Aoki Simmons Defends Sister From Swae Lee‘s Girlfriend: "Get Some Self-Respect"

Swae Lee’s on and f girlfriend was probably not expecting to get the heat she was trying to dish out to Ming Lee Simmons. After Ming posted an image her and Swae on her Instagram story, Marliesia Ortiz jumped on social media to slam Ming Lee with a photo a text message exchange with Swae where he claimed the image was old. 

“Imma leave that at this, but let her know she’s welcome to join us … I mean she bigger than both us but we can work it out,” she wrote in her Instagram story, adding in a message to Swae: “Mad weird. Like did her mother raise her to be a side butch or she wanna smack on this p***y too lmk,” she added. 

Ming Lee’s sister, Aoki, wasn’t for the public bashing her sister so she stepped into The Shade Room with some vicious words for Marliesia. “Oh dear @marlie … I don’t even know what to say to you. I’m going to try and speak really clearly to you since I know education and books are a mystery to you and complicated words might be a handful. Ming is NOT the one, and neither is my mother,” Aoki wrote. “This is embarrassing, we are laughing at you in Paris (and no MAN had to take Ming to Paris or anyplace for the first time). I’m sorry you can’t keep your man faithful but that has nothing to do with my sister. Keep her name out your fake plastic face. Run along now, I was nice you don’t want to hear from mama.”

It didn’t stop there though. Marliesia responded by detailing how she “said what she said,” sparking Aoki to hit her with another long message about how Swae only considers her feelings “15% percent the time.”

“You have no respect, no career, what are you proud in life?” Aoki added. “Go get some clothes, get a job, and go get some self-respect.”

Kemba Walker Puts On His Celtics Outfit For The First Time, Fans React

Kemba Walker was the biggest addition to the Boston Celtics this fseason. Walker was one the most sought after point guards on the market and with Kyrie Irving leaving the team for the Brooklyn Nets, it was clear that the Celtics were a prime destination. Yesterday, Walker was introduced to the media in Boston and he explained exactly why he wanted to come to the city. As he said, the team has a history winning and that interests him as he moves forward with his career. The Charlotte Hornets haven’t been achieving much anything, so it’s no surprise that a player who wants to win would leave them.

In addition to the press conference, Walker got to wear his Celtics uniform for the first time and we have to admit, he looks pretty good in green and white. Walker will be wearing the number 8 which was the same number worn by Antoine Walker. This is good news for Celtics fans who still have their Antoine Walker jerseys from back in the day. Now, they won’t have to go out their way to by a Kemba jersey.

Celtics fans reacted on Twitter to the sight their new point guard in Celtics colors and so far, it seems like they’re pretty optimistic. Only time will tell whether or not Walker can be the leader they’ve been missing.

Blake Griffin Puts Jimmy Fallon Through Post-Game Interview Test: Watch

Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where they discussed the eventful NBA f-season and Blake’s budding stand-up comedy career. 

The 30-year old All Star also shared his opinion about why people seem to think athletes are so stupid, which could certainly be featured as one the bits in his latest stand-up routine.

Griffin explains:

“After the game you have to do media and you have to sit at a press conference and answer questions. I think people always think athletes are like really stupid and it’s not that we’re stupid it’s that we’ve just exercised for two hours and there’s not really enough oxygen in our brains.”

He then proceeded to put Fallon through a little post-game interview test to prove his point.

The two also talked about being heckled on the court and where Griffin was when he found out that Kawhi Leonard was signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Check out the interview in the video embedded below. The post-game bit comes at the 3:00 mark.

Russell Westbrook "Most Important Player" In Thunder History, Says GM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets ficially announced their blockbuster trade on Tuesday, which sent triple-double machine Russell Westbrook to H-Town in exchange for nine-time All Star Chris Paul, and multiple future first round picks.

In speaking about the deal, OKC’s General Manager Sam Presti had nothing but praise Westbrook, dubbing the eight-time All Star as “the most important player” in the team’s history.

“Russell Westbrook is the most important player in the brief history the OKC Thunder. He has left an indelible mark on this team, city and state.”

“None us could have anticipated the player he has become, and we are all deeply proud what he has contributed to the success the franchise and to our community. “

Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett added:

“I have a great deal respect for Russell and there is no way to adequately describe our appreciation for what he has meant to Oklahomans. His legacy here is immense, and he will be honored by the team for all he has done.“

The Thunder selected Westbrook fourth overall out UCLA in the 2008 NBA Draft and he has spent his entire 11-year NBA career with the franchise. The 30-year old veteran averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season last year, with 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game.

As part the Westbrook-CP3 deal, OKC acquired two first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 ( both protected Nos. 1-4) and two pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, according to ESPN.

 

WWE’s Daniel Bryan Teases "Career Altering Announcement"

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan will be making a “career-altering announcement” on the July 16 episode SmackDown Live, roughly 48 hours after he and Erick Rowan dropped the tag team titles to The New Day at the Extreme Rules PPV.

In WWE’s preview for tonight’s episode, the company’s website reads:

“In the aftermath the interview, WWE.com has learned that Bryan plans on making a career-altering announcement tonight on SmackDown LIVE. Bryan has promised that this will change the course his career and shake SmackDown LIVE to its core. Just what exactly does Bryan have planned?”

Following the loss at Extreme Rules, Bryan’s acting chops were on full display as he spoke passionately about the mediocrity the WWE tag team division, and how he failed to elevate it. He concluded by saying he now knows what he has to do. 

Check out the interview below, and tune in to SmackDown Live tonight to find out what “career-altering announcement” he has planned.

Peyton Manning Turned Down "Monday Night Football" Gig Because Of Eli: Report

Ever since his retirement, football fans have been asking for Peyton Manning to become an analyst. Tony Romo has become an extremely talented color commentator and some feel like Manning could occupy the exact same pocket, no pun intended. According to a new report from Yahoo! Sports, Manning was approached to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football team, although sources say he doesn’t want to because Eli is on the schedule. 

There will be a Monday night New York Giants game this season and as sources say, Manning doesn’t want to have to criticize his own brother, especially with the team struggling over the past few seasons.

Peyton Manning Turned Down "Monday Night Football" Gig Because Of Eli: Report

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“If he ever decides Monday Night Football] is something he wants to do, it’s going to be after Eli has finished his career and he gets a little bit further from his era playing and maybe some his teammates have moved on, too,” a source explained. “It would have been a tough position for him this season, with the Giants being on the schedule. There is a lot loyalty there for him and I don’t think he’d ever want to be in a position where he’d be conflicted about his analysis. It just wouldn’t have been a comfortable situation this year.”

Perhaps Manning is better f skipping out on MNF this season as Eli has been in a steady decline over the last few seasons. There is a good chance Giants first-round pick Daniel Jones gets some playing time this year as well, which would certainly make any criticism Eli more difficult.

Pernell Whitaker Passes Away At 55 After Being Struck By Car: Report

The Boxing world is in mourning today after it was announced that a legend the sport, Pernell Whitaker, had passed away at the age 55. According to a report from TMZ, Whitaker was in Virginia Beach when he was struck by a car. Cops and first responders were called to the scene the accident and according to those close to the event, Whitaker was the man who was hit. He was badly injured at the time and medics were, unfortunately, unable to resuscitate him. That’s when he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Whitaker was a legend in the ring and had won titles in four different weight classes including, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight. The former boxer who was nicknamed Sweat Pea finished his career with a record 40-4-1 and boxed all the way from 1984 to 2001. Boxing reporter and First Take host Max Kellerman took to Twitter today to pay his respects to the legend.

It was reported that the driver the vehicle that hit Whitaker stayed with police and talked to them about what happened. It is unknown whether or not they were arrested. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Whitaker’s family during this difficult time.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals She Was Sexually Harassed On Set

Recently, Sex & The City actress Sarah Jessica Parker opened up about an untold story sexual harassment she underwent at the hands a “very, very big movie star” on set. The story was revealed during a discussion with NPR’s Fresh Air wherein the actress chimed in on her thoughts surrounding the #MeToo movement. Although the actress did not name the actual person involved or gave away which movie set the incident occurred at, she remained adamant about making it clear that there are still issues sexual harassment in the industry. In fact, Parker claims the latter happens on all levels. The revelation stemmed after the rise the #MeToo movement prompted the actress to reevaluate certain aspects her career along with personal experiences throughout her journey. 

“It really wasn’t, I would say, until about six or eight months ago that I started recognizing countless experiences men behaving poorly, inappropriately, and all the ways that I had made it possible to keep coming to work or to remain on set, or to simply … just push it down, push it away, find a little space for it and move on,” were the words the famed movie star shared with the show host Terry Gross. Moreover, Sarah Jessica Parker admits that power imbalance plays a huge role in the perpetuation sexual misconduct and that the aforementioned was also why she took the time to come forward.

Antonio Brown’s Off-Season Workout Video Surfaces: Watch

All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown will get a fresh start with the Oakland Raiders this season, as he looks to record his seventh straight season with over 1,000 receiving yards. Brown, who turns 31 years old today, has been training all over the globe in anticipation his Raiders debut, including route-running sessions in Paris, France and hand-eye coordination drills with Dr. Reef in Miami.

As seen in the videos embedded below, AB’s time spent with Dr. Reef featured the use strobe glasses and other gadgets that would have the average Joe looking like a fool.

Check out the footage below.

As mentioned, Brown recently made a visit to Paris, France with his family, where he spent time training with Simon Zebo, an Irish rugby player who plays for the French team Racing 92.

The Racing 92 twitter accounts also shared footage AB’s f-season workouts, which you can check out below.

In 15 games with the Steelers last year, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns. During his nine-year run in Pittsburgh, he earned Pro Bowl honors in seven seasons including four All-Pro selections. 

AB and the Raiders will kickf the 2019 season at home against the division rival Denver Broncos on September 9 in the second game ESPN’s Monday Night double-header.

Ex-WWE Star Alberto Del Rio To Fight Tito Ortiz In MMA Bout

Former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio is reportedly set to take on UFC Hall Famer Tito Ortiz in a 210-pound catchweight for Combate Americas. The bout will mark Tito’s Combate Americas debut, and Del Rio’s first MMA fight since February 2010.

Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren announced the fight during an interview with Generation MMA on Tuesday afternoon, although a date and location has not been revealed.

According to MMA Junkie, Combate Americas Vice President Operations and Communications, Mike Afromowitz, says:

“The fight is going to happen. I came up with the idea a few months ago, after Alberto had expressed his intention wanting to fight for Combate Americas, and brought the idea to my boss Campbell McLaren. We went out to both camps and have put this fight together. It’s on.”

Ortiz signed with Combate Americas in April, following his first-round knockout victory against longtime rival Chuck Lidell in a highly criticized fight at Golden Boy MMA. The Hall Famer boasts an overall record 20-12-1 in his MMA career, which began way back in 1997. 

Del Rio (9-5) last fought at Cage Combat 4 in 2010, where he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Yamamoto Hanshi. Prior to that, El Patron had won six straight contests. 

Troy Carter's Q&A Seals an 'Upstreaming' Deal With Warner Music

After an understated announcement at MIDEM, Troy Carter’s Q&A is formally splashing a deal with Warner Music Group to ‘upstream’ artists.

Last month, Carter criticized the presumption that every artist wants to remain independent.  “It’s a false narrative,” Carter explained at MIDEM last month, while touting the benefits of his ‘upstreaming’ deal with Warner Music Group.  The MIDEM disclosure was reported by Music Ally.

Carter noted that the WMG pact was created after multiple Q&A artists asked to be signed with WMG-division Atlantic Records.  Now, that deal is being formally announced, though the partnership appears well underway.

Q&A, which bills itself as both a music and technology company, was founded this past April by Troy Carter, who is both a former Spotify executive and Lady Gaga’s ex-manager.  Carter started Q&A with J. Erving and Suzy Ryoo.  Also on the ground floor is Tim Luckow, who is the company’s chief product officer.

Though Q&A has only been in business a short period of time, this is their second deal with a music giant.  In May, the duo signed a contract with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  They have also made several important hirings, including Marc Hemeon and Phillip Eubanks, who were previously executives at Facebook and Spotify, respectively.

Carter noted that the company has taken a “diversified approach” to building the careers of their music artists and that they have created a model that scales to each artist’s individual needs. He went on to say that the deal with Warner Music gives them the ability to upstream their artists’ music through a major record company.

That harkens back to Carter’s premise that artists frequently want the support of a big label.

“There’s still business with major labels because of the support system they have around them, and the global infrastructure,” Carter further noted at MIDEM. “So if distributors can add similar value, and have experience, services and capital, that’s where they can become very competitive.”

Accordingly, Q&A’s upstreaming deal means that Carter-curated acts can now benefit from a significant label infrastructure.  Of course, Warner will be taking its piece of the action, which means both Q&A and the artist get a smaller portion of the resulting revenues.

If all goes according to plan, Q&A’s artist gets a smaller percentage of a bigger pie — or at least that’s the idea.  Just be careful about who owns those masters ten years down the line.

Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music at Warner, green-lighted the deal.

Shortly after Q&A launched, it merged with Human Re Sources, which was digital distribution and label services firm that Erving began in 2018. The merged company has released music for several major artists, including:

  • Philadelphia singer/songwriter Pink Sweat$
  • Peter Manos
  • Charlotte Lawrence
  • Brent Faiyaz
  • The YBN collective

Knicks Refused To Offer Kevin Durant Max Contract: Report

The New York Knicks entered free agency on Sunday with enough cap space to fer two max contracts, but they apparently weren’t willing to use up one those slots on Kevin Durant. As we know, Durant opted to sign a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, where he’ll team up with All Star point guard Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.

Shortly after Durant made his announcement, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and team owner James Dolan “were not prepared to fer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury.”

Durant, who will turn 31 in September, is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season as he recovers from a ruptured achilles. The 10-time All Star averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game for the Golden State Warriors last season.

Meanwhile, the Knicks spent much  their cap space on a plethora power forwards, most notably former Lakers and Pelicans forward Julius Randle. The 24-year old is coming f a career-year in New Orleans, where he posted 21.4 points per game last season to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per night. 

In addition to Randle, the Knicks signed Brooklyn-native Taj Gibson (two years, $20M) and Bobby Portis (two  years, $31 million).

Enes Kanter Says Zion Williamson Is Overhyped: "Julius Randle With Hops"

Portland Trail Blazers big man Enes Kanter made an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, where he shared his opinion #1 overall pick Zion Williamson, and took a shot at Julius Randle in the process.

“I kind feel like he’s overhyped,” Kanter said Williamson. “I kind feel like he’s Julius Randle with hops.”

As noted by Cowherd, other analysts have compared Randle and Williamson in the past due to their similar builds. Kanter then continued, “If he develops his shot, he definitely could become a Hall Famer. It’s all in his hands. He just needs to put the work in and go out there and show the whole world.”

It didn’t take long for Kanter’s comments to make the rounds on social media. Randle himself tweeted, “Yo @EnesKanter last time you guarded me I had 45 relax bro lol.” Kanter quickly clapped back, “I remember brother. That was the game y’all got the L.”

Both those statements are true. Randle did hang 45 (with 11 rebounds and six assists) on Kanter and the Blazers during their matchup in New Orleans on March 15, but Portland walked away with a 122-110 victory.

Randle, 24, averaged a career-high 21.4 points per game last season to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per night. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent this weekend and Kanter’s former team, the New York Knicks, are reportedly among the teams interested.

Celtics Reportedly Emerge As "Stealth Suitor" For Kemba Walker

The Boston Celtics figure to look a whole lot different when they take the court in the 2019-20 season, as both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are expected to sign elsewhere as free agents this summer.

While much the talk coming out Boston is in regards to who’s leaving, the New York Times’ Marc Stein says the Celtics have emerged as a “stealth suitor” for free agent point guard Kemba Walker. Not so “stealth” anymore, however.

Stein writes:

“The Celtics, I’m told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker.”

“Boston’s cap-room situation is a fluid one but the Celtics, as Danny Ainge has acknowledged, are weighing their various needs as we speak in both the backcourt (with Kyrie Irving — and possibly Terry Rozier — leaving) and frontcourt (with Al Horford exiting).”

While the Celtics, and several other teams around the league, are certainly interested in signing Walker, the Charlotte Hornets have the upper in hand in that they can fer the All Star guard a five-year supermax contract worth roughly $221 million. Walker has even said that he’d be willing to take less money to stay in Charlotte if it’ll help the team bring in more talent.

Walker, 29, has been with the Hornets franchise since being selected ninth overall out UConn in 2011. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season to go along with 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds.

Netflix Drops Off Action-Packed "Point Black" Trailer With Anthony Mackie

Summer is finally here in full and while that should mean more time spent outside, in the park, at a lake or whatever outdoor excursion you prefer, Netflix is making the idea staying in and watching a movie seem very appealing. Anticipated content is hitting the platform every other day and the latest example what’s to come is the action film Point Blank.  

The ficial trailer arrived today that shows the risk Anthony Mackie’s character has to go through to get his family and unborn child back safe and sound.

Netflix Drops Off Action-Packed "Point Black" Trailer With Anthony Mackie
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“When his pregnant wife is kidnapped and held as collateral, Paul, an ER nurse, must team with the badly injured career criminal and murder suspect under his charge in order to save the lives his wife and unborn child. Pitted against rival gangs and a deadly ring corrupt cops, the unlikely duo find a way to survive together in the fight their lives,” the synopsis reads.

The movie premieres on Netflix on July 12th. Peep the ficial trailer below and let us know if you’re adding it to your list must-watch content.