Robert Kraft’s Attorney’s File Motion to Suppress Evidence

Robert Kraft’s Attorney’s File Motion to Suppress Evidence @uproarxx

Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence in his solicitation of prostitution case, according to a source.

The motion was filed as an effort to make sure that the surveillance video, described as graphic and damning, is not released to the public, should he not reach a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office offered Kraft and 24 other men a diversion deal Monday, that would allow the men to avoid prosecution if they meet certain conditions. A diversion deal would expunge their cases and seal all evidence.

Under the initial deal that was offered, prosecutors would drop misdemeanor solicitation charges if the men pay $5,000 fines for each offense (Kraft was charged with two), complete an educational course about prostitution, submit to testing for sexually transmitted diseases and admit in court that they would have been found guilty had the case gone to trial.

It’s that last point that could derail a deal.

A source close to Kraft said, “That’s not going to happen,” and said the 77-year-old would rather fight the charges in court than admit to a crime. Sources said that the two sides were continuing to negotiate and that Kraft had not rejected the deal outright.

Should Kraft accept a diversion program offer, it would be as if the incident never happened. But he would also essentially be admitting to the facts of the case: that he allegedly received sexual services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on Jan. 19 and 20. Kraft has never specifically denied receiving sexual services at the spa, but through a spokesperson denied having committed a crime.

Kraft is said to be especially concerned about having his name connected to accusations of sex trafficking. When law enforcement officials first announced the arrests of spa operators last month, they described it as a sex trafficking case.

But documents show that the two women Kraft is accused of receiving services from likely were not trafficked: One is 39 and was charged with operating illegal activity at the spa; the other is 58. Both have valid driver’s licenses, and both are licensed as massage therapists by the state of Florida. So far, no one in the case has been charged with human trafficking.

Jessica Simpson gives birth to Baby No. 3!

Jessica Simpson gives birth to Baby No. 3! @jessicasimpson

Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson, welcomed their third child Tuesday.

Birdie Mae, weighed in at 10lbs., 13oz.

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Simpson and the former NFL player also share son Ace Knute, 5 and daughter Maxwell “Maxi” Drew, 6.

In August, Simpson, 38, shared a cute Instagram post of the older siblings, with the caption “SURPRISE,”

as they prepared to pop two large polka-dot balloons to find out if they would be welcoming a little brother or sister into their family.

“This little baby girl will make us a family of five,” she added to a photo of her kids surrounded by smaller pink balloons. “We couldn’t be happier to announce this precious blessing of life.”

Doc Rivers puts a lid on those Lakers rumors

Doc Rivers puts a lid on those Lakers rumors @docrivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers put the lid on speculation that he would be coaching elsewhere after the season, revealing Tuesday that he and the Clippers verbally agreed to a longer-term contract extension earlier this season.

Rivers, responded to a question about his potential candidacy for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach position,  if the franchise decides to move on from Luke Walton following a disappointing season, Rivers shut down any idea of him moving to L.A.’s other NBA team.

“Well, I have a job and the Lakers have a coach, No. 1, and I am going nowhere,” Rivers said before the Clippers’ win over the Pacers Tuesday night.

“I can tell you that. Straight and up front, I’m going to be here until [Clippers owner] Steve [Ballmer] says get out. I plan on being here a long time.”

He added that Ballmer agreed to a contract extension last summer which included the option for Rivers to get out of the contract this summer if he chose to. But Rivers said he and Ballmer already have verbally agreed to forgo the option and work out a longer extension, which is pending the completion of paperwork.

“Just so we won’t talk about this for a while, let me end this right now: [Lakers president] Magic Johnson and I are very close friends, as you know, and that’s what we are,” Rivers said. “[But] early in this year, we [Ballmer and I] both decided let’s end this thing. Take this [option] out and extend and make it a longer deal. We’ve long decided on that. We just have chosen not to say anything about it. I’m here. My job is not done here.

“I came here for a lot of reasons, and one of them was obviously to win a world championship, and the other one was to make this a place that people respect and want to come here. I think we are accomplishing that part, but not the first part, yet. That’s my goal and that’s it. We don’t need to go on this anymore, thank you, please. I’m going to be here and I am looking forward to the future.”

Rivers is in his sixth season with the Clippers, arguably his best coaching job. Although the Clippers entered the season with low expectations they are in eighth place in the Western Conference, winning eight of their last nine games.

T.J. Dillashaw Gives Up Belt, Suspended By NYSAC

T.J. Dillashaw Gives Up Belt, Suspended By NYSAC @tjdillashaw

UFC’s bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has voluntarily relinquished his belt after being informed of an “adverse drug test” following his January fight with Henry Cejudo.

Dillashaw (16-4) made the announcement Wednesday morning, via Instagram. The UFC’s 135-pound title after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

 

The NYSAC later said in a statement that Dillashaw would serve a one-year suspension and pay a fine of $10,000 “for violations relating to use of a prohibited substance.” The suspension is retroactive to Jan. 19, the date of his last fight, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It’s unclear at this time whether the USADA will suspend him longer.

Dillashaw, 33, dropped down to flyweight in January to challenge Henry Cejudo for that belt; he lost the fight via TKO in just 32 seconds.

Wednesday’s news was disappointing for Cejudo’s camp, which had hoped for him to move up in weight and challenge Dillashaw for his bantamweight title.

“This sucks. Henry wanted that rivalry/money fight and the 135-pound belt and to shut the critics up once and for all. It made sense. I hope it was a mistake or contamination for his sake because that’s a hell of a drop from glory, from chasing the pound-for-pound status with two belts to losing it all,” Eric Albarracin, Cejudo’s head coach, told ESPN. “He has a family to support, and I wish that on no one. Can only wait to see what USADA’s final determination is.

“This throws a wrench in our plans. It’s early and I haven’t spoke with Henry yet. However if I know Henry, he still wants that belt because he is chasing a legacy, or Joe Benavidez might get served up a cold plate of Aztec Warrior revenge. Whoever it is, be prepared for an even better version of Henry than his last outing.”

Dillashaw won the bantamweight title at UFC 173 in May 2014 when he pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by defeating then-champion Renan Barao.  He lost the belt in January 2016, but he regained the title for a second time in November 2017, when he knocked out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. He successfully defended the belt in August when he defeated Garbrandt again, before setting his sights on flyweight.

Mike Trout finalizing 12-year $430 million extension with the Angels

Mike Trout finalizing 12-year $430 million extension with the Angels @miketrout

For the second time in three weeks, a new record for the largest contract in baseball history has been set.

The Los Angeles Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout are reportedly finalizing a 12-year, $430 million contract extension. The extension will presumably keep him in Anaheim the rest of his career.

The contract is the largest in professional sports history, surpassing boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $365 million deal, and it means Trout will not test free agency after the 2020 season.

Trout also takes the record for largest MLB contract away from Bryce Harper less than three weeks after he signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. After landing with his new team, Harper was public in his recruitment of Trout, a southern New Jersey native and die-hard Eagles fan.

Trout has won two American League MVP awards and has finished second in the voting four other times over his seven full MLB seasons. The 27-year-old enters the 2019 season with a .990 career OPS (175 OPS+) and 64.3 career WAR. Trout, a seven-time All-Star, hit .312/.460/.628 last season with 39 homers in 140 games last season. He led the AL in walks (and intentional walks), on-base percentage, OPS and OPS+.

While Trout has been brilliant since he made his MLB debut, he has not had much team success in Anaheim. The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout’s career and were swept out of the ALDS by the Royals in 2014.

The Angels have given out their share of huge contracts, but Albert Pujols’ deal expires after the 2021 season and Justin Upton’s runs through the 2022 year. Past that, it’s only Trout that is on the hook for the Angels. There might be a Shohei Ohtani extension in there at some point, but by no means are the Angels going to be handcuffed from exploring deals to build a team around Trout.

As far as what this means for the rest of baseball, the answer is not very much right now. Trout is special. He’s a once-in-a-generation player and already has one of the best resumes in history when it comes to his first seven years. What he gets doesn’t really apply to anyone else.

The biggest thing here is the Angels aren’t losing Trout and now they have 12 years to figure out how to build around him. Thus far, they haven’t been able to do so successfully.

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