Names In The News
Snowboarder SHAUN WHITE “faces charges of public intoxication and vandalism, accused of drunkenly destroying a phone at a Nashville hotel and ending up in the hospital after he hit his head.” Police "responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday after a man identified as the 26-year-old White pulled a fire alarm, forcing the hotel to evacuate all guests." A hotel employee also "reported seeing White destroy a hotel phone." White “tried to leave the hotel in a cab before being stopped by a hotel guest who told the driver police had been called.” Police said that White “kicked at the man before running away.” The man "chased him and they collided when White turned around.” Police said that White then “fell back and hit his head against a fence” (ESPN.com, 9/17).
COURT REPORT: Former Fiesta Bowl COO NATALIE WISNESKI yesterday was sentenced in U.S. District Court to two years' probation “after admitting her participation in an illegal campaign-finance scheme that enveloped in scandal one of college football's signature post-season events.” Wisneski “pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge” but was “spared jail time because she helped federal and state prosecutors build cases against other current and former Fiesta Bowl employees” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/18).
GAME CRASHERS: Actors VINCE VAUGHN and OWEN WILSON at Sunday's Lions-49ers game “wore 49ers gear” on the team’s sideline. 49ers coach JIM HARBAUGH is “holding out hope two other notable figures will visit his team: MUHAMMAD ALI and WILLIE MAYS.” Harbaugh said of connecting with Mays, "We've been working on it" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/18).
NAMES: SI Senior Editor KOSTYA KENNEDY will author a biography of former MLBer PETE ROSE. The book’s release is slated for ’14, 25 years after Rose was banned from baseball for life for gambling (SI)….Former broadcaster BILLY PACKER is “planning a 240-unit apartment complex at the Catawba River Plantation neighborhood in northwest Charlotte.” Packer is “a partner in a limited liability company called C River, which owns the 20-acre site” (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/14 issue)….Family and friends, “including a few well-known folks from the world of sports,” gathered at The Four’s restaurant to toast the retirement of Boston Globe sportswriter BOB RYAN. Guests included former NBA player and GM WAYNE EMBRY and Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE, "who picked up much of the tab for the evening" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18)….Magic F GLEN DAVIS has retained Raleigh-based agency French/West/Vaughan as his marketing, PR and endorsements agency (NEWSOBSERVER.com, 9/17).