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At one point, Darren Sharper's girlfriend Elizabeth Morris was also his publicist. Well, really she was his publicist but the rumor mill hypothesized that she was also his girlfriend. At the very least, hopefully she is still his publicist because he's going to need that more than a girlfriend. Sharper has been accused of multiple sexual assaults, one in October 2013 and then again in January 2014, which is being investigated by the LAPD. New Orleans PD is also investigating Sharper for an alleged sexual assault filed on Sept. 24. Sharper has been working for the NFL Network but
our guess is that gig is over they have put him on leave without pay - too bad for him, because that salary would've helped him cover the $200,000 bail he posted. There aren't many other details about the alleged rapes, more as we get it.
Darren Sharper's girlfriend Elizabeth Morris began as his publicist, though the rumor mill began picking up on hints that the position may have just been cover so that the pair could date without the spotlight on them. The rumor mill also claimed several others things (including what sexual "talent" Morris may have had) but we'll stay out of that game.
During the time that he was allegedly dating Elizabeth Morris, there were also rumors that Darren Sharper's girlfriend was model Dollicia Bryan. We've covered this before, so check that out for more details.
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There is a very special woman in Jimmy Graham's life but it's not who you might expect. The heart wrenching story behind Saint's tight end Jimmy Graham and his adoptive mother Becky Vinson is one of struggle, compassion, and love. As a young boy Jimmy Graham was bounced from relative to relative by his biological mother who was unable to care for him financially. Eventually he settled in with his ex-step father, who demanded 98 dollars a month in child support. When his mother refused to pay, Jimmy was left with social services.
Eventually he returned to live with his mother, but at age 11 she turned him over to a home for orphans and delinquents. He was the youngest child at the home and he was abused by the older boys with equally troubling pasts. In an exposé on ESPN Jimmy recalls crying himself to sleep at night and wishing he could be in control of his own fate. After a 9 month stint at the home Jimmy finally convinced his mother to take him back, but this time it meant living with his inattentive mother and her new boyfriend who continually abused Jimmy.
Jimmy's life had been so difficult up to this point; he was due for a miracle. That miracle came in the form of Becky Vinson, a single mom who got to know Jimmy at a prayer group that offered a free meal. When Jimmy revealed his story to the group and explained his fear of being sent back to the home, Becky knew she had to help. She invited Jimmy to live with and her daughter, but unlike the wealthy Touhy family of The Blindside fame who famously adopted Michael Oher, Vinson was struggling to get by. This didn't stop Becky from taking better care of Jimmy than he had ever been before. Jimmy was happy and part of a family for the first time.
In high school with Vinson on his side Jimmy improved his grades, became a basketball phenom, and earned a basketball scholarship to The University of Miami. His senior year he joined the football team and his pure athleticism landed him a prime position in the NFL. Jimmy contributes his success to the opportunity and love that Vinson provided. She helped him believe in himself and she says that she is a better person because he is her son. Jimmy's story may be one in a million but he argues that no matter how bad things get, if you keep fighting you can do anything! As the Saints make their way to the playoffs this week you can bet Graham will have his number one fan Becky Vinson cheering him on!
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Feels like we've been through this one before.
The last time we met Lance Moore's girlfriend Kasey Trione, we were operating on a hometown tip that she was dating Patriots breakout running back star Stevan Ridley. We learned pretty early after the post went up that while the two may have casually dated, they were in no way together. This time, however, we seem to be inundated with comments and information pointing the other way that Trione and Moore are actually together.
Kasey Trione seems to be a Lousiana girl through and through. Between her dabbling with Ridley from LSU, to moving on to Moore who plays in New Orleans, despite originally hailing from Northern California. In a shocking turn of events, Trione is a model. Trione has more Facebook friends than we've ever seen before (approaching 6,000), and is not afraid to post pictures of herself and her beau Moore for the world to see.
With the New Orleans finally out of the NFL's doghouse for the bounty scandal of 2012, the Saints are poised for a monster season. With more Moore in the spotlight, we're sure to see Trione around this season. And for that, Lance Moore, we all thank you.