Speed Read: McNulty Makes “Offer” To Big Ben

Andrea McNulty, the woman who has sued Ben Roethlisberger for allegedly raping her last year, has had her credibility and motivations called into question many times since her lawsuit was filed in July. But now, in an attempt to make her seem both less crazy and less of a gold digger, she has offered to withdraw the lawsuit.

Ben Roethlisberger Andrea McNulty

Oh, if it were only that simple. As you’ll see, McNulty’s “offer” may seem like a noble pursuit, but it stipulates that Big Ben do the one thing he’ll never, ever do. So, without further ado, here are the three conditions for having the lawsuit dropped:

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Are NBA Refs Refusing To Call Fouls On LeBron?

It’s a an accepted part of the NBA that star players are officiated differently than everyone else. Guys like LeBron, Wade, and Kobe just lower their shoulder and head to the bucket and 95% of the time a whistle’s going to bail them out whether they get fouled or not. But one thing that most don’t consider is that stars also get the benefit of the doubt on defense too.

LeBron James

(guess who the foul’s on?)

BULLS.COM’s Sam Smith has some startling numbers on how many fouls LeBron has been whistled for this year. James is a candidate for the NBA’s all-defensive team, which Smith says is largely because James is only being called for 1.72 fouls per game this year — shockingly low for a guy who is so active defensively. In fact, LeBron went through a five game stretch in March in which he was called for zero fouls. Not a single one in more than 180 minutes on the floor.

As you might expect, some think this is a tad bit shady. Although, should we really be that surprised considering the general quality of NBA officiating?

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NBA Hires Army General To Whip Refs Into Shape

With all the negative news surrounding its referees - from gambling charges to cheating allegations - the NBA is taking steps to put some order into its officiating. And who better to maintain discipline than an army general.

Ronald Johnson NBA referees

ESPN reports that the league has hired Ronald L. Johnson to its newly created position of senior vice president of referee operations. The recently retired two-star general will be responsible for “all aspects of the NBA’s officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement.”

Seems like a lot to keep track of. But Johnson’s many years’ experience of hooping it up on the courts should help, right? It would if he had any:

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