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Karlos Williams' girlfriend Miranda Wilhelm is trying to call off investigations into a domestic battery complaint involving her and Karlos. As you might imagine, this is really bad PR for Florida State, as the school has been riddled with these issues recently. There have been three separate Flordia State starters to be accused of spousal abuse in the past two years. I don't really know how to respond to that. Can we just not hit the ladyfolk, please?
Mirana made a statement on Instagram with pictures explaining how she suffers from abuse, and she includes shots of welts and bruises. It's important to know that Karlos Williams was never mentioned by name. Here is the statement:
Domestic violence is NEVER okay. I have learned why women keep secrets and [are] scared to come forward. I'm ashamed to say I did the same thing but I am ready to speak up for women in situations like myself. I pray one day everyone sees your true colors and for what you really are. This was done to me 2 nights ago by a man I lived with for two years and bared two children by. Hopefully therapy will help you one day fix this and your sons never even work their hands to hurt a woman, mind you a pregnant woman to this extent.
The battery complaint report was not filed by her, and she told everyone she'd never spoken with the police. She has since deleted her Instagram account, and we already know she's asking police to stop investigations; they rarely do in cases like these, as I understand it. We can postulate that one of her friends or family members saw her Instagram post and made a call to police on behalf of Wilhelm. You'd like to think there's a Larry David-type situation that explains all of this-- you know, she'd been to a really intense masseuse that gave her bruises, and she was playing a joke over Instagram. Sadly, that seems highly unlikely. I'm curious to see where this goes.
The status of their relationship is unclear at this time. There are conflicting reports suggesting they have split, while others indicate they are still together.
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Okay, so Jose Canseco blew his finger off. You've probably already heard about it, but it's bad news. The reason Jose is in more trouble than you might think is that he really screwed up an important artery, and there's a possibility he'll lose the whole hand. Jose Canseco's girlfriend Leila Knight has been responding two a ton of texts, tweets, and phone calls assuring everyone that Jose will be okay, but also making it known that she's worried about her man's future use of his hand.
This woman has got a good sense of humor, and she does a bit of everything. She's a model, of course, but she also has done some stunt work. Yes, she has been a stuntwoman, and a lot of her ability to do stunts probably comes from her gymnastics background. When she was little, she caught the bug and competed throughout her adolescence. She then became a gymnastics coach and helped kids train and compete for eight years. She has also appeared in various photo shoots, commercials, and even an episode or two of television. Apparently she was in an episode of the show Cougar Town (the Courteney Cox series on ABC). Lastly, Canseco's girlfriend Leila also calls herself a professional poker player. This is pretty unusual, and I'm very curious to know what tournaments she's competed in, or if she plays strictly cash games. Does she make a profit? I have a friend who plays poker professionally, and you've apparently got to be quite disciplined and focused.
Aside from Jose's interesting girlfriend Leila, it's probably worth noting how interesting a guy Canseco himself is. I love the guy. I think he's really entertaining and a bit of a goofball. As grim as blowing off your finger is, it may get classified as "just another Canseco moment" a few years from now. My favorite Canseco moment was when the 6'4" former baseball player challenged a 5'9" former football player to a boxing match, and got knocked out in the first round. He then went on to try and prove himself in mixed martial arts.
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Gordie Howe's wife Colleen Howe was a remarkable woman. This one does not go in the "sits around taking pictures of herself" category, folks. I'll get to that in a moment. First, we'd just like to say we hope everything turns out alright for Gordie, who suffered a large stroke yesterday and is in rough shape. His family is comforting him in his home in Lubbock, Texas. One of Gordie's sons, Murray, told the Free Press "I feel like this is his final lap around the rink."
Gordie was married to his wife Colleen Howe for 55 years. Colleen was a civic leader, and she founded the first Junior A hockey team in the United States-- the Detroit Junior Red Wings. She was even the general manager for three years. She was also responsible for Michigan's first public indoor hockey rink, which she named the Gordie Howe Hockeyland Arena. Colleen received the honor of Sportswoman of the year in the city of Detroit in 1972, and the following year she received the honor for the entire state. A few years later she created the Howe Foundation to support charities, and she was awarded the Hartford Chamber of Commerce Award for outstanding community achievement in 1979. Colleen even founded a sports agency to manage her sons Mark and Marty's careers in the WHL and NHL along with Gordie's career (as Gordie came out of retirement to play professionally alongside his sons). Oh,and she also wrote a few books.
Last but not least, this powerhouse of a woman ran for congress against the mayor of Hartford! Imagine that. "So, what's your mom up to these days?" Oh, she's running for mayor. It's not hard to see why a great guy like Gordie really fell for her. It was a sad day when Colleen was diagnosed with Pick's disease, which is an incurable neurological disease that causes dementia. She died after a struggle for seven years, but not before she helped Gordie carry the Olympic torch.