Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"It Girl" of the week: Sasha Del Valle

The Just Sports & Just Us "It Girl" of the week is Sasha Del Valle.

Tony Dorsett says he deals with depression, suicidal thoughts

Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett says that his quality of life is deteriorating along with his memory. The former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos great told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN in New York that he deals with suicidal thoughts and depression.

Dorsett played in the NFL from 1977-88.

“Well, you know, I’ve been diagnosed with all that,” Dorsett said. “That’s private stuff and I don’t want to get into all that stuff, but I’ve been diagnosed. I’m just telling you, I’ve been diagnosed with that, yes.”

Dorsett was part of the class action lawsuit against the NFL that ended in a $765 million dollar settlement. For Dorsett that isn't enough. He believes the league should be paying for NFL retirees health insurance.

“I’m one of those guys,” he told Boomer and Carton. “My quality of life is deteriorating every day.”

“All I want to do is have health insurance for the rest of my life,” Dorsett said. “I signed up for this, obviously. My family is worried about me. I’m worried about me in some respects.”

Dorsett recently found out that he was graded a three out of four on the memory loss scale.

“My memory is really, really, really getting bad, and it’s going down,” Dorsett said. “I take my daughters to school, I take my daughters to practices, and all of a sudden the one day comes up and I’m saying ‘Well, how do I get there?’”

Dorsett isn't blaming anyone for playing the game and he knows he signed up for it. All he's asking for is the league to take care of it's own. He's a proud man who refuses to let his current condition keep him down.

I know the players make enough money to last a lifetime but the league should set something up for retired players who eventually suffer from memory loss and conditions of that nature.

Caron Butler fined $15,000 for "obscene gesture"

Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler was fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during Friday night's 105-98 win over the Boston Celtics.

During the fourth quarter, Butler sank a key three pointer to tie the game at 93 and did the 'big balls dance' popularized by former NBA guard Sam Cassell and originated in the movie 'Major League 2'.

Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche was fined $15,000 for the same offense earlier this month in a game against the Miami Heat.

As a fan I say let the players express themselves a little instead of having them be robotic.

Man uses Taser on his wife to settle Bears-Packers bet

Some people take sports bets and their fandom too far at times.

No one would take tasering a part of a bet. Obviously John and Nicole Grant don't fall into that demographic. Because that's exactly what they did.

With Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out for Monday night's showdown with the Green Bay Packers, Nicole took a bet that the Packers would take care of business and beat the Bears.

Nicole said that John could use a Taser on her if the Packers lost. Well the Packers lost and John used the taser on his wife and ended up in the pokey because of it.  

The two were in the alley smoking a cigarette at one point when Grant used the Taser “two times on her buttocks,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Dodge County, Wis.

Grant’s wife then called police.

“Hell yeah it hurt,” she said, according to police.

“It takes not only the Packer and Bear rivalry to a new level, it takes the spousal rivalry (to a new level),” said Mayville Police Chief Christopher MacNeill. “There are couples where the wife is a fan of one team and the husband’s a fan of another team, but this raises the bar a little bit and goes to the extreme.”

In Dodge County Circuit Court on Tuesday, "Grant was charged with possession of an electric weapon, and could face a fine of $10,000 and up to six years in prison if convicted."

I don't think they'll go hardcore on him and make him do any time but he'll consider this a lesson learned.