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Jermaine Dupri Says Jay-Z Didn't Advise Him To Turn Down NFL Deal

"He and I never had a conversation where he told me 'don't do what you're doing.'"

After Bryan-Michael Cox and DJ Funkmaster Flex made separate claims that Jay-Z advised Jermaine Dupri to turn down a deal with the NFL, the record producer, songwriter, and rapper sat down with Big Tigger on Atlanta's V103 Wednesday (Aug. 21) to deny the claims.

Dupri said his deal with the league was to "curate a series of free shows held at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park" and the event would happen before the Super Bowl. In 2018, the rapper took to his Instagram with the official post.

 

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Jan 26th lets go!!!!! @atlsuperbowl53

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"He and I never had a conversation where he told me 'don't do what you're doing," the So So Def producer said. "What our conversation was, 'You know what side I'm on, I understand what you're doing.' That's what the conversation was."

Here's a quick timeline of the alleged rumors:

Cox joined a Twitter live stream with LoolaTV on Wednesday (Aug. 14) to make the claim that Jay-Z advised Dupri to turn down an NFL partnership. "We're also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it ... not even a year ago."

Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex posted on Monday (Aug. 19) to confirm Cox's story:

 

Watch Dupri's full interview below.

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DeSean Jackson To Auction Pre-Game Cleats In Honor Of Nipsey Hussle

Those that Nipsey Hussle made an impact on are making sure the slain rapper's legacy lives on. As the NFL regular season kicked off on Sept. 8, Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared that he'll auction off his pre-game cleats in honor of the Victory Lap artist.

Jackson said the proceeds will benefit Hussle's children, Emani and Kross. On Instagram, Jackson posted an image of the shoes with a quote stated by the "Racks In The Middle" rapper: "You've got to have faith in what you're doing and not take no for an answer." The cleats also feature an image of the late entrepreneur and his Victory Lap logo.

 

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Every game this year Im auctioning my @nipseyhussle cleats I wear in Pre game. Proceeds will go to his kids Kross & Emani !! Link will be up this week. Rest in paradise bro !! 💪🏾🏁💪🏾 #TMC

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On March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. Eric Holder, the shooter, was charged with a count of murder, a count of firearm possession as a felon, and two counts of attempted murder.

Earlier this year, Hussle's family announced the Neighborhood Nip Foundation which will place an emphasis on the youth to help them find a footing with the arts. “The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him,” his brother, Samiel Asghedom, said to the Los Angeles Times.

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David Ortiz Makes First Appearance At Fenway Park Since Dominican Republic Shooting

It's been four months since former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz has made a public appearance since he was shot in the Dominican Republic. It was only natural that the slugger threw out the first pitch prior to Monday's game (Sept. 9) against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Greeted with love and praise, the emotional scene was the perfect way to kick-off the week for the Red Sox team. The major league baseball team shared the tear-jerking moment on its Twitter page on Monday (Sept. 9).

Boston loves you, @davidortiz. pic.twitter.com/pQt85arS6W

— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 9, 2019

Good to be back. pic.twitter.com/dI5bLvTqf0

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"I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They always have been there for me, supporting me. They were aware of what happened to me, and they were the first ones there supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox fans," Ortiz said.

NBC10 Boston reports that 14 people have been arrested in the case. Investigators in the Dominican Republic believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and Ortiz was not the intended target.

The Red Sox legend has hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to investigate the shooting.

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Lisa Leslie, WNBA Legend, Will Reportedly Receive Statue Outside Staples Center

No time is like the present to honor WNBA legend and former Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie. The all-star is reportedly the first woman to have a statue outside of the Staples Center. Leslie initially retweeted a statement from entertainment reporter and sportscaster Ben Lyons on Aug. 29 questioning why the former athlete didn't have a statue outside of the famed arena.

Someone needs to explain to me why Lisa Leslie doesn’t have a statue in her honor outside of Staples Center....

— Ben Lyons (@iamBenLyons) August 29, 2019

On Thursday (Sept. 5), the Los Angeles Times reported that the Sparks and Anschutz Entertainment Group are still working out the specific date but have officially agreed that Leslie will be the eleventh statue outside of the Staples Center.

Lisa Leslie is going to get a statue outside of Staples Center. The Sparks and AEG will talk about the specifics soon but it will be the 11th in Star Plaza and the first honoring a female athlete. It will be the first statue of a WNBA player outside the home arena of a WNBA team. pic.twitter.com/nw7YdDh30u

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 5, 2019

Leslie entered the WNBA's inaugural draft in 1997. During her iconic career, she garnered two championship titles, four Olympic gold medals, and three All-Star Game MVPs. Leslie was the first WNBA player to ever dunk in a game, was also named to eight All-Star teams and 12 All-WNBA teams, and averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.

The now luxury realtor will be honored alongside statues of L.A. basketball legends Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.

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