Ezekiel Elliott’s Agent Responds To Jerry Jones’ "Zeke Who?" Remark

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently made a joke about Ezekiel Elliott’s absence from training camp when speaking about the impressive play  rookie running back, Tony Pollard. According to Chris Mortensen, Zeke and his agent Rocky Arceneaux weren’t at all pleased with the joke.

During a discussion with reporters on Saturday following the Cowboys preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, Jones was asked if Pollard was his best leverage in the contract negotiations with Elliot. Jones joked, “Zeke who?” before adding that Pollard would be a great compliment to the star running back.

“If Pollard] continues this through the next several weeks, that’ll really complement what we’re doing with Zeke,” Jones said. “Not replace that, and I mean that. And nobody’s getting cute here. It’ll certainly be a great complement to have a great running game. I can picture those guys in the same sets at the same time out there really giving those defenses fits.”

In regards to Jones’ remark, Elliott’s agent responded, “I didn’t think it was funny and neither did Zeke – we actually thought it was disrespectful.”

Check out Jones’ full comments in the video embedded below.

The 24-year old running back is entering the fourth year his five-year rookie contract, and he is reportedly hoping to become the league’s highest-paid running back.

As his contract is currently constructed, Zeke is owed $3.853 million this season and $9.099 million on the fifth-year option in 2020, according to NFL.com. If the Cowboys are willing to satisfy Zeke and make him the league’s highest-paid running back, they’ll need to go beyond the four-year, $57.5 million extension ($14.375M annually) that Todd Gurley received from the Los Angeles Rams.

DJ Muggs Enlists Mach-Hommy For "Kill Em All" Album

DJ Muggs has teamed up with Mach-Hommy once again for a new album titled Kill Em All. The project is their second collaborative release of the year following March’s Tuez-Les Tous LP.

The duo’s latest album features 10 songs with Tha God Fahim making appearances on multiple tracks. Other guests include Your Old Droog and Sick Jacken.

View Muggs and Mach-Hommy’s Kill Em All stream, cover art and tracklist below.

DJ Muggs Enlists Mach-Hommy For "Kill Em All" Album

1. Jolly Roger Introduction
2. Lady Justice
3. Apollon’s Wheels f. Your Old Droog
4. Cessna 210 f. Tha God Fahim
5. Force Majeure
6. The Omni f. Tha God Fahim
7. Daniel Fast f. Tha God Fahim
8. Mount Tambora f. Tha God Fahim
9. Anacaona f. Sick Jacken
10. Titanium White f. Tha God Fahim

WWE Announces "King Of The Ring" Tournament Participants

WWE’s “King Of The Ring” tournament will return next Monday, August 19, marking the first time the event has taken place since 2015.

Old school wrestling fans will recall that the King Of The Ring was once a popular PPV event in itself, but it ultimately got lost in the shuffle during the ’90s as WWE grew to include other PPV events throughout the year.

As seen in the trailer video above, the 2019 King Of The Ring Tournament will include eight Raw superstars and eight SmackDown Live superstars. One would assume the bracket will be split between the two brands, leading to a final bout between a member Raw and a member SmackDown, although WWE has not yet announced any the matchups.

The festivities will kick f on the August 19 edition Raw, but the tournament will likely span over multiple episodes both shows. Worth noting: WWE’s next PPV event, Clash Champions, is scheduled for September 15, which is just one month away. That could be a fitting culmination the tournament, but we’ll have to wait and see how WWE goes about their business.

In the meantime, here are the participants:

  • Baron Corbin (Raw)
  • Elias (Raw)
  • Cedric Alexander (Raw)
  • Drew McIntyre (Raw)
  • Ricochet (Raw)
  • Samoa Joe (Raw)
  • The Miz (Raw)
  • Ali (SmackDown)
  • Andrade (SmackDown)
  • Apollo Crews (SmackDown)
  • Buddy Murphy (SmackDown)
  • Chad Gable (SmackDown)
  • Kevin Owens (SmackDown)
  • Shelton Benjamin (SmackDown)
  • Cesaro (SmackDown)

Damian Marley Stands In Solidarity With Hawaiian Elders To Protest $1.4B Telescope Project

Big Island, HI – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is carrying on his father Bob Marley’s legacy by joining the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) Project protest on the Big Island Of Hawaii.

Last month, the Grammy Award-winning reggae artist flew to the Big Island to stand in solidarity and lend his support to the protesters standing to “Protect Mauna Kea” from what the locals have deemed an invasive project.

During his visit, Damian performed a short set of his own songs along with a few of his father’s famous anthems, including “Get up Stand up,” “Crazy Baldheads” and “Is This Love.” He told those gathered at the base of Mauna Kea Hawaii was the first to embrace his music.

According to a press release, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world from base to peak and holds a sacred place in Hawaii’s cultural history. However, Mauna Kea is under threat from a state plan to construct a $1.4 billion telescope at its peak.

Although Hawaiian elders and citizens successfully stopped the telescope’s production in 2014, they were once again forced to congregate in the road to prevent construction of the TMT project at the beginning of July.

Despite military and police force, the non-violent protestors have remained resolute in their mission and are joined by thousands around the world, including Damian.

“I recently visited Hawaii where people have come together to protect their sacred land on Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world from base to peak,” Damian said in a statement. “Ironically, while the people in Hawaii are trying to protect their sacred land from allowing the world’s largest telescope to be built on top of Mauna Kea; we in Jamaica are trying to protect our nation’s land from bauxite mining companies expanding into Cockpit Country.

“Mining these areas would remove forest cover, block and pollute waterways, displace residents, threaten agricultural livelihoods, compromise air quality and threaten the health and well-being of thousands of Jamaican citizens. In the late 1700’s, Maroons who had escaped from plantations used this difficult territory to build communities outside of government control to free themselves of slavery.”

In closing, Damian urged people to sign a Change.Org petition to support both the Mauna Kea movement and also the Cockpit Country movement. 

Antonio Brown Calls Out The "Sheep" In Latest Cryptic IG Post

Antonio Brown has had a whirlwind a week that all started when it was revealed that he had frostbitten feet due to a trip inside a cryogenic chamber. If that wasn’t enough antics for Oakland Raiders fans to put up with, Brown started to threaten the team with retirement after his helmet was banned by the league. Brown doesn’t like any the options they were trying to give him and ended up filing a grievance against the NFL. Since then, Brown has backed f a little bit and is willing to use a new helmet, although he wants to make the league liable for any injuries he may sustain.

Earlier today, the league finally issued a statement about the whole ordeal and Raiders fans are eager for it all to be put to bed finally. In the midst all this, Brown took to Instagram to address those who have voiced their opinions on what he’s doing. As you can imagine from a player like Brown, he’s blaming everyone else for not seeing things the way he does.

”Pollitoooo Wolves don’t loose sleep over the opinions sheep,” Brown wrote. Based on the caption, it appears as though he is taking issue with those criticizing him for taking a stand. Of course, it doesn’t seem like there is a single person on his side here but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

This has certainly been one the most hilarious sagas in the history the league.

36% of the 'Woodstock Generation' Experience Trouble Listening to Music Today

More than half of the Woodstock generation suffers from some form of hearing deterioration, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, involved over 1,000 U.S. adults aged between 65 and 80 — dubbed “The Woodstock Generation” by the report.  Predictably, those that reported listening to “loud or very loud music” in their youth had the highest levels of hearing problems today.

Of course, there are also plenty of people who didn’t listen to blaring music in their youth, but simply have hearing issues in older age.  But Woodstock symbolized an era of music that was more intense, more culturally involved, and a lot, lot louder.  So a broader comparison with earlier generations — if that’s even possible — may show elevated rates of hearing deterioration.

With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock approaching, 36% of respondents reported difficulties with hearing music on some level.

Nearly half (47%) of those rocking out in their teens reported serious issues today.  “The survey found that 47% of the Woodstock Generation who listened to loud or very loud music when they were in their teens and 20s now report hearing loss,” the study relayed.

Beyond that, 52% of respondents reported experiencing “difficulty understanding what is being said in loud environments like busy restaurants at least sometimes,” while 40% “have needed statements repeated in conversations at least sometimes.”

70% of respondents said they wished they could hear music the way they did when they were young.

36% of the 'Woodstock Generation' Experience Trouble Listening to Music Today

The statistics go on.  38% of respondents admitted their hearing loss impacted their relationships with family and friends, at least a little bit.

But despite a large percentage of respondents reporting trouble properly hearing music, only 12% needed to use a hearing aid.  So perhaps the problem is easily overstated, with many simply used to somewhat diminished hearing.

Still, the data suggests that even if the 50th anniversary Woodstock show was taking place, original fans wouldn’t enjoy it as much.  In fact, it was entirely unclear who was planning to attend the now-canceled Woodstock reunion.

over three times and battled mountains of bad press along the way. Investors backed out, over four permits were canceled, and founder Michael Lang refused to give up until weeks before the event was slated to take place.  Ultimately,  and taken out of its misery.

Performers were even freed from their contracts and Lang tried to guilt them into performing anyway. At least Lang has the .

There’s A High Chance Your Food Delivery Driver Tasted Your Meal

Whether you prefer to order from Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, or another food delivery service, there’s a decent chance the person bringing you your meal had a little taste in the car. If you drive Uber as a side hustle, maybe you can provide some insight into this. According to a new survey conducted by US Foods, over one-quarter all delivery drivers polled have admitted to tasting a client’s food before delivering the goods. That means that the next time to order in, you might want to consider copping a larger portion since you might actually be sharing.

As reported by Complex, a Jimmy John’s delivery driver was caught on camera having a sip his customer’s drink before they answered the door and it prompted a mass survey to be conducted. You may not think that your driver is gonna steal a french fry out your McDonald’s bag but this actually happens way more frequently than you’d like to believe. The report reads that 28% drivers that were polled admitted to creeping through your dinner before ringing the doorbell. 

One suggested fix has been tamper-pro labels, which some fast-food restaurants have already started using. However, some restaurants don’t have the means to keep up with production costs or special packaging. Are you scared to order in now?

There's A High Chance Your Food Delivery Driver Tasted Your Meal
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Apollo Nida Re-Released From Prison, Remanded To Philly Halfway House

Real Housewives Atlanta star Apollo Nida is enjoying his freedom once again after being released from prison for the second time in almost two months. In early June, Nida was discharged from federal custody and remanded to a halfway house. However, a week later he was found to be in violation their rules so he was immediately detained once again. At the time, a representative for the U.S. Marshals Service told Page Six, “He was taken back into custody. I wouldn’t say it was an arrest because it’s not a new charge. It was an order the court to bring him into custody. We took him to Federal Bureau Prisons and they will deal with it since he was in their custody.”

Nida was set to remain in custody until October 15, but according to reports, he was released on Monday. It’s believed that his first order business will be to plan his wedding to fiancée Sherien Almuft as the couple became engaged two years into Nida’s prison sentence. Back in 2014, Nida pleaded guilty to charges related to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and was sentenced to eight years. Prosecutors allege that since 2009, Nida swindled people out over two million dollars.

During the investigation, Nida was married to former Real Housewives Atlanta star Phaedra Parks. The volatile dissolution the ex-couple’s marriage played out for Bravo TV reality show cameras and the two weren’t ficially declared divorced by the courts until 2017. The pair share two young sons: nine-year-old Ayden and six-year-old Dylan.

Poll Reveals Michelle Obama Is The Most Admired Woman In The World

Although it’s been a while now that POTUS Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama left the White House, many miss them dearly. And a new poll has recently confirmed the latter according to a news report shared by TheShadeRoom. The poll unveiled results which indicated that the former first lady was now the most admired woman in the world and the news is not as shocking as it seems. Over the years, Michelle Obama has built an incredible platform for herself her elegance, values and work ethic. Along with being by Obama’ side through his difficult years leading the nation, Michelle has made sure to do her part the lifting by initiating wellness programs for children and advocating for a better world that prioritized both physical and mental well-being.

The poll stemmed from YouGov, according to CBSNews, and it revealed that the former FLOTUS had knocked Angelina Jolie who previously held the title due to her remarkable activism efforts. Other powerful women have previously made the list most-liked and these women we include Queen Elizabeth II, Emma Watson, and Oprah Winfrey amongst others. The results were gathered from individuals in 41 different countries and narrowed down to a top 20 wherein Michelle Obama is number one. 

NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

Paul George has proven time and time again that he has a bit a nerdier side thanks to the PlayStation and NASA versions his popular signature shoe with Nike. The newest member the Los Angeles Clippers will be teaming up with NASA once again for the Nike PG 3 “NASA 50th” which is supposed to be a nod to the 50th anniversary the Apollo 11 mission.

What’s interesting about this sneaker is that it is entirely made reflective silver materials which create an interesting glow when put in the dark. This is a very loud colorway the shoe but certainly matches the aesthetics space and everything that comes with space exploration. The back heel also features NASA patches which brings the whole theme together.

According to Sole Collector, this sneaker will be coming out on Saturday, July 20th for $120 USD. 

NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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NASA x Nike PG 3 Coming In Full Silver Reflective Colorway: Official Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

Paul George was one three finalists for the NBA MVP trophy this past season and while he didn’t win, there is no denying just how special a player he is. George is also known for his ultra-successful signature shoe with Nike which has been largely considered to be one the best lines on the market. This year, George and Nike released the PG3 to the world and the first colorway was dubbed “NASA” and modeled after astronaut’s gear

Since then, Geroge has revisited the space theme and it looks as though he is going right back to it with the colorway found below. This particular version the shoe seems to be more focused on recreating the aesthetic the moon which is known for its grey, rocky exterior.

The upper is mostly made white mesh while hits black suede can be found all the way throughout as well. From there, cement grey is and black speckles cover the midsole which is what truly ties in the Moon aesthetic together.

According to Sneaker News, these will be dropping on August 1st for an undisclosed price.

Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Nike PG 3 Takes Inspiration From The Surface Of The Moon: Details

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Report: 62% of Festivalgoers Want Music Festivals to Cut Down on Waste Reduction, Yet Most Abandon Their Tents at Events

Ticketmaster UK has unveiled its State of Play report.

In its latest annual study, the live promoter focused on music festivals across the UK.

Drawing on 10 years of ticket data and surveying over 4,000 festivalgoers, Ticketmaster found 62% remain concerned about waste reduction initiatives at music festivals.  To cut down on sexual harassment and crime, 61% said they wanted improved security at events.  57% said they want music festivals and live gigs to be “eco-friendly.”  53% want a greater variety of events and activities, 50% want to have “unique experiences,” and 48% said they want events to feature more “communal [and] chill spaces.”

Speaking about festival sustainability and the environment, the live promoter wrote,

Many have already implemented green initiatives such as offering locally sourced and organic foods, rewarding those who arrive low carbon emission routes or putting “reduce, reuse, recycle” efforts into play.

Despite festivalgoers’ desire for more environmentally friendly music festivals, 25% of all respondents admitted to sometimes leaving their tents behind, thus polluting the environment.  13% said they always abandon their tents at events.

So, why does this happen?  Most people, says Ticketmaster, believe organizers will simply recycle the abandoned tents.

Breaking down gender diversity in the 2019 State of Play: Festivals report, 49% believe diversity has improved.  47% of all respondents believe organizers have the sole responsibility of ensuring festival line-ups “are as diverse as possible.”  29% agree music events don’t have enough diversity.

Yet, despite their desire to see more diversity, 42% admitted they don’t consider a gender-balanced line-up when choosing which festivals and gigs to attend.

Analyzing the habits of festivalgoers, Ticketmaster found more males than females attend music gigs, 52% to 47%.  The average age of attendees stands at 37.

Breaking that number down, 6% of those aged 65 and over attend music gigs, 8% are aged 55-63, 16% are aged 45-54, 20% are aged between 35 and 44, a whopping 26% – the largest age group – are aged 25-34, 15% are aged between 20 and 24, and 9% are 16 to 19.

17% of British festivalgoers come from London.  Just 2% come from Northern Ireland.

61% of all festivalgoers also attend music festivals with friends.  38% go with their significant other.  10% attend with their children and 9% go with their siblings.

55% of all respondents also said they usually attend festivals and music gigs with 2 to 4 friends.  18% attend with 5 to 9 people they know.  15% usually go with just 1 person.  8% go alone.

Breaking down the reasons for attending music festivals, 31% said they do so for the “experience.”  29% attend to hear their favorite music.  25% go to socialize.  And, 15% attend to “escape” reality.

You can view the complete report here.

 


Featured image by Luke Addison (CC by 2.0).

Robert Pattinson’s Batman Casting Favoured By Audiences According To Poll

A new poll delivered by The Hollywood Reporter is pinpointing a favorable reception Robert Pattinson’s casting as Batman. The market research data revealed the latter as “some 42 percent those in the 18-29 age bracket are in favor the casting as opposed to 30 percent in the same group that prefer Hoult, already known to superhero movie fans in Fox’s X-Men franchise. (The number spikes further, reaching 48 percent, if the age range is limited to 18-22.) Yet Hoult manages to outrank Pattinson slightly among older audiences, including in the 45-54 and 55-64 demographics.” And surprisingly, the results the poll are largely impacted by Pattinson’s prior involvement in the Twilight franchise.

 “Twilight fans are totally on board. I think their dedication to Rob is the kind that means fans who weren’t Batman fans before are now going to devour all things Batman, in support Rob,” shared the co-founder a fan group dedicated to the actor. Thus far, Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult are facing f for the role, but it is believed that Pattinson is currently the front runner. The actor even auditioned and shot screen tests while wearing the iconic Batman costume. Hence the update on who won is a matter time now.

Piracy Is Ethically Acceptable to Many Lawyers, Study Finds

A study conducted among Harvard-educated lawyers by Professor Dariusz Jemielniak revealed a casual attitude towards copyright theft.

The paper — published in The Information Society journal — polled perceptions of 100 international Masters of Law students at Harvard.  The respondents were asked to evaluate how acceptable they found several piracy scenarios.

The piracy scenarios presented ranged from downloading a TV show or movie that isn’t legally available to pirating music to save money. Nineteen different alternatives described situations in which piracy could occur.

Researchers expected the lawyers to have conservative ethical opinions when presented, but the opposite proved true. Most respondents leaned toward the acceptable point of the scale for each piracy situation, meaning they felt most actions were acceptable behavior.

Researchers concluded that digital file sharing ranked high in terms of ethical acceptability among its survey population of lawyers.

Drilling down and looking at the results of the survey reveals that not all types of piracy were treated as ethically equal, however.

because it is not available legally was given the highest score for acceptability. Pirating due to lack of financial resources was the next form of piracy with the highest acceptability score. Piracy for educational purposes also received high ethically acceptable marks.

Once downloading copyrighted material for commercial purposes emerged, the ethical acceptance of piracy began to fade. Pirating to avoid payment or subscription service also ended up on the unacceptable side of the scale.

Another interesting point in the study is the difference between the lawyers surveyed. Those who work in the public sector, or planned to work in the public sector, were more tolerant of copyright infringement. Lawyers in the private sector were less tolerant of the practice.

It’s important to note that lawyers who participated in the survey were not all experts in copyright law. However, the study illustrates that there is a clear divide between the law and what legal scholars believe is ethically acceptable.

Joell Ortiz Teams With Salaam Remi For "BoxTalk" EP

Earlier this year, Joell Ortiz linked up with Fred The Godson and The Heatmakerz for the collaborative project Gorilla Glue. Now, the veteran MC has connected with producer Salaam Remi for a new EP titled BoxTalk.

The five-track EP has been released through Remi’s Louder Than Life imprint. The project continues Ortiz’s string of collaborative efforts with accomplished producers, such as last year’s Mona Lisa album with Apollo Brown.

Check out Ortiz and Remi’s BoxTalk stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Joell Ortiz Teams With Salaam Remi For "BoxTalk" EP

1. Keep’n On
2. Shake Dat Je’llo
3. Box Talk
4. Brooklyn What
5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop