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    Oliver Colbert

    VladTV Staff Writer

    Kyrie says he didn’t tell anyone he wanted and doesn’t care if they took it personally 

    The new starting point guard for the Boston Celtics and NBA champion, Kyrie Irving sat down with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on ESPN’s First Take. The quick dribbling big shot closer made headlines after he requested a trade from his former team Cleaveland Cavaliers. Irving, who ruled the eastern conference, alongside LeBron “The King” James devasted the sports world when he made it known that he no longer wanted to be a Cavalier. Rumors began to spread, linking Kyrie’s urge to leave Cleveland, to his relationship with LeBron, however, nothing was solidified. In a sit-down with First Take’s Stephen A. and Max, Stephen posed the question to Kyrie, if he [Kyrie] or his representatives ever spoke with LeBron about his trade prior to speaking with ownership? The clutch finisher calmly replied, “No.” It’s clear that Kyrie didn’t feel obligated to reveal any of his intentions of leaving with his former teammate.

    Check out the video clip above to see the exchange.

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      Grainy video, errors and buffering streams weren't what fans paid $99 to see, according to the lawsuit.
      Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Conor McGregor
      Before the sweat was dry in the ring following Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s defeat of UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, Showtime had another major fight on its hands — a class-action lawsuit from customers unhappy because of streaming issues that plagued the fight and the lead-up bouts.

      Portland, Ore., boxing fan Zack Bartel paid to stream the fight in high-definition through the Showtime app but says all he saw was “grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls.”

      Bartel is suing Showtime for unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment, alleging the network rushed its pay-per-view streaming service to the market without securing the bandwidth necessary to support the scores of cable-cutting fans.

      “Instead of being upfront with consumers about its new, untested, underpowered service, defendant caused likelihood of confusion and misunderstanding as to the source and quality of the HD video consumers would see on fight night,” writes attorney Michael Fuller in the complaint filed late Saturday in Oregon federal court. “Defendant intentionally misrepresented the quality and grade of video consumers would see using its app, and knowingly failed to disclose that its system was defective with respect to the amount of bandwidth available, and that defendant’s service would materially fail to conform to the quality of HD video defendant promised.”

      The complaint, which is largely composed of screenshots and tweets, is seeking for each member of the class actual damages or $200 in statutory damages, whichever is greater. (Read the complaint below.)

      The proposed class includes Oregon consumers who viewed Showtime’s app advertisement on iTunes and paid $99.99 to stream the fight, but were unable to view the fight live on the app “in HD at 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second, and who experienced ongoing grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls instead.”

      Showtime senior vp sports communications Chris DeBlasio says anyone who had issues with a cable or satellite feed should contact their provider, but Showtime will handle complaints from anyone who bought the fight through Showtimeppv.com and the ShowtimePPV app.

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        Shaina Auxilly

        Contributing Writer

        In a blockbuster trade, Kyrie Irving was sent to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, and the Nets’ unprotected first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Soon after the news spread, NBA fans began to dig up Thomas’ old tweets that spoke unfavorably about his new teammate LeBron James.

        In three of tweets which date back to 2010, Thomas explained why he thinks Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron. Thomas noted that Kobe wouldn’t let anybody punk him the way LeBron let Boston, that LeBron can’t switch up and shoot left-handed like Kobe, and that Bron is good but the Black Mamba is “GREAT.”

        The tweets like they could cause some tension considering Irving asked for a trade reportedly because of a rift between him and LeBron but Thomas’ tweets are seven years old and he and LeBron have since spoken favorably about each other.

        In 2012, Thomas tweeted about his new found respect for LeBron since actually playing against him the league, calling LeBron the “best OVERALL talent.” LeBron has also praised Thomas as well, back in December, noting that the Celtics clearly had a star.

        “They got a clear-cut star and that’s Isaiah,” LeBron said. “The notion that they don’t have a star I think is fugazi as Donnie Brasco would say. … They’re a good team for a reason, and it starts with the head of the snake, and that’s Isaiah.”

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          Jessica Todd

          VladTV Staff Writer

          Article Image: Kyrie Irving Requests Trade, Reportedly Doesn't Want to Work with LeBron

          Earlier this week, Kyrie Irving spoke about the current climate of the Cavaliers due to lack of roster upgrades, and he told the media that it’s “a very peculiar place, and we just need to make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there.” He added, “It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA, so best to just observe, and then see what happens. Obviously, there’s some things that I’m pretty sure our organization wants to do, and we’ll go from there.”

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            Tone Are

            Contributing Writer

            After Swizz Beat and Just Blaze got together to put on a beat battle reminiscent of the DJing competitions of hip-hop’s early days in the 1980’s, Swizz issued a challenge to Virginia production genius, that for months went unresponded to. This week the Virginia native finally answered the call, stating, “Swizz.. you have woken up Timbo Son. Challenge accepted. I’m with the smoke,” in a video posted to his Timbo the King Instagram page. And confirmation that the super-producer battle is actually going down has sparked a fire under the Bronx anthem maker. He is so giddy about it, he has been eagerly spreading the word.

            “You know, I popped off on Timbaland too,” Swizz told Conor McGregor when he bumped into him back stage at the last press conference with Floyd Mayweather on Friday, July 16. Swizz brought Timbo’s name up as McGregor was elaborating on how his appearance on stage by the undefeated boxing champ’s side was something close to the experience at a Swizz Beats show. “It’s like a rap concert out there these days,” he said.

            Swizz has always been one to take his craft and those with respect for it, back to the basics. Back in 2007, he battled Kanye West on stage at Summer Jam. The battle’s results were highly contested, as was his battle against Just Blaze; although many felt that Swizz pulling out an unreleased track featuring Nas, Jay Z, Jadakiss and DMX won him the night.

            Source: instagram.com

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            ‘Money’ accused the Irishman hours earlier at the New York press conference of racist insults concerning black women

            The pair landed this afternoon on identical private Zetta Jet planes – but not the same jet as first reported – on their world tour to promote their super fight on August 26 in Las Vegas.

            Tensions have simmered all week in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York with the fighters engaging in intense trash talk which threatened to spill over last night.

            And fans are expecting another bad-tempered clash at the SSE Wembley Arena from 7pm tonight. Follow the live stream and blog on the press conference here.

            Mayweather was livid with McGregor for his comments about black women (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            McGregor arrives for the final leg of the world tour (Image: Flynet Pictures)

            McGregor attempted to defend himself from racist accusations levelled last night after telling Mayweather, “Dance for me, boy,”.

            He insisted he was “half black from the belly down” and that it was a “present for my beautiful, black female fans.”

            Outrage immediately followed with Mayweather slamming the Notorious for his remarks.


            “We can’t judge a man for what we hear from others, we must judge a man for how he treats us,” Mayweather said.

            Mayweather shows off his TMT luggage (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            The American has traded insults with McGregor all week (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            The Irishman denied his comments were racist (Image: Flynet Pictures)

            “He totally disrespected my daughter, the mother of my daughter, he disrespected black women and he called black people monkeys.

            “I’m proud to be a black man and to be an American.

            “He can’t do that. You cannot disrespect black women. You cannot disrespect black people. Period.”

            The private jet arrives in London for the final stop of the world tour (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            The fighters’ entourage arrive (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            The pair will meet on August 26 in Las Vegas (Image: Flynet Pictures)
            Wembley Arena will host the final press conference (Image: Flynet Pictures)

            McGregor later responded to the outrage, claiming he does “not even see colour.”

            “That doesn’t sit well with me,” McGregor said. “I am a very multi-cultured individual.

            “I do not have any ill feeling toward anyone. I do not even see colour.

            “I just wanted to say something that I could have a little fun with.

            “I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way.

            “It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous, that’s basically what I was getting at.”

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