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November 13, 2014 Updates
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Ben Bolch: Daniel Schuman told me on phone he has been instructed not to speak about Blake Griffin incident until meeting with his attorney Saturday. Daniel Schuman: "I don’t want to influence the outcome of the case because I know very strongly what I believe and I want justice to occur. Twitter @latbbolch

Blake Griffin has been charged with a crime for allegedly slapping the crap out of a man inside a Las Vegas nightclub ...TMZ Sports has learned. The incident went down last month when Blake was at Tao Nightclub. According to the alleged victim -- Daniel Schuman -- the Clippers superstar was upset by camera flashes in his face ... so he grabbed Daniel's phone and neck. Daniel says Blake squeezed his neck, and demanded he give up his phone. TMZ.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

According to the Associated Press, police concluded that Miryah Herron made false accusations against Cunningham, and the Hennepin County district attorney decided not to press charges. Still, it left Cunningham having to explain why he was involved in such a situation and NBA teams moving forward without him. Boston Globe

His agent, Joel Bell, told the Globe that Cunningham likely missed out on a multiyear contract because the charges weren’t dropped until seven weeks after free agency began. Monies dried up and he became an afterthought. “Teams were like, ‘We don’t need the fuss,’ ” Bell said. “They said, ‘We don’t want to see protesters. It’s a hot-button issue in the country right now.’ I provided all the documents to the teams, police reports, and he’s innocent. There’s no question he was innocent.” Boston Globe

“No one needs compassion and understanding [for Cunningham], he didn’t do anything wrong,” Bell said. “I had somebody tell me they were sure somebody will give him a second chance. What second chance? He didn’t do anything wrong. The mentality is compassion for this guy because he got a raw deal but you should hire him on the merits of his abilities. He’s an NBA rotation player. He’s a valuable NBA player.” Boston Globe

Cunningham is in State College, Pa., working out at Penn State University, waiting for a call. Since he is not a premium free agent, interest has been tepid. Players averaging 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds aren’t uncommon in the NBA. “He’s training, he’s waiting for an opportunity,” Bell said. “This is a really horrible, unfair situation and it’s all due to the political climate in the country. He got a horrible hand. He didn’t do anything wrong and he’s had his profession taken away from him. He’s had big offers taken away from him. He’s been booed by people.” Cunningham wasn’t available for comment but Bell said last week that his client is in shape and ready to join a team. Since the charges were dropped, it is uncertain if the NBA would suspend or penalize Cunningham. Boston Globe

November 7, 2014 Updates
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November 4, 2014 Updates

Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a man he allegedly mocked on social media. Jahmel Binion, who suffers from genetic disorder hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, claims the sportsman, along with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, made disparaging comments about his looks after he uploaded a photo of himself online in April. Edmonton Sun

November 1, 2014 Updates

A federal judge on Friday rejected jailed former NBA player Tate George's appeal of his 2013 fraud conviction, ruling that the government provided ample evidence for a jury to find him guilty of running a real estate Ponzi scheme. George was convicted last fall on four wire fraud counts during a trial in which current and former athletes testified that they lost money investing in projects he touted. "I find the evidence presented during the government's case in chief was by all means sufficient," U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper said. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 31, 2014 Updates
October 30, 2014 Updates

The NBA player who admitted pushing his then-girlfriend into a wall at an East Lansing hotel last month was sentenced today to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $1,840 in fines and costs. Jeff Taylor, a forward for the Charlotte Hornets, pleaded guilty Wednesday in 54B District Court to domestic assault and destruction of property under $200. Each is a misdemeanor. Lansing State Journal

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