Derrick Rose Rape Trial Begins

The last thing the New York Knicks expected when the franchise signed guard Derrick Rose was that the lead up to the season would be all about a trial with Rose being accused of rape. Yet, Rose is in the middle of such a case with the parties unable to settle an issue worth over $20 million to the plaintiff.

Jury selection and opening statements have occured, with an especially graphic detailing of the alleged event provided by the plaintiff’s legal counsel.

“Mr. Rose will tell you when he was done having sex with plaintiff, he took his condom and put it back in the wrapper like he was never there,” explained the plaintiff”s attorney during his opening statement.

The opening statements were not only intense from the plaintiff’s side. Rose’s lawyers have painted the plaintiff as a gold digger who was not drunk when the sexual intercourse occurred. They also claim that the plaintiff sees the case as a lottery ticket.

Daily Fantasy Sports Still Being Attacked In New York

It was too good to be true for the daily fantasy sports industry. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the operators to cease and desist operations and sued FanDuel and DraftKings, but then a law was established to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports.

Two months later, an advocacy group wants to invalidate the law that made daily fantasy sports legal within New York. A group called Stop Predatory Gambling has filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Gaming Commission based on a theory that the law legalizing daily fantasy sports violates the New York State constitution by expanding gambling.

“[The plaintiffs] intend to stop FanDuel, DraftKings and other internet gambling operators from exploiting the financially desperate and the addicted in New York,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Neil Murray.

Josh Gordon Can’t Catch A Break

When he is on the field, Josh Gordon is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. His biggest problem is keeping himself out of trouble so that he can actually display his talents for the world to witness.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver entered an in-patient rehab facility after a “slip-up” before being reinstated into the league. Gordon had previously been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Instead of being reinstated this week, as was planned, Gordon is now indefinitely suspended. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be left to decide when/if Gordon is permitted to return to the Browns (or any other NFL team).

NFL Player Arrested At Airport With Gun In Bag

The Philadelphia Eagles are exceeding expectations with a 3-0 start while being led by a rookie quarterback. The franchise was riding a high going into last week’s Bye, and could not have been thrilled to learn about an arrest of one of its players during the time off.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested for allegedly trying to walk through Miami airport security with a loaded gun in his bag. He claims that he forgot he had the gun, but still ended up with a second degree misdemeanor concealed weapons charge. It is hard to fathom why Bradham was walking around with a loaded gun in Miami in the first place.

The silver lining is that airport security caught the loaded gun!

Esports Gambling Market Receives Cease And Desist

The exploding esports industry has been well documented in my column and elsewhere. Part of the boom has been felt in a sector that supports and benefits from the wagering of money, through virtual items/currency, on the games being played. Expansion may be halted in the immediate future.

Earlier this week, the Washington State Gambling Commission sent a cease and desist letter to game maker Valve, the publisher of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, demanding that the company cease offering virtual currency gambling in the form of “skins”. It also wants Valve to do whatever is necessary to stop third party websites from using skins for gambling through Valve’s Stream Platform system.

Valve has a deadline of October 14 to respond to the cease and desist letter.

New Jersey Not Done Attempting To Legalize Sports Betting

The U.S. Supreme Court is bombarded with petitions to have cases heard around this time of the year. A couple of Sports Law-related cases concerning the Washington Redskins trademark and college athlete publicity rights were each rejected certiorari. New Jersey has also appealed its case concerning sports betting within the state to the U.S. Supreme Court after suffering a loss in the Third District Court of Appeals.

New Jersey’s fight began with the state passing a law that would, in essence, allow for individuals to bet on the outcomes of sporting events. Currently, the only state in the U.S. that is provided permission from the federal government to offer these bets is Nevada, as it was grandfathered in by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). New Jersey’s law, which would have only allowed racetracks and casinos (not online casinos) to offer such betting, was shot down based on PASPA’s continued existence and the state has lost a few battles related to same in the courts.

It is unlikely that New Jersey has its case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. A select few of the cases petitioned to the Supreme Court are granted review.

Darren Heitner the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C. and Sports Agent Blog. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.