Shaq Allegedly Linked to Gang Members Kidnap of Robert Ross over Sex Tape

Shaq is in the middle of possibly his worst scandal yet, one that alleges he had seven gang members kidnap another man, beat him up, and take an incriminating sex tape from him. If I had known about this story two weeks ago, it easily would have made Shaq’s Top 10 worst moments, but it did not come out until now. Here are the details of the allegations according to TMZ:

According to the police report, the 7 gang members met up with [Robert] Ross at a convenience store — Pink Dot — on the Sunset Strip. The men allegedly surrounded Ross’ Rolls Royce Phantom with guns drawn, jumped into Ross’ car and ordered him to drive to [gang member Ladell] Rowles’ house in South Central L.A.

Once there, Rowles allegedly pistol whipped Ross and demanded that he turn over the sex tape. Ross said he would get the tape and bring it back to them. The 7 men then allegedly took Ross’ Rolex, diamond chain and earrings, along with $15,000 in cash — then let Ross go.

The seven men have been arrested and are being held in jail on charges of robbery and kidnapping. Now if you’re wondering about a motive, TMZ explains it. Apparently Shaq and Ross were supposed to have a deal where Ross would get a finders fee for bringing artists to Shaq’s musical label. Ross apparently delivered some talent but never got the fee he was promised. Ross supposedly threatened Shaq with a security tape that showed him having sex with different women (while Shaq was married to Shaunie O’Neal prior to their divorce). There supposedly was even more bad blood because Shaunie and Robert Ross may have had a relationship after she and Shaq separated.

Like I’ve said, though Shaq comes across as a fun-loving big guy, he has an ugly side most people don’t realize.

Mark Cuban Drops $110,000 Celebrating Win Including $20,000 Tip

What is more insane: dropping $110,000 during a postgame celebration or working as a waiter and getting a $20,000 tip?  We don’t mean to beat the concept of the Dallas Mavericks celebrating their championship win at Club LIV in Miami to a pulp, but the tab Mark Cuban ran up and the tip he left is worth it’s own post.

As we mentioned before, Cuban reportedly bought 250 bottles of champagne for the celebration.  According to the NY Post via Ben Maller, the final damage on the night — or should we call it a nick when you have as much money as Cuban does — was $110,000.  A $90,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac that the Mavs owner purchased for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Brian Cardinal, and Shawn Marion made up the largest chunk of the bill.

I know the wait staff in a place like Club LIV is used to high rollers, but imagine scoring a $20,000 tip in one night?  I don’t care who you are, that is a chunk of change that can be put to good use — even if they had to split it 10 ways.  We all know Cuban has an endless amount of money, so what better time to spend it.  What I’m really wondering is if a $110,000 celebration doesn’t qualify as something special other than championship rings, what will?  People may be annoyed by Cuban and think it’s dumb that he’s trying to be unique, but you have to be curious about what he has up his sleeve.

Miami Heat Players Reportedly Partied at Club LIV with Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban rented out Club LIV in Miami Beach to celebrate his team winning the NBA championship. We posted pictures and videos from their night out, including Dirk partying and Lil Wayne and Mark Cuban holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy. One aspect of the celebration that we (and nearly everyone else) missed was that some Miami Heat players reportedly were in attendance.

Our buddy Marcas Grant of New Era Radio tipped us off in our Facebook group (which you should join if you’re not already in it) to the report. There was some buzz on twitter that a few Heat players were at Club LIV Sunday night. Names were named, but since there is no concrete confirmation I won’t list them.

Earl K. Sneed, the Mavericks reporter for Mavs.com, confirmed what Jemele Hill heard on 790 the Ticket in Miami. He wouldn’t name who was there, but he confirmed players were there. One player who supposedly was at Club LIV is a former Dallas player, so that’s somewhat understandable, but it’s still not the time or place to celebrate with the enemy. Maybe you can be happy for your former teammates, but you shouldn’t join them in celebration.

This report just goes along with a lot of what people have thought was wrong with the Heat — that they didn’t play hard enough, that they were too Hollywood, that they were more about celebrations than anything else. I won’t let this report speak for all the Heat players because I’m pretty darn sure LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh weren’t there, and that’s what really matters. To the guys who were, you could pretty much get rid of them as far as I’m concerned.

Video: Miami Heat Pass Up Eight Open Shots on Horrible Game 6 Possession

LeBron James is receiving most of the blame for the Miami Heat losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. He should. The Mavericks played great defense on him and took away his best offensive weapon, but he also didn’t attack when he had the opportunity to do so. But it wasn’t just LeBron who passed up shots; late in Game 6, it felt like most of Miami’s players were afraid of taking shots, even if they were open. This video below stood out to me because the Heat pass up at least eight open looks before turning the ball over. This possession encapsulates all of Miami’s problems in the series.

When I watched that possession live, it stood out to me that LeBron didn’t even think to shoot despite having two great looks. After watching it again, I realized it wasn’t just him. While Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea, and DeShawn Stevenson were taking shots fearlessly, the Miami Heat players seemed scared to shoot. There’s no better evidence of that truth than that video.

Assessing the 2010-11 Miami Heat Roster and Where they go from Here

Some view Miami’s loss in the NBA Finals as a monumental failure. And if you only watched the last five games of the series, you’d have no reason to believe otherwise. But honestly, how many of us thought Miami would come closer to a title than the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers this year?

That’s the world we live in today, one where the dissected pieces are dissected once more before being arranged into 140 character tweets and sent out to all who will listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this new world, information is so readily available yet moving at such a high rate of speed that many times we forget what we were thinking just a minute ago let alone at the start of the NBA season; we’re in a society of short memories.

Miami wasn’t supposed to get here, despite their pre-season victory parade and all of the shenanigans that we observed under LRMR’s big top circus act. This team was a year away. It was the general consensus coming into the season and it held true until the Celtics stumbled and the Lakers seemed gassed against the Mavs. And even when the playoffs began, many fans and pundits favored Chicago, San Antonio and LA over Miami. And that’s okay, because Miami had many flaws that could only be sealed if LeBron became the best player, ever.

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Macy’s Ad Congratulating Miami Heat for Winning Title Runs in Miami Herald

For the second year in a row, there was a mistake involving an advertisement by a department store that ran in the newspaper after the NBA Finals ended. Last year, it was this mistake by JC Penney. This year, it was this mistake by Macy’s as shown by the Miami New Times:

The Herald posted a correction but the damage had already been done. We’ve already talked about the way this works — news and clothing athletes make two versions of everything (win or lose) because they need to have things ready immediately after series end. You just need to ensure you have people remember to make an adjustment if things don’t go according to plan. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but the screw up doesn’t make Macy’s or the Herald look good. Just more insult to the Heat after they already had a disappointing loss.

DeShawn Stevenson Calls Heat Classless, Wears How’s my Dirk Taste Shirt

DeShawn Stevenson has a big mouth and doesn’t back down from anyone. He called LeBron James overrated several years ago and that led to a war of words that involved rappers Soulja Boy and Jay-Z. Now that he’s won a title, Stevenson feels like he can boast.

“It makes me feel good, man, to beat him, to beat that Miami team,” Stevenson said after winning the title. “The way they act, the way they treated Dirk [Nowitzki], all the things that they said were very classless. To win on the court the way we did it, it was wonderful.”

There’s little doubt Stevenson earned the right to speak with his play. He made 57% of his threes and was a big reason the Mavericks won the title. But does anyone else find it ironic that Stevenson calls the Heat classless on one hand, and then goes out and wears this insulting shirt:

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