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.

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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.”

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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:

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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.


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May Joe McKnight rest in peace.

 

Lamar Odom: Intervention Staged By Family! NBA Star Peaces Out in a Hurry!

Desperate to help any way that they can, Lamar Odom’s family staged an intervention in New York City Friday night, according to reports.

Suffice it to say, this did not go over well.

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In response to the former NBA star’s recent troubling behavior, his family decided to step in and try to get him the help he badly needs.

A source quoted by Us Weekly confirms that the mediation took place on Friday night with several of Odom’s close family members.

Lamar’s longtime partner Liza Morales, the two children she has with Lamar, his aunt JaNean Mercer, and several cousins were involved.

Good for them for stepping up, but … it didn’t take.

“Lamar was doing really bad and his family was going to stage an intervention on Friday,” the insider tells the celebrity news magazine.

According to a separate report from Extra, the retired L.A. Lakers baller “was extremely surprised” by this and quickly “left the location.” (more…)

22 Celebrities Who Died from an Overdose

22 Celebrities Who Died from an Overdose

It's both tragic and true:

Far too many celebrities have lost their lives to a drug overdose.

We send our best wishes to the loved ones of these late stars and we hope they are resting in peace…

1. Prince

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About six weeks after he passed away at home in Minnesota, it was confirmed that Prince died of an opiate overdose. Sad stuff.

2. Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston passed away from a cocaine overdose and drowning on February 11, 2012. The legendary singer was 49 years old.

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead by a friend on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014. The Oscar-winning star was 46 at the time and a medical examiner declared that Hoffman died from a mixture of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.

4. Peaches Geldof

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Peaches Geldof, 25, died in April 7 at her home in Wrotham, England. A few months later, a British coroner officially ruled that Geldof had died of a heroin overdose.

5. Lisa Robin Kelly

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Lisa Robin Kelly died in her sleep from multiple drug intoxification on August 14, 2013. She was 43 years old at the time.

6. Cory Monteith

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Rest in peace, Cory Monteith. The Glee star died from a mixture of heroin and champagne on July 13, 2013. The incident followed a night out with friends in Vancouver. He was 31.

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Muhammad Ali: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

Muhammad Ali: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

The most influential athlete of all-time has passed away.

On June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74.

A humanitarian and a boxing Hall of Famer, Ali was known and beloved for his outspoken opinions, unique vocabulary… and enormous heart.

Here is a look at how a large swath of celebrities reacted to his passing:

1. Gabrielle Union

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Rest in Peace and Eternal Glory #muhammadali Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

2. Peter Facinelli

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The Greatest of All Time.Rip #MuhammedAli.

3. Matt Lauer

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The Greatest is gone. @MuhammadAli changed the world as a fighter, humanitarian, teacher and force for peace and understanding. A champion.

4. Nick Lachey

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Not many people can claim the title of legend. #Ali was one!! Blessings to he and his family. His legacy will live forever. #champ.

5. Donald Trump

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Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!

6. Josh Gad

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In a year where many greats have passed, the greatest of all has just left us. Goodbye champ. Fly like a butterfly.

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Angelina Jolie will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics

Angelina Jolie will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics

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Angelina Jolie’s film career has been sidelined largely by her own choice for a while now, especially in the past year. After the terrible reviews of By the Sea, Angelina has spent months focusing on her humanitarian work. Brad is currently filming a movie with Marion Cotillard in England and all over Europe, and so Angelina and the kids have been calling London home for months. It’s been a good phase for Angelina, mostly because I think she really has just been focusing completely on humanitarian work. She’s set up a new advocacy partnership focusing on sexual crimes in conflict and war. She also gave an amazing speech at the BBC last week. And now this… Dame Saint Angelina is now Professor Dame Saint Angelina.

Angelina Jolie Pitt is taking her passion for women’s rights and gender equality to the classroom. The actress, 40, is set to join the London School of Economics as a visiting professor for the new masters course on women, peace and security for the 2016-2017 school year. As a visiting professor, Jolie Pitt will deliver guest lectures, participate in workshop and public events, and continue research on projects.

“I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s programme. I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement. “I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”

The course, which is the first of its kind internationally, was launched last year by Jolie Pitt and Britain’s former foreign secretary, William Hauge – who will also serve as a visiting professor.

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Ambassador Melanne Verveer said they, too, are looking forward to bringing the program to the stateside campus.

“I was pleased to meet with Angelina Jolie during my recent trip to London on ways we at Georgetown University can continue the collaboration between our sister programs on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Verveer. “We look forward to welcoming Angelina and former foreign secretary Hague to Georgetown in the future.”

[From People]

I would have loved to take a class with a Professor Jolie. The class seems tailored to her expertise too, and the LSE is also where Jolie and William Hague founded the Centre on Women, Peace and Security last year. My guess is that Jolie’s professorship will be part of the new center/program. Can you even imagine being a masters student and having Angelina Jolie walk into the classroom? Can you imagine having her as an adviser? Or participating in small workshops with her? Those students are so lucky.

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Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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Kelly Rutherford to Elle: ‘I hope that this story will be an example to others’


Kelly Rutherford is breaking her silence after losing custody of her children to her ex husband, Daniel Giersch, following a ruling this November in Monaco. She covers the Romanian edition of Elle, and judging from the quotes that have been released so far, Kelly throws some shade but only speaks in general terms about her custody battle. She makes it sound like an epic battle in which she’s serving as a martyr for the cause, which is how she’s framed it to the press for years. The fact is that she kidnapped her kids and made a series of moves attempting to cut her children’s father out of their lives before she finally lost custody. Here’s what she said:

“Children need both parents. You do not want to make them suffer. I hope that this story be an example to others. … Now, I want them to be happy, to know that they are loved. No matter how long it takes this, I want them to know the truth.”

In the Elle article, Rutherford recalls her own parents’ divorce and how she realized if her mother was happy, “everything was okay in the world.”

“I know that if I find my peace, they will benefit,” she says of Hermes and Helena. ” talk about love because I hope that is what will make them stronger. When all this is over, I hope that they will look back and have the impression that it was not as bad as it was, actually. I do not want them to feel everything. There are good people and generous and funny.”

Moving forward, Rutherford says she hopes to use her story to raise political awareness of cases like hers and continue to work with her advocacy organization, the Children’s Justice Campaign.

“Perhaps activists will increase because of this situation,” she says. “I hope that something good will come of it.”

 

Kelly now gets €3,000 a month to visit her kids and has been posting Instagram photos of her vacations in Switzerland, Italy and France. She’s probably making some cash selling her story too, but if she tries to write a book or a screenplay it’s likely that Giersch will shut that down fast.

Kelly has posted a bunch of vague quotes on Instagram which reference her situation. She’s probably still under gag order for her case but she’s going to say what she can to get us to talk about her.

@elleromania wearing @anilarjandas ring ❤️

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This is so beautiful…

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Rob Lowe decided to tweet some offensive ‘jokes’ during the Paris Attacks

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Friday evening, Paris was hit by multiple, coordinated terrorist attacks. Some of the attacks were suicide bombings, some of the attacks were strikes carried out by gunmen armed with automatic weapons. More than 120 people are dead and hundreds more are wounded. Here at Celebitchy, we tend to focus on the lighter, gossipy side of life, so I’ll just say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris and with the families affected by these tragic events.

In the coming days and weeks, I’m absolutely positive that the Paris Attacks will be affecting the celebrity/gossip/entertainment world. Within the first 24 hours following the attacks, tours, premieres and shows were already being canceled and I’m sure more cancelations will be coming. Celebrities around the world have tweeted and Instagrammed their thoughts and prayers for Paris and Parisians. I think that’s how it should be – in this age of celebrity and social media, it’s pretty easy to simply write a few words during a tragedy and mostly stay out of the way. The best thing any celebrity can do really is NOT make news during an international tragedy. Rob Lowe did not get that message.

Lowe was one of a handful of celebrities and political figures who decided to use the tragedy to make some kind of ham-fisted “point.” I’m not really sure what Lowe specifically was trying to say, but it’s just one of those situations where I have to think, “How dumb do you have to be to screw THIS up?” (more…)