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Joe Staley's wife Carrie Staley has just given birth to a cute little baby girl who is now six months old. I believe the youngins name is Grace Staley-- cool name. You know, browsing through some of the pictures on social media, the couple have some artful wedding photographs, and I am a tough customer when it comes to wedding photos. So if you're looking for a wedding photographer that's a cut above the rest, call Joe and Carrie.
Carrie grew up in Encinitas, California, and she attended Notre Dame and was a star soccer player. The timeline for the relationship is roughly as follows: Joe's wife Carrie became engaged in April of 2013, she then married the big fella in January of this year, and the two had the baby a few months after that, though Carrie was looking mighty nice for her wedding. She calls 2014 the best year of her life, and the marriage+baby combo will often do it for a new bride, especially if they're married to a 300 pound wrecking ball with a good heart. Joe actually hosted a show called "The Joe Show" on the 49ers website. It's pretty much just him goofing around and talking to his teammates, but you get the sense he's a cool guy. Carrie posted a short video of Joe scarfing an entire cotton "weave" or whatever you'd call a full unit of cotton candy. A stick of cotton candy? A web of cotton candy?
The last important thing to know about Joe's wife Carrie is that she actually went on to become a professional soccer player up until around 2011 or so. She played in a league called the National Women's Soccer League, which I'd never heard of before. Man, a pro soccer player and a pro football player as your parents. Their daughter is going to be a powerhouse.
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UPDATE 09/18/2014: Details are beginning to emerge about the sordid history of Ray McDonald and his girlfriend, with a spiraling tale of domestic violence from both sides.
According to reports, Ray McDonald's girlfriend was assaulted in an August incident following the 49ers D-Lineman's birthday party at McDonald's home.
Following the incident, McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, though the 49ers are allowing him to remain active while the legal process play out.
In May, San Jose police were called to McDonald's home previously/, for an altercation between an "engaged couple," on May 25. In that incident, McDonald's girlfriend is alleged to have pulled a gun and held it at her side during an argument, before running out of the home. The gun was not pointed at, or used to threaten anyone.
As a side note to this story, rumors persist that McDonald has now married the still unnamed girlfriend. We'll keep an eye on that as this develops.
Good lord, what is happening with the NFL players? If you've been reading the papers recently, you'd think the National Football League was made up exclusively of ruffians, hooligans, riff-raff, rowdies, and yahoos. The National Hoi Polloi League. Well, giant-of-a-man Ray McDonald's girlfriend is pregnant, and she is the latest victim of the National Riff-Raff League. Let's hope San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh kicks him off the team.
The full story, as we understand it, goes something like this: big birthday bash for Ray McDonald is thrown, Ray McDonald's pregnant girlfriend is in attendance along with many of McDonald's teammates, Ray McDonald allegedly strikes his girlfriend and causes bruising and marks, Ray McDonald gets arrested by the po-po. One of his teammates, tight end Vernon Davis, told ESPN that he was on his way out with the coppers showed up to take him away, and he said he didn't see anything. Davis had actually already posted pictures of the party on Instagram, but took them down because he didn't want to associate with any of the drama that unfolded.
I like Harbaugh's stance on this kind of thing. No tolerance. You hit a kid or a wife or abuse them in some way, you're gone. It's probably only a matter of time before he's off the team. He showed up to practice because it's not yet been determined what exactly went down, and nobody wants to be too hasty pasty and accuse McDonald of beating his girlfriend if that's not actually what happened. I don't know what the alternative scenario would be-- perhaps she walked into a light pole? Immediately after McDonald left jail, he said "The truth will come out, you know. I can't say too much right now but the truth will come out. Everybody knows what kind of person I am. I'm a good-hearted person." Uhhhh.....I think I'm missing something here, but we shall see.
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In these times, Twitter and Instagram are highly effective dating hubs for famous people. The sheer convenience of looking someone up whom you know is already interested in you is hard to beat. It can sometimes come back to bite you, though. James Franco’s snafu with a Scottish 17 year-old (who was about to turn 18) is a good example. On the one hand, social media is an efficient and direct way to make contact, and on the other hand it potentially airs one’s private life to the public. That’s why Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend Jen Selter is an interesting case and perhaps a mixed blessing.
Jen is known for having “the most instagrammed butt in the world,” a fact she publicizes on, you guessed it, her Twitter and Instagram pages. Posting pictures of herself on Instagram is essentially her job. So while she’s not at all a random person plucked from a cornucopia of fans and followers, she’s like a logical step up for Colin Kaepernick in the world of public internet dating. If internet hookups were a video game, Jen Selter would be the Big Boss of a level. According to TerezOwens.com, Kaepernick and Selter have entered the early stages of a relationship and Mr. Kaepernick has promptly unfollowed all of his internet groupies now that he’s involved with Jen. Folks, these are the gossipy details that come with having a documented public life.
Let’s get to what makes Colin’s life documented in the first place: he throws a damn fine football. In 2012, Colin was number one in adjusted yards per pass attempt (with 8.62), and in 2013 he was second in yards per pass completion with the 10th overall passer rating in the league. Colin’s rookie contract expires after 2014, and he’ll be paid a little under $1,000,000 this year. That is 2,000,000 less than the number of followers Colin’s girlfriend Jen Selter has on Instagram. However, according to CBS Sports, he’s expected to ask for $20,000,000 per year starting in 2015. Level up!