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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

Larkin said alcohol was involved in the incident and ordered Taylor not to buy or possess any alcohol during his probation term. Larkin, referring to a presentence report, said an alcohol abuse assessment showed that Taylor was "in the beginning of possible stages." She said he'd rated a 9 on a scale from 0 to 21. One of his attorneys, Southfield-based Layne Sakwa, said in court that Taylor has already started a substance abuse program. Lansing State Journal

He will be monitored for 60 days by a smartphone-sized device that can detect alcohol use. After that, he will be subject to random testing for the remaining time he is on probation. Taylor, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., also must complete a Charlotte-based batterers intervention program as well as 80 hours of community service. Lansing State Journal

October 28, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball League charged Sydney Kings player Josh Childress over an alleged strike on Perth Wildcats player Jesse Wagstaff at the Perth Arena on Friday 24 October 2014. The charges levelled against Childress were heard by an independent tribunal this evening and Childress entered a plea of guilty for unduly rough play and bringing the game into disrepute which was accepted. NBL.com.au

Former NBA player Daron "Mookie" Blaylock is sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty in a fatal crash. Blaylock agreed to a plea deal on Monday including seven years in prison, with four years suspended. He will then be on probation for eight years. 11Alive.com WXIA TV

October 27, 2014 Updates

Sydney Kings star import Josh Childress will face three charges on Tuesday and the potential sanction of a suspension, in one of the highest profile NBL tribunal hearings in the competition's history. American Childress, widely regarded as the best credentialled NBA player to appear in the NBL after 391 matches in the world's best club league, was ejected from last Friday's clash with the Wildcats in Perth, after flattening opposing forward Jesse Wagstaff. Childress 31, has been charged with striking with an elbow, unduly rough play and bringing the game into disrepute. He will appear before an independent tribunal in Sydney from 5.30pm (7.30pm NZT) on Tuesday. Stuff.co.nz

October 24, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he's building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit. NBA.com

October 23, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge. McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV. ESPN.com

McCarty pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11. "This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building," McCarty said in a statement released by the Celtics. "We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending." ESPN.com

We spoke to DeAndre out in L.A. yesterday who told us he had NO IDEA Blake was being investigated by police for allegedly pulling a Zsa Zsa Gabor on a patron at Tao nightclub early Sunday morning. As we previously reported, Jordan was partying with Blake and several other Clippers teammates that night -- but tells TMZ Sports he has no recollection of Blake whipping out the pimp hand that night. TMZ.com

Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd. TMZ.com

October 22, 2014 Updates

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