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March 1, 2015 Updates

He deserved such veneration on the court, although Mase shouldn’t be mythologized too much. Mason was no great hero, even with his up-from-nowhere, New York back story. He warred with the refs, got into trouble with the police, and he was accused in 1998 of statutory rape — a charge that was downgraded to two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. New York Daily News

February 28, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love: Slavery still exists. Over 27,000,000 lives are trapped in bonded labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. Today we are shining a light on slavery and give them a voice. Are you in it to end it? #enditmovement Instagram

February 24, 2015 Updates

An L.A. mansion owned by former NBA player Earl Watson was robbed Monday night by at least 4 men in ski masks -- who handcuffed the occupants and ransacked the place. While 35-year-old Watson owns the $4 million Encino home, he currently rents it out to a local elderly couple. Officials say the men -- at least one of whom had a gun -- broke in through a back door and once inside, they handcuffed the couple and stole various items ... including cash. TMZ.com

February 17, 2015 Updates

A defense lawyer for Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin got another month to try to resolve a Las Vegas criminal complaint stemming from a nightclub argument in October. Attorney Richard Schonfeld said Tuesday that he hopes to work out a negotiation or what he called "some other disposition" to get the misdemeanor battery case dismissed. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa set another court date March 24. The 25-year-old Griffin, who played in his fifth NBA All-Star Game during the weekend, remains free without bail pending arraignment and didn't appear Tuesday with Schonfeld in court. The alleged victim, Daniel Schuman, said that Griffin took his cellphone and slapped him after Schuman took a photo of Griffin and Clippers teammates Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub. ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant: So that's when I decided that—if people were going to like me or not like me—it was going to be for who I actually was. To hell with all that plain vanilla shit, just to get endorsement deals. Those are superficial, anyway. I don't enjoy doing them, anyway. I'll just show people who I actually am.... The [loss of the] endorsements were really the least of my concerns. Was I afraid of going to jail? Yes. It was twenty-five to life, man. I was terrified. The one thing that really helped me during that process—I'm Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic—was talking to a priest. It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, 'Did you do it?' And I say, 'Of course not.' Then he asks, 'Do you have a good lawyer?' And I'm like, 'Uh, yeah, he's phenomenal.' So then he just said, 'Let it go. Move on. God's not going to give you anything you can't handle, and it's in his hands now. This is something you can't control. So let it go.' And that was the turning point." GQ.com

February 11, 2015 Updates

Basketball analyst Greg Anthony will have a soliciting prostitution charge dropped if he does 32 hours of community service and stays out of trouble for four months. Anthony, his attorney and a prosecutor told a D.C. Superior Court judge Wednesday that they had agreed to the deal, called a deferred prosecution agreement, which is common in low-level misdemeanor cases in the city. Anthony, 47, will be allowed to complete the community service hours in Florida, where he lives. Oregonian

February 10, 2015 Updates

Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson could go to trial next month on sexual abuse charges after his attorney and prosecutors said in court Tuesday that a plea deal appears unlikely. Brunson, 42, has pleaded not guilty to attempting to sexually assault a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center last April. Chicago Tribune

February 4, 2015 Updates

Elaine Ellington, the victim's wife, who traveled to Philadelphia from her North Carolina home, said: "It's just taking a toll on my family. This is not a relief. It's a long time. We're just managing." Family members said that Ellington had lived both in West Mount Airy and in North Carolina. They said Wayne Ellington Jr. was not able to come to Philadelphia for the hearing. Philadelphia Inquirer

Greg Oden, who was accused last summer of punching his former girlfriend in the face, has reached a plea agreement with Marion County (Ind.) prosecutors, according to court documents. The former Portland Trail Blazers No. 1 overall NBA draft pick was arrested in August after police said an altercation took place in his mother's Lawrence home between Oden and his 24-year-old former girlfriend. USA Today Sports

February 3, 2015 Updates

Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden has struck a plea deal with prosecutors to settle battery charges involving a former girlfriend. The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday (http://indy.st/16eN28n) that Oden pleaded guilty in December to felony battery with moderate bodily injury while three other charges were dismissed. Court documents say a judge fined Oden $200 and ordered him to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling, alcohol counseling and 909 days of probation. A no-contact order also was put into place. Oden was arrested in his hometown of Lawrence last August after allegedly punching the woman in the face. A message seeking comment was left for Oden's attorney. Portland made the former Ohio State star the top pick in 2007 but knee injuries largely derailed Oden's professional career. USA Today Sports

Basketball analyst Greg Anthony is pleading not guilty to a charge of soliciting a prostitute. Anthony's lawyer entered the plea on his behalf during an appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Monday. Anthony, who is scheduled to return to court Feb. 11, declined comment after the hearing. Yahoo! Sports

February 1, 2015 Updates
January 31, 2015 Updates

Accusing a longtime “financial adviser and personal confidant” of betrayal and breaches of trust, Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit seeking to recover more than $1 million in damages. Georgia businessman Charles Banks, the defendant in the suit, is alleged to have withheld 20 percent of what Duncan was owed on his $7.5 million loan to Gameday Entertainment LLC, a sports merchandising company, without authorization. San Antonio Express-News

Banks, who had yet to read the 11-page suit Friday afternoon, told the San Antonio Express-News the legal action was “surprising” and “unfortunate.” He denied any wrongdoing. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing to maximize our returns for our investors, including Tim, and let the lawyers work out the other details and what exactly they think they are entitled to relative to our other investors,” he said. “My guess is you’ll see this (lawsuit) dropped fairly soon.” San Antonio Express-News

Tim Duncan is ready to do battle on a different kind of court. NewsRadio 1200 WOAI reports the Spurs superstar has filed a seven figure lawsuit against a long time friend and financial adviser, claiming Atlanta businessman Charles Banks took advantage of their friendship to 'hustle' him out of millions of dollars in bad investments, which made money for Banks but not for Duncan. A key source tells News Radio 1200 WOAI that Duncan's losses, despite the modest demand of 'more than $1 million,' topped $20 million, on investments with Banks of roughly $27 million. WOAI.com

Duncan says his biggest investment, of $7.5 million, was in a company called Gameday which Banks headed. Without Duncan's authorization, the lawsuit claims that Banks withheld 20% of the money he was due as 'fees,' and at one point, Duncan says Banks forged his signature on loan documents. The lawsuit claims Duncan didn't realize he was being hustled until he had to get his finances arranged early last year due to a divorce. WOAI.com

January 29, 2015 Updates

CBS 5 News has learned Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are part of a possible assault investigation being handled by Phoenix police. Police confirm they are investigating an alleged assault that occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a gym near 15th Avenue and Colter in central Phoenix. They would not release the name of those involved but sources tell CBS 5 News the Morris brothers are being looked at as suspects in the crime. KPHO

High-profile twin brothers who play for the Phoenix Suns could be in trouble with the law. CBS 5 News has learned Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are part of a possible assault investigation being handled by Phoenix police. Police confirm they are investigating an alleged assault that occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a gym near 15th Avenue and Colter in central Phoenix. They would not release the name of those involved but sources tell CBS 5 News the Morris brothers are being looked at as suspects in the crime. KPHO

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