These 4 men shared a powerful message about the #MeToo movement after being falsely accused of assault.

Four dentists, three of whom are brothers, nearly had their lives destroyed over a false accusation. But they haven’t forgotten their principles.

In early August, Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30 were accused of rape by a woman while they were visiting Las Vegas.

They faced several years in jail and having their professional and personal lives destroyed. Of course, that’s a fair price to pay if the charges had been true. And in allegations of assault or general sexual misconduct, it’s incredibly rare for charges to be entirely made up. But in this case it appears to be true.


Video evidence provided to authorities reportedly proved the allegations were false and all charges were quickly dropped.

“After review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated,” read a statement from lawyers representing the four men. “The evidence confirmed the men’s innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges.”

It would be understandable if the four men were resentful after their ordeal. But they chose to respond with kindness and respect.

After all, they had been accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Even worse, three of the men are brothers and one can only imagine the kind of stress, shame and pain their ordeal placed on their families, friends and colleagues.

However, in a joint statement released by the four men, they went out of their way to state in clear terms that women must still be believed when they come forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.

“At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed,” the statement reads.

The decency showed by these four men is all the more powerful in light of the recent Senate confirmation hearings of now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

These four dentists did not have an entire half of the U.S. Senate, the President of the United States and countless lobbyists fighting for their cause. And yet they still chose to take the high road in this uncertain time for supporters and advocates of the #MeToo movement.

It’s just another reminder that men who are willing to be honest and respectful have nothing to fear from a movement that simply seeks to hold accountable those who have committed horiffic crimes and injustices against women for which there is no justification.

It’s not very often we’re left thinking of dentists with a smile on our faces. But in this case, they turned a situation that could have been the absolute worst into a teaching moment for all people, especially men.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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