Names In The News
A St. Louis jury has "awarded millions of dollars" to former NFLer REGGIE BUSH,who "suffered a severe knee injury in a game" at the former Edward Jones Dome in '15. The Rams were "ordered to pay" Bush $4.95M in compensatory damages and $7.5M in punitive damages. The jury found the Rams 100% "liable for Bush's injury." He had also "sued public agencies that own and operate the Dome, but they were dismissed from the suit by a judge last week." Bush was "pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a 'concrete ring of death'” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/13).
GUEST OF HONOR? Former FIFA President SEPP BLATTER will attend the World Cup in Russia as a "personal guest" of President VLADIMIR PUTIN. Blatter "remains a popular figure in Russia after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process" in '10 (NYTIMES.com, 6/12).
NAMES: Epic Games "hosted a 50-team, 100-person invitational event during the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3)" yesterday in L.A. for its popular game Fortnite. Participants included the likes of Thunder F PAUL GEORGE, Nuggets F KENNETH FARIED, Magic F TERRENCE ROSS,Pistons C ANDRE DRUMMOND and G REGGIE JACKSON, UFC fighters SEAN O'MALLEY, DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON and TYRON WOODLEY, Bears RB TARIK COHEN and a "slew of other celebrities and professional gamers." The event was held at LAFC's Banc of California Stadium (ESPN.com, 6/12)....Sox Serve Week continued yesterday with a "visit by members of the White Sox organization to La Rabida Children's Hospital." White Sox 2B YOAN MONCADA, CF CHARLIE TILSON and DH MATT DAVIDSON "spent time" with young patients (CHICAGO.SUNTIMES.com, 6/12)....USWNT F ALEX MORGAN’s debut feature film “ALEX & ME” is now available via digital distribution. The film stars Morgan as herself alongside 13-year-old actress SIENA AGUDONG, whose character has “dreams of becoming a soccer player like Morgan” (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 6/12)....NBC’s TARA LIPINSKI has booked a multiple-episode role on Showtime’s forthcoming JIM CARREY comedy series “KIDDING” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 6/12)....The Rays have been “sued for failing to have handrails that might have prevented the death” of BUD BROOKS, a fan who “fell from the outfield bleachers” at Tropicana Field in ’16 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/12).