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The Charlotte Hornets declined to offer Miles Bridges a max contract after he uploaded an image of himself allegedly drinking lean and smoking weed.

According to reports, Bridges demanded a max contract after he was the team's highest scorer during his breakout 2021-22 season.

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A max contract would include over $30 million per season and bonuses for Bridges. But reports are that the Hornets refused to pay a max contract to a possible junkie.
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According to TPS, Bridges' actions off the court made it easier for the Hornets to make their decision.

"The 24-year-old Charlotte Hornets player posted on his Instagram Stories featuring a joint and a styrofoam cup with pink/purple-ish colored liquid inside."

Bridges captioned a June 6 tweet "Pink lemonade" before deleting it.

Lean, also called purple drank, is a mixture of prescription codeine cough syrup, a soft drink and hard candy in a styrofoam cup.

"He's not being offered, from what I'm told, a max contract from the Charlotte Hornets right now," said Brian Windhorst via ESPJN. "So, he's going to go out into the market place, starting on Thursday or Friday, and see if he can get that offer from somewhere else."

Bridges was ejected for hitting a young fan in the face with his mouthguard during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2022 in Atlanta.

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Lil Keed complained of severe stomach pains in the days leading up to his untimely death on Friday.

The 24-year-old rapper told friends his stomach pain was so bad, he had to go to a hospital.

Sources say Keed was addicted to lean, also known as purple drank and sizzurp. The main ingredient in lean is prescription codeine cough syrup.

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The concoction of cough syrup and hard candy in a soft drink is favored by rappers like Lil Wayne (pictured).

Multiple sources tell TMZ, the YSL rapper battled with drugs and alcohol over the years, but he was clean and went to an L.A. hospital to be evaluated after suffering from stomach pain.

His condition got progressively worse, and his organs - liver and kidneys - began to fail, causing his painful death.

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Keed (right) was signed to Young Thug's YSL record label in Atlanta.

Before he died, Keed denied YSL was a gang. But a Fulton County prosecutor said YSL was a front for violent street gang activities.

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Young Thug (left), rapper Gunna (right) and 26 other YSL members are currently sitting in the Fulton County Jail without bond in Atlanta. They are charged with violating the state's RICO laws and criminal gang activity.

Keed was not named in the 56-count indictment.

Last year, overdoses involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surpassed 71,000, up 23% from 2020. Nearly 50,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2019.

Mixing codeine or heroin with synthetic opioids like fentanyl further increases risk of death.

Worldwide, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to opioid overdoses.

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Rapper Lil Keed died suddenly at age 24 in Los Angeles on Friday, May 13, his management company, 300 Entertainment confirmed.

Sources tell the rapper died from multiple organ failure due to an overdose of lean.
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Lean, also known as purple drank, purple lean, and sizzurp, is a concoction of prescription codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soft drink like Sprite. Addicted rappers sip lean from styrofoam cups.

Keed's brother, rapper Lil Gotit wrote on social media:

"Can't believe I seened you die today bro [sic] I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that's go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy."

Lil Keed, real name Raqhid Render, was signed to Young Thug's YSL record label and 300 Entertainment. The two rappers grew up in the same neighborhood in Atlanta.

Keed was scheduled to perform on Saturday at a music festival in Charlotte, N.C. when he passed away on Friday.

Rapper Gunna, who is also signed to Young Thug's YSL label, is reportedly suffering from codeine withdrawal symptoms in Atlanta's Fulton County Jail.

Gunna and Young Thug are among 28 defendants indicted for violating the state's felony RICO law and criminal gang activity.

Lil Gotit says he spoke with Young Thug and Gunna about Keed's death in jailhouse phone calls over the weekend.

Lil Gotit wrote in a post on Instagram:

"Talked to @thuggathugger1 yesterday. Keed u f*cked him up with this one but we know you guarding him through these times and make sure he gone be alright We da Proud Family can't nothing stop us [sic]."

He added:

"Talked to @gunna he good just sad what's goin on wit twin but everything gone be in our favor [sic]."



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A childhood friend of rapper Gunna claims he is going through codeine withdrawal in jail.

According to MediaTakeOut, the friend claims Gunna is showing signs of codeine withdrawal in a grainy photo that surfaced online Thursday. The image was taken from a CCTV camera in the jail during Gunna's arraignment hearing.

A judge denied bond for the "Hot" rapper on Thursday. He is sitting in jail with rapper Young Thug and 26 YSL gang members who were indicted on racketeering charges on Monday.

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Gunna frequently rapped about his drug addiction in his rap songs.

"Had a bad relationship with codeine," Gunna raps in his hit song "Codeine."

Lean, also known as purple drank, purple lean, and sizzurp, is a concoction of codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soft drink like Sprite. Rappers prefer to sip lean in styrofoam cups.

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Gunna is signed to Thug's YSL record label. But Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis says YSL is a front for a violent street gang.

Gunna's album Wunna debuted at the top of the charts in 2020. His follow-up album DS4Ever was his 2nd consecutive number one album.

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Chicago rapper Famous Dex apparently suffered a seizure during a performance at a Los Angeles nightclub early Friday, Nov. 1. According to TMZ, the incident happened at L.A.'s 1 Oak nightclub where Dex was performing.

Cell phone video shows club patrons supporting the motionless rapper who appears to be out cold. Dex's camp released a statement on Friday morning, saying he is in good spirits and recovering from an epileptic seizure.

If you're wondering if drugs are involved, they might be. According to XXL, Dex's fans were very concerned about his apparent battle with drug addiction last year.

He reportedly struggles with addictions to lean, aka purple drank or sizzurp. Lean is a toxic potion containing codeine cough syrup, a soda beverage and hard candy. The concoction is known to cause seizures when guzzled in large amounts.

Last year, the 26-year-old rapper appeared to pass out during an Instagram Live session. He promised his fans that he would quit drinking lean and popping Xanax, a prescription drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorders.

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Other famous rappers who suffered seizures from drinking lean include Lil Wayne (pictured), Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and rap legend Pimp C, who unfortunately died. Rappers prefer to gulp down lean in a large styrofoam cup.

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Rapper Lil Wayne is attempting to deflect rumors of his alleged drug use by claiming to be an epileptic. Epilepsy can be an acute (new) or chronic (longstanding) disruption of signals in the brain that results in controlled or uncontrolled convulsions (seizure activity).

In an interview with LA's Power 106 on Thursday, Wayne, 30, said epilepsy is the reason behind his multiple hospitalizations -- not his reported addiction to Promethazine/Codeine prescription cough syrup (aka Sizzurp or Purple Drank), which can also cause epileptic seizures.

Promethazine/Codeine is not prescribed for epilepsy.

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According to gossip website, troubled rapper Lil Wayne was released from Cedars-Sinai hospital yesterday, where he was treated for recurrent seizures related to a reported drug overdose.

Confusion reigned when Wayne was re-admitted to Cedars-Sinai on Friday after a bodyguard found him unconscious on the floor of his hotel room.

Sources on the west coast told several websites, including this one, that Wayne was on his death bed. But the rumors turned out to be false. A tweet allegedly sent from Wayne's phone only added to the confusion -- and confirmed suspicions that Wayne was in no condition to send the tweet himself.

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