Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City ESPN meets Sex & The CIty. Sports and Pop Culture Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:07:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Couple Alert: Warriors Klay Thompson and Vine star Hannah Stocking [Photos] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:07:54 +0000 Does Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson have a new boo? It certainly seems that way. Thompson has been getting cozy with Vine personality Hannah Stocking.

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If Hannah looks familiar to you, its because in August she was ducking from the camera when spotted out with Cavs guard Kyrie Irving.


I told you, athletes love a referral.

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photos via @KlayThompson, @HannahStocking

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Notre Dame freshman running back bags 42-year-old porn star [Photos] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:01:06 +0000 lisa-ann-justin-brent

If you were a college freshman and had the opportunity to date a porn star, would you? Notre Dame wide receiver Justin Brent is reportedly “dating” 42-year old porn star Lisa Ann. Perhaps you’ve seen her work in Who’s Nailin’ Paylin.

The college freshman took Lisa Ann to a Knicks preseason game. Later, a selfie of the two in bed made it’s way to Instagram.



But really, that was the whole goal of the date right. To end up in bed with a porn star and to make sure everyone knows he did it. So MANY things come to mind at this moment.

Doing too much.



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Dwyane Wade plays 1-on-1 with 90-year-old Grandma [Video] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:43:48 +0000 DWade-meets-Grandma-Nelly-3

Ok, this is super sweet. Dwyane Wade made a 90-year old fan’s dream come true this week. Illuminada Magtoto’s wish for her 90th birthday was to play one-on-one with Dwyane Wade.

Illuminada visited the Heat practice facility, and even got to throw a lob to Dwade. She originally reached out to DWade on Twitter.


Wade told her she throws better lobs than Mario Chalmers.

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via Instagram & Miami Heat

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Roc Nation Sports looking to add agents with existing client rosters Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:32 +0000 roc-nation-Sports

Roc Nation Sports is looking to bring on more agents or buy existing sports’ agencies. There is power in numbers. Roc Nation currently has 10 athletes, and is looking to expand the client roster in the three major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB), plus soccer and tennis also.

Roc Nation Sports is interested in hiring or acquiring the businesses of experienced, veteran agents with client rosters already in place. They are also interested in agents with a track record of recruiting star talent and negotiating contracts, sources said.

In addition to adding agents, the company is looking to expand its business of promoting boxing, 

It’ll be interesting to see if any heavy players make the leap to The Roc. Per reports, the agency has turned down several agents and athletes wanting to be on board. My guess, they’re looking for superstars, or hot young talent that already has a buzz.

Roc Nation Sports have offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

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Steve Nash to miss entire 2014-2015 NBA season Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:10:45 +0000 steve-Nash

Looks as if the Steve Nash era in LA will come to an end without ever getting started. The Lakers announced Thursday that Nash will miss the entire 2014-2015 season due to a back injury.


“Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now,” said Nash. “I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health.”

“As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time. Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts.”

I wonder if the Lakers can apply for a disabled player exception and get more help. Nash will have collected nearly $28 million from the Lakers for 60 games played.

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Jeanie Buss thinks anyone who is afraid of playing with Kobe is a loser [video] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:50:19 +0000 Lakers president – and owner- Jeanie Buss is one of my favorites. The past two years have been trying for the Lakers organization and Jeanie has been at ground zero, even at times on the opposite side of her own family. Jeanie did the rounds on ESPN on Thursday, answering questions about the Lakers. Jeanie addressed the report stating Kobe is the reason free agents won’t come to LA.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,”

“I read the story, I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”


If you missed it, Jeanie also gives insight as to why Dwight left – not just Kobe, D’Antoni’s coaching scheme wasn’t a fit, about the Lakers pursuit of Carmelo, and her relationships with her brother Jim and fiance Phil Jackson.

She’s my favorite!

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Throwback Thursday: Willis Reed fights entire Lakers bench in 1966 [Video] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:54:52 +0000 Willis-Reed

It’s Throwback Thursday. In honor of that, here’s footage from a 1966 NBA game between the Knicks and the Lakers. In this game, Willis Reed took on the entire Lakers bench.


Reed was [...] in his third NBA season and his first as team captain. He was a second-round pick, a battler who was a fighter literally from his first day of school as an only child growing up in rural Bernice, Louisiana.

And Rudy LaRusso was getting on his nerves.

The two lined up along the lane for a free throw at the old Garden on 49th Street and battled for rebounding position. Reed — accidentally or not — tripped LaRusso, who quickly took offense. The 6’7″ forward, a five-time All-Star who came from Brooklyn, threw a punch at Reed just as Lakers center Darrall Imhoff had grabbed Reed in a bear hug, which left him defenseless. [...]
Suddenly, a one-man melee resulted, as Reed pounded Imhoff and then went after LaRusso, who ran to the Lakers bench. A 6’9″ rookie named John Block came at him, fists raised, but Reed dropped him with a hammer that sent Block toppling backward. He took out five of his teammates as he fell.

“They said I should be banned,” Reed said in the October 31, 1977, issue of Sports Illustrated. “All I got was an ejection and a small fine, nothing like what they give out now. You know what would happen if someone did all that today?”

If you missed ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “When the Garden was Eden” that this clip came from, make sure you check out the re-air.

spotted at Ball is Life

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UNC academic cheating scandal has been happening since the 90s Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:35:29 +0000 UNC-cheating-Scandal

Former NBA player Rashad McCants came out a few months ago saying that he never went to class, and had “assistance” in passing classes while he attended UNC. Looks as if his allegations are proving to be true.

Let’s just keep it 100. Nobody should be shocked that athletes are getting a leg up academically at some institutions. It’s not a new or shocking idea. But, the flagrancy, and length of time with which it allegedly took place at The University of North Carolina is interesting.

An independent investigation has detailed the school’s alleged on-going academic fraud involving students and student-athletes. The report claims the university issued “high grades that often had little relationship to the quality of [a student's] work” to over 3100 students since 1991. Of that number, 48% were student athletes.

For those unfamiliar with the specifics of the situation, UNC’s academic practices became a target for scrutiny in 2011, when inconsistencies on a transcript from former football player Marvin Austin revealed spurious practices within the university’s academic department. Simply put, athletes were getting easy A’s from certain professors associated with the school’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies, namely Debby Crowder (now retired) and former department head Julius Nyang’oro, who resigned from his post in 2011.

Of those that were athletes, half were on the football team and 12% were basketball players. The classes were structured so attendance wasn’t required, only a research paper was required to pass.

Many athletes were even urged to take these classes, as the professors worked with counselors to steer players into easy courses. Some professors even consulted counselors about what grades they should award certain players, depending on how badly they needed a high grade.

Even worse, administrators and faculty members around UNC were at least partially aware of what was taking place within the AFAM department. Unfortunately, little action was taken to mitigate the effects of this deeply-ingrained corruption. Over the course of this entire scandal, 329 students used a paper class to receive a passing GPA for a semester. 81 of those students needed paper classes just so they could graduate. However, the amount of actual learning that took place throughout their education was clearly minimal.




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Do some Seahawks players think QB Russell Wilson isn’t black enough? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:50:49 +0000 Havin-Wilson

The questioning of an individual’s “blackness,” is a topic that comes up in the black community often. “Sellout,” or to quote former ESPN analyst Rob Parker who lost his job when discussing Redskins QB RG3, “cornball brother,” is one of the hardest labels to overcome if it’s thrown on a person within their community. Per Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, one of the Seattle Seahawks locker room issues involved players questioning QB Russell Wilson’s “blackness.”

There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough.

Harvin and Wilson allegedly had an altercation during preseason and Seahawks brass felt the locker room was becoming divided, so somebody had to go.

In addition to that, and if we’re speaking honestly, probably what helps fuel those feelings, some players feel that Wilson is too close to the front office. Lastly, Freeman states players feel Wilson doesn’t take the blame for the mistakes he makes on field.

The last time a topic like this was broached was with the Dolphins bullying scandal. I ain’t got the answers Sway, but I can understand how the topic can deeply divide a locker room, if true.

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Mike and Maurice Pouncey won’t be charged from Cameo nightclub incident Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:37:57 +0000 pouncey_twins

Twin brothers, Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey and Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey, won’t face charges stemming from an altercation last summer in a South Beach night club.

Three people claimed the Pounceys attacked them during a birthday celebration for the twins at Cameo nightclub. The incident blew up because one of the alleged victims posted the aftermath to Twitter and Instagram

The State Attorney’s office declined to file charges in part because there were so many versions of the incident “that raised serious and unresolved proof and credibility issues.”

The club provided video to the State Attorney but the report said the club was so crowded that individuals, including the alleged victims, could not be identified.

The report said it was unclear whether the injuries sustained by the alleged victims were the result of a fight or shoving and pushing from a crowd that was too large to be in such a small space at the club.

The criminal issue might be resolved but a civil suit is reportedly still in the works.

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Nick Young & Iggy Azalea featured in Forever 21 holiday campaign Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:58:21 +0000 Swaggy-P-Iggy-Forever-21

Lakers star Nick Young and his boo, Iggy Azalea are now the new faces of Forever 21’s holiday campaign.

Iggy was on fire this summer, snatching up endorsement deals left and right, topping the charts and a bit of beef with Snoop to cap it off. Let’s hope Nick can have as successful a season as Iggy. Once he returns from injury of course.

Nick isn’t the only athlete modeling on the side for the holidays, Giants Victor Cruz is featured The Gap’s Factory campaign.

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Victor is injured too. Modeling jinx?


spotted at People

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Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:24:59 +0000 blake-clippers-vegas

Clippers star Blake Griffin is taking a more aggressive approach to the court this season. Griffin was called too nice a few years back by former teammate Chauncey Billups on ESPN, and guys would try to test Blake – and avoid ending up on the wrong side of one of his dunks. But, now in a twist, Blake is being accused of being the bully, roughing a guy up in the club for allegedly snapping photos.

A man named Daniel filed a police report against the forward in Las Vegas this week. Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.

According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera — and “grabbed my phone with one hand.”
Daniel says he didn’t let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it — so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone “or else.”

According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone — and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again … grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.

Daniel says when security finally got to the scene — Blake told them, “Get him the f**k out of this club.”

Daniel says Blake then “slapped me in the right side of my face.”

Neither Blake nor the Clippers have issued a comment.

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Kevin Durant talks surgery, Russell Westbrook & more [Video] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:41:57 +0000 Kevin-Durant-AKA-Scooter

NBA MVP Kevin Durant is out for the start of the season following foot surgery. This is the first time in his career that Durant has suffered an injury. KD held a mini press conference Tuesday to discuss his outlook, rehab and of course, Russell Westbrook.

“It’s definitely a different experience for me,” Durant said Tuesday. “I’ve never been injured before, but the Thunder’s been great to get me to the best surgeon, and rehab has been going well so far. Everything is progressing, and I’m looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better.”

“I feel like Nick Saban, just rolling around in my scooter from court to court giving advice and trying to help out as much as I can,” he said. “I’m looking at the positive side of it. It’s a win-win, basically, because I’m learning a lot while I’m out about the game, and my teammates are getting lots of opportunities because there are a lot of minutes out there to help the team.”


“Nothing has to change,” Durant said of Westbrook. “Just stay who he is and continue to play the way he plays, and everybody is going to follow. He’s going to do a great job. I’m not worried about Russ.

“[He] may get more opportunities now, but you don’t have to change what you do. He knows that. He’s a smart player. He knows we all have to do it as a team, and it’s going to be fun. I’m excited to see the team play.”


“I’m not going to rush it all. That’s the one thing I don’t want to do,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll feel better in two or three weeks, but definitely don’t want to rush it and wind up hurting it even more. I’m taking my time with it. I’m just blessed it happened early in the season where I can get past it, and hopefully by December I’ll be ready to play.”

“I’ve been antsy since I came out of surgery. I seen that Cleveland and Chicago game last night, and I wanted to get out there and play,” he said. “But as a competitor, I just love to play basketball. That’s all I’ve been doing, and injuries have never had me out this long, but it’s part of the game, and I understand that.”

meanwhile, check out KD’s current mode of transportation.

spotted at Ball is Life

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Kobe Bryant responds to reports he’s the reason for the Lakers downfall [Video] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:30:06 +0000 Kobe-Ringssss

This week’s theme seems to be “take a shot at Kobe Bryant.” Kobe was recently ranked 40th by ESPN among all NBA players, and in a separate piece was blamed as the single reason the Lakers franchise is in a current free fall. We know Kobe has never been afraid to clap back, but this time he took a very even approach in responding to the report.


video via NBC LA

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Michael Sam cut by Dallas Cowboys Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:38:38 +0000 Michael-Sam

Michael Sam’s time as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has come to an end. Sam was cut from the practice squad Tuesday to sign linebacker Troy Davis.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was drafted to the St. Louis Rams and spent preseason with them before being waived. He’s never taken a snap in an NFL game, with his lone highlight coming in preseason when he sacked Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel.

Sam took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the experience and to assure his fans this isn’t the end of his NFL dream.

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Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose to debut “The Grantland Basketball Hour” on ESPN Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:44:52 +0000 jalen-and-bill

ESPN’s Bill Simmons and NBA analyst Jalen Rose have good chemistry together. They seemed to be the only two really vibing previously during ESPN’s “Countdown.” Simmons won’t be featured this upcoming NBA season though. Instead he and Jalen will launch The Grantland Basketball Hour.

The hour long special will be shown throughout the upcoming NBA season. The first episode airs October 23rd, and features special guests; Michelle Beadle, Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

The show is shot in front of a live studio audience and will give Bill Simmons plenty of time to speak without having to share the mic.

Doc is an interesting choice as a guest. I assume they’re going for shock value right out the gate as Simmons and Rivers traded verbal jabs in the media a few years back when Doc made the decision to leave Boston – Simmons favorite team – for LA.

Simmons just recently returned to the airwaves following a three week suspension for comments he made on his podcast calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar, and daring his bosses at ESPN to say something to him about it.

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Skip Bayless says Kobe rape accusation gave him “edge” with consumers [video] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:30:57 +0000 kobe_bryant

ESPN’s “First Take” has conversations about sports that people have when they’re with their friends. At times, some of the discussion can be uncomfortable, thought provoking, or just out right ridiculous. On Monday’s episode, a conversation took place regarding the recent endorsement deal between MeUndies and Cowboys rb Joseph Randle. The company gave Randle the endorsement following his arrest the week before for shoplifting a bottle of Gucci Guilty and a two-pack of Polo boxers.

Skip Bayless made mention that perhaps this would be the starting point for more deals for Randle because it gave him an edge.


“Remember Kobe pre-Eagle, Colorado? He failed in his first sneaker deal because he was just too clean cut and I think it was Adidas that had him first, correct me if I’m wrong, but he couldn’t sell sneakers because he didn’t have enough edge. But then post-Eagle, Colorado it brought a little attention to him, like it gave him a little bit of sizzle.”

I understand the point Skip was trying to make but a few things – outside of the distasteful element that can obviously be attached to his words. He’s totally wrong with why Kobe’s shoe selling appeal went up. I worked at Nike right when Kobe was making his decision between Nike and Adidas. Being that I was on the brand team in Los Angeles. Kobe was a HUGE priority for us, his rape accusation was a huge blow. We had to temper and change our focus based on that scenario. One thing I never heard from hundreds and thousands of fans and consumers I dealt with during that time was, “Kobe’s so cool cause he’s been accused of rape.”

I shared these thoughts on Twitter about why Kobe’s first shoe deal didn’t work.

It really boils down to 2 simple things. The product was unattractive and wrong marketing choices. Adidas focused on the “lifestyle” of Kobe. The fact he spoke Italian and was so ‘different.” At the time, when 5X jerseys and throwbacks were the norm. It illustrated yet again how Kobe didn’t fit. With Nike, the focus was on Kobe’s on court impact – and let’s be real, there wasn’t a player greater than Kobe from 04-07… That’s what ballers respected, and that’s where the authentic connectivity happened. Couple that with great footwear, and there you have it.

Adidas didn’t understand their consumer.

This one was cute though. Rookie year

video via Awful Announcing

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. shows off $1.4 million on Facetime with Adrien Broner [video] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:52:50 +0000  


We know Floyd Mayweather Jr. loves excess. We know his apprentice, Adrien Broner wants to follow in his footsteps. Is it a surprise that their Facetime conversations include Floyd showing off over $1 million just randomly chilling in the room.


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Too soon for a Ray Rice Halloween Costume? [Photo] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:12:10 +0000 Halloween is next week. Of course the race is on for people to think up interesting and intriguing Halloween costumes. Complex discovered  one which features former Baltimore Raven, Ray Rice.


Too soon? In poor taste?

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Anonymous agent says NBA stars don’t want to play with Kobe Bryant Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:59:43 +0000 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He’s also one that will cause extreme emotional responses from fans when the topic of his value, legacy or teammate comes up. Bryant is cocky, but also one of the hardest working basketball players ever. As we wind down to his last years, an ESPN piece says that Kobe is why the Lakers can’t move forward with rebuilding.

“Kobe is like the big rock in their front yard,” says an agent who has had a Lakers client in recent years. “You can’t mow over it, so you just have to mow around it.”

Another agent with current Lakers clients was asked whether Bryant undermined the team’s rebuilding by alienating would-be free agent recruits. “Well, duh,” he replied. “Isn’t that obvious?”

“I’ve had a lot of clients in the last five years, good players, who didn’t want to play with Kobe,” says an agent who has had numerous NBA stars. “They see that his teammates become the chronic public whipping boys. Anyone who could possibly challenge Kobe for the spotlight ends up becoming a pincushion for the media. Even Shaq.”

Kobe will be valued much more when he’s gone. While it’s true that he’s difficult in some ways, so was Jordan. However, I do believe that players aren’t rushing to play with Kobe because the culture of the NBA is changing. Players are much more friendly, real rivalries are few and far in between. Kobe commands a certain level of excellence and focus. It’s the same that he demands of himself. Not everyone wants to go to work under those conditions.

Rebuilding is never an easy task. Boston and New York are having problems too. And let’s not absolve Lakers management from making a mess. How many coaches  have the Lakers been through in the last four seasons? What about the Steve Nash signing? The Lakers have problems, but putting them all on Kobe seems to be an easy solution for something that’s way more complicated than one player.

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