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Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010
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Spring fever

The Lawrence Taylor case is progressing, and as expected, each passing day upchucks new sordid details into the gossip-o-sphere.
LT’s self-abuse defense, a bag job at Notre Dame, and heading back to school in Texas
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 21, 2010
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Sacked

We always knew Lawrence Taylor was a good bet to get in trouble.
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor takes another hit
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 14, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 07, 2010
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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010
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The dumbass chronicles

Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 09, 2010


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Number two blues

As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2010
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Kelly's zeroes

Like Bob Beamon's long-jump record or Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, it was once thought that no organized sports team would ever approach the string of arrests racked up by the infamous Portland Jail Blazers club of the early 2000s.
Oregon Football makes the leap and pays the price; plus, taser fun on the Bayou
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 19, 2010
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Lame Ducks

Wow, it sure has been a nasty couple of weeks for the University of Oregon and football coach Chip Kelly.
Oregon football closes in on infamy; plus, a Villanova Wildcat needs litter training
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 05, 2010
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Rocky pot

Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died fi
It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 19, 2010
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Texas stranger

Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 12, 2010


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Bengals and Bulldogs

There hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about in New England Patriots country of late, and I'm not sure that this will fit the bill, but let's try it on for size.
Cincinnati's back on the sports-crime map. Plus, a Georgia alum fills in the blanks.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 05, 2010
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NBA shoot-around

Sometimes, even superstar athletes just wear out their welcome. When Gilbert Arenas came into the league back in 2001, and especially after he moved to the Wizards in '03, "Agent Zero" was poised to be the next big thing in basketball.
Gilbert Arenas brings the Bullets back to Washington. Plus, a D-lineman dustup.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 29, 2010
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Slap shot

Bogdan "Rudy" Rudenko, a minor-league hockey player who was most recently with the now-defunct Colorado Springs Gold Kings, has been arrested in connection with the Stallings, North Carolina, shooting of a friend and former teammate of his (some reports
Murder hits minor-league hockey. Plus, Chris Chelios gets whistled for DUI.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 22, 2010
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Bland theft auto

Man, talk about a meme that won't die!
Ex-Patriot Terry Glenn's suburban sprawl. Plus, Charles Rogers needs a nap.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 15, 2010
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The China syndrome

There was always a little something off about Kirk Snyder, the onetime University of Nevada Wolf Pack star and NBA washout.
Kirk Snyder's strange tale gets stranger. Plus, Texas Lutheran's divine intervention.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2009


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Goon to Carolina

A few years ago, there was a lot of sentiment in Patriots country for drafting a University of Miami linebacker named Jon Beason.
Jon Beason takes it outside. Plus, an ex-NFL lineman doubles down and gets busted.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 11, 2009
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Lights out

Not sure this has a whole lot to do with sports crime, but . . . it does involve Tila Tequila naked, so that's a start for an interesting exploration of something .
Tila Tequila goes off. Plus, Lawrence Taylor takes a hard right-hand turn.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 27, 2009
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Golden goofballs

Yet another major-program football player walked the Taser plank this past week, though this one was called back from the edge just in time.
Minnesota football teams produce twin dummies
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 13, 2009
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Punch drunk

Charges have finally come in on Aqib Talib, the frequently high (if you believe his pre-draft drug tests) and drafted-up-high (20th overall in 2008) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback who reportedly decked a cabbie because . . . well, it’s still not exactly
Aqib Talib's press coverage. Plus, the Whizzinator wilts, and Christmas comes early to Philly.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 30, 2009
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Nothing is shocking

Time again for our semi-regular look at law enforcement’s current go-to gadget: the Taser.
A Louisville Cardinal gets winged. Plus, wrong-way scootering in Georgia.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 23, 2009


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Throwing strikes

For us New Englanders, Chuck Knoblauch was always kind of tough to take.
Chuck Knoblauch chokes in the clutch. Plus, the SUNY-Binghamton story gets worse.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 09, 2009
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Wild, Wild West

Former Celtic Delonte West has long been known as a clutch shooter, but he's apparently taking that reputation a little too literally.
Delonte West tries out for the Washington Bullets. Plus, SUNY-Binghamton is at it again.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 02, 2009
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Catch a falling star

There was a time, not long ago, when two things were true. The first was that the University of Miami was a perennial college-football powerhouse. The second was that Willie Williams was going to be the next big thing among college-football linebackers.
Willie Williams and Charles Rogers prove that "can't miss" prospects sometimes do
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 25, 2009
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Lightning dolt

Outstanding story out of San Diego last week, where terrifyingly stone-headed Chargers linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman was detained by police after similarly dumb-as-crap semi-famous bisexual reality-show skank Tila Tequila accused him of choki
Did Shawne Merriman take his shot at love?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 18, 2009
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America's scam

What a year for former New England Patriots and the criminal-justice system!
Eugene Lockhart funds his own buyout. Plus, why do pro athletes hate cabbies?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 11, 2009


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Fall guys

No shortage of sports-crime activity this week — in fact, it's been an extremely busy time, so much so that it's worth a bullet-point to get to some of the developments in brief.
As summer winds down, sports crime picks back up
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 04, 2009
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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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Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009