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Roger Clemens’ son Kacy wins $3.24 million in lawsuit over bar assault

Kacy Clemens

Kacy Clemens, one of the sons of former pitching star Roger Clemens, was awarded over $3 million from a jury on Friday in a lawsuit filed over a 2019 bar assault.

Clemens and friend Conner Capel were the plaintiffs in their case with Concrete Cowboy Bar in Houston. The two minor league baseball players and sons of former Major League players, were cleared of wrongdoing in the trial. The bar was found liable in the case.

Kacy and Conner were at the bar on New Year’s Eve in 2018, and the assault took place on Jan. 1, 2019. The two men say they were asked by bouncers at the bar to move and complied. Despite doing so, they say they were beat up and thrown out by the bouncers.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Capel had a skull fracture above his eye and needed stiches. Witnesses said Capel got slammed with a flashlight. Clemens “had injuries to his neck and a swollen elbow on his throwing arm, according to evidence at trial,” per the Chronicle.

The two men sued the bar’s owner and its parent company and were awarded $3.24 million by the jury. The bar’s staff was found liable for assault and negligence.

Kacy Clemens, 26, played at Texas from 2014-2017. He began his career as a pitcher and then switched to becoming a hitter mostly. He was drafted in the 8th round by the Blue Jays in 2017. Kacy has batted .226 with a .684 OPS in his minor league career.

Capel, 213, was a 5th-round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2016. He’s a career .247 hitter with a .717 OPS in the minors. Capel is Roger’s godson.

Antonio Brown ordered to pay $100K to rape accuser Britney Taylor

Antonio brown

Antonio Brown has been involved in a legal war with his former trainer Britney Taylor for more than a year now, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star was recently ordered to pay Taylor a large sum of money.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, an independent arbitrator ruled that Brown has to pay Taylor $100,000 for violating a confidentiality agreement between the two. The two sides entered into a confidentiality agreement shortly after Taylor filed a lawsuit against Brown in 2019 accusing him of sexual assault.

Taylor says Brown has violated the agreement numerous times. The recent ruling stemmed in large part from a screenshot of a direct message Brown posted that showed someone talking to him about the case.

Brown’s legal team has responded and is demanding that the $100,000 ruling be thrown out, claiming the arbitrator ignored the law.

Taylor has accused Brown of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions. The case is still pending, and Brown has also faced sexual misconduct allegations from a second woman. Those allegations factored into his eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season.

The Buccaneers will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, but Brown has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Mets GM Jared Porter fired amid harassment scandal

Jared Porter

The New York Mets have quickly moved on from general manager Jared Porter in the wake of the disturbing allegations that surfaced against him this week.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Mina Kimes published a story on that detailed how Porter allegedly harassed a foreign female reporter with several inappropriate text messages back in 2016. On Tuesday morning, Mets owner Steve Cohen announced that Porter has been fired.

“We have terminated Jared Porter this morning. In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it,” Cohen wrote on Twitter. “There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

Porter was hired as GM of the Mets in December. The alleged harassment began when Porter had met a foreign woman who came to the U.S. to report about baseball in June, 2016. The two exchanged numbers in an elevator, and the woman said she believed they were exchanging information to keep in touch as a possible source for reporting. Porter began sending the woman inappropriate text messages that day. He allegedly included one photo of a naked penis, which he later said was a stock photo.

You can read more details from the story here.

Porter, 41, was working in the Cubs’ front office at the time of the lewd texting. He joined the Diamondbacks after the 2016 season, and he was hired by the Mets in December as their new general manager.

Von Miller under criminal investigation

Von Miller

Denver Broncos star pass-rusher Von Miller could be facing some serious legal trouble.

Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported on Friday that Miller is currently the subject of a criminal investigation in Parker, Colo. Parker Police Department spokesperson Josh Hans confirmed that there is an open investigation, though he would not provide any details.

“We’re not commenting on nature of the allegations,” Hans said. “We haven’t completed the investigation.”

If police determine a crime has been committed, the case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office.

Miller, 31, did not play for the Broncos this season after he suffered a serious ankle injury just before Week 1. The eight-time Pro Bowler had eight sacks in 15 games last season and has 106 in his career.

This is not the first time Miller has found himself in trouble with the law, though his past offense was nothing compared to a criminal investigation.

Kelly Oubre claims ex-girlfriend tried to extort him for $3 million

Kelly Oubre

Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. has filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend, claiming the woman tried to extort him out of millions of dollars.

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Oubre says his ex-girlriend Makena LeDuff contacted him on Jan. 11 and demanded a huge sum of money. LeDuff allegedly said that if Oubre didn’t give her $3 million by the end of the week she would launch a smear campaign against him.

The lawsuit states that LeDuff threatened to go public with false claims that Oubre was involved in “criminal conduct.” Oubre’s legal team says the allegations were “crafted to cause maximum and irreparable harm to Kelly, his reputation, and his career.”

This is actually the second lawsuit Oubre filed against LeDuff. He said in court documents back in 2019 that she stole his two dogs, slashed his tires and refused to leave the house he was renting in Beverly Hills after the two broke up. Oubre said in the most recent lawsuit that he still has not gotten his dogs back. The 25-year-old also claims LeDuff threatened him with a social media post in 2019 in which she was brandishing a rifle.

“Makena posted a photo on her Instagram account, where she intimated that she would take physical action against Kelly, Kelly’s friends, or anyone else that tried to enter the house to help Kelly to retrieve his things,” the lawsuit reads.

You can see a screenshot of the Instagram post here.

Oubre is asking the judge to force LeDuff to pay for property she allegedly damaged and give him back his dogs.

Oubre is averaging 11.1 points per game with Golden State this year. He already brought us one of the best troll moments of the season.

Adrian Peterson ordered to pay massive amount of money for loan default

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been involved in a number of financial disputes over the years, and one of the most recent has resulted in him being ordered to pay a lender millions of dollars.

A New York state judge ruled on Wednesday that Peterson must pay a Pennsylvania lender $8.3 million because of a loan he defaulted on, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic.

The judgment stems from a lawsuit that was filed against Peterson by Pennsylvania-based lender DeAngelo Vehicle Sales (DVS). Peterson is said to have borrowed $5.2 million from the lender in 2016 and defaulted on his loan. The $8.3 million figure includes interest and late fees.

Peterson reached two settlements with DVS but defaulted both times, according to DVS’s legal team.

Peterson allegedly used some of the $5.2 million he borrowed from DVS to pay back Minneapolis-based Crown Bank, which filed a lawsuit against him in 2017 claiming he defaulted on a $2.4 million loan.

Kaplan also notes that Peterson did not send counsel to Wednesday’s hearing, which seemed to puzzle Judge Paul Wojtaszek of Erie County Supreme Court. DVS attorney Jeffrey Reina told Judge Wojtaszek that no one from the DVS legal team has heard from anyone representing Peterson.

Peterson has earned nearly $103 million during his NFL career, and that figure does not include endorsements. His lawyer addressed the financial issues over a year ago in a statement, which you can read here.

Earl Thomas’ wife gets restraining order after numerous alleged drunken incidents

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas did not play in the NFL this season, and it sounds like he is having many more problems than that.

Thomas had a gun pointed at him by his wife last year over an alleged cheating incident. In November, we learned that Thomas’ wife filed for divorce, citing adultery.

Now a report says Nina Thomas has received a restraining order against Earl that was granted last week. The restraining order says Earl must stay at least 400 feet away from Nina’s home and the children’s schools.

TMZ Sports reported on Wednesday about numerous incidents Nina was involved in with an allegedly drunk Earl Thomas.

According to the report, Nina claims she allowed Earl to spend Christmas with her so he could be with their children. She alleges he stayed out drinking all night and then went nuts the next day. He allegedly sent her harassing messages and acted belligerently, leading her to lock him out of the house. He allegedly punched through a window too. Police were called to the home over the disturbance, and Thomas was taken to the hospital.

Nina alleges that Earl then threatened her over text message and sent an intimate video of the two of them to her family.

In the court document, Nina described three other incidents since June where Earl became angry and/or inappropriately aggressive with her.

Nina claimed she was “scared” of Earl and believed he presented a danger to her.

Thomas, a 7-time Pro Bowl safety, was cut by the Ravens after a fight with a teammate. That fight was part of a pattern of concerning behavior. The Texans were planning to sign him but dropped those plans because their players rejected the move.

Gerrit Cole allegedly sought illegal product from fired Angels staffer

Gerrit Cole

The Los Angeles Angels fired visiting clubhouse manager Bubba Harkins in March, and now he is spilling the beans in a lawsuit he filed in late August.

Harkins was fired early last year as MLB cracked down on the use of illegal substances on balls. Harkins, who worked as a clubhouse attendant since 1986, filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court on Aug. 28. The Angels and MLB filed a motion to have the suit dismissed on Nov. 2.

Harkins and his lawyer responded to the motion and claim Harkins was made to be a scapegoat by MLB, The Los Angeles Times says. They used a text message from star pitcher Gerrit Cole as evidence of this.

As part of evidence, Harkins’ attorney shared in court on Thursday a text message that they say Cole sent Harkins in Jan. 2019.

“Hey Bubba, it’s Gerrit Cole, I was wondering if you could help me out with this sticky situation,” the pitcher wrote, adding a wink emoji. “We don’t see you until May, but we have some road games in April that are in cold weather places. The stuff I had last year seizes up when it gets cold.”

The text seems to show that Harkins was fulfilling a need for opposing players by providing them with a sticky substance, which was made as a concoction of rosin and pine tar. Cole, who is now with the New York Yankees, was a pitcher for the Astros at the time of the text message.

Harkins claimed that many Angels pitchers used his substance, “including Troy Percival, Brendan Donnelly, Tyler Chatwood, Kevin Jepsen and, most recently, Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton, Yusmeiro Petit, Luke Bard, Matt Andriese, Dylan Peters, Jose Suarez and Dylan Bundy.”

Harkins also says MLB has evidence pitchers like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber and Adam Wainwright all have used foreign substances on the ball. That probably is no surprise given Trevor Bauer’s estimate regarding pitchers using illegal substances.

Once he got fired by the Angels and MLB, Harkins decided to use the court system as his line of defense. And now he’s naming names.

Daniel Syder accuses Washington Football Team minority owner of extortion

Daniel Snyder

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder has found his name in the headlines over the past several months for a variety of unflattering reasons, and he says the negative publicity stems from a calculated effort to pressure him into selling the team.

Both the New York Times and Washington Post reported in the past week about a settlement Snyder paid to a former employee over a sexual misconduct allegation in 2009. The settlement is confidential and did not admit wrongdoing, but the Post reports that it stemmed from an incident on Snyder’s private plane while returning from the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

In response to those reports, Snyder made a court filing in Maryland on Wednesday accusing Washington Football Team minority owner Dwight Schar of extrotion. Snyder says in documents that Schar leaked information to multiple news outlets in an attempt to force Snyder to sell the team.

“The Post’s article includes several quotes from the filing that improperly give the misleading impression, based on Plaintiffs’ position and status, that there was merit to the allegations of misconduct,” the filing reads, according to ESPN’s John Keim. “Plaintiffs’ purpose in submitting their supplemental filing is now clear: to try to continue to smear me in an effort to gain leverage in this business dispute.”

Snyder said he paid the $1.6 million settlement in 2009 only to avoid negative publicity. Neither he nor anyone in the Washington organization admitted wrongdoing. Snyder says an investigation from a law firm uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing.

There were also two stories from the Washington Post over the summer in which former Washington employees described a workplace littered with sexual harassment and misconduct. Snyder said in Wednesday’s filing and previous filings that Schar has “funneled information about me and the team” to former executive assistant Mary Ellen Blair, who then provided it to the Post.

Snyder says he has been threatened numerous times in recent months by Schar and others associated with him, including one time when Schar told Snyder’s attorney that information that “will kill Dan” is going to come out if Snyder refuses to sell the team.

This is not the first we have heard that minority owners are pressuring Snyder to sell the team. Snyder also filed a massive lawsuit against an India-based media company over the summer due to an inaccurate report about Snyder being involved in sex trafficking.

Snyder, 56, purchased the Washington NFL franchise in 1999.

Video appears to show Rajon Rondo push woman during parking lot dispute

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was recently sued by a woman who claims the NBA star and his girlfriend attacked her in a parking lot, and a video that has since been released confirms there was a physical altercation.

Toktam Jorshari claimed in court documents that Rondo was parked in a handicapped spot on June 28 at the apartment complex where they both live. Jorshari says she pulled into the space next to Rondo’s Rolls Royce SUV to unload a piece of furniture she had purchased, and Rondo felt she parked too close to his car. That allegedly led to Rondo aggressively confronting Jorshari, who claims the situation quickly escalated and became physical.

Surveillance footage that was obtained by TMZ this week appears to show Rondo and his girlfriend arguing with Jorshari about the situation. At one point, Rondo shoved Jorshari with one arm, causing her to stumble backward. Rondo’s girlfriend then attacked Jorshari, and Rondo initially tried to step in between the two. He then stood back and watched while his girlfriend punched Jorshari in the face several times.

Jorshari claims in her lawsuit that Rondo’s girlfriend repeatedly attacked her while she was on the ground, though TMZ’s video ended before any of that was shown. You can read more details from the lawsuit here.

Rondo was still with the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the alleged incident. The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month.