In the wake comments made by Arsenal player Mesut Özil, China’s Chinese Central Television (CCTV) has pulled the Arsenal-Manchester City game from airing, according to ESPN.
Earlier this week, Özil posted a lengthy statement on Instagram which reads, “East Turkistan, the bleeding wound the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”
Arsenal has not supported Özil, instead, saying, “The content he expressed is entirely Özil’s personal opinion,” early Saturday. “As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle not being involved in politics.”
The situation is similar to Daryl Morey and the NBA. Morey criticized China in a series tweets in October and hurt the NBA’s relationship with the country.
The television show South Park was also banned from China after criticizing the incident shortly after.
Pressional sports leagues have always been pretty harsh when it comes to drug use in their leagues. For instance, the NFL is always issuing suspensions for those who test positive for marijuana while the NBA does the exact same thing. As right now, the only league that allows marijuana use is the NHL which is fairly interesting when you consider how they haven’t always been the most progressive league out there.
Now, baseball is looking to be the progressive ones when it comes to weed. The drug continues to be legalized throughout the United States and Major League Baseball wants to be at the forefront this movement. According to CBS Sports, the MLB is working with Minor League Baseball to lift their marijuana ban. This means that from now on, no player will be tested for the substance.
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Previously, non-40-man roster players were suspended 25 games for testing positive and would get 100-game bans if they tested positive three times. This is a huge development for the league as it could lead to similar actions from sports organizations across the country. Marijuana is becoming less stigmatized by the masses and finally, sports leagues are taking notice.
Let us know what you think about this decision in the comments below.
Amar’e Stoudemire is attempting to make an NBA comeback, according to Marc Stein The New York Times.
The 37-year-old former NBA big-man has not played in the league since May 2016; however, he has continuously tried to prove he can still be an asset for teams. Stoudemire worked out for the Lakers over the summer.
“Amar’e Stoudemire has returned to the States from a brief stint in China and is working out in South Florida in hopes playing his way onto an NBA roster at 37, league sources say,” wrote Stein on Twitter Saturday night.
He continues, “Stoudemire recently had a 33-point, 17-rebound outing in China but returned in part, sources say, because the great distance away from his family, which remained in the States while he was playing for the Fujian Sturgeons.”
Even if Stoudemire can’t find his way back into the league, he’s still had a historic career. He’s a six-time NBA all-star, five-time All-NBA Team selection, and a former rookie–the-year. While he’s suffered from chronic knee problems throughout his time in the league, Stoudemire is still one the most prominent players from the 2000s.
While he’s a bit older, perhaps Stoudemire can enjoy a similar comeback to his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.
Victor Oladipo is the midst a recovery from an injury sustained last year while with the Indiana Pacers. In his absence, the Pacers have struggled at times but the promise Oladipo’s return has filled the fanbase with some enthusiasm. Aside from the basketball court, Oladipo has shown interest in being an R&B singer and has shown f some sufficient ability. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Oladipo would take part in a televised celebrity-based singing competition like “The Masked Singer.”
For those who don’t know, “The Masked Singer” is a show that sees numerous celebrities don some elaborate costumes and sing a particular song every single week. Oladipo was dressed as a monster called “Thingamajig” and got eliminated in the semi-final round which lead to his unmasking.
“Loved every moment this experience hope y’all enjoyed my gift,” Oladipo said. “Also sorry to everyone I lied to about it lol I had to keep the secret under wraps so please forgive me. BTW!! yes!! I do have more music coming soon!!! So be on the look out!!”
What did you think Oladipo’s time on “The Masked Singer?” Let us know in the comments below if you plan on checking out his music in the near future.
There’s an Off-White x Air Jordan 5 in the works for 2020, but it remains to be seen exactly when we can expect Virgil Abloh’s latest creation to drop.
Earlier this week sneaker source @Zsneakerheadz reported that the limited edition 5s would be available in February, which led us to believe that they might arrive in celebration the NBA’s All Star festivities in Chicago. However, it is now being reported that the latest Off-White x Air Jordan collab won’t be available in April.
As seen in the latest batch on-foot photos provided by @HanZuYing, the collaborative kicks appear to feature a textile mesh upper with several circular designs throughout the silhouette, including a punch out on the tongue. Additionally, the traditionally puffy Air Jordan 5 tongue has been stripped down to a much thinner version itself, which leads me to believe it has cut out carbs and sugar entirely. “Nike Air” branding on the heel and a vintage yellow outsole rounds out the look.
Whether they launch in February, April or some other month later in 2020, you can bank on this Off-White collab to be among the most coveted sneaker collabs the year. Take a look at some more photos below, and stay tuned for the ficial announcement.
Kristaps Porzingis was one the biggest enigmas in the entire NBA just a few years ago as he was drafted early on by the New York Knicks. Many thought that Porzingis was a horrible pick but he quickly turned into one the best players from his draft class. Now, Porzingis is f the Knicks and plays for the Dallas Mavericks. On Thursday night, the Mavericks were in Mexico to take on the Detroit Pistons. In the end, the Mavericks won the game and Porzingis came through with a monster poster dunk on Andre Drummond.
After performing the dunk, Porzingis stared down Drummond which depending on who you ask, is the ultimate form disrespect. In the aftermath all this, Drummond took to Twitter where he sent a friendly message to Porzingis, asking exactly what happened? As Drummond says, the two are supposed to be friends although it seems like the Pistons star is simply laughing it f as opposed to actually being mad.
The Mavericks and Pistons are two teams heading in completely different directions. It seems like the Mavs are turning into a legitimate playf team as the Pistons battle to even hit the eighth seed. Now that Porzingis is finally on a good team, it shouldn’t be surprising that he is acting in such a way.
NBA pre-game entrances have turned into a runway show in recent years, as each and every team has cameras stationed in the tunnel to see what the superstars are wearing before they take the court. From the cozy to the absurd, the fit check has become as much a part the pre-game routine as stretching and layup lines.
On Thursday night, there was one man that stole the show as he made his way to the arena. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jordan Clarkson rolled up in some JNCO-esque jeans that were pulled right from the Michael Jordan catalog. Clarkson paired up his outrageously baggy jeans with a well-fitting blazer and you can imagine the types comments floating around social media.
Despite his highly questionable pre-game attire, Clarkson had himself a night on Thursday, pouring in 25 points f the bench in his 31 minutes action as the Cavs picked up a 117-109 overtime victory in San Antonio.
Up next for the Cavs (6-19) are a pair road games, first in Milwaukee against the red hot Bucks on Saturday night, followed by a Monday night matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Stay tuned to see what Michael Jordan Clarkson does for an encore.
Stevie Wonder has been blind since he was a baby, but NBA Hall Famer Shaquille O’Neal is convinced that the legendary singer/songwriter can actually see – and he claims to have witnessed it firsthand. During Thursday night’s edition the NBA on TNT, Shaq recalled a ‘true story’ about his encounter with Stevie years ago which will only add to the conspiracy theories about Stevie’s ability to see.
As told by Shaq:
“We lived in a building on Wilshire. I’m already in the building, I’m coming through the lobby, the door opens – there’s Stevie Wonder. He comes in, says, ‘What’s up, Shaq?’ presses the button on the elevator] gets f on his floor by himself, goes to his room.”
Check out The Diesel’s recollection the “true story” in the video embedded below.
Carmelo Anthony wrapped up his mini reunion tour on Thursday night as he recently played three his former teams in the span 15 days. It started on Sunday when Carmelo and the Blazers suffered a home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, continued Tuesday as the Blazers hosted the New York Knicks, and finished up on Thursday night in Denver.
Following the 114-99 loss, in which Melo scored 20 and grabbed nine rebounds, he was asked about his desire to have his jersey retired in New York and if he has ever thought about the Nuggets retiring his No. 15 jersey. Anthony responded, “This is where it should be retired, to be honest with you.” He added with a smile, “But maybe not, cause Jokic got 15 now.”
The Nuggets drafted Anthony third overall out Syracuse in the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft, and he spent his first eight seasons with the team before being dealt to the New York Knicks.
As a result Thursday’s loss at the Pepsi Center, the Blazers fell to 10-16 on the season. In his 12 games with the team, Anthony is averaging 16.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in a little over 31 minutes action per night. The team has the rest the weekend f before returning to the court on Monday night in Phoenix.
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The last we heard about Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters he was getting suspended for eating too many edibles, which resulted in a panic attack on the team’s flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The latest Waiters news out Miami doesn’t involve any psychedelic treats, but there is a common denominator – yet another suspension.
The team announced on Thursday night that they have once again suspended the 28-year old guard – this time for six games – for “failure to adhere to team policies, violation team rules and continued insubordination.”
The six-game ban marks the third time Waiters has been suspended this season. In addition to the aforementioned THC incident, Waiters was also suspended for the team’s season opener for conduct detrimental to the team, although the specific were never revealed. According to ESPN, those previous suspensions cost Waiters $917,931 in salary. His latest will cost him another $500,690, bringing the total to over $1.4 million f his $12.1 million salary.
The Heat (18-6) signed Waiters to a four-year, $52 million extension in July 2017, and he has averaged 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his 74 appearances since then. The first game in which he will be eligible to play is December 27 against the Indiana Pacers.
Joel Embiid has been one the most exciting big men in the NBA over the last few years and has helped turn the Philadelphia 76ers into a consistent contender. There is no telling what the Sixers will be able to accomplish this season but for now, they look like the one team that can truly contend with the Milwaukee Bucks out East. Embiid has been known for his incessant trash-talking although this season, he has been fairly quiet on that front. With less trash-talking comes less aggressive play and analysts are starting to take notice.
Charles Barkley and Shaq NBA on TNT recently called out Embiid for his lack urgency. They believe Embiid hasn’t played hungry this year and it has led to some dubious stats. In a recent media scrum, Embiid gave his thoughts on their remarks, which turned out to be quite level-headed.
“That’s what they do. Maybe they’re right,” Embiid told reporters. “I do think they’re right. I think I need to be more aggressive. Just need to impose myself and look to dominate. I think the whole season I haven’t done that and then you can see the way it’s affected my efficiency and my stats. I guess I need to go back to having fun and just dominate. I get what they’re saying, man. I think they’re right. I gotta make a change.”
With a record 18-7, Embiid and the 76ers currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference and have a real shot at doing some damage once the postseason begins. Embiid still has plenty time to turn things around for himself before they go all the way bad so it’s not time to worry just yet.
The Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly teamed up with the Represent Justice Campaign to become the first teams to play at correctional facilities in 2020. According to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, the goal is to “highlight stories hope and redemption, as well as break down stigmas associated with individuals — primarily people color and the poor — impacted by the criminal justice system.”
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Starting this month, NBA players and coaches will serve as honorary coaches in the campaign’s Play For Justice initiative, which will also include facilitated conversations with incarcerated individuals.
The Kings will host the first Play For Justice event at a renovated outdoor court on Thursday evening at an undisclosed prison in Northern California. The Bucks will host an event later this month and together, the Bucks and Kings will host an event in Milwaukee on February 10. Further participation from other NBA teams is expected to be announced in 2020. The campaign’s goal is to highlight stories hope and redemption, as well as break down stigmas associated with individuals — primarily people color and the poor — impacted by the criminal justice system.
Spears also notes that Nike will donate sneakers to the incarcerated players and other participants during the Bucks’ upcoming Represent Justice event taking place in Wisconsin. The gear will later be given to the players’ families, since they cannot keep the items while imprisoned.
Kobe Bryant went through most his NBA career with the nickname “Black Mamba” thanks to his competitive spirit and ability to demoralize opponents seemingly at will. Bryant appears to be quite protective this nickname as recently, he went to war with Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals who are currently applying for a trademark to the name “Black Mamba HYPERRUSH.” Bryant believes the company is leeching f his infamous nickname although for now, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is ruling against him.
According to The Blast, the board made three cases as to why they would let Hi-Tech continue with their request. “There is evidence in the record that: (1) Opposer admits that there is a species snake known as BLACK MAMBA; (2) Bryant derived his nickname BLACK MAMBA from the Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill and (3) BLACK MAMBA is also the nickname the boxer Roger Mayweather.”
It appears as though these two have been battling it out since 2017 and now, they will be going to court where a judge will handle the case. Hi-Tech has called Bryant a bully for what his tactics in battling this case although Kobe maintains the use the “Black Mamba” name could confuse people.
Stay tuned for updates on this case as we will be sure to bring them to you.
When Russell Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets this summer, fans were interested to see how he would hold up playing with his former teammate, James Harden. Harden and Westbrook were great together on the Oklahoma City Thunder although this season has seen its fair share growing pains. The team has one the best records in the entire NBA but there is one thing that has been hurting the team at times. Of course, this is Westbrook’s poor shooting percentage. Westbrook takes a lot shots and more ten than not, he is laying bricks.
In a recent episode ESPN’s Get Up!, Jay Williams spoke about the Rockets’ struggles and made a bold claim about Harden and Westbrook’s relationship. As you can see in the clip below, Williams says that Harden doesn’t trust Westbrook anymore and it has changed the way their fense operates.
“That’s a major issue going down the stretch,” Williams said. “James Harden is wondering, can I trust my number 2? My number 2 cannot shoot which does not fit into our fense. Trust issues.”
While Harden and Westbrook would most likely deny this to be the case, Williams makes an interesting point. Both players are ball dominant and tend to leave a lot to be desired in terms shooting percentage. As the season goes on, it will be interesting to see how these two operate together.