White House social media director rips ‘wannabe Lakers coach’ LaVar

LaVar Ball's suggestion that president Donald Trump had little to do with the release of his son, LiAngelo Ball, and fellow UCLA freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill following their arrest in China has irked the White House director of social media.

Dan Scavino Jr. fired back at the elder Ball on Twitter Saturday afternoon, stating that LiAngelo would have been in China "for a long, long, long time" if not for Trump's help.

The players, who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting during a recent team trip, thanked Trump for his part in bringing them back home at a press conference Wednesday.

LaVar, however, minimized Trump’s role in the matter, responding “Who?” when asked about it by ESPN’s Arash Markazi.

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White Sox GM weighing options with Abreu, Garcia

The Chicago White Sox are committed to rebuilding from the ground up. With six top-100 prospects and plenty of youth already at the MLB level, the future looks bright.

But, what does that future hold for the likes of Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia?

The team is listening to inquiries about both players, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. However, that doesn’t mean a deal is imminent or even a lock to happen.

“At some point, not necessarily this offseason, we have to make the decision: Are we best served by extending them through what we project to be the bulk of our (competitive) window, or are we better off making a move like some of the others we’ve made and trying to reinforce the future with prospects?” Hahn said.

Neither Abreu, 30, nor Garcia, 26, are ancient by any means and both are under team control through 2019.

Over four seasons with the White Sox, Abreu has hit .301/.359/.524 with 124 home runs and 410 RBIs. He also hit a career-high 43 doubles in 2017.

Garcia broke out in a big way in 2017. Long seeming to be on the cusp of stardom, the outfielder slashed .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs in 136 games. Only Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve posted a better batting average in the American League (.346).

While both could conceivably be productive parts of the team’s rebuild, they would also fetch solid returns on the trade market.

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#BRUHNews: White Man Robbed Bank In Blackface, Arrested

Bank robbers, who get caught, are usually complete idiots. Case in point, a white guy who robbed a bank in blackface has been arrested. 

The robbery occurred back in August, but the feds finally caught faux-brown-skinned bank robber this past Wednesday (Nov. 8).

Reports the San Bernardino Sun:

A man in blackface and wearing a beanie who was caught on surveillance video trying to rob a Corona bank in August was arrested in his Lake Elsinore home Wednesday, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Investigators gathered enough evidence to serve a search warrant Wednesday at the Lake Elsinore home of Jerrad Schmittle, 40, according to a sheriff’s press release. Schmittle was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.

On the afternoon of Aug. 18, deputies from the Lake Elsinore sheriff’s station were called to the Wells Fargo Bank in the 11000 block of De Palma Road in Corona after a silent alarm was triggered, according to the statement.

Investigators learned a white man, “with obvious dark make-up to disguise his appearance,” had given a teller a note that demanded money, officials said. The man also told the teller he had a gun.

Schmittle wasn’t ID’d until Nov. 1. Meaning, someone probably dropped dime on his dumb ass.

Also, this pretend I’m a Black guy while I pull a heist ploy is nothing new.

Bruh…

[H/T Vibe]

Photo: Courtesy of the FBI

 

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Drunk White UM Fan Caught Fade Of The Decade After Getting Tossed

A woman who was apparently inebriated at a University of Miami football contest between Virginia Tech had to be ousted from the Hard Rock Stadium by four officers. The woman, who was white, struck the Black officer after an initial failed attempt, with the officer striking back with his arm with such force that it appeared to knock the woman unconscious.

Local10.com reports:

The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating a violent exchange between a police officer and a University of Miami football fan who was removed from Hard Rock Stadium Saturday night.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said MDPD received a copy of the video and the investigation of the incident in Miami Gardens was ongoing Saturday morning.

The 14-second video shared late Saturday night on Bartstool UMiami’s social media accounts shows three male police officers and a female police officer pick up a woman who was wearing a UM T-shirt.

The woman’s first attempt to hit the officer, who was holding her right leg, failed. She was able to slap him in the face during her second attempt, and the officer struck back with his right arm, as he was using his left to hold her leg.

Reactions to the viral video have been mixed with some observers stating she was resisting arrest. Others are highlighting the racial ramifications as well, but it’s been quiet on the Blue Lives Matter side of things. There is also some chatter that if race roles were reversed, the outcry would be startling.

A Warning: the clip showing the blow is quite violent so proceed cautiously when viewing.

Hey @ndbarstool even she’s better than Rudy

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Astros weigh in on potential White House visit

As the Astros prepared to parade through the streets of Houston on Friday to celebrate the franchise’s first-ever World Series title, manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t definitively say whether his team would accept a potential invitation to the White House.

“We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Hinch told the Associated Press. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.”

Several of his players, however, had no such reservations about expressing their willingness to visit with President Donald Trump, who's hosted several championship teams at the White House since assuming office but famously uninvited the Golden State Warriors in September because Steph Curry hesitated to accept his offer. (At the time, the Warriors had yet to actually receive a formal invitation to the White House).

"I'm going to go," Dallas Keuchel, a two-time All-Star and former American League Cy Young Award winner, told Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle.

Meanwhile, George Springer, who was named World Series MVP after going 11-for-29 (.379) with five home runs – tying a Fall Classic record – in his club's showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he wouldn't sit out the visit if the team collectively decided to go.

"If the team goes I'm going," Springer told the Associated Press. "I'm not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. … I understand the stuff that's been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn't anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I'll go."

Alex Bregman, the 23-year-old third baseman who tweeted in October that Trump "is a joke," said he would defer to the judgment of two of his more veteran teammates with respect to the decision.

"How do I feel about it? Umm. I don't know," Bregman told Atkins. "I'm gonna do whatever Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa do."

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Warriors’ Kerr: ‘I don’t think we would have gone’ to White House anyway

After capturing the 2017 NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors spent months debating whether they'd uphold tradition by visiting the White House.

President Donald Trump made the decision for them in late September, withdrawing the invitation in response to superstar Stephen Curry saying he didn’t want to go.

Head coach Steve Kerr recently indicated that even if the offer still stood, he doesn’t believe his team would’ve visited the Oval Office, as he and many of the players have spoken out against Trump and his policies.

“I don’t think we would have gone,” Kerr said on Monday’s “Pod Save America” podcast. “And I think he knew that. Several of us had been very critical of the president in the past year, and it would have been awkward, for sure.”

Related – Kerr to Trump: ‘Isn’t it you who must honor the White House?’

The Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 120-117 on Friday at Oracle Arena, and are set to visit John Wall and Co. in D.C. on Feb. 28 for a rematch.

Kerr said when the Dubs go to the nation’s capital, they’ll look to do something that highlights their team values, like putting on a charitable event in Kevin Durant‘s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md.

“We’ve been invited by various members of Congress to visit, so maybe we can do something like that,” he said. “We’ve talked about doing what we usually do in D.C., which is visiting one of the many museums or historical sites.”

– With h/t to ESPN

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