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11/20/14

Michael Phelps' Girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler

 

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Well guys, I'm sure you've heard about this by now since the internet has a habit of shotgunning tabloid dynamite like this at everyone that uses it. Michael Phelps' girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler just admitted she was born a man. Her original name was David Roy Fitch. She was born with some male parts and some female parts. In her teens, she went on testosterone blockers and estrogen enhancers in order to transition fully into a woman. She was with Phelps the night he was arrested and charged with a DUI.

You know, as disarming as the revelation is, we should be sensitive about the matter. Taylor Lianne Chandler has a pretty tough past. She left her family and home at the age of 15, was legally emancipated from them at 16, was charged with extortion at age 19 (trying to get money for an operation), put in jail with three men and raped. Much of her life was probably very painful and difficult. She has told the media that she underwent a surgery in her early twenties to fully remove the rest of her male parts. Michael's girlfriend Taylor also claims she never lied to him about her being born a man because he never asked.

See, that's not really fair. It sort of undermines the idea that this woman isn't sneaky, and posting everything and anything about Phelps on facebook hasn't helped her case either. The problem is that if you're going out with a woman and you think she's just a woman like any other around you, you're not going to just ask, "Hey you didn't happen to be born a man did you?" Is that supposed to be a prerequisite question in the early stages of dating. I think not. Anyway, Taylor shared some very private stories about having sex with Phelps at a Baltimore Ravens game during halftime, and my sense is she's trying her hardest to leverage their relationship into media exposure for herself (and possibly a gender rights agenda). Gender rights are important, but this isn't really the best way to go about it. Michael Phelps is definitely going to have to comment on this because he'll be asked by about a jillion people.

11/19/14 (Updated)

Michael Bennett's Wife Pele Bennett

 

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Michael Bennett's wife Pele Bennett married him in 2012 after eight years of dating. They were wed in Hawaii, and Pele is called a local girl by Hawaii newspapers, but she claims to have grown up in Houston, so I guess she was born in Hawaii and moved to Houston early on. Her statement about having the wedding in Hawaii went as follows: "Although Mike and I both grew up in Houston, Texas, Hawaii holds a place in our hearts for many different reasons." How about because it's way nicer than Houston?

Some controversy surrounded this couple a few months back, but before I get to that I'd like to point out the good community work Michael and his wife Pele did for the Ocean Health festival in Oahu, Hawaii. Bennett paid for the entire festival which apparently helps local families in Hawaii understand how to eat and live healthier. I would be willing to bet that Hawaiian cuisine is really tasty. I'm imagining  all kinds of fried fish topped with coconut shavings. Michael also did a charity benefit for obesity awareness.

Anyway, let's get to that controversy: Michael and his wife Pele abandoned their four-month old boxer puppy at a dog daycare. The couple formerly lived in Tampa, Florida while Michael was playing for the Buccaneers, but when he got traded to the Seahawks, they moved to Seattle and decided to just leave the dog at the daycare and never take him back or return any calls or anything about him. They then decided they weren't even going to pay the $5000 bill they had racked up by doing so. Then, a judge ordered them to pay over $8000, which they then ignored again. Finally, the judge sent out a warning telling them they'd be in contempt of court if they didn't address the matter, so they ended up having to pay $15,000. So on the one hand the couple does good things for humans, but on the other hand it seems dogs don't factor into the equation. The daycare found a new owner for the dog eventually, but he went a year without one.

11/19/14

Shouldn't Jordin Sparks Be Leveon Bell's Girlfriend?

 

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Imagine a world where equal superstar talents always converge, and you are imagining a world where Leveon Bell's girlfriend is Jordin Sparks. Now, there's no proper way to compare a football player's talent with a singer's talent, but they are both on the top of their game, and they both seem suited for each other. So what reason do we have for saying we think Leveon and Jordin should get together? Well, it appears that Jordin was engaging in what TMZ calls "cyber flirting" on Monday night. Jordin was tweeting about how good he is, and apparently she's single. Before you say it seems a little thin and we're jumping to conclusions, let me go on...

Allow me to give you some context about Leveon Bell's hypothetical girlfriend Jordin Sparks. Jordin is the daughter of an ex-NFL player named Phillippi Sparks, and she grew up watching him, soaking in the game, and learning to appreciate it and love it. So when the young singer was asked if her dad would be happy if she dated an NFL player, her reaction said it all. She kind of clammed up and said that her dad would say he's better and would want to compete in some way. Clamming up to papa razzi questions is just what you do when they hit the nail on the head, but Jordin is primed to date an NFL player, and so tweeting about Leveon more than once is definitely sending out a signal.

Leveon's reaction to his hypothetical girlfriend Jordin was pretty funny, I thought. He used the power of the emoticon to say that he was excited and somewhat nervous that she'd appreciated the game he had on Monday night. But do pay attention to the fact that he used her actual Twitter handle, thus ensuring that she'd see the tweet. I'm telling you, folks, this meeting has got to happen sometime!