Chargers’ Melvin Gordon Demands Trade If He Doesn’t Get New Deal: Report

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has reportedly informed the team that he won’t be reporting to training camp until he gets a new deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Furthermore, Gordon’s agent, Fletcher Smith, says he will demand a trade if a new deal is not reached.

Schefter notes:

“Smith said he and Gordon did not want to go this route, but because the lack progress in negotiations and the fers the Chargers made this fseason, they felt it necessary to voice their displeasure in an effort to reach a more satisfying outcome, whether with a new contract or a trade.”

Gordon is entering the fifth and final year his contract and is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season.

The 26-year old has earned Pro Bowl honors in two his four seasons thus far, including last season in which he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games. Gordon also had 490 receiving yards to go along with four receiving touchdowns.

According to Schefter, “Smith said Gordon is dug in and discouraged with the lack progress in the talks.”

Chargers training camp opens on July 24. Other running backs currently on the roster include Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

Steve Harvey To Provide $23K Scholarships To Eight College Freshman

Steve Harvey is using his well-earned coin to make a difference in the lives eight lucky individuals set to attend Kent State University. Steve attended the school himself and paid it forward when he invited the eight men on his self-titled talk show to detail their scholarship announcement in full. 

Steve Harvey To Provide $23K Scholarships To Eight College Freshman
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“In addition to the scholarships, DEI will provide ongoing support to the eight students to ensure their academic success,” Vice President Brown said in the ficial press release. “Our division has a vested interest in all students; these eight young men will have no excuses with the help our staff.”

The men must maintain a 2.5-grade point average to have the scholarship renew each year. “Whenever we can, we find a way to change the lives young people through scholarship programs we have come up with,” Steve added the program, presented through his Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

The scholarships are in memory  Devin Moore, a student who died while playing basketball at the Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center. “I believe that Devin’s legacy lives on in the lives the students who are being blessed to get a sound education here at Kent State,” Sony Williams, who leads division and diversity added. 

The men who received the scholarships are Lamont Averett, Zethran Jackson, Mark Jenkins, Jaiden Morales, Johnell Parnell, Kelvon Gibson, Anthony Morris Jr. and Craig Johnson.

Damian Lillard, Blazers Agree To 4-Year $196M Supermax Contract: Report

Damian Lillard has been a star for the Portland Trailblazers since he arrived there in 2012. His loyalty to the team that drafted him is admirable. Of course, the Blazers have had their struggles but they made it to the Western Conference finals this year, which means they have the ability to compete for a championship. According to Brian Windhorst ESPN, Lillard will be resigning with the Blazers for a super max contract. 

It’s being reported that Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million super maximum contract extension. Lillard has two years and roughly $61 million left on his current deal. The extension would keep him in Portland through the 2024-25 season. He is one four NBA players to average at least 25 points and 5 assists per game in each the past four seasons, along with Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and James Harden. That’s good company. 

The NBA 2019 free agency will be opening up tonight, and with all the madness predicted to go down, it’s good to see a top talent staying put. Other stars such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Jimmy Butler are expected to make big moves in the next 24 hours. We’ll continue to keep you updated throughout the whirlwind the fseason. 

LeBron James Teases Nike LeBron 17: First Look

Nike and LeBron James will ficially unveil his 17th signature sneaker – the Nike LeBron 17 – sometime this Fall, but the man himself took to instagram over the weekend to tease a glimpse what fans can expect.

As seen in the quick video posted to LeBron’s IG story, the first LeBron 17 looks to feature a black and grey knit upper along with a unique, jagged ankle collar. The kicks also appear to be a higher cut than the Nike LeBron 16.

Nike typically introduces LeBron’s new signature sneakers in the Fall, just before the start the new season, so we’ll have to sit tight and wait for the ficial details. In the meantime, check out the early look in the video embedded below. 

 

Tennessee Titans Retiring Steve McNair And Eddie George’s Numbers

The Tennessee Titans have today announced that Steve McNair’s #9 and Eddie George’s #27 will ficially be retired during the team’s September 15 home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Steve and Eddie will be forever linked as two the driving forces for our team in the late 90’s and early 2000’s,” says Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said.

“They were the heart and soul the team and each made the other a better player and ultimately led to a great deal team success. Their statistics will forever live in our record books, but their play and sacrifice is what our fans will always remember. For that and all that they have done for our team, the number 9 and 27 will be retired with the all-time franchise greats.”

According to the Titans, George’s #27 will be the first #27 jersey retired in NFL history.

McNair and George were teammates from 1996-2003, which resulted in four playf appearances, two division titles, two AFC Championship Game berths and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV. During that eight season span, the duo led the Oilers/Titans to a record 80-48, which ranked third behind only the Denver Broncos (83-45) and Green Bay Packers (88-40).

To date, only six players have had their jersey numbers retired in the the Oilers/Titans franchise. That list includes Warren Moon (#1), Earl Campbell (#34), Jim Norton (#43), Mike Munchak (#63), Elvin Bethea (#65), and Bruce Matthews (#74).

Nike Releasing Derek Fisher’s Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

Nike reportedly has plans to release Derek Fisher’s Nike Air Max Uptempo PE that he donned during the 2002 season.

The Lakers inspired colorway boasts a white leather construction, complete with yellow overlays and purple detailing on the Nike swooshes and logos on the heel. The only difference from the Air Max Uptempo PE that Fisher wore and the pair hitting retailers is the lack his No. 2 on the tongue.

Nike has not yet announced a release date, but rumors suggest the kicks will be dropping in the coming weeks for the retail price $150.

Take a look at the ficial images below and stay tuned for release details.

Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002
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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Nike Releasing Derek Fisher's Air Max Uptempo PE From 2002

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Oakland, California Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms & Peyote

Oakland just became the second city in America to decriminalize the use hallucinogenic fungi, better known as magic mushrooms. The City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to decriminalize shrooms as well as peyote. This follows Denver’s decision to legalize the hallucinogens last month. With the decriminalization the hallucinogens, law enforcement groups are now being directed to put a halt to any investigation or prosecution individuals who use or possess the natural substance.

Oakland, California Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms & Peyote
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Oakland’s progressive move comes after advocates have been arguing that the plant has been used for years for various reasons such as spiritual quests and battling psychological issues. Additionally, law enforcement can now focus on bigger issues than a few people who’ve eaten mushrooms. 

Councilman Loren Taylor made it clear in an additional amendment that the resolution doesn’t approve commercial sales or manufacturing the plans, possessing distributing in schools or driving under the influence. 

Councilman Noel Gall was approached by a community group promoting natural psychedelics got overall well-being, Decriminalize Nature Oakland and that’s when he decided to introduce the resolution to the council.

“My grandmother took care us,” Gallo said told The San Francisco Chronicles about the new resolution. “She didn’t go to Walgreens to heal us spiritually and physically, she did it out plants we use as Native Americans.”

Blake Griffin Dog Attack Victim Files Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit: Report

Blake Griffin was in the midst being sued back in February after an alleged incident in June where his dog attacked a 64-year-old man who was eating at A Votre Sante in Los Angeles. Emmanuel Aframian claims that he was eating and minding his own business when all a sudden, the dog lunged at him in a vicious attack. During the time the lawsuit, Aframian said that he had endured “disabling and permanent” all while claiming that the dog had a past being violent towards people.

According to The Blast, Aframian filed a request to have his lawsuit against the Detroit Pistons star dismissed. It’s an interesting development considering Aframian appeared to be adamant about his charges in February. As right now, it’s unclear as to whether or not Griffin settled with Aframian out court. If they did, that is certainly the reason why this lawsuit would be dismissed so suddenly.

Blake Griffin Dog Attack Victim Files Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit: Report

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Griffin has been keeping a low prile since being swept from the playfs against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons big man was recently asked about future NBA draft pick Zion Williamson, where he explained how the Duke star could be one the best dunkers to ever play the game.

Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost Get Engaged

For a couple years, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have been involved in a low-key relationship. They’re not always the talk the town but when they hit the red carpet together, all eyes flock to them. Johansson is one the most successful actresses the last decade, enjoying a prominent role in the Avengers series, which culminated with Endgame this year. Colin Jost is most well-known for his recurring appearances on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. A representative for the couple has confirmed that they are set to tie the knot, getting engaged recently and announcing the news the Associated Press

Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost Get Engaged
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Johansson’s publicist let the world know that she would soon be getting married to Colin Jost. This is the first time Jost has gotten married and ScarJo was previously married to Ryan Reynolds and Romain Dauriac. There has not yet been a date set for their nuptials. 

The couple recently walked the Avengers: Endgame red carpet together, smooching for all their fans to see and furthering speculation that they might be exchanging vows soon. Do you think they will last a long time or are you planning to scoop Scarlett away from her comedian husband-to-be?

Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost Get Engaged
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11-Year Old Girl Condemned Nazi Salutes In Class & Got Kicked Out

Complex reported on the story recently. A little girl was kicked out class in Tennessee during an exercise because she was telling other students to stop giving the Nazi salute. In a series numerous tweets, Keith Gamble, the girl’s father, shared the story and explained that his daughter shouted at the other kids “Stop it, put your hands down now!” The action led to the student’s removal from class and redirection to the principal’s fice.

11-Year Old Girl Condemned Nazi Salutes In Class & Got Kicked Out

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Accordingly, Gamble said fifth-grade pupils at the McFadden School Excellence in Murfreesboro were given an assignment herein which they were to told to give the fensive salute in a Hitler-related exercise. Following the given task, the students continued to give each other the Nazi salute in the hallways and at recess for weeks. As such, Gamble affirms that every time her daughter attempted to speak on the issue, she was told: “not to address it.” 

Furthermore, the girl speaking on the issue only led to further tormenting by her peers and made her a personal target in the Nazi salute ordeal. The father admitted to being very proud his daughter and other students who spoke out. Though a spokesperson told BuzzFeed that Gamble’s daughter “was not disciplined or punished in any way for her concerns or actions.” Moreover, the school rep added that the institution condemns the actions the fending students. We are expecting more information on this in the future.

Giannis Takes Jab At Celtics Ahead Of Game 1 Against Raptors

Game 1 the Eastern Conference Finals is set to tipf tonight in Milwaukee, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top-seeded Bucks host Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors. 

The Bucks are coming f a full week rest, following their five-game series against the Boston Celtics, but Giannis knows the team needs to come out firing in Game 1. Speaking to the media at practice on Tuesday, Giannis explained that Milwaukee could afford to go down 0-1 against a team like the Celtics, but the Raptors are a different beast.

“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and still be fine,” Giannis said, according to ESPN. “But against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot when you lose the first game in your home.”

Milwaukee enters tonight’s Game 1 with an 8-1 record in the post-season – the lone loss coming in Game 1 against Boston. The team has not played since May 8 when they closed out their second-round series.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are coming f a gruelling seven-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers, which Kawhi Leonard ended as time expired in Game 7. Of that iconic series-clinching buzzer beater, Giannis told reporters that he thought for sure the game was going to overtime.

“I’m not gonna lie,” Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. “I thought it was gonna go to overtime.

“I was talking to my family. I was watching the game, and I told them that Toronto has some st rims, so when you shoot the ball, it tends to bounce around the rim, and it goes in sometimes, so you always have a chance if you shoot the ball with an arc. And I was saying that, and in the fourth quarter, he hit the shot.”

Tonight’s Game 1, airing on TNT, tips at 8:30pm ET.

Antonio Brown Fined $25 After Pleading Guilty To "Driving At Safe Speed"

Antonio Brown was pulled over while driving his Porsche just outside Pittsburgh back in November. It was reported that Brown was driving over 100 MPH in a 45 MPH zone which means he was clearly way over the speed limit. At the time, Brown was cited for reckless driving and ended up skipping out on his court date in February. Because this, Brown was found guilty on his reckless driving charge and was ordered to pay $400, according to TMZ

Instead taking his L, Brown appealed the decision and appeared in court on Tuesday to discuss his charges. Instead pleading guilty to reckless driving, the Oakland Raiders wide receiver was given the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser charge “Driving at a Safe Speed.” This violation is a real law in Pennsylvania that constitutes as driving “a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.”

Instead having to pay any hefty fines, Brown owed a measly $25 which won’t really affect his bottom line considering he just signed a deal with the Oakland Raiders worth $50,125,000.

Brown will surely be focused on training now that this case is over. The Raiders are going to need him to be in top shape if they want any chance at being successful this season.

Adam Silver Suggests That "One-And-Done" Rule Could Be Gone By 2022 NBA Draft

The NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, is hoping that the “one-and-done” rule will no longer be in play by the time the 2022 draft rolls around. It was Thursday at an event in Washington D.C. that Silver explained that while both the league and the Players Association have been actively discussing the one-and-done topic, there are still a few years in the buffer zone that precedes actual change.

According to Silver, the 2022 Draft deadline will allow for the NBA to work closely with the Players Association and USA Basketball along with a number other organizations so that younger players are better prepared when deciding to join the league. According to Silver, pushing the projected date for the 2022 Draft up any sooner would be unjust in regard to teams who have already made trades that involve draft picks.

Adam Silver Suggests That "One-And-Done" Rule Could Be Gone By 2022 NBA Draft

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Freeing the league the one-and-done rule would eliminate the stipulations that require that all players spend at least one year in college before becoming eligible for the draft. Silver admits, however, that only half the league’s teams are welcoming the idea to draft players straight out high school.

“You could argue that in the pure self-interest the NBA, we’re better being at 19 or 20,” he said. “If you ask an NBA GM who has to scout those players and make a really difficult decision on who they should draft, in many cases, they would much rather see that player having competed against top-notch competition in college for two years or even three years than just in high school, where it’s more difficult to tell.”

He also went on to note the hypocrisy the rule: “It’s hard, I think, if you’re that parent or guardian to say to that player, it’s more important that you go to three more classes as opposed to prepare for a really important decision,” he adds. “I think that’s where the hypocrisy lies.”

Dragon Ball Fans OD’d On Fan Art During A Festive "Goku Day"

Yesterday (May the 9th) is and was the one day per year Dragon Ball fans stop to rejoice over the revered Goku character. As inane as it might sound to the non-believers, “Goku Day” has been in practice for years, the world over.

The only thing about the Spiky-haired hybrid that varies in translation is the pronunciation the character’s given name. In Japan, the Otaku emphasize a phantom third syllable when Go-kyuu is drawn into conversation. Otherwise, “Goku Day” is guided by the same principles, regardless where you find yourself located, the day .

Even so, Goku’s character arc continues to evolve with every iteration the saga, including the current Super Dragon Ball Heroes storyline, where he finds himself roped into a conflict scenario with his Time Patrol counterpart, Xeno Goku. Vegeta is also forced to repel a Xeno doppelganger much the same, setting the scene for a “tag-team championship” the likes which we’ve never seen in the Akira Toriyama’s parallel universe.

So, you might be wondering: how did Dragon Ball fans actually “celebrate” the prodigal son. Well, they did what do just about every day the year: blessing the archives with loads hyperbolic fan art depicting the character at his Super Saiyan best. Take a look for yourself.

Dragon Ball Fans OD'd On Fan Art During A Festive "Goku Day"

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Bebe Rexha Denies Getting Plastic Surgery, Says She’s "Scared To Go Under The Knife"

Bebe Rexha has now set the record straight about any and all rumors regarding going under the knife to enhance certain aspects  her body. The 29-year-old “Meant To Be” singer is featured in June’s issue  Health Magazine and has opened up about never undergoing plastic surgery, admitting that she’s scared to. 

“I’ve never had my butt done. I’ve never had my nose done. Actually, I have a deted septum, and I keep getting sinus infections, and I’m scared to get that fixed],” she told the publication. “I’m scared to go under the knife—I don’t want it to mess up my nose! If I got work done, I would definitely say it. I definitely want to get my boobs lifted one day. If it makes me feel better and sexy? I’m like, do whatever you want.”

Bebe Rexha Denies Getting Plastic Surgery, Says She's "Scared To Go Under The Knife"
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Further in the interview, Bebe speaks her sexuality and why she hasn’t publicly defined it to her fans.

“I try to keep one thing personal to me,” she said. “But I consider myself fluid. Until I find “the one,” I can’t just say what I am. I just want to find someone I love and who loves me—and I don’t care if that’s a boy or a girl.”