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Former Virginia Tech linebacker Isimemen Etute is back playing football after a jury cleared him of murdering a Tinder date.

The jury in May acquitted the then-19-year-old athlete of killing Jerry Smith, a 40-year-old gay man who identified as a 21-year-old woman to trap unsuspecting college students on Tinder.

Etute is set to play football this fall at Iowa Western Community College, ESPN reports.

Etute's attorney James Turk confirmed the news to ESPN. Turk said it was difficult finding a Division 1 school willing to take a chance on Etute following his arrest and murder trial.

During his emotional closing argument, Turk suggested that Etute was the victim.

"I think he's earned the right to go back to school and further his academic and sports career," Turk told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think the school that ends up taking him is going to get probably a lot wiser and a much smarter and an exceptional athlete."

Etute was 18 when he connected with Smith on Tinder. Smith presented himself as an emergency room physician named Angie Renee.

After Smith performed oral sex on Etute, the two men engaged in anal intercourse. Etute said Smith kept the lights off in his apartment and hid his face.

Smith paid the college athlete $50 for the encounter. Etute stopped returning Smith's texts when he heard rumors around town that Smith was a man.

Etute said he went back to Smith's apartment on May 31, 2021, to find out whether he was a male or a female, police said.

After confirming his suspicion that Smith was a male, Etute punched him five times and kicked him when he thought Smith was reaching for a gun, according to his defense attorney.

The gay panic defense has been used successfully in other murder cases. But it is banned in many jurisdictions.
 

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A TikTok user is going viral after she confessed she flew 11 hours to hook up with a guy she met online 24 hours before.

The woman, whose TikTok username is @4everchantel, shared videos that shows her meeting the guy who gave her flowers and took her on a shopping spree in London.

Summer Walker's song "Insane" plays in the video background.

The original video was viewed over 1.3 million times.

@4everchantel

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? ##foryou ##fyp? ##xyzbca ##trending ##SimsSelves

? Insane - Summer Walker

@4everchantel

Tell him to book a flight sis ##fyp? ##foryou ##xyzbca ##trending ##PawlidayPics

? original sound - emm.

@4everchantel

Reply to @brieatheestallion ? ##fyp? ##londonboys ##foryou ##xyzcba ##ShareTheMagic ##trending

? TO THE MOON - Jnr Choi

Twitter users were not impressed. They agree that women are more willing to take risks for social media clicks and views.

One user wrote: "Serial Killers don't even have to work hard anymore."

Another person tweeted: "Y’all be desperate trying to disguise it as romance."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "At least she's documenting her journey ... in case something does happen. I hope she's safe, regardless of her lack of common sense lol."
 


 
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A Dallas man who drove to Houston to meet a woman he met online was robbed and killed by two unknown gunmen. Now Deonte Hicks' family says the police aren't moving quickly enough to solve the murder.

Hicks, a father to a 4-year-old girl, was killed by two Black males - which is given lower priority than a Black man who is killed by a white police officer.

The family says Hicks, 27, was catfished by a fake online profile. Hicks believed he was going to Houston to spend the weekend with a woman he had never seen in person.

He was killed on May 20 while standing outside his Car in the 1000 block of Centre Parkway. Two suspects were seen fleeing the area on foot. So far, police have no suspects.

According to ABC13, Hicks' death was was one of more than 350 murders in the city in 2020 alone. His death didn't make headlines or catch the attention of Black Lives Matter, the far-left organization that protests Black males killed by white police officers.

Hicks' family says police have stopped looking for the gunmen who killed Hicks.

"It has not been a top priority, my family and I, we've gone to Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I've called a million times... nothing has been done," Hicks' aunt, Tamara Peterson, told CBS11.

The family traveled to Houston and put up fliers hoping someone would see them and provide a clue to catch the killers.

They were joined by Houston activist Quanell X on Friday, who said, "We have to mobilize. We have to get busy. We have to raise our voices... We gotta stop making excuses."

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Lonely people searching for a love connection on the Bumble dating website must affirm their support for Black Lives Matter before logging in.

According to the website, Bumble challenges the norms of dating and meeting women online.

"Bumble empowers users to connect with confidence whether dating, networking, or meeting friends online. We've made it not only necessary but acceptable for women to make the first move, shaking up outdated gender norms."

When users log in or register on the Bumble website or app, they see a message asking them to affirm their support for Black Lives Matter.

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Blac Chyna Mechie

First, the statistics: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released startling new data on the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is sweeping the black community.

The data released by the Atlanta-based CDC shows that the south has the highest number of black people living with HIV, according to CBS46.

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Trina Braxton-Stevie Baggs-Sherri Shepherd

Last night, WE tv hosted a red carpet premiere for season 2 of their reality dating competition Match Made in Heaven at the renowned Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

VIPs in attendance included the show's executive producer and the evening's host Sherri Shepherd, right, Trina Braxton, left, and athlete bachelor Stevie Baggs, Jr.

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Ashely Madison

Did your man suddenly change his cell number, banking info, or order new credit cards last month?

If you have a minute -- and you know your way around a Torrent site -- you might want to have a look at a massive data dump by the Ashley Madison hackers.

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Dontarius Turner Police arrested Dontarius Turner, the Memphis man wanted on charges of shooting and robbing an Atlanta woman he met on a dating website.

The Atlanta Journal reports Turner was apprehended just before 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9.

The unidentified victim told College Park police she met the man who called himself "Cash" on the dating website Badoo.com.

She said she agreed to meet "Cash" offline for a date at a Waffle House in College Park on Dec. 24, CBS46.com reports.

After leaving the Waffle House, the woman agreed to go with Cash to a hotel room nearby. But on the way to the hotel, Cash produced a gun and ordered the 34-year-old woman to pull over and give him her purse at 12:45 a.m.

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Catfish The TV Show Season 2

MTV premiered a sneak preview of season 2 of their hit TV series "Catfish: the TV show" yesterday.

The show features gullible lovestruck people who "fall in Love" with fake online personalities. Season 2 features a woman who has never met her fiancé in person. And a couple who have dated online for 8 years without ever meeting face-to-face.

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Catfish Rod and Ebony

Tongues are wagging about last night's episode of MTV's Catfish, a reality TV series about fake online dating profiles. The series is hosted by Nev Schulman, right, who himself was hoodwinked by a fake FB profile.

Rod and Ebony met on a dating website for gays and bisexuals. Rod believes Ebony is a transgender male who lives his life as a female. They have been "dating" online for 4 years. Rod, who claims he is neither gay or curious, wants to come clean to Ebony about his fake profile on Facebook. He is not the man he presents himself to be -- but then, neither is Ebony.

I have my suspicions about this show but I will keep them to myself. Watch the episode after the break.

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