Cheap Shots: World Peace at a high cost
By Reggie Hayes/The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (MCT)
May 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Suspended Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace gave away 100 movie tickets for a "pre-playoff party" Saturday and a viewing of "Think Like A Man."
Each fan received an autographed ticket, an elbow to the face and a heartfelt apology.
ESPN estimated the former Ron Artest will lose $348,000 in salary during his suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City's James Harden. Just as we assumed, World Peace comes with a high cost.
This shoe's on the wrong foot
The designer of LeBron James' Nike shoes mocked Derrick Rose (adidas guy) on Twitter after Rose went down with an injury. Jason Petrie later apologized, lashed out at critics and apologized again.
New Nike Slogan: Just Delete It.
Going, going, never mind
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has gone 23 games without hitting a home run since joining the team in free agency. On the bright side, while Pujols signed a $240 million deal, the Angels are paying $0 per home run.
Odom rearranges reality priorities
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian will apparently end their reality television show after its second season. Odom wants to revive his basketball career without any distractions. That should be no problem, other than the fact he's married to a Kardashian.
Officials of the Bowl Championship Series are on the verge of adding a four-team playoff in 2014. They are leaning toward offering the national championship game to the highest bidder. This would fulfill the school presidents' aim to protect the best interests of the student-athletes' abilities to make millions for a school's bank account.
The NCAA has accepted South Carolina's self-imposed sanctions of six lost scholarships and a cut in recruiting visits for its "failure to monitor" its athletic program. They probably still need some work on their new recruiting pitch, "At least our coach doesn't hire mistresses for staff positions."
Follow the leader
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was named America's Most Influential Athlete by Forbes for the second straight year. Apparently, more and more people are turning left on Sundays.
"Wait, this is a real call?"
Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu received a fake call saying he'd been drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the NFL Draft. Later, he was indeed drafted in the third round.
Meanwhile, in a related cruel moment, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins found out it was not a fake call saying he was drafted by the Redskins.
Goal! Ouch! Goal! Ouch!
A soccer mom in Sweden was arrested for allegedly attacking six people at a youth game on Sunday. Looks like another example of World Peace breaking out all over.
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