You all remember Brooke Hundley, don’t you? She was the young ESPN production assistant whose revelations about an affair with baseball analyst Steve Phillips rocked the “Worldwide Leader in Sexual Harassment Lawsuits” and ended with his dismissal. She is now suing the network for back wages she’s owed and the emotional distress of all of this and asking for–wait for it–$15,000.
Yes, you read that right: 15 grand.
Look, Brooke. We’re not telling you how to run your life, but that seems a little low to us. Not that we think you should sue them for millions, but if what your saying is the cable network ruined your career, that’s not putting much of a price tag on your future. But 15 Gs? ESPN blows that much each day on hairspray, and that’s just for Chris Berman But hey, your lawyer looks pretty sharp, so we’ll just let him handle all details and collect his small retainer fee.
That’s it, go ahead an blame the NBA Finals on your drinking problem! You’d be just like this guy from the Los Angeles area who crashed his 350Z into three parked cars after Game 6 on Tuesday. His excuse (or is it more like bragging)? That he had only downed two 40-ounce cans of beer while watching the game.
The real bummer in all this? All three cars he ran into were owned by the same guy! Try and explain that one to your car insurance company.
A man was arrested after he crashed a new Nissan 350Z into three parked cars in Gardena, allegedly telling police that he had two 40-ounce beers while watching the Lakers beat the Celtics late Tuesday. The driver, whose name was withheld by police, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Hillard said. An officer at the scene told an RMG News camera crew the driver admitted drinking two 40-ounce beers while watching the Lakers at a friend’s house.
What would a World Cup be without a few hooligans? And what kind of hooligans would they be if they didn’t try to cause some trouble? The host country, South Africa, found the answer to that question this week and found more than 160 Argentinian soccer fans crammed into a school hostel, many trying to get into games without tickets. From that bunch, 17 were determined to be “hooligans” and were deported from the country.
No goal for you!
South African police in cooperation with Argentinian police, raided a school hostel in the South African capital city of Pretoria early Wednesday morning, housing 165 Argentine soccer fans. Seventeen were detained and handed over to immigration officials for deportation. Brig. Sally de Beer of the South African Police Service told AP they had been sleeping when the 30 policemen “took them by surprise” without any violence. She said they had been monitoring the hooligans to “build up a profile.”
The Argentine fans wanted to see their team play and some of them had tried to gain access to two World Cup games without tickets. Because the fans also “behaved in a disorderly fashion on a number of occasions, roughing up other fans and generally causing trouble,” police decided that they were not the kind of fans desired at World Cup matches, De beer told AP. “They could cause instability,” she said.
It is still early in the summer, but we have already had a record number of assaults and gun play at youth baseball games this summer, many that appear to be related to playing time. Actually, a lack of playing time from the parent’s perspective seems to be the issue. But really, has anyone ever succeeded in getting their kid more time on the field by spending time in jail?
The state Department of Safety has suspended the handgun permit of a Memphis man accused of pointing a pistol at his son’s baseball coach. 29-year-old Nicholis Williams had been asked to leave his 10-year-old son’s baseball game on June 5 after cursing about the boy not getting as many at-bats as other players.
After the game, coach Joe Powell walked to Williams’ car and the two argued before Williams pulled a gun from under his floor mat and pointed it at Powell. The coach disarmed Williams and the father left the parking lot.
Why doesn’t the People’s Republic of China have a soccer team in this year’s World Cup? Seems like they have found a way to build sports powerhouses in almost every other area. The problem could be money. No, not the money they need to support the teams, but the money used to pay bribes to the best players as part of what appears to be the world’s largest soccer gambling ring. Play for the Chinese National Team? Sorry, can’t take the pay cut!
Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal:
China didn’t make the cut for this year’s World Cup in South Africa, but according to the police, thousands of people have still gotten in on the soccer action by participating in illegal online gambling rings. As of Saturday, police have already confiscated $102 million in illegal funds and arrested some 3,600 suspects for illegal gambling in connection with the World Cup, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Illicit gambling in Chinese soccer seems about as common as shin guards, and experts have said it’s also a key reason China hasn’t done well on the international soccer stage. Both performance and credibility has suffered amid accusations of match fixing and rumors that players pay for spots on the national roster.
Though that hasn’t dampened interest in online gambling. “The state of our country’s online illegal gambling activities is still a very grim situation,” a police official told reporters, according to the Legal Daily. He largely blamed offshore gambling syndicates for “infiltrating” the country, according to the report. While Chinese officials like to blame foreigners for the illegal activities, corruption has a long history in Chinese soccer.
Traditionally, national-team hopefuls had to pay tens of thousands of yuan in bribes, said Rowan Simons, author of a book on soccer in China, according to CNN. “Players have come out and said they can’t play for the national team because they can’t afford it,” he said, according to the report.
Just like those wacky Canadians to take things WAY to far! Just look what they did to their bacon! On the other hand, after this incident, we might see a lot more interest in Canadian college players by the NFL, especially the Bengals.
The University of Waterloo Warriors football team will miss the entire 2010-2011 season over steroid violations. As many as nine potential doping violations were discovered during a mass test of 62 football players from the University of Waterloo, resulting in suspension of the team’s activities for the upcoming season.
In addition, two players from the team received suspensions and a former player faces charges in a police probe into steroid trafficking. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the University of Waterloo held a news conference Monday to announce the findings of a sweeping probe of players in the university’s football program on March 31. More than 80 urine and blood samples were taken, resulting in nine infractions. The test was instituted by the school.