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Lovie Smith’s son Mikal arrested over alleged prostitution involvement

Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois and former NFL head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Arizona this week over his alleged involvement with prostitution.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ that Smith was arrested on several charges Thursday. The charges include pandering, which is another word for pimping. The 43-year-old was also charged with money laundering and accused of receiving earnings from sex trafficking.

Smith was an assistant coach with both the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Lovie was a head coach there. He coached at Trinity International University prior to that.

Lovie has been the head coach at Illinois since 2016. He had one of his best moments at the school last season when he was carried off the field by players following a massive comeback win.

Man arrested on kidnapping charge at home of WWE star Sonya Deville

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A man was arrested on Sunday at the home of WWE star Sonya Deville and charged with several felonies, one of which was related to kidnapping.

Phillip A. Thomas was arrested and charged with three felonies of attempted armed kidnapping, armed burglary, and aggravated stalking at a home in Lutz, Florida. He was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief. According to public records reviewed by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, the home is owned by Deville, whose real name is Daria Berenato.

Police said Thomas, 24, had been plotting to kidnap Berenato for eight months and stalked her on social media for years. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Thomas entered the home at 2:43 a.m. through a glass sliding door after the homeowner (Berenato) went to bed. That triggered the home’s alarm system, and Berenato saw Thomas when she looked out the window. Thomas had allegedly cut a hole in a patio screen before he broke in and waited several hours while monitoring what was going on inside.

The 26-year-old Berenato reportedly fled the house with a guest and called 911. Thomas was still inside the home with a knife, plastic zip ties, duct tape and mace when police arrived at the scene.

“Our deputies are unveiling the suspect’s disturbing obsession with this homeowner who he had never met, but stalked on social media for years,” Chronister said in a statement. “It’s frightening to think of all the ways this incident could have played out had the home alarm not gone off and alerted the homeowner of an intruder. Our deputies arrived within minutes and arrested this man who was clearly on a mission to inflict harm.”

Berenato, who is a former MMA fighter, is the first openly gay female wrestler in WWE history. She has been with the organization since 2015 and also starred in the E! network reality show “Total Divas.”

Disturbing details from Derrius Guice’s domestic violence arrest emerge

Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice was released by the Washington Football Team on Friday following a domestic violence arrest, and we now know some of the disturbing details from the alleged incident.

Guice’s girlfriend told police that the running back choked her until she was unconscious, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. The victim says Guice was next to her crying and tapping her when she regained consciousness. That was one of three alleged incidents that took place between Feb. 14 and April 17.

In the Feb. 14 incident, Guice’s girlfriend says she popped a blood vessel after Guice “pushed her to the ground in his bedroom bathroom, causing injury to her left thumbnail where she caught her fall.” The woman says the choking took place on March 13 and that Guice physically assaulted her multiple times that day. Then, on April 17, the woman says Guice pushed her to the ground outside his home in Virginia and she took photographs of her injuries. She also said Guice threw her cell phone in the street and caused it to shatter.

Guice is facing five charges in total, including assault and battery, felony strangulation and destruction of property. The felony strangulation charge alone carries a penalty of up to five years in prison if Guice is convicted.

The 23-year-old entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2018, but he only appeared in five games for Washington. Guice suffered a torn ACL in his first preseason game, costing him the entire 2018 season. His 2019 was shortened by both the MCL sprain and a torn meniscus that cost him most of the first half of the year.

Guice tallied 245 yards and two touchdowns on 42 rushing attempts last season. He recently announced that he had been cleared for football activity.

Report: Captain Munnerlyn arrested at airport for allegedly writing bad checks

Captain Munnerlyn

Former NFL player Captain Munnerlyn was arrested at an airport for allegedly writing bad checks.

Andy Slater, a radio host at 640 AM in South Florida, reported on Friday that Munnerlyn was arrested at Miami International Airport. Slater says Munnerlyn was headed from Miami to Cancun but was pulled off his flight. There is a fugitive warrant for him in Las Vegas as he is accused of writing bad checks, Slater says.

Munnerlyn’s attorney says the whole this is a misunderstanding.

Munnerlyn, 32, was a 7th-round pick by Carolina in 2009. The former cornerback had 12 interceptions and 10 sacks over 10 seasons. He has not played in an NFL regular season game since the 2018 season.

Derrius Guice released after domestic violence arrest

Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice was released by the Washington Football Team on Friday after being arrested for domestic violence-related charges.

Guice turned himself in to authorities at Loudoun Adult Detention Center according to the Washington Post. He is facing five charges total, including a felony strangulation charge. The other four charges include: three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.

Guice was not at Washington’s practice on Friday.

Here is the team’s statement on the matter:

The 23-year-old entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2018, but has only appeared in five games for Washington. He suffered a torn ACL in his first preseason game, costing him the entire 2018 season. His 2019 was shortened by both the MCL sprain and a torn meniscus that cost him most of the first half of the year.

Guice tallied 245 yards and two touchdowns on 42 rushing attempts last season. He recently announced that he had been cleared for football activity.

DJ Fluker allegedly a victim of domestic violence from his girlfriend

DJ Fluker

Police say that Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman D.J. Fluker has been the victim of domestic violence.

Fluker signed with Baltimore in April after playing the previous two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. The offensive guard has been a victim of domestic violence, according to police reports.

WBFF obtained a police report that says Fluker’s girlfriend Kimberly Davis was arrested following an incident at their home in Reisterstown, Maryland on July 13. Davis allegedly punched Fluker, causing him to bleed. WBFF has a photo allegedly showing blood on his hand.

Davis was taken into custody following that incident and is facing charges of second-degree assault and destruction of property.

Fluker told police in a followup interview that he was the victim of an incident on June 29. He did not initially file a report about that incident because he wanted to check with his employer first. WBFF has video that allegedly shows Davis hitting Fluker. It’s unclear whether charges have been filed over the June incident.

Davis and Fluker share a daughter and have argued about her care.

Fluker was a first-round pick by the Chargers in 2013. He has played in 24 games over the past two years.

Cardinals WR Jermiah Braswell arrested for OVI after driving car into Lake Erie

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jermiah Braswell was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly got drunk and drove his car into a lake.

According to a police report obtained by WTOL 11, witnesses in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, called police after seeing Braswell drive his orange Camaro off an embankment and into Lake Erie. Braswell was traveling at a high rate of speed when he drove through a grassy area and came to rest in a shallow part of the lake. Officers found Braswell still in the driver’s seat trying to drive forward when they arrived at the scene.

Braswell told police he did not know how his car ended up in the water, and he submitted to field sobriety tests after officers say he demonstrated slurred speech. He failed a breathalyzer but refused to submit to a chemical test that determines blood-alcohol content. Braswell was arrested and charged with OVI, or operating a vehicle while impaired.

Fortunately, there were no passengers in the car and no one was seriously injured.

Braswell, 23, signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent this year out of of Youngstown State. He had 51 catches, 986 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns over four college seasons. We’ve seen athletes arrested for driving while intoxicated under some disturbing circumstances, but Braswell is the first we can remember who drove his car into a body of water.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son Adam arrested for allegedly stabbing neighbor

The son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was arrested on Wednesday after police say he stabbed his neighbor in Orange County, Calif.

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, was booked on one count of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police records obtained by TMZ. Abdul-Jabbar was “arrested without incident,” and the victim transported himself to the hospital with multiple injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Abdul-Jabbar has since been released from custody. Police are still investigating the incident, and no further details have been released.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s family appeared on “Celebrity Family Feud” back in 2017, and Adam was part of the team. You can see a clip from the appearance below:

Report: Carl Crawford arrested for alleged domestic violence

Former All-Star Carl Crawford has been arrested for alleged domestic violence on Thursday.

TMZ Sports reported on Thursday that Crawford surrendered to authorities at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.

Jail records show Crawford was booked for “ASLT FAM/HOUSE MEM IMPED BRTH/CIRCU”. The shorthand seems to mean: assault of a family member/impeded breath/circulation, which TMZ says generally means there was an alleged choking incident.

Crawford is being held on $10,000 bond and has a court date of July 7.

Crawford, 38, is from Houston. He played in MLB from 2002-2016 and was a four-time All-Star when he was with Tampa Bay. On May 16, two people died in a drowning incident at his home.

Ryan Leaf arrested for domestic battery

Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday for domestic battery.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s jail management system, Leaf was arrested in Palm Desert, Calif. around 2 p.m. He was booked into jail an hour and a half later on misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

Leaf was being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional facility and had a $5,000 bail.

Leaf, 44, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft behind Peyton Manning. He turned into one of the biggest busts in NFL history, throwing just 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions during his NFL career.

Leaf has been arrested numerous times and spent time in prison before being released in 2014. He has since repaired his image and even joined ESPN last fall as an analyst.

News of Leaf’s arrest was first reported by TMZ Sports.