Mike Pouncey served grand jury subpoena after Dolphins game


Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was served a grand jury subpoena by Massachusetts State Police following his team’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Sports Illustrated reported the story and has a photo of Pouncey getting served inside Gillette Stadium after the game. The subpoena is believed to be related to the Aaron Hernandez case. SI says Dolphins officials were surprised by the subpoena and that not even Patriots owner Bob Kraft was aware of the police’s plans to serve Pouncey.

A grand jury has been meeting to gather more evidence related to Hernandez’s alleged crimes for potential prosecution. They reportedly were pushing for Hernandez to be charged for a 2012 drive-by shooting that left two dead. The former New England Patriots tight end was formally indicted by the grand jury in August for the murder of Lloyd.

Being subpoened by the grand jury does not mean Pouncey has done anything wrong nor that he will be charged with any crimes. He likely will be asked to contribute to the investigation of Hernandez. More specifically, SI says he may be asked about potential gun trafficking by Hernandez. SI reports that Hernandez is being investigated for potential interstate gun trafficking by at least three states — Massachusetts, Florida and New York.

Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were teammates and close friends of Hernandez at the University of Florida. In July, the brothers expressed their support of Hernandez by wearing “Free Hernandez” hats. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike did not.

Mike Miller may sue Miami Heat after being defrauded

Mike MillerFormer Miami Heat player Mike Miller is considering suing the team for their role in a scam where he was defrauded.

According to the Miami Herald, Miller was swindled out of $1.7 million by a con man who was posing as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Miller says he was introduced to the man by the Heat, who he says endorsed the man. He is seeking repayment of $700,000 the man, Haider Zafar, allegedly stole from him and used to pay for Heat courtside tickets. He is also seeking repayment of attorney’s fees.

Miller’s attorney likely told The Herald he was considering a lawsuit to pressure the team into settling. The two sides reportedly are far apart in their negotiations.

The Herald says Zafar last December agreed to spend $3 million for courtside seats to Heat games over three years but never submitted payment. The Heat’s then executive vice president/sales Stephen Weber had players meet with Zafar to discuss business opportunities, and Weber supposedly vouched for Zafar, telling the players the con man was “the real deal.”

Miller agreed to do business with Zafar and gave him $2 million to invest, but by a few months later he figured out Zafar was a fraud. Zafar gave the Heat a payment of $700,000 for the tickets, and Miller says that was his money.

Miller’s proposed suit says the Heat knew Zafar was using an unofficial identity, being investigated by the IRS and had not paid the team when they set up meetings between him and the players. Zafar is currently imprisoned in Ohio awaiting trial on fraud charges for an unrelated case.

James Jones and Rashard Lewis were also defrauded by Zafar and suffered financial losses, though they have not pursued action with the team.

Miller was released by the Heat over the summer and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. He played three seasons with the Heat and helped them win two titles.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sued for allegedly not paying for Game 7 courtside seats

floyd-mayweather-jrHere’s something you probably never thought you would hear — Floyd Mayweather Jr. skipped out on a bill. At least, that is what a lawsuit filed by entertainment company White Glove International is claiming.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that the lawsuit claims Mayweather hired White Glove on June 20th to purchase four tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The game took place that same day, and White Glove alleges that the four tickets cost $80,000 total. Mayweather supposedly has not paid the tab, so he is being sued for the $80,000 plus interest.

According to their website, White Glove International is a VIP lifestyle management firm that gives clients access to premium sporting events and concerts around the world. I’m guessing Mayweather deals with plenty of companies like it.

We are used to telling you about how Floyd only wears boxer shorts once and wears a treasure chest of jewelry around his neck, so hearing that he failed to pay an $80,000 bill — which would be like us skimping someone out of $5 — is a bit strange. Maybe The Money Team has beef with White Glove.

Tawanna taking Allen Iverson back to court, wants big payment

Allen IversonAllen Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna is taking the former NBA MVP back to court because she wants a better arrangement to ensure she is paid the amount of child support she is owed.

The Iversons have been in court sorting out their divorce/custody battle this year, and it’s been a mess. In February, the judge presiding over the case ripped into AI as a parent and stripped him of custody of their five children. He was ordered to pay $8,000 a month in support.

As of June, he hadn’t paid any of the money and Tawanna had to take additional measures to get him to finally pay.

In order to avoid the mess of hoping Allen comes through with the payment each month, Tawanna is asking a judge to make Allen pay 13 years of support up front, which would total a $1.272 million lump sum payment. The payments would run until their youngest child turns 18.

We have no idea what kind of cash flow or savings Iverson has, but such an arrangement seems like it would make things a lot easier. There was a report last year saying Iverson had $35 million stashed away in a bank account. If that’s the case, he should be able to make this kind of payment without a problem.

NFL settles concussion lawsuit with former players for $765 million

Roger-Goodell-$1-Per-Year-SalaryLike any multi-billion dollar business would have done, the NFL took a step toward making a major problem go away on Thursday when it announced a settlement in the concussion lawsuit filed against the league by roughly 4,500 former players. The price tag? $765 million.

According to the NFL’s official settlement release, $675 million will go toward compensating former players who have suffered cognitive injury or their families (in cases in which the players have passed away). Another $75 million will be allocated for baseline medical exams and $10 million will go toward a separate research and education fund.

“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” former US District Judge Layn Phillips, the mediator in the case, said. “Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed.”

When broken down and divided among the 4,500 players who were involved with the lawsuit, the settlement comes out to roughly $150,000 per former player or their family. If a retired player’s condition is deemed to have worsened over time, that player can apply for a supplemental payment, although NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported that those payments will be capped at $5 million.

Of course, front and center on the NFL’s settlement release was the following blurb.

“The settlement does not represent, and cannot be considered, an admission by the NFL of liability, or an admission that plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by football. Nor is it an acknowledgement by the plaintiffs of any deficiency in their case. Instead, it represents a decision by both sides to compromise their claims and defenses, and to devote their resources to benefit retired players and their families, rather than litigate these cases.”

Simply put, this is a win or the NFL. The league can certainly afford a $765 million settlement while it remains at the peak of its popularity. By settling, the NFL avoids the potential of having to go through the discovery process and dealing with investigators finding that they were negligent.

In addition, a judge has requested that neither side comment on the situation beyond what has been written in the statement. Again, very good news for the NFL.

Rolling Stone writer Paul Solotaroff: Aaron Hernandez will be acquitted, return to NFL

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez remains behind bars at the Bristol County House of Corrections awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Given all the circumstantial evidence we have heard to this point, most people feel that a conviction is merely a formality. Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stone magazine does not see it that way at all.

Solotaroff is the writer who wrote the lengthy piece about Hernandez that claimed the former tight end is an angel dust user who confided in Bill Belichick about gangsters trying to kill him. In an interview with CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb on Wednesday, Solotaroff said he believes Hernandez will eventually be acquitted of his murder charge.

“I think (the case) is not only beatable, (but) I think he will be back in the NFL within three or four years,” he said. “I think they’ve grossly overcharged him based on the case they’re building – no direct eye witness, no murder weapon (and) no plausible motive.”

Solotaroff said he believes it will be easy to convict Hernandez on the five gun charges levied against him. However, he said he cannot see him doing any more than a few years in prison for that. Does that mean a return to the NFL is possible for a man who most have already labeled a murderer?

“As crazy as it sounds, this is a guy with no priors,” Solotaroff continued. “So asking a judge to sentence Hernandez to consecutive prison bids – rather than contemporary ones – is going to be a very hard sell for the prosecution. And if in fact he winds up doing three years behind (bars for) those gun charges – which would be a lot in this case – he’s 26, 27, with very low mileage on those legs of his and a lot of time to heal up. My sources tell me there will be more than one NFL team pursuing him hotly when he walks out of jail in four years.”

It is certainly legitimate food for thought. Based on the evidence the prosecution claims it has against Hernandez, I’m personally hoping there is enough for a jury to convict the 23-year-old. But if there is not, plenty of NFL teams will be willing to give him a look.

Investigators have searched extensively for the murder weapon that was used to kill Lloyd, but they have not — to our knowledge — had any luck in uncovering it. Without that gun, the case against Hernandez will be a lot weaker than prosecutors would like it to be.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Terrell Owens suing Drew Rosenhaus

Terrell-Owens-Media-Created-Character-IssuesWhen all else fails, just sue your agent. That appears to be the plan Terrell Owens has in place at the moment, as he is suing agent Drew Rosenhaus and his brother Jason Rosenhaus.

According to Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports, Owens is suing the Rosenhaus brothers for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence. He is seeking to recover up to $6.5 million by contending that Rosenhaus introduced him to financial advisor Jeff Rubin, who allegedly lost millions of Owens’ money.

The lawsuit alleges that the now-banned Rubin had several red flags surrounding his name that Rosenhaus failed to warn TO about. Owens claims that Rubin lost him $5 million in bad investments and cost him another $1.5 million in money that could have been made if it was invested in property.

“Terrell trusted Rosenhaus when he recommended that Terrell hire Rubin as his financial adviser,” Owens’ attorneys, Curtis Carlson and Chase Carlson of Miami-based Carlson & Lewittes, P.A said. “It is completely ridiculous that Rosenhaus would refer a five-time Pro Bowler to a financial advisor who has been accused of stealing from his clients in the past, whose college degree was in Exercise Science, and who was inexperienced. Rosenhaus should have steered Terrell away from Rubin, not toward him.”

Rubin was banned from working in the financial industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2012 for steering a number of clients toward a failed Alabama casino project. The project lost more than $40 million and received investments from 32 current and former NFL players — 18 of which were one-time Rosenhaus clients.

Detailed claims that TO and his attorney have laid out against Rosenhaus can be read here. The 39-year-old Owens has been dealing with a number of financial issues over the past several years, including missed child support payments. He has tried to return to the NFL with very little luck, only coming close with the Seattle Seahawks last summer.