- Longtime NBA fan and popular rapper Drake is being criticized for his sideline behavior during Toronto Raptors’ games this season.
- The NBA recently spoke with Drake following complaints about him giving Raptors coach Nick Nurse a quick shoulder rub during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
- Some argue that Drake is just having fun and is behaving no different than most sports fans, while others say he is being given special treatment.
The NBA Commissioner said that he spoke to rapper Drake after complaints about his courtside antics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The rapper has been a global ambassador for his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors, since 2013 and regularly supports the players at games. But he has recently come under fire for his behavior on the sidelines.
During last Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, some of the cameras just couldn’t keep their eyes off of him. At one point he gave the Raptor’s head coach, Nick Nurse, a quick shoulder rub. He was also seen heckling Bucks players and actively rooting against them while encouraging fans to do the same.
Now, these antics are not new for the rapper, who has been criticized in the past for his behavior during games. However, some feel that his actions last week crossed a line. The head coach of the Bucks, Mike Budenholzer, told reporters that he has never known of someone that isn’t a player or a coach who has access to the court like Drake does.
“There’s certainly no place for fans and whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors. To be on the court, there’s boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that,” Budenholzer said in a conference call the day after the game.
On the other side, some have suggested that the outrage over Drake’s behavior is so intense because the Bucks lost. While he hasn’t addressed the backlash directly, Drake did post an Instagram story, that showed him liking a comment that read in part,“if you don’t want the opposing team to celebrate and dance, prevent them from scoring, winning, or achieving their objective. Get over it and keep it moving.”
Coach Nurse told ESPN that he didn’t even notice Drake’s behavior.
“I was still so locked into the game so it didn’t distract me at all. The fans on whichever teams come on the wrong side get disappointed when they lose a couple games. And same with us we lost a couple and our fan base was upset. So that’s kind of part of the show.”
After it was confirmed that the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors would face off in the NBA finals, reporters began asking Warriors players about the rapper’s antics.
“It’s been entertaining,” star player Steph Curry told an ESPN reporter, “I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun. Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.”
Following the backlash, ESPN reported that the NBA spoke with the Raptors about Drake and his antics on the sideline. The Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver later told Yahoo Sports that he also spoke with Drake about his behavior at the games.
“I think Drake understands as excited as he is and as appreciative we are of his support that there’s got to be lines drawn,” Silver said, “It’s hard to calibrate sometimes exactly where that line is and I think he has a better understanding now of where that line is.”
This isn’t the first time that the NBA has had to speak with Drake about his courtside antics. Last year the organization issued him a warning after he reportedly called a Cleveland Cavaliers player a “fucking pussy.”
Comparing This to Other Incidents
Unruly fans are common at sporting events. Is Drake’s behavior actually out of line and he is getting special treatment, or is he just a dedicated fan?
Back in 2017, the former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden after heckling the team’s owner and getting into a physical altercation with a security guard. He was charged with assault and criminal trespassing, but the charges were dismissed after a plea deal that included a one year ban from the Garden at the request of the Knicks.
In 2018 a fan sitting courtside at a Bucks vs. Golden State game was removed after he began shouting obscenities at the Warriors guard. In March 2019 the Utah Jazz banned a fan for life from their arena for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse.” Also in March, the Boston Celtics banned a fan for shouting racial slurs at a Warrior’s player.
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Bill Nye’s $28M Lawsuit Against Disney Headed to Trial
- Bill Nye will take Disney to trial under allegations that the company shortchanged him and his partners $28 million for his 1990s television series.
- The “Science Guy” claims that he is personally owed at least $9.4 million.
- Nye filed a complaint in 2017 and a Los Angeles judge just ruled that the case will go to trial.
- The trial will take place in May 2020 over a span of 10 days, according to the ruling.
Judge Gives Green Light
Bill Nye, popularly known as the “Science Guy,” has been granted permission to take his case against the Walt Disney Company to trial.
Nye alleges that Disney failed to pay him and his partners $28.1 million in revenue from his hit 1990s television show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He claims he alone is owed at least $9.4 million.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday that a 10-day trial will occur in May 2020 to address the allegations.
The television personality filed suit in 2017, questioning Disney’s Buena Vista Television, who handled the accounting.
According to the complaint, Buena Vista Television came to a written agreement with Nye and the other owners of the show in which they agreed to “promote, market, and distribute the show.” Nye and his partners said that under this deal they were entitled to 50% of the net profit, but were shortchanged.
Nye said he became suspicious of the accuracy of his paychecks after Disney claimed they made an “accounting error” in 2008. At that time, the company insisted that he repay them thousands of dollars that they had sent him a few months earlier.
“Bill Nye the Science Guy” ran on PBS for five seasons between 1993-1998 and was screened in classrooms nationwide for educational purposes.
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Cardi B Defends Offset From Cheating Accusations Citing Alleged Instagram Hack
- Sarah “Jade” Wattley, the girlfriend of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, recently showed a flirty DM sent to her from Migos Rapper Offset’s Instagram account.
- Soon after, Offset and his wife, rap superstar Cardi B, brushed off the rumors and explained that his account had been hacked.
- It is unclear at this time if authorities have been contacted over the issue, but as of now, no person has been named responsible for the hack.
Flirty DM Surfaces
Rapper Cardi B defended her husband Offset from cheating allegations Tuesday saying that a message he allegedly sent to another woman was actually the work of a hacker.
The Migos rapper was recently accused of flirting with Sarah “Jade” Wattley, the girlfriend of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine.
In a video recently posted on Jade’s Instagram account, she recorded herself opening a direct message from Offet’s verified account. The message, sent at 1:36 a.m. read: “Miss u fr.”
In the caption of her now-deleted post, Jade slammed Offset for the DM, saying: “Your wife @iamcardib has a OPEN CRIMINAL CASE , why are you writing me you don’t respect her ??????? Theirs a lot of s— I haven’t exposed yet , but there’s a time for that 😭😭😭🌈 I’m the QUEEN 👑 of talking s— now I’m backing it up 🎼😂🤡.”
The message sparked a wave of backlash from fans who noted that Cardi and Offset had already reconciled their marriage after previous reports of Offset cheating. On top of that, Cardi and Jade and known to have a tense history with one another.
Earlier this year, Cardi was indicted on 14 charges, including two counts of felony assault with the intent to cause injury after she was accused of ordering an attack on Jade and another bartender at a New York Strip club last year.
Some reports indicate that the attack stemmed from rumors that Jade had slept with Offset, though Jade has denied having any relationship with him several times. Another rumor suggests that the fight was prompted by a “drink being spilled on Cardi, whose actions have been described as ‘spontaneous and completely unpremeditated,’” the Daily Mail reports.
Cardi Defends Offset
Cardi quickly defended her husband against cheating rumors, saying that his account was hacked.
In a video posted on her social media, Cardi explains that they were woken up with news of the hack. In the background, another person is shown trying to regain access to Offert’s account.
“Babe, I know you done some dumb s—, everybody know he’s done some dumb s—, but c’mon, n—s ain’t dumb, n—s ain’t crazy,” she said. “We’ve been so good, we had a sweet weekend, life has been good,” Cardi added. “That’s why I ain’t getting no rowdy. Simple as that. Okay, love you guys.”
In additional videos, Offset explained that his email had been compromised, giving his hacker access to his account. He said he’s been dealing with this issue for months and has also had unreleased songs leaked because of it.
Interset users also posted screenshots of tweets sent from his official account that seem to signal a potential hack.
Still Jade hit back at the hacker claims saying, ‘the hack started after you got exposed.” “Why it didn’t start at 1 am,” she added.
If Offset and Cardi’s claims are true, it is unclear at this time if authorities have been contacted over the issue. As of now, no person has been named responsible for the hack. However, celebrity social media hacks are by no means uncommon and have been known to even impact major executives, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
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Celebrities Praise Pop Star Kim Petras for Posing in Front of Anti-LGBTQ Protestors
- After billboards for singer Kim Petras suddenly appeared near the Westboro Baptist Chuch headquarters, the church asked members to picket outside of the transgender singers’ Kansas City concert.
- Petras responded by holding a photo shoot in front of the protestors while dressed in a black thong bodysuit and thigh-high boots.
- Fans and celebs have since flooded Petras’ social media with praise and support for her response.
Westboro Baptist Church Calls for Protest
Celebrities are praising transgender pop star Kim Petras for trolling Westboro Baptist churchgoers who were protesting outside of her show in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday.
A few weeks before the concert, four Kim Petras billboards suddenly appeared in Topeka, Kansas where the headquarters of the infamously anti-LGBTQ church is located. Though it was unclear who was responsible for the suspiciously placed signs, the singer seemed to approve of the move.
The church, which is known for its inflammatory hate speech, later issued a statement calling for its members to picket outside of her Kansas City show. In the statement, the church repeatedly misgenders her and calls her a “sad soul.”
But Petras hit back with a statement of her own.
In a social media post, Petras wrote, “this is my official statement on wbc picketing my show in kansas tomorrow. this is the energy i’m bringing n it should be yours too.” The post also featured a video compilation of Petras meeting fans and performing in music videos over Famous Dex’s track “Hoes Mad.”
Kim Petras’ Photo Shoot
Members of the ultra-conservative church followed through on their promise to protest and stood outside the venue holding signs like “God still hates f**s.”
But Petras once again fired back with a unique response. The singer took the opportunity to hold a photo shoot in front of the protestors. In a video posted to her social media, Petras drops her coat and poses in a black thong bodysuit and thigh-high boots while the picketers stand in the background. The caption on the post reads, “update: hoes still mad…”
The comments under her Instagram post quickly flooded with support from fans and fellow celebrities. Demi Lovato commented “YAAASSSS,” while Katy Perry wrote “Icon.”
“Stay winning bb girl,” Madison Beer responded, with Tinashe writing “Yuppppp.”
James Charles simply commented “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA,” meanwhile Tyler Oakley added, “This is holy to me.”
According to Insider, when asked for a comment about Petras’ post the Westboro Baptist church said it’s “happy” that Petras is “helping get the following message from Christ out to the masses,” and included a Bible excerpt of Matthew 19:4-6 in its email.