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Friday, February 28, 2020

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Athletes speak out against Charlottesville rally

LeBron James

The rally in Charlottesville by many white nationalists carrying tiki torches and Nazi paraphernalia over the weekend has been the biggest topic of conversation nationally since Friday night. One person died and many others have been injured during the rally. A state of emergency was declared in Virginia, and many are speaking out against what’s happening. That even includes many figures in sports.

LeBron James sent a few tweets on Saturday expressing his disappointment with President Donald Trump’s leadership in light of the rally:

NBA player Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey and whose family has dealt with government corruption, sent these tweets about those not protesting the Nazi symbols from the rally:


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Steve Scalise, others shot in ‘deliberate attack’ at congressional baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among at least five people who were shot in what appears to have been an attack Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Fox News is reporting that five people were transported medically to a local hospital, including the gunman after he was shot by U.S. Capitol Police. Scalise was said to be in stable condition.

Two law enforcement officials were among those injured. Rep. Mo Brooks said there was a shootout that ended when the alleged attacker was shot near home plate. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News that the gunman had been killed.

“Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks,” Brooks told FMTALK1065. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”

Brooks said he heard Scalise scream and saw him dragging himself toward right field, leaving a trail of blood.

“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream,” Brooks described. “…While all of this is going on, Steve Scalise our whip was lying on the ground near the second base position crawling into right field, leaving a trail of blood.”

Fox News was told by a source that Scalise had been shot in the hip.

CNN is describing the shooting as a “deliberate attack.” Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, told Fox News he left just before the shooting. While walking to his car, DeSantis said he was asked by a man if it was Republicans or Democrats on the baseball field. Roughly three minutes later, gunfire broke out.

The GOP had been practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition in which Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House square off on the diamond. The event has been held since 1909 and is scheduled to take place on June 15 at Nationals Park.

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

Murthel Groenhart Glory 42

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

Jay Z

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

Donald Trump Jordan

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…)