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Frank Clark officially charged on felony weapons possession

Frank Clark

Frank Clark was officially charged in Los Angeles County Friday with felony weapons possession for one of his two arrests since March.

Clark was arrested twice in Los Angeles on felony weapons possession allegations this year. One arrest came in March when the Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman was pulled over while driving with another man. The two were pulled over because their car did not have a license plate.

Police observed a gun in Clark’s vehicle and arrested him for possession of two loaded firearms. Clark was charged by the county’s district attorney Friday for this incident.

Clark was also jailed in June for a similar but different arrest.

On June 20, Clark was pulled over while driving in Los Angeles on a routine traffic stop. Police noticed an Uzi in an open duffle bag in his car and arrested him for felony illegal possession of a firearm. There has not been an update on that case.

Clark is set to be arraigned for his March incident on July 14.

MLB reportedly looking into Trevor Bauer’s history as part of investigation

Trevor Bauer

Major League Baseball has launched its own investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Trevor Bauer, and the league is taking several angles.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB investigators are pursuing “a range of inquiries” relating to Bauer. The league has spoken to the accuser’s lawyer, and hopes to speak directly to the accuser in coming days. League officials also wish to speak to Bauer, but it is unclear if and when that will happen. Notably, any conversations Bauer has with MLB would be subject to subpoena as part of the Pasadena Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the allegations.

MLB investigators are also reported to be delving into Bauer’s personal history. The league wants to know if there have been any other incidents involving Bauer that it is not aware of. This is similar to how the league has pursued other investigations relating to the sport’s domestic violence policy.

MLB’s investigation into the Bauer allegations is taking place concurrently with the police investigation, which law enforcement said has become larger than originally expected.

Bauer has been accused of assaulting a woman with whom he had two sexual encounters this year. The woman claims the encounters began as consensual before going beyond what she consented to. She sought medical attention for injuries she suffered following their second encounter, which was on May 15. You can read her allegations here.

Bauer says the woman sought rough sex from him and that everything was consensual. His legal team provided Larry Brown Sports with text message conversations that Bauer and the woman allegedly shared between their two encounters.

The woman has been granted an ex parte restraining order, which is granted based purely on allegations. Bauer will have his chance to respond on July 23. The Pasadena Police Department is investigating the incident, but Bauer has not been charged with a crime.

Trevor Bauer text messages show accuser asked for slaps and ‘all the pain’

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer has been accused by a woman of assault but claims he is innocent. Purported text messages exchanged between the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and the accuser appear to show the woman asking for Bauer to get physical with her and for him to give her “pain.” The text messages were allegedly exchanged between the first (April 21) and second (May 15) sexual encounter between Bauer and the woman. They were sent to Larry Brown Sports by Bauer’s representatives.

You can see the messages below (click to enlarge each one), along with some of the dated timestamps. In the exchanges, the messages written in white allegedly come from the accuser. Bauer’s alleged messages are written in blue. Larry Brown Sports has altered two portions of the messages — once to censor a photo shared by the woman in the exchange. The other alteration was to block the F-word twice. Note: the image included in the first screenshot is not of the woman, but just a stock GIF she shared that is available through a text message app.

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Additionally, Bauer’s representatives shared with Larry Brown Sports a deleted tweet allegedly sent by the accuser to Bauer in the early morning of May 16, which would have been during their second encounter.

The alleged deleted tweet read: “Absolute diesel straight down the d–k kinda energy” (LBS censored one word in the tweet).

Police in Pasadena, Calif., which is where Bauer lives, are investigating the allegations.

Here is a statement from Bauer’s agent Jon Fetterolf regarding the situation:

“Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the woman] beginning in April 2021. We have messages that show [the woman] repeatedly asking for “rough” sexual encounters involving requests to be “choked out” and slapped in the face. In both of their encounters, [the woman] drove from San Diego to Mr. Bauer’s residence in Pasadena, Calif. where she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked. Following each of her only two meetings with Mr. Bauer, [the woman] spent the night and left without incident, continuing to message Mr. Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter. In the days following their second and final encounter, [the woman] shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion. Mr. Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and [the woman] was neither angry nor accusatory.

“Mr. Bauer and [the woman] have not corresponded in over a month and have not seen each other in over six weeks. Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications. Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The woman involved in the case was granted an ex parte restraining order following her allegations. Bauer is scheduled for a hearing on July 23 to share his side.

“I agreed to have consensual sex; however, I did not agree or consent to what he did next,” the woman says. “I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.”

You can read further details on the woman’s accusations here.

The Dodgers have confirmed they are aware of the allegations. MLB is currently investigating.

Trevor Bauer accuser provides graphic details and photos of alleged assault

Trevor Bauer

The woman accusing Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer of assault provided photo evidence and graphic details in a 67-page document filed as part of a restraining order.

The document, obtained by Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic, includes allegations of two separate assaults, and the woman alleged that Bauer strangled her to the point of losing consciousness multiple times. She adds that the encounters, which began consensually, also included Bauer punching her in the face, vagina, and buttocks, and also sticking his fingers down her throat. In one of the incidents, she alleges that Bauer penetrated her anally while she was unconscious, which she never consented to.

Medical notes provided also state that the woman suffered “significant head and facial trauma.” A hearing is scheduled for July 23 to give Bauer and his camp the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

“I agreed to have consensual sex; however, I did not agree or consent to what he did next,” the woman says. “I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.”

The report from The Athletic contains a number of other graphic details. There are also descriptors of the photos, which depict the woman with a visibly bruised and swollen face, a bloody lip, scratches to her face, and a swollen jaw. Also presented to the court is her account of a recorded conversation she had with Bauer with the assistance of the Pasadena Police Department in which Bauer admitted to repeatedly punching her in the buttocks before trying to change the topic when she stated she had not consented to that.

Bauer, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, has denied the allegations. Bauer’s attorney says they have messages proving the encounters were wholly consensual. They also say that the woman reached out to Bauer seeking “rough sex” and to be choked out by him.

“Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the woman] beginning in April 2021,” Bauer’s agent said in a statement. “We have messages that show [the woman] repeatedly asking for ‘rough’ sexual encounters involving requests to be ‘choked out’ and slapped in the face. In both of their encounters, [the woman] drove from San Diego to Mr. Bauer’s residence in Pasadena, Calif. where she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked. Following each of her only two meetings with Mr. Bauer, [the woman] spent the night and left without incident, continuing to message Mr. Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter. In the days following their second and final encounter, [the woman] shared photos of herself and indicated that she had sought medical care for a concussion. Mr. Bauer responded with concern and confusion, and [the woman] was neither angry nor accusatory.

“Mr. Bauer and [the woman] have not corresponded in over a month and have not seen each other in over six weeks. Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications. Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Dodgers have confirmed they are aware of the allegations. MLB is currently investigating.

Update: You can see the purported text messages exchanged between Bauer and the woman here.

Family of Tyler Skaggs sues Angels over pitcher’s death

Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of a drug overdose nearly two years ago, and his family is now suing the team for wrongful death.

According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, a lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Skaggs’ widow, Carli. The complaint accuses the Angels of wrongful death and negligence. Former Angels communications director Eric Kay and vice president of communications Tim Mead are also named as defendants.

Skaggs, who was 27, died after choking on his own vomit in a hotel room with fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system on July 1, 2019. Kay was charged last year with distributing the fentanyl that contributed to Skaggs’ overdose.

Before he was charged, Kay had admitted to federal investigators that he provided oxycodone to Skaggs and used opioids himself. He said two other Angels employees, one of which was Mead, knew about Skaggs’ drug use. The Angels said in a statement last year that no one with the team’s management was aware Skaggs was abusing drugs.

“The Angels breached their duty when they allowed Kay, a drug addict, complete access to Tyler,” the lawsuit reads. “The Angels also breached their duty when they allowed Kay to provide Tyler with dangerous illegal drugs. The Angels should have known Kay was dealing drugs to players. Tyler died as a result of the Angels’ breach of their duties.”

The lawsuit does not seek a specific amount in damages.

The Angels could have faced a significant fine from Major League Baseball if it was determined that they knew of Skaggs’ drug use, but MLB never penalized the team.

Alex Rodriguez scores legal victory in lawsuit filed by ex-brother-in-law

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez faced some troubling allegations in a lawsuit that was filed against him by his ex-wife’s brother years ago. The former New York Yankees star may have to prove he did not cheat his former brother-in-law out of money, but it does not sound like the case has any link to A-Rod’s MLB career.

Christian Red of Forbes reports that Rodriguez scored a significant victory in the civil case on June 9, when a judge quashed a subpoena that was directed at Major League Baseball. Constantine Scurtis, Rodriguez’s former brother-in-law, wanted to obtain records and information related to A-Rod’s link to the Biogenesis doping scandal in 2013. Florida Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman ruled that the information is not relevant to the case and does not need to be uncovered.

“The Court finds that Mr. Rodriguez’s alleged steroid use is not relevant nor reasonably calculated to lead to discovery of admissible evidence on the issues framed by the pleadings in this case,” Hanzman said during a Zoom call hearing.

Scurtis, the brother of Rodriguez’s ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, originally filed a lawsuit against A-Rod in 2014. He claims Rodriguez cheated him out of money after the two began a real estate venture together in 2003, when A-Rod and Cynthia were married. Constantine amended the lawsuit earlier this year to include some new explosive allegations.

A-Rod was suspended for the entire 2014 MLB season due to his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The last thing he needs is more information from that investigation coming out, so he dodged a bullet for his career and reputation with the recent court ruling.

Manny Pacquiao being sued for breach of contract

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is facing a lawsuit from a previous promoter with whom he agreed to do business.

Audie Attar’s Paradigm Sports is suing Pacquiao for alleged breach of contract, The Athletic reported on Saturday. Attar argues that he was working to set up a fight between Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia. Paradigm says they gave Pacquiao a $3.3 million advance that they now want returned. They are also seeking an injunction to block Pacquiao’s planned fight with Errol Spence Jr.

Pacquiao announced in February that he was training for an upcoming fight. There were rumors about him facing Garcia, but then that fight fell through. Pacquiao later announced he was going to fight Spence.

Paradigm, which also represents Conor McGregor, was planning to have Conor and Pac-Man fight. Those plans also fell through when McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier.

Paradigm argues in the lawsuit that Pacquiao caused damage to the company’s boxing promotion business and reputation.

Pacquiao and Spence are scheduled to fight on Aug. 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Antonio Brown has probation terminated a year early

Antonio brown

Antonio Brown has had numerous legal issues in recent years, but the star wide receiver put one of them in the rearview on Tuesday.

Brown’s attorney, Sean Burstyn, said in a statement that the seven-time Pro Bowler has completed his probation that stemmed from an incident in which he allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. The probation was completed a full year ahead of schedule:

Brown was arrested last year after he and his trainer were accused of attacking a moving truck driver at Brown’s home in Hollywood, Calif. Brown was arrested and pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge a year ago. The driver, Anton Tumanov, claims he was moving Brown’s belongings from California to Florida last year when he was “met with resistance and violence.” Brown and his trainer allegedly became violent with Tumanov over a payment issue. You can read more details from the incident here.

Tumanov filed a lawsuit against Brown last month. The suit is still pending.

Brown, 32, caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He recently re-signed with the team on a one-year deal.

Britt Reid pleads not guilty to felony DWI charge

Britt Reid

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant Britt Reid pleaded not guilty on Monday to critically injuring a young girl in a February car crash.

Reid, the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was charged with driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury in April. Reid pleaded not guilty to that charge, according to the Associated Press, and a judge permitted to resume driving with restrictions. Reid’s vehicle will be equipped with a device that forces him to pass a breathalyzer test before the car will start.

Reid hit two vehicles while driving on an on-ramp in Kansas City days before the Super Bowl. The vehicles were stopped on the side of the road, one due to a dead battery and the second owned by a family member who had come to help. 5-year-old Ariel Young, who was in one of the vehicles, suffered a serious brain injury. A lawyer for the family has said she will likely have permanent brain damage as a result of the crash.

Reid was a Chiefs assistant at the time, but is no longer employed by the team. He faces between one and seven years in prison if convicted.

Ezekiel Elliott facing new lawsuit over alleged dog attack

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott’s dogs have him in legal trouble again.

According to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, an employee at a pet resort claims Elliott’s Rottweiler attacked him as the dog was being taken outside. The plaintiff, Brandon Williams, claims the dog seized his right arm and threw him to the ground. The suit also claims that the attack left him “seriously injured” and the wound required stitches.

Williams is suing both Elliott and Bliss Pet Resort for over $250,000 but less than $1 million.

Elliott’s attorney, Frank Salzano, seemingly acknowledged in a statement that there had been an incident. But he said that it had been “indicated at the time of the incident that this was not uncommon and was being handled under standard spa protocol.” As such, he said Elliott was “very surprised” to learn of the complaint.

This is not the first time Elliott’s dogs have led to legal action, as a woman who was cleaning Elliott’s pool alleged she was attacked in 2020. Elliott is also being investigated by police amid claims that his dogs escaped his home in May and bit neighbors.