Deshaun Watson reportedly arranged massages with at least 66 different women over 17 months

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is currently facing 24 civil lawsuits by women accusing him of sexual misconduct, including two just filed within the last week.

On Tuesday, a new article published by The New York Times took a deeper dive into the allegations against the embattled NFL star, including some details not previously known by the public.

According to sportswriter Jenny Vrentas, Watson met with at least 66 different women for massage appointments between the fall of 2019 and spring of 2021, far more than the roughly 40 he has previously claimed in depositions. The larger figure includes the 24 currently accusing him in court, but also additional women who alleged various forms of misconduct despite not pursuing further legal action, if any.

One woman, who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity, did not file a lawsuit against Watson or talk to police. However, she claims Watson exposed himself to her during their session and was “begging” her to give him oral sex.

“I specifically had to say, ‘No, I can’t do that,'” she said. “And that’s when I went into asking him, ‘What is it like being famous? Like, what’s going on? You’re about to mess up everything.'”

The woman told Vrentas she was connected with Watson through Dionne Louis, owner of A New U Spa in Houston. Watson apparently frequented the establishment numerous times during his time with the Texans, and at one point paid Louis $5,000 to buy new equipment.

As part of their relationship, The Times reports Louis was able to set Watson up with multiple women for appointments, including some who were not licensed to perform massages in the state of Texas. One of those women was the one previously mentioned above who did not sue, but in one of the court filings, another of Watson’s accusers says she told Louis the QB touched her inappropriately.

“I[‘ve] been talking to Deshaun I just told [him] off he got it now,” Louis purportedly responded in a text message she later denied sending, despite it coming from her phone number. “I told him he can’t treat us black women any kind of way.”

More of Watson’s sessions took place at The Houstonian hotel & club, where he testified under oath the Texans arranged for him to have “a place.” At least seven women met Watson for massages at The Houstonian, Vrentas wrote, including four who have either sued him or complained to authorities.

Gervonta Davis Knocks Out Rolando Romero in 6th Round of Their Fight

Ahead of their fight, Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero appeared in front of each other for their weigh-in. The two have been going at each other for years, and the weigh-in saw those tensions rise when Davis pushed Romero off the stage. Since then, the fighters faced off against each other, and Davis got the best of Romero in the 6th round. 

Many pointed out that Romero utilized dirty tactics with his elbows but only received warnings. The sixth round found Romero trying to lean into throwing heavier punches at Davis. However, while on the ropes, Davis saw an opening and threw a hard left hand that connected after Romero threw a couple of wild punches. The hit from Davis sent Romero sliding into the ropes before hitting the canvas. 

From there, Romero was able to beat the count from the referee, but the fight was called once Romero stood up and appeared to be visibly shaken by the shot. While speaking about the punch after the fight, Davis said, “The crazy thing is I didn’t even throw that hard.” Overall, Davis landed 25 punches in total in comparison to Romero’s 22. Watch the knockout above.

Mavericks blow half-time lead as Golden State move 2-0 up in the series

The visitors dominated the opening two quarters and enjoyed a 72-58 lead at the half-way mark.

However, a valiant fightback from the hosts, including yet another high-class display from Steph Curry, allowed the Warriors to take another step towards the NBA Championship. Curry top scored for the San Francisco outfit with 32 points, while five of his teammates also finished with double figures. Luka Doncic was the top scorer for Dallas with a game-high 42 points as the Mavericks dominated in the opening 20 minutes. The visitors not only made 15 of 21 three-pointers, but they also opened up a 19-point lead at one point in the first-half.

Being 2-0 down in the series is unlikely to trouble the Mavericks, considering they were in the same predicament in the earlier round against the Phoenix Suns. Despite their deficit, Dallas came back to beat their opponents 4-3, a fightback coach Jason Kidd hopes his side can replicate. He said: “We have to understand, when we shoot three or four threes in a row and miss, you’ve got to get to the rim and got to get the ball into the paint. “It happens. They held serve. We’ve seen this in Phoenix so now we have to go back and just focus on game three and get ready for game three, understanding what’s at stake.” The series continues on Sunday with the Mavericks set to host the Warriors in Dallas.

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Guide: Baltimore Orioles Opening Day

The Baltimore Orioles announced plans to welcome fans back to the ballpark to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the club’s home opener at 3:05 p.m. on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards:

Festivities will begin at 2:25 p.m. with a special pre-game ceremony emceed by Orioles broadcaster Rob Long. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. Opening Day will feature:

30th Anniversary Tribute Video: The Orioles will welcome fans back to their ballpark and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a video tribute featuring an original poem by Baltimore-based poet and author Kondwani Fidel.

National Anthem: The Morgan State University Choir, one of the groups to perform the inaugural national anthem at Oriole Park on April 6, 1992, will return to perform its rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner from the sod farm prior to the game. A 30-foot-by-42-foot flag from Fort McHenry will be lowered from the batter’s eye during the performance. The flag is a replica of the one that flew over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem.

Color Guard: Colors will be presented by members of the Baltimore Police Department Color Guard and the Baltimore City Fire Department Color Guard.

Flyover: The national anthem performance will conclude with a flyover by the 104 Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard 175th Wing.

Source: WBAL

Lakers fire Frank Vogel, look toward future

Frank Vogel has coached his final game for the Los Angeles Lakers. Vogel was fired by the Lakers on Monday, the team announced. The Lakers, winners of the 2020 NBA championship under Vogel, entered the season as Western Conference favorites. They failed to live up to that mantle due to a combination of injuries, age, a poorly-built roster and mismanagement of that roster, and last Tuesday, they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. They closed the season with a 33-49 record. Now Vogel is paying the price for their failure and has been removed from his position as coach less than two years after leading the Lakers to the title.

Source: CBS

RIP Wrestler Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) 1958-2022

Update: 8:00 pm

Scott Hall suffered three heart attacks following surgery to repair a broken hip and he had to be placed on life support. The prognosis was grim, and deep into the night his longtime tag team partner and friend, Kevin Nash, confirmed that once his family was in place, he would be taken off life support. That happened earlier today. TMZ reported that another longtime friend of his, Sean Waltman, widely known in pro wrestling as X-Pac, had confirmed as much and that Hall was still fighting for his life. Hall died hours later. He was 63-years-old.

Hall was one of the most influential wrestlers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, as he and Nash played a large part in creating another wrestling boom with the creation of the nWo. Even before that, he left his mark with a series of great matches with Shawn Michaels in WWE and even earlier with a memorable run in the AWA in the 1980s. He was eventually inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as both a singles wrestler and with the nWo as a group.

May he rest in peace.

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Scott Hall’s family is preparing to say goodbye to the two-time WWE Hall of Famer. The 63-year-old wrestler will be taken off life support as soon as his family is “in place,” former nWo teammate Kevin Nash revealed in a heartbreaking remembrance of his longtime friend. “I’m going to lose the one person on this planet I’ve spent more of my life with than anyone else,” Nash wrote on Instagram early Monday morning. “My heart is broken and I’m so very f—king sad. I love Scott with all my heart but now I have to prepare my life without him in the present. I’ve been blessed to have a friend that took me at face value and I him.”

Hall was put on life support over the weekend after suffering multiple heart attacks due to a blood clot that occurred after hip replacement surgery last week, according to wrestling blog PW Torch. The Maryland native broke into wrestling as Razor Ramon, winning four Intercontinental Championship titles with WWF, which later became WWE. In May 1996, he left for WCW, where he and Nash formed The Outsiders, then added Hulk Hogan to become New World Order.

“When we jumped to WCW we didn’t care who liked or hated us. We had each other and with the smooth Barry Bloom we changed wrestling both in content and pay for those……a lot that disliked us. We were the ‘Outsiders’ but we had each other,” Nash wrote. “Scott always felt he wasn’t worthy of the afterlife. Well God please have some gold plated toothpicks for my brother. My life was enriched with his take on life. He wasn’t perfect but as he always said, ‘The last perfect person to walk the planet they nailed to a cross.’ As we prepare for life without him just remember there goes a great guy you ain’t going to see another one like him again. See Ya down the road Scott. I couldn’t love a human being any more than I do you.”

CIAA Tournament Wraps Up Week Of Basketball In Baltimore

 The CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament wrapped up a week in Charm City by crowning two new champions. For the women, it was Lincoln University. The men saw Fayetteville State University take home the title.

The CIAA is the nation’s first historically black conference. It last held its basketball tournament in Baltimore in 1952.

Along with great basketball, the tournament packed the past five days with rallies, expositions, and musical performances.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us to really deliver a lot of really good content—not just in the venue from watching really great student-athletes but also in the community,” CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said.

The free festival brought in fans from all over the state giving them something to enjoy before, during, and after the big games.

McWillaims thanked Baltimore for being such a great host, “As I’ve been saying all week, we really want to B-more and you have shown us how to do that.”

The CIAA took extra steps to include Charm City’s students in its festivities.

During the tournament week, the Virginia State University Woo Woo cheerleaders made a surprise visit to Edmondson Westside High School and the Leadership School for Young Women in an effort to inspire them to pursue college careers.

Source: CBS

College basketball teams converge in Baltimore for CIAA tournament

College basketball teams are converging in Baltimore this week as they reach the highest point in the season. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday in Baltimore.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference today announced its updated COVID-19 safety protocols in advance of the 2022 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament being held in Baltimore on February 22 -26 at the Royal Farms Arena.

Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are in town ready to compete. Bowie State University plays the role of host at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore. College basketball teams had a second day of practice Monday, and there’s a big awards banquet for players and coaches. Marcus Clarke, senior associate commissioner for championships and events, said to pull off this event, the CIAA met with public safety officials and the city’s health commissioner.

Clarke said this is a huge stage for the players. “We have the third-largest tournament in college athletics, and it’s no small feat. We have a lot of coaches coming to town to see our teams play. It’s a great platform,” Clarke said. Steve Joyner Jr., who coaches the women’s basketball team from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the tournament is huge for the players.

Per COVID-19 protocols, all athletes are tested every morning.

Source: WBAL

Brian Flores Hired As Steelers Assistant Coach Amid NFL Lawsuit

Ex-Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores revealed he was suing the NFL for alleged racist hiring practices. Despite the suit, Flores has taken a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Next season, Flores will serve as the senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach for the Pennsylvania team. Lawyers for Flores spoke on the move, saying, “We congratulate Coach Flores on his new position with the Steelers and thank Coach Tomlin and the organization for giving him this great opportunity. While Coach Flores is now focused on his new position, he will continue with his race discrimination class action so that real change can be made in the NFL.” Stay tuned for more updates. 

source: TMZ

Ravens, with 6 takeaways, beat Saints in first preseason game of 2021

Tyler Huntley ran for a 7-yard touchdown with 6:35 remaining, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their preseason winning streak to 18 games with a 17-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

The Ravens haven’t lost in the preseason since 2015. They struggled to move the ball Saturday with quarterback Lamar Jackson held out, but New Orleans couldn’t overcome its six turnovers. Huntley, who took over for Trace McSorley at quarterback in the second half, capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive with the Ravens’ only touchdown of the game.

Ravens: visit the Carolina Panthers next Saturday night.


Follow highlights from the Baltimore Ravens-New Orleans Saints preseason game on RadioOnFire.com

Among the Ravens not suited up for this game include QB Lamar Jackson, TE Mark Andrews, WR Sammy Watkins and NT Brandon Williams.