Jonathan Lee’s Sports Recap: August 10-14

The sports law world was relatively quiet this week, but there were still stories that caught the attention of the press.

Michael Vick is off the free-agent market as he signed a two year deal with . . . drum roll, please . . . the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 million the first year with a $5.2 million option the second.

Disgruntled wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Brandon Marshall, was in court Thursday for a misdemeanor battery charge after an altercation with girlfriend Rasheedah Watley. A conviction in this case could lead to a possible suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

While there have been numerous stories of unhappy wide receivers this off-season, one who is no longer part of that list was Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver, Roddy White, who agreed on a six-year $50 million dollar deal with $18.6 million guaranteed.

Browns’ receiver Dontè Stallworth has asked a Miami Judge to cut time on his probation sentence that was part of his plea bargain for DUI manslaughter.  Stallworth is still serving his 30-day jail time, and was suspended for the season without pay by Commissioner Goodell.

Stallworth’s former teammate, Drew Brees, made the headlines this week after the death of his mother, which is being investigated by Colorado officials. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Lawrence Phillips was found guilty Tuesday on assault and other felony charges. The former NFL running back will face up to 25 years in prison, to go along with his 10-year sentence for hitting three girls with his car.

In baseball, the Chicago White Sox made a rather head-scratching move when they claimed Alex Rios off waivers this week.  Rios, who is owed close to $69.9 million in the span of seven years, which began last year, is joining an already-crowded outfield with Scott Posednik and Jermaine Dye. The Sox also made a deal with the Indians for infielder Andy Cannizaro to shore up their infield. The White Sox have been very aggressive as they try to win their division—they also traded for ace pitcher Jake Peavy at the trade deadline.

The European League for basketball has been on the rise with signings of key role players in the NBA along with rising prep stars. Some of the notable names of the past have been former Atlanta Hawk guard Josh Childress along with current rookie Brandon Jennings. This year has been much of the same, as many NBA players are opting overseas. The latest signings have been restricted free agent Linas Kleiza. Kleiza, who played a key role in Denver this past season, signed a 2-year deal worth over $12 million with the Olympiakos.

Some of the other players to leave for greener pastures overseas were prep star Jeremy Tyler, who signed a one-year $140,000 deal with Maccabi Haifa. Tyler was the first player to leave high school early to play oversees. Von Wafer also signed a two-year deal with the Olympiakos.

After trading big man Tyson Chandler for Emeka Okafor, the New Orleans Hornets made another move this past week—trading Rashual Butler and cash to the Clippers for a conditional second-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Quentin Richardson will be joining the Miami Heat as he was traded for big man Mark Blount. Richardson has been on a moving frenzy this summer, and the Heat will be the fourth team he will join in just one off-season. Among the other teams were the Clippers, Grizzlies, and Timberwolves.

Kurt Rambis, once known as the heir to Jackson’s throne in Los Angeles, will take a much different route as he reached an oral agreement to become the next head coach of the up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves.

In the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy case, the NHL has agreed for depositions from Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and two league owners.

Rick Pitino, a coaching legend some might say, after leading the Wildcats to the 1996 National Championship and creating a winning culture in Louisville, will have to rebuild his reputation. Pitino admitted to having sexual relations with Karen Cunagin Sypher six years ago. Sypher was then arrested for trying to extort $10 million from Pitino. In a statement to the police, Pitino explains his side of the story, sharing that he only gave Sypher money for health insurance, not knowing that the money was going to be used for an abortion. This is a setback, after Pitino helped lead the Cardinals to the Elite Eight last year. That is all the news this week.

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