Light Heavyweight Champ Andre Ward Says He’s Going to Kick Sergey Kovalev’s Ass for Being a ‘Racist’

Andre Ward says he's determined to beat Sergey Kovalev during their rematch tonight (June 17), after Kovalev circulated a racist meme on social media. The contested meme, which has since been deleted, shows Ward saying both the f- and n-word in a parodied, fake conversation between the two boxers. Ward, who identifies as a devout Christian, found this depiction to be offensive. 

 

The light heavyweight champ told Complex on June 12, “The only thing I’ve noticed about him [Kovalev] that’s different since the fight ended is just the lack of mental toughness that this guy has.”

He continued: “With all the excuse making and all the things he’s been saying since the last fight, those are some deeper issues.”

Since their original matchup last November, many shots have been fired between Ward and Kovalev. Immediately following the fight, the latter took to social media to claim that he had been robbed of his belts, and that the fight had not been judged accurately. However the beef has continued to build up, with issues like racism and revenge clouding the air between the two boxers. 

With all of the comments that have been made since the boxers met last year, Ward told TMZ that “He's culturally sound enough to know some of the things he's been doing are racially motivated. It's more motivation, definitely more motivation,” He said. Ward followed up by insinuating that he's going to make Kovalev pay for what he considers undeniably racist. 

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Rob Stone Addresses XXXTentacion Situation: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

Most people are still struggling with how to pronounce XXXTentacion's name, let alone decipher the beef between he and Rob Stone. But after XXX got knocked out at a San Diego show, allegations have been flying about the aftermath of the brawl that took place at his show.

A concertgoer was stabbed in the ruckus following the on-stage sucker punch, and during an interview with TMZ last Thursday, XXX claimed the victim in question was his attacker, though local police disputed that premise. Rumors continued to swirl about the stabbing victim and any possible affiliation with Stone, and eventually the San Diego native saw fit to address the claims himself.

“I'm alive and well,” he said. “I didn't get stabbed, I didn't get stabbed, OK, I'm alive and well, just for all the people that was concerned about me getting stabbed. All my homies is alive and well, I don't know what the fuck that's about. But I feel bad for the person that did get stabbed.”

After establishing that the stabbing victim was not affiliated with him, Stone continued on, and seemed to send a direct message to XXX despite taking steps to make it sound like it was directed at a broader group of people. 

“This shit is just getting crazy, and it's only going to get worse,” he said. “You can not sit and talk shit about people, or talk shit to people, y'all can't do that shit. I'm talking to everybody in the world right now, I'm not talking to a specific person. You can not sit and talk shit to motherfuckers and go to their city and not expect somebody in the city to feel some type of way about that.”

It's not immediately clear when or where the video emerged from; there's no trace of it on Stone's social feeds, but addressing the stabbing rumors in particular makes it appear as though it is from some point this past weekend, following a new diss track from Stone aimed at XXX. 

As much as the on-stage knockout made for great meme fodder, let's hope things don't continue to escalate from here. It's one thing to trade shots on wax and on social media, but once someone resorts to physical violence, it's all downhill from there.

You can watch the full video below, and judge how serious the threat could be for yourself.

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Club Bouncer Sues Lil Wayne for Assault, Alleges It Was a ‘Hate Crime’

A security guard in California has struck up a lawsuit against Lil Wayne, alleging that the 34-year-old rapper punched him and threw a glass filled with alcohol at his face roughly a year ago.

Furthermore, the guard claims that the purported incident was a hate crime because Weezy yelled, “Fuck you white boy!” The plaintiff was reportedly working as a bouncer at the Hyde Club on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip at the time. TMZ states that the man says he felt physically threatened, but that he was trying to do his job controlling the flow of human traffic into the club when he was knocked to the ground by Lil Wayne's fist.

Representatives for Wayne have denied the bouncer's account of events.

The lawsuit has been filed against the rapper, his label, and the club. It is seeking damages for the assault and battery, in addition to a $25,000 civil penalty for the alleged hate crime.

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XXXTentacion Show Postponed After Brawl and Stabbing Incident

When it comes to controversy in 2017, XXXTentacion's name has been in the thick of it. The latest incident involved XXX getting knocked tf out on stage during his San Diego show at The Observatory on Wednesday night. While still unconfirmed, many (including X himself) seem to speculate that one of his rivals, San Diego-based rapper Rob Stone, was involved in the altercation. Whatever the case may be, X isn't letting this incident stop his tour, and as early as Thursday afternoon wasn't planning on stopping his scheduled show in Santa Ana.

 

#xxxtentacion earlier today before his show got cancelled (link in bio for more details)

A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:11pm PDT

That's right, X was openly asking to be knocked out again, saying “let's have a repeat” at the Santa Ana show that was scheduled for Thursday night. Whether it was because of his attitude, the melee that ensued in San Diego after he got knocked out, or the fact that X didn't plan on hiring more security guards (he told TMZ that more guards wouldn't matter because the person who knocked him out had already gotten past 12 people), the promoters of the Santa Ana show on Thursday night decided to postpone the gig.

 

#xxxtentacion confirming his show tonight is postponed

A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:13pm PDT

According to XXXTentacion, the Santa Ana show is being rescheduled to the end of his tour. There's been no word on the rescheduled date at this time.

TMZ also reported that while X's face was swollen, X said that the assailant got even worse. They also say that whoever attacked X fled the scene, and isn't the person who was brought into the hospital after being stabbed. At this time, no suspect has been named in the knocking tf out of XXXTentacion in San Diego.

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Kanye West Is Reportedly Eyeing a Yeezy-Branded Calabasas High Partnership

Shortly after the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, TMZ’s ever-present cameras caught Kanye West saying he wanted to help design uniforms for all public schools in Chicago in an effort to end classism and bullying. He may be moving one step closer to bringing the Yeezy visual aesthetic to a public high school—just not his initial choice of Chicago.

A TMZ report citing anonymous sources has West reportedly eyeing an overhaul of Calabasas High School’s sports uniforms. 

“Yeezy wants to take control of the CHS sports uniforms and help to re-brand the entire program,” the report stated. “We’re told Yeezy’s team recently met with school officials to pitch a collaboration between Yeezy and CHS. Our sources say he wants to change the school’s colors and rename them from the Coyotes to the Wolves…fitting, considering he has a song with the same name.”

Aside from calling the San Fernando Valley suburb of Calabasas home, West launched a Calabasas Collection with Adidas in March. The collection, which was modeled by ASAP Nast and Ganna Bogdan, featured track pants, crew necks and the Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase shoe.

West added Calabasas items into the Yeezy Season 5 show at New York Fashion Week in February. The drop was decidedly a family affair, as Kim Kardashian was also spotted in the Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase shoes.

There has been no word of a possible redesign from Calabasas High via the school’s official website or the athletics Twitter account.

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Kanye and Kim Look as Awkward on a Roller Coaster as the Rest of Us

Taking a break from his reported excursion to a mountain in Wyoming to work on his new album, on Monday Kanye West, Kim Kardshian, their kids, and Kourtney Kardashian's kids all made a trip to Disneyland, where they were immediately captured by the paparazzi (both the real one and the amateurs on Twitter):

According to TMZ, they were at the park to celebrate the birthday of a family friend. Being that Kanye spending a day at Disney quickly descended into paparazzi madness, that holing-himself-up-in-Wyoming thing is kind of starting to make sense.

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Kanye West Reportedly ‘Holed Up’ at the Top of a Mountain in Wyoming Working on New Album

Kanye West is a few weeks deep on work for his new album, and—if a new report from TMZ is accurate—he's currently “holed up” at a retreat in Wyoming finding inspiration. According to TMZ's sources, West has been working from the top of an unnamed mountain for about a week. West also reportedly went to Wyoming two weeks earlier and is said to be “smack in the middle of the creative process.”

TMZ's report speculates that this is why West recently wiped his Twitter and Instagram accounts, which disappeared the same day he launched TheKidsSupply with Kim Kardashian.

G.O.O.D. Music artist Cyhi the Prynce stopped by Complex Live last month, discussing West's current work and the status of Cruel Winter. “He's working on his new album,” Cyhi said. “I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but nah, he is.” As for Cruel Winter, Cyhi said it's coming soon, but he couldn’t offer any specifics. 

West's last album, The Life of Pablo, was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April . Though widely reported as the first streaming-only album to achieve platinum certification, Billboard argued that The Life of Pablo's on-again/off-again availability for purchase on West's website could complicate that distinction. This year, West has already popped up on singles from Mary J. Blige and G.O.O.D. Music's own Tyga.

West's new album, which may or may not still be entitled Turbo Grafx 16, follows a 2016 that ended with Trump-stained controversy and a brief hospitalization. As we noted in our roundup of the most anticipated albums of this year, the last time West removed himself from the spotlight and made music under intense pressure, the final product turned out to be what many consider his finest work.

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Drake Denies Allegation That He Got Ex Porn Star Pregnant

Following his split with Jennifer Lopez, Drake was spotted dining out in Europe with former porn actress Rosee Divine. And now, what once was just a dinner in view of some paparazzi has led to allegations from the woman that Drizzy got her pregnant.

According to TMZ, Divine, who also goes by the name Sophie Brussaux, has procured the services of a pair of big name NYC lawyers to try and get child support. Divine/Brussaux claims to be three-and-a-half months pregnant, and believes that the date of conception was Jan. 20 or 21. Their dinner date took place Jan. 24.

She also says she has text messages from Drake where he asks her to have an abortion. Those messages reportedly read:

Drake: I want you to have an abortion.

Brussaux: I can't kill my baby simply to indulge you sorry.

Drake: Indulge me? Fuck you.

Brussaux: What?

Drake: You do know what you're doing you think you're going to get money.

Representatives for Drake told TMZ that Brussaux “[h]as a very questionable background,” and that “she's one of many women claiming [Drake] got them pregnant.” Furthermore, his rep says that if it is Drake's kid (which Drake doesn't believe) he would “do the right thing by the child.”

The rep is uncertain about the above text's authenticity, or the context in which Drake's alleged request was delivered, on account of not seeing it for themselves. And finally, that rep says Brussaux had sex with another major rapper (though who exactly that “major rapper” is isn't clear) and that that unnamed rapper has basically admitted to the fact that the child is his.

Brussaux's Instagram is set to private, and her Twitter account (or what appears to have been her Twitter account) is also private and inactive. A link to her Facebook from that account has been deleted, though for all we know that happened awhile ago. However, for curious minds who may be wondering what she looks like, but don't want to risk being flagged by HR, here was a shot from her IG posted in a TMZ gallery:

A selfie from former porn star Sophie Brussaux.
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Leaked Fyre Festival Pitch Deck Is Proof It was Doomed to Fail

For Fyre Festival story no. 439, we are treated to the leaked pitch deck potential investors were given ahead of the doomed event's disastrous kickoff and subsequent postponement. Monday night, Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton shared the Fyre Festival pitch presentation in full, calling it one of the “most preposterous” outside capital invitations he's ever seen.

There's a lot to unpack here, arguably too much to unpack, but here are a few selected bits of preposterousness from the Bilton-obtained Fyre Festival pitch deck:

  • There's a Rumi quote slapped atop a photo collage of what the organizers hoped Fyre Fest would be: “Come, seek, for searching is the foundation of fortune.”
  • In another slide, the Fyre team vows that the “actual experience” of the festival “exceeds all expectations and is something that's hard to put to words.” Additionally, this slide promises, Fyre will “IGNITE that type of ENERGY, that type of POWER in our guests.”
  • Explaining the Fyre vision, the pitch deck summarizes the Fyre goals while referencing the “five elements of the earth.” According to this particular slide, Fyre has a five-year plan aimed at traveling the globe to discover “untouched lands” and flip them into “unparalleled experiences.”
  • Fyre Festival is touted as “the cultural experience of the decade.” Can't argue with that.

The most notable part, however, is the designation of so-called “Fyre Starters.” Fyre Starters are described as “ambassadors” who are part of the “Fyre Tribe.” Starters of Fyre listed in the leaked deck include Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Ashanti, and more.

On Monday, TMZ claimed that claimed that Fyre founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland had been “barred” from attempting another festival in the Bahamas. Another festival, however, is apparently in the works for an alternate location and inaugural attendees have been offered the option of eschewing refunds in favor of VIP passes to the next one.

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Ja Rule and Billy McFarland Reportedly Barred From Attempting Another Fest in Bahamas

Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, founders of the failed Fyre Festival, have reportedly been “barred” from trying again in the Bahamas. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sources told TMZ they were planning to start enforcing a “stricter vetting system” for music festivals in the future, an overhaul that will include checking in with organizers repeatedly throughout any event's development process.

The reason the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism didn't intervene during the Fyre Festival's planning process, according to TMZ, is that they didn't have the authority due to its status as a private event. On Sunday, famous lawyer Mark Geragos filed a $100 million lawsuit against Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and the Fyre Media brand alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.

The suit, TMZ reported Tuesday, also alleges that Fyre attendees were locked inside the airport terminal “for hours” as security officials put up a fence around the building to make sure no one left the premises. Additionally, some attendees reportedly passed out due to lack of water while waiting for a departing flight. There was also, according to a photo, some sort of tiny fire fyre going on?

Burned Fyre attendees have two options, according to the New York Times' Joe Coscarelli. they can take their refund and get on with their lives, or they can pay it forward by receiving VIP passes for whatever the Fyre team is planning for 2018:

All bummers aside, at least we got some decent Twitter jokes and the Matt Skiba-provided nickname Lord of the Entitled Flies out of this.

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