Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, has passed away at the age of 41 following a helicopter crash that occurred in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports.
Numerous reports state that Bryant was traveling with four other passengers, one of them being his daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, 13, when the helicopter was caught on by flames and crashed in the hills above Calabasas.
The father and daughter were reportedly on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.
According to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred before 10 a.m. PST near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road.
“Particularly when he was young, to be a part of his life and to watch his career grow, watch him grow, this is one of the most tragic days of my life,” said Lakers legend, Jerry West. “I know somewhere along the way I guess I’ll come to grips with it. But now I have all these different emotions regarding him. The things I watched him do on the basketball court, but more importantly he was going to make a difference off the court, and he was making a difference off the court. It’s so unexplainable. This is going to take a long time for me.”
Bryant, who is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Natalia, Bianka and newborn Capri, first joined the LA Lakers in 1996. Nicknamed the Black Mamba, Bryant went on to play for 20 seasons and retired in 2016 as the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.
Both of Bryant’s jersey nos. 8 and 24 were retired by the Lakers in 2017. He is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same franchise. Bryant was also nominated for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this past December.
Young Thug’s Lawyer Files Emergency Motion For Bond Hearing
Earlier this week, Young Thug and Gunna were arrested on what is now an 88-count indictment against 28 members of YSL.
After being taken into custody, Thugger and Gunna were both denied bond the following morning and are to remain in Fulton County Jail until further notice. However, Young Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steele, has since filed an emergency motion for a bond hearing as he states that the rapper’s living conditions are inhumane.
Young Thug denied bond as judge says he’s a risk to commit other felonies if released. pic.twitter.com/AfK1lj6mU4— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) May 12, 2022
According to TMZ, Young Thug is being held in solitary confinement described as a “windowless cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet.” The outlet also reports that he has been given inedible food and isn’t allowed to have any human contact, exercise, or even shave.
Young Thug is being charged with conspiracy to violate the racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO) and participation in criminal street gang activity. However, following the raid on his home, the rapper has since been indicted on seven more felonies that include gun and drug possession charges.
.@youngthug defense attorney speaks with my colleague @MarkWinneWSB:— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) May 10, 2022
“I’ll tell you the response to any allegation; Mr. Williams committed no crime whatsoever and we will fight to my last drop of blood to clear him.”
-Defense attorney Brian Steel pic.twitter.com/X7wXePahtf
Brooklyn Rapper Casanova Pleads Guilty In Federal Racketeering Case
On December 1, 2020, Brooklyn rapper Casanova turned himself in to authorities after a warrant was issued by the FBI for his arrest, as part of the 18-member gang sweep of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation (UGSNB).
Today (May 11), Casanova, born Caswell Senior, has entered a guilty plea on the charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The “So Brooklyn” rapper is the 13th defendant in the racketeering case against the UGSNB gang to plead guilty, according to ABC7. In addition to his guilty plea, Senior “admitted to a July 2020 shooting in Florida, an Aug. 2018 robbery in New York City, and to trafficking more than 100 kilograms of marijuana,” according to NBC New York.
Senior will be sentenced in December and faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 60 years.
Gunna Surrenders to Law Enforcement Following 56-Count Indictment
Gunna has surrendered to Fulton County police following Monday’s arrest of Young Thug and 28 other YSL members on RICO charges.
BREAKING: Rapper Gunna (Sergio Kitchens) has surrendered to authorities in Fulton County. He is charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/xYAQZKABF2— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) May 11, 2022
Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, was taken into custody Tuesday (May 10) afternoon on one charge of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to Atlanta news outlet, CBS46.
On Tuesday, Young Thug was arrested in his home in Buckhead following a raid after Fulton County Police filed a 56-count indictment against Thugger and 28 other members of Young Slime Life (YSL) with charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft and possession of controlled substances and firearms.
“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is if you come to Fulton County Georgia and you commit crimes, and certainly if those crimes are in furtherance of street gangs that you are going to become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office, and we are going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” said Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis.
Young Thug appeared in court Tuesday morning in front of Judge Rashida Oliver via Zoom and was formally read his charges. The 30-year-old is being charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity.
According to the 88-page indictment, charges stem from incidents that occurred between January 2013 and April 2022, including the attempted murder of YFN Lucci. Prosecutors have alleged that Thugger gave YSL members Christian Eppinger and Antonio Sumlin the go-ahead to take YFN Lucci out while in jail.
FYI I’ve obtained the full 88-page indictment involving Young Thug, Gunna and YSL for anyone that wants to read: https://t.co/OmHgl2XMaf— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 10, 2022
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