November 29, 2012 |
With the season of giving well under way, supporters of George Zimmerman are hoping to entice donations by offering thank-you notes personally signed by the man awaiting trial in Florida on charges he killed an unarmed African American teenager. The notes will be sent to donors of the New George Zimmerman Defense Fund -- the latest fundraising effort, which was announced this week on Zimmerman's official website. In the announcement, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said the old fund raised just over $140,000 since it was established in May. "Currently, the balance of the George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George's living expenses and legal costs," according to the post.
November 14, 2012 |
Jeremy Stephens spent 12 days in jail last month, missing his Oct. 5 UFC fight against Yves Edwards, for a crime he says he didn't commit. It's difficult to imagine how he felt Wednesday morning when he found his name linked to another alleged crime that he definitely didn't commit. Early in the morning, Stephens' name was the highest-trending search term on Google for no apparent reason at the time. It took awhile, but eventually an explanation surfaced as another athlete whose name sounds the same but is spelled differently -- former NFL player Jerramy Stevens -- started trending as well.
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September 7, 2012 |
Steve Wynn and Joe Francis provided a crash course this week in how rich men settle scores. The Las Vegas casino mogul and the "Girls Gone Wild" impresario have been publicly warring since 2008. Their feud began as many do: with one man, Wynn, claiming the other, Francis, owed him money. It escalated to name-calling. Then incendiary accusations involving prostitution and death threats. So Wynn and Francis did what men of their pocketbook size often do: They called their attorneys.
August 26, 2012 |
With the whole world atwitter over Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong's decision to drop his legal fight against anti-doping allegations, it's the right moment to be appalled at the travesty in sports this case represents. It's not that the case will be seen as a major victory for sports anti-doping authorities. It's that the anti-doping system claiming its highest-profile quarry ever is the most thoroughly one-sided and dishonest legal regime anywhere in the world this side of Beijing.
August 10, 2012 |
With time running out on NHL labor talks, Commissioner Gary Bettman cautioned Thursday that the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires. "Time is running short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon," Bettman said after the two sides met at the league headquarters in New York.
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June 30, 2012 |
The marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one of Hollywood's highest profile relationships and a subject of endless tabloid speculation, is over. Holmes announced through a lawyer Friday that she had filed for divorce from her movie star husband of five years. The news surprised the entertainment industry, which counts Cruise as one of its most recognizable stars, and apparently the actor himself. Cruise learned Holmes had initiated divorced proceedings in New York while he was working on a film set in Iceland.
May 30, 2012 |
The Terrell Owens saga took yet another interesting turn on Tuesday. Owens is the NFL's second all-time leader in receiving yards, but after burning one bridge after another in the league, he cannot find a team willing to use a roster spot on him. And now he cannot even hold a job in the Indoor Football League. In a statement released Tuesday, the Allen (Texas) Wranglers announced that Owens had been cut from the team and would lose his ownership stake in the franchise as well.
May 16, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - His political career is wrecked, his reputation is destroyed. He poisoned his marriage, and his martyred wife died knowing he cheated on her and lied about it to the world. And yet Johnny Reid Edwards has behaved as if he owns the courtroom where the Justice Department has been prosecuting him the last three weeks. He strides into court, his face tanned, his hair perfectly in place, his suit crisp. He grabs his counsel's arm and orders him to object to a prosecutor's question.
May 14, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After weeks of riveting and often salacious testimony about an extramarital affair and the elaborate lies that once kept it hidden, testimony in the John Edwards trial turned Monday to a more prosaic topic: campaign finance law. As Edwards' legal team opened his defense, the finance director for his failed 2008 presidential run testified that more than $900,000 from two wealthy benefactors was not reported as campaign contributions...
March 13, 2012 |
Turns out, the NFL isn't dragging its feet on punishing the New Orleans Saints in the wake of their bounty scandal. The league is simply honoring the request of the NFL Players Assn., which asked for time to conduct its own investigation. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed as much Tuesday to the Associated Press. The union said last week that members of its legal team planned to look into the so-called pay-for-performance program, a system that was largely player-funded and paid rewards of $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field and $1,500 for a knockout.