Wow! You no longer have to be an NBA player to get arrested at a pro basketball game these days (but it helps). The once proud league is now letting people into special “VIP areas” who are wanted for murder. Granted, the VIP in question, Earle Barranco, 24, is innocent until proven guilty, but you’d think there’d be a little more security than that, wouldn’t you? What about the safety of real VIPs like . . . OJ Simpson?
A man wanted in a deadly shooting in New York City was arrested Saturday night at a Bobcats game in Charlotte. Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and state and federal agents arrested 24-year-old Earle Barranco during the NBA game, according to police.
Undercover officers captured Barranco in one of the VIP areas of Time Warner Cable arena around 7:45 p.m., according to WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner. Police said he was arrested without incident. The game wasn’t interrupted by the police activity.
Bobcats’ spokesman Michael Thompson said he didn’t know which VIP box Barranco was in. Barranco, 24, was in the Mecklenburg jail Sunday with no bond, awaiting an extradition hearing. New York police said Barranco shot 28-year-old Corey Scott twice in the head and three times in the back after a confrontation two weeks ago at the Good Stuff Diner on 14th Street in New York City. Scott was killed instantly.
Think the folks in Cleveland have gotten over LeBron James leaving to go to Miami? Not completely.
Here’s the basic information about the video clip below:
LeBron James Cursed by Witch Doctor on Rover’s Morning Glory
Rover hired a couple of witches to perform a curse on LeBron James the morning of the Miami Heat’s season opener as payback for the way he left Cleveland. They used blood, bones and voodoo dolls to place the hex on James, assuring he will never win an NBA Championship ring. Covered on ESPN, SI, CNN and many more. www.roverradio.com
Just a rookie and already getting arrested like a veteran!
Indiana Pacers rookie guard Lance Stephenson was arrested for pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs early Sunday morning in his native New York City, according to police. Police say Stephenson was taken into custody Sunday following a 5 a.m. fight with the woman in Brooklyn.
The woman was treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in a fall down a flight of stairs. The New York Daily News was the first to report the arrest. The Pacers, who selected the 6-foot-5 guard out of Cincinnati in the second round of this year’s draft, issued a statement Sunday night acknowledging Stephenson’s arrest.
“We have been made aware of a situation involving Lance Stephenson early Sunday morning in Brooklyn,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. “We are currently in the process of gathering information and will have further comments as we learn more facts.”
Hell hath no fury like a billionaire scorned! No sooner had LeBron “Everybody, Look at Me!” James decided to pack his money bags and move to Miami then Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert started badmouthing his ex. Wonder if this would have happened if LeBron had decided to stay in Cleveland? Probably not.
Angered and betrayed by LeBron James’ decision to leave for Miami, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert accused the NBA’s MVP of quitting during the playoffs. Gilbert, who posted a letter to Cavs fans on the team’s website shortly after James announced his plans to sign with the Heat, told The Associated Press late Thursday night that it’s “accountability time” for James.
“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert said in a phone interview with The AP. “People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.” Gilbert said James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.
“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.” The Cavaliers were beaten by 32 points in Game 5. During the game, James appeared distracted and uninterested, often glaring at Cleveland’s coaches as the Cavs tried to foul to get back into the game in the second half. James also made some puzzling postgame comments, saying he had “spoiled” people with his play over seven seasons.
Sometimes, the only way to get attention in this media crazed world is to find a way to stand out. Like swearing at reporters who are gathered around a much more important teammate after a game asking him important questions about his important contributions to the team’s win . . . and not you.
And just so we’re clear: Jason Williams wants you to “Please back the f*ck up away from my locker.” Or, at least ask me a question once and a while. (We do realize this is our second F-bomb laced video of the day, but hey, you go with what you got so don’t f*cking mess with us today, okay?)