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March 28, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

Four men from the metro Atlanta area are headed to federal prison for stealing more than $4 million from the Bank of New York Mellon and using it to buy vehicles and a suite at Atlanta Hawks games, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday. In addition to prison time, Zachary Vaughn, Derek Spinks, Harry Cobb and William Leese must also pay restitution in the amount of $4,387,598.57, acting U.S. Attorney John Horn’s office said in an emailed statement. “In 2009, Defendant Vaughn brazenly stole more than $4 million and for years manipulated bank accounts to cover his tracks, all for the benefit of himself and his co-conspirators who enjoyed the fruits of the theft,” Horn said. “Citizens trust financial institutions with their money every day and have the right to expect that bank employees handling their accounts have the utmost integrity. Those who enrich themselves by stealing someone else’s money will be caught and prosecuted.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she loved him and called him her hubby, but they never had a romance. V. Stiviano testified Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court in her effort to retain more than $3.5 million the billionaire's wife says he lavished on Stiviano. Stiviano says she and Sterling vacationed together in Dubai, Paris and Las Vegas, but she never got more intimate than puckering up next to him in photos. ESPN.com

March 26, 2015 Updates

The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she loved him and called him her hubby, but they never had a romance. V. Stiviano testified Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court in her effort to retain more than $3.5 million the billionaire's wife says he lavished on Stiviano. Stiviano says she and Sterling vacationed together in Dubai, Paris and Las Vegas, but she never got more intimate than puckering up next to him in photos. Stiviano says she hates Shelly Sterling, who she described as the evil witch of the west. Shelly Sterling is seeking money she claims is community property that she and her husband amassed over a 60-year marriage. Stiviano says Sterling bought her cars and helped her buy a house, but she couldn't provide specific dollar figures. ESPN.com

March 25, 2015 Updates

Misdemeanor battery charges filed against Clippers star Blake Griffin have been dropped by prosecutors. Griffin had been accused of slapping Daniel Schuman and grabbing his cellphone after Schuman attempted to take a photo of Griffin at a Las Vegas nightclub following the Clippers’ exhibition game against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 19. Charges were filed in November. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Associated Press that information his office received since the charge was filed showed Schuman’s allegations weren’t provable. Orange County Register

The wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is going to court to seek $2.5 million in real estate and cars he gave a girlfriend. Shelly Sterling's case against V. Stiviano is scheduled for trial Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case comes nearly a year after Stiviano's recording of Donald Sterling making racially insensitive remarks led the NBA to ban him for life. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 24, 2015 Updates

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor case stemming from a man's complaint that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin slapped him and grabbed his cellphone at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub last October. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday that new information obtained since a battery charge was filed in November made it clear that the allegations couldn't be proved. The 26-year-old Griffin didn't appear in court. Prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci and defense attorney Richard Schonfeld noted for Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Holly Stoberski that Griffin is an active community service volunteer. A telephone call to the alleged victim, Daniel Schuman of West Hollywood, California, rang unanswered. Schuman told police that Griffin grabbed his cellphone after he photographed Griffin and Clippers teammates Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub. Associated Press

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor case stemming from a man's complaint that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin slapped him and grabbed his cellphone at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub last October. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday that new information obtained since a battery charge was filed in November made it clear that the allegations couldn't be proved. The 26-year-old Griffin didn't appear in court. USA Today Sports

Hours after an Indiana House vote paved the way for the controversial bill, a prominent former athlete and openly gay man has taken to Twitter to question the bill's effects. Jason Collins: .@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://news.yahoo.com/indiana-house-passes-controversial-religious-freedom-bill-210228540.html … Indianapolis Star

March 13, 2015 Updates
March 12, 2015 Updates

Police are investigating a stabbing that took place during an NBA game in Boston. Authorities say a man was stabbed Wednesday night at TD Garden, just before the end of the Celtics' 95-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 9, 2015 Updates

A Uniform Commercial Code filed in August 2014 ties the mother of suspended Kansas basketball player Cliff Alexander to a finance company that, according to its website, specializes in loans to professional athletes and agents, Yahoo Sports has learned. On Aug. 25, 2014, a UCC filing was made in the state of Illinois under the name of Latillia Alexander of Chicago, Cliff Alexander’s mother. The filing is publicly accessible on the Illinois Secretary of State website. The securing party is listed as Ludus Capital of Delray Beach, Fla. Yahoo! Sports

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

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