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Gospel Singer Arrested On Abuse Charges
BlackLegalIssues.com Mar-13-2009 968 0


A star of gospel music is accused of assaulting his ex-wife on Valentine's Day weekend.

Debra Winans said her former husband BeBe Winans pushed her to the ground in front of their children. The two were married for 16 years before divorcing in 2003.

The alleged assault happened when BeBe Winans showed up at his ex-wife's Nashville home and the two began arguing about custody issues. Debra and BeBe Winans have a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.

According to an affidavit, what started out as a "verbal altercation" turned into assault when Debra Winans was "pushed to the ground."

Later, the Grammy-winning Gospel recording artist and judge of the Black Entertainment Television reality show Sunday Best was arrested.

"When you're married to someone known all over the world, it has serious challenges," said Debra Winans.

Debra Winans said people of faith are held to an even higher standard, and many Christians suffer through abuse rather than reaching out for help.

"Until you realize something's not changing, you pray all day long. The power of God is real, but one thing he's not going to do is go against someone's will. We make choices," said Debra Winans.

She said she is not afraid of her former husband and hopes by speaking out she will help others.

A spokesman for BeBe Winans said the singer is in Atlanta working as a judge on a BET program. As of Thursday evening, there was no statement from BeBe Winans regarding his ex-wife's allegations.

Debra Winans said she is working with other abuse victims in hopes of helping them find healthy solutions to their problem.

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Brittney Martin Aug-23-2016 88 0
Black Texas women are more than twice as likely as white women to die within a year of their pregnancies ending, a new report shows.

Though black women delivered only 11.4 percent of babies in Texas from 2011 to 2012, they accounted for 28.8 percent of pregnancy-related deaths.

A task force commissioned by state lawmakers in 2013 to study pregnancy-related deaths and complications recently released its first report detailing the leading causes of maternal death and offering recommendations for legislators to consider next year.

The report was released on the heels of a national study that showed that pregnancy-related deaths surged in Texas in 2011, with the rate nearly doubling from 2010 to 2014. The state's report doesn't say what caused the dramatic increase.

Heart disease, high blood pressure, bleeding and infection are all commonly recognized causes of maternal death, but the task force found that 11.6 percent of recently pregnant women died due to drug overdose from 2011 to 2012.

"This finding is alarming and may represent an ongoing shift in maternal causes of death," the report says. "Indeed, prescription drug deaths are rising in the United States and have been identified as a major public health crisis."

The task force recommends increasing access to health care for women in the year after they give birth, including screening for and referrals to mental health and substance abuse treatment options.

"Among the 19 women with Medicaid insurance during pregnancy who later died of drug overdose, 14 (73.7 percent) died after the 60 day post-delivery mark, after Medicaid coverage typically expires," the study says.

The task force used different data sources and methodologies than the national study, set to be published in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which caused differences between the findings.

The task force studied case files of women who died within a year of the end of their pregnancies, while the national study limited its scope to the World Health Organization's definition of maternal death, which is death during a pregnancy or up to 42 days after due to causes related to pregnancy.

While the task force excluded non-pregnancy-related cancers from its maternal death total, the national study counted them. Drug-related deaths were included by the task force, but not in the national study.

"Data problems notwithstanding, the important take-home message is to recognize that both studies found that maternal mortality is a major problem in Texas, and that steps need to be taken to reduce it," said Marian MacDorman, the researcher who led the national study.
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President Barack Obama is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday and is touring the flood-ravaged city that quickly became a political football.

Obama is set to see firsthand the damage in the state's capital that has caused more than 106,000 residents and households to register for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 60,000 homes were damaged, officials said, and 13 people were killed.

Obama is expected to meet with family members of police officers killed in last month's Baton Rouge attack, a source with knowledge of the President's schedule told CNN. According to the source, the families are expected to meet with him at one location during his trip. Three Baton Rouge area police officers were killed last month when they were ambushed by a gunman. That gunman, Gavin Long, was shot and killed by police.

Given the financial and human cost that has already taken its toll, the President's visit is too late for some Republicans -- and some Louisianans.

The city's newspaper "The Advocate" originally criticized the President for not ending his vacation in Martha's Vineyard immediately to visit the region.

His reluctance to do so made for offensive optics in the eyes of some Republicans: Obama enjoying rounds of golf with comedians like Larry David and basketball stars like Alonzo Mourning, while a state thousands of miles away faced devastation.

But the editorial board praised his decision to arrive Tuesday.

"We welcome news of President Barack Obama's planned visit to Louisiana today to survey flood damage, which should help to advance relief and recovery in the disaster area as a national priority," the editorial board wrote.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said on Air Force One that Obama will be visiting a neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish, and defended the timing of the trip, saying the "President is used to people trying to score political points even in situations where they shouldn't."
Earnest said that $120 million in aid has already been approved and is starting to be paid out to flood-impacted residents.

Trump, who visited the state shortly after the floods, called Obama's visit "too late."
"Tuesday's too late," Donald Trump, told Fox News this weekend. "Hop into the plane and go down and go to Louisiana and see what's going on, because it's a mess."

That's exactly what Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, did late last week as part of a visit meant to fill what they saw as a leadership vacuum. The Republican ticket toured the flood damage, met with church groups, and distributed supplies at a nearby high school. The visit was well-received by local officials, and for a moment it gave Trump a chance to reveal a presidential timber that he insists he has.

"Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, it was helpful," said John Bel Edwards, the state's Democratic governor.

Edwards, who greeted Obama when he landed Tuesday, had previously said that he hoped the President would wait a few weeks before making his visit to the state, given the entourage and Secret Service personnel that comes with presidential trips that would have strained resources while officials were coping with the floods.

Baton Rouge's city newspaper last week had called on Obama to cut his vacation short.
"A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero," read a editorial in The Advocate on Thursday, a day before the Obama trip was announced. "The President's presence is already late to the crisis, but it's better latter than never."

Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent, said Monday that she too plans a trip to the flood site -- but used similar reasoning to delay her trip. Her campaign said in a statement that she would come to the state at an unspecified time in the future.

"This month's floods in Louisiana are a crisis that demand a national response," she said. "I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together."
Obama's vacation ended Sunday, and the White House has maintained that he has been regularly briefed by senior staff on the situation on the ground and top administration officials also were sent to the Louisiana. Yet his response has earned some comparisons to how George W. Bush handled another natural catastrophe in a Louisiana city, New Orleans, during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Obama has traveled to disaster sites in recent years, touring communities in Oklahoma and Arkansas destroyed by tornadoes along with New Jersey towns hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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CNN Aug-23-2016 27 0
President Barack Obama is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday and is touring the flood-ravaged city that quickly became a political football.

Obama is set to see firsthand the damage in the state's capital that has caused more than 106,000 residents and households to register for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 60,000 homes were damaged, officials said, and 13 people were killed.

Obama is expected to meet with family members of police officers killed in last month's Baton Rouge attack, a source with knowledge of the President's schedule told CNN. According to the source, the families are expected to meet with him at one location during his trip. Three Baton Rouge area police officers were killed last month when they were ambushed by a gunman. That gunman, Gavin Long, was shot and killed by police.

Given the financial and human cost that has already taken its toll, the President's visit is too late for some Republicans -- and some Louisianans.

The city's newspaper "The Advocate" originally criticized the President for not ending his vacation in Martha's Vineyard immediately to visit the region.

His reluctance to do so made for offensive optics in the eyes of some Republicans: Obama enjoying rounds of golf with comedians like Larry David and basketball stars like Alonzo Mourning, while a state thousands of miles away faced devastation.

But the editorial board praised his decision to arrive Tuesday.

"We welcome news of President Barack Obama's planned visit to Louisiana today to survey flood damage, which should help to advance relief and recovery in the disaster area as a national priority," the editorial board wrote.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said on Air Force One that Obama will be visiting a neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish, and defended the timing of the trip, saying the "President is used to people trying to score political points even in situations where they shouldn't."
Earnest said that $120 million in aid has already been approved and is starting to be paid out to flood-impacted residents.

Trump, who visited the state shortly after the floods, called Obama's visit "too late."
"Tuesday's too late," Donald Trump, told Fox News this weekend. "Hop into the plane and go down and go to Louisiana and see what's going on, because it's a mess."

That's exactly what Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, did late last week as part of a visit meant to fill what they saw as a leadership vacuum. The Republican ticket toured the flood damage, met with church groups, and distributed supplies at a nearby high school. The visit was well-received by local officials, and for a moment it gave Trump a chance to reveal a presidential timber that he insists he has.

"Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, it was helpful," said John Bel Edwards, the state's Democratic governor.

Edwards, who greeted Obama when he landed Tuesday, had previously said that he hoped the President would wait a few weeks before making his visit to the state, given the entourage and Secret Service personnel that comes with presidential trips that would have strained resources while officials were coping with the floods.

Baton Rouge's city newspaper last week had called on Obama to cut his vacation short.
"A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero," read a editorial in The Advocate on Thursday, a day before the Obama trip was announced. "The President's presence is already late to the crisis, but it's better latter than never."

Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent, said Monday that she too plans a trip to the flood site -- but used similar reasoning to delay her trip. Her campaign said in a statement that she would come to the state at an unspecified time in the future.

"This month's floods in Louisiana are a crisis that demand a national response," she said. "I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together."
Obama's vacation ended Sunday, and the White House has maintained that he has been regularly briefed by senior staff on the situation on the ground and top administration officials also were sent to the Louisiana. Yet his response has earned some comparisons to how George W. Bush handled another natural catastrophe in a Louisiana city, New Orleans, during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Obama has traveled to disaster sites in recent years, touring communities in Oklahoma and Arkansas destroyed by tornadoes along with New Jersey towns hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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George Curry, a reporter who advocated for black Americans and headed Emerge magazine, died on Saturday. He was 69.

Curry suffered an apparent heart attack Saturday evening in Washington D.C., according to a Facebook post by the Constituency for Africa.

"It was a shock to our family and we are dealing with the news, as best we can. R.I.P. brother George Curry," his sister, Christie Love, told TheRoot.

At Emerge, Curry famously ran a photo of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wearing an Aunt Jemima knot on his head and as a lawn jockey for hardcore conservatives. Curry said the provocative covers “were effective because in the minds of many Blacks disgusted with Thomas’ voting record, that’s exactly what he is. And we had the temerity to say it.”

Curry was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where his mother worked as a domestic and his father was a mechanic, according to a biography posted on TheHistoryMakers.

Curry's father left the family when he was 7 years old, forcing the youngster to help support his mother and three sisters.

He moved to New York in 1966 and teamed up with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for a year.

In 1970, he began to work at Sports Illustrated, where he stayed for two years. He then took a job as a beat reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he stayed until 1983.

During that period, he also founded the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop, an instructional program to help younger aspiring writers.

Curry moved to the Chicago Tribune where he served as Washington correspondent from 1989 until 1993. In that position, he covered Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential run.

Later, he became the editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, a publication which won more than 40 national awards.

Recently, he was trying to move the publication online after the print version stopped publishing in 2003.

That same year he won Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. The group also lists him on its roster of "Most Influential Black Journalists of the 20th Century."

"This is a tragic loss to the movement because George Curry was a journalist who paid special attention to civil rights because he lived it and loved it," Dr. Bernard Lafayette, chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told TheRoot.

Civil rights leaders mourned his death.

"I am saddened beyond words upon hearing of the death of George Curry, Publisher of Emerge Magazine," tweeted Rev. Al Sharpton. "He was a giant and trailblazer. RIP."
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The parents of a Georgia high school football player found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat may have to pay nearly $1 million in legal fees for the people they accused of killing their son and covering up his murder.

Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson dropped a civil lawsuit against their son’s teammate, law enforcement agents and state officials earlier this year. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Richard Porter granted requests from the defendants to recoup attorney fees from the grief-stricken parents.

The defendants — including a pair of teen brothers whom the Johnsons said killed their son, and 37 others the family accused of covering up the crime — have asked for a whopping $850,000. A judge will decide Monday how much the Johnsons have to pay.

Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old student at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, was found dead inside a mat propped against a gym wall in January 2013. Investigators concluded the football player’s death was a freak accident — but the teen’s parents insisted he had been killed.

The Johnsons blamed their son’s death on one of his football teammates, WXIA reported. The player held a grudge against Kendrick after the pair fought on a bus in 2011, the family claimed.

After stewing for two years, the accused teen enlisted his brother to help kill Kendrick, the Johnsons said.

But investigators maintained Kendrick died when he dove head-first into a mat to retrieve a pair of gym shoes inside. His classmates found him a day later when they noticed his feet sticking out from the center of the rolled-up mat, police said.

An autopsy by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner determined Johnson died from "positional asphyxia," meaning he got stuck upside down and was unable to breathe.

Unsatisfied with the ruling, Johnson's parents later had his body exhumed and paid a private medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy, which concluded he died from a blow to the neck.

The Johnsons then filed a $100 million civil suit against 39 people, including the brothers, their dad and a slew of local and state officials.

The family dropped the suit in March.

In June, the Justice Department closed a 2 1/2 year investigation into Johnson's death that provided no answers.

The DOJ issued a statement saying federal investigators "found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges," but it steered clear of saying whether its findings pointed to an accident or homicide as the cause of Johnson's death.
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JANET McCONNAUGHEY Aug-18-2016 312 0
Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, telling him she couldn't understand how he did what he did, since he was college educated and obviously had grown up "in one of the most loving households."

"We can never ignore the damage you inflicted on those women and society at large," she said.

Sharper had pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to drugging three women so he could rape them. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada to charges arising from allegations of drugging and raping women.

"I would like to apologize a thousand times," Sharper said. He looked at the floor as he said, "I'm still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices. ... I lived my life right for 38 years, then I took this path."

His voice thickened and broke as he said his parents hadn't raised him to take such actions.

Defense attorney Billy Gibbens asked leniency because Sharper's testimony helped get "late" guilty pleas from two codefendants who will be sentenced in October.

Sharper will be sentenced next Thursday in Louisiana state court, Gibbens said outside court. He said he believes Sharper will be sentenced next month in Las Vegas, and couldn't recall the Los Angeles sentencing date.

An Arizona judge sentenced him to nine years and what both Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon and Gibbens said amounted to lifetime probation.

McMahon told the judge in court, "I don't think Mr. Sharper has really wrapped his head around the fact that he is a serial rapist."

A woman who woke up next to Sharper after being drugged also spoke before Triche handed down the sentence. The woman's voice was shaky and she frequently brought a handkerchief to her eyes. Her name was not given in court, and The Associated Press does not identify by name victims of sexual abuse.

She told Sharper that because of arrogance and "clear stupidity," he kept drugging and raping women even after he knew she was talking to state and federal investigators.

"Within days ... you gave me ... and the entire judicial system in Louisiana the big middle finger because you thought we weren't capable of stopping you," she said. "You continued to rape other women in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas."

She said she understands that people make mistakes. "But it wasn't a mistake. A mistake happens once and you never make it again." Rather, she said, it was "a way of life for you and your friends."

Prosecutors suggested a 9-year prison term for Sharper under a multi-jurisdictional plea deal, but Milazzo rejected it in June as too lenient. The sentence she imposed, 18 years and four months imprisonment, was 15 months short of the maximum. Sharper also was fined $20,000.

Sharper is getting the same sentence on each of three counts of distributing drugs with rape as the aim, but they will run concurrently with each other and with state sentences, the judge said. She said he will be on three years' supervised release after he gets out of prison, including "sex treatment conditions" and registration as a sex offender.

Sharper's family left the courtroom without speaking to reporters. Gibbens said later that the federal sentence won't affect plea agreements in the four state courts.

Sharper or his friend Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff's deputy in neighboring St. Bernard Parish, put anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives into women's drinks so they could rape them, according to a 15-page statement signed as part of Sharper's plea agreement.

Milazzo has scheduled sentencing Oct. 13 for Licciardi and a second New Orleans codefendant, Erik Nunez.

Outside the courtroom, McMahon quietly asked the woman, "Are you ready to do this in October?" She nodded.

Charges around the country involve nine victims, but Milazzo has said in court that there may be as many as 16.

She said Thursday that she will, as Gibbens requested, recommend a prison either in Petersburg, Virginia, or Butner, North Carolina, so he can be near his family in Richmond, Virginia.

Like Sharper, Licciardi and Nunez admitted distributing drugs with the intent to commit rape. Their federal plea agreements say Licciardi has accepted a 17-year sentence, with 10 years for Nunez.

Sharper was named All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times during a career that included stints with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and one with New Orleans Saints when they won in 2010.

He ended a 14-year career in 2011. He was working as an NFL network analyst when women began telling police in several cities similar stories of blacking out while drinking with him and waking up groggy to find they had been sexually abused.


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Katie Mettler Aug-17-2016 150 0
Arshell “Trey” Dennis, the third of his name, moved to New York to escape the home he loved.

He grew up in the South Side of Chicago, a city that employs his father as a police officer but has also profiled the 19-year-old because of the color of his skin. It’s a city seemingly constantly in turmoil — bleeding each weekend from dozens of gun-related killings — and an environment Dennis said he felt thankful to leave.

“I do appreciate that I am where I am,” he told his college roommate in a video interview last year. “A lot of people where I’m from don’t make it out.”

The teen had plans: to graduate from St. John’s University in New York City and become a writer, to channel what he’d learned about poetry and struggle into words that might make something shift. He couldn’t change the world — he said for that he’d need two lifetimes — but Dennis felt his path, where he came from and what he knew, might be able to “influence.”

“If you don’t know me,” he said in the video, “you gonna know me.”

Just weeks from entering his junior year at St. John’s, the aspiring journalist and NAACP student chapter vice president flew back home to Chicago for the weekend, WGN TV reported, a surprise for his sick mother’s birthday.

He sat on the porch of his family’s home Saturday night, talking with a hometown friend, when gunfire split the stillness of his ordinarily quiet Wrightwood neighborhood.

Both were shot.

The friend, 20 years old, was hospitalized.

Dennis died.

His mother’s screams echoed down the block.

“You do not want to hear a mother’s cry for her son,” a neighbor, who would only identify herself as Brenda, told the Chicago Tribune.

As of late Monday night, there had been no arrest, and authorities said the investigation was still open and active.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said authorities were treating the shooting as a case of “mistaken identity.”

“Arshell was a good kid, making his parents proud and studying for a promising future,” Johnson said in a statement.

The superintendent, who worked with Dennis’s father, Officer Arshell “Chico” Dennis, in the 1990s, visited the family Sunday and said in the statement he was “at a loss for words for the amount of grief” they are experiencing.

Though it’s well known in the neighborhood that the elder Dennis, a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, worked for the Chicago Police Department, the superintendent said there is “absolutely no credibility” to the theory that Arshell was targeted because of his father’s occupation.

The two young men had no criminal records or personal histories of gang involvement, a police spokesman told the Chicago Tribune, but the shooting could still be gang-related. Some gangs have been conducting initiations, a police official told the Chicago Sun-Times, where recruits are instructed to shoot and kill whomever they find.

“That’s a rite of passage for them,” Johnson told CBS News. “Now how bizarre is that?”

On Sunday, the day Dennis was to return to New York, his loved ones scrubbed his blood from their sidewalk instead.

“The loss of our son is stunning and painful,” the Dennis family said in a statement to the Sun-Times. “Tragically, we were going to take him to the airport today at 3 p.m. to return to school. Now because of this senseless violence, we will be grieving and planning his funeral. Trey was smart, funny, and the light of our lives.”

Dennis graduated from Urban Prep Academy in 2014, where he ran cross country, played chess and participated in the Louder Than a Bomb poetry competition, according to his LinkedIn page. He also belonged to a preparatory program called Upward Bound. It was from a student in the program that director Gerald Smith heard the tragic news.

“I got the phone call, and my heart just fell to my stomach,” Smith told the Tribune. “So, so unexpected. … I’m still in disbelief.”

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Last summer, Dennis returned to Chicago to work as an Upward Bound ambassador, Smith said.

“He was one of my better students, he really was,” Smith said. “Arshell was a fun time. He was real easygoing, real quiet, laid-back, mild-mannered — he wasn’t a problem at all. It’s a tragic loss.”
Terri Bachstrom, a neighbor and lunchroom attendant in Chicago Public Schools, told the Sun-Times Dennis was a well-mannered, quiet kid.

“He wasn’t in a gang. He wasn’t affiliated with any of the nonsense that’s going on in Chicago,” Bachstrom said. “He wasn’t one of those kids.”

Johnson said at the news conference Monday that to date in 2016, 85 percent of gunshot victims have had prior contact with police. Dennis and his friend were the exception, and yet this weekend, the two became part of the city’s growing violence statistics. In the same weekend Dennis died, nine people were killed and 31 more wounded in shootings across Chicago.

Since Jan. 1, 2,607 people have been shot in the city, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis, on pace to far exceed the number of shootings last year, which totaled 2,988.
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Jason Rowan Aug-17-2016 168 0
LeBron James admitted recently that he’s chasing the “ghost” of Michael Jordan. It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s dogged pursuit of said so-called apparition goes far beyond what he accomplishes as a player on the hardwood.

In fact, James admitted it’s his “dream to actually own” an NBA team once his career on the court is said and done, much like Jordan, now principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

James made his dream known during an appearance Wednesday on “Open Run,” a podcast owned by “Uninterrupted,” a social media-driven platform James created for fellow athletes.

“I think so,” James responded to a question whether he envisions himself one day becoming an NBA general manager, as transcribed by cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “I feel like my brain as far as the game of basketball is unique and I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game.

“And I would love to be a part of a franchise, if not at the top. My dream is to actually own a team and I don’t need to have full hands on. If I’m fortunate enough to own a team, then I’m going to hire the best GM and president that I can.”

Whether or not James actually achieves his dream obviously involves several moving parts and potential circumstances beyond his control, such as a team actually being available. But there’s no doubt James has the financial wherewithal to afford such a pursuit. After all, between his NBA salary and many endorsements and business endeavors, James hauled in a whopping $77 million in 2016.

James also has a lifetime deal with Nike worth an estimated $1 billion. And he just signed a $100 million extension with the Cavaliers. Suffice to say, it's clear James will be flush with cash once his NBA playing career is finished.

Given that money always talks in the grand scheme of things — including potential ownership of an NBA team — James has put himself in a great spot to one day realize his dream. The fact that he would raise the profile of even a terrible NBA franchise simply by his presence doesn’t hurt matters, either.

To “Be Like Mike,” indeed.
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Kevin McCauley Aug-16-2016 167 0
Dalian Atkinson has died from cardiac arrest after being shot with a taser by police in Telford, Shropshire, England. The former Premier League star was 48 years old.

Atkinson was tasered outside of his father's home after police responded to calls from neighbors fearing for a man's safety in the area. He was treated by paramedics, but was pronounced dead at a hospital 90 minutes after being tasered. A witness told the BBC that she felt the way Atkinson approached officers was "non-threatening," while the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a police watchdog group, says they're investigating the incident.

In 1992, while playing for Aston Villa, Atkinson scored the goal he's best remembered for. His 60-yard individual run and chipped finish in an FA Cup match against Wimbledon was voted the goal of the 1992-93 season by Match of the Day viewers.

Atkinson starred for Villa in that season, helping them to a second-place finish, and he scored for them in the UEFA Cup the following season. Over his 15-year professional career, Atkinson played in England, Spain, Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
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