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NFL Suing Rapper MIA For $16.6M Over Her 2012 Super Bowl Performance

March 18th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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A still from the "Paper Planes" video

A still from the “Paper Planes” video

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.

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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?

‘I Am An Openly Proud Gay Man:’ NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out

February 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: ESPN

Source: ESPN

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?

Theresa Therilu Treads Where Few Other Black Women Do: On The Grid Iron As A NFL Agent

February 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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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.

Evening Eye Candy: MN’s Super Bowl Fantasy Football Team

January 31st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and while we haven’t quite decided whether we’re rooting for the Broncos or the Seahawks, we have come up with a team of our own that we can get behind. Most — not all — but most women watch football for the eye candy and that’s why we’ve come up with our own fantasy football team of NFLers who we would watch on the field any given Sunday. Enjoy!

Former NFL Star Darren Sharper Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape Charges

January 18th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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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

January 14th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Sources: KHOU, Instagram

Sources: KHOU, Instagram

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.


Canned For Being Too Candid? Football Player Claims NFL Fired Him For LGBT Activism

January 3rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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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.

He conceded.

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?

NFL Vikings Player A.J. Jefferson Charged With Strangling Girlfriend

November 27th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From TMZ 

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.

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Touchdown? P Diddy Says His Next Goal Is To Become The NFL’s First African-American Majority Owner

October 24th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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P Diddy has just launched Revolt TV, which he says will revolutionize television. Now he is already thinking about his next history-making venture.

During an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diddy revealed he wants to become the “first African-American majority owner” in the NFL.

“I’m more of an owner type of guy. So I have aspirations to become — it will happen — to become the first African-American majority owner,” Diddy said. “Not having a small stake but actually owning an NFL team. I think it’s time for that. A majority of the players in the NFL are African-American but there are no African-American owners. So that’s one of my dreams.”

Diddy told Bloomberg he’s constantly asked about Jay-Z’s Roc Nation sports agency and whether or not he should attempt the same thing.

“But then when I see my friend having a sports agency I support him,” Diddy said. “When I get the calls Oh we need to do Bad Boy Sports. I’m like no that’s not my lane. I stay in my lane. This is my lane I want to do. I’m just me. I do my own thing.”

If Diddy does make a move to become an NFL owner, it could change the face of the sport forever. Who knew that Diddy was such a big football fan?

[h/t CBS Sports]

Finally Some Stability: Judge Grants Custody Of Jovan Belcher’s Daughter Zoey

June 21st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Seven months ago, last December, Kansas City Chief player Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his then 2 month old daughter, Zoey. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of coaches and the team’s general manager.

Well yesterday Perkins’ cousin was awarded custody of Zoey Perkins, now 9 months.

A Jackson County Probate Commissioner in Missouri granted custody to Kasandra’s cousin Sophie Perkins, ruling that she was better suited to be the baby’s guardian than Belcher’s mother.

For the past three days Sophie Perkins and Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepard, argued about who would make the best guardian for Zoey. Perkins’ lawyers brought up Shepard’s smoking habit as justification that she was unfit while Shepard’s attorneys argued that Perkins putting Zoey in daycare for 45 hours every week, while she worked, made Shepard the better fit.

Perkins’ attorney Mark Roberts had this to say about the outcome of the case.

“Out of these bad circumstances, this was the best result for Zoey. Both sides love Zoey; both sides were operating with her best interest in mind. The court had a difficult decision to make, but we think it was the right decision.”

Since the murder of her parents in December, Zoey has spent most of her time with Kasandra’s cousin Sophie in Texas, only making a few trips to visit Shepard in New York.

The judge wrote that the bonding time Zoey had already spent with Perkins in addition to the numerous police reports that had been made from Ms. Shepard’s home influenced his decision to grant custody to Ms. Perkins.

Thanks to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, Zoey will receive more than $1 million dollars throughout the course of her life. She’ll receive $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and $52,000 each year after that until she turns 18. If she decides to attend college she’ll continue to receive $52,000 a year until she turns 23.

The Kansas City Chief owners, coaches, players and employees have opened up a trust fund which will also care for her.

Commerce Trust Co has been appointed at conservator of Zoey’s estate and will handle her financial matters.


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