New York Jets wideout Santonio Holmes, wh0 has a history of legal trouble ranging from domestic violence to marijuana possession and who is currently suspended for the first four games of the regular season, was met by local police upon deplaning from a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport last night, after reportedly creating a disturbance by refusing to comply with the flight crew’s instructions concerning ipod use on board the aircraft.
The talented receiver played a key role in the Pittsburgh Steeler’s 2009 Super Bowl victory, making a spectacular game winning touchdown reception.
It remains to be seen if this incident will result in further suspension from the NFL commissioner….
History of Holmes’ Legal Difficulties
- Holmes has acknowledged selling drugs as a teenager.
- Holmes was arrested in Miami Beach in 2006 for disorderly conduct; Holmes paid a fine.
- Homes was arrested for domestic violence against the mother of his child in 2006; charges were dropped.
- Holmes was arrested in Pittsburgh for possession in 2008 of marijuana.
- In 2010 Holmes was sued by a woman at whom he was alleged to have thrown a glass in an Orlando nightclub.
- Twitter: In reference to one of these incidence, Holmes responded to a critical twitter follower with “kill urself”. He has also referenced marijuana use (”wake n bake”) on his twitter account.
About the flight in question, Holmes tweeted:
Only guy on the plane headed to Pitt from NJ, wearing my green n white. GO JETS!
On Thursday April 29, 2010 at 21:00 hours, aircom requested officers to gate D-77 for a report of an incident aboard the aircraft no other information was available. My self and Officer XXXXXXX arrived and spoke to the flight attendant XXXXXX Colgan Air who stated a passenger wouldn’t turn off his ipod when requested to do so and requested officers speak to him. The passenger was identified as Santanio Bernard HOLMES XXXX. He was advised that all instructions from the flight crew must be adhered to during flights, a TSA regulatory agent was unavailable and determined to be unnecessary for this matter. HOLMES stated that he understood and the matter was resolved. Detail completed without incident at 21:15 hours.
Harvard Law School Student and prospective future clerk for Ninth Circuit Alex Kozinski Stephanie Grace has sparked a controversy by penning an email to fellow students about “the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent”.
… I just hate leaving things where I feel I misstated my position.I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. I could also obviously be convinced that by controlling for the right variables, we would see that they are, in fact, as intelligent as white people under the same circumstances. The fact is, some things are genetic. African Americans tend to have darker skin. Irish people are more likely to have red hair. (Now on to the more controversial:) Women tend to perform less well in math due at least in part to prenatal levels of testosterone, which also account for variations in mathematics performance within genders. This suggests to me that some part of intelligence is genetic, just like identical twins raised apart tend to have very similar IQs and just like I think my babies will be geniuses and beautiful individuals whether I raise them or give them to an orphanage in Nigeria. I don’t think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that African Americans are less intelligent on a genetic level, and I didn’t mean to shy away from that opinion at dinner.
Reacting to rampant cyber bullying at this school and based on a belief that adolescents lack the maturity to make proper use of social networking tools, Bergen County, New Jersey middle school principal circulated a letter to the parents of the 700 students at Benjamin Franklin Middle school requesting that they prohibit their children from using facebook, formspring, and every other online social network which provides opportunity for students to hurl insults and exchange graphic images. The principal also recommends specific steps parents can take to closely monitor all web and cellphone use to insure compliance with this ban and avoid being deceived by their children.
The text of the letter shared with parents:
Dear BF Community,
In 2002 when I arrived in Ridgewood Facebook did not exist, Youtube did not exist, and MySpace was barely in existence. Formspring (one of the newest internet scourges, a site meant simply to post cruel things about people anonymously) wasn’t even in someone’s mind.
In 2010 social networking sites have now become commonplace, and technology use by students is beyond prevalent.
It is time for every single member of the BF Community to take a stand!
There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!
Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.
5 of the last 8 parents who we have informed that their child was posting inappropriate things on Facebook said their child did not have an account. Every single one of the students had an account.
3 Students yesterday told a guidance counselor that their parents told them to close their accounts when the parents learned they had an account. All three students told their parents it was closed. All three students still had an account after telling their parents it was closed.
Most students are part of more than one social networking site.
Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of any social networking site. Today!
Use of Deadly Force at Texas Abortion Clinic Averted: Erlyndon Lo’s Particular Religous Freedoms not Protected
Many people believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is a moral evil. Most people, however, aren’t arrested for threatening to use deadly force against the clients or employees of abortion clinics. Enter Erlyndon Lo, a 27 year old law school graduate from Plano, Texas.
Lo was arrested in part based on a complaint he himself filed in a Texas court sharing his intention to stop abortions frp, taking place at a Texas clinic by using deadly force. His complaint contains the following admission of intent:
“My life is at stake. I could be MURDERED AND KILLED as early as Friday, April 2, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. NOON in Dallas, Texas (”TX”) if you do not IMMEDIATELY GRANT MY REQUEST for in the very least a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER!!! … I will try to stop an abortion using oral words, and if words are not enough. I will use physical force if necessary, and if anyone tries to physically stop me, I will overcome that force, and if I must use deadly force to defend the innocent life of another human being, I will.”
In his rambling complaint, Lo asserts, among other things, that using deadly force to prevent individuals working and visiting abortion clinics from operating and using theirs services saves innocent lives and is therefore a protected expression of religious freedom. He therefore asks for a temporary restraining order against law enforcement so that he may carry out his plan of using force at an abortion clinic without fear of force being used against him. The request was met with Lo’s arrest.
It seems British supermodel Naomi Campbell, 39, might be better suited to the ring than the runway. Employing computers, cell phones or her bare hands, Campbell has attacked numerous employees, friends, and police officers over issues as trivial as lost denim. Her latest incident in the backseat of a New York City limo brings a long history of allegations and charges to mind:
Victim: Georgina Galanis, secretary
Campbell allegedly assaulted Galanis, beating her over the head with a phone, grappling with her, and threatening to throw her from a moving vehicle.
Victim: Amanda Brack, 20, employee
Brack’s attorney claims that Campbell assaulted his client, physically and verbally, on a number occasions during her brief employment, including an incident in which Campbell hit Brack over the head with a Blackberry device.
Result: Not affirmed, but payoff speculated.
Victim: Yvonee Scio, actress
Campbell became upset with longtime friend Scio after Scio arrived at Campbell’s hotel room in Rome wearing the same dress as Campbell. The two were apparently on their way to a party, but Scio claims the enraged Campbell unleashed a furious verbal and physical assault on her, leaving her bloodied and in the hospital. Scio says Campbell was “like Mike Tyson”, but Campbell rejects Scio’s story of a physical altercation. Scio intended to sue Campbell for lost wages.
Result: There is no indication of this case actually going to court, it may have been settled outside of court.