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Get to know cutie Odell Beckham, Jr. The former LSU Tiger’s talent is so stellar, he broke the LSU single-season all-purpose yards record and was just picked (like last night) as a first round draft pick heading to New York City to play for the Giants. First Victor Cruz, now Beckham. It’s going to be too many fine men on that team to stay concentrated on whatever they’re doing on the field! But aside from his good looks, Beckham seems to be a guy who puts family first. He’s often found lauding his mom (who was an All-American sprinter at LSU back in the day) on social media, and followed in his dad’s footsteps (his father was a running back for LSU back in the day). And did we mention that he is quite the stylish fella?
Get to know more about this 5’11′, 198-pound hunk of a man in our gallery.
Football fans love professional cheerleaders — their basket tosses, scantily-clad outfits, and rambunctious chants make the crowd go wild. Behind the pom-poms and cheers, however, are a group of frustrated women lashing out at the National Football League claiming they were skimped of proper wages.
The New York Jets are now the fourth NFL team, according to Reuters, to get wrapped in a lawsuit due to alleged wage theft and other labor law offenses. On behalf of her squad, former cheerleader Krystal C. sued the Jets; she claims that the league did not pay her for attending rehearsals, practices, and promotional appearances during her time on the “Flight Crew,” from June 2012 to December 2013.
“The suit alleges cheerleaders were paid $150 on each game day and $100 for outside appearances. They were not reimbursed for expenses, or appearance-related mandates such as straightening curly hair on game day,” ESPN New York reports.
For instance, the suit alleges that for “Meet and Greet Day,” the Flight Crew squad worked for three hours without pay. The cheerleaders are also required to practice at home which adds up to another five to 10 hours of unpaid work per week, Think Progress says.
Krystal C., who filed the complaint in Bergen County, New Jersey, received only $1,800 in pay for the entire season. “When you look at the actual hours worked versus what Krystal C. was paid, she only made $3.77 per hour,” said Patricia Pierce, her attorney.
In New Jersey, where the Jets are based, the current minimum wage is $8.25.
The pay drops if you consider the “motivational gift” she was required to give to each member of the 40-woman squad. (Krystal C. spent $80 on homemade picture frames.) And let’s not forget the $45 a week she spent on straightening her hair, a mandatory rule for Flight Crew cheerleaders.
“It’s like you end up virtually paying them for the privilege of being a cheerleader,” Pierce told Los Angeles Times. “The failure to pay the women who work as cheerleaders a legal wage for all the hours that they work is clearly an NFL-wide problem that needs to change.”
Krystal C. told Reuters that she felt empowered to file the lawsuit after seeing a wave of other cheerleading squads pursuing similar legal action. Since January, cheerleaders from the Oakland Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills have launched lawsuits against the NFL. The Raidettes and the Ben-Gals allege that their pay is as low as $5 and $2.85 an hour, respectively, Reuters says.
“There has been some talk of organizing a national cheer association as a result of these lawsuits, and that is a possibility,” said Mac Panepinto, the lawyer representing the Buffalo cheerleaders.
The NFL has added $15.1 million to the lawsuit they’ve filed against rapper MIA over her 2012 Super Bowl performance in which she gave the audience the finger.
At first, the NFL was only looking for $1.5 million. The new, much higher figure comes from the NFL’s argument that the finger damaged the NFL’s “wholesome” image. Moreover, the league is arguing that her appearance is tantamount to an advertisement. She performed for two minutes and 10 seconds.
MIA took the lawsuit public in September. At that point, she had been going back and forth with the NFL for about a year and was accused of “resisting arbitration.”
“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” was the response from MIA’s lawyer.
The paperwork she and her lawyers filed also says there were 222 complaints filed for the show. The year of Janet Jackson’s “nipple-gate,” there were 542,000.
In another portion of the response, MIA notes that the players and coaches themselves do the same and worse while on camera. Not to mention what the players are doing off the field. (Like getting accused of murder.)
Sounds like the NFL is overreaching. Thoughts?
College football star Michael Sam may make history as the first openly gay player in the NFL. The pro ball prospect came out to the world this past weekend.
“I am an openly proud gay man,” the 6-foot-2 defensive end was quoted by the New York Times.
His announcement comes just two weeks before the annual NFL scouting combine. During his interview, the college athlete also revealed that during the 2013 season, his Missouri Tiger teammates were made aware of his sexuality when he came out to them at a gathering last year.
“I came out to my team this last August,” the 24-year-old told the Times. And coming out to them, they rallied around and supported me.”
He adds that his teammates were very supportive.
“I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,”
Sam is projected to be an early-round draft pick in the NFL this year and says he decided to come out because he wants to own his story.
“I’m coming out because I want to own my truth. With two weeks to go at the senior bowl, I didn’t know how many people actually knew about my sexual orientation. I just wanna own my truth before anyone breaks a story about me.”
While he realizes the magnitude of his revelation, the 260-pound NFL hopeful says he does not want to be defined by his sexual orientation.
“Is this a huge deal? I understand that it is, but my purpose and focus right now is playing football. I don’t think I should be defined as Michael Sam: the gay athlete, the gay football player. I want to be defined for being a great person and having great character.”
Following Sam’s announcement, the NFL released a statement commending him for his courage.
“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”
Watch footage from Michael Sam’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
What does a 5-foot 4-inch, 130-pound, stiletto-heeled woman dressed in pink possibly know about professional football. Well, if you’re Theresa Therilu, a lot.
Therilu is a Harvard-educated attorney, NFL agent and the founder of TGT Sports & Marketing. TGT Sports specializes in marketing and landing endorsement deals for professional athletes and artists.
According to Therilu, she’s spent “more time watching the sport than most people will in their lifetimes.”
Therilu is one of few African-American in the sports arena. “There’s a serious dearth of women, especially women of color, on the business side of the NFL,” she writes in The Grio. “Yes, the league targets female fans through marketing of ‘Just for Her’ NFL gear and the ‘Lingerie Football League.’ But if you ask me, these efforts serve only to titillate the male football-fan population. Moreover, they display the league’s unwillingness to send a message that female fans can become any more than passive spectators of the sport, decked out in fitted jerseys designed to cling to their curves as much as to show their pride.”
The result of the sport’s inbred sexism is a lack of women with careers within the NFL. According to Therilu, the inequality gap in the NFL is glaring, even down to cheerleaders being paid less than male mascots.
This, of course, makes Therilu’s job even harder. Sexism is always present. When she signed one client, a potential first-round draft pick, he said to her, “I’m going to sleep with you one day.”
She handed him the agreement, and replied, “Not in a million years.” The lost business was worth it. “I walked away from a coveted client and kept my dignity,” she says.
Then there are players who are unsure of her abilities just because she is a woman. Antwan Barnes, now a linebacker for the New York Jets, said to her, “You really believe that you can be my agent. Get me into the NFL? I mean, you never played. You’re a girl.”
Therilu even reveals her love life has suffered because of the field she is in. “It hasn’t always made for smooth relationships. And to be completely honest, it takes a lot of composure on my end to keep professional boundaries with a male athlete who has a body to die for,” she says.
Still Therilu says she loves her work. “My career as an agent is about so much more than just prancing through the locker room in heels. I’ve given up on expecting that everyone will understand that, but I’ll never surrender my love for the game,” she concludes.
TMZ is reporting that former NFL star Darren Sharper was arrested on Friday on suspicion of multiple counts of rape.
According to their sources, Sharper’s name is connected with two sexual assaults, one in October 2013 and the other from…this month.
He was arrested in Los Angeles and later released on $200,000 bail.
The name(s) of the alleged victim(s) has not been released, of course, due to the nature of the alleged crime. So far, there has also been no word from Sharper or his attorney.
Wow. These allegations are shocking and become even more surprising when it’s someone many would consider one of the “nice guys.”
Darren Sharper retired from the NFL in 2011 as a five time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion (during his years with the New Orleans Saints). He is currently an analyst for the NFL Network. The league is right in the midst of the playoffs so it will be interesting to see if he will be on television this weekend during their conference championship games.
A court date has been set for February 14th. We will definitely keep an eye on this story and keep you posted with any updates.
Mistress of Married NFLer Arian Foster Files Restraining Order; Claims He’s Harassing Her About Terminating Her Pregnancy
Well, another professional athlete may be fathering a child by a woman who is not his significant other. The alleged 20-year-old mistress of Houston Texans star Arian Foster, Brittany Norwood, recently filed a restraining order against him, claiming that both Arian and his brother are pressuring her into getting an abortion.
“I’m 20. I’m scared. I’m another single mom,” a tearful Norwood said during an interview with KHOU.
The University of Houston senior says she met Arian last summer while he was staying in Houston at Hotel ZaZa during training camp.
“I still can’t believe everything, really,” she told reporters. “As soon as he got out of practice, he would text me and I would come over there and hang out.”
Though their whirlwind romance may have started out okay, things went awry quickly when Brittany learned that she was pregnant. Brittany alleges that once she told Arian about her pregnancy, both he and his brother resorted to “extreme and outrageous conduct” in their attempts to pressure her into terminating her pregnancy.
“He was like, ‘You can’t have this. You can’t have this kid,’” Brittany said. “He just kept saying, ‘I’m not ready for this. I’ll lose my kids. If my wife finds out, she’s going to take my children.
In addition to filing a child support lawsuit against the athlete, Brittany and her attorney, Douglas York, are requesting a restraining order against him. As for what she’d tell Arian if he were sitting in front of her, Brittany says she’d tell him that his absence makes things hard.
“You know, it’s hard going to ultrasounds and not having somebody there with you. I just want him to love my son the way I do.”
Arian’s reps have yet to respond to Brittany’s allegations.
Chris Kluwe, an eight-year player for the Minnesota Vikings football team, is pretty sure that he was fired from the NFL due to his outspoken stance on gay marriage. Sparing no details, the ex-punter took to DeadSpin and put his former superiors on blast for rebuking his vocal LGBT activism.
According to Kluwe’s article, Mike Priefer, the Vikings’ special-teams coordinator, said in front of the team at one point, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” Kluwe says Priefer made it well known that he was fervently against Kluwe’s advocacy.
“Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible,” Kluwe writes. “I felt uncomfortable each time Mike Priefer said these things. After all, he was directly responsible for reviewing my job performance.”
Kluwe explains that all the hostility began after he actively campaigned against the Minnesota Gay Marriage Amendment — a proposal that defined marriage as union between strictly a man and a woman. The Vikings’ legal department allowed Kluwe to speak up on these issues, but he needed to specify these opinions are his own and not a reflection of the team’s views.
Kluwe went on to do several radio interviews, appearances for the advocacy group Minnesotans for Marriage Equality, and even wrote a letter to Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Maryland delegate, to chew out his anti-gay platform.
Throughout the fall of 2012, Kluwe began to feel stifled for being too expressive in public. Head coach Leslie Frazier approached Kluwe and allegedly said that he “needed to be quiet, and stop speaking out on this stuff,” referring to his opinionated position on pro-gay marriage. Kluwe emphasized that he would continue to speak his mind.
Even the PR department, according to Kluwe, began withholding information concerning news outlets that wanted to interview him.
Several months later, in May, Kluwe found himself released from the team. It was about “competition”, they told him, not about his controversial opinions. Kluwe didn’t believe them — he added that his punting average didn’t not justify a boot off the team.
“My gross average in 2012 was almost exactly my career average, and I had a career-best net average. Statistically speaking, I am also the best punter in Vikings history,” he said, concluding that Priefer is a “bigot” and Frazier is a “coward.”
It becomes a question of whether Kluwe’s release was justified. Thoughts?
Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been charged with felony strangulation — after allegedly grabbing his GF by the neck and throwing her around a bedroom earlier this week … TMZ Sports has learned.
According to the Eden Prairie Police Department in MN … the accuser told cops she and A.J. got into an argument on November 25 after a night on the town. She says things got so bad, he went to a neighbor’s home and she went to sleep in the guest room of their home.
The GF claims A.J. returned to their home and confronted her about ignoring his text messages — and that’s when things got violent.
The GF told police A.J. “grabbed her neck and she could not breath.” He then “picked her up by the neck” and threw her off the bed and onto the floor.
She claims she didn’t fight back because she was having a hard time breathing and he’s a lot bigger than her.
Cops say the GF went to a police station after the incident with red marks on both sides of her neck — and that’s why officials decided to charge Jefferson with a crime.
Read more at TMZ.com