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Sunday, October 4, 2015


Andre McGee lawyer Scott Cox calls accuser a ‘whore’

Andre McGee Louisville

Scott Cox, the attorney representing Andre McGee against the allegations he is facing, has lashed out at the woman behind the incriminating book.

Cox responded to the allegations against McGee, which went public Friday, by calling the woman behind them a “whore” who is only “interested in making money.”

A new book written by self-described madam Katina Powell became public Friday after a P.R. blitz. In the book, Powell says she arranged to have escorts, including three of her daughters, dance for recruits and players from the Louisville Cardinals program. McGee, who was a graduate assistant and later director of basketball operations for the Cardinals, is accused of being the point man for arranging the sex/dancing.

Powell may be a whore in the truest sense of the word, but that does not mean she is telling lies. That should be of greater concern for Louisville and McGee.

You can read more about the scandal here and more about Andre McGee here.

Andre McGee: A closer look at the ex-Louisville employee

Andre McGee Louisville

Andre McGee is a name you will hear a lot about regarding the Louisville Cardinals basketball scandal. McGee is the man accused of arranging to have escorts dance and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits. He is currently a coach at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Let’s take a closer look at who he is.

McGee, 28, comes from Moreno Valley, Calif., which is in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. He averaged over 22 points per game as a high school senior at Canyon Springs and chose to attend Louisville because he loved the college town, and because “Coach Pitino is the best coach in college.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound guard played four seasons for the Cardinals from 2005-2009, never averaging more than 6.5 points per game in a season. In his senior season he averaged 5.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. As you can imagine, he did not have a bright professional future in store, so after playing a year abroad in Germany, he returned to Louisville to coach as a graduate assistant.

McGee spent 2010-2012 as a graduate assistant under Pitino. He became director of basketball operations and served in that capacity from 2012-2014. In April 2014, he left Louisville to become a coach at UMKC.

McGee comes from a strong basketball pedigree; his dad Anthony played at Long Beach State; his oldest brother Tony played at Eastern Washington; and older brother Antoine played at Colorado.

McGee has a lot of love for the Cardinals program and was a visible part of the program during his time as a coach there.

Below you can see many photos of him from appearances he made or fans who spotted him and shared pictures via social media over the past few years:


Louisville staffer accused of hiring escorts to dance, have sex with players

Rick Pitino

The Louisville basketball program is under serious scrutiny after a new upcoming book alleges that a former Cardinals staff member paid escorts to dance for and have sex with several players and recruits from the program.

Yahoo Sports obtained an advance copy of the book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” which is being published by IBJ Book Publishing of Indianapolis. The book is written by a former Louisville resident, Katina Powell, who describes herself as a madam, with the help of a journalist.

Powell identifies former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee, who is now a coach at Missouri-Kansas City, as the man with whom she dealt in making all the arrangements.

Here is a transcript from the book, via Yahoo:

“At the peak of the dormitory and off-campus entertainment more than $10,000 cash changed hands to Katina for supplying the women. This does not include the hundreds of one dollar bills thrown at the dancers at each party by McGee, the recruits and players. Nor does it include the money paid to the women who had sex with the recruits afterward. So frequent were the escapades that Katina would later say, especially after the Cardinals won the 2012-2013 NCAA championship: I felt like I was part of the recruitment team. A lot of them players went to Louisville because of me.”

McGee was a graduate assistant for the program from 2010-2012 and later director of basketball operations from 2012-2014.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is appalled by the allegations and said McGee denied the accusations.

“To say I’m disheartened or disappointed would probably be the biggest understatement I’ve made since I’ve been a coach,” Pitino said. “I’m heartbroken.”

The allegations in the book put Louisville’s 2013 national championship in jeopardy because the NCAA could view this as players receiving impermissible benefits. Coach Pitino could also face penalties from the NCAA for a lack of institutional control if the allegations are proven to be true.

Nick Saban admits to helping his players cheat on Wonderlic test


There are already many people who think the Wonderlic is a bogus, pointless test. It’s supposed to be a measure of intelligence for football players, but how important is it when quarterbacks like Dan Marino and Terry Bradshaw scored poorly on it but went on to reach the Hall of Fame?

Perhaps Nick Saban does not think much of the Wonderlic, which is why he has admitted to helping some of his players cheat on the exam.

“I hate to admit it now, but if I really liked a player, I would actually take the test out, look at it, tutor the guy a little bit, alright, before he took it,” Saban admitted during his radio show Thursday via SEC Country. “Maybe lose a few minutes on the timing part of it, so he had a little extra time… and they would do better. But we were trying to create opportunities then, just like we’re trying to create opportunities for people now.”

This is not the first time Saban has admitted to cheating regarding the test. Back in a 2006 Florida Today article, Saban admitted to helping a player cheat to improve his score. This was when Saban was a coach with the Houston Oilers.

“I’m not going to give his name, but he had a low Wonderlic,” Saban said, grinning slightly. “They sent me up there with the test to retest him.

“I really liked this guy. He played safety. I got the test out, and even though I didn’t take it, I studied it. Then I tutored the guy for about an hour before he took it, then I gave him twice as long to take it than he was supposed to.

“He doubled his score. We got him to where we could draft him. Now nobody knows about that, but I don’t think (Oilers owner) Bud Adams can fire me now, so I’m OK with it.”

So much of this has to do with preparation, too. If you are tutored or prepped for a test, you tend to do better. Or, if you’re like this guy, you might blow it off entirely and end up with a laughable score.

Do you consider this practice shady or not? On the one hand it’s Saban messing with the integrity of an exam. On the other, he’s trying to help his guys out, which is understandable.

Steve Bartman will not attend Cubs’ Wild Card game despite fans’ GoFundMe efforts


Uttering the phrase “Steve Bartman” in the City of Chicago is still probably akin to saying “Bucky Dent” in Boston, “Reggie Miller” in New York, or “JaMarcus Russell” in Oakland. But twelve years have apparently healed the wounds enough that some Cubs fans are willing to welcome the headphone-wearing Wrigley miscreant back into the fold.

With the Cubs set to appear in the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 7, their first playoff game since 2008, a GoFundMe campaign started by one Keque Escobedo sought to send Bartman into the stands for the contest. The fundraising effort was titled simply “Get Bartman to Cubs wildcard game,” and asked for $5,000 to cover the expenses of Bartman’s attendance.

“Lifelong Cubs fan wants to make amends for 2003, lets make it happen,” said the GoFundMe page. “First we need to find him to get him to the big game. If anyone knows where he is at, tell him we are looking for him. The money would pay for his expenses including his ticket, hotel room, flights and a little spending money.

If he cannot be found by time of the big game all the proceeds raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The campaign raised $2,830 from 247 donors in just three days and was shared 18,000 times on social media.

Unfortunately, Bartman caught wind of the offer and chose to respectfully decline. “It’s nice of these people to think of Steve, but he won’t be taking advantage of the offer,” said longtime Bartman spokesman Frank Murtha on Friday per Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “He’s perfectly capable of attending the game on his own, though he has no intention of being at the wild-card game. Steve is glad the money will go to a good cause and will be cheering on the Cubs as always.”

Bartman, now 37, infamously interfered with Cubs left fielder Moises Alou on a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, setting off a chain reaction of events that led to the Cubs blowing a chance at their first World Series appearance since 1945.

With a Cubs World Series berth in 2015 looking to be very much in the realm of possibilities (shoutout Back to the Future II?), maybe it is for the best that Bartman won’t be in attendance this coming Wednesday. After all, if the Red Sox had to win TWO World Series titles before inviting Bill Buckner back to Fenway…

H/T Bleacher Report

Mets sport ‘Big Sexy’ Bartolo Colon T-shirts

Bartolo Colon swing

Bartolo Colon is love. Bartolo Colon is life. And now Bartolo Colon is a T-shirt.

Perhaps to celebrate the team’s first NL East division title since 2006, the finest merchandising haul known to man recently arrived in the New York Mets clubhouse: shirts proudly touting the jolly 42-year-old right-hander as “Big Sexy.”

Colon is already arguably the biggest cult hero in Major League Baseball with his interpretive dance moves, his entertaining exploits at the plate, on the basepaths, and in the field, as well as his ostensible love for chimichangas. Now with Colon set to return for the 2016 campaign and these t-shirts going viral, there’s one thing that’s for absolute certain: the legend of Bartolo continues.

Now a quick word of advice for the manufacturers of these “Big Sexy” tees: Just shut up and take my money.

H/T theScore

Kevin Durant: Stephen A. Smith is ‘lying’ with Lakers talk

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant may be interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer, but the Oklahoma City Thunder star insists Stephen A. Smith would have no way of knowing about his plans.

Earlier this week, Smith cited sources who claim Durant has made joining the Lakers his “primary objective” if he ends up leaving the Thunder. On Friday, Durant told reporters Smith has no idea what he’s talking about.

“I don’t talk to Stephen A Smith at all,” he said, per Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. Nobody in my family, my friends, they don’t talk to Stephen A Smith. So he’s lying.”

Durant was then asked about how he plans to approach free agency rumors from now until the end of the season.

“If you ask me a question, I’ll talk about them,” he said. “But like I said before, I have people who I talk to about everything and I know for a fact they didn’t talk to him, so he’s making up stories.”

If you want to read really deep into it, Durant wasn’t saying he has no interest in signing with the Lakers. It seemed more like he was insisting Stephen A. doesn’t have any sources who would be informed about Durant’s future plans.

Like any other free agent, Durant would be wise to keep all of his options open. The common belief is that he will stay in Oklahoma City, but one superstar already said he intends to recruit K.D. to play for his team. The Lakers have as good a chance as anyone at the moment, especially if Kobe Bryant ends up retiring.

Drew Brees expected to play against Cowboys

Drew Brees

Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints is unlikely to be a battle of backup quarterbacks, as Drew Brees has been throwing this week and is expected to play.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday afternoon that the plan is for Brees to start against Dallas.

“I think he’s planning on starting and we’re planning on starting him,” Payton said, per Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. “He looked crisp today. I think he’s going to end up starting and based on the way the week unfolded each day, I felt like he’s made the progress we’re looking for.”

Initial reports indicated that Brees is dealing with a major shoulder injury and could miss multiple games. It should be noted that both he and Payton expressed optimism last week that Brees would be able to play, but Brees wasn’t throwing at that time.

You can see the play where Brees suffered a shoulder injury here.

Brees visited with Dr. James Andrews — who performed surgery on his shoulder earlier in his career — on Monday and received “very positive” feedback. He has been throwing throughout the week and apparently regaining strength in his shoulder, which is a good sign. Brees rarely ever misses a game, so it remains to be seen how productive he will be if he plays on Sunday.

Report: Ben Roethlisberger could return earlier than expected

Ben Roethlisberger injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not allow players who are using crutches to stand on their sideline during games, and Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t about to watch Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens from a box. So he didn’t bother with the crutches, instead putting weight on his injured knee.

That could be a very positive sign.

According to former NFL head team physician David J. Chao, the Steelers’ medical staff would have never allowed Roethlisberger to stand without crutches for an entire game if they were overly concerned.

It was previously reported that a bone bruise could give Roethlisberger more trouble than an MCL sprain, but that must not be a major concern. Roethlisberger was originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks, and the Steelers would love if it ends up being closer to the lower end.

You can see the video of the play Roethlisberger was injured on here.

We all saw what happened with Steelers kicker Josh Scobee — and the way he was mocked over it on Twitter — in Thursday night’s loss to the Ravens. But Scobee’s woes overshadowed an overall poor performance from Michael Vick, who made inaccurate throws and took some horrible sacks. The 2-2 Steelers desperately need Roethlisberger back as quickly as possible.

Jim Tomsula ripped fart during press conference? (Video)


San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula just doesn’t care anymore.

Facing reporters on Thursday a mere four days after being destroyed by the Arizona Cardinals, Tomsula may have ripped a fart when he finished telling reporters about how much respect he has for the Green Bay Packers. Here’s the clip everyone is talking about:

The full press conference video can be seen here, with the apparent wind-breaking at around the 6:56 mark.

Could that noise have been a person moving around in his or her chair? Yes. Could it have actually been someone else in the room, not Tomsula, who let out a rumble? Of course. But if you can’t laugh at the thought of a 1-2 coach belting out a fart after getting destroyed in back-to-back games, you just don’t get it.

We already learned earlier this year that Tomsula may be the most interesting man in the NFL. Why wouldn’t he crop-dust a room full of reporters? That’s something you need to ask yourself.

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