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Trump stopped Fauci from answering a question about the anti-malaria drug he's hyping, despite it be



President Donald Trump did not let Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, weigh in on what he thought about using hydroxycholoroquine, an anti-malaria drug, on patients with COVID-19.

Cutting across Dr. Fauci, who did not speak until late in the press conference at the request of a reporter, Trump said: "He answered that question 15 times."

The US government had stockpiled 29 million hydroxycholoroquine pills for treatment, despite only having anecdotal evidence of their effect. The drug is usually used for malaria or lupus and there is little clinical evidence showing they work against the novel coronavirus.

Trump's dismissal came a day after the coronavirus task force reportedly had its first confrontation. It was between Fauci and Trump's top trade advisor. The subject was hydroxycholoroquine.

President Donald Trump told reporters he wasn't a doctor as he promoted the use of hydroxycholoroquine, a drug used for malaria or lupus, to treat COVID-19 patients. But when Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked for his opinion, Trump would not let him speak.

At a White House press briefing on Sunday night, Trump repeatedly spoke about using the drug on COVID-19 patients despite little clinical evidence that the pills are effective against it. He told reporters he backed the drug as he said: "I'm not a doctor. I have common sense."

The US government has stockpiled 29 million hydroxycholoroquine pills and Trump said it was a good option for treatment since there's currently no vaccine, although researchers are testing a number of drugs including hydroxycholoroquine.

He said: "I'm trying to save lives. I want them to try it and it may work and it may not work." If it didn't work, at least it didn't kill patients, he said. Several times, he rhetorically asked: "What do you have to lose?"

But when a reporter at the briefing asked Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, what he thought, Trump did not let him speak.

"He answered that question 15 times," Trump said, cutting the reporter off, before the press conference moved on. Fauci never answered.

Fauci took the podium late in the conference and hadn't spoken before the reporters began asking questions.

According to Axios, on Saturday, the coronavirus task force reportedly had its first open confrontation, and it was over the use of hydroxycholoroquine.

Trump's top trade advisor Peter Navarro, who has been trying to source the drug, told the task force overseas studies showed the drug had "clear therapeutic efficacy."

Dr. Fauci reportedly disagreed and said there was only anecdotal evidence. Navarro, an economist, pointed to a stack of documents he had brought to the meeting, and told Fauci: "That's science, not anecdote."

The conversation grew heated, with Navarro calling out Dr. Fauci for purportedly objecting to Trump's China travel ban at one point, until the president's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner told Navarro he had the greenlight to supply the drug.

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Fans of Sean 'Diddy' Combs are concerned about his well-being after he posted message about "forgiveness" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As noted by Ace Showbiz, several of Diddy's Instagram followers hit up his comments section, asking if he's "alright" after a video of him sharing messages about God sparked debate about his mental health.



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"Forgive us, God and blessing to the situation and health care workers in the frontlines. Bless our elderly. Bless people all over the world. It's not just in the U.S. it's happening all over the world. Bless everybody, and please forgive us," he said in the clip.

Combs continued, " 'Cause if you forgive us, then you would send us the cure or what it would be your own way. And we would have learned to lessen, so God please come to our rescue. Amen."

Some people in the comments were feeling his message - after all, there's nothing wrong with a man loving on God, others, however, believe the music mogul is trying to cope with whatever has him stressing.

"My first impression is that he is very afraid," one IG follower commented.

Another remarked, "It's like every devil when they think they are about to die. They find religion, and his ass has done so many people wrong that he think he is going to hell."

A third wrote, "Perhaps he is being tormented? I don't know if guilt is an emotion he experiences but he seems shook about something. Perhaps his mortality?"

Scroll up and peep the clip that has Diddy fans worried.

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Jazz Great Ellis Marsalis Jr. Dead At 85; Fought Virus

   

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85.

"Pneumonia was the actual thing that caused his demise. But it was pneumonia brought on by COVID-19," Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in an Associated Press phone interview.

He said he drove Sunday from Baltimore to be with his father, who was hospitalized Saturday in Louisiana, which has been hit hard by the outbreak. Others in the family spent time with him, too.

Four of the jazz patriarch's six sons are musicians: Wynton, trumpeter, is America's most prominent jazz spokesman as artistic director of jazz at New York's Lincoln Center. Branford, saxophonist, led The Tonight Show band and toured with Sting. Delfeayo, a trombonist, is a prominent recording producer and performer. And Jason, a percussionist, has made a name for himself with his own band and as an accompanist. Ellis III, who decided music wasn't his gig, is a photographer-poet in Baltimore.

"He went out the way he lived: embracing reality," Wynton tweeted, alongside pictures of his father.

"My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be," Branford said.

Branford's statement included a text he said he got from Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins: "We can all marvel at the sheer audacity of a man who believed he could teach his black boys to be excellent in a world that denied that very possibility, and then watch them go on to redefine what excellence means for all time."

In a statement, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said of the man who continued to perform regularly until December: "Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. He was a teacher, a father, and an icon - and words aren't sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed the world."

Because Marsalis opted to stay in New Orleans for most of his career, his reputation was limited until his sons became famous and brought him the spotlight, along with new recording contracts and headliner performances on television and tour.

"He was like the coach of jazz. He put on the sweatshirt, blew the whistle and made these guys work," said Nick Spitzer, host of public radio's American Routes and a Tulane University anthropology professor.

The Marsalis "family band" seldom played together when the boys were younger but went on tour in 2003 in a spinoff of a family celebration, which became a PBS special when the elder Marsalis retired from teaching at the University of New Orleans.

Harry Connick Jr., one of his students at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, was a guest. He's one of many now-famous jazz musicians who passed through Marsalis' classrooms. Others include trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard, saxophonists Donald Harrison and Victor Goines, and bassist Reginald Veal.

Marsalis was born in New Orleans, son of the operator of a hotel where he met touring black musicians who couldn't stay at the segregated downtown hotels where they performed. He played saxophone in high school; he also played piano by the time he went to Dillard University.

Although New Orleans was steeped in traditional jazz, and rock 'n' roll was the new sound in the 1950s, Marsalis preferred bebop and modern jazz.

Spitzer described Marsalis as a "modernist in a town of traditionalists."

"His great love was jazz a la bebop - he was a lover of Thelonious Monk and the idea that bebop was a music of freedom. But when he had to feed his family, he played R&B and soul and rock 'n' roll on Bourbon Street," Spitzer said.

The musician's college quartet included drummer Ed Blackwell, clarinetist Alvin Batiste and saxophonist Harold Battiste, playing modern.

Ornette Coleman was in town at the time. In 1956, when Coleman headed to California, Marsalis and the others went along, but after a few months Marsalis returned home. He told the New Orleans Times-Picayune years later, when he and Coleman were old men, that he never figured out what a pianist could do behind the free form of Coleman's jazz.

Back in New Orleans, Marsalis joined the Marine Corps and was assigned to accompany soloists on the service's weekly TV programs on CBS in New York. There, he said, he learned to handle all kinds of music styles.

Returning home, he worked at the Playboy Club and ventured into running his own club, which went bust. In 1967 trumpeter Al Hirt hired him. When not on Bourbon Street, Hirt's band appeared on national TV - headline shows on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, among others.

Marsalis got into education about the same time, teaching improvisation at Xavier University in New Orleans. In the mid-1970s, he joined the faculty at the New Orleans magnet high school and influenced a new generation of jazz musicians.

When asked how he could teach something as free-wheeling as jazz improvisation, Marsalis once said, "We don't teach jazz, we teach students."

In 1986 he moved to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 1989, the University of New Orleans lured him back to set up a jazz studies program.

Marsalis retired from UNO in 2001 but continued performing, particularly at Snug Harbor, a small club that anchored the city's contemporary jazz scene - frequently backing young promising musicians.

His melodic style, with running improvisations in the right hand, has been described variously as romantic, contemporary, or simply "Louisiana jazz." He was always on acoustic piano, never electric, and even in interpreting old standards there's a clear link to the driving bebop chords and rhythms of his early years.

He founded a record company, ELM, but his recording was limited until his sons became famous. After that he joined them and others on mainstream labels and headlined his own releases, many full of his own compositions.

He often played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And for more than three decades he played two 75-minute sets every Friday night at Snug Harbor until he decided it was exhausting. Even then, he still performed on occasion as a special guest.

On Wednesday night, Ellis III recalled how his father taught him the meaning of integrity before he even knew the word.

He and Delfeayo, neither of them yet 10, had gone to hear their father play at a club. Only one man - sleeping and drunk - was in the audience for the second set. The boys asked why they couldn't leave.

"He looked at us and said, 'I can't leave. I have a gig.' While he's playing, he said, 'A gig is a deal. I'm paid to play this set. I'm going to play this set. It doesn't matter that nobody's here.' "

Marsalis' wife, Dolores, died in 2017. He is survived by his sons Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason.

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The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks.

The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed at combating the economic ravages of the coronavirus outbreak.

Most people don't need to do anything to get the money. But some - including senior citizens and low-income people who might not traditionally file tax returns - do need to take action. People behind on filing their taxes might also want to get caught up.

The IRS and Treasury have provided more details on how to ensure you get paid. Here are the basics:

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PAYMENTS?

Anyone earning up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income and who has a Social Security number will receive a $1,200 payment. That means married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment - $2,400 - if their adjusted gross income, which what you report on your taxes, is under $150,000.

The payment steadily declines for those who make more. Those earning more than $99,000, or $198,000 for joint filers, are not eligible. The thresholds are slightly different for those who file as a head of household.

Parents will also receive $500 for each qualifying child.

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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET THE CHECK?

For most people, nothing.

The money will be directly deposited in your bank account if the government has that information from your tax return. If you haven't filed your 2019 taxes, the government will use information from your 2018 taxes to calculate your payment and determine where to send it. It can use your Social Security benefit statement as well.

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I DON'T USUALLY HAVE TO FILE TAXES. DO I STILL GET A PAYMENT?

Yes. People who are not required to file a tax return - such as low-income tax payers, some senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and people with disabilities - will need to file a very simplified tax return to receive the economic impact payment. It provides the government basic details including a person's filing status, number of dependents and direct-deposit bank information.

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I HAVEN'T FILED MY 2018 OR 2019 TAXES. WILL I STILL GET A PAYMENT?

Yes, but the IRS urges anyone required to file a tax return and has not yet done so for those years to file as soon as possible in order to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include their direct-deposit banking information on the return if they want it deposited in their account.

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I DIDN'T USE DIRECT DEPOSIT ON MY TAXES, WHAT CAN I DO?

The government will default to sending you the check by mail if you did not use direct deposit.

However, IRS and Treasury say that they will develop an online portal in the coming weeks for individuals to provide their banking information so that they can receive the payments immediately instead of in the mail. It has not yet set a deadline for updating that information.

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WHERE DO I DO THIS?

The IRS and Treasury say the website irs.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information about the check, including how people can file a simple 2019 tax return.

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I NEED MORE TIME TO FILE MY TAX RETURNS. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO GET THE PAYMENT?

The IRS says people concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return should not worry. The economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

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Another example of the justice system devaluing Black bodies.

The tension between Black customers and Korean nail shop owners reached a boiling point in a 2018 incident that returned to the courts this weekend.

A Brooklyn judge dropped dropped misdemeanor assault against Huiyue Zheng and Ni Len, who repeatedly struck their customer Christina Thomas in the head with broom sticks. Surveillance footage shows Heng and Len weaponizing the daily household item, escalating the fight to a brawl.

Zheng and Len claimed the were defending themselves against Thomas, who allegedly started the fight over a payment discrepancy.

According to the Daily News, Justice John Hecht ruled there was not sufficient evidence to sustain the allegations. We're guessing the violent clip that captured social media's attention in the first place was enough.

Zheng and Len may have avoided charges for their behavior, their shop, Happy Red Apple Nails, was shut down after the incident sparked protest.

Lawyers for Zheng and Len argued that the fight wasn't due to racial tensions. "The community took this up as a cause and shut those people down. There was no basis for that. It was not right. They made this into a racist issue, including the local politicians," he said. "They were driven out of business. There was a wrong here."

Thomas' lawyer didn't return comment, but her grandmother shared her views about the altercation."Those people beat me and my grandbaby like animals for no reason," Medley said in a statement "Everything they did to us was caught on video, and they still got off. This whole case showed us that the court doesn't give a damn about black women."

Misdemeanor charges against Thomas were also dropped shortly after the incident took place.

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When South Carolina's governor ordered all public schools closed in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Benedict College administrators had already started to prepare for a potential closure. Benedict, a small historically Black private liberal arts college in Columbia, has a student population of just over 2,000. When the school decided to close, there were still hundreds of cash-strapped students on campus, many of whom were wondering how to get home to their families until Benedict president Roslyn Artis and her team helped more than 100 domestic and international students go home.

"We moved quickly," Artis told CBS. "My team...clarified the plan and began to execute almost immediately."

Artis' team began by notifying the university's board of trustees about what a college closure would mean for Benedict. According to Benedict administrators, 74% of their students are the first person in their family to attend college, and 84% are Pell grant-dependent.

"The ability of our students to simply purchase a plane ticket and go home, or for a parent to send for their children or leave work and come get them on short notice was not something that was realistic for our particular population," said Artis.

"When [Artis] informed the board about the challenge of evacuating the campus, she did not ask her board members for financial assistance, but we heard her pain," said Trustee Doris Johnson, whose husband's law firm also donated money to aid the students. "It was just a natural response that we all wanted to assist in any way that we could."

The board helped raise nearly $25,000 in just days, which the school used to purchase flights, bus tickets, and even luggage for students.

Freshman sports management student Fabeina Riggins said she would not have been able to get home to San Diego on such short notice without the help of the college.

"It's not easy for college students to come up with plans like that in a matter of a couple of days...we knew it was a situation but I definitely couldn't have done it without them," said Riggins. "Even though this was such an immediate and urgent situation, they definitely had everything under control."

Senior sports management student Deveall McClendon stayed on campus throughout spring break, so that he could continue to work for the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation. McClendon said that in addition to paying for his flight home to Minneapolis, Benedict staff went "above and beyond" by meeting students at the airport to ensure that even their luggage fees were covered and students made their flights. "I'm just still happy that I was able to get around to be with my family," said McClendon.

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Trump's Push To Open Economy Could Come At Cost Of Lives

   

WASHINGTON (AP) - The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another view: The costs of shutting down the economy outweigh the benefits, frequently telling Americans that 35,000 people a year die from the common flu.

Though it may seem crass, the federal government actually has long made a calculation when imposing regulations, called "the value of a statistical life," that places a price tag on a human life. It has been used to consider whether to require seat belts, airbags or environmental regulations, but it has never been applied in a broad public health context.

The question is now an urgent one given that Trump in recent days has latched on to the notion that the cure for the pandemic should not be worse than the disease and argued that "more people are going to die if we allow this to continue" if the economy remains closed. He has targeted a return to a semblance of normalcy for the economy by Easter Sunday, April 12.

Critics say he's presenting the nation with a false choice at a moment when deaths and infections from the virus are surging.

"We're not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable," said Cuomo, whose state has seen far more infections and deaths from COVID-19 than any other state. "And we're not going to put a dollar figure on human life."

For decades, the federal government has made calculations on how policies intended to safeguard American health could impact the economy. Since the Reagan administration, federal agencies have been required to perform analysis of any proposed regulations that are expected to have $100 million or more impact on the economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency, for example, assesses the benefits to people and the environment from cutting back on a harmful pollutant, but often tries to total up the costs of controlling the toxin as well. The Transportation Department estimates the additional cost that consumers would be willing to bear for improvements in safety at $9.6 million.

Now, the push-pull of when to re-open the economy during the coronavirus crisis centers on a similarly bleak question: What's an economically acceptable death toll? Putting dollar figures on the value of life and health is inherently uncomfortable, one expert said.

"People hate that question," said Betsey Stevenson, an economics and public policy professor at the University of Michigan who served on the White House's Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration. "By laying out the math in such a crude way, people cringe when they see it."

Days into his own call for Americans to dedicate themselves for 15 days to social distancing, including staying home from work and closing bars and restaurants to help try to stall the spread of the disease, Trump has changed his tune.

Trump has grumbled that "our country wasn't built to be shut down" and vowed not to allow "the cure be worse than the problem."

"The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success," Trump tweeted Wednesday. "The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!"

He also pushed back against suggestions that he is being cavalier about the prospect of more deaths being caused by a premature of reopening of the economy. "How many deaths are acceptable to me?" Trump told reporters Wednesday evening. "None."

But Democrats say that Trump was prioritizing the economy over the health and safety of Americans.

"I'd like to say, let's get back to work next Friday," said former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. "That'd be wonderful. But it can't be arbitrary."

Trump certainly has his defenders. Fox News commentator Britt Hume has called it an "entirely reasonable viewpoint" that older Americans would be willing to sacrifice for the good of the economy, and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he's "all in" on lifting social distancing guidelines in order to help the economy.

Mike Leavitt, a Health and Human Services secretary in the George W. Bush administration, said the battle against the virus is shaping into a "supremely local fight" and communities may need to periodically adjust as the crisis unfolds.

"Each jurisdiction may not come to the same conclusion - because each jurisdiction may have different situations about shopping and businesses reopening," Leavitt said in an email.

In the recent past, the government has also put a dollar figure on American life in the aftermath of man-made calamities, including the 9/11 attacks and the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 and devastated the regional economy, to compensate victims.

Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the victims' funds stemming from those events, said the formula used in the nation's courts was a simple one: What would the victim have earned over the course of their life at work but for the tragedy that took their life? On top of that, there was some added compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress, he said.

"It is a rather straightforward calculation," Feinberg said.

But when it comes to the current pandemic, Feinberg said calculating the impact is not so simple.

"When somebody says, 'You know the risk of the virus is not as great as the risks to everybody through a deteriorating economy,' that's a choice that everybody will have to make," Feinberg said.

In the case of the coronavirus crisis, some economists and policy experts say the pandemic continues to present too many unknowns to employ the sort of coldly calculated, cost-benefit analysis that's been used to evaluate the impact of policies such as federal highway and air quality rules.

"It doesn't help to save the economy if a tremendous number of people have died or fallen ill and their lives are changed forever," said Lisa Heinzerling, who grappled with regulatory impact on the economy as the head of EPA's policy office at the beginning of the Obama administration.

Northwestern University economists Martin Eichenbaum and Sergio Rebelo and German economist Mathias Trabandt said in a working paper published this week that optimal containment efforts would lead to deeper economic damage and that recession in the U.S. was inevitable. But the economists also projected that maintaining social-distancing measures before the U.S. hits its peak in infections "saves roughly half a million lives."

Stepping back from efforts to preserve human life in the midst of an event of this scale could also have enormous impact on the trust of institutions for generations to come, said David Ropeik, a former instructor of risk communication at the Harvard School of Public Health,

"The benefit of an all-out fight against a virus includes reassuring the public that the government is on their side. Backing off that fight reasonably questions whether the government we have created to protect us from things like this crisis will do so," said Ropeik, the author of the book "How Risky Is It, Really?"

"The loss of that to protect the economy is undermining that faith. How can you price that?" he asked.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

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Bill Cosby's lawyers want the disgraced comedian released from his prison out of concern over at least one staffer who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Cosby, 82, is serving three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County, but his legal team is preparing to file a petition at Pennsylvania Superior Court seeking for him to be moved to house arrest.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Page Six, "We believe it is only a matter of time before Mr. Cosby's prison likely falls victim to the virus, such a confined space is the perfect place for a virus to spread rapidly, it is hazardous to the prison staff and vulnerable inmates.

"Bill Cosby is no detriment or danger to the community. He can't go anywhere, he is elderly, he is blind. He can stay under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, as he did before, with his wife taking care of him. Let him do his time at home."

Cosby has a spacious mansion in Elkins Park, Pa., where he lived under house arrest with his wife after being convicted in 2018.

"We are now preparing a motion to ask the court and the state to release Mr. Cosby from prison and place him under house arrest for the duration of his sentence," said Wyatt.

"We are not doing this because he is Bill Cosby, our concern is that he is 82, he is blind and has close contact with workers who take him to his medical appointments every day in a wheelchair, they take him for his meals and clean his cell. If they get infected, they could pass it on to him."

Inmate rights advocates have noted that prisoners, especially elderly inmates, are more susceptible to contracting the virus due to living in close quarters.

"Without immediate action, jails and prisons will be the epicenter of the pandemic," Nyssa Taylor, policy counsel for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said a few days ago.

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Panthers Release Quarterback Cam Newton

   

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the 30-year-old quarterback after nine seasons.

The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to seek a trade and then agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater about 90 minutes later.

On Monday night, Newton posted on his Instagram account that he was "hungrier" now because he is "unemployed."

"Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday. "Everyone saw his performances on the field. I had the privilege of seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching. He's the ultimate competitor and it physically hurts him to lose. He willed this team to victory on many occasions and will always be considered one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise."

Hurney added: "His contributions to this team, this community and the game of football will leave a lasting impact on our organization."

The breakup did not end well.

After the Panthers announced Newton was free to seek a trade, the QB took to Twitter, posting a message directed at the front office that read, "Stop the word play!! I never asked for it!! There is no dodging this one; I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys!! Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this: You forced me into this."

Given the inevitable outcome of a Newton-Panthers breakup, it was not surprising that no teams were willing to trade for Newton.

Newton now becomes a free agent and can sign with another NFL team immediately.

The move frees up $19.1 million in salary cap space for the Panthers. They'll have to absorb $2 million in dead cap money.

Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey thanked Newton on Instagram Tuesday, posting, "You changed the way I approach the game and put the fun back in it for me. I'll always owe you for that. I speak for the Carolinas when I say thank you for all memories and smiles you brought us. Love!"

Newton joined the Panthers in 2011 as the top pick in the draft after winning a national championship and the Heisman Trophy at Auburn. He stepped in right away as the team's starting quarterback and threw for 400 yards in each of his first two starts.

Newton went on to throw a franchise-record 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Panthers and ran for 58 touchdowns, the most ever by an NFL quarterback.

His best season came in 2015 when he led the Panthers to a 15-1 record in the regular season and an NFC championship when he threw for 3,837 yards and combined for 35 touchdowns en route to earning league MVP honors.

But Newton struggled in a 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos and was widely criticized for not jumping on a loose ball after a strip-sack by Von Miller late in the game. Afterward, a downtrodden Newton answered questions about the loss with abbreviated answers before abruptly walking out of the interview session.

Newton became a fan favorite on the field in Carolina early in his tenure, endearing himself to young fans by pretending to rip apart his jersey like Superman during touchdown celebrations and then giving the football away to young fans.

On the field, he used his chiseled 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame to run over defenders in Carolina's zone-read offense and his strength and elusiveness to turn almost certain sacks into runs for first downs.

But during his tenure in Carolina he was hit more than any quarterback in NFL history - which may have taken a toll on him physically.

He had surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last offseason after struggling to throw the ball more than 20 yards downfield in the second half of the 2018 season. He returned to the field last summer in training camp, but injured his foot in the third preseason game at New England. He battled back to start the first two regular-season games, but it was evident he wasn't the same player and was eventually placed on injured reserve where he had surgery for a Lisfranc fracture.

He lost his last eight starts for the Panthers.

Questions remain about Newton's health moving forward, which could limit his options in free agency especially with doctors currently unable to put players through medical examinations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"They could've did this two weeks ago," tweeted former Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith. "Terrible timing for a Qb."

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FBI Confirms White Supremacists Want To Weaponize Coronavirus Against Blacks

White supremacists are encouraging members who contract novel coronavirus to spread the contagion to Blacks, cops and Jews, according to the FBI.

In a February intelligence brief obtained by ABC News, the FBI's New York office reports that "members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions."

The brief, written by the Federal Protective Service, alleges these racist groups believe it is their "OBLIGATION" to spread the virus, specifically targeting "law enforcement and minority communities, with some mention of public places in general."

According to the brief, these discussions took place on a Telegram app channel that focused on "siege culture." Extremists want followers to use tactics such as spray bottles to spread bodily fluids to cops on the street.

They have also suggested that infected individuals "spend as much time as possible in public spaces with their 'enemies" and leaving bodily fluids such as saliva on the doors, handles and elevator buttons at local FBI offices, as well as spread germs in non-white neighborhoods.

"Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America's authority," said Don Mihalek, the executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation and an ABC News contributor. "It's just sad that that's their focus at a time of crisis in the nation."

The brief is dated the week of Feb. 17-21, about three weeks before the World Health Organization acknowledged the coronavirus as a pandemic.

"From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus virus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement, as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms," said Michael Masters, head of Secure Communities Network, an advocacy group for Jewish organizations and synagogues in the country.

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