Professional surfer Andy Irons died today in Dallas. He reportedly was suffering from the viral disease Dengue Fever. Other surfers reportedly had also contracted the illness in a recent surfing competition in Portugal.
Irons a three-time pro surfing champion was traveling back to his home on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. He was traveling from Puerto Rico where he dropped out of a pro surfing contest due to an illness.
Irons fell ill at a Dallas-Fort Worth International airport area hotel he was staying at during a layover. The local coroner is expected to begin the process of conducting an autopsy Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death. The results could take a month or two to be released.
For more on Iron's death and his surfing career his sponsor Billabong has posted a tribute.
Last week The Enterprise Reportbroke the story that former NFL/MLB player and TV sports analyst Josh Booty's settled a lawsuit that alleged abuse at the hands of Orange County Sheriff's Department Jail deputies during his arrest for DUI in 2008. The lawsuit was settled for a paltry $8,619 dollars. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed at the time.
TER has now obtained the settlement agreement between Josh Booty and the County of Orange and is publishing it in its entirety. No admission of guilt or any other issues related to the underlying charges are contained in the agreement by either party.
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The alleged case of abuse and excessive force made by former NFL and MLB player Josh Booty against the Orange County Sheriff's Department is now settled. The Enterprise Report first reported the story earlier this week. The details of the settlement agreement have not been made public, although the amount has: $8,619.
That payout is not exactly a windfall for what was a serious case of alleged police abuse. A similar case to Booty's was settled earlier this year. In that case, which alleged abuse by O.C. Sheriff's jail deputies there was a $750,000 dollar payout to a 24-yr old man named Matthew Fleuret. He was repeatedly hit with a Taser and physically subdued by O.C. Sherrif's deputies while in the jail after being arrested for a bar fight in 2006. Fleuret was never charged with a crime and was later released. In the Fleuent case a videotape of the incident was released publicly and was widely reported by the Los Angeles Times, AP and others.
In Booty's case an exclusively obtained 11-page statement provided to the The Enterprise Report directly by Booty's attorney Tariq Hasan detailed Booty's allegations concerning what he claimed is depicted on videotapes that were recorded inside the O.C. Jail. The existence of the tapes was confirmed by TER long ago. The tapes in question have never been made public and their contents remain unknown.
A lawsuit alleging excessive force and abuse by the Orange County, CA Sheriff's Department brought by former NFL and MLB player Josh Booty was settled with the County of Orange for a figure of just under 7-thousand dollars, according to a recent media report.
Josh Booty's attorney Tariq Hasan of Los Angeles previously released an 11-page statement regarding the case exclusively to TER prior to the settlement. The extensive statement regarding Booty's claims in the case was first reported by TER yesterday in breaking the story of the case settlement.