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February 21, 2014 Updates

Scottie Pippen has filed a countersuit against a man who alleges in his own complaint that the former Chicago Bulls forward attacked him outside upscale Nobu restaurant last year. Pippen’s countersuit was filed last Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Camran Shafighi. It alleges assault, battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations. He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The countersuit alleges that Shafighi called Pippen the “N” word in front of his wife, Larsa, and their children, and that he also spat on the former NBA player and his offspring. CBS Los Angeles

The countersuit alleges that an “extremely aggressive and intoxicated” Shafighi ignored Pippen, going so far as to push Larsa Pippen out of the way. Shafighi became angry as both sides walked outside of the restaurant, according to the countersuit. “You stupid (“N” word), you stupid black man,” Shafighi yelled, according to Pippen’s suit. “You’re (expletive) stupid. I used to love you, now I hate you.” When Pippen’s brother-in-law tried to intervene and calm Shafighi down, the plaintiff continued uttering the “N” word and said, “I’m going to kill you,” according to the countersuit. Shafighi pushed Pippen’s brother-in-law, but the plaintiff’s momentum caused him to “stumble, trip and fall,” the countersuit states. CBS Los Angeles

February 20, 2014 Updates

Thunder forward Kevin Durant is suing his former accountant over what the star NBA star says are mistakes in his taxes. Attorneys for Durant say in the federal lawsuit filed last month that California-based accountant Joel Lynn Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant's tax returns without proper documentation. The expenses include personal travel and a personal chef. Oklahoman

February 19, 2014 Updates

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is being divorced by his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, after less than 19 months of marriage, as rumors fly that the Knicks are also planning to trade him. Beautiful 26-year-old law student Ariane, who married 29-year-old Felton in 2012, filed for divorce Tuesday in Manhattan, Page Six can exclusively reveal. A second source confirmed Felton has personally been served with divorce papers, although the grounds for divorce were not clear Tuesday night. New York Post

February 18, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant says his personal chef is for pleasure ... not for business ... and now KD is suing his accountant claiming the guy tried to screw over the IRS by making it seem the cook was an essential part of his NBA career. TMZ Sports has learned ... Durant is going after Joel Elliott -- claiming Elliott got him in some deep trouble with Uncle Sam over the years by trying to write off several business expenses that clearly weren't business related. Case in point -- Durant's personal chef. In his lawsuit, Durant says, "Fees paid to a personal chef would not be regarded by a reasonably prudent accountant as qualifying for a business expense deduction." TMZ.com

February 15, 2014 Updates

Continuing its crackdown on counterfeit merchandise during NBA All-Star 2014 weekend in New Orleans, investigators and law enforcement officers collected more than 500 suspected knockoffs Friday (Feb. 14). Forty items infringed on the NBA's trademark, officials said. Homeland Security Investigations, New Orleans Police, State Police and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will aggressively enforce ordinances banning the sale of counterfeit goods, the NBA said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 12, 2014 Updates

A clerk for an Oklahoma County judge says felony domestic violence charges against former Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins have been dropped. Defense attorney Tony Coleman said Wednesday that prosecutors are expected to refile the charge as a single misdemeanor count of domestic abuse. Coleman declined further comment. ESPN.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

Police sources said an SUV belonging to former Detroit Piston and Virginia Union basketball star Ben Wallace crashed into a fence outside a home in Henrico County early Saturday morning. Silverio Acosta said he dialed 911 after he heard a loud boom around 2 a.m. at his home off Gaskins Rd. near Peppertree Dr. When Acosta went outside to see what happened, he found pieces of his fence, which butts up to Gaskins Rd., scattered throughout his yard. “It was dark, but it’s clear from here I saw one person trying to fight to get out of the car,” Acosta said. That’s when Acosta said he saw a man pick up and smash pieces of wood against the fence “because he was angry.” WTVR.com

January 31, 2014 Updates
January 30, 2014 Updates

The above photo, which shows Austin Carr’s retired no. 34 jersey, was not taken in the past two days because Carr’s banner is not presently hanging in the rafters. It’s gone, and Clevescene.com notes that the Cavaliers seem to have a pretty good idea as to when it was pilfered. As of this morning, Cavs’ VP of Communications Tad Carper said that there were no updates on the ongoing investigation but that they had determined the jersey was up during Monday Night’s WWE Raw event and was missing the following morning. Carper said that the Cavs are having another banner made “ASAP” with the intent to have it up for the next home game. The Big Lead

January 25, 2014 Updates

Dennis Rodman reportedly brought thousands of dollars in luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un for his birthday. Now, Washington's looking into whether those gifts violated U.S. sanctions. Dennis Rodman was already having a rotten month, between the trip to rehab and the global condemnation for cozying up to a dictator. Now things may be about to get much worse. The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating whether he violated the law that prohibits the importing of luxury goods into North Korea. On his third and most recent trip to Pyongyang this month, Rodman reportedly brought several gifts for the young Kim’s 31st birthday. They allegedly included hundreds of dollars’ worth of Irish Jameson whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag for Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju. The Daily Beast

January 22, 2014 Updates
January 21, 2014 Updates

Disgraced NBA player Javaris Crittenton was part of a MASSIVE drug ring -- that was hoping to move 400 KILOS of cocaine and 10 POUNDS of weed ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ Sports. We broke the story .. the former Washington Wizards player was arrested in Atlanta last week during a sting operation that netted 20 suspects ... some with stereotypical drug cartel nicknames like "Crutch," "Chop" and "Carlito." Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/01/21/javaris-crittenton-conspired-to-buy-400-kilos-of-cocaine-cops-say/#ixzz2r33H8gf2 TMZ.com

January 16, 2014 Updates

Former Georgia Tech basketball standout and NBA first-round draft pick Javaris Crittenton will remain in jail. Crittenton, one of more than a dozen people arrested Wednesday in a drug sting, waived his first court appearance Thursday. “He will remain in the Fulton County Jail,” Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. “No bond.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 15, 2014 Updates

Javaris Crittenton -- the former NBA star who was famously involved in a locker room gun standoff with Gilbert Arenas -- was arrested on drug charges in Georgia, TMZ Sports has learned. Crittenton -- who is still facing murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of an Atlanta woman -- was busted in Fulton County early Wednesday morning. According to his booking sheet, the 26-year-old was arrested for "Conspiracy To Violate Georgia Controlled Substance Act." TMZ.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

Former NBA player Stephon Marbury owes $35,700 on a Land Rover, Ford Motors claims in a collections complaint in Superior Court. Ford Motor Credit Co. sued the pro ballplayer - now with the Beijing Ducks - on Wednesday. The lawsuit does not identify him as the ballplayer, but the defendant is Stephon X. Marbury. The ballplayer's middle name is Xavier. Courthouse News

January 8, 2014 Updates

The U.S. government has a serious bone to pick with Dennis Rodman ... and not just because he's gallivanting around North Korea -- he still owes more than $174k in unpaid taxes, TMZ Sports has learned. Official government records, obtained by TMZ Sports, show The Worm is still in serious debt ... owing $174,484.99 in unpaid state and federal taxes. TMZ.com

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