Archive | February 16, 2009

Another felony gun charge

February 16, 2009

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** UPDATE: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11462368/rss

Lynch has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and been sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years of probation.

Source: http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090220.wsptlynch19/GSStory/GlobeSportsFootball/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090220.wsptlynch19

 

** UPDATE: Lynch has now been charged with three gun related misdemeanours (possessing a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm) but police have not pressed any drug charges in relation to the marijuana cigarettes also allegedly found in the car.

 

 

 

On a similar note, Marshawn Lynch (running back for the Buffalo Bills) has also been arrested on felony gun charges, this time in Culver City in California. Lynch was allegedly sitting in a parked car with two other men carrying a loaded firearm. Sports Network, who carried the story, are unclear though on the exact facts regarding whether Lynch has a licence to carry a firearm.

 

Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications released a statement stating: ”We can confirm that Marshawn was arrested in California and has retained an attorney. We are in the process of trying to gather the facts and will not offer a comment while that process is ongoing.”

 

Source: http://www.bnd.com/sports/football/story/656772.html

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Safety first

February 16, 2009

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ESPN Reports that: Plaxico Burress (New York Giants Wide Receiver) is facing two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for carrying a loaded .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol in a New York nightclub. Although Burress apparently had a permit to carry such a weapon in Florida, the expired licence did not automatically apply in New York, and if convicted on the 31st March, Burress could potentially face a mandatory minimum of 3 ½ years in prison.

The incident happened while Burress was partying the night away at the Latin Quarter (a nightclub and restaurant in the Radisson Lexington Hotel in Manhatten). Apparently, the unholstered gun was tucked into the waistband of his sweatpants when it slipped. Burrell is alleged to have grabbed for it, accidentally hitting the trigger in the process which resulted in Burrell shooting himself in the right thigh! Luckily, no other person was injured. The Giants subsequently suspended Burress for the final four games of the season, costing the player an estimated $2 million in income, though the NFL players’ union has filed two grievances and this has now gone to arbitration.

The Associated Press also report that, “since Burress joined the NFL in 2000, he has been sued at least nine times by people who said he failed to pay a debt, damaged their car or didn’t pay his taxes. In addition to fines for reckless driving, noise and public intoxication, and speeding”

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3895217&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines ; http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2008/11/new_york_giants_wr_plaxico_bur.html ; http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2009/02/12/2009-02-12_agent_plaxico_burress_in_very_difficult_-1.html

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AIDS phobia!

February 16, 2009

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ESPN report that: Ilya Dall, the ex-girlfriend of Roberto Alomar (former All-Star second baseman) has filed a lawsuit against the Alomar alleging that he insisted on having unprotected sex with her for four years despite having AIDS. Although Dall has not tested positive for either HIV or AIDS, she is seeking at least $15 million in damages because she is afraid that she may contract it, possibly, maybe, sometime in the future!

Dall apparently claims that Alomar tested positive for HIV after a test in February 2006, but this has not been confirmed. Indeed, Alomar denies the accusations as being filled with lies, and his father told ESPN that Roberto is not ill.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3900719&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines ; http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/17182/roberto_alomar_sued_for_allegedly_having_aids,_unprotected_sex_with_girlfriend; http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/02/11/alomar.lawsuit.ap/index.html

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Jason Richardson arrested for Speeding

February 16, 2009

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ESPN report that: Jason Richardson (Guard for Phoenix Suns Basketball Team) was arrested Sunday night in Scottsdale, Arizona and charged with reckless driving, excessive speeding and failure to use a child seat for his 3 year old son, who was in the back seat of the car.

Richardson allegedly was driving at 67mph in a 40 mph zone, although police sources say this later increased to 90mph in a 35mph zone, before he was pulled over by officers.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3910921&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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Ok maybe it shouldnt be if you are old enough, you are good enough!

February 16, 2009

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ESPN Reports that: Elgin Baylor (former Los Angeles Clippers General Manager) has sued the franchise, the NBA and Donald Sterling (Team Owner) alleging employment discrimination following his dismissal last year, after 22 years with the team.

The lawsuit maintains that Baylor was “discriminated against and unceremoniously released from his position with the team on account of his age and his race” and that he was “grossly underpaid during his tenure with the Clippers, never earning more than $350,000 per year, when compared with the compensation scheme for general managers employed by every other team in the NBA.”

The Clippers attorney said that he could not comment on the specific allegations as he had not seen them, but he added that Baylor had never made any of these claims of unfair treatment before his departure.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3901091&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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Bond’s Trial Update

February 16, 2009

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More developments have been reported in the trial of Barry Bonds (7 times winner of Baseball’s Most Valuable Player Award). Bonds was implicated in the BALCO Scandal and subsequently indicted on 10 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice following his grand jury testimony in 2003, where he denied receiving any steroid injections. The trial is due to start on March 2nd.

The latest news following last week’s controversy over whether Bond’s positive drug tests could be admitted as evidence (the government also laid out a series of positive tests from 2000 and 2001 that it hopes to enter as evidence. The positive test results, as well as doping calendars and drug ledgers, were discussed at an evidentiary hearing last week. Illston indicated she was likely to rule in favor of the defense, suggesting the evidence was mostly hearsay because it stemmed from material collected by Anderson).

is that the government has now released a list of 39 potential witnesses who are expected to testify that they either watched Bond’s receive steroid injections from his personal trainer (Greg Anderson), or that he discussed this matter with them. Anderson is also expected to be called to the stand, however the last time this happened, Anderson ended up spending 13 months in prison on contempt charges.

The next development should happen on Tuesday where the Judge will release her preliminary findings on the admissibility (or otherwise) of the evidence.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3906484&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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6-OXO contains steroids

February 16, 2009

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ESPN reports that: JC Romero (pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball team) has tested positive for androstenedione (an anabolic steroid). The substance was contained in an over-the-counter supplement called 6-OXO.

An arbitration panel of Major League Baseball (MLB) has now suspended JC for the first 50 games of this season for “negligence” in not checking out the supplement with their toll-free drug hotline run by the National Center for Drug-Free Sport. JC feels particularly hard done by as he maintains that he was not aware of the existence of the hotline until after he tested positive for the violation, despite efforts from MLB to bring it to player’s attentions.

“It’s for you guys to decide what negligence means,” Romero said. “But I [asked] my nutritionist and my strength coach I’ve been working with. I took my supplements to another person to make sure the label didn’t have anything that … had any kind of banned substance.”

Since JC’s violation, the MLBPA Players union has sent a memo to all baseball players warning them that the supplement would cause them to test positive for the steroid.

Although the suspension will cost Romero $1.25 million in salary, before you start feeling too sorry, just consider that 6-oxo is advertised as a ‘legal testosterone-booster’ and was apparently designed by Patrick Arnold (the same chemist who designed THG and was implicated in the BALCO scandal). Surely these two facts should have set alarm bells ringing?

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/news/story?id=3907318&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines ; http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3813666

 

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