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Lawyer: “OJ Simpson Is Golfing A Lot, Staying In Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV) – O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.PAY-PROD-OJ-Simpson-is-seen-enjoying-his-life-as-a-free-man

The 70-year-old former football hero, acquitted murder defendant and armed robbery inmate has not filed paperwork with parole officials to move to a different state, attorney Malcolm LaVergne said.”Mr. Simpson has no immediate plans to return to Florida,”LaVergne told The Associated Press. ”He’s very much enjoying his time here in Vegas. It’s January, he gets to play golf every day.”A Nevada state parole and probation officer handling Simpson’s case did not immediately respond to messages, and Florida prisons spokeswoman Ashley Cook said her agency has not received documents from Simpson seeking interstate custody.
Simpson has been spotted in public in and around Las Vegas several times during the more than three months he has been living in a friend’s five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles (kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip.He drew a crowd of selfie-seekers Jan. 7 at a Las Vegas bar and pizza shop during an NFL playoff game featuring one of his former teams, the Buffalo Bills.An outing in November to a steakhouse and a lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort is in dispute, after officials ordered Simpson off the Las Vegas Strip property and prohibited him from returning.
LaVergne denies claims that Simpson was intoxicated or disruptive,and alleges in a Dec. 29 letter to hotel officials that the incident was a malicious and racially prejudiced effort to embarrass Simpson and jeopardize his parole status.The Cosmopolitan has not responded, company spokeswoman Samantha Grimes said Thursday.Simpson has earned almost eight months of good time credit since his release from prison, bumping up his expected release from parole to Jan. 18, 2022, from the original Sept. 29, 2022.

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Victim Tells Nassar, “Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever”

(SL) – One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of disgraced former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar described the sexual abuse Nassar inflicted on her as a child and warned him that ”little girls don’t stay little forever.”
Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 women and girls who will be allowed to speak or will have their statements read by others during the four-day hearing in Lansing, Michigan. ”I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar,” Stephens said to the 54-year-old Nassar, who bowed his head with his eyes closed as she and others spoke.
She said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home. Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey committed suicide in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.
In related news, the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team says it will not punish gymnast McKayla Maroney for talking about alleged sexual abuse. USA Gymnastics said Tuesday it will not pursue any money from Maroney if she speaks publicly about alleged abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney signed a nondisclosure agreement in December 2016 agreeing to stay quiet about the abuse as part of a one-point-25-million-dollar settlement with USA Gymnastics.
Maroney filed a lawsuit last month claiming USA Gymnastics tried to prevent her from publicly accusing Nassar of sexual abuse in order to allow him to leave quietly. Nassar is being sentenced this week on seven counts of sexual assault, and could get life in prison.

Police Interview Friends Of Quarterback Who Killed Himself

(Pullman, WA) – Police on Wednesday were interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers have no apparent motive for the death of the 21-year-old athlete, who was found dead in his Pullman, Washington, apartment on Tuesday along with a rifle and a suicide note.11844644215_28c92032f2_o.0”The missing piece here is why,” Jenkins said. ”Most of our investigation will be conducting interviews.” Jenkins declined to reveal the contents of the suicide note.

Hilinski’s family in California issued a statement saying they were in ”complete shock and disarray” over his death.

”Tyler was the kid that put a smile on everybody’s face when they were down, especially his family,” the statement said. ”We will mourn the loss of Tyler for some time but celebrate the way he lived his life every day.”

A makeshift memorial for Hilinski has sprouted near the football stadium on the Pullman campus, next to a bronze statue of the team’s cougar mascot. The memorial included flowers and balloons.

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Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane Arrested For DUI

(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested Sunday morning for driving under the influence, according to multiple reports.He was released later in the morning, according to ESPN and others,citing King County court records.

On Monday, Lane tweeted, “Why ppl judge you by what they hear but not what they know !!”
Lane has spent his six-season career with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the 2012 sixth round out of FCS school Northwestern State in Louisiana. He has started 21 of his 70 career games,including six this season.Lane has two years left on a four-year contract, but the rest of the $12 million he is owed is not guaranteed.

Danica Patrick Confirms Romance With Aaron Rodgers

(Charlotte, NC) – Danica Patrick is a Bears fan, but her heart now belongs to Packers star Aaron Rodgers. Patrick confirmed she is dating Rodgers, who broke up with actress Olivia Munn in 2017.Patrick, meanwhile,ended a five-year relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in November.”Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” Patrick told The Associated Press.danicaHer confirmation comes hours after a photograph showing Patrick and Rodgers seated next to each other at a group dinner Saturday at The Mission restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz., were published by TMZ. Patrick and Rodgers have been linked romantically since the start of the new year, right before Patrick began promoting her new fitness book.

She told the AP the two first met at the 2012 ESPY Awards and that despite her allegiance to the Bears, ”I told him a long time ago I’d always root for him as a player.”Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she added.”Take out the word `probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”Patrick is shifting her career off the race track and into the business of her personal brand. She’d like to close her racing career by competing at next month’s Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, a farewell she’s dubbed ”The Danica Double.”

Simon Biles Breaks Silence Hits #MeToo

(SL) – Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to come out and say she was sexually abused by imprisoned former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter that she is one of”many survivors” to be abused by Nassar, who also worked at Michigan State. Biles joins fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney to come out against Nassar.
The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a week long sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in a #metoo post. “I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued. “For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.”
USA Gymnastics and Michigan University are accused of giving Nassar unfettered access to vulnerable girls and women, ignoring signs or complaints of sexual misconduct, and trying to silence victims.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement. Nassar is facing a sentencing hearing today.
He’s already serving 60 years for child pornography and assault.

If You Can’t Beat Em’…Join Em’ Kaepernick Wants In On Diddy NFL Ownership Plan

(SL) – Colin Kaepernick is having no luck finding a team to hire him so now he wants to buy an NFL club. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback says he’s interested in joining an ownership group aiming to buy the Carolina Panthers.

stephen-curry-diddy-panthers-1200x806Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly is heading the group. Kaepernick tweeted Monday that he wants in. So does Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who grew up and played college ball near Charlotte, where the Panthers are based.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday night he plans to sell the team after the season ends. The 81-year-old owner is facing claims of sexual harassment and directing racial slurs at club employees.

Mamba! Lakers Retire Both Of Kobe’s Jerseys

(SL) – The jersey numbers of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant now hang in the rafters of Staples Center. Bryant was on hand last night for a halftime ceremony where his numbers 8 and 24 were retired by the Lakers.
He told the crowd he loved them before discussing the current Lakers squad, urging them to bring the team back into the championship picture. Bryant becomes the first player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.
He played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, helping them win five titles during that time.
Bryant becomes the first player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.  He played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, helping them win five titles during that time.
The ceremony comes 20 months after his 20-year run came to an end with Bryant as the third-leading scorer of all-time and a five-time champion, By his side, his 1-year-old daughter, Bianka, his wife, Vanessa, and older daughters, 14-year-old Natalia and 11-year-old Gianna.
Kobe is the first player to have two numbers retired. As for which one he prefers the legend says, ““I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said. “(No.) 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever, ever have, and that’s the ability to grow hair. So it’s tough …”
He wore No. 8 during the first 10 year that saw three championships and a Colorado scandal. The No. 24 era endured an unfulfilled trade demand in 2007 and winning two more rings without the big man Shaquille O’Neal at his side (2009 and 2010) and a plethora of injuries. Two numbers, Two eras…One legendary Bamba!

Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Arrested In Connection With His Murder

(SL) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California in connection with his 2010 murder. Sherra Wright-Robinson was charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder, the Memphis Police Department said.
Wright’s body was found in southeast Memphis on July 28, 2010 – 10 days after he was reported missing. The seven-year investigation has been one of Memphis police’s most high-profile unsolved cases.
Wright was a Memphis native who played for the Grizzlies and four other NBA teams for 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. His wife was one of the last people who saw him and she claimed that he had left their home with a lot of money and drugs.
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A man named Billy Turner has also been arrested and charged for the murder of Lorenzen Wright .

The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorney’s office held a press conference last week to announce that Turner, 46, had been indicted and charged with the 1st-degree murder of Wright. Turner is believed to be a Deacon at a church and just had a newborn baby.

In the past, he was arrested for aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping.

Turner is currently in custody on a $1 million bond.

Louisville Sex Scandal Not Over

(SL) – The Louisville sex scandal is back in the news after school officials met with the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee with the intention to appeal sanctions that include vacating the 2013 national championship.
Louisville called the penalties “grossly excessive” after the NCAA placed the school on four years’ probation and ordered the vacation of up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title, back in June.
Those penalties followed aninvestigation into an escort’s allegations that former staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.
The university also announced it has filed a counter claim to Rick Pitino’s lawsuit, and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.