Even Brie Larson Can’t Go on Samuel L Jackson and Magic Johnson’s Italy Vacation (Video)

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Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson have become besties since working on “Captain Marvel.” They’ve done three movies and traveled the world together, they text, and they have code words, but there’s still one exclusive trip that even Larson hasn’t been able to take with Jackson yet.

Promoting “Captain Marvel” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday, Larson and host Kimmel both said how they would love to go to Italy with Jackson and Magic Johnson, as the famous pair have done every year for the past several years. When they went in 2017, local Italians mistook them for “lazy migrants” while shopping in Tuscany.

“Wait, you know about this,” Larson exclaimed. “Dude, I’ve been trying to get myself on that trip for like five years now. And I’ve never been invited!”

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“I’ve asked Magic 10 times, I’ve asked Sam six times,” Kimmel chimed in. “They always laugh, and there’s no follow-up.”

We were then treated to Photoshopped pictures of Larson and Kimmel imagining what it might be like if they were actually there. But they’re not holding their breath that they’ll ever be invited.

“Do you know how much time I spend sitting around on set? I know what month he goes, I know I’m not supposed to text him but I do anyway,” Larson said. “It’s his time, it’s his no work time.”

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Kimmel asked, does Jackson consider spending time with you to be work? “Apparently, I guess,” Larson said. “Ouch!”

The conversation came up because Larson said she and Jackson have a habit of playing a game that the two use in the movie in order to detect whether another person is a Skrull, or the shapeshifting, green-headed alien baddies in “Captain Marvel” for those who haven’t seen it yet. Because Skrulls can copy a person completely but can only possess a person’s recent memories, they have to dig deep to make sure the person they’re speaking with is the real deal.

As a result, Larson said she and Jackson typically bond over their mutual hatred of certain people they’ve met.

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“We’re pretty stealthy about it,” Larson joked. “We’ve done three movies together, so there’s a lot of people to hate in three movies.”

Watch Larson on “Kimmel” above. “Captain Marvel” opens in theaters Friday.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Melissa Rauch Gets Caught Short Big-Time in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)

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Looks like “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch made a friend in a high place on Monday.

Rauch, who plays Bernadette on the hit CBS sitcom, offered fans a sneak peek at an upcoming, star-studded episode of the series on Monday, along with a jaw-dropping lesson in perspective.

Rauch took to her Instagram account on Monday to share photos of herself with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who guest-stars on an upcoming episode.

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In the photo, Abdul-Jabbar (7 feet, 4 inches) comically towers over Rauch (4 feet, 11 inches), who stands about waist-high to the former Los Angeles Laker.

Rauch’s message accompanying the photos makes a mock (we’re assuming) pitch to Magic Johnson for a spot on the Lakers.

“Dear @magicjohnson I know you have a lot of big calls to make this week, so in the hopes that it will increase my value before the @nba trade deadline….here are some photos that clearly demonstrate what an asset I would be as a (very) Small Forward for the @lakers,” Rauch wrote.

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The actress continued, “And yes, as you can see, I have the endorsement of my personal coach and new friend that I had the pleasure of working with today @bigbangtheory_cbs the man, the myth, the legend KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR!!”

According to CBS, Abdul-Jabbar appears on the Feb. 21 episode of the series, currently in its 12th and final season.

“When the gang finds out Wil Wheaton hosts a celebrity Dungeons and Dragons game involving William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Smith, deception and betrayal are the path to make it to the one open seat,” an episode description reads.

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Meanwhile, Rauch’s co-star, Kunal Nayyar, offered his own glimpse of the upcoming episode, sharing a photo of the “Big Bang Theory” cast posing with Abdul-Jabbar, Shatner, Wheaton, Manganiello and Smith.

“Who said Monday’s [sic] sucked?” Nayyar wrote of the image.

See Rauch and Nayyar display the long and short of it in the photos below.

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LeBron James Signs $154 Million Deal With Los Angeles Lakers

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After a year of speculation, LeBron James is once again leaving Cleveland and, for the first time in his career, is taking his talents to the West Coast.
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Vegas Odds Favor LeBron James Playing for Lakers Next Season

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LeBron James is set to become a free agent on July 1, and online sportsbook Bovada gives the Los Angeles Lakers the best odds of landing the four-time league MVP.

The Lakers — mired in a franchise-record five-season absence from the playoffs  — have better than a 2-to-1 shot (7/4 odds, or betting $100 to win $175) to land James.

But why would James, coming off his 8th consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, join a Western Conference bottom-feeder?

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James has a number of ties to the entertainment industry. He played himself in 2015’s “Trainwreck,” and James’s Warner Bros.-tied production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is based in Burbank.  Recently, James has spent more than $40 million on homes in Brentwood, further fueling the #LaBron speculation.


LeBron James and his wife, Savannah Brinson, at the “Trainwreck” premiere in 2015

From a basketball standpoint, the Lakers have been connected to free agent swingman Paul George for almost a year, have a talented group of young players and are one of the NBA’s most popular teams. Despite being 33-years-old, James averaged 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in the 2018 playoffs for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers have aren’t the only team with strong odds to sign James. The Philadelphia 76ers narrowly trail the Lakers as 11/5 odds to sign James, while the Houston Rockets have a 2.5-to-1 shot. James’ current squad, the Cavaliers, have a 5-to-1 shot. And for hopeful New Yorkers, who missed out on James when he initially left the Cavaliers back in 2010, Bovada gives the Knicks have a 30-to-1 chance.

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Check back in a few weeks to see if Lakers legend Magic Johnson will be rolling out the red carpet for James at Staples Center.

Here’s a look at the full odds below:

Los Angeles Lakers                   7/4

Philadelphia 76ers                     11/5

Houston Rockets                      5/2

Cleveland Cavaliers                   5/1

San Antonio Spurs                    8/1

Boston Celtics                          12/1

Golden State Warriors               30/1

New York Knicks                       30/1

Miami Heat                                40/1

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Female Empowerment, Anthem Protests, Tom Petty Tributes Among Hot Topics at espnW Summit

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The annual gathering of the world’s female athletes, leaders in the sports world and industry influencers spent two days this week discussing not only topics central to the sports world, but also those central to today’s current and cultural environment.

The eighth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit held at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California, welcomed empowering keynote speakers from WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss, to Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and Uber’s chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John.

ESPN talent including Summit host Sage Steele, Cari Champion, Jemele Hill (who recently sparred with President Trump on Twitter), Hannah Storm, Kate Fagan and Alyssa Roenigk took part in the panels, while even a few lucky men such as Connor Schell — ESPN Executive Vice President, Content and executive producer on the Oscar-winning “O.J.: Made in America” 30 for 30 film — were in attendance.

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Jemele Hill (Dan Stark for ESPN)

While the theme of the event has always been that of celebration, the Summit began the day after the horrific Las Vegas shooting massacre, just over a week after NFL protests and players clashing with Trump, and during the most divisive year in politics that most of us can remember — none of which could be ignored or overlooked but certainly didn’t overshadow the positivity spilling from the stage.

“I think we always bring great optimism to this event, and sometimes you need optimism more when things are really tough,” Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, told TheWrap, on opening night. “It seems like this year, there’s been one hit after another and so the optimism we’ve tried to capture and bring to the attendees is really important. They want to keep their heads on straight, think about the future and about how we can promote positivity.

“The reality is that cultural and societal issues collide with sports all the time so I think we’ve really tried to handle it [both at the Summit and on espnW.com] with great professionalism and maturity,” Gentile said. “To focus on how it affects the sports world and how it is affecting women in sports, specifically. But I think we always veer towards just telling really good stories,” she added.

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While the national anthem protests by male sports stars have dominated the news lately, “We’ve been looking at it a lot through what some of the top female athletes have been doing,” she explained. “We looked a lot at what the WNBA was doing, of them showing unity — I think they were the first female athletes to link arms, which brings a lot of positivity and unity to what’s going on as opposed to continuing the divisiveness. They had a really great leadership stance on all of the tough issues that are surrounding us, so we’ve been trying to tell their story.”

After putting “a lot of effort into planning almost every minute of the Summit,” Gentile was most excited to hear Buss speak — plus WNBA player Sue Bird and soccer star Megan Rapinoe — but first Sheryl Crow kicked off the Summit with a moving tribute to Tom Petty the night of his death.

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“She’s seen the world and she’s capitalized on her talents. She’s had heart ache, and breast cancer, she’s lived a full life so there’s a lot of wisdom she’s developed,” Gentile said of the “If It Makes You Happy” singer. “Then her music was just the capper because she’s such an incredible artistic talent.”

While there were too many amazing moments from the Summit to list in full, here are some of the top thought-provoking and conversation-sparking quotes.

Sheryl Crow, Grammy-winning singer
“It’s an interesting day by virtue of what is going on in the world, so it’s important to bring a dialogue that’s up-lifting … What I know more than ever that if compassion isn’t the basis of everything we do in life, we’re missing something.”

Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s chief brand officer (above right with Cari Champion)
“Part of innovation is, fake it until you make it. Keep trying things, but it’s not just the random trying. I got receipts. I know what in the hell I really am doing.”

On being one of the few African-American women in Silicon Valley:
“I find it really difficult to maneuver, because sometimes the things that are given freely, the assumptions that are made when you’re not a black woman — the assumption that, ‘Oh yeah, you got it. You’ve done this before.’ Then you have to prove again and again and again that you actually do know it, that you’ve done it, it’s hard not to be mad about it.”

On her famous Emmys Apple Music commercial:
“The message is always try to get to the widest audience. … As we know, there are ‘niche’ audiences who also need attention — I mean, it’s music, right? It’s like a universal truth.”

Sage Steele (Robby Klein for ESPN)

Sage Steele, “SportsCenter” anchor
“The group of powerful women that we are, we all champion diversity. And diversity includes what? Not just our identities, not just our religion, not just who we vote for — but diversity of thought. And we’ve heard a ton of that over the past few days. I think we all need to remember no matter what we’re doing, no matter what we’re talking about — and sometimes when we stoop to certain levels — what are we doing?”

“We’re actually becoming close-minded, and not liberal and accepting, as we preach to others that they should be. I just hope that we can remember that diversity includes everything, even different opinions.”

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Jeanie Buss, Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers
On drafting Lonzo Ball:
“I can’t remember anybody with more hype going into the draft except for Magic Johnson. Now we have a kid, born and raised in Los Angeles, and that’s exciting for our fans, and for us, to know that we have someone that really represents the city. It seemed like I was watching a movie. It was really special and a great opportunity for him and us.”

… and his father, LaVar Ball:
“It’s a joy to work with him and his family. But I won’t be wearing Big Baller Brand because I have to stay neutral.”

On hiring Magic Johnson:
“It was just kind of fitting that he and I would come back together. We speak the same language because we were kind of raised by the same man. We are of like mind.”

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Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer for WWE
“One of the reasons we’ve had such success is we recognize that our fans have an impact on our product. They know they are a part of our story and influence what happens in the ring.”

On the Women’s Evolution in the WWE:
“What shifted was how we were training and developing our female talent. Triple H started recruiting elite athletes — men and women — from all over the world. In our developmental system, they were stealing the show.”

Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon bombing survivor and author of “Taking My Life Back”
“Everyone always thinks I was running in the [2013 Boston] marathon. I was on the sidelines eating chocolate covered pretzels wondering why anyone would be running 26 miles for fun.”

“Not many of us will be hit with a bomb but we’ll all face challenges. Standing here today, I’ve had 65 surgeries to repair the damage that the bomb did. Everyone is going through something … it maybe a bad leg, it maybe a bad boyfriend.”

“I testified against the remaining bomber who tried to kill me. I told him, I am not your victim and I am not your brother’s.”

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Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols
“I actually had a dream of going to college on a softball scholarship, until I broke my back in a snowboarding accident when I was 17. I thought I wasn’t going to be an athlete ever again. I thought it was over for me, and I had lost a huge part of my identity. It was really tough, but about two years after that I found wheelchair basketball, and that gave me my life back.”

Professional show jumper Jessica Springsteen on competing equally with men 
“Working with these animals, we can kind of make it an even playing field. It’s fun [competing against men]. But it’s funny, people will come up and ask me, ‘You only ride the male horses, right? Those are the only ones who know how to jump?’ And I’m like, ‘Nooo.’ It is so bizarre.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment returned Thursday night, just in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

After fans watched the Golden State Warriors thrash the Cleveland Cavaliers on ABC, basketball stars past and present read out toxic Twitter messages directed at themon the same network’s late-night show.

James Harden, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, DeAndre Jordan, Mike Conley Jr., Paul George,  Doc Rivers, Walt Frazier and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle all joined in what has become “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” most popular skits.

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“Personally I think Paul George could be traded for half a bag of saltine crackers,” George read out, dissolving into laughter.

“Michelle Beadle’s hair looks like it hasn’t been washed since the late ’90s,” the “NBA Countdown” host read, adding: “Well, technically this is not all even my hair, so maybe it hasn’t.”

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“I don’t think Shaq is dumb, but he sure sounds like it,” was the attack on O’Neal, which had him in stitches.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs 11:35 p.m. weeknights on ABC, and Game 2 of the NBA Finals tips off Sunday at 5 p.m. PT.

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Dr Dre Joins Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Bid Team

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Dr. Dre has joined the team hoping to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles in 2024.

The hip-hop star and music producer, whose real name in Andre Young, is on the 117-member board of directors and nominees campaigning for the summer Olympic bid.

He joins NBA legend Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger.

“The diverse group of 117 leaders and innovators are drawn from the sports, entertainment, media, technology, higher education, business, philanthropic and public sectors in California and around the world, helping LA 2024 develop a Games plan that will serve the Olympic Movement in 2024 and beyond,” LA 2024 said in a statement, according to NBC Sports.

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Other notable names include Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer and opera singer Placido Domingo.

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L.A. last hosted the Olympics in 1984, and before then they had the 1932 Games. They are currently competing against Paris, France, for 2024.

The IOC (International Olympics Committee) will vote to choose the 2024 host city on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

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Michael Rapaport Escalates Beef With ESPN’s ‘Twinkie-Eating F— Boy’ Dan Le Batard

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Actor Michael Rapaport dedicated an entire 42-minute episode of the “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast” to bashing Dan Le Batard, calling him a “Twinkie-eating f— boy” on Tuesday and threatening the possibility of a defamation lawsuit against the ESPN star after a producer tweeted over the weekend that Rapaport has herpes.

“I feel bad about the whole incident,” Rapaport told TheWrap on Wednesday. “But I was under attack and being publicly defamed, so I needed to respond. I wish it never got this far.”

TheWrap has learned that while his lawyers suggest legal action, Rapaport doesn’t want to put ESPN in that situation unless things continue to escalate.

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The feud started last week when Le Batard criticized the Los Angeles Lakers for putting Magic Johnson in charge of the organization. The ESPN radio host said Johnson wasn’t qualified for the job and only landed it because he is “famous and charming.”

Rapaport criticized Le Batard’s comments on Twitter, pointing to the sports host’s father, Gonzalo Le Batard, not being qualified for his gig on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” and only landing the job because he is the star’s dad.

This turned into a nasty Twitter battle between Rapaport and two of Le Batard’s producers, Mike Ryan and Roy Bellamy, who came to their boss’ defense. It was a typical Twitter flame war until Ryan sent a photo of Rapaport with a facial injury, writing, “That herpe was the most standout performance you’ve had since 1994.”

“In the picture, it looks like I got like a cut, infection or if you wanna pop sh–, a herpe,” Rapaport said on his Tuesday podcast before explaining it was actually an infected lesion that gave the actor a skin cancer scare. “And then I got a letter from my lawyer… If this guy is saying that you have herpes, that’s defamation.”

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Throughout Tuesday’s podcast, Rapaport mocked producers Ryan and Bellamy, referring to them as interns and a “friend of a friend” who would be unemployed if it weren’t for Le Batard.

In fairness, Ryan and Bellamy have good reputations at ESPN, known as vital to the operation. Le Batard regularly credits Ryan for the show’s success. Ryan and Bellamy both speak on-air throughout Le Batard’s show, which Rapaport chalked up to copying something Howard Stern started with his producer Gary Dell’Abate, also known as Baba Booey.

Rapaport also appears on ESPN fairly often, as he’s a regular on Rachel Nichols’ “The Jump” and produced the ESPN Film “When the Garden Was Eden,” so this has the added facet of being a feud between two ESPNers.

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ESPN declined to comment, while Ryan did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“I’m done wasting my time on it,” Bellamy told TheWrap.

Rapaport was particularly set off when Le Batard said Monday on his ESPN radio show that the actor “really loves black people” and “seems like he wants to be black.” Rapaport took to Twitter to share the audio and decided to respond with a full podcast dedicated to the situation:

The Racial Spokeman, Dan LeBaTard aka The Cupcake Kid on me “trying to be black”@DanLeBatardShow He never got to what trying to be white is pic.twitter.com/PdZeGhpDj3

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 28, 2017

Rapaport asked, “I want to be black? What the f— does that mean?”

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Le Batard also said on Monday that it would be “amazing” if the situation resulted in Rapaport being banned from ESPN and predicted the actor was “done” at the network.

Rapaport repeatedly referred to Le Batard as the “Cupcake Kid” on his Tuesday podcast, adding, “Get the f— out of here, you fat f—.”

“You’re claiming that I’m not going to work at ESPN? Let me tell you something, if I’m going down, the whole sh–‘s burning down. If I’m going down, we’re talking defamation case,” Rapaport said. “These guys laughing and giggling like they’re going to end my career… If I sh– my pants and dropped dead. That sh– in my pants, on my dead body would be more relevant than anything you did in your whole life.”

And while Rapaport isn’t sold on the idea of pursuing legal action, entertainment lawyers contacted by TheWrap said he has a case.

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“Claiming that a person is infected with a sexually transmitted disease constitutes defamation per se, which means that damages are presumed,” said David Swift, Partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert. “And while Mr. Rapaport will likely be considered a public figure, which means he will need to prove the statement made with malice, that should not be a difficult burden to meet considering the ongoing Twitter feud between the two.”

Swift added, “It is not a defense” that the statement was made on Twitter, as opposed to a medium such as television or radio.

“If anything, pursing a defamation case based on libelous tweets is much simpler than an oral defamation case because there is no debate over exactly what was said,” Swift explained.

Attorney Bryan Sullivan, Partner at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae, echoed the same theory. “There is potential liability for making statements that someone has a sexually transmitted disease. It is arguably defamation per se. Just because it happened over Twitter rather than orally or in print makes no difference,” Sullivan said, adding that Courtney Love was sued for defamation for a Twitter post. “It has been coined Twibel — libel through Twitter.”

Rapaport told TheWrap that he is open to putting this beef to bed, but only if Le Batard reaches out to him personally.

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This week’s announcement that Magic Johnson has been named team president for the Los Angeles Lakers sparked celebration from many long-suffering fans, but caused a division among some of ESPN’s top talent.

“Highly Questionable” host Dan Le Batard kicked off a firestorm when he criticized the five-time NBA champion’s ability to run the team, saying he only got the top job because “he’s famous and charming.”

Le Batard’s comments triggered an instant reaction, most notably from fellow ESPN host, Mike Wilbon, who blasted him on Twitter asking: “Did the electricity go out in LeBatard’s studio the last two decades to the point he can’t even acknowledge the vast successes?”

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Never one to hold back his opinion, Le Batard attributed the angry responses to a America’s bigger race issue on ESPN Radio’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on Friday, the New York Post reported.

“Now, I am in the middle of a storm where there are a lot of people laughing that I am in the middle of a racism controversy,” he said. “The social justice warriors are eating their own. I found it interesting what it became. It’s instructive to what happens in America now.”

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While he was born in New Jersey, Le Batard’s parents are exiled Cubans, and his father Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard (above left) has regularly appeared on his shows.

“Once that fuse got lit, it became an explosion all over ESPN,” he continued. “I found it fascinating to watch, as all the black voices on ESPN lined up, but only the black voices, as far as I can tell.”

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One of those “black voices” was former NFL player and current ESPN analyst who said: “I can’t tolerate this dude! I can’t tolerate him saying these things about Magic Johnson because his facts are completely wrong … I’m going to read between the lines, I’m going to read between the lines on this one,” he said. “To me, he’s saying ‘because he’s a black dude,’ that’s the way I look at it.”

Le Batard also pointed out that critics should listen to the “whole show” as he “gave other reasons for it and it was a balanced discussion, but that’s the clip that played on ESPN all day.”

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One reason Le Batard had initially given for his opinion of Magic’s qualifications to run Kobe Byrant’s former team was his Twitter comments over the years. “His Twitter account should disqualify him from the job,” he said. “We should have just done that. Can we do that? In fact, his Twitter account should host a late-night show. It would last longer than the 11 days his show did — ‘The Magic Hour.’”

Johnson is renown for praising NBA players via social media that have then gone on to be busts, or for the hiring of Phil Jackson as president of the New York Knicks, which isn’t working out too well either.

Of course, that ignited plenty of fiery responses — on Twitter.

See Wilbon’s tweets below.

A spokesperson for ESPN declined to comment on the matter.

So LeBatard bases Magic’s worthiness on a failed talk show and failed coaching career but not the 25 years since of success in business?

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017

A failed talk show indicates more about Magic as a boss of basketball than building and running numerous successful businesses?

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017

Did the electricity go out in LeBatard’s studio the last two decades to the point he can’t even acknowledge the vast successes?

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017

A failed talk show indicates more about Magic as a boss of basketball than building and running numerous successful businesses?

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017

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LA Lakers Name Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations

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The Los Angeles Lakers have named Earvin “Magic” Johnson the new president of Basketball Operations.

To clear space, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss have both been fired. Buss remains an owner of the team with the rest of his family, most notably sister and team president Jeanie Buss.

“Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss said in a Tuesday media release. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

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“I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself,” she added. “We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.”

“It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family,” said Johnson. “Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

Johnson, an NBA Hall-of-Famer and a Lakers legend, played 13 seasons with the team and won five championships. He had been an adviser to the team up until this point.

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On Kupchak, Jeanie said, “We are grateful for the many contributions Mitch has made to the Lakers over the years and we wish him all the best.”

On brother Jim’s ousting, she added: “Jim loves the Lakers. Although he will no longer be responsible for basketball personnel decisions, he is an owner of this team and we share the same goal: returning the Lakers to the level of greatness our father demanded. Our fans deserve no less.”

The struggling Lakers have the second-worst record in the NBA’s Western Conference this season, sitting at 19 wins and 39 losses. Only the Phoenix Suns rank worse, and by just one win.

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167 Hollywood Stars for Hillary Clinton (List)

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Hillary Clinton has by far the most celebrity endorsements of any presidential candidate in 2016 — a list that includes recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Welcome to another edition of Voting With the Stars, TheWrap’s breakdown of who in Hollywood is voting for each of the remaining presidential candidates. We’ve assembled our master list of who supports who by scouring public statements, social media posts, news reports, and campaign contributions.

Of course, people change their minds, so we’ll update our list as candidates gain — or lose — celebrity endorsements. (For other candidates’ supporters, click here. In fact, you may want to save that link, because the list of endorsements includes more than 200 stars, power brokers, and rich folks — and we’re adding to it every day.)

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Clinton’s list of names is longer than any other candidate’s — a testament both to many celebrities’ satisfaction with her policies, and her decades of networking and winning supporters as Secretary of State, a New York senator, and as first lady.

Unsurprisingly in famously liberal Hollywood, Democrats have more celebrity supporters than Republicans — at least yong those willing to publicly talk politics. (Some Republicans, fearing ostracism or just awkward conversation, keep their politics close to the vest.)

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Clinton’s supporters range from long-established liberals like Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenenberg, as well as an eclectic mix of young stars including Katy Perry, Waka Flocka, Ariana Grande, and America Ferrera.

That’s right: Clinton has America’s vote. Oh, and also Larry Flynt’s, Matt Damon‘s, and Lena Dunham‘s.

Here’s the list of Hillary Clinton supporters:

George and Amal Clooney

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

America Ferrera

Robert DeNiro

Ari Emanuel

Jane Fonda

Abby Wambach

Dustin Hoffman

Drew Barrymore

Connie Britton

Matt Damon



Debra Messing

Ellen Pompeo

Jessica Alba 

Bryan Lourd

Larry Flynt

Ellen DeGeneres

Harvey Weinstein

Beth Behrs


Karl Lagerfeld 

Carole King

Tig Notari

Cyndi Lauper

John Leguizamo

Padma Lakshmi 

Guillermo Diaz 

Lena Dunham

Lady Gaga

Ted Danson

Gideon Raff

Ben Harper 

Adam Shankman

Russell Simmons 

Tony Goldwyn

Bellamy Young

Orlando Bloom

Maria Bamford

Jamie Foxx

Anna Wintour

Lukas Haas

Chuck Lorre

Meg Ryan

Salma Hayek

Cristela Alonzo

Candice Bergen

Mary J. Blige 

Sally Field

Martha Stewart 

Craig Newmark

Viola Davis

Pharrell Williams

Candis Cayne 

Vera Wang

Tom Hanks 

Octavia Spencer

Britney Spears

Zach Braff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Larry Flynt

Lindsay Lohan

Jeffrey Wright

Tony Bennett 

Johnny Galecki

Magic Johnson

Abbi Jacobson

Katy Perry

Kerry Washington

Olivia Wilde

Lori McCreary

John Legend

K. Michelle 


Julianne Moore

Josh Peck

Eva Langoria

Amy Schumer 

Anne Hathaway

Jim Parsons 

Demi Lovato

50 Cent

Cybill Shepherd

Jamie Lee Curtis

Michael Kors

Amber Tamblyn

Rosie O’Donnell

Amy Poehler

Jemima Kirke

Katy Perry

Gina Rodriguez

Mary Steenburgen

Shonda Rhimes

Constance Wu

Natasha Leggero

Zoe Kazan

Tracy Anderson

Shannon Woodward

Katie Lowes


Uzo Aduba

J.J. Abrams

Steven Spielberg

Jeffery Katzenberg

Jon Bon Jovi 

Ilana Glazer


Haim and Cheryl Saban

Kat Dennings

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jennifer Lopez

Dascha Polanco

Leonardo DiCaprio

 Rob Friedman

Snoop Dogg

Waka Flocka 

Ariana Grande

L.A. Reid

Kelly Clarkson

Ja Rule

Katie Holmes

Reese Witherspoon

Stevie Wonder 

Tobey Maguire

Kate Walsh

Diane Kruger

Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner

Richard Gere

Bradley Whitford

Quincy Jones

Barbra Streisand

Dakota Fanning

Marc Anthony

Bryan Cranston

Jesse Eisenberg

Chris Colfer


Elizabeth Banks

Sean Astin

Howard Stern

Alex Rodriguez


Greg Berlanti

Steven Bochco

Antonio Villaraigosa

Amanda de Cadenet

Lee Daniels

Howard Gordon

Rob Reiner 

Andrew Rannells 

Jemima Kirke

Christina Aguilera 

Kate Hudson

Chris Silbermann

Elton John

Andra Day

Kendall Jenner 

Ricky Martin 

Michael Douglas 

Will Ferrell

Morgan Freeman

Sean Penn

Who are you voting for?

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