Cue Chris Brown’s “Loyal” because this Nicole Murphy/Michael Strahan story is getting more dramatic by the minute.
On Tuesday, photos were released of Nicole Murphy having a romantic fling with former NBA star, Jim Jackson, while on vacation in early July, around the same time that she claims that her longtime fiancé, Michael Strahan, was cheating on her. TMZ released three photos of Nicole intimately snuggled up in a beachside cabana with Jackson at the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton in Puerto Rico.
According to reports, Murphy and Jackson were both guests at the hotel from July 7th to July 10th. They claim that guests at the hotel say the two were very close with each other; hugging and kissing in public. Michael apparently knew about the trip and thought Murphy was doing it with her girlfriends, having no idea that his fiancé and the fellow ex-professional athlete were getting close.
This all comes as interesting news, seeing as Nicole broke up with Michael this Saturday, claiming that he cheated on her. Saturday just so happens to be the same day as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
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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