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JR Smith ordered to pay $48,000 for allegedly skipping out on jewelry bill

JR Smith reportedly has been ordered to pay over $48,000 to a jewelry company for allegedly not paying a bill after ordering some items from them in 2010.

According to TMZ, Smith ordered a diamond chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings from Lemmerman’s — totaling $25,500.

The company sued Smith for $48,101, which was the amount of the jewelry plus interest and attorney’s fees. Smith did not respond to the suit and was ordered by a judge to pay $48,000.

Lemmerman’s advertises a great deal of custom-made jewelry on their website. They also seem to be quite popular with athletes; CJ Miles, Ryan Gomez, Keith Bogans, and Jared Sullinger are among the players whose names appear on the site for their products.

Below is a look at the Black Jesus pendant ordered by Smith:

Black Jesus pendant

That is pretty sweet looking. I have nothing against Black Jesus, but where’s the love for Korean Jesus?

Hank Baskett named in Performance Gaines gym lawsuit

Hank BaskettHank Baskett, the former NFL receiver and husband of model Kendra Wilkinson, is being sued over his involvement in a California gym.

According to TMZ, Baskett is a co-owner of “Performance Gaines” gym, which is also owned by Baskett’s trainer, Travelle Gaines. The two are being sued by two men who claim they invested six figures into the gym before Baskett’s name was attached to the project. The men are suing for unspecified damages and claiming they were tricked into investing in the company after being promised a 40 percent share in the gym. They say their shares were given away to other partners, including Baskett.

Performance Gaines is located in West Hollywood and opened last year. Baskett, who caught six touchdowns in 68 career NFL games, has been closely involved with the gym.

“He leaves for work everyday at 5:30 a.m. and returns home at 5 p.m. He loves it. This is exactly what he wanted to do in his life,” Wilkinson told In Touch about her husband’s involvement with the gym last September.

Shutdown Corner did a story about the players training at the gym last July and said at the time that 30 NFL players were training there.

Plaxico Burress’ home ordered to be sold in auction

Plaxico-Burress-SteelersPlaxico Burress has been ordered by a court to sell one of his homes via auction in order to pay the liens against the property that were the result of a judgment stemming from a 2008 car collision, USA Today reports.

Burress reportedly owes $159,000 to a woman whom he rear-ended in a car collision in 2008 when he was still playing for the New York Giants. A judgment was awarded in January to the woman who sued him. So far, Burress has refused to pay up.

Last week, it was reported that the wide receiver’s driver’s license was suspended because of his refusal to pay the judgment, so the court has moved to force the sale of his home.

Court documents reportedly state that the Virginia Beach home is valued at $460,000. According to USA Today, the property will be sold no more than a week after the fifth advertisement of the sale of the home in a newspaper.

This story should not come as a surprise; Burress’ flakiness with such matters was well documented several years ago.

Former Titans cheerleader Elizabeth Leigh Garner charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy

Elizabeth-Leigh-GarnerA former Tennessee Titans cheerleader named Elizabeth Leigh Garner has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. According to NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Garner was indicted on charges of sexual battery and solicitation of a minor earlier this week.

Police in Murfreesboro, Tenn. said that Garner was visiting a friend’s home when she followed a 12-year-old boy into the bathroom, fondled him, and tried to seduce him. Garner later told sex crime detectives that she “was drunk that evening and that she got the boy confused with a man that was also at the residence.” In an off-camera interview with NewsChannel 5, Garner said she is innocent.

“He got up to go to the bathroom and Ms. Garner followed him into the bathroom,” the police report said. “He stated that she asked him if he had ever been with a woman.”

Garner, 42, made headlines as a Titans cheerleader in 2008 because she was a 38-year-old who made a team comprised of woman who were mostly in their 20s. Kyle Evans of the Murfreesboro Police Department spoke for most of us when he said there is no excuse for a grown woman to confuse a 12-year-old boy with an adult.

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Pranksters who recorded Buddy Nix-Mark Dominik phone call may have committed a felony

You probably have heard that a couple of kids, with a little luck and a lot of chutzpah, were able to merge two separate phone calls involving Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. They then recorded the conversation between Nix and Dominik, which was later revealed on Deadspin. Sounds like some pretty complicated and hi-tech stuff right?

Actually, it’s pretty easy to do:

Cell phone merge call

Now, you might be thinking that you could have a lot of fun with this feature alongside a recording device, but beware: there’s a fair possibility that the kids who pulled off this prank could be in a lot of trouble. Why? What they did is illegal in New York and in Florida.

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly being sued by cousin Yuri Sucart for $5 million

alex rodriguezAs if New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez didn’t already have enough on his plate, he is reportedly facing a $5 million lawsuit from his cousin Yuri Sucart. According to the website TheMLBNation.com, the lawsuit is based on libel, defamation of character, fraud and dues owed.

When Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs several years ago, he and Sucart had a falling out after A-Rod publicly accused his cousin of pushing him to use steroids and also injecting him with PEDs on multiple occasions. A-Rod made a peace offering when he bought a diamond-studded ring for Sucart after the Yankees won the World Series in 2009, but Sucart sold it to a collector in South Florida.

Sucart has been banned from the Yankees facilities, team flights and buses. He reportedly proposed a settlement for Rodriguez which was turned down, and the case is now headed for trial seeking $5 million in damages.

Both Rodriguez’s and Sucart’s names have surfaced in the MLB and DEA investigation involving Anthony Bosch’s anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. A-Rod has denied his involvement, but authorities are in the process of determining whether Rodriguez, Sucart and several other players and people involved with baseball obtained steroids from Bosch.

Via NY Post

NFL pressured a man to give up his request to trademark ‘Harbowl’

John-Harbaugh-Jim-HarbaughWith the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens set to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, much of the buzz surrounding the game has centered around the brothers Harbaugh competing against each other for the Vince Lombardi trophy. John and Jim Harbaugh both had great teams heading into the season, so it is not shocking that they are the only two coaches left standing.

A man from Indiana named Roy Fox anticipated a potential Niners-Ravens matchp, so he decided to try to make some money off of it. Last February, Fox says he paid more than $1,000 to file trademarks for the phrases “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl.” However, his plan never came to fruition because of pressure from the NFL.

“Right before the conference championship games last year, I thought to myself, ‘Can you imagine if these guys played each other?’” Fox told ESPN.com. “If Pat Riley would go through the trouble of trademarking three-peat, why shouldn’t I try this?”

In August, the NFL sent a letter to Fox expressing concerns that his recent trademarks could be confused with the league’s trademark of Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained the purpose behind that letter.

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