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Ex-Pro Bowl CB arrested following crash that left person hospitalized

Vontae Davis without a helmet

Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL defensive back Vontae Davis was arrested on Saturday following a car crash that left one person hospitalized.

Andy Slater of FOX Sports 640 reports that Davis was arrested in South Florida and charged with driving while under the influence. The 34-year-old allegedly crashed his car into a disabled vehicle on the side of the highway. The disabled car then hit a person who was standing next to it.

The person who got hit was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries, according to police. Davis was allegedly found lying down sleeping on the shoulder of the road. He reportedly told officers he had two mixed drinks and was coming from a club. When asked why he was sleep, Davis said “I was tired.”

Davis played 10 seasons in the NFL. He was a first-round pick in 2009 out of Illinois. He had back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 and 2015.

Many fans are familiar with Davis from the unusual way he retired when he was with the Buffalo Bills in 2018.

Arrest warrant issued for Joe Mixon over alleged gun incident

Joe Mixon in his Bengals uniform

Nov 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) gestures on the sideline before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is reportedly in legal trouble over allegations that he pointed a gun at a woman.

Reports Thursday indicated that Cincinnati police have a warrant out for Mixon’s arrest stemming from an allegation that he threatened a woman with a firearm. The warrant states that on Jan. 21, Mixon knowingly pointed a firearm at the alleged victim. Mixon allegedly told the victim that she “should be popped in the face” and that “the police can’ get me.” The charge is for “aggravated menacing.”

The Bengals issued a statement confirming they were aware of the situation and were conducting their own investigation.

If the date is accurate, the alleged incident would have taken place one day before Mixon and the Bengals faced the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round.

This is not Mixon’s first brush with the law. The running back was suspended for the entire 2014 season while at Oklahoma for assaulting a woman at a campus eatery. The 26-year-old just finished his sixth season with the Bengals, which saw him rush for 814 yards and seven touchdowns while playing 14 games.

Eagles’ Josh Sills indicted on rape, kidnapping charges

Josh Sills with the Eagles

A Philadelphia Eagles player has been indicted on some troubling charges less than two weeks before the team is set to play in Super Bowl LVII.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Guernsey Count Sheriff’s office issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that Sills has been indicted by a Guernsey County grand jury on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping. The charges stem from an alleged incident that took place in December 2019. Both charges are first-degree felonies.

The indictment states that “Sills engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held a victim against her will” and that “the crime was immediately reported, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a detailed investigation,” according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Sills was issued a summons to appear in Guernsey County Common Pleas court on Feb. 16. The Super Bowl is in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12.

The Eagles issued a statement shortly after authorities announced the charges.

“The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time,” the statement read.

Sills, 25, was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State. He was a reserve player during his rookie season and appeared in just one game. He was active for both the Divisional Round and NFC Championship Game.

Stetson Bennett arrested in Dallas

Stetson Bennett ready to throw

Oct 10, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) passes the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Stetson Bennett has had plenty to celebrate this month, but it sounds like the Georgia quarterback partied a bit too hard over the weekend.

Bennett was arrested early Sunday morning in Dallas, Texas, and charged with public intoxication. Police confirmed to WFAA’s Rebecca Lopez that the 25-year-old was taken into custody at around 6 a.m.

Officers said they responded to reports that a man was banging on doors in an Old East Dallas neighborhood. While police did not say whether Bennett was the person knocking on doors, a press release said officers “determined he was intoxicated” and arrested him. Bennett was taken to a city detention center.

Bennett earlier this month led Georgia to its second consecutive national title. The senior accounted for six touchdowns in a 65-7 blowout victory over TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

After he made a name for himself last year by winning his first championship, Bennett then went viral for a TV interview in which he seemed intoxicated. He drew some criticism during this year’s celebration for the way he acted toward the media.

Bennett has declared for the NFL Draft, where most analysts predict he will be drafted at some point in the fifth round or later. It remains to be seen if his arrest will impact his stock.

Mike Clevinger under investigation for alleged domestic violence, child abuse

Mike Clevinger in a hoodie

Apr 22, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52) looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic violence and child abuse.

Olivia Finestead, the mother of Clevinger’s 10-month-old child, told Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic on Tuesday that she has been in contact with MLB investigators since the summer about multiple alleged incidents.

Finestead, 24, says Clevinger choked her during one altercation last June and then slapped her in a hotel room two weeks later. Clevinger was pitching at the time for the San Diego Padres, who were on a road trip in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers.

Finestead also says Clevinger threw used chewing tobacco on the 10-month child during the alleged hotel incident. She said there have been other instances of physical, verbal and emotional abuse from Clevinger.

Clevinger, 32, signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the White Sox last month. The White Sox said in a statement that they were unaware of the allegations or investigation when they signed the right-hander, which is consistent with what a source told The Athletic.

Finestead first went public about the allegations in a post on her Instagram story Tuesday.

“I hope the @MLB does what they should and puts him in required therapy maybe even a small suspensions (sic) so he can take time out to really think about why he abuses his kids and their mothers,” she wrote.

Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts) with the Padres last season. He missed all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery. Clevinger spent the first five years of his MLB career with the Cleveland Indians.

Details emerge about Alabama’s alleged role in fatal shooting

Darius Miles playing for Alabama

Nov 7, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Darius Miles (2) controls the ball against Longwood Lancers during first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles was arrested Sunday on a capital murder charge stemming from a shooting in Tuscaloosa, and we now know more about his alleged role in the fatal incident.

According to police filings that were obtained by TMZ, Miles admitted to providing a 20-year-old man named Michael Davis with the handgun that was used to shoot and kill a woman near the University of Alabama campus over the weekend.

Police said Davis shot at the victim, 23-year-old Jamea Harris, while she was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle on a popular stretch of road near campus. Witnesses identified Davis as the shooter, and authorities say there is surveillance footage that can prove it.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said Sunday that the motive appears to be “a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip.”

Harris’ mother, DeCarla Cotton, took to Facebook on Sunday and commented on a story about Miles’ arrest. She alleged that her daughter was shot and killed because she tried to ignore Miles.

“Took my baby life because she wouldn’t talk to him!!!!” Cotton wrote, via Ryan Gaydos of FOX News.

Miles has been dismissed from the Alabama basketball team. He appeared in 30 games for the Crimson Tide last year, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game. He had appeared in six games this season, and had just been ruled out for the year Saturday due to an ankle injury. Despite that, he was on the bench with teammates during Saturday’s blowout win over LSU.

Alabama basketball player arrested on murder charge

Darius Miles playing for Alabama

Nov 7, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Darius Miles (2) controls the ball against Longwood Lancers during first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

An Alabama basketball player was arrested Sunday on a capital murder charge stemming from a shooting in Tuscaloosa.

Darius Miles, a 21-year-old junior forward, was one of two suspects arrested and charged with capital murder after a predawn shooting that killed a 23-year-old woman, via AL.com. Miles was held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail, having been led in wearing handcuffs.

The University of Alabama issued a statement confirming Miles’ arrest, adding that he is “no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.”

Miles appeared in 30 games for the Crimson Tide last year, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game. He had appeared in six games this season, and had just been ruled out for the year Saturday due to an ankle injury. Despite that, he was on the bench with teammates during Saturday’s blowout win over LSU.

Ex-UFC fighter arrested for allegedly killing girlfriend

Phil Baroni prepares to fight

Former UFC fighter Phil Baroni was reportedly arrested in Mexico this week and is being charged with murder.

According to Mexican media outlet Tribuna De La Bahia, Baroni called police to a home he shared with his girlfriend over the weekend. The woman was unresponsive following what Baroni described as a drunken argument that turned fatal.

Baroni told police he and his girlfriend got into an argument after the woman allegedly admitted to cheating on him. The 46-year-old says he grabbed the woman by the arms and forced her into the shower, at which point she hit her head.

Baroni said the woman was unable to get out of the shower on her own, so he helped her to the bed and wrapped her in a blanket. He then says he drove to the store after she asked him to get cigarettes and beer. The alleged victim was unresponsive on the bed when Baroni returned.

Photos that were taken by police showed bruises on the victim’s face and body. Police said in their report that the woman showed “multiple marks of beatings.” Baroni also had bruising on one of his hands.

Baroni was charged with homicide and was being held Municipal Administrative Court of Valle de Banderas as of Wednesday morning. Authorities are awaiting the result of an autopsy to determine the cause of death for the woman.

Baroni fought for the UFC, Pride FC, Strikeforce, and other promotions. He has a record of 3-7 in UFC and 16-19 overall. His last MMA fight was in September 2019.

H/T MMA Mania

Dennis Eckersley’s daughter arrested for allegedly abandoning baby in woods

Dennis Eckersley smiling

Sep 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Retired Oakland Athletics pitcher Dennis Eckersley smiles at the crowd before the game against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The daughter of Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley was arrested this week after she allegedly abandoned a newborn baby in the woods.

Alexandra Eckersley, 26, was arrested on Monday on charges that include endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence, second-degree assault, and reckless conduct. According to WFXT in Boston, police in Manchester, N.H., responded to a report that a woman had given birth to a child in the woods early Sunday morning. Authorities say Eckersley intentionally misled them about the whereabouts of the baby before revealing the actual location an hour later.

“When (police) got on scene, the mother of the child gave multiple locations of where the baby could be, stated she could not remember where the baby was, and multiple different areas were searched for the child before the mother finally stated the baby was in the tent where the mother was living,” Manchester Fire Chief Ryan Cashin said.

Eckersley, who is the adopted daughter of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley, allegedly told police she initially lied because she was embarrassed that she was homeless and living in the woods with her boyfriend. She also claimed “she had no idea she was pregnant and that she felt she had to use the bathroom.”

“The mother’s responsibility is to the child and that responsibility was definitely neglected,” Cashin said. “There was no heat source in the tent whatsoever. … She was not forthcoming, obviously, on the baby’s location. She was very distressed, very elusive.”

Authorities found the baby struggling to breathe on the floor of a tent. The temperature was around 18 degrees at the time. When a detective asked Eckersley why she left the baby, she allegedly responded, “What do they tell you when a plane goes down? Save yourself first.”

Dennis Eckersley pitched for the Red Sox from 1978-1984 and again in his final MLB season in 1998. He also spent time with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals. He worked for NESN as an analyst and was a fan favorite for 20 years. Eck announced back in August that he was retiring to spend more time with his family.

Gervonta Davis arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Gervonta Davis in his mug shot

Boxer Gervonta Davis has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, a week and a half ahead of his next bout.

Davis was arrested by Parkland police in Florida and booked into Broward County Jail on Tuesday night, according to online records.

Davis was arrested for what is listed as battery causing bodily harm, which is a domestic violence offense.

Davis, 28, is 27-0 with 25 knockouts in his pro boxing career. He is scheduled to fight Hector Luis Garcia at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. on January 7. Fans were excited to potentially see Davis and Ryan Garcia fight in 2023.

In February 2020, Davis was captured on video getting physical with his baby mama Andretta Smothers at a celebrity basketball event in Miami.