Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City http://jocksandstilettojill.com ESPN meets Sex & The CIty. Sports and Pop Culture Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:40:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Devon Still’s daughter’s mom wants the NFL to make him pay child support http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/devon-stills-daughters-mom-wants-the-nfl-to-make-him-pay-child-support/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/devon-stills-daughters-mom-wants-the-nfl-to-make-him-pay-child-support/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:40:01 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96749 Channing-Smythe-Leah-Still

You know if attorney Gloria Allred is involved, sh*t is about to get real. One of the feel good stories of this NFL season has been the courageous battle of four-year-old Leah Still. Leah’s father, Devon was a fringe player with the Cincinnati Bengals. The team was all set to wave Still after missing much of training camp to deal with Lean’s illness, but kept him on the practice squad so he could keep his medical benefits to help his daughter’s treatment.

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Still became a movement as people both in the league and outside made contributions for his daughter’s care and therapy. Absent during much of this was Leah’s mother, Channing Smythe. According to the Daily Mail, Smythe is claiming that Still hasn’t paid child support since July, and now she’s hired Allred to take her case.

Allred has contacted the NFL to inquire if Still not paying his child support is a violation of the player Personal Conduct Policy.

“I don’t think it is fair that Devon Still, who is Leah’s father, has refused to pay any child support for her for the months of August, September, October and November of this year,” Smythe said in a declaration that accompanied the letter addressed to NFL vice president Jeffrey Pash.

Smythe claims she can’t work because of Leah’s treatment for neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. She also says they have been forced to stay with a friend and live off food stamps.

The two broke up in 2010 and Still is now engaged to another woman

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Former Redskins CB accused of beating up girlfriend over empty condom box [photos] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/former-redskins-cb-accused-of-beating-up-girlfriend-over-empty-condom-box-photos/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/former-redskins-cb-accused-of-beating-up-girlfriend-over-empty-condom-box-photos/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:46:05 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96715 Fred-Smoot-Valerie-Jackson

Former Washington Redskins’ corner back Fred Smoot is in trouble with the law. Once again domestic violence accusations are being aimed at a former professional athlete. Smoot’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Valerie Jackson said that she found a used pack of condoms and Viagra pills in Smoot’s truck.

She confronted him about it and things escalated from there.

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the nerve…just found in my boyfriends truck…1 empty pack of condoms 1 have used pack of condoms…five sheets of generic Viagra 20 pills are used o yea and just found out he has a baby on the way must have forgotten the condom that night…I DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN NEXT I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR YOU FRED SMOOT!!!!!

She followed that post with multiple posts of alleged injuries caused by Smoot dating back to August of this year.

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Valerie had injuries to her shoulders and neck as well as cuts to her lips and arms. She also posted a restraining order from November 23 after Smoot allegedly broke down a door to attack her. He was arrested and has since been released on $2,500 bond.

 

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Kobe tells teammates to “get the f**k out the way” [Video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/kobe-tells-teammates-to-get-the-fk-out-the-way-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/kobe-tells-teammates-to-get-the-fk-out-the-way-video/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:42:12 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96710 Kobe-Bryant-Swaggy-P

We know this Lakers season is going to be extremely painful. We also know that Kobe is always going to give 100% and go for his. During a Lakers loss Sunday night to the Denver Nuggets,  it looks like Yolo Kobe made an appearance.

Can you read lips? Cause it looks like Kobe is saying “get the f**k out the way”

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I mean, what did you expect Kobe to say?

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Athletes express outrage at Ferguson decision http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/athletes-express-outrage-at-ferguson-decision/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/athletes-express-outrage-at-ferguson-decision/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:13:37 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96702 ferguson

Some athletes aren’t willing to speak out on social issues. While Michael Jordan famously avoided those topics during his playing days, today’s athletes have no problem sharing their opinions on the injustices that are happening to young black men in America.

Monday night saw the announcement of the Grand Jury findings in the shooting of black Missouri teen Mike Brown, at the hands of a white officer named Darren Wilson. 100 days after the incident took place last August, the outcome many feared became reality, no charges.

LeBron, Kobe and several other professional athletes including Lions RB Reggie Bush, Clippers Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford, and more took to Instagram and Twitter to share their outrage at the decision.

 

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Photos of Darren Wilsons injuries! Am I missing something? Come on man! SMH! #JusticeForMikeBrown

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Sad but true. History is repeating itself when does it end? #JusticeForMikeBrown

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This is a photo of Darren Wilson after the Shooting and this is what I just saw on CNN Darren Wilson Grand Jury Testimony “As he (Mike Brown) is coming toward me… I keep telling him to get on the ground, he doesn’t. I shoot a series of shots. I don’t know how many I shot, I just know I shot it. I know I missed a couple… But I know I hit him at least once because I saw his body jerk…. The face that he had was looking straight through me, Like I wasn’t even there… Just coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me. And when he gets about that 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that’s what I shot. I felt that another one of these punches in my face could knock me out or worse. I mean, it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger and the, I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right. I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some type of control and no be trapped in my car any more. And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a FIVE-year-old holding onto HULK HOGAN” …….. Am I missing something here???? 5yr old/ Hulk Hogan!!!! Smh these statement really upset me but we must remember this… It’s Your community think about it this is what they want you to do…… Make a impact in a positive way!!! There are peaceful protesters in many major cities. Any person shifting his/her efforts to uplifting his/her community is a blessing

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Estranged Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sent out an interesting Tweet. I’m sure he meant it in a positive sense, however…

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Iggy Azalea wins “Best Hip-Hop” album of year at American Music Awards http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/iggy-azalea-wins-best-hip-hop-album-of-year-at-american-music-awards/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/iggy-azalea-wins-best-hip-hop-album-of-year-at-american-music-awards/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:46:41 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96657 While Lakers’ star Nick Young was at Staples Center losing to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, his girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea was across the street at the Nokia theatre taking home the American Music Award for best Hip-Hop album of the year, “The New Classic.”

The AMA’s are voted on by the American public. So, if you’ve never filled out a ballot – AMA or otherwise – don’t complain about the outcome. “MESSAGE”

Check out Iggy’s performance with Jennifer Lopez of “Booty”

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Jay Z and Jerry Jones chat up on the sidelines of Giants vs. Cowboys [Photos] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/jay-z-and-jerry-jones-chat-up-on-the-sidelines-of-giants-vs-cowboys-photos/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/jay-z-and-jerry-jones-chat-up-on-the-sidelines-of-giants-vs-cowboys-photos/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:23:52 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96663 Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports  recently signed Dez Bryant. The rumor was that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t happy about the move. Bryant’s contract with the team is ending this spring, and you know he’s looking for major coins. During Sunday Night Football, cameras caught Jones and Jay Z having a brief conversation on the sideline.

So what were they discussing?

Jones was asked if he got anything worked out with Jay-Z before the game. Instead of addressing Bryant’s contract, Jones’ answer had to do with Jay-Z as possible halftime entertainment.

“Yeah, I was working on a halftime deal with him for Thanksgiving,” Jones said, winking. “No it’s good. He had just been to the stadium and entertained there. He’s outstanding.”

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Michael Sam wishes he would’ve waited to make announcement that he was gay http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/michael-sam-wishes-he-wouldve-waited-to-make-announcement-that-he-was-gay/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/michael-sam-wishes-he-wouldve-waited-to-make-announcement-that-he-was-gay/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:53:16 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96658 michael-sam-gq-magazine-december-2014

Michael Sam became the first open NFL player having coming out earlier this year before the draft. There was a bunch of coverage regarding potential reactions from teams, NFL execs and players. Some noted that though Sam was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, he would be a bit of a tweener if he actually made it to the league.

Sam was drafted in the seventh round to the St. Louis Rams and cut before the regular season. He then was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, and signed to the practice squad. He was cut after seven weeks. In a recent interview with GQ Sam has revealed that he wishes he wouldn’t have come out the way that he did, as he feels it ultimately has worked against him on the gridiron.

‘I would have done the same thing I did at Mizzou — which was to tell my team and my coaches and leave it at that. But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and it got out. If I didn’t have the year I did, nobody would have cared. But I have no regrets. Some people can argue that I had the potential to go higher in the draft. But I think everything happens for a reason.’

Sam says playing while gay wasn’t the most challenging hardship he’s had to overcome — he’s claimed his brothers abused him as a child and his father abandoned the family when he was young. (His dad denied it.)

Two of his brothers are in jail, and one has been missing for years.

On his time with the Cowboys:

‘In St. Louis, they welcomed me, but I felt they were just putting smiles on their faces. It was because they didn’t know my future. It was almost like the situation with a stray dog — you don’t want to get too close. In Dallas, they were more welcoming.’

 

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Marshawn Lynch answers 22 interview questions with 50 words [video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/marshawn-lynch-answers-22-interview-questions-with-50-words-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/marshawn-lynch-answers-22-interview-questions-with-50-words-video/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:31:38 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96646 Marshawn-Lynch-Postgame-InterviewCards-355

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has no love for the media. Beast mode is just about action BOSS. But, after the NFL fined him $100,000 for failing to speak with the media in recent weeks, Lynch kinda talked with the media after Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch’s postgame interview consisted of 22 questions from the media and a total of 50 words from Lynch. Most of them one word answers like “maybe” and “no”

 

 

 

That’s actually progress.

Spotted at CBS Sports

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Lions’ Ndamukong Suh and Patriots’ Darrelle Revis engage in a bit of trash talk [Video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/lions-ndamukong-suh-and-patriots-darrelle-revis-engage-in-a-bit-of-trash-talk-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/lions-ndamukong-suh-and-patriots-darrelle-revis-engage-in-a-bit-of-trash-talk-video/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:33:55 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96642 darrelle-revis-ndamukong-suh

The New England Patriots beat the brakes off of the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Following the game,  Lions’ Ndamukong Suh and Patriots CB Darrelle Revis had to be separated.

It appears that Revis, Devin McCourty and newly-acquired LeGarrette Blount might have been sending a little friendly trash talk Suh’s way.

 



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Giants Odell Beckham Jr. makes incredible one-hand catch [video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/giants-odell-beckham-jr-makes-incredible-one-hand-catch-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/giants-odell-beckham-jr-makes-incredible-one-hand-catch-video/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:02 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96638 odell-beckham-jr-1handcatch

The Dallas Cowboys came back at the end to win the game against the New York Giants, but rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showed out with this catch.

The catch took place during the first play of the second quarter. Odell beat Cowboys corner Brandon Carr. New nicknames; Stretch, Mr. Fantastic, Peter Parker, Plastic man.

 

video via Gifd Sports

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Dwight Howard out Indefinitely http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/dwight-howard-out-indefinitely/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/dwight-howard-out-indefinitely/#respond Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:36:35 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96631 Dwight-Howard-Rockets

Looks as if the Houston Rockets will be without the services of Dwight Howard for awhile. Howard reportedly underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat his strained right knee.

There’s no timetable for Dwight’s return.

“It feels a lot better,” Howard said Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out of it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”

Howard missed last week’s game against the Lakers, some speculated that his absence had more to with the child abuse investigation currently taking place regarding Howard’s seven-year-old son.

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Rihanna to ink $1 million deal with Puma http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/rihanna-to-ink-1-million-deal-with-puma/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/rihanna-to-ink-1-million-deal-with-puma/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:34:38 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96601 rihanna

Rihanna is a fashion icon. Now she’s looking to add her stamp on the world of athletic fashion. The New York Daily News reports that Rihanna will ink a $1 million deal with Puma to design sneakers and streetwear.

The deal will also contain an exclusivity clause, meaning no Adidas or Nike while she’s out and about. Rihanna had a promotional deal with Nike in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Puma, Solange just released her latest collection with the brand, “wild wonder”

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Snow storm causes NFL to move Bills vs. Jets to Monday in Detroit http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/snow-storm-causes-nfl-to-move-bills-vs-jets-to-monday-in-detroit/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/snow-storm-causes-nfl-to-move-bills-vs-jets-to-monday-in-detroit/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:10:19 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96594 Bills-Stadium

Buffalo, New York is in the midst of a crippling snow storm that has paralyzed the city. Over six feet of snow has fallen over the last three days which has caused the NFL to move Sunday’s home match up against the Jets to a whole other city. Bills vs. Jets will take place on Monday at 7:00 PM  at Ford Field in Detroit.

“Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm,” the NFL said in a statement.

Initially, the Bills hoped to clear Ralph Wilson Stadium in time for Sunday’s 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff, offering $10 per hour and free game tickets to fans who could help shovel out the stadium.

“It is not practical to play a game in Orchard Park in the condition that our community is in,” Bills president Russ Brandon said earlier Thursday, before the NFL announced the site change. “It really wasn’t an option to try to play the game at any point Sunday, Monday or even potentially Tuesday based on what the forecast is.”

Tickets to the game will be free. Check out photos and video players posted to Instagram and Twitter this week of the snow fall.

 

Fred Jackson decided to recreate the hit Disney movie “Frozen” for his daughters. Super sweet.

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Charlotte Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor won’t appeal 24-game suspension http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/charlotte-hornets-jeffery-taylor-wont-appeal-24-game-suspension/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/charlotte-hornets-jeffery-taylor-wont-appeal-24-game-suspension/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:29:22 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96566 jeffery-taylor

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor has been suspended for 24 games without pay by the NBA. Taylor plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and malicious destruction of hotel property, stemming from an incident with a “girlfriend” last September.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver went beyond the standard 10-game suspension for a violent offense. The current climate in professional sports following the NFL’s gaffe in handling the Ray Rice incident.

Taylor has already missed 11 games and will sit out an additional 13. That’s about fourth of the NBA’s 82 game schedule.He will lose $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a release Wednesday. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”

 

Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.

The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor’s arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan, hotel the morning of Sept. 25 after an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.

Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument ensued, prompting hotel guests to call security, the NBA release said. The argument escalated, and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent manner into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.

The release also said Taylor slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, the report said.

Taylor was arrested by East Lansing police officers and, according to the NBA investigation, was “belligerent and uncooperative.”

Taylor’s charge will be dismissed if he completes all the requirements of the program that include alcohol counseling and community service.

“While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way,” Silver said in the statement.

New NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts said they would appeal the decision at Taylor’s discretion. Taylor declined. I know some might be confused as to why a woman would want to appeal a domestic violence punishment. Roberts job as head of the union is to protect the players and their rights. The punishment is over the limits as laid out in the CBA. Ensuing that the players interest are protected is the union’s job. If you allow the NBA and Adam Silver to make things up as they go along, things could get tricky later down the line.

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Beyonce drops 7/11 [Video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/beyonce-drops-711-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/beyonce-drops-711-video/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:56:39 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96585 Beyonce-7:11

There’s been a lot of attempts to break the internet over the past week or so. Beyonce is good at swooping down and dropping something on us out of nowhere. On Friday King Bey dropped a video for 7/11. It’s a new song featured on the re-issue of her “Beyonce” album which is set to drop next week.

We should’ve known something was coming because it seemed odd that the day before the video dropped, Bey was walking around New York sipping on a slurpee.

Needless to say, this video is EVERYTHING! It appears that the video was shot with an iPhone. At one point you can see Bey holding the selfie stick and a cameo by Blue Ivy on the bed. Simple, yet so creative.

In real life, this is me everyday around my house! Owwwwwwww

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One-on-One interview with LA Kiss DB Romeo Pellum on Arena league, CTE & more http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/one-on-one-interview-with-la-kiss-db-romeo-pellum-on-arena-league-cte-more/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/one-on-one-interview-with-la-kiss-db-romeo-pellum-on-arena-league-cte-more/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:12:07 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96571 LA-Kiss

In professional basketball, if you don’t make it to the NBA, there are options like the D-League, or overseas teams, that keep you on NBA scouts radar. The NFL doesn’t have an official minor league system like the NBA does with the D-League, but athletes can head to Canada and play in the CFL, or get into arena football in the U.S.

The city of Los Angeles welcomed a new team this year co-owned by two members of the 70’s Rock legendary band, Kiss; Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The team ended their first season with a 3-13 record, but were second in the league for attendance, averaging over 10,000 fans per game. The roster saw  high turnover due to injury. 70 players shuffled through the 21-man roster.

Romeo Pellum is a DB who played in 12 of the Kiss’ 18-games this season. The 25-year old is from Long Beach, played college ball at Washington State, and had a quick stop in  NFL training camp with the Carolina Panthers.

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Romeo still has NFL aspirations, I talked to him about the current state of the NFL, what it’s like playing in the arena league and if he has concerns about CTE. Romeo suffered a, in his words “bad” concession while playing in college at Washington State.

Jill: How was the experience playing in the inaugural season for the LA Kiss with rock legends as owners? Was it a different type of experience for you?
PELLUM: Ya, definitely different, we’re basically in the limelight out here (Los Angeles) because of our owners, and because of the name Kiss,  it’s different than any other arena football team.  When people think of arena football, they don’t think of, you know, “football.” But, when you look at Kiss, that kinda brands us, you know, and put us at a higher level than other teams as far as branding. Because of our owners and, the way that they did it, it was pretty smart, each home game you get basically a half time show and a live band and all that stuff, and you get all the fans that come out, the football fans, Kiss fans, and they all come together and they watch us play and I think those are the best games in the world.

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Jill:  Had you heard of KISS before you joined the team? Were you familiar with any of their music or their status?
PELLUM: Uhh, I honestly didn’t. I knew that song “I wanna rock and roll all niiight…” I knew that song but I didn’t know KISS, it was by KISS.
Jill:  LA hasn’t had a football team in like twenty years. How does it feel being a part of football; being that you’re from Long Beach, right down the street, to play at home?
PELLUM: Ya, I mean it’s awesome, I mean it’s like a blessing you know, I get to be by my family and friends. They get to come watch me play. Um, I haven’t played here since high school; to be able to, you know, play at home, you know, basically it’s my job, I work at home and I get to do what I love at home, there’s no better feeling than that, you know. You know, people come from all over and I’m just blessed to be able to be here year round for my son, you know. He gets to watch all my games at home, you know. That’s awesome.

Jill:  What’s the difference moving from playing  in college or in the NFL, to playing in the arena league?

PELLUM:  Well, of course the field is smaller. Ummm, it’s fifty yards long and about twenty seven yards wide. That’s the biggest, biggest difference right there; is the field size. You have walls on the sideline, there’s no sideline. There’s walls right there. So I mean, you can go over the wall, you can hit the wall. Being a defensive player, there’s a wide receiver, he has a running start at you. So, he can run towards you before the ball is snapped so he has, he’s already going full speed when he cross the line of scrimmage, and you know that’s tough for a DB.

Romeo’s goal is to get into the NFL. He believes his skills could be a good fit for the Jets, Colts or Chargers to name a few teams. I asked him if he worries about CTE. CTE has been a headline topic this year following a lawsuit filed against the NFL by former players. Romeo coaches a pop warner team and has a three-year old son.

Jill:   You’ve played, probably, football all your life. What do you think about the lawsuits that are happening between the NFL and some former players about CTE? Is it something that you think about? Is that something that you consider regarding your own career? Would you let  your son play football?

PELLUM: Oh, of course, ya. He’s my son. He already runs around cause I coached my little brother’s Pop Warner team, so my son goes out there to practice running around, and you know, as soon as he’s able to play, once he’s old enough, he’ll play.

But I do take concussion serious. I got a concussion my freshman year at Washington State where I was unconscious for a second. It was really, really bad. I know that that it’ll probably affect me long term, but I love this game and I’m not gonna let a concussion stop me from playing unless it was really, really serious, you know, life threatening. But my brother and my son, they’ll continue to play football if that’s what they want to do.

The NFL game is changing, and its impacting defensive players. I wanted to know if those affects were showing up in the arena league.

Jill:   What do you think about some of the rule changes that are affecting the NFL? With hits and the targeting area? Do you think that that it affects your game or that it will? Does it take away some of your passion for it because their sorta stripping down the game from where it was organically?

PELLUM:   Ya, I mean, I wouldn’t say it takes the passion away but, it kinda makes this offensive game because defense, I mean, you’re supposed to stop the person with the ball. You’re supposed to hit the person with the ball. And all these rules, it’s making it hard. You’re scared to hit somebody because you’re scared that you’re gonna get ejected; or you’re scared you’re gonna get fined. You know, stuff like that. And I just, I don’t know, it’s like it’s soft.

Jill:  Eventually, football is not going to be what you grew up with. Does it make feel differently about the game? Or will you keep adjusting your game if need be?

PELLUM:  You’re always gonna have to keep adjusting the game, once you love something you love it, well that’s for me at least. I’ll always love football no matter if I’m playing, coaching or watching. I’ll forever love this game. But, it kinda takes an element out of your game, you know, for DB’s or defensive players, if you’re like a guy that loves to hit, and that’s your strength, like you’re a hitter and you can’t do that to your full potential because of the rules, it kinda takes a part of your game away. And that…

Jill:   What’s your favorite part about playing football?

PELLUM:  I love the game and the experience. I got a lotta experience playing college and professional football. And I get to travel,  I went to Canada, I’ve been to almost every, every state in the US. because of football. I’m just blessed because a lot of people don’t get to do that. You know, travel and do what you love to do

Romeo does a lot of work in his community, mentoring kids who are growing up in a similar environment, and may not have positive male role models in their life.

 

photos via Romeo Pellum

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Raiders almost get offside penalty after extended celebration [Video] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/raiders-almost-get-offside-penalty-after-extended-celebration-video/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/raiders-almost-get-offside-penalty-after-extended-celebration-video/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:12:18 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96560 Raiders-Celebrate

The Oakland Raiders have finally won their first home game of the 2014 NFL season in week 12. The Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football 24-20.

In fact, at one point, the Raiders almost got an offsides penalty because they were busy celebrating. Justin Tuck called timeout and saved his teammates. The Raiders went on to hold on 4th down and get their 1st win of the year.

 

How much Dap can you give??? I know he better buy Justin Tuck a gift, can you imagine how this would’ve went if the Chiefs scored?

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Flashback Friday: A look back at the career of former NBA star Isaiah “JR” Rider http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/flashback-friday-a-look-back-at-the-career-of-former-nba-star-isaiah-jr-rider/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/flashback-friday-a-look-back-at-the-career-of-former-nba-star-isaiah-jr-rider/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:06:40 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96553 JR-Rider

Today is Flashback Friday. I recently came across a Ball is Life post for an upcoming documentary on former NBA star, Isaiah “JR” Rider. If you aren’t familiar with JR, let me give you the back story.

JR was once the NBA’s poster child for trouble yet talented. Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian once said JR was “probably the most talented player I have ever coached.” JR averaged 29.1 points per game his senior season at UNLV in 1992-93.

There were hints of problems to come with JR. After bouncing through 2 junior colleges – and problems staying academically eligible – while at UNLV, JR was arrested and spent a night in jail for assaulting a drive-through attendant at Jack in the Box. He allegedly threw a shake in the guy’s face cause it was vanilla instead of strawberry.

Rider went on to be drafted 5th in the 1993 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves – he guaranteed he’d win the dunk contest the day he was drafted. He did it.

During his six-plus seasons in the NBA, rider was arrested for assault, gambling and weed. We can’t forget that one of his arrests included possessing an illegal cell phone that was flipped to charge his calls to someone else’s cell. How 90’s I bet it was a Motorola Star-Tac, that was the go to baller phone in the 90’s.

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Rider was apart of five NBA teams, and won a ring with the Lakers during year one of the Kobe, Phil Jackson and Shaq three-peat era.

He was traded from the Timberwolves to the Trail Blazers, then to the Atlanta Hawks, signed with the Lakers as a free agent, and had a brief stint with the Denver Nuggets – he showed up two days late to training camp.

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In 1999, he was suspended for going into the stands during a game with the Golden State Warriors. He once reportedly threatened to have a reporter killed. He also threatened to have his teammate Dikembe Mutumbo killed. At one point, he was arrested on a rape allegation.

 

Things didn’t get better in his immediate post-league years. rider was arrested three times in 2008. Those arrests included:

  • January 2008 confrontation with a taxi driver. Rider had a warrant out for his arrest for illegal possession of a firearm AND another warrant for grand theft.
  • March 2008 possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license in San Rafael – that’s in the Bay Area for those not familiar. He was then arrested later that month in LA for grand theft.

Three more arrests in 2010 some of those incidents involving his fianceé at the time.

  • Arrested in Mesa, AZ for assaulting his fianceé, not paying a cab driver and allegedly kidnapping his one month old son

But Rider has fought his way through all of this and now at 43, his life is on a different path. This is the most recent trailer for his upcoming documentary, “My Testimony: Raw & Uncut.”

 

January 2015 is the scheduled release date and I can’t wait to check it out.

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Sacramento Kings honor Chris Webber [photos] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/sacramento-kings-honor-chris-webber-photos/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/sacramento-kings-honor-chris-webber-photos/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:39:47 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96546 Bibby-Cwebb

Chris Webber was one of the keys to the Sacramento Kings success in the early 2000’s.  From 2001-2004 the cowbells were ringing – that’s a Phil Jackson reference from the heated Lakers vs. Kings playoff rivalries- Sacramento won 55, 61, 59, 55 respectively.  Those teams were led by Webber and Jason “white chocolate” Williams for a year (2000-2001) before the Kings traded Williams for Mike Bibby.

The Kings are finally pulling it together thanks to players like DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Rudy Gay leading the newest wave. Thursday saw the franchise pay tribute to their former stars, and retire CWebb’s jersey.

 

Webber’s jersey was a tad dirty. Wonder who missed that?

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Shantel Jackson covers up Floyd Mayweather tatt [Photos] http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/shantel-jackson-covers-up-floyd-mayweather-tatt-photos/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/2014/11/shantel-jackson-covers-up-floyd-mayweather-tatt-photos/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:31:32 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=96535 Shantel-Nelly

Shantel Jackson has moved on from boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to rapper Nelly. During her engagement to Floyd, Shantel would get a heart tatt for her every match that he won on her wrist.

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But now that the relationship is beyond over – and probably not coming back considering she has a pending lawsuit against him – Shantel decided to get the tatt covered. The old tattoo featured a pair of red boxing gloves on her inner wrist, with the red hearts signifying each win in the ring. here’s the cover up by tattoo artist Jeremy Swan.

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