Former Chiefs GM SCOTT PIOLI talked at length yesterday on “The Dan Patrick Show” about witnessing the suicide of Chiefs LB JOVAN BELCHER last December. Pioli said, “Surreal doesn’t even do it justice. It was unlike anything I’ve ever been through.” Host Dan Patrick asked, “Did you think, ‘What could we have done?’” Pioli: “Absolutely, if you're human, if you have a heart, if you have a conscience, and if you have a thoughtful mind, absolutely. When you sign an NFL contract to do a job, or you do any job, you never think that you're going to go through something like that.” He added, “The truth is that I haven’t made sense of it all. I don’t know if any one of us that were there will ever make sense of it because here’s the reality: every human being, I don’t care who you are, has these deep dark places. And even those you're most intimate with, you don’t know. Clearly there was something with Jovan that none of us knew” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 1/29).
NOT GETTING ON THE BIKE: Actor BRADLEY COOPER is being rumored to play LANCE ARMSTRONG in an upcoming film about the cyclist, but he said this morning it is “not true.” Cooper noted while he making an appearance on the BBC, he was asked "out of the blue, ‘Would you ever want to play Lance Armstrong?’" He said, "I wasn’t aware that that was even something even talked about. ... I’ve always been fascinated by his whole story before the recent events.” Cooper added that he answered the BBC host “very brazenly, ‘Yes, that would be great (to play Armstrong),’ and then all of a sudden this sort of firestorm” began over the comment (“CBS This Morning,” 1/30).
HENDERSON STOLE THE BALL: A lawsuit filed Monday by the city of Henderson, Nev. states that Int'l Development Management President & CEO CHRIS MILAM "never planned to build a pro sports complex in Henderson as he promised to city officials and schemed with associates to get a sweetheart land deal while intending only to flip the property for residential development." The lawsuit alleges that Milam and "four accomplices misled Henderson officials about his 'Las Vegas National Sports Center' and plans to attract a pro team, arguing Milam used the city to win a bid on 480 acres of federal land he conspired to sell 'piecemeal to residential and commercial developers at a substantial profit'" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/29).
AWARDS & HONORS: Former NFLer FRED TAYLOR, former MLBer CHIPPER JONES, late NASCAR driver LEEROY YARBROUGH, former NBAer TIM HARDAWAY and former volleyball player GABRIELLE REECE will be among the 10 new inductees to the Florida Sports HOF on April 27 (JACKSONVILLE.com, 1/29)....The Stock Car Racing HOF announced that late NASCAR driver ALAN KULWICKI and former driver STERLING MARLIN along with Motor Racing Network's BARNEY HALL will be inducted on Feb. 18 at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach (NEWS-JOURNALONLINE.com, 1/29).
NAMES: A website allowing people to "donate money to help defray the medical bills of CALEB MOORE has been established as the Texas snowmobiler remained in critical condition Tuesday following a brutal crash at the X Games" (ASPENDAILYNEWS.com, 1/29)....Activists have "set up a petition urging TV bosses to drop convicted rapist" and Boxing HOFer MIKE TYSON from an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: SVU" (WENN.com, 1/29)....ESPN's MIKE GREENBERG is publishing a novel titled "All You Could Ask For," and proceeds will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of late N.C. State coach JIM VALVANO (TOM TAYLOR NOW, 1/30 issue)....Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR. will deliver the Univ. of Maryland commencement speech at the May 19 ceremony (Baltimore SUN, 1/30)....Former MLBer BARRY BONDS has listed his 17,100-square-foot, Italian-inspired estate in Beverly Park, Calif. for sale at $25M (LATIMES.com, 1/29)....Actress ASHLEY JUDD and IndyCar driver DARIO FRANCHITTI "are splitting after more than a decade of marriage" (PEOPLE.com, 1/29)....Thunder investor AUBREY MCCLENDON "will step down" from his position as Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO on April 1 (REUTERS, 1/29).