Pacman Jones Questions Colin Kaepernick’s Charity Work … ‘I Do Think AB Is Right’
5/14/2022 12:40 AM PT
Speaking with us out at LAX just a few days after Brown ripped Kaep, Jones — who actually watched Kaepernick throw last month and then had a sitdown interview with the quarterback — said he also isn’t entirely sure what Kaepernick has done for his community since settling his lawsuit with the NFL back in 2019.
“As far as the community part, I think AB is right,” Jones said. “We haven’t heard anything that Kaep did for the community or given back to the community after the settlement.”
You’ll recall, Brown wondered out loud in a conversation with “Cigar Talk” about Kaepernick’s foundation and its results … saying, “I’m being real. What superhero he enforce? Who he put on? Who he help?”
Jones is clearly wondering the same thing … telling us straight-up, “That part of the question, I do think AB is right.”
As for the rest of Brown’s thoughts on Colin — Pacman did appear to disagree with the NFL free agent on most of those.
The former Tennessee Titans superstar told us after watching Kaepernick practice for 2.5 hours in April, he doesn’t think the QB is “trash” like Brown does. In fact, Jones said Kaepernick’s arm talent is still certainly there.
Jones also told us, unlike Brown, he believes Kaepernick does still have a desire to play.
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“I just think it’s hard for a guy to fairytale for 2.5 hours, three hours every day throwing the ball if you don’t want to play,” Jones said. “I think he wants to play. Do he deserve to play? That’s another question. But, do he want to play? I do think he wants to play.”
Jones explained to us he believes it’ll be NFL or bust for Colin — saying he truly thinks the guy has no desire at all to play in the XFL or any other league outside of The Shield.
Husband of Slain Uvalde Teacher Dies of Heart Attack After Dropping Off Flowers at Her Memorial
The family of Irma Garcia — one of the two teachers who sacrificed their lives to save their students at the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas — is now also mourning the loss of another family member. Garcia’s husband, Joe, died Thursday of a heart attack, minutes after dropping off flowers at her memorial, The New York Times reports.
“Extremely heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief,” wrote John Martinez, Garcia’s nephew, on Twitter. “I truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling. Please pray for our family. God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy.”
EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief, i truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy pic.twitter.com/GlUSOutRVV
— john martinez ❤️🔥 (@fuhknjo) May 26, 2022
He “pretty much just fell over,” Martinez told The Times. “I’m really in shock right now.”
Martinez described Joe and Irma as “high school sweethearts” in a tweet. The couple shared four children, ages 23, 19, 15, and 13. “No child should have to go through this,” Martinez wrote. “My heart breaks for them.”
The family of the Garcia couple launched a GoFundMe to cover the funeral expenses of Irma, and later updated it to include Joe. They’ve raised nearly $100,000.
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart,” wrote the couple’s family on GoFundMe. “Losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.”
Another family member of Garcia wrote, “Tio Joe i really hope you tell tia how we were all looking for her. i heard your voice one last time. i’m so sorry.”
“These two will make anyone feel loved no matter what,” tweeted a third family member, sharing a photo of the couple. “They have the purest hearts ever I love you sm tia and tio please be with me every step of the way.”
Lord god please on our family, my tias husband passed away this morning due to a heart attack at home he’s with his wife now, these two will make anyone feel loved no matter what they have the purest hearts ever I love you sm tia and tio please be with me every step of the way pic.twitter.com/opivBERMvv
— Joey.mtz (@Joeymtz4) May 26, 2022
Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults, Garcia was identified as one of the victims. She worked as a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary during her entire 23-year teaching career.
“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom,” Joey Martinez, another one of Garcia’s nephews, tweeted. “She died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”
The GoFundMe described Irma as someone who “would literally do anything for anybody,” and who “loved her classroom kids.”
‘Narc’ Director Joe Carnahan Remembers the Late Ray Liotta Once ‘Having a Go’ at Tom Cruise
Ray Liotta knows how to make a lasting impression. In a touching tribute, Narc director Joe Carnahan tells Rolling Stone about one of his fondest memories of Liotta, who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 67.
“I’m still processing the news. I still can’t get over the fact that he’s gone,” Carnahan says. “He gave me my career. I could not have gotten Narc made without him. I’m still in shock. He was one of those guys who you thought he was going to live to be a 1,000.”
But just how did Liotta help the 2002 crime drama turn from festival darling to wide-release feature? With the help of a little wine and the bravery to “have a go” at none other than Tom Cruise, of course. As Carnahan was trying to secure Cruise/Wagner Productions’ financial backing, the director took Cruise and Liotta — who starred in the film — out to dinner in Los Angeles.
“Tom Cruise wanted to have dinner with us,” Carnahan says. “So we go to Giorgio’s [in LA], and the thing about Ray is, he wasn’t like a tequila guy. His drink of choice was Chablis [wine] and crushed ice. That was his jam.”
“So, we’re talking, and you have two reasonably-sized egos in the room with Tom and Ray sitting at the table. Ray is getting a little tipsy off of the wine, and he decides he’s gonna have a go at Tom. He wants to get argumentative with the biggest movie star in the world. So Ray goes, ‘C’mon, Tom, let’s cut to it. You guys are not necessarily doing that great as a company . . . You need a movie like this.’ Tom is like, ‘What are you talking about? Mission: Impossible 2 or The Others?’ and Ray keeps saying, ‘C’mon, you know what I mean!’”
Stunned, Carnahan recalls “shrieking in my seat” as Liotta continued to playfully rib Cruise.
“Ray’s whole thing is basically: ‘YOU need Narc, we don’t need you,’” he recalls. “We leave, and I’m just apoplectic, like ‘What in the fuck are you doing going after Tom Cruise?! He’s Tom Cruise!’ And Ray says, ‘We got the hot movie! C’mon! . . . I’m testing him. I want to see if he’s up to it!”
But the unconventional tactic worked — Cruise/Wagner Productions ultimately bought up the rights to Narc. “Tom came on and really lifted Narc out of being a Sundance darling, and got Paramount to take this $3 million dollar independent cop thriller seriously,” says Carnahan.
Looking back, Carnahan is still touched by Liotta’s confidence in the film. “He just had this unshakable belief in our movie, that somehow this was more important than the biggest movie star on the planet — and it all worked out.”
A rep for Liotta confirmed to Rolling Stone on Thursday that the actor died in his sleep while on location in the Dominican Republic, where he was reportedly shooting the film Dangerous Waters.
Much like in Narc, Liotta made a career specializing in portraying tough-talking, no-nonsense characters often embroiled in the criminal underworld, or lighthearted variations of that character in comedies.
Mark Meadows Burned Docs After Meeting With Republican Working to Overturn Election, Ex-Aide Tells Jan. 6 Panel
In the weeks after the 2020 election, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who was trying to get the election results overturned. Afterwards, Meadows burned documents in his office, his former aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee, Politico reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with her testimony.
It’s unclear which papers Meadows may have burned, but the issue is a “key focus” of the committee, which grilled Hutchinson over the incident for around 90 minutes, according to Politico.
Lawyers for Meadows and Hutchinson and a spokesperson for Perry did not offer comment to the outlet, which could not independently confirm that Meadows incinerated papers.
Perry, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), was issued a subpoena earlier this month by the committee. (Perry’s deadline to respond is Thursday). The committee noted that Perry was “directly involved with efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice and install Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General.” Then-President Donald Trump considered doing just that in order to help convince state legislatures to overturn the election results, former officials in Trump’s Department of Justice have testified. Trump backed off after many in the department threatened to quit.
According to a deposition from last November, Clark drafted a letter addressed to Georgia’s governor and state leaders about election results there, and how to get them overturned. A transcript of the deposition hearing suggests that the White House Communications Agency was involved with drafting the letter.
Trump administration figures have a history of less-than-normal — and potentially illegal — ways of handling and disposing of documents. White House staff would regularly find torn up wads of paper clogging Trump’s toilet, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote in her book Confidence Man. It has also been reported that Trump liked to rip up pieces of paper. (One former aide also claimed she saw him chewing one up). Earlier this year, boxes of White House documents were found at Mar-a-Lago, with the National Archives saying some of the contents were marked as classified. The Times reported earlier this month that federal prosecutors are investigating whether Trump tampered with the documents he took to Palm Beach.
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