Trouble in Cleveland as LeBron James and Tristan Thompson Go at It

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March wasn’t a good month for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a 9-2 record in February, the defending NBA Champs took on a season-high 17 games in March, with 12 of them being on the road. And it didn’t go too great. They finished 7-10 and are now a half game behind the Boston Celtics in the East standings.

And it seems like the tough month and less than stellar performance is taking its toll. Sunday night (Apr. 2), in a double overtime victory over the Pacers, league star LeBron James got into a heated argument with teammate Tristan Thompson.

The feud happened during a timeout after Kevin Love had, in essence, sealed the game with a late three pointer. As the team made their way to the sideline, cameras caught James and Thompson yelling at each over a missed defensive assignment.

Coach Tyronn Lue tried to calm the pair down, but nothing was going to stop them from going at it right there on the sideline.

The beef was seemingly squashed by the end of the night, however, with James outright apologizing for the outburst.

“I’ve got to do a better job of not showing up my teammates out on the floor. I had the right intentions in my mind, but I had the wrong intentions came out of my mouth. So, I take full responsibility for that as a leader of the team. So, I can be a lot better than that, be able to keep that in, in the locker room and when we’re watching film.”

Thompson also put Cavs fans at ease when asked about the altercation after the game.

“We’re family. Little miscommunication in the huddle. Move forward. Move forward. We’re family. Go each other’s back always. Move forward. Not going to get into it, just miscommunication, like I said. Move forward. It is what it is. Got the win.”

Whether or not this will affect the team’s journey to a repeat remains to be seen, but it’s clear there are some issues the team needs to address if they want to make it out of the East and take down (presumably) the dangerous Golden State Warriors.

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Fox News Backing Bill O’Reilly Amidst Sexual Harassment Claims Is What’s Wrong With How We Treat Celebrity Criminals

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The O’Reilly Factor is the number one rated show on Fox News and has been for over a decade. So news that Bill O’Reilly and his employer have paid out over $13 million in sexual harassment settlements is bad news for the news broadcasting giant.

Or is it? The New York Times reported on Saturday that O’Reilly and Fox have settled five different claims from women over the years, with each allegation rooted in some form of sexual harassment. The hush money was paid out in exchange for the women not pursuing litigation or speaking out publicly against O’Reilly.

But now the cat is out of the bag, and everyone knows that O’Reilly has been accused of sexually abusive behavior multiple times. This in its own right should be bad enough, but the fact that this isn’t the first high profile case of this kind at Fox makes it even worse.

Just last July, former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was forced to resign after his own sexual harassment scandal. At the time, the company said it did not tolerate behavior that “disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment.”

That’s all well and good until your top rated host and biggest earner is accused of verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted sexual advances, and “phone calls in which it sounded as if O’Reilly was masturbating” according to documents and interviews.

So what does Fox News have to say about this recent revelation?

“21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously. Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”

So basically, they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it. And what about O’Reilly himself? On his website, he posted a statement that basically says because he’s so well known, people are going to come after him but their allegations are not true. The only reason he settled with these women is to spare his family from damaging lawsuits.

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

“But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

Some have likened these allegations and the treatment of the women who have come forth to the Bill Cosby rape scandal. But since The O’Reilly Factor is such a big earner, it’s unlikely that any action will be taken against O’Reilly.

The only thing that could really hurt him now is if this latest NY Times piece causes advertisers to pull away from his show, not wanting to be associated with this scandal. Because it’s clear the only thing that matters here is money.

And that’s a problem. It’s just like a professional athlete being allowed to continue playing despite facing severe charges (Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Derrick Rose…the list could go on), or Hollywood filmmakers receiving awards despite being known to have molested children (Woody Allen, Roman Polanski). These people are put on a pedestal and told that they are too important to be punished. They bring in too much money.

It’s a mentality that fosters this belief that these kinds of things are alright as long as you are of a certain status; in essence, they are above the law and above punishment.

It’s why we have a president who was recorded saying because he’s so rich, he has the right to sexually assault a women simply because he wants to. These things are unacceptable — everyone would agree on that.

But until we all agree that simply being rich or famous does not allow you to do these things and get away with it, we are never going to be able to truly work towards fixing the problem.

They say justice is supposed to be blind, but reality often proves that is not the case. It’s why we have a rapist like Brock Turner described by his athletic accomplishments and let free after six months, while a black man who was killed simply because he was black being described by his criminal history.

These days it’s not simply about what was done, but it’s about who did it. And if the accused falls under a certain status or looks a certain way, then far too often the punishment (or lack thereof) fails to fit the crime.

Justice isn’t blind. Rather, we choose to be blind to the injustices surrounding us.

And until we collectively choose to fix that, we’ll just continue to tune in and try and ignore the fact that we are watching sexual predators on our television.

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Oddly Enough, Those Naya Rivera & David Spade Dating Rumors Are True

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Right around April 1st, everyone is skeptical of any breaking news that may come across their timeline or Google search, and rightfully so. Companies love to pull April Fools jokes with fake news, and so when word started spreading that Big Sean’s ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera and comedian/actor David Spade were dating, a lot of people were calling bull sh*t.

Well, it turns out it wasn’t a joke and the two really are together. Reports say that 30-year-old Rivera and 52-year-old Spade were both in Hawaii, although separately, when they decided to meet up for a little poolside rendezvous.

They were photographed swimming and hugging up on each other in the water, and a witness spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the odd couple, saying:

“The pair went for a short swim, hugged and had lots of body contact in the pool. They kept to one side of the pool where there was the most covering from prying eyes. Outside of the pool, they sat on lounge chairs and talked animatedly. They spent about an hour poolside together…They were very happy. They looked pretty comfortable together.”

After the poolside fun, the two were spotted eating together at Duke’s restaurant in Waikiki.

So clearly, this is a thing. Like, a real thing. Not everyone is just accepting it as fact, though, and instead are taking to Twitter to express their confusion.

But when you really look at it, it’s not as unheard of as it may seem. It’s weird, yeah, but David Spade has been known to pull some beautiful women in his life. The list includes Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle, Pamela Anderson, Nicolette Sheridan and most recently Charlotte McKinney.

Then, add on the fact that the two worked together on the Crackle comedy film Mad Families, and suddenly the very real possibility of the two hitting it off starts to make sense.

All that being said, though, I think it’s safe to say this is a couple that no one saw coming.

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St. Petersburg, Russia Subway Bombing: Some Things You Need To Know

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The Russian city of St. Petersburg was rocked by an explosion on one of their metro trains Monday (Apr. 3). Authorities are still working to understand who is behind the terrible attack and working on treating those affected. Here are some things you need to know about the Russian bombing.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 were injured.

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When the bomb exploded on a train between Sennaya Ploschad station and Tehnologichesky Institute station, there were a large number of people aboard, including children, local media reported. Injured people were pictured lying on a platform bleeding as passengers and emergency services rushed to help them amid thick smoke at 2:30pm local time.

As of now, there have been 10 confirmed deaths and at least 50 people who were injured. A student who was on the train was reported as saying:

“We were riding in the neighboring car, and at that time it was very crowded: all the seats were taken and many were standing. The explosion went off between stations. There was a thundering clap, followed by a strong smell smell and smoke.

We all moved to the opposite end of the wagon, people jammed together and two women passed out. This all was happening while the train was still moving, it didn’t stop. Everyone got out at Tenologicheskom Institute station. There, we saw that the neighboring wagon was shattered, the windows blown out, no light, blood.”

The homemade explosion was equivalent to 200 grams of TNT.

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While early reports said that there may have been two separate explosions, it is now being reported that the bombing came from a single source and there was only one explosion between the two stations.

The bomb was a homemade device that is thought to be equivalent to 200 grams of TNT and was placed on one of the carriages on the train. It appears that the device was filled with shrapnel, according to Sky News.

RBC is reporting that a man received a text message from a friend on the train who said, “there was an explosion on the track, a guy left his briefcase on the train car, exited the car, and moved to another train car. Just one car.”

A second explosive device was found but did not detonate.

Despite initial reports of two separate blasts occurring during the attack, it now appears that there was a single explosion, but another was planned. Reports are coming in that a second device was found.

It is believed that the second unexploded device was found at the Ploshad Vosstaniya metro station. According to Russia’s Fontanka newspaper, an unexploded device turned up at a different subway station, and crews were working to deactivate it before it could go off.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg at the time of the explosion.

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Vladimir Putin was in the city of St. Petersburg at the time of the explosion as he was set to meet his Belarusian counterpart Lukashenko. Senator Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s Defence Committee, said the timing of the explosion may be linked to Putin’s visit.

“The choice of the place and the timing of these blasts is not accidental,” he said. “The president of Russia is in [Saint Petersburg], the media forum is taking place there, there are many journalists.

The incident has been called a terrorist attack.

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Any attack of this nature is obviously going to raise the question of terrorism, and while no individual or group has claimed responsibility yet, terrorism is suspected. While President Putin has not expressly said it was a terrorist attack, he was quoted as saying, “We will look at all possible causes, terrorism as well as common crime.”

The Russian prosecutor general, however, described the Saint Petersburg explosion as a terrorist attack. Officials will continue working to figure out who is responsible.

A photo of the suspected attacker has been released.

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Surveillance cameras have reportedly captured images of the man who allegedly left a bomb, which was reportedly in a suitcase, on the train. Officials have confirmed that the explosive device was left in a briefcase.

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Wanda Sykes Hilariously Goes in On Donald Trump, Jokes Tiffany Trump Needs a Mall Cop Instead of Secret Service

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Wanda Sykes is still not here for 45. The comedian recently appeared on Conan and shared her hilarious thoughts on the current president, including how his entire family annoys her.

Sykes told Conan O’Brien that people need to stop waiting Donald Trump to be “presidential,” because it’s probably never going to happen. “If he’s a dick, he’s just gonna be a dick, that’s it,” she quipped.

“Everyone’s waiting for this moment for him to become presidential. They’re like, ‘You know, he has to learn to control his emotions, he has to learn to be measured,’ but the man is 70 years old. Those are things that you teach kids. I’m teaching my seven-year-old those things. Trump is 70. He’s not gonna learn that now. If he’s a dick, he’s just gonna be a dick, that’s it.”

Sykes goes on to say that she is not a Trump fan and that his entire family annoys her. However, she seems to be annoyed most by Trump’s lesser-known daughter Tiffany. Sykes was confused why Trump’s youngest daughter needed Secret Service, joking she needed a mall cop instead.

“A friend of mine was at the movies and he goes, ‘Oh, uh, guess who was here. Tiffany Trump was here with Secret Service. [It] annoys me that Tiffany Trump has a Secret Service detail. What the hell is she doing with Secret Service? Nobody knows who she is!

“She should get a mall cop. She should have a dude on a Segway just following her ass around. Trump don’t even like her. He never talks about her – never has her around!”

This isn’t the first time Sykes has come for 45. Following his election, she called him a “racist, sexist, homophobic, president,” during a charity event in Boston. Many in the audience did not care for the jokes and booed. Sykes responded by flipping off the audience.

Despite reports, she was not booed off the stage. She simply moved to other material following the incident.

However, with “mall cop” material, I hope the comedian continues to call out Trump. Comedians and humor will help carry us these 4 years (or 6 months, God willing).

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Tamar Braxton Opens Up About Suffering Miscarriage on “Braxton Family Values”

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There were few humorous shady remarks during the March 30th episode of Braxton Family Values. Tamar Braxton revealed that she recently suffered a miscarriage.

Tamar was visiting her sister Toni when she broke the sad news.

“You know, I didn’t tell nobody because it was very, very new. Well, maybe, like, a week before I went to Atlanta, I found out that I was pregnant.”

*Toni begins to celebrate, but Tamar stops her and clarifies*

“No, I was.”

The heartbreaking revelation was a big deal because Tamar felt her sister, Trina, was questioning her parenting choices. Tamar and husband Vince Herbert have a 3-year-old son, Logan. However, apparently, Trina feels Tamar uses their mother as a babysitter too much.

“It was like a whole lot for Trina to throw up how horrible of a mother she thought I was… Sometimes you just wanna not be nice and that’s what that was, I’m sorry.
You don’t throw nobody’s motherhood in their face. I ain’t out here in these streets like that, girl. I’m out here working. Like, stop!

Toni disagrees with Trina’s belief that Tamar pushes her son on their mother, but feels the sisters need to have an honest conversation. Her plan is to get all the sisters together for meeting to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, following episodes of season six will show Tamar going through IVF treatments.

“Going through IVF is not easy, you know. The mental part, trying to stay calm, trying to stay positive when the stakes are so high and the instant weight gain and body change throws you completely off but then it’s the other side of it, like ‘oh my gosh, it could be.’”

Tamar’s miscarriage revelation may also explain a recent Instagram post in which she writes, she wishes she had a baby girl.

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The singer thanks her fans for their support after the emotional episode aired.

Tamar and Vince’s marriage has faced many rumors and tabloid headlines as of late. However, they say their relationship is getting back on track. Though babies can’t fix marriages we wish the couple well as they try to have another child.

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Miami Mother Fights High School Student in Retaliation for Jumping Her Daughter

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Mamas are fighting in schools now!

A 30-year-old mother faces charges of armed robbery, battery, and child abuse after she attacked her daughter’s 17-year-old classmate on school grounds. The mother’s girlfriend was also arrested for her role in the altercation.

Ernslatta LaFrance assaulted the teen the at Carol City High School in Miami shortly after students were dismissed from class. LaFrance reportedly punched in the girl in the face multiple times, pulled her hair, stole her iPhone 6, and then drove away.

Later that day, the unnamed beaten teen went to LaFrance’s house in order to retrieve her stolen phone. This is when a second fight occurred.

LaFrance came out of her home and struck the teen with a stick, breaking her middle finger. She also took an ax to the teen’s car.

While several reports claim LaFrance used an ax, the police report states “the defendant took a stick and struck the victim’s right hand and the vehicle.”

However, the second fight gets even more dangerous as the teen was confronted by a second adult. LaFrance’s girlfriend, Erlisa Evans, 28, used a gun to fire three shots in air to scare the teen away. The warning shots did not hit anyone.

The teen was taken to Pembroke Pines Urgent Care to treat her injuries.

The fight between a grown woman and a high school student was sparked after LaFrance’s daughter was supposedly jumped by a group of girls at the county fair. The 17-year-old LaFrance attacked is the sister of one of the girls that jumped her daughter.

LaFrance posted a video of her fight with the teen on Facebook. She “warned those messing with her daughter to beware” and said next time, the teen girl would have more than two black eyes, she would use a gun instead.

She wrote:

“Ian (sic) arguing with nobody!!! Cause if yo child got jumped and maced by like 20 girls u will do the same.”

She also claims the high school student is 19-years-old, not 17 as has been reported by several news outlets. LaFrance’s daughter is 15.

LaFrance’s daughter’s father had a different reaction. In a Facebook post, he asked for prayers and even offered an apology to the beaten teen.

“Pray for my daughter and her mother for the wrong decision they made yesterday. No one is perfect. The worst done happen, now pray for the best. God know(s) how to handle this. I would like to apologize to (the) girl’s family.”

LaFrance and Evans were both arrested after turning themselves in to authorities. Evans was booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing a gun in public.

LaFrance faces burglary with assault or battery, strong-arm robbery and child abuse charges. She was held in lieu of $7,500 bond. “I see how old you are [and] it’s time to act your age,” the judge told her.

The 30-year-old was also ordered to stay away from the victim and Carol City High School. She can only be on school grounds while accompanied by daughter for school functions.

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Watch “Braxton Family Values” Season 5 Episode 18

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“Braxton Family Values” Season 5 Episode 18 aired on WeTV Thursday night (Mar. 30).

The sisters’ blowout fight leads to a major insult. Later, Tamar reveals a secret she’s kept from her sisters, and Trina scouts for her pop-up Bar Chix location.

Watch “Braxton Family Values” Season 5 Episode 18 Here:

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