I interviewed Brett Smiley, former Fox Sports employee and current editor in chief of sportshandle.com. We discussed his background in the sports industry, along with the Craig Carton Ponzi scheme situation that shocked the New York sports region, and we talked about why sports gambling should be legal in America. It was a fun interview with a guy that really knows his stuff when it comes to the business side of the sports industry. Hope you enjoy the interview and make sure to check out his website.
In case you missed it yesterday, let me fill you in on what happened. Michael Bennett, star defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, released a statement saying how post Mayweather-McGregor he was racially profiled by police who thought he was a suspect in a reported shooting. Well, turns out there was never even a shooting that occurred and Michael Bennett just so happened to be the only person who looked suspicious running away from the alleged gun shots. Here is the statement Bennett released via his twitter account.
Pretty cut and dry that Bennett was a victim of racial profiling and bad police work. I completely understand the police officers are put in a tough situation, especially when it comes to shootings because their lives are at risk and any split decision can make or break them, but just because a man is running away from the alleged crime scene along with countless others shouldn't make him a suspect. I mean wouldn't anyone run away from gunshots, that's just common sense. My question is how many other people were stopped, asked to lay on the ground, handcuffed, and then thrown in the back of a police car. I'm serious, I'd love to know if there were any other people treated in the same manor, or if it was just Michael Bennett. I typically like to give the cops the benefit of the doubt in these situations since the media always tries to spinzone this shit, however since it's coming straight from Michael Bennett it'd be preposterous to believe he's just making up this story.
It would've been one thing if the cops stopped Bennett asked him some questions, and then let him be on his way. It's another thing to have the guy lay on the ground, put a gun to his head threatening to blow his head off, and then brutally detaining him with no cause whatsoever. Coincidentally the officer didn't have his body cam on either, which I find to be no coincidence at all. What's the point of having a body cam if it's not running 24/7.
The Las Vegas Police department came out and denied all of Bennett's claims, essentially calling him a liar. They said no excessive forced was used and that Bennett was way more suspicious in the situation then he had led on. There's further investigation taking place now, but ultimately somebody is lying. I tend to side with Michael Bennett on the premise that racial profiling is most certainly a thing in our country, that all video evidence that has been released carabarates Michael Bennett's story, and the police department has everything to lose and nothing to gain from this situation. Bennett is talking with lawyers and is considering filing a civil suit as he should since what happened to him is a travesty and could've easily resulted in a much worse situation. Although Bennett should've never been put in that position to begin with he completely complied, didn't resist whatsoever, and that's maybe the only reason this situation didn't end in fatality. The guy did nothing wrong as far as I can tell and somehow his life could've been taken with a simple flinch. Not everyone reacts well to having a gun pointed at their head, especially in light with all the recent police shootings that have occurred over the past several years.
I hope justice is served, typically it isn't in situations like this one, but hopefully since Michael Bennett is a famous athlete this case is handled how it always should be. Let's be honest, if this doesn't happen to Michael Bennett none of us ever hear about this story and it probably just gets swept under the rug. Maybe this will be a blessing in disguise and will finally lead to the change that needs to be seen. If this can happen to Michael Bennett the pro football player it can happen to anyone. Now, this situation will finally get the attention it deserves due to the figure involved. Michael Bennett is doing great things on and off the field and is delivering change first hand. It sucks that it had to happen this way, however it potentially could lead to something much greater. At the end of the day, I just want justice to be served, as should everybody in this situation.
Ray Lewis last night said that the Ravens were ready to offer Colin Kaepernick a contract to play QB for the Ravens, then they saw a tweet from his girlfriend, and decided not to. The tweet was a picture of Ray Lewis and the Ravens owner embracing side by side with a picture from the movie Django Unchained, that shows Samuel L. embracing Leo DiCaprio, who was a slave owner in the movie. Here's the picture:
Let me start by saying the picture's uncanny resemblance is quite remarkable, making this pretty funny. Still, in today's snowflake society, any racey joke is going to be viewed as the worst thing ever, so humor is no longer allowed in America. Remember this isn't even Kaepernick's doing. Apparently, he's responsible for censoring anything his girlfriend does, as if that's not totally ridiculous.
Next, for Ray Lewis to be the one to say that this cost Kaepernick a job makes him look even dumber than I always thought he was. So Ray, you're telling me the Ravens owner wouldn't sign Colin Kaepernick because he got his feelings hurt by a picture his girlfriend tweeted out. Yeah, OKAY. More like the Ravens wanted to cover their ass for not even thinking about signing him because of the media firestorm that comes with him. At least have the balls to give the answer that everyone knows is the truth, not some fabricated bullshit for PR reasons. I mean they won't sign Kaepernick because of a tweet that he didn't even post, but they have no problem signing a murderer, and then glorifying him for the next 20 years like he is some great human being.
To to be honest, I'm so sick of scumbag Ray Lewis. This guy acts like he is a self righteous God, meanwhile there's few people in this industry with more skeletons in their closet than this guy. Any respect I had for Ray Lewis and the Ravens, which was none, is now completely dissolved. I'm sure everyone will jump to Ray Lewis' defense, though, because now he's the victim, and somehow, someway, you people eat up all the garbage he feeds you. I'd say I'm disappointed in Ray Lewis, but what morale values can you really expect from a murderer.
As most of you probably already know, Ezekiel Elliot has been suspended 6 games by the NFL, and has now filed a lawsuit against them for wrongful suspension. Now that the case has gone to court, real facts are being released to the public, and boy is this shit juicy. Turmoil in the Dallas lockerroom, Elliot trying to play victim now, and I can't get enough of it. So, here's what happened. Ezekiel Elliot's ex-girlfriend was having sex with one of Elliot's teammates during the season last year. That teammate was Lucky Whitehead, who was released earlier this offseason due to being wrongfully accused of shoplifting. Now, we know the real reason the Cowboys Released Whitehead.
Ezekiel Elliot claims that the bruises that the girl suffered are from rough sex. Something that most certainly can happen, especially when you're rolling around in bed with a NFL superstar or two of them for that matter. Apparently, this girl would taunt Elliot sending him screenshots of the conversations between her and Whitehead, basically to just piss him off in sad sack of an attempt to make him jealous. Typical psycho chick that can't get over the fact that Elliot is over her and has moved on to his new celebrity lifestyle. This chick makes it tough to believe she was actually attacked with the way she has acted through this entire process, however Elliot isn't a very credible source either.
It's nice that we're gaining more clarity on this situation and hopefully we continue to hear stories about how Elliot's teammates are banging his Ex-girlfriend. How good can the chemistry on this team be if teammates are banging eachothers significant others, clearly, not great. Just goes to show what's really going on in Jerry's world, and it's some fucked up shit. Well, hopefully one way or another justice is served, but as of right now it looks like Ezekiel Elliot will be putting on the pads week 1 against the G-Men.
ESPN- "Lonzo Ball and the Big Baller Brand have a fan in rap superstar Jay-Z.
TMZ Sports caught up with the Los Angeles Lakers rookie after Jay-Z mentioned on TIDAL's Rap Radar podcast that he had ordered three pairs of ZO2s (which retail at $495 apiece), the first sneaker released by the Big Baller Brand.
"I'm just thankful man," the point guard told TMZ. "Appreciate it."
Ball deflected a question on whether he might try to meet Jay-Z, saying that he prefers to stick to basketball rather than think about such meetings, even with people as famous as the rapper and former minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets."
Talk about a ringing endorsement. Anytime HOV is saying he's buying your gear, that's when you know you're a big deal. Once the BBB ZO2's drop and other athletes/celebrities start wearing them, these shoes will take off despite the high price tag. That's just the way of today's world, easy influenced people will see icons wearing BBB, and then they'll follow suit. Everyone that was saying the shoes won't sell and that BBB won't sell is going to be dead wrong. Soon enough these shoes will be the hottest item on the streets.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to how Lonzo performs. If Lonzo can ball out like he did in the summer league he's going to rise to super stardom faster than almost anyone in league history. Once that happens his brand will slingshot to success and all that shit LaVar Ball was talking will come to fruition. The good thing for Laker fans and Lonzo supporters is that Lonzo seems to have a great head on his shoulders. Lonzo is strictly focused on balling out, exactly where his focus should be. He's not like other young stars that are more into the glitz and glam. This boy just wants to play ball, as a Laker fan this couldn't have me more optimistic about his future. Any other 19 year old would've been drooling at the chance to meet Jay-Z, yet Lonzo just appreciated the support, and basically said he was just going to keep it pushing. I'm sure Jay-Z appreciates that mentality and that's why he supports Big Baller Brand. LaVar Ball did say the shoes are for big ballers only, Jay-Z definitley fits that demographic.
This comes after Lonzo Ball tweeted about how 'Issa', an album by 21 savage, was greater than HOV's newest album 4:44. Pretty savage on Lonzo's part to take a shot at a legend like that, but Jay-Z clearly ain't holding a grudge about that. Lonzo goes against HOV and still gets him to buy his shoes, now that's respect. Jay-Z trying to lure Lonzo over to Roc Nation? Guess we'll find out soon if the rapper turned business mogul has a long term play here.
Talk about shit hitting the fan, Rick Pitino's entire legacy at Louisville is now in question. The NCAA decided to hand down harsh punishments for the men's basketball program after several recruiting violations. Rick Pitino, has had his troubles in the past, he's had his troubles even this season when he got into it with a fan, well this time it seems like he's finally going to face punished for his actions. What Pitino did was wrong, the fact it went on for as long as it did without being uncovered is shocking, especially in today's world where it seems like there's a phone filming at all times.
If you're unaware of the situation I'll try to fill you in as best I can. Apparently, Rick Pitino's staff hired strippers/escorts for recruits to incentivize them to attend Louisville to play basketball, pretty cut an dry stuff. Not necessarily a move of great character, although it's most definitley a genius recruiting tactic(Side Note: I'm pretty sure these were like old woman strippers. Leading me to believe this was more for Pitino's enjoyment rather than the recruits.) Anyways, the NCAA found this out, to the surprise of no one, and now wants to basically delete Louisville from the record books from 2010-2014. That means the 2013 team that won the Natty championship will be erased from the record books.
Now that you have some semblance of what is going on you can form your on opinion on how Louisville should be punished. Here's what I think of this situation, though.
Louisville and Rick Pitino probably deserve to be punished. The players that were on the team and were recruited by Pitino should not be punished in any manner whatsoever. Deleting the season those kids put together would be a disgrace. Tell me how having old strippers on recruiting trips directly leads to those kids winning a championship. It doesn't whatsoever. Yes, maybe it influenced the kids to come to the school, although I really doubt it did, however let's pretend that's the case, they still had to win the games with their basketball gifts that weren't enhanced whatsoever by these actions. You wanna ban Rick Pitino from the NCAA, strip his name from the championship team, remove those wins from his record, that's fine by me, but don't take away anything from those kids.
That team was special. They watch one their brothers snap his leg literally in half, then went onto win the National Championship in honor of him. A moment none of them will ever forget. Now, the NCAA wants to tarnish that because kids that were over 18 years old anyways were supplied escorts by the Louisville staff. Sure they were satisfied sexually, but I seriously doubt that correlates with their ability to win the NCAA tournament. That was a great team with plenty of veteran players, it wasn't a one and done team, so that's why I really doubt this recruiting tactic was all that influential or else they would've landed more top recruits.
At the end of the day, someone has to pay the piper and as the rules are stated the whole Louisville mens basketball program from that tenure is going to have to pay the price. They'll appeal, but they will lose, and unfortunately they won't be apart of NCAA history. Of course we will all remember them, still it's pretty fucked up to know that the NCAA just tarnished your championship for something completely unrelated. It's unfair, but life's unfair, so that's why you don't break any of the 10,000 NCAA rules and regulations.
What do you think? Should the players be punished for the actions of their coaching staff or is everyone guilty? Hey, maybe you even think this whole situation is total nonsense and no punishment to anyone deserves to be handed down. Whatever it is let me know in the comment section.
The Golden State Warriors will be without their head coach Steve Kerr to begin their third round against the Cleveland Cavaliers in this years NBA Finals. Kerr has not been on the Warriors bench since the second game of the first round against Portland. The reason he has been coaching is due to continuous back problems that have plagued him after his surgery. These complications include nausea and horrible migraines, so its probably smart that he does not try to coach as that would certainly get in the way. Kerr had this to say about his situation at the moment:
"This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night and not coaching the next. I'm not going to do that to our team, our staff. We're hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, that I can sort of make a definitive realization, or deduction, or just feel it, that I'm going to do this or I'm not."
Meanwhile, Mike Brown an old friend of Lebron and the Cavs has taken his place in coaching the Warriors during Kerrs absence. He has done quite a good job so far, seeing how the Warriors are undefeated going into Thursdays action. Although, I think any one with any knowledge on the sport of basketball could lead this Warriors team to 10-0 win streak against mediocre competition. No disrespect to Portland, Utah or San Antonio but these Warriors are a different animal and the only man on this planet who can stop them is Lebron James. I do not think Kerr missing the finals will have that much of an impact, but will likely be disheartening to the players who have worked along side him all year. NBA coaches nowadays can be plugged in into any situation as star players usually just do what they want anyways. With the Warriors team with 4 all-stars (2 being former MVPs) I dont think they are worried about the play call being messed up. The only good that comes out of this situation is possibly Mike Brown extracting revenge on the man who drove him out of Cleveland. The Cavs losing might be the last thing I want to see, but it would certainly be a great story for any Mike Brown fans out there...if there are any? The third round of this Warriors-Cavs rivalry will certainly live up to expectations, and if Kerr is able to make a return if the Warriors are down a few games, he could be the motivation the Warriors may need to fight back.
Here we go again, Tiger Woods, the once iconic golfer, has once again returned to the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It was reported by WPTV.com that Tiger Woods was released from Palm Beach county jail this morning after being arrested on DUI charges. Awful look for Tiger, just when you think he cleaned up his act, you find out he's probably in a worse state physically and mentally than ever before. Once you start racking up DUI's there's usually deeper issues that lead him to be in that situation. Instead of Tiger training to get back to game he once ruled, Tiger is out getting hammered, and then driving in the wee hours of the morning. Didn't he learn his lesson the first time when he crashed his car and then ultimately ruined his entire career.
All bets of a Tiger comeback where he wins another major or even breaks Jack Nicklaus' record are off. I'll be shocked if he ever returns to golf in general again, this may just be the last nail in the coffin. He's obviously not the same guy he once was, he doesn't have that same drive to be great anymore, and he proves that by doing shit like this. Tiger should spare all his loyal fans the trouble and officially retire because we all know his head isn't in it to win it anymore. It's a sad day as one of the greatest athletes of a generation has fallen for good.
The city of Charlotte will be hosting the 2019 All-Star game. If you don't remember, Charlotte was supposed to host the all star game this year, but Adam Silver pulled the game out from under the city due to them passing the HB2 bill. HB2 is a bill that doesn't allow LGBT members to identify as a group within the state protecting them from discrimination. It goes a little deeper than that as well, but to summarize the situation the NBA felt Charlotte was not progressive enough a city to host their All-Star game. The NBA was right to do this, Charlotte is still living in the early 1900's and the NBA isn't going to tolerate that.
Charlotte has cleaned up their act however, the bill has been repealed, and now Charlotte will get to host the 2019 All-Star game. The city lost $100 million in revenue for not having the All-Star game here in 2017, so this will help make up for that financial loss. I'm not sure how welcomed the LGBT community will feel after the heinous bill they passed just a couple years prior, nonetheless that shouldn't discourage them since the NBA supported them 100%, and this is still their event. Charlotte should be a good host city with Michael Jordan being the owner of the team, I'm sure Jordan brand will find a way to make this special. Here's the statement Jordan released on the All-Star game returning to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years.
Nice job by his PR team drawing that up, touched on a lot of points in a short and sweet message. They made sure to put "all visitors and guests are welcome", since the city of Charlotte orginally discriminated against the LGBT community the first time around. Hopefully the mayor doesn't do anything dumb this time and cost the city $100 million again, that would not only suck, but it would end any chance at the All-Star game ever coming back to this city. Anyways, there you have it, Charlotte gets their second chance, and hopefully they don't screw it up this time.
Over the past few seasons, Isaiah Thomas has slowly become one of my favorite NBA players. The man is a living version of the saying "heart over height" and has proved every franchise wrong that passed on him in the draft or traded him. During his tenure with Boston, he now has 2 All-Star games under his belt and is seen as a go to scorer that most teams would drool over having.
Unfortunately for IT, the past month has been pretty hard on him and has just gotten worse. After leading the Celtics to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, things were looking great for the young guard and his squad. However, thing took a drastic turn quickly. Before the first game against the Bulls in round one, Isaiah's sister tragically passed away in a car crash. What would have stopped most right in their tracks motivated Thomas to play some of the best basketball of his life. After going down 0-2 against the Bulls, he helped rally the Irish to a series win in just 6 games. Then, in the second round against the rival Washington Wizards Thomas lost one of his teeth that required a dental procedure the following day. Although this was not enough to stop the 5'9 stud, he went on to score a career high of 53 and play one of the best playoffs games in history during game. It seems like the more adversity you give this guy, the better he plays. After a furious battle that led to seven games, IT and the Celtics beat the Wizards to finally return to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be too much to handle for Thomas, who will now be sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs with a hip injury. Following a blowout loss of 130-86, the Celtics announced Thomas suffered a "re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear" on Friday night. Although this team might just be playing two more games, I am just upset that of all people this happened to Isaiah. His terrific play has been one of the high points of this years predictable playoffs, and to see him go down and possibly require surgery after all he has been through is tough. I think any person could have predicted the Celtics would lose this series to the Cavs, but I myself thought it would be somewhat competitive. With Thomas now out, throw that idea out the window. This series is all but over, but this Celts team should not worry as the future is bright with Isaiah, a young roster and the 2017 #1 overall pick in its grasp.