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Le’Veon Bell: ‘I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high’

LeVeon Bell SteelersPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had to have know he was violating NFL rules when he decided to smoke weed earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean he was aware of all the laws he was breaking. According to the criminal complaint filed at the time of his and teammate LeGarrette Blount’s arrest, Bell said some pretty dumb things to the police.

For starters, Bell seemed to think you could only be arrested for driving while under the influence if you were drinking.

“I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high,” Bell reportedly told police, according to WPXI in Pittsburgh.

And besides, the former Michigan State star wasn’t even high anymore when police pulled his vehicle over. His buzz had worn off.

“I smoked two hours ago,” he said. “I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?”

When the officer asked what game he was referring to, Bell informed him that he plays for the Steelers and needed to catch a flight by 3 p.m.

It should be noted that police described Bell, Blount and the young lady that was with them as “polite and cooperative.” Cooperative, maybe. Uninformed and oblivious? Absolutely.

H/T Pro Football Talk

V Stiviano says Donald Sterling is gay

Donald Sterling girlfriend V Stiviano

V. Stiviano is getting down and dirty when it comes to her legal dispute with Donald Sterling. For her latest act, she accused the former Clippers owner of being gay.

You may recall that the tension between Stiviano and Sterling began when Shelly filed a lawsuit trying to get back the cars, property and gifts (valued at over a few million dollars) that Donald gave to Stiviano.

After the suit was filed against her, Stiviano set out to ruin Sterling and successfully did so. Not only did her efforts lead to Sterling losing the Clippers, but she now is accusing the longtime team owner of being gay.

According to TMZ Sports, Stiviano says she never was a sexual partner of Sterling and that she was just a cover-up for the man being gay.

In the docs, Stiviano states she was “not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling” and “believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males.”

Stiviano also says Shelly Sterling was “acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [Donald's] gifts of money [to Stiviano].”

This appears to be Stiviano hitting below the belt in a mud-slinging effort to get her way, or at the least a nice settlement from the Sterlings. She also says the gifts she received were not community property and therefore hers to keep.

Perhaps it’s allegations like these that Stiviano had in mind when she said, “Let the games begin!”

Despite Stiviano’s allegations, there is some evidence that indicates Sterling is heterosexual. Remember the former employee who sued Donnie boy? She detailed some pretty gross, explicit sexual stories that suggest Donnie is pretty hetero. Also keep in mind that Stiviano hinted on Instagram that she has a child with Sterling. It would have been pretty hard for them to have kids without ever having sex, unless they used artificial insemination.

50 Cent will donate $750K to charity if Floyd Mayweather can read one page of Harry Potter book

50-Cent50 Cent brought us his own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. probably isn’t going to appreciate it. Rather than dumping a bucket of ice water over his head, 50 has offered to donate $750,000 to the charitable organization of Mayweather’s choice if Floyd can read one page of a “Harry Potter” book without messing up.

“Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or f—ing up. lmao,” he wrote on Instagram along with the video you see above.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with their history, Mayweather and 50 Cent used to be best friends until they had a falling out. They have been cordial toward one another in the past, but 50 seems to be determined to get under Mayweather’s skin lately. The rapper was one of the people who called out Mayweather after Floyd shouted at T.I.’s wife on the red carpet at the BET Awards.

It should be noted that the Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media movement that has helped raise money and awareness for ALS, which is also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. If 50 is willing to pay Floyd $750,000 if Mayweather proves he can read, we’re hoping he at least donates some money to the ALS Foundation.

Vince Young: I would have stayed at Texas if I knew Texans weren’t picking me

Vince YoungVince Young chose to forego his senior year at Texas after having one of the greatest seasons of any player in college football history. In 2005, Young threw for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 scores before setting his sights on the NFL.

Had Vince known where he would be drafted, he claims he would have stayed at Texas for his senior season.

During an interview with Alex Loeb on 104.9 FM in Austin on Wednesday, Young was asked how close he was to staying with the Longhorns in 2006.

“It was very close,” he said. “The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would’ve told me that they weren’t picking me because I would’ve stayed for my senior year. But it didn’t happen like that.”

[Related: Vince Young takes job at Texas]

While he was crossing his fingers that the Texans would draft him, Young admitted he was excited to be drafted by the franchise he grew up rooting for.

“Being a kid watching the Oilers all my life, I had the opportunity to play for them, it was a dream come true as well,” he added.

The Texans took Mario Williams with the top overall pick in 2006. Young went on to have a strong rookie season and lead the Titans to a playoff berth before butting heads with Jeff Fisher. It’s easy to look back on his career and say he wishes he remained at Texas, but he would not feel that way if he had a successful career in Tennessee.

Attorney: War Machine ‘is a good guy,’ did nothing illegal

War Machine mug shot

The statement and photos released by Christy Mack as well as the evidence in the police report paint War Machine as negatively as possible, but the MMA fighter’s attorney says that does not represent the full story in the alleged assault.

War Machine, real named Jonathan Koppenhaver, was ordered by Ventura County court Tuesday to be returned to Nevada, where he allegedly committed a brutal assault against his girlfriend and another man — Corey Thomas. Though Christy Mack says Koppenhaver beat her and left her with 18 broken bones and a lacerated liver, War Machine’s attorney says the media coverage has been one-sided and incomplete.

“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” attorney Brandon Sua said via KTLA. “The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”

Sua also told KTLA that War Machine did “nothing wrong.”

Koppenhaver has not given his side of the story yet, though he did send some tweets about the incident. His tweets made it sound like he acted in self-defense. War Machine’s brother also gave an interview and said War Machine caught Christy Mack having sex with another man and that Mack grabbed a knife.

We did find one inconsistency in Mack’s statement: she identified Thomas as just a friend, while Thomas called her his girlfriend and said they’d been dating for 2-3 months.

Mike Carey avoided refereeing Redskins games because of team name

Mike-CareyThe Washington Redskins team name debate may have emerged as a hot topic over the last year, but there are plenty of people who have had a problem with the racist undertones associated with the nickname for years. Former NFL referee Mike Carey is one of them.

Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as an NFL ref and is now the rules analyst for CBS Sports, began quietly protesting the term Redskins back in 2006. It was then that Carey asked that the NFL not assign him to any Washington games for the preseason or regular season, and the league honored his request.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” Carey told Mike Wise of the Washington Post. “And I will continue to call them Washington. The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington. It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think.”

Carey, the first African-American official to ever work a Super Bowl, was one of the most respected referees in the NFL. He said he kept his request private and never went to Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey explained. “I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

Carey’s interesting revelation comes in the wake of two prominent NFL broadcasters saying they will avoid using the term Redskins this season. We’re guessing Mike Ditka would strongly disagree with Carey’s social stance.

Curt Schilling has mouth cancer, believes it was caused by tobacco

Curt-SchillingCurt Schilling revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, more commonly known as mouth cancer, back in February. Schilling had previously chosen not to reveal the type of cancer he was battling but discussed his health issues in more detail during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon.

“This all came about from a dog bite,” Schilling said, via Boston.com. “I got bitten by a dog and I had some damage to my finger and I went to see a doctor, and the day that I went to see the doctor, I was driving and I went to rub my neck and I felt a lump on the left side of my neck. And I knew immediately it wasn’t normal. So there happened to be an ENT [Ear, Nose, and Throat] right next door to the hand doctor, and I thought what the heck, let me just stop in and see and so I waited in the office and went in there and they did the biopsy, and two days later, they diagnosed me with squamous cell carcinoma.”

Schilling said one of the reasons he did not reveal the type of cancer he had been diagnosed with is that he did not want to become a part of baseball’s chewing tobacco debate. He is, however, convinced that using smokeless tobacco led to his cancer.

“I didn’t talk about it for two reasons,” he explained. “No. 1, I didn’t want to get into the chewing tobacco debate, which I knew was going to come about, which to me, I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got … absolutely, no question in my mind about that. And the second thing was I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I didn’t want the pity or any of that stuff…

“I ended up spending about six months in the hospital because I had a bad reaction. I had a staph infection. I had what’s called C. diff. I had a couple different problems and there was a week there, there’s a week of my life I don’t remember while I was in the hospital going through this.”

As we all know, Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer earlier this summer and had previously stated that he believed years of tobacco use led to his disease. His death has inspired a number of players to give up the nasty habit. Schilling is fortunate to have achieved remission. Hopefully his story also serves as a wake-up call.