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ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over Boycott Cowboys Tweet

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Espn has suspended Hill for two weeks due to “a second violation of our social media guidelines,” Espn announced on monday.

 ESPN said in a statement. “In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”

 Hill said that “Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.”

She later said, “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”

“Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott,” Hill tweeted. “But an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives.”

President Trump commented on Jones’ statement on Twitter, “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. ‘Stand for Anthem or sit for game!'”

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Sage Steele Gets The Axe: Anchor Fired From ESPN & Replaced With White Woman

Well, well, well.

Sage Steele, everyone’s least favorite ESPN anchor, who loves to tell anyone who will listen just how “not black” she is, may have just found out about her blackness the hard way. It is being reported that Steele is officially out at ESPN and that she will be replaced by the blonde Michelle Beadle.

The Washington Post is reporting the news that Steele has been relieved of her duties hosting NBA coverage, as Beadle will be taking over her position just ahead of the NBA playoffs. ESPN apparently wanted to go in a different direction regarding its NBA coverage and felt that Michelle Beadle was the right fit.

From WaPo:

Beadle will host the pregame and halftime shows on ABC and will also host the ESPN and ABC studio shows throughout the playoffs, the company announced Tuesday. She will continue co-hosting “SportsNation” Monday through Friday as well. Beadle joined “NBA Countdown” at the start of this season, hosting on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Steele will continue to appear on “SportsCenter on the Road,” as the company announced last fall, and will have what the company said in October would be an expanded on-site presence at events such as the Masters, World Series, Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff, and College Football National Championship.

While laughing at someone else’s misfortune is definitely not the way to go, in this case it’s really hard to feel bad for Sage Steele when she has continuously said inflammatory remarks regarding the black community and what she really thinks of us, despite her being a biological part of it. The irony in her being replaced by a white woman is likely a career development that she probably didn’t see coming.

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ESPN’s Sage Steele Says The Worst Racism She’s Ever Encountered Is From Black People

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ESPN anchor Sage Steele is in hot water once again for her comments involving black people and racism.

During a recent panel discussion on race, Steele reportedly revealed that her worst experiences with racism in America have been at the hands of black people because she is biracial, married to a white man and has biracial children.

She said:

There are times that I believe that we, as African Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing. … The worst racism that I have received, and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience. … But even as recent[ly] as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here, and it’s 99 percent from people with my skin color. But if a white person said those words to me, what would happen? … How do we, [with Christianity] as our foundation, address this honestly with each other and these communities? Because to me, if we don’t start with ourselves in any issue, how can you point the fingers at somebody else?

The comments come just days after Steele came under fire for dragging protesters of Trump’s immigration ban for inconveniencing people traveling:

While no one is debating one woman’s personal experience, Steele’s consistent negative attitude towards black people is hard to ignore. It seems whenever there is an issue that involves race, she makes it a point to make black people look like the villain.

What do you think of Steele’s comments?

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LeBron James Claps Back At ‘Hater’ Charles Barkley In Shocking Rant

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After losing to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, LeBron James set the record straight with ESPN on Monday night. In a rant heard ’round the world, James called Charles Barkley out after he recently questioned the star Cavs player’s leadership.

“He’s a hater,” James told ESPN. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” he added. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that,” he continued.

Then he spoke about Barkley’s behavior on the court: “Go watch the ’93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot,” James said. “Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody’s shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then.”

Someone’s tired of taking the high road – and we can’t say we blame him. Read the rest of his interview here.

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Announcer Who Referred To Venus Williams As A ‘Gorilla’ Removed From Tennis Coverage

How quickly things turn around. As we reported yesterday, tennis icon Venus Williams was subjected to utterly disrespectful commentary during the Australian Open by ESPN announcer Doug Adler. Well today ESPN has decided what his punishment should be and let’s just say you won’t have to hear him on-air for the foreseeable future.
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Social media was in an uproar yesterday when footage of ESPN announcer Doug Adler, referring to Venus Williams’ tennis stance as that of a “gorilla,” made the rounds online. Now, The Root is reporting that ESPN has decided to officially remove Adler from commentating the remainder of the Australian Open as well as his remaining assignments.
ESPN released an official statement regarding the incident and Adler’s remarks:
“During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection. He apologized and we have removed him from his remaining assignments.”
For his part, Adler claims that he did not intend to refer to Venus as a “gorilla,” but instead meant the “guerilla” style. Um, ok. Hopefully next time he will think before he speaks when describing one of the world’s greatest athletes.
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Stuart Scott’s Inspiring Speech At The 2014 ESPYS Is The Only Thing You Need To See Today

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With all the madness happening in the world today, it’s important to find the inspiration to keep going – no matter what.

Social media has been on fire this week after it was reported that Melania Trump plagiarized her speech at the Republican National Convention, copying much of Michelle Obama‘s 2008 DNC speech.

Amidst all the drama surrounding borrowed presentations, it’s hard to forget one of the most poignant acceptance speeches of the past couple of years: Stuart Scott‘s when he received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPYS.

The late sports broadcaster, who would have been 51 years old today, passed away in January 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. In his speech, Scott told the crowd, “So live, live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”

Happy Birthday, Stuart Scott! Your legacy will continue to live on.

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Check out his touching speech above.


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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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Dwyane Wade, Von Miller & More Featured in ESPN’s 2016 Body Issue

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Although ESPN‘s annual Body Issue set to hit newsstands on July 8, we’ve finally got a sneak peek at the premiere athletes who are taking over the pages this year.

At the forefront is Miami Heat’s shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who has turned down the magazine for the past seven years before finally agreeing to pose for this year’s issue. He cites his insecurities as the reason, and remembers being too embarrassed to swim without a shirt as a child because of his outie belly button.

It was uncharted water for me. It was one of those moments where it’s good to overcome a fear of something. It’s bigger than me showing my body off. That’s not as important to me as telling a story of overcoming a fear. It hopefully gives someone confidence to really be their authentic self,” Wade told ESPN.

The publication breaks other barriers as Team USA duathlon Chris Mosier will be the first transgendered athlete to pose.

Von Miller, the Super Bowl MVP will also be gracing the pages. Below is a list of all the players featured in the 2016 Body Issue and the sport they play.

Nathan Adrian, Olympics/swimming

Jake Arrieta, MLB

Antonio Brown, NFL

Emma Coburn, Olympics/steeplechase

Courtney Conlogue, surfing

Elena Delle Donne, WNBA

Ryan Dungey, motocross

Adeline Gray, Olympics/wrestling

Greg Louganis, Olympics/diving

Conor McGregor, MMA

Von Miller, NFL

Chris Mosier, duathlon

Nzingha Prescod, Olympics/fencing

Christen Press, soccer

April Ross, Olympics/beach volleyball

Allysa Seely, paratriathlete

Claressa Shields, Olympics/boxing

Dwyane Wade, NBA

Vince Wilfork, NFL

Check out more photos from the shoots here.



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Former OJ Simpson Juror Says Not Guilty Verdict Was ‘Payback’ For Rodney King

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that you woke up in 1994 or 1995 all over again, as the current fascination and endless media attention involving the OJ Simpson murder trial just refuses to slow down. Today a former juror has a controversial theory as to why Simpson received a not guilty verdict for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.


As reported by Love B. Scott, former Simpson trial juror Carrie Bess was interviewed for the ESPN documentary OJ: Made in America, which airs its final installment on Saturday, June 19th, where she bluntly stated that she felt that the overwhelming majority of the jury reached a not guilty verdict as payback for the beating of Rodney King and subsequent acquittal by the officers involved in the highly publicized and racially motivated incident back in 1992.


This revelation should come as little surprise, as it has been thought for several years that the Rodney King case was a direct response to not only OJ Simpson’s acquittal, but also the overwhelming support Simpson received from the black community throughout the duration of the trial.


Bess’ full statement reads:


Interviewer: Do you think there are members of the jury that voted to acquit OJ because of Rodney King?

Bess: Yes.

Interviewer: You do.

Bess: Yes.

Interviewer: How many of you do you think felt that way?

Bess: Oh, probably 90 percent of them.

Interviewer: 90 percent. Did you feel that way?

Bess: Yes.

Interviewer: That was payback.

Bess: Uh-huh.

Interviewer: Do you think that’s right?


It’s clear that the stories, theories, revelations and interviews about this case are far from over. However, this development is an interesting twist that practically confirms what many perceived all along.


Check out more of the OJ Simpson trial here:

ESPN Ranks The Most Famous Athletes In The World

ESPN has finally released its list of the World’s most famous athletes.

Their director of sports analytics developed  a formula that combines salary, endorsements, social media following and Google search popularity to find out who’s the best of the best.

Surprising no one (well maybe Americans,) Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked as number one. Ronaldo raked in nearly $80 million last year and his hefty following on social media also adds to his popularity. Coming in at number 2 is none other than the King, LeBron James. Bron Bron’s been a premiere player in the NBA for over 10 years and his ability to dominate the floor is the reason why. His decision to return to the Cavaliers has helped his brand as he looks to finally get a ring for the ‘Land. His endorsements are staggering as well, which scored him $44 million last year. The Cavs are paying him half of that for his actually salary.

The top 5 is rounded out by soccer players Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammate Neymar and tennis great Roger Federer. Kevin Durant somehow scored a spot as number 6 on the list and despite Tiger Woods recent play on the green, he’s number 7. Elsewhere on the roundup are Kobe Bryant, Usain Boltand the first woman isn’t mentioned until Maria Sharapova at 18, who surprisingly beat out Serena Williams.

Despite Steph Curry having a record-breaking season, it seems his popularity only ranked him as 34, right behind Cam Newton and Dwyane Wade.Check out the entire list here, and see if some of you favorite athletes made the list.


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Fans Want Outkast Superbowl Performace


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OutKast fans want something that was offered and turned down by the Atlanta duo.

Immediately after it was announced that the city of Atlanta would host the 2019 Super Bowl, fans of OutKast rallied around the idea of a halftime show performance by the southern legends.

At one time OutKast passed on performing during halftime. Big Boi explained why they decided against it during an interview on ESPN’sThe Dan LeBatard Show, and also expressed his hope that they’ll be invited to perform at the Super Bowl in the future.

We were supposed to perform at the Super Bowl, but we had two songs, ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Hey Ya’ and Dre didn’t want to split the songs up,” Big Boi said. “He didn’t want to cut the songs. He wanted to do both songs. They was like, ‘Y’all can’t do it’…We look at it now, we laugh, but hopefully they’ll invite us back.”


Check out a few fan tweets rallying around the idea of an OutKast performance at the 2019 Super Bowl.


D’Angelo Russell Apologizes For Nick Young Video

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D’Angelo Russell has found himself in quite a bit of hot water. Last week, he recorded a private conversation with Nick Young regarding some of Nick’s “extracurricular activities.” The recording was somehow posted on the internet. Debates on social media were hotly contested with some believing the video to be Nick’s fault and while others thought D’angelo’s immaturity was to blame. Nick told the media it’s something he and D’angelo need to handle behind closed doors. D’angelo took the time to publicly apologize to Nick.

“I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies,” Russell said. “I don’t know if they were accepted. I wouldn’t blame him.”

When the rookie was asked about how this affected the locker room he said:

If I’ve lost anyone’s trust, I’m going to work my tail off to get it back,” Russell said. “It’s something you need [to be] a winning team.”

It just seems like more bad news for an already terrible Laker season. The Lakers are currently 15-59 with D’angelo averaging 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 27.5 minutes in 72 games this season. Byron Scott believes D’Angelo is entrenched as part of the team so, outside of a few “freeze outs” from his teammates, D’Angelo’s place as a Laker is likely secure. Whether his teammates will trust him in the future, however, is anyone’s guess.


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#GoAwayPlease: Stephen A. Smith Tells Black Students Racism ‘Doesn’t Exist’ For Them

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Stephen A. Smith is at again.

This time, the ESPN host found himself “schooling” young Black students from the University of South Alabama claiming that racism isn’t an excuse for them not living out their full potential in life, says WKRG, an NBC affiliate.

During his “The Legacy, History and Impact of the African-American Athlete,” Smith came out his neck saying, “Racism doesn’t exist. Obviously, I’m lying. Of course it exists, but not for you. See, you don’t have to go to the back of the bus. You’re not denied the opportunity to eat at restaurants, or to enter night clubs, or to patronize businesses. You have the right to vote. You’re not being lynched. You’re not being hung.”

Yet, he backpedaled a bit admitting that older Black students do experience “real” racism though.

“You’re older, you know I’m not talking about you. But youngsters, you need to understand that white folks got problems, too. Some of them can’t pay their bills. Some of them are struggling. Some of them are being denied opportunities. And you need to understand that, because when people are going through their own problems, they are not going to lament what your trials and tribulations are,” he said. 

He added, “That applies to them too in their world.  So if they’re going through that, how could they possibly be sensitive to your trials and tribulations? That doesn’t mean that you don’t go through it from time to time.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t have those experiences. It means that we will not allow you to use it as an excuse.”

So to be clear: America has changed so much between being a freshman and a senior in college, that 22-year olds and 18-year olds live in completely different worlds. That and because poor whites are struggling that means that structural racism and other forms of oppression are irrelevant in our lives. Try again.

Thanks Stephen for that clarification straight outta the GOP’s playbook.

Thankfully Twitter was not having it:

And this perfectly wraps up this nonsense:


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Lil Wayne Reveals His Top 10 Athletes Of All Time

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Lil Wayne‘s love for sports isn’t hard to spot, especially with the name drops littered throughout his entire discography.

During a recent visit to ESPN’s SportsCenter, Wayne got a chance to geek out about one of his favorite subjects and even spoke about Cam Newton walking out of the post-Super Bowl press conference, calling it “genuine.” Wayne feels like if Cam gets that hurt when the team loses, he’d be happy to be playing with him. Weezy also talked about his love for the NHL, specifically Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who recently scored another hat trick and is always at Wayne’s concerts.

Wayne then took the time to list his top 10 pro athletes of all time:

10) Peyton Manning

9) David “Big Papi” Ortiz

8) Sterling Sharpe

7) Reggie White

6) Pedro Martinez

5) Deion Sanders

4) Aaron Rodgers

3) Michael Jordan

2) Kobe Bryant

1) Brett Favre

Watch his latest interview up top and let us know if you agree with his list.

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