Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Fined $600k for Tanking Comments

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Fined $600k for Tanking Comments
 Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Fined $600k for Tanking Comments

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for his strong opinions and no-nonsense attitude. He has been at odds with the NBA on several occasions, and now the Association has fined Cuban for remarks he made about his team this week.

Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for statements he made about tanking publicly. The fine is the largest penalty ever given to an NBA owner. While visiting the House Call with Dr. J podcast hosted by Julius Irving Cuban told the Hall-of-Famer, “I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option.'”

He continued on to say, “(Commissioner Adam Silver) would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”

Source: nydailynews.com

Teen killed in Greensboro shooting identified as Fantasia Barrino’s Nephew

Teen killed in Greensboro shooting identified as

(FreshAsFrankie) Fantasia Barrino‘s dealing with another family tragedy — the death of her oldest nephew, Tyquan … TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources … the singer’s 18-year-old nephew died of multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday morning following an argument at a Greensboro, North Carolina residential complex that spilled out into the street.

Paramedics attempted life-saving measures on Ty, and he was transported to Moses Cone Hospital … but died shortly after. Cops have arrested a 21-year-old suspect, who’s been charged with first degree murder.

Barrino posted the sad news on her Instagram Tuesday, saying … “Auntie is So Sorry Baby. RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother & his Stepdad.” Tyquan, who went by T.W., was the son of Fantasia’s musician brother, Ricco.

Ricco tells TMZ … he’s completely devastated, because he didn’t get to see T.W. in the morning Tuesday like he usually does, and now he’s gone.

It’s been a rough stretch for Fantasia’s family … her brother Xavier has been in the hospital for months recovering from a critical motorcycle injury, as well.TMZ

Kendrick Lamar Previews New Nike Cortez Collab

(FreshAsFrankie) After collaborating on a few pairs of Reebok Classics, Kendrick Lamar announced a switch from the brand to his partnership with Nike in the late summer of this year. In that time between wearing Vans and Nike’s Cortez silhouette, two shoes that are staples in fashion culture of LA, K. Dot has finally given fans a first look at his collaboration with the Nike. Of course, it would be a blood-red Cortez the rapper donned.

“DON’T TRIP. CORTEZ KENNY,” the rapper captioned the photo. Kendrick shared the preview of the show from backstage at LA’s Staples Center where he was in attendance for Kobe Bryant‘s jersey retirement ceremony. Kobe and Kendrick representing the greatness of the west coast recently did an interview together at Complex Con where they discuss their road to greatness.

Kendrick’s Nike Cortez houses a red, white, and black colorway with an accent ribbon on the top of the laces that reads “DON’T TRIP.” The Grammy-nominated is even throwing double entendres on his shoes. While representing the Black plight in his music, Kenny has also been sharing his appreciation for Chinese Culture and honors his alter ego, “Kung Fu Kenny”, the side of the shoe is embroidered with Chinese lettering.

Source: billboard.com

LiAngelo and LaMelo Have Been Turned Down by European Teams

LiAngelo and LaMelo Have Been Turned Down by European Teams
(FreshAsFrankie) Things went smoothly for Lonzo Ball, playing at Chino Hills High School, then one year at UCLA, and ultimately being drafted in the lottery by the Los Angeles Lakers, just like his dad LaVar Ball planned. Things haven’t gone quite so well for Lonzo’s younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Thanks in part to their boisterous dad, the Ball brothers have been thrust into the spotlight with all eyes on their every move and some have been very questionable.

Earlier this year, LaVar pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School after disagreements with their new basketball coach, Dennis Latimore. LaVar’s boys were the big draws for the school and he felt it entitled him to a say in the basketball program. Latimore said LaMelo’s days of taking 50 shots a game were over and LaVar wasn’t with it. Though the move was criticized, it wasn’t too bad since LaMelo is just a junior, still eligible to play AAU ball and has a standing offer at UCLA. LaVar, however, then took things a step further.

LiAngelo was indefinitely suspended from the UCLA basketball team after he and two teammates were arresting for stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store in China during a team trip. LaVar responded by pulling the freshman baller from the school. That move was met with much more scrutiny. LiAngelo needs a lot of work and he has no chance of being drafted in June, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now both boys are without teams and very much in need of development and actual playing exposure. Some basketball insiders have floated the idea of LiAngelo and LaMelo potentially playing overseas, and though they have enough name recognition to draw some interest, the move isn’t as easy as perceived.

Most teams overseas have already begun their seasons, so adding the Ball brothers isn’t exactly feasible. Also, some teams will likely be wary about signing them knowing that LaVar and the issues he brings is apart of the deal.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Lithuanian team, Lietkabelis Panevezys was interested in signing both Ball brothers, but the team’s head coach Arturs Stalberg shut that down, noting that the team has openings in security since they’re experienced in that field.

Though there are some substantial issues, LaVar might have a trick up his sleeve. The polarizing figure has managed to turn his boys into well-known figures and turn a hefty profit. Their names alone will likely draw interest from someone at some point.

Source: complex.com

POWER is Nominated For ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ at NAACP Image Awards

POWER is Nominated For 'Outstanding Drama Series' at NAACP Image Awards
(FreshAsFrankie) For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 different categories across film, television, and music.

Watch the 49th NAACP Image Awards on MLK Day, January 15, 2018 LIVE at 9/8c on TV One.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued for Adrien Broner in Las Vegas Battery Case

Arrest Warrant Issued for Adrien Broner in Las Vegas Battery Case

(FreshAsFrankie) Adrien Broner is wanted by authorities after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest because the 28-year-old boxing pro failed to show up for a hearing in his Las Vegas battery case. Broner, however, says he was completely unaware of the hearing.

As many will recall, the Cincinnati native went ballistic on the Vegas strip back in September, shoving one woman hard and delivering a knockout sucker punch to a man.

Cell phone video obtained by TMZ shows Broner taking pics with fans before he loses his temper, though it’s unclear what about. As a female companion is seen trying to calm Broner down, he violently shoves her, almost knocking the woman off her feet. He then delivers a vicious punch to an unsuspecting man, knocking him out cold.

The four-time champ was cited for battery and ordered to appear in court Monday, Nov. 27. After he failed to appear, the judge issued a warrant.

According to TMZ, Broner told the site he was completely unaware there was a hearing happening, and if he had known he would have been there.

Further, the summons that was supposed to be sent to Broner was returned to the court because it was “not deliverable as addressed,” court records show.

Broner tells TMZ he’s trying to clear things up with the court.

Source: tmz.com

Rapper Bambino Gold’s Body Found Decaying in the Woods in Alabama

Rapper Bambino Gold's Body Found Decaying in the Woods in Alabama
(FreshAsFrankie) The bodies of missing rapper Bambino Gold, born Edward Reeves, and his cousin Kendrick Stokes have been found in the woods of Macon County, Alabama. Family members reported the two men missing on Nov. 7th (Tuesday) after they had not been seen or heard from since late Sunday night.

The pair was last seen driving a white 2016 Honda CRV with Georgia tags as they made their way to the Alabama State Fair.

According to the Montgomery Advertiserthe county sheriff Andre Bruson confirmed on Saturday that the bodies of Reeves and Stokes were found in two separate locations: Country Road 13 and Highway 80. Both bodies were located on different days, the first body was discovered on Friday evening around 5 p.m. and the second one was found early Saturday morning.

Reeves’ mother Aieda Harris told reporters, “It’s stressful to think that somebody has done something to your child and you can’t be there to take care of them. It makes you very angry. I’m extremely angry. I try to be a calm person but this is just beyond dealing with. It’s absolutely terrible.”

Bambino Gold was 29 years old and has left behind one child. His cousin Skooly (Kendrick Stokes) was 30-year-old party promoter at the time of their death.

Several People Shot At A Boosie Badazz Concert In Gardena, CA (Video)

Several People Shot At A Boosie Badazz Concert In Gardena, CA (Video)
(FreshAsFrankie) Boosie Badazz concert ended in gunfire on Friday, November 3.

TMZ reports that the 34-year old rapper, born Torrence Hatch Jr., was performing at a motorcycle club in Gardena, California when shots were fired around midnight.

There’s a discrepancy regarding how many people were injured.

Four people were shot, according to CBS Los Angeles. TMZ reported only two victims. The injured were transported to the hospital and are expected to survive.

There were several altercations in the crowd prior to the shooting.

Cops took a report for assault with a deadly weapon, but no arrests were made. There are no suspects at this time.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Meek Mill Looking at Possible Prison Time for Violating Probation

MEEK MILLLOOKING AT SERIOUS PRISON TIMEFor Violating Probation
 (FreshAsFrankie) Meek Mill is in big trouble with the law … trouble that could land him in prison for nearly 2 years.

Meek is going to court Monday for a couple of serious probation violations in his drug and weapons case … he was arrested for fighting at a St. Louis airport in March, and arrested again in August for recklessly driving his motorcycle in NYC.

The judge in the case has already made it clear … one false move and she’ll drop the hammer on Meek. In fact, in 2015 he left Pennsylvania for a gig without getting approval from the court and the judge put him on house arrest.

The 2 recent arrests are even more serious, and if Meek got house arrest for a travel faux pas, he’s in big big trouble now.

BTW … Meek’s airport case and reckless driving case have both already been dropped.

Worst case scenario … Meek could spend around 20 months in prison.