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Paul George ripped by judge for being deadbeat dad

Paul George PacersPaul George has been trying to prove for the past several months that he is not the father of a 5-month-old baby whose mother is a former stripper. The woman, Daniela Rajic, claimed when she was seven months pregnant that George is the father. The Indiana Pacers star has not ruled out that the child is his, but it seems clear he plans to do nothing until there is proof.

While the case has been dragged out and there has not yet been a paternity test, the New York Post reports that a Manhattan judge “slammed” George in court recently for doing all he can to avoid taking responsibility for the child.

“Even though it is all but certain that [George] is the father of the 5-month-old baby girl at the center of this case, he has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions,” Justice Matthew Cooper reportedly wrote in his ruling.

A previous report indicated that George offered Rajic $1 million to not have the baby, though George has vehemently denied that claim.

George’s legal team has delayed the paternity ruling by asking that the case be moved to federal court and then starting a competing preceding in Florida when that request was denied. While Cooper noted that the couple first slept together at a hotel in Miami, the child was allegedly conceived in California and born in New York. The paternity ruling has to come from the state where the child was born.

Rajic’s lawyer said his client was “gratified” by Cooper’s ruling. If it turns out that George is the father of the child, he’s going to look pretty bad for going to these lengths to prove he is not.

Report: Rob Bironas tried to run multiple cars off road, threatened to kill people

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Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died on Saturday night after flipping his car in a brutal single-car crash in Nashville, and the details surrounding the incident have gotten more bizarre by the day. On Tuesday, two Belmont students told The Tennessean that Bironas threatened to kill them and tried to run them off the road minutes before his accident.

Connor Fraley, a 20-year-old student, said he was a passenger in a pickup truck full of people that Bironas threatened and tried to sideswipe with his white SUV. Fraley said he and the others in the truck notice a burning smell coming from Bironas’ vehicle and tried to inform him about it.

“His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, “Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley said he told Bironas. “He looked over at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle.’ It was so random, so bizarre I was like, ‘What?’ And he said the exact same thing again.”

When the driver of the Ford F-150 Fraley was in turned left, he says Bironas followed them and tried to sideswipe them.

“The girls in the back seat were starting to freak out because he was swerving on the road in between lanes, all over the place,” he explained. “We had no idea who he was and why he was trying to harm us. It was a fight or flight situation and, unfortunately, we had to take flight at about 110 miles per hour. It was very scary.”

Fraley said he is certain it was Bironas that threatened and chased after him and his friends. He said he got chills when he listened to the 911 call from a woman who described Bironas as “crazy” and “dangerous” and claimed the former Titan tried to run her off the road.

Something very unusual went on that night. As LB mentioned before, it’s quite strange that Bironas’ wife would call police to report him missing after not being able to get ahold of him for just 30 minutes. Police also said alcohol was not believed to be a factor, which makes Bironas’ behavior even more strange. There’s a lot more to this story.

Bill Simmons blasts Roger Goodell, dares ESPN to punish him

Bill-SimmonsBill Simmons went off on Roger Goodell during his weekly podcast on Monday, labeling the NFL commissioner a liar and calling for him to step down. He then dared ESPN to reprimand him for his remarks.

Like many others, Simmons believes Goodell either saw the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer or knew exactly what was on the tape.

“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said, as transcribed by Tony Manfred of Business Insider. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail.

“For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f—ing bulls—. It really is, it’s such f—ing bulls—. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.”

Simmons then accused Goodell of being a hypocrite because he suspended Sean Payton for a full year over Bountygate despite Payton claiming he had no idea players were being paid to target opponents.

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Mike Tyson helped motorcycle crash victim ‘like a superhero’

Mike-Tyson-Floyd-Mayweather-Manny-Pacquiao-JailWhen 29-year-old Ryan Chesley crashed his motorcycle last week on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas, he couldn’t believe who he saw while he was trying to make sense of everything that had just happened. One of the first people to come to Chesley’s aid was none other than Mike Tyson.

Chesley crashed his motorcycle at around 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday when he says a taxi cut him off. Chesley’s lawyer said his client thought he was seeing things when he looked up and saw Tyson yelling at people to not touch him.

“He thought he was hallucinating,” attorney Stephen Stubbs told The Associated Press. “He thought he was in some other world.”

As soon as paramedics arrived, Tyson was gone. Stubbs said he left like “some sort of superhero,” not interested in waiting around to receive attention for lending a helping hand. The former heavyweight champion was recognized for his good deed anyway, as Chesley sent him a fruit basket and a hand-written thank you note.

“Thank you so much for looking over me after my accident,” Chesley wrote to Tyson. “It has to be the most reassuring thing in the world to have Mike Tyson telling people not to touch me.”

Chesley suffered broken bones and torn ligaments, but he was still able to use his right hand to snap a photo of Tyson with his cell phone. It only captured Iron Mike from the neck down.

We may be more familiar with the Tyson that blows up during interviews than we are with the one who has a compassionate side, but Chesley must be glad the softer side exists.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Former USC CB Brian Baucham suing Lane Kiffin, school for making him play while ill

Brian-Baucham-USCFormer USC cornerback Brian Baucham has filed a lawsuit against the university and former head coach Lane Kiffin, alleging that he suffered a brain injury during a game after he was forced to play while ill.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Baucham claims he suffered cardiopulmonary damage and brain injury when the Trojans played Cal on Sept. 22, 2012. He had been diagnosed with a concussion two months prior to the game and says he became ill before kickoff, but Kiffin allegedly forced him to play. Baucham collapsed on the field during the second half and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Baucham spent several days on a ventilator under the supervision of doctors and did not play for USC again. The lawsuit also claims that USC tried to revoke his scholarship after he was injured.

Given some of the stories we have heard surrounding USC over the past year or so, a lawsuit against Kiffin seems pretty much par for the course.

H/T Sports Illustrated

Mighty Mite football players taken out by banner, are real-life ‘Little Giants’ (Video)

The Wallkill (NY) Mighty Mites were beyond fired up for their first home game of the season this week. Unfortunately for the little guys, their parents don’t know how to hold a damn banner.

The Walkill Mites tried to run through a banner and shred it, but they wound up getting clotheslined instead. The end result was a massive pile of 50-pound players flopping all over each other and trying to figure out which way was up.

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Simply put, they turned into the real-life “Little Giants.” If you don’t get that reference, you need to reevaluate your childhood. I definitely blame the parents here. You have to hold the banner tighter than that. Basic physics.

Video via Deadspin

Michigan pulls promotion that offered free tickets with purchase of two Cokes

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No, you cannot get two free tickets to Michigan’s game against Minnesota this weekend with your purchase of two Coca-Cola products. Believe it or not, you could at one point. Unfortunately for Michigan students, the promotion has been pulled after what the school has labeled a “miscommunication.”

The photo you see above, which was shared by Alejandro Zuniga of The Michigan Daily, was taken inside a convenience store on the Michigan campus earlier this week. Zuniga pointed out that face value on the tickets is $150, or $75 per ticket. The deal didn’t last very long.

“Coke is a great partner of ours and had purchased a limited block of tickets for the Minnesota game for a Coke retail activation aimed at Michigan students,” Michigan’s athletic department wrote in a statement to MLive on Monday night. “Due to a miscommunication in the approval process, this promotion should not have run as is. As a result, it is being pulled immediately.

“However, all purchases to date will be honored by Coke.”

While the Wolverines are still drawing a ton of fans in comparison with other programs, their slow start has led to faltering attendance numbers. The 102,284 fans who showed up to Michigan’s game against Miami (Ohio) two weeks ago was the lowest turnout the team has had since 1995. The Wolverines are off to a 2-2 start that includes a 31-0 blowout loss against Notre Dame and a 26-10 home loss to Utah last week.

Michigan has run some promotions to try to offer discount tickets for students, but this is still Michigan. Offering $150 worth of tickets with your purchase of some soda is something UConn would do.

H/T Dr. Saturday