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Smear tactics

In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 28, 2009
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Young people doing stupid things

“This isn’t fixin’ to stop me,” crowed a defiant Josh Jarboe.
Sports blotter: "Carrying a gun to a track meet" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 19, 2008

Portland scene report: April 6, 2007

Holy crap.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 04, 2007
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We bombed in Denton

Anybody visiting southeast Texas these days is likely to hear a lot of grumbling about “those people” — the ones who came over from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Sports blotter: "Complaining about the refugees" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 21, 2007
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Starving Socks

Weird, weird story out in California, and no surprise that Ron Artest is involved.
Sports Blotter: "TruWarier Records Presents" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 14, 2007
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Crimson pride

The last pre-training-camp days of summer are always a bad time for collegiate and pro-football arrests.
Sports blotter: Harvard football edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 19, 2006


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Sports Blotter: the King James version

In the most highly anticipated sports trial since the Marv Albert overbite case, Gloria James, mother of burgeoning NBA media supernova LeBron James, will finally face justice for her role in what has been hands down the most interesting sports DUI of t
LeBron's Mom pulls a Carlo
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 24, 2006
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Smelling like a Rose

The bad-seed stories just keep rolling in.
Plus the best quote from a lawyer you will ever hear
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 01, 2006