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Matt Kemp’s Kind Gesture To Terminally Ill Teen



Matt Kemp is more than just a terrific baseball player, the Dodgers outfielder also has a huge heart. Kemp made a kind gesture during Sunday night’s game that was caught on camera, and now, the video has gone viral.

After Sunday night’s loss against the San Francisco Giants, Kemp autographed a ball, and gave it to a terminally ill teen, Joshua Jones. But it didn’t stop there. Kemp proceeded to give the young boy his hat, his jersey, and finally, Kemp reached down, and took off his cleats, and gave them to the 19-year-old.

Joshua and his father sat front row at AT&T Park for a father, son outing, and during the game, the boy’s father told the Dodger’s third base coach, Tim Wallach, about his son’s illness. Jones is suffering from inoperable tumors in his spine and has been given 90 days to live. Wallach later told Kemp about the young boy.

In a pre-game interview before Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, Kemp told reporters he still didn’t even know the kids name and still had not seen the video. “I didn’t plan on taking the jersey off, but it’s something I felt would probably cheer him up a little bit … and that was my first time taking my shoes off in front of the fans,” Kemp shared.

Check out the video of Kemps’ gesture that has gone viral below.




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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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