LaVar Ball Keeps Feud Going by Posting GIF of Himself Dunking on Donald Trump

LaVar Ball isn't going to let go of a great marketing opportunity his feud with Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Ball appeared on CNN's New Day where he used Trump's words against him, complaining that he “didn’t get a thank you” from the President of the United States for the three pairs of red, white, and blue Big Baller Brand sneakers he sent to the White House. 

Back in November, Ball was adamant that he would not be saying thank you to Trump, even after he claimed to be the one who spoke to Chinese president Xi Jinping​, and helped bring LaVar's son LiAngelo, as well as former UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, back home. “I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody,” he told Chris Cuomo during their interview last month. 

Earlier today, LaVar added more fuel to the fire by posting a GIF which shows him dunking on Trump. 

When the GIF zooms in on the Twitter app on the phone, you can see a tweet from Ball's account, saying, “Stay in yo lane @realDonaldTrump! The Big Baller will put you on a poster.” It will probably only be a matter of time before Trump responds and gives LaVar exactly what he wants—more free yet valuable publicity. 

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Dude Who Killed Trump’s Twitter for 11 Minutes Explains What Really Happened

For 11 minutes on the night of November 2, the world was quieter, less raucous, more full of peace. Could you feel it? Probably not, but only because you never know what you have until it’s gone. As many will recognize, it was Trump’s Twitter account that was deactivated for 11 blissful minutes on November 2, and even though Twitter claimed it happened as a result on human error, the previously unknown person who gave Earth 11 minutes of peace has been hailed as a national hero. But his exact identity has remained elusive. Until now.

In an interview with TechCrunch back in his home country of Germany, Bahtiyar Duysak explained just how it all happened, but it’s not nearly as exciting as the stories we’ve all been making up in our heads about it. In fact, Dusyak maintains it was a simple mistake.

Dusyak had been working in customer support in the Trust and Safety division of the company. He’d been a contract worker and November 2 was his last day working at Twitter, and even though he said many goodbyes, he also made a point to keep working until the end of the day. Towards the end of his shift, Duslyak received an alert: someone had reported Trump’s account. As a response, he began the process of deactivation. The day ended, and he went home. Somehow, Trump’s account was actually deactivated—even though his account is protected against just that by Twitter, due to the platform's insistence that his tweets are always newsworthy.

“In my opinion, it was definitely a mistake,” Dusyak said in a video interview. “I apologize if I hurt anyone, I didn’t do anything on purpose.”

But Dusyak also claims he “had a wild time in America” and its possible that he did indeed commit the strangely celebrated mistake. But how could it have happened?

“I think it's all about a number of coincidences, very very little probabilities which all occurred on my last day of work,” he explains. But he also is very clear that not only was his act not malicious, but it was also not illegal. “I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything which I wasn’t authorized to do. I didn’t do any crime,” he insists.

Dusyak is aware that the only reason it even became a huge event was because of the very specific set of circumstances that had to be in place at the right time. And it’s not just the tech stuff. Trump’s characteristic horribleness turns into major controversy and, in turn, fuels headlines, which has fueled the intense media scrutiny on Dusyak himself. But Dusyak's “mistake” also did not appear to be politically motivated or an act against Trump as a public figure. 

“He is a very successful person, and I admire his hard work and how he made it to get the highest position,” Duysak said. “But I think he needs to learn a little as a politician.”

Dusyak claims reporters have been stalking him, adding friends and family of his on social media in an attempt to contact him. He has therefore been forced to delete friends and photos, and he “just want[s] to continue ordinary life” outside of the limelight.

“I’m the unlucky or lucky man who has found himself in the situation where millions of Americans would like to be at,” Dusyak admits.

As for the overwhelmingly positive attention that his fortuitous mistake has brought him, Dusyak remains humble. “For me its just a coincidence,” he insists. Some have hailed him as a national hero, while still others have gone as far as to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Does he think he deserves that kind of honor?

“It should be accepted by then who deserves it,” he says. “I’m sure that I do not deserve to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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TIME Pushes Back After Trump Says He Rejected Being Their ‘Person of the Year’

On Friday afternoon Donald Trump claimed that TIME reached out to him to tell him that they were likely going to anoint him their “Person of the Year.” He also claimed that TIME said it would be necessary for him to do an interview and a major photo shoot to acquire the title. Finally, he says he declined because “probably” wasn't firm enough. Here, read his tweet for yourself:

Less than three hours later, TIME sent out their own tweet disputing Trump's account by saying he was “incorrect' about their method for handing out the annual designation:

While Trump has covered the magazine at least 14 times, almost all of which have come since he announced his run for president, the one that probably easily made the most news was the fake one that was hung in at least four of his 17 golf clubs declaring The Apprentice a television smash:

A fake TIME Magazine cover that hung in several Donald Trump golf clubs.
Image via Twitter

Relatedly, in December 2015, Trump also sent out this tweet after German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named TIME's Person of the Year:

He would end up getting the honor a year later.

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Miko Grimes Talks LeBron James and Roger Goodell

On today’s episode of #OutOfBounds, special guest Miko Grimes gives us a peek inside the NFL. She doubles down on her Derek Carr controversy, combats the crew on Colin Kaepernick, and tells us what’s going on with the Bucs. The crew talks Donald Trump intervening in the UCLA case, Metta World Peace joining the Big 3, and last night’s Cavaliers vs. Knicks game: Was LeBron really being a bully? Plus, Gilbert Arenas gives viewers advice on following their dreams. 

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Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Discuss LeBron Calling Himself the King of New York on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today's episode of Out of Bounds, special guest Miko Grimes gives us a peek inside the NFL. She doubles down on her Derek Carr controversy, combats the crew on Colin Kaepernick, and tells us what's going on with the Bucs.

Later, they talk about Donald Trump intervening in the UCLA case, Metta World Peace joining the Big 3, and last night's Cavaliers vs. Knicks game. Was LeBron really being a bully, and what's up with the King of New York claim? Plus, Gilbert Arenas gives viewers advice on following their dreams. 

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Eminem Performs ‘Walk on Water’ At the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards

While it's unlikely to generate as much press as the scathing cypher that he directed towards Donald Trump during last month's BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem performed at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday in a performance that you could watch a clip here, without crossing the freaking ocean (in case the headline wasn't clear about that). 

The A-lister, who occasionally disappears from the public eye for large amounts of time, performed his newest release, “Walk on Water,” alongside Skyler Grey. He also told fans that they should be expecting an upcoming album. Slim's appearance marks his fourth return to the EMAs, where he performed “Berzerk” and “Rap God” during a surprise performance when he was last there in 2013. That year he also took home the Global Icon Award, in addition to winning the nod for Best Hip Hop Artist.

As for why he was there this year, in addition to performing he was also nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Live Performance, and ended up winning the former. 

Definitely a productive trip.

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Donald Trump Defends Putin Amid Election Probe: ‘He Did Not Meddle’

While Special counsel Robert Mueller and a congressional committee continue to investigate Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election on Donald Trump’s behalf, the President is repeating a familiar refrain. He’s defending his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin’s latest meeting was reportedly limited to the two leaders sharing some informal talks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam.

“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump told a group of reporters while in Vietnam Saturday. “You can only ask him so many times … He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”

In this case, the “they” Trump is referring to would be the FBI and the CIA and both agencies collective assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential Election in order to help Trump win. The former reality show host lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, but still won the 304 Electoral College votes necessary to become the 45th President. While Trump tours Asia, probes are being conducted on possible collusion between various Trump associates and Russian operatives.

The topic of Trump and Putin’s ongoing bromance came up after the Kremlin released an official statement saying the two presidents “confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS (the Islamic State) in Syria.”

According to David Jackson of USA Today, when pressed further about allegations of Putin influencing the election, Trump responded by saying, “Well, look, I can’t stand there and argue with him. I would rather have him get out of Syria.”

After dropping that diplomatic gem, Trump was summarily flamed on Twitter.

Your Saturday morning headline essentially boils down to the man who penned The Art of the Deal, struggling to make an actual deal with someone who allegedly helped him rig an election he barely won. Putin has been accused of war crimes including the alleged 1999 Russian apartment bombings that ignited the Second Chechen War. So if you add in the layer of Putin potentially helping Trump diffuse the Syrian conflict, you end up with a storyline that sounds as if it were copied and pasted from The Onion.

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