Five Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, also known as the "Buffalo Jills," have a filed a lawsuit against the team, Citadel Communications (former manager of the cheerleaders) and Stejon Productions (currently manages the cheerleaders) for failing to pay them less than minimum wage for hundreds of hours of work.
The ex-Jills also claim they had to endure bizarre rules and off-the-field activities that sexually exploited them.
The former cheerleaders say they were given a rulebook that instructed them how to wash their intimate areas and how often to change tampons.
“We had always dreamed since we were little girls of becoming Buffalo Jills cheerleaders and unfortunately it was anything but a good experience,” former Jills cheerleader Alyssa U. told WIVB (video below).
“[She made us do] everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and having us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling and if that was something she saw, then you weren’t performing at all,” added Alyssa U.
“We were the laughing stock of NFL cheerleaders. We deserve to be compensated just like everyone else."
The ex-Jills claim they weren't paid for working game days or bi-weekly practices, and only made a few hundred dollars each season.
According to NBCSports.com, the lawsuit claims the women had to buy 50-70 of the Jills swimsuit calendars and sell them during their off-time.
The women claim they had to pay $600 for their cheerleading uniforms as well as pay for their travel, hotel rooms, beauty supplies, gas and other expenses.
The cheerleaders also say they didn't get paid for the "Junior Jills" program, in which young girls paid $250 each to learn the basics of cheering from the Jills, notes DeadSpin.com.
At the Jills Annual Golf Tournament, certain cheerleaders allegedly had to wear bikinis and get soaked in a dunk tank by golfers.
The ex-Jills claim they were auctioned off to winning bidders and had to ride in the winning bidder's golf cart, which sometimes included the laps of the winning bidders themselves if there was no where else to sit.
The women also say they had to suit up in bikinis for an event called "The Man Show," which took place at a casino where they were paraded across the floor.
Chicago Blackhawks player Brent Seabrook was suspended three games after a brutal hit on St. Louis Blues player David Backes on Saturday in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.
Newly-surfaced audio (below) reportedly catches the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith taunting the unconscious Backes with, "Wakey, wakey, Backes!"
"I saw them talking to him," Blues' player Ryan Reaves told reporters, noted the Chicago Tribune. "It makes it a little more gutless. I don't think there's any need for that when a hit like that happens. You don't need to be going after him when he doesn't even know where he really is."
"I'm not happy about that. I don't think anybody in this organization is happy about it," added Reaves. "To see that happen, I think is just embarrassing in that organization."
For his part, Keith did not deny making the taunt, but also tried to justify it.
“There’s lots of things that get said out on the ice in the course of a hockey game, especially in playoffs,” Keith told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m an emotional guy, it’s an emotional game. I don’t remember everything that gets said out there. I didn’t even see the hit, to be honest with you."
"I’m playing the puck and I shot the puck around, the next thing you know, I see Seabs getting in a fracas, so I jumped in there. I don’t know what was going on,” said Keith.
Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock countered, "That's something that the league can deal with, Duncan's comments or his mannerisms or whatever. They can deal with that. I'm sure there will be somebody saying something to him."
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a triple off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole today, which resulted in both teams breaking into a wild brawl.
The play began in the third inning with Gomez hitting Cole's pitch to center field where Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen tried to make the catch. The ball sailed over him, hit the wall and bounced back on the field, noted SBNation.com.
By the time McCutchen got the ball to Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison, Gomez had safely made it to third.
Harrison tossed the ball back to Cole who made a remark to Gomez, sending him into a rage (video below).
Gomez was restrained by some players, while Cole was pushed toward the pitcher's mound. But Pirates outfielder Travis Snider then said something to Gomez, which caused the melee to expand.
Snide and Gomez were later ejected. The Brewers eventually won 3-2.
According to BleacherReport.com, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted:
Carlos Gomez: "I’m not apologizing for nothing I did today... If they don't like it, it's fine. I'm with it. It's not a big deal."
Gerrit Cole: "I said 'If you are going to hit a home run you can watch it. If you are going to hit a fly ball to CF don’t watch it.'"
Cole: "I didn’t curse at him. I didn’t try to provoke a fight. I was frustrated. I let my emotions get the better of me."
The Los Angeles Lakers will end their season tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, but their star player has reportedly left for France.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Laker Kobe Bryant flew to France with his family either Tuesday or today.
A Laker spokesman said he was unaware of Bryant's early departure.
The Lakers have had a tough 26-55 season and will be sitting at home during the NBA playoffs.
Bryant has been injured for much of the season with a fractured knee, reports NBCSports.com.
He was scheduled to speak to Lakers' fans before the team's last game at home on Sunday, but didn't show up until halftime because of a migraine headache.
Bryant, who reportedly earned $30.5 million this season, tweeted this afternoon, "S*** season. Flush it. Forget it #amnesia Next Season will be epic #blackout #bussfam."
Sources: The Los Angeles Times, NBCSports.com, Twitter
The camera company GoPro recently posted a video of a man shooting two basketballs from a moving car into a normal-size net in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The video (below) features David Kalb dribbling the basketballs outside of his car, while driving, and catching them through his car's moonroof, notes Gizmodo.com.
He then shoots the basketballs through the moonroof and makes both baskets.
"Nobody does what I do," exclaims Kalb, reports Sports Illustrated.
Fox News' host Bill O'Reilly has devoted many broadcasts of this TV show, "The O'Reilly Factor," to what he believes are problems in the black community.
O'Reilly, who has blamed black crime on black, unwed mothers, interviewed Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari last night about controlling his black players, notes Salon.com (video below).
According to New York Magazine, during the interview, O'Reilly asked Calipari, "I don't know if you listen to this rap stuff and the hip-hop stuff, but it has coarsened. Has that changed their attitude? How do you impose discipline on kids who are gonna do what they're gonna do?"
Calipari looked visibly uncomfortable, but told O'Reilly how important it was that he gained his players' trust and that they know their coach is looking out for their best interests.
"But do they act differently toward you?" asked O'Reilly. "Do they use four-letter words?"
Calipari denied they do, but admitted that many of the players grew up without dads, and then added, "Some of the best kids I coached were raised by a grandmother who was so firm that they understood."
O'Reilly then asked, "How do you keep them away from temptation with the hustlers everywhere?"
"There are drugs everywhere," said O'Reilly. "They're giving the kids drugs for free, how do you keep them away from that?"
Calipari again explained how the kids come to the school to play basketball and learn, but O'Reilly still wasn't satisfied.
"Do you have guys on them all the time? Curfews? Coaches watching them? Drug testing? Do you drug test?"
Calipari explained how he uses NBA security on the road to keep bad influences away from his players, but added the kids are from good homes.
Some taxi cab drivers who work the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have told their companies that they do not want to drive cabs that include signs for the upcoming Gay Games in Cleveland.
According to the Associated Press, 10,000 athletes are expected to be part of the Gay Games in Cleveland Aug. 9 – 16.
Several drivers who work for Ace, Americab, and Yellow Taxi objected to the signage on their rooftops based on their religious beliefs.
Patrick Keenan, general manager of Americab, claims two Muslim taxi cab drivers objected to the cabs with the signs.
"We don't have any objections to the signage," Keenan told Cleveland.com. "We're fully supportive of the games. We're not in concert with [the protesting drivers] on that. We don't share those views."
The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which sells the ad space on the cabs, has made a deal with the cab companies to replace those drivers who are offended by the Gay Games signs.
Race car driver Lloyd Read was nearly hit in the head by a flying tire during the IndyLights race in St. Petersburg, Fla. at the beginning of the month.
According to NBCSports.com, the race kicked off the "Mazda Road to Indy."
Jalopnik.com reports that Read recalled the incident (video below) on his YouTube page:
Start of the first race of the season. It was going great up until turn 3. I never want to have to dodge a tire at 120 MPH again! So glad that Scott was ok after a scary suspension failure.
"Scott" is race car driver Scott Anderson who hit a racing wall on the left side, causing the tire and debris to come flying towards Read.
Professional cyclist Johan Vansummeren accidentally crashed into a 65-year-old female spectator last weekend during the Tour of Flanders in Brussels, Belgium.
Marie-Claire Moreels was standing on a traffic island when the cyclists sped by.
Someone in the audience recorded Vansummeren's accidentally crashing into her (video below).
Both Moreels and Vansummeren were laid out on the street after the collision and, later, taken to a hospital, noted VeloNews.
“My situation is not my main concern now,” Vansummeren told the press. “I am more worried about the lady.
“I never wanted this to happen," added Vansummeren. "This could have been a beautiful day, but it turned out to be a nightmare. My thoughts are with her and her family."
Vansummeren was soon released from the hospital, but Moreels was put into an induced coma and has since undergone two brain surgeries. She is in critical, but stable condition.
"We don't blame Johan Vansummeren," Moreels' husband, Philippe Reyntjens, told Gazet Van Antwerpen, noted Road.cc. "It was an accident. It all happened so fast. He saw Marie-Claire too late."
There is now an investigation into the crash and how Moreels got into the middle of the race.
"Was the lady allowed to stand there?" asked the investigators' spokesman, Tom Janssens, in the Road.cc story. "Or was it the rider that made the wrong maneuver? We have to investigate all this, using the accounts of witnesses, the statements made by Mr. Vansummeren and the amateur video that you have probably seen."
For his part, Vansummeren plans to cycle in this Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race, which Moreels' family supports.
"Even better," said Reyntjens. "He could win and dedicate it to Marie-Claire."
Wrestling star James Brian Hellwig, also known as the "Ultimate Warrior," died this week and was mourned by fans across the country.
According to Fox News, the Ultimate Warrior collapsed on Tuesday night while walking to his car in Scottsdale, Ariz.
During an interview last night with former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page about the Ultimate Warrior's death, HLN's Nancy Grace went on one of her famous on-air rants (video below).
"Take a look at wrestlers who died young," said Grace as the screen scrolled the names of numerous wrestlers including Owen Hart and Mark Curtis.
However, Hart fell to his death in 1999 during a wrestling event in Kansas City.
His brother Smith Hart tweeted, "@NancyGraceHLN may be completely brain-dead. My brother Owen's death certainly had nothing to do with a lifestyle or drugs."
Curtis passed away in 2001 because of stomach cancer, reports TheBigLead.com.
According to WrestlingNewsSource.com, Grace also mentioned the "rumors of steroids and drug use in Warrior's death," but no cause of death has been determined yet.
Mediaite.com reports that wrestling fans responded by typing "#CancelNancyGrace" on Twitter:
#CancelNancyGrace because she probably thinks Abraham Lincoln died of steroid abuse.
People can be so heartless sometimes. How about you show some respect while a family mourns their loss. #CancelNancyGrace
Absolute horrendous job by @NancyGraceHLN , please know the facts before you speak on subjects you don't understand #CancelNancyGrace