South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have responded to China’s reported move to ban the Comedy Central series in that country, following a recent episode that dinged the Chinese government and Hollywood’s role in appeasing it. The episode, titled “Band In China,” sees the boys form a metal band and offered a biopic, while Randy is caught trying to sell marijuana in China and sent to a prison work camp. It and other episodes seemingly have been scrubbed from Chinese streaming services, social media sites including Weibo and Baidu, fan sites and discussion pages, according to reports. The ban caught the attention of Parker and Stone, who put out a statement Monday via the long-running animated series’ official Twitter page. The backhanded apology included a reference to the NBA’s recent entanglements with China, which severed promotional ties with the league’s Houston Rockets after the team’s GM recently tweeted out support … [Read more...] about ‘South Park’ Creators Offer “Apology” To China, Dunk On NBA Controversy In Process
Commissioner Adam Silver is trying to change the narrative surrounding the National Basketball Association’s dealings with China. Silver said Thursday at a conference in New York that Chinese officials asked him initially to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who got into hot water for tweeting “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The subsequent uproar by China over the tweet caused problems during what was originally a goodwill tour by the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. Posters were torn down, merchandise taken off shelves, TV and streaming options derailed, and media conferences cancelled. For the US, the NBA and Silver caught grief for initially appearing to apologize, then giving a somewhat muted response instead of a full defense of freedom. The tepid response was galling to many, since the league and many of its players previously showed no hesitation in speaking out against perceived injustice in the US. “We were being asked to … [Read more...] about NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Losses Have Been “Substantial” From China Controversy
EXCLUSIVE 10 out of 10 active NBA players believe it's time to LEGALIZE medicinal marijuana in the NBA ... and the recent video of Kevin Durant dropping prescription pot in L.A. is only fueling the pro-weed fire. Here's the dilemma ... since Rx weed is already legal in several states, should the league continue to outlaw the green stuff if a player has a legitimate prescription from a doctor??? We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) ... and they all made it very clear -- it's time to legalize it!!! One player told us, "How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine." Another said ... "The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]." Overall, the players believe the league needs to change with the times -- though they agree, the NBA is more progressive than other major sports leagues like the NFL and MLB and could be a real trailblazer … [Read more...] about NBA Players — We Want Our Weed!!! … It’s Time For The League To Legalize
Play video content Breaking News NBA Here's LeBron James going out of his way to show love to NFL star Kyler Murray at the Lakers game on Tuesday ... it's a cool moment. But there's another issue with this clip ... did LeBron ignore L.A. Dodgers star Cody Bellinger, who was sitting right next to the QB?! SAY IT AIN'T SO BRON!!! Getty Here's the deal ... King James went over to the expensive seats at Staples Center with about 25 seconds left in the 4th quarter to dap up Murray, the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. FYI, Murray and LeBron have been friends for a while -- in fact, Kyler has a deal with Bron's Uninterrupted media company ... and rocked the logo inside of his suit jacket on Draft night. uninterrupted But during the broadcast, we DIDN'T see LeBron show love to Cody ... who was sitting right next to Kyler! Look, doesn't mean Bron didn't chop it up with Cody before or after the game (or maybe LBJ just didn't recognize Cody in a backwards hat). Bron … [Read more...] about LeBron James Shows Love To Kyler Murray At NBA Game, Nothing For Bellinger?!
EXCLUSIVE: Six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin is suiting up for The Pursuit of Healthiness, a new podcast series that teams him with OBB Pictures and Amazon’s Audible. Production has kicked off ahead of a 2020 launch, with guests from the world of sports, entertainment and the health and wellness industry planned. Griffin, the former Los Angeles Clipper now with the Detroit Pistons, has been considered one of the NBA’s most athletic players since coming into the league as the Clippers’ No. 1 draft pic in 2009. The podcast series will delve deeper into his interest in physical and mental fitness, and find out what it takes for everyday people to keep their bodies and minds in shape. “I’m excited to collaborate with Audible and OBB while I explore a true passion of mine as I connect with a wide range of experts, innovators and outliers throughout the health and wellness landscape,” he said. “I will be talking to everyone from spiritual … [Read more...] about NBA All-Star Blake Griffin Teams With Audible And OBB Pictures For ‘The Pursuit Of Healthiness’ Podcast