- Sports NBC Sports
We know what happened: The Clippers traded for Paul George, signed Kawhi Leonard and became championship favorites. But at one point, Clippers coach Doc Rivers thought the George trade with the Thunder would fall through and Leonard could sign with the Lakers.
- U.S. The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe rapper Tekashi69 told jurors Thursday that he was so “humiliated” after a fellow gang member kidnapped and robbed him, he put a $50,000 price on his head.The hip-hop artist testified that he could have gone to police and told them that Anthony “Harv” Ellison abducted him and stole a bag full of jewelry. But, he explained in a moment rich with irony, “I didn’t want to snitch.”Instead, Tekashi said, he opted for revenge.“I wanted someone to shoot Harv, rob him,” the rapper said in Manhattan Federal court, where he is testifying as a prosecution witness against Ellison, 31, and another alleged gang member, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, 33.It was his third day on the stand, and he seemed agitated, huffing when asked to “slowly” repeat himself for the court reporter and squinting as prosecutors grilled him. Tekashi69 Spills on Stand About Times Square Armed Robbery, KidnappingProsecutors charged Tekashi, 23, in a takedown of the Nine Trey Bloods gang last year-and he and several other defendants cut plea deals. His stint in the witness box has given jurors a glimpse into his life as a rap star who functioned as a cash cow for a street gang that gave him street credibility. He’s also testified about the internal strife that gripped Nine Treys,On Wednesday, Tekashi alleged that he was kidnapped by Ellison, described as his one-time “enforcer,” the night before he dropped his single “FEFE” last July. Dash-cam video played in court showed Tekashi pleading with Ellison to spare him and reminding him: “I’ve always done right by you.”He says Ellison and another assailant beat him up and then swiped more than $300,000 in jewelry-including a diamond pony necklace with rainbow hair and a spinning “69” chain.“I was so humiliated,” Tekashi said, fiddling with Dutch braid pigtails. “Humiliated because I constantly brag that I am untouchable and invincible on Instagram. Then I get kidnapped by a brother.”Tekashi said he asked his former manager to take a photo of him in the hospital that showed him swollen and cut. It was immediately posted on Instagram, he said. “I wanted to be the first one to tell the media that I was kidnapped and robbed,” he said. “I wanted to tell people what happened and not [Ellison].” After the kidnapping, the Nine Treys were consumed by infighting, he testified. Egged on by his closest fellow gang members, the rapper said, he ordered a $50,000 hit on Ellison. The goal was to either shoot or rob Ellison and “make him pay for what he did to me,” he said. A few failed attempts were made, he said. Tekashi69 Testifies Against Gang: We Did ‘a Lot of Crimes’He admitted that embarrassment led him to lie to both police and his friends about the kidnapping; he falsely claimed he “blacked out and was whipped with a pistol.” But he said he made sure not to tell authorities at the time who robbed him. “I was still part of the Nine Trey gang and I had to stay loyal,” he explained.The rapper’s symbiotic relationship with the Nine Treys disintegrated shortly after the July robbery when he denounced the Brooklyn-based crew on the radio, calling them “frauds” and “dirty Blood members.”Weeks later, he and a dozen other alleged members were indicted on racketeering charges. The day after he was arrested, Tekashi said, he decided to cooperate with the feds to “shed light on the whole operation.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- WorldThe National Interest
It might have a little to do with Russia.
- Entertainment Good Morning America
Kelly Clarkson warns fans not to try to kiss her on the cheek when they meet her originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comHere's a public service announcement from Kelly Clarkson: if you're ever lucky enough to get the chance to meet her, don't even think about leaning in for a smooch, or even a peck on the cheek."Spread the word. I don’t like being kissed on my face when U meet me. Ever. Male or female," the "Voice" coach and newly minted talk show host writes on Twitter."I ain’t European y’all. I didn’t grow up doing that. I don’t like it," Clarkson continued. ...
- U.S. The Independent
Local residents are "preparing for the worst" as fans of the viral Storm Area 51 Facebook event descend on a town near the secretive military base.The event could become a disaster as people struggle with the difficult conditions in Nevada without proper preparation, they have warned.
- U.S. FOX News Videos
Prosecutors: 2 Chicago gangbangers executed 9-year-old boy in revenge killing against his father's rival gang
2 Chicago gangbangers executed a 9-year-old boy in a revenge killing against his father's rival gang. The boy’s father is now in jail for a shooting in retaliation of his sons slaying.