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March 24, 2014 Updates

Channel 2 Action News has learned former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is under investigation by the Atlanta Police Department for an alleged assault. Channel 2’s Ryan Young obtained a police report detailing the incident, but so far, O’Neal has not been charged with anything. WSB Channel 2

“(The co-worker) alleged Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back while they were at work at Turner Studios,” said Sgt. Greg Lyon with the Atlanta Police Department. The incident took place on May 19 at the studios located at Techwood Drive and 10th Street. Robert Williams went to the Atlanta Police Department and said that Shaq tackle-punched him, knocking him down and falling on top of him. Sources told Young that Williams suffered serious injuries. “I don’t know the extent of his injury, but I have heard that as well, that his injuries were severe to his back,” Lyon said. WSB Channel 2

O’Neal’s attorney, Dennis Roach, sent a statement about the incident saying, “This was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured.” Young went to Williams’ home Monday afternoon to ask him about the incident but no one answered the door. WSB Channel 2

March 20, 2014 Updates

Sam Cassell has something in common with John Mayer -- they both bought expensive watches from the same guy ... a guy accused of selling FAKES ... and now the former NBA star tells TMZ Sports he's bringing in experts to see if he got ripped off. We broke the story ... Mayer is suing Charlie Sheen's BFF Robert Maron -- claiming he bought $5 million worth of Rolex watches from the guy ... some of which turned out NOT to be 100% authentic. Cassell tells TMZ Sports he also bought a watch from Maron -- "It's an A. Lange & Sohne. It cost me a nice piece of change." TMZ.com

March 19, 2014 Updates

Ex-NBA superstar Ben Wallace is now a FREE MAN ... after spending 16 hours behind bars for a hit-and-run accident back in February. Wallace began his stint on Tuesday when he was sentenced to 2 days in the slammer for leaving the scene of an accident when he crashed his SUV through a fence in Virginia and fled on February 8th. TMZ.com

3-time NBA champ Byron Scott has filed for divorce ... seeking to end his 27-year marriage to his college sweetheart Anita Scott ... TMZ Sports has learned. According to court docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the former Lakers player (who later served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers) ... filed the papers on March 13. Byron and Anita met at a nightclub in Los Angeles when Byron was still a student at Arizona State ... and according to Anita, he courted her with flowers, love letters and poetry. TMZ.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Former NBA and Virginia Union University basketball star Ben Wallace entered a plea of no contest after he was arrested Tuesday for leaving the scene of a February car crash. Wallace received a one year jail sentence. The Henrico County judge suspended all but two days of the sentence. Wallace started serving his two day sentence Tuesday. WTVR.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

A Bronx entrepreneur is calling foul on the Brooklyn Nets, charging he owns the trademark rights to the team’s name. Dr. François De Cassagnol, 66, contends he trademarked the name 10 years ago for his commercial art business while he was living in Louisiana. “I used my domains for my works,” De Cassagnol told The News, but he refused to elaborate. New York Daily News

March 6, 2014 Updates

Lamar Odom's drug dealers could be linked to the $250,000 jewelry heist at Lamar and Khloe's house ... because we're told the dealers threatened to break in to get the money Lamar never paid. Multiple sources involved in Lamar's drug deals last year tell TMZ ... Lamar wasn't paying his tab. In fact, our sources say he was in the hole $15K to just one dealer back in Sept. and he owed another more than $40K. TMZ.com

March 4, 2014 Updates

Blaylock, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to DUI and hit-and-run charges stemming from an incident last March, a spokeswoman for the State Court of Spalding County said Tuesday. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but was credited for the 14 days he served, attorney Don Samuel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Within 48 hours of his release from jail, Blaylock must report to an in-patient rehabilitation program, Samuel said. On March 20, 2013, Blaylock’s 46th birthday, he was spotted staggering toward a grocery store and fell in the parking lot after allegedly hitting a vehicle, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office report stated. Then on May 31, Blaylock allegedly caused a head-on crash in Clayton County that killed a 40-year-old mother of five, according to police. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New York Knicks player Raymond Felton committed ADULTERY during his marriage ... so says his estranged wife in divorce docs obtained by TMZ Sports. Ariane Raymondo Felton -- the same woman who ratted Raymond out to the cops about his illegal firearm -- filed docs last month in a New York court seeking to end their 18-month marriage. But in the docs, Ariane penciled in that she's divorcing Felton because of "adultery." Ariane doesn't go into detail about the adultery allegations ... but in the docs, she does request the judge throw out their pre-nup. It seems she wants the prenup tossed out on the count of the alleged cheating, but she doesn't explain why. Ariane is seeking "maintenance" -- which is essentially alimony. She also wants Raymond to finish paying for the last two years of her law school education at Fordham University. TMZ.com

February 28, 2014 Updates

NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes Raymond Felton's weapons-related felony charges creates "an image problem for the league." "We spend a lot of time here educating our players on guns," Silver told ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" on Friday morning. "We have a rookie transition program where there are several seminars about, of course, the dangers of guns. But, also, players do have a legal right to guns in certain jurisdictions and we assist our players if they are insistent on having a gun, how to do it legally. "In this case, at least, the allegation is Raymond didn't have a legal gun in New York. So it's a problem for all of us; it's an image problem for the league." ESPN.com

February 27, 2014 Updates

Raymondo-Felton – a first-year law student at Fordham University – also told police that the couple had four nasty squabbles since last summer, during which Felton brandished his FNH Five-Seven 28mm handgun at least twice, sources said. The final incident occurred on Valentine’s Day, when Felton, 29, pulled the loaded firearm and waved it at his wife while they were arguing about “bull—- domestic stuff” in their posh Upper West Side pad, a source said. “It was obviously done to intimidate me,” Raymondo-Felton later told cops about her husband’s gunplay, according to one source. New York Post

February 26, 2014 Updates

Felton declined any comment on the legal matters, directing questions to his attorneys. “As far as speaking on what’s going on off the court with me, there’ll be no comment. Speaking on that, if you’ve got any questions or dealing with that, speak with my lawyer. Other than that, I’m here to concentrate on this team, finish this season out with the New York Knicks and see what happens, man, trying to make it to the playoffs,” Felton said. New York Post

February 25, 2014 Updates

According to a law-enforcement official, the arrest stems from a semiautomatic handgun that allegedly belongs to Mr. Felton and was left at the apartment of his estranged wife, Ariane Felton. Ms. Felton and the attorney representing her in divorce proceedings took the gun, which had 17 bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, to the 20th precinct station house in Manhattan Monday evening because she no longer wanted it in the home, the official said. Wall Street Journal

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