From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors have dropped the case against seven gang members accused of kidnapping a music producer who claimed to have a sex tape of Shaquille O'Neal.
At the prosecution's request, a judge Tuesday dismissed kidnapping, assault and robbery charges.
District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says prosecutors believed Robert Ross was attacked but his credibility as a witness was undermined by some of his own testimony and behavior outside court. No details were provided.
Mark Overland, Ross's attorney in a lawsuit against O'Neal, says he has confidence in Ross's credibility.
Ross testified that in 2008, following a business dispute, he falsely told O'Neal he had a sex tape. Ross claims that two weeks later he was attacked by gang members who mentioned O'Neal.
O'Neal denied involvement and wasn't charged.
Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were each fined $9,115 by the NFL for their actions in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, won by New England 35-17 on Sunday in Foxboro.
The fines were first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Earlier this week, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $75,000 by the NFL for stomping on Blount after Blount’s touchdown late in the game. Gronkowski was given a 15-yard taunting penalty for his altercation with Burfict earlier in the game.
Blount's fine was for unnecessary roughness and Edelman's was a result of a facemask penalty.
Burfict was not fined for what appeared to be an intentional dive at the legs of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett earlier in the game.
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was earlier fined $9,115 by the league for his unnecessary roughness against the Patriots.
Albert Breer discusses what might be the cause of the slippage in Aaron Rodgers play this season with Toucher & Rich.