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50 Cent will donate $750K to charity if Floyd Mayweather can read one page of Harry Potter book

50-Cent50 Cent brought us his own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. probably isn’t going to appreciate it. Rather than dumping a bucket of ice water over his head, 50 has offered to donate $750,000 to the charitable organization of Mayweather’s choice if Floyd can read one page of a “Harry Potter” book without messing up.

“Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or f—ing up. lmao,” he wrote on Instagram along with the video you see above.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with their history, Mayweather and 50 Cent used to be best friends until they had a falling out. They have been cordial toward one another in the past, but 50 seems to be determined to get under Mayweather’s skin lately. The rapper was one of the people who called out Mayweather after Floyd shouted at T.I.’s wife on the red carpet at the BET Awards.

It should be noted that the Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media movement that has helped raise money and awareness for ALS, which is also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. If 50 is willing to pay Floyd $750,000 if Mayweather proves he can read, we’re hoping he at least donates some money to the ALS Foundation.

Vince Young: I would have stayed at Texas if I knew Texans weren’t picking me

Vince YoungVince Young chose to forego his senior year at Texas after having one of the greatest seasons of any player in college football history. In 2005, Young threw for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 scores before setting his sights on the NFL.

Had Vince known where he would be drafted, he claims he would have stayed at Texas for his senior season.

During an interview with Alex Loeb on 104.9 FM in Austin on Wednesday, Young was asked how close he was to staying with the Longhorns in 2006.

“It was very close,” he said. “The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would’ve told me that they weren’t picking me because I would’ve stayed for my senior year. But it didn’t happen like that.”

[Related: Vince Young takes job at Texas]

While he was crossing his fingers that the Texans would draft him, Young admitted he was excited to be drafted by the franchise he grew up rooting for.

“Being a kid watching the Oilers all my life, I had the opportunity to play for them, it was a dream come true as well,” he added.

The Texans took Mario Williams with the top overall pick in 2006. Young went on to have a strong rookie season and lead the Titans to a playoff berth before butting heads with Jeff Fisher. It’s easy to look back on his career and say he wishes he remained at Texas, but he would not feel that way if he had a successful career in Tennessee.

Attorney: War Machine ‘is a good guy,’ did nothing illegal

War Machine mug shot

The statement and photos released by Christy Mack as well as the evidence in the police report paint War Machine as negatively as possible, but the MMA fighter’s attorney says that does not represent the full story in the alleged assault.

War Machine, real named Jonathan Koppenhaver, was ordered by Ventura County court Tuesday to be returned to Nevada, where he allegedly committed a brutal assault against his girlfriend and another man — Corey Thomas. Though Christy Mack says Koppenhaver beat her and left her with 18 broken bones and a lacerated liver, War Machine’s attorney says the media coverage has been one-sided and incomplete.

“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” attorney Brandon Sua said via KTLA. “The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”

Sua also told KTLA that War Machine did “nothing wrong.”

Koppenhaver has not given his side of the story yet, though he did send some tweets about the incident. His tweets made it sound like he acted in self-defense. War Machine’s brother also gave an interview and said War Machine caught Christy Mack having sex with another man and that Mack grabbed a knife.

We did find one inconsistency in Mack’s statement: she identified Thomas as just a friend, while Thomas called her his girlfriend and said they’d been dating for 2-3 months.

Mike Carey avoided refereeing Redskins games because of team name

Mike-CareyThe Washington Redskins team name debate may have emerged as a hot topic over the last year, but there are plenty of people who have had a problem with the racist undertones associated with the nickname for years. Former NFL referee Mike Carey is one of them.

Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as an NFL ref and is now the rules analyst for CBS Sports, began quietly protesting the term Redskins back in 2006. It was then that Carey asked that the NFL not assign him to any Washington games for the preseason or regular season, and the league honored his request.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” Carey told Mike Wise of the Washington Post. “And I will continue to call them Washington. The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington. It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think.”

Carey, the first African-American official to ever work a Super Bowl, was one of the most respected referees in the NFL. He said he kept his request private and never went to Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey explained. “I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

Carey’s interesting revelation comes in the wake of two prominent NFL broadcasters saying they will avoid using the term Redskins this season. We’re guessing Mike Ditka would strongly disagree with Carey’s social stance.

Curt Schilling has mouth cancer, believes it was caused by tobacco

Curt-SchillingCurt Schilling revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, more commonly known as mouth cancer, back in February. Schilling had previously chosen not to reveal the type of cancer he was battling but discussed his health issues in more detail during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon.

“This all came about from a dog bite,” Schilling said, via Boston.com. “I got bitten by a dog and I had some damage to my finger and I went to see a doctor, and the day that I went to see the doctor, I was driving and I went to rub my neck and I felt a lump on the left side of my neck. And I knew immediately it wasn’t normal. So there happened to be an ENT [Ear, Nose, and Throat] right next door to the hand doctor, and I thought what the heck, let me just stop in and see and so I waited in the office and went in there and they did the biopsy, and two days later, they diagnosed me with squamous cell carcinoma.”

Schilling said one of the reasons he did not reveal the type of cancer he had been diagnosed with is that he did not want to become a part of baseball’s chewing tobacco debate. He is, however, convinced that using smokeless tobacco led to his cancer.

“I didn’t talk about it for two reasons,” he explained. “No. 1, I didn’t want to get into the chewing tobacco debate, which I knew was going to come about, which to me, I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got … absolutely, no question in my mind about that. And the second thing was I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I didn’t want the pity or any of that stuff…

“I ended up spending about six months in the hospital because I had a bad reaction. I had a staph infection. I had what’s called C. diff. I had a couple different problems and there was a week there, there’s a week of my life I don’t remember while I was in the hospital going through this.”

As we all know, Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer earlier this summer and had previously stated that he believed years of tobacco use led to his disease. His death has inspired a number of players to give up the nasty habit. Schilling is fortunate to have achieved remission. Hopefully his story also serves as a wake-up call.

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches lets home get into foreclosure

Siohvaughn Funches Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches has not been doing well since she split from the Miami Heat star several years ago. There has been plenty of evidence of that over the years, like, for example, the fact that she has reportedly allowed her home to get into foreclosure.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Wade has stopped making payments on the $225,000 he owes on his 7,800-square foot home in South Holland, Illinois. Wade and Funches lived there together with their two children before Funches filed for divorce in 2007. However, Wade’s people say he doesn’t owe anything — Funches does.

D-Wade’s attorney told TMZ that Wade and Funches finally reached a settlement last year after years of battling in court. In addition to a large sum of money, Funches got the Chicago suburb home and assumed the mortgage payments. Wade’s attorney said Funches simply stopped making the payments but they are not Wade’s responsibility.

Some of the divorce proceedings between Wade and Funches are still ongoing. Siohvaughn recently asked a judge to step down from their case because she believes he is too star-struck by Wade. This is the same woman who sued the police department and once pretended to be homeless on the streets of Chicago to make Wade look bad. She is, by all indications, a mess.

Photo via Baller Alert

New Mexico women’s soccer hazing allegations include stripping, urine splashing

New-Mexico-LobosSeveral members of the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team claim they were brutally hazed by teammates on Sunday night. According to KOB 4 News, one of the victims ended up in the hospital after someone called 911 to report the incident.

One victim’s parent told KOB that their daughter said the team’s freshman players were forced to strip naked and drink dangerous amounts of alcohol. They were also allegedly “sprayed” with urine. At least one victim’s family has reportedly hired an attorney.

A number of UNM students said they were shocked by the allegations, including volleyball player Keaton Alley, who described the women’s soccer team as a “really close-knit team.” Another unnamed student said she or he is familiar with a lot of the players on the team.

“I know a lot of the soccer girls, and I’m surprised that any of them would even do that to someone,” the student told KOB.

New Mexico is one of just six US states without any anti-hazing laws, though that does not mean any claims of hazing would be ignored. Forcing teenagers to drink large amounts of alcohol and splashing urine on them would go well beyond the realm of playful initiation antics.

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H/T Gawker