Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Indicted on Two Counts of First Degree Murder in 2012 Drive-By Killing of Two Men in Boston, MA

MORE TROUBLE FOR FORMER NFL STAR AARON HERNANDEZ …

Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder for the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston, Massachusetts. Hernandez was also indicted on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Hernandez is alleged to be the shooter in the  July 16, 2012 drive-by murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Aaron Hernandez is currently residing in the crowbar hotel  awaiting his trial for first-degree murder charges  in the shooting death of  Odin Lloyd, whose body was discovered June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s mansion. Following the death of Lloyd and Hernandez’s involvement, he then became under suspicion of for involvement in the unsolved 2012 double murder.

From NFL star to now potential triple murderer … UNREAL.

VIDEO – CNN

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been indicted in the July 2012 killings of two Boston men, allegations that come a year after what had been a cold case investigation into the late-night drive-by shooting was revived — seemingly by chance — as investigators zeroed in on the former New England Patriot’s alleged involvement in another killing.

A grand jury indicted Hernandez on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Now, prosecutors say the former NFL tight end was the shooter in the July 16, 2012, slayings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a drive-by shooting after leaving a popular Boston nightclub.

“Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home,” said Daniel Conley, the Suffolk County district attorney. The Boston Globe first reported the indictment Thursday.

DA: Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez ‘stalked and ambushed’ 2 murder victims.

The men, along with three others, were in a BMW at Herald and Shawmut streets when prosecutors say an SUV pulled up beside them and Hernandez opened fire with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol from the driver’s side. Surveillance video captured Hernandez’s SUV circling the block near the Cure Lounge on Tremont Street and passing the victims “at a slow rate of speed” before they got into their own car, according to court documents released earlier this year.

“Our investigation has not uncovered any evidence that these two groups were known to each other, but their chance encounter inside the club triggered a series of events that ended in the murders,” Conley told reporters at a news conference this morning. “For us, this case was never about Aaron Hernandez. This case was about two victims who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home … On the morning Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed, they were described in media reports as being tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. Nothing could be further from the truth. Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime, and that characterization was unfair to their memory and their families. We have nothing but sympathy for them and their ordeals.”

Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire at Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival in Virginia … Pilot and Two Passengers Missing (Update: Two Bodies Recovered, One Still Missing)(Update: Third Body Found)

TRAGEDY …

A pilot and two passengers are missing after fiery hot air balloon crash in Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival Friday night at about 8 pm in Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Authorities are saying that the balloon’s gondola caught fire after it hit a power line. According to witnesses, after the balloon erupted into flames, there were screams for help, then explosions.  Search efforts were hampered by darkness and the heavily wooded area.  Two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball staff  were aboard the balloon. One victim is being identified as Natalie Lewis, the director of basketball operations for the Richmond Spiders. The balloon captain was ID’s as Dan Kirk.

Due to the terrible incident, the remainder of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival has been cancelled.

Two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball staff were passengers on a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia Friday night, CBS News has confirmed.

One victim, Natalie Lewis, was the director of basketball operations for the Richmond Spiders. Her parents arrived in Richmond Saturday from their hometown of Buffalo, New York, CBS News’ Mark Albert reports.

Friends of the balloon captain, Dan Kirk, called him a true ambassador to the sport of hot air ballooning.

The balloon’s basket caught fire after touching a power line near Doswell, Virginia, north of Richmond, the state capital.

UPDATE I: 2 bodies found, 1 missing after hot air balloon burns.

More than 100 state troopers and deputies searched for the third occupant of a hot air balloon that crashed in flames at a Virginia balloon festival, killing the other two people on board, state police said Saturday.

Witnesses captured photographs of the balloon after it drifted into power lines, burst into flames Friday night and crashed into the countryside about 25 miles north of Richmond. Some reported seeing two people either jump or fall from the basket at a dizzying height.

The bodies were found about 1,500 yards apart in a heavily wooded area, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE II: Third body found after hot air balloon Crash.

Authorities have found the remains of the third occupant of the hot air balloon that burst into flames at a Virginia festival, police said Sunday.

Now investigators are trying to determine what made the balloon drift into power lines, catch fire and crash, killing the pilot and two passengers.

Kevin Durant’s Incredibly Amazing and Humble NBA MVP Acceptance Speech … Thank God for Changing My Life … And Said to his Mom, “You Sacrificed For Us. You’re the Real MVP.”

An amazing Mother’s Day gift from the NBA’s MVP, Kevin Durant.

There has been so much negative news coming out of the NBA these days; however, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder MVP speech is all about what is good. Durant won the MVP award for the first time, but that is not the story. The struggle to get to the top is the real story. There are so many amazing stories of sacrifice and behind one of the game’s best players, is his mom. Durant thanked God for changing his life, humbly thanked his teammates and last but certainly not least tearfully thanked his mom. Durant called his mom “the real MVP”. THIS IS MUST WATCH VIDEO.

And last, my mom. I don’t think you know what you did,” he began, sniffling and wiping away tears. “You had my brother when you were 18 years old — three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against us; single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old. Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here.”

“You made us believe, you kept us off the street, you put clothes on our backs, food on the table,” he added. “You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

The Dana Pretzer Show – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – With Special Guests Paul Martin and Wendy Murphy

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Daily Commentary – Friday, May 2, 2014 – Will Donald Sterling be Forced to Sell the Clippers?

  • Gabe Feldman, director of the Sports Law Center at Tulane University, said forcing an owner to sell usually involves “extreme” circumstances

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NAACP With Their Own Blind Eye, Says that Donald Sterling’s Lifetime NBA Ban Is Not Enough … This Coming from the Folks Who Were Set to Give Clippers Owner Another ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

THE NAACP WAS FOR GIVING A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO DONALD STERLING, BEFORE THEY WERE AGAINST IT.

The NAACP says that the lifetime ban from the NBA for LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments recorded on audio tape talking to his ex-girlfriend is not enough.  The NAACP called for NBA commissioner Adam Silver to to meet with other owner’s to ensure that Sterling’s bigotry and racists views “remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league.”  They also stated, “Sterling’s long-established pattern of bigotry and racist comments have not been a secret in the NBA. Yet until now, they have been tolerated and met with a gentle hand and a blind eye.” REALLY? Donald Sterling’s racist past was no secret to anyone. I guess the NAACP missed the multiple federal lawsuits for violating the Fair Housing Act based on race when his company refused to rent to African-American prospective tenants. But that did not stop the NAACP from giving Donald Sterling a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2009 and was about to give him another in May 2014 when it hit the fan. WHO TURNED A BLIND EYE? The NAACP looked the other way as to Sterling’s actions and instead took his money donations for years. Why else would Sterling get an award from a co-called civil rights organization at the same time in 2009 came just before he agreed to pay a $2.765 million settlement in a case that alleged he discriminated against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County? LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, SERIOUSLY?

A note to the NAACP, you might want to evaluate your own policies as to how you vet individuals before you give them awards before you lecture anyone.

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Several civil rights organizations are applauding the NBA for its lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling because of racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

However, those groups still want to meet with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss diversity in the executive ranks of the professional basketball league and to figure out ways to ensure such situations don’t happen again.

The National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation issued a joint statement cheering Silver’s announcement that he banned Sterling for life and that the league would attempt to force him to sell the Clippers.

That decision, the statement said, was “a bold, courageous and resolute message that the views expressed by Sterling do not represent the National Basketball Association as an organization today or the kind of organization that it seeks to be in the future.”

But Sterling’s suspension isn’t enough, the groups said, calling for Silver to meet with them to ensure Sterling “remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league.”

“Sterling’s long-established pattern of bigotry and racist comments have not been a secret in the NBA,” the statement said. “Yet until now, they have been tolerated and met with a gentle hand and a blind eye.”

The Gateway Pundits reminds us that with all the moral outrage from the NAACP … they are still keeping Donald Sterling’s money.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans for Life Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from NBA … Pushes to ‘Force Sale’ of Team Over Racist Comments

BANNED FOR LIFE …

Ahead of a possible boycott of NBA playoff games, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives LA Clippers owner the basketball death penalty. Silver announced that the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was banned for life and is not to have any dealings with the Clippers. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million  which will be donated to anti-discrimination organizations. The commissioner is also going to push owners to force Sterling out of the league. Currently, under NBA rules, 75% of the league’s owners must approve the removal of a franchise owner.

Silver spoke to the press at an 11 a.m. news conference from New York, stating he will “do everything in my power” to force the sale of the Clippers.

“The hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage,” Silver said. “I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers association or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, he may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or decisions involving the team.”

VIDEO – CNN

The Los Angeles Clippers released a statement following the lifetime banning of owner Donald Sterling: “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”

The LA Clippers united last night  … “WE ARE ONE” and won their game 5 playoff game last night over the Golden State Warriors 113-103 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in their best of 7 series.

Al Sharpton Wants Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Axed and Have NBA to Strip Him of the L.A. Clippers for Racist Comments… ‘Prepared to Rally In Front of NBA’

Hypocrite and opportunist Al Sharpton is at it again …

Al Sharpton says that the NBA should strip LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling of his basketball team because of  his racist comments. Sharpton stated that, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” Hmm, does that mean that others who make racist comments, no matter what their color, should have their livelihoods, jobs and companies taken away as well? What Sterling did was repulsive and disgusting and I certainly do not defend the ignorant and easily manipulated bigot, but should people’s property be forcibly taken from them? That is a terrible precedent to set and does it go both ways? Although I guess Sterling could go the way of former MLB owner of the Cincinnati Reds Marge Schott following her “Hitler” comments.

Where was Al Sharpton demanding this same action when Donald Sterling was sued by the federal government for violating the Fair Housing Act based on race when his company refused to rent to African-American prospective tenants and misrepresented the availability of apartment units to African-American prospective tenants in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles? Hell, just the other day you All were going to be both attending Los Angeles NAACP 100th Anniversary gala where Donald Sterling was going to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Sharpton said, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” He then added his often repeated threat of mobilizing a protest:

We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with.

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 I am pretty certain that the market will have a way of working this out. The NBA commissioner may suspend Sterling from operations, but to take away his team may not be in his power. That being said, what player would ever want to play for this man, white, black, Hispanic, Asia, European, or whatever.  It is pretty hard to own a team with no players.

Mr. Sharpton, you know what they say about people in glass houses and stones, right? Just curious Al, should individuals also lose their livelihood and never be heard from ever again when they take part in a phoney rape hoax accusation against a police officer?

UPDATE I: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans for Life Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from NBA … Pushes to ‘Force Sale’ of Team Over Racist Comments.

UPDATE II: Thank you to Fox News.com and Eric Bolling for the link … ‘Donald Sterling is a racist and liberal media are hypocrites‘.

Barack Obama Responds to LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling’s Comments as “Offensive Racist Statements”

You pretty much knew Barack Obama would weigh in on the racist comments from  LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape telling his girlfriend not to bring black friends to his NBA games. Obama blasted “ignorant” Sterling for his “offensive racist comments.” But where is the LEFT claiming that Republicans are racists? Oh, that is because Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is a Democrats.

The Washington Times:

President Obama called the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team “ignorant” Sunday for reportedly making racist remarks about black people.

“The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference in Malaysia. “I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves. When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.

Racist Comments from NBA Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling … Tells his Girlfriend He Does Not Want Her Bringing Black People to his Games, Including Magic Johnson

UGLY INCIDENT IN THE NBA AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAMES ON THE COURT …

From TMZ, racist comments from the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments while talking to his girlfriend V. Stiviano. The comments made by Sterling are truly unfortunate and repugnant. It is absolutely astonishing to me that an owner of an NBA franchise whose coach in Doc Rivers is black, your best player Chris Paul is black and so is pretty much most of your team roster can make such a comment like don’t bring black people to the game. But I can guarantee you that J.J. Reddick is just as upset as a Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. Did some one forget to tell this idiot owner that his girlfriend was half Hispanic, half black?

Of course Donald Sterling should be afforded due process, but damn. I honestly can’t see how he could remain owner of this team as why would any black player, or any player with a conscience want to play for a team owned by this guy. However, the court of public opinion has already pretty much found him guilty. The NBA is investigating the situation.

TMZ:

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

“…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me.  And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)

UPDATE I:  Reaction from Magic Johnson

“I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner,” Magic Johnson said on Twitter. He also said the alleged comments were “a black eye for the NBA” and said he felt bad that friends such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to work for Sterling.

The former Clippers guard Baron Davis wrote on Twitter that Sterling’s discrimination has been “going on for a long time

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UPDATE II: ESPN has VIDEO of the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media on the alleged racist comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

UPDATE III: Comments from the NBA Commissioner from USA Today.

“All members of the NBA family should be awarded due process,” said Silver. “Which is why I’m not yet prepared to issue any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling. We will move extraordinarily quickly. We plan to have this wrapped up in the next few days.”

Silver said he spoke to Sterling, who will not attend Sunday’s playoff game between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors in midst of backlash.

The NBA, labeling the remarks “disturbing and offensive” in an earlier statement, is currently conducting a “full investigation” on the audio, which was obtained by TMZ, and features a man identified as Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games. The recorded argument was based on an Instagram photo of Sterling’s girlfriend posing with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

“The core of the investigation is understanding whether the tape is authentic and interviewing Donald Sterling,” Silver said.

UPDATE IV: Sterling’s wife describes alleged mistress as gold digger in lawsuit.

Wow really, she is a gold digger, and I thought it was love. However, that does not change the fact of what Donald Sterling said. Of course it is interesting that the telephone conversation was taped.

Donald Sterling’s wife of more than 50 years describes his alleged mistress as a gold digger who seduces older, wealthy men and persuades them to shower her with gifts, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 7.

The Clippers team owner and a woman identified as V. Stiviano allegedly began an affair after meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl game and were still in the relationship as of the filing date, according to the lawsuit filed by Rochelle H. Sterling, who is described in the suit as “a married woman seeking to protect and recover community property in her individual capacity.”

Rochelle Sterling alleges that her husband used community property to buy Stiviano a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,0000.

UPDATE VI: NAACP Was Set to Give L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling a Lifetime Achievement Award Next Month Before He Was Caught on Audio Tape Making Racist Comments … What About all the previous Racism?

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