Ausar Walcott arrested Tuesday

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in Northern New Jersey.

Authorities told The Bergen Record that Walcott punched Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed early Sunday morning.

Police say Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition. Walcott, 23, is held on $500,000 bail. The Browns said in a statement that the team is “aware of the situation.”

Walcott was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia last month. In 45 games for Virginia, he totaled 128 career tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

This isn’t the first time Walcott has been arrested. In January 2011, he faced charges of assault and battery from a fight while he was at Virginia. Walcott was suspended from the team but was reinstated after charges were dropped.

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Aaron Hernandez arrested

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, more than a week after an acquaintance of the New England Patriots tight end was found dead in an industrial park near his house.

Less than two hours following his arrest, Hernandez was released by the Patriots, who initially announced the transaction on their Twitter account before formalizing it in an official statement.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office released a statement announcing Hernandez’s arrest, although charges were not disclosed. Hernandez was arrested by Massachusetts State Police, who obtained the arrest warrant, and was booked at the North Attleborough police station.
The Massachusetts State Police announced on its Twitter account that the charges against Hernandez will not be revealed until his arraignment Wednesday at Attleboro District Court.

Wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, long red athletic shorts and black sneakers, Hernandez was led around 9 a.m. ET from the front door of his mansion with his hands in handcuffs behind his back inside the shirt and placed into a police cruiser, which quickly drove away. He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car.

Hernandez remains at the center of an investigation involving the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

The Patriots extended their sympathies to Lloyd’s family in the statement announcing Hernandez’s release from the team.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss,” the Patriots’ statement said. “Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

The NFL also released a statement Wednesday, saying that Hernandez’s arrest is “deeply troubling.”

“The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling,” the league’s statement said. “The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd’s family and friends.”

ABC News on Friday reported that authorities were expected to execute an arrest warrant at some point for Hernandez on charges of obstruction of justice.

The arrest warrant was prepared last week after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News.

State police officers and dogs searched Hernandez’s home for more than 3½ hours Saturday.
Michael Fee, an attorney for Hernandez, released a statement Monday night that read:

“Over the past week, our client, Aaron Hernandez, has been the subject of a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation, and false reports in the media. These include the repeated publication of a supposedly confirmed report that an arrest warrant had been issued for Aaron, a report that was exposed as untrue.

“None of these false reports come from official sources and we appreciate the professionalism and restraint shown by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office to date with regard to its public statements while its investigation is underway. Out of respect for that ongoing investigation, we will continue to refrain from commenting on its substance.”

Surveillance video from the neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed last week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday.

Reporters have been camped out for days at Hernandez’s sprawling home on the Rhode Island line, not far from the stadium where the Patriots play.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last summer, the team gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.

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Jay-Z Signs Kevin Durant to Roc Nation Sports

The signing of New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano came with the announcement of his new sports agency and immediately made him a player in the world of baseball representation. Then came word that he was assisting New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz with his marketing efforts. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith also switched over to his agency. Somewhere in between, Roc Nation Sports signed WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins. And now the sports agent industry is abuzz after it was reported that NBA superstar Kevin Durant wants to be represented by this man. His name is Jay-Z, and he is blazing a trail rather quickly after deciding that he wanted to venture into the world of athlete representation. It is a trail that others may seek to travel, but will likely fail in attempting to match or best Jay-Z’s imprint.

“We are honored and blessed to have worked on behalf of Kevin [Durant], for a brief period of time,” said Rob Pelinka, who is now known as Kevin Durant’s former agent. It is a respectful and honorable statement, but one that masks a general fear that many agents loathe to admit. Some agents have taken the alternate route and have decided to publicly question the decision making process of Roc Nation Sports clients.
Whether or not a switch to Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports can actually enhance an athlete’s endorsement portfolio is not a relevant question. Athletes perceive Jay-Z as having the ability to build more robust brands, which is all that matters in an industry mired by cutthroat competition. This will be an ongoing major challenge for Jay-Z’s competitors who are recruiting the same potential clientele.

The “cool” factor also helps Jay-Z. A league source told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, “[Durant] wants Jay-Z to handle his branding. …He had a chance to be with his idol and couldn’t say no.” A sports agent as an idol? How does one compete against that?

Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, BBVA Compass, 2K Sports, Panini America, Skullcandy — a list of brands that have already requested and gained the right to say they are endorsed by Kevin Durant. He was able to create those relationships exclusive of any tie to Jay-Z and despite the fact that he plays in Oklahoma City, which is one of the smaller markets hosting an NBA team. Is a switch to Jay-Z worth anything more than Durant being able to say he is represented by his idol?

Kevin Durant is currently in the middle of a 5-year, $89 million maximum rookie scale extension that he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 7, 2010. Thus, he is in no immediate need of an NBPA certified player agent to negotiate his next deal. If Durant signs with Roc Nation Sports, it will simply be for off-the-court endeavors for the foreseeable future.

The eventual signing of Kevin Durant will be another gigantic win for Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports. It is a public service announcement that this two month window of success for Roc Nation Sports is no fad. Jay-Z is now a real player in the game and his competition needs to keep their eyes on the throne.

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Fat Joe Gets 4 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

I’m telling you, they always get you with the fucking taxes. Fat Joe will join Lauryn Hill as the latest 90′s Hip-Hop icon to serve Fed time after he was sentenced today to 4 months in Federal prison over a $718,038.00 unpaid tax bill on income he earned between 2007 and 2010. He’s been out on $250,000 bail since he pleaded guilty back in December, but he has to report on August 26th to start serving his sentence. If you do nothing else, pay your goddamn taxes kids.

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James Gandolfini AKA “Tony Soprano” Dead At 51

Renowned actor James Gandolfini, mostly known as “Tony Soprano” from HBO’s “The Sopranos,” has passed away at the age of 51, sending shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community.
According to reports, Gandolfini suffered a fatal heart attack in Italy.

4:48 PM PT — The celebrity tributes have begun … we just spoke with Joseph R. Gannascoli — aka Vito on “The Sopranos” — who tells us. “James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with.” He adds, “He was a great man and I will forever be indebted to him.” James Gandolfini — who famously played Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” — died earlier today in Italy … TMZ has learned. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily — and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino. (TMZ)

Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg could not believe the unexpected news.

“Wow RIP James Gandolfini … What an actor…damn so young,” Rosenberg tweeted June 19th. (Peter Rosenberg’s Twitter)
Former Little Brother member Phonte shared a similar reaction.

“Damn. RIP James Gandolfini. I just watched him the other night in “Killing Them Softly.”” (Phonte’s Twitter)
Boston’s DJ Statik Selektah called JG one of his all-time favorite actors.

“Wow Rest In Peace James Gandolfini … one of my favorite actors of all time…. I’m secretely wannabe-Tony Soprano of the rap game.” (DJ Statik Selekah’s Twitter)

Comedian Mike Epps tweeted out a photo of himself with the late Hollywood star.


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Drake On The Cover Of GQ Magazine

Drake graces the cover of GQ Magazine once again, this time appearing on the July 2013 issue. For the cover story, he sits down with Michael Paterniti to talk about his new album ‘Nothing Was The Same’, Chris Brown, Rihanna, sex, ‘Started From The Bottom’ and more. Here is what he had to say about his new album:

“This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I’ll do this for you right now. But it’s for me, too. It’s my story…I’m trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I’m trying to make it last. I ain’t gonna lie: I want to be the one you listen to all summer.”

He also talked about his issues with Chris Brown and said:

“I hear he has everything he could want now. I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

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Jay-Z’s new LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail

News of Jay-Z’s new LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, hit the wire last night and with the announcement came the revelation from the Wall Street Journal that Samsung paid $5 a pop for 1 million copies of the album to give away 3 days early to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users. This is of course a huge win for Jay, as the album has already brought in at least $5 million in revenue and it hasn’t even gone on sale yet.

Corporate sponsorship of albums is not a new concept, but I don’t believe it’s ever been done on this scale. The Jay x Samsung rollout is essentially the Green Label Sound model on steroids. Samsung wins through their mere association with the biggest Rapper in the world and Jay pockets a nice check plus enjoys a subsidized global marketing push. The only people who lose here are of course us iPhone users, but I’m guessing we’ll all have a copy of Magna Carta within an hour of it hitting the Samsung App. And if the album has already turned a profit, I’m thinking neither Jay nor the label will even care.
The unique elements of this campaign have of course prompted several questions about how this whole thing is going to work. Will the 1 million albums Samsung purchased count towards the LP’s Billboard placement? (I don’t see why they wouldn’t). Does this mean Jay will be the first artist ever to go platinum prior to their album release date? (I think it might).

Mr. Carter ‏@S_C_ 6h

If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen? Ha. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail Platinum!!! VII IV XIII

Has Jay sold out? Is selling out in Hip-Hop even still a thing?

People don’t always love when art is so closely tied to commerce. A-Trak wasn’t impressed by the TV spot. And I get that. But you know if Jay is gonna step outside the box, at the level he’s operating on, you have to expect that he’s gonna be looking for a big corporate check. And with big corporate checks come slick ad campaigns and branding. One thing is for sure: Jay does shit, and other people follow, so get ready to see more of these types of deals in the near future with artists and sponsors big and small.

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Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Have Baby Girl

Congratulations to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian as the happy couple welcome their new baby girl. TMZ is reporting that Kim Kardashain has given birth earlier today and her and the baby are in good health. She started having contractions Friday night and went into full labor early Saturday morning. The delivery comes 5 weeks earlier than expected. Kanye West missed out on his own album listening session and was there for the entire thing. Still no word on the name.

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Jay-Z x Samsung x Game 5

Jay was close to closing a multi-million dollar deal with Samsung, now Life+Times has posted this message asking fans to tune in to Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Whether it’s new music, the launch of a new ad campaign or some combination of both, we’ll find out come game time.

Game 5 airs this Sunday night at 9:15 EST.

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Future On The Cover Of The Source Magazine

“I feel like I’m going to be here forever. Even without me [here], my music is gonna live forever. I love making music, there’s nothing on this earth I’d rather do. Whether putting it out through myself or working with another artist, it’s an honor and privilege to be in the music industry and I’m taking full advantage of it.”

He also wonders if the Ciara/Rihanna beef prevented ‘Loveeeee Song’ from becoming a single.

“We never shot a video, we never performed it. I don’t know whether it was because of that situation or if just the time hasn’t come up,”

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