Jonathan Lee’s Weekly Sports Recap: June 1st-5th

A lot has happened in the first week of June in the area of sports law.
Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade has sued former business partner Richard Von Houtman for libel and slander. Wade is suing Houtman for $100 million dollars. He claims Houtman tainted his image by making false accusations that he used illegal drugs and steroids to Miami Heat President Pat Riley.

Following the firing of agent Drew Rosenhaus, Anquan Boldin has found his new agent, Tom Condon. Some of Condon’s clients include Colt’s receiver Marvin Harrison as well as brothers Peyton and Eli Manning. Boldin’s contract negotiations have continued with Arizona Cardinal general manager Rod Graves.

From one wide receiver to another, Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall, has been cleared by the NFL for his latest run-in with the law. Marshall was arrested in Atlanta on March 1st, following an argument with his fiancé, Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell. Although charges were dropped for that incident, Marshall is still due in court next week for two counts of misdemeanor battery charges.

Cleveland wide receiver Donte Stallworth has pled not guilty to DUI manslaughter charges. Stallworth was due in court after he struck and killed a man while allegedly driving drunk in Miami.

Yahoo Inc. has sued the NFL Players Association after the players union threatened to sue Yahoo if they did not pay royalties for their use of player data. Yahoo claims, although their licensing agreement expired March 1st, they argue they do not need authorization by the NFL Players Inc.

The NFL opened labor talks last Wednesday with the NFL Players Association to work out a new contract, which may prevent a work stoppage in 2011. The original agreement was suppose to run through 2013 but the owners opted out due to the current economic difficulties.

The NFLPA has settled their lawsuit with the retired NFL players. The $26.25 million settlement comes after the NFLPA dropped its appeal after the retired players sued for being left out of marketing deals which include EA sports and Madden. The San Francisco jury found in favor of the retired players back in November.

In Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees were due back in court Monday, after questions were raised about $4 billion dollars of public financing the Yankees received to build their new stadium.
Finally, a delay has occurred in the extortion case involving Louisville Head Coach, Rick Pitino. Karen Cunagin Sypher pleaded not guilty to charges that she tried to extort money from Pitino by asking him to pay for her children’s tuition along with money and other luxuries.

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