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George Russell eager for Lewis Hamilton Mercedes shot to test himself against F1’s GOAT

George Russell has praised Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as “the greatest driver” of all time and says he relishes the prospect of racing wheel to wheel with the seven-time world champion if he’s in a more competitive car next season.

Hamilton confirmed he’d be staying at Mercedes for a further two years during the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago, as Max Verstappen extended his lead by 32 points with victory at the Red Bull Ring.

Russell, meanwhile, is still waiting to hear more on his future with the seven-time world champions, after boss Toto Wolff refused to rule out the Briton as an option alongside Hamilton for 2022, replacing Valtteri Bottas.

However, the 23-year-old, who is a free agent come the end of the year, admitted it would be a difficult task to measure himself up against a driver like Hamilton, were he in a more competitive car than the Williams next season.

“It’s always difficult to compare against guys in different teams, as we know, the cars are so dominant,” Russell exclusively told Express Sport.

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“Obviously, the drivers are so important, but the cars are the biggest factor in terms of performance at the moment, and hopefully next year, all of the teams, all the cars will be much closer together, I guess it’s all relative, really.

“Lewis is still going to be on the top of his game, and is still doing an excellent job.

“Everybody knows also how Red Bull have a fantastic car at the moment.

“You want to be racing against the best drivers in the world, and that’s what makes Formula One what it is.

“And Lewis is without a doubt, you know, obviously probably the greatest of all time and still is going incredibly strong.

“If Lewis wasn’t on the grid, we’d be missing out on one of the best drivers of it. So it’s just great to have him stay in for another couple of years.”

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Russell impressed on his debut for Mercedes last season, as he stepped in for Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix after the seven-time world champion contracted COVID-19 ahead of the race.

The Mercedes junior driver very nearly won the race ahead of Bottas at the time, were it not for a poor pitstop from the team and a puncture, which left the Briton down in P9 come the chequered flag.

“I guess for me first, I just want the opportunity to be fighting in front of the grid and show what I can do,” Russell added, speaking to Express Sport.

“It’s been obviously tough, being at the back of the grid for the past couple of years and working my socks off with the Williams team to try and push the team forward.

“Obviously, I’m here to win and I want to win.

“So I just want to give myself the best possible chance to do that next year.”

The British Grand Prix gets underway at 3pm on Sunday, with the all-new Sprint qualifying taking place at 6pm on Saturday.

The results from the 17-lap race on Saturday will determine the grid ahead of the main event at Silverstone.

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Jacob Zuma turns himself in to South African police

Jacob Zuma, former South African president, turned himself in to police on Wednesday to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the post-apartheid country’s ability to enforce the rule of law.

Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba confirmed in a statement that Zuma, who was president from 2009 – 2018, was in police custody, in compliance with last week’s Constitutional Court ruling.

The court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison for defying an order in February to give evidence at an inquiry examining corruption during the nine years that he was president. The inquiry is led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Police had signalled they would arrest Zuma by the end of Wednesday if he failed to appear at a police station. Hundreds of his supporters, some of them armed with guns, spears and shields, had gathered nearby at his rural homestead in Nkandla, eastern South Africa, to try to prevent his arrest.

But in the end, the 79-year-old Zuma decided to go quietly.

A convoy of cars believed to be carrying Zuma drove out of his homestead at high speed about 40 minutes before the cut-off time for him to give himself up.

“Please be advised that (ex) President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order,” his foundation tweeted, marking the first time Zuma’s camp had shown any willingness to cooperate with the court.

“He is on his way to hand himself into a Correctional Services Facility in KZN,” it added, just minutes before the deadline expired.

A convoy, believed to be carrying former South African President Jacob Zuma, left his Nkandla home shortly before midnight on July 7 [AFP]

It is a remarkable fall for a revered veteran of the African National Congress, who was jailed by South Africa’s white minority rulers for his part in its struggle to make everyone equal before the law.

Zuma’s daughter Dudu Zuma-Sambudla tweeted that he was “en route and he is still in high spirits”.

“He said that he hopes they still have his same overalls from Robben Island … We salute dad!” she wrote on Twitter.

Zuma has denied that there was widespread corruption during his years in power and struck a defiant note on Sunday, lashing out at the judges and launching legal challenges to his arrest.

His lawyers asked the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to suspend its order to the police to arrest him by midnight, pending the outcome of his challenge against a jail sentence.

Zuma was forced out of office in 2018 and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa after a nine-year tenure stained by corruption scandals and the taint of cronyism.

Critics nicknamed him the “Teflon president” for his perceived ability to sidestep justice.

The Zondo Commission is examining allegations that he allowed three Indian-born businessmen, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, to plunder state resources and traffic influence over government policy. He and the Gupta brothers, who fled to Dubai after Zuma stepped aside, deny any wrongdoing.

Zuma also faces a separate court case relating to a $ 2bn arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president. He has denied the charges. The former president maintains that he is the victim of a political witch-hunt and that Zondo is biased against him.

People rallied outside Zuma’s home in Nkandla in eastern South Africa to show their support for the former president [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

Despite his tarnished reputation, the former president carries substantial weight among officials and grassroots members of the ANC.

During the weekend, he told his supporters that there would be chaos if police “dared” arrest him.

The former herdboy was the ANC’s intelligence chief during the armed struggle against apartheid.

Despite its internal tensions, the ANC said it would not interfere with the judicial process.

Party spokesman Pule Made told reporters earlier that “we respect the independence of the judiciary.”

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Barnier drops major French election hint as he compares himself to President Joe Biden

The former EU Brexit negotiator said he “recognises” himself in the US leader and his ambitious promises to his country. Mr Barnier, who is rumoured to be considering running to replace French President Emmanuel Macron in the 2022 elections, made the comments on French TV France Info.

He said: “I’m not as well known.

“It’s quite an achievement at my age to be someone new.

“Joe Biden wasn’t as well-known as others.

“We can’t compare, but I can recognise myself in his perseverance, his tenacity, which I know as a mountaineer, and in this requirement that both France and the US demand of making promises, but also taking action.”

Since stepping down as head of the Brexit Task Force, Mr Barnier has written a book about the protracted and fraught talks between the EU and the UK.

Billed as a “secret Brexit diary”, the 500-paged ‘La Grande Illusion’ gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the negotiations that led to a trade deal last Christmas.

The 70-year-old ex-EU commissioner has also hinted at a political career post-Brexit, declaring that he would be an “actor in this presidential debate.”

It is thought that Mr Barnier is seeking the endorsement of the centre-right Republican Party to run as a presidential candidate in next year’s elections.

His book ends with a diagnosis of his country and a promise to “start from” his homeland in a bid to repair the EU.

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“The problems of immigration are not moderate.”

He added: “I say as the political man that I am to look at the problems as there are, as the French live it, and to find solutions.

“I think we must take the time of three to five years to suspend immigration.”

But he clarified how he was not “talking about students, not talking about refugees.”

Mr Barnier stressed the importance of treating people seeking asylum and help on Europe’s shores “with humanity, with rigour.”

The Frenchman added: “But we must discuss with our neighbours the Schengen question, that we must apply border checks.

“That we have to be more rigorous.”

The proposal was branded “racist” and “Trumpian” by former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Mr Varoufakis blasted: “Michel Barnier is running for President.

“How do we know? He just played the hidden racism card, endorsing a Trumpian suspension of all migration into the EU.

“The inevitable slide of the extreme centre to xenophobic extremism.”

French people will head to the polls next year.

President Emmanuel Macron is expected to lock horns with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the last round of the elections.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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5 Police Officers Are Fired After a Man in Custody Hangs Himself

Five police officers in Savannah, Ga., have been fired after a Black man hanged himself while in custody in April, a death that three of them mocked in a text message exchange that contained a crude GIF, officials said this week.

The officers’ dismissal was announced by the Savannah Police Department on Monday. That same day the city’s police chief and mayor met with the family of William Harvey, who officers said hanged himself with his shoelaces on April 3 after officers questioned him at police headquarters as part of an investigation into an aggravated assault.

Mr. Harvey, 60, was found unresponsive in an interview room where he had been left alone. His death was ruled a suicide by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

But his family has faulted the police over the actions of officers leading up to and after his death. They said the police had neglected the warning signs that Mr. Harvey had been in distress, failed to activate all of the cameras that were in the room and later made light of the tragedy in a group text message exchange.

Roy W. Minter Jr., the Savannah police chief, said at a media briefing on Tuesday that Mr. Harvey’s death could have been prevented if not for missteps of officers.

“I don’t think any of these officers had any malicious intent in what they did, but they made some poor decisions and didn’t follow department policy and procedure,” Chief Minter said.

The punishment of the officers, who have not been charged with any crimes, came as police departments across the nation are facing intense scrutiny over misconduct and complaints of institutional racism after the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis.

“When you’re in the care custody of the police, you should be able to enter an interrogation room and emerge alive,” Francys Johnson, a lawyer for the Harvey family, said at a news conference on Monday.

Mr. Harvey’s relatives said they would not rest until there was full transparency about what happened in the interview room and until justice was served.

“We’re not going to stop until we get all our questions answered,” Mr. Harvey’s son Michael Harvey said at the news conference. “Because we just want to know the truth.”

Two of the officers — Cpl. Silver Leuschner and Sgt. Michael Kerr — were fired over their response to the situation, the Savannah Police Department said. A third officer was suspended.

Officials said that Ms. Leuschner had breached the department’s conduct policy and had failed to turn on cameras during the encounter. They said that Mr. Kerr had breached his responsibilities as a supervisor. The officials did not elaborate.

Ms. Leuschner said in an email on Tuesday night that at the time of Mr. Harvey’s death she was 15 minutes from headquarters at a hospital checking on a victim and that Mr. Kerr was also not in the building. She said that two patrol officers who had been sitting outside the interview room for 40 minutes and did not check on Mr. Harvey kept their jobs. A camera system in the interview room, she said, was not working properly.

“I was told, ‘This is political, so someone has to go,’” said Ms. Leuschner, who called herself a scapegoat.

Mr. Kerr could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday night.

It was not immediately clear if he and the other officers had lawyers. The Southern States Police Benevolent Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday night.

The three officers fired over the text message exchange mocking Mr. Harvey’s death were identified by the Savannah Police Department as Sgt. Christopher Hewett, Cpl. Erica Tremblay and Officer David Curtis.

In the text message exchange, obtained by the television station WSAV, one of the officers shared a GIF that showed a Black man hanging himself from a noose.

A person responding from an email address listed for Mr. Curtis declined to comment on Tuesday night. Mr. Hewett and Ms. Tremblay could not be immediately reached for comment.

Chief Minter said on Tuesday that he had reviewed some of the officers’ body camera footage from the encounter with Mr. Harvey and that it was tough to watch.

“It’s been extremely heartbreaking to see the impact this particular situation has had on the Harvey family,” he said. “I hope and pray that they find some type of comfort knowing that the Savannah Police Department did what we had to do to hold members of our organization accountable.”

Author: Neil Vigdor
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Woke witch hunt! Tory-voting comic forced to carry letter declaring himself ‘not racist’

The trolling lost Leo Kearse work and got so bad that the Live Comedy Association gave him a letter formally saying that they did “not believe” he held racist views. This has done little to appease the woke Twitter mob, Mr Kearse claimed – who said they continue to abuse him online.

The 44-year-old professional comedian said: “There’s a liberal witch hunt in the arts against anyone who doesn’t kowtow to the woke narrative.

“The cultural power is held by woke liberals and anyone who stands up against it will be sent to the metaphorical gulags.”

Ironically, the professional comedian became a target after he appeared on a Radio 4 programme about a lack of diversity in the industry last year.

During the broadcast, he spoke about the lack of “working class and right-wing representation among BBC comedy”.

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He accused the BBC of having a “lazy sneery anti-working class bias” before adding: “There’s no diversity. The diversity in BBC comedy runs skin deep.

“It’s run by a nepotistic Oxbridge cabal who just get the Oxbridge people with a slightly different skin colour to present things.

“If you shut your eyes, Nish Kumar – he didn’t go to Oxbridge, he went to Durham – but if you shut your eyes, Nish Kumar could just be just any other posh middle-class white guy.”

This enraged Live Comedy Association (LCA) rep Saima Ferdows who responded to a tweet quoting Mr Kearse by saying: “Was once told Leo is right-wing but not racist…ok then.”

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The appearance led to other trolling and many bookers and promoters unfollowed him on social media or openly telling him that he was blacklisted, he claimed.

At the time he demanded an apology but Ms Ferdows tweet remains live.

Instead the LCA gave him a letter saying that it did not believe he held “racist views”.

He added: “It cost me work. Instead of deleting the tweet, the LCA sent me this letter confirming I’m not racist.

“It’s as much use as a babysitter having a letter confirming they’re not a paedo.”

He added: “(She) smeared me on Twitter as a racist – despite never having met me or spoken to me.

“(This was) based on the fact that, like most of the country, I’m right wing – despite our Tory government having the most ethnically diverse cabinet in history.

“In the wake of the BLM protests, accusing someone of racism in a culture that assumes guilt is hugely damaging.

“Her accusation was circulated through the industry and many bookers and promoters unfollowed me on social media or openly told me I was blacklisted.

“I’ve lost work because of this, and my reputation has been damaged.”

Ms Ferdows told Express.co.uk: “My one tweet about him got 21 likes and one retweet – I hardly call that smearing.

“I have not since tweeted about him.”

She claimed that Mr Kearse’s “constant” social media posts about her were infact a “smear against me” and said the episode has left her feeling “quite suicidal”.

The film producer has consulted a lawyer about the post.

“My lawyer’s advice is that I’ve done nothing wrong and I don’t need to take the tweet down,” she said.

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What are you doing, Joe? Biden shoots himself in foot as tax plan benefits China & Russia

The US President is pushing for a 21 percent rate as part of a plan to crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies such as Amazon. One Biden administration official said the plan was an “important moment to demonstrate that the United States and democracies can deliver for the people”.
However, MPs and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have said they will not “rush to sign” the proposed plans.

Mr Sunak previously said the 21 percent for business tax was “higher than where previous discussions were” but said he was open to discussions.

Despite Mr Biden’s proposal being backed by France, Italy and Germany, an expert has warned the only beneficiaries of the plans would be China and Russia.

Author and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent, Frank Furedi told Express.co.uk: “I think there are benefits for the US but not other countries.

“There are benefits for the Biden administration but not for Europe or those countries such as Hungary, Ireland and Singapore with low tax rates.

“They are entirely dependent on attracting foreign capital and this would undercut them.

“If the Biden proposals are accepted, the main beneficiaries would be China and Russia, who wouldn’t go along with this but will continue to have low corporation tax rates.”

Mr Furedi went on to say how the proposed corporation tax would create “particular problems” for a Brexit Britain and accused Mr Biden of encroaching “upon policymaking”.

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He continued: “I think what [Rishi] Sunak is interested much more is a common taxation corporation tax but what Suank is interested in is getting an international agreement on how much the digital companies should be taxed and how can we tax these big digital companies here in Britain?

“But Biden is not interested in what Sunak is interested in, taxing these big digital companies, because he wants American companies to be as competitive as possible.

“He doesn’t much care about our priorities.

“I think what he is really doing is pushing forward an economic policy that the whole world subsidies his economic program.”

A Treasury spokesperson said reaching an “international agreement” was a priority for Mr Sunak but warned any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK.

They said: “Reaching an international agreement on how large digital companies are taxed is a priority for the Chancellor.

“However, it also matters where the tax is paid and any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK that reflects their economic activities.

“We welcome the US’ renewed commitment to tackling the issue and agree that minimum taxes might help to ensure businesses pay tax.

“However, it also matters where the tax is paid and any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK that reflects their economic activities.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel blames himself for Arsenal loss and 'saw it coming in training'

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel claims he takes full responsibility for the defeat to Arsenal and insists he should not have made so many changes to his team ahead of the FA Cup final. The Blues fielded a rotated side for the visit of the Gunners to minimise risk of fatigue before this weekend’s clash with Leicester at Wembley, a decision the German has been left to rue after the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel questioned his own decision-making and admitted that he got his team selection wrong tonight, halting his side’s momentum following their impressive 2-1 win at Manchester City and Champions League semi-final triumph over Real Madrid.

Emile Smith Rowe struck the winner for the visitors in the first half following a comical mix-up at the back between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jorginho.

It was an uncharacteristic and calamitous defensive error from the usually solid Blues and Tuchel intriguingly hinted that yesterday’s training session pointed towards a potential dip in performance levels.

“It wasn’t solely because of the changes, I felt it coming a bit yesterday [in training],” he told Sky Sports.

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Tuchel then continued to confess his guilt over his team selection, which has left Chelsea with plenty of work to do in the final two games of the season against Leicester and Aston Villa.

“I’m not happy with my line up,” he added.

“It’s easy to say after the game but there were too many changes. We should not have done it like this.”

He then once again cryptically eluded to something happening on the training ground that has left him with a feeling of regret.

“It is something in particular but I don’t want to say,” he concluded.

It was a theme that also dominated Tuchel’s interview with BBC Match of the Day.

He told them: “I’m a bit angry that we had so many changes, that’s on me, not so happy in the end with the line-up, but I didn’t know what would happen, I didn’t feel us today like I normally do and we can’t expect to win games if we’re not 100 percent in games.

“We didn’t have a shot for almost the whole second half, then we had a big one, maybe we deserved this today, we learn something.

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How Gavin Newsom Got Himself in California Recall Hot Water

Author: Shawn Hubler and Jennifer Medina
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

The political targeting of Mr. Newsom comes as public schools have yet to fully reopen, leaving many children at home and many parents aggravated. Public school enrollment has dropped by more than 160,000 students, while the state has lost roughly 1.5 million jobs and unemployment remains at 8.3 percent, one of the highest rates in the country.

“There’s a lot of frustration and rising anger on a variety of issues — jobs are leaving, homelessness is rising, so many parents across the state are furious,” said Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego and a Republican candidate for governor, who has made the slow reopening of public schools a central theme of his case against Mr. Newsom. “I strongly believe that voters are looking for someone with common sense.”

As a political force, Mr. Newsom has always been more inevitable than loved, a rich San Franciscan who has steadily climbed from political office to office and enjoyed long ties to Mr. Brown and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly two to one in California, and Mr. Newsom easily won the open governor’s seat in 2018.

Democrats still have a narrow window to block the recall, by convincing enough voters who signed the petition to withdraw their support, but even Mr. Newsom’s aides have called that outcome unlikely. The Legislature’s joint budget committee will also have to sign off on a California Department of Finance report on the cost of the special election, which Mr. Newsom’s supporters estimate could be $ 100 million or more.

If those hurdles are cleared, as is widely expected, the recall would present Mr. Newsom with more political challenges and scrutiny than he has ever faced. Over the winter, the recall supporters were already capitalizing on his every move.

As schoolchildren struggled with online instruction, the supporters accused Mr. Newsom of coddling teachers’ unions. As small businesses withered, they pointed to Mr. Newsom’s success as a wine merchant. When Mr. Newsom implied that his own children were being schooled virtually and it turned out that their private school had actually resumed in-person classes, his critics heckled his daily livestreams, accusing him online of French Laundry-style elitism.

Dogecoin: Elon Musk names himself the ‘Dogefather’ ahead of SNL appearance sending cryptocurrency soaring

Author: Alice Peacock
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun

ELON Musk has named himself the ‘Dogefather’ ahead of his appearance on SNL, in a tweet which appears to have sent the cryptocurrency soaring.

The price of dogecoin shot up from $ 0.25 to $ 0.30 in less than 15 minutes after Musk posted a cryptic tweet reading: ‘The Dogefather”

Musk is hosting Saturday Night Live next month


Musk is hosting Saturday Night Live next monthCredit: AP
The cryptocurrency is inspired by a meme


The cryptocurrency is inspired by a memeCredit: Alamy

“SNL May 8”

The spike came after a price slump last week, when the meme-inspired cryptocurrency fell after hitting an all-time high, Reuters reported.

Supporters of the cryptocurrency used hashtags to fuel a rally, bumping up the price of dogecoin, until it eventually lost steam.

This recent spike pushes the value of the currency back towards the record highs that it experienced earlier this month.

It was announced on Saturday that Musk would be hosting Saturday Night Live next month – with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest.

The 28-year-old singer announced the news with just an image of their names on the SNL cork board.

The official Saturday Night Live Twitter account soon shared the image and added a caption of three spaceships.

Fans were shocked to learn the Tesla CEO would be headlining the long-running sketch show.

One fan wrote to SNL on Twitter: “April Fool’s Day was like three weeks ago.”

Another begged: “Guys please this better be a joke.”

A third upset fan tweeted: “Imagine ruining a great season with this and thinking it’s a good idea!!!!”

Others called for the NBC show to change its mind and remove Elon from the schedule.

Musk’s recent tweet suggested that he planned to discuss dogecoin during his feature on the show next month.

While the SpaceX founder reportedly does not have significant holdings of dogecoin, he has been known to post about dogecoin on Twitter, often prompting its value to increase.

The virtual “money” started as an internet parody more than seven years ago, according to CNN, but has since become a legitimate digital currency.

Jackson Palmer, an Australian marketer, made a joke about combining cryptocurrency and the Doge meme in 2013, but that joke has taken on a life of its own: its market cap is now over $ 17 billion.

Dogecoin is simply a digital coin with a picture of dog on it, according to CNET. That dog is the subject of an internet meme of a Shibe with an “inner monologue” featuring phrases like “so scare,” “much noble,” and “wow.”

In January, Musk noted that his posts about dogecoin are “just meant to be jokes”.

But they clearly have a real impact on the value of the cryptocurrency.
In response to his tweet, several people replied with various memes of Musk with “Doge” and with phrases like “Dogerise” and “Doge taking over the world!”

“Anything Musk tweets about shoots higher because he has such a strong following both on social media and as a businessman,” Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at Markets.com, told Yahoo! Finance in February.

“People will literally invest in him and his ideas, and don’t care what the fundamentals are.”

Musk tweeted quite a bit about Dogecoin in February, posting comments like, “dogecoin is the people’s crypto,” “No need to be a gigachad to own,” and, “No highs, no lows, only Doge.”

Following that flurry of tweets, the price of dogecoin surged more than 50 percent.

The price of dogecoin surged more than 50 per cent after a flurry of tweets from Musk in February


The price of dogecoin surged more than 50 per cent after a flurry of tweets from Musk in FebruaryCredit: The Mega Agency

Phillip Adams: 5 Things To Know About Former NFL Player Who Murdered 5 People Before Killing Himself

Phillip Adams, a retired NFL player, is suspected of fatally shooting five people (including two children) before dying by suicide. ‘Nothing’ makes ‘sense’ to both authorities and friends.

Retired NFL player Phillip Adams is suspected of fatally shooting five people — one of them being the well-known Dr. Robert Lesslie — according to his father, Alonzo Adams, and local authorities. The shooting took place inside Lesslie’s home in York County, South Carolina on April 7; Lesslie’s wife Barbara, 69, their grandchildren Adah, 9, and Noah, 5, and someone named James Lewis, 38 (who was working inside the home) also died amid the shooting. A sixth person — Robert Shook, 38 — survived the shooting[1] and is now “fighting hard for his life,” the victim’s cousin reported, per ESPN. After the tragedy, Adams fled to the home of his parents — who were evacuated — where he eventually died by suicide from a self-inflected gun wound in the early morning of Thursday, April 8, according the outlet.

Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams, who played for five famous NFL teams between 2010-2015, is pictured above. [Shutterstock]

“There’s nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said at a news conference on April 8, per ESPN. Investigators are still looking for a motive in this mass shooting[2]. Adams’ relationship to the Lesslie family is also not known at the time; the sheriff clarified that there was no “doctor-patient relationship” between Adams and Dr. Lesslie, a longtime emergency room doctor and the founder of Riverview Hospice and Palliative Care. Adams’ father, however, suggested what may have led up to this horrific point; you can find out what that is, and learn more about the former professional football player who took his own life, below.

Phillip Adams’ Father Believes Football ‘Messed’ Up His Son

“I can say he’s a good kid,” Adams’ father, Alonzo Adams, told a WCNC[3] reporter after the shooting. He added, “I think the football messed him up…We pray for the family. I know they were good folks.” While officials didn’t report about any known medical conditions, the younger Adams did reportedly suffer two concussions amid his earlier days in professional football, according to WCNC. However, he wasn’t eligible for testing because “of a broad settlement between the league and its former players over such injuries” since Adams didn’t retire by 2014, according to ESPN.

However, Adams’ agent Scott Casterline said that the football player “had an injury’ in his rookie year of professional football. “Some teams wrote him off and he had that stigma of a guy who was hurt. It was hard for him to walk away from the game, especially a guy as dedicated as he was,” the sports agent told AP News[4]. “We encouraged him to explore all of his disability options and he wouldn’t do it. I knew he was hurting and missing football but he wouldn’t take health tips offered to him. He said he would but he wouldn’t. I felt he was lost without football, somewhat depressed.”

Phillip Adams Played For Multiple NFL Teams

Phillip was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010. He then went on to play[5] for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons (in that order). Adams played his last NFL game with the Falcons in 2015, but he did train with the Kansas City Chiefs amid a visit in April of 2016. He played in 78 NFL games total. Before going pro, he played football for South Carolina State.

After Football, Phillip Adams Went On To Open A Food Business

Right before the COVID-19 pandemic[6] began in 2020, the retired football player opened a shop that sold smoothies and juices.

Phillip Adams’ Football Family Is Bewildered Over The Shooting

A photo of Robert Lesslie, who was also the author of Angels in the ER, among other books. [Facebook]

“He was part of my family. I loved him. He’s a great kid, a great guy. This is so unlike him. He had to not be in his right mind, obviously,” Adams’ agent Scott Casterline told AP News. The agent later added, “Seeing Philip shoot two kids, it’s not him. I can’t fathom it. It’s devastating for the victims and the families.”

Kevin Smith, who was a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and trained Adams both before he entered the 2010 draft and after, was just as shocked. “He didn’t drink not one bit of alcohol. He was a bit of a neat freak. In his house, everything was precisely placed,” the former NFL player told AP News as well.

Phillip Adams Was A ‘Good Father,’ His Agent Said

Phillip Adams was staying in South Carolina because he had a son, according to his agent. “All of us who knew Philip are shaking our heads. He struggled away from the game. I tried to get him to come to Texas. I was going to find him a job, but he wouldn’t leave South Carolina because he had a son. He was a good father,” Scott told AP News.


  1. ^ the shooting (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ mass shooting (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ WCNC (www.wcnc.com)
  4. ^ AP News (apnews.com)
  5. ^ play (www.nbcsports.com)
  6. ^ COVID-19 pandemic (hollywoodlife.com)

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