Fall guys

By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 2, 2009

• Dirk Nowitzki paramour/future babymama Cristal Taylor was sentenced for at least part of her crimes this week. The career con woman, check kiter, and credit-card scammer — who shacked up with Nowitzki and was carrying his child in anticipation of marriage — just got five years in prison in Missouri for fleeing her probation responsibilities. She still has Texas charges to deal with related to skipping out on a $10,000 dental bill.

• Though times are tough all over, the city of Baltimore apparently has the budget to hire fashion police. This came to light this week when cops arrested Ravens rookie linebacker Tony Fein, apparently for being black and wearing a sweatshirt. The Iraq War vet (he served three years in the army after his time at Ole Miss) was originally stopped on "suspicion of handing a weapon" to a friend; it turned out to be a cell phone. A scuffle ensued and Fein was arrested. The police later said that Fein's sweatshirt — which read "F Troop, 9th Cavalry, Ft. Hood, Texas" — was not "weather-appropriate."

Matt Taibbi can be reached atm_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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