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Cookie monster

Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 14, 2010

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The dumbass chronicles

Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2010

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Number two blues

Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2010

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Pirates' ransom

The fun in Oregon is over, as east-coast athletes go on a kidnapping spree
Well, enough of the funny stuff with the Oregon Ducks’ recent crime wave. This week, we’re back into the world of straight-out, nasty, pointless, idiotic violence, committed by young athletes with everything to lose and only a few bucks to gain.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 24, 2010

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Kelly's zeroes

Oregon Football makes the leap and pays the price; plus, taser fun on the Bayou
Like Bob Beamon's long-jump record or Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, it was once thought that no organized sports team would ever approach the string of arrests racked up by the infamous Portland Jail Blazers club of the early 2000s.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 17, 2010

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What the Duck?

Oregon, again; plus, all the news that's fit to steal, and home invasions at the Citadel
The burgeoning crime wave wracking the University of Oregon Ducks football team — reporters out there are calling it the "bird flu" — has now spread in an unexpectedly hilarious direction.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 10, 2010



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Lame Ducks

Oregon football closes in on infamy; plus, a Villanova Wildcat needs litter training
Wow, it sure has been a nasty couple of weeks for the University of Oregon and football coach Chip Kelly.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 03, 2010

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Oregon fail

With no one to hit on the field, underclassmen take to the streets
This is the time of year when you start seeing a lot of arrests involving non-draft-eligible college-football players — underclassmen, mainly.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 24, 2010

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Rocky pot

It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died five days later.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 17, 2010

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Texas stranger

A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 10, 2010

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Bengals and Bulldogs

Cincinnati's back on the sports-crime map. Plus, a Georgia alum fills in the blanks.
There hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about in New England Patriots country of late, and I'm not sure that this will fit the bill, but let's try it on for size.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 03, 2010



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NBA shoot-around

Gilbert Arenas brings the Bullets back to Washington. Plus, a D-lineman dustup.
Sometimes, even superstar athletes just wear out their welcome. When Gilbert Arenas came into the league back in 2001, and especially after he moved to the Wizards in '03, "Agent Zero" was poised to be the next big thing in basketball.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  January 27, 2010

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Slap shot

Murder hits minor-league hockey. Plus, Chris Chelios gets whistled for DUI.
Bogdan "Rudy" Rudenko, a minor-league hockey player who was most recently with the now-defunct Colorado Springs Gold Kings, has been arrested in connection with the Stallings, North Carolina, shooting of a friend and former teammate of his (some reports describe him as an "associate") named Yuri Kharitonov.  
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  January 20, 2010

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Bland theft auto

Ex-Patriot Terry Glenn's suburban sprawl. Plus, Charles Rogers needs a nap.
Man, talk about a meme that won't die!
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  January 13, 2010

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Throwback shame

Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  January 11, 2010

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The China syndrome

Kirk Snyder's strange tale gets stranger. Plus, Texas Lutheran's divine intervention.
There was always a little something off about Kirk Snyder, the onetime University of Nevada Wolf Pack star and NBA washout.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  December 16, 2009



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Goon to Carolina

Jon Beason takes it outside. Plus, an ex-NFL lineman doubles down and gets busted.
A few years ago, there was a lot of sentiment in Patriots country for drafting a University of Miami linebacker named Jon Beason.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  December 09, 2009

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Rube awakening

A former Jail Blazer returns to action. Plus, hugging it out at Portland State.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Couldn’t you feel that void, that emptiness resulting from the failure of former LA Clipper and Portland Trail Blazer Ruben Patterson to get arrested for anything at all recently?
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  December 02, 2009

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Lights out

Tila Tequila goes off. Plus, Lawrence Taylor takes a hard right-hand turn.
Not sure this has a whole lot to do with sports crime, but . . . it does involve Tila Tequila naked, so that's a start for an interesting exploration of something .
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2009

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Camera shy

Mike Tyson pops the paps. Plus, Rocky Top hits bottom.
Haven't we heard this story before?
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  November 18, 2009

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Golden goofballs

Minnesota football teams produce twin dummies
Yet another major-program football player walked the Taser plank this past week, though this one was called back from the edge just in time.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  November 11, 2009


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