Following the announcement, an anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said that the grand jury not only disagreed that certain actions taken by the police that night were justified, but that it was never given the opportunity to indict any officer for homicide.“I came out of my chair and said he just lied,” Juror #1 told VICE on how he responded to the announcement of no charges. He then filed a motion to allow the 12 jurors to speak publicly about what happened during the trial. In a rare incident of grand jury records being made public, a judge ruled that records could be released in order for jury panelists to speak publicly about the case, Daily Kos reported. Days after the motion was approved, a second juror confirmed Juror #1’s statement that charges to consider were limited.- Advertisement – Juror #2 added that he believed Kenneth Walker’s recollection of the incident (Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend, said the police did not knock or announce themselves before forcing their way into Taylor’s apartment, and that he fired his gun thinking they were intruders). “Each of the officers had a different story,” he said. “The only time when their story came together was when they said three phrases: ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I don’t remember,’ and ‘I’m not sure.’” He added that each also tapped their fingers on the desk after saying these phrases. “They had holes in their stories [and] they had holes in their holes.”While it is unclear if other jurors will also speak out about lies and inconsistencies present at the trial, both Juror #1 and Juror #2 have been consistent in their stories contradicting Cameron’s lies. Cameron initially tried to stop records from being released, then issued a statement last month claiming that the trial was conducted lawfully and he is “fine with the jurors speaking and making their position known.” As more of the trial inconsistencies become known and Cameron’s lies are exposed, we can only hope that Taylor will receive the justice she rightfully deserves. Both jurors spoke to VICE Media Wednesday to give some insight into how the trial took place; one even brought a notebook with notes taken during the trial. His notes depicted not only how he responded to the evidence presented, but how he processed it, giving a glimpse into how the jurors were thinking during the trial.“Cameron did not give a choice with this and we did not agree with anything he said,” the anonymous juror identified by VICE as Juror #2 said. “But I had my notes with me because I need for these people to understand I didn’t do this.”Looking at the notebook, VICE noted the phrase “covering up.” When asked about this, the juror explained that he felt the Public Integrity Unit present at the trial acted like defense attorneys for the police, giving them “softball questions” in addition to interpreting what they should be saying.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
On his part, Barrister Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of the organising committee of the 2016 Federation’s Cup final described the idea of making Oshoala the Face of the Female Federation Cup as a brilliant innovation and promised to pass the message to the President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick, who he said he was sure would welcome the idea.“When a great thing is about to happen it starts in a small way because people hardly notice. I think the small thing we have done here today is the beginning of something very great,” he said.“First of all, we have Oshoala, coming to give back, it happens only a few times . Secondly, we need an inspiration for young female footballers in Nigeria. She (Oshoala) has offered herself to fill in that role and it’s a very good thing for which the Federation is extremely happy”, Akinwunmi continued.Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of HotSports and Chairman HS Media Group, Taye Ige commended the Lagos FA for a well organised hosting of the male and female Federation’s Cup for the past couple of years during which the oldest competition in the land gained enhanced equity in the marketplace and thanked Akinwunmi, the NFF and Asisat Oshoala for accepting to work together to boost the image of female football in Nigeria.“it’s big a boost for female football in Nigeria ultimately. You remember that at every final event of the Federation Cup, the female final is played just as an adjunct of the male event or as a curtain raiser. We think that is not good enough and we that the national Federation should do something about it to enhance the brand called female football again,” Ige said.Hotsports is the official Marketing consultant for the Asisat Oshoala brand.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal Ladies and Super Falcons ace, Asisat Oshoala is upbeat as Hotsports Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) takes their ongoing engagements towards unveiling the 2014 African Women’s Footballer of the Year, the Face of the 2016 Female Federation’s Cup in Nigeria, to the next level.Oshoala, who was home on a short break from her base in London in the course of last week after helping her club Arsenal Ladies win the English Women’s Football FA Cup joined the HotSports team led by CEO Taye Ige in a crucial meeting with the Lagos State Football Association Chairman and NFF 1st Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi at the State FA secretariat, Onikan Lagos.“I feel truly happy and excited about this. I appreciate the initiative to make me the Face of the 2016 Female Federation Cup and wish to pledge my full cooperation with HotSports, the Nigeria Football Federation and with all concerned to ensure a more exciting and memorable Federation’s Cup this year,” an obviously elated excited Oshoala said.
Tipperary must scrutinise their performance against Louth, if they’re to gain promotion to Division 1.Corner forward Conor Sweeney says they left a lot of scores behind them last weekend – and can’t afford to do the same in the next two games.The Ballyporeen man believes other opposition could punish them for not taking their chances. Tipp travel to Down on Sunday, for the penultimate game of the league – Conor Sweeney says if they were to progress to Division 1, those issues need to be nailed down…Tipp FM’s live updates of this Sundays game between Tipperary and Down comes in association with Eldons Bar Clonmel and Walsh Barbers shop, Mitchell Street, Clonmel.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Of course, the NFL has already tried having captains like Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin choose sides (after Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was “not inclined” to continue the event). Fans kept tuning out in droves for three seasons before they went back to the old format.In real life, the NBA is now at a new level with its gusher of a TV contract paying each team almost $100 million per season. In 2011, the last All-Star Game at Staples, two-thirds of the teams lost money. Forbes’ projection this season shows one losing money: the Cavaliers with their $120 million payroll and tax repeater $54 million assessment.All-Star Weekend is now a three-day advertisement with endless coverage, too garish to love, too broken to fix, too big to drop, existing in its excesses to assert the game is big and getting bigger … whether that’s a fact, a brag or self-delusion.It’s actually a fact in the NBA now as never before with rising TV ratings in the coveted young adult demographic and burgeoning audiences overseas, especially China.As for All-Star Weekend, we got through the others by whatever means were necessary, including hiding. In other words, the projected value of the NBA’s 30 teams has tripled in four years.All-Star Weekend is now jam-packed with entertaining spectacles … allegedly … with accompanying marketing, giving us the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented by Ruffles; the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars; the Taco Bell Skills Challenge; the JBL Three-Point Contest; the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest and the NBA G-League International Challenge Presented by Kumho Tire, et al.Aren’t we missing something? Oh, right, there’s the All-Star Game, itself, the ritual at the heart of this pageant even if it’s now mostly dunking, firing from the arc and getting out of the way, as in 2015 with its 133 3-point attempts and the last two, which the West won 196-173 and 192-182.As a celebration of competition, it went out of business years ago, turning off insiders like ESPN’s brave Jeff Van Gundy, who campaigns to cancel the event on what is effectively the league’s own air.In a recent game, Van Gundy advocated an extra selection to honor veterans like Dirk Nowitzki, only to be reminded of his stance against the event by his play-by-play partner. Lakers’ lone showing at NBA’s All-Star Weekend ends with Kyle Kuzma scoring 20 points in Rising Stars Challenge Welcome to All-Star weekend, like never before.It’s a great time for the NBA, once a “bush league” – a quote from Wilt Chamberlain on a 1965 Sports Illustrated cover – now second only to the NFL among American spectator sports, without football’s dire issues involving head trauma that threaten youth participation and growth.Having hacked its way out of the bushes, the All-Star break finds the NBA robustly prosperous with Forbes projecting all 30 teams to be worth at least $1 billion and the average at $1.7 billion.In 2014, when the Clippers became the first team to actually sell for 10 figures – at $2 billion – Forbes projected their value at $575 million, just above the NBA median of $550 million. “That’s only if you keep it,” Van Gundy said. “We should get rid of it.”No such luck.Declining all-star interest is a phenomenon across all sports all-star games, which once sounded cool. As that faded, they became important to schmooze the advertisers paying the freight with their corporate budgets.Baseball, the ideal game for the format, invented the All-Star Game in 1933, although its event has faded, too, with all involved caring ever less about it.The Dodgers would be horrified if Clayton Kershaw was asked to go more than one inning, delaying his next start – much less the three innings Sandy Koufax and Juan Marichal each worked in 1966 as the National League won 2-1 in 10 innings.The NBA didn’t even play an All-Star Game until 1963 in the Sports Arena, showcasing the league’s move west with the Lakers in their third season here.A spirit of All-Star competition endured through the NBA’s surge in the 1980s with bragging rights so precious to the charismatic arch-rivals Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.The 1998 game in New York was the last with a compelling story line – even if it was wholly manufactured by NBC, heralding Kobe Bryant, the 19-year-old Lakers reserve voted a starter, as a rival to Michael Jordan.Kobe made it real in his inimitable style, shooting 10 of the first 11 times he touched the ball … which Lakers publicist Raymond Ridder, sitting courtside, noted wryly was “one less shot than he took in the rookie game” the year before.Jordan outscored Bryant 23-18 to win the MVP, noting he had planned to cruise through the game but had to turn it up “to make sure Kobe didn’t dominate me.”In the 19 years since, the event degenerated to the point that NBA Players Association president Chris Paul, injured and watching last season’s game on TV, decided they had to fix it. Showing the difficulty of the task, the best the league came up with is this season’s joke, letting captains – it turned out to be LeBron James and Steph Curry – choose up sides.Unfortunately, there’s an underlying theme: This isn’t important enough to hurt anyone’s feelings for.The captains chose in secret. Having installed a pecking order to spur interest, the NBA then hid it.Of course, there were the usual complaints. Russell Westbrook, ever attitudinal, hit the roof when Portland’s deserving Damian Lillard was chosen over OKC’s Paul George. When George was chosen to replaced injured DeMarcus Cousins – over the Clippers’ deserving Lou Williams – it was as if the league just wanted to keep Westbrook quiet.Actually, the anguish is the last cool thing about the event, making the “All-Star” rosters a meaningful distinction in the NBA.In the NFL, which plays its Pro Bowl at season’s end instead of in the middle, half the league seems to be in the game after injury dropouts and no one from the Super Bowl teams.In baseball, in which every bedraggled team must be represented, “All-Star” can mean multitudes including Bryan LaHair, who lasted three years in the majors, or Jason Vargas, now on his fifth team with a career 4.28 ERA.Related Articles NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars