Category Archives: Athletes

David Ortiz Opens Up For First Time Since Shooting

(Miami, FL-AP) – Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is opening up about the shooting that temporarily left him in a coma.

“Big Papi” sat down with Univision and became teary-eyed when he reflected on the June shooting in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz says he couldn’t believe some were criticizing him as he fought for his life.

He was shot in the leg, but the bullet passed through his lower back, piercing intestines and lower organs. Ortiz said when the bullet first hit him, he felt a sting and thought he was having a nightmare. He says he was overwhelmed with the feeling to survive.

Police say Ortiz was not the intended target. Ortiz dismissed rumors that he was involved with shady people and deserved the attack.

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Browns ‘Hurting’ After DE Chris Smith’s Girlfriend Killed

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said his team is ”hurting” for defensive end Chris Smith after his girlfriend was killed in an accident.
Petara Cordero, who recently had a daughter with Smith, was struck by a car as she stood on the roadside Wednesday. Smith’s car had blown a tire and the 26-year-old Cordero exited the vehicle when she was stuck by an oncoming car driven by a woman who admitted to police she had been drinking.
Kitchens said the team will continue to support Smith, who is one of the team’s most popular players.
The first-year coach said the incident ”goes beyond football” and has weighed heavily on him. Kitchens said he has ”Chris is on my mind. Her family is on my mind. Her 4-week-old baby is on my mind.”
Kitchens called Smith a ”good dude.” Smith is in his second year with the Browns.

Coroner’s Report: Skaggs Died From Overdose

(Tarrant County, TX) – A medical examiner in Texas has ruled that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a report released Friday that Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol.
The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers.
His family has suggested a team employee was being investigated by police in the 27-year-old pitcher’s death.
Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler says the report was like ”a shot to our core” that ”brings back a lot of pain for that tragic day.’

Antonio Brown Is Not Playing About His Helmet

(Oakland, CA)  – If it ain’t broke….. The drama surrounding Antonio Brown and his helmet continues.   The wide receiver doesn’t want to part with his old helmet even after the NFL says it’s no longer certified for use in the league.
The Oakland Raiders’ baller has been in and out of the news most recently after suffering from some serious frostbite on is feet because he didn’t  have on the proper footwear during cryotherapy treatment.
Now, Brown is threatening to quit if he can’t use the same helmet he’s been using for the last 10 years.  To his defense, Antonio says the new helmets interfere with his vision.  Brown has filed a grievance with the league.
At last check: League sources told Pro Football Talk Brown’s preferred helmet is not one of the 11 banned helmets that were allowed to be used through last season. Brown’s helmet is not allowed to be worn because it is not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The helmet is too old to receive that certification and the league prohibits the use of helmets without that certification.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Takes High Honors At ESPYS, Sues Over Greek Freak Paraphernalia

(Los Angeles, CA) – Sports’ hottest stars were on hand last night for the 2019 ESPY Awards but it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who stood out above the rest.
The Bucks’ star was a big winner at the awards show taking the Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player Award.
In related news,  Antetokounmpo  is suing a Pennsylvania artist JInder Bhogal  for selling ‘Greek Freak’ merchandise. Giannis registered his nickname with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. Back in May, his attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to Bhogal who removed the “Greek Freak” merchandise from his website, but not his Facebook page.
Antetokounmpo is seeking all the profits Bhogal gained from selling the merchandise and/or $2 million for every counterfeit mark on goods sold.

David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Shooting Reportedly Over A Woman

(Santo Domingo, DR) – As family, friends and fans pray for his full recovery, reportedly David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz is still in guarded condition at a hospital in Boston.
The Sox great and three-time World Series Champion was shot in the back at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And authorities say it was an organized hit involving about a dozen people.
Reportedly, ten people were in on the attack including 31-year old Luis Alfredro Rivas-Clase who is also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania. The suspects in custody include the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira, and Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, not believed to be a relation of the model, who supposedly drove him to the bar on a motorcycle and was beaten severely as he tried to get away.
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Police say a bounty of nearly eight-thousand dollars was placed on Ortiz who was stalked by a number of people in on the hit. Authorities haven’t said who ordered the shooting or why he was targeted but rumors are circulating that it might have something to do with a woman named Maria Yaribell Martinez Garcia.
While Alex Redetsky, a U.S. based agent for Ortiz declined to comment one way or the other about Maria Garcia. Garcia is declining any involvement with Ortiz or the drug dealer who is believed to have ordered the hit.
But while she denies having a relationship with Ortiz, Garcia was filmed fighting at the hospital the night Big Papi was shot.  And there’s paperwork and a photo of a check circulating on the internet that shows David Ortiz purchased an $85 thousand dollar Lexus for Maria Garcia and put it in her name.

According to the date on the documents, the car agreement was made a couple of days before Big Papi was shot but the check is dated the day after a bullet went through his back and exited through his stomach purchased the day before Big Papi was shot.
Big Papi was shot Sunday, June 9th.
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Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the intestines in place. His gall bladder was also removed. But the bullet did not fragment and apparently missed his aorta and his inferior vena cava, large blood vessels in the same area.
Lynne McCullough, medical director of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department, who did not work on the case said Ortiz was beyond lucky. “It wasn’t his time.”

Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Recovering After Surgery Following Shooting

(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) — Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from surgery after he was shot Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is in stable condition and reportedly “out of danger.”

The longtime Red Sox star known as Big Papi  played 20 Major League seasons, including 14 with Boston. Ortiz was a ten-time All-Star and won three World Series with the Sox before retiring after the 2016 season.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

”He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. ”Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family ”all available resources to aid in his recovery” and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.

The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.

Rape Trial For Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Begins

(San Diego, CA) – He’s the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow and even carries his namesake.  But that will probably fall flat when the rape of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. begins.
Once the NFL’s highest paid tight end, Kellen is facing multiple charges that include raping an unconscious 17-year old in 2003 and raping two women just last year. Prosecutors believe some of the attacks were part of a crime spree aimed directly at middle-aged and elderly women.
The 35-year old could face life in prison if found guilty. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lawyers Allege Evidence Destroyed By The Woods Restaurant

(West Palm Beach, FL-AP) — Lawyers for the family of Nicholas Immesberger are alleging that video evidence from The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, was destroyed following his fatal crash.

The family is suing the restaurant, owner Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman, who manages the establishment, for the wrongful death of Immesberger in December. The 24-year-old had a blood-alcohol-level of more than three times the legal limit when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed, suffering fatal injuries.

Immesberger was a bartender at The Woods and would regularly drink during and after shifts, according to the lawsuit. The suit also alleges everyone there knew Immesberger had an alcohol problem and knew about his car crash just a month prior after being overserved again at The Woods.

Tiger Woods issued a statement Tuesday, saying they are all very sad that Immesberger passed away and they feel bad for his entire family

On The Shop: Lonzo Ball Opens Up About Family Friend Betrayal And Everyone’s Shocked About Magic Johnson’s Exit

(Los Angeles, CA) – LeBron James is bringing some real barber shop talk on his HBO show’ The Shop’.  Most recently he had Lakers’ PG Lonzo Ball on.  Ball has been mostly quiet about the inner turmoil his family’s business is currently going through.
Longtime family friend and business associate Alan Foster is accused of stealing close to $2 million dollars from the Big Baller Brand and Lonzo Ball, something Lonzo says hurt him to the core. What’s even more disturbing is Lonzo’s mother Tina always managed the money but after she had a stroke, Foster stepped up to take care of the family finances.
Ball said covering up the triple Bs on his arm is part of the healing process.  He says every time he looked at it he thought of Foster.
Also on ‘The Shop’, LeBron James like most of us said he was stunned by Magic Johnson’s resignation from the Lakers last month. James made his first public comments about Johnson surprisingly stepping down as president of basketball operations and said he was given no warning or heads-up on the decision.
Other reports say Magic resigned after being mistakenly CCd on an email that discuss his performance in a negative way.