This kind of news is never fun to read. Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was gunned down in his home early Monday, and passed away from his wounds this morning. Taylor was shot in the upper leg, “damaging the key femoral artery and causing significant blood loss.” Police believe he was shot in an apparent robbery and his murder comes only a week after his house was broken into and a knife left on a bed.
Taylor’s past is a little shady, but he appeared to have been turning things around since the birth of his daughter Jackie. Besides his infamous take down of a punter in last year’s Pro Bowl (which is supposed to be a friendly game), he’s caused trouble both on and off the field: racking up a DUI charge and numerous fines and penalties from the NFL for everything from spitting in a player’s face to uniform violations. He also was embroiled in a notorious assault case after he was accused of pulling a gun on a man he believed stole cars from his home. The case ended with Taylor getting 18 months probation. In recent months, however, his outlook and attitude changed. His teammate Clinton Portis said, “…Ever since he had his child, it was like a new Sean, and everybody around here knew it. He was always smiling, always happy, always talking about his child.”
A child who will surely miss her dad.
Usher‘s wife, Tameka Foster, reportedly gave birth to a boy Monday night. Word is that Tameka and baby are expected to head home from the hospital on Wednesday. The family has yet to release a statement, so details are scant. We know nothing of the boy’s name or his birth weight. I know the mystery of Usher’s child’s birth weight is going to keep you up at night, so rest assured, we will keep you updated as details roll in. The story is still developing…like a newborn, actually. [People]
Well? What are you waiting for?
Always keep an eye on your bags when traveling – where have we heard that before? But Kim Kardashian didn’t, and so now she’s allegedly $50K lighter in the jewelry department (Hello, Allstate?). Guess when you’re a fab West Coast hottie and you’re traveling with your fab West Coast hottie sis, you need your peeps to protect your crud. Kim & Kourt didn’t go that route. On their way to Vegas, they were signing autographs and mingling with the Delta Airlines crew when someone smoked ‘em for their ice and laptop and whatever else was in their luggage. Maybe a bad guy now knows what’s on KK’s iPod! As you read, he’s probably chilling, watching Paris’ “Stars Are Blind.”
Last night on The Hills, we learned a valuable lesson: Girls can hit other girls. Also, we learned that Lauren knows how to make one hardcore, reallllllly ugly face as her token reaction to everything.
Eh, perhaps that’s the most important lesson of all.
Poor Domenico Nessi. The Italian joker was the most charismatic of Tila Tequila‘s contestants — until he was kicked off the show last week. He’d told Tila that meeting his parents would be a rocky affair, and despite how she felt about him, she told him that he had to be let go. Now it seems that MTV is casting for a show Domenico will host. As Dlisted pointed out yesterday, the series will be called That’s Amore and will feature the talents of many, many ladies vying for Domenico’s affection.
Mary Alice Stephenson, co-host of America’s Most Smartest Model, is a fashion industry insider whose smart looks and smart tongue control her show’s pretty people. Each week we talk with her about issues on the show. This time the subjects are Pickel’s performance, Andre’s unstoppable Soviet nature and V.J.’s sneaky-sneaky behavior.
One would think that a woman on the verge of losing custody of her children and her driver’s license might have more pressing issues on her mind, but not Britney Spears. The Hindenburg of Pop Music is starting production for her music video today in Los Angeles for her second single “Pieces of Me.” You might remember this track as the ditty she takes aim at the media’s portrayals of her: “I’m Mrs. American dream/ SinceI was 17/I’m Mrs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous/I’m Mrs. ‘Oh my God, that Britney’s shameless’/ I’m Mrs. ‘Extra, extra, this just in’ / I’m Mrs. ‘She’s too fat, now she’s too thin.’”
The premise of the video, as reported by UsWeekly, has Spears sneaking into a club in disguise with her back-up dancers in order to elude the paparazzi (no word on whether Brit’s omnipresent court-appointed monitor gets a part). Given Spears’ visitation schedule with sons Jayden James and Sean Preston, she’ll only be available to shoot for two hours. Shots planned include Spears running down a staircase, and dancing on a
bar, both activities the pop tart should be an old pro at, provided underwear isn’t required. Personnel on the shoot also includes a boby double for Brit, according to UsWeekly.
In this episode, New York gets immortalized in ink.
Never. Looked. Hotter.
Even though the news of Hulk and Linda Hogan‘s divorce just dropped last week, it turns out that their separation happened some time ago and has been secretly kept under wraps. Apparently the pair hit the skids in June, and they even filmed parts of their show while broken up. Wow – good acting guys! So what went wrong? A source alleges that Linda liked to throw cash around, and wanted to purchase a big ol’ house in Cali while Hulk and the kids were loving life in Florida. The mystery spy said, “They’ve been fighting for quite a while, and a lot of it has to do with her out-of- control spending.”
Today Hulk released the following statement asking for some space while he and the clan works things out. He said, “Please respect my family’s privacy at this time with all that we have been through. I care for my wife and my children are my world and I just hope this all works out.”
We hope it all works out too! Hulk and Linda always made married life look so cute as they tooted around on their Sequeways with their puppies in tow. We’re sure this is nothing another romantic Hulk-written poem can’t fix. Right guys?