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Paul George Recovering From Surgery After Snapping Leg In Half!



Indiana Pacers Paul George is recovering from surgery this morning at a Las Vegas hospital after suffering an open tibia-fibula fracture.

“Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece,” George Tweeted late Friday night.

During Team USA’s showcase at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night, the NBA star was blocking a layup in the 4th quarter when he landed on the basket stanchion, which caused the hair raising injury. The small forward had a successful operation at Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital, but it’s still unclear how long the player will be out.


“It is way too early to speculate on his return, as the No. 1 priority for everyone will be his recovery,” Pacers team president Larry Bird said in a statement. “Our initial discussions with our doctors and the doctors in Las Vegas have us very optimistic. We are hopeful at some point next week Paul will return to Indianapolis to continue his recovery.”

“Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time,” Bird said. “Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help. We still support USA Basketball and believe in the NBA’s goals of exposing our game, our teams and players worldwide … This is an extremely unfortunate injury that occurred on a highly-visible stage, but could also have occurred anytime, anywhere.”

Following the injury, social media blew up with reactions, particularly from his NBA family.

#Pray4PG,” Dwyane Wade posted on Instagram, including an image of he and George on the court.

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Lakers player Nick Young also tweeted his condolences, writing:

Praying for my dude @paul_george24 I hate seeing stuff like that man.”

Last season, Paul averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Pacers wound up losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.


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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