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Friday, August 28, 2015


Derrick Rose sued by woman claiming he drugged, gang-raped her

Derrick Rose

A woman who dated Derrick Rose from 2011-2013 has filed a lawsuit against the former NBA MVP, claiming he drugged and gang-raped her two years ago.

TMZ has the details of the lawsuit and says the woman did not file a suit relating to the the Aug. 2013 incident until now because she was ashamed and embarrassed.

According to TMZ, the woman claims in her suit that Rose tried to “pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused.”

Here’s more on the case via TMZ:

Rose’s accuser says the two continued to date until August 2013, when Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton (who is also Rose’s personal manager), invited her to Rose’s Beverly Hills house. She says there, they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her.

The plaintiff says she escaped the house with a friend, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated. She says she remembers only “flashes” of the incident, but can remember the defendants forcibly raping her.

The woman is seeking unspecified damages.

Rose played in 51 games last season for the Chicago Bulls. He split with his longtime girlfriend in late 2013, a year after she gave birth to their son. It is unclear whether this accuser is the same woman.

Jadeveon Clowney finds out during press conference he is on track to play Week 1 (Video)


When the Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, they did so with visions of him and J.J. Watt forming a lethal pass rushing duo. Unfortunately, a knee injury cut Clowney’s season short, limiting him to just four games. After microfracture surgery in December, and progressing through rehab since, it appears Clowney and Watt will both be on the field when the Texans face the Chiefs in Week 1.

Head coach Bill O’Brien indicated he thinks Clowney is on track to play in the season opener on September 13. After being made aware of O’Brien’s expectations during a session with the media, Clowney had quite the reaction.

“Oh, Bill said that huh?”, Clowney said before smiling and breaking out a whistle. “It’s pretty good. I’m working hard, coming out here with the team. We doing good. I’m feeling good. Just trying to keep working, and get better and better every day. Hopefully it leads up to me playing in the first game,” he continued.

Clowney will not participate in this weekend’s game against the Saints and is unlikely to play in the preseason finale.

As long as there are no setbacks, Texans fans should look forward to their prized draft pick wreaking havoc in the Chiefs backfield in a couple of weeks. Alex Smith, on the other hand, probably isn’t all that excited.

Ray McDonald indicted for rape; Ahmad Brooks charged for sexual battery

Ray McDonald 49ers

Things just got very real for a couple of football players.

49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, while former 49ers DT Ray McDonald was indicted for rape by a grand jury over an incident involving the same woman, Santa Clara County prosecutors announced Wednesday. The alleged incidents took place at a party at McDonald’s house in December.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the alleged victim claims in her lawsuit that she fell by McDonald’s pool and passed out. McDonald believed her to be dead but would not allow calls to 911 because he did not want a dead person found in his home, she alleges. She regained consciousness but later fell many more times and went unconscious again. The victim alleges she was groped by Brooks in a “sexual manner” during one of those unconscious moments. The woman also claims McDonald carried her to his room and had sex with her before she was fully conscious.

Brooks faces up to six months in jail if convicted. McDonald faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. The Mercury News reports that some portion of the assault was captured by McDonald’s security system.

The 49ers cut McDonald after learning his home was searched in December as part of the rape investigation. He was signed by the Chicago Bears, but they released him following two incidents in May with his ex-fiancee.

The 49ers have sent Brooks home and he will not play in the team’s preseason game against the Broncos on Saturday.

“The organization is aware that a misdemeanor charge has been filed against Ahmad Brooks stemming from a December 2014 matter. We take any charge against a member of this organization seriously and are in communication with the NFL. Ahmad is returning home to California and will not participate in Saturday’s game,” the team’s GM said in a statement.

Brooks is expected to surrender to the sheriff’s department. McDonald, who is a free agent, already surrendered and was released on $100,000 bail. He’s set to be arraigned on Sept. 25.

McDonald also faced discipline for a host of other problems.

Police had previously been called to his home in May 2014 after a dispute involving a gun, though no charges were filed. On Aug. 31 McDonald was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence but not charged. A police officer who works with the 49ers was at the home for a birthday party earlier in the evening. Then in May, McDonald was charged with felony false imprisonment and domestic violence. He was also arrested for violating a restraining order a few days later. He will be charged for the restraining order violation, but not for the false imprisonment or domestic violence.

Doug Martin asks NFL to stop calling him ‘Muscle Hamster’


Much like Adam Jones and “Pacman,” Harold Miner and “Baby Jordan,” or Jim Everett and “Chris,” Buccaneers running back Doug Martin loathes the nickname “Muscle Hamster.”

The 26-year-old has made his disdain for the epithet well-known in the last couple of years, so he obviously wasn’t happy when the NFL recently tried to resurrect the hated tag by including it on a Martin highlight on their official Twitter account.

To their credit, the NFL (or at least their social media team) was a good sport about it, quickly granting Martin’s request.

Detest the nickname as he may, Martin probably longs for those Muscle Hamster days of old when as a rookie in 2012, he rushed for 1454 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl selection. But in the two seasons since, Martin has struggled with ankle and shoulder injuries, recording a combined total of just 950 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The good news is that Martin has looked great this preseason, showing a nice synergy with new teammate, No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. Now, the Boise State product is poised to make the new post-Muscle Hamster era even more memorable.

Now he just needs a new nickname to go into battle with. Teach Me How To Dougie? D-Mart? Smug Martin? Martin the Martian? Dougie Howser? OK, I’m gonna shut up now.


H/T theScore

Image Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Lil B accepts invite to tryout for Sixers’ D-League team

Lil B Warriors

“Hoop Life mixtape i’mma try it out/I’mma try out, tryna’ make a route

Up in the club like Dirk Nowitzki/See me on the court if you wanna diss me

Lets play a game of 21, its really fun/I got half court shots and I’ll post you up”

These are just a few of the bars that Bay Area rapper Lil B famously spat in his notorious diss track of Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, and now the Philadelphia 76ers seem to want to take him up on his offer.

The Delaware 87ers, the Sixers’ NBA D-League affiliate, are holding open tryouts for the team in September and cordially extended an invitation to the rapper, whose real name is Brandon McCartney, over Twitter.

And of course, being a man of the people, The Based God happily obliged.

Lil B already has somewhat of an inauspicious reputation in the National Basketball Association after afflicting Durant and more recently, MVP runner-up James Harden with the harrowing Based God Curse. It won’t be the first time he has participated in an open NBA tryout either, having unsuccessfully lobbied for a roster spot on the D-League affiliate of his hometown Warriors back in 2012.

For a Sixers team that will be trotting out the likes of Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith, and Pierre Jackson at point guard next season, I can’t even begin to imagine what their depth will look like at the D-League level. This bodes well for the 5’6″ Lil B who, by some Based Miracle, might actually have a shot at making the team.

Now a guy who seems intent on forcing his way into the NBA at every turn may finally be getting the opportunity of a lifetime to do just that.

Let’s hope that open tryout is a No Curse Zone. Stay based, my friends.

H/T Slam Magazine

Bo Graham reportedly resigned at ASU because of inappropriate relationship with former student

Bo Graham ASUMany people were surprised when Arizona State announced that Bo Graham resigned Monday from his job as running backs coach for the Sun Devils, a position he had held for the past three seasons.

Graham’s father, Todd, who runs the program, was vague when talking about his son’s reason for resigning, saying it only had to do with personal reasons.

CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb shed light Wednesday on what went on with Graham that led to his resignation:

Maybe the resignation will lead to Graham ascending in the coaching profession rather than remaining in the same position he’s had under his dad for a few years, so perhaps it’s not all bad news. Graham was a college student in 2001 and graduated in 2006, which pegs his age at around 32.

Jets reached out to Osi Umenyiora day before his retirement

Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora signed a one-day contract with the New York Giants so he could retire with the team on Wednesday, but he did get one last-minute inquiry from another team before hanging up his cleats.

The New York Daily News reports that the Jets reached out to Umenyiora on Tuesday to apparently make him an offer.

“I actually got an offer on Tuesday to go play, which I thought was pretty ironic. They wait to the day before I’m supposed to retire, like ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ Like no, ‘I’m okay.’ … For me, it was either I was going to play for the Giants, or I wasn’t going to play football at all.”

The Daily News reports the team in question was the Jets, though the Jets reportedly say they were only updating their files.

The Jets’ interest in Umenyiora would make some sense; they have injuries to players like Calvin Pace and Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson is suspended for at least the first four games of the season.

Curt Casali suffered a strained hamstring during home-run trot


What in the name of Kendrys Morales is going on here?

Rays catcher Curt Casali was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the team on Wednesday with a hamstring strain. How was the injury suffered, you ask? Apparently, Casali tweaked the hammy rounding the bases after hitting a home run on Tuesday night against the Twins.

Here is footage of the trot in question as Casali can clearly be seen moving gingerly upon rounding first base after clubbing the fifth-inning solo shot off Minnesota lefty Neal Cotts.

“It was weird, it was really weird,” Casali told Bill Chastain of after the game. “I felt fine going to first base. I was going pretty fast and it just started getting tight on me as soon as I hit the bag it didn’t go very good going around the bases.”

“I didn’t want to injure it worse than it already was,” he continued. “I tried to take it as slow as I could. I knew I had to get around the bases somehow. Just unfortunate timing.”

Unfortunate timing indeed as Casali was one of Tampa Bay’s hottest hitters post-All-Star break. In the second half, the 26-year-old has ripped nine home runs and posted a .662 slugging percentage with an unfathomable 165 wRC+. But in a Twilight Zone-level of irony, his torrid hitting actually wound up being his downfall when he pulled up lame during a seemingly innocuous home-run trot.

We know quite a few athletes who might feel compelled to send Casali a fruit basket of empathy.

H/T CBS Sports

Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

*Stats courtesy of FanGraphs*

Russell Wilson might be the greatest Recovery Water pitchman on the planet

Russell Wilson Recovery Water

Russell Wilson was the subject of a profile in “Rolling Stone” released Wednesday, and one thing became clear in the article: the quarterback is one heck of a pitchman.

Wilson told the magazine’s writer that he avoided a concussion after suffering a nasty hit in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers because he was drinking Recovery Water.

From Rolling Stone:

Another venture is slightly less altruistic. Wilson is an investor in Reliant Recovery Water, a $3-per-bottle concoction with nanobubbles and electrolytes that purportedly helps people recover quickly from workouts and, according to Wilson, injury. He mentions a teammate whose knee healed miraculously, and then he shares his own testimonial.

“I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” says Wilson. “It was the water.”

Rodgers offers a hasty interjection. “Well, we’re not saying we have real medical proof.”

Many people were already suspicious about Wilson after he declared he is practicing abstinence, so these claims about Recovery Water have done nothing to help the perceptions that he is a huckster.

Wilson’s claims that the Recovery Water prevented his concussion went viral upon the story being published, so Wilson responded by pumping up the product via his Twitter account:

Buy Wilson’s water with special bubbles and you too will overcome injury! I can’t imagine more phoniness. Do you get a free bottle of Recovery Water with your purchase of a pair of Skechers Shape-ups? Perhaps they come in a bundle pack along with some Power Balance bands.

Oh, and my favorite part of the article is this great contradiction: The writer points out that Wilson will not do ads for fast food or soda because of the health concerns. But he has no problem selling you $3 bottles of water filled with “nanobubbles” on the grounds that it helped him avoid a concussion!

Spare me, Russ.

Russell Westbrook rocks out at Taylor Swift concert (Video)


Don’t hate on the Brodie. Especially don’t hate on the Brodie for his elegant taste in music.

On Tuesday night, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook proved that even cyborgs have feelings, attending a Taylor Swift concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and sharing majestic footage of him lip-syncing in the audience to his Instagram account.


A video posted by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on

His caption read: “T SWIFT …WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT!! …. @taylorswift”

Westbrook is a noted parishioner at the Church of T-Swizzle, bumping Swift’s hit “Bad Blood” in the car a few months ago and posting it for the entire world to see.

BAD BLOOD!!!! @taylorswift .. Banger!!!!!

A video posted by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on

Swift’s 1989 World Tour has already had a healthy NBA superstar presence with one fellow basketball immortal even surprising her with an honorary banner. Now, her global concert excursion has been blessed by the presence of the Point Godzilla, and there’s no telling the heights she can soar to from here.

No word though if Westbrook dedicated that rendition of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to Scott Brooks.

H/T SB Nation

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