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Adrián González Declined Donald Trump’s Hospitality. Here’s What We Know

Adrián González isn’t the most politically active person in sports (though he does have his beliefs about Planned Parenthood), but his actions are definitely proving that he’s unafraid to take a stand. This past past May, while the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers took up temporary residence at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, González asked for alternative accommodations.

“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez told reporter JP Hoornstra. “I had my reasons.”

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Though González didn’t explicitly state why he avoided Trump’s property, there are several factors that might have influenced his decision. González, who was born in the U.S. — both of his parents are from Mexico — grew up in Tijuana, where his parents’ family business was located. González’s ties to the country are very important to him. He has even played for Mexico’s national team at the World Baseball Classic. Baseball’s current commissioner Rob Manfred praised Adrián in a recent interview, saying, “The Dodgers have a proud history of global ambassadors for our sport, and I applaud Adrián’s leadership and commitment to the Mexican national team.”

González was also instrumental in introducing Spanish accent marks on jerseys.

#PonleAcento with @ycespedes52

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“I’m Mexican and I’m American,” Gonzáles told the Los Angeles Times back in 2013.

World Baseball Classic Qualifier #TBT #Mexico ??

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Donald Trump’s adversarial relationship with immigrants has soured many people’s opinions of the billionaire. So it’s not hard to imagine that González might not be Trump’s biggest fan. González, however, has kept his mouth shut on this development, telling Orange County Register’s J.P. Hoornstra, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.” During the current NLCS, the Dodgers chose a different hotel in their most recent trip to Chicago — not because of Trump, though. There were issues with booking.


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Chicago Teen Shot In Chest After Trying To Steal A Woman’s Dog

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Chicago Teen Shot In Chest After Trying To Steal A Woman’s Dog

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A Chicago woman shot a teenage girl in the chest Friday night after she attacked the woman and tried to steal her dog. Araceli Diaz, 21, and the 14-year-old girl had arranged to meet “to conduct a sale,” according to a Chicago Police Department press release. According to authorities, the teenager pulled out a pellet gun and “struck Diaz on the head with it,” in an effort to steal Diaz’s property. That ‘property’ was a Husky puppy. Diaz, not knowing the teenager’s weapon was, in fact, a pellet gun, shot the teenager in the chest with a handgun. Diaz fled the scene in a white Cadillac but was arrested an hour later thanks to surveillance video.

Diaz is being charged with one felony count for not having a concealed carry license, resulting in one unlawful use of weapon felony charge. The teenager was hospitalized and charged the following morning with one felony count for attempted armed robbery.

Araceli Diaz is not being charged for the shooting itself, as it was considered self-defense.

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Diaz appeared in court Sunday morning, where Judge Arthur Wesley Willis set her bail at $5,000, meaning she’d have to post $500 to be released from jail. Diaz’s attorney, Mike Walsh, told reporter Tom Schuba that Diaz breeds Huskies, and was attempting to sell the dog when the unidentified juvenile attacked her. Prosecutors have already indicated that they’ve concluded she fired the gun in self-defense. Diaz has a valid firearm owner’s identification card but did not have a valid concealed carry license, making her use of the legal weapon unlawful. 

“A BB gun can appear like a real gun and to anyone out there it’s gonna appear like a real gun, to the police, and to any individual, and if someone’s carrying and they have their own CCL they may use their own gun to defend themselves,” Chicago Police Officer Jose Jara told FOX32.

The girl reportedly ordered Diaz to the ground before assaulting her.

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Diaz placed the dog in the girl’s arms and told her she could take the dog home for $800, according to The Chicago Tribune. Suddenly, a nearly perfect moment (adopt, don’t shop, mi gente), became violent. The girl ordered Diaz to the ground and hit her twice on the head and face with a metal pellet gun, according to The Tribune. As the girl tried to run off with the dog, Diaz allegedly shot her twice in the chest and abdomen and fled the scene in a white Cadillac. An hour later, police tracked Diaz down using surveillance footage and found a loaded Glock handgun and magazine in the passenger seat of her car.

Prosecutors say the girl arrived with another person, according to The Chicago Tribune.

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“We’re not sure where they met initially or how they communicated, but all we do know is that the 14-year-old did show up with other intentions and she pulled out a BB gun,” Jara initially told FOX32. Later, at Diaz’s court hearing, prosecutors said that the two began communicating on Facebook to arrange the sale, according to The Chicago Tribune. The teenager arrived with another person to meet Diaz at 5:45 p.m. Friday evening on the 2300 block of South Drake Avenue, prosecutors said, according to the outlet.

A petition to drop Diaz’s charges has been posted to Change.org. Only one person has signed it, and it’s the petition-writer, Jerald Fraley, who is mysteriously listed as deceased on Facebook

The teen was transported to a hospital where she was treated overnight for her gunshot wounds. She was charged Saturday morning with attempted armed robbery and is expected to appear in juvenile court on December 9, according to police.

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Chicago Woman Arrested For Trying To Kill Her Ex-Girlfriend’s New Partner Via Hitman

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Chicago Woman Arrested For Trying To Kill Her Ex-Girlfriend’s New Partner Via Hitman

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A Chicago woman has been arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill the woman now dating her ex-girlfriend. Lissette Ortiz, 54, planned to flee to Puerto Rico after the woman was murdered, but she didn’t plan for the hitman being an undercover cop. Ortiz had offered a man, who remains anonymous, either a TV and $500 or $5,000 for the name of a hitman. The man immediately contacted the Chicago Police Department, who asked him to give the name of an undercover police officer. 

Ortiz met with the undercover cop, thinking he was the man who would kill Washington’s new girlfriend, on Nov. 20, and sat in the car with him for an hour. She detailed how she wanted the woman to burn alive in her car, and to know that it was Ortiz who was behind it all.

Lissette Ortiz told the undercover police officer exactly how he wanted to kill the woman, and how she would stage her alibi.

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Ortiz believes that the woman, who remains anonymous, was the reason for her breakup with an ex-girlfriend, Marni Washington. Cook County Assistant State Attorney Jack Costello told ABC that, at first, Ortiz asked the anonymous man to “kidnap the victim and bring the victim to her so she could take care of the rest.” When the anonymous man turned informant and led her to an undercover cop, the story became much more gruesome. Ortiz “told the undercover that her plan after the undercover kidnapped and delivered the victim to her was to put the victim into a car while tied up and set the car on fire in a remote location,” Costello told the outlet. Her plan seemed to continue to evolve as she sat in the car with the man she believed would kill this woman. 

Later, she said that she wanted him to be the one to take the victim to the remote location in mind and set her and her car on fire.

Ortiz wanted the woman killed before Thanksgiving so that she never spent a holiday in the home where Ortiz once lived.

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Assistant State Attorney Costello told ABC that Ortiz wanted “the crime to occur prior to Thanksgiving so that the victim could not celebrate the holiday in the home” that Ortiz used to share with Washington. Still, Ortiz planned to be on vacation while the woman was burning to death. “She was sure authorities would be looking for her after the murder and she wanted to have an alibi,” Costello told the outlet. 

Instead of boarding that flight to Puerto Rico, Ortiz’s recorded conversation with the undercover cop will likely land her anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison. In addition to plotting Washington’s girlfriend’s death, Ortiz admitted to the cop that this would be her second attempt at murder-by-hitman. The first time she hired a hitman, he ran away with her money.

It seems as if Ortiz attempted to use the legal system to retaliate against Washington once before.

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Marni Washington, 50, is a Chicago police officer assigned to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security detail with over 17 years on the force. Washington and Ortiz shared a home together in the Galewood neighborhood of Northwest Chicago, but, as their relationship deteriorated over the course of a year, Washington asked Ortiz to move out in May. Later, Ortiz alleged that Washington pinned her against a wall, leaving a bruise on her collarbone on June 27, and pressed charges. On July 3, Washington turned herself in, after a warrant was posted for her arrest. Washington was booked and paid her bond of $10,000. Washington was placed on paid desk-duty during the duration of her trial.

After a full day of trial in mid-August, Domestic Violence Court Judge Megan Goldish cleared Washington of all charges, citing in-home surveillance videos that showed no physical altercation. The defense provided images of Ortiz taken the following day of the alleged assault that showed Ortiz had no bruises and even contradicted her own testimony, during which she said Washington took her car keys away from her. Images of Ortiz holding car keys in her hand had weakened her credibility. As Judge Goldish cleared the charges, Washington reportedly smiled, while Ortiz stormed out of the courtroom, shouting, “This is unfair! You know you erased that video.”

Ortiz has an arrest history on theft charges and is currently being held without bond.  If convicted, Ortiz will face 20 to 40 years in prison.

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