Does Steve Kerr Have a Trash-Talking Burner Twitter, Kevin Durant Style?

Back in September, Kevin Durant got exposed for using secret “burner” social media accounts to defend himself in online arguments. He later admitted he felt “idiotic” for using them, and it was widely considered to be one of the biggest social media fails in the sports world in 2017.

With that in mind, you wouldn’t think KD’s own head coach would resort to using a burner Twitter to comment on opposing players, but that’s what some people are accusing Steve Kerr of doing. He tweeted and deleted a shot at James Harden and some NBA referees on Thursday night, and while he may have simply thought better of the tweet after sending it, many are now wondering if Kerr didn’t mean to send the tweet from a different account in the first place.

It all started when the official NBA Twitter account tweeted about Harden just after 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. It featured Harden taking and making a step-back three-pointer against the Spurs during the Rockets’ 102-91 victory over San Antonio.

A short time later, Kerr saw the NBA tweet and had something to say about it. On his official account he suggested Harden traveled on the play. He said it was “an embarrassment” Harden wasn’t whistled for a walk.

The tweet didn’t stay up long. But plenty of people were able to get a screenshot before it disappeared, and they wondered why in the world Kerr would take aim at Harden and the refs like that. Some concluded Kerr simply got caught up in the moment before deciding against leaving the tweet up. But more than a few people suggested Kerr may have meant to send it from a burner account, just like KD.

Kerr hasn’t spoken publicly about any of this yet. But it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say. If he meant to send the Harden tweet from his account, most of the Rockets players are probably going to have the same reaction Chris Paul had to something Kerr said to him during a recent game.

And if Kerr meant to send out the tweet from some secret account he uses, he's likely to get clowned the same way KD did. Either way, we wouldn’t expect Harden and the Rockets to forget about what Kerr said anytime soon.

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Jemele Hill Leaving SportsCenter for New Position at ESPN (UPDATE)

UPDATED 4:45 p.m. ET: Hill took to her Twitter to clarify why she's leaving the show in an effort to clear up false rumors that may be spreading around the internet about the switch. She said she voluntarily left the show to get back to “reporting, writing, and commentary.” She also said that, in addition to working for The Undefeated, she'll still be contributing to a “myriad of ESPN shows.”

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ESPN's Jemele Hill is changing lanes. After being caught in the middle of an extremely public controversy last fall, Hill has requested to be reassigned from the SC6 edition of SportsCenterSports Illustrated reports. But she looks to at least be staying in the family: Hill's next home will be with The Undefeated, ESPN's offshoot site that covers sports, race, and culture.

But back to that controversy. Take a walk down memory lane with me, as we recall the moment that Hill was thrust into the spotlight. Last September, Hill was having a Twitter conversation with some particularly dim-witted characters about the state of our country. During said conversation, Trump came up and Hill pulled out the yopper.

As you can see, the tweets are still up, meaning Hill was ready with the smoke and more than happy to let it settle. Unfortunately, someone of her status can't exactly call the president a white supremacist and get away with it. ESPN reportedly looked into replacing Hill shortly after, and a White House spokeswoman called for Hill to be fired

Hill was being watched closely from there on out and was suspended for a second violation of social media guidelines for telling her followers how to hypothetically go about protesting the NFL. Trump responded to the suspension, calling Hill out.

After serving her time, Hill told TMZ she deserved the suspension. “I violated the policy,” she said. “Going forward, we'll be in a good, healthy place. It'll be fine. The only thing I apologize for is I put ESPN in a bad spot. I'll never take back what I said. “

Hopefully, this reassignment will give Hill a fresh start with the company.

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8 People Dead in Manhattan Terrorism Incident (UPDATE)

UPDATED October 31 9:20 p.m. ET: ​29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov of Tampa, Florida has been identified as the attacker. NBC is reporting law enforcment sources as saying Saipov left a note in the rented vehicle​ in which he writes that he commited the attacks for ISIS. 

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Eight people were killed in a terrorist event in downtown Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, and more were injured. The incident occurred when a truck ran onto a narrow bicycle path, hitting numerous people along the way.

The NYPD held a press briefing alongside Mayor DeBlasio. They confirmed that the driver  struck a number of pedestrians and bikers before hitting a schoolbus. The suspect, a 29-year-old male driving a rental truck, then exited the vehicle holding a gun, and was shot by an officer and taken to a hospital. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, police said. No other suspects are outstanding.

Eight fatalities were confirmed by the NYPD, with several more people suffering life-threatening injuries. The driver made a “statement,” which was “Allahu Akbar!” according to some eyewitnesses. This, according to the press briefing, was confirmation that the incident was “a terrorist event.” The FBI has been brought into the case.

Social media reports of the incident started popping up around 3:00 p.m. local time.

Roughly 90 minutes after early reports of the incident, the NYPD confirmed that a vehicle had entered a pedestrian/bike path, resulting in “several fatalities” and numerous injuries before crashing into the bus.

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Kodak Black Drops Four New Songs

On Saturday night, Kodak Black hit up Instagram to announce he would release new music around 9 p.m. ET. And, thankfully for fans, he came through.

The Florida rapper dropped a track called “Snap Shit,” followed by “Roll N Peace,” “Down South,” and “Right Now” on YouTube.

And, no, it isn’t a special occasion. Kodak said he decided to share the tracks simply because he was bored. 

You can listen to the songs below. 




The tracks arrive a little over a month after Kodak dropped his Project Baby 2 mixtape, featuring Offset, John Wicks, and more.

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Vince Staples Addresses Eminem’s Trump Freestyle (UPDATE)

UPDATED 10/14/17 2:20 p.m. ET: Vince Staples wasn’t done. Hours after he explained his criticism of Eminem’s BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle, the Long Beach rapper returned to Twitter to answer more questions on the matter.

Staples reiterated that his problem wasn’t necessarily with Eminem; it was with the people who applauded the “trash” freestyle. He spoke about his respect for the Detroit rapper, but insisted his bars received more praise then they deserved. Staples said he believed this was a result of white privilege, which many Shady fans fail to acknowledge. 

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Vince Staples is entitled to his own opinion. One in particular, where he weighs in on Eminem’s Trump freestyle at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, might have been taken out of context. At least, according to him.

Pitchfork ran a story this evening with the headline “Vince Staples Calls Eminem’s Trump Freestyle ‘Trash.” In the piece, Staples is quoted from his appearance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art for the publication’s In Sight Out series. He says Em’s freestyle was “trash” and that “he can do better.”

He later explained if he were to rap those same lines, he wouldn’t of have the same impact. “If I said, ‘This is for Colin/Ball up a fist/And keep it balled up/Like Donald the bitch,’ they would be like, ‘Get this ni**a out of here.’”

Vince did share what he actually liked about the freestyle. “My favorite thing about the Eminem freestyle is the wall of dark-skinned black people behind him,” he said. “That was great.”

Shortly after the piece was published, Staples went on Twitter to clarify his words and said it was all in good fun.

In other Vince Staples news, he shared a new freestyle over YBN Nahmir's “Rubbin Off The Paint” on his Beats 1 radio show, which you can listen below.

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Travis Scott’s New Collection With Ksubi Is Finally Here

Australian label Ksubi has released its highly-anticipated collaboration with Travis Scott. The limited 10-piece capsule collection includes tees, jeans, a hooded sweater, a bomber, and an oversized denim jacket.

All of the pieces were designed with Scott's creative direction. The Ksubi and Travis Scott collaboration also features flash-activated paint on the back of the bomber and denim jackets that light up when hit by the flash of a camera. 

The collection is now available in stores and will be up for purchase on the label's website at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 13. Head to KSUBI.com to cop online or you can visit Barneys, Browns, Farfetch, General Pants Co, Kith, Ksubi, Ron Herman, Ssense, Superette, The Local by General Pants Co., and the Webster to cop in person. 

The collection is expected to sell quickly so if you're planning to buy some pieces make sure you do it quick. Prices range from $120 – $450 USD. 

You can check out the collection below, and get a more in-depth look in the video up top.

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Azealia Banks Accuses Cardi B of Being a ‘Poor Man’s Nicki’ (UPDATE)

UPDATED 11:20 p.m. ET: Cardi responded to Azealia Banks' criticisms with a pointed tweet. She shared a short video of Banks singing along to “Bodak Yellow” in a crowded club. To go along with the clip, Cardi wrote, “One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1 cuz even the HATERS LOVE IT !!”

Banks struck back with a vicious social media message of her own, accusing Cardi of using a ghostwriter. “Great songwriting,” she wrote. “Might get the nigga to write for me too!” 

Banks also included an audio message naming the person who she says wrote “Bodak Yellow.” “We know the nigga from Harlem who wrote the song,” she said. “His name is Cole. He's friends with your boyfriend from jail… Everybody in the hood knows you fuck for raps… A bum bitch from the Bronx like you, it's great that you made it. I'm sure it inspired a lot of other bum bitches.” 

You can see and hear Banks' message for yourself below.

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It's no secret that Azealia Banks is opinionated. Perhaps, one of the most opinionated rappers of our time. Under the username @XoCheapy, Banks took to Twitter on Monday night to deliver yet another opinion on the heels of Cardi B's widely celebrated No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow.” In a series of now-deleted tweets, Banks gave her take on what contributed to Cardi's success.

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“I'm sorry,” she started off. “Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I've never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki.”

She continued: “Spinning this 'for the culture' story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women.”

She then made a pretty bold fucking statement: “Charlemagne and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one.”

Pause: I'm sorry, how exactly did they give her a No. 1? Don't you earn a No. 1? Has Cardi not been out here busting her ass, performing non-stop at sold-out shows, dropping remixes of the song to keep it fresh, staying active on social media, and building with another hot rapper who's a part of the biggest group in hip-hop right now? What?

Anyway, Azealia went on to say that white men in the industry are deliberately trying to “buy black men away from black women” and claimed Cardi is only considered as black when it's convenient for a success story. And then, she capped the rant off with a particularly offensive statement: “I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki.”

One: at this point, it's just lazy to keep comparing Cardi to Nicki. They're both over it, and it's a tired analysis. Two: there's nothing wrong with being mixed race. There's nothing wrong with being Latina. There's nothing wrong with a mixed-race or Latina rapper being successful. 

Regardless of whether Cardi caught wind of this or not, she seems to be just fine. On Monday, when “Bodak Yellow” officially reached the top of the charts, she tweeted this:

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games by NFL Following Domestic Violence Investigation (UPDATE)

UPDATED 6 p.m. ET:

On Friday afternoon, Elliott's lawyer responded with a statement that invoked alleged text messages sent by the Cowboy running back's ex-girlfriend, where she purportedly asked a friend to lie to police about the incident. That statement said, in full:

We just learned of the NFL’s decision to suspend Mr. Elliott for six games for allegedly engaging in ‘physical force’ against the accuser. Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision.

“Our offices have been engaged in this matter since last July and have worked hand in hand with the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL with their respective investigations. Accordingly, we are fully aware of the full body of evidence that exists in connection with this matter.

“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.

“For example, both the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL investigators expressly concluded and conveyed to our office (and others) that the accuser was lying about an alleged July 22, 2016 incident whereby she accused Mr. Elliott of pulling her out of her car and assaulting her. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her own friend’s affidavit which stated that no such assault occurred. The affidavit also outlined the accuser’s plan to orchestrate a story to police to in order to corroborate her false allegation of assault. In addition, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser. During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light.”

It remains to be seen whether this changes the league's mind or not.

Original story below.

The NFL has suspended Ezekiel Elliott six games following an investigation into domestic violence accusations made against him in July 2016 by an ex-girlfriend. The suspension was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, according to Schefter, and he has three days to file his formal appeal. At that point, an appeal hearing will be held within 10 days.

The NFL released a statement shortly after Schefter reported on Elliott's suspension. The league revealed it uncovered evidence during its investigation that showed Elliott “engaged in conduct that violated NFL policy.”

Elliott was accused of assaulting a then-20-year-old woman he was reportedly dating in Columbus, Ohio last July. The woman claimed Elliott hit her while she was seated in her car. She denied medical treatment at the scene of the alleged incident, but she told police she had pain in her wrist. She also reportedly had a red mark on her arm.

Elliott denied assaulting the woman, and he was not arrested. But the woman later filed a second police report and accused Elliott of hitting her on several occasions between July 16 and July 20, 2016. She also posted photos on Instagram that showed bruises on various parts of her body.

In September, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced that it would not pursue criminal charges against Elliott. They said they had received “conflicting and inconsistent information” about what took place between Elliott and the woman.

But the NFL launched a separate investigation into the incident and referred to their investigation as “active and ongoing” in late 2016. According to ESPN, the league examined text messages exchanged between Elliott and the woman and gathered medical and legal insight from experts before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rendered his final decision.

As recently as this past weekend, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he did not believe Elliott would be suspended by the NFL. But it seems the league disagreed with his take on the situation.

If Elliott’s suspension is upheld, he will be one of three Cowboys players who will be suspended at the beginning of the 2017-18 NFL season. Defensive end Randy Gregory (full season) and defensive end David Irving (four games) will also miss time due to suspensions.

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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Released on $300,000 Bail (UPDATE)

UPDATED 7/2/17 3:15 p.m. ET: Fyre Festival organizer William “Billy” McFarland has been released on $300,000 bail after spending at least one night in a New York detention center following his arrest on wire fraud charges.

“The judge, Kevin N. Fox of United States District Court in Manhattan, set Mr. McFarland’s bail at $300,000, to be secured by $50,000 in cash or property,” reported Ben Sisario of the New York Times. “Mr. McFarland’s lawyer, Sabrina P. Shroff, said that he had been released after the hearing on Saturday, and that he had one week to satisfy the bail conditions.”

The Times also reports Shroff is a public defender, and Shroff told reporters McFarland was unable to pay his previous lawyers enough to continue representing him.

McFarland’s assets, or lack thereof, will likely be a point of contention during the trial. An unsealed, Department of Justice criminal complaint against McFarland released Friday, accused McFarland of misrepresenting his assets and his company's worth to convince investors to financially back the Fyre Festival.

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The disastrous Fyre Festival from this spring that resulted in hilarious memes and a very public dragging of Ja Rule, will potentially have more serious results for its founder, Billy McFarland. Friday, the Department of Justice announced the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging McFarland with wire fraud.

“As alleged, William McFarland promised a ‘life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said. “McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival. Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes.”

In April, the inaugural Fyre Festival was canceled at the last minute, leaving some attendees stranded in the Bahamas, as paid celebrity promoters and previously booked music acts distanced themselves from the event. 

The charge of wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, though the DOJ noted the potential sentencing was only disclosed for illustrative purposes. 

According to the unsealed complaint, Fyre Media earned less than $60,000 in revenue from approximately 60 artist bookings between 2016 and 2017. However, the DOJ accuses McFarland of telling investors that Fyre Media earned millions of dollars in revenue from thousands of artist bookings from at least July 2016 until April 2017. The report went on to blast McFarland for providing “materially false” information to investors and putting on a festival that was “widely deemed to have been a failure.”

You can read the entire criminal complaint against McFarland and Fyre Media LLC at the Department of Justice website.

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Producer Claims Future Filed Copyright Claim Over Desiigner’s “Panda” (UPDATE)

UPDATED 6/20/17 10:30 a.m. ET: Mike Dean has sent in the following statement to XXL:

“The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right.

“He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop.

“He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better shit to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name.

“And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing ok with or without the “Panda” bread.

“P.S. He should also thank Plain Pat (the best A&R in the world and my favorite co-producer) who made us (G.O.O.D. Music) all aware of “Panda” in the first place.”

Original story is below.

Desiigner’s 2015 debut single “Panda” catapulted the rapper into hip-hop stardom. The track dominated the airwaves, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, topped the Billboard charts, and was sampled by Kanye West. It was the kind of introduction many rappers dream of; however, the mastermind behind the “Panda” beat hasn’t received the same success. In fact, he claims he’s still waiting on payment.

In a recent interview with DJBooth, 23-year-old Menace said he hasn’t been fully compensated for producing “Panda” due to a legal claim filed by Future.

“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas.’ So we were just about to see the checks but there’s been a lot of delays so we won’t see anything until next year anyway,” Menace said. “Not only [Future], Mike Dean, Kanye West’s producer, he put a claim in as well saying that he did something to the beat and he never did. I don’t think we’ll see a check until probably next year. Right now, it’s just going through negotiations. The problem is that once someone puts a claim in, it just stops everything.”  A representative for Future denied Menace's claims, saying that they are “not true.”

People have been comparing Desiigner to Future for some time now, pointing to similarities in their rap styles. During a 2016 interview with Complex, Desiigner shared his thoughts about the comparisons, insisting he had no beef with Atlanta rapper.  

“God gave him a blessing, but he gave me a blessing too. I ain't gonna doubt the man's music. He make beautiful music too. Music is made every day,” he said. “Big ups to him, big ups to Future. I actually like Future’s music. I like his music, you feel me. I’m not a hater or a critic on him, you know, I do me. God bless him, God bless me.”

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