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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Legal Matters

Police open investigation into Ezekiel Elliott’s security guard altercation

Ezekiel Elliott

The security guard who was allegedly assaulted by Ezekiel Elliott at a concert in Las Vegas back in May is pressing charges, and police have opened an investigation into the incident.

A representative for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police told TMZ that Kyle Johnson contacted the department informing them he was the victim of battery from Elliott. The incident is currently under investigation.

Johnson, 19, was knocked to the ground during a dispute at the Electric Daisy Carnival on May 19. Video footage appeared to show Elliott making contact with Johnson and causing him to fall into a metal barrier. Elliott was detained but not arrested after Johnson initially said he did not want to press charges. Johnson later said he only wanted an apology from the star running back.

Elliott did issue an apology on social media after a disciplinary hearing with Roger Goodell earlier this month, but apparently that was not good enough. Elliott’s legal team claims Johnson is trying to extort the Dallas Cowboys star.

Ex-NFL player Carlos Rogers is not the person suing Rodney Peete

Rodney Peete is being sued by a man named Carlos Rogers, but it’s not the former NFL player who’s suing him.

TMZ Sports reported on Friday that Peete, a former longtime NFL quarterback and All-American at USC, was being sued by Carlos Rogers for $350,000, plus $100,000 in damages. Rogers alleges in the suit that Peete approached him to invest in a group aimed at keeping the Raiders in Northern California. Back in 2016, we shared that Peete was part of a group including Ronnie Lott working to keep the Raiders in Oakland. Peete allegedly promised Rogers as part of the deal that he would get his money back if the team moved to Las Vegas, which they are doing. Rogers is suing on grounds on fraud, saying he has never been paid back by Peete, though terms of their agreement call for that.

While the information in the lawsuit is accurate, TMZ got their Carlos Rogers wrong. The Rogers who played at Auburn and was drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005 told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair that he’s not suing anybody, never invested in anything related to the Raiders’ stadium, and doesn’t know who Peete is.

Instead, a different man named Carlos Rogers says he’s the one who’s suing Peete.

This Rogers claims on his website to have made millions in marketing and bills himself as a “Successful Real Estate & Business Investor.”

So to recap: Rodney Peete is being sued by a man named Carlos Rogers over a Raiders-related investment, but it’s not by the former Pro Bowl cornerback.

Drew Brees awarded $6.1 million in damages for lawsuit against jeweler

Drew Brees

Drew Brees was awarded $6.1 million in damages by a San Diego Superior Court on Friday for his lawsuit against a jeweler.

Brees and his wife filed a suit against La Jolla jeweler Vahid Moradi last year in which they claimed they were sold investment diamonds by Moradi and his company, CJ Charles Jewelers, from 2012-2016. Brees alleged in his suit that Moradi misrepresented the value of the diamonds, with a separate appraiser valuing them at $6.7 million less than what the Breeses paid.

In one example, a diamond Brees paid $8.1 million for was appraised at $3.7 million. The total amount the Breeses paid Moradi was $15 million.

The jeweler’s attorney claimed that the appraiser was actually a competitor who tried to sell jewelry to the Breeses. The defense claimed the diamonds were purchased as a gift for Brees’ wife, not investment purposes. The defense also claimed any differences in prices were due to standard markups by businesses to cover expenses, according to CBS 8 in San Diego.

When Brees sued last year, he was seeking at least $9 million in damages.

The 40-year-old quarterback was drafted by the Chargers in 2001 and played there through the 2005 season before signing with the Saints. He has played for New Orleans ever since, winning a Super Bowl and making 12 Pro Bowls.

Kellen Winslow found guilty of raping homeless woman

Kellen Winslow II is facing multiple felony charges, some of which relate to the alleged rape of multiple women. On Monday, he was found guilty of raping one woman.

Winslow was found guilty of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in 2018. He was also found guilty of indecent exposure for exposing himself to a 58-year-old woman who was gardening in her front hard and lewd conduct related to an incident where he made sexual advances toward a 78-year-old woman in a health club.

The San Diego County jury remains deadlocked on six other felonies and two misdemeanors.

Winslow had rape and kidnapping charges filed against him last year. He was released on $2 million bail and placed on house arrest last June after being arrested on suspicion of raping two women in their 50s in the San Diego area. Prosecutors later said they believe Winslow is guilty of raping a third woman, described as a 17-year-old female who was unconscious at the time Winslow allegedly sexually assaulted her.

After he was surprisingly granted bail, Winslow was accused of sexually harassing a woman multiples times at a health club.

Winslow, the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, was drafted No. 6 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. He played nine seasons in the NFL.

Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike over logo copyright

Kawhi Leonard wants his logo back.

The Toronto Raptors forward filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, claiming that the design of his “Klaw” logo was his and Nike copyrighted it without his permission.

Leonard essentially appears to want full control over his personal logo. Nike owns part of the copyright on it, as it was created when the forward was still signed to Jordan Brand. Leonard opted against renewing that contract and joined New Balance last November, but Nike kept the rights to his logo.

Leonard’s logo is so important to him that one potential suitor tried to buy the rights to give to him if he signed there. It seems there will be no need for that now, with the Raptors star opting to settle the matter in court.

Tyreek Hill child abuse case reopened after new audio recording

An audio recording that was released on Thursday contained new information that suggested Tyreek Hill was responsible for his son’s injuries, and prosecutors have reopened the case against the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver in the wake of the new evidence coming to light.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Hill would not face charges stemming from the child abuse allegations against him, but the case took a new ugly turn when KCTV5 obtained an audio recording that was attributed to Hill’s fiancee Crystal Espinal, who supposedly gave it to a friend as an “insurance policy.” In the recording, Espinal is allegedly heard telling Hunt that the couple’s son said “daddy did it” regarding the broken arm the 3-year-old suffered.

On Friday, KCTV5 confirmed that the criminal case against Hill and Espinal has been reopened following the release of the audio recording. The news outlet shared the audio with Johnson County prosecutor Steve Howe, who is currently reviewing it. When Howe announced on Wednesday that no charges would be filed, he made it clear that he believed a crime was committed but the case was not strong enough.

The Chiefs have announced that Hill has been suspended from all team activities while they review the case, and it would be a shock if he is not cut. The team released star running back Kareem Hunt almost immediately after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman, and Hunt was never charged. Even if Hill doesn’t face charges, it would be tough for Kansas City to justify keeping him on the roster and not Hunt.

Tyreek Hill suspended from all team activities by Kansas City Chiefs

On Thursday, less than an hour before the NFL Draft began, audio of Tyreek Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal discussing their son’s injuries was released on KCTV 5. It contained several troubling segments, including Espinal questioning why their child claimed that Hill caused the injuries (which Hill denied), statements about Hill hitting the child and whipping him with a belt, and then Hill also making a threat against Espinal.

Initially, the Chiefs offered a no comment.

As soon as the first round of the draft concluded, though, GM Brett Beach did make a statement and said that Hill had been suspended from all team activities while they look into the new information.

That suspension is largely meaningless at this point, though. There are no immediate team activities for veteran players this week, and it’s not like an in-season week with a game upcoming. Meanwhile, the team had already said they had a no tolerance policy with Hill, because of the incident that caused him to be kicked out of Oklahoma State, where he assaulted Espinal while she was pregnant. The Chiefs moved swiftly when the Kareem Hunt video came out last season, and a similar response would have involved releasing Hill tonight. That may happen, and probably will once the Chiefs assess the situation, but for now Hill is only suspended during the offseason.