December 16, 2017

NBA players, Sean “Diddy” Combs and others stand behind NFL players; Brooklyn Nets Players look forward to new season; Time for safety nets at MLB stadiums

WHAT'S POPPIN'

Donald Trump Uses NFL to Boost his Ratings

Donald Trump injected himself into the NFL players’ protest against rogue police officers killing innocent Black men. Trump said at a campaign rally in Alabama that owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans should consider walking out in protest “when somebody disrespects our flag.” Trump’s comments touched off a firestorm.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t hesitate to give Trump serious pushback, stating:

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association tweeted: “We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports.”

A good number of NFL players took exception to Trump attempting to deny their US Constitutional right to free speech, and being called “sons of bitches”. NBA players and others are standing up, even Sean “Diddy” Combs commented.

Donald Trump Disinvites Golden State Warriors

Speaking of Donald Trump, he rescinded his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House because Stephen Curry was hesitating and ultimately decided he did not want to go. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!,” Trump tweeted. Based on the current climate, the UNC Men’s Basketball team decided its players won’t be visiting the White House either.

Carmelo Anthony Has Left the Building

It took a minute, but a deal that worked for all the parties involved finally got done. Carmelo Anthony is no longer a player for the New York Knicks; he is now signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony joins Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and company.

QUICK HITS

Aaron Hernandez’s attorney says the late football player had extreme CTE and his suing the NFL and the New England Patriots on behalf of his daughter
Floyd Mayweather told TMZ Sports that he has yet to cash his checks from the Pacquiao and McGregor fights.
Carmelo Anthony set up a relief fund for Puerto Rico and he pledged 50 thousand dollars.
• The New York Yankees clinched a wild card playoff spot.

OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE

Is it time for Major League Baseball to install safety nets at its stadiums

Will fans ever forgive Kevin Durant for his fake Twitter account?

Brooklyn Nets Media Day 2017

With Carmelo Anthony gone, the face of the Knicks is now Kristaps Porzingas

OFF TOPIC

Co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z’s business partner, Damon “Dame” Dash, is currently selling his coveted sneaker collection on eBay. Hosted on Shoezeum’s eBay shop, the collection is packed with some of the most coveted items from what many would consider to be the golden years of sneaker culture.

US Women’s Soccer Filed Suit Against US Soccer Federation; Warriors Lose to Celtics But Still Want 73 Wins, 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Class Named

In this episode, the What’s The 411Sports team of Keisha Wilson and Mike McDonald are talking about and asking lots of question about recent sports news and events.

Congratulations to the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016:  Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Sheryl Swoopes, John McClendon, Darell Garretson, Tom Izzo, Zelmo Beaty, Yao Ming, Jerry Reinsdorf, and Cumberland Posey.

Five members of the US women’s national soccer team including notable names like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan have filed a wage discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation. The action was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming that while the women’s team generated approximately $20 million more in revenue than the men’s team, the women were paid about 25% less than their male counterparts.

San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick met with John Elway, executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos, signaling that Kaepernick could be headed to Denver. Would this be a good move for Colin Kaepernick?

After a 54-regular-home-game win streak, the bubble burst and Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors lost at home to the Boston Celtics 109-106 on Friday, April 1 (no April Fools joke).

NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament definitely put the “madness” in March Madness; at the buzzer, Villanova beat UNC 77-74.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin returns to lineup as the Clippers face the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. It will be the first time that Griffin will play since Christmas after a tearing his quadriceps. His absence was further extended after a hand injury due to an altercation with the team’s assistant equipment manager which garnered a four-game suspension. And, Griffin’s quadriceps isn’t completely healed. Is this a good move for Griffin to play before complete healing?

Who on the current Brooklyn Nets team will be back next season? Both Keisha and Mike would like to see the return of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. However, Keisha would also like to see newcomer Sean Kilpatrick in a Brooklyn Nets uniform next season.

The YES Network and Comcast are at war.

Can the New York Mets get back to the World Series, and do the New York Yankees have a chance to win the AL East?

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is on the bench for his childish behavior towards the New York sports media following the New York daily newspapers' reports on his urinary tract issues.

Curry tops James Harden and LeBron James and becomes 2nd Warriors season MVP since the late great Wilt Chamberlain

"Be Humble".

Those were the words of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who on Monday night was awarded the 2015 NBA MVP award. Curry finished with 100 first-place votes, followed by Houston Rockets own, James Harden with 25 and Lebron James with 5.

It honestly could have gone either way, but being the best player on the best team, posting a regular season stat line of: 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists, could not be ignored, and both James and Harden have better scoring averages of 25.3 and 27.4 respectively.

Curry becomes the second Warriors season MVP since the late great Wilt Chamberlain, who won the award in 1960. And with this award you could just imagine how saddened all of the New York Knicks fans, around the world are feeling, right about now.

Curry has never done anything to us (despite lighting up the garden for a career high 54 points, Feb. 27th, 2013), the city of New York, but he was one pick away from donning the orange and blue. In that 2009 NBA Draft, Curry was selected one slot ahead of the Knicks, going seventh overall to the Warriors while the Knicks had to settle for the likes of Jordan Hill, who suits up for the Los Angeles Lakers. And there's no comparison.

At this rate, Hill is destined to be a NBA journey-man who can help a winning team, while Curry is on pace to one day look up at his jersey in the rafters when it’s all said and done. We should have seen this coming. The word humble is important because, it defined Curry's MVP award acceptance speech in addition to how he's conducted himself on and off the court and it all started with his upbringing.

Curry is the son of Dell Curry, a respected former NBA sniper. Curry followed in his father's footsteps, pursuing a career in basketball. He wasn't heavily recruited coming out of Charlotte Christian high school, rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, and chose to play his collegiate basketball in-state, at the small college of Davidson.

There, Curry became a star.

He averaged 25.3 points during his 3-year stay, leaving Davidson as the All-time Davidson leader in points with 2,635 and the rest is history and it seems like only yesterday, James was attending Davidson games just to see what Curry would do next.

Since his arrival in Golden State, Curry has performed. He's started from day one, and six years in, Curry is one of the many faces of the NBA. He's a 2-time NBA All-star in counting, with two Olympic Gold Medals and it just seems as though the awards will continue to over-flow Curry's shelves into the immediate future.

Like this one. It's the highest individual award in sports, and upon receiving it, Curry paid homage to his teammates, his family and most importantly, his old man.

Curry gave insight into what it was like being the son of an NBA player, saying that it wasn't easy, but he was proud of what he was able to do in his career and that following in his footsteps meant a lot to him.

In his honor, Curry wears No. 30; the number his dad wore during his career.

The word humble is important here because, with his achievements, Curry hasn't taken anything for granted and unlike pre-collegiate career, people are finally taking notice of, without a doubt the best shooter in the NBA.

He's a spokesperson for degree.

He's got his own shoe with Under Armour and he's the other half of the "Splash Brothers", along with teammate, Klay Thompson.

There's no more denying Curry's greatness and the best is yet to come for the former Wildcat who is expected to lead his team to the NBA Finals this year.

In closing his speech, Curry left the crowd with words that resonate.

"Make sure you live in the moment, and work your butt off every single day. I hope I inspire people all around the world to just be themselves, be humble and be grateful for all the blessings in your life, and I'm truly honored to be your MVP this year, thank you very much."

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