The Daily Mail reports that retired NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair had an emotional breakdown after he was sentenced to more than three years in prison for gun possession charges.
On August 12, 2019, the former NBA player erupted in tears after the verdict was announced.
According to law enforcement reports, officers discovered three loaded handguns, a gas-powered submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest inside of his vehicle during a traffic stop in 2017.
Telfair told the court that he was being punished for a “victimless crime.”
Telfair begged the court to cut him some slack:
Please don’t take me from society right now. I am 34. I can go play in China for six years and take care of my family. I’m waiting for my daughter right now to get her period. Real mental illness because I wasn’t around… She hasn’t even gotten her period yet.
He added, “Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n—- … I go to the gun store. I got an American Express.”
Throughout his basketball career, Telfair was journeyman. He played for nine NBA teams and three Chinese teams during his 13-year professional career.
Telfair was driving a Ford F-150 accompanied by a friend early in the morning on June 11, 2017, when the two were pulled over because the truck did not have its headlights on.
The officers reported that they smelled marijuana burning inside the car. As a result, they ordered the passengers out of the car and arrested them before carrying out their search.
The former NBA player claims that he didn’t know the guns were in the car because at that time he was going through a divorce and paid movers to put some of his possessions in his truck and take them from Florida to New York.
Telfair also questioned whether the officers lied about the marijuana smell in his truck. He asserted that the drugs weren’t his and he even accused his friend of lying about them.
According to an internal affairs investigation, the officers who arrested Telfair were correct about the weed smell, which gave them probable cause to search Telfair’s car.
Telfair is the cousin of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. He played 10 NBA seasons with nine different teams from 2004 to 2013, which included the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors.
Telfair also played three seasons for professional teams in China.
The former NBA player’s case shows that numerous states like New York still have stiff gun laws that punish otherwise peaceful individuals.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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