A private security guard has just been charged with making false bomb threats against the NBA. 19 year old Jose Quesda, Jr. provided security for the NBA’s Secaucus office and allegedly made several calls from his cell phone over a 3 day period.
On a voice mail he was stated to have left the following: “ I put a bomb outside. Gonna kill all the NBA. I put a bomb outside in the bush. No way out. Gonna blow up at 9 o’clock in the morning. Good luck.” At which time the building was evacuated and the bomb squad called in.
Two suicide bombers suspected of being affiliated with Al-Qaida initiated an attack in Uganda that left 64 people dead and over 50 more injured. The attacked focused on fans gathered to watch the final game of the World Cup at a restaurant and a rugby club.
Uganda’s government spokesman said the first blast occurred at the Ethiopian Village restaurant at 10:55 p.m. Two more blasts happened at the rugby field 20 minutes later, he said.
One American has been killed and 14 others injured in the attack.
*The photo above was taken during my recent trip to South Africa where I accompanied a client attending the 2010 World Cup. Mandela’s Square in Johannesburg is a popular place for spectators who are not going to the actual game, and illustrates the massive crowds that terrorist consider soft targets.
So yesterday the ICON guys got a chance to let their hair down a little and represent the agency “Tiger Woods Style” at the Northfield Police Department’s Golf Tournament. Alas, because it was a busy Monday, I couldn’t make it out of the office to join them*. What I do know is that the caddies felt very safe!
*(I actually think I have a lifelong ban from the sport due to crashing a few too many carts!)
Former National Football League quarterback Steve McNair has been killed by what police said was a fatal gunshot wound to the head. An unidentified woman was also found shot nearby. For the full story, click HERE.
From China to the DNC to the RNC to the NFL Kick-off to LA to the Obama/McCain Service Forum in NYC. It’s been a crazy 30 days. Thanks to everyone at ICON that kept the plates spinning to make the assignments a success, and keeping all the clients happy.
Now back to the moutain of paperwork that’s accumulated. uggh.</p
“Next month, a delegation of nearly 1,200 U.S. athletes, coaches and support staff will make their way to Beijing, China, for the Olympics games. Behind the scenes, United States Olympic Committee Chief Security Officer Larry Buendorf will be keeping a close eye on the games, making sure that the four years he’s spent making security preparations with local authorities keep the Olympians and their handlers safe.”
An interesting profile on Serge Borlee, former bodyguard of Lance Armstrong. I’ve worked with several sports figures in my career, but never a cyclist. While I have never met Mr. Borlee, I give him a lot of respect for keeping up with clients who always get to ride while you run!
— Bravo to the team for really pushing the suggestion, and the player for accepting it. (Here’s hoping that its a professional and not a “buddyguard”.) Knee-jerk reaction or the emergence of much needed security procedures?
Other players and league officials, please take note.
An Athlete having personal security won’t solve every problem, but spending money on security before the 3rd (or 4th) car sounds like an investment that would pay a much greater return in the long run.