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Larry Johnson allegedly strangled his ex-girlfriend until she passed out

This Larry Johnson character is truly quite the gem.

The former All-Pro Chiefs running back reportedly was arrested for battery with strangulation on Friday after allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend inside a Bellagio hotel room in Las Vegas.

This marks the FIFTH time Johnson was arrested for an alleged violent incident with a woman. We’ll run through the list later, but first, more details on this event.

Johnson was arrested at 4:30 a.m. on Friday and was said to be drinking before getting into it with his ex-girlfriend, who had marks on her face and bruises on her neck when police saw her.

The two reportedly had been partying and drinking together and went to Johnson’s room to catch up. Johnson reportedly became enraged when the subject of his daughter came up, and he responded by attacking his ex-girlfriend. He allegedly choked the woman until she passed out. According to TMZ, she told police she woke up in the 10th floor hallway of the hotel wearing just underwear and a see-through top, and that she had to bang on doors to get help.

The ex-girlfriend reportedly also told police that Johnson had attacked her multiple times in the past. Knowing that, you have to wonder why she would be going to hang out with him in his room.

Johnson supposedly bragged to police that he got off on past charges, but now he could be facing a minimum of two years in state prison if convicted on domestic violence charges. Given his history, we’re hoping they finally put him away.

Here’s a rundown of his past acts of violence against women:

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Matt Barnes captured using homophobic slur in profanity-laced arrest video

Matt Barnes was caught on video using profanity and a homophobic slur during a July arrest, and he has apologized for his language.

Barnes was arrested on July 30 for an outstanding traffic warrant and for threatening an officer. The Clippers forward was released on $51,000 bail later that night, and now we have video that shows his alleged uncooperative behavior from that evening.

TMZ obtained and published video from the arrest, and it shows Barnes and his wife, Gloria Govan, appearing to give the officers a difficult time while resisting arrest.

The video shows an officer telling Govan, who was standing next to Barnes, to “turn around and put your hands behind your back.”

“For what?” she responds.

Govan continues to refuse to move away from her husband and complains that another officer wouldn’t tell them why Barnes was being arrested. She suggests the officers “pow-wow” and then let them know why the arrest is being made.

“And why don’t you ask [the] officer how he found Matt in the first place?” she asks one officer.

“Yeah, by f—ing stalking me, which is probably illegal,” Barnes chimes in.

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Purdue kicks LB Dwayne Beckford off team after fourth arrest; he had bath salts

Purdue coach Danny Hope laid down the law on Wednesday, sending the message to his football team that three arrests in one year is acceptable, but a fourth is going too far. Just kidding.

Hope dismissed Dwayne Beckford from the team on Wednesday two days after the senior linebacker and team’s second-leading tackler a year ago was arrested for the fourth time in 14 months. Police arrested Beckford a week after they went to his apartment because of a verbal argument he had with a female acquaintance, the Journal & Courier reports.

Beckford turned himself into police on Monday after learning there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a synthetic drug. What was the synthetic drug, you ask? Bath salts, which reportedly were found in his bedroom.

It appears as if Beckford was going for some sort of collegiate athlete record for arrests. Beckford has been arrested four times since last June, which is when he was charged for a misdemeanor related to a hit-and-run incident.

In December, Beckford was arrested for drunken driving and possession of marijuana. The New Jersey-native was suspended for the team’s bowl game and kicked out of school, but he had been taking classes elsewhere in hopes of rejoining the team.

It’s nice to see that Hope is taking such a harsh stance in opposition to this sort of tomfoolery. Nobody gets arrested five times on his watch!

H/T Sports by Brooks Live
Photo via Purdue Exponent

Mark Grace arrested for DUI again, on leave as D-backs announcer

Mark Grace is taking an indefinite leave of absence as a Diamondbacks broadcaster after being arrested for his second DUI in 15 months, The Arizona Republic reports. Grace must have realized the consequences of his second DUI, because he seemed considerably more grumpy in his most recent mug shot.

According to The Republic, Grace was pulled over for having an expired registration plate. He was arrested for DUI after a field sobriety test was administered.

Oh, and get this, he was driving without an interlock device for his car as was required following his previous DUI.

FOX Sports Arizona has plans for former franchise legend Luis Gonzalez to call Friday and Saturday’s games and Joe Garagiola to do Sunday’s. We doubt either man will have Grace’s home run predicting ability.

US Open tennis ref Lois Goodman arrested for allegedly killing husband with a coffee mug

We don’t post this story because of a fascination with the daily happenings of tennis officials, but because of the sheer unusualness of someone being beaten to death by a coffee mug. That’s allegedly what happened with Lois Goodman and her late husband, Alan.

Police arrested Goodman in New York on Tuesday where she was in town to officiate the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The 70-year-old woman was escorted from a Manhattan hotel wearing her U.S. Open gear and taken to a court room where she was arraigned on murder charges. She’s currently in jail in New York and awaiting extradition to California where she faces life in prison.

The story Lois gave to police regarding the death of her 80-year-old husband seemed fishy from the start. She told police she had been out all day refereeing tennis matches and that the death looked like an accident.

“She arrived home and she said the house was locked up,” LAPD Lt. David Storaker said.

When Goodman found her husband unresponsive in bed, “she said she surmised he had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and managed to get back upstairs to the bed,” Storaker said.

The death occurred on April 17 and a warrant was issued for Lois’ arrest on August 14 after the coroners and police determined the death was a homicide. They found pieces of porcelain in the right side of his head.

Death by coffee mug. What a crap way to go.

Mayhem Miller arrested after naked church romp

Former UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested on Monday after having what appears to be a breakdown.

The MMA fighter and host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown” allegedly trashed Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, Calif., according to TMZ. Police say Miller sprayed the church with a fire extinguisher and scattered the place with CDs, books, and broken pictures.

When police arrived, they reportedly found Miller awake and coherent, but he was naked on a couch on the second floor. He was taken into custody for alleged burglary and is undergoing medical evaluation.

Miller was cut from the UFC in May after a backstage incident following a loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. Miller, who is unafraid of controversy and infamously sparked a brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville in 2010, and was arrested on first-degree burglary charges in 2005 (he was acquitted).

He had a bizarre Twitter exchange with Dana White on Saturday that may have led to his further depression:

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Chad Johnson’s mug shot from domestic violence arrest (Picture)

Chad Johnson was arrested on Saturday evening on charges of domestic violence. LBS obtained full details on the arrest, which you can read here. Above is the mug shot for the Dolphins wide receiver.

The Dolphins issued the following statement regarding the arrest: “We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering all the relevant information.”

Johnson’s contract with the team is not guaranteed, meaning they would not have to pay his $925,000 salary if they can cut him before the regular season begins.