training camp on Friday without Kromer. In his absence, assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson took over Kromer's duties.

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Buffalo suspended Kromer today for the first 6 games of the upcoming NFL season.

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Trouble continues to find Aldon Smith.




Aldon Smith, the 49ers linebacker who has been plagued by off-field issues during his NFL career, was arrested Thursday night by the Santa Clara Police and charged with hit and run, DUI and vandalism.

ABC7 News' Matt Keller reports that Smith was still in custody Friday morning, and that bail had been set at $26,000.

Smith was released Friday morning and said, "Justice will be served. The truth will come out. There's no DUI." He added: "I'm sorry to anybody I let down."

Smith was drafted seventh overall in 2011 and had an immediate impact. He set the rookie sack record (14), and the 49ers' single-season sack record (19.5) a year later. But after appearing in 32 games in his first two NFL seasons, he played in just 18 games the last two years, mostly due to off-field issues, including a nine-game suspension in 2014 handed down by the league.

Smith was previoulsy arrested for DUI in January 2012, suffered minor stab wounds during a party in June 2012 (he also faced felony assault weapons charges, which were reduced to misdemeanors). In September 2013, Smith was again arrested for suspicion of DUI and a short time later he entered rehab. In April 2014, Smith was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport and charged for a false report of a bomb threat, though the charge was later dropped.

At the time of the LAX arrest, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke came to Smith's defense.

"We're a family," Baalke said. "You don't just open a door and toss people out of it."

Smith added at the time: "I'm a good person, and the people who know me know I'm a good person. Maybe after this is over, you can tell your friends I'm a good person. Anybody who hangs around me can tell that. A lot of these things are being painted in a picture that's not true.”

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The 49ers have finally decided that enough is enough with Aldon Smith. The team released Smith on Friday following his fifth arrest in three years.

"This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue," the 49ers said in a statement.

Smith was arrested Thursday night by the Santa Clara Police and charged with hit and run, DUI and vandalism.

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Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly's impaired driving case has been adjourned until next month, reports AM980, a local radio station in London, Ontario.

O'Reilly was not in court, but his lawyer appeared on his behalf Thursday morning. He's charged with impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene.

It's alleged O'Reilly crashed his truck into a Tim Hortons and was arrested on foot shortly after leaving the scene on July 9 - just six days after he signed a $52.5-million contract with the Sabres, the richest in team history.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 10.

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Former Bears QB Erik Kramer was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the Los Angeles County Police Tuesday evening as a result of a suicide attempt according to the Washington Post. Kramer’s ex-wife has said that he has been suffering from depression caused by brain injuries.

Authorities were called to a motel in Calabasas, Calf, where Kramer had been staying. At first, it was described as a non life-threatening injury. However, Kramer’s sister told his ex-wife that it was more serious.

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Minnesota Wild assistant coach and former NHL defenseman Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving drunk, with his 12-year-son in the vehicle, Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department told Dave Aeikens of KSTP.com.

Aeikens further reports:

Sydor was stopped at 5:15 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 65 and Medtronic Parkway in Fridley while he was on his way to his son's hockey game in Brooklyn Park, Monsrud said.

Sydor's blood alcohol level was 0.30, Monsrud said; he is expected to appear in court Friday on drunk driving and child endangerment charges.

Monsrud said Sydor failed a field sobriety test and displayed slow and slurred speech. Police gave the boy a ride to the hockey game.

Sydor remains in Anoka County Jail.

The Wild later released the following statement:

We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Sydor, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, has spent the past four seasons behind the Wild bench, serving as an assistant to Mike Yeo.

The 43-year-old played 18 seasons in the NHL.

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SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Rangers player Dale Purinton has been arrested in connection with a central New York burglary.

Police say the 38-year-old former defenseman was charged for his role in a burglary in Sylvan Beach, 25 miles east of Syracuse.

He was arrested Wednesday following an investigation into an Aug. 11 assault. He's being held in the Oneida County Jail. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.

Police say Purinton broke into a residence and attacked the homeowner before fleeing. Police tracked him down in the town of Laurens, where he was taken into custody and turned over to Oneida County sheriff's deputies.

Purinton played for the Rangers from 1999 to 2004, racking up 578 penalty minutes in 181 games.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov has been handed a hefty speeding ticket.

The 28-year-old was handed a €35,000 (roughly $40,000 U.S.) fine for two counts of speeding and two counts of fraud, according to TSN who sited Finnish news outlet Helsingin Sanomat.

Komarov was pulled over reportedly travelling 25-30 km/h over the speed limit. At the time, Komarov was between contracts with the Maple Leafs and KHL's Moscow Dynamo. He told authorities that he had no income at the time, as fines are based on income, but the court later ruled that his earnings were to be reported over a longer time.

Komarov will be entering his second year of a four-year contract with the Maple Leafs this season.

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lobo316 wrote: Minnesota Wild assistant coach and former NHL defenseman Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving drunk, with his 12-year-son in the vehicle, Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department told Dave Aeikens of KSTP.com.

Aeikens further reports:

Sydor was stopped at 5:15 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 65 and Medtronic Parkway in Fridley while he was on his way to his son's hockey game in Brooklyn Park, Monsrud said.

Sydor's blood alcohol level was 0.30, Monsrud said; he is expected to appear in court Friday on drunk driving and child endangerment charges.

Monsrud said Sydor failed a field sobriety test and displayed slow and slurred speech. Police gave the boy a ride to the hockey game.

Sydor remains in Anoka County Jail.

The Wild later released the following statement:

We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Sydor, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, has spent the past four seasons behind the Wild bench, serving as an assistant to Mike Yeo.

The 43-year-old played 18 seasons in the NHL.




Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program on Sunday, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Sydor checked himself into the treatment center in Malibu, Calif., where he will spend at least 30 days.
"He's hurt, he's upset, he's embarrassed by his actions, and his family is, too," Sydor's attorney Ryan Pacyga said Monday. "Right now, it's about Darryl taking care of himself and really getting his arms around this."
The 43-year-old was arrested Thursday after he was pulled over when driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey game. He had a blood alcohol level of .30, nearly four times the legal limit.
Sydor will have an arraignment Oct. 12 where he could be sentenced to as long as a year in jail.

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lobo316 wrote: Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program on Sunday, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.


Oh what a load of crap. You don't think one of his bosses in Minnesota told him to publicly get some help or else he would lose his job ????

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program on Sunday, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.


Oh what a load of crap. You don't think one of his bosses in Minnesota told him to publicly get some help or else he would lose his job ????


It's one thing to drive drunk, or above the legal limit regardless of how well you think you can handle it but doing it with your kid in the car or anyone else for that matter is just plain stupid.  You want to risk killing yourself, have at it, but putting other people at risk is thoughtless and something should be done about this on that aspect alone.

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Looks like Harbaugh got out of SF just in time.


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Ahmad Brooks was charged with sexual battery on Wednesday.



The San Francisco 49ers probably wish the 2015 season would just start already because things keep going from bad to worse for the team.

The latest 49ers-related incident involves linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who was charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in Santa Clara County, Calif., on Wednesday.

The District Attorney's office didn't offer any details on Brooks' case, but sources did tell the San Jose Mercury News that the alleged assault, which took place in December at the home of former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, was caught on security camera.

If convicted, Brooks faces up to six months in jail.

McDonald is also facing legal trouble from the incident with the DA's office announcing that McDonald has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of raping an intoxicated woman.

The 49ers released McDonald in December after San Jose police originally announced that they were investigating McDonald for the crime, which allegedly took place on Dec. 15.

McDonald was arrested by San Jose police on Wednesday after the indictment and released after posting a $100,000 bail.

It's been a long summer for McDonald, who's been arrested three times since May. The first arrest, which took place on May 25, led to his release from the Bears.

McDonald faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on the rape charge. McDonald had sued the alleged victim in March, saying that she put him in a "false light" because the sex was consensual. McDonald's lawsuit was then dropped in June after a counter suit was filed by the alleged victim.

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Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada, the RCMP announced.

The charges arise from an alleged incident that occurred on the border of Emerson, Manitoba, and Pembina, N.D. in June.

Richards is due in court Sept. 10.

Richards' 12-year, $69-million contract was terminated by the Kings on June 29 on the grounds of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract."

The NHLPA has filed a grievance on Richards' behalf and is seeking an expedited hearing.

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Tennessee Titans receiver Justin Hunter was arrested and charged with felonious assault following an incident earlier this month in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to a police spokesman.

Hunter turned himself in Monday after a warrant was filed. A fight broke out late July 3 in an oceanfront tourist area at Sandbar Surf Bar in Virginia Beach. Hunter became a suspect after a victim was taken to a hospital with injuries suffered during the incident. Hunter remains in a Virginia Beach jail without bond. The case is still under investigation.

Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans issued a statement that said, "We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts."

According to the sheriff's office, the specific allegations against Hunter include "malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding."

The 24-year-old Hunter, who is from Virginia Beach, was taken in the second round after the Titans traded up to get him in the 2013 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He had 28 receptions for 498 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He missed the final four games of the season with a lacerated spleen.

Hunter's arrest could put his status with the Titans in question.

"At some point, you either get it, or you won't be in this league anymore. That's the natural order of the NFL," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said in May.




Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter had his felony charge for a July incident in which he allegedly sucker-punched a bar patron reduced to a misdemeanor, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

Hunter was originally facing a felony charge of malicious wounding. He's now facing a lesser charge of assault and battery. The reduced charge is a potentially huge development for the Titans.

Hunter is due in court Sept. 1, two days before the Titans' preseason finale.

The third-year wideout will be subject to NFL discipline for the incident, but there is no indication the league plans to issue a suspension before the matter is resolved in court.

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Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law.

Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations for an incident on July 14 — just two weeks after his NFL-issued drug suspension for marijuana use.

Richardson, entering his third NFL season, spoke to reporters after the team’s first practice of training camp — but before the news broke about the charges. The Jets were not aware of the incident until they saw media reports.

"I apologized to my teammates and my organization and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again," Richardson said of the drug suspension.

Shortly after that, FOX-affiliate KTVI in Missouri first reported the charges against Richardson, who resides in O’Fallon, Missouri.

According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Richardson was driving at "exceedingly high rates of speed" on Interstate 64 in "what appeared to be a road race."

In the police’s probable cause report, an officer stated that Richardson and the other vehicle were travelling at speeds as high as 143 mph. When the officer attempted to make routine traffic stops on the vehicles, Richardson sped away.

The 24-year-old Richardson was identified as the driver of a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur, which also went through a traffic light before the Jets player turned off all of the car’s lights and pulled into the driveway of a home that wasn’t his. Police pulled behind the car and ordered Richardson and his two adult male passengers out of the car at gunpoint — because an officer said he saw Richardson reach for something between his feet.

According to the incident report, Richardson exited the car, along with the passengers and a 12-year-old boy. A fully loaded semi-automatic handgun was found underneath the driver’s side floor mat, and the officer said the car smelled of marijuana.

Richardson was issued traffic summonses, and has been ordered to appear in St. Charles County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 for arraignment on the charge of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanour. He was not charged for the gun possession or marijuana. A conviction for resisting arrest is punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Richardson’s passengers were not charged.

In a statement, the Jets said they were aware of the situation and were "gathering information." They added that it’s a "pending legal matter" and would have no further comment at this time.

While speaking to reporters for the first time since his suspension was announced, Richardson insisted he wouldn’t fail another NFL-issued drug test — even though he had previously failed an unspecified number of others.

"Yeah," he said when asked if he could guarantee not having another failed test, "because I’m not a dope fiend."

Richardson was suspended by the league on July 2 without pay for the first four games of this season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He’s allowed to practice with the team until the regular season begins.

"I failed every drug test and this drug test, so there was no reason to appeal it," Richardson said. "I take full accountability for my actions."

Added coach Todd Bowles: "His actions will speak louder than his words going forward."

Richardson, who made the Pro Bowl last season, worked with the second-team defence during the Jets’ first practice of training camp while first-round draft pick Leonard Williams and veteran Leger Douzable split time with the starters.

"Seeing yourself going from Pro Bowl to second string, can’t do nothing but be disappointed in yourself," Richardson said. "I’m just a little disappointed and embarrassed for my parents’ sake. NFL guys mess up, and the world knows about it. My family goes through a lot. People don’t know how to talk to them at work anymore. Those things like that, that gets to you. I put my family before myself, and this team."

Richardson wouldn’t detail what led to him failing multiple drug tests and ultimately being suspended, other than to say: "Personal reasons. Like I said, you all don’t know my life, so you wouldn’t understand that."

He reiterated that he’s "not a dope fiend, man," and added that he could have said no, but "I just chose not to."

"I was in a depressing time in my off-season, and that’s just that," Richardson said. "It’s just that simple, bro. There’s money on the line. My money is worth more than some weed."




New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson pleaded not guilty Monday to resisting arrest and other traffic violation charges stemming from an alleged road race, Joe Holleman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Richardson, a St. Louis native and former star at the University of Missouri, was represented by attorney Matthew D. Fry at Monday's arraignment. A trial has been scheduled for Oct. 5.
Richardson was arrested July 31 after allegedly being clocked going 143 mph while trying to avoid police. A 12-year-old male relative and two adult men were also in Richardson's car at the time of his arrest, according to police.
Officers said they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat on the driver's side of the vehicle and detected a "very strong odor of burned marijuana."
Prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to file drug possession or child endangerment charges against Richardson.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.

Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled.

The Kern County district attorney's office says the 40-year-old Phillips faces a first-degree murder charge.

Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers during a three-year NFL career.

Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years. He was convicted of choking his girlfriend and later of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game.

KBAK-TV reports Phillips was ordered back to court Sept. 15.

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Tennessee Titans receiver Justin Hunter was arrested and charged with felonious assault following an incident earlier this month in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to a police spokesman.

Hunter turned himself in Monday after a warrant was filed. A fight broke out late July 3 in an oceanfront tourist area at Sandbar Surf Bar in Virginia Beach. Hunter became a suspect after a victim was taken to a hospital with injuries suffered during the incident. Hunter remains in a Virginia Beach jail without bond. The case is still under investigation.

Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans issued a statement that said, "We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts."

According to the sheriff's office, the specific allegations against Hunter include "malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding."

The 24-year-old Hunter, who is from Virginia Beach, was taken in the second round after the Titans traded up to get him in the 2013 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He had 28 receptions for 498 yards and three touchdowns the previous season. He missed the final four games of the season with a lacerated spleen.

Hunter's arrest could put his status with the Titans in question.

"At some point, you either get it, or you won't be in this league anymore. That's the natural order of the NFL," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said in May.






Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was found not guilty Tuesday on a charge of assault and battery stemming from a Virginia Beach bar fight,Gabriella DeLuca of NewsChannel 3 reports.
Hunter was initially facing a felony charge of malicious wounding for his role in the brawl, which occurred during the early morning hours July 3. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
#JustinHunter walks out of court surrounded by friends & family after a judge finds him not guiltypic.twitter.com/7IXZudKKvu
— Gabriella DeLuca (@GabriellaDeLuca) September 15, 2015
Prosecutors had accused Hunter of sucker-punching another patron at the Sandbar Surf Bar.
Hunter tweeted thanks to his supporters after the verdict was delivered.

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner is facing five charges under the Wildlife Act in his home province of British Columbia for his part in the illegal hunting and capture of a well-known grizzly bear, the Vancouver Sun's Larry Pynn reports.

Stoner's charges include hunting without a license, making false statements to obtain a license, hunting out of season, and one count of unlawful possession of dead wildlife stemming from an incident in May 2013.

He's scheduled to appear in a Vancouver provincial court Oct. 9 - the eve of Anaheim's season-opening game.

The bear, known as Cheeky, is said to have been "beloved" by First Nations people located on the province's central coast.

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Rays Former # 1 Pick Arrested.

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Brandon Martin was viewed as a strong defensive prospect at shortstop.




Two years ago, shortstop Brandon Willie Martin was playing in the low minor leagues for the Tampa Bay Rays after being drafted in the first round in 2011. On Friday morning, he was in Corona, Calif. police custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two men -- including his father -- and the grave wounding of his uncle, the Riverside Press Enterprise reports.

Martin, 22, was captured by police after a pursuit that included the K-9 unit. How his capture went down reads like a TV police drama. But it is all too real:

Found dead Thursday were Michael Lee Martin, 64, of Corona, the suspect's father; and Barry Swanson, 62, of Riverside, a subcontractor for ADT security who was at the Winthrop Drive home. Badly injured in the shooting was Ricky Lee Anderson, 51, of Corona, the suspect's uncle, who remained on life support.

On Friday, an off-duty Corona police officer on his way to work when he spotted Brandon Martin in a white Ford F150 that belonged to one of the victims, said Corona police Sgt. Paul Mercado.

The officer alerted patrol officers, who tried to pull Martin over on Mountain Gate Drive and Lincoln Avenue. The suspect refused to stop and led them about a mile north to the Derby location. During the pursuit, officers attempted two PIT maneuvers that both failed, Mercado said.

Martin -- who on Tuesday had been detained for a mental health evaluation -- got out of the car and ran into a home on Derby Street. It was unknown when he was released from the hold.

Mercado also said police don't know how Martin got into the home – where a woman, who was unharmed, was in the shower.

The suspect then ran through the house and jumped out of a second-story window into the backyard of the home, where he was taken down and bitten by a K-9, Mercado said. Martin was taken away from the scene on a stretcher and brought to a nearby hospital. He will be booked once he's cleared.


Taken down by a police dog. A turn of events in a life that seemed to have much going for it not so long ago. Although he did not appear to develop as a prospect with his bat, the Rays picked Martin 38th overall in 2011 out of Santiago High School in Corona because of his defensive abilities, it was said at the time. It was the same draft where right-hander Gerrit Cole went first overall to the Pirates, and Francisco Lindor, Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray and Joe Panik followed. Two picks after Martin, the Red Sox took Jackie Bradley Jr.

Though his defensive skills were lauded, Martin hit .211 with 23 stolen bases and a .652 on-base plus slugging percentage in 628 career plate appearances. The Rays apparently still own his rights -- there's not an obvious transaction listing him as being released -- but he has not played since the '13 season. His debut in 2013 was positive, even great: He hit a home run in both ends of a doubleheader.

The Rays have had some difficult developments with some of their draft picks and minor leaguers. Most notably, the tragedy of Matt Bush. Martin's story, which is still developing, appears to be the worst of all.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Rays Former # 1 Pick Arrested.

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Brandon Martin was viewed as a strong defensive prospect at shortstop.




Two years ago, shortstop Brandon Willie Martin was playing in the low minor leagues for the Tampa Bay Rays after being drafted in the first round in 2011. On Friday morning, he was in Corona, Calif. police custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two men -- including his father -- and the grave wounding of his uncle, the Riverside Press Enterprise reports.

Martin, 22, was captured by police after a pursuit that included the K-9 unit. How his capture went down reads like a TV police drama. But it is all too real:

Found dead Thursday were Michael Lee Martin, 64, of Corona, the suspect's father; and Barry Swanson, 62, of Riverside, a subcontractor for ADT security who was at the Winthrop Drive home. Badly injured in the shooting was Ricky Lee Anderson, 51, of Corona, the suspect's uncle, who remained on life support.

On Friday, an off-duty Corona police officer on his way to work when he spotted Brandon Martin in a white Ford F150 that belonged to one of the victims, said Corona police Sgt. Paul Mercado.

The officer alerted patrol officers, who tried to pull Martin over on Mountain Gate Drive and Lincoln Avenue. The suspect refused to stop and led them about a mile north to the Derby location. During the pursuit, officers attempted two PIT maneuvers that both failed, Mercado said.

Martin -- who on Tuesday had been detained for a mental health evaluation -- got out of the car and ran into a home on Derby Street. It was unknown when he was released from the hold.

Mercado also said police don't know how Martin got into the home – where a woman, who was unharmed, was in the shower.

The suspect then ran through the house and jumped out of a second-story window into the backyard of the home, where he was taken down and bitten by a K-9, Mercado said. Martin was taken away from the scene on a stretcher and brought to a nearby hospital. He will be booked once he's cleared.


Taken down by a police dog. A turn of events in a life that seemed to have much going for it not so long ago. Although he did not appear to develop as a prospect with his bat, the Rays picked Martin 38th overall in 2011 out of Santiago High School in Corona because of his defensive abilities, it was said at the time. It was the same draft where right-hander Gerrit Cole went first overall to the Pirates, and Francisco Lindor, Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray and Joe Panik followed. Two picks after Martin, the Red Sox took Jackie Bradley Jr.

Though his defensive skills were lauded, Martin hit .211 with 23 stolen bases and a .652 on-base plus slugging percentage in 628 career plate appearances. The Rays apparently still own his rights -- there's not an obvious transaction listing him as being released -- but he has not played since the '13 season. His debut in 2013 was positive, even great: He hit a home run in both ends of a doubleheader.

The Rays have had some difficult developments with some of their draft picks and minor leaguers. Most notably, the tragedy of Matt Bush. Martin's story, which is still developing, appears to be the worst of all.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Looks like Harbaugh got out of SF just in time.


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Ahmad Brooks was charged with sexual battery on Wednesday.



The San Francisco 49ers probably wish the 2015 season would just start already because things keep going from bad to worse for the team.

The latest 49ers-related incident involves linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who was charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery in Santa Clara County, Calif., on Wednesday.

The District Attorney's office didn't offer any details on Brooks' case, but sources did tell the San Jose Mercury News that the alleged assault, which took place in December at the home of former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, was caught on security camera.

If convicted, Brooks faces up to six months in jail.

McDonald is also facing legal trouble from the incident with the DA's office announcing that McDonald has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of raping an intoxicated woman.

The 49ers released McDonald in December after San Jose police originally announced that they were investigating McDonald for the crime, which allegedly took place on Dec. 15.

McDonald was arrested by San Jose police on Wednesday after the indictment and released after posting a $100,000 bail.

It's been a long summer for McDonald, who's been arrested three times since May. The first arrest, which took place on May 25, led to his release from the Bears.

McDonald faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on the rape charge. McDonald had sued the alleged victim in March, saying that she put him in a "false light" because the sex was consensual. McDonald's lawsuit was then dropped in June after a counter suit was filed by the alleged victim.




SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has pleaded not guilty to sexual battery.
Brooks is accused of groping an unconscious woman during a late-night gathering at former teammate Ray McDonald's house in December.
A woman claims she was intoxicated when she fell and hit her head on McDonald's hot tub before passing out. The woman claims Brooks groped her and then McDonald raped her. McDonald pleaded not guilty to rape charges on Friday.
The woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Brooks earlier this year.
McDonald was released by the 49ers. Brooks remains on the team and appeared in all three games this year.
Brooks' attorney entered the plea in Santa Clara County Superior Court Tuesday. Brooks didn't attend the hearing.

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Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Missouri's capital city, where he now serves as a state utility regulator.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that Kenney pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge and was placed on two years unsupervised probation.


Jefferson City police say Kenney was discovered passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of his car in a Taco Bell parking lot in March.
The 60-year-old Kenney is a member of the Missouri Public Service Commission.


He was a Chiefs quarterback from 1979 to 1988. He then became a real estate developer in the Kansas City area. Kenney served in the Missouri Senate from 1995 to 2003, representing eastern Jackson County.

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LAS VEGAS - Hall of Famer Warren Sapp has taken a plea deal that spares him jail time in a domestic violence case involving a scuffle with his former girlfriend that began at a Las Vegas-area casino hotel.

The 42-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle pleaded no contest Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court to one misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

A judge fined Sapp $345, ordered him to pay $2,555 in restitution, log community service and counseling time and stay out of trouble for six months.

Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich says Sapp also has to stay away from the victim.

Sapp's attorney, Rich Tanasi, didn't immediately respond to messages.

Sapp was accused of knocking down and stepping on the woman in April at the M Resort in Henderson and at her Las Vegas condominium.

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Former NHLer Sean Avery was arrested in Southampton, N.Y., last week according to police, report The Southampton Press and the New York Post.

Avery was arrested on Sept. 30 and faces three misdemeanor charges: A fourth-degree criminal mischief charge, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The 35-year-old reportedly possessed acetaminophen with oxycodone, and Roxicodone at the time of his booking. His criminal mischief charge was reportedly related to him throwing objects at passing vehicles at an unspecified location in Southampton on Sept. 29.

Avery took to Twitter after reports of his arrest surfaced:

Pretty disgusting I even have to do this but unfortunately it's the same old story. Have fun with this one ✌🏻️ pic.twitter.com/OBBzTymwk2

— Sean Avery (@imseanavery) October 6, 2015
"Mr. Avery has prescriptions for the medications that were the basis of this charge," Avery's lawyer Edward Burke Jr. said, according to the New York Post.

Avery, who played 580 games over his 10-year career, retired in 2012. He was released on $500 bail and is set to appear in court on an unspecified date.

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Aaron Ward won't be on TSN for the forseeable future.


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Former NHL defenceman Aaron Ward has been arrested for assaulting a female, according to multiple reports.

Police reportedly were called by the 42-year-old's wife around 1:30 p.m. on Friday following a confrontation at their home in Cary, N.C.

Ward, who works for TSN as an in-studio analyst, also has been charged with interfering with emergency communication for taking away his wife's phone, according to the arrest warrant.

TSN told Yahoo Sports Ward will be suspended indefinitely.

"We can confirm he will not appear on-air until further notice," the TV station said in a statement.

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TSN on Aaron Ward after arrest: "we can confirm he will not appear on-air until further notice."
2:11 PM - 9 Oct 2015

The three-time Stanley Cup champion joined TSN in 2011 after a 14-year NHL career.

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lobo316 wrote: Minnesota Wild assistant coach and former NHL defenseman Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving drunk, with his 12-year-son in the vehicle, Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department told Dave Aeikens of KSTP.com.

Aeikens further reports:

Sydor was stopped at 5:15 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 65 and Medtronic Parkway in Fridley while he was on his way to his son's hockey game in Brooklyn Park, Monsrud said.

Sydor's blood alcohol level was 0.30, Monsrud said; he is expected to appear in court Friday on drunk driving and child endangerment charges.

Monsrud said Sydor failed a field sobriety test and displayed slow and slurred speech. Police gave the boy a ride to the hockey game.

Sydor remains in Anoka County Jail.

The Wild later released the following statement:

We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Sydor, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, has spent the past four seasons behind the Wild bench, serving as an assistant to Mike Yeo.

The 43-year-old played 18 seasons in the NHL.





Minnesota Wild assistant coach and former NHL defenseman Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty to second degree driving while impaired Monday, and will serve at least 15 days in jail beginning on Friday, reports Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
The club released a statement following the ruling:
The Minnesota Wild is aware of the plea agreement reached today by Assistant Coach Darryl Sydor and respects the decision made by the Anoka County District Court. The team will continue to support Darryl, and his family, as he continues with his recovery. His return to the organization will be addressed at a later date.
Sydor, 43, was arrested on Aug. 21 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, with his 12-year-son also in the vehicle. He was facing gross misdemeanor counts of endangerment of a child, and having a blood alcohol content of .16 or more.
"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans," wrote Sydor. "I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful.
"The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place."
The two-time Stanley Cup champion has spent the past four seasons behind the Wild bench, serving as an assistant to Mike Yeo.

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner is facing five charges under the Wildlife Act in his home province of British Columbia for his part in the illegal hunting and capture of a well-known grizzly bear, the Vancouver Sun's Larry Pynn reports.

Stoner's charges include hunting without a license, making false statements to obtain a license, hunting out of season, and one count of unlawful possession of dead wildlife stemming from an incident in May 2013.

He's scheduled to appear in a Vancouver provincial court Oct. 9 - the eve of Anaheim's season-opening game.

The bear, known as Cheeky, is said to have been "beloved" by First Nations people located on the province's central coast.



Proponents of animal rights gathered outside the Honda Center in Anaheim on Monday night to protest against Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner, whofaces five charges for allegedly killing a grizzly bear in British Columbia over the summer.
Protesters at Ducks game calling for suspension of Clayton Stoner who killed a bear in Canada.#bearlivesmatter pic.twitter.com/YUizz3RPYt
— janis carr (@janiscarr) October 13, 2015
Harsh words for Stoner pic.twitter.com/LITCFUTlPy
— janis carr (@janiscarr) October 13, 2015
And just because pic.twitter.com/P0Wp8VhbVj
— janis carr (@janiscarr) October 13, 2015
Between 80 and 100 protesters were expected Monday prior to the Ducks' game against the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Jays are really glad they got rid of him now.




Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly assaulting his wife, a local TV station has reported.


Hawaii News Now says Reyes was arrested after he and his wife, Katherine, had an argument in their Maui hotel room on Oct. 31.


Citing unnamed sources, the station said Reyes allegedly shoved his wife off the bed and then “grabbed her throat and shoved her into the sliding glass balcony door.” She told police she suffered injuries to her thigh, neck and wrist.


Reyes was arrested for abuse of a family or household member and was released on bail, the station said.
Hawaii News Now reporter Chelsea Davis also shared Reyes’ mug shot on Twitter.


The Jays traded Reyes to the Colorado Rockies in July for LaTroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki.


On Monday, the Rockies released a statement saying the club was “extremely disappointed and concerned to learn of the allegations involving Jose Reyes.”


The organization said it would gather more information and deal with the incident in accordance with the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.


That policy was passed in August and it allows the Major League Baseball commissioner to issue a penalty “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” The commissioner may put a player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while allegations of wrongdoing are investigated.

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Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak is facing 12 domestic-related charges in connection with an alleged assault on his girlfriend Monday afternoon, according to a New Hampshire newspaper report.

Bartosak, 22, is a native of the Czech Republic who has played in the AHL the last two seasons. According to the report in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Bartosak allegedly punched, choked and slapped his girlfriend. He is also facing threatening and stalking charges.

"This is a very serious matter and these allegations represent a type of behavior we do not stand for,” the Kings said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We will continue to gather information and comment further when appropriate."

The report comes two months after Kings general manager Dean Lombardi vowed to make changes to the Kings’ internal program and player education in the wake of three arrests during the 2014-15 season. The team hired former player Brantt Myhres in September as a "player assistance director" to help work with the team as part of their new “Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives.”

Kings defenceman Slava Voynov was arrested for domestic violence in 2014, while former players Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards, were charged with alleged possession of controlled substances in Las Vegas and Manitoba in 2015.

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Former MLB player Russell Branyan was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into his ex-wife's home.

Branyan, 39, was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., on a charge of felony aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into the home of Jill Branyan on Oct. 30. He was later released on a $2,500 bond.

According to a warrant secured by Deadspin, Branyan broke into the home while Jill slept, stole various items, and lowered the thermostat to an extremely cold temperature.

Branyan reportedly told a witness he would like to return the items he took.

This isn't the first time the former big leaguer has faced legal charges involving his ex-wife, as he allegedly assaulted her in a car on Jan. 31, 2008.

Branyan hasn't played in the bigs since 2011, finishing his career with a .232/.329/.485 hitting line, 194 home runs, and 467 RBIs.

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Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak is facing 12 domestic-related charges in connection with an alleged assault on his girlfriend Monday afternoon, according to a New Hampshire newspaper report.


Official LA Kings Team Release:


This morning our Club suspended Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest in Manchester, NH on November 16. We take this matter very seriously. Our response in this matter reflects our extreme disappointment, particularly given the programs we have instituted internally and the commitment our organization has made to educating our players on the prevention of domestic violence. This is the first step in an ongoing process as we continue to gather information related to this incident and monitor the legal proceedings.

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Former NHL defenceman Ian White was arrested on Friday in Winnipeg and charged with a number of weapons-related offences, Winnipeg police said.

White was remanded into custody after his arrest and was scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Saturday, police spokesperson Eric Hofley told TSN. Hofley said he didn't know whether White has been released on bail.

White faces two charges of careless use or storage of a firearm or prohibited device, two charges of possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place and single charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized importing of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and breach of recognizance.

White, 31, last played in the NHL with Detroit in 2012-13. He played 42 games in the AHL in the 2014-15 season with the Providence Bruins and Milwaukee Admirals.

He appeared in 503 NHL games with Toronto, Calgary, Carolina, San Jose and Detroit. The Steinbach, MB, native was a sixth-round draft pick of Toronto in 2002.

White was charged in 2006 with driving while disqualified after Toronto police stopped him for not wearing his seatbelt before a Leafs' game. White's license had been suspended after an impaired driving conviction.

According to Canada's Criminal Code, White faces a maximum of two years in prison for each careless use charge, up to five years in prison for the unauthorized possession charge, up to five years in prison for possession a firearm in an unauthorized place, up to five years in prison for unauthorized importing of a firearm and up to four years in prison for a breach of recognizance.

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Met Ian a few times, he's an asshole.

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lobo316 wrote: The Jays are really glad they got rid of him now.




Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly assaulting his wife, a local TV station has reported.


Hawaii News Now says Reyes was arrested after he and his wife, Katherine, had an argument in their Maui hotel room on Oct. 31.


Citing unnamed sources, the station said Reyes allegedly shoved his wife off the bed and then “grabbed her throat and shoved her into the sliding glass balcony door.” She told police she suffered injuries to her thigh, neck and wrist.


Reyes was arrested for abuse of a family or household member and was released on bail, the station said.
Hawaii News Now reporter Chelsea Davis also shared Reyes’ mug shot on Twitter.


The Jays traded Reyes to the Colorado Rockies in July for LaTroy Hawkins and Troy Tulowitzki.


On Monday, the Rockies released a statement saying the club was “extremely disappointed and concerned to learn of the allegations involving Jose Reyes.”


The organization said it would gather more information and deal with the incident in accordance with the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.


That policy was passed in August and it allows the Major League Baseball commissioner to issue a penalty “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” The commissioner may put a player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while allegations of wrongdoing are investigated.





On Tuesday, the attorney for Jose Reyes entered a not guilty plea stemming from an incident in which the Colorado Rockies shortstop was arrested and charged for domestic abuse, following an altercation with his wife on Halloween.
Reyes wasn't present, and his next court date is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2016, the Maui County deputy prosecuting attorney told Kerry Glen of the New York Daily News.
The 32-year-old Reyes allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into the glass balcony door of the hotel where they were staying while on vacation in Hawaii. Security was called and Reyes was arrested, and later released on $1,000 bail. Reyes' wife, Katherine, told police she suffered injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist.
Major League Baseball also launched its own investigation, and Reyes could face additional discipline from the league under its newly implemented Joint Domestic Violence Policy.
Reyes, a 13-year veteran in the majors, was acquired by the Rockies in July, and is owed $48 million over the next two seasons.

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is behind bars in Kansas after an altercation at a casino, Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Randle, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this month, was arrested and charged with making a criminal threat (a felony), assaulting and interfering with a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass, according to the Sumner County Sheriff's Office.
TMZ Sports was the first to report that Randle was arrested around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday after being asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan. for being intoxicated.
On his way out of the casino, Randle reportedly spit on the floor and assaulted a security officer.
Fred Waller, an enforcement agent with the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission, told TMZ that Randle initially left the casino and then returned, at which point he was confronted by a KGRC agent, whom he tried to fight. Other agents stepped in and took Randle into custody.
This isn't Randle's first brush with the law. In February, he was arrested after Wichita police responded to a domestic disturbance call from his hotel room. Officers determined that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Randle with domestic violence, but he was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
In October 2014, Randle was arrested for stealing a bottle of cologne and underwear from a department store.

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Wr Stedman Bailey was shot twice in the head last nite outside a nite club. Right now he's holding on.

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ATLANTA - Jail records show that former Major League Baseball outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and permitting an unlicensed person to drive.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer Kim Jones says 56-year-old Nixon was arrested Tuesday night. Jones did not provide any further details.

Nixon was released from the Fulton County jail Wednesday after posting a $2,500 bond.

Nixon was arrested on drug charges in 2013 following a traffic stop in suburban Atlanta. An officer found a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in Nixon's pants pocket and found suspected crack rock in the driver's seat.

The speedy Nixon collected more than 600 stolen bases in 17 seasons from 1983-99. He played for several teams including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A former NBA player is heading to prison after being convicted of federal drug and gun charges.

A judge sentenced Arthur "Art" Long on Tuesday to nearly seven years behind bars. The 43-year-old was convicted of operating his home as a hub for dealing marijuana and ecstasy. Prosecutors said he also had two firearms.


Art Long goes for a rebound while playing for the 76ers in 2002. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
Long was a star player at East High School in Rochester, New York, and also at the University of Cincinnati. He was arrested in 2013 after police searched his vehicle and his home in the Rochester suburb of Chili.

Investigators found ecstasy, marijuana, an AK-47 and a stolen .45-caliber handgun, along with drug-packaging materials.

Long played for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors between 2000 and 2003.

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Benlen wrote: Wr Stedman Bailey was shot twice in the head last nite outside a nite club. Right now he's holding on.

This happened back on November 24th. Here's an update:


from sports.yahoo.com:

Stedman Bailey could be home for Christmas, and that comes as welcome news just weeks after the frightening details of a drive-by shooting that left the St. Lous Rams wide receiver twice shot in the head.

Bailey has been transferred out of the ICU to a Florida physical therapy facility, where he is walking and talking, his agent Tony Fleming told TMZ Sports. He was shot near his hometown in Miami Gardens, Fla., while driving with his family two days before Thanksgiving — and just two weeks after his 25th birthday.

"He is getting his strength back and just taking it one day at a time," Fleming told TMZ Sports. "He is scheduled to be released out of the hospital on the 23rd. ... The Rams are great. They have been talking to the doctors like once every few days staying on top of it."

On Dec. 4, Bailey vowed to return to the field upon taking to Twitter for the first time since the shooting.

"To my entire Rams family, especially my teammates, fans and peers, I thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle (a work of God), and I can only give God the praise, glory and honor for what he is doing in my life at this time. Christmas is a holiday in which Jesus was born as a gift to the world, but in all honesty he has given me and my family a gift that is far greater than what any man can give — a restoration of my life and health. I will continue to get better day by day until I'm able to get back on the field, and I ask for your continued prayers."

Bailey was serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy at the time of the shooting.

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Bailey wasn't charged with a crime was he ? Not sure if this story belongs in this thread. He was a victim.

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lobo316 wrote: Bailey wasn't charged with a crime was he ? Not sure if this story belongs in this thread. He was a victim.
I always thought this thread was to do with anybody in sports that is involved in a crime even if they were the victim. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Bailey wasn't charged with a crime was he ? Not sure if this story belongs in this thread. He was a victim.
I always thought this thread was to do with anybody in sports that is involved in a crime even if they were the victim. 


Oh, okay.
I thought it was only for those charged with a crime/offense.


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lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Bailey wasn't charged with a crime was he ? Not sure if this story belongs in this thread. He was a victim.
I always thought this thread was to do with anybody in sports that is involved in a crime even if they were the victim. 


Oh, okay.
I thought it was only for those charged with a crime/offense.

I don't think the rules here are too strict anyway. :)

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Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Saturday morning in Oklahoma on charges of driving under the influence, records from the Carter County Sheriff's Office show.

Breaking: Justin Blackmon arrested in Ardmore on DUI Charges pic.twitter.com/hfY0McVMRJ

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This is the second time Blackmon has been arrested since being suspended indefinitely by the NFL for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

The 25-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in July 2014 after police found the substance in his car during a traffic violation stop. He applied for reinstatement prior to this season, but was denied by the league.

Selected by the Jaguars with the No. 5 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Blackmon has caught 93 passes for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in 20 games with the team.

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An alleged mistress of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman pleaded guilty to blackmailing the executive Wednesday, reports Shayna Jacobs of the New York Daily News.

Despite pleading guilty, Louise Meanwell won't have to admit guilt as part of a plea deal.

Supreme Court Justice Bruce Allen served Meanwell with a probation sentence that'll run in conjunction with a five-year term she's currently serving.

Jacobs writes that Meanwell "copped to grand larceny by extortion, perjury, and criminal impersonation in Manhattan Supreme Court, where she took the deal on the grounds that there likely was enough evidence to convict her at trial."

Meanwell was arrested in 2012 and initially faced 52 criminal charges, including stalking and harassment, for allegedly trying to extort $21,000 from Cashman after claiming they had a 10-month affair. Cashman was married at the time, but he and his wife have since divorced.

"Although (Meanwell) continues to maintain her innocence as to every charge in the indictment, she recognizes that there is a possibility of conviction based upon the evidence," her attorney Kevin Marino said in court.

Meanwell also agreed to drop a pending lawsuit against Cashman involving the hacking of her email.

The agreement negates a possible 15 years in prison for the 39-year-old Meanwell, who once suggested Cashman deliberately misled investigators during the Roger Clemens steroid investigation.

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A couple of Cleveland Browns players got arrested on Christmas morning.


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Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant will not play in Sunday's game at Kansas City after he and safety De'Ante Saunders were arrested Christmas morning following a traffic stop.

Bryant, who has a history of legal troubles, is not travelling with the team so he can tend to the legal matter. Browns general manager Ray Farmer issued a statement Saturday critical of the players' behaviour.

"These are charges that we take very seriously," Farmer said. "The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions."

Farmer added the incident is subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Saunders was cited for driving under the influence after a traffic stop in suburban Brook Park at 2:16 a.m. Christmas Day, according to a State Highway Patrol citation. He was driving 75 mph in a 60 mph zone, the citation said.

Saunders, 23, refused a breath test, according to the citation, meaning he automatically loses his license for a year.

In addition, a gun was confiscated from Saunders' car, said patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan. Information about the gun will be forwarded to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for potential charges, since Saunders does not have a concealed weapons permit, Cvetan said.

Saunders is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. hearing Monday in Berea Municipal Court.

Browns coach Mike Pettine gave his players the holiday off so they could be with their families.

Bryant is second on the team with 5 1/2 sacks this season, his third with the Browns. The 25-year-old was drafted in the seventh round in 2013 from East Central Oklahoma, where he had some off-field problems. He was arrested for driving under the influence less than a week after Cleveland drafted him. He was also suspended for three games in college for selling marijuana to an undercover officer.

Saunders has been on Cleveland's practice squad.

The Browns (3-11) will visit the Chiefs on Sunday before ending the regular season at home against Pittsburgh on Jan. 3.

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Looks like Evander Kane might be in a heap of trouble.


from buffalonews.com:


Three police sources have told The News that the Sabres’ Evander Kane is the subject of a police investigation.



Evander Kane, a Buffalo Sabres left winger, is the subject of a sex offense investigation by Buffalo police for an incident that allegedly occurred Sunday morning in a downtown hotel room near First Niagara Center, three police sources have told The Buffalo News.

Kane has not been charged with any crime, and law enforcement officials would confirm only that there is an ongoing investigation by officers from the department’s Sex Offense Squad.

“We have an investigation ongoing,” a Buffalo police source said. “We are not naming the suspect, and we do not expect it to be resolved in the very near future.”

Another law enforcement source said the woman was having “memory issues.”

The team reported that Kane, 24, was absent from practice Sunday morning for personal reasons. Kane’s practice jersey was hanging in his stall Sunday morning, with all unused equipment in place, after the team’s practice. The locker room door was closed for longer than usual after practice ended, and player interviews were rushed.

A law enforcement source said Kane is represented by Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria. Cambria, when contacted Sunday, declined to comment.

The Sabres released the following statement:

“We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously. We are gathering facts and have been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives. Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.”

Kane’s agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management, did not return calls for comment.

One of the law enforcement sources recalled the rape allegation against South Buffalo native and NHL superstar Patrick Kane earlier this year that was ultimately dropped because investigators were not convinced he had committed a crime. The source stressed that police were not naming the alleged suspect in Sunday’s incident publicly because of the intense publicity generated by the Patrick Kane investigation and the need for investigators to do their jobs.

The other two sources pointed out that the investigation into Sunday’s alleged incident is in its very early stages.

For months, Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks star, was the subject of intense scrutiny by detectives in the Town of Hamburg and investigators in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office after a young woman accused him of attacking and sexually assaulting her in his lakeside home in early August.

Patrick Kane, 26, denied the allegations and also hired Cambria to represent him. The young woman in that case hired attorney Thomas Eoannou.

In a bizarre turn of events, the accuser’s attorney held a news conference to accuse law enforcement officials of mishandling evidence, but the next day he announced that his earlier accusation had been wrong and that he had been deceived by the woman’s mother. He then withdrew from the case.

Ultimately, with the help of DNA evidence, Patrick Kane and his legal team prevailed in early November, when Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Sedita announced there would be no charges.

Evander Kane, a Vancouver native, has eight goals and five assists in 25 games in his first season on the Sabres since joining the team from the Winnipeg Jets.

Evander Kane, who arrived in Buffalo via trade in February, has been doing well to fit in with the Sabres after a tumultuous stay with his previous team. He repeatedly asked for trades from Winnipeg and was finally dealt after a reported locker-room incident with teammates that included his clothes being thrown into a shower.

In October, Evander Kane rented a helicopter and took two Sabres teammates to Toronto for a baseball playoff game. He has also tried to reshape his image by donating time and money to the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo. Evander Kane took 60 children to dinner and an arcade in November, and this month he treated 50 kids from the club to dinner and a $10,000 Christmas shopping spree at Target.

Evander Kane scored a goal Saturday night during a game against the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The team’s next game is at home Monday against the Washington Capitals.


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Hopefully the E Kane case will be resolved quicker than the P. Kane case. Let's get all the facts before we hang the guy.

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lobo316 wrote: Hopefully the E Kane case will be resolved quicker than the P. Kane case. Let's get all the facts before we hang the guy.
Absolutely - but what is it with guys named Kane and the city of Buffalo ????

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Hopefully the E Kane case will be resolved quicker than the P. Kane case. Let's get all the facts before we hang the guy.
Absolutely - but what is it with guys named Kane and the city of Buffalo ????


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(CNN)The New York Knicks' Cleanthony Early was robbed and shot Wednesday morning in Queens, police said.

Early was shot once in the left leg and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition, authorities said.

Based on preliminary information, police said it appeared Early had just left a gentleman's club around 4:30 a.m. when three vehicles surrounded the taxi he was in and a group of people -- at least one of whom was armed -- ordered him to get out of the vehicle.

Early handed over his gold chains before he was shot, police said.

No suspects have been arrested in the incident.

A statement from the Knicks said the team is aware "of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation.

"We will not comment any further until we receive more information," the statement added.

Early, who played college ball at Wichita State, hasn't seen much playing time with the Knicks this season. He's averaging less than a point per game.

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A Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request Wednesday to reduce the 33-month jail sentence handed down to former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley, who was convicted in 2013 on multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse, reports Sports Illustrated's Michael McKnight.

After recounting the numerous acts of violence perpetrated by Bradley against his late wife, Monique (she died in 2013 of an unrelated liver problem), Judge Thomas Rubinson chose to uphold Bradley's sentence despite lauding the "impressive" life plan submitted by Bradley to have his jail time reduced.

Bradley, who is scheduled for release in August 2016, vowed to "continue to work on myself," after Rubinson deemed the original sentence "appropriate."

Bradley's behavioral issues manifested repeatedly throughout his 12-year baseball career, during which he played for eight different teams (none of whom employed him for more than three consecutive seasons).

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Chris Correa, the former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director who admitted in July to hacking into the Houston Astros' database, will reportedly plead guilty Friday to criminal charges arising from the incident, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal.

Correa, who was fired by the Cardinals following an "imposed leave of absence," has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to five of 12 related charges.

Correa's participation in the hacking reportedly started in 2013, in an effort to ascertain whether current Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, a former Cardinals employee, took proprietary data with him to Houston, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Though Correa's actions contributed to an FBI investigation into the Cardinals organization, he "denie(d) any illegal conduct" in a statement issued by his lawyer following his termination.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak denied any knowledge of the hacking, and denounced the incident in a joint statement with team chairman Bill DeWitt.

"The alleged conduct has no place in our game," Mozeliak said. "We hold ourselves to the highest standards in every facet of our organization. It has been that way forever and is certainly true today."

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Alex Galchenyuk has reportedly declined to press charges after his girlfriend was arrested Sunday following a domestic dispute at the Montreal Canadiens forward's apartment, according to Patrick Legace and Vincent Larouche from La Presse.

Chanel Leszczynski, 27, reportedly showed up at Galchenyuk's apartment Sunday morning and several 911 calls were made in response to an argument.

The case will be transferred to Montreal's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, who will ultimately decide if charges will be brought against Leszczynski, reports Eric Engels from Sportsnet.

The Canadiens have not issued a statement regarding the matter.

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Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will stand trial in Maui, Hawaii on domestic abuse charges after an altercation with his wife at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort on Oct. 31.

Maui County deputy prosecuting attorney Kerry Glen confirmed the news with Christian Red of the New York Daily News on Thursday.

His trial is set to begin on April 4, the Daily News reports, which coincides with the Rockies' first regular-season game of 2016 in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

Reyes, 32, allegedly grabbed his wife Katherine Ramirez by the throat and shoved her into the glass balcony door of their hotel room during an argument.

Hotel security staff said Ramirez suffered injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist during the altercation, according to a transcript of the 911 call released by Maui police.

After the incident, Reyes, a four-time All-Star, was arrested and subsequently released on $1,000 bond. He was ordered to stay away from his wife for three days, and later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into the matter.

MLB's new domestic violence policy gives commissioner Rob Manfred the authority to discipline a player even if they're not convicted in a criminal case.

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SEOUL, South Korea - A Seoul court has fined newly-signed St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seung-hwan Oh 10 million won ($8,300) for breaking South Korean gambling laws by betting heavily at a Macau casino.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Lim Chang-yong, Oh's ex-teammate with South Korean club Samsung Lions, was also fined the same amount, according to spokesman Joon Young Maeng at the Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday.

The Korean Baseball Organization earlier hit both players with half-season bans after prosecutors charged them for betting around 40 million won ($33,000) each at a casino in Macau in 2014.

South Korea has strict gambling laws, and has only one domestic casino for locals while 16 others only admit foreigners. South Koreans are banned from betting large sums of money at venues other than the designated local casino.

Oh, 33, signed with the Cardinals earlier this month on a one-year contract with a club option for a second year. In 498 career games in South Korea and Japan, Oh is 32-20 with a 1.81 ERA with 772 strikeouts in 646 1-3 innings. He also was a member of the Gold medal-winning South Korean Olympics team in 2008 and represented the country in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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(Reuters) - Tate George, a former University of Connecticut star who later played in the National Basketball Association, was sentenced on Thursday to nine years in prison for running what prosecutors called a $2 million real estate Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper in Trenton, New Jersey, who imposed the sentence, also ordered George to serve three years of supervised release and make $2.55 million of restitution.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey.

George, 47, of Newark, was convicted in September 2013 on the four wire fraud counts he faced.

Prosecutors said George cashed in on his celebrity from 2005 to 2011 when he raised more than $2 million meant for his real estate development firm, the George Group.

They said George deposited the money in the firm's bank account and a personal account, and used some of it to repay early investors and to pay for home renovations, mortgages, a birthday party for his daughter, and other expenses.

The defendant represented himself in the case, Fishman said.

George, a 6-foot-5 (2-meter) guard, was a 1990 first-round draft choice for the New Jersey Nets. He played three seasons with that team, and later played for the Milwaukee Bucks.

At UConn, he is remembered for catching a full-court inbounds pass and making a buzzer-beating shot that helped his school beat Clemson during the 1990 NCAA basketball tournament.

The case is U.S. v. George, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, No. 12-cr-00204.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Sio Moore was arrested on the city's north side Thursday night for reckless driving, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police say he was driving northbound on I-65 near Lafayette Road when he was pulled over.





According to IMPD, the officer that pulled him over says he was driving at least 100 miles per hour and was weaving in and out of traffic in a reckless manner.

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Former Raiders defensive lineman Anthony Smith has reportedly been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in prison without parole, per TMZ Sports.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the '90s NFL player was sentenced Friday for killing three men from 1999-2001. Jurors deadlocked on another count related to the October 2008 death of a fourth man, per ABC 7 in Los Angeles.

Smith, who was drafted by the then-Los Angeles Raiders in 1990, was convicted in the November 1999 shooting deaths of brothers Kevin and Ricky Nettles and the June 2001 stabbing death of Dennis Henderson, per ABC 7.

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Vince Young was arrested Saturday night for DWI.


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Former Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Austin early Monday morning, USA TODAY Sports confirmed.

Young's 2016 Chevrolet Silverado was stopped after an Austin police officer observed his SUV change lanes without a turn signal, speed and drift within lanes, according to the police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports. Young was eventually stopped in a parking lot where, according to the officer, Young showed several signs of being intoxicated, including slurred speech, glassy eyes, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, unusual laughing and swaying as he walked.

The officer wrote that Young was both "uncooperative" and "polite."

Young was charged with a single misdemeanor DWI count and was transported to Travis County Jail. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released Monday morning.

Young was a star quarterback of the University of Texas and currently works for the Austin-based college’s diversity and community engagement program.

Young did not immediately return an email sent by USA TODAY Sports.

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Sheldon Richardson avoids jail time.


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Sheldon Richardson, pictured heading to court Tuesday in St. Louis, now awaits potential discipline from the NFL. 



New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson will avoid jail time for leading police on a high-speed chase in July, but he pleaded guilty Tuesday to resisting arrest and is subject to a suspension under the NFL's personal-conduct policy.

Richardson, appearing in a suburban St. Louis court room, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. For four traffic violations, he was fined a total of $1,050.

As part of the plea arrangement with the St. Charles County prosecutor, the misdemeanor will be expunged from Richardson's record upon completion of the probation, according to his attorney, Scott Rosenblum.

Now that the case has been adjudicated, the NFL is expected to determine whether Richardson will be suspended. The league's personal-conduct policy lists resisting arrest among the many transgressions subject to discipline.

Richardson served a four-game suspension at the start of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and that could factor into any future discipline.

Richardson, wearing a dark sports coat and red sneakers, declined to speak to reporters outside the court, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I'm hopeful that any action that has been taken today will cover everything (with the NFL)," Rosenblum told ESPN.com. "That's what we hope."

Leslie Knight, a spokeswoman for county prosecutor Tim Lohmar, called the plea bargain a "typical'' offer that wasn't influenced by Richardson's status.

"That's what we would do for anybody,'' she said after the brief hearing.

Richardson was arrested for driving a 2014 Bentley at speeds as high as 143 mph while trying to avoid police in suburban St. Louis. In addition to resisting arrest, he pleaded guilty to speeding and running a red light.

The chase ended when Richardson pulled into a stranger's driveway and shut off his lights, hoping police wouldn't spot him.

Richardson was accompanied by a 12-year-old relative, along with two adult males. Police reported a strong odor of marijuana in the car, and they discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The gun was possessed legally, prosecutors said.

He wasn't charged with drug possession or child endangerment because prosecutors said there wasn't sufficient evidence. But, according to the league's conduct policy, a player not charged with a crime still can be disciplined if "credible evidence establishes" he violated the policy.

Richardson, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, recorded five sacks and 35 tackles in 11 games this season.

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WASHINGTON - Mike Richards' lawyer says the Washington Capitals center will not appear in Manitoba Court on Thursday, as his trial on the charge of possession of a controlled substance has been adjourned to Feb. 25.

Toronto-based lawyer David M. Humphrey said in an email to The Associated Press that government officials asked to push back Richards' court date because it is awaiting the results of an investigation that was requested by the defense.

Richards was arrested when Canada Border Services Agency at the North Dakota-Canadian border caught him with a controlled substance crossing into Emerson, Manitoba, on June 17. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged Richards in August.

The 30-year-old from Kenora, Ontario, signed a $1 million, one-year deal with the Capitals in early January to resume his NHL career.

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner is facing five charges under the Wildlife Act in his home province of British Columbia for his part in the illegal hunting and capture of a well-known grizzly bear, the Vancouver Sun's Larry Pynn reports.

Stoner's charges include hunting without a license, making false statements to obtain a license, hunting out of season, and one count of unlawful possession of dead wildlife stemming from an incident in May 2013.

He's scheduled to appear in a Vancouver provincial court Oct. 9 - the eve of Anaheim's season-opening game.

The bear, known as Cheeky, is said to have been "beloved" by First Nations people located on the province's central coast.



Proponents of animal rights gathered outside the Honda Center in Anaheim on Monday night to protest against Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner, whofaces five charges for allegedly killing a grizzly bear in British Columbia over the summer.
Protesters at Ducks game calling for suspension of Clayton Stoner who killed a bear in Canada.#bearlivesmatter pic.twitter.com/YUizz3RPYt
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Between 80 and 100 protesters were expected Monday prior to the Ducks' game against the Vancouver Canucks.





ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner is banned from hunting for three years and must pay $10,000 for killing a grizzly bear on British Columbia's central coast.
Stoner acknowledged through his lawyer Wednesday that he had breached the provincial Wildlife Act during the hunt in May 2013. Lawyer Marvin Stern says his client mistakenly believed he was qualified to participate.
Stoner wasn't in the Abbotsford court, and Stern pleaded guilty on his behalf to hunting without a license.
Provincial court Judge Brent Hoy accepted that Stoner thought he was qualified as a resident, but the law had still been breached.
The government dropped four other charges against Stoner, including knowingly making a false statement to obtain a hunting license, hunting out of season and unlawfully possessing dead wildlife.

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Johnny Manziel in the news once again.


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Police were called to investigate an incident involving Johnny Manziel this weekend. 
The Browns QB was not arrested and the Browns said they had no comment at this time. 


Police were called to investigate an incident involving Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday.

Fort Worth police said in a statement Saturday that officers were called to an apartment building around 2 a.m. about a possible assault. Police talked to a 23-year-old woman, who was not the caller, who said she had been involved in an incident earlier in the evening with her ex-boyfriend in Dallas. A preliminary investigation determined that a possible assault had occurred, though the woman refused to cooperate with officers and there was no evidence of a crime scene.

The woman also told officers she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend's welfare. Police officers attempted to locate him and later determined that he was safe and not in danger.

Fort Worth police said they are working with Dallas police to determine if any criminal offenses occurred.

When asked about the incident by ESPN, the Browns said they would have no comment at this time. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN the league was aware of the incident and "looking into it.''

Manziel was questioned by police in October after a domestic incident involving his girlfriend at the time, though it was not immediately clear whether the same woman was involved in this incident.

In the October incident, several witnesses called police after seeing Manziel and a woman arguing in a vehicle. The argument escalated to the point that she tried to leave the car as it exited a highway.

Both Manziel and the woman admitted to arguing, and Manziel told police they had been drinking earlier in the day. The police officer made the determination that Manziel was not intoxicated and he was not charged. The NFL investigated the incident and announced in November that Manziel would not be disciplined.

It has been a tumultuous few months for the quarterback. Less than a week after being named the Browns' starter in mid-November, a video surfaced online of Manziel holding a bottle at an Austin, Texas, club during the team's bye week. The next day, then-Browns coach Mike Pettine announced that he was demoting Manziel to the third string for the next game.

A little more than a month later, Manziel was ruled out of the team's season finale with a concussion and did not attend the game. Reports surfaced that Manziel had been seen at a casino in Las Vegas that weekend.

Manziel spent 10 weeks in treatment for undisclosed reasons before this past season.

At the time of new Browns coach Hue Jackson's hiring earlier this month, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Manziel was discussed at length in meetings between Jackson and Browns ownership. In those discussions, Jackson indicated that if he were to become head coach he would prefer the organization part ways with Manziel, and Jackson was told that would not be a problem. Jackson said earlier this week that he had not talked to Manziel yet.

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Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley is accused of trying to rape a woman 
Saturday morning at a Midtown hotel, police sources said.


Police are investigating a claim that Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley attempted to rape a woman he had just met on Instagram at a swanky Midtown hotel early Saturday.

Bromley, 23, picked the 26-year-old woman up at her home early Saturday after meeting her on the picture sharing site, police sources said.

He took her to the Hyatt Herald Square Hotel on W. 31st St., where they got a room.

Once in the room, the woman performed oral sex on Bromley but then didn’t want to go further, sources said.

“At that point, something took place that she didn’t want to take place,” a police source with knowledge of the investigation said.

The woman claimed the hulking 6-foot-4 Bromley “became violent” and tried to rape her, sources said.

When the two parted ways a short time later, she demanded the football star drive her home but he refused, the sources said.

She jumped on top of the hood of his vehicle to stop him from leaving but he kept driving down the street, police sources said. The woman fell off the hood a few moments later, injuring her knees and legs.

The woman called police about 4 a.m. and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where a rape kit was performed, police sources said. 

NYPD Special Victims Squad detectives were investigating the allegations, officials said.

Bromley was not in police custody Saturday afternoon, officials said. No charges had been filed against him, police said.

Bromley, a Queens native, was drafted to the Giants in 2014 and played in college at Syracuse University. He played in all 16 Giants games in the 2015 season and was credited with 36 tackles, according to ESPN.com.

Calls to the gridiron star and his agent were not immediately returned.

According to his Instagram account — named Tape96 after the number on his Giants jersey — Bromley went to a recording studio around midnight and hung out with New Jersey hip hop recording artist Jay Watts.

He met his would-be victim between midnight and 4 a.m., police believe.

Bromley’s 12,700 Instagram fans were stunned by the defensive tackle’s alleged offensive rush.

“Please say it’s not true Jay,” said one fan with the Instagram handle ‘Dereklee80,’ “C’mon, U have so much potential.”

Bromley’s aunt Frances Nimmons defended the football star she has raised since she was a baby.

“I never heard of it, so it is not true to me,” Nimmons told the Daily News about the allegations. “Please stop calling my house.”

Bromley's sister, Stephanie Simmons, speculated the woman was making up the allegation.

"I think it's just money,” Simmons told the Daily News. “She's doing it for money, whoever she is."

The son of a crack addict and a pimp sentenced to 25 years in prison for beating one of his prostitutes to death, Bromley was left on the doorstep of a neighbor's house in Jamaica, Queens, in 1992 when he was just 3 months old.

Suspecting that the child belonged to her brother James Jones and his girlfriend Tyreine Bromley, Nimmons raced over and picked up the child.

In a 2014 interview with the News, Nimmons said Bromley had anger issues and would often get into fights growing up.

Bromley admitted he had a temper.

“All I wanted to do was fight people,” he told the News. “I’d get mad and I’d black out and you couldn’t control me.”

“It didn’t stop until I started playing football,” Bromley added. “Football really calmed me down.”

As his football career took off, Bromley moved from Queens to the Liberty Court Townhouses — a condo complex in Secaucus, N.J. — where neighbors say he is well liked.

"He's a very gentle man," said a neighbor who declined to give her name.

"I don't think he'd do that," she said of the rape report. “He's a very nice man."

A Giants spokesman said the team was “aware of the situation.”

“We have notified the league office per the league's protocol,” a Giants spokesman said in a statement. “We will have no further comment as we understand this is an ongoing investigation."

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One Broncos player is being sent home from Super Bowl 50 after getting ensnared in a prostitution sting Tuesday.

Just five days ahead of Super Bowl 50, rookie safety Ryan Murphy, a member of the Broncos practice squad, was involved in a prostitution sting with his brother in San Jose. Murphy, who is from Oakland, was questioned and released by police after they detained a suspected prostitute.

While Murphy wasn't charged, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the swift decision to send Murphy back to Denver.

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Benlen wrote: While Murphy wasn't charged, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the swift decision to send Murphy back to Denver.

Here is Kubiak's statement:

“Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him,” Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement released Tuesday night. “Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”

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Delmon Young, the veteran outfielder who spent the last two years with theBaltimore Orioles, was arrested Sunday after allegedly choking and threatening to kill a valet attendant at a Miami hotel in a slur-laden incident.
According to a Miami police report, the 30-year-old began choking a valet attendant after he refused to let Young onto an elevator to a club at a Brickell hotel. When he first told Young the club was closed, the outfielder became irate, calling the attendant a "stupid Cuban" and telling him to "open the (expletive) door." Though Young eventually walked away, he returned moments later and started uttering threats after the attendant repeated that the club was closed.
"I'm gonna (expletive) kill you, you Latin piece of (expletive)," the report said.
Young then placed his hands on the attendant's neck and strangled him for five to six seconds before the attendant managed to break free and run for help. The police were called shortly thereafter.
When police arrived at Young's condominium, he was naked from the waist down and "unsteady on his feet." Young's speech was slurred, and he was belligerent, telling one officer: "I'll slap you in the face with money, you (expletive) Cuban."


Young, a free agent, was arrested in 2012 and plead guilty to aggravated harassment after uttering an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground in New York.

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Bills RB LeSean McCoy was reportedly involved in an altercation with three off-duty 
police officers in Philadelphia over the weekend.



Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is under investigation over an alleged assault of off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub, according to multiple reports.

A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were involved in a fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in which the two off-duty officers suffered injuries.

Police did not identify the four suspects, but a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Philly.com reported that police are seeking arrest warrants in the case.

The argument, which, according to multiple reports, took place inside the Recess nightclub in the Old City, started over ownership of a bottle of champagne, according to the police statement. Police said that "pushing and shoving" over the bottle led to one of the off-duty officers being knocked to the ground, and while he was on the ground, he was "punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects."

Another off-duty officer and club security helped break up the fight, and "all parties were ejected from the club," police said. The officer who was knocked to the ground went to a hospital, where he was treated for a cut to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The officer who broke up the fight was admitted to the hospital, where he received eight stitches over his left eye and was receiving treatment Monday for a possible skull fracture, police said in their statement.

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, a police union, told Philly.com that the officers "look like they got the brunt of it."

CSNPhilly.com reported that Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler and Sergeant Daniel Ayers were the off-duty officers involved, although the report did not state which were injured. CSNPhilly.com also reported that former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley and one of McCoy's former teammates at the University of Pittsburgh, wide receiver Tamarcus "T.J." Porter, were among the suspects, as well as a fourth man, Christopher Henderson. It's unclear whether McCoy, or any of the other suspects, were injured in the incident.

According to CSNPhilly.com, the three officers purchased four bottles of champagne and Porter tried to take one of the bottles from Butler. After an argument broke out, the report states that McCoy, former Brinkley and Henderson "assisted [Porter]."

The four suspects, while not named by police in their statement, were "subsequently identified through photographs by complainants and by the security guards," police said. Surveillance cameras showed those involved being ejected outside the club, but the incident inside the club was not captured on video.

Of McCoy, McNesby added to Philly.com: "Maybe he should stay in Buffalo and carry on like an idiot in Buffalo."

McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press seeking comment Monday.

The Bills said in a statement Monday that they are aware of the report and are gathering information.

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An update on the LeSean McCoy story.


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Arrest warrants are expected to be issued later Wednesday or Thursday for suspects in connection with an alleged nightclub assault against off-duty police officers that involved Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, a high-ranking Philadelphia police official confirmed to ESPN's Mark Schwarz.

Philadelphia station WPVI reported that investigators recommended McCoy be one of the individuals charged with aggravated assault.

McCoy's lawyer told Outside The Lines' John Barr on Tuesday that his client will turn himself in if he is charged.

A source close to the investigation told ESPN that the off-duty police officers will face no internal disciplinary charges as a result of the alleged incident.

Philadelphia's District Attorney's office said Tuesday that they have received the case from police and are reviewing it for potential charges.

A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were injured in a nightclub fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. CSNPhilly.com reported that a third off-duty officer was also involved in the fight.

Police did not identify the four suspects, but a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

The argument began over ownership of a bottle of champagne, according to the police statement. Police said "pushing and shoving" over the bottle led to one of the off-duty officers being knocked to the ground, and while he was on the ground, he was "punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects."

Another off-duty officer joined with club security to help break up the fight, and "all parties were ejected from the club," police said. The officer knocked to the ground was Roland Butler, according to CSNPhilly.com. He went to a hospital, where he was treated for a cut to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The officer who broke up the fight was also admitted to a hospital, where he received eight stitches over his left eye and was receiving treatment Monday for a possible skull fracture, police said in their statement. A police source told ESPN's Mark Schwarz that one of the officers also suffered an orbital fracture.

Both officers who had been hospitalized have now been released from the hospital.

A third officer, who was not listed in the incident report, has now filed a police report, ESPN has learned. A police source told Schwarz that this could mean the DA is trying to bring one more count, if charges are filed.

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, a police union, told Philly.com that the officers "look like they got the brunt of it."

McNesby spoke to Barr on Monday to detail the extent of physical damage to the officers: "This was an all-out beatdown with broken bones and serious injuries. These officers are hurting. They're in pain. These are serious injuries."

McNesby did not get into details about who instigated the physical confrontation, though he defended the officers.

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Shiloh Keo joined the Broncos in December. 


Broncos safety Shiloh Keo was arrested early Saturday in Idaho on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Denver Post.

Keo, 28, played at the University of Idaho and was a fifth-round pick of the Texans in 2011. He played in Houston from 2011-2014, and joined the Broncos in December after reaching out to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips about a possible spot on the roster.

Wade Phillips@sonofbum
@kaleo10 Keo--Josh was with us in camp and first 4 games-u know how much I think of u--hope that little Keo is doing well
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Shiloh Keo@kaleo10
@sonofbum I hear ya, still the same system tho. Little man is doing great. Keep me in mind tho if things don't pan out
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Keo and Phillips were together in Houston.

In Denver, Keo played in four regular-season games, and his biggest moment came in the divisional round against the Steelers when he recovered a late onside kick to seal the Broncos' victory.

Meanwhile, the team knows about Keo's arrest.

"We are aware of the matter involving Shiloh Keo and are in the process of reviewing it," said Patrick Smyth, the Broncos' vice president of public relations.

Keo could face a possible suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Bart Hernandez, one of the most prominent MLB agents dealing with Cuban ballplayers, has reportedly been indicted on human-trafficking charges for his role in smuggling Leonys Martin into the United States, a source told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Arrested by federal agents Friday morning, Hernandez allegedly conspired with two already-convicted smugglers to illegally bring a Cuban national identified as L.M.T. - Leonys Martin Tapanes, sources told ESPN - into the United States, according to the indictment. Hernandez, who will appear in court Friday, reportedly turned down a pre-indictment plea offer.

In 2012, Martin detailed his harrowing defection process in a countersuit, wherein he alleged that a group of conspirators kept him captive in Mexico and kept his family confined to a Florida house for more than six months after leaving Cuba with intent to extort him once he received a contract from an MLB team.

During that time, Hernandez was effectively appointed as Martin's agent, and helped him negotiate a five-year, $15.5-million contract with the Texas Rangers, but the subsequent suit from Martin claimed he "did not voluntarily agree to have Hernandez represent him or sign any agreement of any nature with (him)."

Martin, who spent parts of the last five seasons with Texas, was traded to the Seattle Mariners in November.

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Dallas police have video surveillance of Johnny Manziel from the night he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, ESPN.com reports.

Although the police department did not announce what is on the video, an ESPN source said it shows an encounter between Manziel, his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley and a valet at the Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. According to an affidavit for a protection order, Crowley said that after arguing with Manziel in his hotel room, the Cleveland Browns quarterback led her down a back stairwell to the valet.

Crowley allegedly told the valet that she was "scared for her life," but the valet said that he didn't know what to do. At which point, Manziel threw her into the passenger seat of the car and they drove away.

Crowley says that Manziel hit her and then threatened to commit suicide while they were en route to Fort Worth.

Police spokesman Maj. Midge Boyle said Saturday that investigators have reviewed medical records provided by Crowley and that they could conclude their domestic violence investigation by next week.

Manziel hasn't been charged, but a judge did issue Crowley a protection order against him.

Police haven't interviewed Manziel, but spoke to several other witnesses. Boyle says police want to have their strongest case against Manziel before speaking to him.

The Browns are expected to release Manziel in March.

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Tennessee offensive lineman Mack Crowder was arrested Tuesday night in Pinellas County, Florida, for allegedly sending sexual pictures to someone posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Crowder faces five charges, one for the use of a computer to solicit a minor and four for sending "four photographs of his sexual organ to the 'minor'," according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

The report also says Crowder repeatedly tried to solicit the 'minor' to engage in sexual acts with him during their conversations, which began on Jan. 21. Eventually, Crowder and the person he was communicating with online agreed to meet at an undisclosed Pinellas location, where he was arrested and charged.

Police say he admitted sending the photos and being aware the person he thought he was communicating with was 14 years old. The report says he was taken to Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The arrest is part of Operation Wayfarer, an ongoing operation by the sheriff's office that "targets adult males that are seeking out underage females on the internet for the purpose of engaging them in sexual activity."

Crowder's bond has been set at $50,000, according to WFLA.

Crowder, 23, started three games for the Volunteers in 2015, his fifth and final season with the team.

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Joseph Randle arrested.......again.


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Joseph Randle was arrested for the third time since the Cowboys cut him in November. 


Joseph Randle, who held a job with the Cowboys not too long ago, finds himself in trouble with the law ... again. On Sunday morning, Randle, who the Cowboys cut in November, was arrested in Kansas. He's been charged with battery, drug possession and criminal damage.

The news was first reported by TMZ Sports and was later confirmed by The Dallas Morning News, which cited court records in its article.

Randle has now been arrested five times in the past 17 months. Sunday's arrest also marks his second arrest this month. From our story on Feb. 1:

Per a report from the Dallas Morning News, Randle showed up at the home of his ex-girlfriend sometime shortly before 3 a.m. hoping to sleep there before driving back to Kansas, where he resides. He was not welcomed into the home and the residents called the police instead. Upon arrival, police ran a warrant check and discovered that Randle was wanted on a speeding charge by police in Coppell, Texas. He was then taken to the Irving Jail and his bail was set at $359.

Randle was also arrested in November after an altercation at a casino. Here's what we wrote at the time:

TMZ reports that Randle was asked to leave the casino because he was inebriated, and on the way out he spit on the floor and assaulted a security officer. Randle was booked on charges of felony criminal threats, misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer, interference with a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, according to KWCH.

His other two arrests stemmed from a shoplifting incident and, allegedly, domestic violence. So, if this story sounds familiar, it's because it should.

Before the 2015 season, Randle infamously declared that ex-Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray left "a lot of meat" on the bone even though he led the league in rushing. Randle rushed for 315 yards in six games this past season. The Cowboys eventually cut him.

Considering his legal history, Randle doesn't appear to have a future in the NFL. Even if he does return, he'll need to serve a four-game suspension first.

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TOKYO - Former Major League Baseball player Yamaico Navarro has been arrested in Japan for concealing a bullet in his luggage.

Navarro was arrested in Okinawa on Sunday evening, national broadcaster NHK reported.

The 28-year-old Navarro told police the bullet was from his home in the Dominican Republic but that he was not aware it was in his bag.

NHK reported that the bullet was discovered in his shoulder bag during a security check for a domestic flight at Okinawa's airport, a violation of Japan's firearms law.

Navarro, who played for several MLB teams including the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, had been participating in a training camp for the Japanese team Lotte Marines in Okinawa.

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lobo316 wrote: WASHINGTON - Mike Richards' lawyer says the Washington Capitals center will not appear in Manitoba Court on Thursday, as his trial on the charge of possession of a controlled substance has been adjourned to Feb. 25.

Toronto-based lawyer David M. Humphrey said in an email to The Associated Press that government officials asked to push back Richards' court date because it is awaiting the results of an investigation that was requested by the defense.

Richards was arrested when Canada Border Services Agency at the North Dakota-Canadian border caught him with a controlled substance crossing into Emerson, Manitoba, on June 17. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged Richards in August.

The 30-year-old from Kenora, Ontario, signed a $1 million, one-year deal with the Capitals in early January to resume his NHL career.



Drug charges against Washington Capitals forward Mike Richards were stayed by a Manitoba judge Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The ruling means the prosecution won't move forward with the case, though the charges can be brought back within o