Everyone makes mistakes, even all-time great NFL players. Well, former Vikings star and Hall of Famer Carl Eller was caught while making one of those drastic mistakes in judgment last April, when he nearly collided with a police car while driving drunk, then harassed arresting officers who attempted to take him into custody when he pulled into his house, leading to a diverse dossier of charges: fourth-degree assault, terroristic threats, driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
Well, now Eller is turning the tables on the Minneapolis police department, filing an 18-page lawsuit that the arresting officers who arrived at Eller’s home used “improper impact and unauthorized force” when arresting the 66-year old senior citizen. According to Eller’s lawyer Albert Goins Sr. in a story in the ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS, Minneapolis officers hit Eller in the head with a flashlight, subdued him with a chokehold and tasered him multiple times.
A lot of people finished off 2008 on a rocky run (Charles Barkley, anyone?), but few can compete with former Arkansas and Weathersford (Tex.) star running back Mark Pierce, who killed the driver of an oncoming car in a drunk driving accident and then ran from police on foot at the scene.
According to the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Pierce had reportedly stolen a Chevrolet Trailblazer from his family’s home in Weatherford on Tuesday morning, when he collided with a van driven by Lance Shelter in south Fort Worth. Pierce was then encountered with two options: try and help the victim at the scene or leave on foot. He chose the latter. (Shelter had died instantly in the crash.)
Unfortunately for Pierce, it’s not so easy to make good time while running from police when you’re very, very drunk. Fast as he is, he was still apprehended less than an hour after fleeing. He was arrested for “suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid”, and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to say he’ll end up guilty on both those counts.
New proof that the self-entitled daughters of wealthy sports owners shouldn’t be allowed in public with out official escorts: NASCAR owner Bruton Smith’s daughter, Anna Lisa (sounds about right for a NASCAR daughter, doesn’t it), has been charged with driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license, according to the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The charges stem from this horrific accident that occurred last week.
Of course, the immediate question is, “why was the daughter of an opulent NASCAR owner driving drunk in the first place?” Clearly, her father could have paid to have her chauffeured anywhere she wanted. Hell, he could have paid a NASCAR driver to take her anywhere she wanted. After all, this is a man who owns about half the tracks that NASCAR uses. If he gets pissed off and doesn’t want them to use his tracks, guess what? NASCAR isn’t racing.
Yesterday jurors saw video of Rafer Alston’s DWI arrest. The raw footage, from the dashboard of the police cruiser, shows the Rockets point guard being alternately belligerent and accommodating, at one point leaning over the hood of his car while telling officers to “take me in.”
Alston was pulled over early in the morning of August 7th for driving erratically, and having his headlights off. He admitted to having “3 or 4″ drinks at Pandora, a popular lounge in Houston (though he changes that story to “two vodka cranberries” once he’s in the backseat of the cop car). Alston refused a breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. And I have to give him credit: he holds out until the 1:18 mark of this video before pulling out the “I play ball, man. I play for the Houston Rockets, man” card. (See the arrest, after the jump.)
The DAILY MAIL documented the funeral of two British children killed in a car crash earlier this month, allegedly by a drunken goalkeeper for a Championship (the second-highest league in England) team. The player, Luke McCormick, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
The boys killed in the crash, Arron and Ben Peak (ages 10 and 8), were huge fans of Manchester United. In their honor, the family gave them a funeral with a Manchester United theme. The pall bearers wore United kits, most attendees wore red, and their dual coffin was emblazoned with Manchester United’s colors and logo.
The initial rumor being kicked around prior to this week was that Carmelo Anthony would be meeting with Nuggets brass regarding trade rumors, which turned out not to be the case: yesterday’s meeting actually resulted in a 2-game suspension for his recent DUI arrest, and this morning, he pleaded to a lesser charge in Denver County Court (both per the DENVER POST).
Anthony will serve a year’s probation and 24 hours of community service to go along with his team’s imposed suspension. The 2 games are mostly symbolic, more than anything else, but appropriate, given that it’s his first offense. Anthony will also be part of a Colorado State Patrol campaign on driving responsibly.
The first-round draft pick and Nuggets’ franchise player is questioning some of the pressure being put on him with the arrest and the Nuggets being swept out of the playoffs by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
TV WEEK reports today that Speed TV is planning “to air 10 one-hour episodes of ‘Wrecked … focuses on a sometimes risky life at a family-owned tow truck company in Chicago.”
Robert Ecker, VP of programming for Speed: “We have discovered over the course of time that while there are race fans, there are also people that have a love affair with the automobiles but are not necessarily interested in racing.”
Sadly though, it seems the Chicago-based show missed out on a major opportunity by starting the show now. Read more…
Scott Spiezio couldn’t hold his liquor - or anything else down - during a wild night last December. And now the Cardinals player will soon be held behind bars.
MLB.com reports that a $10,000 warrant has been issued by the Orange County (CA) D.A.’s office for the arrest of Spiezio. He faces charges of drunk driving & assault - all because someone didn’t appreciate Spiezio spewing all over his apartment. Read more…
If Roger Clemens gets a presidential pardon, we want one, too.
• Who would’ve thought Devean George would be such a power player in NBA trade talks?
• Meanwhile, the Association is gazing across the pond, as there’s plans to put teams in Europe.
• Len Pasquarelli must like his job, as the ESPN writer is back at work after quintuple-bypass surgery.
• But Dan Patrick isn’t as gung-ho about the Worldwide Leader, as he takes a jab at his ex-employer & Chris Berman.
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• FAN IQ reveals that Shaq is bringing so much more than just basketball skills to the citizens of Phoenix.
• AZ SPORTS HUB bears down word that Arizona coach Mike Stoops called Arizona State a “junior college“.
• THE 700 LEVEL finds Dwayne Wade & Rodney Carney trading back-to-back in-your-face dunks.
• First it was PTI. Then it was ABC. Now the BOSTON HERALD is in desperate need of proofreaders:
• Even with the pursuit of perfection going “poof!”, GOSSIP ON SPORTS knows it’s still good to be Tom Brady.
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