Source Sports | Athlete Interviews – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 U.S. Olympian Cullen Jones Offers Swim Classes To Combat ‘Black People Don’t Swim’ Stereotype http://thesource.com/2018/08/03/u-s-olympian-cullen-jones-offers-swim-classes-to-combat-black-people-dont-swim-stereotype/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/03/u-s-olympian-cullen-jones-offers-swim-classes-to-combat-black-people-dont-swim-stereotype/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:38:03 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=457076 Olympian Cullen Jones knows personally that knowing how to swim is more than just a sport; it helps to destroy negative stereotypes and may even help save lives. Bronx-born Olympian swimmer Cullen Jones has decided to offer swimming lessons to African-Americans in order to knock down the idea that Black people don’t swim, further solidifying […]

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Olympian Cullen Jones knows personally that knowing how to swim is more than just a sport; it helps to destroy negative stereotypes and may even help save lives.

Bronx-born Olympian swimmer Cullen Jones has decided to offer swimming lessons to African-Americans in order to knock down the idea that Black people don’t swim, further solidifying why they account for over half of the drowning victims in this country.

About 64 percent of African-American children and 45 percent of Hispanic children have little to no swimming ability, according to a 2017 study by the USA Swimming Foundation.

In cross referencing this data, for Black children, the drowning fatality rate for kids ages 5 to 14 was almost three times higher than that of white children in the same age range between 2005 and 2009.

“There’s still at least 10 people drowning a day,” the 34-year-old world-record holding swimmer said. “And there’s a simple solution: swim lessons.”

Jones also believes that discrimination and lack of access to swimming facilities help to contribute to the number of Black children without the ability to swim. Historically speaking, racism has kept Black people out of the pools in public areas in America for decades.

Ironically, Jones himself was almost a victim of a drowning in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as he almost drowned in Dorney Park’s White Water Kingdom near the base of an inner tube slide with his parents and lifeguard present.

It was this harrowing experience that led the Olympic gold medalist to not only learn how to swim, but give back to his people and teach others.

“We’re not trying to get you to be an Olympic swimmer, although it can happen. You never know,” Jones said. “But it’s more about learning how to swim and being safer around water.”

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: Kneeling During The National Anthem Takes Away The Joy From Football http://thesource.com/2018/07/30/dallas-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-kneeling-during-the-national-anthem-takes-away-the-joy-from-football/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/30/dallas-cowboys-qb-dak-prescott-kneeling-during-the-national-anthem-takes-away-the-joy-from-football/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:58:19 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=456030 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is opposed to all forms of protests while playing football, especially when it comes to standing during the National Anthem. Yes, he’s definitely feeling the heat for it. Prescott recently said during a press conference, “I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the […]

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is opposed to all forms of protests while playing football, especially when it comes to standing during the National Anthem.

Yes, he’s definitely feeling the heat for it.

Prescott recently said during a press conference,

“I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people.”

He also asserted, “When you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away from that. It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people.”

Compton rapper The Game had this to say about Prescott’s ridiculous comment.

COONgratulations @_4dak Might as well throw on that MAGA hat 🤡 [@kaepernick7] #FuckDonaldTrump

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Charles Barkley Says He And Shaq “Fought Like Girls” In 1999 Lakers/Rockets Game http://thesource.com/2018/04/27/charles-barkley-says-he-and-shaq-fought-like-girls-in-1999-lakers-rockets-game/ Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:02:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=438768 Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley may be the most dominant personalities in sports, but they also were a dominant on the court during their playing days. The two even gotten into a fight on the court November 10, 1999. During a play, Shaq bumped Chuck on the head. Barkley swung an elbow, with Shaq pushing […]

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Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley may be the most dominant personalities in sports, but they also were a dominant on the court during their playing days.

The two even gotten into a fight on the court November 10, 1999.

During a play, Shaq bumped Chuck on the head. Barkley swung an elbow, with Shaq pushing him back.

Barkley threw a basketball in Shaq’s face, in retaliation, with Shaq throwing a punch in retaliation.

Both players were ejected from the game.

“I also didn’t think that was going to turn into a fight,” Charles Barkley said on a recent episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“But first of of all, it was an NBA fight, so we fought like girls and it didn’t last very long.”

The Lakers won the game 89-88. Glen Rice led all Lakers players with 24 points and the Rockets’ Steve Francis had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Houston loss.

“He was doing all that wild monkey [stuff], throwing [elbows], acting crazy,” O’Neal said back then.

“I think that was a tactic to get me out of the game, and it worked. I’ll probably have to be a little smarter next time, just wait to get him back later.”

Years later, Barkley says he had his pride to play for. “I wasn’t going to let him embarrass me in front of 18,000 people, so you have to fight at some point,” he told me.

“But I’m glad nobody got hurt because he’s a great friend and I enjoy working with him.”

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Dez Bryant Declined Baltimore Ravens’ Mutli-Year Offer, Wants a Big One Year Deal To Prove Himself First http://thesource.com/2018/04/26/dez-bryant-declined-the-baltimore-ravens-mutli-year-offer-wants-a-big-one-year-deal-to-prove-himself-first/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:22:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=438423 The Baltimore Ravens felt they were the front runners to sign Dez Bryant. As of right now, that’s not going to happen. Bryant is quite easily the biggest name out on the open market eyeing a chance to re-establish himself as one of the premier players at his position. According to sports reporter Ed Werder, the […]

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The Baltimore Ravens felt they were the front runners to sign Dez Bryant. As of right now, that’s not going to happen.

Bryant is quite easily the biggest name out on the open market eyeing a chance to re-establish himself as one of the premier players at his position. According to sports reporter Ed Werder, the 29-year-old has turned down a multi-year deal to join the Baltimore Ravens, with his focus toward securing a substantial one-year offer to once again enter the 2019 NFL free agency period.

The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13. He played eight seasons in Dallas and finished his time with the Cowboys with a team-record 73 touchdown receptions to go with 531 catches for 7,459 yards in 113 games.

Bryant could have stepped in to help form a dynamic duo alongside Micheal Crabtree that quarterback Joe Flacco could have greatly depended on next season. Instead, the former Pro Bowler will remain on the open market looking to garner a major one-year deal. There have already been reports that Bryant will wait until after the upcoming draft this week to make his decision on where he will sign as teams will have a better sense of what they need at the wide receiver position.

Looks like Bryant wants to show he still has alot in the tank. A productive season somewhere, could serve him well.

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Daniel Jacobs Talks Beating Cancer And Upcoming Fight Against Maciej Sulecki http://thesource.com/2018/04/25/daniel-jacobs-talks-cancer-diagnosis-and-upcoming-fight/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:26:17 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=438159 Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs has another fight on his gloves. After developing a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma back in 2011, and being told he would never be able to box or even walk again, The “Miracle Man” has overcome both odds going through match after match to hold on to his […]

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Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs has another fight on his gloves.

After developing a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma back in 2011, and being told he would never be able to box or even walk again, The “Miracle Man” has overcome both odds going through match after match to hold on to his middleweight title.

The Brooklyn native sat down with The Source TV to discuss his battle with cancer, what keeps him motivated in the ring, as well as his strategy to defeat boxer Maciej Sulecki in their upcoming match airing on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 p.m. on HBO.

 

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Will Dez Bryant And Odell Beckham Team Up With The NY Giants Or Will Dez Land With B-More Ravens? http://thesource.com/2018/04/18/will-dez-bryant-and-odell-beckham-team-up-with-the-ny-giants-or-will-dez-land-with-b-more-ravens/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:16:12 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=437251 Recently released Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant may not be unemployed for long. Though the 29-year-old has seen his numbers decline over the last few seasons, he is still garnering interest from a number of teams around the league, teams hungry for the red-zone presence the 6’2, 220-pound Bryantcan provide. If this were 2014, Bryant […]

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Recently released Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant may not be unemployed for long. Though the 29-year-old has seen his numbers decline over the last few seasons, he is still garnering interest from a number of teams around the league, teams hungry for the red-zone presence the 6’2, 220-pound Bryantcan provide.

If this were 2014, Bryant would be the hottest commodity on the market (and Dallas wouldn’t have let him go in the first place). Back then, Bryant was a top-five WR in the NFL, coming off an 88-catch, 16-touchdown, 1300-yard season.

But injuries and age started to take their toll. The downward trend continued the last two seasons, even though Dallas’ QB situation improved with the arrival of Dak Prescott. Bryant’s time as a true #1 wideout had come to an end.

Given that Dez was going to cost the Cowboys $16 million against the salary cap, the team understandably elected to move on, cutting him last week. But just because he isn’t worth $16 million doesn’t mean he’s valueless.

Initial reports suggested the Bills, Packers, and Ravens were all in the market for a receiver with Bryant’s skillset. Bryant, himself, has stated that he would like to sign with another NFC East team, so he has the chance to play the franchise that cut him twice a year. But the most likely landing spot at this time appears to be Baltimore.

According to NFL.com’s Chris Wessling, the Ravens have “shown the most interest in Bryant since he was released.” Baltimore’s offense — in particular its passing game — has floundered of late, finishing fourth-last in the league in yards per game in 2017. While some of that is due to Joe Flacco’s regression as a passer, it’s also thanks to a receiving corps largely devoid of playmakers.

Baltimore already signed former 49er and Raider Michael Crabtree this offseason to remedy the situation, and evidently, are not done making moves.

Baltimore could be a desirable landing spot for Bryant, who recently extoled the New York Giants’ defense in an interview with 247sports. The Ravens’ D is Super Bowl-ready. Even paired with an anemic offense, the team has not-so-far-fetched 33/1 odds to win the Lombardi Trophy (odds pulled from this NFL 2018-19 betting guide). If John Harbaugh can create any semblance of a passing game, they will start to look like one of the more complete teams in the league.

There is a lingering question of fit, of course. Crabtree is not a speedster; Bryant is not a speedster; and Flacco’s relative strength is throwing the deep ball. Having that pair occupy two of Baltimore’s receiver spots may not put Flacco in the best position to succeed.

That said, when your second-leading receiver was a 37-year-old Ben Watson who barely cracked 500 yards, modest improvement shouldn’t be hard to come by.

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Brandall Malik Trying Hand At EDM Music Scene http://thesource.com/2018/04/18/marvels-avengers-brandall-malik-trying-hand-at-edm-music-scene/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:56:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=437079 Show business is all Brandall Malik knows. Casted in both Marvel’s Avengers Civil War and HBO’s Vice Principles, he’s making a steady life for himself post college grad life at Pfeiffer University. The four year baseball letterman played the the outfielder position and was a member of the Academic All-Conference team. He also played in […]

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Show business is all Brandall Malik knows.

Casted in both Marvel’s Avengers Civil War and HBO’s Vice Principles, he’s making a steady life for himself post college grad life at Pfeiffer University.

The four year baseball letterman played the the outfielder position and was a member of the Academic All-Conference team. He also played in 31 games, accumulated 72 at bats, scored 12 runs and stole a team-high 10 bases, had one double and one triple and recorded a .360 on base percentage.

While sports, acting and education are great, he’s now exploring his next act: music!

The first musical act signed to Peters Industries, Brandall Malik is ready to take the EDM / Trap music scene by storm.

He decided to focus on music which led to him being signed by Miami EDM / Trap label Peters Industries. Brandall’s first single “Cant Get Over You” is a record which incorporates elements of EDM, Pop & Hip Hop.

Brandall is currently working with producer and former lead R. Kelly backup vocalist John Hill out of Chicago who is the male vocal for Can’t Get Over You.

Brandall’s next release is a rap / trap record rumored to feature Fat Boy SSE and 52 Savage. Make sure to look for Brandall this summer who plans to be highlighting your favorite festivals.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Says He Played Asteroids And Pac-Man While In College At Duke http://thesource.com/2018/04/09/nba-commissioner-adam-silver-says-he-played-asteroids-and-pac-man-while-in-college-at-duke/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:48:22 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=436010 This week marked the 25th anniversary of hit video game NBA Jam being released. Ironically, the NBA held their inaugural draft for their NBA 2K gaming league with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announcing the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Silver, now in his fourth year as the league’s commissioner, has worked for the […]

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This week marked the 25th anniversary of hit video game NBA Jam being released.

Ironically, the NBA held their inaugural draft for their NBA 2K gaming league with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announcing the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Silver, now in his fourth year as the league’s commissioner, has worked for the NBA in other capacities for 26 years and remembers NBA Jam when it was released in 1993.

“I was involved with that game,” he said. “That’s a historic milestone.”

Silver also recounted his fondest memories of playing video games.

Also, we learned that while in college at Duke University and in law school at University of Chicago Law School, the commish passed the time playing games like Pac-Man!

“I think my early gaming–do you remember a game called Asteroids?”, Commissioner Silver asked Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson.

“You know, that was sort of…a little bit of basic Pong, too, and Pac-Man. I think as an undergrad in college, I spent a fair amount of time playing those games, and for the younger people here, those were standalone games that you lined up for and you put your quarters on the game to get in line in order to play. But yeah, I was an enthusiast at the time. I think I never scored high enough where I got my initials up sort of in the top category, but I spent a fair amount of time playing those games. And to this day, I mean, one of the things that — in terms of our NBA 2K game, I’m a big fan of the iPhone edition.”

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NCAA March Madness Analyst Wally Szczerbiak Recounts Time Kevin Garnett Shouted Him Out On ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ http://thesource.com/2018/03/25/ncaa-march-madness-analyst-wally-szczerbiak-recounts-time-kevin-garnett-shouted-him-out-on-the-jamie-foxx-show/ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:42:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=434736 NCAA March Madness began recently! Did your brackets survive? While we’re on the topic of hoops, Wally Szczerbiak, a studio analyst during the tournament was a standout during his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and at the University of Miami- Ohio. Wally World’s NBA career and social career once collided when he got a […]

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NCAA March Madness began recently! Did your brackets survive?

While we’re on the topic of hoops, Wally Szczerbiak, a studio analyst during the tournament was a standout during his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and at the University of Miami- Ohio.

Wally World’s NBA career and social career once collided when he got a shoutout from Jamie Foxx on the hit WB show, The Jamie Foxx Show courtesy of Kevin Garnett.

KG then in his first stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves was in town and was staying as a guest at the King’s Tower.

The funniest scene of that episode was when Jamie was wearing a Timberwolves jersey that was not KG’s and Garnett pointed it out. Jamie indicated that the store ran out of KG’s #21 jerseys, but had a whole lot of Wally Szczerbiak jerseys.

Just one problem: Jamie and KG couldn’t pronounce Wally’s last name, which phonetically is read: ‘SIR-BE-AK’

“If social media was alive back then my computers would have been blowing up,” Wally Szczerbiak told Scoop B Radio’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. “I remember when that happened. That was a great moment.

“I had some great years with Kevin Garnett, we had our ups and downs. But in the end, everything worked out well. That was a pretty funny scene though one that I will always remember and always go back to YouTube and watch.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves have something to cheer about this season. They’ll likely go to the NBA Playoffs thanks to the play of Karl Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and other key contributors. Szczerbiak been dialed in is paying attention. “I always root for the Timberwolves and it breaks my heart that ever since KG and I left they haven’t made the playoffs,” he said.

“The future is bright for them.”

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Former New England Patriots DT Jarvis Green Making Headway With Oceans 97 Shrimping http://thesource.com/2018/03/19/former-new-england-patriots-dt-jarvis-green-making-headway-with-oceans-97-shrimping/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:32:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=434194 Nine year NFL veteran Jarvis Green went from winning two championships with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady to becoming the CEO of Oceans 97, a National Minority Supply Diversity Chain Company that began in 2015. This new, gourmet line features easy-to-cook meals of shrimp packaged in bags, with four flavors of sauce to […]

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Nine year NFL veteran Jarvis Green went from winning two championships with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady to becoming the CEO of Oceans 97, a National Minority Supply Diversity Chain Company that began in 2015.

This new, gourmet line features easy-to-cook meals of shrimp packaged in bags, with four flavors of sauce to choose from; New Orleans Style BBQ, Cajun Curry, Chimichurri, and Garlic Butter. The shrimp is domestic, wild caught, Gulf of Mexico shrimp, caught by US Gulf Coast fisherman and processed in Louisiana. The product ships in dry ice directly to the customer and arrives ready for cooking a delicious and satisfying family meal or when entertaining.

Green owed a friend a favor. That particular friend already had a shrimping business with 90 employees and access to 800 shrimping boats in Vietnam and so he jumped on the idea to get into the shrimping business.

“I had opportunities to go do coaching,”
Jarvis Green told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“I had opportunities to go do broadcasting, being an analyst, boot camps, clinics all that stuff, you know, with ESPN.”

Green took an unpaid internship and learned everything about shrimp and by the end of his internship. he even made purchasing orders to distributors. “Worked from the ground up,” he said. “From the first person in the shrimp plant, sweeping, mopping, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning the kitchen area.”

From there, he created Oceans 97, a nod to his uniform number. Through the relationship with Dole & Bailey, Oceans 97 shrimp is distributed to major financial institutions throughout New England and other products remain available in multiple grocery retail locations around the country. “When you taste it, it’s just on your pallet,” he said.

“It’s savoriness and it just sticks with you man, you want to go grab a glass of wine and just wash it down. It’s elegant, fine dining at its best for under $10.99.”

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Charles Barkley: I’d Get Rid Of Both The Republicans And Democrats Because They’re Both Awful http://thesource.com/2018/03/19/charles-barkley-id-get-rid-of-both-the-republicans-and-democrats-because-theyre-both-awful/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:43:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=434163 If you want the truth told, have Charles Barkley tell it! The NBA Hall of Famer, turned “NBA on TNT” analyst has been critical of the political process. “I’d get rid of both the republicans and the democrats because they’re both awful,” Charles Barkley said on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “They fight all of […]

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If you want the truth told, have Charles Barkley tell it!

The NBA Hall of Famer, turned “NBA on TNT” analyst has been critical of the political process.

“I’d get rid of both the republicans and the democrats because they’re both awful,”

Charles Barkley said on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“They fight all of the time like little kids, because we have serious issues, we need serious people trying to solve them.”

Barkley has also been vocal about immigration.



The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) was established in June 2012 under the Obama Administration and allows individuals, under restrictive conditions, who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country without legal permission to do so, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. “You know, we have the situation with DACA, that’s really important. I’m a big supporter of immigration,” said Barkley.

Plans to begin phasing it out were initiated by the Trump Administration in September 2017.

“I think Hispanics are amazing people. I think they do amazing work, I think they do jobs black and whites don’t want to do,”
said Barkley.

“I think we need to find a way to keep them here, plain and simple.”

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Derek Anderson on Kentucky Wildcats In NCAA March Madness: We Have A Great Chance At Beating Anybody” http://thesource.com/2018/03/17/derek-anderson-on-kentucky-wildcats-in-ncaa-march-madness-we-have-a-great-chance-at-beating-anybody/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:11:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=433998 Retired NBA player Derek Anderson won a National Title with the Kentucky Wildcats in 1996. The 13th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft went on to have a solid career as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. He won an NBA Championship with the […]

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Retired NBA player Derek Anderson won a National Title with the Kentucky Wildcats in 1996. The 13th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft went on to have a solid career as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat.

He won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 with Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade and he’d later publish a successful book.

His heart still bleeds Kentucky Blue. With NCAA college basketball’s March Madness now in full swing, he still bleeds blue for his Kentucky Wildcats who has a first-round matchup with Davidson.
“The only team that I’m rooting for is my Kentucky Wildcats,” Derek Anderson told Brandon Robinson on a episode of the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“Some teams are disciplined and some aren’t, so it’s different,” added Anderson. “But I’m excited to see Kentucky win because we have a great chance at beating anybody.”

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4’5″ Jahmani Swanson Is The Harlem Globetrotters’ New “Hot Shot” http://thesource.com/2018/03/15/45-jahmani-swanson-is-the-harlem-globetrotters-new-hot-shot/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:10:47 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=433835 Jahmani Swanson has been excelling at basketball for quite some time. You hoops heads just caught up! Standing at 4’5″ Swanson, better known to hoop fans as Mani Love, was a standout at NYC’s Monroe College. His lightning speed and ball handling skills cannot be denied and he’s developed quite a body of work. His […]

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Jahmani Swanson has been excelling at basketball for quite some time.

You hoops heads just caught up!

Standing at 4’5″ Swanson, better known to hoop fans as Mani Love, was a standout at NYC’s Monroe College.

His lightning speed and ball handling skills cannot be denied and he’s developed quite a body of work. His skills have been showcased in celebrity basketball exhibition games with the latest and greatest like NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and comedian/actor/singer Jamie Foxx. He was also recently named a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, where he got the nickname, Hot Shot.

In 2016, Swanson participated in the #KyrieChallenge. The video got rave reviews and shoutouts on ESPN’s SportsCenter. He displayed his crossover dribble ability in the streets of NYC, and got tons of views on social media. He even got a shout-out from Kyrie Irving online.

According to his Harlem Globetrotters bio, Swanson is considered the “Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball, that would make sense; he’s one of his favorite hoopers. Swanson also holds the distinction of being the shortest player in Globetrotters team history.

Swanson was born with dwarfism, a genetic condition and was first introduced to basketball as a toddler and grew up also idolizing Philadelphia 76ers NBA Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson. Listed as 6’1 on NBA rosters, Allen Iverson was realistically about 5’10. The Answer was overlooked because of his height but dominated the court with his speed and athleticism.

Swanson, like AI was also overlooked. But he loves basketball so he pursued his passion. “It was the first thing to catch my attention and the first thing that I fell in love with,” Jahmani Swanson told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson while on the Scoop B Radio podcast.

“My mother will tell you that was my toy, that was like my Teddy Bear. I wasn’t sleeping with a Teddy Bear I was sleeping with a basketball and my mom has pictures to verify that.”

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O.J.Simpson Describes 1994 Double Homicide On FOX’s ‘O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession’ http://thesource.com/2018/03/12/o-j-simpson-describes-1994-double-homicide-on-foxs-o-j-simpson-the-lost-confession/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:09:33 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=433369 Well, damn. In what some would describe as a confession, shamed NFL Hall Of Famer O.J. Simpson gives a detailed and descriptive account of the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on April 12, 1004. Even though Simpson and interviewer Judith Reagan agreed that Simpson’s account of the events […]

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Well, damn.

In what some would describe as a confession, shamed NFL Hall Of Famer O.J. Simpson gives a detailed and descriptive account of the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on April 12, 1004.

Even though Simpson and interviewer Judith Reagan agreed that Simpson’s account of the events from that fateful night were “hypothetical”, his description of the incidents become eerily vivid for anyone who watches the FOX exclusive, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession. See the clip from the interview below and judge for yourself.

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International Women’s Day Spotlight: NASCAR’s History Making Brehanna Daniels Inspires http://thesource.com/2018/03/08/international-womens-day-spotlight-nascars-history-making-brehanna-daniels-inspires/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:36:35 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=433054 You hear that sound? It’s the crackling of glass from the shattered glass ceilings. Thanks to Brehanna Daniels, breakout athlete in the world of NASCAR, diversity screeches to the forefront on Pit Road. Rivaling the fast cars on the race track, Daniels determination, passion and pure grit excelled her to a seat at the table […]

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You hear that sound? It’s the crackling of glass from the shattered glass ceilings.

Thanks to Brehanna Daniels, breakout athlete in the world of NASCAR, diversity screeches to the forefront on Pit Road. Rivaling the fast cars on the race track, Daniels determination, passion and pure grit excelled her to a seat at the table in a white, all-boys-club.

The Virginia native made history as the first African-American woman to pit a vehicle in a national NASCAR series race. She became the first African-American female to go over the wall in a national racing series. From Norfolk State to NASCAR, Daniels worked with the sport’s Drive for Diversity program, which encourages women and minorities to get involved in the motorpsport. Other notable alums include Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.- the first full-time African-American driver in the Cup Series in over 40 years and football athletes turned pit crew members.

At just 24 years old, Daniels- who’s already a respected tire changer, who placed top 10 in the National Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Combine, became the first African American woman to pit a vehicle in both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series in 2017. Now, she’s using her inspirational story to empower others across the finish line.

The Source caught up with Daniels at the Daytona 500 where she talked about her journey, industry challenges and advice to young women who may want to follow her footsteps. – Angela Wilson

During the D4D Pit Crew Combine at NASCAR Research and Development Center on May 27, 2016 in Concord, North Carolina.

What inspired you to get involved with NASCAR’s D4D program?

The way I joined NASCAR’s D4D program was pretty much at random. It was literally the end of the semester and basketball season was over. I wasn’t really doing anything at that time besides my internship. I was the video girl for most of the teams at our school – mens basketball, softball, baseball, etc… I was eating on campus at Chick-fil-a and I got a tap on my shoulder from a lady in athletics. She told me that the NASCAR pit crew was going to be coming to our school on Wednesday for a try-out. It was Monday at the time. And I was like “The NASCAR pit crew, what is that??” She showed me a video of a pit stop and I was like “dang, that was fast!” Like, I honestly had no knowledge about NASCAR in any way shape or form. I just knew that they drive really really fast. I ended up going out to the tryout on Wednesday that was held in our gymnasium. I was expecting to see a car in there because I saw a car in that video.

Phil Horton (my coach now) hosted the tryout. He put all of us through a really tough obstacle course that literally felt like an NBA or NFL combine. We were all dying – some, more than others. I was the only girl at the try-out and I kicked those guys butts and did a really good job. Coach mentioned that if we did good in that combine we would invited back to the national NASCAR drive for diversity pit crew combine that they held in Charlotte two years ago. I ended up getting that call back about a few weeks later. I placed in the top 10 in the national combine which landed me a spot to be able to train to be a professional tire changer.

What did you learn new about yourself since starting your pit crew career?

This isn’t really new, but I learned that I am a very strong and patient person. This sport can really beat you down to the ground, mentally and physically if you let it. I’ve always been a strong person though so that really isn’t a surprise.

Do you feel Nascar’s audience and fan base will now include more African Americans and other minority groups due to diversity? Why or why not?

I feel like NASCAR’s audience and fan base will include more African Americans and other minorities with time. I don’t think it’s going to happen right away. They will definitely feel more accepted once they see others joining the sport that aren’t always caucasian males. I can’t wait until someone is able to mention the word NASCAR and people will see it as multiple faces and different ethnicities and not just one specific one. That would be a beautiful thing.

As a trailblazer, the first African American female tire changer, do you feel any pressure to perform a certain way?

Not really. I just work very hard and try to do my job to the best of my ability. Eyes are always watching, and of course, I have to prove myself.

During the D4D Pit Crew Combine at NASCAR Research and Development Center on May 27, 2016 in Concord, North Carolina.

What was the biggest challenge you had to endure to get to where you are now?

The biggest challenge I had to endure to get to where I am now is being the very first African American female tire changer in NASCAR. That just comes with a lot. People really pay attention to me. Some people don’t take me seriously. I have to work ten times harder than the next guy to even have a shot. I almost have to be perfect every single time. Every practice is basically a try-out for me. I’m nobodies favorite. I work hard for every job I get in this sport. Everything I get I literally worked for. And of course, some people have a lot to say about this change happening in NASCAR. Some people aren’t happy to see me here. Some people are very happy to see me here. Through it all, I always stay strong and remember who I’m doing it for. My mom is my rock and she helps keep me going. Whenever I feel like giving up, I always think of her. I miss her so much.

What encouraging words would you give a young black girl who’s thinking about pursuing a career in a white male dominated field?

Always work hard no matter what. Go into the sport with an open mind. You can do anything you put your mind to. Women can do anything a man can do. And as long as you work hard, anything is possible for you. Just do you babygirl!

What’s the craziest story from the pit crew you’ve experienced? Any close calls? Injuries?

My craziest experience was when I was doing a pit stop and I slipped and fell in a puddle of gasoline while I was running around the car. That stuff is very slippery. That could have ended up really bad. I’ve also almost got hit by cars a few times. My adrenaline is always up when it happens. I barely get nervous when that does happen. I’m just like “Damn. I really almost just got hit. Wow!”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In about 10 years I’d like to be able to look back at all the accomplishments and obstacles and barriers that I’ve knocked down and overcome on all levels in NASCAR. I also see myself being an actress and a host or some kind of motivational speaker. I’ve always had a passion for the entertainment industry since a very young age. I love to make funny videos on the side – you can find them on my social media accounts.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Changing Lanes: NASCAR Drives for Diversity With Richie Williams and Kevin Richardson http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/changing-lanes-nascar-drives-diversity-richie-williams-kevin-richardson/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:02:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431241 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 […]

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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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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