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Jay Williams and Justin Bieber bro’d out, and Jay’s Twitter followers didn’t like it

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Some tweets just speak for themselves and require no commentary. This would be one of them.

This was sent by former Duke star point guard Jay Williams Monday night after he hung out with Justin Bieber:

As you could imagine, Jay was feeling the backlash rather quickly. These were some of my favorite responses he received over Twitter:

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Russell Westbrook pulls out of USA Basketball for summer

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Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball this summer, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports says Westbrook, who underwent his third surgery on his knee in December, has decided not to play with the team over the next three months.

USA Basketball will have a training camp later this month followed by an exhibition tour in August and the World Cup in Spain in September.

Westbrook still hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Games, according to Yahoo!

USA Basketball is still loaded with guards despite Westbrook’s absence. The roster as of January included Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal. They still should be just fine.

Duke lacrosse investigator Mark Gottlieb commits suicide

Mark GottliebMark Gottlieb, one of the lead investigators in the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case, committed suicide over the weekend, WRAL reports.

According to WRAL, Gottlieb died on Saturday in Georgia at the age of 51. The cause of death was not known.

Gottlieb was the supervisor in the case where three members of Duke’s lacrosse team were indicted for allegedly raping and beating a stripper. The case was later dropped after we learned the woman made up the claims. Gottlieb was one of several people who faced civil suits for botching the investigation and bringing forth the charges. He also had a history of being harsh on Duke students.

Gottlieb moved from North Carolina to Georgia after retiring from the police department and began working as a paramedic, according to WRAL.

Related: Accuser Crystal Mangum charged with assault in stabbing

Knicks, Lakers and Bulls reportedly the finalists for Carmelo Anthony

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This should come as no surprise, but Carmelo Anthony reportedly has finalized the list of teams he is seriously considering, and those three teams are said to be the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls, according to the New York Daily News.

‘Melo visited with representatives from the aforementioned three teams as well as the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. The Knicks have reportedly been the favorite to re-sign Anthony all along. They can offer him a fifth year and more guaranteed money than anyone else.

The Bulls were Anthony’s first stop in free agency and reportedly went all out with their pitch. Of the three teams Anthony is reportedly considering, they are by far the best and closest to being a championship contender. Even though they can only offer him somewhere in the range of $75 million for four years, they have the most complete roster and have grabbed his attention because they can win.

The Lakers reportedly are in serious consideration for Anthony too after their pitch was well received. They can offer him the max, which would be around $97 million for four years. Anthony lives in LA in the offseason and is close with Kobe Bryant.

One team that should not be discounted, though, is the Miami Heat. The Daily News’ Frank Isola says the Heat could be a contender for ‘Melo if Chris Bosh chooses to sign with the Houston Rockets. The Heat could then take that money saved for Bosh and use it on ‘Melo.

Yankees fan Andrew Robert Rector suing ESPN for showing him sleeping on TV

Andrew-Robert-RectorA New York Yankees fan who fell asleep during a game at Yankee Stadium earlier this year has filed a $10 million lawsuit against ESPN. According to the New York Post, Andrew Robert Rector specifically named ESPN anchors John Kruk and Dan Shulman in the lawsuit and has accused them of taunting him.

Rector alleges that Kruk and Shulman spewed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him and insulted him with words like “stupor, fatty, unintelligent and stupid.” The video above shows Kruk and Shulman mocking Rector, but none of those words were said in that particular clip.

Rector, who admits that he “briefly” fell asleep during the game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox on April 13, said the play-by-play team taunted him knowing that millions of viewers were tuning in. He claims Kruk and Shulman made “false statements” against him and suggested he “is a fatty cow that need two seats at a time” and “is a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.” Yes, the typos come directly from the lawsuit.

The suit names ESPN, MLB and the Yankees as defendants. The entire complaint can be read at The Smoking Gun.

In all likelihood, Rector’s lawsuit will be dismissed. Just a gut feeling.

H/T Sporting News

Report: Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger agree to sign with Heat

Josh-McRoberts-BobcatsPat Riley has some work to do before he can convince LeBron James to return to the Miami Heat, and he took a step in the right direction on Monday. Free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger have reportedly agreed to sign contracts with the Heat.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Josh McRoberts has agreed to sign a four-year, $23 million deal with the Heat. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Granger will sign a two-year, $4.2 million contract.

McRoberts has bounced around the NBA since he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers out of Duke in 2007. He has averaged 5.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game throughout his career. However, McRoberts averaged a career-high 4.3 assists per game with the Charlotte Bobcats last season and was considered one of the game’s better passing big men.

LeBron is at his best when his team can play inside-out and create open looks, so some would see McRoberts as a solid compliment. Others would say he might even be insurance if Chris Bosh decides to accept that max offer the Houston Rockets have reportedly presented him with.

Granger was once one of the Indiana Pacers best players, having averaged 21.7 points per game from 2007 to 2012. However, knee and leg injuries have limited Granger to just 46 games over the past two seasons. He is a major health risk at age 31.

McRoberts and Granger are solid role players. Will they be enough to tip the scale before Riley meets with LeBron to discuss his future this week? With all the rumors swirling about James potentially returning to Cleveland, I’m not so sure.

Chris Bosh reportedly considering max offer from Rockets

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalMost of us assume that LeBron James will be the first big domino to fall in free agency, but that may not be true if the market for Chris Bosh continues to sizzle. In order to return to the Miami Heat, Bosh is obviously going to have to take less than a max contract. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, he would also have to pass on a maximum contract offer from a very good team.

Bosh has reportedly been offered a max contract of four years and $88 million from the Houston Rockets. Broussard also notes that Bosh is warming to the idea of signing with Houston after speaking with LeBron over the weekend.

A previous report indicated that Bosh would prefer to sign max contract with a new team over taking a discount to remain with the Heat. Given all the insane rumors we have heard about LeBron potentially returning to Cleveland, maybe Bosh is starting to lean toward moving on from Miami.

Bosh already has two rings. He’s not trying to stockpile rings like LeBron, Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, because he knows he is never going to be considered one of the best NBA players of all time. With that in mind, why wouldn’t he want to get paid? It’s not like he’s considering a max offer from a terrible team. The Rockets are a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

While Bosh will likely wait until he is sure of LeBron’s future to make a final decision, he could actually push James out of Miami if he signs with the Rockets first. It would be tough for Pat Riley to convince LeBron he is going to improve the Heat if Bosh leaves. If the Heat subtract instead of adding, LeBron is more likely to skip town.

Report: Josh Gordon driving PJ Hairston’s car at time of DWI arrest

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While Charlotte Hornets first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston was off allegedly punching a 17-year-old in the face during a YMCA pick-up basketball game this weekend, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was getting arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s car. Well, Hairston’s incident happened on Sunday and Gordon’s on Saturday, but you get the point.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com reported on Monday that the 2015 GMC Yukon that was being driven by Gordon at the time of his arrest is registered to Samuel Peterson Hairston Jr., which is P.J. Hairston’s full legal name.

In addition, the man who posted Gordon’s $500 bond was Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon who allegedly loaned Hairston the car he was driving last year when he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Hairston did not play for UNC all of last season due to his legal issues.

Did you follow all that? Simply put, it appears that Gordon and Hairston — two professional athletes who have had numerous problems off the court — run with the same inner circle. It sounds like they both need to get away from it.

LeBron James’ wife reportedly wants him to sign with Cavs

LeBron-James-endorsement-money-after-championshipWe know how out of hand NBA free agency can get when players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are involved, but it may actually be time to consider the legitimately possibility of LeBron returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Amid various reports that the Cavs are pushing to sign LeBron and LeBron is listening, Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com adds that Mrs. LeBron James wants her husband to return to Cleveland.

According to Sheridan, LeBron’s wife Savannah and most of the others within his “inner circle”  believe it is time for him to go back home. And the King just might agree.

Various reports say James will give serious consideration to returning to the Cavs, who he met with Sunday in south Florida. James is traveling today to Las Vegas, and a source who has been briefed on James’ free agency maneuverings told SheridanHoops that James’ inner circle, from his wife, Savannah to his agent, Rich Paul, to his best friends, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims, are unanimous in their belief that James’ best move is a return to the team he played for from 2003-2010.

My source believes there is a 75 percent chance James returns to Cleveland.

Sheridan, who used to cover the NBA for ESPN and worked for the Associated Press for 18 years, said James is “more likely than not” to sign with the Cavs if Pat Riley is unable to present him with a plausible plan for upgrading the Miami Heat in the coming days.

While I always do my best to tune out the noise, sometimes it is just too loud to ignore. All indications are that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert met with LeBron in South Florida on Sunday. The two may have used the meeting to patch up their differences. After all, the Cavs removed their open letter to LeBron from the team’s official website on Monday after it had been up for four years.

It’s hard to not get wrapped up in the rumors and gossip. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who reported that LeBron’s agent is urging the Cavs to clear cap space, says the Heat are still confident they’ll keep LeBron despite what his wife or agent want. Credible sources like Sheridan, Wojnarowski and Chris Broussard all seem like they’re leaning toward James returning to Cleveland. When should we believe them?

Jadeveon Clowney: My goal is to sack Andrew Luck

Jadeveon-ClowneyJadeveon Clowney is hoping to make an impact this season as a rookie with the Houston Texans. In order to do that, the former South Carolina star feels he needs to take down a guy who made an impact as a rookie in 2012.

In a recent video that was posted on the Texans’ official website, Clowney said one of his main goals in 2014 will be sacking Andrew Luck.

“My goal for the rookie season is to try to better myself as a player,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “And my goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck. He’s in my division, playing him two times a year, he’s a dangerous quarterback, he makes good decisions with the ball, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time.”

That’s certainly a good place to start. Luck is easily the best quarterback in the AFC South division, and the Indianapolis Colts are heavy favorites to repeat as division champions. At age 24 and entering his third NFL season, Luck could be poised for a breakout year. The Texans will need Clowney to get after him — among other things — if they want to take down the Colts.

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