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Orlando Scandrick wants to make one thing clear: Don’t believe everything you hear.

The NFL player hit the orange carpet on Thursday night with his two adorable twin girls for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards. But before heading inside the venue, HipHollywood caught up the player to talk about the ongoing saga with his on-again off-again girlfriend, Draya Michele.

When asked how it’s been gearing up for a big football season while dealing with negative media attention, the Cowboys player responded: “I just try to work everyday and just take one day at a time. You can’t believe everything you read. You can’t believe everything you hear.”

Scandrick and Draya have been on and off for the past two years, but the duo recently made headlines after he broke off their short lived engagement just weeks after proposing.

Orlando later revealed to TMZ that the proposal was a “poor decision.” The NFL player later apologized for the comment, but then shocked fans when he filed a restraining order against the Basketball Wives star. The 28-year-old reportedly filed the docs on July 7th asking that Draya be no where near him, which means she will have to move out of his house.

Despite the recent tabloid reports, the athlete still appeared to be in great spirits.


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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