Posts Tagged ‘Domestic Abuse’

WWE personality David Otunga won’t be charged for an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-fiancé Jennifer Hudson. Otunga had been under investigation by police since November following an altercation in which he allegedly grabbed their son by the hand and physically pushed Hudson out of the master suite of their home.

TMZ reports the investigation is complete and Otunga will not face any charges. Otunga has maintained that he has never been abusive towards Hudson or his son.

Otunga and Hudson split in November after being together for over 10 years. Hudson had received a protective order against Otunga as they engaged in a custody battle over their son.

“Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé,” Hudson’s rep told People in a statement. “Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”

Otunga claimed in a statement through his attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, that the protective order was a way for her to gain an “unfair advantage” in their custody battle.

“David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now,” the statement read (h/t to The Mirror). “However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.

“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child.”

Otunga stopped appearing on WWE television after the protective order was filed, however returned for December’s Clash of the Champions pay-per-view after the order of protection was dropped.



Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his six-game suspension with the NFL, the NFLPA announced Tuesday.

Our union has appealed the NFL’s six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. We will represent Ezekiel, as we do all players, to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.

A hearing will be scheduled within 10 days. Elliott was suspended for breaching the league’s personal conduct policy, specifically engaging in alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.

Elliott’s father tweeted Monday that the running back’s legal team is “ready to fight” and that he will argue that his accuser attempted to frame the Cowboys star. The potential exists that Elliott’s appeal will be able to push the suspension to the 2018 season.

The Cowboys have voiced support for Elliott and owner Jerry Jones was reportedly “furious” when hearing the league’s decision.


Zak Bevis, the real-life brother of WWE superstar Paige, noted on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that he’s “very worried” about his sister.

“I’ve got too say I’m very worried about my sister,” Bevis wrote (sic). “Please keep a eye on her, she had one Prick Known as brad Maddox who took advantage of an 18 year old girl. Physically and mentally abused her. And now she’s with a control freak who think he’s a tough guy cause he’s beats my sister and has money too cover his tracks..”

News broke on Monday that Alberto El Patron was detained by police at the Orlando International Airport on Sunday following a domestic incident. Paige claimed the incident was not between herself and Alberto but rather with an angry fan that allegedly threw a drink on the GFW Impact World Heavyweight Champion. Audio of the incident revealed Alberto telling someone to “call the cops” and Paige crying. A witness claimed the wrestling couple were arguing at a restaurant in the airport.

“I love my sister she will end up like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse,” Zak wrote on Facebook. “….please share this,,I want the world to know that i care about my lil sister…..everyone keep an eye on her …you’ll be argry at me but I love you, I’m writing this on behalf of all the Knights.”

Zak also noted that their father, Ricky Knight, will weigh in later, noting, “Thanks for all the messages. Yes this is very hard to do. Ricky Knight is the head of this family and will have his say later.”

Knight has been an outspoken critic of Paige’s relationship with El Patron, something that has even boiled over into a wrestling match between them.


Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell denied domestic abuse allegations Thursday after it was reported that Major League Baseball plans to investigate accusations involving Russell and his wife.

“Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” Russell said in a brief statement acquired by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”

Russell’s wife, Melissa, posted a series of items on social media Wednesday night claiming that she was “cheated on, lied to, and disrespected.” Another post on Instagram from Melissa’s friend claimed that Russell hit his wife in front of their children.

The Cubs are also looking into the situation.

“Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell,” the Cubs said in a statement. “We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office as it gathers pertinent facts. Addison will not be in uniform tonight to allow him to work through this matter.”


Just four days after the Memphis Grizzlies made him one of their final cuts before the start of the regular season, D.J. Stephens was arrested in Memphis on charges of domestic aggravated assault, Yolanda Jones of the Commercial Appeal reports.

Stephens was taken into custody Wednesday night after allegedly attacking his child’s mother, grabbing her by the wrists and throat, and throwing her to the ground multiple times, according to the arrest affidavit acquired by the Commercial Appeal.

The woman called 911 and was taken to hospital, where Police discovered cuts and scratches on her arms, nose, lips, and face; scrapes on her neck; and a bloody, swollen left eye.

Stephens, who drew attention for his remarkable leaping ability, was reportedly considering playing overseas rather than returning to the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Iowa.

The 25-year-old is now in jail on a $15,000 bond, and will be in court for an arraignment Friday.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic assault and ordered to serve 10 days in prison, USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz reports.

Olivera was originally sentenced to 90 days in jail, but had 80 of those days suspended by an Arlington County judge in Virginia.

The 31-year-old Cuban was arrested last April at a hotel in Arlington, Texas after a woman who identified as his girlfriend reported to police she’d been assaulted by the player.

Following the arrest, Olivera was suspended for 82 games under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He was later traded to the San Diego Padres for Matt Kemp, and immediately released.

Olivera appeared in just 30 big-league games over two seasons after signing a six-year, $62.5-million contract – which included a $28-million signing bonus – with the Los Angeles Dodgers in March of 2015.

During his two seasons, Olivera hit just .245/.296/.378 with two home runs and 13 RBIs.


DALLAS — A text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press shows that Johnny Manziel’s lawyer is seeking a plea deal in his domestic violence case, but has doubts about the quarterback’s ability to stay clean.

The text message is from defense attorney Bob Hinton. It was transmitted after an AP reporter contacted him asking for comment about a hit-and-run crash Manziel was involved in Monday night.

Hinton writes: ”Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.”

The text also says Hinton was given a receipt by a colleague that purports to show Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia shop 15 hours after the crash.

Hinton says it was not known if the receipt from the paraphernalia store is legitimate.