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Stephen Curry Backs Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest

The conversation is started and must continue.

Coming off of blowing a 3-1 NBA Finals lead in June, Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry has been laying low this off-season, nursing knee and ankle injuries before his 2016 campaign resumes next month. In a recent interview with Sara Eisen of CNBC, the die-hard Carolina Panther fan applauded Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem.

The first ever unanimous NBA MVP hopes the conversation continues about the ongoing issues of discrimination in this country and not his actual decision to protest the flag. Check out the full quote below per SF Chronicle.

“I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand up for what he believes in,” Curry revealed to CNBC’s Sara Eisen. “There’s going to be people that disagree with him and there’s going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African Americans and people of color."

Curry continued, "So I applaud him for taking a stand and hopefully the conversation is about what his message was and not, is he going to stand or is he going to sit for the national anthem? The conversation is started and should continue.”

It's good to see fellow professional athletes take a stand and back each other up even in the face of potential public backlash. With the NFL starting up tonight (Sept. 8), and the NBA set to get going next month, it will be interesting to see if members of other teams follow in Kap's footsteps in protesting the national anthem.

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Quavo Invites Clemson Tigers To QC Headquarters After White House Debacle

The Internet has been dragging Donald Trump and the White House after they treated College Football National Champions, the Clemson Tigers to Burger King and McDonald's during their visit to the nation's capitol. In the midst of their failed visit, Quavo has extended an invitation to the football team to visit the Quality Control headquarters, and he's assured them that they will be treated to far more than fast food.

"I wanna show Clemson Tigers and POTUS how champs are supposed to be treated," Huncho tweeted on Tuesday (Jan. 15). "Ya'll welcome to come by th QC headquarters anytime. Dabbin' Dabo still #GODAWGS. The Stir Fry Way."

As previously reported, the Clemson University football team visited the White House after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7. It's customary for the championship team to visit Washington, where they are usually treated to a catered dinner by the White House kitchen staff. Only under Trump's administration, the team was given an assortment of burgers and fries.

Following the backlash on social media, Trump and his team blamed the Democratic Party. "Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

After that lackluster meal, Clemson might want to take QC up on that offer. Check out Quavo's message to the Tigers on Twitter below.

I WANNA SHOW CLEMSON TIGERS AND POTUS HOW CHAMPS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED YALL WELCOME TO COME BY THE QC HEADQUARTERS ANYTIME Dabbin DABO STILL #GODAWGS The Stir Fry Way!

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) January 15, 2019

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Gymnast Gets Perfect Score For Michael Jackson-Inspired Floor Routine

Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is no stranger to a perfect 10.0 on the floor exercise. However, the UCLA team member's Michael Jackson-inspired floor routine for this season is setting the Internet ablaze.

The Seattle native scored yet another perfect floor score in her college career with her viral routine, which is set to a medley of MJ hits such as "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5. Musicophiles can also see and hear Ohashi tumble away to Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary."

Not only were her tumbling passes impressive, her energy was not to be ignored. The video was shared to UCLA's Twitter page, where it's been favorited over 600,000 times as of press time, and has been viewed over 30 million times. Senator Kamala Harris, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jemele Hill were among some of the high-profile names who shared the routine to their personal social media pages.

"Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard," UCLA Women's Gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field told the university's newspaper, the Daily Bruin. "Every single thing about it including the backward split that she does after her leap pass — it's insane."

The 21-year-old gymnast has a lot to celebrate. Not only is this another perfect score under her belt, it's a personal victory; she almost quit gymnastics after experiencing intense burn-out. We're glad she stuck with it.

Watch her incredible routine above.

[email protected]_ohashi Congratulations! The ground is no place for a champion. There are no impossible dreams. Keep flying! Keep Hope Alive! https://t.co/lde94cDYYB

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) January 14, 2019

This is just fantastic. Congratulations, @katelyn_ohashi and @uclagymnastics. pic.twitter.com/DfQW4W05gp

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 13, 2019

Note to self: Go to a UCLA gymnastics meet pic.twitter.com/nrwXtjmBVN

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 13, 2019

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Nick Cannon Thinks Colin Kaepernick Still Wants To Play In The NFL

Nick Cannon stopped by Skip and Shannon: Undisputed to promote his latest venture, The Masked Singer. The singing competition in which high profile celebrities are placed in head-to-toe disguises and will compete for a grand prize in front of an audience.

The conversation then bled its way into talk about Lebron James new Laker status and his latest assertion that he's the greatest NBA player, to which Cannon agreed. While the round-table discussion was light-hearted and full of quips, Skip Bayless took a serious turn and asked Cannon about Colin Kaepernick and his thoughts on being blackballed from the NFL.

"I've actually worked out with him in New York quite a bit and just watching him throw that ball every morning, getting up at five still going still having that hunger and that passion knowing he should be on a team. And knowing that this is what he dedicated his life to and now he's dedicated his life to his community. He's been torn between the two. But to still see that drive and still see that vigor every morning," Cannon said.

Shannon wondered if Kaepernick has accepted his role as an activist or does he still hold out hope he'll be back on the field.

"I think at the end of the day he's a football player," Cannon asserted. "As much as he cares about the community and he's done a lot of work with the youth and he cares about his foundation you see his passion there. But at the end of the day, he's a quarterback and he wants that, in my opinion."

Watch the full clip below.

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