Tragic end for former Maryland basketball player


Tragic end for former Maryland basketball player

By JP Finlay

Former Maryland basketball player Earl Badu died from an apparent suicide on Sept. 27, Baltimore County Police officials confirmed on Sept. 28.

Badu apparently jumped from an eastern Baltimore County overpass on I-95 and dropped some 50 feet before landing on I-695, according to reports. Medical personnel transported Badu to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where he was pronounced dead.

A fan favorite during his time in College Park, Badu was a walk-on player for the Maryland team that won the national championship in 2002. Badu, a Baltimore native, found himself in legal and financial trouble in the years preceding his death.

At the time of his death, Badu was heavily indebted to Montgomery County, Md., chiropractor Dr. Alan Cornfield. Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court documents revealed Badu's debts to be 300,000. Badu and Cornfield met through Cornfield's connections to the Maryland basketball program, according to his lawyer Lewis Silber.

Apparently Mr. Badu and Dr. Cornfield knew each other for a number of years, Silber said. There was something going on where Badu told Cornfield he could make him a lot of money.

Documents show that Cornfield filed a civil complaint against Badu on Dec. 10, 2010, with a litany of charges: breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation of facts, unjust enrichment and restitution based upon unjust enrichment.

Silber went on to explain that Badu owed a lot of other people money as well, but the attorney said he was not at liberty to discuss those other people at this time.

Throughout the almost 18-month trial, Badu did not retain a lawyer. Silber added that Badu listed himself as self-employed when asked in court.

Silber last saw Badu on Friday, Sept. 21, in a court room. As part of a payment plan to repay the 300,000, Badu wrote a 20,000 check. That check bounced.

Badu pleaded guilty to writing the bad check, and was sentenced last Friday, according to the Montgomery County Circuit Court Criminal Department. The former Maryland player was due to serve a five-year suspended sentence with three years supervised probation for the bad check charge.

Im not sure where the money went, Silber said. We ended up going to court, and he agreed to pay the money back. In the process of doing so he wrote a check that was not good.

Silber said that Badu asked for more time to make things work.

"It seemed like he was trying to figure things out, Silber said. He seemed that he believed it would be taken care of. As long as we kept pushing it off, another week, another week, it would work out.

Despite Badus requests for more time, Cornfield received no money.

We needed to see something. Nothing was going through, Silber said. Dr. Cornfield wanted his money back and this was the way legally we had to do it.

Calls to Cornfield's office were not immediately returned. What happens with Badus debt remains to be seen, Silber said, but the sadness of the situation did not escape the attorney.

I feel very bad for Mr. Badu, Silber said. I know his family.

Badu was 33 years old at the time of his death.

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Loss of Jarrett to injury will have long term effects on Redskins defense

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The Redskins’ most talked about injury loss on Monday dealt with the Achilles tear suffered by Junior Galette. However, the loss of Kyshoen Jarrett, who was waived with a failed physical designation with neck and shoulder injuries, may have more long-term impact on the defense.

Galette may have been a one-year rental. If he had enjoyed a big 2016 season the Redskins may not have been able to afford to re-sign him. Jarrett appeared to be set to be a long-term piece of the Redskins’ secondary.

The news on the 23-year-old Jarrett didn’t draw the headlines or discussion that Galette’s injury did because the his release was not unexpected. After he was injured in a collision in the “meaningless” regular-season finale in Dallas there was great concern about the seriousness of the injury. He saw a number of specialists (flying to some visits on owner Dan Snyder’s personal jet) in an attempt to find a solution. But when he was seen on the sidelines during minicamp still having obvious issues with his right arm the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Jarrett was drafted as a safety but early in training camp last year the team was short on cornerbacks after a rash of injuries so he volunteered to line up at nickel corner. He played there during the regular season and was a safety in some packages. Jarrett played 616 snaps, had 38 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Replacing a guy like Jarrett is hard to do because you don’t know how versatile a player can be in the NFL until he gets there. The Redskins are hoping that second-round pick Su’a Cravens will be able to play a jack of all trades type of role on defense but we will have to see how it develops.

Right now Jarrett’s NFL future is very much up in the air. The first step, however, would be for Jarrett to get enough use of his right arm so that he can live a normal life. I’m sure all Redskins fans wish him well in his recovery.

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Orioles' Chris Tillman goes for 15th win against Colorado

Orioles' Chris Tillman goes for 15th win against Colorado

Tonight's Game: Colorado Rockies (47-52) vs. Baltimore Orioles (58-40), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Chad Bettis (8-6, 5.31) vs. Chris Tillman (14-2, 3.18)

Keys to the Game:

Can Chris Tillman stay on his roll? In each of his last four starts, he's pitched seven innings and allowed a run. He's averaged four hits allowed in those starts. 

Can the Orioles continue to win without scoring tons of runs? They haven't scored more than six in their last 14 games, and they're 9-5 in those games.

News and Notes:

Bettis pitched here on Aug. 17, 2013, allowing eight runs – six of them unearned – in 2 2/3 innings. 

Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to be activated from the paternity list. 

Hyun Soo Kim could be activated from the disabled list. Dariel Alvarez was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. 

The Orioles have won five straight. They have five winning streaks of five or more. 

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Report: Padres trade Melvin Upton to AL East, but not Orioles

Report: Padres trade Melvin Upton to AL East, but not Orioles

The Orioles had spoken with San Diego about a proposed Ubaldo Jimenez for Melvin Upton, Jr. swap. It didn’t happen. 

According to a report from, the Padres have agreed to send the outfielder to the Toronto Blue Jays for a minor league prospect. 

Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs while Jimenez, who is scheduled to come off the paternity list is 5-9 with a 7.38 ERA. 

The Orioles basically wanted to swap contracts. Jimenez who the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in Feb. 2014, is signed through next season. 

Upton, who is also signed through next year is owed about 40 percent of his $15,450,000 salary this year and $16,450,000 next year. 

On Friday, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the team was focusing on acquiring starting pitching, and not outfield help, but a few hours later, reports circulated that the team was making a play for Upton.

With Joey Rickard sidelined for several weeks, an Upton acquisition could have made sense for this year—and next. 

Mark Trumbo is unsigned for next year, and the Orioles could have used Upton as a possible replacement in 2017. 

Meanwhile, the search for pitching continues. Andrew Cashner (San Diego), Jeremy Hellickson (Philadelphia), Rich Hill (Oakland) and Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels) are possible targets. 

The Orioles don’t have many top shelf pitching prospects that may entice other teams, and they’re competing against many others. 

There was an indication from Buck Showalter on Monday that the deal wasn’t likely to occur when he said he was contemplating giving Jimenez another start, perhaps Thursday in Minnesota. 

While the Orioles would like to be rid of Jimenez’s onerous deal, it’s unlikely they’ll find a team willing to take on that salary by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver trades.