After years of not being allowed into the Hot 97 studios (which stem from a shooting outside of the station in New York City back during the G-Unit vs. the Game days), 50 Cent made his return to Hot 97 to talk about a number of topics with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez.
One of the biggest revelations occurs towards the end of the interview (38:47), when Ebro asks if 50 spoke with Floyd Mayweather after the Conor McGregor fight. 50 says they Facetime'd a few days ago, and says that Floyd wasn't really feeling Conor. “He really didn't like him,” 50 said. “All that, he's getting away with touching his head? That's not Floyd, he ain't like that.” 50 also said that when he heard Floyd tried to bet $3 million on himself, he made sure he got his bet in (although he won't reveal what he made).
50 also spoke on Cardi B hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (at the 19:32 mark). “What Cardi does is so amazing for our culture; it means that there's no rules.” He calls Love & Hip-Hop the “graveyard,” and says that now the visibility of the show will mean that Cardi won't be the only success story.
Now 50 Cent was actually there to promote 50 Central, which is his upcoming variety show on BET. “There's a lot of cool sketch comedy,” he reveals, but does say that you might not see much Trump talk. Not because he's shook, but because he doesn't want to do stuff that a Saturday Night Live has already made their mark with. 50 does have an interesting take on Trump's presidency, though (around 34:36): “his presidency is an accident.” He takes it further, revealing his theory that Trump was “doing that to build his profile for a bigger deal on television,” which is something a number of people theorized during the debate season.
50 also speaks on Power being the No. 2 show on cable television behind Game of Thrones, goes back and forth on WHY Ebro can't blame him for the state of New York hip-hop, his views on 4:44, and much, much more. Check out the full interview up above.
#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up.
On today's episode, Tony takes full advantage of Google Assistant to plan out his busy day, and also unveils his customized Nike jersey. Later, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stops by the office and talks about wanting to beat Floyd Mayweather's record of 50-0. You can catch Wilder's Nov. 4 boxing match with Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center on Showtime Boxing.
After the fledgling Champions Basketball League filed a $250 million lawsuit against the competing Big3 league for allegedly “poaching players and proprietary ideas,” the Big3 has fired back with its own legal action. The semi-pro, three-on-three league founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBL Friday.
The friction appears to stem from participating players’ ability to play in both leagues, among other issues. In the original CBL suit, league officials claimed the Big3 defrauded them because players who participated in Big3 games were not allowed to also play in the CBL. The CBL alleged they were not allowed to start the season on time because players who previously agreed to play in both leagues were not allowed to do so by the Big3.
In a copy of the suit obtained by Deadspin, lawyers for the Big3 take issue with both the allegation of an agreement between the two leagues and Champions Basketball League CEO Carl George.
“In fact (1) there was never any agreement between the Big3 and the Champions League,” the suit reads in part. “The approximately three players who informed the Big3 of a prior dealing with the Champions League were permitted through an express provision in their contracts to have a non-exclusive relationship with the Big3.”
On August 26, the Big3 held an inaugural championship game in Las Vegas. At press time, the Champions Basketball League had yet again postponed a nebulous, projected launch date of the “summer of 2016.”
While the nuts and bolts of proving actual malice to a jury isn’t the most riveting read, the suit does reveal some potential news about the ever-growing crossover of sports and music.
The countersuit claims Champions League CEO George Carl wrote a letter to an unnamed recording artist claiming Snoop Dogg was the official CBL “celebrity commish,” and stars such as DJ Khaled, Floyd Mayweather and Tom Brady were directly affiliated with the league in some capacity.
Earlier this week, Hollywood Unlocked published the first part of a lengthy video/radio interview they did with Floyd Mayweather, and it featured him touching on a bunch of different topics. From talking about his recent fight with Conor McGregor to speaking on the investments he has made that will prevent him from ever going broke, Mayweather kept it light, for the most part.
But Hollywood Unlockedpublished the second part of their interview with the 50-0 boxer late Wednesday, and the topics that are discussed during it are much heavier than the ones that were in the first part. Over the course of the interview, Mayweather talked about a handful of the beefs he’s had over the years, including those with 50 Cent and T.I. He also touched on Lil Wayne’s recent health scare. But the most noteworthy portion of the interview came when Mayweather was asked about Donald Trump.
If you haven’t kept up with Mayweather’s relationship with Trump in recent months, Mayweather was spotted visiting with Trump a short time after he was elected president last November. Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo of him standing with his father and Mayweather on Twitter.
In January, Mayweather spoke at length with TMZ Sports about why he was planning on attending Trump’s inauguration. At the time, Mayweather said that he was “appreciative” of Trump attending his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, and was simply repaying the favor by showing up for his big day. “We judge people that we really don’t know,” Mayweather said when asked about Trump. “So I’m not here to say nothing negative about nobody.”
And it sounds like Mayweather has kept his connection with Trump going, in spite of the many controversies Trump has caused since taking office. While speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather spent more than six minutes talking about Trump and said a number of things that are definitely going to raise some eyebrows. From his opinion of people calling Trump racist to his thoughts on Trump's infamous pussy-grabbing remarks, Mayweather tackled it all—even though he probably would have been better off moving to a different topic.
You can watch Mayweather speak about Trump in the clip at the top, beginning at the 3:45 mark. We have also transcribed a handful of the things Mayweather had to say about Trump, and included time stamps for each of them below.
On why he’s friends with Trump (begins at the 3:45 mark):
“You say 'friends.' You mean, 'communicated with Donald Trump and talked with him on a couple occasions.' A lot of times, just because, if something is going on in this world, in our country, and everybody be like, 'Oh, fuck that, I don’t care about that. I’m not going there.' Somebody has to go there to find out what’s going on so they can come back and relay the message to everybody else. 'This is what’s going on.'”
“I just wanted to say I did it one time in my life. It didn’t matter who the president was. I just wanted to go to be a part of it, to see how it is.”
On staying in touch with Trump (begins at the 4:50 mark):
“I can call him directly on his phone.”
On people who believe Trump is racist (begins at the 5:05 mark):
“I’m not here to tell nobody who they can and they can’t be friends with. I think, within this world, racism still exists. You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president and won. Before that, he was on WWE, he was on different shows, and everybody liked Donald Trump. But as soon as he ran for president…”
On Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comments (begins at the 5:35 mark):
“People don’t like the truth… He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right? So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. 'I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the pussy. And?'”
On whether or not Trump should have been held to a higher standard during his presidential run (begins at the 6:15 mark):
“I feel people shy away from realness. This man didn’t do nothing. Listen, if y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should have voted the other way. It ain’t like he went and robbed—he done his homework. He did what he had to do and he got there.”
On why people should stop complaining about Trump being in office (begins at the 6:40 mark):
“My thing is this: it don’t matter who’s in there. If Trump is in there, Clinton, Barack Obama, it doesn’t matter. That’s not going to stop my drive. The thing is this: too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, instead of worrying about what you’re trying to do and what level you’re trying to get to. See, my thing is I don’t give a fuck about what nobody else doing. I got to worry about what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to get to. A lot of times, it’s, 'Aw, man, it’s going to affect us.' My man, if you ain’t making 400, 500, $600 million, it’s not going to affect you no fucking way. It’s only going to affect somebody like me. I’m the motherfucker that should be tripping—paying $34 million, $25 million, $26 million [in taxes]. I should be tripping! But guess what I’m saying? 'It’s alright. It is what it is.' One thing we all know that we got to do, one thing we know that’s going to happen for sure, we gonna pay taxes and we gonna die. But while we here, live life to the fullest. Stop worrying about what everybody else doing. How I became successful and how I got to where I got to, I don’t worry about what nobody else say.”
“At the end of the day, I don’t know why everybody keep bitching and keep picketing and holding [signs]. They walking and walking, protesting, 'We don’t want this to happen.' My man, all that time you spending protesting, you could be at home writing down ideas coming up with a business.”
“A lot of times you meet people, people from other countries. You meet people from other countries that be like, 'Oh, I love my country. I love this. I love that.' I say, 'If you love your country so much, why you here? You taking up space for other people. We got some other Americans that would love your job.' But remember, this country will give somebody else from a whole other country that they don’t know shit about a loan before they even give the American citizens a loan. So I don’t know how many illegal people that we have in this country. My thing is this: I’m not saying I’m with [Trump’s decision to end DACA], I’m not saying I’m against it. I love everybody. I love people from all around the world. My thing is this: Floyd Mayweather is not worried about nobody else’s business. I don’t worry about nobody else’s business. A lot of times, we spend too much time talking about and worrying about other people’s business instead of worrying about our own. I got to where I got to—it’s easy, I make millions and millions of dollars on a daily basis—because I focus on Floyd.”
It’s probably safe to say that many of these things will not go over well with Mayweather supporters or, frankly, with anyone at all.
In the weeks and days leading up to his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor put up multiple Instagram posts per day. From posts about his preparations for the fight to posts that included him talking trash to Mayweather, McGregor seemed to document every move he made.
A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:57pm PDT
But since losing to Mayweather on Saturday night, McGregor has been noticeably absent from Instagram. He didn’t put up a single post on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. But he finally broke his silence very early Thursday morning with a lengthy post that featured him thanking everyone in his camp for helping him prepare for his fight with Mayweather.
A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:21am PDT
In the post, McGregor talked about how much work went into preparing him for a 12-round fight. He said that “getting to 12 rounds alone in practice” was the most challenging thing about trying to get ready for the match with Mayweather. And he suggested that, if he had a little bit more time to train, he feels as though he could have “made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight” without wearing down like he did.
McGregor also gave props to Mayweather in his IG post. He congratulated him on a “well fought match,” wished him well in retirement, and conceded that Mayweather is a “solid fighter” despite his previous comments about him. And at one point in his post, he also hinted that, if Mayweather wanted to make the jump from boxing to MMA and fight inside the Octagon, he thinks he would actually surprise some people.
“Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position,” McGregor wrote. “He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”
Some fight fans have argued that Mayweather and McGregor should have a rematch but that, this time, Mayweather should be forced to step into McGregor’s arena, where McGregor would have the upper hand.
Mayweather is the better boxer but I dare him to step in the octagon with Mcgregor. Totally different atmosphere.
If there's one thing Floyd Mayweather loves more than making money, it's accumulating even more money. That may sound like a strange statement, but remember, this is “Money” Mayweather we're talking about here. So, on a night where Floyd was rumored to walk away from his fight on Saturday against Conor McGregor with at least $180 million, how does Mayweather manage to rack up even more cash? By betting on himself.
In an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Mayweather admitted to trying to bet that the fight would end in under 9.5 rounds before getting turned away. “I think that we bet 100 on 9½,” he said after the fight. “I gave my guy six figures to go bet. I have to make sure he bet because earlier today I went to the sports book to bet and they wouldn't let me bet.” Mayweather eventually found a loophole, giving his friend some pocket change in the form of $400,000 to place a bid. However, his friend was only able to bet $87,000.
After the bout ended in the 10th via TKO, people started to wonder if the end result was purely coincidental or… was there a conspiracy in the works?
Mayweather tried to bet on himself winning in under 9.5 rounds and by knockout. If he was able to, he would've won the bets. Coincidence?
While it's a known fact that it takes Mayweather a few rounds to feel out his opponent, pick apart his tendencies and figure out how to exploit them, it does seem awfully suspicious that Floyd decided to turn on the heat when he did. But it also falls in line with who Money Mayweather is. There was a chance for Floyd to make even more money, and he jumped on the opportunity.
If anyone should complain, it's us for not following his lead.
Even if you're actively trying to avoid the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, chances are you've developed a firm stance on the bout by now. There are very few people out there who are thinking to themselves, “You know what, I think I need more information before I take the plunge on the pay-per-view fee.” And if you are still thinking that, I'd have to ask you what the rock you've been living under is like.
The odds are heavily in Mayweather's favor, and why wouldn't they be? He's 49-0 and one of the best boxers of all-time, facing a near amateur in a new sport. That should be the start and end of it, but to keep themselves interested in the fight, a lot of observers are clinging to crazy beliefs, hoping the fight will somehow live up to their expectations. I get it, because you're not going to drop $100 on a pay-per-view if you're just expecting a mundane win from Mayweather.
So for those of you trying to search for a reason to care about the fight, here are a few conspiracy theories people have. They might make it worth tuning in!
Mayweather will throw the fight to make more money
From Mayweather's perspective, this might make the leastsense of any theory, because he has everything to lose going into the fight. Though it has been overshadowed by the trash talk, Mayweather has a chance to pass Rocky Marciano's mythical 49-0 record and go to 50-0, a number that is revered within boxing circles. Several prominent fighters have fallen just short of equaling or passing that number, including heavyweight great Larry Holmes, who lost his 49th fight in a controversial decision to Michael Spinks. It's a number that matters deeply to boxers, even if it doesn't to casual fans.
And yet, this might not be the biggest thing on Mayweather's mind. Should he lose to McGregor, it would set up another huge payday in a subsequent fight. Mayweather will reportedly make a minimum of $100 million for this fight, and that number could multiply depending on how the sales for the bout play out. Would you be able to turn down making a sum of money like that a secondtime, knowing all you had to do was lose once?
There's reason to believe Mayweather has motivation to extract as much money out of this as possible. He has had to issue denials that he's in trouble with the IRS, and he will reportedly have to use a big chunk of the McGregor fight money just to pay off his past tax liabilities. It would stand to reason that these issues might keep popping up, since at this point they seem to occur no matter how much income Mayweather generates.
Assuming Mayweather would win the second fight, throwing the first one would likely set up the pair of fighters for a third bout way down the road, and trilogies tend to be huge draws, because you see a real rivalry build over time. These are big assumptions—but again, you just have to follow the money, and both fighters would be set for life if they brought in the sort of revenue they're about earn for just the three potential fights.
Mayweather might not even have to do this on his own. He tends to fight for decisions, and any time you can put the outcome in the hands of just a few people, there's a chance for shenanigans.
McGregor has only been pretending to be a bad boxer
Yes, some people truly believe that McGregor hasn't actually shown what he can do. The belief is that the guy who is a professional fighter and constant trash talker actually wants you to believe he's unequipped to be a boxer, and will use that reputation to surprise Mayweather on Saturday night.
You really have to believe in this to think McGregor has a realistic chance against Mayweather. Sparring partners of McGregor's have shared footage of them working out with the converted MMA fighter, and McGregor looks pretty bad.
People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor -STOP IT! I respect McGregor BUT i ain't Floyd and i landed pic.twitter.com/gd4dFi3XUU
The footage looks so bad, in fact, that Mayweather's camp even sort of believes it's not legit. That's what the fighter's team said during a radio interview in June, claiming their camp would not slack in their fight preparation even if McGregor looks bad on the tape.
“I looked at it, but to me it looked [like] it’s a possibility it could be staged,” said Mayweather's trainer, Nate Jones. “We don’t fall for that, we prepare for anything. Please believe me, I looked at it and I came up with my opinion that it could have been for real but it could have been staged. I don’t know. His style is a different style from Floyd. I don’t want nobody messing with Floyd. He may be more difficult than Floyd’s gonna be for him.”
That's exactly the problem with believing the footage is staged: Mayweather's camp doesn't really care what it looks like one way or the other. He didn't amass a 49-0 record by taking his opponents lightly, and Mayweather has consistently noted McGregor will be a threat when interviewed about the fight. He's confident in his ability, but he has given no indication of slowing down or easing up on his opponent.
The styles comment from Jones is interesting, though, because of one theory a lot of fans seem to have about the fight.
McGregor will use an MMA move at some point during the fight
As the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. McGregor deserves respect for his accomplishments as an athlete in his sport, but that doesn't mean he can break the habits that have been built into him over years and years of training.
Sports books are banking on the expectation that McGregor reverts to MMA tactics, and are taking bets on whether he'll throw a kick or an elbow during the fight. It makes a degree of sense, because while he has been exclusively training as a boxer for months now, you can't truly plan for how you'll react once you start to get fatigued. Should he get desperate in the later rounds, maybe he lashes out with a kick at Mayweather's ankles.
This idea has popped up repeatedly among fight fans, who have discussed the possibility for months.
i'm willing to bet money McGregor gets frustrated and subconsciously tries an MMA move tonight on Floyd.
The big reason this probably won't happen? It would cost McGregor a fortune. UFC boss Dana White has said from day one that any sort of MMA moves are strictly forbidden.
“There is no way that will happen. That is absolutely in the contract, number one. Number two, this is a boxing match under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” said White. “When you talk about a guy like Floyd Mayweather, the lawsuit if that ever happened… You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened.”
No amount of laughs McGregor would generate by busting out a kick would fill the hole in his bank account. This isn't happening, but there's one more wrinkle to consider.
Mayweather and McGregor might be in on this whole charade together
If Mayweather throwing the fight on his own isn't crazy enough for you, boy do we have a conspiracy theory for you! There are people out there who believe the fighters may be working behind the scenes to set up the best possible outcome for their futures, which would necessitate Mayweather taking a proverbial dive. But it would need to look real for it to not be an obvious fix, so it would necessitate both guys planning for the possibility ahead of time.
Other world-class athletes are worried about that exact possibility. Golfer Rory McIlroy was asked about the fight over the weekend, and his concern is that we're all being fooled by the circus.
“I just fear that they do all this trash-talking and they go behind the scenes and they are having a laugh and thinking: I can’t believe we are talking all this public for a ride,” said McIlroy. “We are all buying into it and they are like, can you believe these people believe this? I just hope it doesn’t turn into it and I hope it’s not in any way fixed.”
Count Terry Crews in the fix camp too. He told TMZ that he believes the two fighters are “trying to get another one,” and believes McGregor will ultimately get a decision victory to set up more fights in the future.
Boxing is a sport with a reputation for shady dealings; in early July, Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to relative unknown Jeff Horn, despite most boxing analysts believing Pacquiao had won the fight easily. There have been countless examples of similar shady decisions over time, and this is a real possibility in a fight with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.
Never, ever rule out corruption in the boxing world. Mayweather may give McGregor the beat-down most expect, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll walk away with a victory on the scorecards.
The U.K.’s Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism branch is currently classifying Friday night's police attack as an act of terrorism, after a suspect drove his vehicle at police officers outside Buckingham Palace and reached for a four-foot sword.
According to multiple reports, the suspect drove a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police vehicle. The officers used 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile gas, commonly referred to as CS gas, to subdue the suspect. He reportedly reached for a four-foot long sword and yelled “Allahu Akbar” while being tackled by officers. The standoff left three of the officers injured.
“It was quickly declared a terrorist incident last night,” Metro Police Counter Terrorism Commander Dean Haydon said during a press conference Saturday. “That’s due to the location. It was outside Buckingham Palace. The individual deliberately drove at police officers. He was in possession of a four-foot sword. Officers were injured during the incident.”
The suspect is a 26-year-old man from the Bedfordshire town of Luton and currently remains in police custody in London. Buckingham Palace was put on lockdown Friday night after the incident, and Saturday it was revealed that the suspect was being held under the Terrorism act as well as suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police.
U.K. Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May publicly thanked the officers in a series of tweets for “acting quickly and bravely to protect the public.”
…demonstrating the dedication and professionalism of our police. 2/2
Friday’s attack comes just over one week after a man purposely drove into a crowd in Barcelona, Spain and left 13 people dead and over 100 others injured. On August 21, Spanish authorities confirmed they killed the driver identified in the Barcelona attack as 22-year-old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub.
Immediately after Taylor Swift shared the cover art and release date for her new album Reputation, the apparently inevitable Kanye West theories started piling up. Some argued that Swift's questionable font choice owed something to West's The Life of Pablo designs, while others suggested Swift was intentionally wearing a Yeezy-esque top in the cover photo.
dude this new taylor swift album is like what if an 8th grader tried to achieve the life of pablo aesthetic thats my take as a designer bye pic.twitter.com/Y9dTivHR5L
Also, Reputation is set to drop Nov. 10, a date that will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Donda West—Kanye's mother. While the sheer preposterousness of imagining anyone (regardless of how you feel about Swift) actually stooping to this level intentionally should have been enough to squash this rumor before it even began, many started running with exactly that narrative.
ok i was done complaining about taylor swift i felt gross n w/e and then i saw this n absolutely fuck taylor swift pic.twitter.com/ws9LYkmeFu
Thankfully, we can now confirm that those rumors touch on approximately zero truths. “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” a source close to the situation told Complex Friday. “There is no correlation.”
The winner of the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor superfight on Saturday night won’t get a real title. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be something on the line. Outside of fighting for pride (not to mention millions and millions and millions of dollars), Mayweather and McGregor will also be fighting for what is being called “The Money Belt.”
Even though the so-called Money Belt won’t be tied to an actual World Boxing Council championship, the WBCunveiled the prize that they created for the Mayweather/McGregor fight on Wednesday during a press conference for the bout. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman showed off the belt for the first time at the event in Las Vegas, and it’s every bit as ridiculously over the top as you would expect it to be.
It’s unclear how much the Money Belt is actually worth, but it has a bunch of features that would suggest that it has to be worth a pretty penny. The belt includes 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, and 1.5 kilograms of 24-karat gold, and all of that is positioned on green Italian alligator leather. It’s actually sort of similar to a belt the WBC created specifically for Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015, but this one manages to top that one in terms of overall gaudiness.
Social media obviously had some strong reactions to the belt. Some people love the fact that the WBC went all out when designing the belt, while others can’t believe how insane the belt is. But the best reactions came from those who compared the Money Belt to another over the top belt—the Million Dollar Championship that was created for WWE star “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase back in the late 1980s.