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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Dannon Swaps Cam Newton for Dak Prescott After Sexist Remarks

Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton lost his Dannon endorsement deal after making sexist remarks to Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue during a news conference last Wednesday, but it appears the company has quickly found a replacement.

One day after saying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny,” Dannon dropped Newton, who was the pitchman for their subsidiary Oikos.

“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women,” read a statement from Dannon released in the wake of Newton’s comments. “We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him.”

So yeah, take a good look at the ad below, because Dannon will likely be replacing it and any accompanying ads very soon.

Newton released an official apology for his Neanderthal-like remarks Thursday, and some of Rodrigue’s previous racist tweets were brought to light also, although the latter received far less coverage. The Panthers QB also revealed he’d lost additional sponsorships besides Dannon.

The refrigerated dairy company moved quickly and reportedly signed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to replace Newton. The move should be familiar territory for Prescott, who already has endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, Frito-Lay and Beats.

According to ESPN, no NFL player has more endorsement deals than Prescott, and a cursory glance at his Twitter feed backs up that statement. Sponsored tweets from Keurig, AT&T and other companies dominate Prescott’s timeline. The Dallas QB is reportedly shooting his first commercial this week with Dannon, as the company continues to distance itself from Newton by removing existing advertisements.

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Is This the Real Reason LaVar Ball Pulled LaMelo Out of High School?

LaVar Ball shocked some people earlier this week—which is pretty hard to do these days, when you consider some of the other things he’s done in recent months—by announcing that he was pulling his son LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School to homeschool and train him over the next two years. At the time, LaVar said he was doing it because he was tired of dealing with the Chino Hills basketball coach, and he also said he didn’t want “no distractions” for LaMelo moving forward.

“I’m going to homeschool him and make him the best basketball player ever,” LaVar said.

But it sounds like there might be more to it than that. The Los Angeles Times did some digging around and discovered that, prior to pulling LaMelo out of school, LaVar may have overstepped his bounds (no way!) by trying to convince Chino Hills coach Dennis Latimore to add several players to his team prior to the upcoming season. It’s unclear if those players were already attending the school or if LaVar was trying to bring some of his AAU players into the mix, but either way, Latimore and Chino Hills principal Isabel Brenes both reportedly refused his request, which was why LaVar then decided to take LaMelo out of the school.

Wayne Joseph, the superintendent of the Chino Bills school district, spoke with the Times on Tuesday and confirmed that version of the story.

“He suggested he put four or five kids on varsity,” Joseph said, while also taking the diplomatic route and adding that LaVar and his wife Tina “have done a magnificent job with their kids.”

If this side of the story is true, it seems as though LaVar overstepped his bounds even more than usual, and Chino Hills probably isn’t all that upset about seeing him and LaMelo leave. The Ball boys have obviously put Chino Hills on the map in recent years, but it sounds like LaVar was really becoming a thorn in the side of the school’s coach and administration.

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Supreme Is Opening a Store in Brooklyn

Calling all Supreme lovers, haters, and in-betweeners: do I have some news for you. The highly coveted brand has announced that it's opening a new store in New York—Brooklyn, to be exact. The address will be 152 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York 11249. Currently, there's only one other New York Supreme store, in SoHo on Lafayette Street. The new store will officially open its doors on Thursday, October 5.

If you're not in NYC, you'll just have to keep trying your luck at other ways of getting your hands on the brand, like hitting up resellers, having someone else wait in line to cop it for you, or finding other outlets selling the material. One of the latter options is BRENTS Sportswear, “One of the most influential manufacturers of '90s streetwear,” which recently revealed it has a 36-piece capsule of one-off vintage items that it's putting up for sale. You can sign up here to be alerted to the drop date for that.  

Or maybe, just maybe you can luck up on some Supreme blank tees at your neighborhood Kmart, like some people did back in July. That is, if they haven't all already slashed the tags off. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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This Is What Christian Louboutin Thinks of Cardi B and Her Love for Red Bottoms

Jay Z, Drake, Future, and Kanye West are just some of the many rappers who’ve shown love to designer Christian Louboutin—or, more specifically, his iconic red-soled shoes commonly referred to as “red bottoms.”

Though the reference has become somewhat of a cliché, Cardi B has seemingly given new life to the luxury footwear with her breakout song “Bodak Yellow.” You know the lines: “These expensive, these is red bottoms/These is bloody shoes/Hit the store, I can get 'em both/I don't wanna choose.”

Though the infectious track was released in mid-June, it wasn’t until recently that it became the first solo female rap record to reach No. 1 in nearly two decades. (The last artist to accomplish this was Lauryn Hill with her 1998 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

Clearly, people can’t get enough of Cardi or “Bodak Yellow,” which has now dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week in a row. But what does Louboutin think of Cardi and her love for red bottoms? Well, it seems he’s only vaguely familiar with the Bronx MC.

“She has the hair like that?” the French designer told the New York Times, as he put his hands around chin level. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song? […] I don’t know much more than that, to be honest.”

Though he admits he’s not a big rap fan, Louboutin suggested he’d be open to meeting Cardi one day. He also said it seemed fitting that so many performers enjoy his designs, considering where he got his start.

“In a way, it comes back to some of my origins,” he said. “The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude—they’re driving forces.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi’s stylist spoke about the rapper’s affinity for Louboutin and revealed just how many pairs of red bottoms she owned.

“She has to have over 90 pairs,” stylist Kollin Carter said. “[…] She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Where she’s from, when girls are ready to get dressed up that’s what you wear. And in real life, before 'Bodak' blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same.”

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Everything We Know So Far About the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, the Deadliest in U.S. History

A gunman opened fire outside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during a music festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring at least 500 others, according to the New York Times. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after carrying out the mass shooting. It's already being regarded as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The shooting started shortly after 10 p.m. PT on Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed in front of about 20,000 fans during the Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street from Mandalay Bay. According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who held a press conference early Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from a perch on the 32nd floor of the hotel, aiming into the crowd that was gathered to watch Aldean. Those in attendance at the concert are reporting that the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes. A video captured at the scene showed Aldean quickly exiting the Route 91 stage after the shooting began.

Other videos from the scene of the shooting have also surfaced on social media. Those who were in attendance at the concert have spoken about the chaos that erupted during the horrific incident.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, identified as Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit…People kept dropping and dropping…People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Lombardo described Paddock as a “lone wolf,” and while there was some initial speculation about what role Paddock's “companion” Marilou Danley may have played in the shooting, she was reportedly found to be out of the country on Sunday night and police do not believe she was involved in the incident. Lombardo said police are reportedly searching Paddock's home, which is located about 80 miles from Las Vegas, and investigating two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, with ties to Paddock that were parked near Mandalay Bay.

Lombardo said Paddock does not have any known ties to international terrorist organizations, though ISIS has, without providing any evidence, suggested Paddock was working on behalf of them. Lombardo also revealed that “numerous firearms” were found in Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room after police used controlled explosives to enter it. Paddock may have used as many as 10 guns to carry out his attack.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval released a statement regarding the shooting on Monday morning.

President Trump released a statement on Monday morning as well and spoke about the mass shooting during a brief press conference.

Former President Barack Obama released a statement, too.

Additionally, Aldean shared his thoughts on the shooting.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has put out a phone number for anyone looking for more information on those who may have been involved in the shooting.

The FBI is also asking for help with its investigation into the shooting.

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Gucci Mane Plans to Drop a Mixtape ‘Every Other Day’ in 2018

It seems 2018 will be the year of Gucci Mane. The veteran rapper, who will be performing at ComplexCon in November, took to Twitter to proclaim he will be going “100 percent independent and dropping a mixtape every other day.” Yes, Gucci Mane has said that he will drop a new mixtape every other day in 2018. Which is, considering there are 365 days in a year, a very large amount.

Gucci, who was released from prison in May of 2016, has been putting in a ton of work and seems to have no plans of slowing down. Among his releases are two studio albums, Everybody Looking and The Return of East Atlanta Santa.

He also just released a fascinating memoir, co-written with Neil Martinez-Belkin, called The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. The book revealed a ton of interesting information about the influential rapper, from the history behind his name to the inspiration behind his hit “Lemonade.” 

To date, Gucci has released an impressive ten studio albums. His eleventh, Mr. Davis, comes out Oct. 13 and boasts features from ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Migos, Monica, Ty Dolla Sign, and others.

Want to experience Complex IRL? Check out our second annual ComplexCon, a festival and exhibition taking place in Long Beach, California Nov. 4-5. Host committee members include Murakami, Pharrell, Virgil Abloh, Sarah Andelman, J Balvin and Jaden Smith. For more information on performers, panels, and tickets, visit ComplexCon.com.

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Marshawn Lynch Made Several Jets Players Mad by Dancing on Sideline During Blowout

Marshawn Lynch played in his first home regular-season game for the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, and he made the most of it by running for 45 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries during a 45-20 win over the Jets. He also put together a memorable dance celebration on the sideline at the beginning of the fourth quarter that endeared him to the hometown crowd and showed off his love for Oakland.

Not everyone loved the dancing that Lynch did, though. After the game, a handful of Jets players spoke with the media and admitted that they were angry about seeing Lynch go full Beast Mode as “Oakland,” a song by Vell and DJ Mustard, played inside of Oakland Alameda Coliseum. They weren’t necessarily angry with Lynch himself, but several players revealed that they were angry with the situation that led to Lynch dancing with so much time left on the clock.

 

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“It irks my ever-living nerves,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of Lynch's dancing, which came with the Raiders leading 35-13. “When I saw it happening, it was infuriating…That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that and having Marshawn dance like that. Great player, but seeing it happen, that should infuriate the whole team. It should infuriate everybody and we should have a good response coming into next Sunday.”

Jenkins later stopped short of referring to what Lynch did as “unsportsmanlike,” despite how angry it made him. “Guys dancing around, you can get mad at them—you’re supposed to. That’s football. You don’t blame it on unsportsmanlike,” he said. “He fights. He earned every bit of what he did today. I’m not going to take that away from him. Of course, I’m going to be pissed off at him for dancing like that, but that’s sports. That’s not unsportsmanlike at all.”

Nose tackle Steve McLendon added: “We’re upset because it seems like he was rubbing it in our face. But he’s winning, man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”

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And linebacker Darron Lee went as far as to label Lynch’s dancing “demoralizing.” But like many of his other teammates, he stopped just short of criticizing Lynch and admitted that it was the circumstances surrounding the game that frustrated him the most. “It’s their house—they can do whatever they want—but as a competitor, as a defender, you don’t like to see that type of stuff,” he said. “It’s demoralizing, but we have to bow up and keep fighting.”

After the game, Lynch didn’t have much to say about his dancing or the win that the Raiders earned to move them to 2-0 on the season. But he did state the obvious when he was asked what it was like to get the crowd going during the game. “It felt good,” he said.

Raiders fans are hoping for more of it in the coming weeks. They’ll hit the road for two games—including a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Redskins next Sunday—before returning to Oakland in Week 5 for a game against the Ravens.

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‘NBA 2K’ Fans Praise LaVar Ball for Snagging a Spot in the Latest Version of the Game

Did you think LaVar Ball was finally going to fall back after Michael Jordan roasted him in early August? Or after Kenan Thomspon nailed a hilarious impression of him on SNL: Weekend Update? Or after Ice Cube crushed him in a shooting contest during a Big3 event in Los Angeles? Think again.

Yes, LaVar did take a few Ls throughout the month of August. But he’s more than bounced back since then by notching a few impressive victories. He received a huge compliment from Jay Z, who revealed that he purchased several pairs of the Big Baller Brand sneakers LaVar helped launch for his son Lonzo. He also announced that he was helping release a new BBB sneaker for his 16-year-old son LaMelo. He scored a reality show on Facebook for the entire Ball family. And most recently, he earned what might just be his most impressive W yet.

Even though he never played basketball professionally—and even though his 2.2 points per game scoring average in college has become a punchline for a lot of NBA fans—LaVar managed to snag a spot in the new NBA 2K game that hits stores later this month. And he’s going to be doing more than just tweeting in NBA 2K18 as previously announced.

LaVar will also play a role in the game’s MyCareer mode and will apparently send players crazy text messages as they try to build a name for themselves in the game.

Some NBA 2K players will probably be annoyed by this once they start playing the game. But for now, the majority of them are praising LaVar for finessing his way into the game in the first place.

Say what you want to say about the guy, but it is pretty impressive to see LaVar score a role in a game like NBA 2K when you consider that he wasn’t even on most peoples’ radars just one year ago.

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