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Stephen A. Smith Doesn’t Think Rihanna’s Super Bowl Performance Can Live Up To Beyoncé’s: ‘She Ain’t Beyoncé’

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Stephen A. Smith might have no problem going toe to toe with athletes, current and former, but now he might have to take on Rihanna’s fan base.

The 55-year-old sports commentator recently shared his thoughts on Rihanna’s upcoming Super Bowl LVII performance while visiting Sherri Shepherd’s daytime talk show Sherri. While he said that he is excited about her performance, he made sure to stir the pot, saying that the Barbadian pop star is no Beyoncé.

“I don’t wanna say I’m not excited,” he said in response, with the ensuing moments including audible reactions from the audience. “She’s fantastic. That’s not where I’m going with this. Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things. She’s spectacular, actually. And congratulations on new-momma-hood. There’s one thing she’s not. She ain’t Beyoncé.”

He went on to elaborate on his statement, saying, “Hold on. … The only reason I brought up Beyoncé is because Beyoncé recently performed at the Super Bowl, with and without Bruno Mars and Coldplay,”

Sherri pushed back, saying that Beyoncé had her time, and now it’s Rihanna’s time to perform at a Super Bowl. Stephen A. Smith, however, applied Sherri’s argument to television, saying that Shepherd was in a league of her own and then there’s “everybody else.” Likewise, he believes that Beyoncé is in a league of her own, then there’s everybody else.

“Rihanna’s music is fantastic,” Smith said. “She’s great. She’s a sister. I love her dearly. I listen to her music. I’m gonna support her until the cows come home. I’m just telling you: for me, there’s Beyoncé and there’s everybody else. Just like there was Michael Jackson and there’s everybody else.” 

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Tina Knowles Is Confident that Jay-Z Will Find Success As NFL Owner

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Tina Knowles is sure that Jay-Z will have success as an NFL owner.

TMZ recently caught up with Tina Knowles at LAX to ask about her son-in-law’s potential next business venture.

“I have no doubt that anything that they put their minds to, they can do it well,” Knowles said.

TMZ Sports reported Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos meeting in Los Angeles to allegedly discuss the Washington Commanders’ purchase. The two billionaires kept the meeting extremely private as they entered the restaurant.

Bezos was joined by his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, while Hov was joined unexpectedly by Corey Gamble.

Knowles joins Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Undisputed host Shannon Sharpe in co-signing Jay-Z, the next successful NFL owner.

There is no guarantee that Washington Commanders owner, Dan Snyder, will part ways with the team. Just in case he does any time soon, Jay-Z and Hov are reportedly preparing to make a move.

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Ice Cube Says That The NBA And ESPN Are Trying To “Destroy” His BIG 3 Basketball League

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Ice Cube recently accused the NBA and ESPN of trying to “destroy” his BIG3 basketball league. Cube made the statement after NBA veteran Stephen Jackson took to Instagram live to encourage people to support the BIG3 league.

“Appreciate you @DaTrillStak5. We definitely need everybody’s support. The @nba and @espn are doing everything in their powers to ignore or destroy @thebig3,” Cube said in response to Jackson’s message.

However, this is not the first time Cube has spoken out about his league not getting the support that it deserves. In 2020, Cube said that the NBA had stolen his idea of adopting the Elam rule for the 2020 All Star game. For those that do not know, under the Elam rule, the game clock is turned off in the fourth quarter and teams must hit a certain score to win.

“The forward thinking of ⁦@thebig3⁩ is taking our credit for helping the ⁦@NBA⁩ make the 4thQ of yesterday’s ASG one to remember,” Cube tweeted. “Many will try to pull the Elam Rule out their asses, but we proved in 2017 that no game clock is the future. #nogarbageminutes

Last year, in an interview with Basketball News, Cube spoke about his frustrations with getting support from the NBA. “The NBA hasn’t been the nicest to the BIG3,” Cube said. “Of course, publicly, they say all the right words. But we know privately, there’s things done behind the scenes [with] sponsors, broadcasters, blah blah blah… It did tarnish my fandom a bit.”

Last week, the BIG3 was recognized and certified as a Black Owned business by ByBlack and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

in a statement, Cube said that, “From day one, the league has been dedicated to providing opportunities for Black players, fans, investors, and partners and we are proud to be a part of a nationwide network of Black business owners.”

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Chris Paul Launches New Plant-Based Snack Line ‘Good Eat’n’ Exclusively with Gopuff

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NBA All-Star and entrepreneur Chris Paul is on a mission to make plant-based food more accessible and approachable, while transforming the snack landscape.

Paul announced in a statement that he is teaming up exclusively with Gopuff to introduce Good Eat’n.  Set out to transform the “snack aisle” with flavor-forward products that are surprisingly plant-based and made for everyone. The line includes a unique selection of chips, popcorn, puffs and rinds.

“As someone with a plant-based diet who loves flavorful foods, I know first-hand that it can be difficult to find delicious and approachable plant-based alternatives to your favorite snacks,” said Chris Paul. “I’m thrilled to announce this new brand with Gopuff that makes plant-based snacks easily available with flavors that appeal to the masses.”

“Creating this entirely new product line with Chris shows Gopuff’s proven ability to not only launch products on its platform, but to serve as a true incubator for brands,” said Yakir Gola, Gopuff co-Founder and co-CEO.

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“As a long-time partner, Chris deeply understands how to leverage Gopuff’s platform to meet the evolving needs of the modern consumer. His passion and commitment to a plant-based lifestyle, along with the integral, hands-on role he’s played in creating this brand since day one has been a labor of love. We are excited to expand our partnership with Chris and introduce Good Eat’n.”

Complementing the delicious flavors is the uniquely colorful and fun Good Eat’n brand and packaging, designed by Utendahl Creative, a Black and female-founded and led studio. 

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Brother of Ex-NFL Player Aqib Talib Indicted For Fatal Shooting Of Youth Coach

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The brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib is being indicted for the death of a football youth coach.  Yaqub Talib is charged with murder after authorities say he fatally shot Michael Hickmon at a youth football game south of Dallas on August 13th.  

According to investigators, an argument ensued about how the game was officiated prior to the shooting. Coach Mike Hickmon was killed after a dispute allegedly involving the two brothers, who are both coaches of the North Dallas youth team.  Yaqub immediately turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

READ MORE: Aqib Talib Removing Himself From NFL Job Amid Youth Coach’s Fatal Shooting

Talib’s lawyer says his client has yet to give “his side of the story.” A statement released by Aqib’s attorney maintains Aqib is “very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life.”  He sends his “condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”

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Vanessa Bryant Awarded $16 Million In Damages In Crash Photos Lawsuit

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Jurors delivered a verdict in the lawsuit involving Vanessa Bryant against Los Angeles County and awarded her $16 million. Her co-plaintiff, Chris Chester is walking away with a $15 million judgment as well. 

Chester’s wife Sarah and 13-year-old daughter Payton, were among the nine people killed in the Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas.

READ MORE: Deputy Says He Doesn’t Regret Taking Photos Of Kobe Bryant’s Remains

Their lawsuit accuses LA county of negligence because first responders shared graphic images of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other victims remains.

Vanessa cried and left the courtroom at one point during the trial, with her and Chester’s legal team saying there isn’t an amount too high that they can be awarded for what they went through, calling it “inhuman and inhumane.” The federal jury unanimously agreed that first responders invaded Bryant’s privacy and caused her emotional distress by sharing photos of victims’ remains,

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Westside Gunn Starts New Wrestling Promotions Company

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It is a known fact that Westside Gunn is a huge wrestling fan. Until last year when the WWE filed a cease and desist against him for the unauthorized use of the audio from one of their former announcers, many of his projects were filled with audio from wrestling promos. He even had a wrestling match on stage while performing earlier this year.

It looks like the Griselda Records co-founder is taking his love for wrestling to the next step as he announced that he will be starting a new wrestling promotions company.

Westside Gunn made the announcement on Instagram, saying that the new company is going to be called 4THROPE and that his first signee would be former WWE NXY wrestler Parker Boudreaux.

“Y’all Done Fucked Up!!!! Meet @theparkerboudreaux the 1st official wrestler W/ 4THROPE,” Gunn wrote. “We’re about to do something the Wrestling world has NEVER scene, EVERYBODY knows I’m the biggest wrestling fan in the world but now I’m about to mix Cultures and present special talent, 🔥🔥 merch, 4THROPE radio, 4THROPE TV, and again HIGH LEVEL ART stay tuned for more 4THROPE announcements and LINK IN MY BIO we just World Premiered on AEW tonight start it at the 28min. Mark 4⃣ROPE.”

The Buffalo MC then took to Twitter where he put out a call for people interested in working for the new boxing promotion.

“I’m a need some Loyal, hungry great minds to join the 4THROPE team to take over the Culture, but you’ll HAVE to love wrestling just as much as me and have the knowledge.. I also wanna join forces with a few Dope Wrestling podcasts as well…. I’m a make a email soon STAY TUNED!!”

Earlier today he took to Twitter again where he showed his gratitude for the overwhelming support for starting the new wrestling promotions company.

“The Responses for 4THROPE has been overwhelming THANK U to EVERYBODY who’s reached out, we’re gonna make this SPECIAL & this is a brand I’ll be building with the Wrestling community.. I want to have Fun, I want to continue to be innovative & I wanna make History #4thRope.”

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Rick Ross Wants To Buy Michael Rubin’s Ownership Stake In The Philadelphia 76’ers

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Rick Ross has been looking for the chance to own a part of a sports team for a minute. He has gone on social media asking the Miami Dolphins to let him become a minority owner in the franchise, and with the news of Michael Rubin selling his 10% stake in the Philadelphia 76’ers, Ross is looking for his chance to add “minority owner” to his resumé.

Rubin had taken to social media to announce that he was selling his 10% stake in the franchise to in order to expand the Fanatics brand into the sports gambling industry. This would eventually create a conflict of interest as an owner.

In the comments section of Rubin’s Instagram post, Rick Ross commented, saying that he would like to buy the 10% stake in the franchise.

“I’ll buy his 10% lol,” Rozay commented.

The ownership group is headed by Joshua Harris and David Blitzer. The two also bought a piece of the New Jersey Devils hockey team for $320 million in 2013.

Rubin purchased his 10% stake in the 76’ers back in 2011 for about $290 million. Since then, the franchise has grown and is most likely worth more. Despite what the internet might say Ross’s net worth is, we’re sure he’ll find a way to buy into the NBA franchise if he’s really serious about it.

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SOURCE SPORTS: Browns QB Deshaun Watson Settles 20 Out of 24 Lawsuits Against Him

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has settled 20 out of the 24 civil lawsuits against him. Southeast Texas attorney Tony Buzbee released a statement saying Watson settled all but four of the sexual misconduct suits. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential.

Attorney Buzbee announced the agreements on Tuesday, while praising every woman who sued Watson.  He plans to represent the four women, including Watson’s first accuser, Ashley Solis at trial who did not settle. Buzbee filed the lawsuits against Watson last year when he was with the Houston Texans. 

READ MORE: Source Sports: Deshaun Watson Hit With Sexual Assault Lawsuit No. 24 Including Graphic Details Of Encounter

The women who sued accused Watson of exposing himself and touching them inappropriately during massage appointments, along with harassment allegations. Earlier this year, two Southeast Texas grand juries no-billed and decided not to indict Watson after a police investigation of the claims.

Meantime, the troubles for the QB may not be over. An NFL spokesman said the settlements with 26-year-old Watson “has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process.” The NFL could suspend him if it finds he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

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Shaquille O’Neal Gives Back In Newark with Multiple Improvement Projects

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NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is returning to his hometown of Natick, New Jersey to help improve the community. O’Neal unveiled two projects last week, including a new basketball and multi-use court.

The four-time NBA champ held a 3-point shooting contest, offering up laptops to local students who made a shot. O’Neal shared “I played here in the morning and until late at night. When those street lights went on, I ran my butt home.” He continued motivating the Brick City kids and told them to “follow their dreams.”

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Shaq also showed off a 33-story affordable apartment tower, where the basketball superstar will be living in its penthouse, called “Shaq Tower 2.” The $80 million building will be the largest mixed income complex in New Jersey. Governor Murphy said the new apartment complex is a win-win for Newark. Twenty percent of the units will be affordable. The historic development project will also offer 12,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.

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