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Darren Sharper says he has video proving innocence in New Orleans sexual assault case

Darren SharperDarren Sharper is being investigated for three different alleged sexual assaults. Two of them allegedly took place in hotel rooms in Los Angeles, and the other allegedly took place in New Orleans. Sharper’s team says they have video proof that suggests the sex between Sharper and the woman in New Orleans was consensual.

The woman in the New Orleans case filed a police report in September saying she had consumed large quantities of alcohol and had sex with Sharper against her will. But Sharper’s lawyer says they have surveillance footage that confirms witness accounts that say the woman willingly followed Sharper around throughout the evening.

The video has been turned over to investigators, and Sharper’s lawyer told TMZ Sports that they believe the video suggests no sexual assault occurred.

Sharper has not been charged in Louisiana, and his lawyers say that’s because investigators do not believe there is a good case against him.

Nola.com has more details about the allegations. The woman told police she met Sharper at a bar and that he took her back to his place, where they had sex, which she says was not consensual.

Both LAPD and NOPD have classified the cases as the type that could occur when an alleged victim is unable to consent.

We can’t speak to this individual case, though we don’t think a video showing that a woman was following him around means that no sexual assault occurred. Also, if three separate people have made sexual assault claims against Sharper in the past few months, it certainly is a troubling sign.

Little League coach Alan Beck sues his own player for celebrating a win

Little-League-helmetStop me if you’ve heard this one before — a 14-year-old Little League player is being sued by his own coach, who claims he was injured when the boy recklessly threw his helmet in celebration. Since I’m fairly confident you’ve never heard that before, allow me to continue.

Joe Paris, the father of the boy (and in this case the defendant), told KCRA in California on Tuesday that his teenaged son has been named in a civil summons filed in Placer County Superior Court. The boy’s former coach, Alan Beck, contends that he “carelessly threw a helmet, striking Plaintiff’s Achilles tendon and tearing it.” Paris said he thought the lawsuit was a joke at first.

“At first I thought it was joke,” he said. “Now, I think it’s absurd.”

Paris said the play occurred when his son was racing toward home plate to score the winning run in a Lakeside Little League game last spring. Like many MLB players have done in similar situations, he threw his helmet in celebration. Now, Beck is seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering and another $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.

Beck’s attorney Gene Goldsman shed some light on the suit in a phone call with KCRA on Wednesday morning.

“I don’t think the boy meant to harm him,” Goldsman said. “But, this wasn’t a part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did. What the kid did, it crossed the line.”

Unless the boy fired the helmet in anger at his coach, we’re pretty confident he didn’t cross the line. While a legal expert told KCRA that children can be sued for their actions in the state of California, he doesn’t expect Beck to have an easy time proving intent to injure on a baseball field.

“If he deliberately hurt somebody, then it’s a stronger case and a stronger case that his parents could be held liable, but kids playing a kids’ game in a contact sport — and baseball is a contact sport — that’s going to be a tougher case,” Bill Portanova explained.

I think we have enough information here to call this one of the most ridiculous lawsuits ever filed. Hopefully a judge feels the same way.

H/T Hardball Talk

Ric Flair reportedly not attending Panthers-Niners game due to arrest warrant

Ric FlairBy now you have probably heard about Ric Flair traveling to Green Bay on Sunday to pump up the San Francisco 49ers before their playoff game against the Packers. It may have seemed like a harmless publicity stunt, but many Carolina Panthers fans do not see it that way.

After Steve Smith ripped Flair — who has lived in Charlotte and been a fan of the area’s sports teams — for supporting the Niners, the Nature Boy’s camp said he had received death threats from Panthers fans and would not be attending Sunday’s game at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Business Journal told a different story on Thursday, noting that Flair currently has a warrant out for his arrest in North Carolina.

On July 3, Mecklenburg District Court JudgeChristy T. Mann signed an order for the arrest of one Richard Fliehr on contempt of court violations. Legal documents show the former wrestler failed to meet the terms of a June 18 order.

That order called for the wrestler to pay $32,352.51 in unpaid post-separation support and legal fees by 5 p.m. on June 27 and maintain support of his estranged spouse’s car lease and insurance and health insurance, documents show.

The court order also states that Fliehr (Nature Boy’s real name) is required to turn himself in and “shall remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff until he pays all sums required.”

Well, that certainly throws a depressing kink in the storyline. Here we are thinking Flair has become public enemy No. 1 for Panthers fans and is not welcome in their stadium, when in reality the man is dealing with a warrant. Things just got a little less WWE.

H/T The Big Lead

Steelers fan seeks injunction claiming Chargers should not be in playoffs

Ryan-Succop-ChiefsThe NFL has already admitted that the San Diego Chargers may have benefitted from a missed call in their Week 17 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs that sent them into the playoffs. When Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop shockingly missed a 41-yard field goal that would have won the game, the Chargers were lined up in an illegal alignment.

As of the 2013 season, teams are not allowed to have more than six defenders on either side of the long snapper on a field goal attempt. The Chargers had seven. A five-yard penalty should have been assessed and the Chiefs should have been allowed to kick again. Since they were not, Daniel L. Spuck of Mercer, Penn. has filed a motion in court against the NFL.

Spuck is urging the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for a “temporary emergency injunction” on the basis that the Chargers should not have reached the playoffs. He claims that the game and replay officials were “negligent and fraudulent” when they missed the illegal alignment call. Here’s where it gets good.

Spuck was kind enough to present the court with some possible solutions to the problem. He said the NFL could suspend the playoffs up to 10 days, allow Succop to retry the field goal, or let the Pittsburgh Steelers — who would have made the playoffs if the Chargers lost — face San Diego on a neutral site to determine who advances.

As some of you may have noticed, the Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the opening round of the playoffs. They will face the Denver Broncos this weekend. Did the officials miss the call? Yeah, but it happens. It wasn’t even the only call they missed in the Chiefs-Chargers game. It’s kind of too late to go back and change it. Sorry, Daniel. The show must go on.

Jameis Winston accuser filing civil suit against Winston, Tallahassee Police

Jameis WinstonThe woman who accused Jameis Winston of raping her plans to file civil suits against the Florida State quarterback and Tallahassee Police Department, her attorney told ABC News. They may also sue the school, she said.

“The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston. And possibly the university,” attorney Pat Carroll told ABC News.

Carroll told ABC that she wants “heads to roll.” She claims TPD was negligent in the way they handled the case and that their work led the prosecutor to drop the case.

In December, Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said in a statement that his department “took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time.”

The accuser first filed her complaint with the police on Dec. 7, 2012. The case was considered open-active for a few months while it was investigated, but it was changed to open-inactive a few months later. The case was moved to active in November after new information emerged (or after media began pushing them, depending on what you believe).

[Everything you need to know about the Jameis Winston rape case]

Florida’s state attorney Willie Meggs said that November was the first he’d heard about the case. After conducting an investigation, Meggs announced last month that they decided not to file any charges against Winston.

The accuser left school last semester and reportedly has been warned by the school to stay away to protect her safety.

Mike Pouncey testifies before grand jury in Aaron Hernandez case

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsMiami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey reportedly missed practice on Wednesday to travel to Massachusetts so he could testify before a grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The Palm Beach Post noted that Pouncey was absent and listed as “non-injury” on the team’s Wednesday practice report.

The Dolphins are set to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday in what is virtually a must-win for Miami if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead of practicing with his teammates, Pouncey was likely answering a number of questions about his friendship with Hernandez that dates back to their playing days at the University of Florida.

As we know, Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were photographed wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hats shortly after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike avoided the subject.

It is unclear what information investigators sought from Pouncey, as Hernandez is awaiting trial for the murder of Lloyd and prosecutors have also reportedly been pushing for him to be charged for his possible involvement in a drive-by shooting that left two dead in 2012. The fact that Pouncey was called to testify does not mean he did anything wrong. A previous report indicated that he may be asked about potential interstate gun trafficking by Hernandez.

Jameis Winston sexual assault alleged victim’s side of story told to police

Jameis Winston Jameis Winston will not be charged for an alleged sexual assault, the Florida state attorney announced on Thursday.

The Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback’s lawyer said his client had sex with the alleged victim on the night in question. The attorney said the sex was consensual, whereas the alleged victim claims that was not the case.

Since there is a huge difference between what the two have told police, we’d like you to have the ability to read the accuser’s side of the story.

The accuser told police she could not recall how she got to the place where the incident took place. There seems to be some hints that she was drugged or her memory was impaired by alcohol, because she claimed she could not recall how she met the suspect.

victim side Jameis

The alleged victim claimed she tried kicking the person off of her and had her arms pinned down. The alleged victim claims she was taken to the bathroom, where the assault continued. She said she did not remember dressing herself afterwards but she did remember riding on a scooter being driven by the suspect and later being dropped off.

Also see: DNA of second man – Jamal Roberts – found on accuser’s clothing