Last week, we gave you the scoop on Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson being whisked away to jail for acting childish during his probation hearing. Yesterday, Johnson was released from jail after apologizing for his behavior during court. But not before his close friend and former teammate Terrell Owens visited him. Owens tweeted that Johnson was in good spirits while locked up. I'm sure he's in even better spirits now that he's free—despite TMZ recently reporting he has financial problems.
The NBA finals head back to Miami tonight for Game 6. In a perfect world, a longer NBA finals would mean close games, intense story lines and high ratings. But this year, the league has had no such luck. The games have started out close but ended in second half blow outs. The superstars of the finals – Miami Heat's Lebron James and San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan- haven't put on the show viewers expected. Plus, this NBA playoffs has been a slog due to scheduling. All this adds up to lower Game 5 ratings than last year.
In NFL news, Philadelphia Eagles WR Desean Jackson released a documentary about his life called Desean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream. Jackson is best known for being a tiny, but fast Wide Receiver who pouted his way through an entire season because he was unhappy with his contract. Now, Jackson has the long term deal with the Eagles that he wanted and is trying to repair his image and show that he can still play. The documentary follows Jackson from his childhood to his college career at California Berkeley to his current job with the Eagles. All along the way Jackson's father and brother push him hard and help him realize the dream they all shared. Philadelphia Magazine has a great breakdown of the doc which is available via many cable service's On Demand function. Check with your provider for listings.
Filed under "AWESOME," WNBA player Brittney Griner will be modeling apparel from Nike's men's line. This is great news for several reasons. The first being that lots of women, regardless of sexual orientation, find themselves shopping in the men's section quite a bit. Secondly, I like the fact that minds are becoming more open when it comes to who wears or markets what product. And lastly, Griner has been very open about the fact that she is a lesbian and also prefers to wear men's clothing. The fact that Nike is accepting her for who she is rather than forcing her to only rock pieces from the women's line is pretty refreshing. ESPN's Kate Fagan wrote a must-read piece on Griner that I think everyone should check out.
That wraps up this week's Sports Notes. Did we miss anything?
Jessica Danielle is a professional speechwriter and blogger who covers sports with wit and ardor at playerperspective.com.