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Clay Matthews Jokes, Teases Aaron Rodgers About Becoming Hollywood Celeb

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to have been living it up ever since leading his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Steelers and grabbing MVP honors with an outstanding game. First he went to Disneyworld, then he appeared with his celebrity crush Ellen for an interview, and most recently he was at an Oscars party taking pictures with Stacy Keibler and meeting Mila Kunis. Oh yeah, that was all before leaving the same party with “girlfriend” Jessica Szohr.

PICTURES: Aaron Rodgers with Stacy Keibler

We said Rodgers appeared to be doing what any Super Bowl MVP would do — leveraging the popularity into media appearances and meetings with hot girls. Teammate Clay Matthews took note and ribbed Rodgers for the exact same thing, as I learned via Adam Rank at NFL.com. Matthews joked with Rodgers on twitter saying “Is it true ur dating Mila Kunis!? Ur so Hollywood bro!!”

SEE: Clay Matthews gives Rodgers his championship belt

Rodgers responded by saying “if by dating u mean met for the first time the other night, then yes. Uve changed bro. Ur so socal now.” Maybe the socal jab was a reference to Matthews being like the Hollywood paparazzi and bringing up the Mila Kunis thing, but it’s clear they were just messing with one another.

Everything seems like it’s in good fun, and I trust that of all athletes Aaron Rodgers is one who can remain level-headed despite his surge in popularity; think about the type of character he has to have endured the Brett Favre drama and thrived. But much like Adam Rank pointed out at NFL.com, they need to remember what kind of focus it took to reach the Super Bowl. Somehow I don’t think partying it up was part of the recipe. (Or maybe they know there will be a lockout and they’re not concerned).

Shawne Merriman Unsuccessfully Hits on WWE Divas, CM Punk Says

I have no idea what WWE Superstars and Divas is, but apparently it was an event that took place in Costa Rica over the weekend. Buffalo Bills linebacker (man, it’s weird saying that) Shawne Merriman was in Costa Rica too, and he was trying to put the moves on the divas, according to wrestler CM Punk. What ensued was an amazing war of words on twitter as I learned in SI Hot Clicks. Luis Arroyave’s Leisure Blog summarizes the entire affair best:

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Aaron Rodgers Living it Up with Jessica Szohr, Stacy Keibler, and Mila Kunis

Word has it Aaron Rodgers spoke with Tom Brady recently, and Tom told him there’s much more to winning a Super Bowl MVP than some jewelry and hardware.  Okay, maybe they didn’t talk, but Rodgers certainly seems to be figuring that out on his own.  The Packers quarterback is already reportedly dating Jessica Szohr, but Jessica hasn’t exactly been able to keep the hotties off of No. 12.  Word has it he was a popular commodity at the Circa Hollywood Dominos Oscar party last Thursday.  Here are some pictures of Aaron Rodgers with Stacy Keibler from Keibler’s twitter:

Now that we know the recent star of the Ellen Show and Keibler were acting like 15-year-old girls updating their Myspace account, we should also note that the NY Post reported Rodgers was “flirting” with Mila Kunis at the same party and both seemed to be very into each other

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Cheryl Burke Admits to Fling with Chad Ochocinco During Dancing with the Stars

After issuing denial after denial, Cheryl Burke finally admitted to having a relationship with Chad Ochocinco while the two were partners on Dancing with the Stars.

Burke opened up during an appearance The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, saying “I mean, we had a fling. We worked so much together and we had great chemistry, but it was the same pattern I had in the past with my boyfriends in the past. He was just really unavailable to me.”

Asked if that meant he was dating other people at the same time, Burke put Chad’s twitter account on blast, saying “Well, you just look at his twitter and see who he’s following and that speaks for itself.”

Oooh! Chalk up another person burned by the twitter! When will athletes (and all guys) learn to be more discreet with their side pieces? Can’t say that it’s been a bad thing for Chad who’s now engaged to Evelyn Lozada. Also can’t say that we were wrong — we saw through their garbage back in May!

Setting the Record Straight on Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan

We’ve made it a point to try and get both sides of the Gilbert Arenas-Laura Govan relationship out because we feel like Arenas has been publicly embarrassed and wrongfully depicted as a deadbeat by a vengeful woman. Think about how vindictive Govan is — she had Arenas served with court papers during halftime of one of his recent games. She also had a public relations person pitch a story to different news outlets in an effort to make Gilbert look like a horrible father. Because of the juicy nature of her claims, the story was widely published.

All the while Gil has been playing for the Magic, trying to adjust with his new team. He’s kept his mouth shut for the most part, but we did get a few more details about his side of their story on Sunday.

Deadspin published quotes that supposedly came directly from Arenas, explaining what really went on with him and his ex-fiance. For instance, Arenas says Govan, despite her pleas that she and the children have been abandoned “gets 20 grand a month. She got $8,000 allowance.”

He says she is living in a three bedroom townhouse in San Ramon, California. He also adds that “All I hear is, ‘I left the kids.’ She won’t let the kids see me.”

“All I hear is, ‘Gilbert took everything.’ Sure I did. She took a SL600. She took the Range Rover, which I don’t mind because she has to drive the kids around. Oh, all my furniture and all my clothes, about $4 million worth of stuff? Gone.”

Like I said, there are two sides to every story, and Govan’s side is looking weaker and weaker by the day, and her claims are coming across as more preposterous every time. Now that we have their relationship saga straightened out, we just need to do something about fixing Gilbert’s game.

Mark Sanchez and 17-Year-Old Girl Eliza Kruger: He’s Smarter than we Think

So last week sports site Deadspin trumpeted a big story they had ready to run on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez Tuesday. Given their recent run of news cycle changing stories on the Jets (Brett Favre’s sexting scandal, Rex Ryan’s foot fetish), there was good reason to believe they had something big. Their story turned out to be a dud, as I wrote on twitter (follow LBS!). All they did was pass along a personal story from a 17-year-old girl who had hooked up with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. There were no legal implications as the age limit for consensual sex in New York and New Jersey is 17. The only area you can question Sanchez is his decision to be with a 17-year-old girl which, for a 24-year-old superstar like him who has dated girls like this, I do question.

Anyway, since we’ve discovered that the story is absolutely useless aside from the good joke or two that Sanchez likes ‘em young, there is something that we can take out of it. The New York Post, which conceivably could have crossed ethical lines by identifying the girl, reports that the 17-year-old is Eliza Kruger, the daughter of Chip Kruger.

The elder Kruger is “a partner in the Stamford, Conn., financial firm Five Mile Capital Partners, who court records show received a $48 million bonus, severance and a deferred-compensation package when he left the firm Greenwich Capital in 2000.”

So what does all this mean? Sanchez, who probably will earn around $35 million or so from his current contract with the Jets, may be marrying for money. Yes, if he blows through his financial fortune or gets hurt, sticking with Kruger will be an insurance policy for him!

Marrying for money, you sly dog Sanchez, you.

Lil Wayne Happy LeBron James Finally Acknowledged Him at Miami Heat Game

A few weeks ago we passed along word that rapper Lil’ Wayne was unhappy LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hadn’t acknowledged him at Miami Heat games. Weezy is such a dedicated fan that one of his first moves after being released from prison was to watch a Heat-Hornets game, but he was hurt the stars didn’t so much as throw a glance in his direction.

Well after complaining to Rolling Stone in an interview, Lil’ Wayne finally got his wish.

LeBron James apparently gave Weezy a head nod during the Heat-Pacers game on Tuesday night. Asked after the game if their beef was squashed, LeBron played coy saying “I don’t know. That’s a question you gotta ask him. We just, for all the fans that come watch us play… we just try to do our job and win ball games.”

Dwyane Wade was apparently surprised to hear that LeBron had acknowledged the rapper, asking LeBron “you did?” when he heard about the incident after the game. As for Lil Wayne’, he told NBC Miami he was satisfied with the nod.

And just like that, the world’s dumbest controversy came to an end.

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