Names In The News
NFL Cardinals GM STEVE KEIM identified himself to a Chandler, Ariz., police officer as the team's Dir of Security when he was "arrested July 4 on suspicion of DUI." A police report said that Keim's eyes "were bloodshot, his speech slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol." Keim "declined to perform several steps in a sobriety test due to a knee injury." He would "not submit to a breath test, so officers took two vials of his blood, which will be tested for blood-alcohol content" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/11).
JUSTICE SERVED: Miami-based media company US Imagina has been ordered by a New York judge to pay more than $6.5M in "restitution to several CONCACAF member associations for committing wire fraud." Former US Imagina CEO ROGER HUGUET and Senior VP FABIO TORDIN "plead guilty" in '15 to "two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud." Judge PAMELA CHEN sentenced US Imagina to "submit restitution payments to the football federations" of Honduras ($1.7M), Guatemala ($790,000), Costa Rica ($600,000) and El Salvador ($565,000), as well as the Caribbean Football Union ($3M) (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 7/10).
WELL DESERVED: Mets Radio Engineer for WOR-AM CHRIS MAJKOWSKI will "throw out the first pitch" before tonight's Phillies-Mets game, "public recognition for a largely private job." Mets radio play-by-play man HOWIE ROSE said that the effort was "spearheaded by a group" including WOR Dir TOM CUDDY, Mets VP/Media Relations JAY HORWITZ and Exec Dir of Broadcasting & Events LORRAINE HAMILTON. Majkowski has worked "more than 4,000 straight games" (NYPOST.com, 7/10).
NAMES: Lakers F LEBRON JAMES was a "no-show at the Blaze Pizza outlet" in Culver City, Calif., yesterday. James tweeted a day earlier about a "pizza party" at the location, and fans "hoped it was a hint that he might attend." James is an "investor in the pizza chain" (AP, 7/11). Despite James' absence, a lot of "free pizza was consumed," as "hundreds of people surrounded" the location (DAILYNEWS.com, 7/10)....The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday “voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal” to late Baseball HOFer LARRY DOBY, the “second African-American to play” in MLB (NJ.com, 7/10)....An Ohio man who “scammed NFL players," including a member of the Colts, out of almost $25,000 meant for charity, "plead guilty” yesterday. Prosecutors said that CAMARIO A. RICHARDSON “claimed to have connections with Nike and took money from NFL players” in ’16 to “provide Nike-branded backpacks for charity.” He “never delivered the backpacks or gave refunds" (INDYSTAR.com, 7/10)....Blackhawks Chair ROCKY WIRTZ “signed $200,000 in checks” to PAUL VALLAS, who is challenging incumbent RAHM EMANUEL in next year’s Chicago mayoral election (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/4)....Patriots TE ROB GRONKOWSKI will “make an appearance” on Discovery Channel’s annual “SHARK WEEK” this summer. Coverage will “feature Gronkowski in an episode titled ‘Monster Tag’ that’s scheduled to air” on July 23 at 8:00pm ET. Gronkowski “will be joined” by Packers QB AARON RODGERS and Gold Medal-winning U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN. The trio will “learn about the shark’s top predators and the efforts to try and save the fish’s dwindling population” (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 7/10).