Truck drives through Florida protesters; no serious injuries

Truck drives through Florida protesters; no serious injuries

By: AP | Fort Lauderdale (us) |

Published: May 31, 2020 9:10:51 am





Truck drives through Florida protesters; no serious injuries In this image taken from from video provided by @alexisnscott._, a pickup truck drives through a crowd of protesters, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla Tallahassee police said Saturday that the driver was in custody and that no one was seriously injured. (@alexisnscott._ via AP)

A pickup truck drove through a crowd of protesters Saturday in Florida’s capital, sending some running and screaming as protests across the state erupted in violence, especially in Miami where police cruisers were burned and authorities threw tear gas.

Video shows Tallahassee protesters walking around the truck as it stopped at a traffic light, while some appeared to speak to the driver. In one video, a bottle was apparently smashed against the widow and the truck then suddenly accelerated, knocking several people to the side, but no serious injuries were reported.

Saturday’s protest demanding justice for George Floyd was one of several in Florida and dozens across the nation. Demonstrators outraged over Floyd’s death faced off against heavily-armed officers in other states Friday, with some smashing police cars, ransacking businesses and setting fires that smoldered through the night.

An officer, who is seen on video pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd begged for air, was charged Friday in Floyd’s death.

Lucas von Hollen, an IT instructor at Florida State University, heard a distinct scream of fear from the the crowd of protesters and saw the burgundy pickup from the second-floor window where he was working

“The truck revved its engines … a couple people got out of the way, but some people didn’t, and it just drove straight through the crowd,” he said.

Witnesses said a group followed the truck, forcing it to stop. Tallahassee Police immediately handcuffed the driver, shut down the street and redirected protesters to another area.

Police did not release the name of the driver or say whether he would face any charges, saying details would be forwarded to the state attorney once the investigation was complete.

“This is an extremely tense, emotional time across the nation,” Chief Lawrence Revell said in a statement. “Mutual respect among all of us is vital.”

Further south in Miami, what started as a peaceful protest turned violent as a small group set fire to multiple police cruisers, prompting police to respond with tear gas and fireworks to disperse the crowd, witnesses said. The mayor set a 10 p.m. curfew.

At one point, Interstate 95 was shut down in both directions as a group of protesters stood on the busy roadway. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned on Twitter that the highway protest was “creating a dangerous situation for themselves and others. This is not the place or way to protest.”

Police officers later used bicycles to push back an increasingly rowdy crowd throwing rocks. Cars were also vandalized, including those belonging to protesters.

“It started off peaceful and we were just walking around chanting stuff, trying to have all our voices heard and when we got to the police department that’s when things started to get a little rowdy,” said Savano Wilkerson, a 22-year-old West Palm Beach resident.

He was overcome by the tear gas, along with others around him.

“I had to get milk poured in my eyes twice because I was hit with the gas twice,” he said.

Police issued a dispersal order, warning protesters they would be arrested for trespassing if they did not leave the area.

“If you resist arrest, you may be subject to other police action, which may include the use of less lethal munitions which could cause significant risk or injury,” Miami-Dade Police said on Twitter.

Liseth Hatta, a 27-year-old student at Florida International University, said the protest was largely peaceful with many in the crowd of about 500 singing and urging each other not to break windows or hurt businesses.

But when they arrived at the police station, another group of protesters also converged there and things escalated within minutes.

“There was a sniper on the roof with the police chief standing next to him and they started throwing smoke bombs to the crowd. Most of them were kids. They couldn’t have been older than 21. Everyone ran away screaming,” she said.

They tried to flee and rushed to the train station to head home, but police closed down the entrance.

“A lot of people tried to get back on the train to leave and they weren’t letting us,” she said. “They basically trapped us in.”

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina confirmed some were arrested, but said “it’s not a big number.”

“The restraint the officers have shown, I’m incredibly proud of their efforts,” he said, condemning Floyd’s death, adding he should still be alive.

He said police will give protesters a clear order to disperse and an opportunity to obey, but will respond if they ignore orders.

“We’ll be patient,” he said. “We understand people are angry, but for the most part, the majority of people have been peaceful, but unfortunately there’s bad actors and a lot of them have come from other places … and they want to divide us as a community.”

Meanwhile, in Tampa, Florida, protesters smashed store windows and set a gas station ablaze on Saturday night. Some broke into an AT&T store and a jewelry shop after the protests earlier in the day had been peaceful.

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Redo summer in Southern Hemisphere

Redo summer in Southern Hemisphere

“Take me back to summer 2020” won’t be a caption surfacing on Instagram any time soon. If the winter is a long, barren highway, Memorial Day is the welcome sign telling us we’ve finally reached our destination. This year, that destination looks more like Death Valley than Punta Cana. The landscape of our summer travel season looks quite different right now, and most of us are eager to push the fast-forward button to the summer of 2021. But you might not have to go quite that far into the future to salvage your summer vacation.

Hopefully, the global health situation will be much improved by this fall and winter, travel will be safer, and most destinations will have reopened their borders to tourism. In the Southern Hemisphere, summer starts in December. That means beach trips, camping weekends, backyard BBQs, and other warm-weather excursions we don’t have to wait a whole year for. Whether it’s a South African safari or an island getaway in Bali, you can redo summer 2020 this winter in these Southern Hemisphere destinations.

1. Cabo Verde

When the weather starts getting cold, a light seems to go off in people’s heads telling them to book a trip to Mexico. If a trip to Playa del Carmen is your typical winter getaway, consider taking a break from the packed beaches and resort communities and going somewhere different. A trip to Cabo Verde is the ultimate warm-weather beach getaway, without the crowds that plague more popular (and accessible) destinations.

Located in the mid-Atlantic, off the coast of western Africa, Cabo Verde is a collection of volcanic islands not unlike the Canaries. The islands are home to miles of white beaches, and surf that rivals Hawaii and Puerto Rico. If that’s not enticing enough, the average January temperature is 77 degrees.

You’ll have a dramatically different experience depending on which island you choose to visit. Boa Vista is known for its rolling sand dunes and pristine beaches, while more rugged travelers might prefer the steep ravines and precipitous hiking trails of Santo Antão. Santiago is the largest island and center of the nation’s culture. Its capital, Praia, is a mix of African and Mediterranean influence, and its vibrant market not only offers delicious local food but also a taste of the island’s unique way of life.

2. Patagonia, Chile and Argentina

Patagonia is unlike anywhere else in the world, and lucky for restless winter travelers, the best time to visit is from November to March. Don’t expect a beach vacation like other Southern Hemisphere destinations, but the region is so full of epic adventures that a poolside margarita won’t even cross your mind.

Patagonia encompasses the southern parts of both Chile and Argentina, and both countries have a number of ways to experience it. Torres del Paine National Park is the crown jewel of Patagonia in Chile, and you could easily spend a week exploring the glaciers, grasslands, and iconic mountains. An overland jeep tour is one of the best ways to get a comprehensive park experience. The Base of the Towers is the most famous (and difficult) hike in the area, though other more moderate hikes, like Mirador Cuernos and Mirador Condor, also offer stunning views. You can also take a ferry to Grey Glacier to see the massive icebergs up close.

If seeing marine wildlife gets you excited, you’ll want to check out the Argentine side of Patagonia, which begins south of the Rio Negro. Península Valdés, on the north coast, is home to endangered southern right whales, as well as southern elephant seals and southern sea lions. Visitors can take a small boat to see the whales up close from Puerto Pirámides.

3. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

A trip to Hawaii may be met with jealousy, but a trip to Rarotonga will be met not just with jealousy, but also wonderment. Rarotonga is the largest of the 15 Cook Islands in the South Pacific, and it might be the best place for an authentic dose of Polynesian culture. Sure, showing up on a remote Polynesian island after a long flight might feel intimidating, but the whole island is encircled by a single road, making Rarotonga easily navigable.

In addition to nature walks through the island’s lush backcountry, where you’ll see breathtaking waterfalls that rival anything Hawaii has to offer, you can enjoy some of the best snorkeling and diving in the South Pacific. Hopefully, you don’t mind getting up close and personal with the local eels and sea turtles. The Sunday Punanga Nui Market is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the island’s culture and go ukulele shopping, while the evening shows at Te Vara Nui will introduce you to all the singing and dancing you can handle.

4. Kangaroo Island, Australia

Not a whole lot of convincing needs to be done to pique a traveler’s interest about Kangaroo Island. To tickle the imagination with images of an eccentric boxing kangaroo community, all you really have to do is drop its name. Luckily for visitors, it isn’t a misnomer. Kangaroo Island is indeed named for its kangaroo population, of which there are an estimated 65,000 across the island.

Located 70 miles off the coast of Adelaide in Southern Australia, it isn’t just known for its marsupial population at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wildlife Park. It’s also famous for the Remarkable Rocks, the aptly named rock formations sculpted by wind and water for over 500 million years. Flinders Chase National Park, where the rocks are located, also has some of the best camping, fishing, and hiking areas in Australia.

5. The Garden Route, South Africa

In lieu of that summer road trip through the United States, try kicking it up a notch with a mid-winter road trip through South Africa. Just don’t expect to be passing through miles of flat cornfields. The Garden Route extends nearly 200 miles across the southern coast of South Africa, and it’s defined by some of the country’s most beautiful forests, lagoons, lakes, mountains, beaches, and even wildlife.

You can travel the route in two days or two weeks, depending on how many stops you’re prepared to make. If you break at every excursion along the way, you’ll be road tripping for a solid month (and that’s not a bad thing). Running from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay, the route passes several hiking areas, whale watching tours, and caving excursions. Since it passes between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges, the diversity of the landscape is unparalleled, with views of jagged cliffs, green forests, and coastal panoramas for the whole duration.

One stop you won’t want to miss is the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Knysna Lagoon. Carve out some time for a nature walk along the coast and through the forest, with views of the Heads — sandstone rocks at the lagoon’s entrance.

6. Mauritius

In his travelogue Following the Equator, Mark Twain illuminated the pride Mauritians feel toward their island: “From one citizen you gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

Over a century later, this sentiment remains true.

It’s a common misconception that all tropical islands are alike. Some of the best island vacations are those where you don’t visit the beach at all due to the sheer variety of other activities the island offers, and the fascinating diversity of the local topography. Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean about 500 miles east of Madagascar, definitely isn’t the kind of place you should go just for a lazy beach getaway.

Of course, the island is home to several relaxing beaches, but there’s also world-class bird watching, golf courses, and even one of the world’s oldest horse racing tracks — Champs de Mars in the capital of Port Louis. What will probably keep you busiest, however, are epic hikes around the volcanic island. Whether it’s trekking through the prehistoric-looking Black River Gorges National Park, or scoping out the wild boar, deer, kestrels, and monkeys in Domain des Chasseurs Game Park and Reserve, boredom simply isn’t an option here.

7. Wine country, New Zealand

That Napa Valley wine vacation that’s been creeping into your dreams might not be feasible this summer, but you don’t have to put it off until next year. As you find yourself ending each day with a glass of wine to help you forget the increasingly frigid weather, you can jet off to one of the best wine countries in the Southern Hemisphere — New Zealand.

From Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa on the North Island to Wellington and Marlborough on the South Island, New Zealand’s wine trail accounts for over 80 percent of the country’s wine production. Merlot and cabernet sauvignon fans will feel right at home in Hawke’s Bay, while pinot noir drinkers should head for Wairapa, and sauvignon blanc drinkers to Marlborough.

Even if you’re not a huge wino, the wine trail is a great way to experience the country’s cultural and adventure offerings. With historic villages, artist studios, wildlife, forest hikes, and brewery tours, you don’t have to be buzzing on merlot to have a memorable New Zealand experience.

8. Punta del Este, Uruguay

When you’re trying to narrow down your next travel destination, you might ask yourself, “Where would the locals go?” In the case of southern South America, the locals go to Punta del Este in Uruguay. The resort city in southeastern Uruguay is a popular vacation destination for residents of Buenos Aires and Brazil, lured by the golden beaches and luxurious resorts.

But the beach isn’t the only tempting attraction. Visitors can also enjoy horseback riding through the woods, or hire a fishing charter to learn how to fish like a pro Uruguayan fisherman. The city’s most recognizable landmark is The Hand at Brava Beach, a sculpture with five enormous fingers protruding from the sand. It’s the perfect excuse to lounge on the beach all day and call it a “cultural” outing. And, of course, since it’s a popular resort city, the nightlife in Punta del Este is among the best in South America.

9. Bali, Indonesia

Lotus pond and Pura Saraswati temple in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Photo: flocu/Shutterstock

When you think of Bali, you probably think of one thing: a faux-candid Instagram picture of a bronzed influencer on the beach, striking an incredibly unnatural (and probably painful) pose and gazing into the distance like they’ve never seen a sunset before. Many travelers need no introduction to Bali, as the Indonesian island is a go-to getaway for those looking for an entry-level Asian experience, digital nomads seeking a temporary new home, and indeed, influencers trying to capture paradise. They all choose Bali for good reason. But there’s more to this island than just the beach.

Ubud, about an hour north of the beach towns of Seminyak and Denpasar, is a lush inland region with a totally unique — and more laid-back — feel. The cultural capital of the island, Ubud is known for its green valleys and rice fields, as well as its range of local coffees made from local Indonesian beans. It’s also close to the bathing waters of Tirta Empul, and ancient temples like Gunung Lebah and Pura Taman Saraswati.

Eater Staffers on the Kitchen Tools They Can’t Live Without

Eater Staffers on the Kitchen Tools They Can’t Live Without


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As the weeks of social distancing and recommendations to stay home as much as possible stretch on, cooking has taken on both more urgency and more burden. Luckily, there are products that, whether by intention or not, can ease the load, making spending so much time cooking so much easier.

Below, a roundup of the tools and products that have made Eater editors’ kitchen lives better. And if you’re looking for more on what to cook with said tools, check out our guide for folks who literally never cook as well as our pantry-cooking guide.


Pots and Pans

Whirlpool nonstick griddle

“Maybe the best part of a recent move has been playing with the nonstick griddle that straddles two burners atop my new stove. I’ve used it to char tomatoes, peppers, and garlic cloves for salsa, revive leftover steak, toast slices of sourdough, and inflate Indian chapati to accompany this cilantro chutney chicken recipe. A quick wipe down keeps it clean, so that accounts for one less dish to wash while the sink piles up.” — Gabriel Hiatt, Eater DC editor

Cook N Home nonstick wok

“I never knew that I could fall in love with my wok, but here I am. This wok brings me so much joy when I’m cooking. It’s sturdy so it can hold a lot of stuff; it’s big enough to cook a family-sized portion. The pan’s marbling coat makes sure that nothing gets stuck on the bottom, from braising short ribs to frying eggs. I use this pan for everything from stews to fried rice; it’s incredibly versatile! I know it’s overwhelming to look through different wok options, but for home cooks who want to cook many different dishes without having to clean up any residuals, this is the one. The price is also extremely affordable, so what’s not to love?” — James Park, social media manager

Great Jones sheet pan

“This is the first ‘fancy’ sheet pan I’ve ever had, generally preferring basics from restaurant supply stores or else the cheapest available from retailers like Williams-Sonoma. Intrigued by the company’s promise that it doesn’t warp, I ordered one last year and have not been disappointed. Since shelter-in-place started, though, I’ve found myself reaching for it over my other sheet pans, and I’m 99 percent sure it’s because the vibrant color stands out among my pans and makes cooking feel that much more lively. I’ve used it to make cookies, nachos, and all sorts of roasted vegetables, but also as a Bananagrams board and a photo backdrop.” — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor

Appliances

Panasonic toaster oven

“I grew up in a toaster oven family — even now, everyone in my immediate family has the same one — but even I, a super fan, did not fully appreciate the appliance until I moved in late March, just as the COVID-19 outbreak hit NYC, and found myself living in an apartment with no gas for about a week and a half. As a result, I spent a lot of time with my toaster oven, sometimes cooking three square meals a day in it. It’s fast and versatile, good for so many things: roasting vegetables, baking brownies and small cakes, and, of course, just toasting bread or bagels or nuts and spices.” — Sonia Chopra, director of editorial growth

Ninja Express Chop

“I never really thought I needed a food processor — big or small, really — until I got the Ninja Express Chop. I had somehow managed to avoid all recipes that required one, since it seemed so bulky to move and a pain to clean. Once I got the Ninja Express Chop, all that changed. It’s small and easy to fit in the cabinet; and it easily comes apart into four simple pieces, all of which fit in my sink or dishwasher, so I don’t mind cleaning it, even when it’s coated with oil from herby salad dressings or flecks of basil from my homemade pesto — all things I never would have made until I got it.” — Ellie Krupnick, managing editor

OXO tea kettle

“Weirdly enough, I have been relying heavily on a tea kettle. I’ve been using it every single day at various times to boil water. I start with it in the morning to make oatmeal for breakfast and continue throughout the day to make tea and repurpose hot tea for iced to switch it up. I am trying to stay as hydrated as possible while I am home.” — Stephen Pelletteri, executive producer

Anova sous vide machine

“We’ve been using the Anova to cook large portions of pork shoulder that we then eat for days and days in tacos, ramen, and more. It’s a multi-day process including a 24-hour sous vide, 24 hours in the fridge, and then oven-roasting before pulling — lots of time, but mostly hands-off. (Try J. Kenji López-Alt’s recipe to start, and then experiment with your own variations. We’ve enjoyed adding a molasses glaze before it goes in the oven.) Hint: Reserve the cooked pork juices after the sous vide process to use with ramen — boil with the water in a one-to-one ratio for the best fancied up packaged ramen you’ve had.” — Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Eater Boston editor

Hamilton Beach panini press

“My cheap-ass panini maker is so much more than a device on which to make grilled cheese, even though that’s its most common use. It’s also a lovely way to make toast (that’s a grilled cheese sans cheese) or just warm up bread enough to apply butter. Going further off-label, I’ve been using it to cook up frozen hash brown patties (they’re done in a flash with a nice crispy crust, way better than the 20 minutes in the oven version) and grill baby asparagus (while full-sized asparagus is too girthy to cook completely, the babies do just fine). Is this why people bought George Foreman grills back in the day?” — Eve Batey, Eater San Francisco senior editor

Utensils

Sur La Table fish spatula

“I’m an evangelist for this tool even under normal circumstances, and have gifted it more times than I can count. One of its purposes is obvious from its name: it’s great for flipping fish without having it break apart or damaging the skin. But I find myself using it daily, whether it’s to remove my meatloaf from its loaf pan or lift up a focaccia to see if it’s browning underneath.” — Missy Frederick, cities director

McoMce plastic bench scraper

I’ve gotten really, really tired of cleaning my kitchen during shelter-in-place, but this plastic bench scraper is a life-saver. It’s good for pushing dough out of bowls or scraping stubborn bits out of pots and pans, but I mostly use it to clean my kitchen sink. It makes quick work of collecting food scraps without having to pile them all into my hand (yuck). Once I’m done cleaning, I rinse it with a bit of soap, so that it’s ready to cut cinnamon rolls, collect herbs on my cutting board, and clean the sink — again.” — Elazar Sontag, staff writer

Storage

Comfy Package plastic kitchen containers

“During this time where I’ve been cooking a lot and ordering a lot of food, plastic food storage containers have been my saviors. It’s a habit I picked up from my dad, who works at a New York City market. The multiple sizes, from the slim eight-ounce cups to the large 32-ounce containers, makes it easy to store anything, from leftover cream cheese to portioned-out frozen lentil soup. The sizes also make it easier to downsize leftovers in the fridge, thus clearing up space for more food.” — Nadia Chaudhury, Eater Austin editor

Ball glass jars

“Last summer we had a crazy infestation of pantry moths, so on the advice of our exterminator I started saving all of my glass jars to store flours and cereals and other moth-attracting ingredients in. Now that my pantry is more valuable than ever, I’m using these jars to keep all of my bulk staples like beans, grains, and pastas organized and easily visible. I use old peanut butter jars for the most part (my kids go through a jar a week), but I’d actually advise going a little bigger if you’re buying them new, with some wide-mouth half-gallon Ball jars or invest in some fancy straight-sided ones like these wood-topped ones from Target.” — Lesley Suter, travel editor

Other Stuff

Final Touch rocks glass with ice ball

“I wanted to up my Manhattan game during the coronavirus pandemic, and the only new tool I bought was this rocks glass that includes a silicone mold to make a round ice cube. The rocks glass has a glass cylinder at the bottom so the round ice cube will roll around the bottom of the glass. It feels sophisticated to drink out of this glass, almost like I’m at a restaurant instead of at home.” — Susan Stapleton, Eater Vegas editor

Aerogarden countertop garden

“Two words: Breakfast salad. Yep, That’s been a thing in my life anytime I have my AeroGarden up and running and this quarantine called for it. Fresh herbs and lettuce in just a few weeks. I even threw some wild flowers in this time for some much needed cheer. Take that shallots-in-a-jar.” — Maureen Giannone Fitzgerald, production executive

‘Like a bumper boat’: Ocean City, Maryland, restaurant unveils social distancing tables

‘Like a bumper boat’: Ocean City, Maryland, restaurant unveils social distancing tables

, Salisbury Daily Times
Published 10:16 a.m. ET May 18, 2020 | Updated 2:24 p.m. ET May 18, 2020

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Fish Tales in Ocean City has debuted bumper-style tables developed by Revolution Event Design and Production to keep customers 6 feet apart.

Salisbury Daily Times

A table for one?

It’s the creative concept that an Ocean City, Maryland, restaurant unveiled over the weekend to keep patrons at least 6 feet apart once the governor gave the OK for restaurants and bars to reopen.

Shaped like oversized inner tubes, the tables were custom made for Fish Tales, where employees rolled them out of a large box truck for their Facebook live debut over the weekend, reports the Salisbury Daily Times, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network.

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“It’s like a bumper boat, but it’s actually a table,” owner Shawn Harmon said of the design, which was developed by Revolution Event Design and Production in Baltimore.

A customer will stand in the center of the circular table surrounded by a rubber barrier that keeps them safely separated from other patrons in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The tables sit on wheels that allow them to stay mobile.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had restaurants and bars across Maryland shuttered – with the exception of carryout and delivery service – since mid-March in an effort to curb the virus’s spread.

Now that the state has eased into stage one of its gradual Roadmap to Recovery, eateries are itching to one day soon hopefully resume dine-in service.

Fish Tales is providing curbside and carryout service seven days a week and has also put significant distance between its outdoor tables in anticipation of being able to wait on patrons again.

“We’ve taken this very seriously from the beginning, and we just want to let everyone know what we’ve done in the interim to make sure that everybody stays safe and Ocean City can stay open,” Harmon said in a social media video about the measures the establishment has taken.

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Former WWE star Shad Gaspard missing after being caught in ocean current

Former WWE star Shad Gaspard missing after being caught in ocean current

by | May 31, 2020 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates

, USA TODAY
Published 3:31 p.m. ET May 19, 2020 | Updated 3:32 p.m. ET May 19, 2020

Rescue crews are searching for former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard, who went missing Sunday while swimming near Venice Beach, California.

The Los Angeles Police Department reports Gaspard was last seen by a lifeguard about 50 yards from shore as a wave “crashed over (him) and he was swept out to sea.”

A lifeguard with the L.A. County Fire Department tells CNN that two swimmers were caught in a rip current and a young boy was rescued. That lines up with an official statement from Gaspard’s family that was posted on social media on Tuesday afternoon which read, in part: “We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their efforts to help find our beloved Shad.”

Aryeh is his 10-year-old son.

Official statement from Shad Gaspard’s family. Keep them in your thoughts today.🙏 pic.twitter.com/5vYTYDReuP

— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) May 19, 2020

Gaspard, 39, is best known as part of the WWE duo Cryme Tyme, along with his partner JTG. He left WWE in 2010 to pursue an acting career, appearing in films such as “Think Like a Man Too,” as well as appearing in the BET television series “The Game.”

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