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Ex-NBA Star Avoids Jail for Las Vegas Casino Bad Check Charges

Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said Monday. 

Walker wasn’t in court when his attorney, Jonathan Powell, described a plan for his client to pay a minimum of almost $13,000 a month over five years to settle a complaint stemming from casino debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort. 

Powell on Monday described his 33-year-old, 6-foot-9 client as unemployed, but said he hopes to sign with a team in the U.S. or Europe. If he does, Walker promises to increase payments to almost $21,400 per month and finish the repayment plan within three years. 

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Former NBA Celtic Star Antoine Walker in Serious Debt, Writes $1 Million in Bad Checks in Las Vegas

Antoine Walker, a former NBA Boston Celtics star, is in deep debt and has been under pursuit of multiple financial institutions recently- and now, even Sin City has caught up with the wayward dribbler. AntoineWalker

Reportedly, in 12 years, 33-year-old Walker made more than $110 million by playing professional basketball just so-so. Taking away taxes, throwing in some aid as endorsement money and a “NBA Live 99” cover, he should be left with around $60 million. 

But all that loot has apparently vanished.  During the last several months, the once multi-millionaire athlete has been pursued by multiple financial institutions for unpaid debts. 

Now, Walker owes more than $4 million dollars to his creditors and is facing felony check fraud charges for allegedly writing $1 million in bad checks in Las Vegas.  Talk about a major foul out!

Does he need counseling from the reformed and outspoken NBA player Charles Barkley? 

How could that amount of money dissipate?   Well, Walker lived large- really large.  He always rolled with an outsized entourage. His mother estimates that, during his playing days, he was supporting 70 friends and family members in one way or another. 

And speaking of his good ol’ mom:  he built her a mansion in the Chicago suburbs, complete with an indoor pool, 10 bathrooms, and a full-size basketball court– hopefully, it allows her wheelchair access and includes a trainer.

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Shaquille O’ Neal & Oscar de la Hoya Go Head-to-Head in Las Vegas

NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal and championship boxer Oscar de la Hoya will discuss their head-to-head matchup exhibition at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The match which will be featured in an Oscardelahoyaepisode of the new reality series “Shaq VS” on ABC Television Network. Shaq

ABC and Media Rights Capital announced the premiere of “Shaq VS,” a new competition series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. The one-hour series, in which O’Neal will take his athletic prowess beyond the basketball court and strive to become a champion in a new sporting event each week, will debut on August 18 from 9 to 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Celebrities Turned Away By Las Vegas Nightclub Bouncers

The reason “why what happens in Las Vegas, stays there” could be merely because what is planned to happen there gets sometimes thwarted by nightclub bouncers.  bouncer

As reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access on June 18, Holly Madison was stopped from entering the Body English nightclub inside the Hard Rock for having an underage friend.  Now we learn that she’s not the only one.  

The NHL’s most valuable player, Russian Alex Ovechkin, was reportedly turned away from Lavo nightclub in the Palazzo on June 17 with two of his friends after showing up wearing flip-flops.   

Recently, Lavo nightclub also turned back NFL great Terrell Owens because of dress code infractions.  Tao nightclub in the Venetian did the same to NBA star Dwyane Wade. 

Eric Trump showed up at Light nightclub (now The Bank) with more than a dozen male friends on his 21st birthday in 2005, only to be turned away in part because of Light’s policy that limits parties of men to sex, to keep the female attendance ratio high, and because he played the “don’t-you-know-who-I-am” card.

NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, wearing shorts and sneakers, was also asked to leave Light nightclub about seven years ago. 

To prevent these unsavory mishaps, it might be well when coming to Las Vegas and planning a night out on the town to bring along your Sunday best to change into just in case you get turned away for wardrobe infractions.  

Besides, the always dapper Jermaine Dupri, whose crusade for Las Vegas partiers is to start dressing spiffier to the nines, will love your for it.

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B-list Celebs Bring Focus to Brands at CES in Las Vegas

You couldn’t find hide nor hair of Mary J. Blige or Yoko Ono this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.   And, surprisingly, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn’t deliver a star-studded CES keynote address, as was done in years past when Bill Gates was at the helm.  Ballmer simply made a few austere Microsoft product announcements and discussed the economy woes before calling it a day.  


As company marketing budgets are cut to the bone and show exhibitors scramble to just keep up and survive, it’s no wonder that big ticket celebrities are harder to come by this year. However, could this have a positive flip side – a more targeted marketing effort where celebrities actually have a connection with a brand?


SHARP,  the official HDTV of Major League Baseball, brought in a slew of MLB All-Stars to try and hit a home run in their booth, including Prince Fielder, a first baseman for the Brewers, Big Papi, David Ortiz, and the Red Sox, New York Mets starting pitcher John Maine- and that’s just on the opening day.


NBA Hall of Famers dribbled in to the booth of Haier America, an official NBA partner.  They got hoopsters Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, Robert “The Chief” Parish, and “Big Red Head” Bill Walton to hawk their wares.


Digital entertainment leader Creative blasted in Johnathan Fatal1ty Wendell, a world Quake champion and commentator for Championship Gaming Series telecasts on DirecTV, to introduce their new line of Fatal1ty branded Sound Blaster sound cards for gaming.


How does the return on investment compare, especially factoring in the economy? Will this just be a passing fad that will usher back in the A-listers next year- or will this be the new trend in branding?


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Las Vegas Goes 3D

Las Vegas visitors exchanged their beer goggles for 3D glasses at our Town Square Rave Theatre so that they could watch the Fox News broadcast of the Fed Ex BCS Title Game on January 8.  3D is coming of age and people appear to be flocking to its appeal.  Locals and guests were treated to a spectacular view of the championship event between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Oklahoma Sooners.  Only 81 locations in the nation offered the bowl game in 3D including Boston and New York. 

And this isn’t the first time Las Vegas hosted a 3D sporting event.  Special viewing parties also took place during the 2007 NBA finals and, due to their success, the NBA has announced plans to hold an HD 3D simulcast of the NBA All-Star basketball game on February 14. 

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