Lolo Jones Allegedly Involved In Bar Fight

Lolo Jones Allegedly Involved In Bar FightOlympic hurdler Lolo Jones has made her fair share of headlines since crossing over to the world of bobsledding from track and field. She’ll likely face criticism after a reported bar fight, although she won’t be disciplined by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, according to a report from Mike Singer of CBS Sports:

‘No evidence’

USBSF spokeswoman Amanda Bird said team officials found no evidence that Jones had “knocked out” the woman, as had been previously reported. Police also said no charges were filed.

Darrin Steele, the CEO for USBSF, was disappointed about the incident, which took place in the small town where the federation is based, but said he doesn’t believe any team rules were violated.

“That could change if new information emerges, but I’m not expecting that to happen at this point,” he said to the AP. “It’s a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen.”

‘Yet to be confirmed’

Kelly Whiteside of USA Today first reported the incident, as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s investigation into whether Jones was involved in a bar fight on Friday night in Lake Placid, N.Y. Whiteside is reporting that no charges have been filed by police.

News of the alleged bar fight spread when former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken told the story on her radio show on Monday. According to Van Dyken’s account, she heard that Jones had fought the stepdaughter of Bobsled Hall of Famer Tony Carlino, although the alleged altercation has yet to be confirmed by any firsthand parties.

How will this bar fight allegation affect Lolo Jones’ sports career? And do you think there’s a grain of truth in it?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: USA Today

Miss New York Mallory Hagan Wins Miss America 2013 Title

Miss New York Mallory Hagan Wins Miss America 2013 TitleA 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Miss America crown Saturday night after deftly dealing with a question about armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform.

‘Fighting sexual abuse’

En route to her victory in the Las Vegas pageant, Mallory Hagan also tap danced to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing,” strutted down the runway in an asymmetrical white gown, and donned a revealing black string bikini. She defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.

Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and a year as an instant celebrity and role model to many girls. Her platform, the issue she will promote during her reign, is fighting child sexual abuse. She told The Associated Press in an interview after her win that it was her mother who encouraged her to tackle the issue. She said that sexual abuse had “rippled through” her family, touching her mother, aunt, grandmother and cousins. Her mother had trouble at first convincing others of the trauma she had faced.

‘Educate people on guns’

“That kind of sent her into a whirlwind of anxiety and depression. So as a teen I lost my mom kind of for a couple years,” she said. “She was dealing with her own issues, and that’s something that now as an adult I understand, but then I certainly did not.”

In the final moments of the show, “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion asked her if schools should hire armed guards in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

“I don’t think the proper was to fight violence is with violence,” she replied. “I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period.”

Are you glad that Mallory Hagan of New York won the title of Miss America? Share your thoughts on her answer for her question about armed guards!

Source: Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press, Yahoo TV