Lonzo Ball has been an open book as of late. Earlier in the week he sat down with Big Boy and doubled-down on his take that Future has more classics than Nas. Now he is admitting that his BBB ZO2 signature kicks were defective.
Anyone could look at the sneakers and see they weren’t worth $ 500 and now the former face of Big Baller Brand finally admits to it. On a recent episode of teammate Josh Harts’ podcast, ‘LightHarted’ Ball revealed that shoes were “defective” and that his manager brought four pairs in a backpack because they would explode during games. Lonzo would switch them out after every quarter. Even though he knew that he continued to push the sneakers.
“No one knows the real story about them shoes. Them ZO2s I was playing in? They was not ready,” Ball openly admitted. “If you literally have those shoes from those, they’re exploded, bro.”
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Zo even went further, implying that the shoe’s terrible quality directly impacted his performance on the court.
“It’s crazy, right when I switched my shoes, all of a sudden magically I got good again.”
LaVar Ball’s head must be spinning right now because he was pushing those shoes harder than his son was. When the shoe first dropped the BBB website claimed they were”meticulously developed at every stage by Lonzo Ball.” The head of the Ball family even went as far as to attack the critics of the sneakers. Who can forget his iconic “if you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!” Tweet?
Big Baller's loose! If you can't afford the ZO2'S, you're NOT a BIG BALLER!
The defective shoes are still up on Big Baller Brand’s social media accounts, but the store seems to have been shutdown. The once-heralded brand took a significant hit when Lonzo accused BBB co-founder Alan Foster of stealing $ 1.5 million from him. The Pelicans point guard even covered up his BBB tattoo. Looks like anyone who bought that sneaker might be looking at them even funnier now, we wonder if they would be able to get their money back? We sure hope so.
Yesterday the Joe Biden campaign crashed like a drunken Humpty Dumpty falling off a wall. As it lies in pieces, rotting on the ground, I watched in horror as the Democrat’s pet press carefully reassembled the pieces with fake news glue. And it might be working!
This is an easy one to score. The disagreement is over the president’s comments after Charlottesville, which were recorded by every major news organization in the country. All the press needs to do is publish the transcript and let the public see for themselves. Did Trump call neo-Nazis “fine people” as Biden claims, or did Trump say the opposite, as Joel Pollak of Breitbart News asserted?
I’ll give you the two relevant sentences from the president’s comments on Charlottesville and then show the full transcript so you can see for yourself that I pulled the right sentences.
Talking about the protests in Charlottesville, President Trump said…
“. . . But you also had people who were very fine people on both sides. . . I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
Here is the full transcript so you can check for yourself.
If you don’t trust the transcript, here is a video of Trump saying these words.
The president was crystal clear in saying he was NOT talking about the white nationalists and neo-Nazis, and that they should be “condemned totally.” Many critics of the president, when presented with the actual transcript, retreat to claims that no “fine people” would attend such an event. That is irrelevant to the central claim, because Trump stated his assumption that some non-racist protesters attended, then spoke to that assumption. Worst case, he got details wrong about who attended. But the clarity with which he excluded the white nationalists and neo-Nazis shows his intentions were not to compliment any racists. He condemned them in plain language.
As an aside, I have personally interviewed several non-racists who attended the Charlottesville event, and I can confirm that the president was right. Many attendees were fooled by the generic promotional materials that didn’t reveal who organized it, unless you recognized the names of the speakers who are not household names. Some attendees didn’t care who organized it because they were free speech advocates, and absolutists. And the attendees I talked to disavowed all racism. None of them “marched with” the neo-Nazis with tiki torches. They showed up, police immediately herded them away from the trouble that had already started, and they went home when allowed by police. That’s it.
But no matter who attended, the president spoke to his assumption that non-racists were there for free speech purposes. And because the “scandal” is solely about the president’s intentions, it doesn’t matter if he got some details wrong about attendees. What matters is that he condemned all the racists in clear language and assumed some non-racists (fine people) attended.
So how did the Democrat Pet Press report on the story of Biden’s central campaign theme being revealed as a lie? They report on it WITHOUT PRINTING THE TRANSCRIPT, and by using weasel words to suggest Pollak was wrong and Biden was right. I’ll show you how cleverly they do it. It is shocking.
USA Today wrote of Trump that “He claimed there were some very fine people on both sides.” That part is true. Now watch how they weasel-away the second part of Trump’s statement that clarified his meaning.
USA Today said, “In the same speech, though, the president said he had condemned white supremacy and neo-Nazis.”
Did you catch the sleight-of-hand? By wording it as “in the same speech” they leave the impression that the “fine people” comment stood alone as a compliment to neo-Nazis while suggesting that later that he said something contradictory. That is fake news. It was all one extended thought from Trump, not a different topic in the same speech.
Secondly, Trump didn’t “sayhe had condemned”the neo-Nazis, he actually condemned them, in real time, while cameras rolled. The way USA Today words it, they reduce one of the most well-documented facts of all time to a “claim” from a president known to bend the facts.
The Today Show
The Today Show falsely claimed Pollak was incorrect, without showing its audience the transcript. That is peak weasel.
The Des Moines Register covered the story without showing the transcript. They reported “Former Vice President Joe Biden said he was not misrepresenting President Donald Trump’s comments on a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
After Biden’s Des Moines Register Political Soapbox speech on Thursday, Breitbart News Network reporter Joel Pollak told Biden he was misquoting the president when he quotes Trump saying there “were very fine people, on both sides” at the white supremacist gathering. Biden pushed back on criticism.
“Let’s get this straight: he said there were very fine people in both groups,” Biden said. “They were chanting anti-Semitic slogans, burning flags.”
How hard would it be to show their readers the actual transcript to prove Biden was lying or confused?
Yahoo News also covered the story without printing the transcript. They wrote “In the wake of the Charlottesville altercation, there has been an effort among Trump supporters in right-wing media to claim that the president didn’t actually call neo-Nazis and white nationalists “very fine people.” Trump, they claim, was talking about those who supported preserving the statue of Robert E. Lee and not the white nationalists who organized the rally. But there is little evidence the former group attended the infamous Friday night tiki-torch march.”
Why do they need to express the story as competing “claims” when the transcript and video of the event are widely available? It’s because the facts don’t support their story. You can bet that they would print the transcript, or at least link to it, if it supported their version of events.
Predictably, Politico reported on the story without printing the transcript. They wrote “Joe Biden on Thursday adamantly defended his assertions that President Donald Trump embraced white supremacists after a deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., engaging in an animated exchange after his public remarks here.”
Again, how hard would it be to link to the full transcript? Or even the full video?
But how about the Biden campaign itself?
Amazingly, the comms director for the Biden campaign, Bill Russo, unintentionally acknowledged that the “fine people” theme of the campaign was a hoax by changing the subject when confronted with the actual transcript. See the Twitter exchange with Breitbart News to be amazed by it. Russo tries to weasel the conversation to the topic of whether Trump’s assumption about the attendees was accurate. That question is interesting, but not relevant. Trump stated his assumption that some non-racists attended, called them fine people, and “condemned totally” the white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
When the reporting is viewed together, it’s obvious what happened after Pollak challenged Biden on his central campaign theme being a hoax. The campaign knew it was in trouble and summoned its most loyal pet press to defend them. But they couldn’t defend Biden by printing the transcript, which is the only point of dispute. So. They. Didn’t.
As Gucci’s blackface controversy rages on, the company’s taking steps to make sure it doesn’t get any worse … by training employees how to handle “disruptive behavior.” Gucci sent out an “updated security protocol” playbook — obtained by TMZ — to…
[[tmz:video id=”0_swhxrt7v”]] Lil Xan is opening up about his current struggles with addiction, the death of his hero, Mac Miller, and why he understands what Demi Lovato’s going through right now. Xan reached out to us Monday, a few hours after we…
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As fans still mourn Mac Miller’s passing, Bow Wow is sharing some of his personal experience to help others. He recently admitted he fought his own demons when it came to drugs.
In a series of tweets the So So Def Records star revealed he had a serious problem when it came to prescription-strength cough syrup. Apparently Shad was pouring up heavy about 10 years ago and it almost cost him his life. “To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs. Im going to let something out. When me and omarion worked on FACE OFF album. I was high off lean everyday! When yall saw me on BET going off on torae i was high off lean. My attitude everything changed. My fans started to…”.
To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs. Im going to let something out. When me and omarion worked on FACE OFF album. I was high off lean everyday! When yall saw me on BET going off on torae i was high off lean. My attitude everything changed. My fans started to…
He went to further detail how he missed shows during Chris Brown’s 2007 Up Close & Personal tour due to his addiction. “I never felt a pain like that ever. It was summer but i was walking round with 3 hoodies on because i was so cold. I missed the chicago show of that tour baltimore show BECAUSE I WAS F***ING HIGH AND SICK!!!! that sh*t is not cool and i was doing it to be cool!” he explained. And to no one’s surprise his infamous in studio rant on BET was fueled by lean.
His posts soon turned to an anti-drug PSA for teens. Moss encouraged young people to abstain from drugs and live a clean life. “Kick that sh*t! Be a good son or daughter. Be the best you. Ima start being more vocal. We gotta save the youth from going out early”.
Kick that shit! Be a good son or daughter. Be the best you. Ima start being more vocal. We gotta save the youth from going out early. Parents watch your kids. Explain to them. We want yall to live man. I almost died fucking with syrup. To this day im affected my stomach will
In 2018 the “Like You” rapper has been very vocal on social media causing many to question if he is mentally stable or not. Most recently he allegedly lost it a Growing Up Hip Hop taping in August. Let’s hope him urging kids to don’t do drugs becomes to the new #BowWowChallenge.
New mom Ali Fedotowsky already misses her maternity leave. The former “Bachelorette” admitted that she’s uneasy about going back to work three months after welcoming baby boy Riley. In a candid series of Instagram stories and a lengthy blog post, Ali shared that even her husband says she looks like “a human stomachache.”
Kanye West is getting candid about his darkest moments. The rapper revealed on Twitter that he’s had suicidal thoughts, but is now in “a content place.” ‘Ye went on to share a blunt recommendation for those experiencing a similar journey, but not everyone was impressed with his straightforward advice.
Leave it to Cher to make a near-wardrobe malfunction work! The icon spoke with Access guest correspondent Tim Vincent at the “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” premiere in London, where she explains why she’s wearing the wrong bodysuit on the red carpet. Plus, Cher dishes on reuniting with longtime pal Meryl Streep and more. The “Mamma Mia” sequel hits theaters on July 20.
You gotta admire the man’s honesty. Tinker Hatfield aka the Shoe Gawd thanks to his design of the Air Jordan 3, Air Jordan 11, Air Max 90, and more, admits that his worst Air Jordan design was the Air Jordan 15.
TMZ caught up with Hatfield and asked him which of his Jordan designs is relegated to the bottom of the list.
“The 15,” said Hatfield with minimal hesitation. “It was toward the end of when I wanted to stop doing Jordans for a while, at least. I just don’t think I brought that baby home quite right. The concept was good…it was modern and meant to represent the way his tongue hangs out.”
But nah, Hatfield admitted he didn’t follow through because he was “worn out” at that time.
At the top of the list, which should be no surprise, is the Air Jordan 11. Interestingly, he details how Nike told him to stop working on the shoe because Jordan had retired and was playing pro baseball at the time.
Zach Johnson called it “pure carnage.” Rafa Cabrera-Bello said players were made to look like fools. That was just some of the grumbling after a treacherous Round 3 at Shinnecock Hills. www.espn.com – TOP
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg admitted that they experienced a sense of déjà vu watching coverage of the President Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, with the latter saying that the exchange was a case of “life imitating art a little too much.”
Rihanna isn’t exactly the grand romantic gesture type. The music superstar got candid in Vogue’s June issue about the time Drake now-famously confessed his love for her onstage at the 2016 MTV VMAs, and why it made her “uncomfortable.” While Rih said her and Drake’s relationship is currently nonexistent, she does have “Love on the Brain” for a new beau.
Zig-a-zig-what?! Justin Timberlake seemingly admitted that he once hooked up with a Spice Girl, revealing the fun fact during a game of “Never Have I Ever” with his *NSYNC bandmates on “Ellen.” While the music superstar played coy about the topic at first, Ellen stepped in to try and help Justin set the record straight once and for all.
Many rappers claim they have blood on their hands but one former YouTube star took it to Charles Manson levels. A Mexican rapper tortured three people and then some.
Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez AKA QBA pleaded guilty to the deaths of Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 25, Daniel Diaz, 20, and Marco Avalos, 20. Apparently, the struggle MC was hired by the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel who allegedly paid him to kidnap the three students.
In court, he admitted to disposing of the bodies with acid after the trio’s disappearance last month. Chief investigator Lizette Torres alleges Gutierrez has assisted in three other murders.
QBA enjoyed a sizable online following via his social media channels where he had 125k subscribers on YouTube and 140K Facebook followers. Naturally, his struggle raps depicted gruesome violence, gunplay and more.
Gutierrez and the other suspects will be charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder.
Rest in power Salomon Aceves Gastelum, Daniel Diaz, and Marco Avalos.
Milo Ventimiglia has a devious Disneyland past! The “This Is Us” star joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and shared a memory from his 12th birthday celebration, which started out fun for him and his friends – but not so much for a few unlucky bystanders. What would Jack Pearson have said to young Milo?
Ryan admitted to introducing Trump at a speech, and went on about how pissed off he was at the POTUS’ recent rhetoric. While Ryan was copping his pleas, the looks Moss, Charles Woodson and Anquan Boldin gave him said it all.
Damn Kevin Hart, damn. The side chick at the center of the extortion plot that led the comedian to come clean and apologize to his wife and kids, and light Twitter on fire, admits she was trying to score a big payday.
That’s not going to happen, so now she’s just spilling tea.
TMZ has seen the video she was trying to get Hart to pay up for in order to bury it and shared the following description:
The 4 minute and 47 second video is highly produced, with audio from Kevin on various radio shows as the video rolls. The video cuts to a bedroom scene where it appears 2 people are having sex on a bed. You can’t see the people in the bed, but afterward you see a naked man walking in the room and it definitely looks like Kevin.
Now here’s what’s shocking … the extortionist who made the video says the point is 2-fold … to expose Kevin and to get money.
“The real reason Kevin Hart orchestrated the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund, this so-called good deed was done to get ahead as he knew this damaging footage was one click away from being exposed as the liar and cheater he is. Kevin Hart was privy to me wanting to expose him as I have made countless attempts to expose this information to various blogs, in an attempt to also get paid.”
Reportedly, the FBI is investigating.
In her statement, via the clip below, she explains how Hart was drunk and high and generally wilding out and sleeping with multiple women in Las Vegas. It’s very clear she was partaking in the festivities so she still gets the side eye off g.p.
We’re not condoning Hart’s behavior since it’s apparent he did cheat. However, ol’ girl is a special kind of crazy-eyed to try to extort him than play holier than thou when it failed.
What is certain, the Hart household is in shambles right now, and we sincerely hope them the best.
This is the woman at the center of the Kevin Hart video that triggered a multi-million dollar extortion demand, and the extortionist freely admits money is the end game. The 4 minute and 47 second video is highly produced, with audio from Kevin on…
Making movies gets more terrifying the older you get, British actress Judi Dench said on Monday, a day after her latest royal comedy drama “Victoria & Abdul” premiered at the Venice film festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
Apparently, “driving while Black” is still a crime, especially in the town of Dayton, Ohio.
John Felton, a Black man, was visiting his mother in the city when he noticed a police officer was trailing him, most likely due to his out-of-state plates. Since we’re living in a world where a Sandra Bland suicide follows ticky-tack arrests, he did the logical thing and started filming on his cell phone.
The video, obtained by The David Pakman Show, revealed racial profiling in the highest sense of the definition.
“You’ve been tailing me for how long? You just needed a reason to pull me over,” Felton says after the unidentified white cop tells him he failed to put his turn signal on approximately 100 feet from the corner. “No disrespect, I don’t have nothing against police officers, but all this sh*t that’s going on now? That’s some scary sh*t. To have a police officer just tail you, and then you pull me over, ’cause you said I didn’t signal — what? Do you know how it looks?”
After the routine 10-minute wait while the records check out, the officer returns to issue his citation and offered up the real reason he stopped Felton.
“Because you made direct eye contact with me, and you held on to it while I was passing you,” the officer said.
“What?” an incredulous Felton asked. “I didn’t even see you.”
“I’m not gonna argue about it anymore, sir,” the officer continued. “If you want to keep talking, though, I’ll just get your license back and give you a citation for the violation, and we can take it to court. I’m not gonna argue about it anymore.”
Had Felton not been filming, there would be no evidence to support the claims when he told people of the flimsy
Yet, the evidence is down below. Watch it, starting at the :57 mark.