Nicole Lorraine Linton was once connected to Olympian Germaine Mason. After Mason’s death in 2017 and the fatal crash in Los Angeles County, friends are speculating that their relationship may have sparked her troubling behavior, according to the Daily Mail.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, Linton’s friends said they were shell-shocked that the woman they knew could be capable of such a horrific event.
As Blavity previously reported, Nicole Linton was the 37-year-old nurse who was allegedly driving a Mercedes-Benz that barreled into a busy intersection in Los Angeles County. The fiery crash was caught on surveillance video and quickly went viral on social media.
Currently, Nicole Linton is being held on $9 million bail in the Los Angeles County jail, where she has been held since being released from the hospital for the minor injuries she sustained during the crash.
But what do we know about Germaine Mason, and his relationship with Nicole Linton?
Germaine Mason had two sons
At the time of his death, Mason had two sons, Jelani and Gemari, according to Flair Magazine. Their mother is Mason’s longtime girlfriend, Shari-Dee Barker.
“He taught me so much in life and so much more in death and if I was to choose one of the most important things he taught me, I would have to say, cancel out the noise and stay focused,” Barker told the outlet. “Also, to always look at the bigger picture and not derail from my goals. We always shared that passion in pursuing my own businesses and when I would come up on roadblocks, he was always very encouraging.”
He was publicly involved with Shari-Dee Barker, the mother of his two sons
There's little evidence of his relationship with Linton
If Linton and Mason were seriously involved, there’s little evidence to suggest as much. The Daily Mail has screenshots of Linton’s social media accounts, which feature a man rumored to be Mason. His face, however, is obscured, and the only proof that Linton was involved with Mason is her own words.
What’s more, Linton isn’t featured anywhere on Mason’s Instagram account.
There is, however, plenty of evidence that Mason was publicly, and seriously, involved with Shari-Dee Barker, as can be seen in this picture.
In 2017, Germaine Mason was killed in a motorcycle crash
The Jamaican-born Olympian won the silver medal for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics in the high jump event.
He was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2017, according to The Guardian. He was only 34 years old.
Friends say that Mason’s death led to Linton’s downward spiral. They recall that she was “never the same” after his death, and speculated that she might have been trying to kill herself the same way he died.