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She may have gone wild but a former WNBA star will not be going to jail for it.
Do you remember a few months ago when we told you about Chamique Holdsclaw going crazy on her ex-girlfried, Jennifer Lacy, by threatening her, shooting a gun in her car and also ruining it by beat it with a baseball bat? Well, a guilty verdict could have had her facing 65 years in prison on multiple charges.
Luckily for Holdsclaw, pleading guilty yields different results. TMZ learned that the 35 year old former pro basketball player plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of criminal damage, and one count of illegal firearm possession.
But she won’t spend a day in prison.
That’s right, under the terms of the plea, Holdsclaw received three years’ probation, a $3,000 fine and is not allowed to possess a gun for the next three years. She also has to stay away from Lacy, attend and complete anger management classes and complete 120 hours of community service.
It must be nice to live in a place like Atlanta, do all of that and still pretty much get off scott free. In cities like New York City, gun charges are very serious and automatically get you a jail sentence. Maybe she had one heck of a lawyer as well.
Hopefully, Chamique Holdsclaw gets her anger (and likely, obsession) under control and do something more positive. She was an amazing basketball player so it would be good to possibly see her working with younger basketball players to her hone their skills.
Whether or not you follow sports, the NBA Finals are upon us. And both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have a lot going on, beyond just the games. The teams both have solid playoff histories, active players on Twitter and other social media, and well-performing businesses behind them. Here’s what you need to know about the Spurs and the Heat — well, everything that isn’t related to jump shots and slam dunks.
This roster Jay-Z is putting together is becoming chock full o’ big names and at a rapid pace.
NBA superstar and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has ended his relationship with Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports Agency and is reportedly about to sign with Roc Nation Agency, according to USA Today.
Pelinka released the following statement regarding the split:
“We are honored and blessed to have worked on behalf of Kevin, for a brief period of time,” Pelinka said. “He is an amazing person and athlete, and we are proud of our work and service towards advancing his brand in a manner that reflects the mutual qualities we share with Kevin. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
Durant moving to Roc Nation could be an interesting move. One could make the argument that he doesn’t need an agency with a famous owner because he already has huge endorsement deals (Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric and 2K Sports). However, he’s still not as globally known as he could be and aligning himself with Jay-Z could be good for him, as Jay is known pretty much everywhere. I suppose for Durant it helps that Jay is one of his favorite rappers.
It should be noted that while Roc Nation is a “boutique” agency, they are partnered with CAA, a huge sports agency, so they would definitely have help in making his brand even bigger.
We’ll see who they pick up next. Maybe if they definitely add Durant to the roster, it’ll be leverage for Jay to lure Lebron James from his agent who is also a childhood friend (which I doubt because James makes outside money from that agency).
Now, we don’t cover sports too much around these parts (well, not unless its for eye candy purposes) but this time it’s about Kobe Bryant and well, he’s always newsworthy.
If you happen to be a sportsnista (I totally am) and in particular, a basketball fan, you know that the Los Angeles Lakers are in an uphill battle trying to make last place in the Western conference just to make the playoffs. Their leader and franchise plyer, Kobe Bryant, has taken it upon himself to make sure the team gets all the wins they need to make it.
But Friday night, that all came to a screeching halt. The LAkers were playing the Golden State Warriors and Bryant was being guarded by Harrison Barnes when he was fouled. He was making a move to the basket when he heard something pop; after asking Barnes if he kicked him in the knee – to which BArnes responded no – Bryant knew something was wrong. After making the two foul shots, he hobbled off the court for the rest of the game.
So what’s the prognosis? The 34 year old living legend has a torn Achilles and his season is over. It will take about 6-9 months to heal and even then, he might not ever be the same. The chances of Kobe coming back to play at such a high level after a shattering injury at age 35 is in many ways, impossible.
Later that evening, a very frustrated “Mamba,” as he’s known to fans and enemies alike, took to his Facebook page for a vent session:
“This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not!”
Wow. You know, Kobe Bryant isn’t one of the most well-liked players in the NBA but most respect him for his work ethic and his insane ability to play the game of basketball. It is unfortunate that his season has ended this way. What is even more sad to see is the number of people who reacted on social media in such an excited way because a player they don’t like was injured. Now, I’m no Kobe fan either but to wish ill on a person or be excited that they can’t do their job anymore isn’t right.
Well, it’s time to see what the Lakers are really made of!
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You know, I’d been hearing about this for months but never thought it’d take flight (get it: Jordan, flight…? I thought it was funny). Clearly, I was wrong.
Pamela Smith, who allegedly has a son with living NBA legend Michael Jordan, has filed a paternity suit against him. However, she claims she never wanted to do it; instead, her son Grant Reynolds (aka “Taj”) insisted she file the suit so Jordan would acknowledge him.
According to TMZ, Smith claims that she got pregnant by Jordan back in 1995 when he was still, obviously, married to Juanita Jordan. She says that she’s actually always had a good relationship with him and in ways, he’s provided for she and Taj. Smith said she has no reason to call Jordan out at all – primarily because she never needed his money to survive – but Taj begged her to file the paternity suit and for child support.
Smith claims that over the years, they’ve received money and gifts from Jordan but Taj always had to keep it a secret that his father was the famous basketball player. But now, he wants to be acknowledged as part of the family too. She claims that Taj wants Jordan to be a bigger part of his life.
Now, I don’t know many children who beg their parents to file paternity and child support suits against the absentee parent; however, even if Taj did, this is such a messy situation. The children are almost always the ones caught in the middle when it comes to parents who have choices that were in the best interest of themselves.
So far, there’s been absolutely no word from Michael Jordan or his reps about this.
For WNBA star, Shyra Ely-Gash, before there was basketball, there was fashion. Her earliest memories consist of her childhood self sprawled out on the floor sketching outfits.
Somewhere between then and now, she picked up a basketball. The game took her to the University of Tennessee, one of women’s basketball’s most prestigious collegiate programs, and allowed her to travel the world playing in American and European professional leagues.
Shyra has lived a life little girls dream about, and I’ve had a front row seat to her journey (we’re cousins). Growing up, I remember her having a rambunctious personality. One that still allows her to make fast friends with almost anyone and give off an aura that she could succeed at whatever she attempts.
Now her mind is set on fashion. Three years ago she made her personal shopping duties for friends and family into a second profession, launching her styling company, Styles By M.E. (the M.E. is Ms. Ely.) Initially targeting the women’s basketball community, it has since grown to include a diverse clientele, an online boutique, and originally designed pieces set to launch this year.
I sat down to talk with the self-described “glamazon” about gender stereotypes, and how a setback in one career helped her take the other to the next level.
MN: How did you know entrepreneurship was for you?
Shyra: I know the type of person I am. Being an athlete and having my own schedule, I know I’m not the type to work for someone else. I knew I had to be my own boss. When I realized I couldn’t study fashion design in college, I went into retail and consumer science. It’s still in the field, but it gives me that business background.
MN: Why do you think there is a belief that women can’t be both athletic and feminine?
Shyra: That is probably what I will go to my deathbed trying to disprove. I’m not sure why we feel that way. I didn’t really find myself until I was about 13 or 14 as far as owning my femininity. I remember going to an AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] tournament down south, the players went out, and I didn’t have anything to wear. I was the oddball out. All my teammates had on their girly, dressy clothes. I was thinking because I was tall [and was always around boys, I had to wear boys' clothes]. From that moment I said, I’m not going to be someone else. I’m a chick and I like looking like a girl, so that’s what I’m going to do.
MN: How do those two aspects of you, fashionista and athlete, blend together?
Shyra: I’m a businesswoman. My business is basketball. So on the court I’m going to be dressed in my business attire. Off the court, I’m a businesswoman of a different kind. So, I’ll be dressed in my business attire. Playing a male-dominated sport doesn’t take any of my femininity away.
I’m an athlete. I have muscles. I take care of my body. On the court, within the limitations – I’m not going to have on four-inch nails – my nails are painted, I wear a little makeup, and my hair is done. I’m just not going to not be me because of what I’m doing or where I work.
MN: How does being an athlete influence how you approach the business of fashion?
Shyra: I have a very strong competitive spirit. I compete in everything I do — whether against myself, time, whatever. When I got hurt last year and wasn’t able to play [a torn ACL in May ended her season with the Indiana Fever early], I’m thankful I had another area to channel that energy. I’m always thinking and trying to stay up on the latest. I’ll see someone in an outfit and think, “How can I make that look better? What would I do differently with that?” I love challenges.
MN: Why styling?
Shyra: The best feelings I get aren’t from what people are wearing but how they feel about themselves afterwards. To see the change in their confidence level, that’s huge. That’s the greatest reward. I love when I’m on the phone giving my clients pep talks, telling them, “You can wear this, don’t be afraid.” People don’t realize you can make anything look good if you’ve got the confidence to rock it. That’s the secret!
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Hopefully Allen Iverson has his umbrella because when it rains, it pours.
Jonathan Levine, Iverson’s former attorney in his divorce case, says the former NBA star owes him money for his services. He filed a lien against him in a Georgia court for all the money Iverson allegedly owes, according to TMZ.
Levine says the total is $61,098.86. Ouch.
Iverson was Levine’s client in 2012 when the divorce proceedings between he and his now ex-wife Tawanna first got started. However, by the end of the year, Levine quit as his attorney stating that it was very difficult to communicate with Iverson. The divorced was just finalized last month by a new attorney who handled the settlement.
Levine says if he doesn’t get paid, he will go after Iverson’s assets.
This allegation only seems to lend to the rumors that Iverson is broke. According to various reports, he spends a lot of money gambling and drinking. Most recently, he lost his mansion in Atlanta in a foreclosure auction after defaulting on his mortgage. However, A.I. has always maintained that even though he’s led a lavish lifestyle since becoming an NBA star. He might actually be right: he still has plenty of money – he just won’t see any of it until he’s 45 years old and his NBA pension kicks in. He also allegedly has an account he doesn’t gain full access to until he’s 55 years old.
He also recently agreed to $3 million to his ex-wife in their divorce settlement.
Perhaps he’ll pay the lawyer what he allegedly owes and at least get one thing off his financial plate.
Well, this a bit disheartening but nobody is perfect.
Tracy Mourning, wife of former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning, was arrested on Friday morning driving under the influence in Miami.
According to The Huffington Post, Mourning was clocked going 28 miles over the speed limit in Coconut Grove while driving her Porsche.
When a police officer finally stopped her a few blocks down, she’d apparently been swerving and she ran a stop sign.
At that point, the officer says Mourning then put on her charms and asked in a nice voice, “What did I do officer,” followed by a wink and then saying, “Was going fast, wasn’t I?” Okay so even at almost 4am and knowing she was wrong, Tracy tried to use the “bat your eyes” trick to get out of any trouble.
But the officer wasn’t buying it. He said her eyes were bloodshot, she was slurring her speech and reeked of alcohol. After failing a roadside sobriety test and refusing to take a blood alcohol test, she was then arrested.
No word yet on what time she was released and when she’ll have to appear in court. Her hair still manages too look good, even in the booking photo.
The Mournings have become pillars of the community in Miami where they spend countless hours giving back. Alonzo has been known for years to throw one of the best fundraising events in town with his “Zo’s Summer Groove.” Along with that huge money maker, the couple often scouts for other ways they can get back.
Hopefully, Tracy can get this taken care of and be extremely careful when it comes to drinking and driving (how about just don’t do it).
Honestly, how many of you still get behind the wheel even though you know you’ve probably had one too many drinks? Do you still get in the car with someone who you know has had too much to drink and let them drive?
After years of breaking up to make up followed by a very ugly separation, Allen and Tawanna Iverson are officially no longer a union.
An Atlanta judge, according to TMZ, recently signed off on the divorce papers for the former couple who were married for 12 years. They share five children and as this was family court, the judge was very open about his feelings for AI in the divorce decree. His comments included:
“[Iverson] does not know how to manage the children; has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.
For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired.
He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother.”
The judge awarded Tawanna Iverson full legal and physical custody of the children who range from ages 4 to 17. He is particularly concerned for their well being as it pertains to AI’s drinking so although he has some visitation rights, they are contingent upon him following certain rules. For example, until all of his children become legal, he must not consume any alcohol within 24 hours of the time he has the children.
Taking that a step further, the judge has ordered that Iverson not consume any alcohol, period, over the next 18 months. He has also been ordered to attend AA meetings for a year.
What an unfortunate situation. Iverson’s drinking and alleged gambling problems have been the source of many random news stories over the past few years. His NBA legacy has often been tarnished by his attitude and off the court problems.
He recently turned down an offer from the Texas Legends, a D league team, saying that is not the route for him and he’s always wanted to complete his basketball legacy in the NBA.
Hopefully, he’ll take his parental legacy more seriously and establish a more solid and positive relationship with his children.
If you thought Kobe was going to be officially back on the market, think again, because love is in the air. It appears Mrs. Bryant has decided to let bygones be bygones.
Vanessa announced on Friday via Instagram that they are back on track:
Kobe took his comments to Facebook:
“I am happy to say that Vanessa and I are moving on with our lives together as a family. When the show ends and the music stops, the journey is made beautiful by having that someone to share it with. Thank you all for your support and prayers! Much luv, Mamba out”
Well, isn’t that sweet. Not to throw any salt into this because most thought this would happen, but according to TMZ, some new developments have surfaced that are making things copacetic in the Bryant household. Their sources – or maybe, their assumptions – Kobe may have signed a post-nup agreement which allows Vanessa to be considerably more financially “comfortable” in the relationship. Vanessa also still owns two of the three mansions Kobe gave her back in 2011 – around the time she filed for divorce. Looks like she’s definitely coming out on top with their new found commitment to each other.
This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise because they’ve been joined at the hips for months. Vanessa never really gave up her position in the tunnel at the Staples Center after Kobe leaves the court after games. They’ve also been spotted out on several dates in Los Angeles and the icing on the cake was their beautiful Christmas car which included their children.Vanessa’s also very vocal on Instagram, snapping back at anyone who might have less than positive words to say about her relationship.
Since Kobe’s doing so well off the court, maybe he needs to enlist Vanessa’s help to get him and the rest of the Lakers back on track.
Good luck to them!