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Brawl Breaks Out During LeBron James’ First Home Game As A Laker

(Los Angeles, CA) – Not the kind of debut that he wanted, I’m sure.  But, you can’t control other people’s actions. Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram are probably wishing they had a better grip on their emotions though as the three found themselves ejected, fined and most likely suspended following a wild brawl that broke out during LeBron James’ home court debut as a Laker.
It was late in the 4th quarter, Rockets up by 1 (109-108)  when James Harden was driving to the basket and gets fouled by Brandon Ingram.  While Paul, Harden and others pleaded with the officials to count the basket, Ingram gave Harden a hard shove. Carmelo Anthony steps in to help deescalate the situation while Brandon Ingram continues his rage and gets in the face of a referee.
At that point, his teammate Lance Stephenson gathers Ingram and forces him away from the incident. Meanwhile, Chris Paul is continuing his debate with a ref and you casually see Rajon Rondo make his way over to Paul and seemingly confronts him.
Now, here’s where things get sketchy.  From our angle it looks as if Paul and Rondo exchange words and Paul strategically uses one or two fingers to make contact with Rondo’s face and pushes him out of his personal space. His reasoning behind the mush, Chris says Rajon spit in his face.  Which is flat out the most disgusting, demeaning and disrespectful act any human could do to another. It’s nasty.  And you will likely find yourself in a subsequent altercation, if you do it. Punches are thrown between the two (in front of Floyd Mayweather who I’m sure got a kick out of it courtside) and Brandon Ingram reinserts himself in the drama with a sneak punch from behind.
End result….Paul, Rondo and Ingram are ejected.
Photos By Marcio Sanchez
Back to the game, MVP James Harden, who had 23 at the half, continued his domination grabbing 36 on the game and leading the Rockets to victory.  Paul had 28. The Rockets had 4 players in double digits while the Lakers led by James with 24 had 7.
Rajon Rondo was en route to a triple double (13p-10r-7a) when he was thrown out of the game. Chris Paul was en route to a triple double as well adding 10 assists and 7 rebounds to his 28 points when he was booted. Final score, Rockets 124-115.
Post game: When asked how he felt the fight affected the team for the remainder of the game? LeBron James said, “We were right there. It was one point game and um…we had opportunities to win the game.”
One one game suspension is probable for all three, but it could be more.

Unprofessional And Insensitive Tweet Forces Mary Bono To Leave USA Gymnastics Position After Just Four Days

(Washington, DC) – This is what happens when your star athletes stand together against something.  Just four days after Congresswoman Mary Bono announced that she would be taking over as interim president for USA gymnastics, she is now announcing that she is resigning.

mary-bono-deleted-tweet-nike-simone-bilesThe departure comes after a tweet from Bono about Nike garnered strong disapproval from gymnastics’ superstars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Olympic champion Simone Biles’ reaction to a tweet in which Bono expressed that she was happy she had a black sharpie in her bag to mark out the Nike logo on her shoes after the athletic wear and shoe company made Colin Kaepernick its spokesperson, summoned an immediate response from those in charge and it looks like they agreed with Simone.

Simone, who is also a Larry Nassar survivor, reacted writing “mouth drop (asterisk) don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”
Biles, who will compete in the world championships next week in Qatar, is sponsored by Nike.
On Tueday night, Aly Raisman posted, “The stakes are high in our sport right now, (and) it’s essential new leadership be disconnected from the influences that allowed these terrible things to happen.”  Bono was also under criticism for being connected to the law firm that has supported the USA gymnastics who gymnasts say continues to act tone deaf to what really happened with Larry Nassar. More than 200 women have come forward in the past two years with allegations of sexual abuse against the former team doctor.
Nassar is currently serving a 40 to 175 year sentence for his crimes. Bono’s support of the law firm and now her attack on Nike seem to be enough for USA Gymnastics to cut ties before they really began. Be careful with what you tweet.

Pacquiao Fight Could Bring Floyd Mayweather Out Of Retirement

(Tokyo, Japan) – Floyd Mayweather’s career earnings hover around the billion dollar mark. He’s got all the titles in the world and most people rank him as the 3rd best boxer in history with Muhammad Ali leading the decorated group.
However, there’s one more belt that he wants and it currently belongs to Manny Pacquiao. He won the WBA secondary welterweight belt in July by knocking out Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia and Mayweather says he wants that belt.
The two were spotted together at an event in Tokyo. And the whole exchange was caught on video. As the two jawed at each other over the possible rematch, the month of December was thrown out as the ideal time to meet back in the ring. Pacquiao told the LA Times that he was looking to return to the ring in December to fight Amar Khan but he also said he would for his next fight to be in the United States.  A reported tax debt may keep that form happening though.
Floyd’s last fight was against UFC star Conor McGregor last year. When Mayweahter beat Pacquiao in 205, a record 4.6 million people paid to watch.

Two Miami Players Kneel During Anthem, Receive A Huge Thank You From Colin Kaepernick

(Denver, CO)  – The protest against racial injustices and oppression has officially continued this season and the two NFL payers that took a knee during the National Anthem received high praise from Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick tweeted ”My Brothers (Stills) and (Wilson) continue to show theirunwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed,” Kapernick saidin his tweet. ”They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. … Love is at the root of our resistance.”

Miami Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the NFL’s opening Sunday to the delight of the man who started the movement back in 2016, former San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick.  Colin has since been banned from the NFL and is at the inception of a collusion suit against the NFL and its coaches.

Nike recently rewarded the former NFL star for his bravery by making him the face of its 30th Anniversary campaign for the slogan ‘Just Do It’. The ad comes with the message, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Online Nike sales have jumped up 31%.
Stills and Wilson returned the praise saying, ”I know he has our back,” Stills said. ”Really, there has been a huge difference between when we first started protesting and now. A lot of people are reaching out and supporting us, so I really appreciate that. To everybody out there … let’s keep doing our best to make positive change and have these conversations and make our country a better place.”

Watch Nike’s New Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick

(Nike, USA) – Nike released its 2-minute commercial starring, Colin Kaepernick, the new face of their 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign and not only did they release it, but they released it with the support of the NFL. Kaepernick, who is currently suing the NFL for colluding to keep him out of the league after kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustices, sets a strong example of risking everything while standing for something.

The campaign has been met with both support and anger.  But at the end of the day, those who still don’t understand the movement are cleared blocked by deep rooted issues that have nothing to do with unpatriotic claims. That is not what it’s about.  Race maybe, anti-american concerns….I don’t think so.

Jamill Jones Pleads Not Guilty After Punch Leads To Man’s Death

(AP) – Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones pleaded not guilty to throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver. Jones was sitting in his SUV in Queens around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday when the victim,
Sandor Szabo of Boca Raton, approached the vehicle believing it was his Uber ride.

After a brief altercation, Jones followed Szabo to the sidewalk where he knocked Szabo out cold with a punch before driving off. Szabo never regained consciousness and was taken off life support. Jones turned himself in to police, accompanied by a lawyer. He was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea. Szabo’s parents have said they do not accept the coach’s condolences, saying they are “a little bit too late.”

Believe 52: Ray Lewis’ Impassioned Speech Brings Cheers At Hall Of Fame Induction

(Canton, OH) – Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The linebacker who helped bring the Ravens to two Super Bowls was inducted last night at the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Lewis spoke for over 30 minutes before the crowd of over 22-thousand, and his passionate speech was often greeted with cheers from Ravens fans. This year’s other inductees include Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, hard-hitting safety Brian Dawkins and standout receivers Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.

Jalen Hurts Sets The Record Straight About Treatment From Alabama Post Championship Game

(Tusacaloosa, AL) – Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts doesn’t sound happy about how the program has treated him since being benched in last season’s national title game. Speaking to the media for the first time since then, Hurts talked a lot about the lack of communication from the team’s staff and told reporters, “No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt.”

Hurts is in a battle for the starting quarterback job with Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench in the second half of the championship game and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Georgia.

Salute! Serena Williams Loses At Wimbledon But You Have To Bow Down To The Queen Of The Court

(London)  – Angelique Kerber has spoiled Serena Williams’ bid to win her first Grand Slam title since becoming a mother. It was an amazing run by Williams but Kerber claimed her third major championship by easily defeating the tennis G.O.A.T. 6-3, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.
Serena had been going for her 24th Grand Slam title and eighth Wimbledon crown just 10 months after giving birth. After having her daughter in September and several surgeries due to post-labor complications, Williams said making a comeback at Wimbledon this year was important to her.
Kerber, the former No. 1 player in the world, avenged her loss to Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon final and earned her first title at the All England Club.

Phillies Fan Injured By Flying Hot Dog Launched By Phanatic

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) –  It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.
Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night’s Phillies game when the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. McVay says she is suffering from a shoulder injury, so she was unable to swat the hot dog away.
She left the game to get checked out at a hospital, and she says she has a small hematoma. The Phillies apologized to McVay on Tuesday and the team has offered her tickets to any game.