10:30 AM The Denver Post reports that convicted rapist Tony Dotson faces charges of trying to hire prison inmates to kill his rape victim before she testified at his trial. Dotson faces 31 years to life for his rape conviction & could face 24 more years on his new charges.
The photos include NBA players Kareem Rush, Richard Jefferson, former Univ. of Missouri basketball player and son of Nuggets Owner Josh Kroenke and Luke Walton and two other men sharing a drink and a banana boat.
The photos were taken on a cruise earlier this summer. Read more…
I guess that another radio blitz is in order, because the NEW YORK POST is saying that the cash deal is off, and that Jefferson has even banned Nichols from the Manhattan apartment they had shared, telling the doorman not to let her in to get her belongings. Read more…
So Richard Jefferson would like to dispel rumors that he left his prospective bride at the altar, calling off their July 11 wedding with only two hours’ notice. Oh, and he’s not gay. Seriously! The Spurs’ star appeared on Dan Patrick’s radio show on Wednesday to tell his side of the story, including how he broke it off with former New Jersey Nets dancer Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols via email. That’s one sensitive move right there. What, no Twitter?
And there was also a “six-figure” payoff to the jilted bride — another sweet, time-honored gesture. But Jefferson didn’t stop with Patrick. His radio blitz also included the Howard Stern show, because when you’ve just experienced the pain of breaking up with your fiance, the first person you should turn to is the wise and caring Howard Stern. Read more…
According to the world’s foremost relationship expert (THE INTERNET), major career-changing events can wreak havoc on one’s personal relationships. According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, a “business readjustment” is the 15th most stressful life event a person undergoes, tied with sexual difficulties and gaining a new family member. Combine a couple of stressful life events at once, and a person might just crack under all that stress.
With that in mind, it’s understandable that newly-acquired San Antonio Spur Richard Jefferson might be going through a bit of stress at the moment. He’s got a new job in a new city and until last weekend was planning on adding a new family member, fiancee (and former New Jersey Nets dancer) Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols. We can’t speak to any sexual difficulties on the part of Mr. Jefferson, but the rest must have been too much stress for Jefferson to handle, because he abruptly cancelled Saturday’s $2 million NYC wedding at the last minute…without bothering to tell anyone, including his wedding guests. Oops.
The MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL has the tale of a 47-year-old man (who for some reason has been unidentified) who was abandoned at the Kettle Hills Golf Course in suburban Milwaukee by a group of people he referred to as his “uncles.” And when you’re 10 beers into your day, taking the cart home seems like a great idea, even if would take you a week and a half to get there. Luckily the guy was run down by the cops in an extremely low speed chase about a mile from the course. Here’s a map of the 2009 “Tour de Beast Light”:
(In the guy’s defense, he thought he was playing “Tron”)
Originally, when the cop car blew his horn and flashed his lights at the guy, he just pulled over to the shoulder and kept right on driving, as if the only thing he was doing wrong was driving in a lane instead of the shoulder. He eventually pulled over and was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and for blowing a stop sign on the corner of Route 167 and Route 175.
There’s no word on the whereabouts of the “uncles,” who clearly were not pleased with their nephew for some reason. It appears as if things might have gotten well out of hand before he decided to flee, as the police were called to the course before the crew even finished up their round.
Speaking of deluded men under the influence, it’s not exactly news that Sammy Sosa was juicing all those years, and still not news that Ryne Sandbergsays he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. Personally, I think so many guys were ‘roiding it up that the now-sullied stars of the era were still the best players of their generation even if they were artificially enhanced (and pitchers were doing it too). So I’d probably be OK with guys like McGwire, Bonds, and Sosa getting into the Hall someday. But I might be changing my mind on Sosa now that Darren Rovell has discovered that Sammy had his jersey sleeves tapered so that his arms would look bigger:
Courtesy of Rovell’s article:
CNBC confirmed through a source that Sosa did indeed ask for the elastic arm tapering for at least the 2002 season. The source said that he could not remember another player that asked for this specification.
“I don’t know why it would be tapered like that other than it being a purely cosmetic change so that people could see his muscles,”said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions.“There doesn’t seem to be any other reason why he’d do it.”
Oh man, that’s just kinda sad. At least Bonds and Big Mac had the courtesy to just take some drugs and mash. Who knows what all Sosa was doing. We now know that he was willing to not only shoot up, but also cork bats AND make his jersey tighter. I wouldn’t be shocked if he somehow found a way to sneak some sort of springy superball into play during his at-bats.
• YOU BEEN BLINDED has video of ESPN’s fantasy guy Matthew Berry f-bombing it up in a faux-interview with a sports comedy duo called 12 ANGRY MASCOTS. He tries waaaaay too hard, but delivers a few decent lines. Not sure how ESPN feels about Berry dropping the phrase “Kosher C***block” on YouTube.
• Did you think last August that Michael Phelps was going to be rendered mostly irrelevant already, while Shawn Johnson would be the one going to every big film premiere? Here’s Shawn at the Transformers premiere:
In case you didn’t know, the NBA held two preseason games in China last week between the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. But since these two teams don’t have much in the way of “star power”, pretty much everyone in China went about their daily lives, never even pausing to acknowledge the fact that the NBA even exists.
In return, the Brooklyn-bound ball club gets Yi Jianlian. As a result of the deal, the Nets won’t have to pay Jefferson $15 million in 2010 - and the freed-up salary space could help lure LeBron James to the team when the Cavs star becomes a free agent that season.
The deal is also a win-win in other ways: Read more…