Iman Shumpert Thinks Empire Is Stealing His Life

Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers
Jeff Haynes—NBAE/Getty Images Iman Shumpert stands on the court during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 27, 2015

While everyone else is kicking back and enjoying the new hit drama Empire, Iman Shumpert has a major problem with the show, which he is accusing of using him and his girlfriend as the templates for two characters.

Shumpert recently told Cleveland.com that he refuses to watch the show because the characters Hakeem and Tiana, who are dating in the show, bear such a striking resemblance to him and his girlfriend, R&B singer Teyana Taylor.

“They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it,” Shumpert said. “They didn’t even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely.

“And come on man, they’re really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That’s ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired.”

The Cavaliers guard said that many fans have pointed out the similarities, although the show’s producers have not commented on the accusations.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME College football

University of Oklahoma Football Team Calls for Harsher Punishment for Frat

University of Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen on the field a game against the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2014.
Aaron M. Sprecher—AP University of Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen on the field a game against the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2014.

Called for the leadership of the fraternity to “be expelled, suspended, or otherwise disciplined severely.”

The University of Oklahoma football team released a statement Thursday calling for further discipline of members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in the wake of a video that surfaced last weekend that showed SAE members singing a racist chant and repeatedly using a racial slur.

The statement said that the football team appreciated the decisive actions of Oklahoma president David Boren.

Boren banned the fraternity from campus and ordered members to move out of their residence. He also expelled two students that were identified on the video.

“As a team, our goal first and foremost is to raise awareness of racism and discrimination on college campuses nationwide,” the statement said.

The statement also urged the university to continue their investigation of the executive board of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and called for the leadership of the fraternity to “be expelled, suspended, or otherwise disciplined severely.”

“Moving forward, we seek to continued to raise awareness for this issue and reiterate that this is much greater than football,” the statement said.

The football team has not practiced all week and will return to spring practice on March 23. Quarterback Trevor Knight posted the statement on Twitter, which also said the team will wear black to protest the fraternity’s actions.

Head football coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and head basketball coach Lon Kruger attended the demonstrations on the North and South Oval of the Norman, Okla., campus this week.

“I was here to be with my guys. We all work with beautiful young men and women of all races,” Stoops said this week. “It’s just, you know, very little gets me choked up. But that hurt.”

“We simply cannot wait to get back on the practice field in our pursuit of a national championship, but even a national championship is not more important than using our platform as student athletes to make our university and our nation a better place,” the statement said.

A statement from the university said that Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione plan to meet with the captains of the football team after spring break.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Basketball

Michael Jordan’s Basketball Shoes from 1984 Are to Be Auctioned

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (23), right, prepares to go up with the ball as Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper (21), looks on during first half NBA action at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2, 1984
Reed Saxon—AP Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (23), right, prepares to go up with the ball as Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper (21), looks on during first half NBA action at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2, 1984

The shoes have been in a closet for 30 years

The earliest known game-worn Michael Jordan basketball shoes will be auctioned online by SCP Auctions, with bidding from April 8 through to Apr. 25, according to ESPN.

The Nikes have reportedly been in the shoe closet of former Los Angeles Lakers ball-boy Khalid Ali for the last 30 years.

“I didn’t really talk about them much. People who met me after my teenage years don’t even know I have them,” he said.

The shoes, according to SCP Auctions vice president Dan Imler could fetch more than $50,000. They came from a game played in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1984. The Bulls won 113-112 and Jordan scored 20 points.

Another pair of shoes that Jordan wore during the 1984-1985 season went for $31,070 in 2013.

TIME Boxing

Mayweather, Pacquiao Begin Countdown to Their Big Fight

"You get to this level where you're making nine figures in 36 minutes"

(LOS ANGELES) — Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting.

But it didn’t take long Wednesday for Mayweather to put the fight into perspective in a way that only a fighter nicknamed “Money” can.

“You get to this level where you’re making nine figures in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said, “and you have to be a winner.”

Mayweather had the math right, though he declined to say just how much he will make in the May 2 fight that has stirred excitement far beyond the boxing community. He will get 60 percent of the purse in what is expected to be boxing’s richest fight ever, a haul that could exceed $120 million for Mayweather alone.

Pacquiao won’t do badly, either, in a fight that was five years in the making and will break records in another way — it will cost fans more than any other fight in history to watch both at the MGM Grand arena or in the comfort of their living rooms.

At the only press conference the fighters will do prior to the week of the fight, promoters announced that tickets would range from $1,500 in the upper reaches of the MGM Garden to $7,500 at ringside. The pay-per-view price wasn’t announced, but is expected to be in the $90-100 range.

They may have to reach deep into their pockets to afford it, but there’s little doubt that boxing fans will buy it. They want to see what Mayweather and Pacquiao say they are eager to show — the two biggest draws in boxing settling things between them once and for all in the ring.

“We don’t want to leave a question mark in the minds of fans of boxing,” said Pacquiao, from the Philippines. “It’s also very important this fight is for the honor of my country.”

If the interest in the press conference at a downtown theater was any indication, the fight is already on its way to record business. More than 700 credentials were issued for the event, and both fighters walked a red carpet lined by photographers and video cameras that was worthy of the Academy Awards.

Mayweather came late, though he could walk over from his condo next door. The pay-per-view king was businesslike and relatively subdued, with nothing bad to say about Pacquiao or anyone in his camp.

“It’s always good to have the best fight the best,” Mayweather said. “That’s what’s so intriguing about this match up.”

Mayweather said he was adamant about making the fight, pestering manager Al Haymon to get it done. But the biggest bout in recent history still may not have happened if not for a chance meeting between Mayweather and Pacquiao at a Miami Heat basketball game in January — a meeting that took place only because a big storm on the East Coast delayed Pacquiao’s flight.

Mayweather went to Pacquiao’s hotel suite afterward and the two talked and decided the fight had to be made.

“I didn’t say a lot of words because I didn’t want to say a mistake,” Pacquiao said. “He said there’s an A-side and a B-side and the purse would be 40-60. That’s enough to put me in the B-side.”

Mayweather said the fight reminded him of when he was young and Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard fought in a huge middleweight title match in 1987. Mayweather said he wondered then how there could ever be a fight as big as that one.

Now he’s in a fight that will be bigger, if only because technology has advanced far enough to sell it to almost every home in the country.

“It’s all about timing and I think we couldn’t choose a better time,” Mayweather said. “This is a fight the world can’t miss. This is an unbelievable matchup.”

Both fighters went out of their way to be polite and respectful to each other. Mayweather also had good things to say about Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, who he often said he would never work with again after being promoted early in his career by Arum.

About the only one not following the script was Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach, who said his fighter will have an easier time against Mayweather than he would have if the fight was made five years ago because Mayweather’s legs are slowing and he can’t move as well as he used to.

“We have to dominate him in the first round and take him out of his comfort zone right away,” Roach said. “Our game plan is to win each round, one at a time.”

Like his fighter, Roach will earn some big money from the bout. He may need it, because Pacquiao is charging him $5 for using a certain swear word that the trainer can’t stop using.

Before the press conference began, Roach was already down $30.

“Salary reduction,” Pacquiao said, laughing as he patted Roach on the knee.

TIME Football

Latest Buzz Around NFL Free Agency, Trades, 2015 Draft

NFL: Divisional Round-Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Jeff Hanisch—USA Today Sports/Reuters Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs past Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) in the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 11, 2015

With NFL free agency in full swing and the draft approaching next month, the NFL rumor mill is abuzz

• The Eagles are interested in signing free-agent running back DeMarco Murray,according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. New Eagles QB Sam Bradford said he is trying to lure Murray to Philadelphia. The two played together in college at Oklahoma.

• Bears general manager Ryan Pace said the team is moving forward with Jay Cutler as its starting quarterback, ESPN’s Michael C. Wright reports. Cutler was benched late last season and reportedly on the trade block during the offseason.

• Michael Sam will participate in NFL Veteran Combine in Arizona on March 22,azcentral.com reports.

• The Buccaneers will release defensive end Mike Johnson, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. Johnson signed a five-year, $43.75 million contract before the 2014 season, and the Bucs will still have to pay him $7 million of his $9 million salary this season.

• The Jets will acquire quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Texans in exchange for late-round conditional draft pick, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

• Former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jaguars. Jacksonville has also brought on cornerback Davon House, safety Sergio Brown and defensive end Jared Odrick.

• The Chiefs have signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $55 million. Last season, Maclin set career highs in catches and yards after missing 2013 with a torn ACL.

• The Rams have contacted Lions DT Nick Fairley, but Fairley has yet to schedule a visit with St. Louis, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Detroit has reportedly been unable to make a deal with the free agent defensive tackle.

• Chip Kelly told reporters that the Eagles were offered a first-round draft pick on Wednesday for recently-acquired quarterback Sam Bradford.

• ESPN’s John Clayton says the Redskins will draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota if he is available at No. 5 in next month’s draft, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post reports.

• Reggie Bush is set to visit the 49ers, reports CSNBayArea’s Matt Maiocco.

• The New York Jets are reportedly in talks to bring back cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

• The Eagles agreed to a deal with former Giants and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports.

• The Raiders have reportedly signed linebacker Curtis Lofton and defensive tackle Dan Williams.

• The Bills and defensive tackle Kyle Williams reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million extension, keeping him with the team through the 2017 season.

• NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that free agent defensive end Greg Hardy has at least six teams interested in him.

• The Eagles are expected to sign running back Ryan Mathews, Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports reports.

• NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Stevie Johnson after one season with the team.

• The 49ers signed backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a two-year, $2 million contract, reports ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen.

• Former Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams will reportedly visit the Steelers, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.

• Safety Rahim Moore is reportedly visiting the Houston Texans, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo

• The Dolphins have released defensive tackle Randy Starks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

TIME Baseball

Will Ferrell Will Play All 9 Positions in 8 Different Baseball Games

Will Ferrell throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on July 18, 2012.
Brian D. Kersey—Getty Images Will Ferrell throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on July 18, 2012.

The funnyman will play every position in baseball all in one day, for charity

Will Ferrell is doing something crazy. Imagine that.

According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Ferrell is planning to play all nine positions on a baseball field Thursday in Arizona. Or, rather, on several baseball fields. Ferrell will have a helicopter take him to each of the eight Cactus League ballparks hosting games that day, and all for a good cause.

Ferrell’s stunt is part of a cancer awareness event that will be filmed by HBO, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The first game of the day is between the A’s and Mariners at noon local time. The Dodgers-Padres game is the last and starts at 6:15.

This, of course, will not be Ferrell’s first professional baseball appearance. He showed up at a Round Rock Express game as a middle reliever named Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson in 2010 as part of another cancer event.

If the 47-year-old utility man is looking for a major-league deal, he’ll get to show off his stuff for plenty of teams.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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TIME Basketball

Watch Little League Star Mo’ne Davis Play Basketball With the Harlem Globetrotters

Sadly, the Washington Generals' ploy ended up backfiring

The Harlem Globetrotters were in Philadelphia on Sunday to take on the Washington Generals again, and the Generals tried to pull out a secret weapon, Little League World Series star and Sports Illustrated‘s SportsKid of the Year, Mo’ne Davis.

As most things usually go for the Generals, the ploy ended up backfiring, with Davis quickly switching teams to the Globetrotters and putting up a quick five points with a three and an impressive layup.

Thanks to Davis’ play the Globetrotters were able to extend their legendary winning streak over the Generals.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Bizarre

Can This Giant Alligator Invading a Florida Golf Course Be Real?

Myakka Pines Golf Club says creature is genuine but some suspect the work of Photoshop

Myakka Pines Golf Club got a very scary visitor on the seventh hole green last week when an enormous alligator decided to spend some time there.

“Enormous” actually does not do this animal justice. Perhaps Jurassic is the proper adjective for a reptile this imposing.

The gator is so big that many are claiming the picture must be Photoshopped, but the country club says that the course’s newest, and most imposing, hazard is all too real.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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