Darren Sharper Indicted on More Rape Charges Following Louisiana Grand Jury Investigation

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Darren Sharper Indicted on More Charges Following Federal, Grand Jury Investigations (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Former Saints safety Darren Sharper, 39, who is currently in jail in Los Angeles on charges that he drugged and raped two women in California, was indicted on more rape charges following a federal grand jury investigation in Louisiana.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans announced the new charges on Friday, alleging Sharper and co-defendant Brandon Licciardi distributed illegal drugs “with intent to rape.” Licciardi is a “former Deputy Sheriff with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office,” who resigned his position prior to his arrest on Friday.

Here’s an excerpt from the federal indictment against Darren Sharper:

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, announced that BRANDON LICCIARDI, age 29 of Meraux, Louisiana, and DARREN SHARPER, age 39, formerly of New Orleans, were charged today in a six-count Indictment.  LICCIARDI and SHARPER were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape.  LICCIARDI was also charged with two counts of Witness Tampering and one count of Impeding an Investigation.

The federal charges came hours after a New Orleans grand jury indicted Darren Sharper, Brandon Licciardi and a third man on rape charges.

Sharper also faces sexual assault charges in Arizona. He was indicted by an Arizona grand jury in March on charges that he drugged and raped two women, and drugged a third woman.

Darren Sharper faces 20 years and a $250,000 fine on each of the three drug charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sharper, Licciardi and a third man face life sentences stemming from multiple rape allegations against them.

Adrian Peterson to Appeal NFL Suspension Without Pay for 2014 Season

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Adrian Peterson to Appeal NFL Suspension Without Pay for 2014 Season (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Adrian Peterson will appeal the NFL suspension without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season. The NFL released a statement saying that Peterson won’t be reinstated before April 15 because he violated its personal conduct policy as a result of the “abusive discipline he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May.” Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

“The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson. “Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement.” Source: CNN

Another black athlete has fallen and fast. It’s all self-inflicted but the NFL has a credibility problem since it seems to have condoned a culture of violence. Ray Rice wasn’t kicked off the team until after TMZ released a video of him punching his then-fiance Janay Palmer. How do you explain all those players who have been arrested over the last 10 years?

The NFL Players Association issued a statement saying, “The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take.”

Adrian Peterson Vikings Return in Jeopardy Amid Concerns for Mental State

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Adrian Peterson Vikings Return in Jeopardy Amid Concerns for Mental State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adrian Peterson’s return to the Minnesota Vikings is in jeopardy amid concerns over his physical and mental state following felony child abuse charges and there is no guarantee he will be welcomed back if he’s reinstated, CBS News reports.

The team took a significant public relations hit due to its handling of Peterson after the initial charges came to light, as well as losing a key sponsor, and has become very sensitive to how it would look to welcome back a player once unquestionably the face of the franchise under these circumstances and following this prolonged legal saga.

While Peterson pled “no-contest” to a misdemeanor assault charge, that did not include any child abuse designations, the pictures of the wounds on the victim, his four-year old son, have been widely circulated on the Internet and Peterson never denied striking him repeatedly with a switch.

Peterson admitted to using marijuana to a court employee during one hearing and he is not in game shape, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, and has not been working out nearly to the degree he would have if he were playing. His marijuana use raises obvious red flags and, given his status as the greatest running back of his era, someone who ran for 2,000 yards not that long ago and demanded a significant part of the offensive snaps, there are concerns as well about how he might mesh with a young group of running backs who have been ascending. Source: CBS Sports

 

Michael Sam Being Tebowed Out of NFL, Spurred in Part By ESPN Hype

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Michael Sam Being Tebowed Out of NFL, Helped in Part By ESPN Hype (Photo Credit: Twitter)

UPDATE: Michael Sam gets lifeline, to join Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

(OPINION) — I am tired of people putting labels on everything like Michael Sam as the first openly gay player in the NFL and ESPN reporter Josina Anderson focusing on his shower habits. I care more about what Michael Sam could bring to the field and not about his sexual orientation or his shower habits. Sorry, I don’t care whether he sleeps with a man or a woman. That’s his prerogative.

Tim Tebow’s NFL career was derailed because he wasn’t quiet about his Christian faith and now Michael Sam’s NFL aspirations are disappearing before his eyes. So, whose fault is it? ESPN went all out to show him kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano shortly after he got the call that the Rams had drafted him. Second, they didn’t stop there. They went all out with the Josina Anderson interview about his shower habits during training camp, that he waited until the other players shower before he does. Um, did we really need to know all this? ESPN was later forced to apologize for the hit-job on Sam. It’s all a distraction and one big media hype that Michael Sam gave a helping hand.

Some people say he’s a mediocre football player at best, which they said was evident from his being the 249th draft pick. They blamed that on a mediocre showing at the Combine. Some talent evaluators believe he’s too small to play regularly on the defensive line and not athletic enough to play in space as a linebacker, the Huffington Post reports. Still, the St. Louis Rams coach said he did well during his brief stint with the team. Others say he’s being ignored by other teams because of his sexual orientation and that he shouldn’t have come out of the closet. Well, that could be true, but shouldn’t he be free to be himself? Jesse Owens didn’t say, um, well, let me run in whiteface because the world isn’t ready for a black man to break down the color barrier in track and field.

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood blamed Sam’s fate on ESPN, after 31 other teams passed over him on waivers on Sunday. In response to a question from Ross Tucker about Sam’s lack of practice squad offers, Wood said it was ESPN’s fault, adding, “no-one wants the distraction.” It’s very surprising to me that no other team picked him up for their practice squad. Michael Sam deserves a chance to play, but I am afraid that Eric Wood might be right, no-one wants the distraction and for that he’s paying the price. Sounds to me like Michael Sam is literally being Tebowed out of the NFL before he even got a chance to play in a game. Well, as if it couldn’t get any bleaker for Michael Sam, he didn’t even make the Rams 10-man practice squad. His NFL ambitions are getting dimmer and dimmer.

Race Car Driver Kevin Ward Jr. Hit and Killed by NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart

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Race Car Driver Kevin Ward Jr. Hit and Killed by NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart

Race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, was struck and killed by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart after he angrily approached his car during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, Saturday night. Ward was upset Stewart had hit his car during a previous lap.

A video of the incident has surfaced and purportedly shows the altercation. A driver, thought to be Kevin Ward Jr., is seen exiting his crashed vehicle and stepping into oncoming traffic before he is suddenly struck and thrown in the air by Stewart’s car.

Onlookers say Ward was spun out of the race by Stewart and was hit as he passed the spot on his next lap, thought to be in Turn 2. Witnesses say Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champ, hit Ward on the prior lap — spun him around. Kevin Ward Jr., then hopped out of his car, yelling and pointing a finger at Tony Stewart. He struck the young driver when he came around the turn.

Here’s the video showing Kevin Ward Jr. being struck by Tony Stewart:

Ed O’Bannon Case: Judge Rules College Football, Basketball Players Can Get Share of Revenue

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Ed O’Bannon Case: Judge Rules College Football, Basketball Players Can Get Share of Revenue

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA on Friday, paving the way for college athletes to share in licensing revenue. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player, who sued after discovering his image was used in a EA Sports video.

Judge Wilken issued an injunction that will bar the NCAA “from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division 1 basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.”

Judge Wilken also said the injunction will not prevent the NCAA for implementing rules that would cap the amount of revenue that can be paid to athletes. The cap wilil not be allowed to be set below the cost of their attendance, she said.

 

 

ESPN Suspends Analyst Stephen A. Smith for Domestic Violence Comments

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ESPN: Stephen A. Smith Won’t Appear on “First Take” Or ESPN Radio for Week

ESPN announces Stephen A. Smith will not appear on “First Take” or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday. Um, sounds to me like he was suspended. This comes after he apologized for suggesting women shouldn’t provoke domestic abuse.

Last Friday, Smith suggested that women are to blame when they become victims of domestic violence, during a discussion of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice two-game suspension for assaulting his then-fiancee. Rice was seen on video dragging the unconsious woman out of an Atlantic City casino elevator.

Smith said, “Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.”

On Monday, Stephen A. Smith said: “On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders.”

Well, CNN’s Carol Costello got her wish — Stephen A. Smith was suspended.

 

U.S. Tennis Player Victoria Duval Withdraws from Competition After Cancer Diagnosis

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U.S. Tennis Player Victoria Duval Withdraws from Competition After Cancer Diagnosis (Credit: Wikipedia)

U.S. tennis player Victoria Duval, 18, said she will withdraw from tennis to seek treatment after she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This comes after she won her first career match draw at Wimbledon last week.

Duval said in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I received the news after my first round of qualifying at Wimbledon but decided to continue to compete. Being on court provided me with much comfort,” Duval said.

Victorial Duval’s representatives said the cancer, which was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before the tournament, was caught in the early stages and her prognosis for was for full recovery.

Victoria Duval, who is 114th ranked, beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania in her first-round match at Wimbledon.

 

Dutch Airline KLM Deletes Tweet Mocking Mexico’s World Cup Loss

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Dutch Airline KLM Deletes Tweet Mocking Mexico’s World Cup Loss

Dutch airline KLM had a Delta moment when it sent a controversial tweet mocking Mexico’s World Cup loss. Actually, KLM may have pulled a Justine Sacco after all. The controversial tweet featured a ooncho, mustache and somberero imagery in the photo. That raised eyebrows and sparked an angry backlash. Many just weren’t amused by the cheeky humor.