Thursday, August 4, 2011

Shaq Being Sued By An Ex-Employee

To make life miserable for a one time employee, Shaquille O'Neal used cops to seek revenge against the man who sided with his O'Neal's ex wife in their divorce case.

Shawn Darling has accused Shaq of hacking into his computer and leaving images of child pornography.

Those allegations -- as well as the names of the police officers and sexually explicit e-mails and text messages between O'Neal and several women with whom he was involved -- are included in the amended complaint of a civil lawsuit originally filed in Miami-Dade circuit court last year.

Darling, who worked for O'Neal between 2007 and 2009 as a technology expert, is seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and civil racketeering.

The suit seeks damages in excess of $45,000.

Well-known as a police buff, O'Neal called on his law enforcement pals to "frame [Darling] for possession of child pornography, have his house stormed by police, have him arrested for it, and have his computers confiscated while he is hauled off to jail as an accused child pornographer," the complaint says.

"O'Neal and his henchmen would stop [at] nothing to get what O'Neal needed," the lawsuit alleges.

Among those police officers named in the amended complaint, filed July 26, is a current sergeant in the Miami Beach police internal affairs division and a former Miami Beach police chief.

Also named is a detective with the Tempe, Ariz., police.

Wow. First being associated with gangbangers and now using cop buddies to frame an ex-employee. Talk about giving someone hell and charging them rent. If there's one message about these wild allegations, it's dont' mess with Shaq.

Braylon Edwards Signs With 49ers

After being shunned by the New York Jets, wide receiver Braylon Edwards has signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Edwards signed a one year, $3.5 million dollar deal with the 49ers.

Edwards announced the deal on Twitter.

“It’s official #Team17 we have moved to the bay. I’m a proud member of the San Fransisco 49ers,” Edwards wrote.

Last season with the Jets, Edwards had 53 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. I would expect that he will be named the number one receiver in San Francisco unless Michael Crabtree steps it up. On an unrelated note, Crabtree just became a fantasy sleeper.

This could turn out to be a good move for the Niners. It all depends on Edwards and quarterback Alex Smith. If Smith can actually get his game on track, it could make the 49ers a darkhorse for the NFC West title. Edwards could help him immensely, only if he can hold on to the ball. After his breakout season in 2007 with the Cleveland Browns, he has been plagued by drops. If he can be cured of that problem and steer clear of any off field drama this signing will look like one of the best bargains of the free agent period.