Tyler, The Creator secured his first Grammy win on Sunday night by taking home the Best Rap Album award for IGOR. While this may mark a monumental moment in his career, he stills has some reservations about the Recording Academy and he aired them out during a post-show press conference. The 28-year-old multi-hyphenate was asked to share his thoughts on the Grammys' voting practices, as this is a trending topic in the wake of accusations of bias within the Recording Academy made by its recently-ousted head, Deborah Dugan. Tyler replied:
“I’m half and half on it. On the one side I am very grateful that what I made can be acknowledged in a world like this… but it sucks that whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that’s genre-bending or anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category. And I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. It’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word, to me. So when I hear that, I’m just like, why can’t we just be in pop? So I felt like — half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment."
Many believe that IGOR not being recognized in the Album of the Year category is representative of this issue highlighted by Tyler. Diddy also called out the Grammys' racist history when receiving his "industry icon" award at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday night. "Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys," he said. "Black music has never been respected by the Grammys.”
Serena Williams Shuts Down Question About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
#MEGXIT is one of the biggest international stories at the moment. Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, formally announced their plans to take a step back from the royal family. They wish to establish some financial independence by renouncing royal titles and state funding. “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” the couple wrote in an Instagram post. People across the world clutched their pearls and pointed fingers upon hearing this news, trying to figure out why the Harry & Meg would break from precedent and disrespect the Queen in this manner.
Given this a huge trending topic and any post related to #MEGXIT can attract clicks (yes, I see the irony in this), a reporter tried to get Serena Williams to comment on it. “Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last 2 slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic,” the reporter said. “What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?”
Considering this topic has no connection to Williams’ profession, she declined to share her thoughts on it during an Australian Open press conference. “Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that,” Williams replied. “But good try. You tried. You did good.” Props to Williams for avoiding that bait.
Drunk Eagles Fans Hilariously Interrupts Press Conference: Watch
Eagles fans are hilarious.
NFL fans can be some of the rowdiest in all of sports, especially when it comes to important games. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles had the most important game of their season as they played against the Dallas Cowboys. Had they lost, they would have been eliminated from playoff contention. Instead, the Eagles won and now, all they have to do is win next week in order to make the postseason. As you can imagine, Eagles fans were quite happy with this win and celebrated in a variety of different ways.
After yesterday's game, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was in the middle of a press conference when a random person began asking him questions about their upcoming match against the New York Giants. Pederson appeared to be quite confused about it all as the person was eventually removed from the journalist's area.
It turns out this person was a random drunk Eagles fan who managed to find his way into the media center. It's not every day something like this happens although you have to admit, it's pretty funny. This eager fan will be looking to celebrate even harder next weekend should the Eagles win and secure their spot in the playoffs.
Jimmy Butler Addresses His Reputation During Heat Press Conference
Butler doesn't want people thinking he's a bad guy.
Jimmy Butler has proven himself to be a dynamic force on offense over his last few seasons in the NBA. His talent speaks for himself and if you were any of the 30 teams in the league, you would love to have him. While Butler is certainly a phenomenal asset to have, there have been incidents over the years that have some teams worried he could be more of a disruption than anything else. For instance, Butler was able to get himself out of Chicago and once he started playing with the Timberwolves, he quickly began arguing with his own teammates.
Once Butler got to Philadelphia, there was less chatter surrounding his antics and he was able to put together a solid campaign. Now, Butler is on the Miami Heat and will become the number one option on a team that just lost their best player in Dwyane Wade. Today, Butler took part in the team's preseason press conference and addressed his perceived reputation. "I'm not an asshole like everybody thinks that I am," he said according to Ira Winderman.
Butler will have to be a leader on this Heat squad that boasts some young rookies like Tyler Herro. The superstar small forward will be as determined as ever to prove his haters wrong and when it comes to the city of Miami, Butler fits in great.
Once he gets in his bag, the Heat may very well become one of the more intriguing teams in the league.
Antonio Brown Questions Prompt Bill Belichick To Walk Out On Media: Watch
Belichick wasn't having it.
The New England Patriots have quite the conundrum on their hands when it comes to Antonio Brown. After numerous bizarre altercations with the Oakland Raiders, Brown was able to get out of his contract and join a team that talent-wise, doesn't really need him. Regardless, Brown is now on the Patriots and will certainly make them one of the most stacked teams in the NFL. All of this could be put on hold though as Brown was recently accused of raping his former trainer.
Earlier today, the NFL announced they would be looking into the allegations and would act accordingly. The Patriots are taking these allegations very seriously as well and today, head coach Bill Belichick was tasked with addressing them. Belichick was fairly diplomatic when it came to the questions he was asked but after a while, he grew fed up with the media. In true Belichick fashion, he ended his press conference early as soon as he realized every question was about AB.
Brown was, in fact, at Patriots practice today and appeared to be sporting the #1 on his jersey. The Patriots will be taking on the Miami Dolphins next Sunday and it remains to be seen if Brown will be active for the match.
Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Reacts To Antonio Brown’s Release
Gruden is focused on Monday night’s game.
Jon Gruden just spoke to the press for the first time after the release of wide receiver Antonio Brown just hours ago. “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work,” the Raiders coach said.
Gruden went on to express regret about not having the opportunity to coach Brown in a Raider uniform, saying “Very disappointing in my career as a coach. I really looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen.”
He continued, “All I’m going to say, is that it is disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work. I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I will tell you that I am very proud of what we did as an organization to try. And I wish Antonio nothing but the best. And I’m sorry we never got a chance to see Antonio in the Silver & Black.”
His voice grew slightly agitated as he finished saying, “I’m not going to sit here and talk about it all day. We’ve got twelve rookies. We’ve got a lot to be excited about and I wish Antonio the very best.”
The press conference continued with Gruden being pressed about Brown. In response to another question, Gurden said, “Like I said, it’s time to move on. We’ve got to get ready for Monday night.”
Eric Reid Continues Criticism: "When Has Jay-Z Ever Taken A Knee?"
Eric Reid feels that Jay-Z has undermined his position.
After rubbishing Jay-Z’s new NFL deal on Twitter for much of the last week, Eric Reid doubled down, tripled down even, with most incisive commentary yet, following Friday evening’s preseason matchup against the Buffalo Bills. After enduring a lengthy bid on the sidelines for his part in the early anthem protests, Reid landed a spot on the Carolina Panthers last season which he has since been able to maintain leading up to the 2019 campaign.
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“For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Reid told the press. “Yes, he’s done a lot of great work, a lot of great social justice work.”
Curious to note: while Reid is taking a decisive position AGAINST Jigga’s deal, for political reasons, it does figure as a nuanced position no less. Reid did credit Jay-Z for his level engagement in other instances of social and political unrest. It would seem that Eric Reid was particularly irked by his suggestion that “we’ve moved past kneeling” as a collective whole.
“But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0, he got paid to take the bullets he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo Would Trade His "MVP Award" For A FIBA Gold Medal
The Greek Freak has his sights set on World Cup Gold.
Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't taking the Greek National Team's upcoming FIBA World Cup campaign lightly. During a ceremony to unveil Greece's pre-selection roster, Giannis told the media he would trade it all away, including his 2019 MVP Award, just to see his National side through to victory.
“I would change the MVP title for the gold medal in China. I always feel something special when playing for the national team. When you are starting the tournament and listening to the national anthem, the emotions can’t be described, Giannis was quoted as saying in the presser, as per Ta Nea, a popular newspaper in Greece.
"The feeling of winning with the national team is incredible and I have said before that I will always be part of the team," he added. "As long as I am healthy like this summer." This past season, Giannis powered through an ankle injury to ensure that his team reached another level of proficiency. The Greek pivot will undoubtedly play it more cautious in years to come- especially with international duty looming on the horizon.
Two of Giannis' brothers (Kostas and Thanasis) were among those selected for Greece's pre-tournament roster. The Hellenic Basketball Federation currently sits ahead of Croatia, Australia, Brazil, and Russia at no. 8 in the FIBA World Rankings.
Steve Ballmer’s Energy Had Kawhi Leonard & Paul George In Stitches: Watch
Ballmer is too energetic for his own good.
Steve Ballmer is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and if you're familiar with the man, then you would know that he is easily one of the most energetic people on the planet. Ballmer can be seen going absolutely nuts at Clippers games which ends up being more entertaining than the game itself. Today, the Clippers had their introductory press conference for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard who seemed pretty excited about their new team. As you would imagine, Ballmer got to make his very own speech and he was as energetic as ever. He knows his team can win a championship with Kawhi and George and his energy certainly reflected that.
At the end of the clip above, the camera pans to Leonard and George who are laughing pretty hard at Ballmer's shenanigans. Leonard has always been known as a player who likes to keep a straight face but considering Ballmer's energy, he had no choice but to crack a smile. There's no reason for Leonard not to be happy though as he just signed a three-year, $103 million deal with the team. Meanwhile, his teammate George offers the Clippers even more opportunities to be great this season.
If there's one thing for certain, it's that Ballmer will be doing a lot of energetic celebrations throughout the year.
Anthony Davis On Lakers’ Title Chances: "I Would Put Our Roster Up Against Anybody"
AD wasn’t lacking in confidence during his formal introduction with the Lakers.
During a ceremonial press conference in which the Lakers’ bestowed the no. 3 to an excitable Anthony Davis, the perennial All-Star spoke of his team’s title hopes leading into next season. Within the realm of professional basketball, brash overconfidence can lend itself positively under the right circumstances. For a revamped Lakers’ short on success in recent times, said overconfidence might come in handy, especially if AD gets enough touches of the ball.
At a most opportune moment during the presser, Davis proclaimed that his new, the Los Angeles Lakers, were now a proverbial Apex predator in this new-look NBA..”I would put our roster up against anybody,” Davis said. “I feel like that in a seven-game series that we would come out victorious.”
And to be fair, you can’t fault him for making such a declaration. With Boogie Cousins signing on to form an imposing twin-tower tandem with AD, the Lakers have certainly improved in overall quality, despite losing much of their depth in the Pelicans’ trade. Soon thereafter, the affable Rob Pelinka joined Davis on stage in singing his praises.
“What we think about Anthony Davis is this: There’s no more complete basketball player in the game,” Pelinka said. “There is nothing he can’t do. He can shoot. He can make plays. He can defend 1 through 5. He can protect the rim. He can handle the ball. His dedication to his craft is unparalleled.”
With all that said, where do you rank the Lakers on the NBA Ladder, now that they’ve added Danny Green, AD, Cousins, and retained Rajon Rondo going into next season? Moreover, who’s the better of the two LA franchises, hit us with your thoughts?