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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.

Rashard Lewis Denies Absurd Rumor He Slept with LeBron James’ Girlfriend

An absurd rumor was started by a gossip website Thursday and it spread across the internet. The rumor, which had extremely shaky details, said that Wizards forward Rashard Lewis had slept with LeBron James’ girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, and that’s the reason LeBron had been playing poorly in the Finals. The report surfaced the day after Stephen A. Smith said LeBron was going through personal issues that affected his play in Game 4 of the Finals, leading people to connect the two stories. I said they were separate, unrelated issues, but it didn’t matter to the folks hungry to jump on any possible anti-LeBron news. The result was Rashard Lewis going on a radio station in Houston to quash the rumor:

People can deny a story and still have it turn out to be true, but this felt differently. Two items convince me what Rashard says is true: he’s never met Savannah, and he says he talked to LeBron’s circle about the rumor. That was enough to convince me. Now the only other question I have is why Rashard Lewis says the NBA is a tight sorority. Bro, I know you skipped college and went straight to the NBA, but you gotta know better than that. That’s turrible.

Meanwhile, we have yet to hear a denial from Delonte West.

Head nod to Black Sports Online for the video

Kim Kardashian-Bret Lockett Cheating Story Just Buzz for New Season of Show

One of the hottest stories Wednesday was the report from In Touch Weekly that Kim Kardashian was caught cheating on fiance Kris Humphries. This is the exact sort of “bombshell” intended to make teenyboppers and housemoms gasp incredulously while running to the supermarket to pick up their copy of the fake news. In reality, the extent of Kim’s sins depends on your definition of cheating, because the report says she had phone sex and flirted with New England Patriots safety Bret Lockett over text message. Not only is it not the sort of cheating they would like you to believe, it also seems to be all-too-perfectly timed.

The newest season of Keeping up with the Kardashians premieres on Sunday. The engagement to Kris Humphries is a nice new story line for the show, but is it juicy? It’s a change, but I’m not so sure it’s titillating. Not only that, it’s also two weeks old, which might as well be 10 years ago in our ever-changing digital age. The Kardashians needed something big — something huge — an “oh my god” controversy to make everyone tune in Sunday to see what’s going on with the family. They needed just the type of story In Touch published.

When you think about it, is texting someone else that bad? I would consider it wrong, but if it’s old news, it probably already was addressed by the couple. Do you really think Wednesday was the first time Humphries heard about Bret Lockett? Of course not — we’re not that stupid.

The magazines and the entertainers work hand-in-hand; they need each other in order to survive. The celebrities crave the attention and relevance that comes with being on the cover of a magazine. The magazines and websites are dying for exclusive stories that will generate traffic and sales. As long as they get an inside scoop (like Kimmie cheating), what do they care if they’re being used to generate buzz for the show?

You really think they weren’t in on this story together?

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Steve Nash and Brittany Richardson Attend Heat-Mavs Finals Game 2

Steve Nash was shown by the ABC cameras in attendance for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Mavericks Thursday. Nash was spotted along with a young woman believed to be his girlfriend, Brittany Richardson. Check it out:

Nash apparently was bombarded by text messages after ABC showed him on TV, to which he responded on twitter “How can I watch the game when I just got a thousand texts for being on tv?! Been there before people… #kindofabigdeal”

As for Richardson, well Nash and his wife divorced in November — the day after their third child was born. It’s been rumored that he and Richardson have been dating since then, and the two recently took a trip to Negril.

Here are some more pictures of the two together courtesy of Brittany’s twitter account:

Mark Sanchez Dating Hayden Panettiere?

The recent news of actress Hayden Panettiere breaking up with heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko has been accompanied by some Dirty Sanchez speculation. No, I’m talking about Mark Sanchez and Hayden now dating.  In typical athlete/celebrity couple fashion, Sanchez denied the rumors in an interview with NFL.com. It’s possible the Jets quarterback is also concerned about getting his face pounded by Klitschko, but in any event we’re happy to see he’s moved on from 17-year-old millionaires to wealthy women who are actually old enough to be granted access to a night club in America.

Rumor Fix via Terez Owens was able to capture a few photos of Panettiere and Sanchez hanging out, albeit at an In-N-Out Burger in Southern California.  As far as we know there was no sign of Tim Lincecum, so the Giants hurler must have been between meals at the time.  Of course, there’s always the possibility that the two are just good friends.  Doubt it.  For all of the pictures of Mark Sanchez with Hayden Panettiere check out Rumor Fix.

Amber Rose Confirms She and Reggie Bush were Briefly Together

Reggie Bush has been laying low lately, yet he’s found his name in the news a few times this week. The first occasion came when we learned his ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, gave him a heads up on her engagement to Kris Humphries. Now we can add a twist to that because Amber Rose has confirmed the two briefly dated last year.

Rose told Vibe “Me and Reggie [Bush] dated very briefly after Kanye…We were both each other’s rebound and we both knew that and were cool with that.”

As Rose says, she was coming off her relationship with rapper Kanye West while Reggie was coming out of his relationship with Kim K. This confirms the longstanding suspicion many people had since the time the two were photographed getting cozy in a club.

We have no idea what led to the breakup between Bush and the Tush — we’ve heard many different theories — and the most entertaining of all was the suggestion that Kim was with Kanye. That would make it seem like he was seeking revenge by getting with West’s ex. Amber’s moved onto Wiz Khalifa now, but we really don’t know what’s going on with Bush. He’s elected to keep his personal life more private since breaking up with Kim, and that’s probably for the best. Being with her never really seemed to suit him despite how good they looked together.

Kim Kardashian Alerted Reggie Bush About Her Engagement to Kris Humphries

Kim Kardashian announced to the world Wednesday that she and long-time boyfriend athlete of the month Kris Humphries were getting engaged. They kept the details of how he popped the question private in order to preserve the romance of their relationship.

They made sure everyone knew exactly how the whole thing went down, telling People Magazine Humphries spelled out “Will you marry me?” with rose petals in her bedroom. She said yes (but not until getting a jeweler to confirm the diamond was over 20 karats), and they celebrated with two mini-horses decorated with glitter. Got that? Unicorns and glitter. Unicorns and freaking glitter. This is your life, Kris Humphries.

Anyway, the worst part of the story — aside from the mini-horses and glitter — is that Kim K. supposedly told ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush about the news before they made the announcement. Obviously we’re supposed to believe this was done out of consideration, but there’s no way that conversation went anything other than “You F***ed up. You see what you could have had if you popped the question? Now it’s too late.”

Think about this for a second — it was only a year ago that Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush had split up, and it was only September that she split up with Miles Austin. Apparently all you needed to marry her was a gigantic engagement ring and a playing contract with a professional sports team. I’m sure that’s no problem for Kris Humphries. After all, how can one not be exciting about being part of this the rest of his life?