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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Glory to take legal action against fans for assaulting kickboxer after fight

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GLORY Kickboxing intends to take legal action against the fans who entered the ring after a fight concluded on Saturday and proceeded to assault the victorious fighter.

Murthel Groenhart knocked out Harut Grigorian in the second round of their Glory 42 fight on Saturday in Paris. The knockout came in controversial fashion, as the knockout blow was seen by many as a sucker punch.

Here’s a look:

And here’s a better angle of the two fans assaulting Groenhart:

GLORY has acknowledged that while Groenhart’s knockout of Grigorian can be considered unsportsmanlike, it was not illegal. The organization also sent out a statement on Sunday in which they shared their intent to prosecute the fans.

From their statement:

We are shocked and appalled by the behavior of these two individuals. Investigation into the identities of the assailants is ongoing, as we consider appropriate action organizationally.

GLORY takes the welfare of its athletes very seriously. As such, we intend to pursue the prosecution of these individuals – and any individuals who enter the ring without authorization and/or compromise the safety of our athletes in any fashion – to the fullest extent of the law. On Monday, our legal representation in France will officially lodge a complaint to the Paris prosecutor.

GLORY says Greonhart was not seriously injured during the attack. The 30-year-old is now 65-23-3 in his kickboxing career.

H/T Big Daddy

Justin Bieber defends himself for supporting so many different sports teams

Justin Bieber has long been mocked by some for having the appearance of a bandwagon sports fan, and now he’s responding.

Over the past several years, the famous singer has worn jerseys or other sports gear showing his support for some teams. Recently, he has donned Cleveland Cavaliers and Pittsburgh Penguins gear, showing support for teams that reached the NBA and NHL finals this year.

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Critics call out Bieber for not being a true fan. For instance, they say that since he’s a self-professed Toronto Maple Leafs fan, he shouldn’t wear the gear of other NHL teams.

Well as Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals were about to start on Monday, Bieber finally decided to address his critics. He sent the following tweets:

Bieber has a large fan base and a lot of people to show love to. If that means putting on the jersey of a team to show them love, it’s all good. We still know that his roots are with the Leafs, as he’s said. But nobody will ever confuse him for being a hardcore sports fan.

Jay Z, Kevin Hart hilariously stage photo at NBA Finals

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Jay Z and Kevin Hart may like each other and share plenty of laughs when they get together, but that wasn’t what was happening when the two posed together for a photo at Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday, despite what the pictures seem to show.

The rap mogul/businessman and comedian/actor were in attendance for Game 1 of the Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday. They met up on the floor so they could be seen in photos together. But get this — a video caught Jay Z choreographing the thing, encouraging a photographer to “take the picture” while they were laughing and talking, to make it seem like they were having a great time:

Here’s what the final product looked like:

You don’t get to be a half-billionaire without being a branding genius the way Jay Z is. That was just too funny.

H/T Barstool Sports

Covfefe memes hit sports Twitter

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A typo on an incomplete tweet sent by President Donald Trump late Tuesday night led to a hilarious widespread meme that even hit sports Twitter.

Here’s the tweet sent by Trump, containing the word “covfefe.”

People took “covfefe” and just ran with it. Take a look at some of the best sports covfefe jokes.

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Sportswriter Terry Frei faces backlash for racist Indy 500 tweet

Sportswriter Terry Frei faced tremendous backlash on Twitter after sending a tweet Sunday about the Indy 500.

Frei, who writes for The Denver Post, said he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”

Terry Frei tweet

That was in reference to driver Takuma Sato winning the Indy 500 after beating out Helio Castroneves. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500.

Frei writing a racist tweet like that did not sit well with many. The writer, who has authored multiple sports books, left the tweet up long enough to get over a thousand replies before finally deleting it.

Here’s a look at some of the backlash he faced, including from people who called for his firing: (more…)

Sam Dekker, Olivia Harlan officially engaged

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Sam Dekker and Olivia Harlan are officially engaged.

Harlan, a TV reporter, announced on social media Saturday that Dekker proposed to her on Friday night.

Dekker just completed his second season with the Houston Rockets after being drafted by them out of Wisconsin in the first round in 2015.

Harlan is a former teen beauty queen who serves as a sideline reporter for Atlanta Hawks game and covers ACC football for FOX Sports Southeast. She is the daughter of well known play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan. The two have been dating since at least the end of last year.

H/T Bro Bible

Ice Cube calls out LaVar Ball for 4-point challenge

LaVar Ball

Ahead of the start of his Big3 League, Ice Cube called out LaVar Ball, which could result in Ice Cube buying Big Baller Brand shoes.

Among the rules of the new 3-on-3 basketball league that’s set to begin late next month is a 4-point shot players can attempt if they are touching the designated circles. Thanks to a video posted to his Instagram account, we know Ice Cube can make the shot. However, he wants to know if Ball can as well and issued a challenge. If Ball can make the shot, Ice Cube will purchase 10 pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes.

Much has been made of Ball’s pedestrian college basketball stats and claims of being able to beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 back in his heyday.

This would be a chance for Ball to show what he can do on the court and score a couple of sales in the process.

H/T Bleacher Report