Joe McKnight, Former NFL Running Back, Shot and Killed

Joe McKnight, a former NFL running back who also starred at the University of Southern California, was shot and killed in a road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday.

He was 28 years old.

Joe McKnight Picture

The fatal incident took place at 2:43 p.m., with many witnesses actually on the scene.

One of them told TMZ that McKnight tried to apologize to the other man involved in some kind of altercation, only for the man to pull out a gun and shoot him.

“I told you not to f-ck with men,” the shooter allegedly said to McKnight while standing over his body, prior to firing another shot into the ex-New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs player.

Police say they have apprehended a 54-year old suspect named Ronald Gasser.

He surrounded to authorities at the scene.

Cops also say McKnight was NOT armed at the time he was killed.

“At approximately 2:43 p.m. today we received a call of a shooting that occurred here at Holmes [Boulevard] and Behrman Highway (in Terrytown),” Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said via statement.

“Our officers arrived on the scene and immediately began giving CPR to an individual who was shot and lying on the ground, with EMS and others assisting at this location.

“The individual who was shot and ultimately expired has been identified as Joseph ‘Joe’ McKnight.”

Joe McKnight

Added Normand:

Mr. Gasser did, in fact, shoot Mr. McKnight. We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses. Mr. McKnight did not have a gun in his possession.

The tragic news has spread quickly around the sports world.

Those who played with McKnight or knew of him from Louisiana mourned the loss on social media:

mcknight tweets

McKnight was born in River Ridge, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, and starred at John Curtis Christian High School.

He was selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

“Joe McKnight was a loving father and a genuine, kind-hearted person,” the Jets said in a statement, adding:

“It is sad when life is taken in what appears to be such a senseless act of violence. Joe, you will be missed.”

McKnight – the second former NFL player to be killed in a road rage incident in 2016, following the shooting of Will Smith. played in the CFL this season, with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He was still listed on their active roster at the time of his murder.


View Slideshow: Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2016: Gone, But Not Forgotten

May Joe McKnight rest in peace.

 

“Caitlyn Jenner will attend a LGBT event adjacent to the GOP convention” links

wenn23599490

Caitlyn Jenner is going to Republican LGBT event adjacent to the Republican convention in Cleveland this month.

wenn24964625

13 Summer Shows That Will Keep You Nice and Pale

13 Summer Shows That Will Keep You Nice and Pale

The weather is heating up. The sun may be shining wherever you live. And the beach is likely calling your name.

But summer is no longer a slow period in the world of television.

The following TV shows are either debuting or returning over the next several weeks and we won't judge you if you close your curtains and settle on to your sofa when they do…

1. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the new black
The fourth season of this Netflix favorite starts streaming on June 17. So at least you can finish it all in one weekend and be free in time for July 4!

2. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty little liars
Not only is it coming back on June 21, but it’s coming back for what may be its final season. You do not want to miss any of the major reveals.

3. American Gothic

American gothic
This 13-part murder mystery limited event kicks off on CBS on June 22. We are so in.

4. Roadies

Roadies
The first TV show from Cameron Crowe premieres on Showtime on June 26.

5. Match Game

Match game
A reprisal of this iconic game show would be exciting enough. But it will be hosted by Alec Baldwi! Interesting. It also premieres on June 26.

6. Dead of Summer

Dead of summer
Created by the men behind Once Upon a Time, this Freeform drama is a horror-based series set at a 1980s summer camp. Premieres on June 28.

View Slideshow

(more…)

Debra Messing apologizes for gun safety selfie at time of UCLA shooting

Debra Messing apologizes for gun safety selfie at time of UCLA shooting

wenn23163231
Debra Messing is involved with the same charity for gun safety and awareness which Julianne Moore supports: Everytown for Gun Safety. The way Moore has explained it, Everytown has some very practical solutions to control access to guns, namely running background checks and closing the loopholes which exist for gun shows and online sales. Incidentally Obama issued an executive order earlier this year to accomplish this, but without the support of the legislative branch it will be hard to effect change. Hopefully we can see some of these changes under President Clinton. (Yes I’m an optimist on several fronts.)

Wednesday there was a tragic shooting at UCLA, which ended up being a murder suicide in which a man from Minnesota murdered his former engineering professor, William S. Klug. The latest in that terrible case is that the shooter also murdered his estranged wife in Minnesota before driving to Los Angeles, where he intended to kill Klug and another professor, who was not harmed. It was yet another senseless shooting which organizations like Everytown hope to prevent.

Messing was taking part in a pre-planned awareness day for gun safety, and so instead of putting it off or just tweeting support for the victims at UCLA, she decided to incorporate the shootings into her selfie, and the result was… not good. She posted a photo of herself in a gun control T-shirt and tweeted that she was watching the shooting on TV. (She’s since deleted the tweet but the NY Daily News had it.)

debramessing

Yes that came across as self absorbed. At least she didn’t use a bunch of hashtags though, props for that. Many people started calling her out for it and the good news is that she apologized. Here’s her apology. I would assume that someone else wrote it for her, judging by her tweets.

If that was the case why didn’t Messing just tweet a simple message that she was saddened by events at UCLA, that she hopes everyone is safe and her thoughts go out to the families and loved ones? Instead she made it about herself and it was tone deaf, but it does make sense in context.

Just before posting her full apology, Messing posted a series of tweets explaining herself, stating “The pix was being taken just AS the news broke. I thought the horrendous irony of the timing shown [sic] a brighter light in the crisis and need for all of us to do something together to make the US safer. Sorry if it was misconstrued and caused offense. That’s the last thing I want to do.

As far as celebrity apologies go, her full apology is a decent one. I wish celebrities wouldn’t use the “sorry you misunderstood/sorry you were offended” line. She should have just said “I messed up, this was dumb and I acted in the heat of the moment,” but she explained the circumstances and it wasn’t bad.

wenn23546397

wenn22947439

wenn23546393

photos credit: WENN.com

More at Cele Bitchy

George Zimmerman Sells Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin for Disgustingly Large Sum

George Zimmerman Sells Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin for Disgustingly Large Sum

Last week, it was widely reported that murderous professional Internet troll and sentient colon polyp George Zimmerman planned to auction off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin.

In a description he posted on the United Gun Group’s website, Zimmerman described the weapon as a “piece of American history” because that’s a normal way to view the gun used to kill a teenager – if, of course, you were born to bring evil into the world, a la Viggo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II.

Zimmerman opened the bidding at $5,000.

Proving that there’s still some good in the world, the auction quickly became so overwhelmed with fake bids that the UGG’s website crashed.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to halt the sale of the weapon, as the site continued to host the auction, just with a complex email verification process in place of its usual login.

It’s partially because of the increased security that we don’t know exactly how much the gun sold for, but TMZ is reporting that the auction netted Zimmerman a nauseating $120,000.

And what will he use the money for?

Well, if you know anything about Zimmerman, you won’t be surprised to learn that he’s donating the proceeds to legal groups that fight against the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Hillary Clinton Super PACs.

Clearly a man with no politically- or racially-charged axe to grind whatsoever.

And for those who don’t know much about Zimmerman, we recommend you take a gander at what he’s been up to in the years since his controversial murder trial.

Highlights include hitting his girlfriend with a wine bottle and initiating more unecessary gunplay because we imagine if you could see the world through George Zimmerman’s eyes, it would look like a first-person shooter game.

There are rumors that a famous figure (some say Kendrick Lamar) purchased the gun just to destroy it.

We’d like to believe that, but it seems too good to be true.

We hate to sound cynical, but sometimes in life, evil simply triumphs over good.

Case in point – George Zimmerman walks the streets as a free man.

(more…)

18 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Convicted Felons

Who knew Christian Slater was a convicted felon? And what exactly did 50 Cent to to get himself in trouble with the law?

From felony drug charges, weapons charges, and even assault, here’s a surprising list of celebrities who are also convicted felons.

1. Christian Slater

Christian slater
It’s hard to believe, but Christian Slater got into a LOT of trouble back in the day, including drunk driving, trying to board a plan with a concealed weapon in his luggage, and assaulting a police officer.

2. Stephen Fry

Stephen fry
Stephen Fry actually once spent three months in prison for credit card fraud. Who knew? He was only 17 at the time, but he made the bad decision of going on a spending spree with a family friend’s card. Whoops.

3. 50 Cent

50 cent
50 Cent got into major trouble when he tried to sell drugs to an undercover police officer. That was one of two times he was charged with felony drug possession.

4. Yasmin Bleeth

Yasmin bleeth
It’s true. The Baywatch babe was charged with felony drug possession in 2001. She was put on probation and sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

5. Mark Wahlberg

Mark wahlberg
Also known as “Marky Mark,” Mark Wahlberg was put in prison on charges of assault and attempted murder when he was younger. That all seems hard to believe now, doesn’t it?

6. Chris Brown

Chris brown
Okay, so maybe you did know about this one, but we still needed to include it. Chris Brown was convicted of felony assault, but managed to get a plea deal to keep himself out of prison.

(more…)

Making A Murder filmmakers: ‘the [national] media are demonizing this man’

Netflix’s controversial documentary series Making A Murderer continues to generate headlines and think pieces, most notably this excellent one from New Yorker magazine. At a panel discussing the series at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Sunday, film creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos addressed criticism that they painted a picture of Steven Avery that avoided mention of his violent past, including recently reported incidents of abuse against his ex-wife and ex-fiancee Jodi Stachowski, who told producers of Nancy Grace’s HLN show that he was a “monster”.

Ricciardi responded to the critics by saying, “I think what we’re seeing now is actually history repeating itself. It’s now on a national scale that the media are demonizing this man in order to prove his guilt. What we did was we documented the Halbach case as it was unfolding. Whatever [allegations against Avery] you’re referencing now never came into that process at all. So it wasn’t relevant to our process. We looked at the history here.” (more…)