Her coach, Keith Hennig, a former player at Central Washington University who is 6 inches taller than Vandersloot, regularly played one-on-one against her either before or after the team's practice. So alarmed were Mother Jones editors at the prospect of being sued by such deep pockets that they did not edit the piece in accordance with the dictates of Melaleuca lawyers but actually removed the entire article from the Internet, and, until yesterday afternoon, it had been deleted for more than a week. Courtney Vandersloot (born February 8, 1989) is an American-Hungarian basketball point guard for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Yakin Dogu in the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). ------------------------------------------, entered into a separate voluntary agreement, accused Melaleuca of deceiving consumers about some of its supplements, spearheading of a despicable billboard campaign. [7], Vandersloot was widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the 2011 WNBA Draft. IDAHO FALLS — Frank VanderSloot says he got “a big education” about the Idaho Freedom Foundation when he visited Boise earlier this year to advocate for legislation. [41] On July 20, 2018, Vandersloot became the seventh player in league history to post a triple-double, she scored 13 points along with 10 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists in a 114-99 victory over the Dallas Wings. Written by Elliot Suthers -- a Forbes blogger and GOP operative (he worked on the campaigns of McCain 2008 and Saxby Chambliss) -- the article examined what it called (based on this 2004 Forbes profile and complaints to government agencies) Melaleuca's "somewhat shady business model," and also referenced the "number of anti-gay causes" which VanderSloot has funded. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 16. The word about Melaleuca gets around in the old-fashioned way–by one person telling another about the effectiveness of Melaleuca products and the consumer-direct business opportunity Melaleuca provides. The threatening letter also complained about Tidmarsh's statement that VanderSloot "attacked" Zuckerman and "knock[ed] him for his sexuality" -- again, also plainly true given the contents of that full-page newspaper ad that outed Zuckerman to his not-very-gay-friendly rural Idaho community in the context of attacking his journalism. There are few things more invasive than being a defamation plaintiff. 2 seed (and 2011 champion) Texas A&M before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to the Xavier team they had knocked out the year before. [7], Vandersloot became a basketball star at Kentwood High School in her hometown. To allow this scheme to continue -- whereby billionaires can use their bottomless wealth to intimidate ordinary citizens and media outlets out of writing about them -- is to permit the wealthiest in America to thuggishly shield themselves from legitimate criticism and scrutiny. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs were a No. VanderSloot has been getting a lot of press lately about his $1 million donation to Romney’s super pac, and now Melaleuca attorneys are ratcheting up their efforts to protect what they consider the company’s squeaky clean public image. Melaleuca marketing doesn’t rely on television commercials, radio ads, billboards, or any of the normal advertising methods. While it's not clear if the wedding had anything to do with van der Sloot's transfer, he tied the knot with Figueroa in July and was transferred to Challapalca in south Peru the next month. Brian Frank VanderSloot returned home to his loving Heavenly Father on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Back in 2007, in the midst of the campaign to replace GOP Sen. Larry Craig, May-Chang wrote an innocuous post about VanderSloot's support for Lt. Gov. little lives are going to be damaged permanently," he said. Forbes, too, received complaints from Melaleuca lawyers which caused them to remove the article entirely. She became a regular starter for the Sky in subsequent seasons, and helped lead the team to the 2014 WNBA Finals against the Phoenix Mercury in her fourth season, but the Sky were swept 3-0. [14] However, the Bulldogs lost in the WCC final to San Diego[15] and ultimately missed out on the NCAA Tournament, playing instead in the WNIT. Her season performance would help the Sky return to the playoffs with a 20-14 record, earning the number 5 seed. That's equally true of someone who continues to use their vast wealth to influence the outcome of our elections and our most inflammatory political debates. We respect that. Melaleuca's get-rich pitches have in the past caused Michigan regulators to take action, resulting in the company's entering into a voluntary agreement to "not engage in the marketing and promotion of an illegal pyramid"'; it entered into a separate voluntary agreement with the Idaho attorney general's office, which found that "certain independent marketing executives of Melaleuca" had violated Idaho law; and the Food and Drug Administration previously accused Melaleuca of deceiving consumers about some of its supplements. I'd say, 'There's no fouls out here.' He has been using this abusive tactic in Idaho for years: suppressing legitimate political speech by threatening or even commencing lawsuits against even the most obscure critics (he has even sued local bloggers for "copyright infringement" after they published a threatening letter sent by his lawyers). Frank VanderSloot, founder and CEO of Melaleuca, recently launched a new fund to defend people from “overly aggressive medical debt collectors.”. While she finished with 25 points, only four came in the second half. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Melaleuca, Inc. His other business interests include the Riverbend Ranch and Riverbend Communications. That "truth is a defense" allows sweeping discovery into the allegedly defamatory statements. [18] The Bulldogs went on to win the WCC Tournament, with Vandersloot named tournament MVP. “It was a complete shock,” Cassie said about her step-brother's death. He would later say, "I did not take it easy on her at all. In the second round elimination game, the Sky were defeated by the Las Vegas Aces 93-92 after a late game desperation half-court shot by Dearica Hamby. [28] Their tournament run, and Vandersloot's college career, would end one game later as Stanford would defeat the Zags 83–60. They do this with threatening letters demanding that news organizations and bloggers scrub their websites of information they consider damaging or face legal action. Regarding his personal life, Frank VanderSloot has been married to Belinda VanderSloot since 1995. This is done through a sales force reaching hundreds of thousands of households across North America, Taiwan, […] Visit Insider's homepage for more stories . During her college career at Gonzaga University, she was the only women's player in West Coast Conference history to be named the conference's player of the year three times, and also the only player to be named MVP of the WCC Women's Tournament three times. Joran van Der sloot, the man suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in aruba nearly seven years ago, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. 35 among guards,[12] by Scout.com. " She eventually reached the point where she regularly beat her coach off the dribble. [38] Her average of 3.7 assists per game (apg) was 11th in the league[38] and second among rookies. The Gonzaga women's basketball staff was equally enthusiastic about her, except for head coach Kelly Graves, who had little opportunity to see her during the camp. Mahala was born in 1854. Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor farm boy and lived in a laundromat to pay his way through school. She would say about the trip in 2011, "I just fell in love with this place. But then the recent Mother Jones article cited and linked to May-Chang's post at its new URL, and Melaleuca likely learned that way that it was still posted on the Internet. Unbeknownst to May-Chang at the time, she, too, had been targeted for the crime of speaking critically of the Idaho CEO. [30], Vandersloot became one of the most decorated players of the 2010–11 season. [17], In her 2008–09 sophomore season, she set a school record in assists with 239;[7] at the end of the regular season, her average of 7.3 per game led the conference, and she was also third in the conference in scoring at 16.4 per game. In it, she described VanderSloot's involvement in the campaign against the public television documentary, and wondered aloud if the GOP Senate candidate shared VanderSloot's anti-gay views. On December 27, 2018, Vandersloot married Chicago Sky teammate Allie Quigley in Seattle, near her hometown of Kent, Washington. Though she did remove the photograph of VanderSloot, she refuses to relinquish her right criticize his political activism. They defeated UC Davis in the first round[16] before falling to Colorado in the second round. [1] The third selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft,[2] she was selected as an All-Star and named to the All-Rookie Team in her rookie year. Frank L. VanderSloot is CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It warned them that "this is serious business" that "will escalate this quickly if you do not help us resolve these issues immediately.". I felt so comfortable here." Worse, as part of that lawsuit, Melaleuca issued a subpoena demanding the identities of both anonymous bloggers -- the one who wrote the original post about VanderSloot ("TomPaine") and the one who posted the lawyer's letter ("d2").