Bonnie-Jill Laflin

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Bonnie-Jill Laflin
Bonnie-Jill Laflin 2009.jpg
Bonnie-Jill Laflin in 2009.
Born (1976-03-15) March 15, 1976 (age 39)
San Francisco, California
Occupation Actress, model, TV personality
Years active 1996–present
Website http://www.bonnie-jill.com/

Bonnie-Jill Laflin (born March 15, 1976)[1][2] 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 female scout in the National Basketball Association.[3]

Biography[edit]

Laflin first gained public attention as a cheerleader with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA and is a former National Football League San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Laflin's work as a cheerleader and model helped her into television with recurring 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).[4] 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. Her accolades in the sports industry also include broadcasting jobs for CBS, Fox and NFL Network. She is the creator and host of a basketball TV show for China, Muho TV (spoken in English with Chinese subtitles).[5]

Laflin played Dierks Bentleys love interest in CMT's 2005 Sexiest Video of the Year "Come a Little Closer".

In 2005, Laflin appeared as one of the suitcase-holding models during the airing of the opening week of Deal or No Deal on NBC. Laflin was ranked #89 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.[6] She has also worked as a model for Fredericks of Hollywood and Venus Swimwear, and her print campaigns include Coors Light, Bacardi, Wrangler, Fed Ex, and McDonalds. Laflin has been featured in several magazines including FHM, Maxim, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Women's Health,[7] Fitness RX, Origin and New Beauty.

Laflin was named among the Top Hooters Girls as part of the restaurant chain's 25th anniversary in 2008.[8]

Laflin has worked with the Los Angeles Lakers as a professional talent scout[9] and as one of the two assistant general managers of the Lakers' developmental team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[10]

On March 7, 2012, Laflin announced[citation needed] 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;[11] The show was renewed for 2013.[citation needed] In 2013, she appeared as an in-studio guest on KNBR's Damon Bruce Show, once to discuss the San Francisco 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII,[12] and another time to discuss Bay Area sports in general.[13] She also appeared on the show, now on KGMZ, in October 2014 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium to discuss the San Francisco Giants' 2014 World Series run.[14]

Laflin's other radio shows include "Playboy Fantasy Football on Sirius/XM", and University of Texas pre- and post-football game shows for ESPN Austin.

Charity work[edit]

In 2010, Laflin founded the charity Hounds and Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for military veterans, first responders and animals.[15] 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".

Clothing line[edit]

Laflin has a clothing line, DoublePlay Sportswear, a women's sports apparel company.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perfect Birthday! Nothing better than Spring Training....". Bonnie-Jill Laflin Facebook page. March 15, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bonnie-Jill Laflin". The Meaning Of The Name. 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Model-turned-NBA scout breaks into man's world". CNN. March 19, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Seth (August 16, 2004). "Sporty New Model". Stuff Magazine. Archived from the original on December 15, 2006. 
  5. ^ Muho TV YouTube
  6. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20050510005399/en/MAXIM-MAGAZINE-Unveils-Hot-100-2005-Eva#.VJsrX8916IA
  7. ^ http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/bonnie-jill-laflin.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "The Top Hooters Girls of all time." Hooters Magazine. July/August 2008. p. 107.
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Model-turned-NBA scout breaks into man's world". CNN. March 19, 2007. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/BJLaflin/status/294886159270678528
  13. ^ http://instagram.com/p/gG3dn4oVbE/
  14. ^ 15:15 mark at http://media.957thegame.com/a/98661087/the-damon-bruce-show-10-29-14-hour-1.htm
  15. ^ "Hounds and Heroes". Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "DoublePlay Sportswear Launch". Indiegogo. July 2, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 

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