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Carmelo Anthony Remains Optimistic On Presence In The NBA

The former Houston Rockets power forward said at one point, he felt unwanted when its general manager Daryl Morey said he was being let go.

Carmelo Anthony recently took to ESPN's First Take to share his views on his presence in the NBA after a bumpy season. The former Houston Rockets power forward said at one point, he felt unwanted when its general manager Daryl Morey said he was being let go.

"When somebody in power that tells you that they no longer need your services ... I've been utilizing my services for a long time," he said. "For you to tell me you don't need that no more. I honestly felt that I was fired. I felt like [what] other people go through on a day-to-day basis. People get fired. I honestly felt like I got fired."

Although Anthony said that the decision "was an ego hit. That was a pride hit," he has no plans to retire anytime soon. "I know I can still play," he admitted. In 2018, his run with the Rockets ended ahead of schedule after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Morey, "The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him."

Despite the setbacks, the 35-year-old Olympian said he's "in the gym every single day" and utilized his time away from the floorboards to "reevaluate" his career and life.

Anthony first entered the league in 2003 with the Denver Nuggets before departing for his hometown of New York City to play for the Knicks in 2011. In 2017, Anthony traveled back West to play for OKC before ending up with the Rockets.

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Jay-Z To Reportedly Become Part Owner Of NFL Team

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jay-Z and the NFL, and it seems that the relationship could run deeper than their recently announced partnership. According to TMZ Sports, Jay is in line to own a “significant” portion of an NFL team.

Although it's unclear which team he plans to purchase, a source told the website that the deal is expected to be secured in the “near future.” The Brooklyn native allegedly wants to buy into a team because he’s a “huge fan” of the league, and already works in the business by way of his Roc Nation Sports imprint.

The source added that Hov “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” and that the deal doesn't conflict with him owning a sports agency because he's not involved in the “operations of NFL players” on the Roc Nation roster.

Jay previously owned a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which he sold in 2013. The timing of the potential team purchase comes as Jay continues to receive backlash after formally announcing his collaboration with the league. The decision to partner with the NFL was “partially motivated” by Jay’s desire to own a team, according to Bleacher Report.

During a press conference alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week, Jay was asked if Colin Kapernick (who remains without a job in the NFL after launching a protest against police brutality) knew about the partnership. Jay initially told reporters that he spoke with Kapernick about working with the NFL but the athlete's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, denied that the conversation took place. She also expressed her disappointment with how the partnership is being promoted.

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in social justice,” Nessa told Hot 97 Wednesday (Aug. 14). “I don’t mind you doing a business deal, but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.”

 

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Jay-Z And Roc Nation Partner With The NFL

Jay-Z, Roc Nation, and the National Football League (NFL) have officially joined forces. The New York Times reports (Aug. 14) that Jay-Z and his team will consult on the Super Bowl halftime show with plans to usher in high-level talent to perform at the events. Roc Nation will also be a part of the league's premier social initiatives.

The inked deal raises concerns as Jay-Z has been considered one of Colin Kaepernick's most vocal supporters. Kaepernick has yet to land with a team, spanning 895 days after peacefully protesting social injustice by kneeling during the National Anthem at the beginning of football games. Hov's new role will also allow him to be deeply rooted in the league's social justice campaign "Inspire Change," which donates "money to groups fighting justice reform, opportunities in economically challenged areas and better relations between local communities," as reported by the Times. 

"The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive," the 4:44 rapper told the Times. "They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good."

"We don't want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I think that's a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally."

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Ciara And Russell Wilson Join MLS Seattle Sounders' Ownership Group

As a day she'll always hold near, Ciara announced her and husband Russell Wilson's co-ownership of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders franchise (Aug. 13). According to the Associated Press, the couple joins 20 other investors.

"@DangeRussWilson and I are fired up to announce we are Team Owners of the Seattle @SoundersFC one of the best soccer franchises in the world!" she began. "We can't wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer! Family is everything! Football and Futbol is Family!"

The group consists of Seattle native Macklemore, a few of Microsoft's top executives, Pandora's former CEO Brian McAndrews, Softbank's managing partner Mark Agne, and David Nathanson, a former Fox Sports executive.

 

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A Day I’ll Always Cherish! @DangeRussWilson and I are fired up to announce we are Team Owners of the Seattle @SoundersFC one of the best soccer franchises in the world! We can’t wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer! Family is everything! Football and Futbol is Family! #SoundersIsFamily ⚽️💚💙

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In June 2018, the Wilsons expressed interest in taking a stake in another sports outlet. According to ESPN, the pair planned to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland, Ore., joining the Portland Diamond Project as partners to see it come to fruition.

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