LeBron Beasts and Barely Wins; Westbrook’s Prom Fit; Can Spurs Win for Pop? | Out of Bounds

While Gilbert Arenas is off on an Agent Zero international mission, Pierce and Adam hold things down for #OutofBounds, starting with a quick tutorial on black hair care before getting into last night’s NBA playoff games. Those Game 2’s raised some interesting questions: What does it mean that the Cavs eked out a three-point win at home despite LeBron going off for 46 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals? How many fire emojis should Russell Westbrook’s tux look get in “Fire Fit”? With Karl-Anthony Towns scoring a total of 13 points in two L’s to start his playoff career, what the hell is going on with KAT? Looking forward to tonight’s playoff Game 3’s, OOB has some more questions: Will Kevin Hart’s trash talk keep 36-year-old Dwyane Wade cooking in Miami? Is the All-Star Damian Lillard we know and love finally going to show up against New Orleans? After coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away yesterday, can the overmatched Spurs pull out a win for them against the Warriors? Only time will tell. The same can be said of whether Tom Brady will retire or play QB for the Patriots in 2018. In “The Step-Back,” OOB discusses whether an ESPN story about Brady having not committed to play yet is a legit story or just click-bait. Finally, following a report that “handlers” for standout Penn State running back Saquon Barkley don’t want the Browns to draft him, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on players forcing undesirable teams to not draft them.

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Nicki Minaj Says Atlantic Told Her to Remove Cardi B Name-Drop on “MotorSport”

Nicki Minaj’s original “Motorsport” verse has surfaced online.

During an appearance on The Norte Show in November 2017, Cardi B confirmed Nicki’s initial verse on the hit Migos track was different than the final version. DJ Akademiks reported that the Pinkprint rapper was asked to alter her rap because Cardi, who is also featured on the record, was mad Nicki had mentioned her name in a line.

Well, we now know that the rumor was at least half true.

In the expertly timed leak—posted by DJ Akademiks—you can hear Nicki drop Cardi’s name:

I'm with a couple bad bitches that'll rip the party
If Cardi the QB, I'm Nick Lombardi
Pull up in the space coupe, I done linked with Marty
I can actually afford to get a pink Bugatti

The final version replaced Cardi’s name with Quavo, which raises the question: Was Nicki trying to throw shade in her earlier verse?

Because Quavo was ultimately referenced in the line, many people have claimed that Nicki was simply giving a shout-out to Cardi, while also acknowledging her position in the rap game; however, others believe Nicki was attempting to put Cardi in her place by designating their respective roles and ranks.

After the original version surfaced, fans were left with many questions. If it truly was a diss, then why would Nicki feel comfortable replacing Quavo’s name with Cardi’s? On the other hand, if it was nothing more than a generous shout-out, why would she decide to take out the Cardi reference?

Nicki now claims she made the alteration at Atlantic Records’ request:

There have been a lot of whispers and controversies surrounding the “Motorsport,” specifically in regards to Nicki and Cardi’s relationship. Shortly after the track was released, people began speculating that Nicki was blindsided by Cardi's feature; however, Nicki claims she was informed about Cardi's contribution prior to the song's official drop. 

“I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end,” she tweeted. “Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe. Imagine me not knowing who on a song w/me.”

Though it seemed like there is no bad blood between the NYC rappers, Nicki recently told Zane Lowe she was hurt by Cardi’s reaction to the feud rumors.

“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out […] Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview,” Nick said. “I remember when I first came in the game, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry, and the only thing she kept saying was, ‘I didn't hear that, she changed her verse.’ I was like, ‘What?’”

 

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Robert Kraft Says Patriots Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension For Tom Brady Yet

There are currently two years left on Tom Brady's contract. He's also set to turn 41-years-old this upcoming preseason. The standard practice in this situation has been for the team to extend Brady, which the Pats have done in four out of five instances where he's had two years left on his deal (with the lone exception being when he returned from a torn ACL in 2009). But, again, he's soon to be 41-years-old. Any other dude (who hadn't retired several years ago) would serve as a veteran backup as they draft a quarterback in a few weeks. But he's Tom Brady and he's a freak of nature.

Because of that Pats owner Robert Kraft seems totally unconcerned with his longtime quarterback's current status, which sees him making a big enough salary to give the team a serious cap hit over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Kraft seemed as if he couldn't give less of a crap about the current situation with the default face of the league.

“He'll be 41 when the season starts,” Kraft said. “Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it.”

Kraft, who has reportedly played a central role in past negotiations with Brady, also spoke on the QB's intent to play into his mid-40s, which he has publicly reiterated on a number of occassions. “I hope he plays,” he said. “He's at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It's interesting to see that Tom vs. Time and see where he's at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.

“Me personally, I'd like to see him play as long as he can. I don't think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It's just unbelievable. It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he'll keep playing. We're so lucky to have him in our system.”

Five more years, man. You heard it here first eighth or ninth.

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Aaron Rogers Carted off Field With Throwing Shoulder Injury (UPDATE)

Green Back Packers Pro Bowl quarterback and former league MVP Aaron Rodgers is questionable to return to game action after a tackle by Minnesota Vikings linebacker sent him to the locker room. The play in question happened during the first quarter with Rodgers rolling out of the pocket to his right with Barr pressuring him. As Rodgers released the ball, Barr landed a hit that caused Rodgers to land awkwardly on his throwing shoulder.

Rodgers could be seen voicing his displeasure at the hit, and he was carted off the field immediately back to the Packers’ locker room. 

There was heavy speculation that Rodgers has a separated shoulder or possibly a broken collarbone, but presumably pending an MRI, the Packers are officially calling it a “right shoulder injury.”

Per ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft, Sunday marked the first time Rodgers has missed a snap during the first three quarters of a game since the 2014 season. The immediate results didn’t look particularly impressive with another QB under center.

Upon Rodgers’ exit, backup signal-caller Brett Hundley promptly threw an interception to Vikings’ cornerback Xavier Rhodes, which led to a Vikings touchdown drive.

Meanwhile, Packers fans, and those who appreciate good quarterback play, in general, held their collective breath. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was one of the first to send Rodgers well wishes.

The Packers are scheduled to take on the New Orleans Saints next Sunday at Lambeau Field, and it appears the team will be without Rodgers for remainder of the 2017 campaign after it's revealed that the star quarterback suffered a broken collarbone. 

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3 NFL Storylines to Look Out for This Season

The 2016-17 NFL season featured one of the most exciting endings in NFL history. After falling behind 28-3 to the Falcons in the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots came storming back to win 34-28 in overtime in improbable fashion. It helped Tom Brady earn his fifth Super Bowl victory, and it solidified the Patriots as the cream of the crop in the NFL. It also robbed Matt Ryan and the Falcons of the chance to win their first Super Bowl ever.

It’s going to be tough for the NFL to top that ending this season, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to try. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Patriots will host the Chiefs on the NFL’s opening night and jump start what should be another exciting season for NFL fans. As we prepare to dive headfirst into NFL action, we decided to step back for a moment and assess what should be the biggest stories heading into the new NFL year. Here are the three storylines to look out for this season if you are an NFL fan.

Can anyone beat the Patriots?

Tom Brady at training camp.
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The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl in February, but that didn’t stop them from making a few major moves during the offseason to get even better than they already were. They worked out a trade with the Saints that netted them speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and they also signed former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a deal in free agency. Additionally, they’ll get Rob Gronkowski back after he sat the end of last season with a back injury.

The Patriots did suffer a huge setback during the preseason when wide receiver Julian Edelman went down with a season-ending ACL injury. But even without Edelman in the lineup, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC this season. They should be able to cruise to the top of the AFC East and clinch a playoff berth early, and once they’re there, they’ll likely be favored to win all of their postseason games as they head towards another Super Bowl. The Raiders, Steelers, and potentially even the Broncos, Titans, and Ravens could present problems for the Patriots. But they will once again be the team to beat.

Will the Falcons be able to bounce back from their devastating Super Bowl loss?

Matt Ryan and the Falcons take the field before a preseason game.
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Historically, teams that lose in the Super Bowl struggle during the following season. Cam Newton and the Panthers made a trip to Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, but after losing to the Broncos, they went just 6-10 last season and finished at the bottom of the AFC South while their division rivals, the Falcons, went to the Super Bowl.

This season, it will be the Falcons trying to overcome a Super Bowl hangover—and it’s not going to be easy for them to do. Unlike the Panthers, the Falcons probably should have won the Super Bowl if not for a big blown lead during the second half of the game. So they’re going to have to shake off whatever negative feelings they have heading into the season and find a way to put Super Bowl LI in the past.

The good news for the Falcons is that they’ve got all of their major weapons back this year. Matt Ryan will still be lining up under center and playing quarterback. Julio Jones will still be presenting matchup nightmares for opposing cornerbacks at the wide receiver position. And Devonta Freeman, who signed a contract in August making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, will still be running all over the field for the Falcons. Plus, Atlanta will begin playing at their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which should take their minds off what happened in the Super Bowl.

But still, it’s hard to imagine them not thinking about the Super Bowl loss from time to time, and it could impact them this season. And if they struggle because of it, could you even blame them?

Which rookie quarterback will prove to be the best of the bunch?

DeShone Kizer warms up for the Browns.
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There are at least four rookie quarterbacks that could see some playing time this season. DeShone Kizer has already been named the starting QB for the Browns after beating out Brock Osweiler in training camp. But Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was taken No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could play in regular-season games as well.

None of the four are expected to have the kind of impact that then-rookie Dak Prescott had for the Cowboys last season. But then again, no one saw Prescott having the impact he did, so who knows? Maybe Kizer will end up leading the Browns to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth just like Prescott did for Dallas last season!

Er, or maybe not. But chances are, at least one of these rookie QBs is going to make his team’s fan base very happy this season. Which one ultimately has the most success is anyone’s guess, but it’ll be fun to see how productive they are when they finally take the field for their respective teams.

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The Ravens Released a Statement Denying That Their Owner Is Resistant to Signing Colin Kaepernick

On Wednesday afternoon it was reported by ESPN that both Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and team GM Ozzie Newsome supported the signing of Colin Kaepernick to sit behind Joe Flacco on the depth chart. Despite the apparent support, this is a signing that has not happened. And, according to the same ESPN article, it's because the team's owner, Steve Bisciotti, has rejected the idea.

The report further states that a similar scenario has played out with an unnamed club whose owner also shat upon the proposal of bringing Kaepernick into the fold. That organization is, fortunately, anonymous, meaning they don't have to put out a statement on the matter like the Ravens did later in the day on Wednesday.

In that statement, Newsome said that Bisciotti had not impeded a signing of the quarterback that so many people have based their value judgments upon since he was first seen taking a knee during the national anthem last season.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision,” the statement said. “Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong.”

The 29-year-old free agent QB's name came up last week after reports came down that Flacco would miss at least one game with a back injury. This has led to the team turning to Ryan Mallet, who reportedly and characteristically tossed five picks in one practice (kind of funny that they included that in the report).

This past Sunday, Bisciotti claimed that the team was still deciding whether or not to ink Kaepernick to a deal. “We do want to win games, and I'm not sure [Kaepernick] is going to help us do that,” he said Sunday. “We're monitoring Joe. We've talked to Joe about it. We're monitoring Mallett and keeping our door open. We've talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout.”

Since then the news has already changed, as they're reportedly no longer considering Griffin—though you probably could've guessed that once you saw Bisciotti said, “We do want to win games.”

#RG3burn

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Donald Trump Believes He’s the Reason Colin Kaepernick Can’t Get a Job in the NFL

Making fun of someone for being unemployed doesn’t seem like it would be a smart move for a sitting president. But that’s essentially what Donald Trump did on Monday night.

While delivering a speech at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Trump inexplicably took a shot at former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It sounds like Trump is taking great pride in the fact that Kaepernick is not currently signed to an NFL team, and he thinks he may have something to do with it. He believes NFL owners are shying away from inking Kaepernick to a deal because they know Trump is not above calling them out for doing it on social media.

“Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” he said. “There was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?”

Trump then added that he was talking about Kaepernick with those gathered in Kentucky “because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

This is not the first time Trump has gone after Kaepernick. Shortly after he started taking a knee during the national anthem before games last season, the QB called Trump “openly racist.” And that led Trump to fire back when the then-presidential candidate was asked for a comment about Kaepernick during a radio interview.

“I have followed [the Kaepernick story], and I think it’s personally not a good thing,” Trump said. “I think it’s a terrible thing. And you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen.”

Trump’s comments came just one day after Spike Lee took to Instagram to question why an NFL team hadn’t stepped up to sign Kaepernick:

Spike continued to ask that same question on Tuesday morning in light of Trump’s most recent comments:

 

NFL Owners COLLUSION???

A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:32am PDT

Kaepernick is yet to respond to Trump.

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DJs React To Super Bowl LI

This weekend’s Super Bowl was definitely one for the record books, with the Patriots making a stunning comeback in the 4th quarter to win the game in overtime (a first in Super Bowl history), 34-28. While many were stuck working or otherwise unable to watch the game, many prominent DJs made time to tweet about the event. Some were salty about the results, others chose to simply trivialize the event.

Whatever flavor you prefer, you’re sure to find someone who feels the same as you below.

3lau:

Marshmello:

Valentino Khan:

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