Michael Ball: Let Rock Racing Field F...

Michael Ball: Let Rock Racing Field Full Team

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“If my guys could never race again, I'd still pay them and send them into the city to tell children that there are better things to get involved in than drugs or gangs.”

Rock Racing Team Owner Michael Ball announced today that he stands by his riders and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the team is able to field a complete, eight-rider squad for the Amgen ... via Podium Cafe

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#1 Mar 8, 2008
The sexy Mexican model at the center of a love triangle and extortion lawsuit involving a top fashion photographer and a jeans designer has been married to yet another man for the past two years, court papers say.
Fernanda Romero tied the knot in 2005 in a marriage that was arranged by her jealous former fiancé, Rock & Republic CEO Michael Ball, the filings say.
The union "was a fraudulent marriage for immigration purposes," the suit says.
Ball was sued earlier this week by shutterbug Markus Klinko in a $500,000 breach-of-contract action.
Klinko alleged that the self-proclaimed "Super Jefe" Ball backed out of a business deal and tried to extort him with X-rated pictures.
The dispute allegedly came after Ball found out Klinko was dating Romero.
"Fueled by jealousies over an ex-fiancée [who] abandoned Ball and who subsequently entered into a long-term romantic relationship" with Klinko, Ball "embarked on a crusade to intimidate Klinko personally and professionally," the suit says.
"This is about protecting my business and my reputation. I'm defending myself," said Klinko, who's worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
"It's about standing up to a bully," added his lawyer, Anthony LoPresti.
Klinko said his former gal pal Romero, 24, told him she and Ball had a "tortured" relationship over the years.
They met in Mexico when Romero was in a teen singing group, and she soon moved in with him, Klinko said.
He said Romero found the relationship "awkward" because they were living in the same Los Angeles house as Ball's business partner - his former girlfriend.
The couple got engaged, but the relationship then soured. Klinko's suit said there were "instances of violence by Ball leading to police involvement."
They broke up in 2005 after Romero went to Europe and had a tryst "with a Frenchman," Klinko said.
Later that year, Ball helped her set up her sham marriage, the suit says.

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