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December 4, 2014 Updates

Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

According to Nevada law, misdemeanor battery carries a range of possible penalties, including six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service in lieu of jail time. Schonfeld declined to say how he thought the case would play out. “I’m not going to comment on what I think the ultimate disposition will be,” Schonfeld. Los Angeles Times

On Thursday, Philadelphia police arrested the man believed to have killed Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, father of Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. According to the Associated Press, 34-year old Philadelphia resident Carl White has been charged with murder. Ellington Sr. was shot in the head on Nov. 9 and found in the driver's seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile in Philadelphia. He was pronounced dead almost three hours later at a local hospital. His son learned of the death after the Lakers' first victory of the season, over the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. Ellington Jr. took a leave of absence to be with his family, but has since returned to the team. Los Angeles Times

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Times

Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

November 27, 2014 Updates

A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge. Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 withunlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home where Swift was living with his roommate, accused heroin and meth dealer Trugve “Trigg” Bjorkstam, court records show. Bjorkstam, 54, was charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court. Seattle Times

November 26, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Star Paul George has amicably settled his once-searing paternity battle with New York beauty Daniela Rajic over their 7-month-old daughter, Olivia. The injured 24-year-old Indiana Pacers star — who earns about $18 million a year — and ex-stripper Rajic on Tuesday reached a “joint parenting agreement” and child-support settlement over Olivia, Page Six has exclusively learned. New York Post

November 25, 2014 Updates

A former securities broker that regulators said took part in a multi-million dollar fraud against professional athletes must pay $2 million to former NBA player Sam Young, an arbitration panel ruled on Monday. Young's professional basketball career has included stints with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He was among dozens of investors who lost money after buying privately issued securities sold by the now defunct Washington, D.C.-based brokerage, Success Trade Securities. Reuters

November 22, 2014 Updates

Euroleague Basketball and its clubs, players and coaches throughout the continent join the world family of sports this weekend in mourning the death of a visiting fan to Istanbul on Friday and in condemning the senseless violence that took his life. The 25-year-old stabbing victim, Marko Ivkovic, had travelled from Belgrade to support Crvena Zvezda Telekom in its road game against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. The incident, which took place before his arrival to the arena, is under investigation of the Turkish authorities. Euroleague Basketball has requested that both clubs and the Turkish authorities investigating the crime make available all the information about the incident and will evaluate any measures to be taken. Euroleague.net

A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues Friday and issued a permanent injunction to prevent New Jersey casinos and racetracks from offering sports betting. Judge Michael Shipp wrote that New Jersey's latest efforts -- the 2014 Sports Wagering Law -- violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Shipp heard oral arguments from both sides Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, before releasing his decision just hours before a temporary restraining order that stopped the state's thoroughbred track Monmouth Park from opening its sports book was set to expire. ESPN.com

The state believes sports betting can help revive its struggling casino and horse racing industries. The sports leagues have argued that it will damage fans' perception of the integrity of their games, although NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said expanded legalized sports betting in the United States is inevitable. New Jersey will file an appeal within days, State Senator Raymond Lesniak told ESPN. "We continue to believe that New Jersey has the right to allow sports betting in the state and we will keep up the fight in court," State Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement. "We are going to continuing pursuing every legal option available. The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on." ESPN.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

With more attention on Rockets center Dwight Howard than even his norm, with Georgia authorities investigating an accusation of child abuse of his son, Rockets veteran Jason Terry said that Howard will know he has his teammates’ support. Houston Chronicle

Not often does one player leaving one agency for another result in a lawsuit but that's what happened after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders left agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports for agent Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports in the summer of 2013 during the height of free agency. Last month, a New York judge dismissed that lawsuit, which accused Relativity of client stealing and sought financial compensation, and ruled the "Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint is granted for failure to state a cause of action." The ruling is vindication for Fegan, president of Relativity Sports' basketball division, and Happy Walters, the CEO of Relativity Sports, who was also a defendant in the complaint filed nearly a year ago. USA Today Sports

November 17, 2014 Updates

Federal Way resident Sandra Boughner hasn’t seen her infant daughter Rahda since early October. The baby’s currently in Spain with her father, a former NBA basketball player from Federal Way, Michael Deangelo Dickerson. Boughner would not speak to the details surrounding the custody battle per her attorney’s recommendations but confirmed the case at hand. Her friends recently set up a gofundme.com account, a website that allows users to request funds for causes, in hopes to raise $50,000 toward legal fees Boughner is expected to accrue. FederalWayMirror.com

Former NBA star Joe Smith claims his ex-girlfriend, "Love & Hip Hollywood" star Moniece Slaughter, bilked him out of a ton of money ... and he's pissed that cops have done nothing about it. According to a report filed with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Smith claims that between October 2011 and March 2012, nine checks were written from his checkbook to a Timothy Clayton Carr ... totaling $109,000. TMZ.com

November 16, 2014 Updates

Dwight Howard was under investigation for child abuse and gave precisely the same excuse Adrian Peterson used, but it appears in this case authorities found Howard did not break the law. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... Howard's baby mama Royce Reed went to Children's Services in the Orlando, FL area in August and complained he had whipped their 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his leg. TMZ.com

November 14, 2014 Updates

When asked if facing a misdemeanor battery charge is "scary" -- Griffin replied, "I definitely wouldn't say scary. I feel more badly just for the fact that it's a distraction. I really don't know how big of a distraction it really is, but it is. So that's what I feel mostly bad about." Chris Paul -- who was also at the club the night of the incident -- wouldn't open up about the case but says the team has Blake's back ... "He's a teammate, he's a brother and we're always going to be there for him." TMZ.com

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