Bonnie-Jill Laflin in Manhattan Beach, CA October 2012.
March 15, 1976 |
San Francisco, California
Bonnie-Jill Laflin (born March 15, 1976) is an American model, television personality and sportscaster. Laflin has also worked as an actress and, most notably, as a player scout for the Los Angeles Lakers, making her the first and only female scout in the National Basketball Association.
Laflin was crowned 1997 Miss Dallas-Fort Worth USA.
Laflin's work as a cheerleader and model helped her into television with background roles on Baywatch in 1998/1999 and Ally McBeal in 2000. In 2001, Laflin appeared in her first fully credited film role in the drama "She Said I Love You." Laflin then became a TV personality, hosting Hotlines (2003) and United Rockcrawling & Off-Road Challenge Series (2004). Laflin was also a correspondent for Prime 9 News with KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, California (2003), and a correspondent for ESPN's Cold Pizza.
Laflin has previously worked with the Los Angeles Lakers as a professional talent scout and as one of the two assistant general managers of the Lakers' developmental team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
On March 7, 2012, Laflin announced via Twitter, she and Kareem Rush will pair up in a fantasy basketball sports radio program on SiriusXM named “The Rush Hour”. The show launched on October 23, 2012; The show features various professional athletes as guests and generally has been well received. On December 12, 2012, Laflin announced via Twitter the show has been renewed for 2013. The show features various professional athletes as guests and generally has been well received.
In 2010, Bonnie-Jill founded her charity 'Hounds and Heroes', a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for all heroes including Military, Vets, first responders and animals. She has traveled all over the world on 18 United Service Organizations and Goodwill Tours, including 8 to Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting the United States Armed Forces.
Laflin is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Laflin posed for PETA's "Buck the Rodeo" campaign and was photographed topless (but with her arm covering her breasts while wearing Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots. The tagline read, "Nobody likes an eight-second ride". Her other featured PETA campaigns include 'Bank On Your Health, Go Vegetarian', and "Want My Body?! Go Vegetarian".
Bonnie-Jill Laflin recently announced the re-launch of her clothing line DoublePlay Sportswear, a women's sports apparel for the chic National Football League, Major League Baseball, and National Basketball Association sports fan.
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- "The Top HOOTERS Girls of all time." HOOTERS Magazine. July/August 2008. p. 107.
- Kinsey, Joe (July 6, 2010). "Lakers Scout, Former NFL Cheerleader Bonnie Jill Laflin has 5 More Championship Rings than Lebron James!". Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "Model-turned-NBA scout breaks into man's world". CNN. March 19, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- "Former NBA Player and Analyst for NBA TV, Steve Smith Joined Former NBA Player, Kareem Rush and Bonnie-Jill Laflin on the Debut of the Rush Hour on SXM Fantasy Sports Radio". October 23, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- "Hounds and Heroes". Retrieved October 5, 2013.
- "DoublePlay Sportswear Launch". Indiegogo. July 2, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
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