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

 

Isaiah Austin, NBA Draft Prospect, Diagnosed with Career-Ending Genetic Disorder

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Isaiah Austin, NBA Draft Prospect, Diagnosed with Career-Ending Genetic Disorder (Credit: NCAA)

Baylor University center Isaiah Austin’s NBA aspirations have come to a screeching halt after he was diagnosed with Marfan sydrome, a rare genetic disorder.

Baylor coach Scott Drew issued a news release on Sunday saying that the diagnosis means Isaiah Austin will not be able to play in the NBA. He was predicted to be a second-round draft pick.

Marfan syndrome affects the body’s connective tissue and can weaken the aorta, which is the artery that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

Isaiah Austin averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds this season. He had announced in April that he planned on leaving Baylor after his sophomore season to enter the NBA draft, which is on Thursday.

 

OSU Star Marcus Smart Shoves Texas Tech Fan Jeff Orr for Calling Him N-Word

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OSU Star Marcus Smart Shoves Texas Tech Fan Jeff Orr for Calling Him N-Word

UPDATED: Marcus Smart, star guard for Oklahoma State University, was suspended for three games after he pushed a Texas Tech fan during a game in Lubbock, TX, after allegedly being called the n-word. The fan has been identified as Jeff Orr. Smart issued an apology Sunday evening. He said, “This is not how I condone myself, this is not how I was raised.””I take the responsibility and the consequences that come with it.”

The Cowboys were down by two points when Marcus Smart ran back on defense and blocked a lay-up by Jaye Crockett with just seconds on the clock. Smart was called for a foul. He stumbled over someone standing on the baseline and fell in the front row of the stands. As he was helped up to his feet, he turned towards the stands and immediately went after Jeff Orr, who was clearly saying something to him. Smart pushed Orr with both hands to the chest. The older man stumbled but didn’t fall.

Marcus Smart was given a technical foul and sat out the rest of the game on the bench. Now, if Jeff Orr called Marcus Smart the n-word or ‘a piece of crap,’ he was clearly in the wrong and was very disrespectful. Being a superfan doesn’t give him the right to verbally abuse Texas Tech opponents. But it’s equally shameful that Marcus Smart put his hands on this man. Two wrongs don’t make it right. He should have taken the high road.

Jeff Orr also issued a statement, saying he will stay away from Texas Tech games for the remainder of the season. He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball program.” “My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech – a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a `piece of crap’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”

Video of Marcus Smart shoving Jeff Orr:

Jets QB Geno Smith Claims He Was Kicked Off Virgin Airlines for Being Black

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Jets QB Geno Smith Claims He Was Kicked Off Virgin Airlines for Being Black

Jets quarterback Geno Smith (@Eugene GenoSmith) pulls the race card after he was kicked off Virgin America airlines out of Los Angeles International Airport on Friday for refusing to get off his cell phone. He was asked by the flight crew three times to get off his phone and he didn’t comply. Egotist. #GenoSmith

Geno Smith’s response to the dustup:  The Daily News reports a source said “he didn’t know why he was being kicked off the flight. He said it was because he was black.” Like Rev. Al Sharpton says of the underhanded Republican tactics — nice try, but we got you! Traveling while black doesn’t apply to Geno Smith. He was just being rude and having a sense of entitlement. #IJS

Virgin America didn’t allow him to re-book his flight. The pilot reportedly didn’t want him on the flight.

Of course, the airlines’ account differs dramatically from Geno Smith’s account. The source told the NY Daily News that a flight attendant ripped off Geno Smith’s headphones, which started the whole dustup.

Eastern Michigan Wide Receiver Demarius Reed Found Dead from Gunshot Wound

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Eastern Michigan University Football Player Demarius Reed Found Dead from Gunshot Wound

Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death in the hallway of an apartment complex early Friday morning. The Ypsilanti police have launched an off-campus homicide investigation.

Reed, a junior from Chicago, made 18 receptions for 171 yards in nine games as a wide receiver last season. He scored one touchdown.

EMU President Susan Martin released a statement saying “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic news this morning involving Easter Michigan University student Demarius Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and his teammates on the football team.”

Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke said, “Demarius was an influential leader who thrived in the classroom and on the field. Everyone gravitated to him and often described him as the ‘life of the locker room. Our hearts go out to Demarius’ family. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes.”

 

Arkansas Pine Bluff Football Player Lydell Hartford Jr. Accidentally Killed by 16-Year-Old Friend

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Arkansas Pine Bluff Football Player Lydell Hartford Jr. Accidentally Killed by 16-Year-Old Friend (Photo credit:  UAPB)

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff freshman linebacker Lydell Hartford Jr., was shot to death early Tuesday outside his home in Waggaman, La., by a 16-year-old friend who was playing with a gun.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said the teen apparently thought the gun was unloaded when he squeezed the trigger several times. Hartford was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck.

According to a news release on the school’s athletics website, the sheriff’s office said the .38-caliber gun belonged to Hartford’s mother. Hartford and the 16-year-old were in a car belonging to Hartford’s mother that was parked in the driveway at the Hartford residence when the 16-year old found the gun. Source: Post Crescent

Here’s a statement from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff:

According to authorities, a 16-year-old boy identified as Hartford’s friend was playing with a gun and accidentally shot and killed him early Tuesday morning. Hartford, 20, was pronounced dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the JPSO.

Hartford and the teen were inside of a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to Hartford’s mother. The car was parked in the driveway of Hartford’s home, Boyd said. The teen discovered a .38-caiber pistol that also belonged to Hartford’s mother inside the car and began to remove the bullets. Hartford warned him to stop, but the teen ignored Hartford and kept unloading bullets until he thought the gun was empty. The boy squeezed the trigger three or four times until the pistol fired a bullet that hit Hartford in the neck. The teen pulled him out of the vehicle and laid him on the driveway. Hartford died about an hour later, Boyd said.The 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked with negligent homicide. The Sheriff’s Office is not identifying the teen because he is a juvenile.

“It is a shock to us all,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander. “We are saddened by the news of his death and offer our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Jamaican Sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Trainer Christopher Xuereb Under Criminal Investigation

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Jamaican Sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Trainer Christopher Xuereb Under Criminal Investigation

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell and teammate Sherone Simpson, as well as their trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were formally placed under criminal investigation for violating Italy’s doping laws, the Mercury News reports. This comes one day after Italian police raided a hotel where the three were staying in Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes’ testing positive for banned stimulants.

Udine prosecutors believe the three violated Article 9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for anyone who administers or consumes banned substances.

Police were still analyzing the seized substances to determine whether they were legal.

Being formally placed under investigation is a step up in the Italian justice system from someone simply “informed of the facts,” which is how a person can be questioned by police. That occurred after the raid early Monday, when the three were brought to a local police station.

Police told The Associated Press that the raids were executed after a tip from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Paul Doyle, the agent for the two sprinters, said they worked in conjunction with WADA on the raid after becoming suspicious that Christopher Xuereb, their newly hired trainer, might have given them supplements laced with a banned substance. Doyle also said that Powell and Simpson were aware of the impending raid, but Xuereb was kept out of the loop.

Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell and US Sprinter Tyson Gay Both Test Positive for Banned Substances

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell and US Sprinter Tyson Gay Both Test Positive for Banned Substances (Wikipedia)

WTF? US sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell test positive for banned substances. Sherone Simpson also failed a drug test. http://t.co/uhoG3hV1Go

Gay, 30, the joint-second fastest man over 100m, was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that his A sample from an out-of-competition test in May had returned a positive. Powell confirmed in a statement he had tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.

Another Jamaican sprinter, Sherone Simpson, has also failed a drug test. The Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist said on Sunday she had tested positive for oxilofrine at last month’s national championships. Source:  BBC

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson’s failed drug tests come one month after fellow Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.