Basketball Wives star Jackie Christie and her estranged daughter, TaKari Lee, are in a full-out war all over Jackie’s ill grandson, Jaxson.
Last month, a friend of the family set up a GoFundMe page in efforts to raise money for Jaxson, who, according to the site, was “badly burned on his head, neck, and chest while being cared for at a local daycare earlier this week.”
The description claims that, “Due to the extent of his injuries he has to go at least once a week to Harborview M.C. to meet with the children’s burn unit. His mother cannot go to work and doesn’t have enough vacation time to cover the extended leave she will need to provide around the clock care for Jaxson.”
Fans recently got wind of the money-raising efforts and slammed Jackie and her husband, Doug Christie, for not helping out with medical expenses. After being berated on Twitter, the reality star and a woman seemingly defending her daughter got into a heated exchange.
Based on the Twitter conversation, it appears as though Jackie is taking legal action. “Extortionist tweeters add the hash tag #blamejackie to your thousands of hate tweets k so o can get it trending #FBI,” she wrote.
In response, a woman that goes by the name of Christina, tweeted, “@JackieChristie but we do see you are rattled cuz you are turning to the law lol!!! Check on your grandchild’s health!!”
It’s unclear why Jackie and her daughter are estranged, but TaKari reportedly claims it’s because she’s “darker skinned and heavier” than Jackie’s other daughter, Chantel.
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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