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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Milwaukee PD, City On Behalf Of Sterling Brown

(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Police Department and the city are now facing a federal civil rights lawsuit from Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown over his arrest in January.

The lawsuit claims excessive force and wrongful arrest and accuses police of violating his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Attorney Mark Thomsen said it also reflects that for too long in Milwaukee, “African-American men have been arrested, abused, and as in the case of Dontre Hamilton, killed as a result of bad police work.”

Police used a Taser on Brown during his arrest for parking in two handicapped spaces at a Walgreen’s store back in January. The lawsuit also alleges officers tried to reframe what happened in the incident report to make it sound like Brown resisted and obstructed them. Body-camera videos appeared to show that Brown never threatened police.

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Lakers To Work Out Lonzo Ball’s Brother LiAngelo

(Los Angeles, CA) – It looks like we all might owe Lavar Ball an apology for thinking he was just some crazy sports’ dad with way too much energy lol. That drive, dedication and training looks to be falling right into the line of his plan as his middle son LiAngelo Ball prepares to show the Lakers what he has up close.
Yes…you read that right. The Los Angeles Lakers are doing their due diligence on the younger brother of point guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo Ball will work out for the team on Tuesday along with five other players. I, however, am not surprised.  I spent the weekend binge watching ‘Ball In The Family’ to, most importantly, put my pre-judgments and presumptions aside. And what I saw was a father who has trained up all three of his boys to be world class athletes; with LaMelo expected to be the most successful of the three because, of course, he’s been playing up his whole life.  He has no choice but to.
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A family brand that comes along with an international fan base and signature shoes for all three of LaVar’s sons, LiAngelo’s future was laid out for him since the day he took his first steps. All he has to do is perform.
LiAngelo attended UCLA for a short time this past season, but withdrew from the school before playing a game after getting caught shoplifting a pair of glasses in China on a team trip. What teenager hasn’t made a mistake?  Anyone who his counting this kid out, will surely be eating his stats if politics don’t keep him at bay.
Let’s be honest.  He can play. At 6’5, the wing player has tremendous jumping ability, power, speed and accuracy with a jumper so pretty it would make Wesley Snipes jealous in ‘White Men Can’t Jump’. Post UCLA, he played professionally for one season in Lithuania before declaring himself eligible for the draft.  The one thing I love about this kid is that he knows that the odds are against him and uses that for fuel to get his dream accomplished.This is a family business.  With ice water in his veins, he can’t wait to prove the naysayers wrong.
Simply put, he’s built Ball tough. And much love to his mom, Tina! She is the epitome of strength. The draft is June 21st.

A Thousand Miles From Protect And Serve: Bucks Player Says He Tried To Stay Calm During Arrest

(MILWAUKEE, WI) – NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation.

In an interview aired on ABC’s ”Good Morning America” Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and held his hands behind his back then used a Taser on him outside a Walgreens store Jan. 26.

An officer approached Brown for illegal parking, called for backup and six squads responded.

Brown says he gets mad every time he watches the police body camera video because he was ”pretty much defenseless.” The video was publicly released Wednesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports three officers have been disciplined in the arrest, with suspensions ranging from two to 15

Warriors’ McCaw Leaves On Stretcher After Hard Fall

(Sacramento, CA) – Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, the team said. It announced late Saturday that a chest X-ray and CT scan came back clear and that McCaw would undergo an MRI.’‘I just hope he’s OK,” a visibly distraught Carter said after McCaw fell. ”I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident. … I don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half.”

McCaw drove the baseline and went down with a thud at the 41.8-second mark of the third quarter, hit in the lower body by Carter. McCaw lay in agony for about 10 minutes as the arena silenced. Carter, who was given a flagrant-one foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket.”Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. ”Freak accidents,things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”
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Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized. McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s right shoulder before landing hard on his troublesome back.Kerr swore and was visibly frustrated and hollered ‘‘He knows better,” referring to Carter, before going out to the court to check on his second-year guard.
Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away. The two teams then gathered in a huddle before the game resumed after about a 10-minute delay.”I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that’s it,”Carter said. ”I’m not going to sit here and complain about a flagrant when a man can’t feel his legs.”Carter said he approached members of the Warriors after the game and apologized. He appreciated the kind words from the Warriors but couldn’t get his mind off seeing McCaw on the floor.’‘It’s all well and good but still a young man is trying to get his feeling back and that’s my concern,” Carter said. ”Regardless of how it happened, accident, all of the things that they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”

Fired Cheerleader Blames Antiquated Rules

(Metarie, LA) – A former cheerleader with the New Orleans Saints says she was fired because of outdated and discriminatory fraternization policies. Bailey Davis explained how the teams intimidate their cheerleaders on NBC’s “Today” show.

Davis was fired in January after she posted a picture on her private Instagram of her wearing a swimsuit the team decided was against policy. She also said she was accused of attending a party with a player, something that’s not allowed and that she says never actually happened. Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for arbitration with the NFL. She argues that male players on the team aren’t held to the same standards.

Ingraham’s Insult To King James Prompts Question.. How Many Kids Have You Put Through School, Laura?

(SL) – Laura Ingraham stirred the pot when she suggested that LeBron James should just shut up and dribble.

LeBron was featured in a video saying that the President of the United states should be someone we lookup to, can trust and someone who protects us. In the video, James said that Trump doesn’t “give a f— about the people.”

Somewhere throughout the dialogue, if she even watched it, Ingraham (a Trump supporter) missed the point.

The Fox News host on Thursday verbally attacked James and Kevin Durant over the video released from his multimedia platform Uninterrupted calling the comments “ignorant.”

“Must they run their mouths like that? Unfortunately, a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously,” Ingraham responded Thursday on her show, “The Ingraham Angle. You’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself, or, as someone once said, ‘shut up and dribble,’ ” she added.

Durant and James both responded in separate statements Friday, sayingthey would not stop talking about political issues important to them and accusing the Fox host of racism.

“To me, it was racist,” Durant responded at a press conference. “Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think – or even louder.”

James tweeted a link to Durant’s comments, adding the hashtag “#wewillnotshutupanddribble.”

Ingraham is now saying that her comments weren’t racist because she wrote a book called Shut up and Sing. She’s also invited LeBron to come on her show. I doubt he will accept the invite, but that’s probably something she should have done before she insulted his ability to speak on politics because as she put it, he left high school early and has made millions of dollars dribbling a basketball.

  1. LeBron didn’t leave High School Early
  2. Yes, he is a phenom who has been paid handsomely as an athlete of his caliber should
  3.  Most importantly with his status as one of the greatest players of all time, he has added to the economy and local businesses in Cleveland and any other city he spends time in.
  4. Even more important than #3. LeBron James’ foundation has pledged $41 Million dollars towards putting kids through college. That equates to about 1100-1500 full ride scholarships. He’s also opening a school in Akron for at risk youth.

So that leaves most of asking…Laura can you match King James’ effort?

Rapper Quavo Helps Clippers Beat Lakers In Celebrity Game

(Los Angeles, CA) — Rapper Quavo of the Migos won MVP honors as Team Clippers defeated Team Lakers 75-66 in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday night.

quavo-2018-nba-all-star-celebrity-game-mvp-1Quavo finished with a game-high 19 points and Olympic sprinter Andre DeGrasse added 17 points for Team Clippers. NBA impersonator and last year’s MVP Brandon Armstrong chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Rachel DeMita, host of NBA2KTV, finished with 17 points for Team Lakers.GTY 919140848 S SPO BKO BKN ACE CEL USA CAThree-time NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson scored 14 points while pop star Justin Beiber added four points in defeat. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and Katie Nolan, actor Michael B. Jordan and rapper Common served as celebrity coaches along with former NBA All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce.

Off The Court: Hawks’ DeAndre Bembry Arrested For Speeding

(Atlanta, GA) – Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry is facing charges after being caught speeding in Atlanta early Friday morning. Multiple reports state Bembry was caught going 128 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. Atlanta Police says it appeared he was racing and he was charged with reckless driving and speeding.

The first round draft pick and second-year player is averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games for the Hawks this season.
The AJC Reports: About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.
Bembry was booked and released on bond.
IN OTHER HAWKS’ NEWS
The Atlanta Hawks and guard Marco Belinelli are parting ways.  The two sides agreed to a buyout on Friday, making Belinelli a free agent.  The 31-year-old wing is averaging 11.4 points per game and is shooting 37-percent from beyond the arc.  Atlanta had previously bought his name up in trade discussions before Thursday’s deadline.  Belinelli has played for eight teams since being chosen 18th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Big Trade Leaves Cavs Shorthanded, But The 3-Point King Kyle Korver Was Alive So Nobody Noticed

(Atlanta, Ga) – At the trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the sports’ world with some blockbuster moved that frankly had some people asking WTF? Isaiah Thomas was sent to the Lakers while D. Wade found himself back in Miami and Derrick Rose…well, he went to Utah, but was quickly released. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Jae Crowder were also released.F27B19D6-0202-45C0-8CE6-261CF53EAE73For the Cavs they picked up Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings to go with the acquisitions of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers. Post game I asked LeBron about the changes between the new lineup and the old lineup.

Granted none of them hit the court tonight which left even more suspense hanging over Cleveland’s head but it played out as expected.6C8CF6F0-4603-43B8-A9CE-E518B9949AE2Malcolm Delaney and Dennis Schroder got started out of the gate and by halftime Schroder led all scorers with 19 pts, but it ended pretty much there with him only scoring 6 pts in the the second half.

The Cavs on 53% percent of shooting would end the 2nd qtr ahead by 5 (61-56). Jeff Green, who the Cavs acquired during the trade proved he fits right in with the offense playing 32 minutes and putting 24 on the board.

But it was Kyle Korver who took matters into his own hands living up to his reputation of being the 3-point king. He was 7-11 from downtown and had the game high all across the board with 30.
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LeBron James’ King status was intact as well with a triple double ( 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds). One strategy that stood out was the eight man rotation the Cavs played with. LeBron says, “We played together offensively and defensively.  The communication was very high.  The ball was moving around.  the was popping.  Everybody felt like we were in a good rhythm. This team has played us tough every single season, no matter their record.  Tonight we finally played them tough.  We played Cavaliers basketball. “
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What was missing from the Hawks? For one, Taurean Prince needs to learn when to back away from the 3-point line. He was 0-9 from long range. He put up 15 but that came with a +/- of -21. Not good.  Late in the 3rd was when the quality of ball the Hawks were playing dropped tremendously. When Lebron says they played them tough, they did just that. Atlanta never really rebounded from the 18-2 run Cleveland went on to which Kent Bazemore says, “We definitely lost focus.”
Final score 123-107. Hopefully, the Hawks can get back on track Sunday when they host Detroit. The Cavs will continue their 3 game road trip playing the Celtics Sunday and OKC on Tuesday.