Antonio Brown of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers was disciplined recently for wearing Muhammad Ali cleats to a game. If Brown did not remove the cleats, the NFL threatened to disqualify him from competition.
According to the Twitter handle below, Brown wore the black and yellow cleats with Ali’s face on them in remembrance of the legendary boxer.
In previous weeks, he wore cleats featuring Arnold Palmer and was not fined. However, another pair of blue cleats Brown wore in Week 1 of the NFL match-ups earned him a fine because the league concluded the shoes did not match the team’s colors.
In a surprising twist, the lead investigator that helped bring gang rape charges against New York Knicks superstar Derrick Rose was murdered recently. Nadine Hernandez suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and police have not stated whether the case is being reviewed as a suicide or a homicide. The 44-year old officer was shot in Los Angeles and taken to a local hospital where she died.
There are no suspects at this time. This case is developing.
We’re sure that many have heard about the heartbreaking situation facing the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh. Bosh was not cleared by the NBA for play this season due to on-going issues with blood clots that he has been battling for a few years.
Many fans are questioning why the NBA Championship winner does not simply retire due to his condition. Bosh provided an answer to this all too familiar question when speaking with news source, “Uninterrupted” recently. “I want my children to know that daddy was a fighter and he just didn't give up very easily," he stated.
Bosh currently has five children. He is still technically a member of the Heat franchise and will be paid $76 million over the next three seasons whether he plays or not. However, the money isn’t fazing Chris Bosh and does not outweigh his desire to continue to play basketball. He went on to state, “What I would say to the people, who just see the money and kind of see my situation and say, 'Hey, just walk away,' I get it. I totally get it. I understand you. I hear you. But I'm not really thinking about money. I'm just thinking about where my heart is. I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living."
Why are the Carolina Panthers 1-4 after a season that can be deemed as a modern “Cinderella story”? We have a bit of insight – defense. In just one season the Panthers’ defense has gone from top of the line to clearly not making the finish line.
The cause may stem from bad resources and pre-season decisions. The Panthers let Josh Norman go into free agency without much of a fight and released another cornerback. Their recent game against Tampa Bay showcased all the cracks that are threatening to break their season in two. It may already be too late for any post-season play because no team has ever come from a 1-4 record to magically be great again.
With Cameron Newton’s recent racial criticisms and concussion, he doesn’t seem up for a turnaround. Next Sunday’s game against the Saints doesn’t offer much relief with or without came Newton. The future looks bleak for the franchise.
This year, during the heated presidential season, politics have edged their way into sports. Whether the discussion is Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem or the flack Carmelo Anthony has been receiving today since locking arms with players and standing for the national anthem, sports have been impacted. However, there may be an even deeper impact.
Recently, CNN polled NFL players about who they would support in the presidential election and contrasted that number with nationwide polls separated by race demographics. Their results are below.
The NBA season doesn’t officially start for almost a month, but CBS Sports recently ranked NBA players by their “superstar” level. You’ll be surprised to see Kyrie Irving in the category of “not a superstar, but could get there” and Blake Griffin, along with Russell Westbrook in the “players perceived by many as superstars who aren’t actually quite there” category. The list was very humorous at best.
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What’s Kevin Durant's new strategy with the Golden State Warriors? Apparently, the coaches want him to do what he does best – take more shots.
During his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sinking shots beyond the arc were a specialty of Durant, which earned him a NBA MVP Award. However, with the varying three-point shot experts already on the Golden State Warriors, will this game plan really add any new aspects to the team?
According to Fox News, teammate Draymond Green had other advice for the new Warrior. "Yeah, I shot a lot today, and Draymond told me I wasn't aggressive enough," Durant told reporters recently.
Just taking shots is not enough in Green’s eyes. Aggression will be needed to defeat teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers this upcoming NBA season.
Durant led Oklahoma City to close victories with Russell Westbrook alongside him for eight years. They produced stunning victories in last year’s playoffs, only to be ousted later.
Durant went on to tell reporters, "My thing is, impose my will by scoring when we need it. I could do the other things, but I'm highlighted by my scoring and how efficient I can put the ball in the basket and try to search out good shots for our group."
The regular season of the NBA begins October 25.
Many wait anxiously for classic Super Bowl commercials, but they also await the halftime performance. The NFL recently announced who will be gracing the stage this year for the Pepsi Super Bowl LI halftime show.
The person chosen was Lady Gaga. There were various petitions pushing for Chris Brown or Rihanna to perform for the show, but the NFL has reportedly been in talks with Lady Gaga for months to perform for the Super Bowl crowd.
Did Blake Barnett angrily roll away from the Crimson Tide because he’s been given a backseat in the quarterback position at UA? Barnett started the season with high hopes that he would lead the Tide to victory during the 2016-2017. However, Barnett has been playing backup to breakout freshman, Jalen Hurts, since their first game. His performance overshadowed Barnett by a longshot.
Still, Barnett appeared in three games this season with 219 yards and two touchdown passes. He even completed a touchdown in their most recent 48-0 win against Kent State University, but in Barnett’s eyes it was not enough. Since his future with the Tide as a starting quarterback was not promised, he announced today that he would be transferring from the University of Alabama. The redshirted freshman, Cooper Bateman, will now be the second string quarterback.
Pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident in Miami Beach this past weekend. Fernandez was a standout pitcher with the Miami Marlins baseball team and was only 24-years old.
There were three other victims overcome by water after the boat they were using capsized. Authorities believe boat speed was a factor in the drownings.
The team released a statement reflecting on the recent loss. “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Social media is in an uproar over the statements made by NBA player, LeBron James, today during an interview with ESPN. James was asked about his stance on the Colin Kaepernick national anthem boycott and took the diplomatic approach. He stated that he believed in what Kaepernick was doing, but that he also believed in the flag, so he would not sit or kneel for the national anthem when the NBA season comes back around. This left many wondering how James can believe in both at the same time.
James went on to state, “What I do not like about the situation is the negative attention that has been thrown upon him by some people because it’s not deserved. He was very educated, very smart, very candid and very demanding about what he wanted to do and he didn’t ask anyone else to join him. And he did it in the most peaceful manner I’ve ever seen anyone stand up and do something. So I can respect that. And the things I do personally, when I’m knowledgeable about it and I’m passionate about it, I’ll do that as well and let you guys know when those things ae because I’ll tell you.”
What are your thoughts?
Horrifically, a tree at Auburn's Toomer’s Corner was set on fire after someone lit the tissue that is traditionally thrown on the tree following a football win. The crime occurred following Auburn's stunning win over LSU on Saturday.
Auburn Police arrested Jochen Wiest, an Auburn resident that does not attend the university, over the weekend for the arson. The 29-year old was booked and charged with “desecration of a venerable object” according to police. He could face up to a year in jail or strenuous fines for the act. Wiest can be seen on a business’ surveillance camera starting the fire.
The fire brings back painful memories of 2011, when a Tuscaloosa man poisoned an oak tree on Toomer’s Corner at Auburn University. The full extent of the damage to the tree set on fire Saturday is not known at this time.
There were quite a few shakeups this weekend in football. The Carolina Panthers don’t seem to be the Cinderella-man team they were last year – losing to the Minnesota Vikings 22-10. The ongoing protests and tension in North Carolina due to the Scott case may have played a role. There were protestors outside of Sunday’s game.
Auburn University pulled a shocking upset over No.18 LSU. One consequence of the 18-13 win – someone is now without a job. Les Miles had his fair share of triumphs and defeats during his tenure at LSU. However, after losing to Auburn in a heartbreaking fashion, the university let him go. Ironically, LSU managed a touchdown at the end of the game that effectively surpassed Auburn’s score, but it was waived off because the snap was completed after the time clock hit zero. The final score was 18-13.
The Alabama game could be labeled as a massacre. The team prevented Kent State University from touching field goal ranges or the in-zone for the entire game on Saturday. The Tide racked up early points on Kent State and never let up, scoring 21 in the first quarter alone. Kent State suffered a 0-48 loss.
In other college football news, Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14. Florida State came back strong after last week’s showing with a 55-35 win over the University of South Florida. Tennessee handed the University of Florida a 38-28 loss. Michigan beat Penn State 49-10. Baylor triumphed over Oklahoma State 35-24 and Texas A&M had a 45-24 victory over Arkansas.
With all the twists and turns this past weekend in football, we’re anxious to see what this upcoming week has in store!
There are some interesting match-ups this weekend in football! You can take your pick of what to watch: