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#pounditFriday, July 30, 2021

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Report dishes on Alex Rodriguez and reporter Melanie Collins

Melanie Collins

Alex Rodriguez has been spotted with Melanie Collins while on vacation in St. Tropez, but are they dating? That’s the question.

Rodriguez turned 46 on Tuesday and had a birthday bash on the island. According to Page Six, Rodriguez and Collins were introduced through mutual friends Eric and Jessie James Decker, who also are at the island.

Page Six says that despite Rodriguez and Collins hanging out while in St. Tropez, they are just friends.

Some people are thinking otherwise after Collins and A-Rod were photographed on a jet ski together.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not so coincidentally, Rodriguez’s ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez happens to be in St. Tropez with Ben Affleck. Lopez dumped Rodriguez earlier this year, reportedly over trust issues. Lopez and Affleck, who dated several years earlier, have since resumed a relationship.

Rodriguez serves as an MLB analyst in addition to his numerous business interests. Collins is a reporter for the NFL on CBS and a Golf Channel host.

PJ Washington deletes tweet amid drama with girlfriend Brittany Renner

PJ Washington

PJ Washington appears to be in some bad shape with girlfriend Brittany Renner.

Washington and Renner welcomed a baby boy on May 5. But two months later, their relationship seems to be over.

Washington and Renner unfollowed each other on Instagram this month. They also scrubbed photos of the other from their respective accounts.

Last week, they both posted messages on their Instagram Story seemingly addressing the relationship. Renner shared a message expressing optimism that something better might be coming. Washington seemed to take a shot at Renner.

“You can never build a kingdom with someone who still craves attention from the village,” Washington wrote.

Then on Monday, Washington seemed to address the relationship again.

He wrote “you was faking it all along,” but later deleted the tweet.

What does this all mean? Many people thought the tweet was about Renner and that Washington feels like he was duped by the woman. They just had a child together and are now broken up and will have to arrange difficulties such as child support and custody. Many also think Washington got played by the Renner, suggesting she targeted him.

Renner has said on video before how easy it is for a woman to capture money from an athlete.

Washington is 22 and just completed his second season in the NBA after playing at Kentucky in college. The 2019 first-round pick averaged 12.9 points per game with the Hornets last season.

Girlfriend Anna Monroe done with Floyd Mayweather after photos with another woman?

Anna Monroe

Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepping out with one of his girlfriends apparently caused some friction for another one of his girlfriends.

Mayweather was photographed with Gallienne Nabila last week. She was wearing a large ring that had some thinking it may have been for an engagement.

Mayweather insists he is not engaged, but the photos alone were enough to bother one of his other girlfriends.

According to The Sun, Anna Monroe, who thought she was Floyd’s fiancee, was “devastated” by the photos. She reportedly is telling friends that she is “done” with him. The Sun claimed in January that Mayweather proposed to Monroe, but he recently denied the engagement.

Something may have turned for Mayweather though. He asked Monroe to move out while he prepared for his June boxing exhibition match against Logan Paul. She does not have any references to Mayweather on her Instagram profile. She also has moved back into her old apartment, according to the report.

Mayweather has four children by two women and has never been married. The 44-year-old retired from professional boxing with an undefeated 50-0 record. He continues to fight in lucrative exhibitions here and there.

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. engaged to girlfriend Gallienne Nabila?

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Depending on whom you ask, Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be engaged to two different women, one woman, or no women at all. But if the undefeated boxer recently propose to his off-and-on girlfriend Gallienne Nabila, it does not look like he is making a huge effort to hide it.

Mayweather and Nabila, who recently reconnected after dating a while back, were spotted walking down 5th Avenue in New York this week. Floyd had his arm wrapped around Nabila, and Gallienne had a huge diamond ring on her left ring finger.

According to Radar, Mayweather and Nabila have dated off-and-on for at least two years. Gallienne was also spotted with what appeared to be an engagement ring in 2019, but she and Floyd obviously never got married.

Believe it or not, this is the second engagement rumor for Mayweather in a matter of weeks. The 44-year-old responded this week to rumors that he and Anna Monroe, who worked at Floyd’s Las Vegas strip club “The Girl Collection,” were engaged. Mayweather wrote on Instagram that he is “not engaged and have never been engaged or married.” He called the gossip “just rumors and lies.”

In other words, we’ve been down this road before. It’s unclear if the ring Nabila was wearing has anything to do with Mayweather, but history says he will not be getting married.

Mayweather has had plenty of girlfriends in the past, and he’s had seriously legal issues with some of them.

Ben Zobrist in ugly divorce proceedings after wife cheats on him with their pastor

Ben Zobrist wife Julianna

Ben Zobrist took a leave of absence from the Chicago Cubs roughly two years ago as he was going through a divorce with his wife Julianna. That split is still playing out, and to say it has gotten ugly would be an understatement.

According to court documents that were obtained by Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune, Julianna says her estranged husband was “guilty of failing to preserve marital assets” when he took his leave of absence and forfeited nearly $8 million. She is seeking an even split of the couple’s marital assets plus an additional $4 million, which is the amount she says she would have been entitled to if Ben didn’t take time off from playing.

Ben Zobrist called the claim “utterly absurd” and said through his legal team that his and Julianna’s marriage fell apart after Julianna had an affair with the couple’s former marriage counselor and pastor, Byron Yawn. Ben is suing Yawn for $6 million in a separate case for intentional infliction of emotional distress and defrauding the Zobrists’ charity.

Julianna admitted in her deposition that she “confessed her love for Pastor Yawn” in late 2018. She threw a retirement party for Yawn that year at the Zobrist farm and paid nearly $30,000 for it. Ben claims Julianna paid for the event by intentionally using an account that Ben typically did not keep track of.

Ben said Julianna admitted to having an “emotional affair” with Yawn in the spring of 2019. Ben was informed of the affair by Yawn’s ex-wife and decided in May that he “simply could not play baseball while his marriage and family were in limbo.”

The Zobrists initially tried to work through their issues with counseling in 2019, but Ben said Julianna kept in contact with Yawn even after promising not to. Ben says Julianna coaxed him into returning to the Cubs late in the 2019 season because she wanted half of the money he earned by playing.

“It appears that one of wife’s main motives in concealing her affair with Pastor while participating in marriage counseling was to coax husband back into playing baseball so he could further enrich the marital estate in which wife is expected to receive significant sums of money once the court equitably divides the estate,” Ben Zobrist’s memorandum claims. “One would be hard pressed to concoct a more deceitful, sinister, and otherwise inappropriate scheme than wife has devised in this divorce matter.”

Julianna eventually admitted to having a physical affair with Yawn in June 2020. The two are still together.

Ben and Julianna have two children together. Julianna wants primary custody while Ben is seeking a 50-50 split. You can read more of the explosive allegations from the divorce documents here.

The Cubs activated Zobrist from the restricted list on Sept. 1, 2019. He played in the final 21 games of the season and has not played since.

Rich Paul, Adele are reportedly dating

Rich Paul Adele

If you saw Adele at Game 5 of the NBA Finals and were a bit confused as to why, now we seem to know.

The British singer was spotted sitting courtside with LeBron James and James’ agent, Rich Paul, at Saturday night’s game.

In a postgame edition of ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” podcast, Brian Windhorst casually dropped that Adele and Paul are dating, and the game was their first public appearance together.

That reveal certainly caught everyone by surprise. There had been no rumors or information linking the two, and even those who saw them at the game probably wouldn’t have immediately thought the two were a couple. Windhorst would probably know, though: he’s been covering James since he was a high school star at St. Vincent-St. Mary and has longstanding ties to Paul and the rest of LeBron’s inner circle.

Paul is an NBA superagent whose client list also includes Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, John Wall, and Ben Simmons, among others. He’s started to expand his reach beyond the NBA as well.

Adele, a 15-time Grammy winner, filed for divorce from husband Simon Konecki in 2019.

Lamar Odom sued over missed car payments, blames his ex

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom was taken to court by his ex-girlfriend over missed payments, and now he is being taken to court by a car company over missed payments.

TMZ Sports reported on Thursday that Odom was sued by US Bank Leasing over missed car payments on a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban. Odom hasn’t made payments on the car loan since Feb. 2020, the lender claims. He owes $668.40 per month, according to the report.

A total of $35,116.76 is owed on the car. The lender is threatening repossession if they do not receive payment.

Odom’s rep told TMZ that the car was purchased for the former basketball player’s ex. It’s unclear whether that means Odom’s ex-wife Khloe Kardashian, or his ex-girlfriend who has sued him over other financial matters.

Odom recently defended himself against deadbeat dad claims. The 41-year-old says he does not begin receiving his NBA pension until he is 46.

Khloe Kardashian thinks Lamar Odom-Tristan Thompson squabble was ‘childish’

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom and Tristan Thompson got in an Instagram squabble last week in the comments of a Khloe Kardashian post. Apparently their tiff didn’t leave Kardashian impressed.

E! News reported Monday about Kardashian’s feelings, based on information from an insider.

“Khloe thinks the IG comments from Lamar and Tristan were childish,” the insider told E!. “She hates they were publicly acting like that, but also had a laugh.”

Of course she got a laugh from it. How could she not? Odom was acting super thirsty in her comments section. Not to be outdone, Thompson sent a warning to Odom in response.

Thompson and Kardashian began dating in 2016 and share a child together. They broke up last month, but Thompson reportedly is trying to get back together with Kardashian. He has some competition from Odom.

Jennifer Lopez not returning engagement ring to Alex Rodriguez?

Jennifer Lopez

There appears to be very little chance of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez getting back together, but apparently that does not mean J-Lo is going to give back the ring.

A source told the National Enquirer that Lopez still has the engagement ring A-Rod gave her. The ring reportedly cost $1.8 million, but J-Lo considers it a gift like the many others the former couple exchanged.

“Jennifer still has the ring. It’s in a safe place for security reasons but very much still in her possession,” the source said, via Camille Heimbrod of Micky.com. “She and Alex gave each other lots of expensive jewelry, including several watches for his collection that she doesn’t want to be returned, but nothing as valuable as the engagement ring.”

Rodriguez was said to be fine with J-Lo keeping the ring at first, as he believed there was a chance he and Lopez would get back together. Now that Lopez is back with her ex-fiance Ben Affleck, that ship has sailed.

“At first, Alex was confident that he could win Jen back, which is why he didn’t say anything about the ring,” the insider said. “But with Ben in the picture, even Alex has had to admit there’s zero chance of him ever getting back with Jen. It’s hard enough losing Jennifer Lopez, but losing almost $2 million, too? That really hurts.”

A separate source told the National Enquirer that J-Lo also kept the engagement ring Affleck gave her years ago. The source said it is “not about the money” and that Lopez believes an engagement ring is something that shouldn’t be taken back “especially after you were the one who messed up.” That is likely a reference to the talk that Rodriguez cheated on J-Lo before the two announced their split.

Lopez’s rekindled relationship with Affleck appears to be serious. Rodriguez was also recently spotted with one of his exes, though it doesn’t sound like the two are getting back together.

Drake takes high school player’s mom on private date at Dodger Stadium

Drake Dodgers date

Rapper Drake went all-out with a baseball-themed VIP date during the week.

Drake took Johanna Leia out on a private date at Dodger Stadium Thursday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers were away at Miami that day and began a homestand against Arizona the following night, leaving the stadium available.

With the stadium available, Drake took advantage by arranging a dinner in front of the home dugout. He and Leia were captured by ABC 7 cameras sitting next to each other at a table, with a server standing at a private stand nearby. Both of them had custom Dodger jerseys for the occasion.

ABC 7 reported that Drake made a sizable donation to a Dodgers charity to make the date happen.

Leia, 40, is the mother of Amari Bailey, who is a highly-touted basketball prospect. Bailey plays on Sierra Canyon’s basketball team with Bronny James, the oldest son of LeBron James.

That’s a pretty nice VIP date and not too bad if you can arrange it.