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Kimbo Slice dies at age 42

Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice 42, has died, Bellator MMA confirmed.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement, calling Slice “a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”

kimboslice1.jpg“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man,” Coker said. “His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.”

There was no word on the cause of Slice’s death.

Slice had been hospitalized Monday for undisclosed reasons near his home in South Florida, according to Coral Springs police, who had been dispatched to his residence to prevent a potential gathering outside. They said no foul play was suspected.

Slice, birth name Kevin Ferguson, was a former backyard brawler and Internet sensation. He was born in the Bahamas on Feb. 8, 1974 but made his home in the Miami area. A heavyweight at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he had a 5-2 professional record with four TKOs.

He was signed to Bellator MMA and scheduled to headline Bellator 158 on July 16 in London against James Thompson.

He last fought at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. He defeated Dhafir Harris, aka Dada5000, in a three-round decision. The result was later changed to a no-contest by the Texas commission, after Slice tested positive for anabolic steroids and an elevated testosterone ratio.

Our prayers go out to Kimbo’s family and friends!

Ray Rice Writes Letter to the City of Baltimore, Apologizes for “Horrible Mistake”

via Complex

ray riceIt’s been almost exactly one year now since Ray Rice and his then-fiancé Janay Palmer were involved in a domestic violence incident inside of an elevator in an Atlantic City, N.J. hotel and casino. It turned their worlds upside-down. Since then, they’ve been through a lot—they’re married now and are still actively working to move past the incident—and it appears as though Rice is going to try to continue on with his NFL career next season after sitting all of last season out.

Rice probably won’t ever play in Baltimore for the Ravens again, though, so early this morning, the Baltimore Sun published a letter that he just wrote to the city and his former fans. In it, he apologizes for making a “horrible mistake” last February and asks for forgiveness. You can read the entire letter here: Continue reading

Graphic Text Messages About Adrian Peterson Beating Son Released

According to Fansided, text messages between Peterson and the child’s mother, were released with the athlete talking about the beating he gave his son with a switch.

 

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“Got him in n*** once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!” one message allegedly said.

In another message, Peterson says he knows that he went overboard with the punishment after noticing the marks left on the child’s body.

“I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.” he said. “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”

The Minnesota Vikings running back won’t play in today’s game against the New England Patriots.

Dishin’ out whoopin’s ain’t what it use to be!

Breaking: Ray Rice’s Wife Breaks Silence “No One Knows The Pain”

Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s wife Janay Palmer-Rice has come forward to issue an open statement on her husband being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Mrs. Rice jumped onto her Instagram page Tuesday (September 9) to address the drama.

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Reports Sohh:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a** off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love!,” Mrs. Rice wrote September 9. (Janay Palmer-Rice’s Instagram)

This report claims the NFL may have known about the footage all along and may have reportedly turned a blind eye to seeing the footage earlier this year.

Commissioner Rodger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question … Is that the way he wanted it? Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports … NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator … video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired. (TMZ)

Details of the Baltimore Ravens’ decision to release Rice surfaced Monday (September 8) afternoon.

Ray Rice won’t get another chance with the Baltimore Ravens after all. He might not get a chance anywhere else in the NFL either. The Ravens announced they’ve terminated Rice’s contract Monday afternoon, hours after TMZ.com posted video of the embattled running back punching his then-fiancée during an altercation at an Atlantic City hotel in February. (USA Today)

Talk about ride or die!

Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, President Obama and NAACP Speak Out On Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments

(via Necole Bitchie)

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The past 24 hours have been a roller coaster of emotions for sports fans as they’ve been anticipating how the Clippers would handle the news that their owner was a racist!

On Saturday morning, audio from a phone call between 80-year-old Donald Sterling and his 20-something-year-old bi-racial girlfriend V. Stiviano leaked and the billionare could be heard arguing with the girl for posting black people on her Instagram, including Magic Johnson, and he even revealed that he didn’t want her to bring any black people to his games. After the audio made its rounds, fans called for the Clippers to boycott by refusing to play until he is removed. The NBA has launched an investigation, and although they haven’t suspended him yet, it has been confirmed that he will not attend tonight’s Clippers game against the Warriors.

Meanwhile, comedian Kevin Hart, NBA stars Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, Stephen A. Smith, and even President Obama reacted to the appalling audio.

Catch some of the reactions below:

Chris Paul
On behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively. We have asked Mayor Kevin Johnson to expand his responsibilities with the NBPA, to determine our response and our next steps. As players, we owe it to our teams and our fans to keep our focus on our game, the playoffs, and a drive to the Finals.

Comedian Kevin Hart:
The owner of the CLIPPERS is a flat out racist and will never see a dime of my money!!! Donald Sterling is disgusting…this sh-t is sad. I’ve spent probably 100k over the past 2 years supporting my friends on that team and to find out that the owner is a flat out RACIST…All I can do I shake my head. The league better take a stand on this issue! I am taking a stand on this…I want to show this racist asshole the power is social media & our culture….
The only way to do that is to hit him where it hurts which is his pockets…I will support my friends but not the CLIPPERS organization. I can assure you that you will not see my black face or any other black face that has heard this racist mans comments at a clippers game. The @NBA better make a stand on this matter…our culture has the power to shut that whole organization down if we wanted to!!!!I will Tweet/FaceBook/Instagram everyday of the playoffs until this matter is resolved in my eyes!!! The @NBA must take a stand!!!

Lebron James
Obviously, if the reports are true it’s unacceptable in our league. It doesn’t matter, white, black or Hispanic — all across the races it’s unacceptable. As the commissioner of our league they have to make a stand. They have to be very aggressive with it. I don’t know what it will be, but we can’t have that in our league. We’re the model citizen of all sports around the world because we are the most recognizable figures. … It’s very disrespectful and it’s appalling.

One of my best friends and dear friends plays on his team — Chris Paul. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him, but I can only imagine what’s going through his head. I have kind of wavered back and forth if I would actually sit out. If our owner would come out and say the things he said I would have to sit down with my teammates and talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family and teammates are way more important than that. Basketball is huge and the playoffs have been unbelievable so far and I hate that something has to come out. I can only imagine if a player came out and said something of that stature what would happen to us as players. I believe in Adam (Silver) and I believe in the NBA and they have to do something very fast before this really gets out of hand. But like I said there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.

Kobe Bryant (via Twitter)
I couldn’t play for him

Stephen Smith on the players reactions
First of all, they are furious. They are absolutely livid, they are appalled. I don’t know what they would do with this man, Donald Sterling, their owner, if he were in front of their face at this [time]. According to one player, I was actually told within the hour, that players were considering not playing. Not themselves, but their confidants, their families, their loved ones were encouraging them not to play. Matter of fact, one of the things that they’ve heard is that, obviously, if this was something of a gay slur, it would have been reported, and you would see people taking a stand, so obviously, they are being pressured under that guise alone to take a unified stand and taking a position that, ‘you know what, maybe you shouldn’t participate in these games.’ But that’s obviously not something that’s going to happen because as one player told me, ‘When we dreamed of winning a championship, we certainly didn’t dream of winning it for Donald Sterling, we dreamed of winning it for ourselves.’ I think that’s the emotions of the moment right now, but it is no doubt they are livid to say the least. I’m not going to say physically hostile, but emotionally, spiritually, verbally hostile. They are not pleased at all, it’s embarrassing, it’s uncomfortable and it’s highly, highly offensive.

President Obama (when asked about Donald Sterling’s statements during a Malaysian press conference)
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk, and I think that’s what happened here. I have confidence that the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will address this. Obviously, the NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the country. It’s got an awful lot of African American players. It’s steeped in African American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.

The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there — the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often, and I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is because there had been — there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.

A bizarre addition to this story is that Donald Sterling received an award from the NAACP in 2009, and he was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the LA Chapter next week. Yesterday, Alice Huffman, President of the NAACP California State Conference, said in a statement:

If these allegations are proven true, we are extremely disappointed in Mr. Sterling. Recent remarks like these, and those of Cliven Bundy, remind us that racism is not a footnote of our past, but a reality of our present that we must confront head on. For 105 years, the NAACP has fought against the culture bigotry that leads to the comments like those we heard on the recording, and as public response to these remarks has shown, we have made significant progress.

As the investigation is in progress, we urge the LA Branch of the NAACP to withdraw Donald Sterling from the honoree list at its upcoming Gala. We also suggest that African Americans and Latinos should honor his request and not attend the games.

Last month, Donald Sterling’s wife of over 50 years filed a lawsuit against the girlfriend (who can be heard in the audio). In the suit, she alleges that her husband used community property to buy the mistress a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,000, and he also bought her a $1.8 million duplex while providing her with $240,000 for upkeep and living expenses. It’s unclear if the wife or the girlfriend is behind the audio leak (but a lot of folks are leaning more towards it being a set up by the girlfriend.)

What an interesting and sad chain of events over the past few days. Realistically, although fans are calling for a boycott, the game tonight will pull in high ratings since people will be curious of how the team will respond. Some are suggesting that if the team doesn’t boycott, that they at least wear black tape over their logo.

You can catch Stephen A. Smith’s commentary below:

If you missed Donald Sterling’s ignorance, listen below: