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Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed rapper Jay Z to a joint partnership with the NFL to produce halftime shows and a social justice campaign.

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Jay-Z and the NFL were reportedly in talks for over a year. But amidst their celebration, Jay Z and Goodell didn't anticipate the firestorm of controversy that would ensue.

Many were upset that Jay-Z didn't bring blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick in on the discussions.

Goodell stayed silent and sidestepped the drama, preferring to let Jay Z defend himself.

Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL for kneeling during the National Anthem.

Now Goodell acknowledges he was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Goodell also said the phrase "Black Lives Matter" and, he said it was a step forward for the league.

During ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special on Monday evening, Goodell was asked about the possibility of Kaepernick returning to the NFL.

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell said.

He added that teams are free to sign Kapernick if they believe he will contribute to the team. "I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that," he said.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon questioned Goodell's timing.

"I think we should have been questioning why Roger Goodell didn't say black lives matter when he was born, or when he became commissioner or when he was reelected commissioner... It's not cool that Roger Goodell said it. He should've been saying it."

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Basketball Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld has died at age 74. The NBA rookie of the year and MVP passed away Tuesday after a recent battle with pneumonia and other health issues, his family confirmed.

Unseld was one of only 2 players in NBA history to be named NBA rookie of the year and MVP in the same season.

The 6-foot-7 center led the Washington Wizards to its only NBA championship and was chosen one of the greatest 50 players in league history.

"Those of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with Wes knew him as a generous and thoughtful man whose strong will was matched only by his passion and drive for uplifting others,” current Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said. “His physical prowess, undeniable talent and on-court demeanor may have struck fear in opponents throughout the NBA, but he will be remembered best as a mentor, leader and friend."
 

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New England draft pick Justin Rohrwasser denies he is a white supremacist or that a tattoo on his left arm is a white supremacist logo.

Rohrwasser said he got the tattoo inked when he was 14. The tattoo is of the Roman numeral 3 surrounded by a ring of stars. It is the logo of a right-wing organization called "Three Percenters."

He also has the phrase "Don't tread on me" tatted on his left forearm. The phrase is associated with conservative groups such as the Tea Party.

Looking back, he says he wished he had done more research into the tattoo. He agreed to cover it up when he's on the field.

"It's not something I ever want to represent, so it will be covered."

That wasn't good enough for sports journalist and Twitter activist Jemele Hill who called the NFL kicker out on Twitter.com.

Hill took to Twitter to complain about the tattoo, saying: "Patriots kicker is a white supremacist. My bad, he tends to like white supremacist things. Carry on, nothing to see here."

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A second Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

Donovan Mitchell, 23, revealed he was diagnosed with the virus, joining teammate Rudy Gobert, who said he tested positive on Wednesday.

Gobert playfully touched every microphone in the room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease prior to Wednesday's game.

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Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

The National Hockey League and National Soccer also suspended their seasons.

Dr. Drew Pinsky blames irresponsible media reports for the unprecedented overreaction to the virus epidemic.

Dr. Drew is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. since November.

Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US were people who were elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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Lizzo sparked a frenzy on social media when she twerked at courtside during Sunday's Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves game.

When the cheerleaders performed a dance routine to her hit song "Juice" during a timeout, the 31-year-old singer stood up, turned her back to the floor and twerked at Staples Center on Dec. 08 in Los Angeles.

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Lizzo wore a long black t-shirt dress with cut outs to expose her bare butt cheeks clad in a black string thong.

Social media users lost their minds as the video went viral online. But some criticized Lizzo for her sexually suggestive attire.

Ironically, Atlanta's Jezebel magazine was the staunchest critic, calling Lizzo's thong "gross" and "unhygienic."

This is the same Jezebel magazine that defended 12-year-old Zion Wade for wearing a crop top, leggings and acrylic nails.

Jezebel, a liberal magazine, writes:

"Here's the truth: the dress is a cool, good, fun look. She should be able to trot around with her butt out at a family-friendly event; Americans could stand to be less prudish. However, I cannot stop thinking about her exposed ass and... other sensitive areas... sitting on a stadium seat. That shit is so gross! Maybe she placed a jacket underneath her booty? I can only hope someone reminded her to protect her vagine?" [sic]

 

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Controversy continues to swirl around rapper Jay-Z's lucrative partnership deal with the National Football League (NFL) for halftime entertainment consolation and social justice causes. Many say Jay-Z - a former drug dealer - sold out free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a quick buck.

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Janelle Monáe won the Best Dressed celebrity award on day one at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Monday, July 01, in London, England. The 33-year-old singer was in attendance as 15-year-old Cori Gauff stunned veteran tennis player Venus Williams.

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NBA star Dwyane Wade played his final NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, April 10.

At Wade's final home game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Tuesday, he posed for a family portrait with his wife, Gabrielle Union, his nephew, Dahveon Morris, and children, Kaavia James Union Wade, Zion Wade, 11, Zaire Wade, 17, and Xavier Wade, 5, whom Wade fathered with a fan in California.

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New Orleans Saints fans are still fuming over the no call in the 4th quarter of the NFC championship game that resulted in the L.A. Rams going to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Saints ticket-holders filed a lawsuit against the NFL to force both teams to replay part of the 4th quarter.

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Rapper Kevin Gates called out activist Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016. Kevin, who is pictured with wife Dreka Haynes in June, is best known for his mixtapes including Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means, and Luca Brasi 2.

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