Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City ESPN meets Sex & The CIty. Sports and Pop Culture Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:24:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Was Stephen A. Smith Telling Women Not To Provoke Men Into Violence? [Video] Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:23:55 +0000 stephen-A-smith-says-women-shouldn't provoke-men-to-violencejpg

In the highlight driven world we live in, context is sometimes sacrificed for quickness. On Friday morning’s “First Take,” the topic of Ravens’ running back Ray Rice’s suspension was up for debate. Many felt that in light of the circumstances – and subsequent video which showed him dragging his then fianceé from a hotel elevator – a longer suspension should’ve been given.

Stephen A. transitioned the topic to a narrative of personal accountability in these situations. Specifically regarding a woman’s responsibility.

In my mind, I believe his point was that everyone should keep their hands to themselves or as Cari Champion put it at the end of the segment, “All violence is bad.” Unfortunately, Smith didn’t articulate himself too well, and i now it’s being interpreted that he was saying women have to be sure not to do things that will provoke a man into hitting them.

Check out the video and judge for yourself.


It’s not about him, then. It’s about you, and here’s what I mean by that. We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don’t know how many times I got to reiterate that. But as a man who was raised by women, see I know what I’m going to do if somebody touches a female member of my family. I know what I’m going to do, I know what my boys are going to do. I know what, I’m going to have to remind myself that I work for the Worldwide Leader, I’m going to have to get law enforcement officials involved because of what I’m going to be tempted to do. But what I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I’ve done this all my life, let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come, or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know, if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen. Now you got some dudes that are just horrible and they’re going to do it anyway, and there’s never an excuse to put your hands on a woman. But domestic violence or whatever the case may be, with men putting their hands on women, is obviously a very real, real issue in our society. And I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen. We know they’re wrong. We know they’re criminals. We know they probably deserve to be in jail. In Ray Rice’s case, he probably deserves more than a 2-game suspension which we both acknowledged. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. No point of blame.


Janay Palmer-Rice, Ray Rice’s wife, who was the victim that spurred this conversation, apologized for her role in the incident. There were rumors that Palmer-Rice was very aggressive with her husband, possibly striking or spitting on him, which may have caused the situation. I believe that this was the illustration that Smith was trying to discuss. But, how you communicate that message will determine if your actual message is embraced. In this instance, that didn’t happen.

Smith’s ESPN peer, “Sports Nation” host Michelle Beadle had this to say regarding Smith’s “take.”


transcription via DeadSpin

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Chris Paul Says Sitting Out 14-15 Season A Possibility If Sterling Remains Owner Of Clippers Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:09:16 +0000 chris-paul-doc-rivers

Closing arguments will take place Monday in the trial which will determine if Shelly Sterling had the legal right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 Billion. If for some reason, the judge rules in favor of Donald, both Chris Paul and Doc Rivers have discussed sitting out games/the season, should the matter not be resolved.

“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.” [...]

“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul added. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake (Griffin), DJ (DeAndre Jordan). It’s unacceptable.”


Shelly’s lawyers are seeking a ruling which wouldn’t allow for an appeal, to keep Donald from stringing things out further.

“We think we have overwhelming evidence from [interim Clippers CEO] Dick Parsons and Anwar Zakkour from Bank of America, that if you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” O’Donnell said. “If Donald Sterling stays on as the manager and owner of this asset, Doc [Rivers] won’t coach, Chris Paul won’t play, sponsors will stay away and TV ratings will fall. It is an urgent matter that this sale be closed immediately to Mr. Ballmer and restore some stability and, frankly, dignity to the NBA in Los Angeles.”

Shelly has already protected the NBA from a suit by Donald Sterling in the agreement for the sale of the Clippers.  Essentially making it so that Donald is suing himself.

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Iggy Azalea New Host of MTV’s “House Of Style” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:45:37 +0000 iggy-azalea-house-of-style

Back in the 90′s, one of my favorite MTV shows was “House of Style.” The show featured super models as hosts, and introduced viewers to the behind the scenes world of the fashion game by featuring designers and other industry players. MTV brought the show back in 2012, and now have revamped it once again with a new host, Nick Young’s boo, Iggy Azalea.

Azalea was embraced by the fashion crowd very early on in her career: Alexander Wang hired her to perform at the Coachella bash he held to celebrate his upcoming H&M collaboration, Steve Madden threw a private concert in Brooklyn the week of her album’s release, and she’s already a front row fixture at Fashion Week. Her upcoming season of “House of Style” contains eight episodes, and will focus on the tightly knit relationship between music, tech and fashion. Interestingly enough, Azalea is the show’s first host who’s a musician instead of a supermodel, and she’s following in the very esteemed footsteps of Cindy Crawford, Rebecca Romijn and Molly Sims.

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The show makes its debut on August 4th.

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James Harden Says Chandler Parsons Was A Role Player, Parsons Responds Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:29:26 +0000 james-harden-dwight-howard-jeremy-lin-chandler-parsons

I’m sure at some point in time, the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets were rivals. Looks like that rivalry will have a renewed vigor this season with the addition of former Rockets forward Chandler Parsons to the Mavs. Parsons was a favorite of Dwight Howard but recently Dwight said the Rockets aren’t hurting with the loss of Parsons and point guard Jeremy Lin.

Add James Harden to the list along with Dwight who believes the Rockets won’t skip a beat this season because, the team still has its two cornerstones, he and Dwight.

Harden said he’s looking forward to playing for the US at the World Cup. Training camp begins Monday. As for the Rockets’ future, Harden said he’s not worried that Jeremy Lin has left for the Los Angeles Lakers and Chandler Parsons for the Dallas Mavericks.“Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”

Parsons of course wasn’t pleased with those statements and responded:

“That’s a pretty ridiculous statement, if he meant that,” Parsons said in the interview with Jay Mohr. “That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to go to Dallas. I’m ready for the next step. I’m ready for a bigger role and I’m ready for more leadership. If anyone should understand that, it should be James because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City. Then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine.”

You can’t change what’s happened, and if Harden and Howard are anything like me, they’re going to bet on self. Nothing wrong with what was said because it’s the truth. It’s a team game, but the superstars are the centerpiece.

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Lil Wayne Ready To Take The Leap Into Sports Management With Cristiano Ronaldo Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:08:06 +0000 Lil-Wayne

We know that Lil Wayne loves sports. We know that his “pops” Birdman has launched his own sports agency, but now, Lil Wayne looks to be breaking into the sports world with his own company.

Weezy is launching a sports management company and has targeted one of the world’s top soccer stars as his first client, Cristiano Ronaldo.


We’re told Weezy’s company will be working with PolarisSports — which is affiliated with the CAA agency and GestiFute — through which Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes operates. 

Our sources tell us Wayne’s company will handle Ronaldo’s sports management affairs in the United States — everything from branding to marketing and endorsement deals. Even modeling.

Seems Ronaldo is pumped about the situation — he just posted a photo with the Prime Minister of Japan along with other Japanese politicians … and they were all throwing up the YMCMB sign.


Please don’t let sports agencies become like record labels for artists in the 90′s and clothing lines in the early 2000′s.


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Watch Giants Victor Cruz Propose To Elania Wately [Video] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:23:49 +0000 Victor-Cruz-Elaina-wately-engaged

Last week I shared with you that New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Elania Wately. Now TMZ has obtained footage of the moment, complete with Victor dropping down on one knee in front of close friends and family.


“While we’re under the name of the Lord, I wanted to say something to Elaina. I’ve loved you for about, all my life. As far back as I could possibly

remember. I’m shaking and I don’t know why. You’re beautiful to me. You’re the light of my life. You’re the mother of my firstborn child and I want to make an honest woman out of you.”


The ring is a round solitaire stone with a band comprised of pink diamonds.

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Are James Harden & “Love & Hip-Hop’s” Tahiry Jose Dating? [Photos] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:49:07 +0000 Do we have a new couple alert to be on the look out for? We know that Houston Rockets guard James Harden loves big booty women. Harden along with several NBA players took a trip to China earlier this week. It just so happens that the beauty with a booty, “Love & Hip-Hop NY” star Tahiry Jose was on the same flight and some fans have put two and two together.

When James was at The Great Wall of China, Tahiry was there too. Obviously a hot tourist attraction but what a coincidence, right? Instagram is the best tea spiller. Check the out some of the photos that have people playing connect the dots for this potential romance.

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One of my loyal readers sent me photos of Tahiry taking photos of James at one of his promotional appearances so I guess we can confirm they were there together. We’ll see how long it lasts.

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Tahiry used to date New York Knicks guard, JR Smith. James has been attached to a bevy of models and strippers, plus rapper Trina.


spotted at Baller Alert

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Jaguars Justin Blakmon Arrested For Weed Possession While Serving indefinite Suspension From NFL Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:26:27 +0000 Justin-Blakmon-mugshot

Jacksonville Jaguar Justin Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension after multiple violations of the NFL’s drug policy. Per CBS Sports, Blackmon  was arrested Wednesday night for marijuana possession in Oklahoma.

Blackmon was pulled over for a traffic violation when officers said they smelled marijuana inside the car.

He was approaching an intersection that was stopped for a red light, and he was trying to get into the left turn lane, said Jenny Monroe, public information officer for the Edmond police.

“So to do that he went around all of the parked cars … to get into that left turn, and one of our officers was at that intersection and saw it happen,” said Monroe.

Blackmon’s car was pulled over, and Monroe said the officer smelled the odor of marijuana from the vehicle.

Blackmon said he did not have a driver’s license with him and did not respond when asked for identification, said Monroe.

“He did go ahead and admit that there was marijuana in the vehicle,” said Monroe. ” … Mr. Blackmon said he had been smoking a blunt marijuana (marijuana cigar) while he was driving and that there was another full blunt within the car in a box, and that’s exactly what our officer’s found in the vehicle.”


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Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended 2 Games For February Casino Altercation Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:38:04 +0000 rice-ray-janay-palmer

Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on a third-degree assault charge after a February altercation with his then-fianceé, in an Atlantic City casino elevator, left her unconscious with Rice caught on video dragging her from the hotel elevator.

Rice participated in an intervention program and served no jail time. Now comes word of the NFL’s punishment.

Per NFL insider Adam Schefter, the NFL has suspended Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season. He’ll also lose more than $470,000 of salary for missing those two games.


Rice is lucky he didn’t smoke weed, then he’d likely be facing a long suspension. :: read that with your sarcasm font::

Prior to this incident, Rice has been a model NFL citizen, and his wife Janay issued an apology for her part in the altercation.


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Nick Young, DeMarcus Cousins & Dorell Wright Hit Their “Shmoney Dance” [Video] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:31:11 +0000 Nick-Young

I love a good dance. The latest wave is called “The Shmoney Dance.”  It’s inspired by rapper Bobby Shmurda’s single. Tuesday saw Lakers Nick Young, Kings DeMarcus Cousins and Blazers Dorell Wright hit their version at a surprise pool party thrown for Young by his girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea.

video via Instagram

Here’s the real thing. The lyrics are NSFW or tender ears.

The rapper has taken over the internet and just recently signed a deal with Epic records.

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Matt Barnes Wants Public’s Help In Locating Suspect In Aunt’s Murder Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:35:04 +0000 MattBarnes-aunt-murdered-Sacramentojpg

Clippers star Matt Barnes recently suffered a family tragedy, and took to Instagram for the public’s assistance. Barnes’ aunt, Tanganyika Williams was brutally murdered on July 8th.  Matt is asking for anyone with information to contact the Sacramento PD.

Read more here:



 “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance. If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD”


Via TMZ:

Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams — who they believe is the victim’s estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed.

Officials believe Williams is a transient with a violent history who may be hiding out in South Sacramento.

via @MattBarnes9

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76′ers Joel Embiid Newest Twitter Crush Is Rihanna Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:09 +0000 Joel-Embiid

Let me tell you who my new favorite follow is on Twitter, Philadelphia 76-ers draft pick Joel Embiid. He is hilarious. After blocking LeBron James because he wouldn’t follow him, and a few days of trying to convince Kim Kardashian to slide up into his DM’s, Joel has moved on to a new target, Rihanna.




Living the dream. Or at least attempting too!

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LeBron James Gives His Neighbors Apology Cupcakes [Photo] Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:40:00 +0000 Lebron-James-Sends-Cupcakes-tweet

LeBron James is a thoughtful guy. In the days leading up to his announcement, fans swarmed his Akron neighborhood. Now that LeBron is back home full time, he wanted to ensure that his neighbors know he was sorry about the chaos, so he sent cupcakes!

“Dear Friend,” read a card that came with the treats. “We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”

The card noted that the two kinds of cupcakes in the box were originally devised for James’ foundation. Each box contained six “Just A Kid From Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes.


spotted at Bleacher Report

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NBA Threatening To Fine NBA Stars Touring In Manila Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:59:45 +0000 NBA-stars-on-tour-overseas

NBA players can earn extra cash in the summer by signing on for international tours. The NBA is huge globally and has millions of fans across Asia that will pay good money to get an up close view of their favorites. But the NBA is warning its stars that they’ll be fined if they participate in any non-NBA sanctioned tours. By participate they mean, shoot, play HORSE, etc.

In the memo, the Players Association informed player agents and players that the NBA “has taken the position that any such exhibition or competition is unallowable and is not approved for player participation under the [Collective Bargaining Agreement], regardless of whether it is incorporated into a ‘clinic’ or other ‘benign-sounding activity.’”

One such exhibition in Manilla had to be canceled last minute, because the organizers failed to get proper authorization from the NBA. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate and had already traveled to Manila this week.

Player agents believe that the NBA took a hardline stance on the Manila event because it wants to keep financial control of these international events involving NBA players, selling its own sponsorships to organizers and controlling the payouts to players.

The NBA players cut a direct deal with the Manila organizers, including some star players earning $150,000-plus stipends for the two-day event in the Philipines, sources said.


Per Yahoo Sports, the league is actually more concerned about the playing conditions, equipment, doctors etc. Between things like this and the league cashing out on new TV deals, expect the players to want parts of the CBA renegotiated in 2017.

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Doc Rivers Will Quit Clippers If Donald Sterling Remains Owner Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:06:28 +0000 rivers-doc

Estranged Clippers owner Donald Sterling may have fallen to the back of your collective conscious, with so many other items fighting for your attention. But Sterling IS still the owner of the Clippers and is currently in litigation with his wife Shelly, over her ability to sell the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 Billion.

Interim CEO Dick Parsons testified on Tuesday that if Doc Rivers remained as owner of the Clippers, their head coach and President of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers would quit.

There was no time frame given for how long Doc was willing to wait the process out. Ballmer reportedly met with Sterling at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday. A deal was struck between the Sterling trust and Ballmer in May.

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Carmelo Anthony Launches Tech Venture Capital Investment Firm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:05:04 +0000 carmelo-Anthony

Now that Carmelo Anthony has gotten all that NBA free agency business out of the way, the All-Star is set to embark on another business venture. This time Anthony takes on the tech world.

Anthony and longtime NBC and Bertelsmann executive Stuart Goldfarb are launching a new venture capitalist investment firm, M7 Tech Partners. The first company they’ll be funding is a children’s media company named “Hullabalu.”

The New York-based firm will invest in early stage digital media, consumer internet and opportunistic technology startups.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology,” Anthony said in a statement. “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers. I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices. These will be huge areas for the future.”

I love that the new era of athletes are looking beyond the sports zone for areas to invest and grow in. Sidenote, I may have a propsal for you Melo, holla at your girl!

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The NBA Joins President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:54 +0000 Chris-Paul_President-Obama

LA Clippers star and NBPA president Chris Paul was in Washington DC on Monday to introduce the “My Brother’s Keeper” program with President Obama. The program’s goal it to provide young men of color with mentors and support networks to help them get into college, reduce drop out rates and helping them avoid becoming caught up in the cycle of the crime and prison that plagues many minority boys.



President Obama announced an expansion of the initiative that includes commitments by 60 of America’s largest school districts and a host of new foundations and agencies as well as major corporations, including the NBA and its players and retired players associations.

The NBA will specifically create a public service campaign designed to recruit at least 25,000 minority male mentors.


video via NBA

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NFL Analyst Tony Dungy Says He Wouldn’t Have Drafted Michael Sam Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:12:21 +0000 Tony Dungy

The first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl has a lot of people up in arms with his comments about the first openly gay player in the NFL, Michael Sam. NBC analyst Tony Dungy recently stated that he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam because of the level of distraction that comes along with him.


“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

Many are looking at Dungy’s comments as insensitive. But the reality is, as monumental as Sam’s announcement was, he was a seventh round pick, who many scouts looked at as a tweener. When it’s time for cuts, if Sam is on the fringe, what will the Rams do? If they cut him, many will simply assume it’s based on his sexual preference, not because his talent was deemed so-so. If you keep him and cut someone more deserving, it sets up a presidence. The media questions will continue of Sam, and his teammates for the entire NFL season.

This won’t be the last discussion on this topic. Even though Michael Sam said he wanted to be viewed as “just a football player” when he came out, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be introduced as “NFL player Michael Sam,” the gay descriptor will be always be attached. Double edged sword.



Tony Dungy has clarified his remarks on Michael Sam.

On Monday afternoon while on vacation with my family, I was quite surprised to read excerpts from an interview I gave several weeks ago related to this year’s NFL Draft, and I feel compelled to clarify those remarks.

I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that would not have drafted him.  I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.

I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL.  He absolutely does.

I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process.  It should not.

I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team.  I would not.

I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three months and have always answered them the same way—by saying that playing in the NFL is, and should be, about merit.

The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to prove whether they’re good enough to play.  That’s my opinion as a coach.  But those were not the questions I was asked.

What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.

I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.

I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction.  Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.

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NFL player & Former NBA player Arrested For Fighting In Miami Club Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:09:57 +0000 0725-jo-lonn-dunbar-donte-greene-mugs-1

Things in Miami can get tricky. Add in athletes’ egos, a club on South Beach and that could be a potential recipe for drama. And that’s just what happened when a former NBA player got into it with an NFL player on the weekend before NFL training camp begins.

Former Sacramento King Donte Green and St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar had an altercation at Dream that led to both being arrested and Green getting tasered. TMZ Sports has the deets:

Cops say they arrived at Dream nightclub around 5:20 AM Sunday morning — and noticed St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar in a “heated verbal altercation” with NBA free agent Donte Greene

According to the report, security was “unable to physically” restrain the men and their respective entourages … and a fistfight ensued. 

Cops say the situation escalated — with “multiple subjects exchanging blows” … and eventually they saw Greene approach Dunbar from behind and punch him in the head and neck with closed fists. 

Cops say they warned Greene to stop but he didn’t — so they broke out the taser and fired two prongs into the 6’11″ athlete … connecting with his lower back and his right butt cheek. 

Both were arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct. How much do you want to bet that this was somehow related to a woman?
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Ex-Destiny’s Child member Farrah Franklin arrested after altercation with NFL’ers Da’Quan Bowers, Ricky Sapp Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:27:16 +0000 Farrah-Franklin-mug-shot

Remember back in 2000 when Beyonce’s former group Destiny’s Child switched members? Out with the old and in with two new members. One of those newbies was Farrah Franklin. Farrah only lasted in the group for 2.5 seconds -ok, five months, but still… Over the weekend, Franklin was arrested in South Carolina after Tampa Bay Buccs’ Da’Quan Bowers flew her out for the weekend and something went left.

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