Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may end up spending the rest of his life in and out of courtrooms.
According to TMZ, Sterling’s estranged wife Shelley is seeking spousal support in the wake of Donald filing for divorce from her more than a month ago. The amount she is seeking is unclear.
To give you some perspective, the Sterlings are worth about $3 billion as a couple. They sold the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 million after audio of Donald’s racist rant went viral last year, so Shelley seeking alimony could merely be a game.
What’s even more bizarre is that the two have been spotted out together recently, so it does not appear that they hate each other. Perhaps they found common ground last month when Sterling filed lawsuits against former girlfriend V. Stiviano and TMZ over the racist audio link. Shelley was awarded more than $2 million from Stiviano earlier this year with the help of a divorce lawyer.
As we know, Donald loves litigation. His passion for it remains the same as he pushes on into his 80s.
Terrell Owens and his estranged wife Rachel Snider are trying to finalize their divorce, but a house that they own together is holding things up. Interestingly enough, the house is the same one that was featured on “Celebrity Wife Swap” and made to seem like the residence of Owens and a close female friend of his.
Snider called into “TMZ Hollywood Sports” this week and explained that the home, which is currently on the market, has put a snag in divorce proceedings.
“We’re trying to end it,” she said. “We’re waiting on the judge to grant the divorce, but really what’s delaying it is the house. Both of our names are on it. We’re both invested in it. It’s up for sale right now.”
What is perhaps more interesting is that Snider insists she has no idea who Terrell’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” friend Melissa is. The show’s description on ABC.com says Owens and Melissa live together “in a house where physical fitness and sports dominate their lifestyle.” The house shown was the one that T.O. and Snider own together.
“I’ve never heard of this woman. She does not live in my house,” Snider said. “He actually said in a deposition that no one lives in the house, so I’m not sure where that’s coming from. I don’t know her, she doesn’t live in my house and I am his current wife.”
Snider added that there is no chance she is going to patch things up with Owens, which was obvious given the explosive fight they had on Twitter recently.
The relationship between Snider and T.O. is as bizarre as it gets. The two got married in a secret ceremony early last year, and things fell apart in a hurry. They were separated just two weeks later, with Snider insisting Owens only married her for money. She was later hospitalized following a suicide attempt.
Hopefully that house doesn’t stay on the market too long. You can see Snider’s interview below:
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The New England Patriots were prepared to wait until Week 7 to raise their most recent Super Bowl champions banner if Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was upheld.
In an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Thursday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft confirmed that the team would not have raised its Super Bowl XLIX champions banner before its Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers if Brady was not allowed to be present.
As Phil Perry of CSSNE.com noted, Kraft also hinted that the Patriots were planning to unveil a banner honoring their suspended quarterback if it came down to it.
Was it a “Free Brady” banner? Or would it say “12” somewhere?
Kraft explained that ” ‘1’ and ‘2’ was on it. Not ‘free.’ And there may have been some other things that were on the banner. It was much more factual and substantive than that. Tom may have been a three-time Super Bowl MVP and a four-time Super Bowl winner, and that may have been a part of it too.”
Since New England has a bye Week 4 and then road games against the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts the following two weeks, Brady wouldn’t have been present for a home game until Week 7.
Obviously, the Patriots are better off with Brady on the field. They probably also dodged a bullet from a PR standpoint, as there would have been a ton of criticism if they raised a banner supporting a player who was suspended for allegedly cheating.
Then again, we doubt they care. The Patriots have remained defiant throughout the entire appeals process and blatantly trolled the NFL after Brady’s suspension was overturned. Fans made it clear that they didn’t want a banner raised without Brady playing, and they were going to get their wish. Because of Roger Goodell’s incompetence, it never came to that.
- Tom Brady
Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward has been suspended for the first game of the regular season for an alleged incident that took place at a bar last year. Ward appealed the suspension and had a hearing with the league earlier this offseason, but the penalty was upheld.
According to the arrest warrant, which was issued in May 2014, Ward was accused of throwing a glass mug at a bartender inside a Denver strip club. Ward ended up only having to pay a fine. You can read more details from the incident here.
On Thursday, Ward was asked if he would try to take his appeal a step further in an attempt to play Week 1. The 28-year-old seems to think he wouldn’t have much luck because he is not Tom Brady.
— Steven Busch (@3OH3Runner) September 4, 2015
“I’m going to try, but my last name isn’t Brady so I’ll probably just have to sit it out,” Ward said.
While that was certainly a timely wisecrack, anyone who followed the Brady court case knows that the judge didn’t rule in favor of Brady because he’s a four-time Super Bowl champion with a supermodel wife. The NFL botched the case from start to finish and had no basis for issuing its punishment. The same probably isn’t true for Ward’s case.
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The Minnesota Gophers have come up with a unique way of distracting opposing kickers this season, and it involves a squirrel. But not just any squirrel. This one is internet famous.
When TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom lined up for a field goal facing the videoboard at TCF Bank Stadium Thursday night, he found himself face to face with the infamous “dramatic squirrel.” The team got the idea from one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time.
Fortunately for No. 2 TCU, Oberkrom converted three of his four field goal attempts and the Horned Frogs squeaked out a 23-17 win.
Unlike some of the other ways we have seen people distract kickers, this one seems perfectly fair. Hilarious, but fair.
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How long has it been since Tiger Woods won a major championship and was at the top of his golf game? So long that it’s safe to say the younger generation can’t even appreciate how dominant Woods truly was at one point.
Earlier this week, a hilarious tweet from a girl whose father played golf with Tiger went viral. Simply put, she was not impressed.
We don’t blame you, Maddie. Sure, many of us watched Tiger dominate golf and win 14 majors. At one point Woods looked like a lock to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships, but that was about seven or eight years ago. The Tiger Maddie has seen is more likely to do something like this than he is to win a tournament.
Out with the old and in with the new.
H/T Golf Digest
The first round of meaningful football games took place Thursday night, and we can already stop our search for hit of the year. Montana State linebacker Mac Bignell delivered it.
Fort Lewis College running back P.J. Hall caught a swing pass in the flat, and Bignell came sprinting in and absolutely leveled him. You would have thought there was helmet-to-helmet contact with the way Hall’s head snapped back, but that was merely an indication of devastating the hit was.
— Jack Murrey (@jackmurrey) September 4, 2015
We saw some huge hits across college football last year, but that one is right up there with the best of them.
Hawaii had an entire offseason to prepare for its season opener at home against Colorado on Thursday, but they looked more like a team that was cobbled together for a pickup game at the last minute.
On two occasions in the first half, Hawaii’s quarterback and running back had a miscommunication. Both times QB Max Wittek turned one way for a handoff while the running back went the other way.
This one came in the first quarter and the miscommunication was between Wittek and Steven Lakalaka:
A quarter later it happened again, this time with running back Paul Harris:
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 4, 2015
Considering that Wittek was the common variable in both equations, we’ll say that he really needs to figure his stuff out. That’s embarrassing.
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Jarryd Hayne hasn’t even played in a regular season NFL game, yet he is already my favorite player in the league.
The Aussie showed off the moves that made him a rugby star in his native country when he absolutely trucked an unsuspecting Chargers defender during a run in the third quarter of Thursday’s preseason game:
Hayne led the 49ers with 58 yards on 10 carries and added 17 yards on two catches. One of the catches came on the play seen above where he took a screen pass on second and long and bulldozed Lowell Rose at the end of the play. Hayne also returned three punts for 14 yards, which is actually poor given his standards.
Jarryd Hayne was 2nd in NFL during preseason with 175 yards rushing on 25 carries. Zach Zenner (Lions) led 35-183. Hayne’s 7.0 avg was best.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 4, 2015
Hayne is an absolute natural with the ball in his hands. He moves more north-south than east-west on the field, he has natural vision, great cutting ability, a vicious stiffarm, and he truly is a master when it comes to shifting the ball to the proper arm when he is toting the rock. He is a real talent, and the 49ers made an excellent discovery with him. He might be their best offensive weapon this season, and I can’t wait to watch him play. This guy is a stud.
- Jarryd Hayne
Jim Harbaugh’s debut as head coach of Michigan failed to live up to the hype in a loss at Utah on Thursday night, and turnovers by the quarterback were a big reason why.
Graduate transfer Jake Rudock threw three interceptions including a pick-six in the defeat, and that left fans livid. Some even took to altering his Wikipedia page by calling him a “turnover machine.”
Rudock played a poor game in his debut — against a pretty tough defense albeit — but that’s taking things a bit too far. Darrell Bevell feels your pain, Jake.
Tip via Howie T.