Friday, October 27, 2017

Suge Knight Drops Lawsuit Against Chris Brown

Suge Knight is dropping the lawsuit he filed against Chris Brown stemming from a 2014 shooting at 1 OAK nightclub TMZ reports. If you forgot, Suge was shot seven times at the pre-VMA party hosted by Breezy, who was believed to be performing when the shots rang out. Suge believed security was lacking, which allowed the gunman to fire multiple shots, hence why the lawsuit was followed through.
Chris’ lawyers from the Geragos & Geragos firm reportedly sent out a “nasty letter” to Suge, saying Suge's case was for sure going to lose and when it was eventually thrown out Chris would counteract with a malicious prosecution lawsuit. Apparently, that was enough to scare Suge & his lawyers, who dropped the lawsuit entirely this week. And no money was involved either, just straight scared of another lawsuit did the trick reports claim.
This report comes just days after finding out that Suge sent threats to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray for his portrayal in the film. Suge reportedly called & texted Gary and said “I will see u in person … u have kids just like me so let’s play hardball,” one the texts read. According to new details, these threats left Gray so shaken that he failed to accurately respond to questions surrounding the incident while on the stand in February’s hearing.“He’s so afraid he came in here and lied under oath,” Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barned told the grand jury. “He’s perjuring himself because he’s that afraid.”
As for Chris, things are finally starting to look good for the R&B superstar, who’s been dodging legal issues this year and preparing to release a double album next week called Heartbreak On A Full Moon. The 45-song album is set to feature guest appearances from Jhene Aiko, Future, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Usher, Gucci Mane, and many more. 

Houston Texans NFL Owner on Kneeling: ‘We Can’t Have the Inmates Running the Prison’

During a closed-door meeting among NFL team owners and executives, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made a stunningly inappropriate analogy about allowing players to kneel during the national anthem. “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” said McNair, a multimillion-dollar Trump campaign contributor, according to an ESPN report about the conference. NFL executive and former player Troy Vincent reportedly took the most offense to the comment, engaging in heated back-and-forth with McNair and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones—a hardliner against NFL players kneeling. McNair later apologized to Vincent, per ESPN, “saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated.” Additionally, the report observed how Jones and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder were openly angry with San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York for allowing ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel a year ago, kicking off the league’s national anthem “crisis.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Basket Ball and Other Things Book - Shea Serrano

If you've spent literally any time online in the past few years, you're probably familiar with Shea Serrano and his prolific, hilarious, one-of-a-kind Twitter account. A staff writer with The Ringer, and New York Times best-selling author, Serrano's writing, sense of humor and generosity have garnered him an almost cult-like following online, where his fans, the #FOH Army, will send him pictures after big life events such as getting engaged, and answer the call when he asks for donations to help people in need. Recently, following Serrano's initial push, they raised over $100,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims. In the age of social media and brands, Serrano has turned himself into a formidable one-man marketing machine. In the months leading up to the release of his latest book, Basketball (And Other Things), he generated over 24,000 pre-sales, almost exclusively through social media. Shortly after the release of B(AOT), CBS Sports talked with Serrano about the book and basketball.
Q. How are you feeling now that the book is actually out?
A. At the moment I'm feeling frustrated because a bunch of the shipments weren't able to be fulfilled because we sold more copies than the publisher thought we were gonna sell for some reason.
Q. Ah, man. Yeah, that's a weird feeling because you're happy you sold a ton of copies, but people can't even read it.
A. Exactly.
Q. So you finished this book a while ago. What is it like sitting around waiting, like, 'OK, I've written this thing, and now I've gotta just wait around for months for people to actually read it?'
A. Well, the waiting period is actually a lot less than that, because for a book like this we're going through proofs, where they're sending me all of the pages to make sure all of the colors are right, junk like that. So that happens all the way up until about a month out or something, and then they start printing them all. There's less downtime than you would think, but yeah, once the book is done, once I finished writing it, and once I have a digital version of it I want it to be out. I'm ready to do it that day. I'm used to writing things and they're published 20 minutes later. I would feel nervous waiting that long. Like a sense of doubt and second guessing myself.
A. Oh yeah, that's a big part of it. That's definitely a big part of it.
Q. If you were trying to pitch this book ... If you were trying to explain it to someone that was completely unfamiliar -- it's so broad -- what would you tell people this book is about?
A. With vinyasa yoga, you move gracefully from pose to pose. In this super-popular practice, you focus closely on breathing.I would just say it's the coolest basketball book that's ever been created. There's never been a book like it. I would just try to oversell it. I would tell them there's a picture in there of Dominique Wilkins dunking on Jesus. So go buy it.

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