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A domino effect might be on the horizon after Odell Beckham Jr.'s encounter with LSU players and a security officer that led to arrest warrants and debates about possible NCAA violations.
Speaking to USA Today Sports Thursday (Jan 16) executive director Bill Hancock said officials from the College Football Playoff will investigate practices that allow non-players to engage with players on the sidelines during events such as the national semifinals and championship games.
“Being on the sidelines is a privilege,” Hancock told the outlet. “Along with any privilege comes responsibility, because the focus should be on the people playing and coaching in the game, rather than on any visitors. The CFP will be reviewing its policy for allowing guests onto the sidelines and into locker rooms at future games.”
While the LSU Tigers beat Clemson Monday to secure a spot in the national championship, all eyes were on the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for handing out money to players and slapping the buttocks of a Superdome security guard. The incident took place in the LSU locker room. It was initially reported that the money was fake but it was confirmed that the money was actually real.
Video of the incident went viral and just a few days later, New Orleans Police Department public affairs officer Juan Barnes confirmed that the security guard filed the complaint. An arrest warrant for simple battery was issued against Beckham Jr. on Thursday.
The NFL star and former LSU player possibly committed an NCAA violation "if it’s determined athletes with eligibility remaining received cash," USA Today Sports mentions. OBJ and his representatives are cooperating with authorities, the Browns said in a statement.
Statement regarding Odell Beckham Jr. incident: pic.twitter.com/7cN3jOLCj6
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020
LSU will now investigate the incident to confirm if any NCAA violations were committed and if it will affect any of the players seen in the video.
Many have pointed exactly why the officer was in the locker room in the first place. As the players were celebrating their big win, the security guard allegedly threatened the players who were smoking cigars in the locker room. Stephen A. Smith reacted to the news and the NCAA possible violation as "bogus."
The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome a mixed bag of legends that include the late Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. as well as Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and psychedelic folk band T.Rex.
According to Variety, the ceremony will air live for the first time ever on May 2 via HBO. Viewers can expect a long list of tribute performances given three of the inductees (Houston, B.I.G. and T. Rex) are no longer with us. Biggie, born Christopher Wallace, is the seventh rapper to given the honor. He joins Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., N.W.A., the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur. The Brooklyn legend is also the first rapper to be inducted since Shakur in 2017.
Artists who were nominated but not inducted this year were Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy. Khan has been nominated a total of six times–solo and with her group Rufus.
Last year’s inductees were Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies. It's currently unknown who will induct Houston or Biggie. In the past, fellow music titans have inducted artists. In 2007, Jay Z inducted Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Janelle Monae inducted Jackson in 2019 and Mary J. Blige inducted Solomon Burke in 2001 and Nina Simone in 2018.
Enjoy some of their best moments in music below.
Presented by John Cho and Issa Rae Monday (Jan 13), this year's list of nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards are pretty bland, to say the least. As predicted, 1917 racked up seven nominations including Best Picture while Adam Driver and Antonio Banderas earned nods for their respected roles in Marriage Story and Pain and Glory.
Cynthia Erivo landed her first Oscar nomination for her riveting role in Harriet and could become the youngest EGOT winner in the process. Erivo is also the 11th black actress to be nominated for a leading role at the Oscars in the ceremony’s 92-year history and the only woman of color nominated in the acting categories this year.
The snubbed list for this year's Oscars is a long one. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) Lupita Nyong'o (Us), Beyonce (The Lion King: The Gift), Alfre Woodard (Clemency), Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy) Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) were all shut out this year, making #OscarsSoWhite an understatement.
However, Ervio and Matthew Cherry's nomination for Hair Love in the Short Animated Film category gives us some hope that the academy respects good work.
Final voting for the awards doesn’t start until January 30. The process reportedly lasts six days, a notion Gold Derby points out as the shortest time for balloting in the history of the ceremony.
The Academy Awards will air without a host on February 9.
See the list of nominations below.
Best Picture 1917 (Universal) Ford v Ferrari (Fox) The Irishman (Netflix) Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight) Joker (Warner Bros.) Little Women (Sony) Marriage Story (Netflix) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony) Parasite (Neon)
Actor in a Leading Role Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) Adam Driver (Marriage Story) Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Actress in a Leading Role Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) Charlize Theron (Bombshell) Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Actress in a Supporting Role
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell) Laura Dern (Marriage Story) Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit) Florence Pugh (Little Women) Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) Al Pacino (The Irishman) Joe Pesci (The Irishman) Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Directing Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) Sam Mendes (1917) Todd Phillips (Joker) Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Production Design 1917 The Irishman Jojo Rabbit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Parasite
Film Editing Ford v Ferrari (Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker) The Irishman (Thelma Schoonmaker) Jojo Rabbit (Tom Eagles) Joker (Jeff Groth) Parasite (Jinmo Yang)
Cinematography 1917 (Roger Deakins) The Irishman (Rodrigo Prieto) Joker (Lawrence Sher) The Lighthouse (Jarin Blaschke) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Robert Richardson)
Adapted Screenplay The Irishman (Steven Zaillian) Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi) Joker (Todd Phillips & Scott Silver) Little Women (Greta Gerwig) The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)
1917 (Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns) Knives Out (Rian Johnson) Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino) Parasite (Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han)
International Feature Film Corpus Christi (Poland) Honeyland (North Macedonia) Les Miserables (France) Pain and Glory (Spain) Parasite (South Korea)
Costume Design Jojo Rabbit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood The Irishman Joker Little Women
Sound Mixing 1917 Ad Astra Ford v Ferrari Joker Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sound Editing 1917 Ford v Ferrari Joker Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
1917 (Thomas Newman) Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir) Little Women (Alexandre Desplat) Marriage Story (Randy Newman) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Visual Effects 1917 Avengers: Endgame The Irishman The Lion King Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
American Factory (Netflix) The Cave (National Geographic) The Edge of Democracy (Netflix) For Sama (PBS) Honeyland (Neon)
Documentary Short Subject In the Absence Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) Life Overtakes Me St. Louis Superman Walk Run Cha-Cha
Animated Short Film Dcera (Daughter) Hair Love Kitbull Memorable Sister
Live-Action Short Film Brotherhood Nefta Football Club The Neighbors’ Window Saria A Sister
Makeup and Hairstyling 1917 Bombshell Joker Judy Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Animated Feature Film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dreamworks) I Lost My Body (Netflix) Klaus (Netflix) Missing Link (United Artists Releasing) Toy Story 4 (Pixar)
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" (Toy Story 4) — Randy Newman "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" (Rocketman) — Elton John & Bernie Taupin "I'm Standing With You" (Breakthrough) — Diane Warren "Into the Unknown" (Frozen 2) — Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez "Stand Up" (Harriet) — Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo