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There are some moments in life, good or bad, that one will never forget. For former WWE star Paige, one of those moments was when photos and videos of her were leaked, without her consent, in 2017. In an appearance on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Paige took Paquette through the day, and how she found out while in San Antonio, Texas.

“It was just the most awful moment of my life,” Paige said. “The person that I was with at the time showed me a picture on Twitter. And I was just like, ‘Oh my God. Is that real?’ I couldn’t believe it was real at first, because I was 19 [at the time]. I was completely fucking mortified. I ran out of the house, and I just kept running. I remember I was inside a fucking bush, and I’ll always remember this, just sitting in this bush because I was like ‘If people recognize me, they’re going to know.’

“I felt so stupid to have trusted this person at the time. I never done it since, that was a lesson I learned, and I’ll never be caught dead doing anything like that again. But I felt so fucking stupid and I felt so embarrassed, and I was already a cokehead at this time and loved to drink. That really got me to the point where I didn’t want to be alive anymore. It was fing awful. I was just so fucking sad, and I remember being like ‘If my dad is a disappointed with me, I don’t think I could be here anymore. It got to that point.”

It was then that Paige decided to call her father, pro wrestler turned promoter Ricky Knight, who offered his unique support.

“I was just crying my eyes out, and I was like, ‘I’m so sorry,'” Paige said. “My dad was like, ‘What are you sorry for?’ And I was just like, ‘I don’t know. I just don’t want to disappoint you.’ He was like, ‘Are you kidding me? That shit made Kim Kardashian famous.’ He was trying to make a joke. He said, ‘Who cares? You had sex. Everyone’s done it. Unfortunately, you’re just in the public eye, right?’

“He was like, ‘It is what it is. You’ve got to suck it up. It’s going to hurt for a little bit and people are going to make fun of you for forever. But I just want you to know that I’m still proud of you and I’m not disappointed.’ He instantly changed the way I was feeling because I was very down. It was bad. I was ready to fucking end it all. It was just the most morifying experience.”

“I spoke on the phone with Mark Carrano, and I was like, ‘I’m going to lose my job. This is it too,'” Paige said. “But they were like, ‘Listen, it’s not your fault.’ That’s why I will never talk shit about them, at least publicly. They were so supportive and they were like, ‘We’ll get through it. We’ll try to get as much off the internet as possible.'”

These days Paige doesn’t let the incident bother her, save for one thing that involves her family and friends.

“The only thing I don’t like about it and it’s annoying that I’m even going to bring it up, but I hate that they send it to my family all the time to get at them,” Paige said. “That’s what they’ll do at this point. Even to my boyfriend. He’ll get it sent to him because it’s just fans that don’t want to see me or him happy.

“They’ll send it to anyone that’s close to me like, ‘This is your girlfriend. This is your daughter.’ I’m just like, ‘Who cares dude? What, are you a fucking virgin? It happens.’ So yeah. I got bullied relentlessly, it was fuckng awful. The bullying was starting to get me crazy to the point that I was cutting myself. I never thought I’d be a cutter, but I did, and it was fucking awful and I wish I hadn’t done it.”

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If Oscar De La Hoya really plans to makes his return to boxing, he probably shouldn’t expect UFC president Dana White to sit in his cheering section.

Earlier this week, the 47-year-old boxer turned promoter declared that he was coming out of retirement with plans to compete again more than a decade after his last fight.

“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya told ESPN.

“I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”

On Saturday night following UFC on ESPN 15, White was asked about the news and his thoughts on De La Hoya returning from retirement.

“Cocaine isn’t cheap,” White said while taking a shot at the former boxing champion. “It’s expensive. Gotta make money.”

De La Hoya, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction in the past, has engaged in a volatile war of words with White over the past few years.

In the past, White and De La Hoya were friendly with each other but that relationship disintegrated after the Golden Boy owner trashed a boxing match between former UFC champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

White then took direct aim at De La Hoya, especially after the 1992 Olympic gold medalist had mentioned pitting himself in a fight with McGregor after the Irish superstar made his boxing debut against Mayweather in 2017.

From that moment on, White has never missed a chance to blast De La Hoya whenever his name comes up and it doesn’t appear that time has healed those old wounds.

As for De La Hoya’s actual comeback, he said he plans on competing against “any top guy out there,” but he hasn’t actually booked his return fight just yet.

The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov three games for inappropriate conduct, the league announced Saturday.

Kuznetsov will not appeal the suspension.

Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine while representing Russia at the World Championship in May. He received a four-year suspension from the IIHF on Aug. 23.

The IIHF considers cocaine a performance-enhancing drug, while the NHL does not. 

Following the IIHF suspension, the NHL stated that Kuznetsov voluntarily sought help through the league’s education and counseling program and would meet with commissioner Gary Bettman face to face. The meeting took place Monday and, according to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, likely focused on Kuznetsov’s initial denial of any drug use after a video surfaced in May that showed him sitting next to lines of white powder.

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson said his club will undoubtedly support Evgeny Kuznetsov in light of the Russian’s four-year IIHF suspension for testing positive for cocaine.

“We’re going to have his back,” Wilson told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox at BioSteel Camp on Tuesday. 

“Hopefully he can get through it. It’s never something you like to see in the media, but I’m sure he’ll learn. He’ll grow as a person and a player. We’re focused on (the) Capitals. Whatever happens with the international stuff, it’s none of our business.

“I know he takes a lot of pride in playing for his country.”

Kuznetsov failed a doping test at the World Championship in May. He isn’t facing an NHL suspension since the league doesn’t view cocaine as a performance-enhancing substance. Instead, he’ll be enrolled in the NHL/NHLPA’s substance-abuse education and counseling program. He’ll meet with commissioner Gary Bettman at a later date.

The 27-year-old has won world junior and World Championship gold with Russia over his international career, but his recent ban would prevent him from suiting up at the 2022 Olympics should NHLers participate.

Kuznetsov registered 21 goals and 51 assists in 76 games for the Caps last season.

The Washington Capitals are investigating a video that appears to show Evgeny Kuznetsov with two lines of white powder.

“We are aware of the video that surfaced on social media of Evgeny Kuznetsov,” a team spokesman told the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan on Monday. “We are currently in the process of gathering facts and will have no further comment at this time.”

In a statement translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks’ Igor Kleyner, Kuznetsov told Russian outlet Sport-Express that he has never used drugs and doesn’t plan to, adding that the video was taken following the Capitals’ championship victory last year:

Yes, I saw the video on the internet. I don’t necessarily have anything to do with what is going on around me. I never used drugs and have no intention to get into it. If there are any questions, I am ready to undergo testing.

The video is a year old. It happened in summer of 2018, when we won the Cup in Vegas. It has nothing to do with the World Championship at all. I just came by the room where my some people I knew stayed. When I saw what was going on there – unfamiliar women, unknown substances on the table – I called my friend and left as soon as I could.

Unfortunately, someone decided to catch some notoriety just now – after the (Russian team) lost. I have nothing to hide, let this be on (the) conscience of whoever posted the video.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday that the league needs time to gather more facts on the video before commenting on it, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Twitter user @thesavspb posted and later deleted the clip purportedly showing the superstar forward sitting at a table with what appears to be cocaine. 

It has since been shared by other Twitter accounts and has been uploaded to YouTube.

Kuznetsov and Team Russia defeated the Czech Republic to win bronze at the World Championship in Slovakia on Sunday.

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was charged Monday with buying drugs from a cocaine distribution ring in his native Finland, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Tricia L. Nadolny.

Lehtera is accused of buying eight grams of cocaine over the summer, and prosecutors are seeking a five-month sentence, as first reported by Finnish news outlet MTV.

“We understand Lehtera plans to contest the charges,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac. “No current intention to intervene (by the NHL).”

Lehtera is one of more than 20 defendants in the case, according to the Finnish report.

The 31-year-old told The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi on Monday that he is innocent of all charges, reiterating his stance from September that he hasn’t “done anything wrong.”

Lehtera is currently traveling with the Flyers, who will face the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Former UFC title challenger Nick Diaz has been arrested in Las Vegas on multiple charges of domestic violence. Diaz, 34 years old, was charged by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on charges of domestic battery by strangulation and first-degree domestic battery, according to MMA Fighting.

Diaz, who has not fought inside the Octagon since 2015, recently served a suspension for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy. However, he was cleared to return to action last month.

The fighter is currently behind held inside the Clark County Detention Center on a total of $18,000 bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Saturday morning.

According to multiple reports, police were dispatched to a residence Thursday night and had probable cause to make an arrest, Las Vegas Metro Police spokesperson Larry Hadfield said.

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Lamar Odom is trying to put the past behind him.

The former NBA champion opened up about his rampant cocaine use in an article for the Players’ Tribune, saying that he used the drug every day prior to his nearly fatal overdose in 2015.

“I think of all the sneaky shit I tried to get away with,” he wrote. “All the times I did wrong. All the stuff I tried to hide. If it’s not in the public light, it’s in God’s light.

“I was laying there in that bed, hooked up to all these machines, people all around me crying, and there was no running from it anymore. It was like God was telling me, ‘Whatever the fuck you think you’re doing, you need to slow down. Or it’s gonna be worse than this.'”

While Odom is now sober, he says that his urge to relapse is still strong, but a promise to his daughter Destiny to seek treatment has motivated him over the past couple of years.

“I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle,” he wrote. “I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.

“I shook hands with death. But you know what? Ain’t no coming back from that. Even though my funeral would probably be a good funeral, and there’d probably be a lot of people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. But it ain’t time for that yet.”

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Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested Sunday in Richardson, Texas for possession of a controlled substance, according to NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.

TMZ reports Hardy was pulled over for not using a turn signal and a search revealed he was in possession of cocaine.

Hardy remains in Richardson City Jail as of Monday, and a bond has been set at $5,000.

The former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys standout remains a free agent after being released in the offseason, and has drawn little interest despite recording six sacks in 12 games in 2015.

Hardy’s off-field issues made headlines after he was arrested in 2014 for assaulting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend – including sending her ominous texts of his firearms. Hardy was not convicted and the charges were expunged from his record.

While with the Cowboys, Hardy showed little remorse for the domestic violence incident, publicly saying upon his return from suspension: “I hope I come out guns blazing.”

He also made some ill-timed comments about Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen.

“You seen his wife?” Hardy said. “I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game. (I hope) all her friends come to the game.”

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Darryl Strawberry is doing his best to care for former New York Mets teammate Dwight “Doc” Gooden, but there’s growing concern, according to Strawberry, that Gooden is at risk due to a potential drug relapse.

“The condition Doc is in, it’s bad, it’s horrible. It’s like cocaine poison. I feel like I’ve got to get it out there because nobody else is doing anything to help him, and it might be the only way to stop him,” Strawberry told John Harper of the New York Daily News on Sunday.

Strawberry, who’s dealt with his own fair share of off-field struggles in the past, has been growing increasingly worried about Gooden after the two were scheduled to make a joint appearance last week, but Gooden didn’t show up.

It’s the second time Gooden canceled a public appearance in the past week, leading Strawberry to take initiative.

“He’s a complete junkie-addict,” Strawberry said. “I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen.

“I have to try something before he’s dead.”

Strawberry and Gooden, both former Mets first-round picks, won back-to-back Rookie of the Year honors in 1983 (Strawberry) and 1984 (Gooden). The pair battled addiction during and after their careers, which both players spoke about in the “Doc & Darryl” 30 for 30 film by ESPN, which aired last month.