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It was all good a couple of years ago.
Former NFL star Chad Johnson is trying to keep his financial head above water and part of that includes wanting his child support payments for one of his children lowered.
Johnson recently filed court papers stating that he would like the court payments lowered because when he initially agreed to pay the $5,420 per month back in March 2012, he was doing very well for himself. But now, Johnson says he cannot afford the payments stating he”finds himself without a contract and without a team. Simply [I am] unemployed.”
The child involved in these particular documents is a son he has with Andrea Pearson. They were involved in a bit of a child support “battle” until they both agreed on that monthly $5,420 check. The son is one of five children Johnson has fathered.
There was no word from TMZ how much child support, if any, he pays for all of his other children.
My, how the “mighty” have fallen. Johnson was having a pretty good year in 2012 for quite some time: he became an even bigger star after he began dating and eventually being engaged to Basketball Wives cast member Evelyn Lozada. But that relationship ended in the summer of 2012 after he head butted her during an argument.
He was then released from the Miami Dolphins, he lost pretty much all of his endorsement deal and he and Evelyn’s reality show was shut down.
No word yet on how the judge will rule.
It looks like congratulations are in order for the couple!
Well, surprise surprise. No, we really mean that.
By all accounts – meaning their respective Twitter accounts – NY Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and former Miss Universe Leila Lopes are engaged. Ladies, shed your quick tear over Osi if that’s what you need to do.
Last week, he tweeted a pictured of them “booed up” with a beautiful backdrop and the caption read, “I love you my beautiful fiancée @leilavlopes.” She then tweeted back the above picture with the same caption.
They’ve been thanking people for their kind words for a few days now so it looks like this is official.
Perhaps this is engagement is so surprising because it appears they’ve only been together since November. They were first spotted when Osi attended her party as she bid farewell to her Miss Universe title. Prior to that, he was seen in September with Elise Neal in what looked like a date. He’s also dated Selita Ebanks and Free, formerly of 106th and Park.
Not to be outdone, Leila was spotted with Russell Simmons most of last summer. In fact, he told her not to become a publicity Slore after he accused her of sending the NY Post’s “Page 6″ a note that he’d sent her flowers the night of her farewell party. He warned her not to “stir up sh…”
So yes, the fact that these two are engaged so quickly is pretty surprising. But hey, “they say” when you know, you know…right?
If things continue to go down this road, Pilar Sanders is in trouble.
Last Wednesday, A Dallas court ruled that while Deion Sanders and soon to be ex-wife Pilar will share custody of their three children in a week on/week off schedule, Deion is the only parent that will hold exclusive rights over the children. Well, at least until the final divorce trial, according to The Dallas Morning News.
What does this mean? Judge Ray Wheless decided that Deion will solely be allowed to make decisions about the kids’ primary residence, school(s) they attend and choose their athletic activities. Athletic activities? That sounds weird that they would eve be involved in the ruling. They’ll share all other decisions.
In December, a court granted Deion custody of their two sons, Shilo and Shedeur, while Pilar was granted custody of their daughter, Shelomi. She also had her child support reduced from $10,000 to $5,000.
Pilar has also maintained that she is a victim of Deion’s celebrity status and that his finances are doing all of the talking.
Their divorce trial should begin somewhere around March 4th.
In the meantime, Deion will have to pay legal for the amicus attorney who represents the interests of their children. Both he and Pilar will share the medical bills.
Wow, this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Based on reports, it seems like the adults may have forgotten about the most important thing: the kids (which explains why they had to bring in another attorney).
Do you think Pilar has a point in saying that Deion’s money is actually doing all the talking or has she presented herself in such a way that isn’t pleasing to the courts?
Well, it seems like Ahmad Rashad just isn’t the marrying type.
According to Gossip Extra, the longtime sportscaster and his wife, Sale Johnson, are on their way to divorce court. This marriage marks the fourth for Rashad and second for Johnson. She was once married to Johnson & Johnson billionaire and Jets Owner, Woody Johnson. The two were married in 2005.
According to the report, the couple has actually been living apart for quite some time now. The two haven’t filed for for divorce yet but instead are working out the financial difference before they begin making the divorce process official.
Johnson gained quite a bit of money from her divorce from Woody Johnson; it’s estimated that she received more than $100 million in the settlement. When word first got out that Johnson and Rashad were married, people joked that Johnson was now Rashad’s “sugar mama.”
Sale’s camp is allegedly leaking the information. They say the reason for the split is Rashad’s friendships with athletes Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. As we all know, Woods has a very murky history with the ladies while Jordan has supposedly been dragging him to a restaurant called Rachel’s quite often for…”dinner.”
From Rashad’s camp, the rumor is that they’re just not in love anymore.
Hopefully, this won’t turn into an even bigger public mess, but when camps are somewhat openly putting the information out there, we might hear more about this relationship than we thought we’d ever want to know.
We’ll be keeping an eye out on this one.
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.
For the second week in a row, the NFL is dealing with the loss of a player. Unfortunately, the death comes at the hands of one of their own.
Dallas Cowboys defensive linesman Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter on Saturday morning after he flipped his car in an accident that killed his teammate, Jerry Brown.
According to Irving police spokesperson John Argumaniz, Brent was speeding when his Mercedes hit the curb and flipped over at least once. There were multiple 911 calls made with callers saying they could see a car on the road upside down. The road they were on has a 45mph speed limit and Argumaniz said that while Brent’s exact speed was unknown, investigators are almost certain he was driving considerably faster than that. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was pulling Brown from the car which had caught fire. Police were able to quickly extinguish it.
They suspected Brent had been drinking and gave him a field sobriety test. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated but when Brown was pronounced dead, the charge was upgraded to intoxication manslaughter.
Police also say Brent was completely distraught, as he and Brown were not only Cowboys teammates, but friends who played football together years before at the University of Illinois. He released the following statement through his agent:
”I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him.
”I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”
While Brown was a practice squad player and did not travel with the team, Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati later that day. Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett informed the rest of the team of the traged on that same flight and Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple described the flight as “quiet, more than normal.”
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones released the following statement:
”We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”
The NFL Players Association offers a safe-ride program to all players, the phone number of which is provided to each player on his union card. The service is available anywhere in the United States or Canada, with an hourly fee of $85 paid by the player. However, many players still do not use the number as an option and DUI/DWI incidents continue to happen.
Understandably, there has yet to be any word from either family. Our prayers go out to both families in the wake of this tragedy.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after taking the life of his girlfriend and then committing suicide.
Details are still somewhat sketchy but Yahoo! Sports reports that around 7am, Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins got into an argument. While the reason for the argument remains unclear, it resulted in Belcher shooting Perkins multiple times. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Belcher then proceeded to Arrowhead Stadium’s team facility, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he ran into the team’s General Manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel, along with at least one other employee. The facility was evacuated and locked down by police after Perkins’ mom, who witnessed her daughter being shot, notified them of what had happened in the home. The GM and coach attempted to talk Belcher out of hurting anyone else but he then shot himself in the head.
A police spokesman said Belcher thanked the coaches and staff for everything they’d done for him. They continued to try to talk to him but he walked in the opposite direction and that was when they heard the gunshot.
The rest of the team was called to the main facility to be made aware of what had happened. In a statement prepared by Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, he expressed the following:
“The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.
“We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”
What makes the story even more tragic is that Belcher and Perkins had a three month old daughter. Thankfully, she is safe and is with a relative.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a home game on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers; according to sources, the league has told the Panthers to travel to Kansas City as though the game will be played.
A man and woman are sitting to dinner on their first date. He’s chosen a gorgeous restaurant and has an amazing smile. She looks absolutely fly in her new little black dress and he’s told her so once or twice already. SCORE! Flirtatious small talk has ranged from his athleticism to her impossibly deep dimples. Surface stuff? Yes. But it’s setting a cool, comfortable atmosphere and both parties are feeling each other.
Then comes the “Kiss of Death” question which SHOULD allow both people to assess where the friendship/relationship has the potential to go (or not) but more often than not it leads to even thicker masks being painted on.
“So… what do you look for/like in a man/woman?”
Time after time this one seemingly harmless question changes a person’s demeanor and behavior unbeknownst to them.
He says he enjoys women who have a good head on their shoulders, give great conversation, have eclectic taste in music, work out and are into football. As he speaks she’s working her way down her self-check list, mentally checking things off with a smile until the “works out” and “is into football” leaves his lips.
What the what? She’s naturally petite, doesn’t do much more than Pilates and rarely watches football, aside from movies that have something to do with the sport. She hates football. But she doesn’t want to lose this awesome guy. Quick! What does she say?
“I’m really getting into football lately! Go Steelers!” Then she pulls any and every football tidbit she’s ever heard her brothers talk about and tries to arrange them all in a semi-literate way, praying he doesn’t ask too many questions until she can get home and Google everything she can on the sport.
Or the other way around, he asks what she looks for in a man and she gushes about men who enjoy traveling and know their way around the kitchen. He freaks. What can he cook? A bowl of cereal. But what does he say, mesmerized by the gorgeous smile of this woman sitting before him?
“Yeah, I enjoy watching the Food Network to get ideas for new recipes.”
“Oh, you cook?” She asks him with eyes bright.
“I’m somethin’ like a black Emeril Lagasse,” he brags, as he frantically makes a mental note to ask his sister for cooking advice.
We have all done it at some point. So focused on maintaining the interest of the person in front of us that we throw complete honesty out the window. We want to impress. We want to be wanted because, well, we want them; Feigning interest in things we could really care less about and pretending to be pros with things we are total failures at or have never even tried. Then, IF a relationship materializes, we wonder why things start to unravel sooner than later.
I don’t suggest baring your soul from the first conversation, but it is important to remember who you are and to be honest about it from the jump. We forget that some aspects of what we find attractive in others often morph and grow and change as we grow and experience life.
You would be surprised at how often my open disdain for things has created a larger air of interest on behalf of the guy. Instead of shying away because we didn’t share one or two of the same interests, it was now his opportunity to teach me something which could turn itself into a successful second or third date, and who knows after that?
Nowadays I try to avoid asking such a cornered question as “What do you like in a man/woman?” Instead, I just engage. I engage in conversation about any range of topics. I engage in small silly behaviors like singing off-key to a favorite song. I engage in being me in front of him and honestly, even if a relationship never materializes, more often than not, I’ve had some great dates and secured awesome friends. I would rather be my random self than to try to stuff myself into an uncomfortable mold. Because, let’s be honest, many men have no real clue what they “like” until they meet her. Forget what he “likes.” Be you. Whether a relationship materializes or not, he’ll respect it and you’ll know that you’re being appreciated for what YOU actually bring to the table.
La Truly is a late-blooming Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women. Her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
Did anybody else walk past H&M a few months back and have to say “DAMN!” at the sight of David Beckham in his skivvies posted outside all the stores? If you nod yes, then you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone. For women of all backgrounds, English “soccer” star David Beckham is FINE! And not “fine for a white guy,” type of fine–he’s just fine. He’s got that bada** look on his face all the time, a solid as a rock body, and an all around great personality. He could be a narcissistic greaseball if he wanted to, but he’s always smiling and he has an upbeat attitude. Former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham knows that she’s one lucky chick, and if you’re one of those people who doesn’t really understand why, you should take a quick look through our slideshow, mkay?
Chad Johnson is so worried about what Evelyn is doing that according to one of the mothers of his children, he has become a deadbeat dad.
According to papers recently filed by Andrea Pearson, mother to his son born in 2010, Chad failed to pay his child support in the amount of $5,250 in October. Further, she says that he’s been consistently late on all of his payments for their child. Part of the reason Pearson filed the papers so quickly is because she says that she cannot afford to take care of the child without that monthly support.
She’s also asking the court to lock Chad up until he pays his bill if he cannot immediately come up with the money. Although he is currently unemployed (he was cut from his last football team after the domestic violence incident with Evelyn Lozada), Chad appears to be a big spender so it shouldn’t be hard to come up with this money.
But people close to Chad say they don’t even know where this is coming from because Chad has always provided for his son, including buying a house for Pearson. So far, no word on which was the court will rule.
Chad, the last thing you need, if this is true, is an issue with taking care of your child. With all the time on his hands, he should be making sure he’s taking time for his son (and other kids), both financially and emotionally. It seems like the problems keep mounting for him.
By the way, why in the world are you, Andrea Pearson, having a kid by a man when you can’t afford to take care of it without receiving child support? We all know taking care of children is a huge responsibility but that’s why we have a job (or two) to help us do the best we can.
Hopefully, this will all be cleared up soon.