After trying to recover from the Ray Rice incident, the Baltimore Ravens have found themselves caught up in a new scandal. According to reports, the team’s security director has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Ravens’ stadium following a December game. The court documents, which were filed in Baltimore City District Court, claim that 48-year-old Darren Sanders kissed a 34-year-old woman’s neck and attempted to get her to touch his genital area. Although the woman involved in the incident told her co-workers what happened, and there is a witness who claims to have seen their interaction, Sanders is denying the allegations. “Mr. Sanders has worked his entire career to keep others safe as a police officer and as a detective with the Baltimore City Police Department and currently as the senior security director for the Baltimore Ravens,” his lawyers said in a statement. “He is a man who possesses tremendous integrity, and he has worked to ensure public safety by protecting the health, welfare and security of the community.” Sanders has been placed on paid leave. Read more.
‘Selma’ Stirs Controversy Regarding Portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson
Ever since it hit theaters, the movie “Selma” has received rave reviews, but a particular part of the film is stirring some controversy. The movie reenacts a meeting that took place between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson. According to those who were at the meeting in 1964, the film got it wrong. The movie depicts a confrontation between the two while discussing voting rights for African Americans, but attendants claim that the meeting was far from tense. “It was not very tense at all. We were very much welcomed by President Johnson,” said former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, who was present at the meeting as a young lieutenant to King. “He and Martin never had that kind of confrontation.” It is reported that several people who were aides to President Johnson have reached out to the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, to express outrage over the way that she depicted the president. His daughters Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson have also shared their frustrations about the film. Read more.
The Serena Williams Fund Partners With The Caliber Foundation to Stop Illegal Gun Violence
In efforts to combat gun violence, tennis star Serena Williams and The Serena Williams Fund has teamed up with The Caliber Foundation. The foundation provides support for victims, loved ones, and communities that have been affected by gun violence. The Caliber Foundation creates educational initiatives, cultural programming, and family activities. The also fund a voluntary gun buyback and amnesty programs. “When someone is killed or wounded through acts of senseless violence, there are many victims. Aside from the person whose life was lost, there are the children, families and communities left struggling for answers or simply left with a hole in their heart,” said Williams. “We are proud to support The Caliber Foundation, which shares our goal of mending hearts and building futures.” The organization has served Newark, Detroit, Hartford and the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more.