Freed Meek Mill’s Effect on the Sixers; Pelicans Lowballing DeMarcus Cousins? | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew kick things off by responding to Nick Young’s story about Gil breaking his brand new expensive glasses when he was a rookie. Hibachi has no problem admitting he gave Swaggy P hell — and shares details — but sets the record straight on that incident.

Looking back at last night’s playoff action, OOB asks if the Celtics and Bucks are simply too mediocre to watch, and Gil explains how Jason Kidd’s firing affected Giannis. Plus, what effect did Meek Mill’s release from prison and presence in the arena have in the Sixers’ series-clinching win over the Miami? Also, has Heat star Dwyane Wade played his last NBA game? And with the Spurs eliminated, Agent Zero has an interesting take on what to expect from the Warriors-Pelicans semifinal series.

Next, OOB revisits Meek Mill’s release and what it says about the sports’ world’s ability to bring attention to issues, create dialogue, and affect change. Gil makes an important distinction about who really has the power to make things happen. Plus, with Meek going straight from prison to the 76ers’ playoff game, where does that put him amongst the all-time greatest Philly fans?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, the squad asks if the Raptors, who’ve struggled with inconsistency in the playoffs, will be overwhelmed by the pressure to beat the Wizards in Toronto. And is Drake’s trash talk fueling the Wiz? Back home in Cleveland, will LeBron even need help from his teammates to finally take a lead in the Cavs’ series with the Pacers? It’s likely that the Rockets will close out the Timberwolves in Houston, but will James Harden and company win it all, as Suge Knight predicted while on trial for murder? Gil might need to watch what he says about Suge…. Will the Thunder make the adjustments needed to win and avoid elimination?

Finally, in “The Pull-Up,” the team discusses a report that New Orleans may use DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury and the Pelicans’ success without him to make him a reduced contract offer. Boogie may want to hire Gil as an agent, because Hibachi straight cooks the franchise for even considering lowballing the big man.

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Lil Xan Pays Tribute to 2Pac by Performing “California Love”

Lil Xan recently caught a ton of flack when he called 2Pac's music “boring,” with both Pac fans and rappers alike going out of their way to criticize him. Waka Flocka Flame was one of the notable figures to call him out, tweeting, “Lil Xan banned from hip hop. Shit hurt to see the youth disrespect man that paved the way for all of us literally.” Ever since, Xan has been eager to insist that Pac actually is a legend despite his previous comments.

“But for real, I gotta say something,” he told fans at a recent meet-and-greet. “The media twisted my words: I think 2Pac is a legend. 2Pac is definitely a legend. That's what's up. 2Pac a legend, they just twist your words and they want you to hate me. Positivity over everything.”

Now, it seems that he's paying tribute to the rapper at his shows.

At a recent show in Cali, Xan showed 2Pac some love by performing “California Love.” 

Just recently, Xan wiped his Instagram account. He started sharing photos again when he posted the tracklist for his upcoming debut album, Total Xanarchy​, which is set to feature appearances from 2 Chainz, Rae Sremmurd, and Charli XCX, among other guests.

 

Total Xanarchy April 666 Love you guys 💔

A post shared by 💔DIEGO💔 (@xanxiety) on Mar 19, 2018 at 12:39pm PDT

Total Xanarchy is due to release April 6.

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Toi-Lin Kelly was sentenced to three years in jail Friday

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BET’s ‘Death Row Chronicles’ follows the rise and fall of the infamous Suge Knight.

F. Gary Gray Accused of Lying Under Oath Because He Was ‘Afraid’ Of Suge Knight

Suge Knight’s legal battles took yet another strange turn this weekend.

Suge Knight Claims Dr. Dre Put a Hit on Him for $20K

According to newly released legal documents, Suge Knight says that he was shown a check for $20,000 that Dr. Dre allegedly wrote to a man named Dwayne Johnson (not that Dwayne Johnson) to have Knight killed. According to TMZ, Suge claims that this purported hit was supposed to go down on the same day (January 29, 2015) that he ran over and killed a man in a Tam's Burgers parking lot, which has led to his current murder trial.

The ex-CEO of Death Row said in legal documents that during a jailhouse visit in July of 2016, both he and a private investigator had Johnson tell them that a check for $20k was given to him as partial payment to kill Knight. Johnson was at the aforementioned parking lot on the date of Knight's hit-and-run that led to his current incarceration.

As TMZ notes about this most recent accusation:

“The upshot of what Suge is arguing … he had reason to fear for his life when he entered Tam's.”

Still, according to the LA Times, Suge says he never got a copy of the check and the PI he mentions “now claims it does not exist.

Knight, of course, is no stranger to throwing out accusations, which has even included a past claim that Dr. Dre hired a hitman to have him killed at the 2014 VMAs pre-party hosted by Chris Brown. At that pre-party, he was shot six times.

Not surprisingly, an attorney for Dr. Dre called these latest claims both “absurd” and “defamatory.”

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Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien to Host Fox’s ‘Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?’

Friday, Fox announced an upcoming two-hour special to explore the deaths of slain rappers 2Pac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Rapper, author, actor, and director Ice-T will co-host Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? along with Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, as the show takes a deeper look into what amounted to cold cases during at least two police investigations and one FBI probe.

Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being targeted in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The Notorious B.I.G.—born Christopher Wallace—was similarly killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The former friends and collaborators turned rivals remain linked some 20 years after both were killed.

Fox’s choice to cover the two iconic rappers is a curious one, given how Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and other of Fox’s news pundits have previously criticized hip-hop music and culture.

“This is why I say that Hip Hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years,” Rivera said, during a critique of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 BET Awards performance.

The special will also reportedly feature what is being billed as the first on-air “reunion” between Lil’ Cease and E.D.I. Mean—one-time protégés of B.I.G. and Shakur as respective members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and The Outlawz. Doug E. Fresh, Funkmaster Flex and Suge Knight are also set to appear.

Shakur’s case remains unsolved, with conspiracy theories abounding. In April of 2008, the Los Angeles Times retracted a story by Chuck Phillips insinuating Sean Combs orchestrated the 1994 Quad Studios attack on Shakur.

“The Times has since concluded that the FBI reports were fabricated and that some of the other sources relied on—including the person Philips previously believed to be the ‘confidential source’ cited in the FBI reports—do not support major elements of the story,” the retraction read.

Former LAPD captain Kevin McClure shut down a task force investigating B.I.G.’s murder in 2010 noting a lack of results.

“We kept pounding the doors on the same cold leads,” McClure told the Los Angeles Times in March. “The shooter is most likely dead. You cannot ask him who paid him. We don’t know who gave the money.”

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Suge Knight May Have Discussed Bribing Witnesses for Upcoming Murder Trial

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that transcripts from recorded conversations between Suge Knight and his defense attorney appear to suggest that the two explored bribing witnesses in order to have them alter their testimony in his upcoming murder trial. 

In the court filing released on Thursday, Knight and his lawyer Matthew Fletcher, along with Knight's fiance Toi-Lin Kelly and business partner Mark Blankenship, who were in on the call, “had an understanding that they were going to assist the defendant in procuring witnesses for his defense, which included payments for fabricated testimony.” During one of their conversations, the group discussed the idea of paying witnesses to claim that they saw one of the victims in possession of a firearm. 

The district attorney filed a motion, asking the court to look into whether representing Knight is a conflict of interest for Fletcher after investigators “gathered evidence of possible witness tampering, bribery, conspiracy to violate a court order and obstruction of justice.” The DA also points out that Blankenship can be heard telling Suge that “witnesses being discussed would be procured by 'legitimate' means and that they would just 'tell the truth'” on multiple occasions. 

At the moment, no one on the phone call has been charged in connection with possible witness tampering.

Knight is facing trial next year on murder charges stemming from a January 2015 incident in the parking lot of a burger stand in Compton. Following a dispute on the set of Straight Outta Compton with Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan, Suge ran over both men with his truck. Carter died from the injuries he sustained. Suge has pled not guilty, claiming that he was acting in self-defense.

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Suge Knight Indicted for Allegedly Texting Death Threats to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director

Suge Knight's legal troubles continue.

Knight has been indicted on felony charges of making criminal threats by a grand jury in Los Angeles County. He was reportedly unhappy with his portrayal in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, TMZ reports. So the record producer, music executive, and founder of the iconic Death Row Records allegedly sent death threats to F. Gary Gray, the director of the movie, through text messages. Court records obtained by Variety show that the crime was allegedly committed on August 8, 2014. Suge will be arraigned on Thursday.

It's just the latest legal incident involving Knight. Back in January 2015, he was arrested on murder charges, which were also tied to the production of Straight Outta Compton. Knight allegedly ran over a man named Terry Carter with his vehicle on the set of the film. He is currently behind bars awaiting trial on those charges.

Prior to that incident, Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested in 2014 for their alleged connection to an armed robbery. The pair pleaded not guilty. Suge was also shot multiple times at a pre-MTV VMAs party hosted by Chris Brown the same year. 

Straight Outta Compton, which was released in theaters in August 2015, grossed more than $200 million at the box office. The biographical film received a generally positive reception from critics and maintains a solid 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

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