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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said receiver Antonio Brown was no longer on the roster after he tossed his jersey and pads into the stands before departing mid-game.

Brown threw a tantrum on the sideline and headed to the locker room after he twice refused to re-enter Sunday's game against the NY Jets.

After the game, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said the star wide receiver "is no longer a Buc".

However, as of Tuesday, Brown still was not waived by the Buccaneers. Now the Bucs say that he remains on the roster.

Sports analysts speculate that the Bucs are keeping Brown on the roster to block other NFL teams from signing him.

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Brown's NFL career is in doubt after a series of bad decisions and poor judgment over the years.

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Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens says he's ready to step in to replace Brown if the Bucs will give him a try out.

The 48-year-old retired wide receiver said on his podcast Tuesday that he is "absolutely" ready to replace Brown.
 

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LeBron James' agent Rich Paul (2nd from left) says the NBA All-Star will not be traded after the Los Angeles Lakers' third straight loss on Tuesday.

Rumors swirled that the Lakers front office is considering blockbuster trades for LeBron and guard Russell Westbrook.

Shams Charania of The Athletic said on The Pat McAfee Show he spoke with LeBron James' sports agent, Rich Paul, who said the 4-time MVP is not being traded.

"I heard directly from Rich Paul that LeBron James isn't leaving the Lakers," he said. "This team just doesn't look [like] it has the young legs that they need to have and they have been very active in the trade market."

LeBron, who turns 37 on December 30, has not commented on the trade rumors on social media.

After winning the NBA title in 2020, the Lakers have a dismal record at .500 (16-16) with the oldest roster in the league.

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On December 17, the Lakers signed 2x NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day contract. The former Laker scored 42 points in an impressive debut with the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League on December 15.

After depositing his first paycheck, Isaiah, 32, scored just 3 points with 3 assists and 1 rebound in a 108-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

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The Brooklyn Nets announced All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will return to the starting lineup for road games.

Irving was suspended before the start of the regular season after he refused to take the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
 
READ ALSO: Kyrie Irving Considers Taking Plant-Based Covid-19 Vaccine
 
The Nets announced Irving will not play in home games at the Barclays Center or two road games at Madison Square Garden, but he will be eligible to play in select road games once he tests negative for Covid-19 and gets back into shape, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The Nets made the decision to bring Irving back after the team lost seven fully vaccinated players including James Harden after they tested positive for Covid-19.

Kevin Durant will not play Saturday due to right ankle soreness, according to ESPN.

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"We arrived at this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement on Friday. "We believe that the addition of Kyrie will not only make us a better team but allow us to more optimally balance the physical demand on the entire roster.

"We look forward to Kyrie's return to the lineup, as well as getting our entire roster back together on the court."

Earlier this month, a source close to Irving said he would consider taking a plant-based Covid-19 injection if one is approved by the FDA.

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Atlanta Hawks fans mocked Charlotte Hornets star PJ Washington by chanting his baby mama's name when he stepped to the free throw line during Sunday's game.

Hawks fans chanted Brittany Renner's name to rattle PJ when he shot free throws.

Their efforts were not rewarded. Atlanta lost a close game 130-127 on their home court despite the Hornets being short four players due to the coronavirus.

PJ and Brittany have an infant son together, but that's all they have in common. The two bitter exes regularly hurl insults at each other on social media.

Brittany, 29, claims the 23-year-old Hornets star threw her and their son out of her home and she lost her car. She was forced to move in with her mom and sister until she can get back on her feet.

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Meanwhile, parents are furious that NFL legend Deion Sanders, who coaches Jackson State University football, invited Brittany to speak to his team.

The single mom proudly posted a video of her pep talk on her Instagram page.

Parents took to Facebook to slam Sanders, 54, for inviting a sports groupie to talk to their boys. One furious father wrote: "I didn't send my son to JSU to be educated by a THOT."

Sanders defended his decision in a post on Instagram:

"It's my responsibility as a Coach to prepare my young men for any and everything on the field and off. I brought in (Renner) to educate them on how the game is played between man & woman at their age & stage. The message may not be for everybody but trust me it's for somebody."

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) will play today against the Seattle Seahawks 11 days after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, was activated to play on Sunday. Meanwhile, NBA superstar Kyrie Irving, who is also unvaccinated, is forced to sit out the season.

Last week, Rodgers complained about cancel culture attempting to end his career for saying he was "immunized." He further angered the left by consulting with Joe Rogan on Covid-19 treatment.

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Rodgers was not sick and spent most of his 10-day quarantine working out and staying in great shape.

The Packers were fined $300,000 and Rodgers was fined $14,000 for violating the NFL's COVID protocol.

Rodgers will face Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson who is also coming off the injured reserve list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand.

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Russell's wife Ciara Wilson shared this Instagram photo of Russell flexing his muscles following surgery on his right hand just four weeks ago.

Russell had a pin inserted in his right middle finger. His swift recovery surprised his surgeon and the Seahawks.

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Ironically, the news is not so good for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, aka Big Ben.

Roethlisberger, who is fully vaccinated, will not play on Sunday after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Roethlisberger fell ill and reported his Covid-19 symptoms to the Steelers prior to testing positive.

Twitter had a field day comparing the two Covid-infected quarterbacks.

One Twitter user wrote: "Wait What But the vaccine Either it WORKS or it DOESN"T Apparently not! Seems to be happening quite frequently with those who have gotten the shots."

A second user wrote: "There's people actually upset that Rodgers didn't die of Covid."

And a third person tweeted, "A fully vaccinated Ben Roethlisberger missing today's game due to Covid completes the idiocracy loop."

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Thousands of loyal Atlanta Braves fans who lined up for hours to watch the Atlanta Braves parade were outraged when the bus carrying the World Series champions flew past them at 35 mph.

The Braves defeated the Houston Astros to win the World Series title in Houston on Tuesday. Braves fans waited for hours to celebrate with the team -- only to see the bus speed through like they were afraid of being carjacked.

Twitter users complained that they took the day off from work only to see the players for a brief second.

Someone clocked the bus going just over the speed limit.

One Twitter user wrote: "So appropriate for the #Braves to speed through huge crowds in downtown/midtown on the way to have a real parade in the suburbs."

Another person tweeted: "The Braves speedin thru atlanta to enjoy the parade in cobb is racist."

And a third user wrote: "I know we not use to doing them but damn they came by at the speed limit!!"

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers quoted civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. to explain why he chose not to get the mRNA vaccine.

Rodgers sparked outrage when media outlets reported he is unvaccinated after he tested positive for Covid-19.

The star quarterback will miss one game before returning next week. He is not expected to be fined or suspended for being unvaccinated.

On Friday, Rodgers ranted against "cancel culture", the "woke mob," and whoever leaked his vaccination status to the news media.

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The 2020 league MVP previously said he was "immunized" against the virus, leading many to believe he was vaccinated.

"I realize I'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before the final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I'd like to set the record straight on some of the blatant lies that are out there about me now," Rodgers said during an appearance on pro wrestler Pat McAfee's YouTube show.

"At the time, my plan was to say that I've been immunized," Rodgers said.

"It wasn't some sort of ruse or lie, it was the truth. Had there been a follow up to my statement that I've been immunized, I would have responded with this. I would've said, 'Look, I'm not some sort of anti-vax flat-earther, I am somebody who is a critical thinker, you guys know me, I march to the beat of my own drum, I believe strongly in bodily autonomy.'"

Rodgers continued:

"I would add this to the mix, as an aside. But the great MLK said that you have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense."

 

 
Rodgers, who will earn $33.3 million this year, said he has an allergy to an ingredient in two of the COVID vaccines and he chose another treatment that raised his antibody levels.

He declined to name the specific treatment, saying, "I'm just going to keep it between my doctors and myself, but it was a way to stimulate my immune system to create a defense against COVID."

Twitter users argued that his treatment didn't work since he got Covid-19.

However, fully vaccinated White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti both tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

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According to more than 70 current and former staffers, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is an unrepentant racist who drops the N-word often.

Sarver, who also owns the WNBA's Mercury, is pictured above with WNBA player Shay Murphy.

According to the report, Sarver once told 2 basketball operations staffers to find local strippers willing to get impregnated by NBA players. He allegedly wanted the players to be motivated to remain in Phoenix close to their offspring.

The shocking details were hashed out in a bombshell report published Thursday by ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

"The level of misogyny and racism is beyond the pale," one Suns co-owner told ESPN about Sarver. "It's embarrassing as an owner."

"There's literally nothing you could tell me about him from a misogynistic or race standpoint that would surprise me," another former Suns basketball executive told ESPN.

Among the sordid details included in the report are:

  • Sarver made inappropriate comments, including discussing when his wife performed oral sex on him.
  • Sarver used racial slur to explain to a staffer why he preferred hiring Lindsey Hunter, who is Black, over Dan Majerle as head coach in 2013.
  • Sarver once asked a female employee whether he "owned" her to determine if she was a Suns employee.

 

Sarver, through his attorneys, acknowledged dropping the n-word once many years ago, but he said other allegations in the report are untrue.

When the reports were made public on October 22, the Suns issued a statement, saying they "urge everyone not to rush to judgement here. Especially based on lies, innuendo, and a false narrative to attack our organization and its leadership."

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The Atlanta Braves clinched the World Series title on Tuesday, routing the hapless Houston Astros 7-0 on their own home turf in Game 6.

Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and the Braves won their first World Series championship in 26 years. Soler was a toddler and Freeman was six-years-old the last time the Braves won the championship in 1995.

"I've always said the team that has that little boy in them are teams that do good in the postseason," said Brian Snitker, Atlanta's manager. "And I really believe that. I think the team that just plays with emotion and enjoys what they're doing in the postseason is really dangerous."

Soler opened the barn door with a three-run homer in the third inning. And Freeman slammed it shut with a solo home run in the seventh inning for a final score of 7-0.

The Braves were heavily criticized for their offensive name, hatchet logo, and "the chop" gestures. The press also treated the team unkindly for not having any Black players.

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Most of the dark-skinned players on the Braves are Hispanic. The closest to a Black man on the Braves team is 2nd baseman Ozhaino "Ozzie" Albies, 24, a native of Curacao.

The two-time All-Star became an Internet meme when he peered into the 2nd base dirt camera during Game 6.

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WNBA legend Dawn Staley says her historic seven-year, $22.4 million contract is a "glimpse of hope for all women."

Staley, head coach for the South Carolina University women's basketball team, is the highest-paid Black women's coach in NCAA women's sports.

"I think this is an opportunity for us to have a broader conversation on how much women get paid on the dollar versus their male counterparts and many Black women get paid to their white counterparts and men," Staley said.

"Having to fight for what I think is justifiable, it is a fight that many women across this country fight for every single day. Maybe it's a glimpse of hope of one day getting what they deserve."

 
READ ALSO: Atlanta Dream won’t bring back WNBA players in viral fight video
 

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The 5x WNBA All-Star said she had a set annual figure in her mind when she went in to negotiate her contract.

"They could've said no," said Staley. "They could've said no, we're not willing to invest in you that way, we pay you pretty good and that's what you'll get. But they wanted to be a part of history."

Staley, 51, led the Gamecocks to a 2017 NCAA Championship and South Carolina women's basketball team finished in the top 25 in each of the last 10 seasons.

Staley's stellar career includes three Olympic gold medals.

"What a great gift this game has given me," Staley said. "I feel like I owe basketball. I am coaching to repay my debt to basketball. It is a gift that keeps on giving."

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LeBron James rushed to his "nephew" Zaire Wade's defense when Internet trolls mocked the 19-year-old after he was drafted by a G-league basketball team.

Zaire, eldest son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G-league's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz two weeks ago.

As soon as the news broke, critics descended on social media and blogs to diss the teenager who has struggled to fill his father's shoes.

LeBron, whose Lakers are 1-2, defended the youngster in social media posts over the weekend. LeBron is sick and tired of broke people bullying Zaire.

"Proud of you nephew!!! Keep going and F the haters!! They ain't [shit] anyway," he wrote.

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LeBron also left a comment under an Instagram post about Bill Belichick's son being a coach for the New England Patriots.

LeBron wrote:

"FACTS!!!. I'm so sick of people and their opinions on shit that ain't got nothing to do with them!!"

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Zaire attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing basketball for high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, alongside LeBron's son, Bronny James.

Zaire decided to skip college to realize his dream to follow in his dad's footsteps into the NBA.

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However, critics argued that Zaire is not his dad. They claim he is just not good enough -- even for the G-league -- and that he should go to college, like his father did, to gain more experience.

Eureweb.com writes:

"Not for nothing? Not for NOTHING at all, but Zaire could stand to play collegiate basketball for two more years. He isn’t particularly great at anything. Is he a good basketball player? I mean, yeah. He can shoot, sometimes. He can get to the basket, sometimes. He can score with a hand in his face, sometimes. Has shown the ability to play above the rim, sometimes."

Question: Do you think people are being too hard on Zaire?

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Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G League's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz.

Dwyane, who retired from the NBA in 2019, is part owner of the Jazz, and proudly posted an Instagram video announcing the news.

In the video, Zaire, who is seen celebrating his new contract, states:

"I feel good, I feel confident. I just signed the standard player contract for the G League. October 11, 2021. 19 years old. Yessir."

Zaire transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing at high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, with LeBron James' son Bronny.

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Zaire, 2nd from left, sat on the bench for most of his first season at Sierra Canyon High School after tearing a ligament in his right ankle.

The 19-year-old received several offers from small colleges. However, he chose to skip college to follow in his father's NBA footsteps.

Players who perform well in the G League are typically called up to the NBA where they are awarded with big money contracts.

Zaire's mother, Siohvaughn Funches, also shares 14-year-old MtF trans Zara, formerly Zion, with ex-husband, Wade.

Zaire has a half brother, Xavier, 7, and half sister, Kaavia, 2.

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The Brooklyn Nets will no longer offer NBA all-star Kyrie Irving a contract extension after he refused to get the experimental mRNA vaccine.

The decision means Kyrie will lose $186 million, in addition to $16 million of his $34.9 annual salary.

The news comes days after the Nets suspended Kyrie and announced that he can not practice or play in any games with the team in the 2021-2022 NBA season.

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Previously, Kyrie was barred from playing home games in New York City or eating with the team - even if he tested negative for Covid-19.

Kyrie has said he is not anti-vaccine, however, he is taking a stand against New York City's strict vaccine mandates that are unfair to workers.

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A source close to Kyrie told The Athletic that Irving is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. He has explained his concerns to close teammates, who support him being closed doors.

NBA player Michael Porter, Jr. waited until after signing a $207 million extension before refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.

72,000 nurses, doctors and healthcare workers in New York have been fired for refusing the vaccines.

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The Brooklyn Nets has suspended all-star guard Kyrie Irving from playing or practicing with the team.

General manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that Irving "will not play or practice" with the team unless or until he is vaccinated.

"Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Marks said in a statement Tuesday morning.

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"Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced strict Covid-19 vaccine mandates for all state buildings, restaurants and gyms.

However, authorities declared the Nets practice facility to be a "private office building" and thus exempt from the mandate.

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Irving was willing to forfeit $16 million -- nearly half of his annual $34 million salary because he is ineligible to play in 43 home games.

On Sunday, Nets coach Steve Nash said Irving's status was unclear.

"I think we recognize that he's not playing home games. We're going to have to play without him this year. So it just depends on when, where and how much."

The NBA previously stated all players who refused the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine would forfeit their paychecks for every game they missed.

Irving stood to lose $381,000 for every game he missed.
 

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The Brooklyn Nets are preparing for their superstar guard Kyrie Irving to miss all home games in the upcoming season.

With the NBA season opener just two weeks away, the NBA has done all it could to convince Kyrie to take the Covid mRNA vaccines.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie shows no signs of complying with New York City's strict Covid guidelines.

Wojnarowski tweeted on Tuesday:

"There had been previous optimism Irving would get vaccinated and fulfill local mandates, but that hope is waning and Irving's continued resistance to vaccination has Nets preparing for possibility they'll be without him for home practices and games for foreseeable future."

Kyrie is apparently willing to give up $300,000 per home game for the entire season.

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Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins reluctantly took the shot rather than forfeit $8 million in salary.

"You don't own your own body," said Wiggins, who added that he felt "forced" to take the shot.

"It came down to get the vaccination or don't play basketball," he told reporters.

"I'm 26. I have two kids ... I'm trying to generate as much money as I can for my kids and my future. Trying to create generational wealth... Hopefully it works out in the long run [and] in 10 years I'm still healthy."