Cheaters Never Win

Grind for September 15th, 2018
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.”

– Zig Ziglar

Another One Bites The Dust

The Headline

Paul Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Muller investigation

The Grind

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday agreed to plead guilty to two conspiracy charges and to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

The decision makes him the fifth former Trump associate to admit wrongdoing as part of the investigation.

As part of the deal, Manafort agreed to abandon funds in multiple bank accounts and to forfeit four of his multimillion-dollar homes.

The Details

Paul Manafort has been sitting in jail since June, when he was caught trying to influence a witness. In August, he was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia over charges related to his political consulting work for ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Here’s what the Virginia trial revealed:

— Tax evasion on more than $16 million earned while working in Ukraine

— Failure to register as a foreign lobbyist (and efforts to keep his work a secret)

— Reporting earnings of $12,000 on a $4 million project

— Inventing false stories about anti-Semitism to tarnish the reputation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s rival Yulia Tymoshenko

— Deliberate efforts to mislead banks and accountants about income and expenses

Manafort, age 69, now faces up to 10 years in prison. His plea bargain heads off a second trial in Washington, DC, where he was to have faced more charges related to his work in Ukraine including: money laundering, failing to register his foreign lobbying work, misleading the feds about that work, and obstruction of justice.

President Trump has expressed sympathy for Manafort throughout the process, but lawmakers on both sides caution that pardoning him would look like an attempt to undercut the Russia investigation.

Foul Play

The Headline

Media sides with Serena Willams after she was caught cheating during US Open

The Grind

Tennis star Serena Williams tore into umpire Carlos Ramos last weekend, calling him sexist and a “thief” after she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during the final round of the US Open.

Ramos gave Serena a warning after her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was caught giving her hand signals during a match. He then hit Serena with a point penalty for smashing her racket and verbal abuse.

Serena claimed that a male player would not have received the same penalties.

The Details

Steve Simon, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, and Katrina Adams, President of the US Tennis Association, both agreed with Serena about there being a ‘double standard’ in the way female tennis players are treated by umpires. “We shouldn’t have to carry that extra weight on our back in anything that we do,” said Adams.

Tennis umpires, who are concerned by the lack of support from league officials and have virtually no way of representing themselves, are considering forming a union.

“Umpires don’t have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies,” a source told The Guardian. “If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?”

The situation has umpires feeling abandoned by the WTA, explains former umpire Richard Ings. “They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls.”

Ramos did receive some support from the International Tennis Federation, which said his decision to penalize Serena was “in accordance with the relevant rules.”

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