Three time NBA champion and Miami Legend Dwyane Wade speaks
Three time NBA champion and Miami Legend Dwyane Wade speaks
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Current NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are among the many professional athletes who have spoken out about the recent police-related shootings and the importance of social change in America, using their celebrity and the professional sports platform to do so.
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DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears, completing a steep downfall that ended his football career and left his future in tatters.
Hurd, 28, received the punishment in a federal courtroom in Dallas after pleading guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. The charge carried a minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum of life.
Authorities say that while NFL teammates and friends knew him as a hardworking wide receiver and married father, Hurd was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on “high-end deals” and a need for large amounts of drugs.
U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis gave Hurd a much shorter sentence than the 27 to 34 years recommended by federal sentencing guidelines. Solis noted that the case against Hurd centered on a “lot of agreements” to buy and sell marijuana and cocaine, rather than physical transactions of drugs.
But, the judge said, “You didn’t just start nickel and diming it.”
Hurd stood before him in orange jail scrubs after a rambling, emotional 30-minute plea for mercy. Behind him in the gallery were more than a dozen family members and friends.
“You had everything going for you,” Solis told Hurd, adding that he thought the case was a “tragedy.”
Hurd’s December 2011 arrest outside a suburban Chicago steakhouse came after he tried to buy a kilogram of cocaine in what turned out to be a sting. According to a federal complaint, Hurd told an undercover agent that he wanted 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area. He claimed he was already distributing 4 kilograms a week, according to the complaint. A kilogram is about 2.2 pounds.
At the time, Hurd was a wide receiver with stints for the Bears and Dallas Cowboys who had played most of his five seasons on special teams. He was in the first year of a three-year contract reportedly worth more than $5 million.
The Bears soon cut him. Hurd was released on bail and returned to Texas, where he grew up, but soon fell into trouble again, according to court documents. He allegedly tried to buy more cocaine and marijuana through a cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, and failed two drug tests. That led a magistrate judge in August 2012 to revoke his bail and order him returned to jail.
Hurd spoke near the end of a four-hour hearing, sometimes reading from handwritten notes and sometimes looking directly at Solis to plead for mercy.
While he denied leading a major conspiracy or dealing with Chavful, Hurd admitted to having a marijuana addiction and a weakness for friends who needed his help. He admitted giving $88,000 to another co-defendant, Toby Lujan, knowing that the money might go to buy drugs. And he admitted the fateful meeting at a steakhouse that ended in his arrest.
“I regret not thinking about the consequences,” Hurd said, adding: “I made some dumb, very bad decisions.”
His attorneys tried to explain his claims of having high-value customers and massive demand for drugs as mere boasting, saying he had a penchant for exaggeration. One of his lawyers, Michael McCrum, called his client “a guy showing up at a restaurant, talking stupid.”
“I think he should be punished, but for the crime that he committed,” McCrum said.
But Hurd’s failed drug tests and alleged dealings with Chavful appeared to factor heavily against him Wednesday. Prosecutors repeatedly brought up Chavful — rejecting claims by Hurd and his attorneys that the two men were talking about Hurd’s attempts to start a T-shirt printing business.
“Normally, when you dig a hole, you quit digging,” said prosecutor John Kull. “But he keeps digging.”
Chavful and Lujan have both pleaded guilty to being involved in the conspiracy. Solis gave Chavful eight years in prison for his smaller role in the scheme. Lujan will be sentenced in January.
While no other NFL players are known to have been charged in connection with the case, Hurd claimed in an interview published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated that he shared marijuana with Cowboys teammates and smoked during the last three to four years of his career “all day, every day.”
But while he gained extra notoriety due to his now-finished football career, prosecutors said Hurd’s case was simple.
“He’s not being prosecuted because he’s an NFL player,” Kull said. “He’s being prosecuted because he’s a drug dealer.”
Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, was arrested blocks from the Skokie Courthouse only minutes after he pleaded guilty to speeding 110 mph on the Edens Expressway last month.
Cozart was blocks from the courthouse when he was arrested by Chicago police officers and charged with a misdemeanor tresspassing charge, officials said.
Grand Crossing District tactical unit officers arrested the rapper at 12:25 p.m. in connection with the misdemeanor charge, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.
The charge stems from a complaint made by a security guard from the Parkway Gardens housing complex on May 16 at 8:46 p.m. about the rapper being on the property, located in the 6300 block of South King Drive in the Woodlawn community, Zala said. The security guard told the rapper numerous times to leave the property because he wasn’t allowed to be there, but Cozart refused, Zala said. Another police official said the rapper used to live at that location.
Leah Starkman, Cozart’s lawyer, said he was arrested after his court hearing. Starkman said he was processed at the Grand Crossing District station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave., on Chicago’s South Side.
She said she believes police were waiting for him to leave the Skokie courthouse.
The 17-year-old rapper who has been arrested several times recently had pleaded guilty this morning to speeding and was later scolded by the judge who ordered him not to drive.
“You think you’re invincible, and you’re certainly not,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge Earl Hoffenberg. “Violate (conditions of the plea agreement) and you’ll find out you’re not. … I sure hope I don’t see you again, because if I do you better be ready to go to jail.”
Under sentencing guidelines for the Class A misdemeanor, Cozart could have been sentenced to a year in prison and fined up to $2,500. But the judge fined him $531, put him on probation for 18 months, ordered him perform 60 hours community service, and undergo random drug testing. He must also complete eight hours of traffic school.
Dressed in a black T-shirt, plaid shorts, sneakers, and wearing a gold chain, Cozart made no comment in court.
“If I were you, I wouldn’t take this deal if you can’t follow these conditions,” Hoffenberg said.
“I’m really not sympathetic to people who don’t listen to me,” the judge added.
Chief Keef isn’t even a legal adult, but he’s ready to make a very grown up move. Word has it that Keef is engaged to video model Jamesha “Pretty Mesha” Thompson.
The 17-year-old pretty much verified the news by retweeting gossip site MediaTakeOut’s story about the engagement. Mesha — who is five years Keef’s senior — did her part by Instagramming a photo of a rock on her partially-tatted ring finger and tweeting confirmation of the new relationship. “Yes me and @ChiefKeef are together,” she wrote.
Further showing off their budding romance, the twosome exchanged tons of social media affection, including Mesha posting “I love SOSA” Monday (May 13) night.
However, the engagement rumors could just be a way to drum up publicity, which Mesha might need, but Keef definitely doesn’t. News of his legal battles, controversial lyrics and gang affiliation has flooded the media circuit for months now, resulting in him briefly going silent on Twitter.
In March, the Chicago native was released from jail following a 60-day sentence for violating his parole. Now that he’s free, Keef has more than made up for lost time, working with Kanye West in Paris, joining Gucci Mane’s Brick Squad crew and picking up this new relationship along the way.
He also got a ruling on his child support drama because, aside from his current girl, there’s another lady in Keef’s life: his 15-year-old baby’s mother. A judge recently ordered the “I Don’t Like” rapper to shell out $10,400 to bring his child support debt current. He must also part with $2,600 of his $13,000 monthly salary for regular payments, plus an extra $500 per month to cover daycare expenses for their young daughter.
A 25 year old Peoria Illinois man filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Bulls Superstar Derrick Rose. Matthew Thompson, a self-described long-time Bulls fan, and electrician claims Rose missing the entire 2012-2013 NBA regular season has caused him to have mental breakdowns and emotional distress, which ultimately led to obesity issues.
The former MVP is still recovering from an ACL surgery which has caused him to miss the entire season, his status for the playoffs as of Thursday is still unknown.
According to reports, Thompson claims Rose displayed negligent behavior by refusing to return to the court, despite having been cleared by team doctors. He blames his health issues on the MVP’s refusal to return.
No word if Peoria County Officials will take this lawsuit seriously.
It’s official: 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef is heading to jail over violating the terms of his parole. Keef was sentenced to 60 days of juvenile detention for his probation violation stemming from pointing a gun at a police officer.
And now this:
According to TMZ, 17-year-old rapper Chief Keef is already getting a head start on his baby mama drama — in fact, he’s so far ahead of the game … he allegedly impregnated a girl who’s STILL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL … and now, she’s suing for child support.
The girl filed the petition for child support in Chicago, claiming Keef — real name Keith Cozart — fathered a baby daughter with her back in 2011.
The girl’s exact age is unclear, but according to the docs, she currently attends a Chicago middle school — meaning she was .. at MOST … in 8th grade when she conceived the child, but could have been in 6th grade.
Cozart — who has since worked with Kanye West, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross — was 15 at the time.
In Illinois, it is considered a misdemeanor for two people under the age of 17 to have sex … even if they’re in a consensual relationship. When both parties are between 9 and 17 years old, the older person commits a crime called “criminal sexual abuse.”
Punishment for the crime includes a max sentence of one year in jail … and a requirement to register as a sex offender for ten years — but in reality, these cases are almost never prosecuted.
The most likely scenario in which Keef would face a judge is if the girl’s parents press charges — but if that hasn’t already happened, it probably won’t.
The girl is suing Keef for an undisclosed amount of child support, including health insurance and other medical expenses. Calls to both Keef’s people and the girl’s family were not returned.
(TMZ, Huffington Post)
South Side rapper Chief Keef was ordered held in custody today after a Cook County judge ruled that he violated his probation for a previous gun conviction.
Juvenile Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker’s decision to jail the 17-year-old rap sensation, whose real name is Keith Cozart, stems from an on-camera interview in June with Pitchfork Media that shows the rapper holding a rifle at a gun range in New York.
Walker ruled that by holding the firearm Chief Keef violated the terms of his 18-month probation, a sentence he was given for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer in 2011, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
His attorney Dennis Berkson argued Cozart fired a rifle on private property as part of a promotional video. He said that didn’t violate the spirit of the judge’s order.
But Walker said it was no different than if Cozart handled a gun in a home. In that situation, he would have violated Cozart’s parole, the judge said. Cozart, who was sentenced to 18 months probation in January 2012 for pointing a gun at Chicago cops, was handcuffed behind his back and taken out of the court Tuesday.
The rapper is scheduled to be sentenced before Walker on Thursday, said Conklin.
(Chicago Tribune, ABC)
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