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Blowin' in the wind

Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 24, 2009

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Scammer solstice

Football meets fraud in Georgia. Plus, Wazzu wackiness, and Tim Donaghy gets busted up.
It's summertime, and the scammin' is easy. What else can explain the recent appearance of a former NFL player in court to face 22 counts of . . . wait for it . . . mortgage fraud!
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 17, 2009

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Taser bait

A Florida Gator gets chomped. Plus, Memphis, the NCAA, and hypocrisy.
The clock keeps ticking down toward the inevitable first Tasered-athlete fatality. The fact that it hasn't happened yet is just a statistical anomaly, because two things continue to occur with regularity: major-college and pro jocks keep getting Tasered in late-night incidents, while an unluckier group of ordinary non-jocks keep dying from police Taserings.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 10, 2009

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Return of the Criminoles

Florida State's wide-receiving corps goes deep. Plus, a Miami big man and his even bigger truck.
Nothing warms the heart like the return of the Florida State football team to national criminal prominence.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 03, 2009

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Patriots daze

The ugly legacy of the late-'80s Pats gets even uglier
Ever heard of Eric Naposki? Probably not. He played linebacker for the Patriots in the late 1980s.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  May 27, 2009

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Love hurts

Tough times for Dirk Nowitzki. Plus, a Pitt Panther gets caught shooting blanks.
There've been some bizarre stories over the years involving gullible jocks and their inappropriate, multiple-alias-bearing girlfriends/wives.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  May 20, 2009



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Whiz kids

Two Saints get caught sinning. Plus, swirling down the post-NFL drug-addiction drain.
The Sports Genius of the Week Award is actually going to be shared by a pair of now-former New Orleans Saints fringe-roster players, wide receiver Biren Ealy and tight end Kolomona Kapanui.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  May 13, 2009

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The dirty south

Florida footballers called for very personal fouls
Normally, this is the time of year when a lot of pro football players get arrested — the weeks after the draft and before training camp, when new rookies get their first checks and end up blowing them at fancy nightclubs on eight-balls and escorts before driving home with bellies full of Courvoisier.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  May 06, 2009

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Cocaine blues

Jags great Jimmy Smith done in by illegal tint and an imaginary friend. Plus, the Nevada Wolf Pack goes down shooting.
Wow. That's all I can say after seeing the mug shot of former Jacksonville Jaguars star wide receiver Jimmy Smith, busted last week on pot and crack charges.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 29, 2009

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Shuffling off to infamy

Buffalo doesn't have a counterfeiting problem — but it does need to curb its bad Bills
Tasering Donte . Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it?
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2009

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Just like old times

Two sports-crime all stars get busted again. Plus, another Bengal drops the ball.
Well, it's been a few months, so it's about time to check in on our old pal Todd Marinovich.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 15, 2009



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NFL follies

Pro football gets tossed around. Plus, Kirk Snyder goes to the dentist.
Not only was Donte Stallworth officially charged with DUI manslaughter, but another former AFC East star, former Buffalo Bill running back Travis Henry, reached a plea agreement on drug charges.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2009

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Strange tales

Deportation and baby-napping collide in Florida. Plus, a badger double DUI shakes up the Justin Miller Award standings.
Freaky. That's really the only word to describe the story of Amalia Tabata Pereira — the wife of top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect (and former Yankee farmhand) Jose Tabata.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2009

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Sports blotter: Donte's inferno

Ex-Patriot Stallworth makes the mistake of his life. Plus, if the judge won't do it, Roger Goodell will.
Let's just say this right at the outset: Donte Stallworth always seemed like a good dude.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 25, 2009

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Looking for Mr. Dunbar

The Justin Miller award race heats up. Plus, tough times in Fayetteville.
Will Dunbar split town without saying goodbye, and now he's facing a pair of felonies.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 18, 2009

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Sports blotter: Steamrolled again

Brian Bosworth gets leveled by John Law, and Marshawn Lynch hops on the Chris Henry express
Brian Bosworth gets a DUI; Marshawn Lynch pleads guilty to a gun charge
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 12, 2009



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Celtic crossed

If a certifiable crazy man is signed to your position, here is what you don't do: act weirder than him
It was nice knowing ya, Gabe Pruitt.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  March 04, 2009

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Shuffle off . . . to jail

It was a rough week for he Buffalo Bills, past and present
Die-hard Patriots fans will remember Joe Panos as one in a very humorous sequence of nearly washed-up interior linemen.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 25, 2009

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Wideouts gone wild

Lock the liquor cabinet and hide the keys — it's that time of year again
Late February is a heavy-arrest period in American sports, for the simple reason that the college-football season is over, spring practices have not yet begun, and they have not yet deployed armed alcohol-sniffing police robots on college campuses around the nation.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 18, 2009

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Return of the big fatty

The sumos get stoned . . . again. Plus, an early leader in the 2009 Justin Miller-Award race.
It's nice to know that Michael Phelps isn't the only prominent athlete getting the shaft lately for sparking up.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 11, 2009

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What's in a name?

Okay, not that Dane Cook.
Hey, look everybody: Dane Cook got arrested!
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  February 04, 2009


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