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Shelden Williams: The Man Behind the Candace Parker Marriage

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Shelden Williams is an American former basketball player, who was nicknamed ‘The Landlord’ when he played for Duke University’s basketball team, Duke Blue Devils. While in college, Williams received two consecutive National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Shelden DeMar Williams hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was born under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 31 October 1983, which makes him 40 years old as of 2023. He’s one of the sons of Jeanette Williams and the high school basketball coach and former collegiate basketball player, Bob Williams. His brother, Quincy, is an American Football linebacker.

Shelden attended Midwest City High School where he joined the school’s basketball team. He was a standout player and won many accolades at the national and state levels, including crowned Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001. Shelden was a member of both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and National Honor Society (NHS) organizations while in high school. In 2002, he matriculated to Duke University, where he began his collegiate career, and was schoolmates with the American former basketball player, Jonathan Clay, who is best known as JJ Redick. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in Markets & Management in 2006.

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High School and College Careers

While playing basketball at Midwest City High, Williams was named Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, USA Today Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2001, and was also ranked at position 49 of the best high school basketball players in the nation by ESPN.com. Moreover, he was named the Best Forward by the online magazines, PrepStar and Basketball News, while he was in high school.

Williams played for Duke Blue Devils from 2002-2006. In January 2006, he became the third player to ever record a triple-double when his school’s team played against Maryland. Before his graduation, he held the record of Duke’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots (422). He also received various awards including an Associated Press (AAP) First Team All-American in 2006.

Professional Career

Williams was selected by Atlanta Hawks in the 2006 NBA Draft, signed a rookie scale contract with the team on 10 July 2006, and made his NBA debut on 1 November – his first game was against the Philadelphia 76ers. While playing for the Hawks, Williams was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, and later NBA Rookie of the Month in April 2007. The Oklahoma native left the Atlanta Hawks for Sacramento Kings in 2008, but in February 2009, he was traded alongside Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown to the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Calvin Booth and Rashad McCants. Subsequently, he joined Boston Celtics in 2009, Denver Nuggets in 2010, and New York Knicks in 2011.

Before his exit from NBA, Williams played for the New Jersey Nets in 2011 and 2012. He thereafter signed a 12-month contract with French League team Élan Chalon, with which he averaged 7.6 rebounds and 11.3 points per game. In October 2013, Shelden signed with the Chinese team, Tianjin Ronggang, with whom he played until 2015.

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After retiring from professional basketball, Williams began serving as an assistant coach for the NBA G League team, College Park Skyhawks. He then started coaching the Erie BayHawks in 2018.

Shelden is a two-time gold medalist – he won one of the medals in the 2005 Summer Universiade team competitions which took place in Izmir, Turkey.

In 2019, Shelden created the Shelden Williams Foundation, which empowers and supports student-athletes by delivering initiatives aimed at promoting physical and emotional health through education, sports and community involvement.

Shelden is active on Instagram (@sheldenwilliams) with almost 20,000 followers. He joined Twitter in June 2019 and is currently followed by around 35,000 fans under his handle @SheldenWilliams – the Oklahoma native is active on Facebook.

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Personal Life

Williams walked the aisle with the American basketball player Candace Parker on 13 November 2008. Parker, who is widely known by the nickname, ‘Ace,’ plays for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team, Las Vegas Aces, and is considered one of the best WNBA players of all time. The couple welcomed a daughter named Lailaa Nicole Williams in 2009. Shortly afterwards, they bought a 7,000-square-foot home in the Encino neighborhood of San Fernando Valley, California, for around $3.56 million, but the couple separated in November 2016, and in April 2018, Williams filed for a divorce citing irreconcilable differences, and went on to demand spousal support as reported by TMZ Sports. Candace agreed to pay him $400,000 in alimony and shared the proceeds from the sale of their Encino home (sold at $3.75 million).

In late 2019, William’s ex-wife exchanged vows with the Russian basketball player, Anna Petrakova, and announced that they were expecting a child in December 2021. The news came shortly after she came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Petrakova gave birth to a son named Airr Larry Petrakov in February 2022.

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Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Shelden is of Afro-American ethnicity and has black hair and a pair of dark brown eyes. He stands at a towering height of 6ft 9ins (2.06m) and weighs approximately 250lbs (113kgs).

Net Worth

Williams’ basketball career has made him famous and wealthy. During his tenure in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Williams accumulated at least $12 million in salary payments. His net worth is approximately $8 million as of 2023; on the other hand, his ex-wife Parker, is worth around $5 million.

Shelden William’s Ex-Wife, Candace Parker – Brief Biography

Candace Nicole Parker was born on 19 April 1986, in St. Louis, Missouri, and is 37 years old as of 2023. She began playing basketball in high school, becoming the only woman to win two Gatorade National Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year Awards in 2003 and 2004. Parker played for the University of Tennessee’s basketball team during her college days, and led it to two national championships in 2007 and 2008; she primarily plays center and forward positions.

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The WNBA squad, Los Angeles Sparks, selected her as the first overall pick in the WNBA draft in 2008, and was named WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2008.  She played for 13 seasons with the team before joining Chicago Sky for two seasons – she won a championship with each team. Nicole has won two WNBA MVP Awards (2008 and 2015), and two Olympic gold medals, in 2008 and 2012.

After her WNBA career, Parker served as a commentator and analyst for Turner Sports, and covered NBA games on NBA TV and TNT.

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Who is Jared Abrahamson (aka Trevor Holden on ‘Travelers’)?

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Who is Jared Abrahamson?

Jared Abrahamson was born on 19 November 1987, in Flin Flon, Manitoba/Saskatchewan Canada, and is an actor as well as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, but best known from rising to fame in his role in the Canadian film “Hello Destroyer”. He was subsequently cast in the Netflix show “Travelers”, portraying Trevor Holden

The Riches of Jared Abrahamson

As of early-2020, Jared Abrahamson’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, earned largely through a successful career in acting. He’s also competed in several MMA professional fights, which has helped in building his wealth.

Early Life and Education

Jared grew up in the small mining town Flin Flon in northern Canada. The environment there helped him become strong and adaptable as he navigated extreme weather conditions. At a young age, he began working in the mines, and during his free time he was trained by fighters from his town, learning the techniques of mixed martial arts.

However, while going through all of this, he discovered a strong desire to pursue a career as an actor. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Vancouver Film School, intent on paving his way as an actor.

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VFS is a private school in Canada and is internationally renowned, known for producing numerous high-profile names in the entertainment industry, such as Neill Blomkamp, Emily Bett Rickards, Kevin Smith, and Hannah Hall. He completed his studies there, joining its distinguished alumni, then pursued further studies by enrolling in numerous acting workshops, including taking classes in other schools in Vancouver such as the Actors Foundry, which is known for holding weekly and online classes. Shortly afterwards, he began taking a few projects, with his first being in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”.

Rise to Fame

In 2014, Abrahamson was cast in a five-episode role in the television series “Awkward”, playing the character Pete. The show follows the story of a female teenager who is in a phase of questioning her identity. The show was well received and ran for a total of five seasons, though he only appeared there during the fourth season. He also had a guest role in “Fear the Walking Dead”, and his second film role was in the drama ‘The Submarine Kid”, starring Finn Wittrock.

In 2016,he got his breakthrough role in the Canadian drama called “Hello Destroyer”, playing the role of Tyson Burr, a hockey enforcer, an unofficial role in which he serves as a goon to disrupt the other team.

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However, during one of his games, he violently hits an opposing player harder than intended. The film was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards – he gained a lot of praise for his performance – and won four Leo Awards and eight Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, with Jared winning in the category Best Actor in a Canadian Film.

Continued Success in Acting

Following this success, Jared was then one of the main cast members in the Netflix show “Travelers”, joining Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Reilly Dolman and Nesta Cooper.

It is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where special agents are assigned to fix time by sending their consciousness back where they can inhabit another body, in efforts to save themselves before their impending death. The show covers their lives as agents, the rules they must abide, and the conflicts they face while living another person’s life. In the show, Jared is depicted as the engineer of his team, and one of the oldest humans ever, but when he travels back in time, he assumes the life of an athlete in high school. The show ran for three seasons before it ended in 2019.

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While working on “Travelers”, he also continued taking film work – he had roles in the Canadian drama “Never Steady, Never Still”, and the thriller “Keep Watching” in which he worked with Bella Thorne. He also had a role in the American-Canadian co-production “Sweet Virginia”, which saw him work alongside Jon Bernthal. He also gained a bit of attention for his work in the independent film “Gregoire”, which was nominated for numerous awards. One of his latest projects is “American Animals”, which is based on the Transylvania University library heist of 2004; the film received a lot of positive reviews.

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Mixed Martial Arts

While working as an actor, Abrahamson has not forgotten his roots in Canada and his background in mixed martial arts. He began competing as a professional MMA fighter, labeling himself as a “blue-collar fighter” due to his history and heritage. He is often called Wolfblood Abrahamson, an homage to his ancestry in Canada. He has a professional record of 1-1. He has also competed in professional kickboxing, specifically Muay Thai where he holds a professional record of 2-0.

Personal Life

It is believed that Jared is single, but he hasn’t talked about his romantic life, which he prefers to keep it away from the public, being focused on developing his career further, taking in acting work when he can.

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He is a close friend of Bernie Yao whom he met during the filming of “Hello Destroyer”.

His background in mixed martial arts has helped him land roles, as he already has proper training for most fight scenes. With his budding career, he’s been compared by publications to several other popular Canadian actors, such as Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Amell. With many Canadian action stars being cast as superheroes, there is speculation that he might pursue a similar path in the future.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Zaks

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Elizabeth is the new face of the FahionNova clothing brand, and has a number of other brands under her name in the fitness industry, so is slowly taking over the world of fitness. Here are the 10 things you need to know about her.

1. Who is Elizabeth Zaks?

Elizabeth Zaks is a Russian-American fitness enthusiast and Instagram model; she has created her own fitness guidebooks, which contain her routine with which according to many she’s attained the perfect look. Since starting her career, Elizabeth has collaborated with a number of popular brands, and has started her own YouTube channel and website.

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2. Birth Date, Childhood

Elizabeth Zaks was born on the 13th June 1996, in Florida USA, of Russian ancestry, as her parents are both Russian who came to the US just a few months before her birth. Her mother was a doctor in Russia, but once settled in the USA, she had to do over medical education and worked as a waitress and cleaner, among other jobs. Her father Ilya Zaks passed away on the 18th June 2004 at just 31 years of age, when Elizabeth was eight years old. Her mother has since remarried, and Elizabeth now has a half-brother Danny and a step-sister Sasha.

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3. When Did Her Career Begin

Elizabeth was interested in fashion and modeling from an early age, but thought that she wasn’t good enough to become a model. However, her boyfriend in high school, Michael Falco, persuaded her otherwise, and it was in 2013 that she launched her Instagram page, and began uploading pictures of herself. The majority of the pictures were of herself in skimpy clothes, mostly swimsuits, which attracted the attention of people from all around the world, and she steadily became more popular. The next step was going to the gym with her boyfriend, and in no time she embraced training and gym on the whole. Elizabeth then started posting pictures and short videos from the gym on her official Instagram page, which brought even more followers to her page.

4. How Did She Become So Popular

Elizabeth continued to work hard on her body and herself on the whole, eating healthy and dedicating herself to becoming a fitness model. Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as she was spotted by a number of modeling scouts which put her career onto the next level. Over the years, Elizabeth has grown her fan base, and now has over 800,000 followers on Instagram. She has used her Instagram popularity to promote career, and has worked with a number of online brands, including EHPLabs, FashionNova, GymShark, and many others.

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5. Elizabeth Zak Fit Guide, Website

Encouraged by her popularity and success, Elizabeth decided to launch something of her own and opted for a guidebook to the perfect body, which she named EZ FitGuide, and has started the website ezfitguide.com of the same name, through which she sells her book. Furthermore, she has created several versions of the guidebook, and now has EZBootyBuilder, EZHomeBootyBuilder, and EZGainz, all of which you can buy from her website.

6. YouTube Channel

In addition to her popularity on Instagram, Elizabeth has also launched her YouTube channel, on which she already has over 300,000 subscribers.

Her videos are related to her gym workouts and healthy diet, but she has also shared some details from her personal life. She started the channel in 2015, and since then she has attracted more than 30 million views – and some of the popular videos include “Bikini Haul- Try On & My Thoughts”, which has over two million views, then “Travel Haul/ LookBook | What I Brought to Hawaii | Outfit Ideas”, (1.8 million), and “What I Eat In A Day | Physique Update | Mini Vlog”, which has been viewed 1.5 million times, among other videos that have increased her popularity and net worth.

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7. Elizabeth Zaks Net Worth

Elizabeth started her career in 2013, and since then has come a long way to become an international fitness star and an idol to many. Her success has increased her wealth to a large degree and according to authoritative sources, as of early 2020 it has been estimated that Zaks’ net worth is as high as $500,000, boosted by earning around $5,000 per Instagram post.

8. Elizabeth Zaks Height, Weight, Body Statistics, and Appearance

Elizabeth has invested so much in her looks, and on account of her beauty, she is extremely popular. She stands at 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, while she weighs approximately 130lbs ~ 59kgs, and her vital statistics are 35-24-39 ins.

She has brown hair, though she sometimes dyes it from blonde to black, and she has blue eyes.

9. Elizabeth Zaks Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend

Elizabeth was in a relationship with Michael Falco; the two started dating back in 2011 when they were still in high school. He helped her a lot in her early career, and continued to support her professional enterprises, however, the couple reached the end of their romance in July 2018. Since then, Elizabeth has remained single, and has talked about how she enjoys her life after being in a relationship for seven long years.

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10. Workout and Diet

Since 2013, Elizabeth has frequently been in the gym; she would work out at least five days a week, and for every day she has special training. Elizabeth has done all to look great, and some of her favorite exercises include:

  • Squats 5×12;
  • Glute pull through with five seconds break in between;
  • Dumbbell deadlifts 4×12;
  • Cable squats with frog walks;
  • Glute kickbacks.
  • Elizabeth is under a strict diet, which includes enough protein and carb to retain her perfect form and muscles. However, she sometimes treats herself with sweets, and has stated that she loves waffles.
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From NFL Star to Convicted Killer: The Tragic Story of Rae Carruth

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Who is Rae Carruth?

Former American professional Football Player and convicted murderer Rae Theotis Carruth was born as Rae Lamar Wiggins in Sacramento, California USA on 20 January 1974, making Aquarius his zodiac sign. He spent three seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL), and was fired after he was charged and eventually found guilty of conspiring to kill his former girlfriend Cherica Adams, who was at the time pregnant with their son.

Education and early life

Rae and his sister Samel were raised in Sacramento solely by their mother Theodry Carruth, as she divorced their father Charles Wiggins when Rae was still a toddler; Theodry went on to marry her second husband Samuel Carruth, but they divorced when Rae was 14.

Struggling to cope with family issues, as he and his sister were once again raised solely by their mother who worked multiple jobs to financially support them, Rae found comfort in football. He studied at Valley High School and was on the school’s football team, while he was rated to be the best player there.

Rae was offered football scholarships by multiple colleges, and chose to enroll at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992.

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College football

Rae began playing for the Colorado Boulder Buffaloes as soon as he enrolled at the university, and was during his final year there named to the first-team All-American; his teammates included future professional Football Players Kordell Stewart and Koy Detmer.

Rae graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1996, thus making himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Professional Football Player

Rae was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and signed a $3.7 million four-year contract with them, which included a signing bonus of $1.3 million.

He started 14 games and caught 48 passes during his rookie season, including four touchdown passes; he was named to the all-rookie team for the 1997 season.

Rae broke his right foot during the first game of the 1998 season, and then caught no passes for the remainder of the season.

He played only the first six games in 1999, catching 14 passes for 200 yards.

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Love life and relationships

Rae was in a relationship with Michelle Wright while attending the University, and she gave birth to their son Rae Jr. in 1994. Following their break-up and Rae’s success in football, he was ordered to pay $5,400 as child support; Michelle later testified that she agreed to have Rae pay half of the money, but only if he were to become a better father.

In 1998 and 1999, Rae was in an on-and-off relationship with American real estate agent Cherica Adams, whom he then conspired to kill.

Crime, arrest and conviction

Cherica was shot four times with a Charter Arms revolver on 16 November 1999, in the vicinity of Rae’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina; she was able to call the police, revealing that Rae had stopped his car in front of hers, and that a person from a vehicle next to hers shot her. The police later identified her killer as American nightclub manager and Rae’s friend Van Brett Watkins Sr.

Cherica was taken to a hospital, where she fell into a coma; she was eight months pregnant with Rae’s son, and the doctors had to perform an emergency caesarean section. Rae was arrested and then released on $3 million bail, while he promised to turn himself in if either Cherica or his son died.

The baby, named Chancellor Lee Adams was without oxygen for more than an hour prior to being born, and this caused cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage; he was 21 when he graduated from Vance High School in 2021.

Cherica died on 14 December 1999, nearly a month after she had been admitted to the hospital, but Rae failed to turn himself in as he had promised, so was arrested by police a day later, after they found him hiding in the trunk of his car in front of a motel. The police also found a cell phone, candy bars, clothes, bottles of his urine and $4,000 in the car; following his arrest, the Carolina Panthers waived him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

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During the trial, the prosecution claimed that Van Brett Watkins Sr. was hired by Rae to kill Cherica because she didn’t want to abort their son, while Rae’s lawyers claimed that Watkins was mad and searching for Rae because of a drug deal gone bad, and that he shot Cherica after asking her about Rae’s whereabouts, and after she ‘flipped him off’.

Rae was found guilty of using an instrument to destroy an unborn child, shooting into an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit murder, and was sentenced to spend between 19 and 24 years in jail; if he had been found guilty of first degree murder, he could’ve been executed. Watkins was sentenced to spend between 40 and 50 years behind bars for the murder of Cherica.

Rae had served 18 years when he was released from the Sampson Correctional Institution on 22 October 2018, and he’s since been living in Pennsylvania.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Rae was interested in playing various other sports during his teenage years, including basketball, baseball and tennis.

He was physically highly active during his time with the Carolina Panthers, as he attended all of the team’s training sessions, and also worked out at the gym nearly every day.

It’s believed that Rae was addicted to cocaine prior to being sent to prison, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Cherica’s mother Saundra Adams often spoke badly about Rae in public, and he accused her of lying; Rae sent her a letter in 2018, apologizing for calling her a liar.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Rae’s age is 49. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

Rae’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10,000, as of May 2023.

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