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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

January 23, 2015 Updates
January 22, 2015 Updates

The shocking struggle for control of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans escalated Thursday (Jan. 23) as family members associated with Rita Benson LeBlanc filed a lawsuit claiming that the teams' owner and family patriarch Tom Benson is incompetent and is being directed by a manipulative wife and her allies at the highest level of the sports empire. The suit was filed one day after Tom Benson unexpectedly announced plans to transfer future ownership of the clubs to wife, Gayle, cutting off his daughter, Renee LeBlanc, and his two grandchildren, Ryan LeBlanc and Rita Benson LeBlanc, who until recently had been designated as the heir apparent. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The lawsuit seeking to block the succession change was filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court at mid-day Thursday and assigned to Judge Kern Reese. It presents numerous claims that Benson is mentally and physically unfit to manage his personal or business affairs. Renee, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, are named as petitioners in the suit, which claims the 87-year-old Benson's declining health is much worse than publicly known and has rendered him unfit to manage his personal affairs or the business of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. The suit attempts to paint Gayle Benson, 67, as a gold-digging opportunist who has taken advantage of her husband's unfit state of health and ostracized family members in grasping for power and riches. New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 21, 2015 Updates

Prosecutors in Las Vegas might be swayed by findings of a defence investigation into a man's claim that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub eight weeks ago, a lawyer suggested Monday. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen gave defence attorney Richard Schonfeld until Jan. 12 to talk with the district attorney about the claim by Daniel Schuman of the Los Angeles area. District Attorney Steve Wolfson didn't immediately respond to messages. Schuman alleges Griffin grabbed him, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers teammates early Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort. Times Colonist

January 20, 2015 Updates

Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has been sentenced to three years of probation in a case stemming from thefts from a store on a military base. Dumas was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Sam Myers of Maricopa County Superior Court under a plea agreement with prosecutors. The 45-year-old Dumas pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to two felony counts of theft stemming from offenses on two dates in September 2012. ESPN.com

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