NBA Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

08/30/14
 

Jamal Crawford's Wife Tori Crawford

 

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These two just got married a couple days ago, and Jamal Crawford's wife Tori Crawford was able to mix-a-lot at her wedding. Yes, Sir Mix-a-Lot was a surprise musical guest, and he performed his early 90's hit "Baby Got Back" to guests including Chris Paul, Grant Hill, and pretty much his whole team of Clippers.

Jamal's wife Tori has something to be proud of in the fact that Jamal is only the fourth person in history to win the NBA sixth man award twice. His value to a team is clear, and his value to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's career cannot be overstated. Tori herself is 29 years old and the mother of two. She's busy all the time taking care of the little ones. Their son is named JJ and their daughter is named London. She also helps take care of Jamal's first son, Eric.

Tori is a fairly private wife for Jamal, but the two are actively involved in community reach-out programs and charity. Jamal himself seems like a really generous, cool dude. He's friends with basically all the top athletes. His last birthday, the 13-year NBA vet got a shout-out from Floyd Mayweather wishing him a good year. He's been photographed hanging with Kobe, Isaiah Thomas (who attended his wedding), and of course all the Clips. Tori is a bit more private and likes to stay home with the kids, though the two enjoy vacations in the offseason and spending quality time at their current pad in Los Angeles. Jamal makes some decent cash to support his wife. His biggest earning year was 2010-2011, when he made $10.8 million. Last year he pulled down a cool $5.2 million. One of the most impressive stats I found from Crawford was his league-leading .927 free throw percentage back in the 2011-2012 season. Only 206 attempts but that's nothing to sneeze at.

08/07/14
 

Greg Oden Charged with Battery on Girlfriend

 

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Greg Oden was arrested earlier this morning in Lawrence, IN after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. He was charged with battery and you can see his mugshot here. While Oden was described by officers as "calm, apologetic and cooperative", he did not deny the charges and took full responsibility.

Oden told officers that he and the woman in question had dated for two years but that she was no longer his girlfriend and that the pair had been broken up for two months. Another woman present in the house during the alleged battery told officers that whenever Oden and his girlfriend were together, arguments always broke out.

Way back in 2010, Greg Oden's girlfriend was a girl named Candyce (Candance?), but that certainly seemed to be done. The photos in this post are of her, and we have no way of knowing currently whether Candyce was the girl that Greg Oden allegedly punched in the face. There have been other rumors of new girlfriends for Greg Oden, but none seemed to stick around long.

This story is at least slightly surprising, as Oden has always seemed like the gentle giant type. While reports from around the league seem to corroborate this image, the flip side is that Oden did have an admitted drinking problem while going through his many injury recoveries. Oden was set to workout for the Clippers soon, and one has to wonder if that is now off the table - especially in light of all the other negative PR that the team has had to deal with.

07/31/14
 

Violet Palmer's Girlfriend Tanya Stine

 

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Well, Violet Palmer's girlfriend Tanya Stine will not be a girlfriend for very much longer, because Violet Palmer is blowing the whistle and putting a ring on it. Okay, there will be no whistles involved, and working whistles into the story just because she's a ref is not at all clever. Frankly, I never really understood why there weren't female referees in sports before. I mean, I get the whole thing about male-oriented sports culture, but I thought it was really cool when Violet entered the league and started ignoring player whinings just like the rest of the refs.

It must feel so very good to ignore a multi-million-dollar basketball player when he whines. You could even say something like "Yeah, okay, I'm not listening at all to whatever it is you're going on about. I'm too busy ignoring you to listen." God, that would be awesome. Violet's girlfriend and future wife Tanya Stine always said they would tie the knot if they reached the twenty year milestone, according to USA Today. Well, it's here, and we wish them luck in their future.

Violet's girlfriend Tanya is also apparently quite gifted at the styling arts, working as a professional hair stylist for movies and television for some time. I've never heard of any of the productions (such as 2003's "The Watermelon Heist) on her hair and makeup list on IMDb, but so what. As they say in the hairstyling industry: "If they be payin', you best be sprayin'". The announcement of Violet and Tanya's engagement is also their official coming out announcement for Violet, as she did not formally say anything or make any announcements before. She waited a good ten years to tell any of her peers that she was gay, but she says the believes the NBA still would have hired her in 1997 if they had known. That's pretty cool. Man, working in the NBA sounds awesome. Remember that movie "Forget Paris" where Billy Crystal plays an NBA ref and gets whined at by Charles Barkley? No? Nevermind.