Carmelo Anthony says KILLING cops is not the answer ... it'll take peace, not violence to fix our "broken" justice system ... and he's willing to lead the charge. Anthony posted the impassioned plea only hours after the Dallas shooting, saying, "We need to be smart about what we are doing. We need to steer our anger in the right direction." Melo says the answer isn't in marches or posts on social media ... "we tried that." But it isn't in violence either ... "Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work." Anthony admits he doesn't have the solution ... but called on "all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge" ... by demanding change of politicians and community leaders. "There's NO more sitting back and being afraid." … [Read more...] about Carmelo Anthony: Killing Cops Isn’t Answer … Calls On Athletes To Force Change
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Play video content EXCLUSIVE TMZSports.com Dikembe Mutombo says LeBron James shouldn't "shut up and dribble" -- he should continue to take a stand to defeat social injustice ... and he's not the only one, we all should. Mutombo is reacting to the recent comments by FOX News host Laura Ingraham -- who said she doesn't care to get political advice from "someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball." The comments sparked a nationwide debate on whether athletes should use their platforms to speak on these issues -- and Mutombo says the answer is a resounding YES. "I think everyone in the U.S. has rights to express themselves. When there's a problem affecting one part of the society, it becomes the responsibility of everybody." We then asked if LeBron should continue to weigh in on polical topics -- and Dikembe told us it should be a team effort. "Everyone, not just LeBron ... everyone." … [Read more...] about Dikembe Mutombo Says LeBron Should Keep Speaking Up, And He Shouldn’t Be Alone
Forty-five years ago, on March 11th, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage at Bill Graham’s vaunted Fillmore East Theater in New York for the first of a series of shows that are among the most celebrated in rock history. The Allmans weren’t even supposed to be the headliners. The posters Graham had printed up read: “Johnny Winter and Elvin Bishop Group. Extra Added Attraction: Allman Brothers.” By the end of the first night, the order had been forcibly flipped on its head. During six sets of music spread across three evenings, the Allman Brothers Band — undeterred by bomb threats and a disastrous experiment with a patchwork horn section — pushed their songs to their very limits and redefined what it meant to jam onstage. The nearly 23-minute version of “Whipping Post” that closed the final night on March 13th set a high water mark in the then-fledgling tradition of … [Read more...] about Allman Brothers Band’s Legendary 1971 Fillmore East Run: An Oral History
Exclusive Getty There's rare sports memorabilia ... and then there's this. 35 years ago, Michael Jordan -- a junior hoops star at the University of North Carolina -- hustled a UNC student on a billiards table ... and was paid his $5 winnings by personal check. Now, that check -- made out to and endorsed (signed) by "Mike Jordan" -- is on the auction block at Goldin Auctions. According to the auction site, the story goes like this ... and it's pretty awesome. It was February 27, 1984 and Jordan -- in the mood to play pool -- went to the basement of the Granville Towers on UNC's campus ... and proceeded to dominate on the table. The guys were betting money ... and MJ was up $25. A friend of the guy Jordan was beating thought Michael was hustling his buddy, so he stepped in to play MJ ... and win back some of the money he'd lost. MJ lost a few games in a row -- which the consignor says irritated Jordan -- so he decided to cash out and take the 5 bucks he was owed. The friend -- … [Read more...] about Michael Jordan’s Signed Check From 1982 Billiards Bet Up For Auction
EXCLUSIVE Launch Doc Forget watches, luggage and fancy booze ... Russell Wilson just thanked his Seahawks offensive line with the most Prime gift ever -- $12,000 in Amazon stock each!! Remember, Wilson just signed a 4-year, $140 MILLION contract -- making the QB the highest paid player in the NFL. So, to thank the guys who protect his ass, Russell busted out the credit card and spent a grand total of $156,000 on his 13 offensive linemen, TMZ Sports has learned. Each player got a letter with the stock gift explaining why #3 hooked them up. "Every Sunday we go to battle together," Wilson wrote ... "You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family." "This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten." Russell says he wants to help his teammates prepare for life after football and believes stock in Amazon will help these players achieve their dreams. "When I sat down to think of ways to honor your … [Read more...] about Russell Wilson to Seahawks Linemen, You Each Get $12k In Amazon!