VIDEO: OF­FI­CER TOLD VENUS WIL­LIAMS SHE CAUSED FA­TAL CRASH

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A po­lice of­fi­cer told ten­nis star Venus Wil­liams she likely caused a crash that fa­tally in­jured an el­derly man last month but didn’t cite her, say­ing it ap­peared the ac­tions of a third driver left her in a bad spot, a newly re­leased body cam­era video shows.

The Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice video shows Wil­liams walk­ing un­in­jured and speak­ing calmly to of­fi­cers min­utes af­ter the June 9 crash. The video also shows the other ve­hi­cle’s pas­sen­ger, 78-year-old re­tired teacher Jerome Bar­son, was con­scious, but bleed­ing and con­fused. It was later de­ter­mined he had a bro­ken spine and in­ter­nal in­juries. He died June 22.

Se­cu­rity video re­leased ear­lier showed Wil­liams was driv­ing straight on a green light as she ex­ited her neigh­bor­hood but a car turn­ing left cut her off, forc­ing her to stop mid­way as she crossed a busy six-lane in­ter­sec­tion. When she restarted, her light had turned red and the Bar­sons’ light had turned green. Their Hyundai sedan plowed into Wil­liams’ Toy­ota Se­quoia SUV.

The body cam­era video re­leased late Thurs­day shows Wil­liams, 37, lis­ten­ing in­tently as she sat in her SUV as Of­fi­cer David Dowling, the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, ex­plained to her why he be­lieved af­ter in­ter­view­ing her and wit­nesses that she was at fault but wasn’t go­ing to ticket her.

“You had a green light, so you had the right of way when you started to exit but be­cause you got stuck in the mid­dle of the in­ter­sec­tion, you lost that right of way,” Dowling told Wil­liams. Linda Bar­son, he said, now had a green light “and had no way of know­ing that you were go­ing to come across.”

Is­ner rolling at At­lanta Open.

Sec­ond-seeded John Is­ner beat Slo­vakia’s Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-4 to reach the BB&T At­lanta Open semi­fi­nals.

Seek­ing his fourth At­lanta ti­tle in five sea­sons, the big-serv­ing Is­ner will face third-seeded Gilles Muller of Lux­em­bourg. Muller beat Amer­i­can Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-1.

Ole Miss re­leases booster names.

Mis­sis­sippi re­leased the names of 12 boost­ers that the NCAA claims pro­vided im­per­mis­si­ble ben­e­fits and re­cruit­ing in­duce­ments to foot­ball play­ers.

The names of the boost­ers had pre­vi­ously been redacted from the NCAA’s no­tices of al­le­ga­tions and the uni­ver­sity’s re­sponses. The uni­ver­sity re-re­leased the NCAA no­tices and its re­sponses Fri­day with the names of 12 of the 14 boost­ers.

The re­lease was in re­sponse to a pre­vi­ous rul­ing by the Mis­sis­sippi Ethics Com­mis­sion. The names of two other boost­ers were still be­ing redacted be­cause of a court or­der.

Among the boost­ers named were Rebel Rags, an Ox­ford-based cloth­ing store, and its pres­i­dent, Terry War­ren. The NCAA al­leges Rebel Rags and War­ren pro­vided $2,800 worth of free mer­chan­dise to re­cruits. Rebel Rags is su­ing two Mis­sis­sippi State foot­ball play­ers and Lind­sey Miller, the fa­ther of for­mer Ole Miss star Laremy Tun­sil, for defama­tion in re­gards to their NCAA tes­ti­mony.

The NCAA is ac­cus­ing Ole Miss of 21 to­tal vi­o­la­tions — 15 clas­si­fied as Level I, the most se­ri­ous.

Coastal Carolina coach side­lined.

Coastal Carolina foot­ball coach Joe Moglia, 68, is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence be­cause of a con­tin­u­ing med­i­cal prob­lem.

The school granted him a five­month leave to deal with what he said was a bronchial asth­matic re­ac­tion to al­ler­gies, which causes in­flam­ma­tion around his lungs and re­sults in dif­fi­culty breath­ing.

Preda­tors reward Jo­hansen.

The Preda­tors signed top cen­ter Ryan Jo­hansen to an eight-year, $64 mil­lion con­tract, the largest deal the NHL fran­chise has ever handed out. Now the Preds have him un­der con­tract at an av­er­age of $8 mil­lion a year through the 2024-25 sea­son. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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