Jalen Hurts Sings Al Green During Rookie Talent Show

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Looks like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurts should probably stick to his day job.

Related: Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson Tests Positive For COVID-19

The former Alabama quarterback attempted to sing Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” during a talent show hosted by Eagles.

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Veteran wide receiver and teammate, DeSean Jackson took to Instagram to share a portion of the performance along with others on his story.

While Jalen Hurts may not be that great of a singer, the second-round draft pick finished runner-up for the 2019’s Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow.

The Eagles are gearing up for the upcoming season at training camp where Hurts is trying to earn the spot as the backup quarterback to Carson Wentz.

Hopefully, he can make that happen this season.

Eric Reid, Stephen A. Smith Feud on Twitter after Kaepernick Workout

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith took to Twitter to say that Colin Kaepernick “didn’t want to work”, “just wanted to make some noise”, and “wants to be a martyr”, to which Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was at the former 49ers’ workout, replied “Damn straight he wants to control the narrative!” adding that it’s hard for Kaepernick to trust the NFL after it “blackballed him and has absolutely done nothing in good faith.”

Smith then called Reid a hypocrite for knocking the NFL after “collecting a check from that very institution. You, Eric Reid, who takes a knee…supposedly for brothers, but attack brothers at every turn the second someone disagrees with you.”

Smith continued with “You got the nerve to call out the NFL when your beef was supposed to be with society in regards to police brutality and oppression, but you want to beat up everyone who disagrees with you?  Let me tell you, Kaepernick has been supported. We’ve all said he was done wrong” adding that Kaep’s opportunity came Saturday “but he showed up to a job interview with a t-shirt alluding to slavery!”  Kaepernick’s shirt read “Kunta Kinte.”

Smith ended his lengthy series of Tweets telling Reid “Maybe the enemy ain’t the NFL. It’s not Malcolm Jenkins, Jay-Z or me” before pointing out Kaepernick’s less-than-stellar record before leaving the NFL and saying that the top 4 league MVPS are all black.

Jay-Z Believes Colin Kaepernick Turned Workout Into Publicity Stunt

A source close to Jay-Z says that he is disappointed with Colin’s actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt.

Colin organized his own workout after the league banned the media from attending his workout at the Atlanta Falcon’s facility.

The workout was moved to a high school 60 miles away in Riverdale, Georgia.

Colin said, our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on.

Once the workout was moved only 8 teams were able to make it to Riverdale.

Had the workout stayed at Falcon’s stadium 25 teams would have attended with all 32 teams receiving footage of his workout.

Jay-Z Allegedly Disappointed in Colin Kaepernick’s Handling of NFL Workout

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may have blown his last chance of being in the NFL after failing to show up to a private workout opportunity held over the weekend.

The workout, which was supposed to have 32 clubs in attendance to scout Kaepernick was said to be put together by Roc Nation founder Jay-Z, who recently entered a partnership with the NFL earlier this year.

Related: Colin Kaepernick’s Attorney Says JAY-Z’s NFL Partnership Is Cold-Blooded

However, it looks like Jay-Z may not be too happy with Kaepernick after he failed to adhere to the NFL’s guidelines regarding Saturday’s workout.

The former NFL quarterback made headlines when he switched locations of the workout last minute.

Media personality Nessa Diab and long-term girlfriend of Kaepernick announced details of the new location via Instagram stating,

Sources close to Jay-Z say he is disappointed in Kaepernick’s decision to turn a “legitimate workout” into a publicity stunt.

However, the 32-year-old free agent said the venue was changed to allow the media to be attendance in efforts to create transparency.

“The NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives,” Kaepernick’s team said in a statement.

Kaepernick moved his workout to a high school about 44 miles from the Falcons’ training grounds.

The NFL released a statement shortly after deeming him a no show stating, “We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants, an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL.”

Rap Mogul Jay-Z has been a huge supporter of Kaepernick’s movement in the past and recently received a lot of criticism for working closely with the NFL without attempting to reconcile the differences between Kaepernick and the NFL.

It looks like the former player may have lost yet another useful Ally in his quest for social justice in the NFL.

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Waiters Ate Edible, Had Panic Attack

Did no one warn him about edibles?  A source told ESPN that Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters had a panic attack on the team’s plane Thursday after eating a THC-infused edible.

Waiters, out for his team’s game against Phoenix, took the edible for stomach pain.  He received medical treatment when the plane landed in L.A. after his team beat the Suns.

Waiters is already in hot water this season.  He was suspended from the season opener for ranting about his role on his team on social media.  He missed preseason time due to “personal reasons.” If he misses four more games he’ll lose his $1.2 million bonus.

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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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Jay Z Speaks Out On LeBron James And Phil Jackson’s Beef

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When Hov speaks, the whole world has to hear him out.

On Monday night, the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, honoring the best in sports, such as Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps and NBA icon LeBron James.

Jay Z was in attendance to introduce his boy Lebron, and during his speech, he took shots at Knicks President Phil Jackson for his “posse” comments about the Cleveland Cavaliers star in which he pretty much called James a spoiled brat and referenced his business partners as a “posse.” Hov joked, “We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from, and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity. And as we witness their development, and if we’re looking up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims, and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”

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Who knew that Hova was a shade thrower. Check out his full speech in the video above.

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Serena Williams Pens Powerful Letter About Sexism, Sports And Success

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Tennis legend Serena Williams recently wrote a powerful open-letter to encourage “to all incredible women who strive for excellence” to rise above sexism in sports and beyond. Her words were published in the December issue of Porter magazine and for the Incredible Women of 2016 issue reprinted in the Guardian.

According to the Huffington Post, Williams opens up about wanting to be the best tennis player in the world—not just the best female one.

People call me one of the ‘world’s greatest female athletes.’ Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female.”

She also stressed how lucky she has been to have such a strong support system over the years.

I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it,” she wrote. “I learned how important it is to fight for a dream and, most importantly, to dream big. My fight began when I was three and I haven’t taken a break since.

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The 35-year-old also didn’t shy away from talking about how being Black and female has created roadblocks in her career but Williams stressed that she always rises above the hate to succeed.

As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success,” she wrote. “One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw.” But that never got in her way.”

She added: What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future.

WERK!


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Muhammad Ali Exhibit Receives $2.5 Million Donation From LeBron James

It’s always nice when celebrities make headlines for genuinely doing something positive and uplifting. Basketball superstar LeBron James is not only using his celebrity, but also his wealth, in a very inspiring way. The National Museum of African American History has a wonderful Muhammad Ali exhibit on display, however LeBron decided to make it even better courtesy of his multimillion dollar donation.

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The newly opened National Museum of African American History has become the hottest place to visit in such a short period of time, with rave reviews coming from practically everyone who’s visited. The Muhammad Ali exhibit at the museum is one of the standouts and LeBron James was so moved by not only the exhibit itself, but what Ali means to the sports world as a whole, that he decided to generously donate a whopping $2.5 million to the exhibit. The Huffington Post has further details about the surprise donation, as well as James’ words on why he decided to do it.

Via Huffington Post:

LeBron James is donating $2.5 million to support a Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C., the basketball star and the museum announced on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward said he was a longtime fan of Ali, one of the most beloved sports figures in history, who died on June 3 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s syndrome. “Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali,” James said in a statement. “His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation.”

The “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change” exhibit features items from the late boxer, including a training robe worn at Dundee’s Fifth Street Gym in Miami. While the exhibit details Ali’s sports journey, it also highlights his community activism, spirituality and politics.

“We are extremely grateful to LeBron James,” said Damion Thomas, curator of the museum’s Sports Gallery. “As the most socially active superstar in sports today, LeBron James is a testament to the influence of Muhammad Ali (who) embodied the racial and social tumult of his times, blurring lines between politics and sports, activism and entertainment.”

In addition to the donation supporting the Ali exhibit, the funds will also be used for the museum itself. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, please put it on your list as soon as possible. The museum boasts 36,000 items and artifacts that trace the journey of African Americans dating back to the 1800s.

 

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Three NBA Teams Announce They Will No Longer Stay At Trump Hotels

As the world continues to accept the realization that Donald Trump is the president-elect, the backlash of his win continues to grow with each passing day. From dozens of protests and social media uproar to harsh criticism from news outlets, Americans are definitely letting their voices be heard regarding Trump’s victory. The latest Trump backlash is from a trio of NBA teams who have officially announced that they will no longer stay at Trump Hotels during the basketball season.

In a recent statement, the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have all decided that they will no longer stay at any Donald Trump-branded hotels this season. This is a pretty bold move by the NBA and likely to garner both criticism and support from Trump supporters and detractors. ESPN has all the details regarding the teams’ decision, as well as the status of other NBA teams plans.

Via ESPN:

At least three NBA teams have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels this season in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump’s name through a licensing agreement. [In addition] another Eastern Conference team contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise already decided to switch to a different property in Manhattan when its current contract expires at season’s end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch. Seven other teams told ESPN.com on Tuesday that they are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

The Bucks stayed at the Trump International Tower and Hotel in Chicago on a preseason trip to play the Bulls in early October, but met with complications when they tried to make an 11th-hour cancellation. Milwaukee, sources say, has already made other arrangements for its regular-season road games against the Bulls.

The Grizzlies and Mavericks, have stayed at the Trump SoHo in the past but opted during the offseason to book new New York hotels for this season. Mavs owner Mark Cuban, speaking Wednesday, told the Associated Press that the decision was “made months ago. Not recently.” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, speaking after the team’s shootaround Wednesday in Los Angeles, insisted that where Memphis stays or doesn’t stay is not politically motivated. “No truth to that,” Fizdale told the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Wednesday. “Our decisions as to what hotels we stay in ‎are made long before any of this election stuff took place. It’s no story‎.”

The report also goes on to state that the some NBA coaches and their players have felt uneasy since Trump’s election. Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy voiced his displeasure with Trump, saying “[he is] openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnocentric.”

 

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Colin Kaepernick Starts Bay Area Youth Program With Plans For Expansion In Other Cities

Colin Kaepernick, unarguably one of 2016’s most “woke” celebrities, has added another platform to his activism. He is now forming a San Francisco youth program that is teaching local kids to know and exercise their rights.

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The Huffington Post has further details on Kaepernick’s Bay Area youth program and the plans to take it across the country.

Via Huffington Post:

The San Fransisco 49ers quarterback hosted a free youth camp in Oakland on Saturday called Know Your Rights. The program aims to teach kids about various important issues, including higher education, self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement. Hundreds of black and Latino children from the Bay Area attended, according to the New York Daily News. “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed,” he told the attendees, according to the Daily News. “We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”

The camp staff, which consists of Kaepernick and a small group of volunteers, also highlighted 10 basic rights they believe each child should know they have, including the right to be free, healthy, safe and educated. The day was constructed around these rights, which were inspired by the 10-point plan created by the Black Panther Party. 

Kaepernick sees this as reaching beyond San Francisco. According to Huffington Post, he said, “What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them.”

Kaepernick is consistently proving that he doesn’t just talk about it, he is about it.

 

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Colin Kaepernick Responds To Receiving Death Threats Due To Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick continues to stand up for what he believes in via his protest of the national anthem, a move that has garnered him a wealth of support and admiration. However, there have also been many who have voiced their opposition to his stance, but now things have gotten out of hand and perhaps Kaepernick should up his security.

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During a recent press conference after a game, Colin Kaepernick spoke to the media about his national anthem protest where he dropped the bomb that he has received several death threats since everything started. The Grio has Kaepernick’s words about the death threats and how he chooses to deal with them.

 

Via The Grio:

 

On Tuesday, Kaepernick admitted to reporters that he had received the threats through a “couple of different avenues.” When reporters asked what he thought would happen if anyone tried to act on the threats, he replied, “It will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.”

 

“There’s a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country. And people don’t like to address that. And they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is,” he continued.

 

Kaepernick also pointed to recent events like the death of Terence Crutcher as evidence of why he is protesting in the first place. “I find it very hard that people don’t understand what’s going on. I think the message has been out there loud and clear for quite some time now.”

 

Unfortunately there is no surprise that Kaepernick is receiving multiple death threats for expressing his views, as those who would go to such lengths are the very types of people that he is speaking of. We continue to stand with him.

 

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Colin Kaepernick To Donate Massive Sales Of His Jersey Back Into The Community

Colin Kaepernick continues to make headlines for his determination to stand for his principles and make a difference. After his widely covered decision not to stand during the national anthem, Kaepernick was looked at as a hero to many, which is why it was of little surprise that his jersey became the number one best-seller in the country with massive sale totals. Now, instead of pocketing the huge profits from his jersey flying off shelves and selling out online, he has decided to do something good with the money.

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According to the Huffington Post, Colin Kaepernick is receiving just as many accolades these days as he is criticism, as evidenced by his decision to donate 100% of the proceeds of his jersey sales back into the community. This comes on the heels of his announcement last week that he would donate his first $1 million made this season to organizations dedicated to causes that matter to him.

 

Via Huffington Post:

 

On Wednesday, one day after news surfaced that Kaepernick’s jersey had rocketed to No. 1 in the NFL, he took it one step further, saying he’ll donate all the money he receives from jersey sales to his cause.

 

“The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I receive from my jersey sales back into the communities!” Kaepernick wrote on Instagram. “I believe in the people, and WE can be the change!”

 

Just how sizable a donation those sales will become is hard to discern. While CNBC reported years ago that NFL players ― unlike NBA players ― receive a percentage of the money from their jersey sales, Adrian Peterson has pinned that number at around $10,000 for himself, and Richard Sherman has said he doesn’t receive any noticeable “kickback” when his jersey sales skyrocket.

 

Regardless of how much the actual donation of Kaepernick’s jersey sales turn out to be, the bigger issue is that he is committed to making a difference and is put his money where his mouth is…literally.

 

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Olympic Commentator Makes Rude Comment About Simone Biles’ Parents, Apologizes

While the world is watching her already impressive and practically guaranteed gold medal-winning performance in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games, powerhouse women’s gymnast Simone Biles is tuning out the noise and is laser-focused on giving it her best. However, the rude comments of an Olympic commentator prove that there will always be someone who attempts to rain on your parade with unnecessary and unwarranted opinions.

 

The Root has all the details of NBC commentator Al Trautwig’s insensitive comments regarding Simone Biles’ parents and the backlash he received when he continued to stand by his rude (and wrong) opinion on her biological parents.

 

Their report states:

 

On Sunday, Al Trautwig mentioned Ron and Nellie Biles as being gymnast Simone Biles’ grandparents rather than as her parents. Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her little sister Adria in 2001. The girls’ biological mother, Ron Biles’ daughter, struggled with drugs and alcohol, and the sisters had been in foster care for some time before the adoption was secured.

 

However, Trautwig retweeted Mingus’ tweet, while standing wrong and strong, saying, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” He then deleted the post, but of course it was too late, since viewers had already taken a screenshot of it. Following his inappropriate comment, the hashtag #FireTrautwig began trending on Twitter.

 

Trautwig later emailed NBC Sports, saying, “I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air. I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.” Many people attacked Trautwig in reaction to his tweet, and NBC responded in a statement, “We became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”

 

 

Meanwhile, Simone’s biological mother spoke with TMZ Sports and reiterated the fact that she has not only been clean and sober since 2007, but that she also has a good relationship with her superstar daughter. However, she did state that she was a bit upset about the way her father described her addition issues when he was recently interviewed by NBC, saying “he could have been more classy about it.”

 

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Despite all of these irrelevant issues, we continue to wish Simone Biles the best in Rio and her quest to capture multiple Olympic gold medals. Go Simone and Go Team USA!

 

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Serena Williams Shows Off Her Dancing Skills

It goes without saying that Serena Williams is one of the greatest female athletes of all-time, but you may be surprised to know that she has other interesting talents and she is sharing one of them in a cute new video.

 

To promote her new cover of Self magazine, Serena Williams was captured in a special video that shows the tennis icon doing a variety of dance moves with ease. In the short clip, Williams manages to go through a classic Jamaican wind, a basic booty shake and ends things with the ever-popular twerk session.

 

You can check out the fun clip of Serena in all her dancing glory below:

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It’s nice to see celebrities step out of their comfort zone every once in a while to have some harmless, genuine fun and that’s exactly what this video highlights. Besides, this may open up a new career for Serena, perhaps a fitness + dance video in the future?

 

Tell us, are you impressed by Serena’s dance moves? Would you be down for a fitness + dance video from the tennis star? Let us know in the comments!

 

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