Carmelo Anthony Inspired By Jay Z To Mend Marriage With Lala

Here’s The Real Reason La La & Carmelo Split [Allegedly]

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The entertainment world is shocked at the announcement that NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony & wife La La Anthony have split up. Many are wondering why would a couple such as the Anthony’s separate. Well, I did some digging and here’s what I came up with.

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Phil Jackson: [Blows weed smoke] You know Melo out here smashing groupies raw… Off tinder too. See look.

La La: [Shocked]


Phil: [Looks Over]


La La: [In Shock]


[Melo comes home]

La La: I talked to Phil.. He told me about yo Tinder Page…


Melo:

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[La La snapping]

Melo:


Melo: Ask Kevin I’m not on Bullsh*t:

Kevin Hart:


Now La La Like:


And Melo Be Like:


So Melo calls the homie to figure things out:


Now They Like:


But La La in Vegas like:


Now Melo On the way to Vegas cause the season over like:


Melo walk in the hotel and see this mog:


Now he mad at his mans like:


Turns out it was a set up:


So Now Melo wanna talk it out with La La:


But Melo Tinder girl come through their crib like:


La La: Melo I’m out:


Now Melo :


And Phil Like:


The End. [Disclaimer, we just playing.. We hope they get back together. They are #RelationshipGoals]

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LOL: Twitter Rips Carmelo Anthony For His Fur Outfit

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Carmelo Anthony was giving us early 2000s Cam’ron realness this Tuesday with his winter fashion choice. After the Knicks beat the Pacers 87-81 at Madison Square Garden, Anthony geared up for the New York cold by throwing on a gigantic fur hat and coat.

Of course, Twitter couldn’t deal.

Some were ready to add Anthony as a playable character to Street Fighters.

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While others referenced everyone from Migos, to Seinfeld, to Macklemore.

It seems like an abundance of fur isn’t everyone’s fashion choice. But hey, it was cold outside! Whatever gets the job done.

Dwyane Wade Takes On The #SoGoneChallenge & Twitter Rips Him

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Dwyane Wade is the latest star to try his hand at the #SoGoneChallenge, but his bars may not be as great as his skills on the court.

The NBA player rapped over Monica‘s classic track and kept his rhymes light and easy, but that didn’t resonate with some of his followers.

A few Twitter trolls tweeted him:

Despite some negative feedback, it’s all fun and games for D. Wade. The Chicago Bulls member even challenged fellow players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to show off their own freestyles.

To see how it’s done, watch Monica and Missy Elliott kill their own song. 

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Carmelo Anthony: The Face of USA Basketball

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With Carmelo Anthony pouring in 31 points to help preserve Team USA’s tough victory over Australia Wednesday night, he became the USA’s all-time leading scorer in Olympic basketball competition. There have been some amazing players that have put on the Red, White and Blue for Team USA throughout the years.  You have older all-time greats such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Charles Barkley and newer greats such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant that have all played for the US in the Olympics throughout the years. However, when it comes to Olympic basketball, Melo has become the ‘franchise player’ so to speak among the NBA players for Team USA. His overall experience, international-like skill set on the court, and confidence in making big shots has pushed Carmelo to the forefront of all of the players that have ever hooped for Team USA.

Back in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the fourth version of ‘The Dream Team’ – a team of mostly NBA stars – was put together to play. Because of worries about terrorist threats, a few NBA starts turned down the invite to play on the team. The selection committee then selected three young rookies to be a part of the team. Everyone knew that Melo, James and Dwyane Wade all would be eventual superstars in the league, but many felt that it was premature giving them this honor this early on in their careers. The three rookies (especially Carmelo) clashed with Team USA’s head coach Larry Brown, who notoriously didn’t like to play young players. Ultimately, Team USA had their worst showing since allowing NBA players to play in the Olympics and finished with a Bronze medal. Carmelo has mentioned several times how being on that team showed him that you can’t just show up and expect to win.

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2004 was just the beginning of Carmelo’s time with Team USA. By the time the 2008 Olympics came around, Melo along with James and Wade were widely considered the best three players in the game. The team was dubbed ‘The Redeem Team’. Meaning the NBA players wanted to come together and reclaim the Gold for the US. While James and Wade starred with highlight reel steals and open court dunks, Melo provided the steady shooting and underrated rebounding that the team needed. Melo’s average was 11.5 points a game during that Olympics, but the average didn’t tell the whole story. One could look at his play during the games and tell that Melo relishes playing internationally for the US. Melo’s ‘killing em softly’ type play highlights this. From his almost automatic mid-range jump shot to the way he plays the offensive glass, Melo in some ways was most effective and efficient player on the team. Led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Melo, the US did convincingly win back the gold medal.

With Carmelo coming off of the bench in the 2012 Olympics in London, he was clearly the best sixth man in the games. In a runaway victory over Nigeria, Melo turned in perhaps the highlight of his international career so far. In the game, Melo scored a record-breaking 37 points. He was 10 for 12 on three pointers in only 14 minutes of play. The three-point line in international play is a little closer than the NBA three-point line and Melo takes full advantage of that.

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So far in these 2016 Olympic games, the star of the team has clearly been Carmelo. From his awesome Snapchat videos making fun of some of his younger teammates, to his now classic ‘old man’ response to the team singing Vanessa Carlton’s ‘A Thousand Miles’ on the team bus. Melo also playing in his now fourth Olympic games, he is officially the ‘old head’ of the team. As evidenced by the tight victory on Wednesday night versus Australia, Melo has come through to hit some huge shots to steady the ship for this team. Melo has also demonstrated that once he’s surrounded by talent (as all of these Olympic teams are stacked with) he can use his talents in a variety of ways rather than just trying to outgun the other teams, as he does pretty frequently while playing for the New York Knicks. While Carmelo may not be able to be a top star after another 3 to 4 years in the NBA, he has an international skill set that can translate for a long time on Team USA. Similar to Oscar Schmidt from Brazil, who played well into his 40’s on an international stage, Carmelo Anthony looks like he could also play on the Olympic stage for years and years. If Team USA does what many predict it will do and win the gold, Carmelo will be the only basketball player with three gold medals in Olympic play. In doing that, Carmelo will officially become the face of Team USA basketball.

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Carmelo Anthony Apologizes To Vanessa Carlton For Being Grumpy & Admits He Loves ‘White Chicks’

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It turns out actor Terry Crews isn’t the only dude who loves Vanessa Carlton‘s song “A Thousand Miles.”

While Team USA was on their way to Rio de Janeiro to ball out and hopefully bring back the gold medals, Snapchat was the social media platform that continued to capture epic moments.

First, Draymond Green showed the world he didn’t know how Snapchat works, and now Carmelo Anthony has revealed he’s not a fan of karaoke.

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Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan was snapchatting while on a flight with the rest of the team singing the 2001 smash hit “A Thousand Miles.” Everyone from Jimmy Butler to Kyrie Irving was yelling the lyrics but as the camera panned over to Melo he looked grumpy and jet-lagged and refused to even crack a smile for the camera.

After Monday night’s game against Nigeria, the New York Knick spoke to the media about how terrible Jimmy’s playlist is and jokingly apologized to Vanessa.

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Of course, Vanessa responded back, noting that the team didn’t sound bad at all.

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NewsOne Now Exclusive: Charles Barkley Talks Police Community Relations, Black Lives Matter, & More

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NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to share his views on race, police, community relationships, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The controversial sports analyst also offered his thoughts about NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James’ ESPYS opening speech.

“I thought it was great,” Barkley said. “I think those guys are doing a good job…Anybody that thinks that was inappropriate – just tell them to shut the hell up.” 

He believes athletes speaking out on issues of social justice creates a double-edged sword, “No matter what you say, you’re going to make somebody unhappy.”

Addressing the police killings of African-Americans, Barkley said, “The cops have made some mistakes, but everybody tries to pick a side and just act like they’re right all the time. There’s a lot of blame to go around…A lot of these cops are panicking.”

Barkley also threw some of the responsibility for the murders on certain individuals in the African-American community: “Some of these people have to sit back and say, what can I do – am I making my community better?

“It’s easy to sit back and blame the cops, It’s easy to blame the protesters, it’s easy to blame the fathers – some of these bad fathers out there – but you as a man, what are you doing to make your community better?,” said Barkley.

Martin pressed him on the issue of police accountability, reminding the former NBA player many times that when police officers shoot and kill somebody, they are often not indicted.

Though he agreed with Martin, Barkley said, “In certain situations [police], got to be more transparent.”

He continued, “Even when they kill White people, they don’t get indicted.”

Barkley believes law enforcement officers are rarely convicted of murder because prosecutors “overcharge.”

“They have to address that in the system,” he said.

When the conversation switched to Black-on-Black crime, he said, “A lot of my Black folks, they’re part of problem, not part of the solution.”

“Some of us got to do better,” said Barkley. “Everybody goes around talking about how Black they are, but let me ask you a question: what are you actually doing for the Black community?”

Later, Barkley said he is not “one of them brothers out here talking about being Black.” He said, “I’m helping Blacks educate themselves and make their lives better” through donating funds to various schools.

Barkley, who is known for his use of colorful language, went on to say to those who criticize him over his views about requiring the Black community to do better, can “kiss his ass.”

Watch Roland Martin and Charles Barkley discuss police, community relations, and plans to put boots on the ground in Chicago to stem the violence plaguing the Windy City in the video clip above.

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The Must-See Moments From The 2016 ESPYS

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The 2016 ESPYS was a chance for the best athletes, both collegiate and professional, to celebrate the year’s most-notable achievements.

Everyone from NBA’s top brass, like LeBron James and Steph Curry, to recently retired footballer Peyton Manning were honored for all of their contributions to sports history.

The show was full of funny moments, mostly from the host, WWE’s John Cena, who wasn’t afraid to say anything about Tom Brady‘s infamous Deflategate scandal and Kevin Durant‘s big move to the Golden State Warriors. The harrowing stories of Zaevion Dobson and Craig Sager were also on display for the world to see that the influence of sports goes beyond the field.

Check out some of the best moments from the 2016 ESPYS below:

John Cena’s Opening Monologue

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Host John held no punches during the opening monologue with a few no-so-subtle jabs at Peyton, LeBron, and newly minted Golden State Warrior Kevin. He said things sports fans had been thinking for the better part of a year.

NFL Player Eric Barry Overcoming Cancer

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The ESPYS were full of inspiring moments, with stories of athletes overcoming major life issues who still succeeded in the world of sports. One Cancer survivor and NFL player Eric Berry’s story was no exception. In December 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs safety was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Just ten months later, he returned to the lineup and went on to make his fourth Pro Bowl.

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, & LeBron James Give Black Lives Matter Speech

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The most talked about moment from the awards was LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade‘s speech. The NBA’s elite player LeBron called on their fellow athletes to use their platforms for more than endorsement benefits and spoke on the issues of Black Lives Matter. Their collective speech was a defining way to open the show.

Craig Sager Accepting The Jimmy V Perseverance Award

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Craig is everyone’s favorite sideline sports reporter. And if he isn’t, he should be. Craig has been fighting leukemia for the past few years and he refuses to let that stop him from covering games and wearing flashy suits. When he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award he spoke to the crowd about overcoming any adversity placed before you. Not to mention, the award was presented to him by Vice President Joe Biden.

Zaevion Dobson’s Mom Accepts His Arthur Ashe Courage Award

It was announced earlier this year that Zaevion, the high school athlete who was shot and killed after he helped shield three girls from gunfire during a shooting, would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Not only did his mother and two brothers accept the award on his behalf, but actor Michael B. Jordan was tapped to narrate Zaevion’s tragic yet heroic story.

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Watch These NBA Stars Open The ESPY Awards With A Powerful Message About Gun Violence

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Carmelo Anthony made good on his promise to rally up his NBA friends to help take a stand against gun violence and police brutality.

The New York Knick star along with Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and LeBron James, opened the 2016 ESPY  Awards with a deep message, for the end of gun violence. Anthony stated, “We cannot ignore the current realities of the United States of America. The system is broken. The problem is not new. The urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”

Dwyane Wade added, “The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot to kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop. But also the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, and not to mention Orlando, has to stop. Enough is enough.”

The 2016 NBA MVP, Lebron James, said, “Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves. To explore these issues and speak up, use our influence and renounce violence.”

The NBA stars’ message is in reference to the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers.

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Check out the full ESPYs opening in the video above.

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Minnesota Officers Walk Out Of WNBA Game Over Players’ Comments & Warm-Up Shirts

Four officers scheduled to work security at Saturday’s WNBA Minnesota Lynx game walked out of Target Center in Minneapolis, incensed by a pre-game presser and t-shirts the officers viewed as anti-police.

“I commend them for it,” said Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, of the officers’ protest, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kroll also warned that other officers may take similar action and refuse to work security at future Lynx games.

Lynx members Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, and Seimone Augustus first appeared with the shirts at a pre-game presser before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Wings. The women said they denounced the recent shootings and called for racial justice.

The shirts were black with the words “Change starts with us. Justice & Accountability,” written in white on the front. On the back were the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two Black men shot last week at the hands of police, as well as the Dallas police shield to honor the five officers fatally shot on Thursday.

But what caused most of the aggravation were the words “Black Lives Matter” scrawled underneath the Dallas police shield.

Brunson said the women were “wearing shirts to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”

“We are highlighting a longtime problem of racial profiling,” said Moore. Players also wore the shirts during the pre-game warm-up.

The players’ display of solidarity came two nights after five Dallas police officers were killed by a gunman at a Black Lives Matter rally that began in peace, but ended in bloodshed. The shooter, Micah Johnson, was killed hours later by a robotic bomb in a standoff with officers.

Team members felt compelled to speak out. Castile, the man shot and killed on Wednesday during a traffic stop, was a Minnesota native.

The organization released a statement in response to the officers’ protest of the women’s shirts:

“The Lynx organization was made aware about the concerns of the off duty Minneapolis police officers. While our players message mourned the loss of life due to last week’s shootings, we respect the right of those individual officers to express their own beliefs in their own way. We continue to urge a constructive discussion about the issues raised by these tragedies.”

Lynx spokeswoman Ashley Carlson confirmed the team did not wear the shirts during Tuesday afternoon’s game against the San Antonio Sparks, almost 300 miles south of Dallas where Thursday’s shooting occurred.

While athletes taking a stand on social justice issues spans back to the Civil Rights Movement, this may be one of the first times in recent memory a WNBA team has publicly used their platform to speak out against the social climate.

The Lynx protest also comes days after NBA star Carmelo Anthony urged more athletes to cement their role in the fight for justice. Anthony wrote the following in an Instagram post on Friday:

There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or [who’s] going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE.”

SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Instagram, Getty

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Carmelo Anthony Encourages Athletes To Speak Out About Police Brutality

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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony isn’t here for the “shut up and play, make that money” mentality, especially given the recent heinous acts of police brutality and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.

The 32-year-old age basketball player took to social media to express why athletes have to be more political, speak out and worry less about losing endorsements. Using an iconic image of Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Lew Alcindor seated together the Ali Summit 45 years ago, he also stressed that violence won’t solve the problem and our anger should be at the “broken” system. 

“Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work,” Anthony wrote on Instagram. “… I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge.”

“We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE,” he concluded.

 

To express his sentiments on a larger scale, he also took out a full-page ad in Saturday’s edition of the New York Daily News.

“Thank you” is right.

Melo isn’t the only one at home speaking out and using their influence to encourage change. His wife La La recently joined Spike Lee and hundreds of protestors in New York City’s Times Square to speak out about police violence.

 

We hope that more Black celebrities and athletes like the Anthonys will continue to inspire others to speak up and out about racism in America.

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10 Times Kids Went Completely Nuts While Meeting Their Favorite Celebrities

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Watching kids meet our favorite celebrities is almost as good as meeting them ourselves.

Yesterday, a video of a young boy running onto the court as Carmelo Anthony played against the New Orleans Pelicans went viral. Before the kid was taken back to his seat, he stole a hug from the NY Knicks star and even got a pat on the head. It was super adorable.

But he isn’t the first youngster to get all starstruck when an A-lister’s in the house – and thankfully, he won’t be the last. To help you get over this hump Wednesday, we gathered 10 videos of the cutest fans going nuts over President Obama, Justin Bieber, Kobe Bryant, Beyonce, and more.

Nothing’s cuter.

First Lady Michelle Obama surprises fifth graders at Watkins Elementary School.

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Kameria meets President Obama after crying about his White House departure.

Jimmy Kimmel surprises Cody, who cries because she loves Justin Bieber so much.

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Singing duo Sophia Grace and Rosie meet Rihanna backstage at The Ellen Show. 

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Kid President meets Beyonce and he’s so excited he “could die.”

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Jared Jones details everything in his Lakers merchandise collection, then freaks out when he meets Kobe.

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LeBron James takes an unexpected selfie moment during a timeout. 

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We’ll never forget the moment a 12-year-old kid did this on stage with Jay Z.

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Peyton Manning throws passes at kids during Training Camp & they’re totally amazed.

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AM BUZZ: Kehlani’s Suicide Attempt, Fan Runs Up To Hug Melo During Game & More…

Kehlani’s Suicide Attempt

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A love triangle turned dangerous after Kehlani, a budding R&B artist who is signed to Atlantic Records, revealed on Instagram she attempted suicide.

After rumors emerged from the blogsphere that she was cheating on her NBA-superstar boyfriend, Kyrie Irving with ex-boyfriend, rapper PartyNextDoor, the 20-year-old posted a now deleted Instagram photo of her in the hospital with this note:

today I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point. But.. Don’t believe the blogs you read .. No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person… Everyone is hurt and everyone is in a place of misunderstanding.. But as of today, I had no single wish to see tomorrow.. But God saved me for a reason, and for that… I must be grateful.. Cuz I’m not in heaven right now for a reason… On that note.. Bye Instagram.

Although she bid Instagram adieu, she has since posted and deleted other messages about the harrowing situation:

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We’re praying for Kehlani as she recovers.

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NBA All-Stars Stand Up Against Gun Violence In Spike Lee-Directed PSA’s

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BA’s biggest stars came together to share their thoughts on gun violence in a new PSA supported by President Barack Obama. 

The PSA, titled “End Gun Violence,” aired between games on Christmas Day and was released online Wednesday, The New York Times reports. All-Stars, including Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul shared their thoughts on the tragic and increasing incidents involving guns this year.

The NBA teamed up with Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization designed to fight gun violence through political policies against the National Rifle Association. Originally led by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, director Spike Lee brought the non-profit and the NBA together to help create the video.

In the 30-second video, Curry and Anthony share personal stories on gun violence followed by mothers and siblings who have lost loved ones. The video takes a sentimental approach to gun violence, a move where “gun control” or ideas about policies weren’t explicitly mentioned. The NBA also released statements clarifying the videos are meant to share awareness and education, not a political agenda.

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Speaking with Newsday on Thursday, the New York Knicks’ Anthony says he participated in the PSA to draw attention to the accessibility of gun purchases, a problem he believes increases violence.

Newsday reports:

“You can go around the corner and get a gun, you can go to this person to get a gun,” Anthony says in the PSA. “It’s just too easy, it’s too accessible. And it’s going to be like that until we decide as people to fight against that.”

“That was big for me,” Anthony said after Knicks practice on Thursday. “As soon as I got the call, I committed to it. I know what that’s like and I know how big this cause can be. For the NBA to get behind something like that, especially at this time, how big of a brand that the NBA is, it was only right for me to get in there and do that.”

“It’s good to kind of be that role model,” Anthony said, “and let [kids] know not just to get on the court and go to school, but put the guns down.”

Paul also shared his thoughts on the PSA.

CNN reports:

“Throughout my career in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and traveling around the country, I’ve seen that gun violence is ending more than just lives — it’s ending hope for a lot of people,” said the Clippers’ Paul. “As a father and a professional athlete, I know there are people counting on me to send the right message and set an example. So I want to lead others to raise ourselves up from gun violence and save lives. I’m proud to spread the message that we can accomplish an America free from gun violence.”

President Obama showed his support for the PSA in a statement via Twitter:

In total, there have been over 300 mass shootings this year, including the Charleston Church shooting that resulted in the deaths of nine African-Americans and the recent San Bernardino incident that left 14 people dead.

Lee, who is also on the creative council for Everytown for Gun Safety, interviewed each player and members of the Everytown Survivor Network on their experiences surrounding gun violence. He also brought to light the perils of gun violence in Chicago in his film, Chiraq, released this year.

You can watch them here.

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