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“D*mn, Why They Wanna Stick Me For My Paper?” Celebrities Who Lost Major Endorsement Deals For Acting A Fool
If Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have taught us anything, it’s that you had better watch your filthy mouth, because it could very well hurt your pockets. But they aren’t the first celebrities to get the boot from a company for acting a complete donkey. Or in the case of some of the celebrities on this list, for just being themselves. Here are 10 who lost lucrative endorsement deals over the years because of their antics.
It still makes me sad to think about how on top of the world Chris Brown USED to be. Back in 2008, he was the guy every mom wanted their young daughters to date, and he was blowing everybody’s mind with his great dance moves and catchy songs. But then that terrible altercation occurred the night before the Grammys in February of 2008, and his fame was forever altered. And of course, he was also hit in the pockets. Brown was dropped as the spokesperson for Wrigley’s gum, and while you might say, “Who cares about some Doublemint Gum?” if it wasn’t for writing jingle for the company, we would never have “Forever” (“Double your pleasure, double your fuuuuuun…”).
As we reported earlier, NBA veteran and five time world champion Kobe Bryant has a new challenger to overcome—his mother.
Reports show that Bryant contacted his lawyer when he discovered that his childhood mementos, including state championship rings, jerseys, trophies, and an assortment of basketball gear from his high-school days, are in jeopardy of being sold away. But this won’t be any ol’ yard sale on a Saturday afternoon.
Instead, Pamela Bryant, the matriarch of the Bryant family, recently struck up a deal with high-profile auctioneers who have agreed to pay her upward of $1.5 million dollars for Kobe’s old jockstrap and sweat socks and stuff. How lucky!
Sports memorabilia company Goldin Auctions will be dragging Kobe Bryant and his mother Pamela Bryant to court. According TMZ, the company made a deal with Pamela for some of Kobe’s throwback basketball memorabilia including his signed 2000 All Star game ball, high school practice jerseys, high school varsity letters, a Lakers jacket and shorts, trophies, his 1998 All Star ring and few other items.
One would think that the mother of a famous basketball star would actually want to hold on to these sorts of items due to their sentimental value, but according to the online tabloid, Pam has plans to use the cash acquired from the sale to purchase a new house. Court documents reveal that the auction company has already paid Pam a $450,000 advance, but there’s just one problem: Kobe says the items were never his mom’s to sell in the first place. He has since come forward to claim ownership of the items, attempting to block the auction.
Goldin Auctions, however, is claiming that Pamela told them Kobe gave her the items five years ago. Now they’re taking Kobe to court. We hear they’re hoping to get a judge to declare Pamela the owner of the items so that they can proceed with the sale.
Do you think Kobe’s mom had the right to put the items up for sale?
Now, we don’t cover sports too much around these parts (well, not unless its for eye candy purposes) but this time it’s about Kobe Bryant and well, he’s always newsworthy.
If you happen to be a sportsnista (I totally am) and in particular, a basketball fan, you know that the Los Angeles Lakers are in an uphill battle trying to make last place in the Western conference just to make the playoffs. Their leader and franchise plyer, Kobe Bryant, has taken it upon himself to make sure the team gets all the wins they need to make it.
But Friday night, that all came to a screeching halt. The LAkers were playing the Golden State Warriors and Bryant was being guarded by Harrison Barnes when he was fouled. He was making a move to the basket when he heard something pop; after asking Barnes if he kicked him in the knee – to which BArnes responded no – Bryant knew something was wrong. After making the two foul shots, he hobbled off the court for the rest of the game.
So what’s the prognosis? The 34 year old living legend has a torn Achilles and his season is over. It will take about 6-9 months to heal and even then, he might not ever be the same. The chances of Kobe coming back to play at such a high level after a shattering injury at age 35 is in many ways, impossible.
Later that evening, a very frustrated “Mamba,” as he’s known to fans and enemies alike, took to his Facebook page for a vent session:
“This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not!”
Wow. You know, Kobe Bryant isn’t one of the most well-liked players in the NBA but most respect him for his work ethic and his insane ability to play the game of basketball. It is unfortunate that his season has ended this way. What is even more sad to see is the number of people who reacted on social media in such an excited way because a player they don’t like was injured. Now, I’m no Kobe fan either but to wish ill on a person or be excited that they can’t do their job anymore isn’t right.
Well, it’s time to see what the Lakers are really made of!
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Last month we told you how after nine long months of being taunted by Drake’s infamous “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym” line from his verse on Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin” track, Vanessa Bryant had finally broken her silence via Instagram. She informed her followers that she didn’t need to be with him “shooting in the gym” because she was taking care of home. If you recall, in that particular line, Drake was referencing the healthy chunk of change that Vanessa would’ve been awarded back when the two almost divorced. Up until recently, Kobe remained fairly quiet regarding the matter.
The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard recently tweeted about enjoying morning tea with his wife when a fan and Twitter follower reminded him of Vanessa’s absence during those long hours he spent in basketball practice.
“@kobebryant @LadyVB24 but… #SheWasntWithYouShootinInTheGym,” the fan tweeted.
Kobe calmly came to his wife’s defense.
“@lukashMAYYN No, she wasn’t. She was busy raising our kids #nonanny #respectmothers”
It’s good that Kobe is finally coming to his wife’s defense in this matter, especially since he used to seem thoroughly amused when fans would chant the phrase in an effort to demonstrate their support of him. It may have something to do with the two being officially back together and dismissing their divorce action, which Vanessa announced last month via Instagram.
Now that Kobe has spoken, hopefully we can put this overused, abused and misused one-liner to rest once and for all. Although, it was a bit humorous to see fans actually walk up to Kobe and say it.
Check the next page to see awkward footage of fans chanting “She wasn’t with you shooting in the gym” while Kobe attempts to grab a bite to eat from a diner.
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‘I Don’t Need To Be In The Gym, I’m Raising Our Daughters’: Vanessa Bryant Responds To Drake’s ‘Stay Schemin’ Jab
Whether you’re a rap fan or not, you’ve probably at least come across the rap line “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym,” being quoted on social media sites. In case you may be unaware of where the popularly quoted phrase came from, it is actually a line from Drake’s verse in Rick Ross’ Stay Schemin song where Drake references the controversy surrounding the massive sum of money that Kobe would have had to hand over to his wife Vanessa back when the two almost divorced. Since the release of the song, Kobe fans have been known to chant the phrase to demonstrate their support for the Lakers shooting guard. Up until now, Vanessa has been pretty quiet regarding the song’s lyrics. She recently took to her Instagram account to respond to a few people who brought the quote back to her attention as well as express her feelings regarding the phrase and the people who constantly quote it.
“I love when immature kids quote a rapper that has never been friends with Kobe and knows nothing about our relationship. Just shows how gullible they are. I don’t need to be in the gym. I’m raising our daughters, signing checks and taking care of everything else that pertains to our home life…”
“I really wish people would stop THINK and then realize that they are being sucked into someone’s clear intention to monetize and gain attention off of our family’s heartache. This is real life. I hold down our home life so my husband can focus on his career. It’s a partnership.”
“Since my husband is isn’t friends with Drake, we received a text of an apology forwarded from his manager. It’s done and over with and it’s now time for people to THINK before speaking.”
I certainly agree with Vanessa’s stance that marriage is indeed a partnership; however this all just goes back to the age-old debate surrounding the amount of money a woman should be awarded upon her divorce from her husband. According to Necole Bitchie, Drake has openly expressed that it was just a song and was never meant to offend Vanessa or Kobe.
“That line came from a conversation about being this young and making this much money and the fear of losing it all. I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else.”
As usual any bad blood between the Bryants and Drake appears to be non-existant, but of course, the public continues to fuel the drama.
What do you think of Vanessa finally addressing the song lyrics? Was Drake wrong for referencing the Bryants’ drama in his song or was he simply doing what rappers do?
It’s not often that we hear about a celebrity marriage lasting, and when one doesn’t we all sit and wait patiently for the nasty divorce settlements. With so much money and fame involved, it’s not uncommon for negotiations to get a little dirty, but in the end most of these ex-wives end up getting broke all.the.way.off. Though it’s never a happy thing to see a marriage end, we’re pretty sure some of these women dried their tears in dollar bills and ended up laughing their way to the bank. While love doesn’t cost a thing, divorces really do. Here are 14 of the biggest celebrity divorce settlements in our lifetime.
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It is an extremely rare case that you hear something straight from Vanessa Bryant’s mouth, which is why it’s so telling that when she did opt to do press she fed right into the golddigging rumors that have followed her since she married Kobe Bryant at the age of 18.
NY Mag recently did a feature on the “The Belles of B-Ball: How NBA Players’ Wives Vie for Fashion Dominance” which included the LA Lakers basketball wife as well as Knicks player Tyson Chandler’s wife Kimberly and Amare Stoudemire’s fiancee Alexis Welch, but by far the most interesting tidbits came from Mrs. Bryant.
Here are a few highlights from her interview:
How she feels about all the attention on NBA wives
“I thought things would go away, if you don’t feed into the b.s., and no one would think about you. Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”
Whether things are on the mend with Kobe
“Um, yes. We’re working on things.”
Her take on basketball and being a basketball wife
“Oh, yes, I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I do. I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
Drama with Khloe Kardashian
“Everything is false. Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.”
“If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel [to the Laker's locker room]. I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”
Misconceptions about her
“I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case. I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go,” adding that she doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised.”
There’s also some talk in the interview about Vanessa’s sense of style, her 25-carat Valentines Day ring, and staying at the plaza, but anything of substance pretty much came out in the snippets above.
I get the feeling Vanessa is justifying Kobe’s infidelity under the guise of being a hardcore basketball fan who just happens to reap enormous financial benefits when her husband brings home that championship money, but maybe that’s just me.
What do you think about her interview?
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LONDON (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s barely broken a sweat. LeBron James hasn’t scored in double figures, and U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski has swapped lineups like he’s trading Olympic pins.
After two games of the men’s tournament, America’s superteam has started slowly and showed some real vulnerability.
Maybe the world has a chance after all.
Getting a jump start from its second unit after a less-than-inspiring first half by the starters, the U.S. turned on the burners after halftime and rolled to a 110-63 win over Tunisia on Tuesday night to improve to 2-0 in preliminary play — just as expected.
Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece and Kevin Durant added 13 for the Americans, who led by only 13 at halftime before outscoring Tunisia (0-2) 64-30 in a second half that became another highlight loop of alley-oop lobs, dunks and crowd-pleasing passes.
Krzyzewski began the second half with his reserves and Anthony, Love, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala responded with a 21-3 run that made it 67-36 and seemed to satisfy their coach, who didn’t look all that happy with his team’s effort when he left the floor at halftime.
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