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Drama in Georgia doesn’t always have to come from television shows about zombies. Joe Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Shannon Becton is involved with him in a rather unpleasant court battle over their six-year old son.
The timeline goes like this: while Joe still played for the Atlanta Hawks in 2007, Shannon and Joe had a son. Five years later they had long been split, but Joe filed legal documents to establish himself as the father of the child in order to share joint custody and to be able to allow his son to inherit money from him. He also requested that his son take his last name. This was all contingent on a DNA test proving that Joe was the father, which it did. It was technically a lawsuit against Shannon, who is a working nurse in Georgia.
Flash forward to now, and according to TMZ, Shannon has claimed, “I’m unaware of my child’s whereabouts, and Joe is interfering with me maintaining a healthy relationship with my son.” Joe had previously agreed to move Shannon out to New York City to have her live there, paying as much as $5000 per month for an apartment for her, but he has allegedly not come through with the deal. So as of March 11, Joe was found in contempt of court for not fulfilling that part of the arrangement. This has now led to the Judge threatening to throw him in jail.
Boy oh boy, this situation does not sound fun. It sounds like the opposite of fun. Anyway, let’s take a look at Joe Johnson’s output on the basketball court rather than the custody court:
He was originally drafted by the Boston Celtics 10th overall back in 2001. That feels like ages ago (the Celtics fan tells himself). He was traded in the middle of his rookie season to the Suns, where it took him about two years to suddenly mature into a serious threat. His salary went from $2.3 million in 2004 to $12 million in 2005, when he was signed to the Hawks. At the age of 25, Joe began putting up mammoth numbers for the Hawks- his best season had him pumping out 25 PPG, 4 RPG, 4 APG, and playing a staggering 41.4 MPG. This led to his signing a whopping $123,658,089 contract for six years in July of 2010. The Brooklyn Nets have since taken him on, and he was paid over $21.4 million this season. So you can understand why they call it the “baby mama lottery.”
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Alex Pietrangelo helped bring home more than the gold at Sochi this year. In a team effort that included Alex Pietrangelo’s girlfriend Jayne Cox, Canadian teammates, Americans, Swedish and Slovakian rivals and their companions, two dogs were rescued at Sochi.
Although it was New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan and the parents of Blues teammate Kevin Shattenkirk that ended up adopting the two rescued dogs, it took the voices of many players and their wives/girlfriends to bolster enough attention to get them out of the country. Situations like this seem to tug at the heart strings of former Rams cheerleader Jayne Cox. Apparently, her favorite part about being a cheerleader was the access it gave her to helping others in the community. At the top of Jayne Cox’s list of favorite events are those involving helping children, especially the Make-A-Wish Foundation. An event even closer to her heart is the Komen Race for the Cure, as Jayne Cox’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.
Jayne Cox cheered for the Rams during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons. And in 2012, she made it to the cover of the 2012 Rams Cheerleaders calendar. Jayne Cox has cheerleading in her blood; Her older sister was also a Rams cheerleader. Growing up in Bridgeton Missouri, Jayne Cox started dancing in the 5th grade. And her name, by the way, is pronounced Jay-knee.
As for this weekend, we know what Jayne Cox will be doing; watching her man Alex Pietrangelo in the NHL playoffs. Hopefully the Blues 24-year old highly paid investment will put on a great show.
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James Harden’s girlfriend Maliah Michel has had some experiences, if you care to get to know her. She might actually be more interesting than her rockstar basketball boyfriend! Yes, she’s a stripper with some considerable assets, but that’s just the beginning of the tale, no pun intended.
Maliah managed to get herself a scholarship to Cal State Northridge for softball, and she lived with her sister and her sister’s two children in a small apartment thanks to an assisted living program called Americorps. To earn money, she became a stripper at the age of 18, starting at a “white club in Beverly Hills,” according to her Vibe Magazine interview, earning 80 dollars a night. When she switched to a black club, she started earning a minimum of 500 dollars a night. She credits the uptick in monetary appreciation to her voluptuousness. She saved and earned enough money to buy her own house in Las Vegas. Then she got engaged, but her fiance got addicted to both crack and heroin, and she lost all of her money and her house. She then became deeply religious and quit stripping. “All I did was go to church. I mean, I literally had to pull a gun on my ex-fiance. That whole experience led me to God.” Goodness gracious! I feel like I’m reading a 21st Century draft of The Brothers Karamazov (only with cool strippers instead of Russian brothers).
Well, things are looking up for M&M now. Things are so good, in fact, that she’s relaxed her piety and returned to the occasional high-end stripping. Before getting together with James Harden, she starred in Drake’s cinematic music video “Find Your Love.” She was with him for awhile, but she’s since upgraded to the 6’5” Mr. Harden-Fast, who is one of the league’s premier scoring guards. After leaving Oklahoma City, James’ numbers shot up, and he’s now averaging 24 PPG over the last two seasons. He got paid over $13,000,000 for his 2013-14 season. I wonder if his contract stipulated for him to be paid in all one-dollar bills?