Heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, the Golden State Warriors were pretty banged up as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kevon Looney were all out with injuries. The Toronto Raptors took full advantage of the depleted Warriors squad and ended up winning the game by a score of 123-109. The Raptors were able to prove that they are no joke and with a 2-1 lead in the series, the Warriors will have to win three of the next four games to win their fourth championship in five years.
After the game, Raptors fans who traveled all the way to Oakland stayed around in the arena to sing the country's national anthem, "O Canada." The chants echoed throughout the arena and acted as a war cry for a fan base that has never seen their team reach the Finals before.
Before the series, not too many people were giving the Raptors a chance to win, with some people joking that the Warriors would win in a four-game sweep. Instead, the Raptors have defied the odds and have the Warriors in a position they've never faced before while in the NBA Finals.
Game 4 will go down on Friday, June 7th in Oakland and could potentially be the last ever game played at Oracle should the Raptors win the series in five games. It's an unlikely outcome but for Warriors fans, Game 4 will be a significant game in the team's history.
CeeLo Green Defends Big Boi’s Super Bowl Appearance "F*ck The Protestors"
CeeLo speaks up.
This yr, the normally highly-anticipated Super Bowl halftime efficiency was shrouded in controversy when Travis Scott and Big Boi each made the choice to affix Maroon 5 onstage through the broadcast regardless of calls to boycott the NFL for his or her alleged remedy of Colin Kaepernick for his resolution to kneel through the nationwide anthem throughout his time with the San Francisco' 49ers.
Following Sunday's efficiency, CeeLo Green took to Twitter to congratulate Big Boi on a job properly executed when the Atlanta legend appeared to carry out his "The Way You Move" monitor alongside Sleepy Brown and Maroon 5. In his try to commend his pal and collaborator, although, CeeLo might have ruffled just a few feathers when he referred to as out these crucial of Big Boi's resolution.
"Yo massive we driving wit you fam DO THAT SHIT! Fuck these so referred to as protesters you simply acquired 100m value of press. I’ll kill for you," the Atlanta-bred artist penned in a tweet.
Naturally, those that have been in help of the boycott did not take too kindly to CeeLo's phrases, highlighting the truth that the protest is designed to underscore Kaepernick's stand towards racial discrimination.
"Those protesters are protesting inequities in legislation enforcement and police brutality and doing it for individuals of coloration like us," writes one consumer.
Gladys Knight Subtly Shades Colin Kaepernick: "Fought Long & Hard For All My Life"
Gladys Knight speaks about her choice to sing the National Anthem on the Super Bowl.
A couple of days in the past, it was introduced that Gladys Knight could be singing the National Anthem on the upcoming Super Bowl in Atlanta. The performers on the soccer occasion have been topic to a lot criticism by those that help the protests that Colin Kaepernick has led relating to police brutality and injustice. Kaep has not performed professionally since 2016 with NFL house owners seemingly blacklisting him regardless of his apparent capacity to nonetheless be a beginning quarterback within the league. It has been reported that Travis Scott spoke to Kaep earlier than accepting his halftime look however after a number of retweets confirmed up on the previous participant's web page, it grew to become clear that Trav was capping (pun totally meant.) Now, Gladys Knight is talking out as to why she signed on for the National Anthem, throwing some refined shade at Colin within the course of.
"I perceive that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two issues, and they're police violence and injustice," wrote Knight. "It is unlucky that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and preventing for justice ought to every stand alone."
She continued, "I'm right here at this time and on Sunday, Feb. three to provide the Anthem again its voice, to face for that historic selection of phrases, the way in which it unites us after we hear it and to free it from the identical prejudices and struggles I've fought lengthy and arduous for all my life, from strolling again hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from utilizing my voice for good — I've been within the forefront of this battle longer than most of these voicing their opinions to win the proper to sing our nation’s Anthem on a stage as giant because the Super Bowl LIII."
What do you make of her assertion?
O.J. Simpson Says Colin Kaepernick's Protest Was His "Biggest Mistake"
Colin Kaepernick began his protest the national anthem nearly two years ago and it is still one the most heavily-discussed topics in the NFL. The quarterback has created a precedent for teams to follow, peacefully protesting for the rights black Americans. When Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the National Anthem, there were extreme reactions on both ends the spectrum with some fully supporting his goal and others who found the act to be disrespectful and counterproductive. Everyone from the current President the United States has voiced their opinion on Colin Kaepernick, and now O.J. Simpson has spoken out.
In an interview with The Buffalo News, the former football icon said that he believes that the flag deserves to be respected at all times, adding, "I really appreciate what Kaepernick] was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag." Although O.J. claims that he respects the former 49er for standing up against injustice, he retains his stance that he will always stand for the National Anthem. O.J. said, "The flag shouldn't be disrespected because what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be."
TMZ picked up the story, writing that while Simpson used to be friendly with Donald Trump, even attending one his weddings, he does not agree with his political stance. Kaepernick has been under fire since the protests as NFL teams appear to be afraid signing him because fans' mixed strong mixed opinions about him.
Miami Dolphins Owner Backtracks On National Anthem Comment
On Monday night, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation with its ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award at a special event held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. At the event, Ross told the New York Daily News, "All our players will be standing" in regards to players kneeling during the national anthem.
Additionally, Ross reportedly told the Daily News that he "totally supported the players in what they were doing" initially, but changed his opinion on the matter when he felt the message being sent by players kneeling was a protest against "support our country or the military."
"When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling," Ross told the New York Daily News' Christian Red. "I like Donald Trump]. I don't support everything that he says. Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it. So I think that's really incumbent upon us to adopt that. That's how, I think, the country now is interpreting the kneeling issue."
However, Ross has since issued another statement saying he has no intentions forcing Dolphins players to stand during the anthem. In the statement, which was issued by the team, Ross says his comments made to the Daily News were "misconstrued" and he will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.
“I have no intention forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued,” Ross said. “I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists. I know our players care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same players who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.”
One Gospeled-Out Version Of The National Anthem Will Have You Taking A Knee
Still recovering from Fergie‘s performance this weekend?
We’ll continue to help you clear your ears with some amazing “Star Bangled Banner” covers done right.
Though great pop singers have delivered , it’s good to take things back to the roots every now and then.
Legendary gospel singer Karen Clark-Sheard will get you in the spirit.
Check out her soulful cover the national anthem below and we won’t blame you if you decide to dedicate your life to Christ (and maybe the flag).
5 National Anthem Performances As Bad (Or Worse) Than Fergie’s
Everyone is still giving Fergie flack for her botched National Anthem attempt at the NBA All-Star game but she wouldn’t be the only celebrity who didn’t deliver.
Let’s take an opportunity to look back and some the other terrible attempts at the National Anthem over the years.
Wendy Williams Says Beyoncé Needs Auto-Tune
Wendy Williams is constantly sparking some sort controversy on her show with her hot takes. Whether it's bashing the Kardashians or beefing with 50 Cent, she's always saying something that ends up rubbing people the wrong way. More recently, she chimed in on Fergie's disastrous performance the National Anthem during the NBA All-Star game and attempted to drag Queen Bey into it.
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According to Wendy Williams, there's only a handful artists who can actually sing live without auto-tune but Beyoncé isn't one them. The controversial talk show host spoke on Fergie's National Anthem incident that happened over the weekend. During the segment, she said that there's a lot singers who need auto-tune including Fergie, Beyonce and others.
"There are only a few people who can sing raw dog and Fergie is not one, she needs auto-tune. Jen Lopez needs auto-tune, Janet Jackson] needs auto-tune, Beyonce needs auto-tune." She said, "Adele, Aretha, Celine, Dion Warwick and Mariah, they need nothing."
Her claim didn't sit well with people on the Internet because... well, Beyonce has proven she could sing incredibly well live on numerous occasions. Williams comments ended up resulting in some major backlash from the Beyhive on Twitter.
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Wendy Williams' "Hot Topics" portion has got her into trouble on several occasions. At the tail end 2018, Azealia Banks' said she'll be taking legal action against the TV personality after suggesting she sells sex for money.
Check out some the reactions below.
Wiz Khalifa Compares Fergie's National Anthem To Jimi Hendrix
The internet came out in droves to denounce Fergie's decision to jazz up the National Anthem on Sunday, at NBA All-Star Weekend. Wiz Khalifa on the other hand decided to search for positive framework.
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His positive spin described a phenomenon that was perhaps being witnessed with the naked eye. Wiz referred to Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner performance at Woodstock as a comparable, stressing that it too was ahead its time in conception.
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True to form, Fergie did not apologize for the rendition on principle. Instead she apologized to those who may not have liked it. I for one agree with Wiz that it was worth the gamble, but maybe the Jimi comparison is reach. Let the late great sit in his chair.
Fergie's Cringe-Worthy National Anthem Performance Has The Whole Internet Ablaze
Our queen Fergie completely failed us at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as she attempted to sing the National Anthem. Instead honoring the flag with a traditional version, she decided to let her own freak flag fly — and let’s just say, “Star Spangled Banner” Fergie style didn’t sound too hot.
Some the players barely kept it together and Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t help but chuckle. It appeared painfully uncomfortable for everyone in attendance and proved to be just as cringe-worthy from home. Fans were shocked to say the least, mainly because we all thought Fergie knew better than to do our National Anthem like that.
The comments across social media and on are pretty ruthless. The worst it doesn’t need to be repeated, but here are some general concerns surrounding the “Fergalicious” National Anthem.
“At the end it seemed that Fergie has no clue that she had just preformed the worst National Anthem all time.” –
“You know she rehearsed this with people she trusts, who spent the last two weeks lying to her that it sounded great.” –
“I didn’t know a song could be sexually assaulted.” –
But one user put it best: “Fergalicious deaf” –
Don’t worry, Fergie Ferg, we still love you long time!
Fergie Sings National Anthem at 2018 NBA All-Star Game