President Obama Awards Michael Jordan With Medal Of Freedom & Jokes About The Crying Meme

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The Jordan crying meme has become so legendary that President Obama mentioned it when awarding Michael Jordan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.

“He’s more than just a logo, more than just an internet meme,” the President jokingly said on Tuesday afternoon when he introduced the Chicago Bulls legend and Space Jam star.

During Tuesday’s ceremony, President Obama presented 21 prominent people who have contributed something noteworthy to the world, whether it be in philanthropy or making huge strides in the sciences. Of course, Jordan, Obama’s favorite basketball player of all time, was honored for changing the landscape of the NBA and his business efforts. Obama would bond with the fellow Chicagoan over the ’96 Bulls and the Jordan-led Dream Team.

All of the high praise must’ve hit His Airness pretty hard. He started to tear up and Jordan crying meme 2.0 might be on the horizon.

The crying MJ meme uses a photo snapped by a photographer during Jordan’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2009 and the rest is etched in Twitter history.

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White House Announces Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees

The White House announced the names of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday.

President Barack Obama said the award underscores the idea that everyone can contribute to improving the country despite their station in life.

“From scientists, philanthropists and public servants to activists, athletes and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” the president said in a statement.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It’s presented to individuals who made amazing contributions to the nation’s security or interests, global peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Obama will present the medals to the honorees at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22. They include:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—the NBA’s all-time leading scorer who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and the Milwaukee Bucks to another.

Elouise Cobell (posthumous)—Blackfeet Tribal Community leader and advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence.

Ellen DeGeneres—award-winning comedian who has hosted her popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

Robert De Niro—a seven-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Oscar winner.

Richard Garwin—polymath physicist who earned a Ph.D. at 21 and contributed to U.S. defense and intelligence technologies.

Bill and Melinda Gates—established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, providing more than $36 billion in grants since its inception.

Frank Gehry—a leading architect whose works have helped define contemporary architecture.

Margaret H. Hamilton—led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo command modules and lunar modules.

Tom Hanks—nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times and received the award for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.

Grace Hopper (posthumous)—known as “Amazing Grace” and “The first lady of software,” was a pioneer of computer programming from the 1940s.

Michael Jordan—played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships, five Most Valuable Player awards and appeared in 14 All-Star games.

Maya Lin—artist and designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Lorne Michaels—a producer and screenwriter, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live.

Newt Minow—as chairman of the FCC, he shaped television and advocated for public interest broadcasting.

Eduardo Padrón—president of Miami Dade College who advocates for access and inclusion.

Robert Redford—actor, director, producer, businessman and environmentalist, founder of the Sundance Institute to advance the work of independent filmmakers.

Diana Ross—legendary Motown R&B singer, Academy Award nominee and Grammy Award winner.

Vin Scully—broadcaster for 67 seasons for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bruce Springsteen—singer, songwriter and bandleader.

Cicely Tyson—won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, best known for her performances in Sounder and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

SOURCE: WhiteHouse.gov

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Autistic Fan Who Impersonated Michael Jordan Gets Call & Gifts From His Airness

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Just like Mike.

Months ago, a video surfaced on Twitter of a man named Jeffrey Harrison playing a game a pick-up basketball. He wore the entire 1990s Chicago Bulls getup and it instantly went viral. While he isn’t hitting fade-away jumpers like his idol Michael Jordan, his outfit was always on point.

Well, word must’ve got back to Jordan himself as he recently called Harrison and thanked him for being a huge fan and donning the outfit with pride. Aside from getting to speak to the NBA legend, Harrison also got a box full of Jordan sneakers and clothing.

Harrison opened his gifts to also find a personal message from his Airness.

“Continue to believe in yourself, play hard and always remember to enjoy the game,” Jordan wrote.

Idaho news station KREM 2 contacted Jordan’s manager following Harrison’s July 4 pickup game in Coeur d’Alene that showed him donning the classic MJ look: the matching white-and-red Bulls shorts and jersey, along with the calf sleeve and forearm sweatband.

Harrison, who is autistic, is unable to work and spends much of his time on the local basketball courts, perfecting his moves.

Now we know Harrison is going to stay fresh on the court. And who wouldn’t want to have Michael Jordan as a fan?

SOURCE: Esquire | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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Sam Perkins Says Bobby Knight Made Michael Jordan Cry During The 1984 Olympics

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Michael Jordan is often revered as one of the most dominant players to ever join the NBA.

But Sam Perkins, an old teammate who played with Michael at UNC and during the 1984 Olympic games, reveals even one of the most talented players of all time gets emotional, too.

During a conversation with Sirius XM’s Above the Rim, Sam says Bobby Knight, who coached the ’84 Olympics basketball squad, made Michael cry after Team USA’s 78-67 quarterfinal win over Germany.

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Bobby Knight, he got after us,” Sam said. “He told Michael that’s the worst he ever played. Now Michael’s going to deny this, but he cried. He cried after the game, because of the fact that Bobby Knight told him, ‘You should apologize to everybody in here.’ I waited for my apology because I thought he was going to actually do it. But he actually cried.”

This was pretty early in Michael’s NBA career, as it was his rookie season. The ’84 games did have a happy ending, though, with Team USA going on to clinch the gold medal. And Michael, 53, would, of course, go on to win six rings and dominate the league for more than a decade.

Listen to Sam’s account of MJ’s emotional moment below:


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Evening Minute: Black Families Are 228 Years Away From Building The Same Wealth As White Families

Study: Black Families Are 228 Years Away From Building The Same Wealth As White Families

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A recent report sheds a sad and sobering light about the racial wealth gap in America. If the average Black family’s wealth continues to grow at the same pace it has over the past 30 years, it would take a whopping 228 years to accumulate the same wealth as whites.

Wow.

Conducted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development and Institute for Policy Studies, the “Ever-Growing Gap” study also found that over span of 30 years, the average white family’s wealth has grown by a stupendous 84 percent. That’s 1.2 times the rate of growth for Latinos and three times the rate of wealth growth for African-Americans.

In lamest terms, if this pattern were to repeat itself for the next 30 years, it would mean that white wealth has grown, $18,000 per year, while Latino and Black households would see their wealth increase by $2,250 and $750 per year, the report noted.

So how can we level the playing field?

The report’s authors suggest reforming the tax code, taxing the 1 percent, fixing unfair tax programs that ensure that households of color can build wealth and conducting a governmentwide audit of federal policies to understand how our existing policies may affect families of color.

Will that actually happen? Only time will tell.

Michael Jordan Donates $5,000,000 To National Museum Of African American History And Culture

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Basketball icon Michael Jordan is really working hard for his Black card. His most recent effort is his $5 million donation to the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum on the National Mall in Washington D.C. According to the Associated Press, officials confirmed his gift on Monday. 

In a statement Jordan said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”

Museum Director Lonnie Bunch echoed Jordan’s sentiments saying that this gift will allow them to “explore how Black athletes have changed sports and changed American society.”

“We are extremely grateful to Michael Jordan for his game-changing support. His gift will enable our visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society,” Bunch said.

The African-American history museum is set to open on September 24.

Thank you Mr. Jordan!

Uh Oh! Two More Women Accuse Bill Cosby Of Assault, Bringing AvTotal Number Of His Accusers To 60

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The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have reached 60, with two new women stating that the iconic comedian sexually assaulted them. According to Think Progress, the accusers, both Jane Does — numbers 6 and 8— have joined an existing lawsuit against Cosby and this is first time either has told her story to the public.

First, Jane Doe # 6 told the Washington Post that she first met Cosby after he performed at Clemson University sometime in the mid-80s . She stated that she drank a Kahlua and coffee and later that night Cosby asked her, “Do you like back rubs or belly rubs?” Soon after rubbing his belly, she states that she passed out.

Jane Doe #8 said that she was a booker for a modeling agency when she met Cosby in 1984 and had dinner with Cosby and a model from her agency.  According to her, later that night she called her friend Tony Hogue, a male model, to come pick her up, Think Progress noted. Hogue backs up her claim telling the Huffington Post that when he spoke with Jane Doe #8, she told him that she felt “very uncomfortable” and that her “clothes were messed up.” When Hogue asked if she wanted Cosby’s driver to take her home, she said “she couldn’t even really move.”

He continued to say that he knocked on Cosby’s door for a “long time” and ended up leaving with Jane Doe #8 and another woman model Beth Ferrier, who also accused Cosby of rape.

This continues to get messier and messier by the second.

Michael Jordan Donates $5 Million To African-American Museum

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Michael Jordan is trying to make up for the years people said he’s done nothing for the African-American community.

Following his generous contributions of $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the NBA legend is doing a lot more sharing these days. According to reports, MJ has donated $5 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Museum officials revealed that the gift is the largest from a sports figure to the 19th Smithsonian museum and pushes private donations to $278 million. Including federal aid, the museum, which President Obama will open in September, has raised more than $548 million.

The sneaker maven said in a statement, “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”

Jordan also gifted a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals to the museum’s permanent collection, which will be highlighted in the inaugural exhibition featuring artifacts associated with 17 “game-changing” athletes, including the former Chicago Bulls legend.

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Here’s A Poem That Michael Jordan Wrote For A Crush In Grade School

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It turns out Michael Jordan isn’t just an impeccable athlete, but he is also quite the poet.

We knew MJ had a way with words because he’s such a talented trash-talker but he’s also pretty smooth with the ladies too.

ESPN‘s Darren Rovell revealed on Twitter that a poem Jordan wrote to a girl in grade school is being auctioned off next week.

The poem is titled “Only You” and reads “Only you can brighten my day,” Jordan wrote. “Only you can show me the way. Only you can except my love. You and the great man above. Only you can kiss my cheek. When I with you I never fear defeat. I hope you grow very, very tall. Because right now you haven’t grown at all. My face shows happiness and blue. Because I will love Only You.”

The poem will be up for auction soon at Goldin Auctions.

SOURCE: Complex | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty

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ON THIS DAY IN NBA HISTORY

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Exactly 18 years ago today, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA title by defeating the Utah Jazz, 87-86.

Jordan dropped 38 points with seven rebounds and five assists in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals…with the flu.

MJ was crowned MVP of the finals, ending his epic run with the Bulls on a high note before temporarily retiring from the NBA.

LeBron James Responds To Phil Jackson Comparing Him To Michael Jordan

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LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan since he was still rocking the St. Vincent St. Mary uniform.

And recently one of the best coaches to ever step foot on the hardwood, Phil Jackson, subtly compared the two NBA greats on their NBA Finals performances.

It did something to Michael Jordan. You learned something about pulling the cape of Superman. It’s not a good idea. He was a man possessed after that. I think it’s going to take something for LeBron to step into that. Put his cape on and say, “I’m going to have to take over a lot of this series, doing the things beyond my level or my normal capacity.’ He’s been a team player up until this point but I think he’s going to have to step beyond that,” said Jackson.

And Tuesday night, James responded to Jackson’s claims.

I mean, what does that actually mean?” James said to reporters.

I mean, I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am. Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn’t because I was possessed. It’s because I worked on my craft all season long and that’s the result of it. Phil’s a great coach. Mike’s a great player. But I am who I am,” said James.

Also, lets not forget the team Jordan around him when he wont four straight Championships which included the eclectic Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen. Neither of which LeBron seems to have on the Cavaliers roster.

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Is The New ‘Space Jam’ Movie Doomed?

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Joe Pytka, the director behind the original Space Jam movie, thinks the sequel might be in trouble.

“Don’t do it. It’s doomed,” Pytka told The Hollywood Reporter. “Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet.”

Pytka believes LeBron James’ star power is currently being eclipsed by Steph Curry (and the movie is about two years away) so the movie is not worth the risk. Steph Curry won last year’s NBA championship, is a back-to-back MVP winner, spearheaded a 73-9 team that broke the twenty-year-old Bulls’ 72-10 record, and might very well be leading his team to another NBA championship. The director also thinks what made the original Space Jam movie so enthralling wasn’t just Michael Jordan himself. The cast of characters around Jordan also played a role to give the movie its cult-class status.

“When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing,” Pytka said. “They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”

LeBron was tapped to play lead in the sequel with reports that J.R. Smith was set to join him.

SOURCE: Comic Book, Movie News Guide, THR | PHOTO: Getty

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Charles Oakley Says Michael Jordan Hates The Crying Jordan Meme

The Michael Jordan crying meme has taken on a life of its own. What was once a heartfelt moment captured on film somehow turned into the go-to face for…well…anything. The meme has been seen in so many different instances it’d be impossible to name them all. A rep for Michael Jordan spoke on the meme once he found what was happening online.

“After seeing how often the Crying Jordan meme was used during Super Bowl 50—at one point, even Steph Curry used it—we reached out to a rep for MJ to try and find out how he feels about it being used. And to our surprise, we found that MJ actually enjoys the meme. “We think it’s funny,” a rep told Complex Sports. “Everyone seems to be having fun with it.”

Charles Oakley, however, said this wasn’t the case. “Oakley disputed the idea that Jordan likes the meme. “Nah, he don’t like it,” Oakley said.”

Now, there’s a couple of different ways this can be interpreted. For one, the rep could’ve been telling the truth or the rep could’ve been lying. There’s also a chance that the rep didn’t check with Michael before speaking on his behalf. On the other hand, Charles Oakley doesn’t seem like the type to care about PR stuff.

If I were a betting man, I’d take Charles Oakley’s word for it. The problem is, regardless of how Charles and Michael feel, the meme won’t be going anywhere.

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Ja Rule Slaps Fan For Throwing Beer Can

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Seems that we are hearing Ja Rule’s name more in the news lately but this time the New York emcee responds to an unruly fan.

Over the past weekend, video has surfaced of JaRule slapping a fan during the middle of his performance at Harrah’s Pool After Dark in Atlantic City last weekend.

TMZ reports that a beer can flew passed Ja, causing him to stop the show and looking to find can thrower. He even offered concertgoers $1,000 to the person who could point the offender out. “Come here so I can slap you,” Ja Rule says in the exclusive footage obtained by TMZ before appearing to slap someone from the audience.

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Just yesterday (May 9), JaRule was trending on Twitter for claiming that Michael Jordan gets a dollar every time the crying Jordan meme gets posted causing a counterblast on Twitter.

 

Michael Jordan Once Got Inside Jerry Stackhouse’s Head By Singing Anita Baker

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Everyone knows Michael Jordan is one of the best trash talkers to ever set foot on the basketball court. But did you know MJ used to sing Anita Baker to Jerry Stackhouse during their face-offs?

On Monday, former NBA small forward Roshown McLeod appeared on the Brown and Scoop podcast to reveal Jordan’s love for the songstress:

I just remember stories of Jordan singing to guys when he was playing. His number one song was “Giving You The Best That I Got.” I remember him singing that to Jerry Stackhouse one day and just putting on a show. It was like he had a concert going on in his own head. He gave it to you every time,” McLeod said.

Picturing Jordan sink a clutch three as he sings, “And together we can calm a stormy sea,” is a pretty amazing visual.

Some of Jordan’s most famous trash-talking incidents include the time he called Muggsy Bogues a midget mid pull-up, and the time he gave Clyde Drexler a backhanded compliment, saying Drexler was a better 3-point shooter than Jordan chose to be. And of course, there’s the time he walked into the Washington Bullets’ locker room with a lit cigar and asked who was guarding him.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant has something in common with His Airness, and it surely isn’t trash-talking. Last night during the Thunder‘s loss to the Mavericks, Durant tied Jordan for the most misses in a post-season game since 1997. According to ESPN, Durant’s 26 misses are the most he’s ever had in a game in his career.

Just missed ’em. Just missed ’em. Everything looked good for me. Coach drew up some good plays. Teammates set great screens. Russell delivered the ball perfect. It’s on me after that. I’ve just got to make ’em next game,” Durant said in a post-game interview.

Maybe Durant needs some Anita Baker in his life, too.

SOURCE: ESPN, Sporting News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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Happy 53rd Birthday Michael Jordan: Best Dunks & Quotes By The GOAT

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Happy 53rd Birthday to the G.O.A.T, Michael Jordan!

From being a billionaire businessman to an NBA legend, Jordan’s legacy can be measured in cash or by wins on the court. Today we honor one of the greatest of all time with 10 of his most motivational quotes and 10 of his nastiest dunks.

10. “To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

9. “I’ve never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot…when you think about the consequences you always think of negative result.”

8.  “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

7. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

6. “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”

Kanye West Says Bill Cosby Is Innocent & Apologizes To Michael Jordan

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Kanye West has been making almost daily appearances on Twitter since releasing his “No Parties in L.A.” single in early January and his latest Tweets have pushed the envelope far beyond expectation for some.

Tweeting as if he’s somehow just learned of the influence he can have and amount of people he can reach by becoming an active part of the Twitter community, Kanye filled his timeline with previews of his upcoming Yeezy Season 3 line on Monday night before calling out PUMA for unsuccessfully attempting to collaborate with his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner on a shoe line on Tuesday afternoon.

However, it was his sudden declaration of Bill Cosby’s innocence that sent social media into a tailspin on Tuesday evening.

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This tweet came just an hour after Kanye also shocked many by apologizing to Michael Jordan, a surprising gesture considering how repeatedly vocal Ye has been on with his thoughts on Yeezys surpassing Jordans in popularity.

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With the release of his new album and highly-anticipated Madison Square Garden performance just two days away, this is likely just the beginning of what’s to come from Kanye in 2016.

Mother Says Michael Jordan And Nike Are Responsible For Her Son’s Death

During the 2012 holiday season, 22-year-old Joshua Woods was shot and killed over his newly purchased Air Jordans. In many instances, new releases of the sneaker made famous by legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan, have become increasingly dangerous.

Woods was getting into his car after purchasing the $185 shoes from Foot Action. Three men attempted to rob him and then shot at the car 14 times with a .40 caliber hand gun as Woods attempted to drive away. One of the bullets hit the victim in the head, causing him to crash his car where he died at the scene.

Three years later, Woods’ mother, Dazie Williams has to relive the situation as the trial for the first of the three accused gunmen has begun in Houston, TX.

Attorney’s for one of the suspected assailants, Neal Bland claim that their client was under duress from the police when he admitted to shooting Woods, though he did confess that he wanted to rob him.

“My son’s life was worth more than a pair of shoes,” Williams told reporters. “Nike and Michael Jordan didn’t pull the trigger that took my son’s life, but with great power comes great responsibility.”

She shared that Michael Jordan has since called to offer his condolences but it’s not enough.  “Nike has a responsibility in this, and they have to do something. If nothing happens, you’ll see more mothers like me, my son isn’t the only one.”

According to filmmaker, David J. Friendly who’s produced a documentary about the violent subculture associated with owning a pair of Air Jordans, there are at least 1,000 deaths per year over the shoes.

“There’s some gritty violence that goes down over this stuff,” Friendly explained. “Particularly in the inner city, these sneakers mean so much more. These kids form their identity around this material possession.”

Williams has since launched a campaign called “Life Over Fashion,” which aims to pressure Nike to alter the way the costly sneakers are distributed.

Nike spokesman, Brian Facchini has released a statement regarding the safety precautions that the brand plans to establish moving forward. “We are continuing to work with retailers who sell our products to improve the buying experience.”

He also added, “We are in regular contact with our retail partners to share best practices and will continue to do so. We continue to encourage people wishing to purchase our products to do so in a respectful manner.”

Woods was an organ donor who has been able to save four lives since his passing.

SOURCES: KHOU/ NY Daily News

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