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Graziano's Mom

Granted Guardianship

10/10/2007 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1010_graziano_nick_bn_wi-1A Florida judge has granted temporary guardianship to Debra Graziano, mother of John Graziano, the critically injured Marine in the August 26 car crash involving Hulk Hogan's son Nick Bollea.

Graziano has been in critical condition since the wreck, and is said to be in a coma-like state. His mother Debra and her estranged husband, Edward, have been fighting over guardianship of John, according to WTVT in Tampa. Edward Graziano wanted an independent guardian appointed for his son.

Steven Hearn, an attorney for Edward Graziano, alleges that the Hogans are financially supporting his estranged wife in an effort to avoid a potential lawsuit. "The Bolleas have been providing financial support to his wife," said Hearn. "We have learned, for example, that they are paying for her to live in a condominium or townhouse in Clearwater."

Hearn requested and was granted a continuance, in order to "investigate what other financial benefits the Bolleas have been providing to Mrs. Graziano during the course of these events," he said.

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91.

Hazel    

This is really sad. The best we can do is pray for a miracle and hope some younger drivers will think twice about how they drive after learning about this. There have been many tragic accidents like this in my area because teenage drivers were either racing, drunk, or texting while at the wheel. I just don't understand why some people don't seem to recognize the dangers here. These things are illegal for a reason. Plus, it's on the news all the time, driver's education classes show all kinds of videos with tragic stories, but it's like everyone just says, "it won't happen to me".

2516 days ago
92.

BLINKING !!    

CLEARWATER – A U.S. Marine from the Bay Area who was paralyzed when he was involved in a car crash with the son of wrestler Hulk Hogan could spend the rest of his life in a nursing home, according to some medical reports.
John's father, Edward Graziano had previously petitioned the court to have an independent guardian appointed for his son. He is estranged from his wife, Debra. In court on Wednesday, his attorney explained that he accuses Nick Hogan's family, who are also known as the Bolleas, of trying to soften a potential lawsuit.
"The Bolleas have been providing financial support to his wife," said Steven Hearn, Edward Graziano's attorney. "We have learned for example that they are paying for her to live in a condominium or townhouse in Clearwater. We do not have any other concrete information and one of the purposes for the request for the continuance was to give us time to investigate what other financial benefits the Bolleas have been providing to Mrs. Graziano during the course of these events."
A registered nurse hired by the courts says 22-year-old John Graziano is in a coma-like state, but he is not brain dead. Some doctors have said he'll only be able to open and close his eyes. But Debra Graziano's attorney disputes those claims, saying John has improved.




2516 days ago
93.

BLINKING !!    

Yes NOW they are saying JOHN G didnt have a seatbelt. BUT have you notice NOW they are NOT mentioning THE FACT that NICK was RACING.???? NOW all your seeing is NICK lost CONTROL of his car.
Wake up CLEARWATER. Nick Hogan LOST CONTROL because he was RACING. and what about the SILVER vioe that everyone so easy FORGETS to mention anymore. MAN THIS WHOLE STORY SMELLS OF COVERUP. and the COPS doing nothing

2516 days ago
94.

razamazaz    

nick should go to jail.. i am tired of these rich spoiled kids of celebrities living off their parent's money and fame. be humbled!! this poor guy will never walk again even if he pulls thru!!

2516 days ago
95.

BLINKING !!    

Sorry I meant Silver Viper

2516 days ago
96.

BLINKING !!    

And I'm Tired of everyone saying it was a ACCIDENT ,CAR RACING is not accident sweetie. LET NICKY boi Race down your streets and run over one of yours then. see if you feel you will call it a ACCIDENT.
I pretty sure JOHN G'S DAD DOESNT SEE IT AS AN ACCIDENT. or his grandmothers. His mother right now is being financially taken care of she right now. THE HOGANS are paying for specialist. SHE ISNT GOING TO GIVE THAT UP . it might help HER SON.

2516 days ago
97.

2 1/2 Volts    

#79 Bingo, Well put!!!!!!!!!

#85, You have got to be kidding me!

Nick Bollea, dumb, spoiled rotten punk, wannbe race car driver, clueless ass, Behind the wheel of a car!

Yea Nick, your Yellow Supra is a real panty dropper (Quoting Nick), And that's whats going to happen to you, when you get here!

Sincerely,
Bubba, The Lifer
Fla State Pen

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2516 days ago
98.

j    

to number 78.
you shouldnt use this opportunity to be anti american. that is not the topic here. if you are that stupid to interpret "john fighting for his country" into wmd , george bush, etc. and go rambeling on and on about the war than you are STUPID!! i consider everyone who is in the army, military, etc fighting for our country whether they are fighting in a war or not. the point is that this man risked his life going to iraq no matter what the reasons of the war are. dont bother writing back to me, i am not checking back!

2516 days ago
99.

Wrestling Ain't Real    

Nick Hogan is a spoiled little punk. Just watch "Hogan Knows Best" to see what I mean. He's going to be like every other idiot celebrity (Brit, Paris, Lindsy, etc) and once this blows over, he'll be back to his old ways.

Right now, Nick's only facing reckless driving. If John dies, Nick could be charged with vehicular manslaughter...so at worst, celebrity justice will prevail & he'll spend probably 7 days in "celebrity jail."

2516 days ago
100.

Nobody    

You people that are wishing Nick was lying in a coma are sick and twisted. You know absolutely nothing about what transpired on the night. Could it be that John wasn't wearing a seatbelt???? We don't know .....but I've never seen such hate spewed out by you adolecsent losers! At least Nicks family is trying to help in some way which is a lot more than what you asses would probably do.

2516 days ago
101.

Liz    

Forgive me, but I don't consider RACING and driving well in excess of the speed limit on a residential street an accident. Not given Nick's track record, where he's openly bragged how he's been clocked speeding into triple digits (over 100MPH) on numerous occasions. That's recklessness, that's a conscious choice that Nick has made on more than one occasion, and given the fact he still continues to drive after his license has been suspended shows he has no regards for the law, he's going to do what he wants when he wants. Now I'm basing this comment on the fact a witness saw him leaving a restuarant where Nick was driving.

Nick's irresponsible behaviour caused this tragedy...Nick wanting to show off, doing what he apparently always does, which is drive waaaaay to fast and race. And yes his parents should be held responsible for letting Nick drive such a high-powered vehicle, how about getting him a Gremlin or Pacer or something which he can't drive over 100?

Whatever, its a shame that John is the only one who is going to pay. From what's been stated, that young man will never be the same, either physically or mentally. For Nick to spout off that John "hit his head" is an insult, how about we "hit your head" the same way Nicky and put you in the same condition?

Once again, its never the one who does the reckless action that is hurt, its always someone else who's the victim. Its time for the state of Florida to pony up and take away Nick's license for good, and to make sure that he doesn't get behind the wheel. The Hogan's should be also monitoring Nick, but since they gave him the car in the first place and are well aware of his penchant for speeding, they aren't going to do a thing.

2516 days ago
102.

rickedmonds    

hey: by get off his back! - Come on... Nick has had multiple tickets for twice and/or almost 3-times the speed limit. He was driving under a daylight-only restriction when he had the CRASH due to a previous ticket. The CRASH he had with John happened while he was RACING another car - the CRASH resulted from him losing control while doing at least double or more than the legal limit for that road (he crashed at between 80 and 100 miles per hour) - you don't demolish a car like he did when driving the posted limit of forty or forty-five (depending on the report) - you couldn't flip a car into the air, spin it around and totally destroy it against a tree at anywhere near that legal limit. ---- If you lose control of a car at 80 plus miles per hour, you are doing that speed on purpose (you pushed the go-fast pedal really hard) and the consequences are not accidental at all - they are the time-honored result of physics and caused by mistake, on your part, in miscalculating those forces. There is NOTHING ACCIDENTAL ABOUT IT - If he was driving - at even 5 miles over the limit - and a tire blew out causing a crash, that would rightly be called an "accident" and everyone on this board would agree on that term - But sadly, that was not the case here. ---- As far a seatbelts, by law both should have been belted, however in looking at the car, one wonders how anyone lived at all in the violence of the CRASH Nick and Nick alone caused..

2516 days ago
103.

Izzy    

Yeah, this Hogan dude seriously needs to do some jail time. And they should be paying. They should be paying big time. Their son has, for all intents and purposes, killed this boy.

2516 days ago
104.

Seriously    

And they should be paying for her up-keep. It is the least they can do. Wonder if the dad just wants an independant guardian appointed because, with his bad temper, and domestic violence past, he knows he would NEVER be awarded guardianship. so rather than allow the boy's mother to be his guardian, he would prefer someone the court appoints - if so, he is a REAL creep!

2516 days ago
105.

noitall    

********************** HUSH $$$$$$$$$ !!!!!!!!!! **********************

DON'T YOU SUCKERS GET IT ????????? THE HOGANS ARE TAKING CARE OF JOHN'S
MOM FINANCIALLY NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE HELPING HER , BUT BECAUSE THEY'RE PAYING HER OFF !!!!!!

IT'S SELF-PROTECTION MONEY...........THEY DON'T WANT TO GET THEIR ASSES SUED!!! THEY COULD LOSE EVERYTHING

IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING, THEY WOULD INSIST THAT THEIR SON, NICK, TURN HIMSELF IN TO THE COPS AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DESTROYING SEVERAL LIVES !!!!!!!! AND ON TOP OF THAT, THEY SHOULD PAY EVERY RED CENT OF MEDICAL COSTS THAT THIS YOUNG MAN WILL INCUR FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE..........................

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