When he found out
that the Arizona Cardinals had drafted USC quarterback Matt Leinart, Les
Corieri, the owner of three Phoenix-area clubs, told The Arizona Republic,
"I am really happy he's here with the image that he's bringing."
Leinart bolstered his man-about-town rep last week when he was spotted squiring
Paris Hilton around Los Angeles and Las Vegas. After a shopping date in L.A.
( Hilton hid behind a long brunette wig), they hung out (with Leinart's buddy
Nick Lachey) at the Caesars Palace nightclub Pure for Leinart's postdraft bash,
which featured Hilton performing the song Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and dedicating
it to the guest of honor. As Hilton (right) left the party--alone--she told
reporters she and Leinart are "just friends."
? Vince Young has
also found himself trailed by cameras of late, but they're not paparazzi's. The
former Texas quarterback will be the subject of the six-part series Next Level:
Vince Young, scheduled to premiere on BET in October. The network has been
shadowing the Titans' top pick since April.
? Put 5'9"
Knicks guard Nate Robinson in a roomful of NBA players, and he's one of the
shortest guys there. Put him at the White House Correspondents Dinner and,
well, he's still not very tall. So the reigning NBA slam dunk champ almost went
unnoticed last week at the Washington Hilton and Towers. Says Robinson, "I
had a lot of people--a lot of celebrities, like Ludacris--kind of looking at me
like, Is that him? Nah, that can't be him; he's too short." Robinson, who
bought his first tuxedo for the event, scored an invite to the formal gala from
MSNBC.com, which runs his blog, The GR8 Life. Robinson's take on fellow guest
Anna Kournikova? "She's so hot." His take on the Commander in Chief?
"[The President] seemed like a cool guy. He has a great sense of
? Looking for the
perfect hat to wear to next year's Kentucky Derby party? If you don't mind a
used chapeau, you could do worse than the one Petra Nemcova wore last Saturday.
The SI swimsuit model is auctioning off the Grey Goose vodka designer hat she
wore to the Derby on eBay to raise money for a diabetes charity. Nemcova was
one of many sports celebs in attendance. Michael Jordan, Jerome Bettis, Cal
Ripken Jr., Serena Williams and O.J. Simpson--who picked Lawyer Ron because, he
said, "I love lawyers"--were also at the track.... Mitch Richmond
learned a thing or two about athlete finances during his 14-year NBA career. He
says, "If you're living the fast life, taking care of your mom and your
family, what happens to that money when you don't manage it right? You get
broke fast." That's the quandary facing a group of former football players
in Free Agents, an action movie on which Richmond is working as an executive
producer. The players' solution: rob a few banks.