Keaton Jones Receives Support From Hip-Hop Community for His Anti-Bullying PSA

On Friday, Kimberly Jones shared a video on Facebook of her son Keaton delivering a tearful message to anyone else who is the victim of bullying.

For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he's as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he's good at school. Talk to your kids. I've even had friends of mine tell me they're kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.

Keaton, who was picked up from school early by his mom because he was afraid to go to lunch, explains his own situation where kids make fun of him, and pour milk in his hair. The video has since gone viral and everyone from athletes from his home state of Tennessee to artists across the nation are showing their support for Jones. 

Tennessee Volunteers Tyler Byrd says he plans to visit Jones's school with some of his teammates on Tuesday. 

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker addressed the issue of bullying at school, and invited Keaton and his family to the Titans' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 31. 

Walker's teammate and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan wants to meet Keaton as well. 

UFC president Dana White personally invited Keaton to the company's headquarters in Las Vegas. 

Snoop Dogg tells Keaton that he's got “friend in me for life.” 

Plies not only wants to be his friend, he wants to send him something for Christmas. 

Cardi B makes sure to set everyone straight.

T.I. offers up some words of advice for Keaton.

Chris Brown practices some self-restraint after hearing Keaton's story.

Trae Tha Truth shows his support for Jones. 

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Gun Stocks Rise After Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Several leading gun manufacturers saw their stocks go up in the aftermath of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

As of Monday morning, shares of Sturm Ruger were up about 6 percent, according to CNN, while shares of American Outdoor Brands, which is the company that used to be called Smith & Wesson, were up about 7 percent. Dick’s Sporting Goods' shares went up about 1 percent as well, with analysts citing the Las Vegas tragedy as part of the reason for the subtle spike.

So why in the world do some people feel better about investing in guns after what took place on Sunday night? Well, it seems gun stocks going up following mass shootings isn’t a new concept. The same thing has happened in the past in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in addition to other mass shootings. Stocks seem to go up because people believe these shootings could lead to stricter laws and regulations with regards to gun control, which would, in theory, lead more people to buy guns now while they still can.

But it’s worth noting that, while there is definitely a trend that has developed when it comes to gun stocks going up following mass shootings, the gun control laws that are on the books haven’t gotten any stricter in recent years. They've more or less stayed the same, which has led to an overall reduction in the number of guns sold recently with both Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands reporting significant stock and revenue losses during their latest quarters. But that could, unfortunately, change in the coming months, as history has shown that people tend to lean towards buying guns rather than moving away from them in light of mass shootings.

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Don’t Fall for These Disgusting Hoaxes Being Spread About Las Vegas Massacre

A domestic terrorist shot and killed at least 58 people and injured 515 others during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday night. The shooter, later identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, reportedly killed himself before authorities entered his room at the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

While the only nation where this regularly happens waits on our politicians to provide thoughts and prayers but no real solutions, some have taken up the tasteless task of intentionally spreading Vegas-related hoaxes purely for retweets.

On Twitter, a place whose founders are more concerned with giving us 280 fucking characters instead of shutting down shit like this, multiple far-right troll accounts have—once again—attempted to circulate images of comedian Sam Hyde:

Hyde, of course, is not the shooter and is in no way connected to the attack. As BuzzFeed's Ryan Broderick explained in his report Monday, Hyde is a frequent target of similar hoaxes in the wake of U.S. mass shootings, of which there are many.

Additionally, fabricated retweet requests alleging missing family members have also started popping up in the wake of the Vegas attack.

The operator of the @immyxrx account, who shared the first photo embedded above, told Mashable he intentionally spread misinformation (using a photo of porn star Johnny Sins) “for the retweets.” The account's profile picture was taken from YouTube product reviewer TheReportOfTheWeek, whose photos have been unwillingly used in previous post-shooting misinformation campaigns. The photo used by @cryinginside247, meanwhile, has been confirmed by the original poster to be a fabrication. The photo used in @pumaexiliado's tweet appears to have been taken from a report on a murder case in Mexico.

Additional hoaxes were reported but have since been removed, including one about Arsenal player Mesut Özil. At least one Twitter account has been temporarily restricted.

4chan trolls—who have created threads calling for the “control” of the narrative surrounding the Vegas shooting—have also started spreading additional claims, as Broderick reported early Monday.

Authorities are still investigating Sunday's shooting, which has already been declared the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

So who's to blame for the ease with which these hoaxes are able to spread? Twitter? Alex Jones cult members? Sheer idiocy? All of the above, really. And as we in America delve deeper and deeper into the post-truth era following the alleged election of someone who rarely goes 24 hours without spreading hate, lies, or both, we must remain vigilant.

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Back in July, O.J. Simpson was granted parole during a highly-publicized hearing in Nevada. But immediately after finding out his fate, he was ordered back behind bars to await his release, which caused a lot of the buzz surrounding him to die down.

That buzz is about to get ratcheted all the way back up in the coming days, though, as it appears Simpson is on the verge of being released back into society. According to a Nevada prisons official who spoke with the Associated Press on Wednesday, Simpson could be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center as early as Monday. He has been at the facility for nine years now serving out a sentence stemming from an armed robbery conviction.

Before he’s released from custody, Simpson will actually be moved from Lovelock to High Desert State Prison just outside of Las Vegas, according to Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast. He will then be allowed to leave that facility as a free man at some point, though prison officials are keeping the actual date and time of his release under wraps in an effort to avoid drawing media attention to the prison.

Simpson’s close friend Tom Scotto spoke with the AP and confirmed that Simpson will be released “shortly after” Oct. 1, but he declined to be any more specific than that. Once Simpson is freed, it’s unclear where he will go to live, but he's likely going to end up living somewhere in Florida.

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Ice Cube’s Big3 Files Defamation Countersuit Against Champions Basketball League

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.

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The ‘Money Belt’ Designed for the Mayweather/McGregor Winner Is So Ridiculous

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 WBC unveiled 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.

In less than 72 hours, we’ll finally find out whether Mayweather or McGregor will ultimately take this belt home.

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UFC President Dana White Posts Video of Conor McGregor Knocking Down Paul Malignaggi in the Ring

Amid concerns over Conor McGregor's ability to survive in the ring against Floyd Mayweather, UFC president Dana White released two videos from McGregor's sparring sessions with Paul Malignaggi. On Friday, The Notorious held an open workout at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas where he put some odd training techniques and slow heavy bag speed on display for those in attendance. 

White also responded to the people doubting McGregor's boxing skills by posting two videos of The Notorious sparring with Malignaggi, including a clip where it appears Conor knocked down the former world champion. 

Earlier this month, Malignaggi abruptly quit as McGregor's sparring partner after photos from their session leaked. The former boxer claims he was pushed in the photo showing him lying on the mat with Conor standing over him.

The circus leading up to this fight is nearly coming to a close. Mayweather and McGregor will finally meet in the ring on Aug. 26.

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Mayweather Promotions CEO Disputes Reports About Ticket Sales for Mayweather/McGregor Fight

In late July, a report came out indicating that ticket sales for the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas weren’t exactly going according to plan. Many people expected the fight to sell out rather quickly, but according to the report, there were still thousands of tickets available for it, which seemed to suggest that the promoters for the fight might have issues getting top dollar for them.

But Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe spoke out about the reported slow ticket sales for the fight on Thursday during Mayweather’s open media session at his gym in Las Vegas, and he said that he’s not worried at all. Contrary to what has been reported, Ellerbe said that the fight is currently on pace to break the record for the highest boxing gate ever.

“Right now, we have over $60 million in the box office,” Ellerbe said. “And you tell me, what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow. This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds. When you are talking about tickets going from $500 to $10,000, that’s an expensive ticket. So you have every CEO from every major company. You know, guys, it takes time to plan and get it together.”

Ellerbe also talked about some of the VIPs who have expressed interest in attending the fight:

Additionally, Mayweather echoed what Ellerbe told reporters before his workout on Thursday and said that he believes his fight with McGregor is ultimately going to sell out as we move closer to fight night. Mayweather is also doing his part to continue to promote the fight. Here he is interrupting a live shot on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday to tell people to watch the fight:

ESPN is reporting that, if you want a ticket, they’re not difficult to find right now. There are reportedly still thousands of them available on the Ticketmaster website, and there are also plenty of them available through ticket resale sites like Vivid Seats and StubHub. They’re not cheap, though. Vivid Seats, for example, is reporting that the average ticket sold on its site is going for more than $3,600.

To set a new record for a boxing gate, the Mayweather/McGregor fight would need to eclipse the $72.2 million mark. That’s how much money Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao brought in back in May 2015.

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