Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his home Monday morning. Authorities believe it was a suspected suicide.
According to the statement given by Marin County Sheriff’s Department, Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said that the investigation into his death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
A representative for Williams said that the actor had recently been battling severe depression. He went back to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety, alcohol was an issue for him. Williams also struggled with cocaine abuse in the early ‘80s, he was sober for 20 years; with the exception of time in rehab during 2006.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” said Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.”
Williams was 63 years old.
As rap star Drake made comments about NBA MVP Kevin Durant during his OVO Fest last weekend, the Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for being in violation of anti-tampering rules.
As the official global ambassador for the Raptors, Drake asked the crowd at the concert how they would react if Durant- who is set to become a free agent in 2016- were to play for Toronto. Durant was in town for the concert weekend.
An NBA executive claims in an ESPN report that Durant was a target of what the league calls a public recruiting pitch by the rapper.
“My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said to his fans. “I just want him to see what would happen if he were to come play in Toronto.” The fans went crazy and responded with a thundering “K-D!” chant.
The Raptors, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are considered contenders for Durant.
Do you think it was right for the Raptors to be fined? Or should Drake be the one to pay?
ScHoolboy Q and Footaction’s “Own The Summer” campaign has given fans an opportunity to be immortalized in a new visual for his hit single, “Man of the Year,” by one Vine submission at a time.
“A lot of people liked it,” ScHoolboy said as he talked about the initial fun-filled video for his Oxymoron single; “some people wanted to be a part of it, because it was a fun video,” he continued.
With only a week left for Vine and Instagram submissions, ScHoolboy Q chooses his favorite ones and informs fans to tune-in mid-August to see if they made it into the final mix video of his hit song ‘Man of the Year’.
What do you think about the campaign? Is it a good idea for him to involve his fans? Also, if you want the opportunity to be starred in the latest video, make sure that you hashtag your videos and photos with #OwnTheSummer.
As the Spurs named Becky Hammon as an assistant coach on August 5th, 2014; she earns the opportunity to be the first female with a “real coaching” role in NBA history.
NBA fans claim that hiring Hammon could be catastrophic, but Gregg Popovich (head coach for the Spurs) claims that he had no interest in hiring her to make history.
“Pop told me, early on, ‘As cool as it would be to hire you, you have to be qualified, and I have to make sure you’re qualified,’” Hammon said. “It could be catastrophic if I wasn’t qualified, and then it sets the whole thing back.”
In spite of all the efforts Popovich has made to make hiring Hammon seem normal, there is no way around how significant the opportunity is for her.
“Obviously, the (historic first) is great, and it’s a tremendous honor, but I think the bigger point is I’m getting hired because I am capable, because of my basketball IQ and stuff that they’ve seen in me personally.” added Hammon.
With 16 seasons in the WNBA, Hammon is in the final season of her WNBA career. The last eight seasons were spent in San Antonio, where she has had the opportunity to be around Popovich and the Spurs.
“I know I’m just thrilled for the opportunity to coach these unbelievable athletes and, from what I’ve known, unbelievable people,” stated Hammon.
What do you think about this opportunity? Will Hammon be able to excel in the job she was hired for? Or should the NBA stick to male coaches? What is your opinion?
Making fun of people on social media may be entertaining. People tend to post things to get the audience’s attention and they do it for likes rather than care about what someone might think or if someone may be affected by these posts, in this case, Waka Flocka Flame, Trey Burke and Shaquile O’Neal; were just a few of a handful of celebrities that were named in a lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Jahmel Binion.
A couple of months ago, these celebrities all posted and made fun of a photo of Binion, who suffers from hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia –which is a disease that causes missing teeth and facial deformities—on Instagram and Twitter.
According to Malcom Daily, the lawsuit states that, “The defendants’ communications clearly implied that the plaintiff was an appropriate object of mockery, ridicule and shame [and] had the effect of lowering the plaintiff’s reputation in the eyes of those who respected the views and opinion of the defendants.”
The sarcasm began when Shaq posted a side-by-side photo of himself and Binion (who was toothless) with a caption that said, “Smile today.” Shortly after, Waka Flocka and Burke posted pictures of their own.
Shortly after the photos were posted all three of them reached out to Binion and apologized for their actions. Later on, Binion revealed to the Macomb Daily that he felt the apologies weren’t sincere.
“When they said sorry, I felt like they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people,’” stated Binion. “Even though I accept their apology, I still hope that they donate to my cause or other organizations that connect with ectodermal dysplasia.”
Binion is supposedly suing for insult, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and finally, general negligence.
What is your opinion? Do you believe that the apologies were sincere or that they were just a way to release the pressure from the celebrities?
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