Names In The News
Former NFLer CHRIS KLUWE yesterday said that he "plans to file a lawsuit" against the Vikings in hopes that the team will "release the findings of its six-month investigation into special teams coordinator MIKE PRIEFER." Kluwe said the team is "reneging on a promise" to provide the results. The Vikings said that they "planned to meet" with Kluwe's attorney, CLAYTON HALUNEN, tomorrow (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/16). Halunen and Kluwe claimed that they "have learned the report will corroborate Kluwe's initial allegations" (ESPN.com, 7/15). ESPN.com's Johnette Howard wrote the Vikings should have known that Kluwe "is not the sort of man you can discreetly buy off or tell to shut up" (ESPN.com 7/15).
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT: HBO has optioned "THE GLORY GAME" and plans to make a movie based on Pro Football HOFer FRANK GIFFORD's book "recounting the iconic Giants-Colts 1958 NFL Championship game, which went into overtime and put the NFL on the map." The movie is being produced in part by Frank's son, CODY. Frank Gifford will be an executive producer on the movie (N.Y. POST, 7/15)....Singer and producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS has been "tapped to helm the soundtrack" for "NBA 2K15." Williams takes over the soundtrack selection process from JAY Z and LEBRON JAMES, who "curated the soundtracks to the franchise's previous two installments" (BILLBOARD.com, 7/15).
CRYSTAL BALL: Former Nike Senior Dir of Global Issues Management VADA MANAGER in a '10 op-ed for Ebony.com predicted LeBron James would return to the Cavaliers. Manager, who is now President & CEO of Manager Global Consulting Group, said of his prediction, "I love being ahead of the curve -- by four years. That said, I also recall the old saying that 'even a broken clock is correct at least twice a day'" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 7/14).
NAMES: Hockey fan PATRICIA HIGGINS last week filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL., “after being struck by a puck at the United Center during Game 1” of the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final in ’13. The lawsuit is against the United Center Joint Venture, which is a partnership between the Blackhawks and Bulls. Damages sought from the lawsuit “are for an unspecified amount of money, but they do exceed $50,000” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 7/15)....Knicks F AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE sold his Phoenix penthouse for $1.21M after buying it for $1.775M in ’06 (L.A. TIMES, 7/16)….Red Sox manager JOHN FARRELL is profiled in the BOSTON GLOBE’s The VIP Lounge feature in regard to his off-season travel interests. He said of his guilty pleasure when traveling, “Probably drinking before noon” (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/16).
IN MEMORY: Former Ottawa Republican Times and Quad-City Times sportswriter JERRY BRETAG passed away last Wednesday at the age of 82 (MYWEBTIMES.com, 7/10).