Kendrick Lamar Discusses N-Word Controversy, Kanye’s Political Views

Kendrick Lamar recently caught up with Lisa Robinson for a new cover story for Vanity Fair, which was published today.

Kendrick discussed the use of the N-word, after he was forced to stop his set when a white fan used it on stage at Hangout Festival. “Let me put it to you in its simplest form,” he said. “I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do. Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city. So many things—’you can’t do that’—whether it’s from afar or close up. So if I say this is my word, let me have this one word, please let me have that word.”

He also explained that he doesn’t talk much about politics because it frustrates him, and shared how he feels about Kanye West’s comments on Donald Trump and slavery. “He has his own perspective, and he’s on this whole agree to disagree thing, and I would have this conversation with him personally if I want to.”

Kendrick also talks about his Pulitzer win, national-anthem protests and much more — read the full piece HERE.

Paul George Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent, Opts Out of Player Option

Though he has until Friday at 11:59pm to opt out of his player option, sources tell ESPN that Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George will not be doing so and has already informed the organization of his intent. He will effectively become an unrestricted free agent at that point, with several teams looking to court him.

Declining his player option means he renounces the $20.7 million salary he would be due next season and test the free agent waters. The Los Angeles Lakers have been eyeing PG13 for about two years, but others like the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets could be players too. And of course the Thunder have the most leverage, with that fifth year SUPER MAX option for him that would pay him $40 million more than anyone else.

OKC knew this George leaving could be a possibility when they traded for him, but have confidence they can retain his services to play alongside Russell Westbrook.

Last season, PG averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Could this super team in Los Angeles be forming? Will he choose to play with LeBron James in the City of Angels and come home? Those are answers we will know very soon.

Drake (@champagnepapi) Reveals Tracklist for ‘Scorpion’

Drake has revealed the tracklist for his Scorpion album ahead of its release tomorrow (June 29).

The tracklist shows 25 songs in total, and as speculated after the Toronto billboards, it’s a double album with an A-side and B-side. No features are shown, but chances are they’re being kept hidden. The singles “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What” and “I’m Upset” all appear on the project.

Check out the tracklist below. Now with features.

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Jameis Winston Releases Statement In Response to 3-Game Suspension by NFL

Last week, Adam Schefter reported that the NFL was looking to suspend Tampa Bay Buccaneersquarterback Jameis Winston for three games this season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The punishment stemmed from an incident involving Winston and an Uber driver, who he groped on the way home from a party in Arizona.

Today, the NFL officially came down with the verdict:

With the league’s decision (they negotiated the thee game suspension, he will not appeal), Winston also released a statement regarding what he did, apologizing and saying he has eliminated alcohol from his life.

“The NFL informed me today that I will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize. In the past 2 1/2 years my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life.

I know I have to hold myself to a higher standard on and off the field and that I have a responsibility to my family, community, and teammates to live above the platform with which God has blessed me. I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season. Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself.

I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be.”

The Buccaneers will now start the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center in their first game against the New Orleans Saints, home opener against the Phildelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.