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More than 200 children and teenagers converged on Riviera Prep in Miami to get a chance to play with Heat standout Bam Adebayo.

The 25-year-old forward hosted his fourth annual Bam Youth Basketball Clinic, presented by his charity, The BBB Foundation, on Saturday, spending time with kids ranging from third-graders to high school seniors.

“It’s a great thing just because I didn’t have this type of opportunity when I was younger,” Adebayo said. “Being able to be somebody who can give kids an opportunity to play basketball. I started in sixth grade. They’re starting in first and second, so they get ahead of the curve.”

The camp cost $100 to attend, but Adebayo donated 50 spots to kids from different youth groups: Overtown Optimist Club, T.E.E.S. Miami and the Boys and Girls Club.

“The community supports me so much,” Adebayo said. “They show me so much love. … At least I can do this [for the community].”

Adebayo’s mother, Marylyn Blount, was in attendance at the camp Saturday. She is the vice president of The BBB Foundation.

“She’s kind of like the leader of the pack, makes sure everything goes smoothly,” Adebayo said. “She’s the reason why this happens. She’s a big part of it.”

Adebayo has also spent time playing in the Miami Pro League, teaming up with his friend, Donovan Mitchell. Fans who attended chanted “Miami” at Mitchell to try to show how much they want the Utah Jazz guard to join the Heat.

“It’s just fun, it’s for Miami, it’s for the community,” Adebayo said. “And then to have one of my best friends, Donovan, come join us. It was a dope experience.”

Adebayo said he hopes his camp on Saturday will help the attendees learn more about basketball — with the added benefit of letting their parents relax.

“It’s one of those things where they get to learn valuable lessons, and also the parents get a break today,” Adebayo said. “Hopefully, their kids burn enough energy where they can go straight to sleep, and the parents get a day off.”


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Vikings Stars Sibling, Who Survived Drive-By Shooting, Charged for Murder: Report

Getty Dalvin Cook's half-brother was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Miami on August 3, 2022.

Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook‘s half-brother has been charged with murder in Miami.

Damarcus Cook, 18, was arrested on August 3 and charged with robbing and killing a man, authorities said, per the Miami Herald.

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Cook’s Half-Brother Charged for 1st-Degree Murder

Damarcus was accused of trading gunfire with a man inside a car outside a home in the Little Havana neighborhood outside downtown Miami at around 8 p.m. on August 2. According to a police report, neighbors called Miami police, and upon their arrival, authorities found the man inside a vehicle had been shot. Police found Cook, who was also suffering from a gunshot wound, the Miami Herald reported.

The murder victim who police have not named was taken to a nearby hospital. Doctors could not revive him, per the Miami Herald.

The Miami Herald reached out to Tateanna Price, who is Darmacus’ mother, not Dalvin’s, confirmed her son had been injured and arrested and said her daughter was also hurt during the incident. Damarcus was brought in for police questioning with minor injuries, according to the Miami Herald.

Damarcus has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery.

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Damarcus Survived a Drive-By Shooting as a Teen

This past week’s incident isn’t Damarcus’ first scrape with gun violence.

When he was 14 years old, Damarcus was one of two teenagers who were shot in a drive-by shooting in Little Haiti. Damarcus was shot in the chest, but survived, along with his 16-year-old friend.

Price spoke out about the gun violence that has plagued the community.

“This violence needs to stop. Our kids need to get an education and stop this,” she told CBS4 after the 2019 shooting. “We need to do something about this crime… I want to say that people should come forward. And as a community we need to come together.”

Four years ago, Dalvin’s uncle, Anthony Jones, was also shot and injured in a drive-by shooting, the Miami Herald said.

No Updates on Dalvin Cook’s Civil LawSuit

Last November, a civil suit against Dalvin surfaced with his ex-girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble, accusing Cook of “giving me a concussion, leaving a scar on my face and taking me through hell” in an altercation on November 19, 2020, according to Dakota County court documents obtained by the Star Tribune. Trimble is seeking monetary damages and, she says, accountability, per the Star Tribune.

Dalvin’s camp has pushed back, saying Dalvin is the victim in their dispute. Dalvin’s attorney, David Valentini, responded to the lawsuit, arguing that Trimble broke into Cook’s house, assaulted him and two houseguests and is now trying to “extort him for millions of dollars.”

Dalvin’s court day was pushed back to March 24 and then April 11 — but there has since been no update on the case.

While in college, Dalvin was charged with misdemeanor battery in 2015 but was acquitted. Since entering the NFL, Dalvin has been a model NFL player in the public eye.

He has been a team captain the past two seasons and was made one of the NFL’s highest-paid players at his position by agreeing to a five-year, $63 million contract in 2020. His $12.6 million average annual value is topped by only three other runners: Christian McCaffrey ($16 million), Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million) and Alvin Kamara ($15 million), per Spotrac.

“I’ve been through a lot of tough things in my life and I have my head up, high knowing the truth will come out,” Cook said in a November 10 press conference. “I hate being a distraction to the team, but I know those guys have my back 1000%, and we’re just going to take this thing day-by-day. I know my team is here for me, and I’m here for them.”

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