Word is that the Knicks are close to signing a deal with Lamar Odom. Sources say that the contract could be signed as early as this week. He’d be added to the roster immediately and the contract would include an unguaranteed second year for next season.
The team reportedly wants to use the off season to get Lamar to the point where he’d be a great asset to the team. Source
Didn’t he just hurt himself forcing him to leave an international team? Oh well, alls I can say is good luck at this point.
Update: Lamar Officially Signs With The Knicks
Lamar Odom will join the New York Knicks for the remainder of the NBA season, Phil Jackson announced yesterday.
Lamar has played for Phil in the past when he was a member of the LA Lker championship teams of 2009 and 2010. Source
Lamar Odom has officially quit the Spanish basketball team Baskonia after suffering an injury.
a spokesman for Laboral Kutxa tells Us in a statement: “The tests carried out in New York by Lamar Odom’s trusted medical team, with the knowledge of the club, have shown that the player is suffering from lumbar radiculitis, which could keep him out of action for up to two months,”. “The player therefore terminates his current contractual relationship with the club. The north American pivot will complete his recovery in the United States.
“Baskonia hopes Lamar Odom’s recuperation process goes well and it leaves open the possibility of renewing its relationship with the player once his injury has healed,” the statement continues. “Baskonia would like to thank the player’s involvement during the time he has been in Vitoria and leaves open the possibility of renewing the relationship depending on how his injury evolves in the coming months.” Source
So now what? Back to drunk youtube freestyles and freebasin’ in hotels?
Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player to get signed to the Brooklyn Nets a few weeks ago. He was initially on a 10-Day contract. But this weekend he got news that he’d been signed for the rest of the season.
“It’s cool. Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I’m glad to continue to be here,” Collins said. Source
Jason Collins game out of the closet back in april. At the time he was a free agent, but The Brooklyn Nets have decided to sign him…to a 10-day contract.
The Nets tweeted a picture of Jason Collins signing the contract and released this statement:
“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision. We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract. Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team. Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment.” Source
I was callin the Nets all types of shady for the 10-day contract thing but apparently its valid. In that case, congrats?
Lamar Odom is set to make his basketball comeback in Spain after not paying for a year.
He reached an agreement with Laboral Kutxa for a two-month contract, which includes an option to extend the deal for the remainder of the season to fill a roster spot that opened up because of injury.
“We’re very happy to have signed a very important player who has had a long and fruitful career in the NBA,” Laboral Kutxa president Josean Querejeta said in a statement.
“We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of days to make this happen, we felt we needed a boost and had to break the collective cloud that has been hanging over us over the last while so we could get back to winning.” Source
Um, they do know that he has a shady past with the crack cocaine, no?
Michael Sam, a recent graduate of University of Missouri graduate and early draft prospect, has come out as gay.
He said “I knew at the time that this can happen anywhere. If my team can support me, any team can support me.” Sam also made it clear that he didn’t want “to be defined as a gay athlete. I want to be defined for being a great person [with] great character.” He added “I may be the first, but I won’t be the last.”
When asked how he feels about possibly being the first openly gay player in the NFL, Sam said “I don’t really look at it that way. I’m Michael Sam and I’m a football player. I want to be a football player in the NFL. I understand that this is a big deal, but I know what I want to be and I want to play in the NFL.” Source
I admire him for being brave enough to come out while being a part of an industry that is not particularly welcoming to gays. Do you think that he’ll be drafted now that the news is out?
Jay-Z has just signed New York Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia, to his Roc Nation Sports agency.
“CC exemplifies everything Roc Nation looks for in an athlete and a partner,” Roc Nation Sports president Juan Perez said in a statement. Source
The next time I’m up at 4am planning my international takeover and someone tells me to go to bed, I’m going to reference folks like Jay, Bey and Diddy and say, “Those muthas clearly don’t sleep either. And you see how far it’s taken them.”
Baseball player, Alex Rodriguez, has been suspended for the entire 2014 baseball season. The decision comes down as he’s being investigated for steroid use.
“It’s virtually impossible. The arbitration will stand. I think it’s almost inconceivable that a federal court would overturn it,” said former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, a graduate of Yale Law School. “The arbitration is itself an appeal from the commissioner’s judgment. How many appeals do you go?”
He also posted a pic of him standing next to Jay-Z and his pastor, Carl Lentz, of Hillsong Church.
Before signing his deal he was recently baptized at Hillsong.
This Sunday, he visited the church to talk about his decision to go through with the baptism with Pastor Carl Lentz, as well as why he chose that particular church.
When I came out of the water, I just felt different. Basketball is so important to me and I carry that emotion with me all of the time and before that I would be so mad at the smallest things. My coaches, my teammates, my fans. After that, I was just so positive. Showing God his grace… Source
Bey has added a bunch of new tour dates in Latin America that will extend her tour through September. There are also some new US stops that start after Thanksgiving and run until almost Christmas.
Peep the new tour dates below:
Sep-8 – Fortaleza, Brazil – Arena Castelao – On Sale Thurs. Jul. 11
Sep-11 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Mineirao Stadium – On Sale Sat. Jul .20
Sep-13 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio – SOLD OUT
Sep-15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium – On Sale Sat. Jun. 29
Sep-17 – Brasilia, Brazil – Estadio Nacional – On Sale Wed. Jul. 3
Sep-20 – Caracas, Venezuela – Universidad Simon Bolivar – On Sale Sat. Jun. 29
Sep-26 – Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportes – On Sale Wed. Jul. 10
Sep-28 – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coliseo de Puerto Rico – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Added North American Tour Dates
Nov-30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena – On Sale Mon. Jul. 8
Dec-2 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-3 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-6 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-7 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-9 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-13 – Chicago, IL – United Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-16 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre – On Sale Mon. Jul. 8
Dec-18 – Washington DC – Verizon Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Dec-20 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – On Sale Mon. Jul. 1
Ron Berkowitz, Roc Nation Sports spokesman, told ESPN that, as of this week, Jay-Z is now certified as a sports agent with the National Basketball Players Association, alongside Roc President, Juan Perez.
As soon as Jay sells off his tiny share of the Nets he can represent NBA players.
The first NBA player expected to sign is Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Source
Must be nice. I hear money makes the world go ‘round.
Bey’s next album isn’t even close to finished. Ne-Yo, who’s writing and producing on the album, said that Bey’s still trying to figure out what they want the album to be.
He said, “I’m still putting stuff together for Beyonce’s album. They’re still trying to figure out what they want that to be, which I’m not mad at. Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.” Source
He’s right, her stans are loyal to a fault. And the rest of us don’t really care.
Singer/songwriter Akon, is expanding his interests to cars. He’s formed Akon Motor Sports and has signed race car driver Joe Henderson III to lead his Akon Motor Sports team.
Akon said, “I got into motor sports because I’ve always had a love for cars. Cars were always something that gave me that excitement and that rush for life. That was what really motivated me to get into motor sports.
“Akon Motor Sports is bringing forth the best driver you have ever seen in your life,” said Akon. “That’s right. I’m representing Joe Henderson III with a bang. Make sure you check him out.” Source
I never knock the hustle. I don’t understand it sometimes, but I never knock it.
Jay Z is under investigation by the NFLPA for violating runner rules after Roc Nation Sports signed NY Jets Geno Smith.
Geno had posted pics of him and Jay looking like they were signing contracts together. Then defensive tackle John Thornton said, “I was in those meetings and Jay-Z connected with [Geno] on many levels.”
The issue is that Hay isn’t an NFLPA certified agent and as a runner, he’s not allowed to be in on meetings with potential signees. Source
This is an example of when Instagram goes wrong, very wrong.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports has already signed Robinson Cano of the Yankees and Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. Now he’s adding Jets rookie Geno Smith to his roster.
Geno said, “I think it’s just [Jay-Z's] agency. When you talk about being in New York, from a standpoint of what they can do in the city, the connections that they have, I think it’s a good move. My mother and my family is comfortable with it, I’m comfortable with it. I’m just going to move on from there, not let it be a big deal, remain humble and keep focusing on football.”
Tennis rising star, Sloan Stephens, beat her mentor, Serena Williams last January in the Australian Open and she says Serena has abandoned her.
She says in ESPN magazine, “She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia. And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.
“Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?” Source
Uhhhh, who thought Serena was friendly? Not I…not you…not anyone.
Former NFL player, Terrell Owens, has unsuccessfully over the past few years tried to return to football with no success. So he’s trying his hand at another sport, bowling.
He played this week at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and got scores of 185, 129 and 161 in three games.
He said, “The first game went pretty well. I’m still new to this, so when I saw some of the guys switching balls, I felt I should switch, too. I probably should have stayed with the same ball. I ended up going back to the first ball I used and made some other minor adjustments with my feet and eyes.” Source
Good for him, but my mother-in-law, whose knees are shot to holy hell, can score that in her sleep. But good luck with that T.O. I won’t sh!t on a man who’s just trying to get them checks. (OK…maybe just a little)
Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics is the first professional male athlete to come out as gay. He tells us his story in his own words in the May 6th issue of Sports Illustrated where he says, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
Read the full story below:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.
I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.
Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.
Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I’m a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.
The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. “I’ve known you were gay for years,” she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.
When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.
I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”
Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know – I baked for 33 years.
The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.
No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.
Believe it or not, my family has had bigger shocks. Strange as it seems today, my parents expected only one child in 1978. Me. When I came out (for the first time) the doctors congratulated my mother on her healthy, seven-pound, one-ounce baby boy. “Wait!” said a nurse. “Here comes another one!” The other one, who arrived eight minutes later and three ounces heavier, was Jarron. He’s followed me ever since, to Stanford and to the NBA, and as the ever-so-slightly older brother I’ve looked out for him.
I had a happy childhood in the suburbs of L.A. My parents instilled in us an appreciation of history, art and, most important, Motown. Jarron and I weren’t allowed to listen to rap until we were 12. After our birthday I dashed to Target and bought DJ Quik’s album Quik Is the Name. I memorized every line. It was around this time that I began noticing subtle differences between Jarron and me. Our twinness was no longer synchronized. I couldn’t identify with his attraction to girls.
I feel blessed that I recognized my own attractions. Though I resisted my impulses through high school, I knew that when I was ready I had someone to turn to: my uncle Mark in New York. I knew we could talk without judgment, and we did last summer. Uncle Mark is gay. He and his partner have been in a stable relationship forever. For a confused young boy, I can think of no better role model of love and compassion.
I didn’t come out to my brother until last summer. His reaction to my breakfast revelation was radically different from Aunt Teri’s. He was downright astounded. He never suspected. So much for twin telepathy. But by dinner that night, he was full of brotherly love. For the first time in our lives, he wanted to step in and protect me.
Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon during the Lakers agaim against the Golden State Warriors.
“Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon,” the team said. “The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months.”
Kobe posted on Twitter:
“This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??
“I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me.”
This is the 16th season in the league for the 34-year-old Kobe. Source
John Mayer and Katy Perry have broken up again according to People.
A source said, “It’s sad. It’s not over until it’s over. You have to see how things play out.” Another source blamed the couple’s busy schedules, saying, “She’s leaving the window open. They have both been so focused on work.” Source
He must have a magic stick. Because I can’t really get why hot chicks are falling over themselves to get all monogamous with him.
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The LA Lakers should probably just quit now. They’re not having the best season to start with. And now that Kobe is hurt it’s only going to get worse. Kobe sprained his ankle during Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, a game that the Lakers lost.
After the game, Kobe said refs should protect shooters better.
He said, “As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players. That’s dangerous for the shooter.”
Since Kobe has already started trying to get better, He tweeted: “Compression. Ice. Django. Zero Dark Thirty. This is Forty and 1 hour of sleep. #countonwill #countonhaters. On to the next.”
Reggie Bush has signed a 4 year contract with the Detroit Lions. The Lions also got former Houston Texans safety Glover Quin, cornerback Chris Houston and former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jason Jones on Wednesday. Source
Alicia’s husband, Swizz Beatz has landed an endorsement deal with Monster Cable Products. This is the same company that produced the successful line of headphones called Beets by Dre.
Swizz purchased a co-ownership stake in Monster and will be taking on an integral role in designing the company’s strategy, planning and global partnerships.
He said, “Monster has always been a go-to name for music electronics as well as a big part of music culture.
“Under the leadership of Noel Lee, who is a true genius, the company has literally been changing the way people listen to music for over 30 years. They built an empire, and my job will be to push the envelope – turn the lights of the castle up really bright and help Monster take its next big step forward. There will be some very exciting things happening in the year ahead, so stay tuned!” Source
I wonder how much money Dre made in the four years he worked with them?
Baltimore was pretty much stuntin’ on San Fran for the entire first half of the game. But after Beyonce’s halftime performance literally set the nation afire (and Jesus as well for that matter), it was too much for the stadium to handle and the lights went out. I say, THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. For 35 the game was stalled as we all waited to find out what the friggin problem was. I took the opportunity to clean up my kitchen and finish off a bottle of mango rum (great idea…mistake…respectively).
When the lights came back on San Fran started actually doing something on the field. The blackout musta gave them a few minutes to get hyphy on the sidelines. I’m calling conspiracy.
Anyway, it didn’t matter at the end of the day because Balitmore pulled it out in the end. Ray Lewis got to go out on a high note. And this Beyonce foolishness is OVAH! (Praise God.)
But there’s still a few unanswered questions:
-What really happened to the lights? (saying it was a power glitch isn’t good enough for me).
-Who really is Kapernick’s black daddy?
-Why wasn’t Princess Blue Ivy a part of the half time show? I was so expecting that chubby lumpkins to come flying out of the stage floor. But no, that didn’t happen AT ALL.
At a press conference to promot her Super Bowl halftime show, bey opened by singing the National Anthem. She then welcomed questions and the first question, obvi, was whether or not she lip synced the national anthem at the President’s inauguration.
She answered, “I am a perfectionist. And one thing about me: I practice ’till my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra it was a live television show… Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check… I did not feel comfortable singing live.”
Beyonce said she sang along to her own voice on a “prerecorded track.”
She said for the Super Bowl she will “absolutely be singing live.”
I already told yall how I feel about it. I could give a quadroon of a fu@k whether she sang live or not. But at least she’s being upfront and honest with those of you who do. Sidebar, that dress is too short. The end.
There were rumors yesterday that Beyonce was acting like a reall diva/C U Next Tuesdays with the Super Bowl organizers. Word was that she was creating a problem with her crazy rider and backstage demands.
But the NFL says it ain’t so.
An NFL spokesperson says the reports are “pure pulp fiction” … and working with Beyonce has been nothing short of a pleasure.
“Beyonce and her team have been great to work with throughout this process. We have enjoyed her creativity, vision and spirit in putting on a great show that is truly a Super Bowl performance.” Source
What’s the point of being a super star if you can’t have a ridiculous rider? Don’t let me EVER be famous for ANYTHING…EVER! Because I plan to be extra ignorant.
Reports are saying that the Destiny’s Child reunion that was supposed to happen at this year’s super bowl isn’t going to happen anymore and that Bey will be performing alone.
A source said, “We all expected Destiny’s Child’s new single ‘Nuclear’ to take off, and that [they would] perform it at the Super Bowl. But it didn’t and so [Beyonce's team] is regrouping. Kelly and Michelle will not be a part of the show.”
It is being said that “conflicting schedules” is the reason for the change. Source
I’m sorry but that ‘conflicting schedules’ excuse isn’t going to fly. There’s nothing that Kelly and Michelle could be doing that would warrant them missing the opportunity to perform in front of that many viewers…nothing.
Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong is all people have been talking about today. Lance finally admitted to using performance enhancing drugs while competing in the Tour Du France. He said that he used EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and other banned substances during his career.
He pretty much said it wasn’t his fault. “I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture, and that’s my mistake, and that’s what I have to be sorry for, and that’s what something and the sport is now paying the price because of that,” he added. “So I am sorry for that. I don’t think — I didn’t have access to anything else that nobody else did.
He said, “I had this exercise because I kept hearing I’m a drug cheat. I’m a cheat. I’m a cheater. And I went in and just looked up the definition of cheat. . . . And the definition of cheat is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe that they don’t have. I didn’t view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”
USADA chief executive officer Travis Tygart said, “Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit. His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction. But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.”
Lance’s LIVESTRONG Foundation released a statement saying:
“We at the LIVESTRONG Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us.” Source
It’s a little anticlimactic, no? Plus he doesn’t seem to have any remorse. So I feel very meh about this. What are your thoughts?
The NBA suspended Matt Barnes after he pled no contest to interfering with the duties of an officer.
Back in July he was arrested for driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest. The suspended license charge was dropped when he proved he had a valid license. But the NBA has decided to suspend him for his first game against the Grizzlies for the other charge. He’ll be back to work on Friday when the Clippers face the Lakers. Source
Do you think the suspension was necessary or is the NBA making an example of Matt?
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. haven’t been all that close lately and now we know why.
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather’s boxing nemesis, Manny Pacquiao, just formed a joint boxing promotions company called TMT Promotions.
Manny’s spokesman said, “I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny’s popularity and expertise in boxing – we can bring a new flavor to boxing – we can excite some young boxers and I think we can sign some top quality boxers. I spoke to 50 Cent tonight and confirmed that we’re going to go forward. Manny is coming here this weekend for other business, but we’re all excited about it. With 50’s influence in the music industry – we want to put a different flavor on the shows.” Source
Wait for a supersized bitch fit from Floyd in 5, 4, 3, 2…
Lance Armstrong has decided to not contest charges against him from the US Anti-Doping Agency. As a result he’ll be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and the agency says the’ll ban him from all competition for life.
He however vows to not accept the sanctions and his lawyers threatened a lawsuit if the USADA proceeded.
“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition.”
Lance released a statement saying, “If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair…I know who won those seven Tours…The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that. Especially Travis Tygart.” Source via Source
Seems suspicious of him to wak away considering what he’s losing, no?
Following his arrest for domestic violence, Chad Johnson was dropped from the Miami Dolphins.
Chad was already in hot water with the team after a crude news conference held a few weeks ago. And he’s had a rough few years with the NFL. So when Miami took a chance on him, one would think he’d lock it up.
Since the team is releasing him before the season began, they don’t have to pay him anything. Source
Aaaaaand there goes your career.
Ev Plans To Press Charges…
Sources say that Evelyn plans to press charges against Chad for assaulting her. Peep the police report below:
[the victim] came home from shopping and began taking the items she purchased into the house. While taking out the groceries, [the victim] located a Wal-Greens receipt in the vehicle’s truck with a charge fro a box of condoms.
The two then sat inside of their Black Smart Car that was parked in the driveway directly in front of the house. They began talking about the sales receipt and their marriage. As they were talking Johnson became upset and without [the victims] permission grabbed her and head butted her on the forehead causing a laceration. Johnson began screaming and [the victim] attempted to calm Johnson down. He began screaming, “I don’t give a fuck! I don’t give a fuck about my career!” [the victim] then fled on foot to a neighbor’s house to get away from Johnson.
Johnson began driving around the neighborhood looking for [the victim]. She hid at her neighbor’s house until the arrived home. At this time they called the police.
I observed [the victim] to have a laceration on the center of her forehead approximately 3” in length.
I met with Johnson. Johnson confirmed that he and [the victim] were arguing in regards to a sales receipt. During the argument [the victim] began yelling ‘fuck it!’ She then head butted Johnson. This caused the laceration on her forehead. Johnson seeing how upset [the victim was] went for a drive trying to give her time to calm down. Source and Source
I need more. Did she hide in the bushes until they came home? Does she have a key? How does this work? Is there any security footage of any of this? I would think they’d have some type of videos monitoring their home. Anyway, I wonder how this will affect their show.
Dwight Howard is officially a member of the LA Lakers. There was a four team trade involved in sending Dwight to LA. As part of it Andre Iguodala is going to the Denver nuggets. Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson are going to the 76ers. And Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and Nikola Vucevic will go to the Magic.
Dwight still plans on becoming a free agent next season so he’ll have to decide if he wants to stay with the Lakers next year. Source via Source
Well this is interesting. I wonder if Royce will move to LA so her son can be closer to Dwight. Maybe then she can join the foolishness going on with BBWLA.
Terrell Owens has finally gotten an NFL contract. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
He said, “I’ve been trying to keep in shape since I had my knee surgery, I started my rehab in Carson [Calif.] with Athletes Performance, and Travelle was very instrumental in that process. Along with some of the guys in Pensacola, Florida. But I developed a great relationship with Travelle, and we’re going to continue that here at Performance Gaines.
“I know how the business works. I’m just hoping that someone can give me a chance. I’m just going to continue to work hard, training camp is going to come up here pretty soon, there are going to be injuries, and things of that nature. I know that there are some teams that need a veteran receiver — whether it’s a No. 1, 2 or 3 — I feel like I can fill all those voids.” Source
Hopefully now he can get his finances in order and be a little smarter about how he spends his money and who he gives it to.
Gabby Douglass is finally speaking out about all the ruggameroll going on about her hair. She’s won a couple of gold medals but that doesn’t matter cus folks wanna talk about the chile’s hair.
Well here’s what she had to say:
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair? I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’ It can be bald or short, it doesn’t matter about (my) hair.”
“Nothing is going to change,” she said. “I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it. I don’t think people should be worried about that. We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.” Source via Source
Yea, I never saw what was wrong with her hair to begin with. Oh every hair isn’t laid like she just walked out of the $50 Weave Shop? Well, sorry, but she’s been busy sweating her way to three gold medals. Hush!
Lil Wayne says that he’s been so focused on his new hobby of skateboarding that it’s taken priority over music.
He said in a recent interview, “I picked up the skateboard and I thought it’d be a hobby and what happened is: it’s a lifestyle. In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It’s kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap’s taken a backseat to skating.
“I kinda feel like I deserve that,” he continued. “I feel like the fans deserve a lil’ no Wayne. I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been out on everybody’s song, I’m still on everybody’s song, my artists are doing awesome. I believe the fans deserve some peace from me. I be on my skateboard in the meantime.” Source
Stick to what you know-music. And by that I mean rapping. I could do without the singing.
50 Cent is taking a spin at boxing promoting. He’s officially licensed as a boxing promoter in the state of New York. He’s applying for permission to promote fighters and matches in Nevada — Las Vegas is known as the prime destination for the sport’s biggest matches.
His promotion company is called TMT, short for “The Money Team.”
Apparently he even has some fighters. He’s signed gold medalist and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, and middleweight and former Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell. Source
Snoop’s oldest son, Cordell Broadus, has been offered a football scholarship to UCLA. He’s only a sophomore at Diamond Bar High School but UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. is impressed with his skills on the field and thinks he could develop into a Division I prospect.
If he accepts he could join Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, on the team. Source
Chad Ochocinco already has a new job. He was cut from the New England Patriots days ago and yesterday he signed with the Miami Dolphins.
“Congrats to Chad,” tweeted his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. “It’s nice to come home.”
“You would like to have some players make it easy and distinguish themselves, maybe make the picture a little bit clearer,” Coach Joe Philbin said. “We have to catch the ball more consistently at every position on offense, because it is not quite where it needs to be.” Source
Congrats to him. Thankfully Ev doesn’t have toe be the breadwinner.
Lamar Odom announced he’ll no longer be playing for the Dallas Mavericks, just four months after joining the team.
He said in a statement: “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.
“I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
According to ESPN, “Any team that has Odom on its roster as of June 29 must buy him out by that date for $2.4 million or otherwise accept responsibility for the full $8.2 million that Odom is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.” Source
So where will he end up? Who knows…but I’m sure Khloe will be right by Lammy’s side regardless of where he goes.
Magic Johnson and his investment group (MLB and NBA executive Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, head of Mandalay Entertainment, and financed by Mark Walter, CEO of Guggenheim Partners) have closed on a deal to buy the Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt for $2.15 billion.
This price is the most ever paid for a professional sports team. Source
So he not only has been cured of HIV, but he’s richer than God (the former undoubtedly a result of the latter) and now he’s making it rain on all us hoes. #Major
The Indianapolis Colts have cut their star quarterback, Peyton Manning. Peyton has been through a lot of injuries and subsequent surgeries in the past two years. But cutting him puts the team in the position to draft Andrew Luck. Also, they won’t have to pay out the $28 million that they’d owe him for keeping him. Source
Sorry Peyton, but I’m not even mad at that. Eli is somewhwere giggling with delight.
Lamar Odom has been taken off the Dallas Mavericks roster and assigned to play for the Texas Legends, a D-League team. But Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban insists that Lamar hasn’t been dropped. He’s had his worst season ever and he’s been moved to the Legends to “get his legs back under him.”
Mark says, “[Lamar] is doing great. D-League is rehab. [He] needs to get in great shape and then rejoin the Mavs.” He is still going to receive is 8.9 million annual salary. Source 1, 2
Between the trade and his dad being sick, Lammy has really been going through it. Hopefully Khloe can help him turn things around. She seems to be extra ride or die. Can’t be mad at that.
The NFL and NBC have issued apologies for M.I.A. actin up during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. While performing her part in Madonna’s song “Give Me All Your Luvin’” M.I.A. could be seen flipping the bird.
NBC issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter stating, ”The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show…Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system… The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.” He added that M.I.A. didn’t do the move during rehearsal.
I didn’t even notice it to be honest and I don’t really see the big deal. You put three chicks on stage who are knownw for all types of inappropriateness and/or controversy and folks are upset about a little middle finger? Puh-lease! I could think of at least 6 other way more offensive things that went down during this performance.
America The Beautiful-Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
National Anthem-Kelly Clarkson
Halftime Show-Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. & CeeLo Green
The whole thing was weird and wrong if you ask me. I love Madge (correction: I love vintage Madge) but she had no buisness at the Superbowl. I watched in horror ash she only sorta danced around in those heels. I was pretty sure that she was going to break a hip or her brittle old lady bones were just going to crumble inside her and she’d end up a mushy pile of cheek fillers, fishnets and kabbalah bracelets on the stage.
Although she wasn’t serving full crotch during the show she did give us a little lookie loo when she decided that it was a good idea to do cartwheels with the aide of the nursing home orderlies, er, I mean back up dancers.
LMFAO-why? My comment in the heat of the moment whist watching Madge try to do their dance: “She looks like someone’s aunt at a bat mitzvah who had too much to drink.” That can pretty much sum up this entire performance.
Nicki and M.I.A. were very meh. Sure M.I.A. tried to spice it up with a little middle finger actoin. But I was too drunk to notice. Sowwy.
The saving grace? Two things:
1. CeeLo and his Steven Segal-esque queendom.
2. The kids SERVING it from 2:38-2:58. You betta weeeeeeerk!
The Giants and Pastrioits battled it out in Super Bowl XLVI in a nail biter that left Giants fans ecstatic. The Giants clinched the world title with a winning score of 21-17. as a Giants fan, I sat watching in my Nicks Jersey and Giants Chucks (picture to follow) so proud of the boys in blue who played a phenomenal game. Kudos to the blue machine. We did it! (Don’t you just love how ans say ‘we’ as if they were out there playing too?)
Floyd Mayweather jail sentence was postponed so that he could do one more fight. Everyone was hoping that he would finally fight many Pacquiao. Well, that’s not going to happen. Instead he’ll be fighting Miguel Coto for the Super Welterweight World title.
Floyd says, “Miguel Cotto is a world class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing. It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto’s reign as champion will come to an end on May 5.”
Cotto said, “I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing. I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like… great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”
The bout will be May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on pay-per-view. Source
I need Cotto to beat him to a pulp. I’m just sayin.
Omarosa felt the need to speak out about LeBron James joining the Miami Heat:
She said, “I’m still recovering from the whole Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James thing. I’m one of those Cavs fans that’s still nursing a broken heart, but we’ll get it together…Everyone wanted to focus on the owner [Dan Gilbert] and people suspected, ‘oh, he had these malicious thoughts about LeBron the entire time and he showed his true self.’ I think he’s just really hurt, and I’m not defending him in any way, because I don’t think his comments we’re appropriate at all. I’m just saying there’s a lot of hurt that stems from that. I mean, LeBron can do what he wants, he’s a grown man. And believe me, if I’m not happy somewhere I’m leaving too. But you’re talking to a person who grew up in Youngstown [Ohio]. Akron isn’t even an hour away from our home. I watched him on local TV, I watched him win local championships in high school. So I think I was a little more connected to it than most people.” Source
Ray is teaming up with Evander Holyfield on a new venture. They plan to stage a series of events where Evander will be in charge of the boxers and Ray J will be in charge of the music and model talent.
Ray J says, “I’m very excited about this new business venture… This is a great opportunity to bring television and music to fight events.” Source
Chris Paul has been officially traded to the LA Clippers. In the trade, guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman and forward Al-Farouq Aminu will be sent to the New Orleans Hornets.
NBA commissioner David Stern said, “I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans and that was my job. You have to stick with what you think was right. I must confess it wasn’t a lot of fun, but I don’t get paid to have fun.”
“It’s good to see them (the Clippers) being that aggressive and wanting to make the next step,” LA Laker Kobe Bryant said. “They got Blake (Griffin), who I think the world of him and CP (Paul) who I like as well, so, I think it’s good for L.A. to have two teams that are competitive.” Source
This may shape up to be an interesting season afterall.
Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, has been awarded a full football scholarship to play Division I football at UCLA.
Justin, who’s an honor student will enroll this fall as a Business Finance major.
The high schooler said in a statement: “Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA. Playing division I football was a life long dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it. I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true.”
Diddy also released a statement saying, “As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.” Source
It’s so nice to see one of these celebrity kids doing something positive. Congrats Justin!
Matt Kemp is rich. He just signed an 8-year, $160 million contract extension with the LA Dodgers.
By signing Matt now, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti says it’s the equivalent of getting two contracts done at once – one to avoid Kemp’s arbitration eligibility now, and another to lock him up before he would become a free agent after 2012. Source
Rihanna needs to hop back on that train. She can’t make money runnin’ around in her drawers and stilettos forever. That shit gets old. Ask Madonna.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez went at it in a Pay-Per-View fight this past weekend and the Pac-Man came out victorious.
Marquez was pissed saying, “This was the second robbery and this one was the worst. We won with clearer punches,” said Marquez, later adding, “It’s hard when you’re fighting your rival and the three judges, too.”
“My fans are very happy because they thought I won,” Pacquiao said, in response to Kellerman asking what he thought of the reaction.
Everyone is waiting for a fight between Paquiao and Mayweather. When asked about a possible fight, Manny said, “Let’s get it on. “Let’s make the fight happen and give the people a good fight.” Source
I didn’t watch the fight cus I refuse to pay for fights anymore. They’re all just a scam to get out dollars. As far as a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, come on, will you just get it over with already?
Terrell Owens, who has yet to be picked up by any team for this 11-12 NFL season, held a televised workout at Calabasas High in Cali. He wanted to show NFL teams that he’s still got it.
“I only need one team,” Owens told the NFL Network. “I only need one chance.”
He may have given it all he’s got, but no teams showed to check out his work, nor have any called him yet to meet with him. Source
That’s gotta blow. That’s sadder than the time I invited the kids in the neighborhood to see the comedic roller skating routine I’d perfected in my basement to the sweet music of Larry Graham. My mom showed…and left halfway through. Womp, womp.
Michael Vick has officially made one of the biggest comebacks ever. He just signed a six year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for $100 million. He’s guaranteed $40 million.
Eagles’ coach Andy Reid said, “I’m very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract. It’s a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field. I’m very proud that he has been able to achieve success again in this league, but he’ll be the first one to tell you that there is a lot of work yet to be done by him and this team as a whole.
“And there’s no doubt in my mind that he will continue on that path,” he continued. Source
He was a loser, he’s attoned and now he’s the definition of winning.
It’s official, the NFL lockout is OVER! The league and the players associate finally agreed to a settlement ending the 4.5 month lockout this past Monday.
Commissioner Goodell said, “It’s been a long time coming. Football is back and that’s great news for everybody.”
NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smite added, “I know it has been a very long process since the day we stood here that night in March. But our guys stood together when nobody thought we would. And football is back because of it.”
The timeline for league business is as follows:
Monday: The NFL will announce that teams can go to 90-man rosters and the official free-agent list will be distributed to teams.
Tuesday: Trades can commence. Teams can reach agreements with rookies and undrafted free agents beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Teams can reach agreements with all free agents and signed players are allowed to enter team facilities.
Wednesday: Players can begin reporting to training camps 15 days before their first preseason games. According to the proposed timeline, 10 teams would report on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday and 10 additional teams on Friday. The New York Jets and Houston Texans would be the last two teams to report, on Sunday.
Thursday: Teams can begin to cut players at 4 p.m. ET.
Friday: Teams can begin filing transactions to the league office at 6 p.m. ET.
Aug. 4: Deadline for recertification and ratification of the collective bargaining agreement by the players. Source
I’m SO excited. I thought I was going to have to take up watching curling.
Jayson Williams’ estranged wife, Tanya Williams, has joined the cast of VH1’s “Basketball Wives: LA”
Tanya said, “I signed on to participate in the show to elevate the negative perception . . . that [it] is purposely filled with flighty, overly emotional and sense lessly dramatic women. Yes, my life is chaotic, dramatic and surreal, but I am also a businesswoman.” Source
This cast is shaping up to be an interesting bunch. I can’t wait til this show premieres.
Fresh off his retirement, Shaq has already landed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to serve as an analyst along with Barkley and Kenny Smith on “Inside the NBA” on TNT.
Shaq said, “I can’t wait to begin my new career with Turner. Over the past several years, the team at Turner has taken the NBA and entertainment, in general, to a whole new level. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the amazing team at ‘Inside the NBA’ and I hope I can further the fans’ experience on a regular basis.” Source
Congrats on the new gig. But between the lack of control and focus in Shaq’s eyes and Barkley’s swollen ass I don’t think I’ll be able to watch baskeball ever again.
A prostitute named Selina Miller, filed a lawsuit against Kobe Bryant claiming he gave her a “completed and signed agreement” to provide her with a ring.
She said, “He likes playing games with women more than people know. I’m upset because he promised me a ring [during one visit], and then some other people influenced him, and I didn’t get it. He thinks he can stop by my house any time he wants to. There are other women, too. One of them got a ring.” Source
Who signs an agreement with a hooker to buy her anything? He probably stopped paying her fee at some point and since she can’t sue him for paying her to back it up and chop it down (i.e. she’d go to jail for solicitation), she’s made up this dumb ass story.
Mike Vick has had a long hard rocky road back to stardom. But after serving time in jail for dog fighting, spending some time off the field, and making a humble comeback, he’s finally getting endorsements.
Four years after terminating his contract, NIKE is taking Mike back.
“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” Nike spokesman Derek Kent told Rovell. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”
Joel Segal, Vick’s agent, said he’s “excited to have a long-term and strong relationship with Nike.” Source
Good for him. I’m happy for him. Way to move on. And if anyone has something to say about it stick it in the comments section. Take that!
Crazy ass Ron Artest is at it again. According to TMZ he’s petitioned to legally change his name to Meta Ward Peace. If his petition is granted, he wants to put his new last name, Peace, on the back of his Lakers’ jersey. Source
Someone is obviously off their meds. Too bad, so sad.
Former Giant’s star, Plaxico Burress, was released from jail after serving 20 months for a felony gun charge.
Plexico was arrested and charged with gun possession after wearing a gun tucked into his pants to a NYC nightclub. The gun went off and ended up shooting him in the leg.
His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, toldThe Associated Press that he will get back into football shape and make a comeback. “He will play in the NFL this year,” Drew said. Source
Is that so? Well I’m still mad at him. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over what he did to us. #GoBigBlue
Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement from the NBA yesterday on Tout, a new social networking tool.
He said, “We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon.”
“Once a businessman, always a businessman,” he added later. “I am the emperor of the social media network.”
A spokesperson for the Boston Celtics said that Shaq has yet to confirm to them that he’s leaving. But he’ll be talking about it tomorrow, during an official press conference, from his home in Florida.
Peep some of the Twitter love from his fellow NBA ballers:
“Shout out to @SHAQ on the hall of fame career. One of a kind player,” Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo tweeted (@RajonRondo).
LeBron James tweeted (@KingJames): “What a career for Shaq Diesel!! The most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to be around as well. Comedy all the time!!” Source
19 years is a long ass time to be runnin up and down the court. You all can sit around and talk about what a dominant basketball player he was. I prefer to watch clips from Kazaam.
Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was caught on camera the other night during the Heat game saying “F**k you, f**got” to a fan.
Immediately after the game he spoke to reporters saying, “I apologize. The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”
Retired boxer, Oscar de la Hoya, has checked into rehab to address ‘health and personal issues.’
He released a statement saying the following:
“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws. Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.” Source
I always thought there were two types of rehab, one for physical therapy kind of rehabilitation, and the other for drugs and alcohol. If these ‘health and personal issues’ aren’t related to the above two types of rehab, then what the hell are you in there for? I think it’s just a way for celebs to not have to admit to the real problem. #Sad.
Jason Hunter, formerly of the Detroit Lions, has become the latest NFL player to get shanked by his woman.
His girlfriend was arrested and charged with felonious assault because Jason doesn’t want to press charges, she won’t be arraigned.
The Broncos released a statement, saying:
“Our thoughts are with Jason, and we are hopeful he makes a quick recovery. Out of respect for his privacy, we will not have additional comment on the matter at this time.” Source / Source
Since he’s not pressing charges and won’t talk about the stabbing at all, something tells me that he did something really effed up to old girl and feels like he deserved what he got. That’s just a hunch.
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Remember when we told you about Jay-Z possibly getting into trouble for hanging out in the Kentucky locker room after their win got them into the final four? Well it’s official. The Nets, the NBA team Jay is part owner of, has been fined $50K for his blunder. It is against league rules to have contact with players who still have remaining intercollegiate basketball eligibility. Source
This isn’t really a penalty seeing as both the Nets and Jay-Z are worth a guh-gillion dollars combined.
Manny Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays has decided to retire after he tested positive for steroids.
He told ESPN via phone, “I’m at ease. God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”
This isn’t the first time Manny’s had a run in with the juice. He tested positive back in 2009 and was suspended 50 games.
The MLB released a statement saying, “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player. If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed.” Source
Jay-Z may be under investigation from the NBA because he was seen celebrating with college players after a game on Wednesday. The Kentucky Wildcats beat North Carolina at the Prudential Center in Newark on Wednesday and Jay-Z, who’s part owner of the Nets went to the locker room to congratulate them.
However, NBA rules forbid team personnel from having contact with players who haven’t been recruited yet.
If Jay is found to have broken the rules he could be fined thousands of dollars. Source
I was gonna say that he should know better. But he probably doesn’t care. He can afford the fine.
Chad Ochocinco is gong to try out for Major League Soccer with the Sporting Kansas City team.
Team manager Peter Vermes said, “We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,”. “We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. We’re excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team.”
Chad doesn’t know what’s going to happen with the NFL lockout so he’s covering all his bases.
He said, “Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team.” Source
In Other Ocho News…
Chad has been ordered to pay Exclusive Wear, a clothing retailer in Cincinatti, almost $12K for clothes athat he perchased and didn’t pay for.
“My clients informed me they had given him ample opportunity to pay it and he didn’t,” Joseph Honerlaw, attorney for the clothing company, said Tuesday. The clothing, including two pairs of Mauri Alligator footwear, was bought between Sept. 19, 2008, and March 31, 2009, court documents note.
The judge ruled in favor of the clothing company because authorities weren’t able to serve Ocho and he never appeared for the case. Source
This is just dumb. Dude made like 7 milli last year. Pay your bills kids.
I guess the checks have stopped coming in for Tiki Barber because he’s considering returning to the NFL after a four year absence.
He said, “After seeing how much fun (twin brother) Ronde is still having, it reignited my fire and I’m looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was”
The Giants said in a statement that they would relinquish Barber’s rights as soon as they are able: “We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list.” Source
No one knows if we’ll even have football next season. He’s looking for a job in the WRONG market.
Carmelo Anthony is headed east. He’ll be joining the NY Knicks in a deal that will also send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first round draft pic to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets will send over (in addition to Carmelo) Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Nuggets coach George Karl said, “I’m glad its over. I’m glad it’s an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There’s some sadness to it, there always will be.” Source
Rihanna’s gone and pissed off some folks for opting to stay in LA for All Star Weekend as opposed to attending a charity event. She was supposed to perform at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute fund-raising gala on Saturday night in Palm Beach. A private jet was supposed to have her back in LA in time for the NBA All Star Game Sunday night where she was also to perform. But hours before she was supposed to get on the jet to Florida, her people called the event organizers to cancel citing her bronchitis.
J-Hud, however, was able to fill in for her.
I’m sure if she’s on a Z-pack she’s not contagious anymore. In fact, she was being treated for bronchitis over a week ago, so she prolly doesn’t even have it anymore. Lo and the folks at the cancer institute are issuing her a serious side eye.
In case you missed it, yesterday, the Green Bay Packers were victorious over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 31-25 win in Super Bowl XLV.
Diehard fans were clued to the TV for the game. But everyone else watched for the commercials. I wasn’t that impressed with the overall lot of them. But I’m posting a few of my faves. What commercial was your favorite?