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Todd Helton’s mug shot after DUI arrest was a sight to behold (Picture)

Todd Helton mug shot

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is in the headlines this week, but it’s not for anything baseball-related.

Helton, who is 39 and at the end of his career, was arrested Wednesday morning nearby his home in Thornton, Colo., on suspicion of driving under the influence. His DUI is not what is captivating the minds of America; it’s the amazing mug shot that has everyone fascinated.

Just look at Helton in that shot. Face all chubby, triple chin visible. His hair is all tossed around. One collar is flipped out and the other tucked in. Not to mention he’s so messed up he can’t even open his eyes for the picture. Guy looks awful.

Ordinarily we’d scold Helton for driving drunk and putting the lives of others in danger, but that mug shot is enough to sufficiently embarrass him for his actions.

You can read his apology he provided to The Denver Post.

Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff gets DWI month after teammate killed in drunken crash

Jay-Ratliff-mugshotDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Tuesday morning after his Ford truck struck an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas. Police senior officer Sam Shemwell told NFL.com that Ratliff was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not injured.

Ratliff was reportedly arrested after officers arrived at the scene and determined he was intoxicated and responsible for the crash. He was arraigned and released on bond on Tuesday morning. He reportedly refused a breathalyzer but police received a search warrant to draw blood. The results of the blood test are pending.

While it is alarming any time a professional athlete who has so much going for him gets arrested for a DWI, it is even more disturbing that Ratliff’s arrest comes just a month after one of his teammates, Jerry Brown, was killed in an alcohol-related car crash. Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving the car and faces up to 20 years in prison after being charged with intoxication manslaughter.

As Around the League pointed out, a Cowboys team consultant said that the team was looking into setting players up with a breath analyzer device for their cars following the Brown tragedy. With the amount of money NFL players make and the amount of services teams make available for them, you would think they would be aware of how much they have to lose and not get behind the wheel of a car while drunk. The fact that Ratliff may have chosen to do so just a month after his teammate was killed has to be disappointing for Jerry Jones and company.

Photo via Grapevine Police Department

Kenny Britt sought by police for questioning over brother’s stabbing

kenny brittKenny Britt is being sought by New Jersey police for questioning regarding an incident that led to his brother being stabbed Saturday night, The Tennessean reports.

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the Titans wide receiver dropped off his brother at a hospital Sunday morning but was uncooperative with police. Police believe Britt was at the scene where his brother was stabbed.

The stab wound reportedly is on his brother’s back by his left arm and not considered a life-threatening injury.

According to The Tennessean, police were called to a party in Jersey City at 3:28 a.m. because of a reported stabbing that occurred during a fight. When police arrived, they found nothing wrong. They were later informed that Britt brought his brother into the hospital with a stab wound, leading them to believe Britt was involved. Police also say a gun shot rang out from the same place where the stabbing took place. The shot reportedly was fired after Britt went back to the house to pick up his girlfriend.

“They were all involved in an altercation. So they all knew each other and what was going on,’’ Jersey City Police Capt. Edgar Martinez told The Tennessean. “That’s why we want to talk to him. He was involved in the incident, both incidents. He was there during that time period. So we are looking to speak to him.”

Britt shared a photo of his brother on his Instagram account Sunday:

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Milton Bradley charged with domestic abuse, facing 13 years in prison

milton bradley marinersMilton Bradley has been charged with domestic abuse against his estranged wife and reportedly is facing up to 13 years in prison if convicted on all 13 charges.

You may recall that Bradley was arrested in Sept. 2011 for allegedly swinging a bat at his wife. A month later it was revealed that his wife says Bradley threatened to kill her during that incident.

Bradley was also charged with domestic violence in Jan. 2011. His wife filed a domestic violence last Nov., claiming that Milton tried choking her.

According to TMZ, the city has filed charges against Bradley related to five separate incidents. These are the charges he’s reportedly facing:

    - 4 counts of spousal battery
    - 4 counts of criminal threats
    - 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon
    - 2 counts of vandalism
    - 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report

The only good news is that both parties have filed for divorce, so hopefully they will avoid future incidents. Though, if Bradley ends up in jail, the only incidents he’ll be dealing with will be in prison.

Rolando McClain arrested, blames ‘corrupt’ police out to get him

rolando mcclainStop me if you’ve heard this before: Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

The Decatur Daily reports that the Oakland Raiders linebacker was pulled over Tuesday afternoon for driving with tinted windows. He reportedly gave a false name to the police officer, which is a misdemeanor charge. McClain was booked at the city’s jail and bonded out.

You may recall that McClain was arrested in Nov. 2011 for allegedly firing a gun by a former friend’s ear and threatening to kill the man. McClain was convicted on all charges and received a 180-day jail sentence, but the case was dismissed in November after the alleged victim decided to drop the charges.

Combining the two incidents makes McClain think he is being targeted by “corrupt” police.

“I’m falsely accused of everything,” McClain told The Decatur Daily as he was leaving city hall. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

When McClain was asked if he believes police are out to get him, he reportedly said, “Yes. You said it. I answered it.”

You got that? Rolando allegedly fires a gun by a guy’s head, threatens to kill him, gets pulled over for tinted windows, and HE is the one falsely accused of everything. Damn those corrupt police officers for trying to protect society from someone who fires a gun at a person’s head!

Perhaps the most appropriate comment of all comes from Rolando’s cousin, Le’Ron, who plays for the Chargers. When asked for his thoughts on Rolando blaming everyone else for his arrest, he called his cousin crazy:

Maurice Clarett’s girlfriend wanted for allegedly beating up Clarett

Maurice-Clarett-Ohio-StateThe drama in Maurice Clarett’s life never seems to stop. Clarett reportedly called police on Saturday to complain that his girlfriend, Ashley Evans, beat him up, and now police are looking for her.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Evans, 30, is wanted on charges of alleged domestic violence and assault. Clarett reportedly told police that Evans bit him on the wrist and chest and punched him in the face at their home.

Clarett and Evans have a six-year-old daughter.

Evans has been mentioned by Clarett in the past. She was with him while he served three and a half years in prison on robbery and gun charges. Clarett would dictate blog posts to her from prison, and she would file them on his behalf.

The former Ohio State running back has been trying to clean up his life since going to prison. He is working on a book and has been church ministry classes.

H/T Deadspin

Joey Porter released from jail after arrest for writing bad checks

Former NFL loudmouth Joey Porter was released from jail on Monday, three days after being arrested for writing bad checks to the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas.

According to The Bakersfield Californian, Porter was arrested in Bakersfield on a felony warrant from Clark County, Nev., following a traffic stop on Friday. The warrant was for writing $70,000 in bad checks to the casino.

TMZ reports that Porter wrote eight checks to the casino between June 30, 2012 and July 1, 2012. Three checks were for $10,000, four were for $5,000, and the final check was for $20,000. The checks were written in exchange for cash and /or gambling chips. The problem arose when the casino attempted to cash the checks and was informed that the bank refused to pay the money because Porter had put a stop payment on them.

Porter was facing felony theft and fraud charges, but he reportedly paid the casino back all the money and was released from jail as a result.

Porter, who was a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his 13-year NFL career, has a history of misbehaving in Las Vegas. You may recall that in 2007 he was cited for misdemeanor battery after getting into a fight with offensive lineman Levi Jones inside the Palms. He sure knows how to keep his name in the news.

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