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Eddie Lacy’s garage sale for charity was a huge success

It’s the dream of every sports fan that also enjoys prowling garage sales for memorabilia: Pull up to a house that is chock full of items owned by an NFL player and open your wallet. It’s a treasure trove.

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That’s how Packers fans felt in De Pere, Wisconsin, as former Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy kicked off what was supposed to be a two-day garage sale, with proceeds going to charity. Lacy, who spent the last four seasons with Green Bay, signed with the Seattle Seahawks during the offseason. On Friday, his discounted Packers gear — plus the normal fare that one might find at a garage sale, like video games, movies, furniture and even laundry detergent — drew a large crowd. Some buyers waited several hours to purchase items, ESPN reported.

The sale was a success. It was basically sold out before dinner, according to The Associated Press. T-shirts, unused cleats, Packer hoodies and even more Green Bay swag was gone within hours.

Lacy, himself, was a no-show, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. That was ironic because he postponed the sale in April when he couldn't get to Green Bay because of travel problems.

"He doesn't like the attention," said Melissa Martinez of De Pere. She said she hung out with Lacy from time to time and was there to buy a few things.

Tide detergent had a sponsorship agreement with Lacy, a former Alabama Crimson Tide running back, thus the several large bottles of Tide at the sale, the Press-Gazette reported. Those were quickly scooped up, including by Martinez and her aunt.

A resourceful neighbor tried to cash in on the large traffic at Lacy’s house, advertising a “Right Next Door to Eddie Lacy Garage Sale.”

Lacy spent four seasons with the Packers, rushing for 788 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was limited to five games during the 2016 season when he suffered an ankle injury and the Packers placed him on injured reserve.

Records: Aaron Hernandez was Bloods gang member

Newly released prison records say ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods street gang.

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A death report released Friday by Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. also says Hernandez once threatened to kill a correction officer and his family.

The reports were released in response to a public records request from The Associated Press.

They show he was disciplined for the threats against a correction officer and for submitting a urine sample that tested positive for Neurontin, an anti-epileptic drug that is also used as a painkiller.

The following month he was disciplined for "being in possession of STG paraphernalia." STG means security threat group -- prison language for gangs.

Two months later in November, Hernandez was disciplined for "threatening to kill a corrections officer and his family.”

The events took place while he was housed in a Bristol County prison from 2013 to 2015.

Hernandez was found hanged in his cell at the Souza-Baranowksi maximum-security prison on April 19 while serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Evander Holyfield's son arrested on drug charges

Elijah Holyfield, a University of Georgia running back and the son of former boxing legend Evander Holyfield, was arrested on drug charges early Monday.

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Holyfield was arrested in Athens on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug-related objects and marijuana possession, less than 1 oz., according to 960 The Ref.

Holyfield was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail jail at 3:19 a.m. ET. He was released less than an hour later at 4:08 a.m. ET.

Visit WSBTV.com for the latest on this developing story.

Deshaun Watson buys mom new car for birthday after getting drafted by Texans

Deshaun Watson is officially a professional quarterback as he was taken 12th overall in this year’s NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Most guys might go blow some signing money on some ridiculous gifts for their posse or buy themselves a huge house, but not Watson. He went out and hooked his mom up with a sweet ride:

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Watson will tell you that everything he gets and has worked for is because of his mom. She was working more than one job and doing community service in order to get a house that was a gift to the family by former Florida State star Warrick Dunn as part of Habitat for Humanity. 

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, pop singer Ciara, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born Friday night, ESPN reported.

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Sienna weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Ciara’s Instagram post.

It's the couple's first child together, CNN reported. They married last July and used Instagram in October to announce they were expecting a baby.

The "1, 2 Step" singer has a 2-year-old son from a previous relationship with rapper Future.

FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

The first night of the NFL draft was full of surprises, from the seemingly lopsided trades of teams looking to move up to the players selected several spots before they were projected to go.

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Thursday’s first round was the collection of names that remained on the board for Day 2. Here’s a look at the some of the players with first-round talent who didn’t hear their names called in Round 1:

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Dalvin Cook

Florida State’s star running back seemed like a lock to be selected in the first round after posting 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns in his junior season. Cook saw both Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey go in the top 10, Fournette going fourth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars and McCaffrey going eighth to the Carolina Panthers. Cook could conceivably go to the Packers or Seahawks, the teams that hold the first two picks of the second round.

Cam Robinson

The 6-foot-6 former Alabama offensive tackle was projected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round, but after a 20-pick wait, the first offensive lineman off the board was Utah’s Garett Bolles. Tackle Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin joined Bolles later in the first round, leaving Robinson as the odd man out.

Quincy Wilson 

The University of Florida defensive back was considered a fringe first-round selection after a 33-tackle, three-interception season. Eight defensive backs came off the board Thursday night, but not Wilson.

Forrest Lamp

Much like Robinson, the limited number of offensive lineman taken in the first round pushed Lamp to the back of the line. Considered one of the most talent players at his position going into the night, Lamp undoubtedly will find a home on Friday night.

DeShone Kizer

Although Kizer wasn’t slated to be taken as high as some of the other quarterbacks available, some believed a team at the back end of the first round would take a chance on the Notre Dame product. With several teams still seemingly in precarious quarterback positions entering next season, it appears he’ll find a home sooner rather than later.

 

 

Father of NFL hopeful killed in South Florida

The father of NFL hopeful and Florida State University star Travis Rudolph was killed this weekend in an accidental shooting, according to reports from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Darryl Rudolph was shot Saturday morning while he was doing repair work at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret on Military Trail, south of Southern Boulevard.

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Officials say Rudolph, 55, was working in the back storage room of the club at about 9:30 a.m. The club hired him to do odd jobs, mainly repair work, the sheriff’s office said.

A coworker was in an adjacent room moving a firearm off a shelf. The gun discharged and fired a bullet through a wall and into Rudolph’s neck/back area. He was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he died.

An initial investigation deemed the shooting accidental. The sheriff’s office stressed the investigation is active and ongoing. It is unclear who owned the gun or whether anyone will face charges in the shooting.

Sugar Daddy’s has been the backdrop — both directly and indirectly — of numerous gun-related incidents.

Greg Bryant, the former standout football player at American Heritage, spent his final hours alive at Sugar Daddy’s nearly a year ago. The 21-year-old was heading home to Delray Beach after a night watching his musician friends perform at the suburban West Palm club. He was fatally shot May 7 on Interstate 95.

No one has been arrested in Bryant’s death.

Travis Rudolph, a West Palm Beach native and Cardinal Newman High School graduate, made national headlines last summer when he ate with a middle school student with autism who was sitting alone. The wide receiver and his Seminoles teammates were visiting the student’s Tallahassee middle school.

As a junior in 2016, Rudolph led the Seminoles in receptions (56), receiving yards (840) and receiving touchdowns (seven). He left Florida State a year early but still managed to sneak into the university’s all-time top 10 in receptions (153) and receiving yards (2,311).

In March, Rudolph told The Post he was happy with his decision to enter the NFL draft early. He had private workouts with the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins planned for April.

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

The Patriots have snapped back after a collage photo posted by The New York Times shows a comparison of the team celebrating their Super Bowl win with former president Barack Obama in 2015 and this year with President Donald Trump. 

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According to the team, the comparison photo suggests a significantly smaller turnout for Trump’s celebration. The two photos show the Patriots personnel with the president on the south side of the White House. In the 2015 photo, two staircases are filled with men, whereas the photo with Trump shows empty staircases. 

“These photos lack context,” the Patriots wrote on Twitter. “In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.

The organization said 34 players visited the White House Wednesday. 

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Tom Brady, Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty were not among the players who made the trip to Washington, D.C.

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Patriots spokesman Stacey James told The New York Times about 34 players visited the White House in 2005 and 2006 when George W. Bush was in office. He said nearly 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted. 

“James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years,” The New York Times reported.

The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter. 

“Patriots say (number) of players was smaller this year than 2015, but total delegation was roughly the same,” the publication wrote.

The delegation was made up of Patriots players as well as the organization’s personnel.

Investigators taking closer look at Aaron Hernandez's final hours

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections said state police will investigate what it called the apparent suicide of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, but others are promising to take a closer look into what happened.

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The question of why Hernandez would end his own life might go unanswered.

It was just after 3 a.m. Wednesday when corrections officers found Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet.

No suicide note was left, but sources told Fox25Boston that “John 3:16” was written on his forehead and the wall of his prison cell.

The Bible passage reads:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

State police spent the day gathering evidence from the cell, reviewing surveillance video and speaking with prison staff.

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Officials said Wednesday that there was no indication that Hernandez was suicidal.

“It’s possible it might not be a suicide, but there are people committing suicide in this facility,” State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said. “(There are) five, six, seven people every few years.”

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez is the 27th suicide in Massachusetts state prisons since 2010, and the second so far this year.

Another person promising to investigate Hernandez’s apparent suicide is his high-profile attorney, Jose Baez. He recently won an acquittal for Hernandez in his double murder trial.

In a statement, Baez writes:

“We are heartbroken and we are determined to find the truth. We are looking into the process and will conduct a transparent investigation into his untimely death.”

The Globe reports that an official told it that corrections officers conduct nighttime bed checks once an hour and on a staggered schedule to increase the chance of locating an inmate who may have an issue.

“I really hope Gov. (Charlie) Baker and the Legislature take a hard look at improving conditions for prisoners and corrections officers,” Eldridge said.

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