Kevin Ward Jr’s dad: Apparently Tony Stewart was the only one who didn’t see my son

Kevin-Ward-JrKevin Ward Sr. spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since his son Kevin Ward Jr.’s death last weekend. While Ward Sr. made it clear that he is angry over his son being hit and killed by Tony Stewart, he was sure to point out that he wants Ward Jr. to be remembered in a positive light.

“He was just a very God-gifted kid,” Ward told Charley Hannagan of the Syracuse Post-Standard. “I think he slept with a smile on his face.”

He didn’t leave it at that. Ward did not seem convinced that Stewart did everything he could to avoid hitting his son. He noted that all of the drivers moved to the bottom of the track when the caution flag came out, except for one.

[Graphic Video: Kevin Ward Jr. hit and killed by Tony Stewart]

“Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Ward said.

All the footage we have seen is inconclusive. Ward Jr. definitely walked toward the bottom of the track to make a gesture toward Stewart, and it’s hard to tell how much of an effort Stewart made to turn his car out of the way. Regardless of that, Ward Sr. felt his son had every right to be angry.

“I think the reason he probably got out of that car is who put him into the wall,” he said. “He was definitely put into the wall. Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it.

“The one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison. Is he going to say what he done?”

No charges are currently pending against Stewart, but that does not mean he is out of the woods.

Also see: Kevin Ward Jr.’s aunt calls Tony Stewart a ‘dick’

Jon Lester: ‘I’m not going to the highest bidder’

Jon LesterBarring some sort of unforeseen event, Jon Lester will not be pitching for the Oakland A’s next season. Oakland can’t afford him. And the more Lester talks, the more it sounds like he is hoping the Boston Red Sox make him a competitive enough offer that he can return to the place where he started his career.

Lester’s interview with Jon Tomasse of the Boston Herald earlier this week had two interesting takeaways — he isn’t necessarily signing with the highest bidder and he is by no means opposed to returning to Boston.

“My time there, the memories and all that stuff don’t get erased based on this whole ordeal,” Lester said. “I’m glad with where I’m at, and I understood where (Red Sox GM Ben Cherington) was at. At the end of the season, it’s not going to change my mind about going back there if they are aggressive and competitive and do the things they say they’re going to do. Boston is definitely a place I would go.”

[Related: David Ortiz hints Jon Lester will be back with Red Sox]

Lester added that the Red Sox told him before trading him that they planned on pursuing him aggressively this fall, but he basically said they don’t have to be all that aggressive.

“They told me, ‘We’re going to be aggressive. You’re going to get blown out of the water by some of these (other) offers,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘I don’t need to be blown out of the water.’ Why would I need to be blown out of the water? That doesn’t make or break your decision, at least for me. I’m not going to the highest bidder. I’m going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that’s Boston, it’s Boston.”

It would be easy to envision a scenario where Lester plays for the A’s for a few months, helps them in the playoffs, and returns to the place he has called home for years. His family wouldn’t even have to move and his life would basically remain the way it was before.

Ryan Malone told police he was ‘baffled’ there was cocaine in his pocket

Ryan-MaloneFree agent NHL forward Ryan Malone was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence and possession of cocaine back in April. He apparently auditioned for the TV show “Cops” during his run-in with police.

According to a police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Malone immediately went to the “that’s not mine” excuse when an officer found a bag of cocaine in his pocket.

Malone told (officer) Visser he didn’t believe the officer planted the drugs on him, according to the documents, but he was “baffled” because he was wearing the same jeans for three days.

“I asked where it came from,” Visser wrote in his report. “And he said he was just shocked.”

If you’re going to pretend the coke isn’t yours, that’s fine. It never works, but to each his own. The part I don’t get is why he told the officer that he had been wearing the same jeans for three days. Did Malone think that would help his case? At least say they’re somebody else’s pants. Amateurs…

Malone was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning a few weeks after his arrest.

H/T Deadspin

War Machine joked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up (Video)

War Machine may have just been joking when he talked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up, but his words may have contained some truth and foreshadowing in light of recent events.

War Machine and Mack joined Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” for an interview on July 30, 2013, to promote War Machine’s fight at Bellator 100.

At around the 4:10 mark in the interview, Helwani asks War Machine about the “MACK” tattoo on his neck. Mack and War Machine challenged each other to get tattoos representing their relationship. Mack has a tattoo of a red stamp on her right shoulder that says “Property of War Machine.” War Machine got “Mack” on his neck.

War Machine Mack tattoo

If the two ever broke up, Helwani suggested Machine could just say he’s a “mack” as in a mack daddy and the tattoo will still be fine. War Machine said he already had an idea in mind for what he would do in case they broke up.

“I told her what I would do is I would just kill her and put ‘rest in peace,’ ” said War Machine.

“It’s fair enough, really,” Mack interjected.

“I would put rest in peace, Mack, and say this is a memorial to my dead girlfriend. You don’t know what happened to her, maybe she’s dead,” War Machine continued.

Mack then complied.

“I mean honestly I would probably deserve it,” said Mack.

What’s troubling about that exchange is that Mack said in her statement Monday that War Machine beat her weekly.

Even though her “I would probably deserve it” response was casual, it indicates the mindset of many domestic violence victims.

The two also talked about their relationship in the interview.

The relationship started with War Machine constantly tweeting Christy Mack in an attempt to get her attention. He was approached by Hustler for an article and then he suggested a photo shoot. When they asked what girl he wanted in the shoot, he said Mack, and that’s how they met.

War Machine said he didn’t think a relationship would develop between them and he figured he “would just caveman her a–” at the shoot.

But War Machine realized he really liked her, and they got together. Mack also expressed that performing in adult films was just temporary and that she had a five-year plan and exit strategy. She said she would give it up for War Machine.

Mack said in her statement that War Machine broke up with her in May and moved out of her Las Vegas home to San Diego. He says he came over to her house last week with an engagement ring to surprise her.


Security at Cowboys-Raiders Oxnard practices beefed up because of gang concerns

Cowboys Raiders Oxnard

The Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will have joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cowboys’ River Ridge training camp facility in Oxnard, Calif., leading the city to beef up their security because of gang concerns.

Oxnard, which is located in Ventura County and northwest of Los Angeles, is known for having multiple gangs. Two in particular have adopted colors and logos of the respective football teams, leading security to worry about potential clashes.

As the Ventura County Star wrote, the Colonia Chiques wear Cowboys gear, while the Southside Chiques wear Raiders gear. There is extra security in the area to try to ensure nothing bad happens between the fans when the teams practice.

From the VC Star:

The security presence in and around the River Ridge complex will be greatly increased with more uniformed officers, parole officers and probation officers.

The staff working at daily practices already includes volunteers with regular jobs at state penitentiaries, prisons and other correctional facilities.

The Star says the Cowboys are paying for 60 percent of the increased security, while the city of Oxnard is paying for the rest.

Not only is this a matter of rival gangs and football fans, but it’s also a turf war; the Raiders used to train at River Ridge back when they were based out of Los Angeles before moving to Oakland. And because LA does not have a football team, there are many Cowboys fans in the area.

Dallas Morning News Cowboys reporter Brandon George took note of the increased security and even said there were a lot of bullet-proof vests:

Raiders fans are notorious for being rowdy, so this should not come as much of a surprise. A few years ago an LA bar had to stop airing their games because Raiders fans were causing too many problems.

The good news is the city of Oxnard was well prepared for this.

Justin Verlander had ‘worst stuff’ of his career before shoulder injury

Justin VerlanderJustin Verlander pitched just one inning for the Detroit Tigers against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night before being removed with shoulder discomfort. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander wanted to stay in the game but there was no sense risking injury when his “delivery looked different.” His pitches looked pretty bad, too.

Despite not wanting to exit after giving up four earned runs in one inning, Verlander admitted he had no command over his pitches.

“Warming up, it didn’t feel great,” he said, via Tom Gage of The Detroit News. “Then it started loosening up. When I got on the mound, there were no sharp pains but the ball wasn’t coming out of my hand good at all.

“I was throwing 88 or 90, the worst stuff of my career. I told Brad I wanted to go back out there and would let him know if it got worse. But he said that was the end of my night. It’s been lingering for a little while, but I didn’t think I’d be risking anything more by going back out there.”

The Tigers lost 11-6 and fell into second place after the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A’s. Detroit has been in first since June 19, but there are still a lot of games remaining in the regular season. Had this been a postseason game, Ausmus probably would have let Verlander stay in.

“After watching him, I didn’t want to risk him getting seriously injured,” Ausmus explained. “His delivery looked different. My gut told me something was bothering him. I was immediately worried from the start of the game.”

Verlander has not been right all season. He is 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA coming off offseason sports hernia surgery. Miguel Cabrera, who had the same procedure done as Verlander, said last month that both have been struggling to regain their form. Cabrera seems to be having an easier time with it than Verlander.

With David Price now in the mix, the Tigers could have the best postseason rotation in baseball if healthy. Verlander seems to be struggling with the health thing at the moment.

Christy Mack releases horrific War Machine beating photos

War Machine Christy Mack

Christy Mack released a statement Monday telling her side of the events that took place between her and War Machine early Friday that left her beaten with severe injuries.

Mack, who is a porn star, also shared gruesome photos that show the injuries she sustained as a result of the alleged beating by War Machine.

Mack says War Machine, whose real name is Jon Koppenhaver, showed up at her home in Las Vegas at 2:00 a.m. Friday unannounced. War Machine said on Twitter that he had an engagement ring and was going to propose to her, even though Mack says the fighter broke up with her in May and moved to San Diego.

Both say Mack was there with another man, whom Mack called a friend. Mack says War Machine then proceeded to beat the man without saying a word. Mack says her friend was unarmed and fully clothed.

After beating the friend, War Machine allegedly turned his attention to Mack and began beating her.

[Related: War Machine joked he would kill Christy Mack if they ever broke up]

Mack says Koppenhaver beat her with multiple punches and kicks. He allegedly got a knife and prodded her in the ear, hand and head. She says she was able to escape when he went to the kitchen, presumably to look for a bigger knife to possibly kill her. She was able to run out the back door naked and knocked on neighbors’ doors until one let her in and took her to the hospital.

She lists the horrific results of the beating:

- 18 broken bones
- Nose broken in two places
- Missing and broken teeth
- Unable to see out of her left eye
- Fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from kick to her side
- Can’t walk because her leg is so bad

She adds that War Machine wanted to rape her but got upset with himself for being unable to achieve an erection and started punching her some more (War Machine has tweeted in the past about raping her).

Mack also said in her statement that War Machine cheated on her daily and beat her weekly.

“He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly.”

Mack says there is a $10,000 reward for Koppenhaver’s capture.

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