Former 30-Game Winner Jailed, Says He’s Broke

In 1968, Denny McLain was on top of the world, winning 31 games en route to a World Series championship with the Detroit Tigers.

Denny McLain then now

Today, he’s in jail and, according to him, flat broke. Read more…

Neuheisel Says He’ll Be Tougher This Time Around

Via LARRY BROWN SPORTS, we have L.A. TIMES columnist Kurt Streeter interviewing new UCLA football head coach Rick Neuheisel regarding his disciplinary role (or lack thereof) after the SEATTLE TIMES chronicled the runaway nature of the University of Washington’s program and players during its 2000 Rose Bowl season.

Rick Neuheisel

Neuheisel refused to comment on the initial series of articles, but now tells Streeter, particularly with regard to the rape allegations surrounding then-UW tight end Jerramy Stevens, that it would not have been right to suspend a player for allegations without more proof. Read more…

Lebron James Pulled Over For 101 MPH; That’s It?

Lebron James hometown newspaper, the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, reports, via the ASSOCIATED PRESS, that James “was ticketed by the State Highway Patrol for reportedly driving 101 mph on Interstate 71 near Medina. The Cavaliers star was cited in a 65 mph zone at 2:43 a.m. on Dec. 30 - his 23rd birthday.

Lebron James Billboard

Cleveland attorney Colin Jennings filed a not guilty plea for James on Tuesday in Medina Municipal Court. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, the same day the Cavaliers are scheduled to play in Orlando, Fla., against the Magic.

More interestingly, the AP notes that “Other details about the traffic stop were not available.

So this happened over two weeks ago and no details are available? On a 101 MPH traffic stop? If they aren’t now, they probably won’t be in the future (we’re not suggesting there’s more to the story) . Especially considering James’ attorney is fighting the charge. If he thought any unseemly details were to come out of a legal affair, he certainly wouldn’t be going to court.

But how can the Cleveland media not have reported this for over two weeks? And they still technically haven’t. If it wasn’t for the Associated Press, we might never have known this happened. Lebron James is obviously the only biggest celebrity in Cleveland. If the mayor had been pulled over for going 101 MPH, do you think the local media would’ve reported that?

O.J. Simpson’s Bail Revoked, Must Return To Jail

Adam Housley of Fox News reports this afternoon that “OJ Simpson’s bail is revoked. He will be back to jail from Florida. He’s flying back today from Miami to Los Angeles and arriving early evening. He’s been taken into custody by Miguel Pereira, bail bondsman of You Ring We Spring Bail Bonds.

O.J. Simpson

More: “I got the tip late yesterday and have been holding it, making sure the bail bondsman made it to Miami and that he would actually be taken-in without an incident. Throughout last night and into today, we have kept this extremely quiet, with only a couple of people internally knowing this might go down. We can’t afford to let any information slip.”

There’s no further info from the report - so we don’t know what Simpson did to violate bail (not tipping his caddy?).

More importantly, how soon before Mr. “You Ring We Spring Bail Bonds” Pereira gets a reality show on Bravo?

Marion Jones Is Going Inside For Awhile (6 Mos.)

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison today. Ironically, prosecutors weren’t all that aggressive in seeking the max amount of jail time for the performance-enhanced, now-former Olympic gold medalist. But U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas dropped the hammer on Jones anway, who we’re sure you remember previously crying outside the courthouse.

Marion Jones

Excerpt: “In October, Jones told the judge that she lied to a federal investigator in November 2003 when she denied using performance enhancing drugs. She said she took steroids ’several times before the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after.’ She also admitted lying about her knowledge of the involvement of Tim Montgomery, the father of her son Monty, in a scheme to cash millions of dollars worth of stolen or forged checks.” What a debacle. But amazingly, it’s not her worst case of bad judgement.

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Report: Darren McFadden Handcuffed In Bar Fight

Anyone who has been to downtown Little Rock, Ark. after dark knows how delightful and welcoming it can be. So it’s no wonder that Darren McFadden spent yesterday evening there, apparently singing his heart out at a place called “Ernie Biggs piano bar” (name soon to inspire Simpsons episode).

Darren McFadden

Unfortunately though, some of the folks in that fine establishment apparently caught this year’s Cotton Bowl, as the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports McFadden was handcuffed outside the bar by police after being involved in a “pretty rowdy scene”.

Excerpt: “McFadden was handcuffed by a police officer ‘because he was agitated and was provoking aggressive behavior inciting the incident,’ according to the police report.

Now if only he could’ve done the same for the Hogs’ defense on Jan. 1.

Report: Vick May Serve Only Half Of Prison Term

Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of YAHOO SPORTS report Michael Vick may be released early, as soon as the end of this year. That means a 2009 possible NFL return for the convicted felon, providing he isn’t suspended additional time by the league.

Michael Vick Weed

Robinson and Cole report that, as hard as it is to believe, because he failed a drug test for marijuana before his sentencing and will serve his time at Leavenworth, KS., Vick may only have to serve about half the 23 months he was prescribed by a federal judge.

What were the chances of Vick being able to skate after only half his sentence in the federal prison system? About 100-1 (we’re sure his celebrity didn’t lower those odds, yeah right).

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Vick Awaiting Alge’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Steve Wyche of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION has a silver lining on the Falcons’ vomit-inducing season: Atlanta players will be able to visit Michael Vick in prison that much sooner.

Free Mike Vick Poster

Excerpt: “Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he and other players plan to visit quarterback Michael Vick in prison.” Hall said, “I think a couple guys are going to go up there to Virginia, get a chance to go see him. We all talked about [doing it] when the season was over. The season is over. We’ll try to formulate a plan to get up there to see him.”

Tight end Alge Crumpler and other players thought about visiting Vick earlier when he turned himself in, but because of time limits on visits, the players decided allow those moments soley for Vick’s family members.

More Hall: “It’s probably going to be real tough for him. I know when I spoke to him before training camp started, being told he wasn’t going to be able to come to training camp crushed him. He loved this team more than anything.”

We’re surprised Wyche didn’t mention that the only possible stumbling block to multiple Vick visits by Falcons players is undoubtedly the limited golf course choices near Vick’s prison.

Roy Jones Admits He Fights, Practices With, Dogs

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS today has outspoken Michael Vick supporter Roy Jones, Jr., admitting that he has allowed his pit bulls to fight on his property in Florida.

Roy Jones Knicks Practice

Jones, who had the nonsensical idea of promoting his upcoming fight with Felix Trinidad by practicing with the New York Knicks Friday, said, “I was (letting them fight) to a degree, but not like that serious. I just let my dogs get down five, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. Maybe like the longest I let them go was a half-hour, but I never let them fight to the death ’cause I can’t take that. I knew about it, but I wasn’t going to take it that seriously. I couldn’t see my dogs fight to the death ’cause they were too close of friends to me.

Coincidentally, Isiah Thomas said the same thing about the Knicks’ after practice.

The deputy manager of animal fighting issues for the Humane Society of the United States, John Goodwin, told the D-N that it us a felony under Florida law to allow dogs to fight on one’s property.

Goodwin: “If you put your dogs down there for 10, 15 minutes, that’s a felony in Florida. If he’s admitting that he’s fighting his dogs, then they need to go down there with a search warrant and confiscate those dogs.

Warren Moon Arrested On DUI Suspicion (Again)

The SEATTLE TIMES reports today that “Warren Moon was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with a suspended license early Friday morning, according to the Medina (WA) Police Department.

Warren Moon

Moon was pulled over for driving with expired tags, and the attending police officer soon learned Moon’s driving privileges had been revoked in Washington as well. The license revocation apparently stems from a suspicion-of-DUI arrest in April (Moon was fined and given community service in that case).

Warren Moon

There’s no word if Moon blew over the legal limit this time. The Times notes “a report will be sent to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

What makes this arrest even more astonishing is the public humiliation Moon and Leigh Steinberg suffered earlier this year, when both were hit with DUI charges in the same week. Moon is a partner at the sports agency Tollner, Steinberg and Moon.