NBA Star Derrick Rose Cleared Of All Charges In $21.5 Million Rape Trial

(SL) –  Jurors cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends Wednesday in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

The jury reached the verdict in federal court in Los Angeles after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter.

Rose says he’s thankful that the jury rejected the lawsuit.

imagesHe said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was important to prove he did not do what he was accused of, even though he had to share private details of his personal life.

The woman’s lawyer called the men “sexual deviants” and says they conspired to gang rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.


Rose was in court, looking down as the verdict was read. As soon as the first question was answered by the jury, his attorney got up and shook the hand of each of the three defendants.

“All three men were innocent from Day 1,” Rose’s attorney, Mark Baute, said. “We’re very happy that the system worked.”

The woman’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said he will explore appeal options.

“I think it’s a shame for women, for this country that a celebrity can come into court and slut-shame a woman like my client,” McCoy said.

Though the accuser’s reaction could not be seen as the verdict was read, McCoy said she was devastated and did not understand how jurors could reach their conclusion.


The woman, who became emotional and trembled while testifying, had sought $21.5 million when she filed suit, but her attorney did not put a price on the case Tuesday during closing arguments, saying it was up to the jury.

Rose’s lawyer said the future of the Knicks point guard and his whole family was at stake because of a morals clause in his player contract and an endorsement deal with Adidas.

Baute urged jurors to recognize the suit as a “hoax and a joke” and not even award $20 because that could destroy Rose’s career and trigger financial ruin for the star and the extended family and friends he had pulled out of poverty from Chicago’s south side with his talent on the court.

Lawyers sparred for nearly three hours during the bitter closing arguments.

The woman’s lawyer said the 30-year-old college student was not a gold digger and was seeking accountability for what was morally and legally wrong.

He said the men had never apologized or shown any remorse and said their behavior was reprehensible enough to trigger punitive damages beyond any compensation.

“The three men laughed their way home,” attorney McCoy said.


The defense portrayed Rose and his childhood pals, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, who both work for him, as victims in the case and the lawyers mocked the woman’s lies and demeanor on the witness stand.

“This woman has tried to trick people through much of her life, men especially,” attorney Michael Monico said. “Who is she trying to trick in this courtroom, ladies and gentlemen? You. She doesn’t have any evidence, but she can cry.”

Rose, 28, was traded to New York this year after spending seven seasons in his native Chicago, where he won Rookie of the Year honors with the Bulls and was the youngest player to be awarded MVP in 2011.

He has been plagued with knee injuries the past few seasons and is in the final year of a five-year deal that will pay him $21.3 million.

Associated Press

derrick-rose-rape-1028x580It became clear that the accuser’s story had all kinds of holes in it after she texted Rose the next day asking why he hadn’t slept with the girl she brought for him. Allen and Hampton also gave vivid details about their intimate interaction with the woman even though  she tried to deny their claims. But video testimony from a co-worker really did it.

Keyana Lavergne, a former roommate and coworker of Doe’s who gave text messages between her and Doe to Baller Alert. One message from Doe read:

Ok lets keep it at 90 then thats 6 months. Lol and i can even pay the whole couch off around xmas my dad gives me money not presents for xmas every year. then u just give me payment and since we finally filed against derrick we soon will be will be returning his tv and ill get us a Plasma.

Lavergne, in her deposition, said she came forward because she thought what Doe was doing was “morally wrong.” She said, “I have texts of her trying to use the situation for her gain.” She added that Doe “didn’t seem battered” or “off” at work the day after the alleged rape.

“I felt like if she felt like she had been raped, she would have told me,” Lavergne said.


Arrests Made In Fatal Shooting Of Olympian Tyson Gay’s Daughter

(SL) – A father and son have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s 15-year old daughter.

Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after police say she was shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during a shootout between people in two parked vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.

38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D’Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment in the early Sunday shooting. Police charged another man, 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks in the same manner.

At court today, Middlebrooks’ bail was set at $12,500; bail for Chazerae Taylor and D’markeo Taylor was ordered at $5,000 each, the AP said.

D’markeo Taylor has an attorney; Chazerae Taylor and Middlebrooks do not, according to court officials.

Their next court appearance is Oct. 25.

As Timmy J Struggles Many Question His Role With The Atlanta Hawks

(SL) –  It happens to the best of them. All seems well and then here and there you fall into a shooting slump.  Such is the case  right now for Atlanta shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who has struggled during the preseason shooting 3-30, 0-11 from the perimeter.

Anyone who knows THJ knows that he has one of the strongest work ethics and doesn’t mind taking all of the necessary steps like going down to the D-League to get where he needs to be. He had an excellent off-season so it’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy.  But with all humps, the key is to get over them.
While some people are saying Hardaway Jr. could be traded along with Mike Scott to Houston. Coach Bud says it’s early and he’s not concerned saying, “Timmy is such a conscientious and had-working (player), My only real concern is that he just relaxes and flushes it out. He’s had a great summer. We are extremely confident in him. But he is one of those guys who wants to be good. He’s so diligent and conscientious.”
Note to Timmy J…hang from the nets, have fun and take it one shot at at a time!

Despite Loss To Pistons, Dennis Schroder And Dwight Howard Continue To Build Chemistry

(SL) – (Atlanta, GA) – As pre-season play continues for the Atlanta Hawks Coach Bud has to be pleased with how Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard are blending on the court. Schroder chipped in 17 points while D. Howard was good for 15 in their pre-season loss to the Detroit Pistons. Despite the 99-94 loss, Coach Bud had to be impressed with the way the two are working their way around the offense.

At first critics were skeptical and wondered if Howard would fit in with Atlanta’s style of play and now the dynamic duo is receiving one-two punch praise with some people likening them to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. By most accounts, Howard hasn’t played with a point guard this promising in his career.

DSC_2513.JPGCan’t really count Nash because he was nearing the end of his career while Schroder at just 23 years old is in his prime and expected to be one of the best PGs in the league.  Superman is still lethal enough to fly and dominate on the pick and roll while Dennis with top speed is quick enough to get to the basket.

It could bring a type of heat to Atlanta that could make them the alley-oop city of the East. Will certainly be looking for more progression from these two on Sunday when they visit Orlando. Tip off is at 6pm.



Sytonnia LIVE: Episode 4

(SL ) – On Episode 4 of SytonniaLIVE Burke Ramsey is suing CBS for implying he killed his sister JonBenet Ramsey, The Latest in Charlotte, The latest in the Brangelina Split, Is Glenn Rice Broke, Gabourey Sidebe weight loss, Interview with Judge Lauren Lake and Atlanta Hawks Preview with Coach Mike Budenholzer and Dwight Howard


What In The World Of Pedophile Lust Is Wrong With Donald Trump?

(SL) – Dirty Donald Trump is being exposed by yet another hot mic.  This time his inappropriate comments are aimed at believe it or not…a 10-year old girl.

Donald has said some really unsuitable stuff about women including statements about dating Ivanka if she wasn’t his daughter. But if you thought that was low take a listen to what he said about a 10 – year old girl back in 1992.

The latest creepy talk from the Rebublican nominee comes after new allegations that he groped women, kissed them and as one described had his hands all over her like an octopus.

Trump made the remarks about the child during a 1992 appearance on an “Entertainment Tonight” Christmas special. In the clip, Trump asks the adolescent girl if she was going up an elevator, then tells the camera: “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

He would have been 46 at the time.

Dwight Howard Officially Makes His Debut For The Atlanta Hawks Hitting 26 During Unity Game Against The Cavs

(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks put their starters in the game against the Cavs and let the city get a taste of what they can expect from Dwight Howard who led all scorers with 26 points and shot an impressive 11-15 from the field. The Cavs however, chose to sit their starters down.Atlanta was happy to see Howard hit the court responding with a rousing applause when his name was called.

As for playing his first home game in his hometown, Howard said, “I didn’t think about it.  I just wanted to go out and be aggressive from the tip and just have fun.”  Howard also talked about his connection with Dennis Schroder saying, “It’s getting better.  There are a lot of things we have to really work on – the pick-and-roll, making sure I have a chance to hit his man.  Just simple things we can fix. That comes with time.”DSC_7776.JPGDwight did what he had to do and took a seat while Tim Hardaway Jr continued to struggle shooting 1 for 7 from the field, 0-4 from the arc. In two pre-season games, Hardaway  is 2-20, 0-8 from the 3pt line.  Not sure what’s going on with the Guard who has been a hot topic when the conversation of who stays and who goes comes up. Post game Coach Bud didn’t single anybody out as he discussed what he’s looking for from his group as a whole.

The Hawks will take on the Pistons on Thursday at 7:30 at Philips Arena.


Lemon Pepper Surprise: GB Packers TE Jared Cook Finds Chicken Head In Buffalo Wild Wings Order

(SL) – All he wanted was some lemon pepper wings, but Green Bay Packers Tight End Jared Cook got much more than that. The football player found a cooked decapitated chicken’s head in his order.


In a follow-up tweet Cook wrote: ‘tongue, eyes, and beak all present. With extra seasoning.’

The incident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. The restaurant responded to the stomach-churning photo: ‘Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation.


‘We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information,’ they wrote in a statement.

No excuse. This is nasty and a bit creepy. I love chicken and this has completely turned me into a vegetarian.

She Only Said ‘Stop’ When We Were Heading Into Her Bedroom And She Said One At A Time: Rose’s Side Of The Story

(SL) – Derrick Rose’s attorney is asking for a mistrial in his civil rape case after unrevealed text messages paint a different picture of accuser and details of the alleged rape night.

The NBA Superstar gave his testimony in court Friday and detailed how the morning of the encounter his ex sent him a text message saying he was the reason she wakes up horny in the morning. She included a picture of herself in a nightshirt and continued with other texts about sex throughout the day.

Rose arrives for court. 

Rose, 28,  hadn’t seen the 30-year old woman for a few months because he had broken up with her. But, later that night, the woman and her friend went to Rose’s mansion with a Munkey Barz Sex Belt in tow. The former Chicago Bulls turned New York Knicks standout says when the woman arrived she started acting strange after a few shots of tequila and became sexually aggressive.  Rose testified that he was turned off and retreated to his bedroom where he rebuffed further advances until a friend removed her from the room.

About 20 minutes later, he said he walked outside and saw Randall Hampton having sex with her by the side of the pool. She pulled Rose over and started to perform oral sex on him while Hampton was having sex with her from behind but Rose broke away and returned to his room.

His description of the incident differed dramatically from the woman’s testimony, which lasted a day and a half in Los Angeles federal court.

The accuser denies having sex earlier in the evening at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion, though her testimony was clouded by her claims that she blacked out and could only piece together the evening through short “flashes” of memory and by reviewing a flurry of text messages she apparently was able to send despite being drunk and, possibly, drugged.

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