Colorado Considers Freeing Those Convicted on Marijuana Charges

Colorado is a magical place if you have a proclivity for smoking weed. In 2012, the state voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, and last November, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued pardons to seven people convicted of marijuana possession.

He’s now looking to take an even more proactive stance on the issue by exploring the idea of releasing almost 40 prisoners who have been sentenced under nonviolent marijuana charges. Not only is the desire to lessen the convictions a policy statement from Hickenlooper’s administration, but it’s also a criticism of Colorado’s overcrowded prisons. The governor is hoping his action will incite others to pursue pardons for their own marijuana-connected crimes.

“Right now, we have not enough room left in our prisons. So if what these people are serving serious time for wasn’t violent — is no longer illegal — maybe we should be looking at [whether] it safe to release them,” Hickenlooper told The Denver Post.

The governor’s administration is currently reviewing cases where inmates have only been sentenced for possessing or selling marijuana and are looking into their behavior in prison. Hickenlooper publicly endorsed the plan in an interview with the business and technology streaming channel Cheddar.

Last year, Colorado signed into law a statute that permits offenders to appeal the district court to seal criminal records for misdemeanors for possession or use, if their charges wouldn’t have been a crime after 2012.

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in California, San Francisco and San Diego declared that thousands of people with misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession will have their criminal records wiped.

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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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Reggie Bush Retired From Football on Live TV: ‘I’m Done’

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl-winning running back Reggie Bush has formally retired from the NFL after an 11-year career split between New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo.

“I’m done,” Bush said during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Friday. “It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”

Bush rose to prominence in high school, rushing for 2,200 yards and while scoring 34 touchdowns as a junior at Helix High in San Diego. He’d continue to make various highlight reels as a senior before amassing 6,541 all-purpose yards en route to bringing two national championships to USC in 2003 and 2004. Bush also won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 but relinquished the honor in 2010 after being retroactively ruled ineligible for the 2005 season for NCAA rules violations.

In the NFL, Bush helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a win during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. He notched two 1,000-yard seasons in his career—gaining 1,086 yards with Miami in 2011 and 1,006 yards with the Detroit Lions in 2013. 

Multiple injuries took their toll during a pro career that never quite saw Bush reach the insane heights he did in high school and college. Things were never quite the same after Bush slipped on a patch of concrete during a 2015 game against the then-St. Louis Rams.

Bush took on a reserve role with the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 season, and it appears he now has his sights set on the eSports world.

“Now I’m working for Next VR so we do some of the post-game analysis and virtual reality,” Bush told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein in October. “Two weeks ago we had our first game, the Green Bay at Minnesota game, and just seeing some of the guys on the field, it was definitely a little different, you know, being on the other side.”

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Jay-Z Offers Colin Kaepernick Dedication During Meadows Fest Performance

A week after co-headlining his own Made In America Festival, Jay-Z returned to New York—albeit Queens and not his native Brooklyn—to perform headlining duties at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field Friday night.

While the 90-minute set featured “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Where I’m From,” and new 4:44 fare such as “Family Feud,” one particular track gave Jay an opportunity to offer a quick opinion on current events in the sports and political sphere.

“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said before launching into “The Story of O.J.” Hov also dedicated the song to the late comedian Dick Gregory, who passed in August, as well as “anyone that was held back and you overcame.”

The song takes its title—at least in part—to former NFL great O.J. Simpson, whose seemingly lifelong struggles with identity politics and code switching get a reference in the track’s opening bars courtesy of an anecdote from ESPN’s O.J.: Made In America.

Kaepernick remains unsigned and doesn’t appear likely to wind up on an NFL roster this season, after sitting and subsequently kneeling in protest during the singing of the national anthem as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Players such as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have gone on record as saying Kaepernick is being passed on in favor of players with inferior statistics and talent because of his protest.

Despite not being on an active NFL roster this season, the NFL Player’s Association awarded Kaepernick the “Community MVP” designation for his charitable work.

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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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#LifeAtComplex: Tony Is Back From His West Coast Trip

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On today's episode, Tony and Al recap their recent trip to San Francisco and Portland. Later, Tony chops it up with Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky and gets some tips on how to level up on the basketball court. Jonathan also shows off a dope commercial highlighting Pigeons and Planes' SS17 drop that is available now at Shop.Complex.com.

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Marshawn Lynch Refuses to Stand for National Anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the National Anthem prior to the Raiders 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Various media outlets are assuming the act was a form of silent protest, presumably because former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick similarly sat during the National Anthem in an August 2016 game.

Fans and critics took note of Lynch’s refusal to stand, with many assuming it was in response to the white nationalist rally and subsequent violent attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lynch remaining seated does not appear to be an issue for the Raiders at this time based on postgame comments ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez relayed from Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. Gutierrez wrote the following regarding an exchange between Del Rio and Lynch:

“[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. “I said, 'So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me.”

Kaepernick eventually made the compromise to kneel during the anthem after being accused of disrespecting members of the armed forces by his decision to sit during the anthem. When initially questioned about his refusal to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” 

Other players joined Kaepernick in solidarity with acts such as raising their fists and kneeling, however, Kaepernick remains unsigned with at least two teams citing a fear of angering their fans by signing Kaepernick.

In April, the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks finalized a deal to send the then-retired Lynch to Oakland via trade. The Superbowl-winning running back rose to fame during a run of four consecutive seasons with 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011, but he also became known for a reluctance to engage with media members or grant interviews.

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Lucky Couple Becomes First to Ever Get Married at Taco Bell Chapel in Las Vegas

For decades, the vast and often overwhelming Taco Bell menu has been missing one crucial item of consumption: marriages. This past weekend, that all changed. Dan Ryckert and Bianca Monda of New York City became the first couple to get married at the Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas, KTNV-TV reported.

Ryckert and Monda were the lucky victors of the drunk food connoisseurs' Love and Tacos contest, which launched on Valentine's Day and resulted in a truly remarkable ceremony Sunday. Seriously! Look at this shit:

Ryckert and Monda, who first met online in San Francisco, quickly bonded over a mutual fondness for food of the Taco Bell variety. Ryckert is described as a full-on “Taco Bell aficionado” and has tried every single item on the menu. Speaking with Mashable about the ceremony Tuesday, Ryckert described it as “appropriately surreal.”

​​Taco Bell's Vegas wedding services will be available to the general public starting Aug. 7. To procure a tasty matrimony, a couple simply has to grab a marriage license before hitting the flagship Taco Bell in Vegas. At the counter, couples can order a goddamn wedding straight from the menu for $600.

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The package (which somehow isn't called the 5 Buck Box: Special $600 Marriage Edition) gets you a ceremony, an ordained officiant, a private reception area inside the restaurant for you and 15 guests, a garter and bow tie made of sauce packets, “Just Married” T-shirts, Taco Bell champagne flutes, and—perhaps most important of all—a 12 pack stuffed with tacos and a Cinnabon Delights cake. 

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Here’s What Went Down at the Bape x Anti Social Social Club Drop in NYC

Even the terrible weather didn’t stop hypebeasts from lining up for the New York-only release of the Bape x Anti Social Social Club drop this past Saturday. Bape implemented a raffle system that guaranteed specific time slots for people to buy pieces from the collection, but people without confirmed spots still showed up. One guy even flew all the way from San Francisco just for an opportunity to cop a hoodie, T-shirt, or hat. 

We stopped by the store and talked to the people in line about the highly-anticipated collaboration, why they didn't mind waiting in the rain, and the new lineup system. Check out the video above.

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An Ugly History of Boston Being the Most Racist Sports City in America

Orioles star Adam Jones is, sadly, all too familiar with racists who show up at MLB ballparks. Back in August 2013, a fan threw a banana at Jones while he was playing center field during a game against the Giants in San Francisco. Jones addressed the incident, which was believed to be racially motivated, on Twitter after the game:

But despite the fact that Jones has been vocal about the racism he has encountered throughout the course of his career, it hasn’t stopped opposing fans from demonstrating racist behavior towards him. Most recently, Jones was subjected to racial slurs during a game against the Red Sox in Boston. One fan even threw a bag of peanuts in Jones' direction and was subsequently ejected from the game, which led Jones to address the situation after the game.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” he said. “I was called the n-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”

Jones also talked about how disappointed he was to see so many fans going out of their way to resort to racism in an effort to hurt him.

“It’s different. Very unfortunate,” he said. “I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and my family. It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

Unfortunately for Jones, it sounds like the city of Boston in particular has shown its “true colors” time and time again, at least as far as he’s concerned. While the most recent incidents were, in his opinion, the worst of the bunch, he admitted that he has encountered racism at Fenway Park on far too many occasions.

To Boston’s credit, many sports fans in the city have denounced the actions of those who directed the N-word at Jones:

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has also referred to what happened with Jones as “unacceptable”:

The Red Sox organization has apologized and promised to look into the incidents that took place further:

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has addressed the issue as well:

And even Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has stepped up and spoken out against those fans who made the entire city of Boston look bad:

The problem, of course, is that this is far from the first time Boston has been at the center of racism allegations as it pertains to sports. Athletes other than Jones have discussed the racism they have faced in the city of Boston in the past. And while it’s impossible to quantify how racist a city really is, it’s hard not to throw Boston into the mix when you’re discussing the most racist sports cities in America.

Who knows? Maybe Boston’s bad reputation precedes it and things aren’t really that bad in Beantown in 2017. That’s what many Boston supporters would lead you to believe. But the accusations made against some Boston fans over the years suggest that racism is still an ongoing issue for the sports city. And thanks to the latest incident involving Jones, that perception probably isn’t going to change anytime soon. Especially since it now joins the ranks of some of these other race-related stories involving Boston sports…

Bill Russell Refers to Boston as the “Flea Market of Racism”

Bill Russell.
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Year: 1979
What Happened? In his memoir, Second Wind, the Celtics legend wrote candidly about the racism he saw and at times experienced during his time in Boston. “Boston itself was a flea market of racism,” he said in the book. “It had all varieties, old and new, and in their most virulent form. The city had corrupt, city hall-crony racists, brick-throwing, send-‘em-back-to-Africa racists, and in the university areas phony radical-chic racists.” At the same time, Russell expressed an inner conflict at how he was supposed to feel when he was routinely cheered by some of those same people while leading the Celtics to NBA titles.

Byron Scott Says Boston Still Hasn’t Embraced Black Players

Byron Scott.
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Year: 2003
What Happened? While coaching the Nets during a playoff series against the Celtics, Scott—who played for the Lakers during many memorable playoff series against the Celtics in the 1980s—spoke about how poorly Boston fans treated black players back then. He also agreed when a radio host suggested Celtics fans had still not come around to rooting for black players. “I don’t think we are past that. I don’t think you are out of line by even saying that,” he said. “I agree with you there. I think a lot of black players feel that way, we did in the ‘80s. And I know in the ‘80s, some of their black players still couldn’t go to certain places, and that was their own players. So it is still a crazy time. Some cities or organizations or whatever you want to say still haven’t caught up to the year 2000 yet.”

Barry Bonds Refuses to End Career in Boston

Barry Bonds.
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Year: 2004
What Happened? Towards the end of his career, Bonds was asked if he would be open to playing in the American League. He said yes, but he also said Boston would not be on his list of possible destinations. He called the city “too racist” and said playing there was out of the question. “That’s been going on ever since my dad [Bobby] was playing baseball,” he said. “I can’t play like that. That’s not for me, brother.”

Gary Matthews Jr. Remembers “Racial Comments” at Fenway Park

Gary Matthews Jr.
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Year: 2007
What Happened? During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Matthews Jr.—who played for eight teams in both the National and American Leagues during his decade-long MLB career—talked about what it’s like to be an opposing player taking part in a game in Fenway Park. “It can be hostile if you’re not accustomed to it, depending on what type of player you are emotionally,” he said. “It’s not that friendly your first time in there. It’s different. It’s one of the few places you hear racial comments every once in awhile, but I’ve learned to enjoy it. They’re passionate about their team. They’re loud; they’re drunk. Maybe [the large volume of college kids] has a lot to do with it.”

Torii Hunter Discusses Hearing the N-Word at Fenway Park

Torii Hunter.
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Year: 2008
What Happened? After spending the first part of his career with the Twins, Hunter joined the Angels and was asked about the racism he had endured at opposing ballparks by the Riverside Press-Enterprise in California. Hunter claimed that trips to Boston were always filled with racism. “My first five or six [years], I was 'That n-word,'” he said. “Some people would chant that out, some people would throw beer or whatever…batteries.”

Bruins Fans Bombard Joel Ward With Racist Tweets

Joel Ward.
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Year: 2012
What Happened? Ward scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals in Game 7 of a playoff series against the Bruins. Within just seconds of the goal hitting the back of the net, many Bruins fans took to Twitter and let off tweets like, “The fact that a n**** got the goal makes it ten times worse #gobacktoafrica.” Capitals owner Ted Leonsis referred to the backlash as “unforgivable,” while Ward call the racism he faced a never-ending “battle” that would always be a challenge for him. “It’s been overwhelming,” he said, “a lot’s been going on. Just trying to embrace it, I guess, as best I can.”

Red Sox Fan Ejected From Game for Racial Slurs and Travyon Martin Jab

Red Sox ALCS Game 2.
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Year: 2013
What Happened? Shortly after he stole a home run ball from a woman and threw it back onto the field during Game 2 of the ALCS, a Red Sox fan was ejected for directing a slew of racial slurs at a black Tigers fan who was sitting nearby. The Tigers fan told Yahoo! Sports that the Boston fan referred to him as “Prince Fielder’s crackhead brother” because he had a Fielder jersey on and told him to “go back to the ghetto.” Others confirmed the Tigers fan’s report and also revealed that the Red Sox fan said, “Bye, Travyon,” when leaving, a reference to Trayvon Martin.

Bruins Fans Attack P.K. Subban With Racist Tweets

P.K. Subban.
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Year: 2014
What Happened? Subban, then a defenseman for the Canadiens, scored a goal in double overtime of Game 1 of a playoff series to give Montreal a win over the Bruins. Many Boston fans responded by posting all kinds of awful things about Subban on Twitter, similar to the way they reacted to Joel Ward scoring a game-winning goal against the Bruins during the NHL Playoffs in 2012. “That stupid n**** doesn’t belong in hockey #whitesonly,” one wrote. “The Bruins will come back but Subban will always be a n****,” another said. Many of those tweets were subsequently deleted, but the damage was done.

CC Sabathia Expects Racial Slurs in Boston

Yankess pitcher CC Sabathia stands in the dugout during a 2017 game.
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Year: 2017
What Happened? After news of Adam Jones being taunted with racial slurs broke, 17-year veteran pitcher CC Sabathia said that he has experienced similar epithets from hecklers when he's visited Fenway Park during his career. Sabathia said that he has never been called the “N-word” by fans in any Major League city other than Boston. He also said that he and the other black players in the league said they know to expect it when they come into town to play the Red Sox. However, Sabathia, who signed with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, said he hasn't experienced it since joining his current club due to their heavy security presence in the visitors' bullpen.

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