NBA Fines Beverley $25,000 For Referee Abuse

Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers high five against the Denver Nuggets during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 3, 2020, at The AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Garrett Ellwood / NBAE / Getty Images /

 

 

Los Angeles Clippers star Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for verbally abusing a game official during his team’s defeat to the Denver Nuggets, the NBA said Monday.

NBA vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement Beverley was fined for his conduct during Saturday’s 110-101 loss to the Nuggets.

Beverley’s verbal volley saw him assessed with two technical fouls and ejected late in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets and Clippers best-of-seven series is locked at 1-1.

Game three takes place in Orlando later on Monday.

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Jury Acquits Orlando Nightclub Shooter’s Widow

This File photo dated June 13, 2016, shows law enforcement officials investigating at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Photo: JOE RAEDLE / AFP

 

The widow of the man who shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando nearly two years ago was acquitted Friday in US federal court of aiding and abetting her husband, officials said.

Noor Salman, 31, faced life in jail on charges of lying to investigators and helping Omar Mateen, who also injured at least 68 when he opened fire at the club on June 12, 2016.

The 29-year-old Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in a 911 call during the attack, was killed in a shootout when police stormed the building.

“Justice was done,” Salman’s attorney Charles Swift said upon leaving the courtroom, according to CBS affiliate Channel 6.

The jury had started deliberations on Wednesday.

“Hopefully the conclusion of the trial related to the Pulse tragedy can help our community continue the healing process,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said on Twitter.

During the trial, which began March 3, the defense argued that Salman had a low IQ, a childish nature and was dominated by her abusive husband.

It also contested that Salman’s confession to the FBI that she knew Mateen was going to attack the club came under duress during an interrogation lasting 16 hours.

“Why would Omar Mateen confide in Noor, a woman he clearly had no respect for?” defense attorney Linda Moreno asked, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“She was not his peer, she was not his partner, and she was not his confidant.”

During the trial, it was revealed that Mateen initially planned to attack Disney World, one of Orlando’s biggest attractions, by hiding his gun in a baby stroller — but was put off by the heavy police presence.

Responding to the verdict, Orlando police chief John Mina said: “I believe in our criminal justice system and am grateful for the jury’s hard work and thoughtful deliberation.”

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UN Urges America To Adopt Robust Gun Regulation

Gun RegulationThe UN human rights office on Tuesday (June 14) urged the leadership in the United States of America to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”

This is in the aftermath of the mass killing of 49 people by a gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida.

The Quoting the High Commissioner (HC), Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville, said in a press conference, “It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign.”

He said “how many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers — how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation? Why should any civilian anywhere be able to acquire an assault rifle or other high-powered weapons designed to kill lots of people?”

A new UN human rights report on the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms highlights the “devastating impact” of gun violence on a host of human rights, including the rights to life, security, education, health, an adequate standard of living and participation in cultural life.

Colville said, “The protection of human rights must be central to the development of laws and regulations regarding the availability, transfer and use of firearms.

“UN and regional human rights experts have long recommended that firearm control measures must include adequate background check systems, the periodic review of licenses, clear gun removal policies when intervening in domestic violence cases, mandatory training, and the criminalization of illegal sale of firearms, among other measures.”

According to the High Commissioner, “Examples from many countries clearly show that a legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms has led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime.

“In the United States, however, there are hundreds of millions of guns in circulation, and every year thousands of people are killed or injured by them.”

He added that it was “particularly reprehensible – indeed dangerous – that this terrible event is already being utilized to promote homophobic and Islamophobic sentiments.

He urged everyone in the United States “to ensure that the human rights, and consequently the security, of all are strengthened in the aftermath of this horrendous incident.”

President Buhari Condemns Terrorist Attack In Florida

buhari-sadPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack on the Pulse Night Club, Orlando, Florida, describing it as ‘‘criminal’’ and ‘‘cowardly’’. 

In a letter to the Ambassador of the United States in Nigeria, James Entwistle, President Buhari conveyed Nigeria’s heartfelt sympathy to President Barrack Obama and the people of United States of America.

The President also assured the United States of Nigeria’s continued support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

‘‘President Buhari extends his most sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims.

‘‘The President condemns such criminal, cowardly attack, wherever it might occur, as an attack on all decent, democratic, peaceful people.

“Every terrorist attack only strengthens Nigeria’s resolve to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States and other countries in the frontline of the war on terror,’’ the letter, which was signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari read.

President Buhari also called ‘‘on all peace-loving nations to commit themselves whole-heartedly to multilateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at eradicating the scourge of international terrorism.’’

Various Americans on Monday made statements in connection to the killings that took place in Orlando, central Florida in the United States.

A rampage had occurred on Sunday at a gay nightclub, with at least 50 people killed and 53 more wounded.

In his White House briefing, President Barack Obama said Americans were bonded in grief, outrage and “resolve to defend our people”, after “an act of terror and an act of hate”.Orlando Shooting

He described the incident as the ‘worst mass shooting in U.S. history’ and ordered that the American flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the attack.

Obama, Biden Others React To Orlando Killings

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, OrlandoVarious Americans on Monday made statements in connection to the killings that took place in Orlando, central Florida in the United States.

A rampage had occurred on Sunday at a gay nightclub, with at least 50 people killed and 53 more wounded.

In his White House briefing, President Barack Obama said Americans were bonded in grief, outrage and “resolve to defend our people”, after “an act of terror and an act of hate”.Orlando Shooting

He described the incident as the ‘worst mass shooting in U.S. history’ and ordered that the American flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the attack.

In a statement by his spokesman, Vice President Joe Biden “offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims”.

“Grudge In His Heart”

US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, on her part said the attack was a tragedy that required a serious response.

Also reacting to the shooting was the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus who issued a statement saying they were “horrified by the tragic shooting”.

Seddique Mateen, the father of the attacker, Omar Mateen, said he did not know that his son had a “grudge in his heart”.

Omar was shot dead by the police.

Mr Mateen said he did not understand why his son carried out the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

He had earlier said his son was angered after seeing two men kissing in Miami.

According to the BBC, in a statement posted online and addressed to people in his native Afghanistan, Seddique Mateen said his son was “a very good boy”, who had a wife and a child.

“I don’t know what caused it,” he said. “I never figured out that he had a grudge in his heart….I am grief-stricken.”

50 Dead In Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Orlando ShootingPolice have confirmed that 50 people were killed and 53 others injured in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the United States.

Reports suggested that the gunman called 911 before the shooting and claimed to have sworn his allegiance to the Islamic State.

However, Police authorities believed that the killings were most likely ideologically motivated.

In his reaction, President Barack Obama said Americans were bonded in grief, outrage and “resolve to defend our people”, after “an act of terror and an act of hate”.

The gunman, named by officials as Omar Mateen, of Afghan descent, was said to have come from the town of Port St. Lucie.

Police disclosed that he was not on a terrorism watch list, but was being investigated for an unrelated criminal act.

In the meantime, a state of emergency has been declared across the city of Orlando to allow law enforcement officials to focus on investigation of the incident termed ‘the worst mass shooting in US’ history.