golden-boy quarterback Matt Leinart arrested for soliciting a prostitute? Can
it be true? Actually, no. Leinart's run-in with police was a prank orchestrated
by Punk'd host Ashton Kutcher, whom Leinart befriended last year. (The episode
is expected to air this month or next on MTV.) On March 14 Leinart (below) and
a carload of conspiring pals were pulled over in L.A.; Punk'd police officers
told the 2004 Heisman winner to exit the vehicle and began booking him for
solicitation, a crime he hadn't committed. Leinart is clearly ready for life as
a professional: His first concern, according to his agent, was dealing with the
bad press his arrest might attract.
? After Marshall
finished its basketball season last month, 6'9" senior center Mark Patton
pondered his future: He's getting married in August and figured he'd then
pursue a hoops career overseas. But Patton didn't know that scouts--from
Hollywood, not the NBA--already had their eyes on him. Three weeks ago
producers from the upcoming Matthew McConaughey movie We Are Marshall asked to
meet him, and Patton left the room with his first paying basketball gig: He'll
play Dave Shank, a fictional George Mikan look-alike who is recruited from the
Thundering Herd basketball team to play wide receiver after the 1970 plane
crash that took the lives of 75 members of the football team. Patton spent time
last week shooting basketball scenes, and he'll spend four more weeks shooting
football action in Atlanta. Says Patton, "I think I'll have a little money
for a real good honeymoon."
? NFL twins Tiki
and Ronde Barber were supposed to be guests of honor at a dual 31st birthday
party at the Pink Elephant bar in Manhattan last week, but Tiki was left to
huff and puff at the four cakes provided by host FHM Magazine on his own.
According to Tiki (the younger brother by seven minutes), Ronde decided at the
last minute to spend the day with Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer in England.
"I didn't even wish him a happy birthday," Tiki joked. "I just
texted him 'Hi.'" A stable of Giants players were there, however, including
Michael Strahan, Amani Toomer and Shaun O'Hara.... On March 30 Anna Benson
filed for divorce from Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, claiming that their
seven-year marriage was "irretrievably broken." Apparently the union
was retrievable after all. Five days later Anna's lawyer, Jeffrey Bogart,
reported that she was withdrawing the petition after some "soul
searching." Said Bogart, "[Anna] wanted to make every effort to repair
her marriage; hopefully Kris feels the same way." ... Screenwriters Adam
Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (Not Another Teen Movie) have written a script
spoofing inspirational sports movies and the Rudy Ruettigers and Jimmy
Chitwoods who populate them. The Comeback--sure to be cast with a roster of
underachieving no-names and has-beens--should hit theaters in 2007.