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Final Edition November 14, 2017 - Late night stories are highlighted
Updated: November 14, 2017 03:43 AM (EDT)
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Colin Kaepernick And Kevin Durant Were Named ‘New American Heroes’ By GQ
Announcing GQ's Men (and Woman) of the Year 2017: @Kaepernick7, @StephenAtHome, @GalGadot, and @KDTrey5 https://t.co/5W5RMBKdku pic.twitter.com/LArjwrh3GX— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
Colin Kaepernick Deserves Some Damn Respect ... Says Maxine Waters
We just got Congresswoman Maxine Waters out in NYC and asked what she thought about Colin Kaepernick being named GQ's Citizen of the Year.
To put it simply ... she LOVES it.
"I think he has absolutely sacrificed an awful lot for what he believes in. And people with courage to do what they think is right -- despite the consequences -- must be respected and honored."
Obviously, not everyone in D.C. feels the same way -- especially President Donald Trump who has essentially called for NFL owners to blackball Kaepernick from the league.
J. Cole Praises ‘GQ’ Citizen Of The Year Colin
Kaepernick For ‘Sacrificing His Dream’
Colin Kaepernick may be having trouble securing an NFL job after kicking off the waves of demonstrations at NFL games, but at least he got a bit of recognition from another well-known initialed entity. GQ named Colin Kaepernick Citizen Of The Year for 2017, a well-deserved honor. Kaepernick basically sacrificed his NFL career to speak up on police brutality and other issues dear to him, a fact not lost on anyone but the NFL owners getting sued for allegedly colluding against him. He may never get another NFL check, but he still finds it in his heart to donate to organizations like J. Cole’s Dreamville Foundation.
That’s why you can count J. Cole as one of the many who appreciates Kaepernick. The Dreamville artist, who advocated for a boycott of the NFL, told GQ about meeting Kaepernick and what the struggle of the former 49ers Super Bowl Quarterback (yeah, he was pretty good) means to him.
“Colin and I met years ago. I am — I was — a big 49ers fan,” Cole noted. “I met him during his breakout season. I actually went to the first game he really played in, against the Jets. I just happened to be at that game. It hit another level for me the second I learned he was taking a knee.”
Cole clarifies that it wasn’t just the demonstration, but the “clear, potent,” and “on point” answers he gave journalists about why he was demonstrating. Cole said he was caught pleasantly off guard by Kaepernick because he “just didn’t know when I met him that the person with the biggest balls in sports would be him.”
“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for,” Cole pondered.
What isn’t a question is that Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream,” like Cole said. Every week that a less accomplished quarterback gets signed before Kaepernick even gets a tryout proves that. That’s why GQ made a strong choice for their citizen of the year nod.
Tom Brady on Colin Kaepernick: ‘I have no idea if he’s being blackballed’
GQ’s 2017 Citizen of the Year: @Kaepernick7 https://t.co/NpVJbRg8dG #GQMOTY pic.twitter.com/At7UMZJaoG— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
I'm honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017
Colin Kaepernick - Meek Mill Is Getting Screwed (And He's Not Alone)
Colin Kaepernick is going to bat for Meek Mill -- saying the rapper is a victim of the same "radicalized injustice" that has been screwing black men for years.
FYI, Meek was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison after a judge ruled he violated probation stemming from a 2009 drugs and weapons case by getting busted for a St. Louis airport fight ... and his reckless driving arrest in NYC.
Even though both cases were dropped, the judge said the arrests alone were violations. People are furious about this ... including Kaepernick.
"Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY," Kaep tweeted.
"This requires more than just gradual reform in laws -- It requires a swift overhaul."
Others say Meek's sentence was fair based upon the multiple run-ins he's had with law enforcement since he was placed on probation.
The Sixers’ Co-Owner Wrote An Impassioned Letter To The Judge In The Meek Mill Case
Last week, rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison earlier in the month for violating his parole, which dates back to a conviction for drug dealing and gun possession in 2008. Since then, he has been found in violation of his parole multiple times, leading to varying punishments from jail time to house arrest, all the while adding years to his parole agreement.
It’s an unfortunate story that highlights issues with the specific situation he finds himself in — with regards to strange relationships between himself, the judge, and his parole officer — and the legal system on the whole. The rap community has, unsurprisingly, been very vocal in their support of Meek Mill in the week since his most recent sentencing.
Most notably, Jay-Z has been extremely vocal in speaking out on his feelings towards the “unjust” and “heavy-handed” sentencing for the parole violation. However, the Philadelphia native has found support from his hometown as well, with one of his most notable supporters being 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin.
Prior to Meek Mill’s sentencing, Rubin wrote an impassioned letter to the judge on behalf of the rapper in hopes of keeping him from being sentenced to further prison time, calling Meek one of his closest friends and noting his strong efforts in personal growth and development as well as his positive impact and commitment to the Philadelphia community. The letter, obtained by Sports Illustrated‘s DeAntae Prince, can be read in its entirety here, with a few key excerpts below.
I have also introduced him to many of my friends and business partners, such as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, the owner of the New England Patriots, and my fellow owners of the Sixers — all of whom have similarly been drawn to his positive and inquisitive personality. While he may come from a different world and upbringing than many of us, we all recognize his talent and the impact he can have in the broader community. Our world is too often divided. We need people like Meek that can be the bridge-builders and difference makers to pull people of all walks of life together.
My daughter recently saw news of Meek’s pending hearing online and asked me why such a great guy was experiencing such struggles in life. I explained to her that I recognized Meek did some dumb things in the past and was working hard to make things right. i know that he has taken painkillers without a prescription, found himself in altercations at an airport in Milwaukee, rode recklessly on four-wheelers. But I also know that he is committed to not making such mistakes again. He knows that he is at a pivotal point in his career and that the stakes are high. I want you to know that I am personally invested in helping him so that he can help others.
Please know that I am devoted to his future and to making sure that he accomplishes the goals that you have set forth for him. He not only has a bright future but also a unique opportunity to inspire young men at a time when others are tearing them down. I would hate to see him incarcerated for these violations. I truly believe that such a sentence would destroy his future.
Rubin attempts to point out Meek’s positive qualities with the impact he has in the community and his unique position to inspire those that come from the same difficult background he did. Rubin also notes Meek’s mistakes, but pleads for the judge to offer him a chance to make the positive changes in his life outside of prison walls with the help of friends and mentors like Rubin to keep him on track and allow him to become the outstanding citizen Rubin believes he’s close to being. His closing statement about how another prison sentence would likely “destroy his future” is biting and painful.
The letter was written on November 3, three days prior to Meek’s sentencing. It apparently didn’t sway the judge’s feelings, as a lengthy sentence was handed down, anyway.
Group of owners send cease-and-desist warning to Jerry Jones
Giants owners say Ben McAdoo will not be fired during season
An already horrific season for the New York Giants reached a low point on Sunday when they allowed the San Francisco 49ers to win their first game of the year. That has led to speculation that Ben McAdoo could be fired this week, but it appears the head coach will ride his sinking ship all the way to the bottom of the ocean.
On Monday, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch released a joint statement saying they will not make any significant changes until the season has concluded.
“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season,” the statement read, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.
“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”
The Giants are now 1-8 and on their way to one of their worst seasons in franchise history. Injuries have played some role in that, but the bigger concerns for the team could have to do with reports that McAdoo has lost the locker room.
New York has no chance of making the playoffs, so Mara and Tisch obviously feel there would be no benefit to blowing things up in the middle of the season. But if and when they do, McAdoo may not be the only major change that is coming.
Bennett was going to retire until Belichick called him
Walmart Mocked The Atlanta Falcons With These Perfectly Priced Coolers
Walmart sale pokes fun at Falcons' Super Bowl loss 😂 https://t.co/7EmdSiZ5F3 pic.twitter.com/a985E5Bbnp— theScore (@theScore) November 12, 2017
Jim Irsay, Colts Could Face Fraud Lawsuits From Season Ticket
Holders Over Andrew Luck’s Injury
Andrew recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015. Will be ready for season!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 19, 2017
Cam Newton's pre-game Veterans Day-themed cleats for 'MNF' are straight fire
Cam Newton's pregame cleats for tonight's game. #KickBait pic.twitter.com/tS9uroVs5H— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 14, 2017
Matt Kalil being charged after restaurant he owns was busted serving beer to minor
The former Minnesota Vikings player has been charged as the responsible party after this restaurant was busted serving alcohol to a minor, per Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune.
Even though Kalil was nowhere near the restaurant when the infraction occurred, he’s being held responsible for it. He’s been summoned to appear in court on Dec. 15 for arraignment, per the report.
Per the charging document, a 17-year-old employee served beer to a 19-year-old customer on Oct. 26. That’s when a police officer reportedly “intervened, confiscated the beer and called the general manager and told her of the illegal sale.”
The general manager of the restaurant said the employee hadn’t been properly trained. (who's fault is that....the GM's?) “In order to charge the proper person,” the court filing continued, the officer determined that Kalil was the owner and is “the defendant” responsible for the sale.
Kalil and the Panthers are currently preparing for a Monday night battle against the Miami Dolphins at home.
Roethlisberger: NFL needs to do away with Thursday games
Ben Roethlisberger joins gang of NFL players railing on TNF when asked on weekly radio show about difficulties of Thurs turnaround: pic.twitter.com/1qw6da9oTw— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 13, 2017
Bengals player says officials have been cursing at, antagonizing Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict has a reputation for committing dirty plays and racking up personal fouls, but one of his teammates feels the linebacker has been treated unfairly by NFL officials in recent weeks.
A Cincinnati Bengals player who chose to remain anonymous told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday that Burfict has been provoked by NFL officials at least three times in the past four games. The player claims he has witnessed officials cursing at Burfict on multiple occasions, and he says there is video that shows officials initiating contact with the linebacker at least three times over the last month.
A source close to Burfict told Schefter that Vontaze feels he is being singled out by officials during games and is growing frustrated. Burfict has complained to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who is part of the NFL’s competition committee, but Lewis has not logged any complaints with the league.
According to Schefter, officials made contact with Burfict in Cincinnati’s Oct. 22 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Nov. 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and again on Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans. An NFL spokesman denied that officials have been antagonizing Burfict and said there has been nothing unordinary about any physical contact that was made with the veteran.
Burfict is not expected to face a suspension after he was ejected from Sunday’s game for picking up two personal fouls, the second of which was for making contact with an official. The first flag was thrown after Burfict bumped DeMarco Murray out of bounds, and video replay showed that the contact was pretty minor.
It will be interesting to see if the NFL decides to fine Burfict. While he has lost the benefit of the doubt and is known for being a dirty player, it did seem like he was treated unfairly against the Titans.
Beasley defends Prescott over Philly reporter’s criticism
The #cowboys have real problems as we saw in loss to #falcons. Without RB Zeke Elliott QB Dak Prescott is not that special. As it turns out Jerry Jones should have let Elliott take his suspension early in the season. #eagles next Sunday night. @SportsRadioWIP— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 13, 2017
Mike Zimmer vague when asked about Vikings’ quarterback plans
Kyle Shanahan: 49ers ‘don’t have a plan’ yet to start Jimmy Garoppolo
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo may still be waiting a bit to make his debut with the team.
While it had been widely assumed that Garoppolo would step in after the Niners’ Week 11 bye, C.J. Beathard’s strong performance against the New York Giants on Sunday may have thrown that plan out the window.
As for coach Kyle Shanahan, he is certainly making no public pronouncements about Garoppolo.
“That’s not my plan,” Shanahan said of bringing Garoppolo in after the bye, according to Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t have a plan yet. There’s no way anything you guys hear reported could be accurate, because I just told you guys our plan.”
It sounds like reports like this are premature, then. Perhaps they weren’t, but after Beathard threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns againts the Giants, it would be pretty hard to bench him immediately.
Kelly to Florida 'picking up serious steam'
The University of Florida’s football team will have a new head coach sometime in the near future, and we shouldn’t be surprised if that coach is Chip Kelly. At least, that’s the buzz right now.
On Sunday, a report emerged that Florida was vetting Kelly. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel wrote that Florida has begun vetting Kelly by making “calls to NFL executives to do general background on Kelly and exploration of his NCAA issues at Oregon.”
Chip Kelly/Florida is picking up serious steam.
Following up on that, now another report by Benjamin Allbright suggests the buzz is only gaining steam.
Kelly in the SEC is an intriguing proposition. The former Oregon head coach who jumped into the NFL ranks with stops in Philadelphia and San Francisco is known for his offensive mind. However, his offense tends to leave his defense out in the cold. And since, traditionally, the SEC is a defensive haven, it remains to be seen if his coaching strategy would be a good fit.
Still, given Florida’s problems on the offensive side of the ball this year and in the past few years under Jim McElwain, perhaps this is just what the doctor ordered.
During his tenure at Oregon, the Ducks were an annual powerhouse on the offensive side of the ball, and he posted a record of 46-7. Kelly also engineered two bowl wins and took the Ducks to the BCS Championship Game after the 2010 season, losing to the Auburn Tigers by the score of 22-19.
Chip Kelly/Florida is picking up serious steam.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 13, 2017
UCF president hilariously, fiercely territorial about HC Scott
The UCF Knights are one of the hottest, and are certainly the most underrated, teams in college football today under head coach Scott Frost.
The former NFL safety and pupil of Chip Kelly’s at the University of Oregon has the Knights undefeated heading into Week 12. Considering UCF went 6-7 in his first year, and considering his meteoric rise the past handful of years to begin with, it’s not surprising the coach is being seen by many as a logical upgrade for some of the top schools in the nation.
One of those schools is reportedly Nebraska, which won’t fire Mike Riley until after the season per AD Bill Moos. According to Ryan Connors of Landof10.com, the Cornhuskers are hot on the trail of this young coach next year, however.
Another school that could potentially reach out to Frost is in his own backyard. Florida is in need of a replacement after parting ways with Jim McElwain. However, UCF president John Hitt takes issue with anyone looking to poach his guy.
Rather hilariously, we might add.
Just had @uf and @UCF presidents in same room. When I asked Fuchs if he was stealing Coach Frost from UCF, Hitt interjected, "We know where you live and we'll kill your dogs." @GatorsFB
Chip Kelly is reportedly another hot name for the Florida gig, so president W. Kent Fuchs’ dogs are probably in the clear…for now.
It’s inevitable that Frost will end up moving on, however. He’s got the Knights running at top gear, featuring the highest-scoring offense in the nation. That type of heat doesn’t fade quickly, and we won’t be shocked if Frost is signed rather quickly to a top program before this winter is through.
Just had @uf and @UCF presidents in same room. When I asked Fuchs if he was stealing Coach Frost from UCF, Hitt interjected, "We know where you live and we'll kill your dogs." @GatorsFB— Jack Stripling (@jackstripling) November 13, 2017
Mariota dealing with sore shoulder, mild ankle sprain #Titans coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that QB Marcus Mariota underwent tests and has a sore shoulder and mild ankle sprain. Should be OK.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota sure does have a hard time staying healthy. After missing a game earlier in the year with a hamstring injury, Mariota is now dealing with a sore shoulder and mild ankle sprain.
Thankfully, it doesn’t appear these injuries will keep Mariota from suiting up again in Week 11.
That said, he’s already banged up, and Tennessee’s game this week is on short rest. It’s also on the road against a very tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense that’s been getting to the quarterback with regularity (29 sacks, tied for second in the NFL).
Needless to say, both Mariota and the Titans will have to be careful monitoring his health in this upcoming game.
The Titans, at 6-3, are tied with Jacksonville atop the AFC South. But the team’s success very much depends on its quarterback staying healthy. Behind Mariota, Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden are about as threatening as a Golden Retriever pup.
#Titans coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that QB Marcus Mariota underwent tests and has a sore shoulder and mild ankle sprain. Should be OK.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2017
True Love! Grete Has RG3's Signature Tattooed Down Her Forearm
Love is beautiful! Oh, these two crazy kids! Ever since they met it’s been a whirlwind romance for these two. They met. He got her name tattooed on him the next month
He proposed to his pregnant baby momma
And now she has his name down her arm. #Goals amiright, fellas?
Singletary interviewed for unknown position with Browns Singletary was a def assistant under Jeff Fisher last yr. He came to Cle armed w a phone book sized interview binder w sections such as “Leadership & Culture” and “Playmakers” 🤔
Mike Singletary was, for reasons unknown, reportedly in Cleveland last week interviewing for a position with the Browns that has yet to be divulged.
Singletary is one of the NFL’s most legendary linebackers and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. He’s also an underrated linebackers coach who tried his hand at being a head coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-10, when he tallied a record of 18-22 before being replaced by Jim Tomsula for one game at the end of 2010 and then Jim Harbaugh, who was hired in 2011.
Nobody would say Singletary was particularly effective during his tenure with the 49ers, but he’s coached some awesome linebacker groups in the past with San Francisco and Baltimore, where he coached Ray Lewis and Co. from 2003-04. After taking a couple years off between 2014-15, Singletary was a defensive assistant with Jeff Fisher’s Los Angeles Rams last season.
The defensive coordinator last year in Los Angeles was Gregg Williams, who’s now the lead defensive coach in Cleveland. So perhaps Singletary is looking to hop on board and help Williams out once again.
He’s best known as a coach for a legendary rant he had after sending Vernon Davis to the locker room during a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in 2008.
“I will not tolerate players that think it’s about them when it’s about the team,” Singletary said. “We cannot make decisions that cost the team and then come off to the sideline and its nonchalant! No. You know what? This is how I believe. I’m from the old school. I believe this: I would rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we gotta do something else. Rather than play with 11, when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can’t do it. I want winners! I want people that wanna win!”
Obviously, the Browns have had a hard time winning. Since Hue Jackson took over in 2016 the franchise has gone 25-1. So it couldn’t hurt to bring in someone who can spit fire and put the fear of God into players like Singletary can.
Singletary was a def assistant under Jeff Fisher last yr. He came to Cle armed w a phone book sized interview binder w sections such as “Leadership & Culture” and “Playmakers” 🤔— Will Burge (@WillBurge) November 13, 2017
Tennessee State DL expelled for knocking out coach during game
Rivers in NFL concussion protocol
Coach Lynn provides full update on Philip Rivers entering concussion protocol. pic.twitter.com/i5HpeVpdzy— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 14, 2017
Andy Reid reveals formula for bye week success
How James Franklin destroyed Saquon Barkley's Heisman bid
@saquonb21 is #MostPopular on the daily #CFB #snip100 #ranking - https://t.co/lS0DQKwxPK - #SportsRanked pic.twitter.com/8PVJ0m6q9Z— SNIPdaily (@SNIPdaily) October 27, 2017
The #PSU rushing attack, which should be decidedly Saquon Barkley-centric, is anything but.— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) November 13, 2017
Trace McSorley: 116 attempts for 349 yards and nine TDs
Saquon Barkley: 166 attempts for 899 yards and 11 TDs pic.twitter.com/QiYYdb5cBM
Mike Riley delivers head-scratching quote
Touchdown Celebration Just Raised The Bar
A+ touchdown celebration from the CFL. 😂 pic.twitter.com/TgIGTlV3hw— ESPN (@espn) November 13, 2017
Here's the entire CFL limbo TD celebration (h/t @joshellman) pic.twitter.com/S952tA4rv3— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) November 12, 2017
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Coach O Used To Drink Styrofoam Cups Of Coleslaw As He Drove To Work As An Arkansas Strength Coach In The 80's...I Dare You To Find Me A Better Headline Than That.
The ESPN broadcast is telling a story of Ed Orgeron's "pastime" of drinking styrofoam cups filled with coleslaw as he drove to work as Arkansas' assistant strength coach in the last '80s— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) November 11, 2017
David West Thinks Fans Have Turned Away From The NFL Due To How Kaepernick’s Been Treated
Kevin Durant Described His Argument With Draymond Green Last Year With A Hysterical Phrase
KD didn't like when a reporter said Draymond "hollered" at him in Sacramento last year.— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) November 13, 2017
Reporter: "What word would you use?"
Durant: "Well, we motherfucked each other." pic.twitter.com/6Y7iKRtHX5
Kevin Durant Caught Getting High with Girlfriend in Tow?
Curry Casually Kicked In A 70-Foot Three-Point Shot
Steph with the footwork (via @LetsGoWarriors) pic.twitter.com/fwjikxy33c— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 10, 2017
Steph Curry’s Sister Gets Engaged To D-Leaguer
LeBron James Annoyed The Hell Out Of A Commuter While Riding The
Subway In NYC
Just @KingJames & the @cavs making the Monday morning NY subway commute. NBD. pic.twitter.com/kfCSNH1ghQ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 13, 2017
The real NYC experience... the @Cavs hit the subway following today's shootaround! #CavsAllAccess pic.twitter.com/mmz9ojcbKx— NBA (@NBA) November 13, 2017
The NYC Subway Guy Had No Idea It Was LeBron And Was Mad Because He Was Man-Spreading
By now you’ve probably seen the video of LeBron James and some of his Cavs teammates riding the subway in New York City on Monday. Thanks to that famous New York traffic, it was going to take nearly an hour to get back to the hotel after shoot-around, so LeBron and Co. decided to take a six-minute train ride instead.
It was LeBron’s first time riding the subway in Manhattan, and it quickly became apparent that he could use some etiquette lessons, courtesy of real New Yorkers.
When LeBron tried to film the passenger sitting next to him with his phone, the man immediately pushed the phone away and asked him not to, launching a viral moment of his own. It turns out the man, James Michael Angelo, is a local real estate agent (and comedian), and he had a chance to tell his side of the story later on Monday.
Via Charles Curtis of For The Win:
Angelo claims he had no idea at the time it was James. As he told For The Win on Monday afternoon, all he knew was this: “I noticed a bunch of tall guys getting in the train, but I was listening to U2 and I didn’t want to be filmed.”
He thought it was a college basketball team. It was only when friends and fellow comedians started reaching out on social media that he realized what had happened.
“To be honest with you, they got on and they completely squished me and he was really unaware of his space,” Angelo said.
The reason he didn’t look too happy when the lens swung toward him? He said James’s elbow nearly nailed him three times. Angelo said he asked James to watch where his elbows were going, to which one of James’s Cavs teammates retorted, “It’s cool!”
There’s a lot to unpack here. First, he goes out of his way to specify that he was listening to U2, not just “listening to music on his headphones” or whatever. The life-affirming timbre of Bono’s voice is clearly part of a sacred morning ritual that, if interrupted, could throw his whole day out of whack.
Secondly, LeBron allegedly committed the cardinal sin of man-spreading on the subway, which at 6’8 and 250 pounds for a first-time rider probably deserves a little bit of leeway. Finally, it’s pretty incredible that Angelo thought LeBron and the Cavs were a college basketball team, considering he’s one of the most famous people on the planet, but in New York I guess he’s just another guy taking up space.
Nonetheless, this whole thing should give this guy some great material for his next stand-up routine.
LeBron James Said His Knicks Draft Comment Was A Shot At Phil
Jackson, Not Frank Ntilikina
LeBron James managed to spark controversy in New York over the weekend. It stemmed from comments he made in Dallas on Saturday night following the Cavaliers’ game against the Mavericks.
James was asked about Mavs rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who had 21 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in the game, and took the opportunity to praise Smith and also toss some shade the way of the Knicks. James said Smith was great and that he “should be a Knick,” referencing New York passing on Smith with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 draft and allowing him to fall to Dallas at nine.
Those comments didn’t go over well in the Knicks locker room, as Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter were both quick to come to the defense of their rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, the man taken with that No. 8 pick, and also question why James would even say that. It was a curious comment, considering James has no ties to the Knicks and it was just a random stray shot sent New York’s way. Not to mention, it’s generally not the norm for LeBron to speak ill of another player, especially a rookie.
On Monday, the Cavaliers face the Knicks in New York, and LeBron had some explaining to do at shootaround. When asked about the comment, James insisted he didn’t mean it as anything negative about Ntilikina. Instead, it was a shot meant for former Knicks president Phil Jackson, with whom LeBron has a history.
“I wasn’t throwing shade at Frank at all,” James said. “People that got they pants in bunches, things of that nature in New York. They look for any controversy here. I was basically stating what I saw in Dennis Smith and what I saw of him coming out and watching the draft. I thought he would be a great fit here with Porzingis. That’s not to say Frank won’t be a great fit…it’s the same as me thinking Deshaun Watson should be a Brown. It’s not to say Myles Garrett won’t be a great football player, but Deshaun Watson should’ve been our quarterback. It’s not you sh*tting on the next guy. It’s just you stating what you see. That’s all that is for clarification for people who just live in the box, and for Enes Kanter, who’s always got something to say. He says, I don’t know what’s wrong with him.
“Oh yeah, it was definitely a shot at [Phil Jackson],” James continued. “That’s for sure. … It’s no shade at Frank. I wasn’t even thinking about the kid when I was talking about Dennis Smith. I was just thinking about the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson. And Dennis Smith’s talent and Porzingis.”
There were many that felt this was the case initially, but with Jackson gone, it’s easy to see how this was misconstrued as an attack on their young point guard. Hopefully this will end any fears that LeBron is anti-Frank, but Knicks fans and the organization have to be pleased that Porzingis was so quick to stand up for his rookie point guard and not afraid to question the great LeBron.
As for LeBron’s ongoing mini-feud with Phil Jackson, that certainly isn’t going anywhere, although who knows if Jackson will ever even see those comments.
LeBron James Is Tired Of How Enes Kanter’s ‘Always Got Something
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are having quite the Monday in New York. The entire team took the subway back to the hotel after shootaround because traffic was terrible, and that led to LeBron angering a fellow passenger for taking a video of him.
At shootaround, James had to explain that his comments about Dennis Smith Jr. and how he should’ve been taken by the Knicks, wasn’t a slight at Frank Ntilikina, the player New York took at No. 8 over Smith, but was just a shot at Phil Jackson and him voicing an opinion on how good Smith is. James compared it to him thinking the Browns should have selected Deshaun Watson No. 1 overall last year, which isn’t to say Myles Garrett won’t be great.
However, that wasn’t the only thing James had to say about the entire situation. As he continued on, he seemed frustrated it had become a thing at all as he clarified his comments for “people who just live inside a box, and for Enes Kanter, who always got something to say.” Kanter, of course, was among those that took exception at LeBron’s comments and came to his teammate’s defense, along with Kristaps Porzingis.
James’ exasperated sigh, head shake, and then saying he “didn’t know what was wrong” with Kanter, coupled with the disgust in his voice when he says “Enes Kanter” tells you everything you need to know about how the King feels about the Knicks power forward. Kanter is certainly never afraid to chirp back at anyone, so don’t be surprised if he has something to say prior to game time if asked about this, but in either case, Kanter must beware of a fired up LeBron. Just ask the Wizards.
Frank Ntilikina And Enes Kanter Both Tried Getting Into It With
LeBron James Things getting chippy between LeBron and the Knicks 👀 pic.twitter.com/zAhQt6QSvz
It’s been a very interesting start to the week for LeBron James, even by his normal standards of news-making. The best basketball player on the planet is in New York to take on the Knicks on Monday evening and, before tip-off, there were numerous stories including two referencing rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina and veteran big man Enes Kanter.
On Monday, James took a shot at Phil Jackson through the prism of the selection of Ntilikina and, even if King James made it clear that it wasn’t a negative reference to the young point guard, that provided some interesting fodder. Then, LeBron made it clear that he was tired of Kanter always having something to say and that was all before the game even arrived.
Seemingly on cue, James and Ntilikina were tangled up a bit in the first half and it was Kanter that came to the defense of the youngster.
This did not escalate beyond a bit of arguing and minor shoving but it was clear that Ntilikina wasn’t going to simply back down at the sight of James. Kanter was also not prepared to let James’ show of strength slide without incident and, while he was doing what a strong veteran should do, an incident like this involving LeBron certainly means big-time news.
There always seems to be something interesting when a team led by LeBron James invades New York and, this time, it wasn’t an overwhelming chorus of positivity from the New York faithful.
Things getting chippy between LeBron and the Knicks 👀 pic.twitter.com/zAhQt6QSvz— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 14, 2017
The Knicks Were Reminded Why LeBron Is The King During Cleveland’s Huge Comeback
Lebron walking out of MSG. pic.twitter.com/tEcY3Cgryi— Cycle (@bycycle) November 14, 2017
the Knicks may have lost, but..... pic.twitter.com/vrPG1o90uh— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) November 14, 2017
LeBron James Sealed Cleveland’s Comeback Win Over The Knicks With A Nasty Stepback Three
For the lead! #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/xwbGUsPFFC— NBA (@NBA) November 14, 2017
LeBron James Clapped Back After Enes Kanter Tried Making Fun Of His ‘King James’
Enes Kanter, who scuffled with James: "I don't care who you are. What do you call yourself? King, Queen, Princess. Whatever you are. We're going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us." Wow— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) November 14, 2017
LeBron James’ response to Enes Kanter’s postgame barb: “I’m the king, my wife is the queen and my daughter is the princess so we got all three covered.” (Also: Notice the hat) pic.twitter.com/AAkzDLL7kt— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 14, 2017
Jeff Hornacek backs Frank Ntilikina standing up to ‘best player in the game’
Jeff Hornacek on Frank Ntilikina bumping LeBron James tonight: “That’s good. A young kid (standing) up to the best player in the game.”— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 14, 2017
J.R. Smith Explains Why You Should Shoot The Ball Every Time You Get It J.R. Smith: "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day ... It's kind of boring when you take open shots" JR Smith‘s dad taught him to shoot every time he touches the ball.
J.R. Smith doesn’t need an excuse to jack up what most people would consider and untenable number of questionable shots. The crown prince of irrational confidence honestly believes that he shoots better with a hand in his face and actually prefers it, because it’s more fun.
That’s from back in 2015, so we didn’t exactly require any further rationale behind his at times questionable shot selection. That said reporters can’t help but ask him about it and his general lack of concern with the quality of a shot, because his response is inevitably going to be golden.
At shootaround at Madison Square Garden on Monday prior to the Cavs’ game against the Knicks, Smith offered a pretty airtight argument that he learned from his father for shooting the ball every time you touch it.
“Don't risk turning it over. Just shoot it." pic.twitter.com/mFCJNkqxoe
Of course, there’s an argument to be made that a bad shot is the same as a turnover, but let’s not split hairs here. In a league that has progressively been moving toward spacing and ball movement, it’s comforting to know that the glory of hero ball still exists in a few brave souls around the league.
So, you heard it hear first, kids. By certain labyrinthine lines of logic, shooting every time you touch the ball is actually helping your team. Don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.
J.R. Smith: "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day ... It's kind of boring when you take open shots"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 21, 2015
JR Smith‘s dad taught him to shoot every time he touches the ball.
Paul George Celebrated Russell Westbrook’s Birthday By Dropping
37 Points On The Mavericks
Russell Westbrook‘s 29th birthday was on Sunday. To celebrate, the Oklahoma City Thunder got him the best gift possible: a win. The Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks, 112-99, to move to 6-7 on the year despite the fact that Carmelo Anthony had to sit out due to soreness in his lower back.
Paul George asked if he got Russ anything for his birthday: “I got him 37.” Paul George on Melo being out the lineup....”More Shots” lol pic.twitter.com/dX5LTov2M4
Whether it was in celebration of Westbrook’s birthday or as a way to compensate for Anthony being out, Paul George had a big game. He had 37 points on 12-for-22 shooting with seven made threes, along with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. It was quite the way to celebrate a teammate’s birthday, so much so that George said after the game that this was his gift for Westbrook, who scored 27 in the win.
George was in something of a joking mood after the game. He also touched on Anthony having to sit out with his sore back, cracking that the 10-time All-Star being sidelined meant more shots before breaking down how these types of injuries mean players need to step up.
Oklahoma City’s win on Sunday marked the second time this season they’ve won back-to-back games, so it’s not a surprise that George was in a pretty good mood. Plus as anyone who has ever worked with other people can tell you, you’re required to be in a good mood when someone is celebrating a birthday.
Paul George asked if he got Russ anything for his birthday: “I got him 37.”— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 13, 2017
Paul George on Melo being out the lineup....”More Shots” lol pic.twitter.com/dX5LTov2M4— Travis Singleton (@SneakerReporter) November 13, 2017
Did Paul George Give A Hint About His Future During An Event In Oklahoma City?
The beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA season hasn’t gone perfectly for the Oklahoma City Thunder. There are signs of optimism for the team led by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony but a sub-.500 record in mid-November was not predicted to be in the cards after Oklahoma City’s high-profile additions this summer.
With those relative struggles as the backdrop, speculation has already begun as to what Anthony and George will decide to do moving forward and, while Anthony also seemed likely to opt in given his age and the simple math, George’s decision is quite interesting. In short, the talented former Pacers swingman has a player option for the 2018-2019 that no one expects him to pick up but, if things go well alongside Westbrook in his new location, the Thunder could have something of an inside track toward keeping him.
There is, though, the lure of Los Angeles and long-rumored motivation for George to go “home” but some comments made to Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript on Monday might provide a window into his thinking. The 27-year-old All-Star was in attendance as his Paul George Foundation launched an outdoor program for local youth to focus on fishing and, well, there were a few interesting nuggets.
First, George referenced the fact that has not been “able to get out and around and do as much fishing” as he wants but that was quickly followed by the indication that “hopefully, there’s a summer for that here that (he) can do that.” From there, George then expressed his pleasure with getting the initiative “off the ground” before stating plainly that “Oklahoma is home for (him).”
Of course, comments like this must be taken with several grains of salt, especially through the prism of George’s audience at this particular event. That may not stop Oklahoma City fans from getting quite excited about George referring to his new residence as “home,” especially when and if the Thunder improve on their on-court performance to the point where it would make sense to stay.
In the end, we won’t know much about Paul George’s offseason decision until a lot more basketball-related information comes to the forefront. Until then, Thunder fans can (and likely will) hold on to these comments as optimistic gospel.
Willie Cauley-Stein Says He’s At The Same Skill Level As Kristaps Porzingis
Joel Embiid Insists He ‘Loves’ Lonzo Ball Regardless Of All His Jokes
LaMelo Ball is hyping the Chinese for the BBB Shop, but Lavar doesn’t want to Disclose the Address
The circus must go on. LaMelo Ball is hyped about the pop up shop in Hong Kong, but Lavar Ball doesn’t want to disclose the address. These clowns don’t know what the hell they’re doing.
President Trump Personally Asked Chinese President For Help With UCLA, LiAngelo Ball Shoplifting Situation
While in Asia, Preisdent Donald Trump personally spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the three UCLA basketball players currently being detained in China, according to David Nakamura of the Washington Post.
Trump was in Chinda during his Asia trip at the same time that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested after they were caught shoplifting near their team hotel last week.
Via The Washington Post
President Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week, people familiar with the situation said Monday.
After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
ESPN Arash Markazi reported a few days ago that the players are expected be released by Chinese authorities within the next few weeks
A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation said the players could be in Hangzhou for “a week or two.” The source noted that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores.
LiAngelo Ball and his friends are very lucky that there are powerful people working hard behind the scenes trying to get them home.
Metta World Peace Has Signed With Stephen Jackson And Chauncey Billups’ BIG3
There’s still seven months until the start of the second BIG3 season, as Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league wrapped its inaugural season back in August, but the fledgling hoops league is already working towards making some big additions for Year 2.
The BIG3 announced earlier this fall they would be adding an extra roster spot for a co-captain on each team, to allow teams to sign more big name players, and on Monday we got some big news regarding a new signing, as well as some old faces returning to the league.
Metta World Peace is headed to the BIG3 next season, joining the Killer 3’s squad led by Stephen Jackson and Chauncey Billups.
The Killers 3s have made the first major move of the BIG3 off season with the signing of their new co-captain: Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace. The announcement marks the first of eight anticipated co-captain signings, as the league previously announced expanded rosters in 2018 with each team adding an additional co-captain. Artest, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace will play under his former moniker, a name with a storied NBA history including a Championship title, an All-Star nod, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award. He joins Chauncey Billups and former Indiana Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s.
As the release notes, the seven other squads will announce new co-captains over the course of the offseason (and if last year’s rollout of names is any indication, they will be unveiled slowly throughout the next six months). The league is hopeful to add even bigger stars, with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant as three of their dream signees.
As for the BIG3’s marquee star from a year ago, who caused plenty of controversy and conversation, Allen Iverson will be back with 3’s Company, but only as a coach, rather than his designation of player-coach last year that saw fans get upset when he rarely touched the floor as a player.
Of other note, DeShawn Stevenson will also be back as part of the 2018 BIG3 Draft player pool, and the winners of the inaugural BIG3 title, Trilogy, led by Kenyon Martin, Rashad McCants, and Al Harrington, will keep their entire roster together, exercising their option to do so as the reigning champs.
Dodgers headed south of the border in 2018
Major League Baseball is headed south of the border in 2018. MLB announced on Monday that the San Diego Padres will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game series in May.
“THE GAMES, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE MAY 4-6 AT ESTADIO MONTERREY, MARK THE FIRST REGULAR-SEASON CONTESTS IN MEXICO SINCE 1999,” AJ CASSAVELL OF MLB.COM REPORTED. “SAN DIEGO IS SET FOR ITS THIRD REGULAR-SEASON TRIP SOUTH OF THE BORDER, WHILE LOS ANGELES WILL BE MAKING ITS FIRST. IN 1996, THE PADRES AND METS PLAYED THREE GAMES IN MONTERREY, THE FIRST SERIES TO BE PLAYED IN MEXICO. THREE YEARS LATER, THE PADRES AND ROCKIES OPENED THE SEASON THERE.”
Certainly, if baseball is looking to expand its base internationally, these two teams are good ones to have go on the road. Naturally, the locations of these two teams give each a big following among Mexican and Mexican-American fans.
This will mark MLB’s first games played outside of North America since 2014. Then, the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened the season with two games in Australia, with Los Angeles claiming both games.
San Diego will be the designated “home” team for all three games.
Bill Murray Is Getting His Own Show About Minor League Baseball
Carlos Beltran announces retirement after 20 seasons 20 years, 7 teams, 9 All-Star appearances, and finally … one World Series ring.
After 20 seasons, Carlos Beltrán is walking away from Major League Baseball. And my goodness, what a career it has been.
20 years, 7 teams, 9 All-Star appearances, and finally … one World Series ring.
Today, @carlosbeltran15 calls it a career. https://t.co/iBqvOVmhaI
Seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals. Seven seasons with the New York Mets. Three seasons with the New York Yankees. Four more between St. Louis and Houston -- the latter of which produced his only World Series championship. And, parts of one season between Texas and San Francisco.
But after 20 seasons in the majors, it’s time. Moreover, as he approaches his 41st birthday, it’s time.
Of course, now there’s always the question of what’s next. But for Beltrán, one thing must be certain — the Hall of Fame beckons.
20 years, 7 teams, 9 All-Star appearances, and finally … one World Series ring.
Brian Cashman does not dismiss Carlos Beltran as
Could the New York Yankees turn to a freshly-retired player to manage their ballclub? General manager Brian Cashman isn’t outright saying no.
Longtime MLB outfielder Carlos Beltran announced his retirement on Monday, and he said he would be interested in talking to the Yankees — where he played from 2014 to 2016 — about their vacant managerial position.
The 40-year-old Beltran has no coaching experience whatsoever, but Cashman didn’t outright dismiss Beltran’s managerial credentials when asked on Monday.
“I am aware of his interest in managing in the future,” Cashman said, via Andrew Marchand of ESPN. “I’ll leave it at that for right now.
“I’ve had a number of dialogues with Carlos and I that I would consider friendly. I think we have a personal and professional relationship. I know he has aspirations to manage. I’m not going to talk about who our potential candidates until we present those candidates to the media conference calls after the interviews go through.”
Beltran has weighed in on other managerial vacancies, but it would be quite the surprise for him to get anywhere near this job. The Yankees are tough to manage, and the glare of the media is intense — Cashman may want to go with a more proven hand.
Cody Bellinger is Your National League Rookie of the Year He took the National League by storm, and now @Cody_Bellinger is the unanimous @officialBBWAA 2017 NL Rookie of the Year! pic.twitter.com/FKE2hSPAHe
If you’re weren’t surprised by Aaron Judge claiming AL Rookie of the Year honors, you should hardly be surprised by this. Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers is your NL Rookie of the Year.
Oh, and this decision was also unanimous. The Dodgers’ phenom is capable of doing it all. And, he would prove just that in 2017. Now sure, he didn’t lead the NL in any particular category. However, he would mash just the same. a .267/.352/.581 (.933 OPS) was just part of the story. 39 home runs and some ability on the bases—10 swipes—is another.
The Dodgers, of course, could not finish the job in the World Series. But, there’s plenty to like about this club going forward.
And like with Judge and his Yankees, Bellinger figures to play a crucial for the Dodgers for years to come.
He took the National League by storm, and now @Cody_Bellinger is the unanimous @officialBBWAA 2017 NL Rookie of the Year! pic.twitter.com/FKE2hSPAHe— MLB (@MLB) November 13, 2017
Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost Almost Died After A Fall That Broke His Pelvis
KC #Royals manager Ned Yost breaks pelvis in a fall from a tree. Recovering in Atlanta hospital. https://t.co/CXafc8xIb4— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 9, 2017
Ned Yost is back at home after his horrific fall that shattered his pelvis. He told me, “There’s no doubt I would have bled out if I didn’t have my cellphone with me. There was nobody that was coming. Nobody would have found me. I would have been dead by nightfall.”— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) November 13, 2017
Ned Yost also told me, "The trauma surgeon said, ‘Man, Ned, I was really scared about you. We’ve seen these things before – this is a 25-30 percent mortality rate. You were crashing on the table. We couldn’t get the bleeding stopped. I thought we were going to lose you.'"— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) November 13, 2017
Ned Yost also said he will be in a wheelchair for at least two months but hopes to be able to move around normally by Spring Training. He tells me he feels "like a lucky man" right now.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) November 13, 2017
Cards, Giants have ‘most intense’ interest in Stanton
A handful of teams are expected to make a play for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton this winter, but two appear to have emerged as the most desperate.
According to longtime MLB reporter Peter Gammons, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been the most dedicated in trying to acquire Stanton.
As Gammons notes, Stanton will have to sign off on any trade. In addition to being owed $295 million over the next 10 years, the 28-year-old also has a full no-trade clause in his contract. There have been rumblings that he would prefer to play for a west coast team, which could mean he would block a deal to St. Louis.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last week that it would be a “stunning upset” if Stanton ended up anywhere but San Francisco or St. Louis. The Cardinals seem like the most likely trade partner, as they have several top pitching prospects in their farm system.
The Boston Red Sox are another team to watch, though the latest we heard makes it seem like they would prefer to explore other options.
T.I. - Sosa's Alleged Skin Bleaching Is 'Self-Hate'
Sammy Sosa hates himself and that's why he's turning himself whiter ... that's according to T.I. who went in on the ex-MLB star when we got him out at LAX.
Sammy's complexion has very obviously changed over the years. We can only find one interview where he addressed it -- from 2009 -- saying the lightening was an unexpected result of a skin softening cream.
But T.I. ain't buyin' Sammy's excuse -- shaking his head and saying it was more about "self-hate" than moisturizing.
If you don't know what Tip means, he's referring to the idea that black people who bleach their skin are doing it to fit in with a European beauty standard and are selling out their race, something a lot of black people think is despicable.
Then again, it's his life ...
Conor McGregor Explained Why He Attacked The
Referee After Climbing Into The Cage At Bellator 187 Ward lands a big shot at the end of the 1st and Redmond goes down. Marc Goddard intervenes but the round is over, not the fight. Ward thinks he's won and celebrates. McGregor jumps in the cage to celebrate but some pushing ensues between he and Goddard #Bellator187
In case you somehow missed it, “The Notorious One” Conor McGregor more than lived up to his name when he jumped into the cage to celebrate what he believed to be his teammate Charlie Ward’s knockout victory over John Redmond at Bellator 187.
Not everyone was so sure that Ward had actually won, however.
The fight was eventually called a knockout win for Ward once order was somewhat restored (McGregor later slapped a commissioner outside the cage).
Redmond, however, wasn’t so sure that the fight would have been over if McGregor hadn’t jumped in and wreaked absolute havoc, according to an interview he did with MMA Fighting.
After initially leaving the cage, McGregor did an about turn and marched back to the stage shouting, “that was a f*cking stoppage”, suggesting that there was a debate as to whether the fight would enter the second round.
Redmond insisted that [referee Marc] Goddard wanted the fight to continue, but the Mohegan Sun commission, who oversaw Bellator 187, decided that the fight should not go on. For Redmond, the “circus” that McGregor created in the ring forced the commission to put an end to the fight as quickly as possible.
“I think there was a lot of panic in the ring as soon as he got in there. I think everybody was just concerned with getting him out of there as quickly as possible,” Redmond said.
“Marc Goddard was going to let the fight go into the second, but then the commission seemed to overrule his decision. I think that decision was swayed because of the circus and madness that was going down at the time. It was just a mad scene. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
McGregor, who already had one recent run-in with referee Marc Goddard when Goddard tossed Conor from ringside at UFC Gdansk, finally explained in a now-deleted tweet, why he went after Goddard inside the cage. It lines up pretty well with what Redmond believed was the case with the fight.
“Bloke KO’d on the floor bout a minute straight and ref trying to say fights not over conor. that’s when I lost it. Fuck yous all,” tweeted McGregor.
Mike Mazzulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), issued a statement over the weekend that he had been in contact with the UFC, reports MMA Fighting…
While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10, 2017, the following events took place during the Ward vs Redmond bout.
Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.
In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark [sic] Goddard and a Bellator staff.
The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.
The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.
As far as any actual punishment being doled out to McGregor, that would have to come from a commission that licenses the UFC lightweight champion.
Ward lands a big shot at the end of the 1st and Redmond goes down. Marc Goddard intervenes but the round is over, not the fight. Ward thinks he's won and celebrates. McGregor jumps in the cage to celebrate but some pushing ensues between he and Goddard #Bellator187— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) November 10, 2017
Conor McGregor Has Been Barred From Fighting At UFC 219 For Attacking A Ref
Conor McGregor’s last fight was technically against Floyd Mayweather in August, but the UFC champion returned to the cage last week after he decided it would be a good idea to shove a ref and slap a commissioner overseeing a fight between Charlie Ward and John Redmond at Bellator 187 in Dublin. McGregor took to Twitter to try and defend his actions, but it appears the Association of Boxing Commissions didn’t buy his explanation.
After the incident, ABC president Mike Mazzulli promised there would be repercussions, and today he lived up to his word when he announced McGregor will not be fighting at UFC 219, which is scheduled for December 30th. The UFC apparently agreed to pull McGregor from the fight almost immediately after the incident occurred but waited a few days to make it official.
Mazzulli explained his rationale in a statement, saying:
“The bottom line is that he was unprofessional, disrespectful, and it was not acceptable in my eyes in any situation. I don’t care if it was anyone else jumping in the cage, we don’t do that as a professional. Mr. McGregor is not bigger than MMA. I had executives from the UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred. They basically said to me that it’s completely unacceptable in their eyes, and they will be doing something. They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card, and he will not be on it.”
Earlier this month, Dana White said he expected McGregor to return to the Octagon by the end of the year, and all signs pointed to the Irishman taking on interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in the main event. Today’s announcement is the first time that the hypothetical matchup was actually confirmed, but now it looks like we’ll have to wait until UFC 220 (at the very minimum) before McGregor returns to the sport.
McGregor hasn’t responded to the news, but given his reputation for running his mouth, I imagine will get a colorful response pretty soon.
Oscar De La Hoya Reveals He’s Secretly Been Training To Fight Conor McGregor
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Triple H And Jinder Mahal Will Face Off In ‘The Biggest Match In India’s History’
Is India ready? Is Jinder Mahal ready? Those are the questions that Triple H posed on Twitter when he issued a challenge for a match against Mahal when WWE goes on tour there in December. This is coming on the heels of Mahal losing the WWE Championship to AJ Styles this past week on Smackdown, which provided Smackdown with an increase in TV ratings.
There are two WWE Raw live events in New Delhi, India at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9. Mahal is working the shows along with the Singh Brothers because they are of Indian descent even though they are Smackdown wrestlers. It’s easy to see why WWE would make an exception. The match between Triple H and Mahal was agreed upon for the December 9 show.
Here is the challenge tweet from Triple H in which he called it the “Biggest Match in India’s History.” That tweet is followed by the reply tweet from Mahal.
.@WWEIndia...@JinderMahal...I only have one question for you... pic.twitter.com/LhNmfmES8J— Triple H (@TripleH) November 12, 2017
.@TripleH not only the biggest match in Indian History, but also of my career. Consider the challenge accepted by me, now @wweindia and #wweuniverse India let‘s all make this happen. pic.twitter.com/6Wv62HnWFg— The Maharaja (@JinderMahal) November 12, 2017
Brock Lesnar Once Suplexed A Kansas City Chiefs Player During An NFL Preseason Game
Jack Swagger Will Be Making The Leap To MMA With Bellator
Just announced in studio on #TheMMAHour with @arielhelwani, @RealJackSwagger is now a part of the heavyweight division! #BellatorNation pic.twitter.com/6VXMACJQkX— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 13, 2017
Paul Heyman Trash Talked A Fan Marriage Proposal During Raw
Triple H Returned To WWE And Joined The Raw Survivor Series Team
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Patton Kizzire Held Off A Furious Rickie Fowler Charge To Secure
His First TOUR Win
Cristiano Ronaldo Announces Birth of New Daughter
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo shared the pic on Sunday of new baby Alana Martina shortly after she was delivered. He said both baby and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez are doing great and, “We are all very happy!” The two have been together since November 2016. Ronaldo has three other children, a 7-year-old son and 3-month-old twins. Let’s see how long Ronaldo can stay loyal to his new baby momma.-TO
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Katie Nolan Will Be One Of The Stars Of ESPN’s New Snapchat ‘SportsCenter’
ESPN has been hit by the cord cutting phenomenon really hard, as cuts have ravaged the Worldwide Leader in Sports recently. There’s even another round of cuts that is reportedly coming sometime in the next month or so. This round is reportedly going to be focused on the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter.
Apparently, ESPN plans on expanding SportsCenter in a unique way despite these cuts. According to Variety, ESPN and Snapchat have agreed to a deal for a truncated version of the show that will air twice a day during the week (5 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and once a day at 5 a.m. on weekends. It will be somewhere between 3-5 minutes long and include a number of recognizable ESPN personalities, most notably Katie Nolan.
The first show will be hosted by Katie Nolan, the Emmy-winning sports personality who joined ESPN last month from Fox Sports. Other hosts will include “SportsCenter” anchor Elle Duncan, ESPN NBA commentator Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN Radio host Jason Fitz, and comedian Cy Amundson. (Jac Collinsworth, recently tapped for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” as a features reporter, had been slated to be part of the initial roster but for now he is focusing on other projects.)
The shows will have one host and will be “very personality driven,” according to ESPN’s Glenn Jacobs (no, not that Glenn Jacobs). The focus of these shows will be the help take ESPN’s most well-known program and package it in a way that younger sports fans can enjoy.
“SportsCenter” on Snapchat will include highlights, but ESPN says it will focus just as much — if not more — on buzzy topics about stuff off the field, court, or rink. It also will widen the lens of sports it covers, expanding beyond the central focus on the big four American pro sports leagues by TV’s “SportsCenter.”
It’s certainly an ambitious attempt at repackaging one of the network’s cornerstones, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves after it launches.
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