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It’s still Black History Month, and NASCAR is making a splash of it’s own.

For one moment, abandon all your preconceived notions about the sport.

Whether you grew up with boiling passion for racing or never found an interest, the auto-racing sports giant is changing the game. NASCAR, known mostly for it’s predominant southern white male fan base, now includes a bounty of new faces, thanks to their Drive for Diversity program; a hands-on developmental initiative merging varying young talent ready to make their mark and reach the highest levels of NASCAR.

Richie Williams

Meet Richie Williams, former Appalachian State record breaking quarterback, who grew up an avid NASCAR fan in South Carolina, traded in the pigskin for the pit crew and a successful career in NASCAR, after being catapulted into the fast-paced intensity of Pit Road after completing the D4D program.

The Crew Member Development division, headed by Phil Horton, taught Williams and others fitness and agility with pit crew drills and full-time strength and conditioning practices.

“How fast they pick up handling the tools, handling the tires, the gas can,” Horton said. “Once you learn the basic eight fundamentals of how to do a pit stop, it’s a mental thing. It’s how you are able to do that under pressure; that’s the most important thing. They’re going to be fast, but we’re going to do have to slow them down, we’re going to have to get them under control. They’re going to have to learn those fundamentals to see if they can do that when it counts the most.”

During an interview before the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, Williams explains the challenges of being a minority on Pit Road:

“[Challenges include] mixing cultures. A lot of the times the cultures don’t know about the other so they can be reluctant to get to know. I was the only minority in my first shop, and it was a lot of awkward conversations but they needed to be had so we can move forward but now, all those guys are like family to me.”

Kevin Richardson

It’s no longer game day, but race day to these former Appalachian State Hall of Famers. Similar to Williams, Kevin Richardson, the former running back who was awarded the Diverse Crew Member Award for inspiring awareness of NASCAR through competitive performance and outreach activities, tackled the tracks and tires after a football injury prematurely benched his football aspirations as a front tire carrier:

“I never had a clue I’d be doing this. I never really watched NASCAR racing. I would see it if it was on TV. But it wasn’t like a big passion to watch, but now, I love it.”

During an interview on Sunday, the Elizabethtown, North Carolina native was asked about any preconceived notions about the sport:

“The way I look at it is it’s a job. Just go and do your job and as long as you do that, it’ll be alright. I’m not here to make friends; if I run into a few people and shake hands and exchange numbers, that’s cool. But I’m here to do a job and that’s my main focus every time I show up.”

When the former teammates isn’t on Pit Road, the pair spends their time as football coaches.

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[WATCH]LeBron James, Kevin Durant Discuss President Trump, Race Relations On ESPN’s “Rolling With The Champion” http://thesource.com/2018/02/16/watchlebron-james-kevin-durant-discuss-president-trump-race-relations-espns-rolling-champion/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/16/watchlebron-james-kevin-durant-discuss-president-trump-race-relations-espns-rolling-champion/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:09:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430799 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are two players that have been unafraid to speak out against socio-political issues that affect Black men within the United States and the duo did so again in a new video piece that was shot last month for Uninterrupted. During what was a […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are two players that have been unafraid to speak out against socio-political issues that affect Black men within the United States and the duo did so again in a new video piece that was shot last month for Uninterrupted.

During what was a near-17 minute conversation between James, Durant, and ESPN anchor Cari Champion, the perennial All-Stars discussed the current climate of race relations in the country and President Donald Trump’s impact on that climate. Both James and Durant have publicly criticized President Trump in the past, Durant saying in August, “I don’t respect who’s in office right now,” and LeBron called Trump a “bum” a month later. No, they didn’t hold back this time either.

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Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis among those Inducted to 2018 Hall of Fame http://thesource.com/2018/02/04/terrell-owens-ray-lewis-among-inducted-2018-hall-fame/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/04/terrell-owens-ray-lewis-among-inducted-2018-hall-fame/#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 05:34:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428946 The NFL announced its selection for the 2018 Hall of Fame class on Saturday (Feb. 3). Wide receiver Randy Moss, linebacker Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Terrell Owens, linebacker Ray Lewis were among those selected for this years class. ESPN is reporting that this HOF class is one of the youngest in NFL history with Lewis, […]

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The NFL announced its selection for the 2018 Hall of Fame class on Saturday (Feb. 3). Wide receiver Randy Moss, linebacker Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Terrell Owens, linebacker Ray Lewis were among those selected for this years class.

ESPN is reporting that this HOF class is one of the youngest in NFL history with Lewis, Urlacher and Moss all getting inducted in their first year of eligibility. Owens was a final nominee the last two years but he was not chosen, which raised criticism throughout the league.

Many fans felt as though Owens was snubbed because of the bad relationships accumulated during his 14 year career. The now-Hall of Fame Wide Receiver played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before bouncing around the league,playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and finishing his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Owens finished his career eighth all time in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,935) and third in receiving touchdowns (153).

Ray Lewis is the most noteworthy of the inductees.  Lewis was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, got selected to 13 Pro-Bowls and won two Super Bowl titles-including one Super Bowl MVP in his 17 seasons After retirement, Lewis was hired and eventually let go by ESPN as an analyst and a year later joined Fox Sports One as a commentator.

Another notable player on the 2018 Hall of Fame induction list is former Philadelphia Eagles Strong Safety, Brian Dawkins. Dawkins achieved this feat in his second year of eligibility. The former Eagle turned Denver Bronco was known for being a big-hit safety who became the source of strength in the Eagles Super Bowl run in 2004. Dawkins retired in 2012 signing a one day contract with the Eagles to retire in the city of Brotherly Love where it all started.

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Philadelphia Eagles Safety Rodney McLeod Says He Plans To At Least Have One Interception From Tom Brady In Super Bowl LII http://thesource.com/2018/02/02/philadelphia-eagles-safety-rodney-mcleod-says-he-plans-to-intercept-at-least-one-pass-from-tom-brady-in-super-bowl-lii/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/02/philadelphia-eagles-safety-rodney-mcleod-says-he-plans-to-intercept-at-least-one-pass-from-tom-brady-in-super-bowl-lii/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:07:30 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428866 The Patriots are legitimately the most dominant, successful franchise in 21st century American sports. The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that has gone 57 seasons without a championship. Las Vegas has perched the Eagles as a 5.5 point underdog against the Patriots despite blowing out the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game. The […]

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The Patriots are legitimately the most dominant, successful franchise in 21st century American sports.

The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that has gone 57 seasons without a championship. Las Vegas has perched the Eagles as a 5.5 point underdog against the Patriots despite blowing out the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense has the arduous task of stop a Tom Brady-led offense who turned the tables on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game.

The Pats wiped out a Jags 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and won 24-20 to advance to Sunday’s big game. An undrafted free agent and six year NFL veteran, Eagles safety, Rodney McLeod’s will play in his first Super Bowl. The ultimate dream for any safety would be to get that golden opportunity to get an interception on the game’s best quarterback.

So is an INT in his future?

“Man, honestly, I’m hoping to get one, at least one off Tom Brady,”

Rodney McLeod told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“But, at the end of the day I’m not going to go out there and try to make these, you know, legendary plays.”

McLeod plans to play like he always does. “Just be myself, make the plays that come to me and if it’s my chance to get that interception, I’m going to make the most of it,” he said.

“But I’m planning on hopefully getting that Tom Brady ball, this is my first time going against him. So, what better way than the Super Bowl to get an interception versus the Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.”

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Serena Williams: Postpartum Health Complications Made Me Stronger http://thesource.com/2018/01/17/serena-williams-postpartum-health-complications-made-me-stronger/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/17/serena-williams-postpartum-health-complications-made-me-stronger/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:29:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=426246 36-year-old tennis pro Serena Williams previously opened up about her postpartum health complications in her new cover story for Vogue, and on Monday, she took to Facebook to thank fans for their response. “I didn’t expect that sharing our family’s story of Olympia’s birth and all of complications after giving birth would start such an […]

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36-year-old tennis pro Serena Williams previously opened up about her postpartum health complications in her new cover story for Vogue, and on Monday, she took to Facebook to thank fans for their response.

“I didn’t expect that sharing our family’s story of Olympia’s birth and all of complications after giving birth would start such an outpouring of discussion from women — especially black women — who have faced similar complications and women whose problems go unaddressed,” the legendary athlete wrote.

Noting that black women are more than three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, Williams said, “We have a lot of work to do as a nation, and I hope my story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap.”

She added, “Let me be clear: EVERY mother, regardless of race, or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. I personally want all women of all colors to have the best experience they can have.”

Though her own issues, which included an emergency C-section and postpartum blood clots, were definitely scary, Williams is grateful to have faced the adversity head-on.

“My personal experience was not great but it was MY experience and I’m happy it happened to me,” she wrote. “It made me stronger and it made me appreciate women — both women with and without kids — even more. We are powerful!!!”

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Serena Williams On Pulling Out Of Aussie Open: I Need A Little More Time http://thesource.com/2018/01/05/serena-williams-pulling-aussie-open-need-little-time/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/05/serena-williams-pulling-aussie-open-need-little-time/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:12:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=424920 Serena Williams announced she won’t play the upcoming Australian Open as she is not 100% ready after giving birth just four months ago. The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner said, “After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” The younger Williams sister […]

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Serena Williams announced she won’t play the upcoming Australian Open as she is not 100% ready after giving birth just four months ago. The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner said, “After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.”

The younger Williams sister goes on to say in a statement to media, “My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete, but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again.”

Serena will lose the 2,000 points earned winning last year’s final over her sister Venus, which means she won’t have any WTA ranking point by January 29.

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NFL Agent Deryk Gilmore discusses Day 1 Sports And Entertainment, Finding New England Patriots’ Elandon Roberts http://thesource.com/2017/12/21/nfl-agent-deryk-gilmore-discusses-day-1-sports-entertainment-finding-new-england-patriots-elandon-roberts/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:29:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=423241 NFL player agent Deryk Gilmore has been around the game of football for a very long time! After spending over 20 years in college athletics with the Big 10 and Pac 10 as a player, coach and administrator, Deryk Gilmore left the team side to become a sports agent. Gilmore was certified as an agent […]

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NFL player agent Deryk Gilmore has been around the game of football for a very long time!

After spending over 20 years in college athletics with the Big 10 and Pac 10 as a player, coach and administrator, Deryk Gilmore left the team side to become a sports agent.

Gilmore was certified as an agent in 2005 with Priority Sports and over the last 12 years has become one of the top agents in the industry according to Forbes Magazine.

Gilmore started his company, Day1 this year, with the vision of taking his goals and values on how to help players and make that dream a reality.
Gilmore sat down with The Source Magazine and gave his recipe for success.

The Source: How did you get in the Sports and Entertainment business.
Deryk Gilmore: Growing up in NYC professional sports was big and college was secondary. When Penn State was recruiting me out of HS, it was a huge deal where I was from. We won a National Championship and I went into coaching after that spending several years with Illinois and Oregon where I handled all aspects of the business side of football. When people heard I was leaving coaching I was recruited heavily and had an opportunity to not only join a quality firm but work from home and be active in my sons lives who were 5 and 6 at the time. In my first year as a sports agent I had a top 13 pick and 2 other high picks and have not looked back.

The Source: How difficult was it working for an agency to transitioning to your own firm. Deryk Gilmore: I was at church one Sunday and my Pastor Jentezen Franklin gave a sermon about one of the apostles in jail discouraged and how God wanted him to “get up, get out and get Free”! I felt God talking to me saying trust me I have blessings for you in you stay in faith. I talked with my partner and best friend my wife Camille and we decided to go for it. She was a driving force of support. My old company was great. They looked at it like a OC for a Super bowl team wanting to be a Head Coach. We were able to work out an agreement and I was blessed all of my clients choose to come with me. It is difficult because this business is competitive, cut throat, and crazy but I run my own race. My assistant is Smart and tough and I have a great team around me.

The Source: As an agent, you’ve found many diamonds in the rough, come draft time like Elandon Roberts. As an agent, how joyous are you when you find guys like him and they become your clients?
Deryk Gilmore: When I’m recruiting a player I’m very different most agents from what I’ve heard. I watch their games and write them up myself. Most agents get reports from scouts and the internet but I make my own list. Elandon is a great example. A friend told me about him and I watched him all year. He just kept making plays but I would look at him next to his teammates and think he is too small. But every game I watched he showed up and I knew I didn’t care about his size. He loved football and showed up and if Guys love football and want to be great we will be a good fit. It sounds simple but there are players higher ranked, that don’t always love the game. When you find guys that do grab em. The people around them tell you a lot too. Elandon’s family is awesome as are All of my players so the Joy comes on Sundays watching them play.

The Source: Tell me more about your agency? Is it strictly managing from a contractual perspective? What else is involved?
Deryk Gilmore: One of the reasons I got into the agent industry was to impact young men’s lives which is why I created PLAN (Preparing for Life After football Now) but I realized that guys who made more money than most had security but did not own anything. My new company handles all the basics. Our Director of Client Services is an MBA and has connections in all the big cities. Of course we handle player contracts, Marketing, public relations, camps and clinics and relocation but what makes us different is we are pushing for entrepreneurship and have a board to assist them with that transition of some of the top business people. We want to connect them with wealth and teach them the importance of ownership and being involved in your business not turning it over to someone where people are taken advantage of and lose money. It’s one of the reasons I started my own company to show players that they can be more than the employee they can be the owner.

The Source: What’s the best advice that anyone ever gave you?
Deryk Gilmore: Two things! First, my boss once told me that a good referee will go unnoticed. They get to ref the SB but you don’t know who they are. The only time you hear about the ref is when they blow a call. What that meant is do your job! Focus on being great at your job and everything else will take care of itself. Don’t look for credit and accolades do your job. In sports people come to see my clients not me so I try to always keep the attention on them and let everyone know how good they are. Second my wife lives by Maya Angelou quote “I might not remember what people say but I’ll always remember how people made me feel”! I want all my clients to feel like they are the most important person and that I’m always there for them. God, family and football and my clients are my family. They come to my house and I go to there’s and I’m gonna fight to the end for them like I would my sons.

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Lavar Ball Denies President Trump’s Help In UCLA Basketball Players’ Shoplifting Case In China http://thesource.com/2017/11/18/lavar-ball-denies-president-trumps-help-ucla-basketball-players-shoplifting-case-china/ Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:23:41 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=418598 UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested in China for shoplifting, a crime that carries a ten-year sentence there, but President Donald Trump intervened, asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to look into the case. Chinese authorities have since freed the players, but now, LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, has dismissed the president’s […]

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UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested in China for shoplifting, a crime that carries a ten-year sentence there, but President Donald Trump intervened, asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to look into the case. Chinese authorities have since freed the players, but now, LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, has dismissed the president’s efforts.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested in Hangzhou, China, on November 7 for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store near the hotel the team was staying in outside of Shanghai. The team was in China to face Georgia Tech in its season opener last week.

Initially, the three were told they could have been forced to stay in China under house arrest for up to a month as Chinese authorities went through the legal process to indict them. The outlook worsened, too, when Chinese authorities said they had store surveillance of the three players stealing from several stores, not just the one Louis Vuitton store.

The three were also forced to remain in China even as their teammates flew back to the United States.

But the arrests also coincided with President Donald Trump’s state visit to China, and during the trip, he appealed to Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case. Only a day later, LiAngelo and the other two players were allowed to board a plane and fly back home to California.

Many, such as ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser, noted that the three players have Trump to thank for their quick release in a case that would have seen a Chinese citizen detained for months before the legal process even began. Indeed, not long after they arrived safely home, the players all joined in a press conference to thank the president for his efforts.

But now, LiAngelo Ball’s father is saying he and his family have no reason to be grateful to the president.

The senior Ball spoke to ESPN’s Arash Markazi on Trump’s intercession, and instead of thanking the president, Ball attacked him.

“Who?” Ball said when Markazi raised the topic. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” he added.

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things, and they get stuck on them too long,” he concluded. “That’s not me. I handle what’s going on, and then we go from there.”

The fallout for the players did not end with their release from Chinese custody. All three players were suspended indefinitely from the UCLA team upon returning home.

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Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Says USA Team Doctor Sexually Assaulted Her http://thesource.com/2017/11/10/olympic-gymnast-aly-raisman-says-usa-team-doctor-sexually-assaulted-her/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:13:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=417190 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan […]

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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air on Sunday night.

Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.

Nassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.”

The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.

Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.

“I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”

Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.

USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts on Dec. 1.

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McGregor Has Officially Challenged Mayweather To A Rematch Under Different Conditions http://thesource.com/2017/11/02/mcgregor-officially-challenged-mayweather-rematch-different-conditions/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:05:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=415958 Mixed martial arts fans have been waiting with bated breath all year to see who UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will face when he finally makes his return to the UFC’s hallowed Octagon. McGregor has spent all of 2017 thus far inactive with regards to his mixed martial arts career, instead focusing on his professional […]

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Mixed martial arts fans have been waiting with bated breath all year to see who UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will face when he finally makes his return to the UFC’s hallowed Octagon.

McGregor has spent all of 2017 thus far inactive with regards to his mixed martial arts career, instead focusing on his professional boxing debut against veteran boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

In the meantime, many UFC lightweights attempted to solidify their chances at facing the Irish champion upon his return, with athletes Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee all vying for the opportunity. In the end, Ferguson would be the one to claim the title of interim lightweight champion after submitting Lee via triangle choke in the third round of their main event bout at UFC 216.

But… Until the UFC confirms a fight is booked, nothing is certain. And if any money fights to make themselves available, they’ll most likely take precedence – something McGregor will continue to campaign for.

During a recent Q & A in Glasgow, McGregor said he would beat Mayweather second time round, and has demanded a rematch in MMA.

“What sickens me is that the little mother fucker is retired now,” McGregor said.

“If I had another go with him, under boxing rules, I’d get that win. He had to change his whole approach. With those lessons I learned, with another go around, I’d get it.

“He’s 50-0 and getting on, I’m not calling him out. I’ll sit back. We’ll see how he gets on with this round of money. Maybe I’ll get another call.

“Originally he was saying an MMA bout next. That’s what he said before the fight.

“He did say an MMA fight. So if he wants to, lets fucking do it. There’s not a hope in hell… I’d like to see him come over to our side and have a knock. I earned their respect and put myself out there. Style over to my side and earn our respect now.”

What do you think? Have you had enough of the rivalry, or would you pay to see the rematch in the Octagon?

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Under Armour Releases Stephen Curry’s Fourth Signature Shoe http://thesource.com/2017/10/28/armour-releases-stephen-currys-fourth-signature-shoe/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 01:30:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=415416 Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu Under Armour just released Stephen Curry’s highly anticipated fourth signature shoe, Curry 4. The newest shoe is designed to offer more traction, comfort and all-around control and comes in black, white and gray. It’s cross-concentric circles on the outsole provide more grip to a court’s surface, the sock-like construction and the […]

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Under Armour just released Stephen Curry’s highly anticipated fourth signature shoe, Curry 4. The newest shoe is designed to offer more traction, comfort and all-around control and comes in black, white and gray. It’s cross-concentric circles on the outsole provide more grip to a court’s surface, the sock-like construction and the knitted collar provide a close fit, and the speed plate running down the shoe provides stability.

Curry was involved in each step of the design process, and worked closely with Senior Design Manager Kort Neumann. A nice personal touch to the shoes’ aesthetic includes the famous biblical verse – Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things.”

Curry 4 is available for pre-order on Under Armour’s site for $130.

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Lakers Coach Benches Birthday Boy Ball http://thesource.com/2017/10/28/lakers-coach-benches-birthday-boy-ball/ Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:32:04 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=415437 Words by Jiggy Jones Lonzo Ball didn’t expect his birthday to end like this. In a Friday night loss against the Toronto Raptors, Lakers coach Luke Walto benched Ball and the Lakers’ starters Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brook Lopez and Larry Nance Jr. for a lack of defensive effort. This occurred twice. The first time […]

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Lonzo Ball didn’t expect his birthday to end like this. In a Friday night loss against the Toronto Raptors, Lakers coach Luke Walto benched Ball and the Lakers’ starters Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brook Lopez and Larry Nance Jr. for a lack of defensive effort. This occurred twice. The first time was in the third quarter when the Lakers failed to get back in transition. The second time occurred with just under four minutes left to go while they were down eight, which was still a winnable game.

“I took the starters out a little early in the third because they didn’t get back in transition defense, which is our No. 1 key to being a good defensive team,” said Walton after the game. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get back on defense again. To let them know how serious we are about transition defense, we pulled them out again.”

This is probably the first time Lonzo Ball had ever been benched in his entire life. In a game where the Lakers blew a 17-point lead in the first half, Walton felt the starters did not have the desire to win the game. A win would have put the Lakers above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Many have referred to this Lakers team as “the baby Lakers” due to their youth in age and experience. To lead a playoff team Raptors by double-digits is definitely worth a continuation of effort because basketball is a game of runs.

The 2017 2nd overall pick turned 20 on Friday. Kyle Lowry and Raptors spoiled a win as a present by defeating the Lakers 101-92. Ball finished the game with 5 points, 7 rebounds and six assists. He has flirted with a triple double in a couple of games this season and has 10 chances left to surpass Lebron James, as the youngest to record a triple-double in the NBA. James completed the milestone in 2005 at 20 years and 20 days old.

As for Luke Walton’s message to his starting core, he hopes it was heard.

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Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand Shares How He Stays Motivated http://thesource.com/2017/10/20/rutgers-eric-legrand-shares-stays-motivated/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:04:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=414482 A recipient of the 2012 Jimmy V Award at ESPN’s ESPY Awards and the WWE’s 2017 Ultimate Warrior Award, former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is an inspiration to many. In 2010, LeGrand was paralyzed in a game against Army while making a tackle. Since his accident, LeGrand has regained movement in his shoulders and […]

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A recipient of the 2012 Jimmy V Award at ESPN’s ESPY Awards and the WWE’s 2017 Ultimate Warrior Award, former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is an inspiration to many.

In 2010, LeGrand was paralyzed in a game against Army while making a tackle.
Since his accident, LeGrand has regained movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body.

Through it all, he’s been an inspiration and his dedication to rehabilitating his body is admirable.

LeGrand has a huge support system that he credits in helping him stay motivated. LeGrand appeared on last week’s episode of Scoop B Radio and discussed how he’s able to hold it together.

“Honestly it is just the people that support me and the random people that are looking up to me,” Eric LeGrand told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

“I feel that it is a responsibility. How can I let all those people down? My motivation is my mom who gave up everything for me to learn how to take care of a quadriplegic. I want to get better for her so she doesn’t have to take care of her son for her whole life, you know? So she can be able to relax and do what she wants to do.”

LeGrand says he draws on inspiration from others like former Penn State Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro who had a similar injury. “I feel like in this world we are living in today either through the grace of God or by sheer stubbornness,” said LeGrand. “We will find a cure for this. It’s just crazy how fast technology is growing and what we are doing with it now. That is my motivation and to get everyone else out of these wheelchairs as well.”

As upbeat as LeGrand is, you’d have to wonder if others with similar injuries are as upbeat as him. “It all depends on their situation,” he said. “This injury doesn’t discriminate and people come from all walks of life with this injury. You can have people that are happily married with kids or you could get somebody who is 15 years old and in high school with this injury.”

Added LeGrand:

“So everyone’s mental is different. You could get a gang member who just got shot or you could have somebody who got into a car accident. People’s mindset is different. Some people have a lot of support some people have no support. So everybody’s mental is different so you gotta have that one same thing if you want to be able to deal with this and you have to believe. You just have to [believe] that you will be alright and you will get better and if you do your part, that is the one thing I try to tell people. If you don’t believe that you are going to get better than you are not.”

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New Orleans Saints Trade Former League MVP, Adrian Peterson For A Conditional Pick http://thesource.com/2017/10/10/413004/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:35:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=413004 Words by Jason Cordner After a brief and unhappy marriage with the New Orleans Saints, the 2012 MVP has been traded to the Cardinals for a conditional pick, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Adrian Peterson is not what he used to be. Very few running backs over 30 are but his time in New Orleans was as […]

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After a brief and unhappy marriage with the New Orleans Saints, the 2012 MVP has been traded to the Cardinals for a conditional pick, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Adrian Peterson is not what he used to be. Very few running backs over 30 are but his time in New Orleans was as rough as it could have been. A Week 1 spat with Sean Payton over his usage created a rift that seemed impossible to bridge. Peterson was used to being fed the ball 15+ times a game, and the Saints rarely run it that many times in a game, never mind with the same back carrying the load.

Mark Ingram was the incumbent hammer in New Orleans, and Alvin Kamara had just been drafted to be the spark.  AP wasn’t going to work in New Orleans. He should of seen the signs, before signing a one year deal to play in New Orleans. Just like a lot of folks go to Arizona to retire, looks like this may be the last stop on the Adrian Peterson NFL tour.

The Cardinals Can Use The Help

The Cardinals are 2-3 on the season, but haven’t had much luck on the ground since Johnson’s injury. Chris Johnson is currently their leading rusher with 114 yards, and Andre Ellington is second with 49 yards. The team is 32nd in the NFL in rushing, so giving Peterson a shot couldn’t hurt them any more.

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Titans’ Delanie Walker Says He’s Received Death Threats Following Anthem Protest Comments http://thesource.com/2017/09/29/titans-delanie-walker-says-hes-received-death-threats-following-anthem-protest-comments/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:15:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=411629 From the parole of O.J. Simpson at the top of October to the steady momentum gained by the NFL players and teams who have risked their careers to stand up for racial inequality by not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, the threat of death for exercising one’s First Amendment rights takes any fun that […]

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From the parole of O.J. Simpson at the top of October to the steady momentum gained by the NFL players and teams who have risked their careers to stand up for racial inequality by not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, the threat of death for exercising one’s First Amendment rights takes any fun that was left in America’s favorite game.

Along with a constant stream of insults hurled by President Donald Trump, fans promising to boycott games and a social movement that has been co-opted in numerous ways, now comes news that Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and his family are receiving death threats due to his stance.

The Tennessee Titans fans are the best in the NFL. What we do on the field every Sunday would mean nothing without knowing we are supported by the city of Nashville and the fans that have been by our side over the years. One of the many things I gained from spending time in the Middle East on the NFL’s USO Tour this spring, is an appreciation for America’s core values and an even greater appreciation for the men and women that defend those values.  In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices. Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world. The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric. These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue. I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for. Titan Up

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Walker gave a lengthy comment after last Sunday’s game — in which the Titans stayed in the locker room for the anthem — on the negativity surrounding the protests. He was trying to clarify what the protests are about. It seems some are still not getting the message.

“We’re not disrespecting the military, the men and women that serve in the Army. That’s not what it’s all about.” Walker told the media. “If you look at most of the guys in here – I’ve been in the USO. I support the troops. This is not about that. It’s about equal rights, and that’s all everyone is trying to show, is that we all care about each other. And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”

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GS Warriors’ Matt Barnes Says He Handled His Altercation With Dancing With The Stars’ Derek Fisher “Like A Man” http://thesource.com/2017/09/28/gs-warriors-matt-barnes-says-handled-altercation-dancing-stars-derek-fisher-like-man/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:04:48 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=411481 Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes and Dancing With The Stars contestant Derek Fisher were once friends and teammates as members of the Los Angeles Lakers. That would change a couple of years ago when Barnes got a call from his kids letting him know that his former teammate, Fisher, then a coach of the […]

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Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes and Dancing With The Stars contestant Derek Fisher were once friends and teammates as members of the Los Angeles Lakers.

That would change a couple of years ago when Barnes got a call from his kids letting him know that his former teammate, Fisher, then a coach of the New York Knicks was spending the weekend at their home with their mother, Gloria Govan, a former Basketball Wives LA star.

Barnes, then a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, got in his car and drove 95 miles. Fisher and Barnes would get into a fist fight and the police were called. “I’m a man and I’m gonna do what a man’s gonna do,” Matt Barnes told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“So that doesn’t make me a bad person.”

Barnes and Fisher would move on. Barnes would win a championship with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors and Fisher would go on to do television work and is now a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

Nonetheless, Barnes believes his actions were in bounds as a man has to do what a man has to do! “I think any real man would’ve done the same thing that I did,” Matt Barnes told Scoop B Radio. “At the same time, I got a lot of respect for it from men, from the NFL, Major League baseball, rappers, every player that you can think of, referees, GMs, owners, all said the same thing. But the people who are not in that circle that just look at it as ‘oh Matt Barnes is fighting again, you know they kinda just added to every other negative thing that they think about me.”

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Kenyon Martin Says That People In NJ Used To Mistake Him As Joe Budden When He Played For The Nets http://thesource.com/2017/09/21/kenyon-martin-says-people-nj-used-mistake-joe-budden-played-nets/ Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:10:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=410972 Joe Budden is 6 feet tall and Kenyon Martin is 6’9. Yet, according to Martin people would confuse the two while out and about shopping in Newark, NJ. Kenyon Martin was past of a three-headed monster that included Jason Kidd and Richardson of the then-New Jersey Nets that made back to back NBA Finals appearance […]

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Joe Budden is 6 feet tall and Kenyon Martin is 6’9.

Yet, according to Martin people would confuse the two while out and about shopping in Newark, NJ.

Kenyon Martin was past of a three-headed monster that included Jason Kidd and Richardson of the then-New Jersey Nets that made back to back NBA Finals appearance in the early 2000s. The Nets would lose to the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers off strong play of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, respectively. But, Martin would get respect from the Garden State for his thunderous dunks and strong defensive play on those competitive Western Conference teams.

He’s the man. BUT…sometimes Martin would be confused with another New Jersey notable that was making headway around the same time: Jersey City, NJ’s own Joe Budden!

Budden’s self-titled debut album, Joe Budden was quite buzzworthy off of the popularity of the Just Blaze produced, club anthem, Pump It Up.

According to Martin, who appeared on the Scoop B Radio podcast last week, while shopping in the downtown Newark, New Jersey business district, folks would confuse him with Budden. Everywhere, everywhere, you name it,” Kenyon Martin told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

Click here to listen to K-Mart talk about being mistaken for Joe Budden and his neverending beef with Tim Thomas

“I used to go onto Clinton Ave a lot and in the hood on Clinton Avenue shopping,” he said.
“It would be at a distance and then they would get up on me and see the height differential and say: ‘Oh hey! It’s K-Mart.’”

Thankfully folks realized who was who. K-Mart had a pretty successful summer, winning a Big 3 championship with Rashad McCants, Al Harrington and others on Team Trilogy, the only undefeated team in Ice Cube’s Big 3 League.

Joe Budden is also making splashes in headlines while getting everybody’s attention hosting the Everyday Struggle show with DJ Akademiks.

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UFC’s Jon ‘Bones’ Jones Says He Would Be A Police Officer If He Wasn’t A UFC Fighter http://thesource.com/2017/08/30/ufcs-jon-bones-jones-says-police-officer-wasnt-ufc-fighter/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 01:53:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=409114 According to TMZ, Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones tested positive for the steroid turinabol. According to the New York Times, if the test result, announced late Tuesday, is substantiated, he might not return to the octagon for a long time — if ever. Jones returned to the octagon after a one-year suspension, […]

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According to TMZ, Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones tested positive for the steroid turinabol.

According to the New York Times, if the test result, announced late Tuesday, is substantiated, he might not return to the octagon for a long time — if ever.

Jones returned to the octagon after a one-year suspension, defeating Daniel Cormier to reclaim the UFC light-heavyweight championship.

The United States’ Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement:
“Jones ‘has been notified of a potential anti doping policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample” collected the day before his title bout against Daniel Cormier at U.F.C. 214 last month.”

Jones’ status is up in the air. His manager, Malki Kawa released statement stating:
“Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation.” The statement also said that they would have his samples tested again.”

Cormier spoke with MMAFighting.com last week and said:
“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now. I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.
“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.
“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.
“Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”

In a recent interview on Scoop B Radio, Jones said that if he was no longer a UFC fighter, he’d he a police officer. “I know it’s not the most popular profession,” Jon ‘Bones’ Jones told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

Added Jones:

“But, being a cop is cool to me. These guys are here to serve and protect, there the one’s that rescue your mom when you’re not there, help your grandma when she falls down. I look for the good guys in the law enforcement agencies and what they have to offer.”

Jones indicated that his perception of law enforcement changed when he was in high school.

“On lunch breaks, a police officer would stand and watch over us during recess,” recounted Jones. “I used to go up to police officers and would talk to them about their career. They used to teach me a lot of life lessons about people and some of the negative things of the world and things I wasn’t aware of and I just found it very fascinating. I made up my mind that I would be like the guy carrying the gun and helping others out. It didn’t happen like that, but I’m glad I chose the path that I chose.”

Among employment, Jon Jones also discussed diversity in UFC:

“You don’t see a lot of MMA schools in the inner city,” Jones said. “You don’t see a lot of MMA schools in the hood.”

Jones said it starts with change:

“The main start would be to give more black kids opportunities,” Jones said on Scoop B Radio. “You have local boxing programs at the local Boys & Girls Club—that’s the way a lot of great boxers got started. You don’t typically see a lot of black males join wrestling teams and wrestling is a great avenue to get into mixed martial arts.”

Jones came from a wrestling background like Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. “Us black fighters need to just continue winning and showing what MMA can do for you can just change the minds of young men globally,” he said.

“They’ll see that it’s an avenue for success and they don’t just have to be a basketball player, or a boxer or the next NFL player—they can be the next UFC fighter. They can be the next Rampage, they can be the next Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.”

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NBA Legend Craig Hodges Speaks on Durant, The GS Warriors & Trump In The White House http://thesource.com/2017/08/30/nba-legend-craig-hodges-speaks-durant-gs-warriors-trump-white-house/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:47:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=409034 Recently, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant said that he will not visit the White House to celebrate the Warriors championship as long as U.S. President Donald Trump is in office. That visit, is a ritual for teams who come off of winning a championship the previous season. “Nah, I won’t do that,” said Durant. “I […]

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Recently, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant said that he will not visit the White House to celebrate the Warriors championship as long as U.S. President Donald Trump is in office.

That visit, is a ritual for teams who come off of winning a championship the previous season.

“Nah, I won’t do that,” said Durant. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”

Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes:

“I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that,” said Durant, who said it wasn’t an organizational decision. “That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me.”

Former Chicago Bulls forward Craig Hodges weighed in on the matter in a recent interview on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

Hodges was blackballed by the NBA after he handed a letter to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in 1991 when the Bulls made their visit. The letter made President Bush aware of the mistreatment of poor people and people of color in the United States.

“Well for me, I tell people it was one of the coolest days in my life man,” Craig Hodges told Scoop B Radio’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. “I have always looked at the place that the White House is and understanding the power that it holds. But also that it is a museum and I am a historian.”

As for the Warriors?

“When I look at what the Warriors have decided to do, I guess not to go and because of Trump, I am somewhat dismayed that you, I feel like every American should get a chance to go to the White House,because this is what you pay taxes for. You know, so you get a chance to see it and at the same time, I feel like it is a chance for you to go and air your grievances with the top man. So I think there is a couple ways to be handling and you know, everyone has to do it their own personal way, but I feel like it is not an opportunity for every citizen of this country to get to do it and as a champion, it is something special to do. But at the same time I can understand the political slam as far as not going.”

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Former High School Hoops Star Lenny Cooke ‘Disagrees A Little Bit’ With NBA’s “One And Done” Rule http://thesource.com/2017/08/29/former-high-school-hoops-star-lenny-cooke-disagrees-little-bit-nbas-one-done-rule/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:45:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=408903 In the early 2000s, Brooklyn, New York’s Lenny Cooke was deemed a better high school basketball player than LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. As a junior in high school at New Jersey’s Northern Valley High School. Cooke posted 25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. But after bad decisions, wrong counsel, […]

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In the early 2000s, Brooklyn, New York’s Lenny Cooke was deemed a better high school basketball player than LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

As a junior in high school at New Jersey’s Northern Valley High School. Cooke posted
25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. But after bad decisions, wrong counsel, bad grades and more, he went from being a potential NBA lottery pick and playing against LeBron James in Sonny Vaccaro’s ABCD Camp to suiting up for the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks.

Lenny Cooke is now coaching high school basketball in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He is now also spreading his message and getting youngster to learn from his mistakes. In the past year, Cooke’s appeared at Microsoft in Manhattan with fellow high school legend Schea Cotton and hosted a panel at West Philadelphia’s Mount Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church with Reverend Andre L. Price.

Recently Cooke conducted charity basketball tournaments and recently spearheaded his Lenny Cooke Organization. The Lenny Cooke Organization’s mission is to help children ages 8-18 in communities establish themselves with goals and achieving them.

In his spare time Cooke enjoys cooking; how fitting. He does some catering, as a side source of income.

Still attached to the game and keeping in touch with folks like Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Cooke has his views on today’s basketball culture.

A topic of interest for Cooke these days? The NBA’s one and done rule.

“I mean I disagree a little bit,” Lenny Cooke to Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on an episode of Scoop B Radio.
The NBA’s ruling states that a player must be 19 years old or one year removed from their high school’s graduating class.

Added Cooke:

“Because I feel like when you making these kids go to school before they put their name in the draft they should have to do at least 2 years instead of one because two years you got, it take 2 years to get an associates degree. So if you’re just going for one year, it ain’t really benefitting you. You’re still a child. I mean, at the end of the day, one year’s not going to; you know what I’m saying? Make you or break you! But at the same time, if you get hurt, you see what I’m saying? Then you’re done.”

After declaring for the 2002 NBA Draft and going undrafted, Cooke fell on hard times. Cooke was the subject of a documentary, Lenny Cooke, a Joakim Noah, Ben Safdie and Josh Safdie produced documentary released in 2013 that appears frequently on Showtime.

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