New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara showed his support for Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only black driver, during Sunday's Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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"What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong, and I think Bubba's a testament to that," Kamara told ESPN "With them being able to, I guess, step away from that, that's a huge step. And flipping the script, just rewriting the narrative on what this sport is and what it stands for. There's obviously some people that are against that decision of removing the flag, and I think there's way more people that are for that decision. Because I think there's a certain stigma on the type of fans that support this sport, and there's some bad ones. But I don't think the bad ones represent all the good ones."
Kamara tweeted out his support for NASCAR, after the organization banned Confederate flags sporting events, earlier this week.
Wallace rocked a Black Lives Matter paint scheme on his No. 43 Chevy during the race.
Kamara is teammates with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who came under fire last week for criticizing players who have knelt during the national anthem.
"But being here today, I'm learning a lot. It's definitely a different experience in person," Kamara said.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll Admits He Regrets Not Signing Colin Kaepernick
Pete Carroll admits that he regrets not signing Colin Kaepernick in 2017.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll says he regrets not signing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick visited the team in 2017 after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
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“I regret that we weren’t the one way back when that just did it just to do it, even though I thought that it wasn’t the right fit necessarily for us at the time,” Carroll said. “The reason it wasn’t the right fit is because I held him in such a high regard I didn’t see him as a backup quarterback and I didn’t want to put him in that situation with Russ. It just didn’t feel like it would fit right. That’s the way I felt about it. So I just wish it would happen, and I wish we would have been a part of it when the time was available then. We’re kind of set up right now, so football-wise, it doesn’t seem to fit us like I said. But there’s a lot of time here. We’ll see what happens.”
Carroll says, in 2017, he thought Kaepernick was too skilled for a backup position and was confident he would be signed as a starter elsewhere.
In regard to the Seahawks signing Kaepernick now, Carroll had this to say: “I like our setup right now. I love the way Geno [Smith] fits together in our role and all that, so it’s not really available at this time for us. But I wouldn’t hesitate — I’ve said this ongoing for years — if Russ ever got tangled up and couldn’t play or something, Kap would have been an extraordinary candidate to take over because of the dynamics of his play. We’ve always really cherished the unique qualities that players bring, and he had a unique style that we couldn’t [have] respected more. But as the backup, I hope he’s going to get a chance to do that because really he deserves to be playing.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci Praises NBA Return Strategy As "Quite Creative"
Dr. Anthony Fauci praises the return strategy of the NBA as “quite creative.”
The Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci says the NBA's strategy of resuming play will be "quite successful." Fauci spoke about the league's plan in an interview with The Stadium.
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“I actually have looked at that plan and it is really quite creative,” Fauci said. “What they are really trying to do, and I think they might very well be quite successful with it, is to create a situation where it is as safe as it possibly could be for the players by creating this bubble — essentially testing everybody, make sure that you start with a baseline of everybody being negative and trying to make sure there is no influx into that cohort of individuals and do a tournament-type play.”
“They really wanted to make sure that the safety of the players, and the people associated with the players, was paramount,” Fauci said.
The NBA is planning to return on July 30, with 22 teams competing in Orlando Florida. Games will take place entirely in the Wide World of Sports Complex.
“For the people who are thirsting for basketball, who love basketball, the way I do, it’s something that I think is a sound plan,” Fauci said.
Vanessa Bryant Explains Her Decision To Block Kobe Fan Pages On IG
Vanessa and Natalia Bryant blocked a series of Kobe Bryant fan pages on Instagram for their “own healing.”
Vanessa Bryant says she is blocking any Kobe Bryant fan pages she comes across on social media. She explained her reasoning for the difficult decision on Instagram, Saturday night, citing a need for “healing.”
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“Thx so much for all the [love],” Vanessa wrote in an Instagram story. “@nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm. We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”
Kobe and their daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. One month later, Vanessa spoke to a crowd of over 19,000 fans at Staples Center during a memorial for the Laker legend. “We really had an amazing love story,” Vanessa said. “We loved each other with our whole beings. Two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls.
“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to heaven together,” she added.
Patrick Beverly Appears To Troll LeBron James Regarding NBA Return
Patrick Beverley says LeBron James will decide whether the NBA returns in July, and no one else's opinion matters.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley expects the NBA will return in July regardless of what anyone not named LeBron James has to say.
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"Hoopers say what y’all want. If @KingJames said he hooping. We all hooping. Not Personal only BUSINESS🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 🙏🏾 #StayWoke ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿," he wrote on Twitter, Sunday.
The NBA is set to return on July 30 in Orlando, Florida 22 teams; however, many players have voiced their disapproval of the league returning so soon. Kyrie Irving, in particular, has been a prominent voice in opposition to the return time-frame. “I don’t support going into Orlando. I’m not with the systematic racism and the bullshit. Something smells a little fishy," Irving told The Athletic, this week.
On the other hand, LeBron James is among the players who reportedly disagree with Irving. The thinking here is that the players could use their earnings to donate to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Houston Rocket guard Austin Rivers explained this point view, Saturday, saying "Us coming back would put money in all of our (NBA players) pockets. With this money, you could help out even more people and continue to give more importantly your time and energy towards the BLM movement. Which I'm 100% on board with. Because change needs to happen and injustice has been going on too long."
Cam Newton & Odell Beckham Jr. Link Up For Intense Workout
Cam Newton has enlisted OBJ to prove that he’s still one of the best quarterbacks out there.
Cam Newton had a difficult start to the NFL offseason as the Carolina Panthers decided to release him. Originally, their plan was to trade him but they weren’t able to get a deal done. This ultimately turned Newton into a free agent, and now, he is looking for a brand new team. Finding a new squad could prove difficult considering his injury history although he is trying to prove to everyone that he can still get it done and play at an elite level.
Newton has been posting his workouts to Instagram, including one yesterday in which he took to the field with none other than Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ is one of the best wide receivers in the league so it makes him the perfect choice to train with.
Newton’s arm strength and accuracy are looking good even if this video is edited to only show the highlights. You can’t help but feel like Newton should be the starter on a team right now, and hopefully, things work out for him soon. There are plenty of NFL teams in need of a good quarterback, and when he’s healthy, Newton certainly fits that bill.
Let us know in the comments below where you would like to see Newton play next.
NBA Hits Huge Milestone En-Route To Regular-Season Return
It seems as though the NBA is making huge strides towards a return to action.
If you're an NBA fan, the last three months have been incredibly stressful. The league has yet to return to action although they plan on doing so as of July 30th. While there seem to be some players who are against the return, there are still plenty of stars who want to get back out on the court and compete for a championship. In order to do so, the players will need to be vigorously tested in order to prevent widespread cases of the Coronavirus.
For the last few weeks, teams have been told to hold off on testing but now, it seems like they have been given the green light to test as often as possible. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the league has told teams that they can test asymptomatic staff members and players which is huge news since many teams will be traveling to Florida later this month.
While this is a step in the right direction, the league has a completely different fight on their hands now. Many players don't want to return to action amid the protests against racial injustice. If the NBA wants those players to change their minds, they will have to come up with a solution that works for all sides, which is much easier said than done.
Either way, these next few weeks will be crucial for the league and its 30 teams.
Conor McGregor Called A "Prostitute" By Justin Gaethje’s Manager
Ali Abdelaziz believes Conor McGregor is simply seeking attention.
Conor McGregor recently announced his third retirement from the UFC in the last four years, and fans are pretty skeptical of it all. In fact, some think he is simply using this as a negotiating tactic so that he can come back and get a title fight with either Justin Gaethje or Khabib Nurmagomedov. Well, according to Gaethje and Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, Conor can think again.
While speaking to TMZ, Abdelaziz referred to McGregor as a “prostitute” who is constantly seeking attention from the higher-ups at the UFC. He also went on to say that McGregor has to get some fights in before getting a shot at the belt. Abdelaziz even referenced Tony Ferguson who Gaethje recently defeated.
Deion Sanders Comments On Son’s Workout With Tom Brady
Deion Sanders' son Shedeur is a four-star recruit coming out of high school and Tom Brady is looking to help him.
Deion Sanders is one of the best players in NFL history so it only makes sense that his son would be a pretty great football player as well. His son Shedeur is currently a four-star recruit in high school and is about to enter his senior year. Beyond this season, he has offers from some of the best college programs in the country and he is hard at work, trying to get his skills where they need to be.
Shedeur has been able to enlist none other than Tom Brady for some help on the field. Brady is the GOAT in many people's eyes so you can imagine how excited Sanders was to train with the best. Even Deion got in on the fun as he took to Instagram to express just how much pride he has right now.
"They’re things In Life even the father can’t teach the son but GOD always provides a way if there’s a will. @tombrady I thank u,appreciate & love the man, The father and the athlete u are. This is NEXT LEVEL TYPE OF STUFF," he wrote.
With Brady's help, Shedeur Sanders is certainly on the right path and with Deion behind him, a recipe for success is truly brewing here.
Danny Green Offers A Counterpoint To Kyrie Irving
Danny Green thinks players can protest and play at the same time.
Kyrie Irving is sparking a massive debate all across the NBA thanks to his stance on whether or not players should return to the court next month. Irving believes that the social justice movements across the country are too important right now and that it would be better for players to focus their attention on that. He feels as though basketball is too much of a distraction and that it would ultimately divert people away from all of the progress that is being made.
Danny Green of the Los Angeles Lakers seems to disagree with Kyrie. While speaking to Mark Medina of USA Today, Green said that it is possible for players to speak on social issues while also focusing their attention on playing games. Green personally feels as though it would be more powerful if players were to protest while playing as it would make use of the massive platform the NBA creates.
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“The biggest thing is to continue to move forward,” Green said. “When we do go to Orlando, the media outlets and playing on that stage if you use it wisely the right way you can push forward and can continue the movement even in a better forum.”
It seems as though the players are divided right now with 60 percent wanting to play and the other 40 percent urging against it. Over the coming weeks, we could see a real rift as the start date of July 30th approaches.