Department of Homeland Security Prioritizes White Supremacy as a Threat: ‘Has No Place in the United States of America’
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan delivers remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations Sept. 23, 2019, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images)
The Department of Homeland Security has a very specific mission: to ensure the safety of the United States. That means implementing cybersecurity measures, protecting our borders from unlawful entry, and eliminating domestic threats like Arby’s. OK, maybe not eliminating Arby’s, but for the first time since its inception, its list of priorities includes an obvious threat that’s been wreaking havoc on black bodies for centuries: white supremacy.
According to the Washington Post, in a revised counterterrorism strategy unveiled on Friday, the DHS finally called a thing a thing during a speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington.
“The continuing menace of racially-based violent extremism, particularly white supremacist extremism, is an abhorrent affront to our nation, the struggle and unity of its diverse population, and the core values of both our society and our department,” Kevin McAleenan, acting Homeland Secretary, said.
He added that it “has no place in the United States of America, and it never will.”
There are those of us who would argue that America has been racist as hell since it’s inception, but McAleenan asserts that the DHS has “targeted violence” in its crosshairs. Targeted violence meaning incidents in which a racist-ass racist carries out a premeditated attack on a group or individual in order to satisfy their own hatred.
With mass shootings becoming a recurring theme in this country, we’ve seen hatred-fueled attacks on synagogues, black churches, and other public locations populated by marginalized groups. One such incident was the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which 22 people lost their lives.
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McAleenan revealed that six of the victims in that shooting were related to DHS employees.
“The majority of our El Paso team, working to protect our nation, uphold the rule of law, and care for vulnerable migrants arriving at our border is Hispanic,” he said, noting that recent mass shootings have “galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology.”
DHS has overhauled its strategy to “better analyze the nature and extent of the domestic terror threat and share information with local law enforcement to help prevent attacks,” according to NBC News. This also includes dissuading tech companies from hosting websites and content that provides a platform for radicalized hate and initiating counter-messaging campaigns to deter violence.
Essentially, the DHS is putting a premium on prevention methods and curtailing extremist messaging.
“This strategic framework is our formal recognition of the emerging threat of targeted violence in the United States,” McAleenan said. “At the same time, this framework is a vision—a vision for how our nation will respond to the evolving threats we face.”
U.S. Department of State Official Reveals Trump’s Muslim Ban Has Denied Over 30,000 People Entry Into the United States
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issued an immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The court issued a 5-4 ruling upholding the Trump administration’s policy imposing limits on travel from several primarily Muslim nations. Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images)
Thirty-thousand is a lot of damn people.
It’s the number of people who, according to a new report, have been denied entry into the United States thus far by Donald Trump’s travel ban.
CNN reports that it was Edward Ramotowski, deputy assistant secretary for Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, who spilled the beans. On Tuesday, he testified to the House Judiciary Committee that “there’s approximately 31,334 refusals up to Sept. 14, 2019.”
During a nearly three-hour House hearing, Democratic lawmakers slammed officials over the travel ban enacted by the Trump administration that primarily targets mostly Muslim-majority countries.
The travel restrictions, which were upheld by the Supreme Court last year, currently affect Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with Venezuela and North Korea. Chad was removed from the list last April, after the White House said the country improved security measures.
Remember that time that Trump demanded a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States? Those words came back to bite him when they were cited as justification for federal courts to reject the first two versions of his travel ban in 2017. Ultimately, a third version of the ban went into effect in December of that year, courtesy of the Supreme Court.
During his testimony, Ramotowski noted that some visa applicants may qualify for an exception or be eligible for a waiver from the State Department, but Democrats called bullshit on the travel ban being an effective way to protect American citizens.
“The Muslim ban has not made us safer,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said. “It has weakened our standing in the world and runs contrary to our country’s moral and philosophical foundation. The United States has always been, and must continue to be, a place that welcomes and embraces people of all religions and nationalities.”
If you want to make America safer, ban white men from owning assault rifles. Otherwise, let’s just call this travel ban what it is: legalized xenophobia.
If you grew up during the ’80s when The Dukes of Hazzard ruled the TV airwaves, then you’re probably familiar with the opening lines from its Waylon Jennings-penned theme song: “Just’a good ol’ boys, Never meaning no harm …”
And that, in a nutshell, is the excuse being offered up by a Michigan cop fired after the discovery in his home of an extensive collection of haute racist memorabilia, including a framed application to join the Ku Klux Klan: “I just love The Dukes of Hazzard.”
According to the New York Daily News, the admissions concerning The Dukes of Hazzard are included in a 421-page report prepared by the city of Muskegon Mich., in its investigation of now-fired city Police Officer Charles Anderson.
Anderson’s collection of KKK and Confederate memorabilia came to investigators’ attention in August when a man named Robert Mathis, who happens to be black, toured Anderson’s home while house-hunting.
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The city’s report reveals that Anderson told investigators that his love of artifacts related to the treacherous Confederacy and one of the nation’s first terrorist groups, the KKK, was completely tied to his fandom of the fictional, fast-driving, fun-loving Bo and Luke Duke of Hazzard fame.
“I have a very, very large collection of The Dukes of Hazzard,” Anderson told investigators, the News reports. “I have gone to their meets. They call it a Duke’s Fest. It’s where you go Down South and you meet in a state, all Dukes of Hazzard fans get together.”
“I love The Dukes of Hazzard. That’s the reason for the Confederate flags,” he continued. “They mean nothing other than it was just part of that collection.”
Mathis, who was house-hunting with his wife, Reyna, when he came upon Anderson’s display, was unnerved, telling investigators, as the News reports, that
he felt obligated to report Anderson after stumbling upon his unsettling decor.
“I feel sick to my stomach knowing that I walk to the home of one of the most racist people in Muskegon hiding behind his uniform and possibly harassing people of color and different nationalities,” he wrote.
In addition, despite Anderson’s professed love for the Dukes notwithstanding, an admission he made regarding the KKK application was perhaps more troubling.
Anderson, according to the News, denied ever wanting to take a cigarette and poke out two eye holes in an old bedsheet, or to stan for same, but he did tell investigators:
“It’s our heritage,” he said of the application which he purchased for $20 or $30. “I mean it occurred, good or bad and it’s part of history.”
Eh. Would anyone think it cool if a German officer of the law kept Nazi applications as keepsakes? Because. Heritage?
So, maybe we need to keep The Dukes of Hazzard out of this. I watched that show religiously as a kid (hey, it was the ’80s; don’t judge), and while their car was named the General Lee, at least I never saw Bo, Luke, Daisy or Uncle Jesse wearing a white hood.
Muslim Passengers Say American Airlines Flight Was Cancelled, FBI Called, Because Man Flushed Toilet Twice
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Two Muslim men are asking the Department of Transportation to investigate American Airlines and regional carrier Mesa Airlines after crew members on a Dallas-bound flight called the FBI on them.
The offense? According to Issam Abdallah, one of the men accusing the airlines of discrimination, crew members became suspicious of him after he “went to the restroom…and flushed twice.”
You read that right, Adbullah had the FBI sicced on him over a courtesy flush.
As Newsweek reports, Abdallah and Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh held a news conference last week about what happened on the Sept. 14 flight which departed from Birmingham, Ala. Both men are members of the city’s local Muslim community and were acquainted with each other, but were traveling separately at the time.
After the pair greeted each other on the plane, crew members announced to the cabin that the flight had been delayed. Abdallah used the restroom during the delay, only to walk out and find a flight attendant standing by the door “like she was eavesdropping.”
Afterward, passengers were informed the flight was canceled and they were to board another plane. As Abdallah and Alkhawaldeh disembarked with the rest of the cabin, FBI agents approached the two men, taking Abdallah to a private room to question him.
During the interview, the FBI agent revealed crew members had alerted law enforcement because they were “not comfortable flying” with him or Alkhawaldeh on board.
“The flight attendant reported that he went to the restroom and flushed the toilet twice,” Alkhawaldeh told CBS Dallas—Fort Worth. “The last time I know, flushing is allowed in this country.”
“It was the most humiliating day of my life,” said Abdallah at a Council for American-Islamic Relations-organized news conference. He added that he felt discriminated against for both his ethnicity and his religion.
American Airlines told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the flight was canceled “due to concerns raised by a crew member and a passenger” and was investigating the incident. The airline is no stranger to discrimination accusations, drawing an unprecedented travel warning from the NAACP in 2017 after a series of high-profile incidents affecting black passengers. The organization lifted the ban in 2018.
American Airlines said it reached out to Alkhawaldeh and Abdallah to “better understand their experience.”
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Orlando Police have fired Officer Dennis Turner for violating department policy when he arrested two six-year-old children last week. But while Turner’s termination came swiftly (and amid widespread backlash), new light is being cast on the officer’s record of misconduct, including a previous charge of child abuse.
Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón expressed remorse for Turner’s recent actions as he addressed reporters at a Monday press conference announcing Turner’s firing, the Washington Post reports.
“On behalf of myself and the entire Orlando Police Department, I apologize to the children involved and their families,” Rolón said. “As a grandfather of three children less than 11 years old, I can only imagine how traumatic this was for everyone involved.”
Rolón said Turner broke department policy by not getting approval from a supervisor before arresting a minor younger than 12.
Backlash spread after news of one six-year-old’s arrest circulated online. As the girl’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland told WKMG-TV, the first-grader was arrested after kicking a school staff member who attempted to calm her down while she was throwing a tantrum. Turner arrested the child, who was then taken to a juvenile detention center, where she was fingerprinted and photographed.
Kirkland said she tried to reason with Turner.
“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, and he says, ‘What medical condition?’” Kirkland recounted to WKMG. “‘She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that.’”
Turner arrested and charged second six-year-old—a boy—with battery on the same day, though little is known about the circumstances of that incident. Police initially incorrectly identified the boy as an eight-year-old.
“I was sick to my stomach when I heard this,” Rolón said, noting that an internal investigation into the arrests was still underway. “We were all appalled. We could not fathom the idea of a six-year-old being put in the back of a police car.”
News of Turner’s arrests also cast the spotlight on the officer’s former record as an Orlando police officer. A veteran officer, Turner was previously reprimanded for excessive force. In a 2015 incident, Turner reportedly Tasered a man five times, including twice when the man was on the floor and not resisting. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was the sole case out of at least 12 excessive force complaints on the force that year in which an officer wasn’t cleared.
In 1998, Turner was also charged with child abuse for beating his then 7-year-old child, according to the Sentinel. About five years later, Turner was involved in an altercation involving his ex-wife’s husband.
Turner reportedly told the man he was off-duty and could hurt him “and they couldn’t do anything to me,” the Sentinel writes.
Turner’s background raises an obvious question: how was an officer, previously reprimanded for excessive force and charged with child abuse, trusted with policing a school?
The Orlando PD’s decision came hours after State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not prosecute the misdemeanor battery charges filed against the two Lucius and Emma Nixon Academy students.
“I refuse to knowingly play any role in the school-to-prison pipeline at any age,” Ayala said on Monday. “These very young children are to be protected, nurtured and disciplined in a manner that does not rely on the criminal justice system to do it.”
Representatives from the Orange County charter school also reached out to The Root to clarify the school’s involvement in the arrests.
“Officer Turner’s decision to arrest two of our students was done despite the Principal’s request not to do so,” Shawn Arnold, an attorney representing Lucius and Emma Nixon Academy, told The Root.
“We fully support the Orlando Police Department’s decision to replace Officer Turner who was previously stationed on campus, with another law enforcement officer as mandated by state statute,” Arnold added.
Pennsylvania State Police, investigating one of their own for allegations of racial bias, have (surprise!) cleared themselves of any wrongdoing.
The incident in question took place on July 8, when two white state troopers pulled over Rodney Gillespie’s car after he briefly crossed over the center lines of a narrow, winding two-lane road.
After state police turned on their lights, Gillespie drove one more minute down the road before turning into the driveway of his home. The reason, Gillespie told police at the time, and to BuzzFeed News later, was because he feared what pulling over on an unlit road with no passersby would beget.
“I knew my house was lit with lights,” Gillespie told BuzzFeed News last week. “What other place do you think is safer than your house?”
Dashcam footage of the event released by police last Friday shows trooper Christopher S. Johnson, a recent police academy grad, barking at Gillespie to get out of the car. He questioned the 52-year-old pharmaceutical executive about why he hadn’t pulled over sooner.
“This is a small street, I didn’t want to get killed,” he responds. When Johnson says the officers’ hearts were racing because Gillespie had continued driving, he continues, “you all kill black people, I didn’t want to get killed.”
“You want to know how to get hurt? Not stopping for police. You’re running,” Johnson replies. When Gillespie explains that he was “just scared,” Johnson takes offense.
“Listen, one of my best friends, that’s a trooper that works with me, is black. I don’t want to hear that black nonsense,” the trooper says.
The two officers end up handcuffing Gillespie for several minutes before giving him a traffic ticket.
While Pennsylvania State Police found troopers “could have more effectively deescalated the situation” once Gillespie had pulled over, the agency found the complaint of bias-based profiling “was not sustained,” according to a statement released last Friday. State police also pointed out that the officers’ microphones were turned off at several points during the incident—a violation of police protocol.
Watching video of the incident, Gillespie pointed out to BuzzFeed News two noteworthy statements officers made that were not picked up by their microphones:
The first was that police said they followed him when he passed their car because of recent break-ins. The second was that officers asked him who his “girlfriends” were, referring to his wife Angela and his 17-year-old daughter Jaida, who was sleeping in the back seat (his elder daughter Jasmyn, 22, was not in the car).
“As an African-American, as a man, trying to take care of his family, I felt like there was a little bit of … [police officers] trying to egg me on, emasculating me, right in front of my family,” Gillespie said. In a separate interview with ABC following the agency’s decision, Gillespie said he plans on suing the state police to force changes through.
“This has never been about me. It’s about making sure it doesn’t happen to others,” Gillespie said.
A recent Philadelphia Inquirer investigation found Pennsylvania state police officers—92 percent of whom are white—had received 32 complains of racial bias since 2016. The department has cleared every single officer in that time of any wrongdoing.
Kenesha Antoine never got to tell the love of her life her answer. After an underwater proposal from her boyfriend went awry, Antoine is now mourning the loss of the man she had called her “angel” and “soul.”
She and her boyfriend, Steven Webber, were vacationing in Tanzania when Webber attempted the daring proposal. As Antoine wrote in a Facebook post published last Friday, Weber went all out: The pair had been staying at an underwater cabin on Pemba Island. On the third day of their vacation, Webber, donning goggles and flippers, swam up to the cabin window to deliver an important message to Antoine.
“I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you,” the paper read. “But…everything I love about you, I love more every day!”
Antoine giggled as she recorded Webber, who flipped the paper over and pressed it against the window.
“Will you marry me?” the paper read. Webber fished into his trunks to pull out an engagement ring, then swam up toward the surface of the water.
The proposal was the last she saw of him.
Not long after he swam up, the BBC reports, staff at the Manta Hotel, where the couple was staying, were alerted to a “problem in the water.” The hotel confirmed Webber’s death over the weekend and the CEO of Manta Resort, Matthew Sau, told the BBC that “everyone is shaken to the core.”
The circumstances of Webber’s death, which authorities in Zanzibar are currently investigating, are still unclear. Webber’s sister, Mandy Hoffman, told CNN, “We know he drowned but we don’t know the circumstances surrounding that.”
“He dove down to propose but never came up,” she added. According to Hoffman, the family hadn’t spoken with local investigators as of Sunday.
Antoine’s video of Webber’s proposal appears to be the last images taken of him while he was alive. In her tribute to him, Antoine channeled his humor.
“Knowing him, always quick with an off-color joke, he’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra,” she wrote.
She also said she would take solace in their last days together and in the “bucket list [experiences]” they shared.
“We both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together,” she wrote, pledging to “carry the blessing of the love we shared” with her forever.
“I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next…I love you so much, and I always will.”
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Cooperative Witness Crew Includes His Driver, Who Reportedly Testified Following ICE Arrest
Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, leaves after his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 on August 22, 2018, in Houston.Photo: Bob Levey (Getty Images)
“Tattle Tale Tekashi and the Chamber of Snitches” continues with yet another thickened plot. This time, it involves his driver.
According to Complex (who obtained court records via Inner City Press), the federal court proceedings where Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) is a key witness are moving forward this week and one particular component sticks out—his driver, Jorge Rivera, reportedly became a confidential informant after he was arrested by ICE officials.
“Mr. Rivera, when you were released [from ICE custody], did you start driving for Mr. Hernandez again?” the AUSA (Assistant U.S. Attorney) asked.
“Yes,” Rivera responded.
Late last week, Tekashi gave an emotional testimony in relation to an alleged kidnapping involving his former friends Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack. Tekashi also alleges the two men are members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
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Footage was released of the carjacking related to the alleged kidnapping. Rivera confirmed he had cameras installed in his car, which he noted is typical as an owner of a car service.
“I knew I was going to become a target,” Tekashi testified on Thursday. “I knew they were going to try and hurt me.”
To that point, it looks like witness protection is in the cards for the 23-year-old infamously rainbow-haired rapper.
As the New York Times recently reported:
Prosecutors have indicated he could enter the witness protection program.
Such a path would not be unprecedented. The government has successfully relocated and protected high-profile witnesses in the past; mobsters have started over as bakery owners, and reformed assassins have found new careers as doll salesmen, two former federal law enforcement officials said.
“Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is,” said Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I. official who worked on organized crime cases.
There is almost nothing in Mr. Hernandez’s background that suggests a capacity for discretion, and it is unlikely the United States Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, would pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez’s signature face tattoos.
Florida Officer Under Investigation for Arresting and Charging 6-Year-Old Girl for Throwing a Tantrum
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A school resource officer has been suspended after arresting and charging a 6-year-old Orlando girl for throwing a tantrum in school.
Kaia Rolle, a student at the Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy charter school in Orange County, threw a tantrum in class last Thursday because her sleep apnea prevented her from sleeping well the night before, her grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, told WKMG-TV. The girl was sent out of class to talk to school administrators, Kaia’s grandmother said. When a staff member grabbed Kaia’s wrists, the little girl kicked back.
In other words, Kaia acted like a child.
But the routine reaction was enough for school resource officer Dennis Turner to charge and arrest Kaia and charge her with battery. She was taken to a juvenile detention center, fingerprinted and photographed.
Kirkland attempted to talk down Turner after hearing about her granddaughter’s punishment.
“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved, and he says, ‘What medical condition?’” Kirkland recounted to WKMG. “‘She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don’t behave like that.’”
Turner is now being investigated by the Orlando Police Department for his actions that day, which included arresting another 8-year-old girl in a separate incident, reports the Washington Post:
Turner is accused of not following the department’s policy regarding juvenile arrests and has been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said in a statement to The Washington Post. According to the policy, any arrests of minors under the age of 12 needs approval from a supervisor, which police say Turner did not obtain.
Both children were charged with misdemeanors.
As the Post reports, Turner is a retired Orlando PD officer who was previously reprimanded for excessive force. In a 2015 incident, Turner reportedly Tasered a man five times, including twice when the man on the floor and was not resisting. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was the sole case out of at least 12 excessive force complaints on the force that year in which an officer wasn’t cleared.
Turner is currently assigned to the Reserve Officer Program, comprising mostly retired officers, writes the Post.
Kirkland was visibly emotional as she described her granddaughter’s traumatic experience.
“No 6-year-old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot,” Kirkland said.
As she sat on the couch talking to WKMG reporters, the first-grader tried to comfort her grandmother.
“I felt sad that my grandmother is sad,” she said, curled up on her grandmother’s chest.
Despite the outcry against Turner’s arrests—including calls for him to be fired—WKMG reports that Kaia still has an upcoming court date.
Antonio Brown playing for the New England Patriots in a game against the Miami Dolphins Sept 15, 2019Photo: Michael Reaves (Getty)
To coin terminology from another sport, looks like it was three strikes and Antonio Brown was out. The embattled wide receiver got cut by the New England Patriots Friday days after being accused of sexual misconduct by two women, including one who also said he sent her threatening text messages after her story was reported.
The Patriots, who had signed Brown to the team less than two weeks ago, said in a statement, according to ESPN:
“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
Brown, in a tweet, thanked the Patriots “for the opportunity.”
Brown got the boot days after Britney Taylor, who once worked as his trainer, appeared at NFL headquarters on Monday to discuss details regarding the explosive civil suit she filed against him Sept. 10, a day after he was signed to the Patriots.
In her lawsuit, Taylor alleged Brown “forcibly” raped her in May 2018, as well as made unwanted sexual advances on two earlier occasions.
On the same day Taylor spoke with the NFL, Brown faced accusations from a second woman. This time, an artist he had hired in 2017 to paint murals in his Pennsylvania home, said that he’d made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was working for him, and then fired her after she rebuffed him.
Then, just two days after Sports Illustrated broke her story, the artist, who’s requested anonymity, accused Brown anew, saying that on Wednesday night, she received what she considered to be threatening text messages from him, messages that referenced both herself and her children.
The woman previously told SI that Brown had hired her two years ago to paint a mural of him in his home but “ghosted” her after she ignored his advance. On Wednesday night, the woman says, she received a group text message that appeared to come from the same phone number Brown provided to her in 2017. The text chain, with four other phone numbers on it, included photos of her and her children, with the person she believes is Brown encouraging others in the group to investigate the woman. The texter accused the artist of fabricating her account of the 2017 incident for cash. (In her letter to the league, the woman’s attorney repeated that the artist is not seeking remuneration from Brown in connection with the alleged incident.)
From that point, things moved swiftly, SI reports, with the woman’s lawyer sending a letter to the NFL demanding that it take action against Brown:
On Thursday evening, Lisa J. Banks, a lawyer for the artist, sent a letter to the NFL seeking an end to what she termed conduct by Brown that is “intimidating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”
“Our client … is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her,” the lawyer wrote. “While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.”
Sports Illustrated, citing a source, reports, “the NFL responded to the letter within the hour, arranging for a phone call between investigators and the attorneys for the artist.”
The next day, Friday, the Patriots parted ways with Brown.
Brown, through his lawyer, Darren Heitner, has denied all the allegations made by Taylor, his former trainer.
Regarding the artist’s allegations of being threatened by Brown, Sports Illustrated sent a text to the number purported to be Brown’s seeking comment and reports it got the following response: “foh clown”—translation, “get the fuck outta here clown.”
In addition, when asked about the artist’s allegations against his client, Brown’s lawyer Heitner—whom Sports Illustrated reports was included in what was a group text message to the woman—would only say that “he had not advised Brown to communicate with the woman. He otherwise declined comment.”