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When Chuck Liddell KO’d Five People and Still Managed to Escape the Cops

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UFC 38 is as much remembered for the event, as it is for what ensued later that night. During the early hours of July 14, 2002, an alcohol-fueled brawl took place outside a nightclub in London.

Looking back, the major protagonists of the infamous melee were Tito Ortiz and Lee Murray. Chuck Liddell was present in the club as well. However, he managed to escape the cops employing his presence of mind.

The brawl started with a friend of Tito jumping on the back of Pat Miletich, the inaugural UFC Welterweight champion. A friend of fellow UFC fighter, Lee Murray, KO’d the guy. He thought the friend was attacking Pat. This chain of events set off a scene of complete chaos.

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, who competed in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division back then, also found himself amidst the chaos. To protect himself, he had to fight off anyone that came up upon him.

“I thought it was around five. It may be as high as seven or eight,” Chuck said when asked how many guys he remembers knocking out that night while talking to Submission Radio. “I know how to fight in groups, I mean big brawls. I grew up fighting a lot and I hit hard,” he said.

Chuck Liddell reveals the plan that helped him escape the cops that night

There is no video footage available from that night. Some people present on the scene that night have asserted that Murray knocked out Ortiz that night. However, Chuck remembers nothing of this sort.

Everyone’s got different memories of the night. I didn’t see Tito and Murray square off at all. All I know is Tito was up and trying to go after him when the cop showed up,” he said.

While some may find it astonishing that a man knocked out five people back-to-back, what is more impressive is how Chuck fled the situation. When the police arrived on the scene, they started separating people and getting them off each other.

The police captured everyone on the scene, except one. And that was Chuck.

Sensing the arrival of the cops, “The Iceman” put his arm around the first girl that he could see. He asked her out for breakfast and fooled the cops by walking out with her.

“When the cops showed up, I was just trying to help out a buddy. So I don’t want someone to get hurt. When the cops showed and everybody was safe, it was time for me to get out of there.

“I put my arm around the first girl that I saw and asked her, ‘Hey do you wanna have breakfast?’. And I just walked right by the cops. I was the only guy not detained by the cops,” Chuck said.

He was courteous enough to buy the girl an actual breakfast the next morning. Chuck would later go on to have epic battles with Tito Ortiz inside the Octagon. However, Chuck has now retired from MMA.

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Silver walks back idea of restrictions for older NBA coaches

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Silver walks back idea of restrictions for older NBA coaches

After initially saying that older coaches might not be able to return to the bench this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reversed course Thursday night.

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Health experts have stated that people age 65 and older are most vulnerable to COVID-19, and the NBA has three head coaches in that category: the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, 71; the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, 69; and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry, 65.

Silver initially said in an interview with TNT on Thursday, “There are people involved in this league, particularly coaches, who are obviously older people. … We’re going to have to work through protocols, for example, and it may be certain coaches may not be able to be the bench coach.

“They may have to maintain social distancing protocols, and maybe they can be in the front of a room, a locker room … with a whiteboard, but when it comes to actual play, we’re not going to want them that close to players in order to protect them.”

Gentry promptly told ESPN regarding Silver’s comments, “That doesn’t make sense. How can I coach that way? … (It’s not right that older coaches) should be singled out.”

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the NBA Coaches Association, then got in touch with Silver.

Carlisle told ESPN, “(Silver) admitted that he jumped the gun with his statement to TNT. The health and safety of our coaches is first and foremost. It’s entirely possible that an NBA coach in his 60s or 70s could be healthier than someone in their 30s or 40s.

“The conversation should never be solely about a person’s age. Adam assured me that we would work through this together to help determine what is both safe and fair for all of our coaches.”

Both D’Antoni and Gentry told ESPN they wouldn’t mind if the league made all coaches wear facemasks on the bench, but they didn’t want the league to force only the oldest coaches to wear masks.

Earlier Thursday, the NBA announced plans to restart the regular season on July 31, with 22 teams playing at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The teams will play eight regular-season games ahead of the playoffs, which could end as late as Oct. 12, the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA season was suspended March 11 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Former Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault charge

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Former Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault charge

HOUSTON — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating.

An arrest affidavit filed Wednesday by Houston police states that the ballplayer-turned-record producer went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.

Washington told investigators Crawford pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her. Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.

When her year-old daughter walked up, she distracted Crawford, who is her father, and Washington ran to call police. Crawford then fled but followed up with threatening cellphone texts to Washington, according to the affidavit.

A message to his attorney, Rusty Hardin, seeking comment was not returned immediately.

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The incident happened a week before a 5-year-old boy and a woman drowned in the backyard pool at Crawford’s Houston home.

From Houston, the 38-year-old Crawford was a four-time All-Star outfielder. He last played in the major leagues in 2016 with the Dodgers.

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NFL players deliver challenge to league in Black Lives Matter video

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NFL players deliver challenge to league in Black Lives Matter video

Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Jamal Adams joined numerous NFL players in a social media video asking the league to “listen to your players” and step up in defense of black lives after the death of George Floyd.

The Giants and Jets stars were joined Thursday night in the video — which shifts from player to player — by Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and others in response to Floyd, who was black, being killed at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

The league released a statement May 30 and additional social media posts addressing the issue on Thursday. The players, who do not mention commissioner Roger Goodell by name, wanted to hear more.

“On behalf of the National Football League this is what we, the players would like to hear you state,” the players say in the video. “We the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We the National Football League admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We the National Football League believe Black Lives Matter.”

The video also includes Cardinals stars D’Andre Hopkins and Patrick Peterson, Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, Redskins defensive lineman Chase Young, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu.

It asks the league how many times do we need to ask for you “to listen to your players?” They say they will not be silenced, assert their “right to peaceful protest” and that they are Floyd.

“What will it take? For one of use to be murdered by police brutality?” the players say. “What if I was George Floyd?”

The NFL, in addition to its original statement from Goodell stating its commitment to “continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners,” went further Thursday. In a Twitter post on the league’s official account prior to the players’ video being released, the league said, “This is a time of self-reflection for all — the NFL is no exception. We stand with the black community because Black Lives Matter.”

In posts that followed, the league stated that it has supported programs to address systemic racism and plans to donate an additional $20 million to those causes, but knows “we can and need to do more.”

The post comes after Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has since apologized twice, angered teammates and players around the NFL by saying he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” While a number of Brees’ teammates, including Thomas, said they accepted his apology, Adams did not, tweeting the apology was “bulls–t.”

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