NFL Teams With Social Media Audio App Clubhouse For Draft Programming

Derek Chauvin deserves 'maximum sentence': Rep. Karen Bass

Former police officer Derek Chauvin deserves a “maximum sentence,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” after he was convicted in the murder of George Floyd.

“When we have seen the occasional guilty verdict, it is (rarely) followed by the maximum sentence, and considering the egregious nature of the torturing to death of George Floyd, a maximum sentence I think is absolutely needed,” she told “This Week” Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Following Chauvin’s conviction Monday, many politicians and activists continue to call for federal legislation to address police brutality in the wake of several recent shootings of unarmed people of color.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — introduced by Bass to combat police misconduct – passed the House in a party-line vote in March but has yet to be voted on in the Senate.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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After whirlwind month, Alex Rodriguez talks about the state of game, Dodgers-Padres rivalry

It has been a frenetic, turbulent, emotional month of April, even by Alex Rodriguez’s standards.

Rodriguez and fiancée Jennifer Lopez announced their break-up with the news jarring Hollywood.

He and businessman Marc Lore entered an exclusive letter of intent to purchase the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves for about $1.5 billion.

Rodriguez found out that Timberwolves rookie star Anthony Edwards never heard of him, but once he did, pleaded for A-Rod and J-Lo to get back together.

And Rodriguez took a six-hour flight from Miami to Los Angeles to catch a game with Magic Johnson where he’s scheduled to work Sunday Night’s ESPN Game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

You talk about a roller-coaster of emotions.

“All’s good,’’ Rodriguez tells USA TODAY Sports. “It’s life. Honestly, we’re in a good place and good spirits.’’

Rita Wilson Says Scott Rudin Made Her Feel “Worthless, Unvaluable and Replaceable”

Actress/singer Rita Wilson has joined the outcry against producer Scott Rudin, claiming he tried to find a way to legally fire her from a Broadway show when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wilson spoke out in an interview with The New York Times  about her experience working with Rudin on the 2015 Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark by Larry David.

The actress, the wife of actor Tom Hanks, said Rudin made her feel “worthless, unvaluable and replaceable” and said when she told him about her diagnosis with breast cancer, he complained that she would need time off during Tony voting season and asked to see her medical records.

The NY Times story added that Wilson received a call from her agent stating her surgeon needed to call the insurance adjuster immediately, per Rudin.

Wilson said she felt Rudin was trying to find a way to fire’ her “legally.”

“He is the kind of person who makes someone feel worthless, unvaluable and replaceable,” she said.

A Rudin spokesperson said Wilson had wanted to open the show and then leave, and denied any request to delay treatment.

Rudin said he is stepping back from his Broadway activities and yesterday revealed he has resigned from the the Broadway League.

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Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer Thierry Henry says he doesn’t recognize the club

Former French soccer star Thierry Henry spoke out against his former club, Arsenal F.C, amid talks about joining the European Super League.

Henry, who scored a club-record 228 goals in 377 appearances for Arsenal, told The Telegraph he still supports the club, but doesn't know what happened to the team.

“This club belongs to the fans, I love the club and I will support the club until I die, but I do not recognize my club and what happened just now, with them trying to join a league that would have been closed, makes no sense to me,” Henry said. 

Hundreds of fans protested outside Emirates Stadium on Friday, calling for for owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the Los Angeles Rams, to leave the club over the proposed Super League even though the club already pulled out of joining the league.

NFL Teams With Social Media Audio App Clubhouse For Draft Programming

The NFL draft is coming to Clubhouse.

The buzzy social media audio app has teamed with the National Football League to produce a lineup of original programming around the 2021 NFL Draft.

You’ll be able to find out where Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith is drafted after the NFL became the first major sports league to collaborate with Clubhouse on official programming.

Beginning Monday, April 26, the NFL will host a series of rooms – where Clubhouse users can listen and talk – throughout the week around the Draft, which includes a pre-Draft assessment of the prospective players, a conversation with The University of Alabama’s football team alumni, a fan mock Draft, Draft debriefs and more.

Users will be able to follow the picks live as they’re announced and listen in on discussions featuring key NFL figures—from athletes and coaches to network personalities. Fans also have the opportunity to join the conversation and be invited on stage by moderators to ask questions or share their reactions to the Draft.

“The NFL’s commitment to innovation is matched only by their devotion to their fans and we are proud to welcome the NFL to Clubhouse,” said Sean Brown, Head of Sports Partnerships at Clubhouse. “The Draft is one of the biggest events of the year for football fans, and we know that millions of creators will be discussing, debating, and celebrating throughout the week.”

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