– Clippers F Blake Griffin (left patella) will undergo additional surgery, which will force him to miss the next four-to-six months, ending his season. What a disappointment. A specialist who met with Griffin on Tuesday determined that his knee, originally injured in October, was not healing satisfactorily and required additional surgery. Now, after hearing for weeks that Griffin was increasing his workload and remained on track to debut in late January, we won’t be able to see what Griffin was capable of in his rookie campaign.
– The Washington radio statio WTOP is reporting that Wizards G Gilbert Arenas “has – at times – owned several hundred guns.” All indications are that the guns were legally registered, but this news certainly doesn’t help Arenas as David Stern continues to mull the possibilities of a potential suspension. All signs so far have pointed to him being done for the season, with the looming possibility that his suspension could last even beyond the 2009-10 campaign.
– According to FOXSports.com, the Padres are showing interest in free agent OF Jermaine Dye. Dye has drawn very little interest this offseason despite hitting 27 home runs and tallying 81 RBI for the White Sox last season. Dye has been one of the worst outfielders in baseball over the past few years, and clubs are starting to take a defense-first approach.
– Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Cardinals have made an offer for free agent RHP Jose Valverde. It’s not clear how this would affect RHP Ryan Franklin, but Valverde is the best reliever remaining on the free agent. Valverde, 31, posted a 2.33 ERA and 1.13 WHIP last season while converting 25 of 29 save opportunities. Because Valverde is a Type A free agent, it would cost the Cardinals their first-round pick.
– A 15-year-old male is accusing Randal Orton of assault for allegedly spitting gum in his face and swearing at him outside the Kowloon Restaurant in Boston, Masschusetts after asking the WWE Superstar to pose with him for a photo.
After Orton allegedly spit gum in the 15-year-old’s face and called him a “derogatory name,” the juvenile’s mother confronted him, who allegedly told her, “so sue me” when she voiced her protest. A report was filed with local police, who say a hearing has been requested for Orton to face charges of simple assault and battery. A clerk magistrate will determine if the incident warrants a criminal complaint.
While the article states that the incident took place yesterday, it should be noted that WWE was actually in the Boston area last Friday for a live Raw event. Kowloon is a frequent stop for wrestlers and other athletes who perform in the Boston area.
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