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Jay-Z Reportedly Trying To Get Travis Scott Not To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

(AP) – Jay-Z is reportedly trying to convince Travis Scott to back out of his 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance. The rapper will be taking the stage alongside Maroon 5, the headlining act, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in February.

Jay-Z wants him to pull out, though, because of the NFL’s handling of players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Maroon 5 has reportedly been having a hard time finding musical guests who want to perform with them, because artists reportedly don’t want to be associated with the league.

Travis Scott Set To Perform At The Super Bowl

(Atlanta, GA) – Word out of the Super Bowl’s Host city for 2019 claims that the NFL has finally found someone to join Maroon 5 as the halftime entertainment.
According to reports, Travis Scott will bring his Astroworld  to the ATL for Super Bowl 53.  It’s been a struggle to find anyone willing to sign up following criticism that all Atlanta musicians were overlooked and the continued fallout with how quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been ousted for protesting against the mistreatment of people of color.
Rumors are also hovering over the possibility of Cardi B and Big Boi of Oukast joining the show as well.  Cardi B will already be in town that week doing a show with Bruno Mars and Big Boi resides in the ATL and is one half of the super group Outkast and connected to Goodie Mob.

Browns Parting Ways With Josh ‘Flash’ Gordon

(Cleveland, OH) – Substance abuse problems for Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon have reached fever pitch with the Cleveland Browns.  The organization has announced that it plans on releasing Gordon following a patch of troubles that proved to be costly for the talented football player.

It’s being reported that Gordon will miss tomorrow’s game in New Orleans due to a hamstring injury.  But many think that it’s internal issues that will sideline Gordon. Josh seemed to be doing better around this time last year when he talked about his struggles with drug abuse in a 13-minute documentary.  He had completed a 90 day stint in rehab and seemed to be getting back on track.
But drug use has been constant in Gordon’s life and he detailed the list which includes, outside of alcohol and marijuana, codeine, cough syrup, methazine and cocaine. He spent the majority of the time denying his substance abuse problems since being picked up by the Browns in 2012.
In 2013, he was suspended for two games after testing positive for codeine.  In 2014, he missed 10 games after getting a DUI. In 2015, he was benched indefinitely for violating the NFL’s drug police. He was reinstated in 2017. And 2018 would’ve been his first full season back with many wondering if he would stay sober this time around.  I guess the Browns didn’t want to wait and find out. They finally ended their relationship with Gordon for good.
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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.

Colin Kaepernick The Official Face Of Nike

(SL) – Good news just keeps coming for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  After a judge ruled his collusion case against the NFL would move forward, now he’s being named the Face of Nike’s new campaign.
Nike chose the San Francisco 49ers old slinger to represent its ‘Just Do It’ campaign as the company celebrates the 30 year anniversary of the slogan.
Kaepernick disclosed the new deal by tweeting a photo of himself with the slogan “Believe in something.  Even if it means sacrificing everything.” So fitting, since he hasn’t worked in the NFL since taking a stance against racial injustices by kneeling during the National Anthem at games.   He was the first player to ‘take a knee’.

 

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.

Former NFL Offensive Lineman Kenyatta Jones Dead At 39

(Colorado) – Sad news out of Colorado as reports confirm that 39 year Kenyatta Jones has died of cardiac arrest. The former NFL OL was the first player in USF history to be drafted.

He was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft. Playing in a limited role, appearing in five games and starting none, Jones was a member of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl XXXVI for its first-ever triumph in the NFL’s biggest game. The next season, Jones’ role with the Patriots would expand, as he played in 13 games and started 11.

Jones was then picked up by the Washington Redskins, but saw no playing time during the 2003 season. He would play his final NFL season the next year, playing in three games for the Redskins with two starts. Jones would also play for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and the New York Sentinels of the United Football League before his pro football career came to a close. Jones played in a total of 21 NFL games during his career. Friends say Jones, who was 6 feet 3 and 307 pounds while playing in the NFL,was just a fun-loving guy, like a gentle giant,” former South Florida teammate Keith Williams told the Tampa Bay Times. “But on that field, he took care of business.”

Subpoena Could Be Coming To Donald Trump From Colin Kaepernick’s Legal Team

(SW) – The legal team of Colin Kaepernick is expected to subpoena President Donald Trump in the free-agent quarterback’s pending lawsuit against the NFL, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to be asked to testify in Kaepernick’s case that alleges that league owners conspired to keep him unsigned due to his political stances.

The report states the move is designed to uncover what involvement Trump and his advisors may have had in talks regarding the NFL’s intention to keep players from visibly protesting during the playing of the national anthem.

Eli Manning Fraud Trial To Start Next Week

(East Rutherford, NJ) – Jury selection is expected to start next week in a lawsuit accusing Giants quarterback Eli Manning of memorabilia fraud. Sports collectors allege they paid thousands of dollars for Eli Manning game worn jerseys and helmets, but say they were not used in a game.

Lawyers for the Super Bowl winning quarterback tried getting the case dismissed, calling the allegations baseless. Court documents show Manning in an e-mail allegedly asked the equipment manager for helmets that could “pass as game used.”

Shaquem Griffin Becomes The First One-Handed Player In The NFL

(Arlington, TX) – The AP reports, Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it.Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds. Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, wasn’t in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Then he was after Seattle spent the 141st overall selection on the Central Florida linebacker who has no left hand.That fifth-round choice, announced in Seattle, drew loud cheers from fans at Jerry’s World.Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was young, has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent.
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”I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. ”To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.”That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”

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Griffin helped UCF go undefeated last season, then blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude.
Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF last year.
”It’s been a really good experience,” Shaquem said. ”I would have been crazy to turn an experience down like this. I’m just glad I was one of the selected few to be here.”Griffin had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.
”I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying `answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.”I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”
Griffin received, by far, the biggest cheers of the day – louder even than when the Cowboys’ selections were announced. And he made a promise: ”Great things are coming to Seattle.”