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Keith Appling arrested for allegedly murdering a relative

Keith Appling

Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested on Monday for allegedly murdering a relative.

Appling is suspected of shooting 66-year-old Clyde Edwards, a relative, at Edwards’ home on Saturday.

According to a police report, a different family member saw Appling earlier on Saturday, and the two went to Edwards’ house. The other relative was inside the house while Appling and Edwards were outside. The relative told police he heard gunshots and went outside. The relative saw Appling standing there with a gun in his hand and was able to wrestle it away.

Appling began running and left in a tan Buick Regal. Appling and Edwards had gotten into a verbal altercation prior to Appling allegedly shooting the 66-year-old.

On Monday, Appling was arrested by Michigan State Police in Chelsea on suspicion of murder. A firearm reportedly was recovered during the arrest.

Appling, 29, played at Michigan State from 2010-2014. The former guard went undrafted but played in five career NBA games during the 2015-2016 season with Orlando. He played professionally in the G League, Dominican Republic, Italy and Mexico. Appling was a Mr. Basketball of Michigan in high school and a McDonald’s All American.

Appling has had numerous legal issues in the last several years. In 2017, he was sentenced to jail and probation for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a police officer. Last year, he was charged with heroin possession he intended to sell.

Floyd Mayweather files $120 million lawsuit over Logan Paul Dubai fight

Floyd Mayweather Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather’s company has filed a lawsuit against a company alleging breach of contract for failing to come through on promises to host the boxer’s fight with Logan Paul in Dubai.

TMZ Sports reported on Friday that Mayweather Promotions filed a suit seeking at least $122 million in damages from a company called PAC Entertainment Worldwide. PAC allegedly approached Mayweather’s company and said they had connections in Dubai, where they would be able to host Mayweather’s fight with Logan Paul.

PAC said they would be able to deliver guaranteed amounts of money to each fighter and profits of over $100 million for the fight promoters. Mayweather’s company signed an agreement that called for them to be paid a total of $110 million. The first payment of $30 million was due in March but never came.

Mayweather promotions ended up setting up the fight with Paul in Miami instead. They are now suing PAC for damages.

Mayweather and Paul are set to fight in an exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on June 6. Mayweather and Jake Paul got into it at a media event during the week.

Daniel Snyder lost notable case against former Washington president Bruce Allen

Daniel Snyder

Daniel Snyder’s ongoing legal action inadvertently led to the reveal that he lost a separate case against his former team president.

According to federal court filings obtained by Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the NFL ruled against the Washington Football Team owner last year in a dispute with ex-Washington president Bruce Allen in a legal battle over compensation. The document alleges that after firing Allen in December 2019, Snyder tried to get out of paying off the remainder of Allen’s contract, citing the pandemic as one of the reasons.

“After terminating Mr. Allen’s position with the Team, Mr. Snyder forced him to initiate legal proceedings to obtain the last of his contractually protected compensation,” Allen said in his filing. “Specifically, on April 1, 2020, Mr. Snyder attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to reduce the amount still owed to Mr. Allen. … This forced Mr. Allen to retain legal counsel and initiate a proceeding through the NFL to obtain his compensation, which he did.”

The NFL handles such disagreements privately through arbitration, which they did here. As noted, the league ultimately ruled in Allen’s favor, forcing Snyder to pay what Allen was owed.

Snyder and Allen were once friends and confidants, but that has fallen apart. Snyder has been obsessed with hunting down the source of a series of negative stories, many of which were posted online without evidence. That has led to the former friends becoming legal foes — and the subsequent public revelation of this lesser battle.

Attorney for Deshaun Watson accusers seeking settlement?

Deshaun Watson

Despite statements to the contrary, it appears there may be some willingness on the part of the attorneys for Deshaun Watson’s accusers to settle the outstanding cases.

According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, a member of the legal team representing Watson’s accusers reached out to Watson’s legal team to discuss “working things out.” This comes despite denials from the accusers’ lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, who said there have been no attempts to settle any of the lawsuits.

Buzbee also told ESPN that he was “the only one at this firm who has the authority to discuss settlement.”

There has been increased chatter of late about a possible settlement, though Buzbee has been adamant that it’s not even being discussed. There is some belief that settlements could allow Watson to play at least part of the 2021 season, though he still faces discipline from the NFL as it conducts its own investigation.

Beyond the obvious legal ramifications, a settlement could have a significant impact on Watson’s status with the Houston Texans.

Lamar Odom being sued for not paying child support

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom is being sued by his ex-wife over alleged missed child support payments.

Odom’s ex-wife, Liza Morales, has two children with the former NBA player. She is facing eviction from her Lower Manhattan apartment and says Odom’s missed payments are a big reason why.

Morales filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday that says Odom stopped paying child support in June 2020, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. She claims he has violated their agreement since it was formed in 2015.

Odom is expected to pay nearly $6,000 a month in child support, college fees, and a premium on a life insurance policy. Morales’ apartment has a rent payment of just over $5,100 monthly.

A real estate company began eviction proceedings against Morales in December, saying she owed over $50,000 in back rent plus interest in payments missed since February 2020. Morales now supposedly owed $78,000 and is looking for more financial support.

There is some math that may not add up. Namely, why was Morales missing payments from February-May, before Odom stopped making his payments?

A representative for Odom also responded and said the former Laker tried to resolve the situation with Morales both publicly and privately. Odom also supposedly tried to help Morales land an entertainment sponsor, but she botched the deal.

“Before Lamar signed up to do the docuseries on his recovery a year and a half ago and the celebrity boxing match, he coordinated deals for Morales to be financially stable during that period. He knew that Morales was seeking her own position in the industry, so he helped her gain an offer with a sponsor close to $100,000. Morales decided to want more and damaged the deal, while refusing any more help before he went away,” the rep said.

Odom, 41, had nearly $116 million in career earnings during his time in the NBA. That money goes quickly when you spend as much money on drugs as Odom did.

Antonio Brown being sued over moving truck driver incident

Antonio brown

Antonio Brown was suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season due to multiple off-field incidents, and the veteran receiver is now facing a civil lawsuit related to one of them.

Accoridng to Broward County court documents obtained by Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, Brown has been sued by a moving truck driver who was allegedly attacked by Brown and Brown’s trainer early last year. The driver, Anton Tumanov, claims in the suit that he was moving Brown’s belongings from California to Hollywood, Fla., last year when he was “met with resistance and violence.”

Tumanov said Brown and Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, attacked his vehicle and broke the key” before they “proceeded to verbally and physically attack him, causing severe personal injuries.” The driver says he “continues to suffer severe bodily injuries, pecuniary losses, and mental anguish” as a result of the incident.

Holt and Brown are accused of assault and battery. Tumanov is seeking more than $30,000 in damages.

Police were called to Brown’s Hollywood home in January 2020 after he was accused of attacking a moving truck driver over a payment issue. You can read more details from the incident here.

Brown was arrested not long after the incident and pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge last June. The 32-year-old avoided jail time and was given two years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a psych evaluation.

Brown is unlikely to face further discipline from the NFL, as the moving truck incident was part of the reason he was suspended last season.

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

Tony Buzbee criticizes NFL for handling of Deshaun Watson situation

Deshaun Watson

The NFL has been investigating the sexual assault allegations against Deshaun Watson, and the attorney representing the alleged victims does not feel his clients are being shown a proper level of respect.

Tony Buzbee told Mark Berman of FOX 26 on Wednesday night that four of the 22 women he currently represents have met with the NFL. Buzbee said he is unsure if he will allow others to do so because some of the women who already spoke with the league “did not feel like they were being respected.”

Buzbee said members of his staff attended meetings between the NFL and three of the women. He attended a meeting with the fourth. The lawyer stressed to NFL officials that “every time these women recount this situation, they have to relive it.”

Berman shared a more detailed recap of his conversation with Buzbee:

It was also noteworthy that Buzbee said none of his clients are considering settlements with Watson. There has been speculation recently that settlements could be in the works, as not much has been said about the lawsuits from either side.

Buzbee said eight to 10 of the alleged victims have spoken with the Houston Police Department. No criminal charges have been filed against Watson at this point.

The Texans are in somewhat of a holding pattern with Watson. It’s probably safe to assume the star quarterback will be suspended in 2021, but no one really knows when or for how long. At least one NFC team is said to have interest in Watson despite the ongoing scandal.

Antonio Brown reaches settlement with rape accuser Britney Taylor

Antonio brown

Antonio Brown has reached a settlement with one of the women who accused him of sexual assault.

Brown’s representative Alana Burstyn issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that the free agent wide receiver has resolved his dispute with Britney Taylor, his former trainer and friend. Burstyn said in the release that Brown and Taylor have been friends for more than a decade and that they reflected on their relationship and feel it is time to move forward. Burstyn says Taylor is pleased that Brown won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that the two “wish each other great continued success.”

You can read the full release below:

It’s unclear if there was a financial settlement, but we do know that Brown was ordered by a judge to pay Taylor $100,000 earlier this year. That ruling came after Brown violated a confidentiality agreement that he and Taylor entered into shortly after Taylor filed a lawsuit against Brown in 2019 accusing him of sexual assault.

Taylor accused Brown of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions. The allegations against the Pro Bowl receiver were extremely troubling. You can see a summary of them here.

The allegations from Taylor factored into Brown’s eight-game suspension at the start of the 2020 NFL season. He has also faced sexual misconduct allegations from a second woman.

Brown caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns with the Bucs last season. He remains a free agent but recently made it clear that he wants to return to Tampa.

Video appears to show Aaron Donald trying to break up fight

Aaron Donald

An attorney representing Aaron Donald said on Friday that the Los Angeles Rams star actually tried to help the man who accused him of assault, and limited video footage appears to support that claim.

A man named De Vincent Spriggs filed assault charges against Donald earlier this week after he says Donald attacked him outside a Pittsburgh nightclub early Sunday morning. Spriggs’ face was left badly injured following the incident.

Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, told media outlets on Friday that Donald actually saved Spriggs from further injury. White said police have reviewed video footage and agree that it does not show Donald assaulting Spriggs. You can see a portion of the video below, which appears to show Donald trying to break up the melee:

The video only shows a portion of what transpired and lacks many other details, such as who threw the first punch, who attacked whom, and what Donald’s role was in the entire brawl. But Donald’s attorney says the defensive lineman was not at fault.

White acknowledged that Spriggs’ injuries came from people who acted in defense of Donald, as he says Spriggs previously swung a bottle at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and hit him in the head. The lawyer also said five witnesses have confirmed that Donald did not attack Spriggs.

While the photo of Spriggs’ injuries shows he clearly was assaulted in some way, Donald appears to have a fairly strong case. It would not be a surprise if the charges against him are dismissed.

Photo: The 61st Contingency Response Wing/Flickr via CC-by-S.A. 2.0

Aaron Donald’s attorney shares much different side of alleged assault story

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald was accused of assaulting a man at a Pittsburgh bar over the weekend, but the attorney representing Donald says the victim in the attack should actually be thanking the Los Angeles Rams star.

A man named De Vincent Spriggs filed criminal assault charges against Donald on Monday after he claims Donald attacked him and injured him outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. Spriggs’ lawyer provided a photo that showed Spriggs’ face badly swollen, but Donald’s attorney says his client did not inflict the injuries.

Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, told 97.3 The Fan on Friday that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year actually saved Spriggs from further injury. White says the incident began after Spriggs began aggressively jabbing Donald in the back with his elbow at a party. Other people at the party took Spriggs outside, and he again encountered Donald and Donald’s brother when they were leaving. Donald says Spriggs began walking at him and yelling while holding something in his hand, which Donald initially thought was a gun. It turned out to be a bottle, which Donald says Spriggs swung at him.

A fight then broke out, and White says Donald tried to pull people away from Spriggs. The lawyer acknowledged that Spriggs’ injuries came from friends who came to Donald’s defense while Donald was restrained.

“Aaron then breaks free from the restraints … he then goes to the pile where this melee is taking place and he starts tearing people off, protecting Mr. Spriggs,” White said. “He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from further injury.”

White says there is video evidence that proves Donald did not attack Spriggs. Five witnesses also said Donald was not the aggressor. The attorney says police have the footage and contacted White on Friday morning to tell him they “agree thus far that there is no evidence from that video that shows Donald assaulting the victim.”

“There’s not much else left to do to be honest with you because he’s not assaulted by Aaron Donald, he’s actually saved by Aaron Donald,” White added. “Mr. Spriggs should write a thank you card to Aaron Donald.”

Even if Donald is not charged, the NFL will conduct its own investigation. He could face disciplinary action, depending upon what his role was in the incident.

Donald is widely considered the best defensive player in the NFL and has been named Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons. The 29-year-old was extremely emotional after the Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, as you can see here.

Photo: The 61st Contingency Response Wing/Flickr via CC-by-S.A. 2.0