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Rapper Travis Scott Thumbs Nose at Calls to Quit Super Bowl, Claims NFL Donating to Social Justice

Travis Scott took the NFL’s halftime-show problem and used it to extort them into giving to charity.

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Rapper Travis Scott has thumbed his nose at a growing number of black performers who have advised him to cancel his performance at the Super Bowl to show support for anti-American protester and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

Instead, Scott is pointing to his agreement with the league that he says will bring a large donation to social justice issues.

Rapper Travis Scott says the NFL has made a commitment to him to spend even more money on social justice causes as part of his deal to appear.

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The Sicko Mode rapper says that he only signed on to appear with main stage stars Maroon 5 after the NFL agreed to donate a thus far undisclosed amount to an equally undisclosed organization advocating for social justice, according to Billboard.

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Scott is now confirmed for an appearance during Super Bowl LIII to be held Sunday, Feb. 3, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium despite the mounting pressure from a number of black performers who have been working to get Travis to cancel his appearance.

A growing list of black performers has reportedly refused to join the Super Bowl half time show because of what they feel is the shoddy treatment the league has perpetrated against former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers player has gone unsigned by any team since the end of the 2016 season during which he created the national anthem protest.

Artists including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Meek Mill, have all spoken out against the NFL and in support of Kaepernick.

Some reports maintain that Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill personally contacted Scott to warn him against performing at this year’s Super Bowl.

Pop superstar Rihanna also jumped in to attack the NFL over its treatment of Kaepernick and has reportedly put her foot down against any Super Bowl appearances to show support for Kaepernick.

Rapper Cardi B has repeatedly slammed the NFL saying she will not support the NFL because of its treatment of Kaepernick.

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Murder Conviction for Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Reinstated

With its decision, the high court agreed with state prosecutors who said it was not fair to vacate Hernandez’ conviction.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reinstated the murder conviction of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in a decision that Overturns decades of legal precedent. The state’s highest court ruled that the practice of vacating a criminal conviction if the defendant dies during the case is a nonsensical practice and that the doctrine will be ended in the Bay State, according to the Boston Globe. Hernandez was convicted of murder in 2015 and was in the process of appealing the conviction when he committed suicide in jail in 2017. His lawyers then filed for abatement ab initio to vacate the conviction because he died during the appeal. But the state Supreme Court ruled against vacating the conviction. “We conclude that the doctrine of abatement ab initio is outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life, if, in fact, it ever was,” Justice Elspeth Cypher wrote. With its decision, the high court agreed with state prosecutors who said it was not fair to vacate Hernandez’ conviction. During his arguments before the court, Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said, “The practice of wiping out a jury verdict like it never occurred is not fair or equitable. Just to snap your finger and have that go away because the defendant died — it’s not fair.” The former New England Patriots player committed suicide two days after he was acquitted in a second murder case concerning the deaths of two men which occurred in 2012. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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How Are the Lakers Liking Him Now? LeBron James Plays His Career-Worst Quarter EVER

James was dutifully dour over the loss.

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Los Angeles was very excited when LeBron James came to town. Oh, it was “King James” this, and “King James” that. But since James came to the city, the Lakers have tumbled almost to the bottom of the league. And last weekend, James had the worst quarter of his entire 16-year career. The Los Angeles Lakers were toppled by the New York Knicks in a 124-123 final and James was a major part of that loss. In a quarter culminating in what could have been James’ game-winning shot blocked by Mario Hezonja, James went 4-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter, ESPN reported. His whopping eleven missed shots became the worst quarter in his career. To make matters worse, the March 17 game with the Knicks marks the New Yorkers’ only sweep of the year. The Knicks are one of the worst teams in the league, but the Lakers were the only team they were able to sweep all season. The Lakers did rise to take the momentum in that final quarter, but with repeated misses, it just wasn’t enough to drag the game into the win column. James was dutifully dour over the loss. “It bothers me in the fact we didn’t close the game out and being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch; it bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot up at the hoop,” James said after the game. “Of course, that stuff bothers me, but I mean what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason. So there’s no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it’s not much of a difference.”…

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