Category Archives: Athletes

Giannis Antetokounmpo Takes High Honors At ESPYS, Sues Over Greek Freak Paraphernalia

(Los Angeles, CA) – Sports’ hottest stars were on hand last night for the 2019 ESPY Awards but it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who stood out above the rest.
The Bucks’ star was a big winner at the awards show taking the Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player Award.
In related news,  Antetokounmpo  is suing a Pennsylvania artist JInder Bhogal  for selling ‘Greek Freak’ merchandise. Giannis registered his nickname with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. Back in May, his attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to Bhogal who removed the “Greek Freak” merchandise from his website, but not his Facebook page.
Antetokounmpo is seeking all the profits Bhogal gained from selling the merchandise and/or $2 million for every counterfeit mark on goods sold.
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David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Shooting Reportedly Over A Woman

(Santo Domingo, DR) – As family, friends and fans pray for his full recovery, reportedly David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz is still in guarded condition at a hospital in Boston.
The Sox great and three-time World Series Champion was shot in the back at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And authorities say it was an organized hit involving about a dozen people.
Reportedly, ten people were in on the attack including 31-year old Luis Alfredro Rivas-Clase who is also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania. The suspects in custody include the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira, and Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, not believed to be a relation of the model, who supposedly drove him to the bar on a motorcycle and was beaten severely as he tried to get away.
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Police say a bounty of nearly eight-thousand dollars was placed on Ortiz who was stalked by a number of people in on the hit. Authorities haven’t said who ordered the shooting or why he was targeted but rumors are circulating that it might have something to do with a woman named Maria Yaribell Martinez Garcia.
While Alex Redetsky, a U.S. based agent for Ortiz declined to comment one way or the other about Maria Garcia. Garcia is declining any involvement with Ortiz or the drug dealer who is believed to have ordered the hit.
But while she denies having a relationship with Ortiz, Garcia was filmed fighting at the hospital the night Big Papi was shot.  And there’s paperwork and a photo of a check circulating on the internet that shows David Ortiz purchased an $85 thousand dollar Lexus for Maria Garcia and put it in her name.

According to the date on the documents, the car agreement was made a couple of days before Big Papi was shot but the check is dated the day after a bullet went through his back and exited through his stomach purchased the day before Big Papi was shot.
Big Papi was shot Sunday, June 9th.
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Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the intestines in place. His gall bladder was also removed. But the bullet did not fragment and apparently missed his aorta and his inferior vena cava, large blood vessels in the same area.
Lynne McCullough, medical director of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department, who did not work on the case said Ortiz was beyond lucky. “It wasn’t his time.”

Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Recovering After Surgery Following Shooting

(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) — Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from surgery after he was shot Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is in stable condition and reportedly “out of danger.”

The longtime Red Sox star known as Big Papi  played 20 Major League seasons, including 14 with Boston. Ortiz was a ten-time All-Star and won three World Series with the Sox before retiring after the 2016 season.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

”He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. ”Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family ”all available resources to aid in his recovery” and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.

The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.

Rape Trial For Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Begins

(San Diego, CA) – He’s the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow and even carries his namesake.  But that will probably fall flat when the rape of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. begins.
Once the NFL’s highest paid tight end, Kellen is facing multiple charges that include raping an unconscious 17-year old in 2003 and raping two women just last year. Prosecutors believe some of the attacks were part of a crime spree aimed directly at middle-aged and elderly women.
The 35-year old could face life in prison if found guilty. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lawyers Allege Evidence Destroyed By The Woods Restaurant

(West Palm Beach, FL-AP) — Lawyers for the family of Nicholas Immesberger are alleging that video evidence from The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, was destroyed following his fatal crash.

The family is suing the restaurant, owner Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman, who manages the establishment, for the wrongful death of Immesberger in December. The 24-year-old had a blood-alcohol-level of more than three times the legal limit when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed, suffering fatal injuries.

Immesberger was a bartender at The Woods and would regularly drink during and after shifts, according to the lawsuit. The suit also alleges everyone there knew Immesberger had an alcohol problem and knew about his car crash just a month prior after being overserved again at The Woods.

Tiger Woods issued a statement Tuesday, saying they are all very sad that Immesberger passed away and they feel bad for his entire family

On The Shop: Lonzo Ball Opens Up About Family Friend Betrayal And Everyone’s Shocked About Magic Johnson’s Exit

(Los Angeles, CA) – LeBron James is bringing some real barber shop talk on his HBO show’ The Shop’.  Most recently he had Lakers’ PG Lonzo Ball on.  Ball has been mostly quiet about the inner turmoil his family’s business is currently going through.
Longtime family friend and business associate Alan Foster is accused of stealing close to $2 million dollars from the Big Baller Brand and Lonzo Ball, something Lonzo says hurt him to the core. What’s even more disturbing is Lonzo’s mother Tina always managed the money but after she had a stroke, Foster stepped up to take care of the family finances.
Ball said covering up the triple Bs on his arm is part of the healing process.  He says every time he looked at it he thought of Foster.
Also on ‘The Shop’, LeBron James like most of us said he was stunned by Magic Johnson’s resignation from the Lakers last month. James made his first public comments about Johnson surprisingly stepping down as president of basketball operations and said he was given no warning or heads-up on the decision.
Other reports say Magic resigned after being mistakenly CCd on an email that discuss his performance in a negative way.

Washburn players Were ‘In Wrong Place At Wrong Time’

(Topeka, KS-AP) – Two Washburn University football players who were shot outside of an off-campus house party hours after one of them was drafted by the New York Giants were ”in the wrong place at the wrong time,” authorities said Monday.
The shooting early Sunday killed defensive back Dwane Simmons and injured cornerback Corey Ballentine, whom the Giants drafted in the sixth round on Saturday. Authorities haven’t disclosed the exact nature of Balletine’s injuries, but they weren’t considered life-threatening and the school said he’s expected to make a full recovery.
It wasn’t clear if he was still hospitalized Monday.Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said a preliminary investigation showed that Simmons and Ballentine were among roughly 50 people at the party, which was not specifically to celebrate Ballentine being drafted, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. After a disturbance inside the home, the two 23-year-old players and some other party-goers went outside, he said.

A car containing two to four people – who were strangers to the men- pulled up and exchanged words with people in the street.”We have no indication that any of the conversation was confrontational,” Cochran said. Someone from the car apparently shot Simmons and Ballentine, but it was unclear Monday if the shots came from inside or outside the car, Cochran said.
The altercation inside the home and the shooting don’t appear to be linked, he said, and the people inside the car apparently didn’t attend the party. Police were questioning more than 20 potential witnesses Monday.They also questioned Ballentine but hoped to do a longer interview later, Cochran said. Police haven’t said how many times Simmons and Ballentine were shot. And no information on possible suspects or the vehicle has been released.
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A candlelight vigil for Simmons will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Washburn campus. On Sunday, Simmons’ father said his son’s death had ”shattered a lot of people.””This was a senseless murder,” Navarro Simmons said at a gathering of family and friends in Kansas City. Craig Schurig, the Division II program’s head coach, said Simmons’death is heartbreaking. He said Simmons, a junior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, maintained a great attitude, even while battling through two knee injuries.
The team gathered Sunday to mourn his death. Simmons told The Topeka Capital-Journal last fall how his injuries had affected his outlook.”It’s more than a game to me now,” Simmons said. ”I came in as a walk-on and had to earn a scholarship, then tore an ACL, red-shirted and tore another one. It really puts everything in perspective that this game can be taken away from you in a blink of an eye. So I take this game to heart. I get emotional about this stuff and I take this game very, very seriously, and I’m having a great time.”
The Giants issued a statement saying the team was aware of the shooting and was gathering information about it. ”We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community,” the team said.
Ballentine played in 46 games for the Ichabods, finishing with 186 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions. He blocked four kicks and averaged 24.81 yards on kickoff returns.

Chiefs: DA Reopens Criminal Case Involving Tyreek Hill And Crystal Espinal

(Overland Park, KS-AP) – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his fiancee discuss injuries to their 3-year-old son.

Reid and general manager Brett Veach both declined comment about Hill’s case and potential next steps involving their star player. The prosecutor, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, did not return a message.

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”I’m not going to have too much to add,” Veach said in response to multiple questions about Hill. ”As I said yesterday, we’re going to continue to gather information, evaluate information and, as I said yesterday, we’ll make the right decision when the time is appropriate.”

Police were called to Hill’s home twice last month and determined the child had been injured. On Wednesday, Howe said he would not  file charges against Hill or Crystal Espinal even though his office believed a crime had occurred . He said available evidence didn’t establish who had hurt the child.

”As a prosecutor, as a father of four, yes, it frustrates me when someone hurts a child and you can’t do anything about it,” Howe said then. ”One of the elements of a crime is you have to prove who that person is who committed the act.”

A day later, KCTV in Kansas City aired part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill earlier this year that when the boy was asked about his injured arm he replied: ”Daddy did it.”

Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: ”He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal also tells Hill their son is ”terrified of you.”

Hill replies, ”You need to be terrified of me, too, bitch.”

Later, Espinal asks Hill, ”What do you do when the child is bad? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest.”

Howe has not responded to requests for comment about the audio recording, which the TV station said has been provided to his office. KCTV said the recording is believed to have been made in March when the parents were walking through an airport in Dubai.
The station said Espinal sent it to at least one friend and was shared with KCTV ”by someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.”

Several media outlets reported that Overland Park police went to the Hill home on Thursday night after receiving an anonymous call from someone worried about Espinal. According to the reports, Espinal was fine and officers were at the home for only a short
time.

The Chiefs have suspended Hill while the team looks into the developments. The NFL could also punish Hill under its personal conduct policy.

Hill’s history with Espinal is well known. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend the previous year.

The incident resulted in his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team and he was put on probation until August 2018. He wound up playing at tiny West Alabama, where he juggled school and football with counseling sessions and other court-mandated service work until the NFL came calling.

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Hill, a fifth-round pick who is a two-time Pro Bowler, was part of a controversial draft class by the Chiefs and then-general manager John Dorsey in 2016.

The Chiefs also spent a third-round pick that year on cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who missed an entire season for violating Notre Dame’s honor code in an academic misconduct case; a fourth-round pick on wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was suspended four times at Florida for drugs and other violations; and a sixth-round pick on Virginia Tech linebacker Dadi Nicolas, who was once charged with larceny and suspended for bumping an official. Among them, only Robinson is still on the roster.

Last year, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt following a video that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season but has a one-year deal with Cleveland under
Dorsey, the Browns GM who signed Hunt while he was with the Chiefs.

Kyler Murray First Player Ever Taken In First Round Of Two Major Sports Drafts

(Nashville, TN) — Kyler Murray is the first athlete to be selected in the first rounds of both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts. The Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback was selected with the Number One pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft on Thursday.

The Oakland A’s picked Murray with the ninth pick of the 2018 draft after a standout career as a center fielder for the Sooners. Oakland offered Murray a four-and-a-half million dollar signing bonus and allowed him to return to Oklahoma to play football for his junior season. Unfortunately for them, he was the Heisman winner that season and became a hot NFL prospect.

The A’s offered Murray an additional 14-million dollars to stick with baseball earlier this month. As the top pick, Murray stands to make about 30 million dollars in his first NFL contract. Murray has announced that he intends to play football.

“You Should Be Terrified Of Me Too, Bitch.” Tyreek Hill Claims Innocence In Child Abuse Claim, But Secret Recording Proves Otherwise

(Kansas City, KS) – Chiefs wide receiver an Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill is professing his innocence one day after prosecutors declined to charge him in a domestic incident in March that caused injuries to his 3-year-old son. Those injuries allegedly included a broken arm.
A taped conversation has now surfaced. It’s believed to be Tyreek Hill and the child’s mother Crystal Espinal having a conversation about the kid’s injuries.  Espinal is trying to tell Hill that the kid is terrified of him to which he says, “He respects me.”
Espinal again challenges his respect claim and says “No. He’s terrified of you.”  Hill responds by saying, “You should be terrified of me too, Bitch.”
Espinal then brings up the situation that led to the abuse claim. Apparently, she and hill were getting into it and the little boy said, “Daddy you’re mean.”  Hill then demanded that the kid come downstairs and he didn’t want to go because he was scared.  Espinal told the child to go on and go because if he didn’t, it would be worse for him.

Espinal: “He started crying and you were like, ‘Shut up, shut up, stop crying, stop crying.'”

Hill: “Right.”

Espinal: “And then he kept crying because he was scared. He’s terrified. You grabbed onto him somehow or he fell. One of the two.”

Hill: “I didn’t do nothing. That’s sad, bro.”

Espinal: “Then why does he say, ‘Daddy did it? Why?”

Hill: “I don’t know. He says Daddy does a lot of things.”

Espinal: “Like what? A 3-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm.”

Later in the audio, Espinal describes how Hill makes the 3-year old open his arms and punches him in the chest when he cries. The little boy had made this claim to CPS as well.  Espinal also charges that Hill grabs the belt when the kid is in trouble. So Hill, then accuses Espinal of also hitting the child with a belt. She refutes that charge and asks him to detail any time in which he has seen her whip their child with a belt.
Hill then tries to say that his mother said she’s seen Espinal whip the child with a belt.
My question then, is, what does his mom think about him punching her 3-year old grandson in the chest?
The district attorney in Johnson County, Kansas announced Wednesday that he believed a crime was committed against the child, who has since been placed in protective care, but he could not conclusively prove who was responsible.
In a statement released by his attorney, Hill said, “My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority.” And he’s “working hard to be the best person for my family and our community that I can be.”
KansasCity.Com reports, Attorneys further commented that their client has maintained from the beginning that he was “innocent of any crime.” The attorneys — Trey Pettlon, Ryan Ginie and Julius Collins — also said Hill has been working with authorities. “Contrary to some media reports, Tyreek cooperated with law enforcement, waived his Fifth Amendment rights, and answered questions from both law enforcement and DCF (Department for Children and Families),” the attorneys said in the release.
“Unfortunately, due to laws related to confidentiality, as much as he would like to, he cannot comment regarding specific allegations.” News had surfaced in mid-March that Overland Park police took two reports at Hill’s Johnson County home, one for battery and the other for child abuse and neglect. The police reports, dated March 5 and March 14, both involved a juvenile.
Hill, the 25-year-old star wide receiver for the Chiefs, has a history of domestic violence.
  • In 2014, Hill reportedly punched and choked Espinal, who was then eight weeks pregnant with their son. He was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015, and received three years probation. The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The conviction was dismissed last August and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.
Hill could still be subject to discipline from the NFL, which has yet to publicly comment on the matter.