Floyd Mayweather’s First Open Training Session for Conor McGregor Fight Was as Wild as You’d Expect

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have spent the last few months sending shots back and forth at one another to build up the buzz for a potential fight. But now that they’ve agreed to the terms of said fight, it’s time for both of them to get serious about actually preparing for it. There is already enough speculation surrounding the fight, and the last thing either of them needs are rumors about how they’re not putting in the time it’ll take to prepare for what should be the most anticipated sporting event of 2017.

McGregor showed that he’s serious about preparing for the fight earlier this week by showing off a new mural that he had painted in his gym. It depicts him punching Mayweather in the face, and it looks like it’ll be the first thing McGregor sees every time he walks into his gym over the next two months:

McGregor has also posted a ton of training photos on social media in recent weeks, just to show that he’s doing everything in his power to be ready when he steps into the boxing ring with Mayweather:

 

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But make no mistake about it: Mayweather is putting in work, too. Most people are already assuming that he will destroy McGregor when they get into the ring together. But just because he’s heavily favored in the bout doesn’t mean Mayweather is going to take it easy in the gym.

On Wednesday night, Mayweather invited some members of the media to attend his first open training session for the McGregor fight at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Los Angeles—and it was, as you might expect, a pretty wild affair. Mayweather’s workout reportedly lasted for four hours and included a visit from NBA star DeMar DeRozan.

Fight Hype was on hand and captured a bunch of videos to document the experience. In this clip, you can see the crowd gathered outside as Mayweather made his grand entrance:

In this one, you can see that Mayweather has avoided packing on any pounds despite being “retired” for nearly two years now:

Here, Mayweather brags about being in great shape even though he's a 40-year-old boxer with more than 20 years of pro boxing experience:

And in this clip posted by TMZ Sports, Mayweather walks around the gym during a brief break in the action talking to himself:

“I can get a black eye, a bloody nose,” he says in the video. “I can have a bad day at the gym. At the end of the day, I don’t have a bad payday, and I don’t have a bad night under the lights. I get bumps, bruises… but I don’t have a bad night.”

Most people are expecting Mayweather to have a great night on Aug. 26 when he fights McGregor, and if he keeps this insane workout regimen up, it’s hard to see him losing.

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Vic Mensa Confronts DJ Akademiks Over Coverage of Chicago Rap Scene: ‘I Wanted to Slap You in Your Face’

Vic Mensa was the special guest on today's episode of Everyday Struggle, and the 24-year-old rapper confronted DJ Akademiks over what he believes has been sensationalized coverage of violence and Chicago hip-hop by the online personality.

Akademiks brought up the topic of Chicago rap, asking what Mensa thought of the scene now. “I wanted to slap you in your face,” Mensa responded, referencing Akademiks coverage of the violence around drill music. “I really felt as if people exactly like you sensationalized and made a following off of clowning situations we go through in real life… whatever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective of our people dying on a daily basis?”

As an example, Mensa highlighted a video from Akademiks on Tray 57, a Chicago rapper who was killed in 2014. He claimed Akademiks joked about his death. “That's a nigga I grew up with,” Mensa said. “I've known [him] since I was five years old, and to see you come on the internet with this corny ass little voice and make jokes about it… I was waiting to see you.”

“You're like basically one of those little kids that makes fan fiction on the internet. And just create these worlds about people they don't even know,” he added. “It's kind of sick when it's real people dying young. I'm at those funerals.”

Check out the full episode below and tune into Everyday Struggle from Los Angeles all week. The back-and-forth between Mensa and Akademiks begins at the 12:40 mark.

 

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LeBron James Subtweets Dan Gilbert After Cavaliers Part Ways With General Manager David Griffin

The Cavaliers made a really surprising move on Monday night, and unfortunately for Cleveland fans, it didn’t have anything to do with the Jimmy Butler trade rumors that were swirling around earlier in the day.

Just hours after those Butler rumors started gaining some traction online, the Cavaliers and their general manager David Griffin announced that they had decided to part ways. Griffin—who had been with the team for three years and helped put together the roster that won a title just one year ago—had been seeking a contract extension from the Cavaliers for the last few months. But according to an ESPN.com report, Griffin and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension in recent weeks. And with Griffin’s current contract set to expire at the end of June, the two sides broke off negotiations recently and decided it would be best to go their separate ways rather than continue to work together moving forward.

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Shortly after reports about the split started to circulate, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin released a statement that Griffin put out about the situation. In it, Griffin thanked the Cavaliers organization and briefly touched on why he and Gilbert weren’t able to agree on a new contract:

“I am extremely excited for my next challenge in the NBA,” Griffin said, “however Dan and I know now that [the Cavaliers] are a team built largely on the concept of fit and are now at the point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another.”

Gilbert also released a statement and thanked Griffin for everything he did during his time in Cleveland:

“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship,” Gilbert said.

In his statement, Gilbert added that there would be “no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group.” But ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Cavaliers might be interested in hiring former NBA star Chauncey Billups to play an important role in their front office. They are reportedly going to meet with him on Tuesday:

Billups is very close with Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, so he could end up being a great addition to the team. But it sounds like there are some people within the Cavaliers organization who were not happy with the way the team handled Griffin’s departure.

LeBron James in particular seemed like he was displeased with the idea of the Cavaliers cutting ties with Griffin. Back in April, he told ESPN that he wanted to see Cleveland give Griffin a new deal, and shortly after the Cavaliers announced that he wouldn’t be back on Monday night, LeBron appeared to subtweet Gilbert in a thank-you tweet he sent out to Griffin:

Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck also reported that LeBron was “disappointed” and “concerned” over the situation. Beck pointed out that LeBron and Griffin had a great working relationship over the course of the last three years:

LeBron wasn’t the only “concerned” one in Cleveland, either. There were a lot of NBA fans who enjoyed seeing LeBron subtweet Gilbert:

But Cavaliers fans are worried about what it could mean for LeBron’s future with the team. There are already rumors out there about how he could leave the team next year to play for one of the two teams located in Los Angeles. And after he sent out his subtweet, there were even more fans speculating about how Griffin leaving could impact LeBron’s decision to stay in Cleveland next summer:

And just a reminder: All of this comes less than two weeks after LeBron addressed the infamous Comic Sans letter Gilbert wrote after he left Cleveland back in 2010. More than a few people have alluded to that letter over the last 12 hours:

Could this really be the beginning of the end for LeBron’s second tenure in Cleveland? That remains to be see. But this summer just got a lot more interesting for the Cavaliers and their fans.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If 2Pac Is Overrated

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska go through some quick news hits, including Tory Lanez's next album, Travis Scott losing money, Stevie J fuckery, and Freddie Gibbs still dissing Jeezy all these years later. Additionally, the crew talk about 2 Chainz's “DNA” freestyle and if the art of spitting off the dome has died in hip-hop. Later, Budden and Akademiks dive into some West Coast topics—like if 2Pac is overrated—before announcing that the show will be filming in Los Angeles next week! To wrap, the crew answer some fan questions from Twitter. 

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LeBron James to the Lakers? Yes, This Is a Rumor That’s Actually Going Around Right Now

From now until the time he retires, LeBron James' free agency decisions will be covered with the fervor of a presidential election or, say, an NBA prospect's loud-ass dad. This has been the case for a long time. Because of this well established fact—oh, and probably because the Cavs currently find themselves in a 3-0 Finals hole—rumors are seeping out about where LeBron will take his talents to next when he's a free agent in the summer of 2018 (yes, over a year from now).

Those rumors, which certainly won't be the last, have the current Cavs' star heading to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. The other rumor that came out on Thursday has him going to…oh, also L.A., but this time to the Clippers. Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer relayed the chatter, which has reportedly been floating around NBA circles. O'Connor also made reference to a nearly year-old Yahoo article from Adrian Wojnarowski that said there was a belief throughout the league that James wouldn't remain in Cleveland for the remainder of his career. 

If you keep up with your LBJ rumors, this shouldn't come as a total shock, unless you expect him to somehow convince Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade to come to Ohio.

O'Connor also talked about some comments Jalen Rose made on First Take this week, where he said he thought LeBron would eventually play in Cali because he has a house a half an hour away from the Staples Center (the same one that got vandalized):

After the completion of the 2017-18 season, LeBron will have a player option for the 2018-19 campaign worth $35.6 million.

But perhaps LeBron doesn't think Cleveland will stay competitive in the future. Or *clears throat loudly* perhaps he likes the attention. Or perhaps he's just sick of the narrative of “Why can't LeBron James win titles?!” even when everybody knows it's kind of a BS point because he's going up against a Finals opponent that's clearly superior.

It's up to you to decide how fact-based these statements are. That's kind of the thing with LeBron: everything about him becomes news.

Anyway, have fun going through this all over again, Cavs fans.

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Inside the Beef That Lead to XXXTentacion Getting Knocked Out

During the San Diego stop on his Revenge Tour, 19-year-old Florida-based rapper XXXTentacion got knocked out mid-song while performing at The Observatory. The assailant, who's identity has not been confirmed, is said to be an associate of Rob Stone, a 22-year-old rapper from San Diego who made some noise with a song “Chill Bill” but has been connected to XXXTentacion through a beef that's been stirring since April of this year.

With XXXTentacion's name being in the news circuit for most of 2017, and a flurry of theories regarding what happened in this altercation (which someone who may or may not have been the person who attacked XXXTentacion being stabbed), the question on everyone's lips is “what the hell happened?”

Let's walk back to the beginning of the beef, which reportedly features everything from grabbing mics, more violent attacks, and a rapper named Ski Mask The Slump God. Here's a look at Rob Stone and XXXTentacion's beef.

April 9, 2017: Ski Mask the Slump God escorted off stage during Rob Stone performance

To understand how XXXTentacion and Rob Stone started beefing, you have to understand Stone's beef with Ski Mask the Slump God, another Florida-based rapper who is down with XXXTentacion. According to reports, Ski Mask was escorted off the stage at a show at The Observatory on a San Diego date for Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

As the story goes, Ski Mask tried getting on the mic as Rob Stone was getting on stage to start his performance. Ski Mask got frustrated over the ordeal and decided to not leave the stage. Footage shows that he ended up getting walked off the stage by a number of unidentified men.

When word got to XXXTentacion about what happened at the show to Ski Mask, he took to Twitter to vent. The tweet, which has since been deleted, said, “Let them know whoever the fuck that is getting fucked in they mouth when I go on tour for putting their peasant hands on my brother.” Rob Stone wasn't here for it, and let it be known in his own tweet.

To which Ski Mask sent his own tweet, insinuating that there was more to the growing friction between himself and Rob Stone.

April 10, 2017: Ski Mask gets jumped

The very next night on Desiigner's Outlet Tour found Ski Mask and Rob Stone getting into it at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. At the start of Ski Mask the Slump God's set, a pair of individuals are jumped him from behind, causing the three of them to fall into the crowd. Ski Mask is said to have then jumped back on stage, and was chased by a whole squad of people.

April 11, 2017: Two sides of the same story

In two separate conversations with XXL, both Rob and Ski Mask laid out their sides of what happened in Los Angeles. Stone likened Ski Mask's set in L.A. to being the “third strike” of disrespect. Strike one was said to have been an incident where Ski Mask ran out during Rob's set in Seattle to interact with fans mid-song. Stone says, “The nigga was ruining my spot. So that was the first strike and I told the nigga, ‘Don’t do that. If you’re gonna run on my set, come on ‘Chill Bill’ at the end.’ So he was like, ‘Aight, cool’ and it was straight.” Stone said strike two was at the San Diego show. According to him, Ski Mask's lateness forced set times to be pushed back, with Ski Mask being told he's go on at 9 p.m. Around 9:25, Stone says Ski Mask finally showed up, and took to the stage as Rob Stone was about to go on. When Stone's DJ wouldn't hand Ski Mask the mic, he got aggy and stood his ground.

Stone said that after the back-and-forth with XXXTentacion and Ski Mask on Twitter, as well as seeing XXX on Instagram Live “talking about Ski Mask gonna slap the shit outta me,” Stone decided he'd approach Ski Mask at the L.A. show, but Ski Mask showed up and hopped right on stage. “I wasn’t even trying to run onstage and do bro like that. I was supposed to get at bro behind the scenes, but he wanna run onstage and not holla at me like a real nigga, so I run onstage and take the mic from blood and then we beat his ass from the stage to the street. And that’s how it goes. And I left his ass out in the street with his ass out and his underwear. And that’s exactly what happened, from beginning to end.”

Ski Mask saw things differently, saying that AEG (who was putting on the Outlet Tour) was trying to get Rob Stone off of the tour. “Statistically, I shouldn’t even perform before him. Looking at numbers, I shouldn’t have to perform before him because it doesn’t make sense. My numbers are way higher than his in general. Then performance wise, this nigga is ass. He doesn’t do good in general in performance. So they were trying to throw him off [the tour] and he was angry as fuck.” Ski Mask also stated that the San Diego date was supposed to be his last date on the tour, but he says he might not have been getting paid.

Now, even though he says he wasn't going to perform if he wasn't going to get paid, he did indicate that he would be telling his fans “'on the mic that I'm not performing.' Because they're gonna think I didn't even pull up and they're gonna be mad.” According to Ski Mask, that's when the footage starts, where he's on the stage not being given a mic, but not wanting to get off the stage.

In the case of the Los Angeles tour date, Ski Mask said he only went there because he “didn't want to seem pussy,” indicating that he “didn’t think, even if he was gonna jump me, he was gonna do it like that, by jumping me on the stage and not even give me the heads up that he’s about to jump me or wait until I’m done performing.” As you can see in the above video, that wasn't the case. Ski Mask also alleges that around eight people attacked him, and at some point, knives were drawn and his friend was stabbed.

They both indicated to XXL that they were no longer a part of Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

May 1, 2017: Rob Stone replaced by Ski Mask the Slump God at Rolling Loud Festival

After their very public scuffles on the Outlet Tour, Ski Mask and Rob Stone would spend time clapping back and forth at each other, but the next real issue was Stone's claims that he was removed from the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. According to a tweet of his on May 1, Stone says he was paid in full in advance “not to show up at the festival,” saying that “the promoter is their boy.”

The “their” is in reference to XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God; XXX was already on the bill, and its said that Ski Mask ended up taking Rob Stone's slot. Stone later spoke out on the situation, reiterating that he was paid not to go “for 'safety & security,'” and spoke on how his issues with XXXTentacion was the cause of him being let go.

 

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June 7, 2017: XXXTentacion gets suckerpunched

It's hard to tell if XXXTentacion was worrying about any flack from his shared beef with Rob Stone when hitting The Observatory during his Revenge Tour, but knowing what has gone down between Ski Mask and Rob Stone, it's hard to be surprised. During his set, someone ran onstage and knocked XXX out with a blow. The individual was immediately bumrushed by security, with a major scuffle ensuing both on stage and behind-the-scenes.

It appears that many in the building started screaming “Fuck Rob Stone.” After the incident, when XXX came to, he hit Twitter to not only say he was set up, but to throw a threat for the next time someone attacks him.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that at some point during the incident on stage, a 19-year-old was stabbed. They also indicated that, at the time, there were no reported arrests.

At the time of this writing, there's been no comment on social media from Rob Stone, though the Slump God did share a couple of tweets.

Sadly, this doesn't seem like it's going to be over any time soon. Maybe Rolling Loud had the right idea; the heat between these factions is too great to have them near each other. If someone doesn't step up to mediate the situation, this could go from bad to worse very quickly.

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XXXTentacion Attacked While Onstage in San Diego

On Wednesday night, XXXTentacion was performing at The Observatory North Park in San Diego. During his set, someone came up from the audience and attacked him, as you can see in the video above. A brawl broke out immediately afterwards, and the rapper had to be carried offstage. You can see the whole thing below.

Not long after the incident, XXXTentacion was tweeting, responding to a now-deleted tweet by saying, “LOL YOU SHOULD SEE THE OTHER GUY.”

XXXTentacion later blamed the incident on the security at the show and the venue.

Additionally, he addressed a stabbing that reportedly took place during the fight that broke out after the attack. Fox 5 in San Diego is reporting that one person was stabbed. That person has not been identified, but in another now-deleted tweet, XXXTentacion wrote, “several stab wounds, he in critical condition he might be dead in a few hours…'JUST SAYIN'.”

Many people both inside the venue and who viewed video footage seemed to think that the person who attacked XXXTentacion was San Diego rapper Rob Stone. The crowd began chanting “Fuck Rob Stone,” and many Twitter users were sure he was the culprit.

Stone and XXXTentacion have had tension for a while—tension that exploded when Stone got into a fight with XXXTentacion's pal Ski Mask the Slump God during a show in Los Angeles in April. In the aftermath, XXXTentacion said he would “slap the fuck out of” Stone for “putting [his] peasant hands on my brother.”

XXXTentacion has also had beef with Drake in the past, and it seems Drake may have weighed in on XXXTentacion's most recent situation, too. He was apparently caught liking several Instagram comments about Wednesday's attack:

During an earlier show on XXXTentacion's current The Revenge Tour, opener Wifisfuneral was attacked, though that incident was unrelated.

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Chris Brown Opens Up About His ‘Welcome to My Life’ Doc, New Album, and Wanting to Work With Beyoncé

On Thursday, June 8, Chris Brown will release his documentary Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life in theaters nationwide, for one night only. The doc, produced by Riveting Entertainment, chronicles Brown's swift rise to fame with appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Jamie Foxx, and more.

It also takes viewers through some of the tumultuous  periods in his life, including his relationships and legal troubles over the past few years. Complex News' Nadeska Alexis sat down with Brown at his home in Los Angeles, to talk about the documentary, his upcoming eighth album Heartbreak on a Full Moon, and his hope to collaborate with Beyoncé one day. Watch the interview in the video above.

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The Ball Family Goes Sneaker Shopping

LaVar Ball and his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo have the basketball world and sneaker industry giving them their undivided attention, thanks to Lonzo’s bright future in the NBA and LaVar’s constant promotion of Big Baller Brand. LaVar and his three sons met up with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles for the latest episode of Complex’s Sneaker Shopping and talked about the controversy of Big Baller Brand’s $500 sneaker and what happened when he tried to sell Nike on the brand.

Everyone's been curious about Big Baller Brand’s first sneaker, the ZO2, and its outrageous price point, and LaVar revealed that it took Lonzo only three or four hours to design after he took cues from his favorite sneakers. After launching the shoe online, critics slammed Big Baller Brand, but LaVar says he doesn't care and that people shouldn't try to buy his sneakers if they can't afford them. Later in the episode, LaVar says that his proposed billion-dollar deal with Nike didn't go through, because the company didn't want to give them co-branding on a sneaker. Comparing his brand's shoes to Kanye West, LaVar says that 'Ye hasn't done anything as impressive as Lonzo to deserve his own sneaker. In the end, they spend over $2,000 on Jordans and Foamposites.

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LeBron James Responds to L.A. Home Vandalism: ‘Being Black in America Is Tough’

In light of the news earlier today that his Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur, LeBron James used the incident to speak on the ongoing issue of racism in America. During his media availability prior to Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals, James admitted that the well-being of his family was his most important concern. Aside from that, LeBron wanted to let this situation be another reminder that racism still exists.

“Hate, in America, especially for an African-American, is living every day,” James said, per CBS Sports. “Even though it's concealed most of the time—people will hide their faces and will say things about you and then when they see you they smile in your face—it's alive every single day.”

The incident led LeBron to immediately think about Mamie Till's famous response to the murder of her son Emmett, who was brutally killed in 1955 at the age of 14 after speaking with a white woman. “I think back to Emmett Till's mom, actually. It's kind of one of the first things I thought of,” he said. “And the reason that she had an open casket is because she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime, and being black in America.”

James' most poignant observation on the matter came when he confessed that “being black in America is tough,” regardless of one's financial status and/or popularity. “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough,” LeBron said. “And we've got a long way to go for us as a society, and for us as African-Americans, until we feel equal in America.”

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