Yesterday was supposed to be a time to celebrate for Toronto Raptors fans as their team won their first ever NBA championship last Thursday. Millions people took to the streets Toronto to watch the team travel throughout the city and raise their title trophy in the air as an act triumph. Unfortunately, the festivities turned sour when a shooting took place near the back Nathan Phillips Square. Four people were injured and treated for their injuries and it has been reported that all four victims will be okay and that three suspects have been arrested.
One the alleged gunmen was arrested in dramatic fashion as he was tackled by six police ficers. The arrest occurred just outside the Eaton Center and elicited some screams from frightened passersby. The man seemed to be trying to run away and that’s when he was tackled.
In another video, you can hear four gunshots fired which then leads to people running away from the scene in an absolute panic. Luckily, no more shots were fired and authorities were eventually able to get the crowd under control.
According to TMZ, it was the team’s broadcast man Matt Devlin who was able to calm everyone down.
Harvard University recently rescinded the admission a particular student over racist remarks previously made. Kyle Kashuv, a survivor the Stoneman Douglas High School (aka Parkland) shooting, has found himself in quite a situation after a fellow Parkland student published screenshots racial slurs Kashuv used in messages while attending Stoneman Douglas. In the Google Doc found, Kashuv allegedly wrote the N-word numerous times and made racist jokes. For instance, Kashuv called Black athletes N-word jocks. Kashuv, a pro-gun conservative who gained popularity due to his status as a Parkland survivor and political stance, went on Twitter to plead his case.
“A few weeks ago, I was made aware egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago when I was sixteen years old, months before the shooting,” he shared before issuing an apology. He also attempted to victimize himself, adding that the media coverage from his comments sent him “into one the darkest spirals my life.” After a series opponents reached out for Harvard to pull back his admission and thus far the university has reached out to Karuv for an explanation. Following some back-and-forth, the university chose to rescind Kyle’s admission and rightfully so considering the establishment reserves the right to do so “if you engage or have engaged in behavior that brings into question your honesty, maturity, or moral character.” Check out the thread below.
As he explains, Leonard probably wouldn’t even take a meeting with the Lakers and that he is leaning towards staying with the Raptors or heading over to Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Either decision would be huge for the league as the Raptors are trying to become a dynasty while the Clippers are looking to become a contender in the depleted Western Conference.
Free agency begins on June 30th at 6 P.M. EST so that’s when players will be allowed to start meeting with teams.
An account by the name @KillerOJSimpson received a pretty harrowing DM from OJ himself, urging the parody account to shut down or he would get his lawyers after him.
“Like I said, delete this ‘Parody’ account as you call it or face serious consequences by me. I’ll find your ass one way or another so don’t mess with me. I got nothing to lose. Grow up!” OJ wrote. That’s when the parody account replied with a thumbs up and knife emoji. OJ immediately hit back with that same knife emoji which was truly frightening.
The man posted the interaction to his Twitter account and received yet another threatening DM from Simpson. “Seen that video you posted about me. You think I’m playing? Tired all your bulls–t. I WILL FIND YOUR ASS AND CUT YOU — Don’t believe me? Just watch and see bitch,” Simpson’s account wrote back. He then hit the man back with another text that contained 16 knife emojis and the words “you next.”
There has been no confirmation as to whether or not the DM’s are real and OJ himself hasn’t addressed the controversy on his Twitter page. If the messages are in fact real, he could be in violation his parole.
There were many honors being given at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday evening. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave an inspirational speech after he was presented with the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith received the Trailblazer Award for her work with the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Foundation.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish presented her Girls Trip co-star with the trophy as Jada, donning a shimmering, silver suit, graced the stage with her son Jaden Smith by her side. The 47-year-old said, “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms the mind that are full uncertainty, false beliefs, and pain. And it’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world.”
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“And then I thought a little more deeply,” she continued. “I was thinking, every last person in this room must do that at some capacity. So that means that every single person in this room is trailblazing, whether it’s within or without. So as you honor me tonight, I want to honor all you. And I want to say, here’s to us for all our trailblazing. Keep it up and thank you!
Amy Doyle, general manager MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo praised Jada in a statement. “Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” she wrote. “She is the epitome someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”
Rockstar Games has announced The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack is now available for pre-order.
The original soundtrack will drop on July 12th.
Fans who pre-order the soundtrack receive access to “Crash of Worlds” by Rocco DeLuca and “Table Top” by Daniel Lanois immediately. The collection of vocal tracks will release digitally on July 12th in collaboration with Lakeshore Records. Rockstar hasn’t announced any plans for a limited edition vinyl release like with the first game.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the hottest video games released in 2018. Imagery from the game featured on Lil Nas X’s .
The RDR2 soundtrack is produced by 11-time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois, who created these tracks exclusively for the game. Lanois has worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson. Lanois says he was thrilled to work on the game, as it provided “a terrific compositional space, vast and covering a range of emotional textures.”
Vocal performances on the soundtrack include those from D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and David Ferguson.
If you have Spotify, you can listen to the first two songs for the original soundtrack below.
Back when Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption in 2010, they also revealed an exclusive red vinyl soundtrack release. Hopefully, something like this will be available for fans of the sequel who prefer Arthur over John.
So far no plans have been revealed to do something similar for Red Dead Redemption 2, but there is another original score soundtrack on the way.
Meanwhile, fans who are looking for something new to sample might be interested in Lil Nas X’s latest EP. The explosive country rapper is dropping a 7-song EP in collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus. The new EP and will be released by Columbia Records on June 21st.
Before Kawhi even stepped foot on the court, he became a Raptors meme thanks to his bizarre laugh that led to a ton ridicule and some pretty funny edits. Over the course the season, Leonard has embraced the memes that surround him which is evident based on his collection with New Balance.
Today, while giving his speech at the parade, Leonard thanked the fans in the city before breaking out the signature laugh in a moment that will forever live in Raptors lore. As you would imagine, his teammates were laughing hysterically almost as if they didn’t believe he would do it.
We don’t have the footage but it’s been assumed that Skip Bayless is currently at home punching the air while screaming “Number 2.”
Last week, a video Phoenix police ficers drawing guns and using excessive force to arrest a family quickly went viral. The video which was recorded by a bystander shows a young couple which included a pregnant woman, being arrested with guns pointed at them and so right outside their baby sitter’s apartment complex. The brutal arrest was also witnessed by the couple’s two children which included a four-year-old and a toddler. It is also believed that the arrest occurred due to shoplifting claims and we found out that the eldest daughter allegedly stole a dollar store doll. Nevertheless, due to the violence the counter, a civil lawsuit was quickly filed against the city’s police department in the upwards $10 million dollars. The arrest shocked many folks and social media, celebrities as well. Jay-Z’s lawyers recently fered legal support to the family in their rights violation proceedings against the city’s police. And now, the department’s chief has finally spoken out on the ordeal and issued his sincerest apologies.
According to The Washington Post, Police Chief Jeri Williams publicly apologized to the family, Phoenix community and the public for the incident on Sunday Phoenix TV station KTKV. He also added that an international investigation was underway to look into the incident. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also shared an apology to the family Twitter on Sunday.
The Toronto Raptors championship parade is winding down, but the celebrations are only just beginning in Toronto.
The parade came to a close at Nathan Phillips Square where a sea Raptors fans gathered for a rally, during which Toronto mayor John Tory gifted Kawhi “King Of The North” Leonard the key to the city.
Leonard may be as emotionless as they come, but there is no doubt he is feeling the love in Toronto today.
In addition to receiving the key to the city, Kawhi was serenaded with a boisterous “Five More Years!” chant, as Raptors fans – led by Kyle Lowry – encouraged the two-time Finals MVP to run it back.
Despite all the feel good vibes in and around the entire country, reports have recently surfaced that gun shots rang out as the parade came to a close.
According to the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur, the incident took place at the south east corner Nathan Phillips Square while the speeches were ongoing. At least two people were injured and two other have been taken into custody.
Rob Kardashian is easily the quietest all the Kardashians but every now and then he comes through to drop f an appreciation post for his cute daughter, Dream Kardashian. Rob shares two-year-old Dream with his ex Blac Chyna and from what we know, the exes have finally gotten on the same page when it comes to successful co-parenting.
“Angela and I are both actively co-parenting and there are no pending or active custody cases,” Rob previously shared on Twitter, with Blac adding, “Robert and I only concern is what’s in the best interest our daughter that we both equally love. Additionally, Robert is a wonderful father to our Dreamy!”
The latest share had by Rob sees Dream posted up with her uncle-in-law, Kanye West. Dream is rocking an adorable little grin while Kanye smiles and embraces his niece. “Best picture ever,” Rob captioned the image.
Rob has more presence in this season Keeping Up With The Kardashians, something Kim has previously talked about. “He is gonna be on] a little bit more in the next season,” Kim said, explaining his previous absence. “He has his moods. Sometimes he’s like, ‘Look, I didn’t sign up for this’ and then he’s like ‘I’m cool to do it, so.”
Lil Baby had a hell a year in 2018. His collaborative work with Gunna netted him a few candidates for Song the Year and his solo work on Harder Than Ever earned him some serious praise from hip-hop heads around the world. One year later, the project is still in rotation but the Atlanta rapper is looking set on rolling out his next body work soon. We haven’t heard from him in a while but that’s probably because he’s been so hard at work in the studio. We’re about to get one his first 2019 ferings though because, on his Instagram story, he just announced that he’s teaming up with Future for a brand new single.
Announcing the new cut on social media, Lil Baby told fans to expect a collaboration between himself and big Fewtch sometime this week. The track will be called “Out The Mud” and is one the first collaborations between both rappers.
LaMelo Ball will be playing for the Australian Basketball League’s Illawarra Hawks next season, with hopes becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
After his father LaVar made the rounds at ESPN earlier this morning, LaMelo joined “The Jump” to announce that he has signed with the Illawarra Hawks on a two-year deal that includes NBA out clauses. The 17-year old, 6’7 guard currently ranks 21st overall in the ESPN 100 class 2019.
LaMelo will join fellow high school basketball star RJ Hampton, who recently signed with the New Zealand Breakers instead playing for Kansas. According to ESPN, the Hawks and Breakers finished tied for sixth place in the NBL last season.
“My agents did a ton research on the options I had to play this coming season and Australia really made sense for me,” Ball told ESPN. “They have a really strong league, with excellent coaches and great players, including former and future NBA players, and great strength and conditioning programs. My goal is to be the top pick in next year’s Draft and I feel they can help me reach that goal. Also, the timing the season works well with the timing next year’s Draft.”
“I am really looking forward to playing pressionally this season, so that I can focus all my time and energy on basketball,” Ball said. “My experience in Lithuania will help make the adjustment easier. Playing overseas pressionally at just 16-years-old put me in a place where I had to figure things out quickly and I think that experience will make a huge difference for me in Australia.”
Those at home who were watching ESPN’s First Take today collectively cringed when LaVar Ball made some interesting comments towards the show’s moderator, Molly Qerim. Qerim is the wife former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and has been with the First Take crew for years now. During a segment involving LaVar, Molly wanted to change the subject so she said she wanted to “switch gears.” This prompted LaVar to say “You can switch gears with me anytime” which had Qerim cringing at the camera.
Many believed LaVar’s comments were sexual in nature which elicited reactions from notable sports personalities, including Jemele Hill, who said “Kudos to Molly Querim for the pressional way she handled LaVar Ball after his inappropriate comment. Maybe ESPN will have finally learned its lesson about putting him on TV.”
According to TMZ, Ball’s representative Denise White issued a statement regarding his First Take appearance and explained how the comments weren’t sexual at all.
“LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears, in his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘yes, you can switch gears with me anytime.’ At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature,” White said.
The New Orleans Pelicans might not be done making moves ahead Thursday’s NBA Draft.
After acquiring Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and multiple first-round draft selections from the Lakers, Pelicans GM David Griffin is reportedly looking to package the fourth overall pick in the June 20 Draft for an All-Star caliber player.
According to Shams Charania, “Griffin has been open to moving the No. 4 overall pick, and one player league executives believe the Pelicans are monitoring in a potential trade is Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal.” That said, the Wizards are reportedly hoping to build around Beal, who they selected third overall out Florida in the 2012 NBA Draft
Beal, 25, averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season to go along with 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds, while earning All Star honors and playing in all 82 games for the second straight season.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Washington Wizards are gearing up to fer Toronto Raptors president basketball operations Masai Ujiri a deal that could approach $10 million annually and deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity. That said, interim president Tommy Sheppard is expected to conduct the draft later this week.
Bhad Bhabie just got dropped from an upcoming concert in Jordan after the “Hi Bish” rapper showed support for the neighboring country, Israel. Bhad had a show set in Jordan for July 8th and would then head to Tel Aviv for a show on the 9th.
An ficial statement from Jordanian media alerted fans the cancellation, writing: “Unfortunately due to the artist’s recent statements that violets sic] our values & the contract between us and the artist, we are informing you that Bhad Bhabie’s show is canceled. Thank you for understanding and we hope we don’t fail to satisfy our audience in future events.”
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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Jordan takes credit for the cancellation. “Our joint efforts to influence by sending messages to the organizers, venue and ticket sellers have resulted directly in influencing the decision the organizers to cancel the event,” the group, who works to end “occupation and colonization all Arab lands,” wrote on Twitter.
“This collective victory would not have happened had we not stood united in the face cultural normalization, one the most dangerous tools used to penetrate our society.”
So far, Bhad is still set to hit the stage in Tel Aviv and has yet to respond to the cancellation.