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Warriors coach Mike Brown cracks up over Lonzo Ball’s $500 shoes 05.05.17 at 2:14 pm ET
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Brown’s reaction to this exactly the same as everyone else’s. His laughter speaks for all of us.

As soon as the reporter asks “Would you buy a pair of shoes for $500…?” Brown laughs like a crazy person at how ridiculous that price tag is and then the reporter goes on: “… from an unproven NBA player after college?” and Brown literally says, “Uhhhh no.” And then he gets up to leave and he’s STILL laughing. But that is actually how dumb these shoes and their promotion are. LaVar even tweeted, “Big Baller’s loose! If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!” So basically, “if you can’t buy our shoes you’re poor.” The new poverty line has been drawn by LaVar Ball and it separates Big Ballers and Poor People. 

Shaq even jumped in today with this tweet: 

But it’s not really surprising that LaVar Ball thinks people care enough about Lonzo right now to spend $995 on autographed sneakers or $220 for the ZO2 Signature Slides sandals (the ugliest shoe design in history, in my opinion). His ego about his son who hasn’t played a second in the NBA yet is unparalleled.

Big Baller Brand’s tweet introducing the sneaker even said, “The Sports World is Forever Changed.” Not so much, LaVar.

But if people actually buy these it shows LaVar knows what he’s doing. I cannot wait to see the sales numbers for these shoes and see how many, or few, people are stupid enough to buy them and then wait until November for them to ship.

We know this guy is on board though:

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling says Adam Jones is lying about racism at Fenway; LaVar Ball debuts Big Baller Brand signature shoe 05.05.17 at 8:55 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
NY Yankees at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cleveland at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Edmonton at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— While making an appearance on Breitbart Radio Network on Thursday, Curt Schilling said he does not believe Adam Jones heard racial slurs at Fenway Park earlier this week.

“I think this is bull—-,” Schilling said. “I think this is somebody creating a situation … I say he’s lying. If he isn’t, I will apologize. I will absolutely apologize on the air and I will be sincere about it if it happens.”

Schilling also said he believes “for somebody to talk loud enough for Adam Jones to hear the N-word in center field, other people would have heard it.”

“I don’t believe the story, given the world we live in,” he continued. “I don’t believe it, for this reason: Everybody is starving and hungry to sit in front of a camera and talk and be social justice warriors. And if a fan yelled loud enough in center field for Adam Jones to hear the N-word, I guarantee you we would’ve heard and seen fans around on CNN on MSNBC, they would’ve found multiple fans to talk about what a racist piece of junk Boston is.”

Schilling also tweeted about his position on the matter:

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LeBron James says he’s never heard racism in Boston 05.04.17 at 10:12 am ET
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TMZLeBron James says he’s never been target of racist taunts in Boston — but he feels for athletes who have — and says he’s PROUD of the fans and athletes trying to put a stop to it.

The NBA superstar addressed the media after his Cavs stomped the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their playoff series … and said the incident at Fenway Park with Adam Jones is a “delicate situation.”

“Racism we know exists,” said LeBron who also explained why it’s important to talk about these matters in the media.

He also talked about what he says to his kids when it comes to dealing with racism — and why superstars like himself need to be leaders when it comes to racial issues.

“I’ve been to Boston, I’ve played in Boston a lot,” LeBron said. ” … I can’t recall me ever hearing something that was racism towards me.”

LeBron did a good job giving a well-rounded response to this issue. He could have simply moved on and refused to talk about it, especially since he said he’s been out of the loop recently, but he didn’t. He addressed it head-on and gave his honest experience of Boston and its sports fans. Good for him.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Sean Spicer uses Patriots to bash Hillary Clinton; Woman hit by bullet during Cardinals game 05.04.17 at 8:49 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Oakland at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA:
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL:
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During his daily press briefing earlier this week, friend of WEEI Sean Spicer referenced the Patriots when answering a question about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Clinton said recently she believes she could have won the election over Donald Trump had FBI director James Comey not announced he was reopening the investigation into her emails so close to Election Day. She said she thinks she would have won if the election had been held on October 27, before Comey did this.

In response to a question from the press about these comments, Spicer said, “I’m a Patriots fan and I think if games ended in the 3rd quarter, there would have been a different team here last week. But you play a game 4 quarters and you play an election until election day.”

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ICYMI: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez reunite for all-time awkward interview 05.03.17 at 5:30 pm ET
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At first, it is CLEAR Jeter and A-Rod dislike each other, or at least it’s Jeter who has zero interest in being anywhere near A-Rod. Jeter doesn’t even smile until twenty seconds into this when the reporter asks if the two are friends now and he lets out the fakest fake laugh I’ve ever heard. Meanwhile, A-Rod has been grinning the whole time.

Actually, Rodriguez seems absolutely jazzed to be there, which makes Jeter’s standoffish approach to this interview even more apparent. A-Rod’s cracking jokes and grinning and slapping his knees with laughter and giddiness, while Jeter is counting the minutes until this is over. As the interview goes on, it seems the two bond over a shared annoyance with the CNBC reporter, who is a disaster.

The reporter even called Jeter “Alex.” He called DEREK JETER “Alex.” And it took him A FEW SECONDS to correct himself. DEREK JETER. Geez.

Also, listen to this clown interviewer’s segue from the charities the two are representing to A-Rod’s appearance at the Met Gala the night before. He basically said, “I was going to ask you about your charities but A-Rod, you went to the Met Gala last night and that’s way more interesting so tell us about that.” I’m paraphrasing but that’s not far off. Smooth.

After this “interviewer” asked A-Rod if he went to the gala with Jennifer Lopez (which he did, duh) he turns to, again DEREK FREAKING JETER, and said, “So, you, uh, you’re working with the, uh, the foundation there?” Doesn’t even know the name of Derek Jeter’s foundation. This is what I call a prepared journalist. Jeter takes it all like a champ though because you can see in his eyes he knows he’s better than both of these guys. And he is.

AND THEN Jeter starts talking about his charity and A-Rod completely hijacks the whole thing and tells a story about when he visited Jeter’s charity in Kalamazoo. Jeter had barely even said what his charity does.

AND THEN after A-Rod had just minutes earlier said Jeter wasn’t at the Met Gala, this interviewer turned to Jeter and said, “Did you enjoy the Met Gala last night?” Jeter said he did not go. This could have been avoided had the interviewer been listening.

AND THEN he tried to ask A-Rod (again) if he enjoyed the Met Gala, but instead he said, “Did you enjoy the game?” THE GAME. I mean, come on, man. Can you BE any more awkward?

I loved every single second of this interview. It is such a disaster it’s almost a masterpiece. Judging by his performance, I don’t think this man has ever interviewed anyone before in his life, so congrats to him on scoring these two as his first interview ever.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jason Heyward ‘not surprised’ by racist taunts 05.03.17 at 10:08 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB:
San Francisco at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA:
Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:
Houston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
Anaheim at Edmonton, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said on Tuesday he is not shocked by the racist remarks from fans directed at Jones.

“You hear stuff, you hear stuff,” Heyward said when asked if he heard racist comments when the Cubs were at Fenway last week.

“Nothing shocks you,” he went on. “Nothing really shocks me. To that extent, when stuff like that happens, I’m not saying you expect it to happen, but you’re not surprised, growing up African-American, growing up playing baseball.”

However, Heyward did say this behavior is not exclusive to Fenway in his experience.

“It’s not the only park I’ve been in where I’ve heard it,” he said.

“It is what it is, man,” Heyward continued. “If somebody feels that’s what they’re going to use to their advantage, more power to them. It’s not going to affect me. It sucks. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore, ever. But it’s part of life, unfortunately part of life.”

Tigers outfielder Justin Upton was also asked on Tuesday if he has ever experienced racial heckling in his career.

“Maybe not on that level,” Upton said. “People say things, man. We’re out there. There’s nobody really out there monitoring it. We have to bigger than that, let it roll off our shoulders and continue to play the game. I’ve never particularly heard anything in Boston.”

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Jemele Hill, other media members react to Red Sox fans racially taunting Adam Jones 05.02.17 at 10:26 am ET
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The Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday morning in response to Adam Jones saying Red Sox fans taunted him with racial slurs at Fenway Park on Monday night. The team apologized in the statement for the behavior of the fans.

National and local media members weighed in on the matter on social media:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman gets Aaron Hernandez tribute tattoo; Athletes attend 2017 Met Gala 05.02.17 at 10:01 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Toronto at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA:
Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:
Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
St. Louis at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A woman with the Instagram name MsMackHard posted a picture last Thursday of her new tattoo, which pays tribute to Aaron Hernandez.

“The most awesome tattoo I’ve ever gotten!! Dedicated to a man that had a major impact on my life.. Aaron Hernandez.. Save your negative comments I’ll delete them!,” her caption said.  

The tattoo is huge and reads “If it is to be, it is up to me” and Hernandez’s nickname “Chico” surrounded by his number 81 and “Rest in Peace” below it. This is now on her body for the rest of her life.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react on social media to Paul Pierce’s last game 05.01.17 at 9:18 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN, NESN)
MLB:
San Francisco at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA:
Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:
Houston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After 19 seasons in the NBA, Paul Pierce played his final game on Sunday and retired after his Clippers lost 104-91 to the Jazz in the Game 7 of the first playoff round.

Fans and players bid farewell to Pierce in the arena, while athletes and some celebrities did the same on social media.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL executive calls out fans booing Roger Goodell; Linda Cohn says politics hurting ESPN viewership 04.28.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
NY Mets at Washington, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: NFL Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)
NFL: NFL Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Edmonton at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Per tradition, fans at the NFL draft in Philadelphia Thursday rained boos down on Roger Goodell every time he took the podium to announce a pick.

Goodell responded to the boos with a smile but Greg Aiello, the league’s senior vice president of public relations, fired off a tweet bashing the fans for their behavior.

“If those 70,000+ great fans in Philly like the Draft being there, they should cheer Roger Goodell. He’s the reason the Draft is on the road,” Aiello tweeted.

And fans swiftly responded:

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