The education is ongoing.
Officially, the Bucks fired Kidd for the most basic reason: a win-loss record that fell short of expectations. With rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo and a solid supporting cast, the Bucks had hopes of breaking the top four in the East, of winning 50 games.
But the picture was much more complex.
“It was constantly, ‘Hey, it was the players’ fault—they’re not doing this, they’re not doing that, they’re too young,'” a Bucks source says.
Sources both inside and outside the organization say Kidd had a tendency to fall in and out of love with players—e.g., demanding a trade for Michael Carter-Williams one day, burying him the next.
Team officials had also grown concerned that Kidd’s demanding, old-school style had worn thin. Players were tuning Kidd out—or already had last season, according to one source with close ties to the team.
Kidd was “putting in massive hours,” a Bucks source says, “and he expected the players” to do the same. “Jason was driving the team a bit hard. And that would have been fine if there was really good results.”
Origin: Howard Beck, Bleacher Report
27-year-old man and charged in connection with the death of Cedrick Jackson, an 18-month-old boy
Dallas police say they have arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with felony injury to a child in connection with the death of Cedrick Jackson, an 18-month-old boy reported missing Wednesday morning.
Dallas police said Thursday afternoon they recovered the remains of a small child from a landfill Thursday morning, but that those remains have not been positively identified.
“We regret to inform you that the Dallas Police Department has located the remains of a small child who we believe to be 18-month-old Cedrick Jackson, pending a positive identification,” said Maj. Vincent Weddington, with the Dallas Police Department. “This is not the outcome we had hoped for and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this time.”
Weddington said officers discovered the remains at a landfill in Rowlett after obtaining a confession from 27-year-old Sedrick Deshun Johnson who said he put the child’s body in a dumpster in northeast Dallas. Johnson is the boyfriend of the victim’s aunt, 27-year-old Chrystal Jackson, who had temporary custody of him.
When officers looked in the dumpster, it was empty. Officers then learned that the dumpster had been emptied twice at a landfill in Rowlett — that’s where police said they found a child’s remains at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The
statewide Amber Alert was discontinued a short time later.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News Thursday afternoon, Johnson said he often swaddled the child to restrict his movement. He said the child recently “‘made a mess’ by getting into ketchup packets,” so he wrapped him tightly. He said he heard the boy making sounds at about 12:30 a.m. and that when he unwrapped him he began throwing up and became unresponsive. Johnson told police he performed CPR for about 30 to 45 minutes and said the boy’s chest was moving up and down during CPR. He added that he felt like Cedrick’s heart was beating, but that he wasn’t moving. He said he then put him in the car and drove him to a dumpster.
Juveniles living in the home told police the boy was often wrapped so tightly he’d complain and cry and that he “did not like being wrapped and would always fuss and cry prior to bedtime.”
Chrystal Jackson said she woke up during the night and noticed by Johnson and Cedrick Jackson were gone. She told police she called him to see why he wasn’t at home. It’s not clear if he answered or what answer, if any, he provided to her. According to Dallas police’s Maj. Max Geron, Crystal Jackson called 911 Wednesday morning and reported the boy missing, saying she believed he was in danger. She said she put him to bed at about 11 p.m. and that he wasn’t in his room when she went to check on him.
In the affidavit, police said Johnson, “caused injury to the complainant (the child) by compressing his airway leading to the complainant becoming unresponsive.” Police said Johnson has been charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, felony one. Weddington said investigators have not yet definitively determined how or when the child died. That determination, as well as confirming the identity of the remains, will be made by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Additional charges are possible, police said, based on the outcome of the coroner’s report.
Child Protective Services confirmed to NBC 5 Thursday morning that six additional children, from ages 6 to 10, have been removed from Crystal Jackson’s home. CPS said two of the children belonged to her and the other four belonged to her Johnson.
Records show Johnson has a pending family violence case from 2016 where he allegedly hit his wife on the arm and a 2010 child abandonment charge for engaging with a prostitute while his 4-month-old daughter was left home alone unsupervised. Johnson’s then girlfriend, court documents say, was at a job interview at the time.
Fired Fort Worth police chief calls his termination invalid, demands public hearing
An attorney for fired Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the chief was improperly terminated by the city and is demanding a public hearing on the matter.
Stephen Kennedy, who is representing Fitzgerald in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the city of Fort Worth, sent a letter to Fort Worth City Attorney Sarah Fullenwider on Thursday, demanding the hearing and alleging that Fitzgerald was improperly terminated and denied due process.
In a reply sent by Fullenwider to Kennedy and shared with the Star-Telegram, the city attorney responded that “Mr. Fitzgerald’s termination is final.”
Under the Fort Worth’s City Charter, Kennedy wrote in his letter to Fullenwider, only the city manager can fire a director and the director is entitled to a public hearing before the decision to terminate is finalized.
Fitzgerald is demanding the city reverse his termination pending a public hearing, a vote by the City Council regarding whether he should be terminated and “all salary and benefits lost during the time of his improper termination.”
In a news release about the letter, Kennedy states the City Charter must be followed and enforced like any other law on the books.
“Police officers expect and demand that citizens of Fort Worth follow City Ordinances on a daily basis and, if they do not, they get arrested,” Kennedy states. “The same logic applies to the City Council, City Manager, and the City Attorney.”
In her response letter, Fullenwider said Fitzgerald failed to “timely invoke his rights “ under the Fort Worth City Charter.
“Furthermore, the authority to appoint and remove directors is vested solely with the City Manager, and the City Council is not authorized to render the type of relief you are requesting on behalf of your client,” she wrote.
Fullenwider also pointed out in her letter that a successor chief has been appointed and was approved by the City Council on May 28.
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Dallas 12-year-old killed while asking for donations for summer track team
A driver hit and killed a young Dallas boy over the weekend who was out asking for donations on the side of the road.
Police say the 12-year-old was trying to cross the street near the Central Oak Cliff area of Dallas Saturday when he was hit by Jastasia King.
Kids in jerseys are typically seen at busy intersections hawking a bottle of water for donations or simply soliciting dollars to fund trips to sporting competitions. That’s what was happening when a 12-year-old was hit by a driver.
Through her pain, Zenovia Thompson talked about her middle child, 12-year-old Ricky Tave.
“From the moment he was born, I knew my baby was gonna be special. Everybody loved him,” she said. “Straight A student. Captain of the football team. He loved football. He made himself known everywhere he went. He loved to dance. Everybody just loved him. He was the life of the party.”
Ricky was killed Saturday while soliciting donations for a summer track team along Ledbetter Drive where it intersects with Vista Wood Boulevard.
“He was starting for football at McCowan Middle School this year,” Thompson said. He wanted to run track. Pick up his endurance to be a better football player because that was his passion.”
That track team ran in regionals on Monday without Ricky. They took a moment to pray for their friend and wore shirts with a picture of him in his football uniform.
Elite News Publisher Darrell Blair is not related to the family. He’s angry that kids hit busy street corners for donations to play sports. He had been complaining long before this tragedy.
“Let’s not let this kid’s life be in vain,” Blair said. “In some ways, this rings the bell for the city council and other government entities to put ordinances in place to stop this.”
Police say 26-year-old Jastasia King was behind the wheel of the Nissan that struck Ricky. She’s charged with failure to stop and render aid. Police say she did stop, checked on the boy and then got back in her car and left. Her attorney says she left because the crowd at the scene were verbally and physically assaulting her.
“To know that he made a name for himself makes me proud,” Thompson said.
Ricky’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Eternal Rest Funeral Home in DeSoto.
A candlelight vigil and balloon release is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday honoring Ricky’s life at McCowan Middle School in DeSoto.