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…Can a guy get a lap dance? Bryant McKinnie evidently could. A lawsuit was originally filed against McKinnie for $375k in unpaid lap dances and at the time McKinnie said the entire lawsuit was bogus. It couldn’t have been that bogus, because a settlement was reached and McKinnie was ordered to pay $150k in unpaid lap dances. Re-Tox.com has the details. Turns out Bryant McKinnie‘s infamous $375,000 strip club bill wasn’t as “bogus” as he said it was; the 350-pound offensive tackle has finally agreed to pay for a massive chunk of the alleged debt, roughly 4,000 lap dances worth, aka $150,000. According to new court documents, McKinnie recently struck a settlement agreement with Trick Daddy‘s father Charles “Pops” Young after Young sued McKinnie for $375,000 in 2012. Young claimed McKinnie ran up the bill over a 20-month period at two of his strip clubs, including the Miami staple King of Diamonds. According to Young, McKinnie promised to pay the bill back in 2010, but never did. That is a whole lot of lap dances, when did McKinnie have time to practice? McKinnie is currently a free agent and will need to find a team soon to pay off the rest of his debt. Thanks to wwwblacksportsonline.com for this tidbit.

…A University of California, Berkeley law school graduate was sentenced to probation on Monday for beheading an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino in 2012. Justin Teixeira received the four years of probation after completing a prison boot camp program that consisted of 190 days of counseling, educational and physical training programs, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. His sentence also includes 16 hours a month of unpaid work at an animal shelter. Teixeira pleaded guilty to the felony last year for decapitating a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat. Thanks to his deal, the crime will be reduced to a gross misdemeanor, as long as his successfully completes his probation.
Two other law school students reportedly took plea deals in the case. Both men served two days in jail and were fined, according to the Review-Journal.

…The Crown casino in Australia is going after a high roller for allegedly stiffing the house on a massive gambling debt of $6.8 million, according to the Herald Sun. The casino said that a 13-day gambling binge left the high roller, Zhao Li, with the debt, but that he neglected or refused to pay it despite “repeated requests” by Crown. According to Crown, back in October they granted him $13 million in credit. Crown Resorts, which is owned by billionaire James Packer, might want some of that money back as it looks to invest in properties in the United States and in Sri Lanka.

…Poker player Illya Trincher has received prison time for his role in an illegal gambling operation with alleged links to Russian organized crime. According to a FBI press release, Trincher was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement “in connection with his leadership role” in the operation of a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business. Trincher was also ordered to forfeit about $6.4 million. Trincher helped operate and lead a nationwide illegal gambling business in New York City and Los Angeles that catered primarily to wealthy clients. The FBI said that as part of this business the organization ran a high-stakes, illegal sportsbook that booked bets that were sometimes a million dollars on a single sporting event. Trincher pleaded guilty to gambling charges on Nov. 15, 2013. The indictment, which targeted dozens of individuals, has resulted in 29 guilty pleas so far. Two have entered into deferred prosecution agreements.

…Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda both came down with food poisoning over the weekend at Citi Field, and both said Tuesday that they believe a hamburger from Shake Shack was the cause. Sandberg told reporters in Philadelphia that he lost 6 pounds in two days. “A couple of coaches took a bite and didn’t like what they saw and threw the rest away,” Sandberg said. “I was in a rush so I ended up putting it away. “I had one piece of toast in two days, and I’m feeling fine about that. I don’t want anything in my stomach.” Duda was hospitalized Friday afternoon and later blamed an undercooked hamburger. He confirmed Tuesday at Yankee Stadium that the burger also came from Shake Shack. “I think it was undercooked,” Duda said Tuesday. Duda missed Friday night’s game against the Phillies but was able to return to the Mets’ lineup Saturday and has played every game since then. A Mets official said the team is investigating the matter.

…Texas Rangers second basemen Rougned Odor had a peculiar thing happen to him during Monday night’s game in Houston. In the bottom of the sixth, Astros slugger Matt Dominguez smashed a groundball Odor’s way that somehow managed to get lost inside Odor’s jersey. Dominguez sprinted safely to first base while Odor tried in vain to retrieve the ball in time. The official scorekeeper awarded Dominguez a base hit as opposed to giving Odor an error. Texas won the game, 4-0.

…Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling, believes her husband has dementia. She revealed this thought in an interview Tuesday morning on The Today Show. “I felt bad for him,” she said in reference to the inflammatory interview her husband appeared in on CNN on Monday. “Because he’s not the man I know. Or I knew. There’s something wrong.”
When asked by Savannah Guthrie what was wrong with him Mrs. Sterling added, “I really think personally he has dementia.” If she really believes that she just gave the NBA a great reason to force a sale of his team without even dealing with the trumped up racism charge.

…Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy faces misdemeanor charges of communicating threats and assault on a female after he was arrested on Tuesday in an incident involving his girlfriend, according to a report from WSOCTV.com. According to the Charlotte Observer, officers responded to a call around 4:18 a.m. Tuesday morning. A woman, who said she and Hardy had been in a relationship since September, said she had been physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy, according to the statement. “We are very disappointed to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for all parties as we continue to investigate,” the Panthers said in a statement.

…The Dolphins fined and suspended strong safety Don Jones on Sunday night following tweets he posted earlier in the weekend about Michael Sam being drafted by an NFL team. Sam, the first openly gay college football player, was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, effectively making him the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. Following the news, Jones tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible” when Sam was seen on ESPN kissing his boyfriend in celebration of being drafted. The tweets were subsequently deleted and his account was made private. Jones is suspended from all team activities “until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft,” according to a statement the team issued Sunday night following the suspension.

…Tim Danielson, who was the second American high school student to run a sub-four minute mile, has been convicted of the 2011 murder of his ex-wife, according to a report from the Times of San Diego. Danielson, 66, shot his ex-wife Ming Qi six times in 2011 after they became involved in an argument over a man she was dating. He reportedly later attempted to commit suicide by ingesting carbon monoxide from a gas-run generator, but he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy after he sent an email to a relative admitting his crime and his suicide plans. In 1966, Danielson ran a 3:59.4 mile at a track meet in San Diego, a feat which only Jim Ryun had previously accomplished. He went on to compete at Brigham Young University but never again bested his four-minute mark.

…Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema said he is quitting football and plans to try boxing or ultimate fighting. Muema mysteriously disappeared during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February without participating in any of the workouts, only to resurface days later at an airport. Muema said that God told him to leave the combine and that he would play for the world champion Seattle Seahawks if he skipped the combine. “I don’t like being a slave to money or coaches,” Muema said, via ESPN.com. “I prefer an individual sport.” The former Aztec said he went on vacation during last week’s NFL draft and didn’t answer his phone or check his voicemail. He was not selected during the draft.

…Rutgers has dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football program, the school announced on Tuesday. “The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” coach Kyle Flood said in a press release. Nelson was charged with first- and third-degree assault after allegedly kicking a former Minnesota State-Mankato football player in the head at least once outside of a bar in Mankato, Minn., last weekend. A complaint obtained by NJ.com indicated that police who viewed footage of the incident said Kolstad, the victim of the alleged assault, struck Nelson before being punched by an unknown suspect. Police said Kolstad collapsed and lay on the pavement, defenseless, as Nelson allegedly kicked him. Kolstad, 24, suffered permanent brain damage and is in critical condition, according to his father. Nelson posted bond and left jail on Monday evening.

…Never one to shy away from controversial comments, NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley took the opportunity on Sunday night to address the criticism he’s received in light of on-air comments he made last week about obese women in San Antonio. Barkley had said on the nationally televised broadcast last week that San Antonio is a “gold mine for weight-watchers,” that there are “some big ol’ women down there” and “Victoria is definitely a secret [in San Antonio] … they can’t wear no Victoria’s Secret down there.” Activists groups including the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance called for his immediate apology, but on Sunday night, Barkley said flat out, “that’s not going to happen.” “I’m just gonna have fun on TV. You know I’m joking … some of you people don’t like my sense of humor. Here’s what I gotta say. Turn off your damn television. I’m not gonna change.”

…Major League Baseball is expected to review an incident in which umpire Paul Nauert put his hand on Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter during last night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Tom Gage and Tony Paul of The Detroit News. Orioles pitcher Bud Norris served up a two-run homer to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. Norris then hit Hunter in the ribs with a 94 mph fastball on the very next pitch, causing both benches to clear. Norris was subsequently ejected. Yelling ensued and during the incident, Nauert put his hand on Hunter’s face as he started shouting at the Orioles dugout. “That’s my guy,” Hunter said of Nauert. “He was trying to cover my mouth. I’ve known him too long [to be upset]. He was just saying to me, ‘C’mon, T. You’re way better than that.’ And he’s right. I apologize to the fans for my reaction.”

…Wow! Kerr says “No” to Phil Jackson! Steve Kerr has spurned the New York Knicks and accepted a five-year, $25 million offer to become the Golden State Warriors’ next coach. Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum, confirmed the deal Wednesday night. TNT first reported Kerr’s decision to join Golden State. A source close to Kerr said the draw of working close to his San Diego home factored heavily into his decision. Another league source with knowledge of the negotiations said the Knicks preferred to sign Kerr to a four-year deal rather than the five-year pact he received from Golden State. Multiple sources said Kerr told new Knicks president Phil Jackson he chose the Warriors for family reasons. Sources also said that Kerr preferred the Warriors’ job to the Knicks’ job all along, but it was a difficult decision because of his relationship with Jackson.

… Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy was released from jail Wednesday following a domestic violence charge in a case in which both he and his girlfriend claim the other was the aggressor. Mecklenburg County District Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin released Hardy on a bond set at $15,000 for assault and $2,000 for threats. She also ordered the Pro Bowl defensive end to have no contact with the woman, identified as 24-year-old Nicole Holder. Tin also ordered Hardy to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous classes a week, noting that both parties were intoxicated at the time of the incident, which occurred after 4 a.m. ET Tuesday. Holder filed a restraining order against Hardy on Wednesday. In the complaint, she accused Hardy of throwing her onto a couch covered with “assault rifles and/or shotguns.”

…Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash was arrested early Saturday morning in Iowa after leading police on a drunken scooter chase and being shot with a Taser. Sash, who played two seasons with the Giants, was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts by police in Oskaloosa, Iowa. According to multiple reports, police spotted Sash at approximately 1:30 a.m. riding a motorized scooter with its lights off and asked him to stop. Sash, however, reportedly refused on multiple occasions, leading police on a four-block chase before leaving the scooter and fleeing on foot. Police eventually found Sash hiding behind a tree and, after the 25-year-old refused to come out, shot him with a Taser. Sash declined a field sobriety test but admitted to drinking and was taken to Mahaska County Jail.

..Reche Caldwell was arrested for the second time this year, and this one’s a dozzy. According to TMZ, Caldwell – who played six years in the NFL with three teams, most recently the Patriots in 2007 – was busted with nearly five pounds of MDMA, which they claim has a street value of $179,200. Caldwell must be having a hard time finding work now that his career is over. In January, he was arrested for being one of the ringleaders in an illegal gambling ring.

…Wes Welker made headlines for this photo of him handing out $100 bills to strangers after hitting it big at the Kentucky Derby. Now, the racetrack, Churchill Downs, is demanding Welker return some of his winnings after the track claims it overpaid the NFL wide receiver by nearly $15,000. According to TMZ Sports, Welker won multiple bets on May 3 and sent a friend to pick up his winnings. This is when that person was reportedly given $57,193.90 at the cashier’s window. The only problem is that there was apparently a computer malfunction compounded by human error. This all adds up to an overpayment of approximately $14,858.55. A representative for Churchill Downs said they sent a letter to Welker as soon as they realized the mistake and asked for the money back. Thus far, Welker has yet to return the money, however, as TMZ Sports points out, he probably will eventually. With that being said, the track might have been better off to let the whole ordeal go, as the publicity gained from Welker’s iconic photo is likely worth way more than the $15,000 itself.

…NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis admits he made a mistake late last season. Now it’s going to cost him — four games and four paychecks. The Colts’ career sacks leader was suspended Friday by the NFL after violating the league’s ban on performance-enhancing substances. The linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He acknowledged that he and his wife are expecting a baby. Mathis will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 29, following the team’s Sept. 28 game against the Tennessee Titans.
Mathis released a statement Friday detailing his explanation for the positive test: “It is difficult for me to address the circumstances surrounding this suspension because they involve very personal medical information, but it is very important to me that my fans, particularly young people, understand what did and did not occur. Like many families, my wife and I faced fertility challenges, and I sought medical assistance. I specifically asked the doctor if the medication he prescribed for me would present a problem for NFL drug testing, and unfortunately, he incorrectly told me that it would not. I made the mistake of not calling the NFL or NFLPA to double-check before I took the medication at the end of last season.”

…Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy surrendered an assortment of guns to police on Friday, a day after a judge ordered him to turn over all firearms and weapons as an amendment to his bond for domestic violence charges. The surrendered items were assault weapons and shotguns. Officials from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said all the guns are legal under North Carolina statutes. In North Carolina, a license is not needed to own a gun, only a permit to purchase and carry a concealed weapon, and that information is protected by state law. The amendment for the weapons was made by Mecklenburg County District Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin, who set Hardy’s bond on Wednesday at $15,000 for assault and $2,000 for threats. Hardy was arrested on Tuesday and charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident with 24-year-old Nicole Holder, a woman with whom he’s had a relationship since September. Holder said in the arrest warrant that Hardy threw her on a couch with 25 to 30 firearms on it, “AK-47s, automatic looking weapons shotguns, rifles and pistols.” “Some are permitted and some are not,” she said in the statement. The weapons turned over by Hardy were, according to police: a Tavor SAR, L1A1 Sporter, POF P-415, ISSC MK-22, SSAR SBS, ISSC MK-22, Highlander, Century Arms Inc. AK 149, Mossberg 590, and Benelli M-4.

…Could you play professional baseball at 55 years old? Julio Franco thinks he can. The three-time All-Star and 1991 American League batting champion with the Rangers has agreed to join the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League as a player-coach during the club’s first homestand. Franco’s first game is scheduled for Tuesday, and the homestand runs through the following Wednesday, May 28. He played parts of 23 seasons in the big leagues before ending his career at 49 years old. He was an All-Star MVP for the Rangers in 1990 and played for the Phillies, Indians, White Sox, Brewers, Rays, Braves and Mets in addition to Texas.

…Six of the men left standing in the infamous Borgata poker tournament that was canceled have filed suit against the casino, claiming that it didn’t do a good enough job to monitor the event and that the compensenation to the 27 who were still alive was inadequare. This is according to Press of Atlantic City. Duane Haughton, Michael Sneideman, Cuong Tran, Cuong Phung, Alvin Vatanavan and Christopher Korres filed the suit Tuesday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Their suit is the second stemming from the incident. In February, thousands of players who entered the event sued, alleging fraud and negligence on behalf of the Borgata. In April, it was announced that the final 27 in the event were going to be paid $19,323 each. They were basically paid a little better than 10th place money. The top prize was $372,123. Interestingly, none of the aforementioned six were within the top 10 in chips when the event was canceled. Korres was actually the second shortest stack. Twenty-seventh place was set to earn $8,140. According to the report, the suit from the six requests $33,756.44 each. Buy-in refunds for 2,143 players were also part of the decision. The buy-in was $500+$60 and 4,814 total players entered.





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