NBA Fines Matt Barnes for ‘Condoning Violence’ Against Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes attends Neff Headwear x PacSun presents Jhene Aiko's "Soul of Summer" Evening with Hennessy V.S at U.S. Bank Tower on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The NBA slapped a fine on Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for his comments “condoning violence,” the league announced Sunday.

Barnes told reporters Saturday before Memphis’s game against the New York Knicks “violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.” He made the comment in reference to his off-season incident with Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in which Barnes reportedly socked Fisher in the face.

Fisher was at the home of Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan when the altercation occurred.

Barnes was suspended two games for the incident earlier this season. He recently filed a grievance with the NBA in an attempt to recoup the salary he lost from the suspension.

Matt Barnes Suspended Two Games Over Derek Fisher Drama

(L-R) Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan, Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes will lose a couple of paychecks over his altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher last fall.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward was suspended two games without pay on Monday for what the league said was a “physical altercation” with Fisher and for “threatening” him.

The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher — former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.

The Grizzlies had just wrapped up a week of training camp, and a source told The Associated Press in October the incident occurred while Fisher attended “a gathering” at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

Page Six reported at the time that Barnes drove 95 miles to Govan’s house to “beat the sh*t” out of Fisher. Barnes said his six-year-old sons had called to tell him that Fisher was in their home. According to reports, Barnes arrived at the home and got into an altercation with Fisher.

Redondo Beach police responded to the incident but disclosed no information on the location or who was involved after finding no basis for criminal charges.

Barnes’ suspension will begin Tuesday night when the Grizzlies host Miami and includes Saturday night’s game at Utah. The Grizzlies were off Monday after playing back-to-back games over the weekend.

Charles Barkley Trashes CNN, Donald Trump and Trump’s Supporters (Watch)

Charles Barkley on TNT

As part of TNT’s NBA coverage Thursday night, commentator Charles Barkley was supposed to be promoting the upcoming 2016 presidential debate on CNN (TNT’s sibling under Turner Broadcasting) by talking a little politics.

Instead, he ended up trashing CNN over its coverage of the 2016 presidential race.

“To be honest with you, CNN has done an awful job this election. An awful job,” Barkley began. “I love CNN because they’re part of our company, but they’ve been kissing butt, chasing ratings. They’ve become like Fox News for the Republicans, to be honest with you. They follow every single soundbite to just get ratings for these debates. And it’s sad and frustrating that our company has sold their soul for ratings.”

Asked to comment on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, Barkley said his shenanigans have been “fascinating, sad, funny,” and “all over the place.”

“He started out insulting Hispanics,” Barkley said. “Living in Arizona, I think Hispanics are amazing people. To lump all the Hispanics together, that was insulting. Now to lump all the Muslims together, that’s even more insulting. This is the United States of America. This is the greatest place in the world. Do we have issues, of course we have issues. But to try to divide and conquer, which is what the Republicans always do, it’s just sad.”

Barkley also attacked Trump’s supporters. “They’re afraid to look in the mirror and say why their lives suck. …Your life sucks because of you. Not because of Hispanics.”

Barkley, who once considered running for governor of Alabama, says he’s never voted for a Republican, but is supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich this year.

Watch his entire segment below:

L.A. Clippers Dancers Get Their Own E! Reality Series

Spirit Dance Team - Clippers vs. Warriors (4/19/2014)

A production company followed around the Los Angeles Clippers dance team both on and off the court for a reality series set to premiere early next year on E!.

The cable channel ordered eight one-hour episodes of “L.A. Clippers Dance Squad” from Mandalay Sports Media, reports Deadline.com.

The show goes behind the scenes of the Clippers’ dance team, chronicling the lives of its rising stars from the hours of auditions and rehearsals to balancing personal lives and relationships.

“The Clippers dance team is an established and popular part of L.A.’s sports story, and we are excited to give our fans an exclusive peek into this high-energy world,” said Jeff Olde, EVP Programming and Development at E! “This series will bring a fascinating and revealing look at this exclusive organization and the glamorous, larger-than-life women who are competing in a very high-stakes game both on and off the court.”

Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach serve as executive producers for Mandalay Sports Media, and Leola Westbrook serves as an Executive Producer as well. Cash Warren is also a producer on the series.

 

Dwyane Wade’s Son Hospitalized with ‘Undisclosed Illness’

Dwyane Wade and his son Zion

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade missed a Thursday night game against the Utah Jazz to be with his son Zion, who was hospitalized with an “undisclosed illness.”

Wade returned to practice on Saturday and spoke to reporters about his absence, but did not give any further details about his son’s condition.

“I don’t want to get into what happened, but just know that I appreciate everyone’s support,” Wade said at AmericanAirlines Arena. “[Zion] is not out of the woods yet, but hopefully soon he will be. Right now, it’s just about seeing a progression every day.”

Wade said the past few days had been physically and emotionally draining, and that getting back to basketball Saturday was tough. He mentioned having very little sleep since Thursday, when he missed the team’s morning shootaround for what was then listed as personal reasons. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Wade was at the hospital with Zion later Thursday.

“Everybody understood why I wasn’t playing the other night,” Wade said. “It was good getting back out here. It felt like I was off for three weeks. I couldn’t breathe. So it was good to get out here and blow it out a little bit, being out here with the guys in the midst of them talking junk to each other. We had our whole group in here today, which was great.”

 

Dwight Howard Brings Loaded Glock to Houston Airport, Avoids Arrest

Dwight Howard #35 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men's National Team attends a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada

TMZ reports that on Aug. 28, the NBA star was stopped by a TSA agent who noticed the Glock 26 9mm was in his bag – loaded, with one round in the chamber.

He was not arrested…because Texas.

TMZ cites multiple law enforcement sources who say looser gun laws in Texas worked in Howard’s favor. He was reportedly allowed to give the weapon to an associate who took the gun out of the airport.

As for Dwight, once he was disarmed — he was allowed to get back in the security line and board his plane.

The Houston Police Department tells TMZ the District Attorney was aware of the case, but ultimately decided not to prosecute Howard.

 

LeBron James Signs Content Creation Deal with Warner Bros

LeBron James attends the "Trainwreck" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on July 14, 2015 in New York City

LeBron James will next take his talents to Burbank.

On the heels of his good reviews in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has partnered in a content creation deal with Warner Bros Entertainment that will put his SpringHill Entertainment banner on the studio track to generate content in TV, movies and digital.

Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros, James and his SpringHill cofounder Maverick Carter are calling the arrangement unprecedented, reports Deadline.com.

“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” said Tsujihara. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere. We’re excited to welcome LeBron and Maverick to the Warner Bros. family and look forward to partnering on incredible projects that will connect with consumers across a variety of platforms.”

Added James: “Connecting with my fans and telling meaningful stories have always been my passion. In everything I’ve done, from Nike commercials to Uninterrupted and Survivor’s Remorse, it’s always about connecting with people of all ages and providing unique content they can all enjoy. And I’ve always loved
movies, which makes Warner Bros. the ultimate partner to help us continue to push the envelope. I can’t wait to see what we come up with.”

 

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