Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City ESPN meets Sex & The CIty. Sports and Pop Culture Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:43:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Details of War Machine’s suicide letter leaked Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:43:21 +0000 war-machine-instagram

Former MMA fighter War Machine attempted suicide last week in a Las Vegas jail. Now the details of what was meant to be his final words have been released. In the letter, War Machine claims he still loves Christy Mack, his ex-girlfriend that he beat within an inch of her life, but also blames her for his current circumstance.

He then tries to justify the beating, by saying he was stunned when he discovered her infidelity, and saying “Finding what I found that night was devastating to me, more than you will ever know,” adding, “not just the unfaithfulness, but the way u cared for him and protected him.”

War Machine says in the note this time he’d let Christy’s new boyfriend Corey Thomas beat him up — because he believes she would have stopped the guy and kicked her new dude out.

He then sinks into a world of self pity … “I still don’t understand how I got into this mess.  I don’t know why this had to happen.  My life was going so well.”  He then has the balls to say, “I forgive you, please forgive me.”

In addition to those comments, he says the charges are “fantasy,” that he should’ve been charged with domestic violence but not rape, attempted kidnapping, etc. He also says he wasn’t meant to live in this time, thanks his family and apologizes for letting them down.

You can read the whole letter on TMZ.

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Serena Williams calls Russian Tennis Federation President’s remarks “bullying and sexist” Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:17:39 +0000 Venus-Serena

Serena Williams applauded the WTA’s swift action following comments made by Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev referring to she and Venus as “brothers.” during a late night TV appearance.

Tarpischev appeared on the Russian late-night show “Evening Urgant” alongside former WTA player Elena Dementieva last week. When Dementieva was asked what it was like to play against the Williams sisters, Tarpischev jumped in and referred to them as the “Williams brothers,”

After a back-and-forth with the show host and Dementieva, who did not laugh at the comment, Tarpischev reportedly continued: “It’s frightening when you look at them. But really you just need to play against the ball.”

Tarpischev was fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year.

Serena says  Tarpischev’s remarks are bullying.

I think the WTA did a great job of taking [the] initiative and taking immediate action to his comments. I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.

The WTA issued this statement when announcing the suspension and fine of Tarpischev.

“The statements made by Shamil Tarpischev on Russian television with respect to two of the greatest athletes in the history of women’s tennis are insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport,” WTA Tour chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said in a statement.

“Mr. Tarpischev’s statements questioning their genders tarnish our great game and two of our champions,” the statement continued. “His derogatory remarks deserve to be condemned and he will be sanctioned.”

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Cowboys’ Joseph Randle gets underwear deal after arrest Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:45:12 +0000 Joseph-Randle

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is benefiting from his shoplifting arrest last week. Randle was arrested for stealing a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty and two pairs of black Polo boxers because, he didn’t feel like waiting. But now, it looks as if someone is willing to pay HIM for making a mistake.

MeUndies — a Los Angeles based lifestyle brand that is transforming how people perceive and purchase their underwear — is now partnering with Randle, according to MeUndies head of marketing and business development, Dan King.

MeUndies will pay Randle enough to help defray the cost of the $29,500 fine the Cowboys imposed on him after he was caught shoplifting last week while also supplying him with enough product that the Cowboys running back will have all the underwear he needs for a long time.

In partnership with MeUndies, Randle also will be donating upwards of $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need and making multiple appearances at Dallas-area schools and charities to speak to students about learning from their mistakes.

This seems a little soon for this type of endorsement, no?

Randle must have a live-in girlfriend, day after Cowboys won a big game, went to the mall, stole underwear and smell good… seems like he probably had a late night.

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Peyton Manning makes history on Sunday Night Football [video] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:14:24 +0000 Peyton-manning-touchdown-record

Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre for the NFL record for career touchdown passes with his 509th career scoring pass on Sunday Night Football. At 38 years old, and just three years removed from neck surgery, Manning stands alone as the touchdown king.

Manning threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half, giving the Broncos a 21-3 over the 49’ers.

“I’ve discussed with some family and friends recently that [I] certainly didn’t think this would even be a possibility a couple of years ago,” Manning said after the game. ” … I’m really enjoying playing here, playing for this organization.”

Manning’s resurgence after leaving the Indianapolis Colts has been nothing short of amazing. He broke the record in 56 fewer games than Brett Favre.

Broncos win 42-17.

Salute to one of the game’s greatest.

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Brandon Marshall reportedly goes off on Jay Cutler and Robbie Gould after Bears loss to Dolphins Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:41:01 +0000 Brandon-Marshall

Drama. That’s what happened following the Chicago Bears home lost to the Miami Dolphins. The Bears are now 3-4 on the season and haven’t won once on their home field with an 0-3 record. Things got tense in the Bears locker room after the game, with WR Brandon Marshall being the catalyst.

Marshall was reportedly yelling at Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould and QB Jay Cutler. Check out his postgame interview where he was asked what all the fuss was about.

Adam Johns of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that an unnamed Bear yelling, “Will you fight with your heart … You just kick the ball …. Do your job.”


spotted at Big Lead

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Darnell Dockett trolls Raiders fans [Photo] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:38:42 +0000 DockettTrolls

Darnell Dockett is out for the season for the Arizona Cardinals. The defensive tackle tore his ACL during pre-season. But that doesn’t mean Dockett isn’t still on his trash talk game.

Sunday afternoon, his Cardinals faced off against the Oakland Raiders at home. Raiders fans aren’t known for being timid. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an outspoken Dockett on the sidelines and rowdy fans brings us a classic moment. Dockett trolled fans with an 0-6 sign, referring to the team’s record this season.


He claims it was for a good reason though. He explained on Twitter

Cardinals win 24-13. 0-7

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Former Seahawk Michael Robinson confirms fight between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:23:06 +0000 Michael-Robinson

More former Seattle Seahawks are speaking about the issues with Percy Harvin and various members of the team. Harvin was traded to the New York Jets on Friday less than two years after his arrival.

Former Seahawk Michael Robinson is now working as a member of NFL media.  Sunday morning on NFL GameDay First, Robinson  confirmed that there was a fight between Harvin and Golden Tate the week of the Super Bowl, and he helped break it up.

“Something did go on at the Super Bowl that a lot of fans don’t know about,” Robinson said. “There was an altercation in the locker room between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. It saddens me because I was a leader on that team and to know that this information got out — usually Pete Carroll-coached teams, this type of thing stays in-house. There was an issue, I physically broke it up, I was there, you would have to ask those guys what they were arguing about, I’m not at liberty to talk about it.”

There were rumors that Golden Tate was having a relationship with QB Russell Wilson’s wife. Some have theorized that was what the drama stemmed from, but Golden denied those reports on his Twitter last April. Robinson confirmed the altercation took place the day before the Seahawks beat the Broncos to win the Super Bowl.

“We kind of talked about it afterwards,” he said. “I talked to Percy and Golden and they ironed their situation out. But again, you’ve been in locker rooms, these type of things happen all the time. Families fight. That is what is so disturbing. Again, this type of information usually doesn’t get out of that locker room. Why it comes out now, almost a year after the Super Bowl is mind-boggling. “

It’s not that puzzling, both guys have moved on to other teams. People are asking what went wrong, now they’re getting clear answers. No threat to team chemistry if the main parties aren’t in the locker room anymore.

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Blake Griffin and Trevor Booker have a little squirmish during Clippers vs. Jazz [Video] Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:51:14 +0000 Griffin-Booker

Clippers star Blake Griffin had a reputation around the league as being soft, and all dunks no real offense. That was before Doc Rivers came on board as the head coach. Griffin has not only improved his outside shooting, he’s also developed some toughness.

That edge was on display Friday night at Staples Center as the clips faced off against the Utah Jazz. During the third quarter, Griffin and Jazz’s Trevor Booker got into an altercation after Booker hit Griffin across the face on a dunk attempt. Griffin responded by grabbing the back of Booker’s head and balling up his fist as if he was about to rock Booker’s world.

After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Griffin “gets hit with more cheap shots than anybody in the League,” and Chris Paul praised BG for his patience despite the hard fouls he receives.

10 more days until the NBA regular season kicks off.

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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Kisses sideline reporter after calling her wrong name [Video] Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:35:37 +0000 Tristan_ThompsonCavs-reporter

Sometimes players mess up. The jury is still out on whether or not Cavs forward Tristan Thompson’s mess up with accidentally on purpose. In a postgame interview with sideline reporter Allie Clifton, Thompson called her Tina, Then to make up for the mistake, he gave her a kiss on the cheek … really it was her hair but close enough.


He winked when he called her Tina. Maybe it’s an inside joke.

video via @CJZero

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Seahawks trade Percy Harvin; Marshawn Lynch is mad and Golden Tate is sipping tea Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:28:18 +0000 harvin

A head-scratching trade went down on Friday in the NFL. Percy Harvin was traded to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. The move is curious because Harvin has performed well in his almost two years with the Seahawks – we aren’t talking about the flags on those three different touchdowns, stuff happens – and won the ultimate NFL prize, the Vince Lombardi trophy.

When the news of Harvin’s trade spread, one of the first reactions on Twitter was from Harvin’s teammate, Marshawn Lynch

Lynch was reportedly so heated when he heard the news, he almost didn’t on the bus to the airport - the team is playing the Rams on Sunday.

Reportedly Harvin wanted to be traded and the Seahawks were happy to oblige him because his attitude was a problem. Lynch allegedly gave former teammate Golden Tate, a black eye before the Super Bowl.


I’d assume that part is true because Tate, who has moved on to the Detroit Lions, RT a Kermit meme and posted his own “sipping tea” photo to Instagram


Here are a few other incidents involving Harvin and teammates per the Seattle Times:

A source also said Harvin had an altercation with Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin in the week leading up to the final preseason game this August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and each player being excused from practices that week. Harvin, who did not practice for two days prior to that game, did not make the trip to Oakland for what the team said at the time was “a personal matter.”

One final straw, a league source said, came in Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when Harvin apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter. Harvin played 26 of 48 official snaps but did not play 11 of the final 17.

“He’s just a time bomb,” one NFL source said, describing him as “too moody” and noting that Minnesota had also grown tired of dealing with Harvin, which precipitated his trade to Seattle in March 2013.

Seahawks just freed up a bunch of cap space too. Percy was originally signed to a $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed. So far he’s collected around $18 million.

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Drake takes the floor with Kentucky Wildcats [Video] Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:55:57 +0000 Drake-UK

Drake has usurped Lil Wayne as favorite rap-fan. Drake has been up close and personal at some of your favorite sporting events the past few years, even snagging a role as global brand ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.

One of Drake’s favorite team’s to cheer for has been the University of Kentucky WildCats.  Drizzy was on hand for the squads’ “Big Blue Madness” Friday night. Drake put on a warm up, entered with the team and joined the lay up line.

The lint roller bit is a theme, he gave them out last season at a Raptors playoff game. He shot an air-ball three.


So Drake’s like the mascot now, huh.


video via SB Nation

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One on One with MMA fighter Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson [video] Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:03:04 +0000 Holly-lilbear-lawson

Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson is the first female MMA fighter signed to Bellator with Scott Coker at the Helm. That’s kind of a big deal. Holly has her first MMA fight tonight, October 17th in Bluff city Iowa. Last summer I had the opportunity to watch Holly train at “The Body Shop” gym in Lakewood, California.

Holly and I discussed what it’s like to be a woman in such a violent sport, training against all men, and how she supported herself financially while training. At the time of this interview, Holly was still waiting for sponsorship. The MMA and boxing aren’t like the NFL or NBA where athletes are signed to contracts and receive a regular pay check. MMA fighters have to secure sponsors. Holly is also a personal trainer in addition to her workout training schedule which requires five to six days a week. That’s dedication!




Make sure to check out Holly’s match Friday night on Spike!

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Video from Colts owner Jim Irsay’s March arrest released [Video] Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:13:27 +0000 Jim-Irsay-DUI-video

Video has been released from Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay’s DUI arrest from March of this year.

In the footage, Irsay looks disoriented, and at one point almost falls over during a number of field sobriety tests.

Irsay plead guilt in an Indiana courtroom to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The other charges were dropped in a plea agreement. At the time of his arrest, The 55-year-old was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone. His toxicology report also showed Xanax in his system. And, he had $29,000 cash on him.



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76’ers Joel Embiid’s younger brother Arthur has died Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:56:04 +0000  


Sending prayers to Philadelphia 76’ers Joel Embiid and his family. Embiid’s younger brother Arthur passed away on Thursday. The cause of death and location in Africa was not disclosed.

20-year old Embiid learned of the news while in Philly and was accompanied by Sixers coach Brett Brown, president and general manager Sam Hinkie and teammate and fellow Cameroon native Luc Mbah a Moute. Embiid’s parents and younger sister Muriel live in Cameroon.

“We obviously consider our organization and members of our organization to be a huge family,” Sixers public relations director Michael Preston said before tipoff, “so when something of this nature occurs, it trumps a game, so they will not be in attendance tonight. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Joel and his entire family.”

Embiid is a native of Cameroon and only began playing basketball five years ago at the age of 15. he was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft following his freshman year at Kansas.


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War Machine attempted suicide in Las Vegas jail Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:33:44 +0000 War-Machine

Former MMA fighter War Machine attempted suicide in a Las Vegas jail earlier this week.  War Machine, birth name Jonathan Koppenhaver, has been in jail since August after brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack on August 8th at her Las Vegas home.

A Clark County Detention Center guard found War Machine Tuesday night after he tried to hang himself, according to authorities. Police said Koppenhaver was unresponsive when found.

Koppenhaver’s attorney, Brandon Sua, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the fighter’s vital signs had “completely stopped” and that he was “pretty much dead” when found. Sua also said officials found “multiple” suicide notes in Koppenhaver’s cell.

Koppenhaver, 32, is being held without bond on charges of attempted murder, domestic battery by strangulation, first-degree kidnapping and sexual assault. He’s facing a life in prison term.

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Baby’s mama drama resolved? Paul George posts selfie with daughter [Photo] Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:23 +0000 A few months ago, Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George was dogged out by the judge in his child support case regarding his infant daughter Olivia. The judge accused George of doing any and everything possible to avoid being a responsible father.

George met Olivia’s mother, a former stripper named Daniela in Miami in June of 2013. Pregnancy clearly wasn’t the plan for PG.

Now that George has some time away from the court this season while he rehabs his broken leg, he’s also working on being a dad. He posted this photo with Olivia to his Instagram page.

Basketball star Paul George and the mother of his baby girl made peace Thursday in a Manhattan courtroom after previously battling over paternity, custody and child support issues.

George, 24, said, “I’m extremely excited” at the prospect of holding 5-month-old Olivia for the first time Thursday afternoon.

“I am expecting to take full responsibility and to own up to being the dad,” the Indiana Pacers small forward said after the hearing.

Paul’s lawyer allegedly tried to get Daniella to pose with the All-Star for a photo, but she declined. Not interested in an Instagram family moment.

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Donald Sterling once introduced Blake Griffin to party guests while holding his hand Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:42:40 +0000 donald-sterling-blake-griffin

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling clearly had some issues. In the latest installment of share a freaky story about Sterling, Clippers forward Blake Griffin talks about the time he went to Sterling’s Malibu mansion for his annual all-white party.

Sterling apparently kept Blake close all night, guiding him around the room by hand, asking Blake to tell his guests what he thought of the women in LA… seriously.

Donald Sterling literally introduced me to everyone. Here’s how he did it, every single time, to every single group of people, while holding on to my hand:

“Everyone, have you met our newest star? This is Blake! He was the number one pick in the entire NBA draft. Number one! Blake, where are you from?”

Then I’d say I was from Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma! And tell these people what you think about LA.”

Then I’d say it was pretty cool.

“And what about the women in LA, Blake?”

It was the same conversation with every group of people. When he would start having a one-on-one conversation with someone, I’d try to slip away, and he’d reach back and paw my hand without even breaking eye contact with the person. Whenever he didn’t have anything left to say, he just turned around and walked us over to the next group.

Donald clearly had a slight obsession about his players and women. At one party, he asked Chris Paul why he was married with all the beautiful women in L.A., in front of CP3’s wife.

Which brings us to part two, Sterling also allegedly wanted to ensure that Blake had sampled LA’s finest and had escorts on deck to make it happen if Blake wasn’t able to close the deal.

“Two blonde models showed up on either side of me. They had clearly been hired for the event. I knew this because they were wearing size XXXX-L Clippers T-shirts tied at the stomach. I looked at Sterling. He had a big dumb grin on his face. I looked at one of the girls, as if to say, “Uhhh, you don’t have to do this.” She looked back: “Uhhh, yes I do.”

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Skylar Diggins throws up “The Roc” on the runway [video] Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:16:47 +0000 Skylar-Diggins-Michael-Costello

WNBA star Skylar Diggins hit the runway for LA Fashion week on Tuesday. Diggins walked in her first show for designer Michael Costello. She also made sure to remind you that she’s Roc La Familia by throwing up the diamond at the end of the runway.


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Amaré Stoudemire takes red wine baths [photo] Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:36 +0000 Amare-Stoudemire

Instagram is where people go to flex. If you’re a professional athlete earning millions, finding creative ways to do that has got to be part of the appeal. New York Knicks’ big man Amaré Stoudemire just added a bar. He posted a photo of himself in “recovery” soaking in a tub of red wine.


Recovery Day! Red Wine Bath !! #Kinging #Blessed #Hebrews Getting ready for the eighth day feast.

Red wine does offer anti-aging benefits. The triangle offense must be doing a number on the Knicks. Anything to get an edge.

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Did Gloria Govan forge Matt Barnes name on $150,000 loan? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:39:54 +0000 Gloria-Govan-Matt-Barnes

Recently I shared with you that Clippers forward Matt Barnes, and his reality show wife, Gloria Govan are estranged. The split was attributed to “trust issues,” and most assumed that had to do with fidelity. Turns out it was allegedly about money.

Per TMZ Sports, Gloria allegedly forged Matt’s signature for a $150,000 loan, and now their being sued for repayment.

The woman behind the lawsuit is Nina Rawls — the widow of R&B legend Lou Rawls — who claims Gloria approached her back in March and asked to borrow $150k for a TV project produced by Gloria and Matt’s production company. 

Rawls says she agreed — but the loan had to be repaid in full just 2 MONTHS later. According to the suit, May came and went … and Gloria (who stars on “Basketball Wives: LA”) never ponied up the dough. 

Eventually, Nina says Gloria ADMITTED that she forged Matt’s signature on the loan docs in the first place. It’s unclear if Matt ever knew about the loan in the first place … but our sources tell us Barnes was completely in the dark about the alleged deal.

We know that Gloria and her sister Laura were attempting to create their own reality show based on their unique family dynamic – two sisters involved with NBA players, and a lot of kids. I guess no network latched on to the concept.


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