CHARITY SHOT: Kevin Durant and Rapper The Game Make a Basketball Bet for Charity

A friendly wager for charity took a turn for the worse between rapper The Game and OKC baller Kevin Durant when TMZ got in the mix of the on-the-fly bet for the kiddies.

Okay, so according to TMZ, last week at a Drake party, Durant stepped to The Game with a philanthropic offer: if the “How We Do” rapper could sink a 3-point shot at NBA range he’d give away $20K worth of his sneakers to The Game’s lil league basketball team Frogg All Stars.

It was all net for The Game’s charity shot, but never received the deets from K.D. on when the kids gear would be delivered. TMZ got wind of the wager, tracked Durant down during his workout for answers and called out the MC for lying about the bet. Not one to let that slide, the Game blasted the baller out on Instagram about the terms of the bet. He even said Drake was a witness to the charity shot.

There was more back and forth until finally the Game released this statement on Instagram about the fracas:

Had a conversation with @easymoneysniper this morning & we both agreed that there was a miscommunication between the middle party which was “TMZ” & that the way the camera man presented it to him was as if he bet me $20,000 cash which wasn’t the case…. We agreed that if I hit the 3 point shot he would get KD gear & his kicks for all the kids in our @froggallstars organization which is close to 130 children…. 130 kids at a price of maybe $150 a shoe & gear after tax equals close to $20,000 give or take so that’s where that # came from. When I woke up & had multiple texts & calls saying KD called me a liar on TMZ, I acted immediately in clearing things up on my end on my page & didn’t have a # on @easymoneysniper to clear it up privately which is what I should’ve done because the situation that was meant to be friendly & charitable to the kids & is now blown out of proportion….
The Game also wrote that K.D. agreed to make good on the bet’s promise and deliver the gear to his lil league team of over 100 players. K.D. re-posted the Game’s message. So all is squared away. Go Frogg AllStars!!!

BATTLE OF THE BELTWAY: Rappers Big Tigga & Wale Take Part in Charity B-Ball Game

Wale & Big Tigger strategizing off-court. Image Courtesy: luvntrey instagram

Wale & Big Tigger strategizing off-court.
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So…how are your NCAA bracket picks coming? Any closer to picking Warren Buffett’s pockets with your Sweet Sixteen? Okay, confession, I have no idea what I just wrote. And, full disclosure, I stare at my hubby’s scribbled and crossed-out brackets list like my high school Trig homework:

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But, I DO understand the impact of a charity basketball game, which rapper Wale and TV/radio host Big Tigger suited up for at The Battle of the Beltway. The rappers pounded the hardwood gym of the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus Saturday.

Ryan Kerrigan and Torrey Smith at the Battle of the Beltway. Image Courtesy: Testudo Times/Patrick Donohue

Ryan Kerrigan and Torrey Smith at the Battle of the Beltway.
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And they weren’t the only big draw. Turns out NFL players–Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith and Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan–also have a hoop game. Torrey and Ryan restored their off-season rivalry for good cause(s): to raise money for Torrey Smith Foundation that caters to Baltimore youth and educational scholarships and Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation, which provides resources to special needs kids in D.C.

Who reigned supreme? (Sounds like a line I swapped from a Burger King commercial.And.it.is.*palm meet face*)

Both foundations with nearly $100,000 raised. But the Ravens took the win when its receiver Jacoby Jones took the game-winning shot. Despite Big Tigger’s efforts for the Redskins. The score was 63-61.

And that’s not all folks, four deserving high schoolers walked away with $5,000 each to add to their college fund through Torrey’s inaugural Tevin Jones Fund that honors his late brother.

Even though my brother is gone, this is an amazing way for his name to live on.

Sorry B.K., but I like K.R.S. line better: “knowledge reigns supreme.”

BREAKOUT WINTER OLYMPIC WINNERS: Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel

The Olympic flame burning brightly over Bolshoy Ice Dome. Image Credit: Yahoo Finance

The Olympic flame burning brightly over Bolshoy Ice Dome.
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It’s almost time to cross the ultimate finish line in Sochi, Russia. Sunday, Olympic atheletes will bid a heartfelt do svidaniya (goodbye for those non-Russian speakers, like myself) during the closing ceremonies. And it begs the question: have we accumulated enough unimpressed face memes, hot-bod athelete poses, breakout ice queens, favorites-to-win-become-disappointed-losses (pointing at you, two shauns—> Shaunie Davis and Shaun White) moments, ugly home country uniforms, Olympic village pranks, tearjerker background stories, and underdog wins gold moments to last us til 2018?

I believe so, but before we go into the leaps and bounds it literally took for these pros to make it this far, let’s dish on how a whole lotta brown-faced Olympians used to hot weather sports braved the elements and their lives to swap a relay baton for a bobsled. That’s right, folks. Talk about a 180° leap into the unknown. Adrian Adams, Maureen Ajoku, Aja Evans, Jazmine Fenlator, Lolo Jones, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams are athletes that pulled a Cool Runnings to go for gold.

Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their silver medal win at Sochi Olympics. Image Credit: www.sfgate.com

Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their silver medal win at Sochi Olympics.
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Despite the risk of plunging down a ice-filled track in a two-seater sled going 60-90 mph bobbing sharp turns, it got Chi-town natives Aja Evans a bronze medal and Lauryn Williams a silver medal.

Aja Evans and team mate Jamie Greubel flaunting their bronze medals. Image Credit: www.teamusa.org

Aja Evans and team mate Jamie Greubel showing off their bronze medals.
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Impressive hardware to flaunt in the windy city and will be useful in motivating youngsters that will soon be picking up a Wheaties cereal box with Aja and Lauryn splashed on front.

And will no doubt be a lesson preached to high school athletes when Aja Evans makes her next appearance at Beyond Sports Foundation. Aja participated in a charity golf tournament last summer benefitting school and sports guidance for disadvantaged teens with dreams of landing a NCAA Scholarship to college.

Let’s hope for more comeback tales like this in another four years. For now, let’s extinguish the flame.