The Things We Learned in Sports July 5th-July 11th

When a prime time player has major surgery and a free agent is held hostage in his home you know it was a cray week. So many stories seem to be fueled this week as we all patiently for training camp to start. This week had some of the craziest stories that will be reported all year long. Here are the things we learned in sports this week.

7. FSU has a serious problem.

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Just 2 seasons ago, the Florida State Seminoles were being presented with the national championship trophy. Since then they have had to suspend or dismiss multiple players for “questionable” actions. During the week FSU kicked out quarterback De’Andre Johnson and suspend running back Dalvin Cook for violence against women. This is all coming after the tornado that Jamies Winston provided during his time as the starting quarterback. This has to raise questions about head coach Jimbo Fisher ability to either keep his players in line, or recruiting players that have embarrassed his organization. Florida State administration must look an see what kind of organization they want to represent.

6. Is Deron Williams in the House.

After falling off a cliff in production, the Nets have finally bought out the rest of Deron Williams contract according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge.  The move has an serious impact on the cap for the Brooklyn Nets. 

Now that the buyout looks to be official, ESPN reporter Marc Stein reports that Williams will likely sign a contract to become a Dallas Maverick.

Now after not being able to stay in front of point guards like Jeff Teague and Kyle Lowry, he gets to face Stephen Curry and Chris Paul. Good luck in Dallas Deron.

5. The Girls are back in town

The United State’s Women’s National Team came back to a celebration in the streets of New York. The USWNT was able to drive down Broadway in style as thousands of fans came out to celebrate the culmination of a World Cup run that ended in a championship. The women haven’t won a title since 1999, and fans were out in bunches to support the champions of the world.

4. If you got the talent you will play

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Greg Hardy suspension was reduced from 10 games down to  4 games. Hardy was originally suspended for a domestic violence conviction that he received a season ago. The NFL recently revamped its domestic violence policy, introducing far more stringent punishments for creeps who attack women. Hardy was suspended for 10 games after the new policy was in place. But he was being suspended for an incident that occurred before it was in place. Before his suspension, Hardy was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league, and that is really the only reason he is still in the NFL. He is an extremely talent player at a highly important position. If he played like Ray Rice did at the end of his season, he would still be sitting on his couch.

3. Donovan McNabb needs a babysitter.

Former All-Pro quarterback Donovan McNabb is having a hard time adjusting to life without football. McNabb was arrested for the second time for DUI less then two years apart.

A spokesperson for Fox Sports, for whom McNabb is currently an analyst, did not return an email seeking comment. He is “stepping away from his NBC sports radio show—at least temporarily—to deal with ‘personal issues,'” according to TMZ.

It’s getting embarrassing at this point for McNabb. At some point someone has to come out and help this man before it becomes to late.

2. DeAndre was a Clipper, than a Mav, now a Clipper.

So the craziest 24 hours happened on Wednesday. There was an original report that De’Andre Jordan was “reconsidering” going back to the Clippers by ESPN’s Marc Stein.  Then it transitioned to Clippers star Blake Griffin basically locking the door from anyone getting in.

Then Old man Kobe Byrant had to take the fun out of the conversation with some random emoji’s. In the end. Jordan did the right thing in staying with the Clippers. He was able to get more money, play for a better team, and potentially win a championship in Los Angeles. Whats wrong with that?

1. Don’t play with fireworks

New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a really bad week. He went from potentially signing a deal with the Giants for 60 Million dollars, to not even being able to count to 10. ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter was able to obtain the medical reports of the surgery that was done to remove one of Pierre-Paul’s fingers.

As of today the Giants’ have yet to sign JPP to any type of contract at all. The Giants’ place the franchise tag on the talented defensive end, and have till July 15th to be able to come to a long term agreement. Hopefully both sides make the best decision for themselves.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

 

Bobbi Kristina’s Best Friend Slams Nick Gordon As ‘Pure Evil’

The drama continues to unravel in the tragic story of Bobbi Kristina Brown

The turbulent relationship between Bobbi Kristina Brown and her boyfriend Nick Gordon was even worse than we imagined. According to Brown’s best friend, Alex Reid, Bobbi Kristina routinely displayed bruises inflicted by Nick Gordon.

Reid gave a revealing interview with E! News this past week describing the personal hell Bobbi Kristina lived in.

“Pretty soon after we met she started telling me about the times he had been physically abusive and it just kept escalating. It just kept getting worse. She would FaceTime me whenever she was distraught. When something had just happened or show me a bruise,”

Reid stated.

Alex Reid’s allegations couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nock Gordon, who was recently slapped with a lawsuit from Bobbi Kristina’s conservator. The suit claims Gordon positioned himself as Brown’s “surrogate brother” and only became her lover once she was named the sole beneficiary to the Whitney Houston fortune after her 2012 passing.

Other allegations in the suit say Nick Gordon limited contact with whom she could interact by answer her phone, changing appointments, and regularly transferred money out of Brown’s account into his own without authorization.

The physical abuse was mentioned in the $10 million lawsuit against Gordon too. He allegedly caused Bobbi Kristina bodily harm including incidents where he punched her in the face, knocked a tooth out and dragged her by her hair. A day before being found unresponsive in the bathtub, Houston’s daughter told friends Nick wasn’t the person she thought he was and set up a time to meet and discuss Gordon’s behavior.

Reid explained that the negative infraction Nick had with the rest of the Houston family is why the young couple concocted the lie about getting married.

“All Krissi wanted was to defend Nick and be happy. So the fact she would even break down and tell me was only, like, momentary because then she would…[say], ‘But don’t be mad at him!'”

Since being found unresponsive face down in the bathtub, Bobbi Kristina has been moved to hospice care.

-Jonathan Hailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)

Warren Sapp Charged With 3 Counts Of Domestic Violence After Biting Girlfriend And Stomping On Her Head

Details emerge in Warren Sapp domestic violence arrest

NFL Hall Of Famer and former NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has not been having the best offseason. The former all-pro defensive lineman was arrested earlier this year during Super Bowl weekend for soliciting two prostitutes. That particular incident led to him being canned by NFL Network. Things have not faired much better for Sapp. Earlier this week, it was revealed that he was arrested on charges of domestic violence after an incident with his girlfriend Chalyce Moore back on April 28th at the M Resort in Las Vegas.

Today, TMZ got a hold of the documents pertaining to the case and they are very egregious. According to the report, the couple began arguing pool side at the resort when Sapp allegedly threw a margarita in her face and then violently pulled her. The pair then hopped in Moore’s car and headed back to her condo. Moore was tired of the arguing and requested that Sapp get out of her vehicle when he apparently bite her middle finger.

Sapp later got out of the car and attempted to hitch a ride from passing motorists. After failed attempts, he got back into Moore’s car and they arrived at her condo. It is here that the report states that the argument continued while inside where the couple threw a belt back and forth at each other. Moore fell to the ground during the fracas and as she attempted to regain her footing, Sapp allegedly stomped on her head. To give a point of reference, Warren Sapp is 6’2″, 300 lbs and wears size 15 shoes.

A friend of Moore’s told police that she suffered multiple injuries including bruises on her lower lip, shoulders, legs, temple and and checkerboard imprint on her face, presumably from the Jordan sandal Sapp was wearing at the time. Sapp has been charged with 3 counts of battery in relation to domestic violence and if convicted on all counts will be looking at 18 months in prison. His court date is scheduled for July 23rd.

Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

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Ray McDonald has been releases from the Chicago Bears on Monday after his latest arrest for domestic violence and child endangerment changers in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald had been given a second chance by the Bears after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers last year due to sexual assault charges. McDonald was arrested that same year for domestic violence against his pregnant fiancee; however, no chargers were filed. Police responded to a call before 4 am at a residence.

According to CNN’s Amanda Watts, “McDonald was not there, put officers learned that McDonald allegedly ‘physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby,’ police said in a statement.” Once learning of his arrest, the Bears announced his released Monday afternoon.

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray, we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” General Manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard, and the decision was made to release him.”

King Jut (@KingJut92)

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Multi-Talented Film Star Troy Byer Talks About Hot New Lionsgate Film “I Really Hate My Ex”

 Actress, Writer & Director Troy Byer Talks About Her Hot New Lionsgate Comedy Film “I Really Hate My Ex” and Her Work To Empower Those Living in Poor and Disadvantaged Communities.  The Film Will Be Used as a Platform to Address Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women

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Domestic and Sexual Violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue that continues to be a hot topic as we celebrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April.  The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities about how to prevent it, as well as find help for the victims.  We caught up with Actress/Writer/Director Troy Byer who has a funny new film coming out this month entitled: “I Really Hate My Ex,” distributed by Lionsgate.  We all know that when we break-up with the one we love it is always rough and rarely smooth, with a lot of tension and HATE going on.  Sometimes the separation leads to uncontrolled rage, threats, violence and/or sexual assault with women being affected the most.  We thought this film was a creative way to inject some humor into a very serious issue and plan to use it as a vehicle to start a conversation around the country at schools, on college campuses and community centers about the need to address both Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, especially amongst our youth and young adults.

Women, who are mainly the target of this crime, need to learn how to protect themselves while walking the streets at night, at parties on and off campus, and during or after a relationship has ended.  Victims can not be afraid to seek real help and/or report any crime because this is the only way we will be able to bring perpetrators to justice and put an end to this vicious cycle.  We can lead this charge by confronting and changing insensitive attitudes wherever they persist.

Survivors too often suffer in silence because they fear further injury and are unwilling to talk about their experience.  So let’s work as a team to address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Against Women and other genders.  It gives us great joy to work with seasoned beautiful talents like Troy who are committed to the community and a host of worthwhile causes that educate and empower those in need of support.  Now let’s talk to her about this “Super Hot Film” that is ready to take the market by storm.

Q:  Tell our readers a little something about you: where were you born, raised and now reside?  What hobbies do you enjoy?

A:  I was born in NYC and moved to Idaho when I was 12 years old.  Although I love show business I secretly wanted to be a psychologist so at the age of 35, I decided to complete my college work and go onto grad school.  I am currently in a PhD program earning my doctorial degree in depth psychology with an emphasis in Jungian Analysis and Archetypal studies.

When I am not working or studying I enjoy hiking, DIY home projects, gardening, sewing, cooking and hanging out with my family and our 13 year old dog, Enzo. Between my two parents I have 6 brother and 3 sisters. I also have one teenage son and I am divorced.

Q:  How did you get involved with the Film Industry?

A:  I began my career in show business at the ripe age of four on Sesame Street.  I continued to work as an actress well into my 30s.

Q:  How many hats do you wear? 

A:  Many. Mom. Writer. Director. Actor. Grad Student.  Transformational Coach.

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Q:  What part of the industry do you like best between Writing, Directing, Producing and Acting and WHY?

A:  I love to write more than anything because it allows me to tap into a part of my creative mind that is full of wonderful surprises. It’s is truly a discovery journey in which I engage in this intimate dance with my imagination and on a good day I could write all day – time just disappears.

Q:  Tell us about “I Really Hate My Ex,” who is starring in the film and when will it be released?

A:  Three women kidnap their exes and hold them hostage until they get the answers they think they need in order for their hearts to be free. The film was inspired by a book I wrote entitled, “Ex-Free: 9 Keys To Freedom After Heartbreak.”  The cast includes me, Leon, Chris Spencer, Shari Headley, Daphnee Dupliax, Tomiko Hines-Fraser, JD Lawrence, Darrin DeWitt Henson and newcomer Curt Bailey.

Q:  Domestic Violence is a hot topic today, what role can this film play to address the issue?

A:  The film has a very strong message for those who think they can dominate others be it emotionally or physically. The message is basically, in the end the only way to find peace in the face of chaos is to turn within and find the gratitude.

Q:  Gun & Gang Violence and Black on Black Crime are destroying our youth and communities.  We created the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project and the End Black on Black Crime Project to address both issues, what are your thoughts and can we count on your support?

A:  You can absolutely count on my support.  I feel this is an issue that continues to cause our youth to self-destruct.  If there is ever going to be a solution to this problem it must begin with elevating the awareness within the community that this is a problem and not one that they have to perpetuate for survival – there are other ways.  By making other options available for our youth through mentorship, scholarships or what have you, I believe they will be inspired to make better choices. When people know better they are more inclined to do better.

Q:  What projects are you presently working on to help those living in poor and disadvantaged communities?

A:  Since 2004 I have been leading a community transformational program for a global organization. The program is decided to provide opportunities and new possibilities for disadvantaged and underserved communities.  I also mentor young girls who are in transitional housing.

Q:  What words of Wisdom do you have for our youth?

A:  Find your passion and pursue it as if your life depended on it because it does.

Q:  We have a project called “Hip-Hop Goes 2 Hollywood.”  What advice would you give young people looking for a career in the Film Industry?

A:  Pursue your career as if there is no help coming!  You want to direct, learn how to write or hook up with a writer and direct your film.  You cannot wait for anyone to give you a hand up in this business. Don’t rest on the “take what you can get” philosophy,  instead I urge you to stand on the “I get what I take” philosophy and then take it all, leave no marbles on the table.

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Q:  Any new projects coming up?  

A:  Yes, my film….I Really Hate My Ex and TroyTalks, a show designed to provide a safe space to reveal and discuss things they have never had the courage to discuss before.

Q:  How do our readers get in touch with you?

A: www.troybyer.com

www.twitter.com/troybyer

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