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LSU Bans Odell Beckham Jr., NCAA Investigating Violations

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Louisiana State University has banned Odell Beckham Jr. and is self-imposing penalties as the NCAA investigates the school for violations.

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  • According to Sports Illustrated, the NCAA is investigating booster payments made to the father of a student-athlete. LSU is self-imposing penalties on the football program due to the alleged violations.
  • The school is docking the football program eight scholarships over the next two years and reducing the number of recruitment visits and communications the program can have with prospects. LSU’s football program can offer up to 85 scholarships per year.
  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU player Odell Beckham Jr. will also be banned from the school’s facilities. After LSU’s win in the College Football National Championship in January, Beckham was seen on video giving cash to players. Beckham distributed $2,000 to players, including former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Student-athletes are prohibited from accepting cash, according to NCAA bylaws.

“LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program. We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter.” – Robert Munson, LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director

  • The NCAA began investigating LSU’s athletic program for violations in 2018. There have been several alleged instances of impermissible payments and embezzlement by LSU boosters. Officials from LSU and NCAA communicated in July about potential penalties, including a postseason ban.

It is unclear whether these self-imposed sanctions will satisfy the NCAA or if they will seek further punishment.

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Sagar is a Digital Intern at UnmutedCo. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Economics. Sagar writes for Black News Alerts and the BNA Daily Podcast. He also produces the BossFM Morning Show.

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Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen Thrown Out By Judge

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(Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore’s $95 million lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was thrown out by U.S. District Judge John Cronan on Tuesday.

What We Know:

  • The Moore’s were attempting to sue Cohen for defamation and emotional distress after a satirical interview segment which aired in 2018 on Cohen’s comedy series “Who Is America?”. Moore was told he was receiving an award for supporting Israel when Cohen, posed as a counterterrorism instructor named Col. Erran Morad, started discussing bogus military technology. He pulled out a “detection device” he claimed the Israeli army used to identify pedophiles and it lit up when held near Moore, a reference to sexual misconduct scandals faced by the judge. Moore had signed a disclosure agreement prior to the interview that prohibited any legal claims over the appearance.
  • In 2017, Moore lost a special election for Alabama’s open Senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones. Allegations had surfaced that when he was in his 30s he had pursued romantic relationships with teen girls. Some of these women accused him of sexual misconduct; he denied the claims. Moore was also known as the Ten Commandments Judge for his stances against same-sex marriage and support for a public display of the Ten Commandments.
  • Judge Cronan said Moore waived his right to sue when he signed the disclosure agreement which contained “unambiguous contractual language”. He produced a 26-page ruling on the case. “Given the satirical nature of that segment and the context in which it was presented, no reasonable viewer would have interpreted Cohen’s conduct during the interview as asserting factual statements concerning Judge Moore,” Cronan wrote.
  • Kayla Moore’s claims were barred by the First Amendment, according to Judge Cronan. Court records show that Moore and his wife are appealing the suit. In a statement sent by text to The Associated Press, Moore said, “Of course we will appeal —  this court used words like ‘tricked and joke’ in describing Cohen’s behavior but will still do nothing to rein in his fraudulent misconduct.”

Cohen has faced lawsuits in the past for similar pranks, but those were also tossed out because individuals had signed similar releases.

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Supreme Court won’t overturn ruling against business that refused service for gay weddings

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The Supreme Court on Friday declined to wade into the contentious issue of whether businesses have a right to refuse service for same-sex wedding ceremonies despite state laws forbidding them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

The court dodged the wedding question three years ago in a case involving a Colorado baker who said baking a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage would violate his right of free expression and religious beliefs. The issue came back in an appeal brought by Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington.

The court said Friday that it would not take up her appeal, leaving the state court rulings against her intact and again ducking the hot-button issue. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said the court should have taken the case.

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Trump Organization and CFO Charged in Tax Scheme, Plead Not Guilty

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Allen Weisselberg, center. Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

The Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg were charged with 15 counts for alleged fraud and tax evasion.

What We Know:

  • Lawyers for the Trump Organization and its top executives pleaded not guilty to a 15-count indictment alleging the company secretly redirected money to executives to avoid taxes on $1.7 million of income. Beginning in 2005, the money was untaxed indirect employee compensation. Prosecutors claim the Trump Organization failed to report the payments for tax purposes.
  • CFO Weisselberg and two corporate entities were declared co-defendants in the indictment. Some charges include tax fraud, false statements, false filings, false tax instruments, and falsifying business records. Prosecutors term the fund funneling an “orchestrated scheme” to benefit top executives, giving them undocumented perks and raises that bypass taxing.

“It was orchestrated by the most senior executives, who were financially benefiting themselves and the company, by getting secret pay raises at the expense of state and federal taxpayers,” an assistant district attorney told the judge.

  • Off-the-books payments by corporations are legal as long as they are not in the form of a paycheck. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, however, faults the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg for allegedly failing to account for checks given out, checks which Weisselberg signed.
  • Allen Weisselberg and the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty and refute the indictments. The Trump Organization considers the indictment a political attack. Defense lawyers Alan S. Futerfas, Bettina Schein, and Susan R. Necheles consider the case one to be resolved by civil tax authorities.

“In our view, this case was brought because the companies’ name is Trump. This case signals that it is now open season for local prosecutors to target federal political opponents and adversaries.”

  • Former President Donald Trump has not been personally charged with any crimes. Thursday morning, Weisselberg surrendered to authorities and turned himself in. If convicted, he faces more than 10 years in prison.

Weisselberg was released on his own recognizance after giving up his passport. He is expected in court on September 20.

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