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Update: It was these guys.
Ugh. Yet another example of professional athletes behaving badly in hotel rooms. This time it happened at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The incident took place in February but word only just came out via Yahoo! Sports. They reported:
National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster, who runs the NFL scouting combine, confirmed that a hotel room was left trashed during the February 2013 event in Indianapolis. However, Foster refused to identify the two players who shared the room for three nights, though sources have indicated that one of the two prospects is a potential first-round pick in next week's NFL draft.
So how bad was the damage? Like Lohan or Courtney Love bad with cigarette burns everywhere? Or 80s hair band bad with broken bottles of alcohol littered on the floor and TVs thrown out the window? Judging from the description below, it's a new kind of bad. Very bad:
Starting next week, there are going to be a whole lotta ballers passing through the Loews Miami Beach and by ballers, we mean both the rich kind and the basketball-playing kind.
That's because Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is hosting his fantasy basketball camp at the spot. The event is open to ballers 35 and older for four days of "intense competition and training" that will include a "draft" and a championship game. It also costs $12,500 to attend. Interested in going? There are 20 spots left. Except we don't think that price includes getting your car airlifted poolside. However, the $12,500 pricetag does include a hotel room as well as daily meals and a farewell brunch.
Wanna stay at the Loews next weekend but not keen to actually enroll in the camp? Rates are going for about $367 a night. But if you want to work out, you'll have to cough up a $10 fee to use the fitness center.
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The news of Philadelphia Eagles player Dion Lewis pulling a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn over the weekend can be chalked up to typical off-season NFL player shenanigans. (Seriously, compared with other stuff NFL guys get into, this one is TAME.)
But we think there's an important lesson here for you frequent hotel guests--pulling that fire alarm when there's no fire will get you arrested. That's what happened with Lewis and his brother after the duo arrived back at the hotel in Albany, where they were staying, at 5am and couldn't get in. They began banging on the doors and then pulled the fire alarm. Yeah, this wasn't going to end well.
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Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat team finally captured the NBA Championship last night over the Oklahoma City
Zombie Sonics Thunder in Miami and once the celebrations moved out of the American Airlines Arena, the ballers took their partying to the LIV nightclub at The Fontainebleau, arguably the hottest nightclub in Miami depsite having been open for a few years now.
And here's exactly how they spent their night up in the club:
LeBron James with fiancé Savannah Brinson were greeted at the luxurious resort around 3AM to club goers chanting MVP as bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne arrived. Teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh along with their significant others Gabrielle Union and Adrienne Bosh arrived with Heat owner Micky Arison to the sounds of DJ IRIE spinning at the party.
Wade revealed to the crowed his new Twitter hash tag , #LMT stands for "Love my Team" just as James grabbed the mic and took the LIV stage rapping to Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ball So Hard," DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win" and the obvious, Queen's "We Are the Champions." In a final surprise moment, electropop duo LMFAO took the stage to perform for the winning team and the still raucous crowd at 4:50AM.
Even if you aren't a sports fan, there's no way you haven't heard of the "Linsanity" gripping the nation, or at least the Tri-State metro area. The term that once applied to the drunk antics of Lindsay Lohan is now being used to describe the on-court antics of breakout NBA star, Jeremy Lin, who has pretty much saved the New York Knicks from a dismal ball season.
The undrafted point guard from Harvard, who was a permanent bench warmer for the Golden State Warriors last year and in threat of being cut from the Knicks just a month ago, is now living the New York dream--in a hotel, of course.
The NFL season is finally back on track and now football fans are anxiously awaiting to see how their teams will shape up over the next few days. And so are the players as free agents like former Giant and ex-con Plaxico Burress begin courting owners and coaches for some placement.
Fortunately, Plaxico had the good sense to avoid the Radisson Lexington hotel which is where he shot himself in the leg with a gun back in 2008 in the hotel's nightclub, the Latin Quarter. And which ultimately sent him to jail.
Football fans are rejoicing now that the NFL lockout has ended but the other kind of football fans are getting boisterous now that the Major League Soccer All-Stars games are on this week. And in Manhattan this week to take on this side of the ponds' biggest footies stars are Manchester United, led by their star player and recent hair transplant recipient, Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United team bus was spotted on Tuesday morning outside of the W Hotel in Hoboken, and reports say some former players will be at Mulligan’s bar on Tuesday afternoon at noon. Many visiting teams in Major League Soccer that play against the New York Red Bulls (based in Harrison, N.J.) stay at the W Hotel.
Forget Christmas and New Year's. For NBA groupies, the best time of the year is February when the NBA All-Star Game happens.
This year, the b-ball festivities are happening in Los Angeles which means that LA-area hotels will not only be hosting NBA teams, coaches and fans but groupies as well. And guess what? They are already starting to scope out the team hotels, in particular The W Hollywood Hotel.
The NY Post has an article all about how ladies look to snag athletes from the NFL and NBA and we thought this tip was hilarious:
BallerAlert's "Eleven8," for example, suggests memorizing the layout of the W Hotel in Hollywood, where, she said, the NBA stars will rest their heads during February's All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Go long...down the hallway, past the ice machine!
If you're NFL great Joe Montana and you want to open up a luxury hotel, where are you gonna do it? Why in Santa Clara, Calif. right across the street from where your old team, the San Francisco 49ers, hope to build a brand-new 68,500-seat stadium. And indeed, that's what Joe Montana is hoping to do.
The San Jose Mercury News reports Montana and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. have petitioned the city of Santa Clara to give them an 18-month exclusive negotiating agreement for about seven acres across from the proposed stadium site that would include a luxury hotel, sports bar, upscale restaurant and entertainment venue.
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It's hot right now in Miami but the heat doesn't seem to bother this person.
If you hadn't heard, LeBron James is holding a silly press conference on ESPN tonight about his basketball future but while sports analysts furiously sound off on TV and online about where the NBA star ends up (the Knicks, Heat and Nets are all contenders), they may have been scooped by Us Magazine.
The tabloid rag reports that LeBron has booked six cabanas at the W South Beach this weekend to celebrate his decision. The now most important source for sporting news reports:
That adds more fuel to the fire that James, 25, will announce he's joining the Miami Heat Thursday night, as several insiders told ESPN this morning. (He's still confirmed to attend NBA star Carmelo Anthony's Saturday-night wedding to former MTV VJ LaLa Vazquez in NYC.)
Drama in the England camp for the World Cup! Not only has their manager threatened to spy on the lads’ behavior, but now the Sun is reporting that the boys had their sleep disturbed by a shooting outside their hotel.
The lions were shacked up at the Royal Marang Hotel at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg, when the incident happened last week. Apparently there was a car chase that ended in the cops getting trigger happy – and the culprit was none other than a drunken policeman.
Although the cynic in us is thinking, hmm, the lengths some people will go to to invent an excuse for their shoddy performance against the yanks on Saturday. Not sure if we’re buying that one.
If you thought the English team had it bad for the World Cup, what with being spied on by their coach and all, wait till you hear about the French, who’ve just had a roasting from the government over their hotel being “too flashy”.
According to the Guardian, Rama Yade pointed out that the spoilsport Spanish team had shacked up in university accommodation, and said about the French team’s hotel:
Personally I would not have chosen that hotel. I had asked football authorities to show decency. In times of crisis, you need to think about it.
The hotel in question? The Pezula Resort on the Western Cape, which bills itself as “Africa’s most luxurious resort estate”.