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July 31, 2014 Updates

A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well. ESPN.com

Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson has been indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery stemming from his arrest last month following an encounter with a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center. Brunson pled not guilty to all the charges in a Lake County courtroom this morning. Authorities say Brunson used the name of retired NBA star Patrick Ewing to book an appointment in April with the massage therapist who had previously notified Brunson that she would no longer provide him with massages. Chicago Tribune

July 30, 2014 Updates

Binion said O’Neal and Burke later called him to apologize and the trio posted apologies on Twitter. Binion’s condition, called ectodermal dysplasia, can affect a person’s appearance and cause health problems. In Binion’s case, he does not sweat, and the condition has affected his hair and teeth. If he gets overheated and can’t cool himself down, he said, he could faint or suffer heat stroke. Detroit Free Press

July 29, 2014 Updates

In fact, even as Shelly's attorneys were hailing judge Michael Levanas' ruling, they sounded less optimistic than Shelly about the chances of Donald standing down. She said he hoped he would drop two other lawsuits — one seeking $1 billion in damages from the NBA and another seeking to scuttle the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by arguing the agreement violated corporate law. The chances of that happening? Samini said Sterling gave no indication that he's ready to give up. "He never met a lawsuit he didn't like,'' said Pierce O'Donnell, one of Shelly's attorneys. "We hope at this point that Donald realizes he can't run out the clock forever.'' USA Today Sports

July 28, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested for "super extreme DUI" in May by Scottsdale police. Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in Arizona at .08 blood-alcohol content. A blood test administered after Tucker was taken to jail and later analyzed by Arizona DPS showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report. A super extreme DUI is .20 or more. Arizona Republic

Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Arizona Republic

Shelly Sterling -- and the Los Angeles Clippers -- scored a clean sweep over Donald Sterling on Monday when a California judge issued a preliminary ruling that paves the way for the $2 billion sale of the team. Judge Michael Levanas handed down an "oral tentative statement decision" that affirmed Shelly Sterling had the authority to reach an agreement in May to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has set an Aug. 15 deadline to complete the deal. The judge said he would review objections before issuing a written ruling. USA Today Sports

July 24, 2014 Updates
July 23, 2014 Updates

Testimony in the weeks-long probate trial between Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, concluded Wednesday, with closing arguments set for Monday in a case that could help lead to resolution of Shelly's impending $2 billion sale of their Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Donald's side finished presenting its case and did not, as expected, recall Shelly to the stand. USA Today Sports

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