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Court summons says Ray Rice struck fiancee, rendering her unconscious

Ray Rice RavensWhen Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested over the weekend in Atlantic City for an alleged fight with his fiancee, his attorney described the incident as a “very minor physical altercation” and chalked it up to a misunderstanding. The more evidence we see, the harder that is to believe.

On Tuesday, a video surfaced that appears to show Rice dragging Palmer out of a casino elevator. The court summons that was filed in connection with the case makes the incident sound even more disturbing.

The document said that Rice has been accused of “assault by attempting to cause bodily injury to J. Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious, at the Revel Casino.”

A separate summons noted that Palmer is also accused of having struck Rice with her hand, though there is nothing about Rice being knocked unconscious.

[Related: More on Ray Rice's fiancee Janay Palmer]

While we have yet to hear the full story, there is obviously a significant different between an argument that involves some physical contact and striking a woman and knocking her unconscious.

H/T Twitter/Jamison Hensley

Roddy White arrested for failure to appear in court

Roddy-White-mugshotAtlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested early Tuesday morning after he reportedly failed to appear in court. He was booked at around 4:30 a.m. and released shortly thereafter on $168 bond.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, White failed to appear in court on a traffic charge. He allegedly had a warrant out for not paying a fine after police wrote him a ticket for having “non-transparent material on windows.”

Come on, man. A traffic violation? For tinted windows? You make millions of dollars. Either appeal the ticket like everyone else or just pay the fine and get on with your life. Talk about getting arrested for something pointless.

Ray Rice arrested after altercation with fiancee in Atlantic City

Ray Rice RavensRay Rice was arrested over the weekend after having a physical altercation with his fiancee in Atlantic City, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Rice’s attorney downplayed the incident in comments to the Sun, calling it a “very minor physical altercation.” The incident took place at Revel Casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and Rice’s attorney believes the incident was a “misunderstanding.”

Rice’s fiancee was charged with a crime and released, while Rice was released on his own recognizance.

Earlier in the night, Rice, who is from New York and played college ball at Rutgers, was at the Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub with a group of people. All reports from the club director were that things went well and that Rice treated the staff well.

Rice was a second-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and is a three-time Pro Bowler. He’s coming off a down season where he only rushed for 660 yards on 214 carries for a career-low average of 3.1 ypc. He was limited by a hip injury most of the season but played through it.

Darren Sharper a serial rapist? Suspected of seven rapes, 11 druggings

Darren SharperDarren Sharper was formally charged with raping and drugging two women on Friday in a Los Angeles court. That may only be the start of it. The two charges that were filed are only a portion of a complaint that names Sharper as a suspect in seven rapes and 11 acts of drugging someone in four different states.

We already knew that Sharper had been accused of sexual assault in Louisiana in addition to the charges he faces stemming from two alleged encounters with women in LA. The filing from Friday also revealed the analysis from the rape kit used in the Louisiana case and noted that the alleged victim reported she blacked out after taking a drink from Sharper.

Sharper claims to have a video that proves sex with the woman from New Orleans was consensual. His California attorney, Blair Berk, expressed optimism that the former New Orleans Saints safety’s name will be cleared.

“We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded,” Berk said, per Naomi Martin of The Times-Picayune.

While it should be noted that Sharper is innocent until proven guilty, the similarity between all the cases is disturbing. In addition to the two women from LA and one from New Orleans, Sharper has also been accused of raping two women at his Las Vegas hotel suite and two other women in an Arizona apartment. The Times-Picayune highlights some of the details of the accusations.

In each case, the alleged victims recall being given a drink by Sharper and finding themselves incapacitated in some way shortly thereafter. The cups Sharper allegedly gave the women in the LA incidents tested positive for morphine and zolpidem, which are ingredients in the sleep medication Ambien.

One thing’s for sure: Sharper’s attorneys have a lot of work to do in the coming months.

Darren Sharper charged with drugging and raping two women

Darren SharperFormer New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper was formally charged with drugging and raping two women in a Los Angeles County court on Friday. Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape last month and was released after posting $200,000 bond.

According to the district attorney’s office, the 38-year-old has been accused of drugging and assaulting one woman in October and another in January. Both instances occurred at a hotel in LA, and Sharper is said to have given the women a shot of alcohol after inviting them to his room. The complaint alleges he gave the women morphine and zolpidem, which are found in the sleep medication Ambien.

One woman claims she woke up naked with Sharper sexually assaulting her on Oct. 30, hours after she drank the shot of alcohol. Another woman who was invited to his hotel room that same night said she woke up and “interrupted (Sharper’s) actions.”

On Jan. 14, Sharper allegedly met two women at the same nightclub where the previous incident took place. He is also said to have offered them shots and one woman believed she had been sexually assaulted when she woke up the next day.

Sharper, who won a super bowl with the Saints in 2009, is also being investigated for a sexual assault that was filed in Louisiana. He claims to have a video proving the sex with the woman involved in that case was consensual. The bad news continues to pile up for the five-time Pro Bowler.

Thiago Silva arrested after allegedly pulling gun on wife

thiago-silvaUFC fighter Thiago Silva was arrested on Thursday night after he allegedly went ballistic and accused his wife of having an affair. The light heavyweight reportedly drove to a jiu-jitsu school and threatened people before barricading himself in his home, where the SWAT team was called upon to get him to surrender.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Silva drove to a martial arts school owned by well-known instructor Pablo Popovitch in Broward County, Fla. He allegedly suspected his wife was having an affair with Popovitch, so he drove her to the training center and demanded that she bring Popovitch outside.

Silva allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and pointed it at her, telling her, “You have ten seconds to bring Pablo outside and if he does not come out, I will go in the gym and start shooting everyone.”Popovitch reportedly came running out of his gym to protect Silva’s wife, at which point Silva is said to have threatened both his wife and Popovitch.

Pablo then ran inside to call 911, which is when Silva retreated to his home. The incident began at around 8 p.m., and Silva finally surrendered to SWAT team members at around 11:15 p.m. TMZ attained a video of Silva in the back of a police car briefly speaking to a reporter.

“She wants my house, she wants my money.” he said. “Just don’t report this. Can you do that for me?”

When he arrived at the police station, Silva flipped reporters off as officers were booking him.

Silva was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. A judge later threw out the attempted murder charge since Silva did not fire the weapon. The judge said there was probable cause for aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held without bond.

The arrest was the latest in what has allegedly been a pattern of domestic violence from Silva against his wife. Police say he accused his wife of cheating on him last month and she claimed he pulled out a revolver and shoved it in her mouth. She later obtained a restraining order against him.

Shortly after the story surfaced, Dana White told TMZ that Silva will “never fight in the UFC again.” He has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the past. White has obviously had enough, whether Silva is found guilty of the charges or not.

Oklahoma State PG Stevie Clark kicked off team after allegedly peeing out car window

Stevie-Clark-Oklahoma-StateOklahoma State point guard Stevie Clark was dismissed from the team on Monday following his second arrest in roughly a month. On Jan. 1, Clark was found to be in possession of marijuana after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation. On Sunday morning, he was allegedly found peeing out of a car window.

Police reportedly spotted Clark at roughly 12:30 a.m. on Sunday urinating out of a moving vehicle that was being driven by someone else. He was arrested and released from jail a few hours later after posting bond. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford told the Tulsa World in a statement on Monday that Clark is no longer with the team.

“We care about Stevie and wish nothing but the best for him,” Ford said. “We want him to find success in his future, wherever that may be.”

Clark, a 19-year-old freshman, was averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists per game in a backup role this season. He was suspended four games earlier this season for disciplinary reasons that may or may not have had to do with his marijuana possession arrest. If Clark could just pee in a bottle like a normal person, he might still be a Cowboy.

H/T The Big Lead