Posts Tagged 'drugs'

Dope Smoking Jayhawks Kicked Out Of NBA Rookie Program

South Oak Cliff’s Darrell “I Got Traded 3 or 12 Times On Draft Day” Arthur and former KU teammate Mario Chalmbers were kicked out of the NBA’s rookie transition program after they were caught with drugs in their hotel room according to ESPN.com.

Their Rock Chalk Smoke Talk nights ended earlier than they thought. 

Can you say embarrassing.

Both players could be fined 20-grand according to ESPN.com reporter Chris Broussard.

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Is Race Hurting Milton Bradley’s Image?

“This guy must be crazy”, Josh Hamilton said about Milton Bradley before he met him. 

Be honest, you probably thought the same thing from the ESPN clips on TV.

Today, Hamilton, a recovering drug addict, and Bradley are All Stars for the Texas Rangers.   The New York Times has great read about their road to Yankee Stadium for the Midsummer Classic.

The guys call themselves the “Risk Brothers”.  Hambone has become a media darling, a feel good story.  Bradley is still seen as the angry black guy according to the Times:

He has become the heir to Dick Allen, Albert Belle and Barry Bonds as baseball’s brooding Public Enemy No. 1.

It is not lost on several Rangers that players like the former Yankee Paul O’Neill and managers like Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Lou Piniella— all of whom are white — were labeled “fiery” and “intense” and celebrated for their tempestuousness. Piniella, who has disputed that image, nonetheless cashed in last year with a commercial in which he argues with an umpire and throws a base.

Several Rangers noted that Bradley was generally described as “volatile,” a pejorative they contend is used primarily with black players, rather than “fiery,” a compliment they say is often reserved for white men.

“If it was a white guy in his situation, what would they be saying?” Hamilton said. Reliever Eddie Guardado said, “We all know it’s there.”

Young added: “It’d be silly for anybody to say that race doesn’t play an issue. It would be a naïve outlook.”

This is a darn good story and I recommend you read it and watch the sitdown interview both players did.  Click here.

So This Is What Happened to Greg Williams Of The Ticket

Man, the tale of former Ticket talk show host Greg Williams is wild.  Dallas Observer sports writer Richie Whitt pens an all timer. 

Greg spent a lot of time on the radio going after guys like Michael Irvin, Roy Tarpley, Quincy Carter, Steve Howe, Leon Lett, and Barry Bonds for drug use…only to be a drug user himself.  Karma is a strong thing.

This one is really long, but worth the read.

I feel for current Hardline talk show host Corby Davidson.  He gets shed in a bad light in this article.  Having been through radio breakups, I know there is more to what Whitt wrote.  Corby can’t go on the record because his bosses want him to just let the situation go away, but we know it won’t.

I’m glad Greg didn’t take his own life.  I hope he can move on.  There is more to life than sports radio.  Trust me. I know.

Funny, I asked Greg one time what he was doing to lose weight.  He told me he was doing boxing and he stopped eating anything white, like rice or potatoes.   After reading this story I realized he had lap band surgery.  I was lied to, but it’s all good.

 

Josh Hamilton Returns To Tampa

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has a lot of fans back in Tampa.  Despite letting the organization down with his admitted use of crack cocaine, he was never looked at as a bad guy.

Tonigtht he returns to Tropican Field in St. Pete, Florida.   Hamilton was drafted #1 overall by the Rays in 1999.  Former teammate Carl Crawford is happy to see him tearing it up in a Rangers uniform.

The Tampa Tribune picks it up from here:

ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford and Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton are forever linked in Rays history as the franchise’s top two picks in the 1999 draft.

Hamilton, the No. 1 overall pick, is set to play today against the Rays for the first time since he was selected by the Cubs and traded to the Reds in the 2006 Rule 5 draft. It will be Hamilton’s first game as a major-leaguer at Tropicana Field.

Crawford, the Rays’ second-round pick in ’99, is glad to see Hamilton, 27, excel after an offseason trade sent him to Texas. Having apparently overcome the drug and alcohol problems that cost him most of the 2002-06 seasons, Hamilton leads the majors in RBIs with 53 and is among the AL leaders in batting average at .333 and home runs with 12.

“It’s refreshing to see,” Crawford said. “Everybody’s happy for him. Wish he was over here.”

Crawford and Hamilton were minor-league teammates from 1999-01 at rookie ball Princeton, Single-A Charleston and Double-A Orlando. Injuries and the aforementioned substance-abuse problems derailed Hamilton, even as Crawford became a major-league All-Star and the face of the Rays franchise.

Still, Crawford said he’s not entirely surprised Hamilton has begun to fulfill the massive potential he showed in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“I didn’t never really count him out, because I knew the talent that he had,” Crawford said. “I figured if he could ever get clean, if there was a person that could do it, he definitely was the one that you think could get it done, that could do it. You just always said that if he could get clean, who knows what could happen?”

Tony Romo’s “Mystery” Blonde Pics

Cowboys QB Tony Romo knows how to escape NFL defenders so IF he has to explain anything to Jessica Simspon about this cute blonde lady, he’ll have a good story.

Bang it here to see.

I remember back in the day when NOBODY cared what Romo did. 

 Now everybody with a camera wants to follow him around.   Somewhere in KC, Quincy Carter wishes he had stayed off the weed and kept his job as the Cowboys starting quarterback.

Josh Howard’s Problems Must Be Addressed

Special to the Star-Telegram

You can’t fix stupid. Somebody said that the other day, and it sure fits Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard’s actions the last few weeks.

The Mavericks can’t trade him now. That’s right. They can’t trade him because they won’t get value for him.

Howard’s play was absolutely horrible in the playoffs against the New Orleans Hornets. He shot just 29 percent from the floor.

Off the court, his actions were almost unforgivable.

The coach asked his players to be focused for the playoffs and cut out the parties. J-Ho decided he needed a birthday bash for himself after Game 4 at a Dallas nightclub.

He should have been ashamed to show up in public. Remember he was el stinko, bricking 3 of 16 shots for a measly six points as the Mavs went down 3-1 in the series.

It was the ultimate disrespect for the head coach and a reason why Avery Johnson is no longer employed by the team. Howard clearly didn’t care what Johnson had to say and wasn’t focused on winning a title.

It was stupid of Howard to go on Michael Irvin’s radio show and proclaim his love for smoking weed in the off-season the day of a playoff game and with his team in an 0-2 series hole. I wondered if he was high to admit to breaking the law, proclaiming “other players use it” as some type of defense, and causing a distraction that was not needed.

Howard’s good name with the Mavericks has taken a beating, and he’s to blame.

He deserved for fans to be upset with him. We know Dirk Nowitzki was sick of Howard’s antics, telling the media after the Mavs were sent on summer vacation:

“Bad timing in the playoffs,” he said. “It’s time to just concentrate about basketball and focus on it… not let any distractions come up.”

Josh Howard isn’t a bad guy. He’s just not a smart one, even if he attended Wake Forest University.

Back in the late ’90s, Washington traded away Chris Webber because he was making dumb off-the-court decisions. He matured while he was with the Kings and rewarded them with some exciting teams while the Wizards went nowhere with good guys Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe.

The Mavericks want to avoid that type of personnel mistake, so I don’t see Howard going anywhere. He needs some guidance and probably a drug counselor.

Maybe they can fix stupid.

Newy Scruggs is sports director for NBC 5.

Josh Howard Apologizes

Mavs former All Star Josh Howard writes to his fans..I’m sorry for smoking that stuff on his website.

He failed to apologize for stinking it up on the court in this playoff series against the Hornets.

newy@newdawg.com