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Another Day, Another Crazy Athlete: Former Baseball Star Milton Bradley Facing Spousal Abuse Charges
Most professional sports leagues do psychiatric testing on their players at some point but maybe they’re missing something because some of these fools are insane.
Former baseball star Milton Bradley is facing 13 charges related to spousal abuse, according to TMZ. If you’re a baseball fan, you know Badley’s name and know he’s had lots of trouble on and off the field most of his career. He and his wife Monique married in 2005 but Bradley filed for divorced 11 months later after the police had been to their house three times during those 11 months on domestic related calls. He was never arrested and the divorce was never finalized.
Two years ago, he was arrested for making criminal threats to Monique but in exchange for an out-of-court hearing, the charges were dropped. However, seven months later, he was arrested for allegedly attacking his wife with a bat and yet again in March 2012 for threatening her with a knife and adding, “You’ll be dead before you divorce me, Itchbay.”
These 13 counts of domestic charges stem from all the aforementioned accounts and another in November where Monique claimed Milton choked her with two hands after she asked him to stop smoking weed in front of their two children.
The charges are as follows: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of vandalism and 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report. If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison.
He’ll be arraigned on January 24th and is denying the charges.
I’m sure many of you are wondering why his wife didn’t just leave but based on the descriptions of his attacks, she likely feared for her life and the lives of her children. Hopefully, she can finally get out and she and her children get the help they need.
Parents Of Both Jovan Belcher And Kasandra Perkins Stuck In Custody Battle Over The Late Couple’s Daughter
At four months old, the familial life of baby Zoey seems to be in turmoil. Her father, Jovan Belcher, shot and killed her mother after a very ugly argument in December, but now her grandparents are at odds over who should take custody of her. After the tragedy occurred that took the lives of both of her parents, according to the Daily Mail, authorities handed little Zoe over to Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, who was actually present at the time when Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins. But when Shepherd let Perkins’ family take the little girl to Texas so that she could attend her mother’s funeral, they decided NOT to bring her back. They’ve also stopped communicating with Shepherd, and it’s been drama ever since.
Shepherd is now seeking full custody of Zoe, and with that responsibility, she would also get to be conservator of the child’s estate, while Zoe’s maternal grandparents and other family members are also filing suit, asking to care for the girl, that her residence be in Texas, and that a guardian ad litem would be appointed by the courts to handle her benefits. As we told you before, as part of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, under the new Surviving Child benefit, Zoe will be able to collect $108,000 each year from now until she is 5, and after that she will receive $48,000, and then $52,000 until she is 18 or 23 years old, depending on whether or not she goes to college. But we’re going to just assume the intentions of both of these families are good, that they just want to have this child around because they love her, and that the battle between them has nothing to do with the money she will receive at all.
The couple had many issues while together, and reports say that Belcher was seeing another woman, Brittni Glass, who claimed that Belcher made threats of violence about Perkins before the murder-suicide. But according to the New York Post, it is alleged that the argument that took place between Belcher and Perkins on that fateful night had less to do with Glass, and had a lot to do with whether or not Zoe was his daughter at all, which was confirmed as an issue between the two by a Kansas city police officer. Because of all this, some have asked why Shepherd would try and seek custody of a child that might not be her son’s. But I’m sure all the confusion with that will be cleared up soon enough, because according to the Daily Mail, hearings are scheduled to take place on the subject of who Zoe will go with, as well as specifics regarding her Surviving Child Benefits, starting later this month.
I know this is a very terrible and touchy time for both families. I’m sure Shepherd has a bond with the child after helping take care of her while her son and Perkins were alive and after their deaths, and at the same time, after losing Kasandra, I’m sure her family, who lives all the way in Texas would like to hold on to a little piece of their daughter through their grandbaby. I’m sure they both have good reasons to take full custody of Zoey, but for the child’s sake, it would be nice if they could just share custody in a civil manner. How that would be done with everyone living far away from one another, I’m not sure, but it would be nice. However, it’s up to a judge to figure out what’s not “nice,” but what’s best for this little girl.
The divorce between retired NFL star, Deion Sanders and his estranged wife Pilar Sanders has got to be one of the ugliest in entertainment history. Both Deion and Pilar have made media headlines for all kinds of things since news broke that the two would be going their separate ways, from the ugly custody battle over their children to Pilar alleging that Deion was abusive to her during their relationship. According to Diary of a Hollywood Street King, the most recent addition to the saga is that Pilar allegedly cheated on Deion with a 22-year-old aspiring singer named Derrick ‘D-Jo’ Smith and an unnamed multi-platinum New York rapper. Pilar has since denied those claims, putting an axe to any speculations that she may have been unfaithful to Deion by taking a polygraph test in which she is questioned about her sexual conduct during her relationship. She exclusively released her results to RumorFix.
In the polygraph test, Pilar was asked some pretty intrusive questions including:
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you touched your v*g*n* to an other person?”
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you touched your mouth to an other man’s p*n*s?”
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you had sexual contact with an other person?”
To all of these questions Pilar replied “No”. The test results concluded that Pilar was telling the truth; however, I’m pretty sure there will still be some skeptics. In addition to the polygraph results, Pilar’s publicist Kali Bowyer also released a statement addressing accusations that Pilar cheated on Deion.
“This is a feeble attempt to discredit Pilar and/or anyone who even remotely takes her side or comes to her defense. It is obviously a desperate attempt to take the focus off Deion and the abuse my client endured throughout her marriage.”
“These attempts to defame and slander are just not something Pilar, nor our team will tolerate,” Bowyer went on to say before stating that the only unfaithful party in their marriage was Deion, who was actually accused of sleeping with a teenaged girl; however the validity of those accusations have yet to be proven.
I think it’s pretty horrible that things have come to this considering the two have been married for so long. Hopefully both Deion and Pilar will put an end to this drama soon and move on with their lives.
Flip to the next page if you’re nosy and interested in seeing a copy of the actual test results. What do you think of Pilar taking and releasing the results of her polygraph test?
You Know What They Say About Making Assumptions: Evelyn Lozada Explains Her “Date” With Chad Johnson
Last month, reality star Evelyn Lozada made headline after headline as she began expressing how she felt about her ex-husband Chad Johnson and even revealed that she felt he deserved another chance. Eyebrows raised as news broke that she and Chad made their first public appearance together at a Florida courthouse where she requested that a judge lift the no-contact restraining order that she had against the former Miami Dolphins player. Once this occurred, most folks assumed that news of a reunion between the reality stars and a resurrection of the unaired show, Chad & Ev wasn’t far behind. A few days ago, photographs surfaced of Chad and Evelyn on what appeared to be a pre New Year’s Eve date. Considering the fact that only days prior to being spotted together, Chad stated that he and Ev were living together via his Twitter page, it was difficult not to believe that their little outing only confirmed their reunion. However, Evelyn is saying that the outing was not at all what it appeared to be and that she and Chad are not back together. In a blog post featured on her website entitled About Last Night, she provides an explanation regarding her date with Chad.
In the post, she shared that she felt it necessary to address the photographs because things were getting a “wee bit out of control”. She went on to express the reason that she and Chad were spotted out together was because she was attending his appreciation dinner with his daughter.
“I attended a dinner with Chad’s daughter, not only because I love baby girl like my own, but to support Chad and his fan appreciation dinner. While at the dinner, several photos popped up on the Internet of Chad and I holding hands, while in the process of blessing the food.”
She also addressed the current status of their relationship and whether or not the two are actually living together as Chad previously stated.
“I care for Chad, we are friends and we love one another, however, we are still separated, not living under the same roof and working on ourselves because we have a long way to go. This is a normal and realistic process for anyone and I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know God holds it and I’m taking things one day at a time.”
While the photographs that surfaced did appear to tell the whole story, her explanation does seem to make sense. We’ll say her story checks out, for now anyway. We hope that she’s sticking to her original feelings that a romantic reunion probably isn’t the best idea considering the positive strides she’s been attempting to make lately, but we all know how it is once you allow an ex to get his foot in the door. Next thing you know, he’s moving in.
What do you make of all of this?
He Tried To Kill Me: Pilar Sanders Exposes Details Regarding Alleged Abuse and Releases Domestic Violence Photos
Things have been getting extremely ugly between retired NFL star, Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar as their bitter divorce has not only left them fighting over their $250 million estate, but also custody of their three children. Last week, we reported that Pilar lost custody of their two sons and that she vowed to stop at nothing to get her boys back.
Since the couple’s huge blowout last year, both Deion and Pilar have made heavy accusations against one another. These accusations have ranged from mental and emotional abuse to infidelity. In an exclusive interview with Mara of Cherry Martinez’s Cherry On Top, Pilar addresses those allegations and more. Check out some of the interview’s highlights.
On Deion being abusive and domestic violence being common in NFL households:
Most recently, every picture on the web would show that my arm was broken and he busted my thumb in attempts to knock me out, kill me, yeah. And maybe, perhaps, people will believe it more so now, that, unfortunately, they were seeing this season. The very drastic increase of athletes, football players who snap, and unfortunately, take their lives and other people’s lives with them. It’s not that far off, it’s not uncommon among athletes. It’s very, very, very not uncommon when you speak with other NFL wives, football wives, athletes’ wives.
On being accused of “jumping” Deion with her friend:
You know what, I’m 129 pounds, okay. He has been trained all his life to play baseball and to attack people. Football, you’re running, you’re grabbing; it’s a very violent sport. What kind of sense would it make for me at 5’9?, 129 pounds to attack someone his size? That just doesn’t make sense. And for what? No, not at all.
On those alleged $10,500 child support checks she was receiving:
I was never, ever, ever once paid child support, at all. Never once. And I’ve seen his statement saying “and I have the canceled checks to prove it,” but he never showed it, now did he? He never showed you one of his canceled checks of child support that he’s paid, did he? Absolutely not, and he won’t because he hasn’t.
On her arrest being plotted by Deion and the Collin County Police:
When the police arrived to my home, they saw blood all over me, all over our floor, they saw blood and matter, just meat hanging from my hand. They removed me, they forced myself and my friend out of the home. That was wrong right there. So on so many counts, the police didn’t follow what they were suppose to do, but it was all planned. They had been there earlier that day, talked about it. I mean there is a tape where you can hear Deion telling the police these things.”
A person with any type of intellect or basic common sense would realize how low and desperate it looks to demean and verbally abuse your wife and mother of your three children of whom she has been raising period! If spending 14years of sharing your life building a family, creating and managing our family brand and business’ means I was “digging for Gold” then I guess that would make us both diggers wouldn’t it? Any digging done was us breaking ground together on our marital property in Prosper, Tx. And perhaps most recently by Mr. Deion Sanders reaching and grabbing for any kind of sheet or wool to pull over the media’s eyes,
Domestic violence is nothing to play with. And we’re not trying to make light of the situation; but it’s a very prevalent issue…even in the world of celebrities. And we think you should be aware. These are the men who have admitted or have been accused of domestic violence. Let’s hope these fifteen men have learned from their mistakes.
Floyd Mayweather was arrested in 2010 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, and threatening to kill her in front of their two children. He served out two months of a 90-day prison sentence this summer after pleading guilty to a lesser misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
Evelyn Wants Contact, She Gets Contact: Judge Lifts BBW’s Restraining Order Against Chad At Her Request
Former Miami Dolphins player, Chad Johnson and ex-wife Evelyn Lozada made their first public appearance together since their extremely ugly divorce yesterday in court. Why were they in court you ask? Thankfully, they weren’t there pressing assault charges against each other. Instead, they were doing something remotely opposite. They were there to lift the restraining order that was put in place after the two had a fallout over Chad’s infidelity, which ended in a head-butt lifted.
A video recovered by TMZ depicts Evelyn and Chad standing before a judge in a Florida courtroom as the judge proceeds to ask Evelyn if she feels threatened by Chad or is afraid of him. Evelyn responds “no” each time and the judge honored her request and lifted the restraining order.
Now Im sure that while some are in shock after hearing this news, others aren’t as Ev has been hinting to multiple media outlets that she would like to begin talking to Chad again and how she believes he deserves a second chance. One can’t say for sure that Evelyn’s request to lift her restraining order against Chad will result in a romantic reunion between the two, but then again, the possibility is certainly there.
Just last week, Evelyn told Radar Online that it was difficult having a “no contact clause” with Chad because he still wears his wedding ring and expresses that he wants her back.
“I haven’t spoken to Chad, we can’t – we have a ‘no contact’ clause, but I hear things. He recently did an interview on ESPN and I saw clips of it but it wasn’t easy to watch because he is still wearing his wedding ring, and says he still wants to be married.”
Ironically though, she also told Rumor Fix that although she had some questions for him, she didn’t think that reconnecting the lines of communication was a good idea.
“He hasn’t tried to speak to me directly and I don’t think he is going to risk his freedom, I also don’t think it would be good for us.”
I guess she’s had a change of heart since then.
Check out Evelyn and Chad’s courtroom footage on the next page. Do you think it was a good idea to drop the restraining order?
Looks like there was a lot of wedding cheer being spread this weekend. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and his girlfriend and mother of his two children Candice Williams were married on Friday.
According to USA Today, he posted the following on his Facebook page:
“Last night I married my best friend and the love of my life. Our son gave her away and our daughter looked like a miniature version of my beautiful bride as she stood next to her. I’m a lucky, lucky man. Thank you God for all of your blessings and for showing me such amazing favor.”
Beautiful, right? The only thing is that last month, Suggs allegedly punched Williams in the neck and dragged her alongside the care he was driving. Their children were allegedly in the car at the time. In fact, she just removed an order of protected she filed in November after she said he hit her in September. They even went to court to make some determinations about custody of their children.
So not only has he allegedly been abusive to her but this 6’3″ and 260 pound man has done so in front of their children. These stories were not just on sports news and in sports pages but on the regular news. Their relationship history has been public for quite some time. Suggs’ attorney denied those allegations and says that in the interest of the children, they’ve moved on and have resolved their personal issues.
In wishing them the best in their marriage, hopefully someone gifted them some counseling because it doesn’t sound like they’re starting this new chapter on the good foot.
By the way, TMZ has an exclusive shot of the “happy” couple on their wedding day and are also reporting they’re planning a huge celebration once the football season ends.
There are few women walking this earth that have not experienced a broken heart at one time or another. Most of us know how difficult and painful those can be. We also know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and thankfully “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada has seen that light. Lately Evelyn has been opening up to the media more and more regarding her divorce from former Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco and how she got over the heartache that letting go of the relationship caused. In exclusive interview with Radar Online the 37-year-old reality star talked about those break up woes that many are so familiar with. Here is some of what she had to say.
On removing herself from the spotlight for awhile:
“I am absolutely back on the road to recovery now, I had a month-and-a-half where I was just dark, I wasn’t tweeting, I went away.”
“”I probably didn’t comb my hair for a month, I needed to turn off from the world, it was a very tough period for me. I am on the way to recovery now though, I am good,” she added.”
On where she currently is in her efforts to move on:
“I have my moments, life is a little crazy but it is calming down now. It is tough when families are involved and you are still connected to kids.”
On how her daughter Shaniece helped her to pull through:
“”My daughter was my rock through the whole thing.”
“She is 19 so it was important to be strong for her and make sure she knew that this happened, and I want to be an example for her and let her know that domestic abuse is never something you should tolerate — don’t care who he is, how much money he has or how fine he is — I feel like I need to be an example for her and my 13-year-old stepdaughter, who was there and I still love.”
As much as you may despise her, she’s a woman just like the rest of us and I believe if we look beyond the drama that is constantly surrounding her, you’ll be able appreciate her transparency as a lost love is a topic that many are able to relate to. And just maybe her story can help someone else.
What do you think of Evelyn continuing to discuss the Chad incident? Is it helpful or should she just shut up already?
Chad Johnson Admits He Has Domestic Violence Issues, And Comments On Evelyn Running To The Media Post Altercation
Oprah and Barbara Walters are not the only people who can get the juicy details out of folks, ya’ll. Just ask Chad Johnson. The…hmm…let’s call him a former reality star and football star (I don’t want to say former to the latter and assume it’s a wrap for him because he IS talented), appeared on ESPN’s First Take with sports journalist and sports analyst Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. While his appearance was supposed to mainly be about football, they did bombard him with a bevvy of questions about Evelyn, his domestic abuse past, and what he thought about the fact that instead of really going somewhere to heal, Evelyn went to everyone from Iyanla Vanzant and the folks at Nightline to People magazine to talk about their infamous fight, and the past violence she dealt with when it came to being with Chad.
In a very well-spoken manner (hey, you never know what you’re going to get with these professional football players), Johnson admitted his wrongdoing for the umpteenth time during a tense interview with the men (the woman there wasn’t really introduced). When asked what went down on that fateful night of August 11, Johnson kept it really real:
“What happened was a mistake…a mistake that I’ve continuously apologized for to the people I’ve hurt, including my wife. I’ve stated that numerous times, I know you’ve heard it. I think me continuing to say sorry drowns it out. I’ve accepted responsibility for my actions, especially with her…The domestic dispute, for one, was all my fault because I’m was living life the way it shouldn’t be lived, which is why I lost everything I did. Because that man upstairs said, let me bring you back a little bit, because you’re living too wild. So, it is what it is. I made the bed, I’m laying in it. I paid the price for what I did wrong.”
As the interview became more and more tense, he was asked if he definitely did cheat and he confidently said, “Yes, that’s where everything stemmed from. Remember??” And when asked what his stance is on domestic violence, something he’s had issues with in the past before the alleged headbutting incident, he says that of course, it’s wrong, but it is something he’s dealing with. “My stance is, it’s wrong. It’s common sense. but I’ve made mistakes. Don’t crucify me because we all sin differently.”
The deepest thing Johnson had to say that surprised me was his response to the fact that many, including Stephen A. Smith, think Lozada ran to the media too fast and tried to get notoriety off of the incident. As Smith says, “She’s on TV just as much as we are, lamenting the state of affairs.” Instead of saying, “Uh, hell yes she milked that cow for all it was worth!” Johnson said that he’s lived so much of his life in the public, it’s only fair for her to share the story and let it play out in the public too:
“Think about my life in general? What have I ever done in private? Think about it? Nothing. Not my marriage, not the way I play the game, not the way I live my life. So when things go sour it should be the same way. It should be out there in the public eye. I am no saint. I am no angel. I never proclaimed to be. I was squeaky clean for a long time, which is why i was able to get away with some of the stuff I’ve done. Finally, I have to humble myself. I’m not complaining, I’m not fussing about being cut. I’m going to play again, I would think and I would hope so. If I don’t, I’m okay with walking away.”
You’re okay with walking away from the game of football?
“I don’t have a choice. What am I going to do? Fuss? Knock down the doors? Beg??? Chile please…”
To sum up this sensitive part of the interview, Johnson was given props for admitting his faults and problems, but he was also asked what he’s really trying to do NOW and in the future to be a better person. His answer? He’s taking the classes needed to keep his hands to himself.
“The only thing I can do is get help for the problem that I have. And right now that is domestic violence classes. Anything any further than that, I’m not sure. But right now the course says you have a 26-week program you need to get through before you do anything else with your life.”
I can respect that Chad is being so open and honest about his part in the demise of their relationship and the fact that he does have a problem with domestic violence. But after watching this very awkward interview (especially with that “Chile please” moment) and knowing his history with being in the spotlight, I think he needs to focus on football and healing himself in private. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think.
What do you think about his responses?