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REPORT: Suns Forward Michael Beasley Under Investigation! [KingpinTV*net]

Suns forward Michael Beasley is the subject of an investigation regarding an alleged sexual assault, according to police in Scottsdale, Ariz.

ABC15.com reports that the alleged assault took place on Jan. 13.

“At this point we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” said David Pubins, Scottsdale police spokesman. “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we may have to try and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.”

KTAR also reported the investigation.

This is the second time during Beasley’s tenure in Phoenix that he has found himself in hot water. Word broke in February that Beasley was cited on Jan. 25 for multiple driving violations for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone at 1:10 a.m. in a Mercedes that did not have a license plate. Beasley was driving on a suspended license and a loaded gun was found in the vehicle. Suns management did not discipline Beasley after the incident.

It has been a long and rocky road since Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft after earning Big 12 Player of the Year honors during his one season at Kansas State. Before playing his first game for the Heat, Beasley was fined $50,000 for his role in a marijuana-related incident at the Rookie Transition Program. He spent time in a substance abuse treatment center in 2009 before the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves after just two seasons.

Upon acquiring Beasley, then Timberwolves president David Kahn called him ”a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana” before he arrived in Minnesota. Beasley was later pulled over for speeding and cited for marijuana possession by Minnesota police during the 2011 lockout. He also shoved a fan in the face during a lockout exhibition game in New York and launched a lawsuit against his former AAU coach, alleging that he had received improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.

Police confirmed the investigation within hours of the Suns’ announcing the hiring of Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough as their new GM.

Beasley, 24, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns last summer, although the final season is only partially guaranteed. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 40.5 percent for the Suns, who finished 25-57, the worst record in the Western Conference.


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NEWS: Javaris Crittenton Officially Indicted On Murder Charges! [KingpinTV*net]

From humble beginnings as a child in Atlanta Georgia, to starring at Georgia Tech & making it to the NBA, Javaris Crittenton seemed destined to make it big. Things have changed for the former Georgia State “Mr Basketball” and member of “Future Business Leaders of America”

Crittenton was indicted on murder charges along with his cousin in a case officials call a gang-related shooting that took place Atlanta in 2011.

No trial date has been set.

Crittenton, 25, and Douglas Gamble heard of 12-count indictment in Atlanta’s Fulton County District Court. Officers allege Crittenton fired a gun that killed a mother of two, Julian Jones, who was walking in a group of people. Officials suspect the incident was retaliatory, citing Crittenton as the victim of a robbery during which he had $50,000 of jewelry stolen.

Crittenton’s last stint in the NBA was with the Charlotte Bobcats. He was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.

He is well known for a Christmas Eve 2009 incident in which he and teammate Gilbert Arenas drew guns on each other in the Wizards’ locker room during an argument over gambling debts

(Toronto Sun)

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NEWS: Rick Ross Receives Second Open Letter From Another Industry Vet! [KingpinTV.net]

Editor’s Note: Dee dee cocheta is an industry vet that has had a long tenure in music. Her career spans PR & Social Media Professional, digital content producer, blogger and more. She writes an open letter to Rick Ross after a recent song seems to advocate date rape. Rick Ross has not commented. While rape, real or suggested, is horrific and completely objectionable, the views in this open letter are dee dee’s.

Greetings William,

I am writing you a letter because I have sat back and observed long enough. I am coming to you as a ‘sister’ of the human family we all belong to. WE are connected! AND you my brother, I am tired of hearing negative things about you and now I am mad at how you are treating yourself. So please do not take this wrong or feel I am coming at you to scold or beat you up with my words. I am coming to you because I CARE and LOVE YOU!

What brought me to the point of writing this open letter was after reading ALLHIPHOP.com Hip-Hop Rumors on your new song, “U.O.E.N.O.” (you ain’t even know it) titled: YOWZA! New Rick Ross Lyric Will Upset Smart Women! So yeah I’m a little upset and rightfully so as the lyric you wrote about refers to ‘date rape’ and is exactly how I lost my virginity; someone STOLE it at the age of 14 before entering in high school. I take responsibility for being at a party I had no business being at but I want you to know how scary this now 41-year-old woman felt to wake up to blood on the sheets with an aching pain and empty feeling, that your heart is sunken where you feel you lost something. Well I did, I lost the right to choose whom I wanted to share that special moment with because I was knocked out and taken advantage of. See William, your lyric doesn’t educate it only further glamorize what fools like that man did to me 27 years ago. I happen to believe in karma and I know that man got his without me having to lift a finger.
William, I’m concerned about your health and your life messing with the wrong people and feel you are not listening to the GOD in you. I believe things that are happening to you now is because it’s GOD saying SLOW THE EFF down, get control of your life, you are not on the path destined. William, that means not at the expense of yourself or others. I understand this entertainment industry with expertise of over 20 years and can impart wisdom as I just shared my experience with date rape. Additionally, in my youth, I have been associated with gang members, dealt with being a borderline diabetic so weight/eating has always been an issue for me most of my life and basically led a self-destructed life. Why? because I really did not love myself. Additionally, I have 7 children and 3 grand babies (known to many as the Hip-Hop Mama) where I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer… So William, I’m not the type of mom, sister or friend that judges let alone condone certain things, I take accountability for my actions, I take responsibility for how I live and educate my children; making them aware of as much as I can in life – good and bad, never hiding truth and the ugliness this world has to offer. Right now though I am in the process of healing self and fully loving me. I believe this may be something missing in your life. I am sure you are trying to work on your health issues?!!? I am not sure what’s going on with all this gang/gun/court mess but I do not like it and I have been praying and meditating on you for a while.

“You must choose your battles wisely.” Words I have heard and keep hearing because I did not learn my lesson until now…

William, those lyrics on date rape to your actions all say to me you need help and healing yet we cannot take that first step for you. YOU MUST CHOSE A SIDE and not at the expense of your health, your life or to further perpetuate the hurt and pain of others.

William, we are all survivors, KINGS and QUEENS! I hope you make your way back to being able to show us that courage and strength. Being vulnerable is not a sign for weakness; it shows you are a man. I will continue to pray yet this is a call for you to take some other type of action before you will be another fallen Hip-Hop artist like so many others we lost. I believe and LOVE YOU WILLIAM. Please show me something different good!

RESPECTFULLY, your sister

dee dee “Hip-Hop Mama” cocheta

That’s letter number two Ricky


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UPDATE: Michael Jordan Files Counter Claim In Paternity Suit! [KingpinTV*net]

This is an update from a previous post : http://wp.me/p1iuIi-1Fq

Michael Jordan has asked a Georgia court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who says the NBA hall of famer is the father of her 16-year-old son.

Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in the document filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s son. Jordan accused her of making false claims against him.

The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats majority owner said the paternity of the teen has already been “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband.

Jordan, 50, released a statement to The Associated Press on Monday through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy saying,

“Public records show that the paternity of the child was established in a prior case in this same court many years ago and that Michael Jordan is not the father. He also filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions for the false claims made against him. It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation.”

Jordan’s response to Smith’s Feb. 6 lawsuit said her suit is a

“shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.”

Smith’s lawsuit requests Jordan take a paternity test and pay child support. She also requested the boy’s last name be changed to Jordan, and for a judge to order the Georgia Department of Vital Records to issue him a new birth certificate.

The lawsuit requests that any hearing or trial be conducted in closed court to protect the teen’s privacy.

However, Smith’s publicist acknowledged that the teen posted a video to YouTube on Dec. 25, saying Jordan is his father and that he wants him to play a larger role in his life.

“Pamela had no choice but to support her son and his desire to forge a relationship with his father,” Smith’s publicist, April Love, said in a statement Friday. “That’s why she is now speaking out and prompting Michael to do the right thing.”

Love said Smith, 48, and Jordan met in Chicago in the late 1980s.

According to court documents, Smith does not have an attorney. A court date is scheduled for March 12.

Hopefully Pamela wasn’t the one who gave him the “Flu” back in 1997 during the NBA finals.


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NEWS: Michael Winans Jr. Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison! [KingpinTV*net]

The infamous ponzi scheme. Many have fallen victim. You can even go as far to say that those who became prey didn’t do their research properly and exercise due diligence. Who can you trust in today’s society? Family? Friends? Enemies? Pretty hard in these tough times that we are living in. We should turn to the church. After all who better to trust than a “God fearing” individual, that comes from a strong christian background, with strong christian values?

If you listen to gospel music, than you know the Winans family.  Based out of Detroit Michigan, the family has built a gospel music dynasty. Hit gospel music, appearances on Oprah & numerous mentions in popular culture.

Sadly like most families, there is always a rotten seed. Michael Winans Jr., of the popular Gospel-singing Winans family, was sentenced this week to nearly 14 years in prison for taking in $8 million in a  ponzi scam carried out in Christian churches. Winans convinced church goers that he would be investing their money in Saudi Arabian crude oil bonds.

Victims say they’ve experienced ruined relationships with family members who they convinced to invest with Winans, broken marriages, death threats, and loss of their homes. In one case, a young woman enrolled in the U.S. military due to losing her college tuition.

Winans had collected $8 million from more than 1,000 investors between October 2007 and September 2008 through his connections with various churches in Michigan. He often collected between $1,000 to $7,000 from his duped investors, promising that they would receive 100 percent returns in a matter of months. Federal investigators say Winans instead used the millions for personal expenses and to pay off previous investors.

Winans did at one point learn that the crude bonds were fake, but went on collecting money from investors, WDIV-TV reports.

The 30-year-old nephew of award-winning singers Bebe and Cece Winans pleaded guilty in October to wire fraud and promised to repay each investor. According to The Associated Press, about 600 people are waiting for a total of $4.8 million to be repaid.

In court Wednesday, Winans repented and insisted that he carried out the scheme in good faith, wanting to help people better their lives.”I caused financial and emotional damage. For that I repent. There was no malicious intent on my part … I wanted people to have a good life.” The disgraced recording artist and music producer was sentenced to 13 years and nine months in federal prison and ordered to make restitution.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission calls the kind of crime committed by Winans “affinity fraud,” which involves fraudsters targeting specific groups, in this case Christians, and using their shared faith to attract investments from the group’s members, as well as from their friends and family members.

In my opinion, what makes this crime heinous is the fact that Mr Winans used his standing within the church, his family name & the word of the Lord to mastermind this scheme. Preying on innocent church goers and using their faith is not only cold, but extremely callous.  Mike Winans Jr. will serve his time and pay his debt to society, but ultimately he has someone higher to answer to one day.

(CP Church & Ministries)

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UPDATE: Chad “Ochocinqo” Johnson Suing Over Sex Tape Leak! [KingpinTV*net]

From the day Chad Johnson’s sex tape was leaked, there had been talks that he would sue the website that leaked the video World Star Hip Hop.

According to TMZ those talks have turned into a full fledged lawsuit not just against WSHH, but also Media Take Out. The man formerly knows as OchoCinco is asking for unspecified damages, plus a court order to make sure the video can never be shown on their sites again. No word on if the model in the video is also suing, but you can see photos of her here.

Chad contends that the video was stolen from his phone and the FBI is working on who committed the crime.


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VIDEO/GROUPIE TALES: Chad “Ochocinqo” Johnson Has Sex Tape Leaked! [KingpinTV*net]

Chad Johnson may not currently be in the NFL but he can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. He may finally have reached the point where even he feels overexposed: parts of an alleged sex tape featuring the former NFL star were leaked on the internet.

Worldstarhiphop.com received the short clip and some photos of the sex tape. The description accompanying the video says “The photo is really a video that was taken as a screen-shot during Chad’s alleged sexcapades with a full audience in the background.”

According to TMZ, Johnson acknowledged that the tape is real and a source close to him told the website that it was shot “roughly three years ago.” Per the report, Johnson is looking into legal options to get the tape removed from the web. It is believed that the source of the leak is his ex jumpoff, Wankaego seen below.  The former wide receiver has contacted the FBI. Because his phone was hacked this maybe considered a cyber crime punishable by law.

(BSO, TMZ, WSHH, Huffington Post)

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UPDATE: NBA Investigates Confrontation Between Kendrick Perkins & Zach Randolph! [KingpinTV*net]

As is the NBA’s standard procedure, the league is investigating Wednesday night’s confrontation between Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and Memphis power forward Zach Randolph at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Both players were ejected with 2:05 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ 107-97 victory and had an altercation in a hallway near the Thunder locker room after leaving the court. The players were separated by Oklahoma City police officers patrolling the area.

Security officials later said there was no altercation and there would be no investigation, but the league office confirmed Thursday it was looking into the incident to potentially levy fines and/or suspensions for both players.

Afterward in the locker room, Randolph downplayed what transpired. “It wasn’t nothin’,” he said.

Asked what was said on the court, Randolph refused to share details.

The game was nationally televised on ESPN and a courtside microphone picked up what was said.

Perkins: “I’ll meet you by the bus.”

Randolph: “I’ll beat your (expletive).”

Asked Thursday what led to the incident, Perkins said: “Just too much talking. I wasn’t frustrated, but at the same time I have a problem with losing. … You do have to see this team three more times and we can’t be showing no signs of weakness.”



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NEWS: Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph In Altercation? [KingpinTV*net]

According to CBS Sports, as the Grizzlies knocked off the defending Western Champs Thunder Wednesday night, there was the usual amount of dislike between the two teams. Specifically, there’s Kendrick Perkins who doesn’t like anybody except his momma, and Zach Randolph, whose not a lighthearted fellow either.

As Powerman 5000 once said, this is what it’s like when worlds collide. Heads up, explicit language in this video as Zach Randolph makes Perkins a special kind of promise after the first free throw.

An unconfirmed rumor was circulating that there was a fight between the two players, which local police offered no comment in regards to the situation. More to come


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NEWS: James Harden Provides Local Stimulus For Houston’s Strip Clubs! [KingpinTV*net]

According to BSO, James Harden is living the good life. After signing a 80 million dollar contract extension he decided to support the city of Houston’s strip clubs by making it rain:

James Harden supports the “naked hustle” It’s not like he wasn’t paid before he got to Houston, So he already had some chips. He just has more to play with now. Fear the beard!


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NEWS: Lawrence Taylor Wins Teen Prostitute Lawsuit! [KingpinTV*net]

Disgraced American football icon Lawrence Taylor has won a civil lawsuit filed against him by the teenage prostitute he was convicted of sleeping with in 2010.

The former New York Giants superstar was sentenced to six years’ probation last year after pleading guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute following allegations he bedded then-16-year-old runaway Cristina Fierro in a Ramapo, New York hotel.

The girl, now 19, subsequently filed suit against Taylor for assault and battery, claiming he forced her into having sex with him, and the case went to court in Manhattan this week. In her words:

“He was lying on top of me. I said I can’t breathe. I was pushing him away from me.’’ Taylor attempted to give the child oral sex, but she said “No!’’ and he stopped.”

She said she asked Taylor to put on a condom.

“It’s my first time,’’ Cristina whimpered. “He didn’t care . . . It was really painful.’’

“He had money in his pocket,’’ said Fierro. “He said, ‘Here. Turn the TV off when you leave.’”

Jurors began deliberations on Friday but it took them just 50 minutes to return a verdict, ruling the sex was consensual and clearing Taylor of the violence allegations.

Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom following his legal victory, 53-year-old Taylor said, “I feel for what she’s gone through. I wasn’t a bad person… I hope the best for her. Now, it’s time to go back and concentrate on my own broken life.

(Toronto Sun, BSO)

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BREAKING NEWS: Natina Reed, Musician & Star Of Bring It On, Dead At 32! [KingpinTV*net]

Natina Reed, member of the R&B group Blaque and star of the 2000 cheerleading flick Bring It On, has died at age 32 after being struck by a car near Atlanta, E! News has confirmed.

According to a press release sent from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Police Department to E! News, police received a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. “The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance,” the press release states. “Natina Reed was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. E.S.T.”

Preliminary information indicates that Reed was in the roadway on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road when struck,” the release continues. Though the investigation is ongoing, the release states that the driver was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.

Reed was a protege of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who herself died in an car accident in 2002. Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, whose father is the rapper Kurupt. Sunday would have been her 33rd birthday.

Fellow Blaque members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe issued a joint statment today:

“We are devastated by the loss of our group member, sister and friend Natina Reed. Because of the enormous support of Blaque fans and our love for each another, Blaque officially reunited this fall and we were in the process of working on a new album and a reality show. Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere. Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend. We ask for your prayers at this time for Natina’s family. She will forever be missed and her global influence eternally felt. We thank God for the experiences we shared.”

(E! Online)

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NEWS: Magic Johnson Sued For Wrongful Dismissal Of Employee! [KingpinTV*net]

If you remember not to long ago a groupie was trippin on NBA baller Javale Mcgee as a result of her not being offered some Chipolte. Well this time around it’s Magic Johnson showing his authority over some turkey slices.

According to USA Today, Latina Thomas, Magic’s personal flight attendant has filed suit against Magic Johnson Entertainment and Clay Lacy Aviation for age discrimination among other labor code violations. There are claims that she was denied rest breaks and overtime. She has also claimed that the former NBA all star failed to keep accurate records of the hours she worked.

Latina also claimed that she was ordered to cater to Magic’s specific eating habits, including squeezing red vine licorice to make them soft enough for his consumption

According to the plaintiff her termination was due to not being able to get two specific types of turkey on Magic’s deli sandwich, which held her up, causing her to be late

Now I’m not sure how wife Cookie deals with his meals. He likely has a personal chef. But if these allegations are true, they are painting the hall of famer as a diva who must have his own way. Details to follow



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NEWS: Flavor Flav Jailed In Vegas On Domestic Violence Charges! [KingpinTV*net]

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Police in Las Vegas say entertainer Flavor Flav is jailed on felony charges stemming from a domestic argument with his fiancee and threats to attack her teenage son with a knife.

Officer Bill Cassell says no one was injured before the arrest around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in a residential neighbourhood southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

The 53-year-old former rapper and reality television star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., was being held on $23,000 bail at the Clark County jail, with an initial court appearance scheduled Thursday.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Drayton was part of the 1980s and 90s rap group Public Enemy whose public persona includes wearing a big clock on his chest.

(Calgary Herald)

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NEWS: Mrs. A.I. Slaps Hubby With Restraining Order! [TekniqueTheKingpin*com]

It used to be that the sight of former Sixers superstar Allen Iverson running up and down the pine, hitting his jump shot, would scare many an NBA opponent.

Nowadays, the dude is just plain scary, according to legal documents filed in Atlanta by A.I.’s once better half, Tawanna Iverson, 36.

The Answer is so frightening, she claims in the filing, that the former Tawanna Turner wants a restraining order issued against him because he’s harassing her and her family, according to a TMZ.com report. (The estranged couple have four children, ages 3 to 17.)

Over the past few months, Iverson “has engaged in increasingly contemptuous, threatening, and disturbing behavior,” Tawanna Iverson said in the filing, TMZ reported. The estranged Mrs. thinks things may escalate, the website said.

His grumpy behavior may have been prompted by one of her previous court filings, seeking the names and phone numbers of his hookups dating back to the start of their 2001 marriage. Tawanna Iverson and her lawyer were quite specific about what a hookup entailed.

“Such sexual relations and/or intimate physical contact include, without limitation, sexual intercourse, and/or touching or being touched in a manner for sexual arousal,” according to papers filed in March.

In last week’s filing, Mrs. Answer also claimed that A.I. was hiding money from her and asked the judge to stop him, TMZ reported.

But there appears to be a silver lining: Iverson told XXLMAG.com that he and Reebok would relaunch his signature “The Question” sneakers. If he doesn’t hide it, the cash infusion from the sneaks would certainly help pay for some of the legal bills.

(Philadelphia Daily)


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