A household name in the NBA had his Atlanta mansion broken into while he was upstairs asleep. The crime, that happened early Sunday, was one of two break-ins Vince Carter reported to Atlanta police. The first took place just before 5 o’clock. Carter, who ranks among the highest scorers ever to play, said he woke up to a sound and saw three men downstairs inside his home.
Shaquille O’Neal is now a special member of law enforcement in Louisiana. The NBA and LSU legend was named a special reserve deputy in St. Martin Parish on Oct. 21. St. Martin Parish is just east of Lafayette and includes the city of Breaux Bridge.
Lawyers for Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri say a law enforcement officer’s court motion should be denied, calling allegations about a confrontation between the two at the 2019 NBA Finals “a complete fabrication.” Ujiri’s legal team filed its response on Monday to Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland’s motion to the United States District Court in California, which came in the aftermath of the Raptors executive’s counterclaim earlier this year.
“Mr. Ujiri was abundantly calm, reasonable and compliant during his encounter with Strickland and there was absolutely no reason for Strickland to forcefully shove Mr. Ujiri twice without provocation,” Ujiri’s response says. “At this stage it would be improper to construe the facts in Strickland’s favour and find otherwise.”
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson was seated in her car in Uptown last weekend when a man barged in and apparently tried to steal the vehicle, police and team officials confirmed Friday. The man abandoned his plan when Benson screamed at him to get out, and investigators are now searching for a suspect, the Saints and New Orleans police said.
“While she was very shaken at the time, she was unharmed and is doing fine,” longtime Saints and Pelicans spokesman Greg Bensel said in a statement Friday. “She wanted to send her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department that responded so quickly and professionally.”
When the hard-foam police projectile struck 22-year-old William Gonzalez in the right eye as he celebrated the Lakers’ NBA title in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night, it shattered his eye socket, ripped apart his tear duct and “exploded” the eyeball itself, doctors said. The Kobe Bryant jersey that his brother Michael used to stanch the bleeding was immediately soaked as Michael dragged Gonzalez through the streets, trying to find a way out of the chaos.