Every time a celebrity has a public meltdown, a gossip columnist gets her wings. This year, we’ve seen a whole lot of famous folks fall from grace, but in case you haven’t been keeping up, the bloggers over at Instant Checkmate have narrowed the mile-long list of celebrity fails down to the top five celeb train wrecks of this year. With the holidays right around the corner, you never know who will be the next celebrity to have a meltdown in the public eye!
1) Amanda Bynes
The downfall of child star, Amanda Bynes, was perhaps was the saddest celebrity train wreck of 2013. If you wanted to re-create the downward spiral of Amanda Bynes’ insanity, here’s what you’d have to do:
Step 1: Get a DUI
Step 2: Get into several hit and run accidents immediately following your DUI arrest
Step 3: Send a tweet to the president of the United States asking him to fire the cop that arrested you
Step 4: Get caught smoking weed in your car with a suspended license
Step 5: Act weird in public, prompting gossip blogs to write about how you’re totally losing it
Step 6: Get dropped by your management team
Step 7: Reinforce your own crazy narrative by posting more crazy s@#$ online
Step 8: Throw a bong out your window and get arrested some more
Step 9: Tweet a lot more crazy-sounding stuff
Step 10: Try and light stuff on fire, and get yourself involuntarily admitted into a psych ward
Back in September, Bynes was deemed unfit to stand trial and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is reportedly responding well to treatment, and could be released from rehab in time to come home for the holidays.
2) Aaron Hernandez
In what was perhaps the most epic downfall in professional sports this year, the former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez, was arraigned on a staggering six charges (including first-degree murder) in August for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. In court, First Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley said Hernandez, “drove the victim to the remote spot, and then he orchestrated his execution.” The prosecutor went on to say, “He orchestrated the crime from the beginning, he took steps to conceal and destroy evidence, and he took steps to prevent the police from speaking to … an important witness,” according to CNN.
The Patriots immediately dropped Hernandez from the team and cancelled his contract. Not surprisingly, Hernandez wasn’t the only NFL player to get an arrest record this year!
For rappers who are way past their prime, like DMX, the only way to stay in the news is to keep getting arrested for ridiculous things. We all know he’s not making headlines off his next album, so we’ll have to settle for reading about his most recent brushes with the law.
Throughout his career, DMX has been arrested for just about everything under the sun including: animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession, identity falsification, rape, and even sodomy. Sounds like an awesome role model, right? Earlier this year, we bore witness to yet another one of DMX’s mugshots. Blog.instantcheckmate.com reported that the 42-year-old rapper was arrested for driving without a license. Seriously?!?! DMX, you’re rich and famous. Why don’t you go get your drivers license?
4) Chris Brown
Nothing like being known throughout the civilized world as a woman beater. After photos of a black and blue-faced Rihanna leaked all over the Internet, Brown immediately became the boy every dad wants his daughter to stay far, far away from. To make matters even worse, Brown reinforced his violent-tempered image when he was arrested and charged with felony assault just a few weeks ago.
Brown could face jail time for this most recent slip up since he’s still on probation for assaulting Rihanna. According to TMZ, Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W. Hotel in Washington D.C. The alleged victim supposedly photobombed Chris Brown who was posing for a picture with two girls. Chris said, “I’m not down with that gay s**t, I feel like boxing.” So he punched the guy in the face and broke his nose. . . Smooth.
5) Reese Witherspoon
Some of the most memorable celebrity meltdowns are the ones we never saw coming. Hollywood sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, surprised everyone by getting all drunk and belligerent. She was officially charged with disorderly conduct and her angelic mugshot was immediately plastered all over the Internet. Even though Witherspoon was a hot mess on the night of her arrest, the circumstances surrounding her apprehension were actually kind of sweet.
Her husband, Jim Toth was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Once she saw her other half in handcuffs, an inebriated Witherspoon had a, “Don’t touch my man,” moment. She flew out of the car and essentially got in the arresting officer’s face, saying, “Do you know who I am?” Sometimes famous people forget that they’re not above the law. The cop was NOT amused and threw both Witherspoon and her husband in jail.
Do you have a memorable 2013 celebrity meltdown? Let us know in the comments!
Tom Cruise is suing Bauer Publishing over a couple of cover stories that they ran on Life & Style magazine and In Touch Weekly claiming that he had abandoned his daughter Suri. He’s looking to get a $50 million payout over his defamation claims and they are really digging up the dirt on one another in the process.
Star magazine claims to have the inside scoop on what’s going down in the lawsuit of the century. Will Tom be able to prove defamation? Or will Tom be able to show the court that he hasn’t really abandoned his daughter Suri?
It will be interesting to see if they drag Katie Holmes in court for her testimony. You have to wonder if she feels that Tom abandoned their daughter. What do you think? Do you think Tom has a shot of winning this lawsuit or is he just trying to prove a point. And hey, it’s not like he needs the money or anything, right?
One of the newest divisions in the National Basketball Association, the Northwest Division consists of five teams from the Western Conference. This division was formed at the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, when the NBA expanded from 29 to 30 teams (Charlotte Bobcats were added). At this moment, each conference was split into three divisions. The Northwest division consists of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Over the past nine seasons, there have been four winners of this division, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets being the most successful of those teams (three division wins).
Northwest division teams have been to the Western Conference finals three times, losing twice and winning once. The Utah Jazz lost in the 06-07 season, with the Oklahoma City Thunder losing in 10-11, before reaching the NBA finals in 11-12. Despite being a new division, this is one of the most tightly contested divisions in the NBA. While the OKC are considered one of the best teams in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets are also a very promising outfit. Both teams will be looking at a spot in the latter rounds of the playoffs for the 13-14 season.
After losing Andre Iguodala, it is going to be a difficult season for the Denver Nuggets. However, they have a very talented roster and will be looking to improve on last season’s performances. Losing Iggy will impact their defensive efficiency, but other guys will have to step up to the plate and contribute more.
The Oklahoma City Thunder endured a difficult playoff run last year, after excelling in the regular season. They lost Russell Westbrook at the worst possible time, and could not make it past the second round of the playoffs. Once Westbrook is healthy, OKC will look like a complete team once again. His partnership with Kevin Durant is the reason they are such a feared team, and those two are only going to get better in the coming seasons. With the San Antonio Spurs getting older, the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets still adjusting to major free agency moves, and the Los Angeles Lakers in transition, this is the perfect season for OKC to make their move into the NBA finals.
The Timberwolves and Trail Blazers are unlikely to have stellar seasons, and an outside shot at the playoffs is the best they can hope for. The return of Kevin Love to the Timberwolves should help them, but it will not be enough to break into the top six or seven of the division.
As for the Utah Jazz, they look as though they are going to bide their time and hope they can sign a few agents at the next off season. While they may surprise a few people, they are unlikely to be any threat to the top Western Conference teams.
The OKC are often favored by betters, especially if they are playing at home, you can see some of the odds at all pro. Their only weakness is against the Miami Heat. Despite their ability to thrash everyone else in the league, OKC have not figured out a way to best the likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Companies such as American Express, Nike, Sprint, Right Guard, and Sprite are sponsors for the NBA’s Northwest division.
Sarah writes for sports sites and loove watching sports online.