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August 13, 2014 Updates

Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. NBA.com

August 12, 2014 Updates

The NBA filed a counterclaim against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust in federal court Monday, saying the Clippers owner caused “devastating and incalculable harm” to the league. Filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in response to Sterling’s June antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, the counterclaim seeks to recover damages related to the owner’s recorded comments denigrating blacks. Sterling must indemnify the NBA against losses and litigation according to the league’s constitution and a July 2005 document he signed, the counterclaim said. Shelly Sterling also signed an agreement in May to indemnify the NBA for any litigation costs related to her husband’s lifetime ban from the league, his $2.5-million fine and the franchise’s sale. Los Angeles Times

August 9, 2014 Updates

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling's petition late Friday to stay last month's probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. The ruling capped a confused and hectic 24 hours that left all parties back where they started. Sterling's attorneys face a Wednesday deadline to file their objections to the probate court's ruling and presumably take the case to the appeals court again. Miami Herald

The assault and battery case involving Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has been rescheduled for September. Hairston was due to appear in Durham County court Friday on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery following an altercation with a high school basketball player during a pickup game last month. Police had issued a summons for Hairston but did not arrest him. WFMY

August 8, 2014 Updates

Without an appellate court’s intervention, the $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer could be completed as soon as Friday, attorneys for Donald Sterling claimed in a request for an immediate stay of a probate judge’s decision that could determine the franchise’s owner. “Once that sale goes through,” the petition filed Friday in a state appeals court said, “Donald will have lost a unique and irretrievable asset coveted by high net worth individuals around the world -- one of 30 NBA franchises in the country, and one that under Donald’s 30-year ownership has recently become one of the most successful.” Los Angeles Times

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston’s court case, regarding an allegation he twice punched a Durham teenager, has been continued until at least September 12. Hairston was scheduled for an initial appearance Friday in Durham County Court. One of his Durham-based attorneys, William Thomas II, requested the continuance. Neither Hairston nor his accuser, Kentrell Barkley, was in the courtroom. Charlotte Observer

Thomas later said Hairston’s case might not be heard until Oct. 3. That could potentially conflict with Hornets training camp in early October in Asheville. Hairston got into an altercation with Barkley on July 6 during a pickup game at a Durham YMCA. Barkley, a 6-foot-5 senior at Northern Durham High School, said Hairston twice punched him without provocation. "These matters are routinely continued. This is called an initial appearance,’ Thomas said as he left court. "The initial inquiry was whether Mr. Hairston has counsel." Charlotte Observer

August 7, 2014 Updates

This is the Belgrade home of Kimani Ffriend. Charged with vehicular manslaughter, he is impatiently waiting for a judge to decide his culpability in the death of Nevena Dragutinovic. By the time we meet, 20 months have passed since the accident, and his case has been dragging on and on. It is late May 2014, and in another seven weeks, he has been told, he is supposed to learn his fate. If found guilty, he's facing a sentence of two to 12 years back in a Serbian prison. SB Nation

Former Lawrence North Basketball star and current NBA player Greg Oden was booked into the Marion County Jail this morning. He was taken into custody in Lawrence at 5 a.m. He has been booked on two preliminary charges — one Class A misdemeanor for battery with injury and one Class B misdemeanor for battery. 13 WTHR Indianapolis

“I was wrong and I know what has to happen,” Oden told officers. He said he and the woman had dated for approximately two years and broke up about two months ago. Police described Oden as “calm, apologetic and cooperative” and said he told them he took “full responsibility” for his actions. FOX 59

August 5, 2014 Updates

Speights was arrested at 3:31 a.m. ET and later submitted to two breathalyzer tests showing breath alcohol contents of .103 and .106, according to the incident log. Florida’s legal limit is .08. Speights became involved in a traffic stop after an officer pulled him over due to a failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway in a black 2012 Bentley, according to the incident log. The officer detected indicators of impairment, and Speights after agreeing to roadside field sobriety exercises was arrested and transported to a breath testing facility, according to the incident log. Contra Costa Times

P.J. Tucker issued the following statement after his DUI sentencing: "I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Phoenix for their love and support during my time as a Phoenix Sun. Thank you to the Phoenix Suns organization for supporting me throughout this difficult time. And, of course my wife Tracey, family and friends, who just keep loving me. I cannot express how much I appreciate and value the many blessings that I have been given - love and abundance that I never imagined. I am truly blessed. I am so grateful that no one was hurt as a result of my choice to drive impaired. NBA.com

August 4, 2014 Updates

According to reports, he tested positive for three times over the legal blood alcohol limit in Valencia, Spain after he ran a red light and collided with a bus Sunday morning. The team has not released an official statement, but from what I've gathered from a few Google Translated articles (and I apologize if I'm getting anything lost in translation), no passenger in Vitor's car or the bus was injured. Faverani had been rehabbing a meniscus tear that had him sidelined since January. Celtics Blog

August 1, 2014 Updates

Former Chicago Bulls player Rick Brunson has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges. The News Sun in Waukegan reports that the 42-year-old from Vernon Hills entered the plea Thursday in Lake County Circuit Court. He faces charges of sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault, domestic battery and battery in connection with an alleged encounter with an employee at a suburban Chicago fitness center. ESPN.com

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