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May 16, 2015 Updates

A 3-year old lawsuit between Michael Jordan and Chinese sporting goods retailer Qiaodan has escalated to China’s Supreme Court, according to a report from Reuters. In 2012, Jordan sued Qiaodan Sports, claiming that the Fujian-based manufacturer built its business around his Chinese name and jersey number ’23’ without consent. Since the 80s, he’s been widely known as Qiaodan throughout China. However, earlier this year, a court ruled in favor of Qiaodan over the trademark dispute, which was then upheld by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court. "In light of the trademark dispute ruling, we intend to appeal to the Supreme People's Court for retrial," Jordan’s legal team said in a statement. They added that a separate case with Qiaodan Sports over naming right is still ongoing. Sole Collector

May 14, 2015 Updates

Cavs center Kendrick Perkins was involved in an altercation with his wife in Westlake. However, no arrests were made. The Cavs released a statement on the situation. “We are aware of a police report concerning a dispute between Kendrick Perkins and his wife, Vanity, that occurred this morning near their home in Westlake,” the release said. “There were no arrests or citations made by the Westlake Police, which responded on site, and there have been no accusations of wrong doing. We have spoken to Kendrick about this and understand he has cooperated fully with the authorities in their review of the situation and will continue to do so. We respect the process that the Westlake authorities will undergo in relation to this and have no further comment to make about the situation at this time.” News-Herald

May 13, 2015 Updates

Cavaliers reserve center Kendrick Perkins will travel with the team to Chicago and "as of right now" will be available to play in Game 6 Thursday against the Bulls following his involvement in a domestic dispute this morning. The team released a statement confirming its awareness that Westlake police responded to a 911 call placed by a witness around 9:30 today who said she saw Perkins arguing with his wife, Vanity, in their SUV on the side of the road. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said that both he and general manager David Griffin spoke to Perkins and "as of right now he's available to play." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Police say Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins got into a verbal altercation with his wife on the side of a road. A 911 caller told police Perkins and his wife, Vanity, were "fighting" by their car on Wednesday morning. When officers arrived, the couple claimed they were having an argument. Perkins was driven to his residence and Vanity Perkins left in the car the couple was driving in. No one was injured or arrested. Police say information was handed over to the city prosecutor, who will determine if any charges will be filed. The complete police report will not be completed until Thursday. USA Today Sports

May 11, 2015 Updates
May 7, 2015 Updates

Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault. The twins are charged with helping three others beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court. ESPN.com

Cops investigated the alleged incident and DISMISSED her claim because they felt her story didn't add up. The woman filed a lawsuit against Young in 2013 ... and the two sides are still battling it out. Now, according to new docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... the accuser has a number in mind -- $3 million ... claiming she suffered emotional distress and loss of earnings. But Young isn't buying it -- and has refused to settle ... instead, fighting the case tooth and nail to prove once and for all he's no rapist. A hearing is scheduled for later this month. TMZ.com

May 4, 2015 Updates
April 29, 2015 Updates

Former Georgia Tech and NBA standout Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to killing a 23-year-old mother of four in August 2011. Crittenton, 27, then was sentenced to 23 years as part of a plea deal. Crittenton apologized for the shooting death of Julian Jones, calling it a horrible accident. Crittenton and his cousin and co-defendant Douglas Gamble, 29, were charged with murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity. Both pleaded guilty to lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former National Basketball Association player Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the 2011 death of an Atlanta woman, admitting he fired an automatic rifle in a drive-by shooting but saying he never meant to kill anyone. Crittenton, 27, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a murder charge and a judge sentenced him to 23 years in prison and 17 years of probation. Yahoo! Sports

Sobbing, he claimed he intended only to scare someone and was heartbroken to learn he had killed Jones. Prosecutors said the shooting was gang-related and retaliation against a person Crittenton believed had robbed him. "I apologize from the depths of my heart," Crittenton said. "I'm not a murderer. I made a mistake, one that I wish I could take back." Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua angrily interrupted Crittenton and chastised him for calling the shooting an accident. Yahoo! Sports

April 27, 2015 Updates

Jury selection began Monday for a former NBA player and Georgia Tech Standout. Javaris Crittenton is accused of killing a mother of four in 2011. Investigators said it all started with a stolen iPhone and jewelry, and ended with murder in August of that year. They said that's when 22-year-old Julian Jones was walking with a group of people near Macon Drive when occupants inside a black SUV opened fire. CBS 46

April 24, 2015 Updates

58-year-old Rockets fan James Pierce is charged with impersonating a police officer. According to KHOU, Pierce allegedly posed as a cop to try to sneak into Tuesday’s playoff game between Houston and Dallas. An arena security guard reportedly became suspicious when Pierce flashed his badge, something real cops apparently don’t have to deal with upon entering. One wonders how long Pierce got away with this jig before he was discovered. The Big Lead

April 23, 2015 Updates

Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix. The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Officers arrested Griner and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, after a fight between the couple turned physical, Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said. No weapons were involved, and neither woman required hospital care for their minor injuries, Kutis said. Boston Herald

April 22, 2015 Updates

NBA studio analyst and former Sonics star Gary Payton has been suspended by Fox Sports 1 after being accused of assaulting a woman, the network confirmed in a report Wednesday. According to the report on awfulannouncing.com, Payton is suspended while the network conducts an internal investigation into the claims, which were made in a lawsuit and stem from an alleged incident after an event in Seattle in January. Seattle Times

April 21, 2015 Updates

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