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ESPN Reportedly Tried to Replace Jemele Hill

The White House encouraged ESPN to fire Jemele Hill after the anchor tweeted disparaging remarks about President Donald Trump. The network allegedly did try to pull the SportsCenter host, according to a report from ThinkProgress.

Hill was caught in the middle of a firestorm when she tweeted that Trump was a white supremacist, ignorant and unfit for the job of commander in chief. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Hill’s tweets were a “fireable offense,” and several conservative publications started a social media movement for that to happen.

ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, reprimanding Hill for her comments but didn’t issue a suspension. According to Think Progress, they did, however, try to remove the host. The network reportedly tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but her co-host Michael Smith refused to do the show without her, sources said. They also said that the producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show, but Eaves and Duncan refused to take the place of Hill and Smith. Faced with the possibility of having to replace Hill and Smith with white co-hosts (which would’ve caused a firestorm), sources said ESPN then called Hill and asked her to come back on her show.

ESPN refutes these claims.

“Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened,” Rob King, the senior vice president for news and information at SportsCenter, told ThinkProgress. “In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired.”

“We never asked any other anchors to do last night’s show. Period,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed ThinkProgress after they published their report.

Hill did not address the controversy during the show Wednesday night, but she did release a statement on Twitter. She did not apologize for her statements, nor delete the tweets, but apologized for painting ESPN in an unfair light.

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Serena Williams Posts First Pictures of Daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Nearly two weeks after giving birth, tennis champion and now proud mom, Serena Williams, posted pictures of her newly born daughter on Instagram.

Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., named after her father and Williams’ fiance, was born on Sept. 1st, 2017 weighing 6lbs. and 14oz. In a video on Serena’s website, she says “we had a lot of complications but look what we got. We got a baby girl.” The newly born champion came into this world healthy and undefeated.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Serena Williams Gives Birth To Baby Girl

A baby just in time for Labor Day weekend.

Serena Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian welcomed a baby girl at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, according to multiple reports.

WPBF-25 news producer Chris Shepherd was first to report that Williams gave birth to her daughter, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, writing that mom and baby are “doing well.”

Beyoncé later confirmed the news, congratulating her friend on the newest addition to the family.

Williams reportedly checked in two days prior, clearing out an entire floor of the hospital for security purposes before going into delivery. This is the first child for both the tennis champion and the Reddit co-founder.

Williams first announced she was 20 weeks pregnant in April with a Snapchat photo of herself in a swimsuit. She later revealed, however, that the photo was shared by accident due to pressing the wrong button. Given the timeline, her followers quickly deduced that Williams was expecting when she won the Australian Open in January like a total legend

Before giving birth, the 35-year-old said she had a “strong suspicion” that she was having a girl, while Ohanian thought a baby boy was on the way.

“Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open,” Williams explained to Vogue. “I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.”

Williams and Ohanian have been linked together as early as 2015, but kept their relationship private. The two first met by chance in Rome near the hotel buffet and Williams gave him her number. After a magical rendezvous in Paris weeks later, they began a relationship.

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NBA Fines LA Lakers $500,000 for Tampering

The LA Lakers have been fined by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-tampering rules when they were pursuing Paul George. The fine amounted to $500,000.

NBA Fines LA Lakers $500,000 for Tampering

Before George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka reportedly had inappropriate contact with George’s agent. The league had warned Magic Johnson about comments he made when appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel.

 

SOURCE: VLADTV

Floyd Mayweather Beats Conor McGregor

The first matchup between a professional boxer and a mixed martial arts fighter ended with Floyd Mayweather being victorious.

Floyd Mayweather Beats Conor McGregor

In the 10th round, Floyd unleashed a flurry of punches against McGregor to the point where the referee had to stop the fight, giving Mayweather a technical knockout. The 40-year-old Mayweather is now 50-0 in his professional boxing career.

Floyd Mayweather Beats Conor McGregor

In the post-fight interview, Mayweather announced that this will be his last fight. McGregor stated that he felt the referee stopped the fight too early, and he should have been allowed to keep fighting.

Mayweather walked away roughly $100 million from the fight, while McGregor earned an estimated $30 million. Mayweather’s lifetime earnings are roughly $1 billion.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down. Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders’ 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.

Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.

Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived.

Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game.

“He 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. The coach said that he told Lynch “just 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.”

“So that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said.

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn’t know Lynch hadn’t stood for the anthem.

“Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he’s part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing,” Manuel said. “I can’t really comment on it too much.”

SOURCE: WESH

Ray Lewis’ Son Arrested

Ray Lewis III, son of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

[Sports] Ray Lewis' Son Arrested

Two victims told authorities that Lewis III, a sophomore cornerback for the Coastal Carolina University football team, sexually assaulted them on Saturday, Jan. 23, at an apartment near campus, according to police records

Lewis, 20, turned himself into the police on Friday, according to a WMBF News Report. His arrest warrant alleges knowledgeable sexual battery of an 18-year-old female who was incapacitated from the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

[Sports] Ray Lewis' Son Arrested

Lewis III played at the University of Miami, his father’s alma mater, for two seasons before transferring to Coastal Carolina last year. In 12 games in the 2015 season, Lewis III was credited with 14 tackles.

SOURCE: USATODAY