Antonio Dawkins: From homeless to college grad and beyond

first_img (Christian Simpson/Sporting News) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/43/bb/antonio-dawkins-bluefield-011519-sn-ftr_15adqc2erfquy1am5lc3qpt545.jpg?t=1401109160&w=500&quality=80 (Karisa Maxwell/Sporting News) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e0/a4/antonio-dawkins-locker-011519-sn-ftr_1gtayth3ezexe1cdv2znsgjwuc.jpg?t=1399326592&w=500&quality=80 Antonio Dawkins outside the home his mother used to rent when he was in high school (Karisa Maxwell/Sporting News).With that support, Dawkins was able to perform better in the classroom. His stops at previous schools (Fort Mill was the sixth high school he attended) still affected his overall GPA, but by all accounts he became an excellent student.And football player.When Dawkins first arrived at Fort Mill, he was mistaken for a sophomore because of his size — “He was a little guy,” Susi said — but one-and-a-half years and 30 pounds of muscle later, he’d become one of Fort Mill’s best playmakers. Three times he earned defensive player of the week honors as a senior, putting up four interceptions and eight passes defensed.Those efforts didn’t go unnoticed.—Dawkins remembers how, at first, he refused to get his hopes up he could attend college. He also remembers the moment that fantasy became tangible. He came home one day, well after he’d played his final snap at Fort Mill, to see a large package from Chowan University on his doorstep. He and best friend Tee Muhammad took it inside and saw for themselves: A scholarship offer.They cried tears of joy. And when Freeman found out, she cried too.“It was as if we had won the lottery,” Freeman said.The offers started rolling in: from Limestone College, Ave Maria University, Newberry College, Mercer and Campbell, among others. Football, which was once a distraction for Dawkins, was now a means of escape. But he had another milestone to accomplish first.“For me, graduating high school, for my family I was happy,” Dawkins said. “As far as for me, what was going through my head was, ‘I was supposed to do that. This is a part of the journey.’”The next step saw Dawkins attend Division III Bethany College, a small liberal arts school in West Virginia, to start his collegiate football career in 2014. Two years later, feeling he’d accomplished all he could there, he transferred to Division I N.C. Central. But the setting in Durham, N.C., was too familiar and offered too many distractions and chances to get in trouble. Through a coach’s recommendation, he transferred to play for NAIA school Bluefield College. In the rural setting of Bluefield, W.Va., Dawkins was able to maintain focus on school.While there, he lived in an on-campus, three-bedroom apartment — a far cry from the locker room where he once laid his head. He made the Dean’s List every semester (something he’d accomplished at Bethany and N.C. Central, too). Dawkins, who at one point wondered where his next meal might come from, could choose when and what he wanted to eat (because he hopes to play professionally, it was and still is usually a medley of salmon, sweet potatoes, brown rice and spinach). There was no ride. Most of the time, there was no home. When everyone left, Dawkins would walk to the outdoor entrance of the locker room. He’d enter, close the door behind him, and settle in for the night.SN VIDEOS: Antonio Dawkins — Sink or SwimDawkins hid the fact he was homeless from coaches and teammates at Fort Mill (S.C.) High School — that he had been, on and off, since he was a freshman. He felt comfortable enough around, but not enough to reveal the struggles he faced once the school day ended.“It’s easy to say that I could have gotten help,” Dawkins told Sporting News. “Sixteen, 17, 18, years old, that’s one of the most embarrassing things, to come to somebody and say, ‘Hey, me and my family are homeless, can you take me in?’”When Dawkins first arrived as a junior at Fort Mill in December 2012, his mother, Brandy Freeman, worked a contract job that allowed herself, Dawkins and his young sister to stay in a hotel near the school. When she lost work, she stayed with family in North Carolina — too far away for Dawkins to find reliable transportation. So he’d stay with friends, if possible. It wasn’t always.For a weeklong stretch, he sneaked into the locker room at night so he’d have a place to sleep.“If I can, I’m going to try to go to one of my friend’s houses,” Dawkins recounted. “If not, then I have got to do my normal procedure.”Dawkins no longer has to hide the circumstances of his home life: He’s no longer homeless after leaving Bluefield College (W.Va.), where he played football and in December 2018 graduated with degrees in interdisciplinary studies and mass communications.Dawkins acknowledges he wouldn’t be where he is today if he hadn’t opened up to his Fort Mill coaches and teammates. And, he said, he wouldn’t be here without football. (Karisa Maxwell/Sporting News) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/17/3f/antonio-dawkins-house-011519-sn-ftr_93hj4bjeqs07169ujj14xeszq.jpg?t=1399364144&w=500&quality=80 Antonio Dawkins had his “procedure” down to a science.He always made sure to shower after football practice. He’d walk outside with teammates before doubling back, saying he forgot something in the boys’ PE locker room. On his way out, he’d prop the door open. Then he’d wait outside, fending off occasional questions by saying he was waiting for his ride home. “I know I’m going to have to work 10 times harder than anybody,” Dawkins said. “That’s all I have ever had to do in my life.”Editor’s note: This story has been updated from a previous version.SN’s Jacob Janower contributed to this report. Antonio Dawkins on the field for Bluefield (Christian Simpson/Sporting News).On the football field, the same tenacity Dawkins showed at Fort Mill helped him become a standout for the Rams, who boasted one of the NAIA’s best pass defenses in 2017 with him in the secondary. In two seasons, he compiled 55 tackles, 17 passes defensed, two interceptions (one returned for touchdown), three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.His magnetic personality, competitive nature and hard work drew people to him. But, much like at Fort Mill, he kept the circumstances of his upbringing a secret.“I did not know about his upbringing until an article came out this past summer on him and I could not believe what he had been through because you would not have known that now,” Bluefield coach Dewey Lusk told SN. “Not that he doesn’t want you to know, but he’s not going around wearing that on his sleeve either.”—With Dawkins’ story now out in the open, he hopes to serve as an inspiration for kids going through similarly difficult circumstances, to show “you don’t have to become what you’re seeing or your environment.”That’s the decision Dawkins faced back at Fort Mill: “Sink or swim.” He now openly admits he nearly made the wrong choice.“I really didn’t see a future in too much of nothing,” Dawkins said. “I felt like everything was failing.”FACES OF 2019SN’s young stars to watch in tomorrow’s headlinesSix-plus years later, Dawkins is no longer homeless. He’s engaged. He’s a college graduate. He eventually wants use his education to start a marketing firm, appropriately enough, to create exposure for small businesses.Regardless of what his future holds, those who know him best have nothing but confidence in him. How could they not, after seeing what he has overcome?“He is going to do well. No matter what he gets into, he is going to be fine,” Susi said. “I hate to say having all that adversity made him what he is today, but he made the right decisions. You can’t say that about a lot of guys that would be in his situation.”Said Freeman: “He has such a drive, such a desire to succeed, that I don’t see him failing. … He is going to be great either way.”Dawkins has options going forward. He aspires to play football professionally — it’s gotten him this far — and he knows the inherent difficulty in attempting that feat.In August 2019, Dawkins told SN he’d signed with the China Arena Football League for a season as a player for the Beijing Lions. He contacted SN in January 2020 to say he’d signed with the Osos of the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional. The LFA has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to partner with the Canadian Football League, where Dawkins intends to play after the 2020 LFA season.But then, he has faced tougher obstacles. This is merely the next one. Off the field, Dawkins kept quiet, at least about his home life. On it, there was no one louder. He loved the feeling of belonging that Fort Mill’s football team provided him. He loved lining up at cornerback, jawing with the receivers against whom he faced off every day in practice.Those few hours after school were a precious distraction. During the day, Dawkins worried about how he’d get home after school, or where he’d stay for the night. He worried about finding something to eat, or maintaining secrecy about his homelessness.Those problems disappeared on the practice field. But not always, and never entirely.“There were a lot of times I thought about what was going to happen once I got out of practice, where I was going to go and stuff like that,” Dawkins said. “The moments that I started thinking about that during practice, I would have a bad practice.”It was in one such moment that former Fort Mill defensive coordinator Bill Geiler pulled Dawkins to the side.“Coach Geiler told me, ‘Sink or swim,’ and it’s stuck with me since,” Dawkins said. “He just told me, ‘It’s either you sink or swim.’ You be successful or you become like everybody else that you have seen. I don’t have too many options. It’s either I be different, I go to college, I do my thing, or I become a failure.“I told him, ‘I want to swim.’”SPORTING NEWS BEST OF 2018Read our favorite stories from the year in sportsIt was one day after practice that coaches finally got the sense of Dawkins’ struggle. They asked players whether any leaders wanted to address the team. Dawkins stood up in front of teammates to speak, but found he couldn’t. His body was seizing up, betraying the secret he’d tried to keep.Not long after, Dawkins sat down with Geiler and Fort Mill coach Ed Susi to explain his situation.“We were like, ‘What do we got to do to help this kid,’ because he was very proud,” said Susi, now offensive coordinator at Lancaster (S.C.) High School. “That’s a very tough thing for any high school kid to do — to say, ‘Hey coach, I haven’t eaten, I haven’t taken a shower, I haven’t done this or that.’”Coaches made sure to load Dawkins down with protein bars during breakfast and lunch. Before Freeman lost her job, he’d get rides from coaches, or they’d give gas money to teammates so they could drive him home.In the spring semester of Dawkins’ senior year at Fort Mill, Freeman was able to find work again. That allowed her to rent a house just across the street from the school. They sometimes went without power, or water, or heat. It didn’t matter: Together, they called it home.“I was like, ‘Antonio, we got a house,’” Freeman told SN. “He was like, ‘I don’t care what it looks like, yes, yes, we got a house, and it’s right across the street.’“‘I won’t be late for school no more.’”The house was an immediate relief for Freeman and her family, she said, but she can’t discount the role Fort Mill High School played in helping support her son.“I believe his coaches were able to see that we were trying to make it work and they were willing to assist him in every possible way they could. Fort Mill was so great,” Freeman said. “They were a great school. I think that was part of the journey that was supposed to be. It didn’t happen by chance. It was ordained for us to be there.”last_img read more

NBA All-Star winners and losers: Team LeBron triumphs under new game format; Aaron Gordon robbed at Dunk Contest

first_imgCHICAGO — The 2020 NBA All-Star break had a little bit of everything: touching tributes, exciting games and a controversial ending.Each evening was undoubtedly entertaining for the United Center crowds, and the atmosphere was consistently electric in the “Windy City.” However, a few people definitely didn’t leave the league’s annual showcase with All-Star smiles on their faces. Giannis BLOCKS LeBron 😤 #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/l9nsbMOoRi— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2020Chaka KhanShe … did not receive rave reviews for this rendition of the national anthem. The Slam Dunk Contest judges gave it a 48 anyway to annoy Gordon. Before NBA teams return to normal regular season schedules, let’s break down the biggest winners and losers from All-Star weekend.MORE: Best highlights from 2020 All-Star GameNBA All-Star weekend winnersNew All-Star Game formatThere was some initial pushback — Math is for nerds! — but the new format worked.Team LeBron and Team Giannis dialed up the intensity and genuinely cared about the outcome of the game. Defense actually mattered. Kyle Lowry took MULTIPLE charges. This felt different.Anthony Davis’ game-winning free throw was somewhat anticlimactic, but it didn’t completely take away from the enjoyment. The NBA should keep these rules in place for 2021 and beyond.🙌 @AntDavis23 misses the first but MAKES the 2nd free-throw to win the 2020 #NBAAllStar game for #TeamLeBron and earn $300,000 more for @ChicagoScholars! pic.twitter.com/b3vYtfK3EJ— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2020″I didn’t know what to expect because it was a new format, new year. None of us knew what to expect,” LeBron James said. “But throughout the whole fourth quarter and at the end of the game, everybody was like, ‘That was pretty damn fun.'”Kawhi LeonardSpeaking of fun, the “Fun Guy” wins again.Leonard added more hardware to his trophy case with the first-ever Kobe Bryant MVP award. He scored a game-high 30 points and drained eight 3-pointers for Team LeBron.Kawhi Leonard scores 30 PTS and hits 8 triples to lead #TeamLeBron to victory in the 2020 #NBAAllStar Game and win the Kia NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award! #KiaAllStarMVP pic.twitter.com/HNQtL17fHH— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2020So Leonard owns two NBA Finals MVPs and an All-Star Game MVP. Any thoughts about winning the only MVP award left?”My mindset is always just to try to make my team the best team at the end of the season, and if I’m fortunate enough to win a regular season MVP, then I’ll be happy with it,” Leonard said. “I always just want to win championships. I’m not really concerned with the personal goal. So I always just want to play on an MVP level so my team can win.”Yep, sounds about right.LeBron James”General manager LeBron” jokes aside, the guy sure knows how to pick an All-Star team.James is now 3-0 as an All-Star captain with one win over Stephen Curry and two victories over Giannis Antetokounmpo. He also moved into second place on the all-time list of All-Star Game starts with 16, jumping ahead of Kobe Bryant, the late legend who meant so much to James.“His presence was definitely felt here in Chicago.”LeBron reflects on honoring Kobe during #NBAAllStar Weekend. pic.twitter.com/O7zbX3MC4X— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 17, 2020Chris PaulYo, we got a CP3 alley-oop slam? In this economy?!Russ lobs it to CP3.#NBAAllStar #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/b5GrGImgY3— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2020″I ain’t Russ (Westbrook),” Paul said. “It’s got to be the perfect throw, everything. So it was cool.”Very cool, indeed.Basketball fansAgain, every night we saw something special.The Trae Young-Luka Doncic viral moment in the Rising Stars Challenge, Buddy Hield’s 3-point Contest walkoff, the back-and-forth between Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. in the Slam Dunk Contest, the thrilling All-Star fourth quarter, Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Bryant — Chicago offered a terrific all-around experience.NBA All-Star weekend losersAaron GordonOK, it wasn’t great for everyone.The Magic forward found himself in second place once again at the end of the Slam Dunk Contest despite scoring 297 out of a possible 300 points and throwing down the best dunk of the night.Off the side of the backboard. 360. Windmill. AG. 🌀🌪️ pic.twitter.com/FWcUyFIBJR— NBA (@NBA) February 16, 2020After losing to Jones on Saturday and Zach LaVine in 2016, Gordon says he won’t be returning to the contest.”No, it’s a wrap, bro. It’s a wrap,” Gordon said. “I feel like I should have two trophies, you know what I mean? It’s over for that. My next goal is going to be trying to win the 3-point Contest.”This just means Gordon is somehow going to be the runner-up in the 3-point Contest, too.Slam Dunk Contest judgesWe can’t talk about Gordon without mentioning the judging controversy.Gordon had earned only 50s prior to his final dunk, a two-handed rim-rocker over 7-5 Celtics center Tacko Fall. Apparently that slam was only worth 47. (The individual scores from each judge on Gordon’s last dunk: Dwyane Wade, 9; Common, 10; Candace Parker, 10; Chadwick Boseman, 9; Scottie Pippen, 9.)🚨 AARON GORDON DUNKS OVER TACKO FALL! 🚨#StateFarmSaturday on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/cMmRjnnTzN— NBA (@NBA) February 16, 2020″Jumping over somebody 7-5 and dunking is no easy feat,” Gordon said. “What did I get, like a 47? Come on, man. What are we doing?”Players around the league expressed shock and anger on Twitter, saying Gordon got “robbed” after another fantastic performance. Some of the judges didn’t even understand what happened.”We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Common told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”Hey Adam Silver, time to investigate. Start with the Black Panther.Giannis AntetokounmpoLook, Antetokounmpo is likely going to win another MVP award. The Bucks are destroying the rest of the NBA. He had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the All-Star Game.He has lost to James in back-to-back years, though, so he must fall into this category. Still, give him credit for the best defensive play of the night. This was impressive.last_img read more

Did Michael Jordan really block Isiah Thomas from making ‘Dream Team’ roster?

first_imgIn fact, one of the biggest controversies from that era didn’t even involve NBA competition. Thomas’ omission from the 1992 “Dream Team” Olympic roster frustrates the two-time NBA champion to this day, and there has been plenty of speculation about Jordan’s role in the decision.Purely based on merit, Thomas deserved to play with that legendary group in Barcelona. Did Jordan shut down Thomas’ dream of winning a gold medal? Or were there other factors involved?MORE: Isiah Thomas’ beef with Michael Jordan started with a Bulls jerseyWhy Michael Jordan may have kept Isiah Thomas off the ‘Dream Team’Before the Bulls became a dynasty, they struggled to advance past the Pistons, losing to Detroit in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 playoffs before finally breaking through in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals.Chicago swept its way to the NBA Finals, closing out the series with a 115-94 victory in Game 4. With 7.9 seconds left remaining in regulation, Pistons players walked off the floor right past the Bulls’ bench without the customary hand shakes. Cameras followed Thomas, Bill Laimbeer and Mark Aguirre as they headed toward the locker room before the final buzzer sounded.After getting swept in the ECF, the Pistons refused to shake hands with the Bulls #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/lR98JSa0nv— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 27, 2020During his interview for “The Last Dance,” Thomas expressed regret and conceded he should have congratulated the Bulls. Jordan wasn’t buying the explanation.”Whatever [Thomas] says now, you know it wasn’t his true feelings then,” Jordan said in the documentary. “You know, there’s time enough to think about, or the reaction of the public that’s changed his perspective. You can show me anything you want. There’s no way you can convince me that he wasn’t an a—hole.”Thomas told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose on “Get Up” that it “personally hurt” him to be left off the “Dream Team,” and he discussed the potential impact of his infamous walk-off.”The only thing that’s missing from my resume is not being on the ‘Dream Team,'” Thomas said. “When the ‘Dream Team’ was selected, and I wasn’t a part of it, there was a lot of controversy around it. And I still don’t know who did it or why they say I didn’t make it. I know the criteria for selection of making the team, I had fit all the criteria. And that’s a big hole in my resume. That is the biggest hole in my resume. That is the only place and that’s the only thing on my resume that I did not succeed at. …”I tried to do everything correctly, and I thought I should have made that ‘Dream Team.’ However, I wasn’t a part of it. That hurt me, and looking back, if I’m not a part of the ‘Dream Team’ because of a lapse in emotion in terms of not shaking someone’s hand, if that’s the reason why I didn’t make the ‘Dream Team,’ then I am more disappointed today than I was back then when I wasn’t selected.”MORE: Michael Jordan’s net worth in 2020 is eye-poppingBut should Michael Jordan receive all the blame?While Jordan is often viewed as the primary culprit, Thomas acknowledges other members of the “Dream Team” spoke more openly about his possible inclusion. “Honestly, I’ve never heard Jordan really say that he didn’t want me on the ‘Dream Team,'” Thomas told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. “Now I’ve heard people say that for him, but I’ve never heard it come out of his mouth. The only two people I’ve really heard say anything is [Scottie] Pippen and Karl Malone.”It’s possible Jordan spoke with someone privately about Thomas’ status, but the larger issue may have been the overall uneasiness about what Thomas’ presence would mean for team chemistry.As Thomas noted, he wasn’t seen favorably in the eyes of Pippen and Malone, and Magic Johnson later admitted in his book “When the Game Was Ours” he was opposed to Thomas joining the “Dream Team.” It’s not like Larry Bird was going to bat for Thomas, either, after the ugly battles between the Celtics and Pistons in the 1980s.Rod Thorn, a longtime NBA executive who drafted Jordan in 1984 and was part of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Selection Committee, told ESPN’s Trey Wingo and Mike Golic that Jordan had no involvement in the construction the “Dream Team” roster. “There was never anything in my conversation with [Jordan] that had to do with Isiah Thomas, period,” Thorn said. “He said, ‘I’ll do it.’ Everybody else said they would do it, most of them right away. … Isiah’s name never came up during that conversation. And he never backtracked and said he didn’t want to do it from that time on, to those of us in the NBA office. “Now, if that in fact happened, then it happened with somebody else. Because when I talked to him, he ended up saying he would definitely do it.”This is likely not a black-and-white issue, but rather one with shades of gray. From a basketball perspective, did a player like Christian Laettner deserve a spot over Thomas? Of course not — but basketball was not the only consideration.MORE: Michael Jordan’s hatred for Isiah Thomas is still very, very real1992 USA “Dream Team” roster, statsPlayerPoints per gameRebounds per gameAssists per gameCharles Barkley18.04.12.4Larry Bird8.43.81.8Clyde Drexler10.53.03.6Patrick Ewing9.55.30.4Magic Johnson8.02.35.5Michael Jordan14.92.44.8Christian Laettner4.82.50.4Karl Malone13.05.31.1Chris Mullin12.91.63.6Scottie Pippen9.02.15.9David Robinson9.04.10.9John Stockton2.80.32.0 The hatred between the Bulls and Pistons teams of the early 1990s is still strong, and Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas remain right at the center of the rivalry.Exclusive interviews from ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” recently brought the Hall of Fame feud back into the spotlight. It’s clear Jordan and the Bulls didn’t respect how the “Bad Boy” Pistons approached the game, and that animosity extended well beyond the floor.last_img read more

Mookie Betts contract: Details, analysis for Dodgers superstar’s mega-deal

first_imgThe new money for Betts is technically more than the new money in Mike Trout’s extension, which was $360M/10 years. Trout’s total value, including the two years remaining on his previous deal, was $426.5M/12 years. Betts signed through age 39 season, Trout through age 38. https://t.co/PlylbvoysM— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2020Mookie Betts contract analysisThe Dodgers long have been known for their big-spending ways, but the free-agent market had lain dormant for them in recent years. While they’ve been OK with spending money on players who were already on the books, they haven’t dipped their toes deep into the open market over that time.Then again, LA hasn’t really had to spend big bucks. It has leaned on a ton of younger talent the past few years, meaning that its big-time salary commitments will be next to none in the coming years. The club still owes big money to some players in the short term — Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, A.J. Pollock and Price — but it will be able to lean on their farm system again starting around 2022.From Betts’ perspective, he has earned every bit of this contract: He’s a top-three player in baseball when healthy, an elite defender and a one-time MVP. The Dodgers are showing the faith in him that Boston didn’t want to, offer or no offer. What Mookie wants, Mookie gets.Mookie Betts, the Dodgers outfielder who was shockingly traded from Boston to Los Angeles along with David Price for salary relief and a trio of prospects this offseason, will presumably end his career in Dodger blue. On July 22, the eve of Opening Day, the Dodgers hit the first home run of the season, inking Betts to a massive 12-year, $365 million contract extension. THE SEASON IN BASEBALL: Stars, storylines and stuff to watch in 2020While it’s unsurprising that the Dodgers had the cash to burn, it’s something of a change for Dodgers front office head man Andrew Friedman, who traditionally isn’t a big spender in free agency.Here’s what you need to know about Betts’ deal:Mookie Betts contractPer ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Betts and the Dodgers agreed to a 12-year, $365 million pact, keeping him on the West Coast presumably through the end of his career. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Betts’ deal contains deferrals and a $65 million signing bonus. More on Betts contract with Dodgers, per source: $115M of $365 million is deferred. Deal does not include opt-outs or a no-trade clause. But if Betts is traded, deferrals in subsequent years will be converted into present-day dollars, creating greater financial value.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2020Also to clarify on signing bonus: More accurate to say that bonus money offers tax benefits that salary does not. It’s complicated… https://t.co/WvgfnbcoDg— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2020Betts’ deal eclipses the 13-year, $330 million contract Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies last offseason and the big-money extension signed by the Angels’ Mike Trout last year.last_img read more

Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion raided by FBI as part of ‘ongoing investigation’

first_imgThe house of Jake Paul, a controversial YouTube celebrity and one-time professional boxer, was raided by the FBI early Wednesday.The FBI said it executed a search warrant for Paul’s mansion in Calabasas, Calif., as part of an “ongoing investigation” and declined to disclose further details.  ABC7 reported that multiple firearms were seized from Paul’s home, sharing images of a rifle leaning against a hot tub on his property.What appeared to be multiple firearms were found scattered throughout the property, including what looked like a long gun propped up against a hot tub in the backyard. https://t.co/oOkiwY7kSz pic.twitter.com/ZeCXhPI5Aa— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 5, 2020″The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation,” an FBI spokesperson said in a statement.”No arrests are planned,” the spokesperson added. It was unclear whether property had been seized from Paul’s home. In a video shared by TMZ, multiple vehicles transporting roughly two dozen camouflaged officers were shown leaving the site.In July, Paul hosted a party in his Calabasas home, where invitees were not social distancing or wearing masks. This angered Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintrub, who cited rising coronavirus cases in California as a reason for her disdain. “I was very upset that somebody would hold such an outrageous gathering in our community,” Weintrub told ABC7. “We’re trying to do everything we can to get our numbers down and keep our community safe, and something like this just does the opposite.”Paul fought fellow YouTube personality AnEnsonGib (real name Ali Al Fakri) on DAZN in 2020, winning the fight via knockout. He fought, unprofessionally, in 2018, also on DAZN, as part of the Logan Paul vs. KSI undercard.last_img read more

2020 GOP presidential hopeful says farmers ‘just can’t trust’ Trump

first_imgDES MOINES — A former Republican congressman and radio talk show host from Illinois who’s challenging President Trump’s bid for re-election says while party leaders continue to defend President Trump, rank-and-file Republicans are starting to move in a different direction. Joe Walsh has been making trips to Iowa this fall, arguing the GOP should dump Trump.“He lies virtually every time he opens his mouth,” Walsh says, “and he’s incapable of putting the nation’s interests above his own.”The Iowa Republican Party’s chairman this week used the word “bogus” to describe the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions with Ukraine. Walsh says Trump’s actions are indefensible.“Look, I think Republican voters — as I’m out there in Iowa and New Hampshire and other states — get it,” Walsh says. “The President of the United States shouldn’t be telling a foreign government to dig up direct on his political opponent.”Walsh also points to this week’s Trump Administration announcement which does not implement the policy Trump promised biofuels producers as evidence Trump cannot be trusted.“He promised to do something about that. He didn’t. He hasn’t,” Walsh says. “And when you factor in that along with his trade war which has been an out-and-out economic war on Iowa farmers and farmers around the country, it’s clear that Iowa farmers just can’t trust and believe anything this president says.”Walsh, who voted for Trump in 2016, says he did so because Trump wasn’t Hillary Clinton.“I figured he was a goof and maybe Donald Trumpwould appoint a few good people and maybe a few good things might happen,” Walsh says.Walsh spoke with Radio Iowa by phone on Tuesday afternoon, offering as a closing argument that the reality of the Trump presidency shows Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief.“I really do believe that deep down most Republican voters feel that way,” Walsh said. “We’ve just got to get them to come out and say that publicly.”Walsh served one term in the U.S. House, representing a district that included some of the Chicago suburbs.last_img read more

Graham tells Iowa GOP impeachment inquiry is ‘a joke’ (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — A South Carolina senator who has become one of President Trump’s key allies told about 500 Iowa Republicans tonight that impeachment will backfire on Democrats.Lindsey Graham was the keynote speaker for the Iowa GOP’s annual fall fundraising dinner.“What’s going on in the House today is a joke,” Graham said. “…This is a war and it’s a war worth fighting, so here’s what I think: I think impeachment is going to blow up in their face,” Graham said, to cheers and applause, before adding this punch line: “And Trump told me: ‘I didn’t do no quid pro quo. I don’t even speak Latin.’”That was one of many Graham quips that drew laughter during his half-hour-long speech.“I promise you he did not collude with the Russians,” Graham said forcefully, drawing applause and a few whistles. “If you’re not colluding with your own goernment, why do you think you’re colluding with the Russian government. This is not the man’s strong suit. Disruption, yes. Collusion, no.”AUDIO PODCAST of Graham’s speech, 32:00Graham began by talking about his own rocky start with Trump, who Graham said was unlike any politicians of his lifetime.“Now, he’s a handful,” Graham said and many in the crowd laughed, then Graham continued. “I’d rather deal with him being a handful than them running my country, all right?”Graham urged Iowa farmers to “hang in there” as Trump negotiates with China and Graham promised that Trump — if given a second term — would work with Republican senators to “fill the court with conservatives as far as the eye can see.”Iowa’s two U.S. Senators also spoke at the event. Joni Ernst told the crowd about a recent conversation she had with Trump about the Renewable Fuels Standard.“He is really great to work with folks and I cannot overstate that enough,” Ernst said. “…This is the most accessible president we have ever had in United States history. God bless you, Donald J. Trump.”AUDIO PODCAST of Ernst’s remarks, 11:00Senator Chuck Grassley told the crowd Trump is following through on his 2016 campaign promises and that may reduce the cynacism among grassroots Americans.AUDIO PODCAST of Grassley’s remarks, 14:00Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann began the evening by blasting the Democrats who are running for president, especially those who have called for ending the Electoral College, which he said would make Iowa ‘”fly-over country” in future presidential races.last_img read more

Tuesday December 31st Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored a season-high 24 points, Jarrett Culver added 21 points and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves rallied past the Brooklyn Nets 122-115 in overtime. The Timberwolves had lost 12 of 13 and were again without injured Karl-Anthony Towns and ill Andrew Wiggins. Gorgui Dieng started in Towns’ place and had 11 points and 20 rebounds. It was Minnesota’s first home win since Nov. 13. Keita Bates-Diop added 15 points off the bench. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 36 points to lead the Nets, who have lost three straight. Joe Harris scored 19 points. IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says a challenging December schedule has his team prepared for a return to the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes are 10-3 and play Penn State on Saturday in Philadelphia.Iowa has been playing well despite season ending surgery for two starters.You can hear the Iowa-Penn State game on Saturday on AM-1300 KGLO with the pre-game starting at noon with tipoff scheduled for 1 o’clock. UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are mostly an afterthought in the playoffs this year within a top-heavy field. They’ll face the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round. The Saints are 13-3 for the best record for a No. 3 seed in eight years. Quarterback Drew Brees will present the biggest challenge as usual. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has no trouble encouraging his players to embrace the underdog mentality. He’s taking the team to the playoffs for a third time in six seasons. The Vikings finished 10-6 in 2019. TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Illinois — pre-game 1:45, tipoff 2:00 IOWA CITY — With the season over three Iowa juniors must decide whether to return or enter the NFL Draft. Defensive end A.J. Epenesa, offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Geno Stone are all getting feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Iowa coach Kirk FerentzFerentz says the NFL is doing a better job of evaluating younger players and early entry is not for everyone.Ferentz feels it is his job to get as much information as possible to his players.Iowa beat Southern Cal 49-24 in the Holiday Bowl back on Friday night. EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The 2nd-ranked NIACC women’s basketball team topped Sinclair Community College of Ohio 89-66 in the fifth-place game Monday at the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament.Freshman Sydney Wetlaufer scored a career-high 26 points, including eight 3-point goals, to lead NIACC (14-1 overall).Autam Mendez and Sierra Lynch both scored 15 points for the Lady Trojans. Sierra Morrow scored 12 points with five blocks and four rebounds.NIACC dropped its first-round game at the annual holiday tournament 65-59 to 13th-ranked Bryant & Stratton of Milwaukee. The Lady Trojans bounced back with a convincing 94-33 victory over Sauk Valley Community College of Dixon Illinois on Sunday in the consolation semifinals.NIACC returns to action January 8th at home against Little Priest Tribal College in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest. AMES — The Iowa State women outscored North Alabama 21-10 in the third quarter then held off a late rally for an 80-72 win in Ames.ISU coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones led by 16 points before being outscored 27-19 in the fourth quarter.Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with 22 points and added 16 rebounds.The Cyclones improve to 8-3 with the win and open Big 12 play on Friday night with a trip to Texas Techlast_img read more

Grassley backs plan to spend billions on coronavirus response

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he will support Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s plea to pass an immediate coronavirus spending bill to provide billions of dollars for a response.The U.S. House may vote on its version of the bill as soon as tomorrow. Grassley, a Republican, says action is needed right away.“It will be funded on an emergency basis,” Grassley says, “and it is very much needed to stay ahead of what we hope will not become a pandemic, at least not one within the United States.”It’s still unclear how much the response may cost. Where will the expected billions of dollars come from? Grassley says huge sums were appropriated several years ago when the Ebola virus spread across Africa.“Some people in the United States had Ebola and so we appropriated a lot of money at that time to stay on top of it,” Grassley says. “Half a billion dollars of that was not spent. That could be transferred to this bill to pay for part of it.”Grassley says the president and vice president are very involved in the coronavirus response, coordinating with multiple federal agencies.“They’re all working very closely with Congress to address this virus issue,” Grassley says. “Senator Ernst and I are also working closely with Governor Reynolds and state officials because there needs to be a great deal of cooperation between state and federal governments on this.”Some 90,000 coronavirus cases are confirmed in more than 60 countries worldwide with more than 3,000 dead.State health officials say five people in Iowa are being monitored for the virus, none with symptoms, while two others are being tested for COVID-19. As yet, no cases in Iowa are confirmed.last_img read more