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Jermaine Whitehead was released by the Cleveland Browns hours after he went ballistic and issued death threats on Twitter.com following a team loss on Sunday.

The former Browns defensive back went on a profanity-laced Twitter rant that included racist language and death threats after the team lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Whitehead targeted Browns TV and radio broadcaster Dustin Fox after Fox tweeted "Whitehead's effort tackling today is a joke."

Whitehead reacted by calling Fox a "cracker" and warned the reporter not to "get smoked", which is urban slang for getting shot.

Whitehead, 26, also issued death threats to Browns fans and offered one fan a place to meet him to fight.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Athletic's Zac Jackson reported that Whitehead was still wearing his Browns uniform when he lashed out on Twitter.com and that a team public-relations staffer separated him from media in the postgame locker room, where Whitehead did not speak with reporters.

Twitter suspended Whitehead's account and the team released a statement addressing Whitehead's tantrum.

"Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the statement reads. "We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments. The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This matter will be further addressed internally."

On Monday the Browns cut Whitehead from the team, according to the Associated Press.

Whitehead was in his second season with Cleveland. He was signed last year after the Green Bay Packers waived him two days after he threw a punch during a game. The Browns are 2-6 on the season.

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A routine shoplifting trip to a Family Dollar store ended with the termination of one of the Phoenix officers who responded to the scene.

Iesha Harper, 24, and Dravon Ames, 22, took their daughters - ages 1 and 4 - to the Family Dollar on May 27.

After leaving the store with items they didn't pay for, the couple complained that the police pulled their car over and pointed guns in their faces.

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The store employees had called the cops, saying they believed the family stole items from the store. A worker had observed the 4-year-old girl leaving the store with a doll.

Cell phone video shows the cops pointing guns at the family and ordering them out of their car. The video quickly went viral, and social media activists went nuts. The drama escalated because the family was Black and the cops were Caucasian.

On Tuesday, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said one of the cops, Officer Christopher Meyer, was notified of his termination.

A disciplinary review board had recommended he receive a 6-week suspension, but Williams, who is Black, said the punishment was "not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects on our department and our community."

"I expect more. You deserve more," she said, according to the NY Daily News. "Unlike other professions, we don't have a luxury of a do-over."

Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time of the incident, approved of Meyer's firing - although she said she had hoped both officers would lose their jobs.

"I think I might be able to get a good night's rest for once knowing that he's fired, and it won't happen to no one else," she said. "I think it's a step in the right direction."

The second officer seen in the video received a reprimand for using foul language.

The family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city.
 

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TMZ has fired veteran reporter Van Lathan after an on-air argument with another TMZ staffer escalated to verbal threats.

According to Page Six, TMZ handed Lathan his walking papers after he got into a nasty confrontation with fellow reporter, Michael Babcock, right.

Lathan famously confronted former rap producer Kanye West who said "slavery was a choice" on TMZ Live in May 2018.

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While Lathan was praised for checking Kanye on the air last year, he was let go this week for doing the same thing to Babcock.

According to Page Six, the two men argued over a political matter that escalated out of control when threats were leveled. The shouting match was edited out of the segment on "TMZ Live" last week.

After the segment, Lathan, who hosts the popular "Red Pill" podcast, confronted Babcock, who is more conservative in his political views.

A source tells Page Six that Lathan threatened Babcock, saying there would be trouble if he "ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again."

Insiders say that Lathan met with TMZ's attorneys, and that he was suspended after the meeting. He was officially let go a few days later, Page Six reports.

Sources tell Page Six that Lathan was "a huge part" of TMZ's success over the past few years, and that they were stunned he had been fired from the show.

Lathan declined to speak with Page Six on the advice of his attorney. Babcock reportedly hung up on a Page Six reporter.

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Jason Mitchell has successfully completed a mental health counseling course after he was fired from The Chi amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with several female co-stars, including his onscreen girlfriend, Tiffany Boone.

Mitchell was fired after Boone complained to Human Resources about his inappropriate behavior that made her feel unsafe on the set. The actor was also dropped by his agents.

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'The Chi' writer Lena Waithe, 35, (pictured above with Mitchell) caught flack for turning a deaf ear to all the complaints.

In a public statement last year, Waithe, who is a male-identified lesbian, said she was taking steps to handle the complaints against Mitchell, who she treated like one of her boys.

Since being terminated Mitchell has been unable to find work in the acting field, as news travels quickly and Hollywood is quick to blacklist undesirables.

Now Instagram blog TheShadeRoom reports a source saying that Mitchell has worked on his anger management issues, self-awareness, acceptance of responsibility, and purpose (whatever that means).

The source also confirmed Mitchell is a changed man at age 32, and he won't molest any more women if Hollywood gives him a second chance.

History tells us that lecherous men don't change their stripes at age 32. Once a dog, always a dog.

Question: Would you trust him around you or your adult daughter? Do you believe he's a changed man? Would you support him if he returned to The Chi?
 

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The school resource officer who arrested two minor children at an Orlando elementary school has been fired.

Officer Dennis L. Tuner was initially suspended from the Orlando Police Department after he arrested a 6-year-old girl for kicking another student at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter school on Thursday.

When the child was taken to the provincial's office, she screamed and kicked Officer Turner, who was the school's resource officer.

The child was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Assessment detention center where she was booked and had her mugshot taken. She was charged with battery on an officer of the law.

The 6-year-old's grandmother complained to the local news media that her granddaughter was arrested for "throwing a tantrum at school."

Meralyn Kirkland says her granddaughter was acting up in school because she was "sleep deprived."

She said when she told the officer her granddaughter had a sleep disorder, he replied, "Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don't behave like that."

When the story initially broke, Officer Turner was misidentified as a white officer - which furled the backlash on social media.

CBS News reports Turner, who was suspended after the incident, was fired on Monday.

At a press conference on Monday, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón apologized to the children and their families.

He explained his decision to fire Turner in a post on the OPD Twitter page.

Later that day, Turner arrested an 8-year-old boy in a separate incident at the same elementary School.

Turner was fired after 23 years on the force.

Turner's supporters say he only "arrested" the children to teach them a lesson, but social media has an annoying habit of demonizing people with good intentions.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter.com on Tuesday to announce he fired his national security adviser John Bolton. But Bolton texted a Fox News reporter to say he wasn't fired - he quit.

"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump said in a tweet. Trump added he "strongly disagreed" with Bolton's suggestions.

"I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning," Trump tweeted. He said he would name a new national security adviser next week.

But Bolton denied the president's claims that he was fired.

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"Let's be clear — I resigned," he texted Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade, who read the text on the air.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up the president at an afternoon press briefing. Pompeo told reporters, "there were many times where Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed, that's to be sure."

I've lost count on how many cabinet members Trump shoved out the door of the White House in the last 2 years.

Before Trump was elected president he oversaw thousands of employees. So we know he can retain employees.

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The New York Police Department has fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 5 Years after he killed 43-year-old Eric Garner while making an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes on the street. The job termination comes a month after federal prosecutors announced no charges would be filed against Pantaleo in Garner's murder.

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"Hurricane" Dave Smith was fired as VP of programming and operations at Urban One Atlanta amid #MeToo allegations, according to an inside source. Smith's duties at Urban One Atlanta included overseeing syndication operations for Rickey Smiley and others as well as radio stations in Raleigh, Charlotte and Richmond, according to AJC's TV & Radio Talk.

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Jussie Smollett is reportedly suicidal after his character, Jamal Lyon, was axed from Fox TV’s soap opera Empire next season. Variety.com reports Empire was renewed at the final hour on Tuesday. 20th Century Fox executives negotiated a contract extension for Smollett, but decided not to bring his character back next season.

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Wendy Williams cut the purse strings to estranged husband Kevin Hunter who reportedly used her money to finance his double life. The daytime talk show diva recently filed for a divorce from her husband of 22 years after he welcomed a baby with his mistress last month.

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As expected, Kevin Tsujihara - once the most powerful Asian mogul in Hollywood - has been forced out of his job as Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO and chairman. Tsujihara was allowed to gracefully "step down" from the job he's held for six years.

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Jussie Smollett is no longer a cast member of Fox TV's hit musical Empire. The disgraced actor's character, Jamal Lyon, was written out of the last 5 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5, which returns from the fall break in March.

Empire fans can say with certainty that the body in the casket in season 5's dramatic finale is Jamal Lyon.

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If you are a Black woman who lives and works in the corporate environment in New York City, you can now wear your natural textured hair to work without fear of retribution.

NYC guidelines now make it illegal to discriminate against people of African descent who wear their natural curly textured hair to work.

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