ESPN Fires Betting Analyst Over Nine-Year-Old Deleted Tweets

ESPN has fired sports betting analyst Kelly Stewart before her first day over nine-year-old tweets that she had already acknowledged several years ago when working for Turner Sports. Back in 2012, Kelly responded badly to taunts thrown her way on Twitter, replying with “homophobic slurs” to her attackers (she reportedly called one attacker a “fag”). She had already suffered a suspension over the tweets from a former employer. Still, ESPN apparently didn’t bother to take note of the situation before hiring her, and last month, ESPN hired her as its new sports betting analyst. That happy announcement soon turned to despair, however, as on Friday, ESPN reversed itself and released Stewart from her contract over the old tweets, Front Office Sports reported. Stewart explained to her fans that ESPN terminated her: I wanted to put out a statement on today’s news so all of you could see my thoughts. pic.twitter.com/MvCsLlHhLw — Kelly (@kellyinvegas) June 4, 2021 “I know the words I used are unacceptable and hurtful, but I cannot apologize for the vicious attacks I, and so many other female personalities, endure from anonymous online trolls,” she explained in her statement. “I’m not proud of everything

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Knicks to Refuse Admission to Unvaccinated Fans if They Advance in Playoffs

The New York Knicks recently announced that if they advance to the second round of the playoffs, they won’t sell tickets to those not vaccinated for the coronavirus. The team made its announcement on Friday, telling fans that no one who is unvaccinated will be allowed to attend games at the Big Apple’s Madison Square Garden. According to a team press release: The New York Knicks today announced that Game 5 of their 2021 NBA playoffs series against the Atlanta Hawks, scheduled for June 5, has sold out. This follows Game 1, when the Knicks welcomed more than 15,000 fans and Game 2, when they expanded their seating for fully-vaccinated fans and increased capacity to more than 16,000. The two games mark the largest indoor crowds to gather in New York since the start of the pandemic. Given the enthusiastic response to vaccination requirements, the team also announced that, should they advance past round one, tickets will be sold exclusively to fully-vaccinated individuals. “The energy our Knicks fans have brought to the playoffs has been incredible — proving there’s nothing more exciting than Knicks basketball at The Garden,” said David Hopkinson, EVP, MSG Sports and President, Team Business

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ABC Drama 'Station 19': 'We Live in a Culture Built On White Supremacy, So the Racism Is Baked In'

The ABC firehouse drama Station 19 proclaimed that “racism is baked” into the culture of America and “being black in America is a life-threatening condition,” in a recent episode that aired just as the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case was still filtering through America. The line came in the April 22 episode, entitled “Get Up, Stand Up,” in which a grief counselor was called in to push left-wing critical race theories on the firehouse employees in the wake of the death of George Floyd. In the episode set in June of 2020, Captain Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre) called former firefighter Dr. Diane Lewis (Tracie Thoms) to help the station deal with Floyd’s death. The episode went on to show the firemen sharing their deep feelings about race relations in America. At one point, Dr. Ben Warren (Jason George) admitted that he yelled at a police officer even though he has advised his own children never to shout at an officer. He also said that it was dangerous to be a black man in America and that being black is life threatening. “I’m exhausted by navigating in a world that sees me and my kids as a threat,” he said.

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Hollywood Storms Georgia: Stacey Abrams Teaming with John Legend, Common for $25,000 Per Ticket 'Rock the Runoff Virtual Concert'

With the Senate majority leadership but two seats away, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared, “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America.” Now failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is leading an effort to win both seats, teaming with a group of Hollywood entertainers, including NBC’s The Voice star and singer John Legend and actor-rapper Common for a “Rock the Runoff” get out the vote concert. Stacey Abrams, who lost her 2018 election by more than 50,000 votes and refused to concede, will be joined by Legend and Common, and others for a December 3 concert to raise money for the two Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate that face a runoff election on January 5. I am excited to bring together:@johnlegend@common@Indigo_Girls@EarthGangBen from @dcfc& more for the Rock The Runoff Virtual Concert on 12/3 at 9pm ET 🎸🎶🎤 Proceeds support Fair Fight’s efforts to mobilize Georgians for Jan 5 runoff. Tickets: https://t.co/iWTPJdJZVC — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 25, 2020 Two Democrats are vying to win seats in the U.S. Senate, and if they do, the balance of power in the upper chamber will switch from GOP control to the Democrats. Democrat Raphael Warnock faces incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler, while Democrat Jon Ossoff

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Ratings for Midseason Sunday Night Football Game Trounces World Series Game 5

Major League Baseball’s big game lost in the TV ratings game to a midseason football game, as ratings for Game 5 of the World Series cratered. MLB’s fifth game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays lost in viewership to the NFL’s Sunday Night Football, according to Show Buzz Daily. Game 5 of the World Series on Fox peaked with only an average of just over 8.5 million people tuning in, SportsNaut reported. Meanwhile, the Sunday Night Football game between the Cardinals and Seahawks on NBC peaked around 13.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults aged 18-49. Viewership-wise, the previous World Series games brought in more fans with Game 1 earning 9.2 million viewers, Game 2 a slightly less 8.95 million, 9.84 million for Game 3, and a bit better 10.21 million for Game 4. Meanwhile, Game 5 only earned 7.4 million. The ratings mirror last year’s falling numbers, too. Game 5 with the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals averaged a 6.5 rating and only earned 11.39 million viewers on FOX over the weekend. The previous lowest-rated game was the 7.3 rating with12.64 million viewers for Royals-Giants series in 2014, Sports Media Watch noted. Meanwhile,

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Mark Levin Blasts 'The Rock' for Claiming to Be a 'Centrist' in Biden Endorsement

Over the weekend, action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — who calls himself a “political centrist” — endorsed Democrat Joe Biden and his far-left VP candidate, Kamala Harris, for the 2020 elections. The announcement spurred radio talk show giant Mark Levin to slam “The Rock” for abandoning his supposed centrism. The Rock posted a fawning remote video “interview” with Biden and Harris that many said made a mockery of his self-professed “centrist ideologies,” as he says of himself in the video. As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE: https://t.co/rZi1mxh8DC pic.twitter.com/auLbc8xDBv — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2020 But while Johnson puffs himself up as a moderate, talker Levin points out the logical fallacy in The Rock’s display of politics. Levin slammed Johnson for abandoning his “centrism.” “By the way, to show you what a clown ‘the Rock’ truly is, he says he’s a centrist and Independent, yet he’s effusive in his support for Kamala Harris, who’s the most leftwing senator in the Senate (left of Sanders!), and was

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Celebrities Offer Personal Performances, Dance Lessons, Virtual Happy Hours in Effort to Mobilize Young Voters

Celebrities across the entertainment industry, including pop stars Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, actor Billy Porter, and DJ Khaled are ramping up efforts to register new voters ahead of the election. In cooperation with the groups HeadCount and Global Citizen, stars are offering fans exclusive personal performances, happy hours, and even dance lessons to encourage young people to register to vote. Billed as a non-partisan campaign, the Head Count and Global Citizen campaign aims to engage a million young potential voters and to get at least 50,000 of them registered to vote with the Just Vote campaign for the 2020 election. Billie Eilish, Billy Porter, DJ Khaled, FINNEAS, Julianne Hough, Loren Gray, Nicky Jam, Quavo, Taylor Swift, Usher, and others, are among the celebrities offering a host of premiums for fans who register to vote. Pushing the initiative, DJ Khaled said, “MAJOR KEY ALERT!’ Checking your voting status and registering to vote is easy and important. I’m partnering with Global Citizen and HeadCount to make sure everyone has a chance to use their voice. I’m looking forward to hosting a virtual meet and greet with the Just Vote campaign to talk with young people who have taken the time to check their voter registration

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Bucks' George Hill: I Missed National Anthem Because 'I Was Taking a Sh*t'

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill was not on the sidelines during Saturday night’s national anthem. He later explained why that was, in extremely descriptive terms. The Bucks finally returned to the court to face the Orlando Magic on Saturday after refusing to play last week over the Jacob Blake shooting. Naturally, the players all took a knee in protest against the country during the anthem. But one player was missing. Cameras caught George Hill off the court and waiting for the song to end before joining his team. George Hill chose to stay by the locker rooms during the national anthem. He joined his teammates once it was over. pic.twitter.com/vnvbNs5o6k — ESPN (@espn) August 29, 2020 Unsurprisingly, members of the sports media wanted to know if Hill had some sort of big deal, principled reason for refusing to take the court for the national anthem. Apparently, Hill had no protests to cite. Only his “pre-game ritual.” “You want the honest truth?” Hill told the media after the game. I take a shit every time before the game. I’ve been doing it for the last four years. If you go back and watch any footage of our previous games

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Ex-NFL Player, Congressional Candidate Burgess Owens: 'There Is No Black National Anthem'

Former NFL player and GOP candidate for Congress in Utah Burgess Owens, blasted the National Football League for its decision

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WATCH: FS1's Shannon Sharpe Says Drew Brees Should 'Retire Now' After Anthem Protest Comments

Fox Sports 1 broadcaster Shannon Sharpe says that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees should retire over his recent comments

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