(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.
(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
(Overland Park, KS-AP) – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his fiancee discuss injuries to their 3-year-old son.
Reid and general manager Brett Veach both declined comment about Hill’s case and potential next steps involving their star player. The prosecutor, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, did not return a message.
”I’m not going to have too much to add,” Veach said in response to multiple questions about Hill. ”As I said yesterday, we’re going to continue to gather information, evaluate information and, as I said yesterday, we’ll make the right decision when the time is appropriate.”
Police were called to Hill’s home twice last month and determined the child had been injured. On Wednesday, Howe said he would not file charges against Hill or Crystal Espinal even though his office believed a crime had occurred . He said available evidence didn’t establish who had hurt the child.
”As a prosecutor, as a father of four, yes, it frustrates me when someone hurts a child and you can’t do anything about it,” Howe said then. ”One of the elements of a crime is you have to prove who that person is who committed the act.”
A day later, KCTV in Kansas City aired part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill earlier this year that when the boy was asked about his injured arm he replied: ”Daddy did it.”
Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: ”He says Daddy does a lot of things.”
Espinal also tells Hill their son is ”terrified of you.”
Hill replies, ”You need to be terrified of me, too, bitch.”
Later, Espinal asks Hill, ”What do you do when the child is bad? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest.”
Howe has not responded to requests for comment about the audio recording, which the TV station said has been provided to his office. KCTV said the recording is believed to have been made in March when the parents were walking through an airport in Dubai.
The station said Espinal sent it to at least one friend and was shared with KCTV ”by someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.”
Several media outlets reported that Overland Park police went to the Hill home on Thursday night after receiving an anonymous call from someone worried about Espinal. According to the reports, Espinal was fine and officers were at the home for only a short
The Chiefs have suspended Hill while the team looks into the developments. The NFL could also punish Hill under its personal conduct policy.
Hill’s history with Espinal is well known. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in an incident involving his then-pregnant girlfriend the previous year.
The incident resulted in his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team and he was put on probation until August 2018. He wound up playing at tiny West Alabama, where he juggled school and football with counseling sessions and other court-mandated service work until the NFL came calling.
Hill, a fifth-round pick who is a two-time Pro Bowler, was part of a controversial draft class by the Chiefs and then-general manager John Dorsey in 2016.
The Chiefs also spent a third-round pick that year on cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who missed an entire season for violating Notre Dame’s honor code in an academic misconduct case; a fourth-round pick on wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was suspended four times at Florida for drugs and other violations; and a sixth-round pick on Virginia Tech linebacker Dadi Nicolas, who was once charged with larceny and suspended for bumping an official. Among them, only Robinson is still on the roster.
Last year, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt following a video that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season but has a one-year deal with Cleveland under
Dorsey, the Browns GM who signed Hunt while he was with the Chiefs.
(Nashville, TN) — Kyler Murray is the first athlete to be selected in the first rounds of both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts. The Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback was selected with the Number One pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft on Thursday.
The Oakland A’s picked Murray with the ninth pick of the 2018 draft after a standout career as a center fielder for the Sooners. Oakland offered Murray a four-and-a-half million dollar signing bonus and allowed him to return to Oklahoma to play football for his junior season. Unfortunately for them, he was the Heisman winner that season and became a hot NFL prospect.
The A’s offered Murray an additional 14-million dollars to stick with baseball earlier this month. As the top pick, Murray stands to make about 30 million dollars in his first NFL contract. Murray has announced that he intends to play football.
Espinal: “He started crying and you were like, ‘Shut up, shut up, stop crying, stop crying.'”
Espinal: “And then he kept crying because he was scared. He’s terrified. You grabbed onto him somehow or he fell. One of the two.”
Hill: “I didn’t do nothing. That’s sad, bro.”
Espinal: “Then why does he say, ‘Daddy did it? Why?”
Hill: “I don’t know. He says Daddy does a lot of things.”
Espinal: “Like what? A 3-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm.”
- In 2014, Hill reportedly punched and choked Espinal, who was then eight weeks pregnant with their son. He was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015, and received three years probation. The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The conviction was dismissed last August and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.