Names In The News
CLINTON PORTIS and other retired NFLers "have been charged by a federal grand jury with defrauding the NFL's health care benefit plan for its retirees." The former players allegedly "submitted fraudulent health care claims seeking to be reimbursed for 'expensive medical equipment,' even though the equipment was never purchased." The scheme, which lasted from June '17-December '18, "led to fraudulent claims" totaling more than $2.5M (CNN.com, 12/12).
BEST WISHES: A private jet carrying Fenway Sports Group President MIKE GORDON yesterday "skidded off the runway" at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Gordon was on board with "three crew members when the plane came off the runway after landing." He "didn't require medical treatment." At Fenway Sports Group, which owns EPL club Liverpool and the Red Sox, Gordon is "responsible for the day-to-day running of Liverpool" (AP, 12/11).
COURT REPORT: Baseball writer JONAH KERI has been "arrested again, this time on new charges alleging he assaulted his wife and a minor." The charge "alleges the assault took place between April and May." In total, Keri "faces eight new charges," which include "assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, criminal harassment and uttering threats." His wife is the "complainant in each of the charges not related to the minor." In July, Keri was "charged with assaulting his wife" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 12/11).
OPEN INVESTIGATION: Boxer ADRIEN BRONER has been "connected to drug and money laundering investigations." That allegation is "mentioned in a forfeiture case" surrounding 29-year-old GIOVANNI CRAWFORD, who "was suspected of drug trafficking" in '16. Specifics are not included, and Broner's attorney said that he was "not aware of Broner being investigated for those crimes" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/12).
CHARITY STRIPE: An NWSL-wide initiative led by the Orlando Pride and the Chicago Red Stars has "raised $45,146 to benefit Libby's Legacy, an Orlando-based nonprofit that provides assistance to breast cancer patients." The effort began in September "following the breast cancer diagnosis" of Pride D TONI PRESSLEY. All of the money raised will "directly benefit the nonprofit," which helps patients by "providing financial assistance and health services" (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 12/11)....Bears CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA yesterday made a "special appearance" at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, Ill., to "launch the resort's annual Snowland celebration and help make wishes come true for seriously ill kids." Amukamara shared the task of "pushing the official Snowland button with several alumni of the Make-A-Wish program and their family members" (Chicago DAILY HERALD, 12/11).
NAMES: Hockey HOFer GUY LAPOINTE has been "diagnosed with oral cancer" (CP, 12/11)....Outgoing Chick-fil-A College Football HOF CEO DENNIS ADAMOVICH on Tuesday got a "Legacy Award," which is a "prestigious parting gift from the National Football Foundation" given at its 62nd annual awards dinner in N.Y. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 12/11)....California Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM and wife, JENNIFER, on Tuesday honored the 13th class of the California HOF in Sacramento, which included skateboarder TONY HAWK and former USWNT player BRANDI CHASTAIN (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 12/12)....Lightning Owner JEFF VINIK invested $3M of the $5M "recently raised by Bridge Connector." The healthcare software company has "grown from zero to 135 employees in less than two years" and has offices in South Florida, Nashville and S.F. (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/12)....Esports business ReKTGlobal announced American pro tennis player TAYLOR FRITZ as its most recent celebrity investor. The 22-year old Fritz, who is ranked No. 32 in the world and won his first ATP tournament earlier this year, calls himself an avid gamer. He joins an investment group that includes Redskins S LANDON COLLINS and Jazz C RUDY GOBERT (Bret McCormick, THE DAILY).