*Its a shame when people who are supposed to be professionals can’t keep a modicum of composure when things are not going their way. Such is the case of a hot-headed soccer player who is now in prison for landing a fatal punch on the referee during a soccer game last summer. Now, the dead man’s wife has filed a $51 million lawsuit against the player.
The figure represents $1 million for each of the 51 additional years that John Bieniewicz, a 44-year-old father of two, could have lived, according to the lawsuit in Wayne County (Michigan) court.
The player, Bassel Saad, is being sued by Kristen Bieniewicz of Westland, MI. She represents her husband’s estate.
Saad also controls the team and the soccer league.
*Music legend Quincy Jones may not be in the public eye like he used to, but don’t get it twisted, he’s still got that swag. In a new cool shoe campaign by designer Jon Buscemi, Jones is shown on billboards as he sports the luxury high-top sneaker for the designer’s Spring 2015 line.
And here you thought the producer of Michael Jackson‘s top-selling album had gone somewhere and sat down!
*When two police officers approached 21-year-old Samir Hill after they saw him playing B-ball with some neighborhood kids, he says he believes it was because they thought he sucked.
After he invited them on the court to play a little one-on-one, I guess they discovered he didn’t. That’s when they decided to take him down to the police station. And when he asked why he was there, they had no real reason. That’s because there was no reason. They just ended up being…
*Imagine the wide-eyed adulation that would come from any teen who works as a ballboy for the L. A. Lakers. Now imagine that kid working there during Michael Jordan‘s time. After all, Jordan, who was recently, officially, claimed a “billionaire,” is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Not to mention a great businessman. Many items that hold Jordan’s name have been auctioned off over the years for ridiculously high prices. A few years back, the shoes that Jordan wore during a game when he had the flu were auctioned, selling at $104,000. The other sneakers of Jordan’s that were sold were his 1984 Olympic gold medal game shoes.
Now, a man named Khalid Ali, who actually worked as a ballboy for the team during the 1984-85 season, when he was 15-years-old, has pulled a pair of tennies Jordan gave him out of his mama’s closet and cosigned them for auction in April.
*Wow, we need more people like former NFL player Philip Buchanon, who after being a professional football player, and squandering all of his money, has written a book detailing that stage of his life – errors and all – to help others avoid his mistakes and maintain the life. The former cornerback says that if he got a second chance, he would do things differently. And he has found new enthusiasm since stepping away from the game, returning to school, and gathering his thoughts.
Buchanon has penned the book, “New Money: Staying Rich” to show others what to look for when new money comes their way, and how to avoid the pitfalls it can bring. Continue reading →
*Never underestimate the depth of emotions a true sports fan can show! No matter how young they may be.When the Green Bay Packers were defeated in the NFC Championship game two days ago, one 6-year-old boy had a serious meltdown. But his mom, Kierra Yarbrough decided to videotape it and then posted it online.
The video showed the boy bawling his eyes out over the Packers loss — but instead of putting shame in his game with the kids at school … the meltdown got him a brand bike! Continue reading →
And Alia Atkinson (pictured above) found it hard to compose herself after hearing she had won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
According to the BBC, she also became the first black woman to win a world title in swimming.
The 25-year-old swimmer hails from Jamaica. She placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and even won three world short-course silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke before that. Atkinson also tied for the world record with the reigning champ, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania.Continue reading →
*Isn’t your first thought after reading the headline, “Naw, not the baby!” While I’m sure little Miss Mo’ne Davis would object to being called a baby, I hope she realizes we’re saying it with the most “motherly” intent. After all, some man and his wife is suing the Litte League team she plays on, the Taney Youth Baseball Association, for $50,000 in damages. Turns out a man was hit in the eye during one of their little league games.
Davis, who became a sensation during the summer of 2014 because she was the first girl to ever throw a shutout in Little League World Series history, brought the Philadelphia team a lot of attention as a result. Continue reading →