*Unfortunately, we have bad news to report on the health of Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard Williams.
Publicly available court documents obtained by The Sun show Williams’ doctor has revealed he is suffering from irreparable “brain damage” and “dementia.”
The court papers also reveal tennis ace and her sister Venus could become embroiled in a court battle with their stepmother.
The Williams sisters’ 77-year-old father is “totally incapacitated to conduct any business,” the documents, which include testimony from his own doctor, state.
The former tennis coach has barely been seen in public over the last few years, as he’s been fighting a messy divorce battle with Lakeisha Williams, 40.
Issues with his much younger wife are what some believe led to Williams suffering two strokes which ultimately left him barely able to speak, the Daily Mail reported in 2018.
It gets messy, but here’s the deal: Richard Williams claims in court documents that Lakeisha forged his signature to change the mortgage deed on his house in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, into her name.
He then claims an associate of Lakeisha’s pretended to be him so that she could borrow nearly $300,000 of equity on the house from a lender named David Simon to start up a trucking business.
Like we said it’s messy. Here’s more via The Sun:
Richard is suing both Lakeisha and David, who have denied wrongdoing have been attempting for over a year to get the case thrown out of court.
Now David is trying to involve tennis stars Serena and Venus and has asked their dad to “describe all income, real property, personal property, or gifts received from Venus or Serena Williams since 2015 until the present”.
Richard has refused to give an answer, arguing through his lawyer Thomas Gruseck that it has nothing to do with this case.
Richard’s incoherent deposition from June 2018, which had to be cut short by lawyers, can be seen in full as well as the medical assessment from his primary care physician, Dr Monica Walker.
In it, the doctor explains how Richard’s stroke has affected his “brain function.”
“As you are well aware, you suffered damage to your brain tissue during a stroke,” she says.
“The complications after the stroke included inability to remember things which happened recently and incidents that happened years ago.
“You will remember, immediately after the stroke, your muscles weakened and slowly you were able to regain strength. You also have problems speaking and finding the right word to use.
“You have recovered from problems forming your words. However, you have not recovered from what is called dementia.
“Your ability to do household business transactions such as writing checks, paying bills, and maintaining records is lost. You still at times find it difficult to use the right words. This is all part of cerebral vascular disease and stroke.
“When I spoke with you concerning legal matters and your level of judgment during any household or business transactions, you stated you were unable to do any tasks relating to business. You stated your wife handled all the household business because you get confused easily.
“Your mental state since the first stroke includes loss of recent and remote memory and increased confusion during times of increased demands for concentration.”
David has argued in court documents that Richard shouldn’t be able to provide any testimony and a legal guardian should be appointed as he is “incapable of cogently responding to questioning” and a deposition would be a “waste of time.”
In his abandoned first deposition, Richard didn’t know whether his lawyer was an attorney or family member, saying “I’m not sure’”, with the cross-examining lawyer saying: “That’s pretty serious because almost everybody that you would speak to knows who their relatives are.”
His own lawyer said: “I’m not sure how we’re going to proceed, but I think we’re going to cut the deposition short.”
It comes after The Sun revealed how Richard split from wife Betty who raised six kids including Sabrina and Venus’s half-sister Sabrina Williams, who told how she’d love to meet her famous siblings after all this time.
The Sun reached out to Richard’s lawyer for comment.
Wow. Sad, sad, sad is all we can say. We wish Mr. Williams the best.
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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