NYPD Officers Rallied in Support of Colin Kaepernick

At least 75 active and former officers of the New York Police Department held a rally Saturday in support of NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and remains unsigned, with many suspecting NFL teams avoiding him due to his choice to refrain from standing during the National Anthem last season. There are no specific NFL rules requiring players to stand for the anthem, but Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated and later kneel, was viewed by some media pundits as disrespectful to police officers and members of the armed forces.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL.com when asked about his choice to sit in August of 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Officers on hand at Saturday’s #ImWithKap Rally agreed with Kaepernick about the larger issue of unarmed black men and women being killed during what were viewed as seemingly routine police stops.

“We can confirm that the issues he is saying exist in policing and throughout the criminal justice system indeed exist,” one participant said.

Frank Serpico, whose allegations of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in the eponymous 1973 film Serpico, was also on hand.

Kaepernick’s choice to sit during the anthem followed the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, among others. In each case, unarmed black men were killed by armed police officers. Kaepernick’s remarks about “people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” likely reference the lack of an indictment in each case.

The choice of having the rally in New York added another storyline, as Giants co-owner John Mara was one of the few NFL owners to explain his reasoning for passing on signing Kaepernick.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told Sports Illustrated. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”

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Colin Kaepernick Items Will Be Added to Black Lives Matter Collection at Smithsonian

Items associated with Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protest during the 2016 NFL season will be included in the Black Lives Matter collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Damion Thomas, the museum’s curator of sports, informed USA Today Sports in May that the exhibit would put Kaepernick's game-worn jersey and cleats on display. 

“The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection,” Thomas told the paper. “The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum's larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”

On Friday, there were rumors that an entire exhibit dedicated to Kaepernick was in the works. 

However, Thomas shot that down, saying, “There are no current plans for an exhibition on Colin Kaepernick.”

Kaepernick rose to prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement after sitting down during playing of the national anthem as a form of protest towards the social injustice going on throughout the United States. Following the 2016 NFL campaign, Kap has failed to find a team that would take a chance on him, which has led to the belief that he's being blackballed by the league

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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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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Mark Cuban Says the NBA Would Welcome Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest

Regardless of whether he ends up playing in the NFL this year, Colin Kaepernick and his protests have left their mark on pro sports. Teams have had to release formal statements denying they're trying to blackball him from the NFL, and his peaceful protest has sparked a lot of debate over the role of protest within professional sports.

Even for owners of teams in other sports leagues, the Kaepernick saga has been an important one to follow. And if you ask one of the NBA's most vocal owners, Dallas Mavericks' firebrand Mark Cuban, his league is far better equipped to handle causes like Kaepernick's. He said as much to The Washington Post, saying he believes a player in a similar position would be embraced by the NBA as a whole.

“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players. I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights,” said Cuban. “The NBA is such a global game, I think our players' exposure to different political systems among their teammates may help them appreciate our country even more and encourage their participation.”

No entity as large as the NBA can claim to be perfect on social issues—remember, they let Donald Sterling own a team—but the NBA does have a strong recent track record when it comes to forms of peaceful protest. A group of players including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving wore, “I CAN'T BREATHE” shirts prior to several games in late 2014, as a tribute to the late Eric Garner, whose life was claimed by NYPD. James was part of a similar tribute during his days with the Miami Heat, posing in hoodies with Dwyane Wade and other teammates in memory of slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

On the league's behalf, they've also taken some drastic steps to protect and promote human rights. They famously moved the All-Star Game out of Charlotte for 2017, amidst outrage regarding anti-LGBT bathroom laws drawn up by North Carolina legislators. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the decision with a forceful statement at the time.

“We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league,” said Silver. “These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others, but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.”

Contrary to Cuban's claim, however, the league does have some history with a protest similar to Kaepernick's and it didn't go so well.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, best known for his time with the Denver Nuggets, was in the midst of his best pro season when he launched a national anthem protest, allegedly refusing to stand because of his deeply-held Muslim values. The league suspended him for a game—costing him roughly $32,000 in the process—and following pressure from the NBA players union, reached a “compromise” that forced him to stand but allowed him to bow his head and pray with his head down. Two years following his best season as a pro, Abdul-Rauf was out of the league and playing in Turkey.

That was 20 years ago, and now the NBA's actions on social issues have changed dramatically. But it's worth noting as a historical comparison, because there's at least some precedent for the league failing to step up to the plate for a similar player.

In any case, Kaepernick may not ever get another shot, but he has a strong group of supporters standing behind him. A Change.org petition is calling for a total NFL boycott if Kaepernick doesn't find work, and as of this writing, over 30,000 people have already pledged to stand in solidarity with the quarterback.

The real shame in all this is that Kaepernick's stance is a controversy to begin with. Speaking out against injustice is as patriotic as it gets, and he has been able to spark dialogue and support through silent, peaceful protest. If he loses out on a job because of that, the parties involved should feel ashamed. 

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Stephen A. Smith’s Bizarre History of Beefing With NBA Players

Stephen A. Smith has criticized LeBron James for all kinds of crazy reasons over the course of the last decade. From the time he ripped him for tweeting about playing in the NFL rather than worrying about winning his first NBA title, to the time he said LeBron will never be able to match Michael Jordan’s legacy, SAS has gone in on James early and often, on TV shows like ESPN First Take and on his various social media accounts.

Despite all of the shots SAS has taken at LeBron over the years, though, there has never really been any “beef” between the two men because, for the most part, LeBron has steered clear of responding to anything SAS has said about him. Even though some of the stuff has no doubt gotten under LeBron’s skin, he's shied away from responding to almost everything SAS has said and reported about him, so tensions between the two haven’t escalated.

But that all changed on Tuesday when LeBron decided to respond to a report that SAS put out earlier this week. If you somehow missed it, SAS was doing his daily ESPN Radio show on Monday when he revealed that “sources” in LeBron's camp told him that LeBron is “tempted to beat [Kyrie Irving's] ass” as a result of the recent trade rumors swirling around Irving and the Cavaliers. SAS reported that a source told him LeBron wasn’t necessarily upset with Irving because of the rumors, but rather, he was upset because his name was being dragged into the discussion and he was being cited as one of the reasons Irving wanted out of Cleveland.

LeBron took to Twitter to shoot down that report. He used the hashtag #NotFacts and told people to “get another source” if they want the truth about the state of his current relationship with Irving:

SAS very well could have just taken to Twitter himself and said that he was standing behind his original report. But if you know SAS, then you know that he would never do something that quietly. So rather than going in that direction, SAS unloaded on LeBron during a 15-minute rant on his radio show on Tuesday. He reiterated what he said in his original report on LeBron and Irving.

“If LeBron James was in front of Kyrie Irving, I was told, quote, he would be tempted to whoop his ass,” SAS said. “That’s what was told to me. I did not speculate, I did not put that out there, it was told to me. Verbatim.”

SAS also seemed to threaten LeBron during his rant; he said if LeBron wanted to play hard ball with him, he was prepared to tell “the real story about what happened with LeBron James against Boston the spring before he decided to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach.” It was a reference to the struggles LeBron endured during his final playoff series as a Cavalier prior to his signing with the Heat in 2010.

You can listen to SAS go off on LeBron here:

SAS followed that up with another rant on First Take Wednesday morning. Even though he’s on vacation from the show right now, he made a special appearance to continue ripping LeBron:

He went on The Dan LeBatard Show With Stugotz and continued his anti-LeBron rant there, too:

Does the idea of one of ESPN’s leading NBA analysts/reporters going off on the best basketball player in the world seem crazy to you? Us, too. While we admit we’ve been entertained by the SAS vs. LeBron drama—especially since this is traditionally a pretty dead time of year for sports—it seems strange to see a beef like this playing out on ESPN.

But we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by it. SAS has, after all, spent quite a bit of time beefing with professional athletes in recent years. From Arian Foster and Josh Gordon to Martavis Bryant and Michael Bennett, he has refused to fall back when pro athletes have called him out for one reason or another. But in particular, SAS has been involved in some really bizarre beefs with NBA players.

Back in May 2014, SAS was involved in a brief beef with then-Warriors center Andrew Bogut, one that was pretty tame when compared to his most recent beef with LeBron. It started after SAS accused Bogut of having “no heart.” He went as far as to suggest Bogut’s teammates called him the “Tin Man” behind his back:

SAS also referred to Bogut as “Andrew Bogus.” At that point, Bogut decided he had heard enough. A few weeks later, Bogut made an appearance on a podcast in Australia and said that SAS is “just a wanker.”

A few months later, SAS also got into it with then-76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams after Carter-Williams wrote a lengthy article for The Players’ Tribune. In the piece, he touched on the time the Sixers set a new NBA record by losing their 27th game in a row in the spring of 2014. He accused reporters like SAS of suggesting that the Sixers were losing games on purpose.

Carter-Williams also said he believes SAS is “playing a character” every time he goes on TV. That prompted SAS to fire back at him on social media, where he seemingly warned Carter-Williams by telling him to “be careful who you try and call out”:

But SAS’ most notable beef with an NBA player—prior to his beef with LeBron, at least—took place in the fall of 2015 when he got into a war of words with Kevin Durant. During the NBA offseason that year, SAS reported that he had heard KD might end up on the Knicks alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. KD responded to that report by saying SAS was “lying.” He also said SAS didn’t know anyone in his inner circle, as he had suggested in his initial report.

KD's comments led SAS to go on a now-infamous rant on First Take that included him saying, “You do not want to make an enemy out of me”:

SAS added: “This implication that I don’t know stuff? Y’all better think twice about that. Because when these NBA games come, you’re going to see me at these arenas, and remember what I said to you: I can find out more in 10 minutes at a basketball arena than I can on the phone with 50 different people inside of two weeks. Think about that, and ask yourself: Do you really want to go there?”

Some people might have toned down their act after all of the controversy that the situation with KD caused. But SAS has continued to beef with NBA players since then.

In early 2016, SAS engaged in a back-and-forth with former NBA star Glenn Robinson. According to an interview Robinson did with TMZ Sports, the beef started back when he was still playing in the league, after SAS wrote something about him that he didn’t like. It reignited after SAS appeared on SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter Show and accused Robinson of not following the pro-black agenda he preached during his playing days:

“I saw this man march lock step with what [former Bucks head coach] George Karl wanted to do…but Randy Ayers became the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers…you treated this man like trash,” SAS said. “But you’ll come and talk to reporters about how brothers need to facilitate brothers being hired, but you had one and how’d you treat him?”

That beef ended with Robinson proposing a cage match between him and SAS:

And as recently as June, SAS got tangled up with former NBA player Lamar Odom after he made a wildly disrespectful comment on First Take. While criticizing then-Knicks team president Phil Jackson on the show, SAS pointed out that one of Jackson’s first moves with the Knicks in 2015 was to sign Odom, who was, in his words, “on crack”:

Odom fired back through his lawyer, who sent a letter to ESPN concerning SAS’ comments about his battle with drug addiction. “To say his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface,” the letter said. “We hope those at ESPN will actively voice their disdain for Mr. Smith’s inappropriate statement and take the proper action to support those that are fighting this disease.”

SAS responded by issuing an apology of sorts, in which he said that the comments he made were meant to be directed at Jackson and “were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction.”

He added: “Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson.”

If all of this proves anything, it’s that when you spend as much time as SAS does debating sports on TV, on the radio, and on social media, you’re going to upset athletes eventually. They’re going to take issue with some of the things that you say and report, and they’re going to call you out for it. It comes with the territory, especially when you're as vocal about your opinions as SAS often is.

But it’s still pretty crazy to see just how willing SAS is to beef with some of the biggest names in the sport that he covers the closest. And after seeing how far he’s been willing to take his beef with LeBron this week, we can’t help but wonder how long he’s going to keep this up.

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O.J. Simpson Might Have Made $600,000 While in Prison

O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday after serving nine years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada on kidnapping and robbery charges. When Simpson is released from prison—perhaps as early as October—he could have as much as $600,000 waiting for him. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, that six-figure amount was the money he accumulated while behind bars thanks to his NFL pension, which is protected by state law. Therefore, it cannot be touched by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson or Ronald L. Goldman, to whom Simpson owes around $58 million due to a civil suit judgment. 

Rovell broke down how he came up with the $600K figure: by determining that any player who played before 1982 would receive a pension credit of $250 every month for each season they were in the league. Since O.J. spent 11 seasons in the NFL, his monthly dollar amount is multiplied by 11, making it $2,750. 

Following a settlement in 2011, an additional $124 per month per season was tacked on for any player who played before 1975 while $108 was added on for any year played after that. Taking into account that Simpson played from 1969 to 1979, it means that he should make another $1,284. Combining those two amounts, O.J. should be receiving $4,034 a month. 

The timing of when Simpson decided to start taking money out of his pension also greatly impacts his overall haul. If he did it at 55, O.J. would have made $423,570 for his 105 months in jail. However, if he waited until the age of 65, his pension would be bumped up 2.619 times to $10,656 every month. After 57 months behind bars, O.J. would make $602,205.

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This Guy Pretended to Be Chad Johnson to Try and Spend $18K at a Louis Vuitton Store

Above is the mugshot of 25-year-old Mervin Cabe. Cabe, who is from Florida, was arrested on Friday at an Aspen, Colorado Louis Vuitton store after he tried to make an eyebrow-raising purchase worth nearly $20,000. You may have noted that Cabe looks nothing like former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco Johnson. Remember that because it's relevant.

We say that because, according to the Aspen Times, employees at the store say that Cabe told them he was Johnson after he tried to walk off with $18,548 in merchandise. Employees further stated that Cabe and a pair of accomplices were “grabbing random items off the shelf,” but not trying them on. Cabe's credit card was then denied twice, though he had extremely temporary success when he completed the purchase with Apple Pay despite being unable to come up with the correct phone number that matched with Johnson's “profile ID” (which is necessary for anyone buying shit at Louis Vuitton).

When prompted by the cashier he was dealing with, Cabe then reportedly pointed at a picture of the former wideout, and said “Yeah, that's the one, Chad Johnson. That's me.”

When police came to arrest Cabe, he continued to insist that he was the ex-Bengal/Dolphin/Patriot/Montreal Alouette despite the fact that he was 13 years off of Johnson's birth year of 1978 when he told them he was born in 1991.

Officers described their interaction with him by saying that he “kept making excuses and repeating the same nonsensical story.” According to an affidavit he eventually asked to speak to a sergeant on the scene, so he could tell him “You're going to have to take me…to jail. I've done something bad.”

The affidavit further goes on to state, in the manner of a robot, that “More internet research showed that Chad Javon Johnson…is an ex-NFL player and known to shop for and wear Louis Vuitton merchandise.”

In addition to having an arrest story he should just keep to himself, Cabe was ultimately charged with a pair of felonies, including identity theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

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Former Sports Agent Explains How LaVar Ball Is Helping, Not Hurting, His Son Lonzo

There are a lot of people out there who think LaVar Ball is hurting his son Lonzo by putting on a show every time someone sticks a microphone in his face. Some think LaVar is going to end up doing damage to Lonzo’s draft stock in the weeks leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, while others have theorized that LaVar is going to serve as a huge distraction for Lonzo once his NBA career starts. Either way, LaVar’s critics have called him out for stealing the spotlight from Lonzo in an effort to promote the Ball family’s Big Baller Brand.

But former sports agent and NFL team executive Andrew Brandt doesn’t see things that way. Brandt—who is now a columnist for TheMMQBpenned a piece about Ball called “LaVar Ball Is Just Another Guy in the Herd” that details some of the experiences he had with fathers—and mothers and brothers and aunts and uncles, etc.—like Ball over the years during his time as an agent. According to Brandt, there are “hundreds, if not thousands, of LaVar Balls out there, of all shapes, sizes, genders, race, and age.” And while Brandt admits LaVar is “more vocal” and “more public” than most of them—partly because he has a forum that they don’t have—he doesn’t consider LaVar to be all that unique.

Brandt also doesn’t consider LaVar to be the problem that other people seem to think he is. Rather, he views LaVar as the perfect “no guy” for Lonzo, which is to say that he has put himself in a good position to deflect any negativity that might come Lonzo’s way. From friends asking Lonzo for monetary favors to members of the media reaching out to Lonzo to do stories on him that might not paint him in the most favorable light, Brandt think LaVar will be able to keep Lonzo insulated from the outside world in a way that most of other “no guys” wouldn’t be able to do. He will be able to say no when Lonzo can’t, and in Brandt’s opinion, that will give Lonzo a huge advantage over other young players in this year’s draft.

Here is an excerpt from Brandt’s piece:

I have heard the narrative about him being “a distraction” with his bravado and shameless promotion of Big Baller Brand. However, I do not see any of this negatively affecting his son, Lonzo. To the contrary, the elder Ball seems to be protecting his son from inevitable other influences that have—and will—come Lonzo’s way. LaVar seems perfectly suited to be the true “no guy,” ready to block those who have less concern for his son than he. It appears the only “herd” around Lonzo Ball and his brothers is LaVar; no new friends, no new advisors, no associates with their hands out. Sure, LaVar is catnip to sports television and radio programming, but he seems as effective in protecting Lonzo’s interests as any manager, marketer or agent.

Elsewhere in the piece, Brandt also discusses some of the athletes he’s worked with who haven’t had someone like LaVar in their corner, and he makes a compelling argument for why we should all cut LaVar some slack and stop criticizing his every move. You can check out the full piece here. It’s an interesting and well thought-out take on a topic that has touched a lot of nerves in recent months.

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That Time 2Pac and His Entourage Allegedly Pulled Guns on a High School Football Team

Just hours before 2Pac was gunned down in Las Vegas, a group of teenage fans had a scary, and potentially deadly, run-in with the West Coast rapper. It was a false alarm that involved Glocks, a football game, and In-N-Out Burger.

According to a Jeff Pearlman story published by the Bleacher Report, a group of Long Beach Polytechnic High School students came across the legendary artist after losing a football game in Vegas. While traveling back to their hometown, the players and coaches stopped in Barstow, California, to get a bite at In-N-Out. It was there that one of the students spotted Pac with his entourage.

“Yo, it’s Pac!” Robert Hollie, the team’s backup quarterback said while looking out a bus window. “It’s Tupac! It’s Tupac.”

As we now know, the rapper was one his way to Vegas to see “The Championship: Part II” boxing match featuring Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. Pac was fatally shot shortly after the event.

Once the students spotted the rapper, several of them decided to approach him and crew, which included members of the Mob Piru gang. Eyewitnesses said Pac as speaking loudly with his back turned to the students, but once he heard the footsteps approaching, he spun around and two of his crew members pulled guns on the high schoolers.

“Bloods, you can’t be walking up on me like that!” Tupac reportedly shouted. “You don’t know me like that!”

Larry Croom, one of the Poly students who went on to play for the NFL, recalled the incident: “He was extremely paranoid. He started cursing—he was irate. We were just kids, so it was definitely an overreaction.”

Once Pac realized they were just kids, he immediately calmed down and began engaging:

“Where are all y’all little niggas from?” he asked.

“We’re from Long Beach,” Hollie replied.

“Oh, so y’all know my homie Snoop?” Tupac said.

A few nodded. They did indeed.

Everyone seemed to take a deep breath. The Glocks were put away.

The players reportedly spoke to rapper for about five minutes; however, some kids left the situation with a bad taste in their mouth. After loading on the bus, several of the students yelled obscenities at Pac as the bus pulled out of the parking lot.

“There was one guy coming on our bus, and I won’t give up his name,” Croom said. “But he screamed, 'That’s why you got shot! And the next time I hope you die!'”

Several hours later, Pac was shot four times outside the MGM Grand Arena. He died from the injuries nearly a week later.

The tragedy, of course, had a huge effect on the Long Beach Poly football team.

“You see someone, then he’s dead,” says Pisith Vunn, a Long Beach Poly running back. “That’s a lot for a young mind.”

You can (and definitely should) read the full story here

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Aaron Hernandez’s Alleged ‘Murder Car’ Removed From eBay (UPDATE)

UPDATED 5/3/17, 8:30 a.m. ET:

Aaron Hernandez's “murder car” has been removed from eBay. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the bidding for the Toyota 4Runner reached $100,000 before it was pulled:

See original post below.

In a probably tasteless but otherwise not at all shocking move, a seller on eBay has put up for bid the 2006 Toyota 4Runner that Aaron Hernandez allegedly used when he committed a double murder in a drive-by shooting (although you should note that he was eventually found not guilty of that less than a week before he committed suicide).

“This is the REAL DEAL !!! Aaron Hernandez' infamous silver Toyota 4-runner,” the listing reads. “As seen in the New York Times, we're auctioning off this piece of Patriots football memorabilia.” Sounds like a great addition to the man cave.

Prosecutors, who referred to it as the “murder car” in their closing arguments, say that Hernandez was the gunman in the ride when he shot and killed both Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Currently, the SUV is the property of one Jack Fox, a Rhode Island car dealer who says he leased it to Hernandez back when he was a rising NFL star. He says that, in return, Hernandez signed memorabilia and tickets for him, and also that he did promotional events for the dealership. 

Fox added that the two had a good working relationship. He says that Hernandez came in for regular car checks up until the summer of 2012 (a.k.a. the time of the double homicide), at which point the tight end refused to bring it back before making an offer to purchase it straight up.

After the shooting, prosecutors tried to locate a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates but were unable to find it. The case went cold until Hernandez's arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. After the car was found in his uncle's garage, Hernandez was indicted for double murder. Hernandez reportedly leased a new car the day after the shootings took place.

Following the recently concluded trial for the crime(s), the car left the impound lot where it was being held, and was given back to Fox. After learning of the exorbitant prices that Hernandez gear was selling for, Fox and his friend Buddy Clair decided to list it on eBay. The car is said to feature unique history, black soot on the sunroof from fingerprint dusting, and anti-lock breaks.

The bidding began at $100 but (as you can see from the link) has risen quite a buttload since then. At last check before I submitted this, after 113 bids, the price was $100,805. You still have five days to put in your best offer. Oh, and also morbid collectors who tender the winning offer will be gifted with an additional signed Hernandez jersey.

Consult your accountant accordingly.

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