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Dancing with the Stars Curse

We’ve written a number of times in the past about Dancing with the Stars having so many injuries. Some people speculated it was some sort of curse on Dancing with the Stars or something crazy. That’s really crazy talk to me. Dancing is very physical and so injuries are just a part of the environment. Especially when we’re talking about people who don’t dance, dancing this much.

Maybe the curse isn’t injuries, but is instead legal problems after being on the show. This past week it was reported that both Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp were having legal troubles. A woman is claiming that Michael Irvin raped her 2 years ago in a Florida hotel room. Her suit against him is amazingly timed during the circus that is the Super Bowl. Michael has countersued the woman saying that he lost his job as an announcer with ESPN radio because of the false accusations. Here’s some details from Michael’s side:

In his complaint, Irvin claims Mustafa “signed not one (1) but two (2) waivers of prosecution,” on July 21, 2007, “the day after opening a file with the Police Department.”
He claims, “The Seminole Police Department found Mustafa’s claims un-credible and stopped actively investigating the file over two (2) years ago.”
Irvin claims Mustafa “decided to take another shot” at him “(a)fter seeing Irvin’s success on Dancing with the Stars and his new show Fourth and Long.”
The complaint states, “It is typical for fame-seekers to attack celebrities of Irvin’s stature to try and make a quick buck. …

Warren Sapp was charged with domestic battery in South Florida and was not part of the NFL network’s Super Bowl coverage as an analyst because of the charge. Here’s the allegations against Sapp:

The victim had a swollen knee and bruises on her neck, according to an arrest affidavit. She told detectives that she was partying with Sapp and her friends at the hotel and asked for his room key when she grew tired. Sapp reportedly woke up the victim a few hours later and they started to argue. She told investigators that Sapp started to choke her and pushed her down on a couch.

As the argument escalated, Sapp grabbed the woman by her shirt and neck and threw her down again, the affidavit states.

Sapp told investigators that he let the woman stay in his room but asked her to leave a few hours later. He told police that the woman fell on her leg when he tried to help her get off a couch.

It’s hard to make a judgement against either person since we don’t know all the facts. No doubt Michael Irvin is known as a ladies man. I’ve heard him talk a few times about parties back in his Cowboys days and the number of women they’d have there. However, that doesn’t mean he raped this girl. It’s also not hard to see a 300 lb Sapp with a little alcohol doing something and not even realizing it. It’s too bad for both individuals since they were such high class celebrities on DWTS. I’m sure this will all work itself out in the courts.

This isn’t the first time a past DWTS celebrity has had trouble with the law. You might remember that Helio Castroneves was charged with tax evasion He was later acquitted on 6 counts of tax evasion, but was hung on one count of conspiracy.

February 10, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff Engaged and Mark Ballas Injured

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are now engaged. Who would have thought that Karina would leave Mario for Maks? Well, actually they really seem to go together really well. Mario and Karina never really matched for me. I’m sure that many a Maks lover will be disappointed that Maks is no longer available. Here’s a little bit more information about their engagement from TVGuide.com:

“I’m in love and so is she,” Chmerkovskiy told People. “Everything is beautiful.”

The two have worked together on Dancing for four years, but only tested the romantic waters fourth months ago. Chmerkovskiy popped the question on New Year’s Eve.

“He is such a softie,” Smirnoff said of her betrothed. “The way he proposed was so romantic.” Chmerkovskiy gave Smirnoff a three-karat platinum and diamond ring — which viewers can start salivating over when two return for Dancing’s eighth season in March.

In other news, Mark Ballas, Jr was hurt on the Dancing with the Stars tour. Here’s more information on what happened:

Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas, who took home season six’s mirror ball trophy with partner Kristi Yamaguchi, suffered a groin injury and announced he will have sit out “a couple of weeks” of the shows tour, according to People.

After a performance on Saturday at the Los Angeles Staples Center, the Dancing pro, who was visibly in pain, apologized to fans for not giving a hundred percent. Both he and partner Yamaguchi did, however, pull-off a high energy performance as well as pull off a hip-hop routine with fellow pros Lacey Schwimmer and Derek Hough.

I’m not sure if the Dancing with the Stars curse is real. I think that dancers just get injured more than we realized before the show. I guess we’ll see who will get injured next when season 8 of Dancing with the Stars premieres on March 9 with a live, two-hour special.

January 12, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Cloris Leachman In Hospital with Pneumonia

Reuters is reporting that Cloris Leachman has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman, who saw a resurgence in her popularity recently on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” has been hospitalized for pneumonia, celebrity TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on Monday.

Leachman, 82, became the oldest contestant ever when she appeared on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the United States, in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete in ballroom dancing.

She won a large fan base for her good sense of humor on the program, but was eliminated sixth in the competition.

Some have asked if Dancing with the Stars has a curse with all of these people getting injured (see Misty May, Kim K, and many other injuries too numerous to list.

Of course, I don’t believe in curses in general. However, even if I did believe in curses, I think it’s easy to see while there are all these injuries. It’s called people who are not usually active and bending like gumby actually doing those things. Welcome to dancing!!

November 17, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.