The internet has taking focus on the story of Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler who was forced to cut off his Locks by a referee. His locks were then cut off in front of everyone in attendance. To add to the story, the locks were then swept up and thrown in the dumpster. This provided no option for the locks to be reattached.
The dreadlock reattachment process can take many different forms but over a period of months, individuals like Andrew can have their locks re-attached and regain some of the extensive time that it took them to grow.
To recap referee Alan Maloney jumped into the fold at the moment that Andrew was getting ready to compete and gave the 16 year old the dreadful option of cutting his hair or forfeiting the match. It happened so quickly that Andrew didn’t really have time to process his decision. It is unclear how Andrew had competed before without regulations being addressed to his school and his team. It would appear that at some point communication would have been handed down to schools letting children with long hair know that they can’t compete.
Lavar Declares Lonzo, LaMelo won’t leave BBB
For the Big Baller Brand, it’s all about family.
However, after the Ball family’s company had been hit with fraud, scandals, and faulty products, New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball and top 2020 NBA Draft prospect LaMelo Ball are considering starting fresh with new endorsement deals.
But according to their father Lavar Ball, his two sons aren’t going anywhere.
In his TMZ interview, the CEO of Big Baller Brand stated, “Lonzo can think all day. He ain’t signing with nobody but Big Baller Brand.”
Recently, Lonzo openly stated he is interested in signing endorsement deals with other brands. Lonzo has also encouraged his brother LaMelo to take meetings with other shoe brands before signing a shoe deal.
Lonzo has appeared to be at odds with Lavar all offseason. After Big Baller Brand Co-Founder Alan Foster allegedly stole $1.5 million from the company, Lonzo became wary of the company’s value. In response, Lavar claimed Lonzo is “damaged goods” on their hit reality TV show Ball in the Family.
Lonzo has also gone on record to bash the quality of BBB’s products, claiming he “had to switch [his shoes] every quarter because they would just rip.”
Lavar also said LaMelo would stay with the brand as well, even though he has not worn any BBB shoes while playing in the NBL in Australia. Nike has reportedly scouted LaMelo for a potential endorsement deal with the Oregon-based company.
With the Big Baller Brand facing so much turmoil, Lavar’s fatherly commands may not be enough to keep his sons with the family brand.
Snoop Dogg Unapologetic in Kansas Concert Scandal
On October 4th, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg performed at Kansas’ Late Night at the Phog, a kickoff event for their Men and Women’s basketball teams. However, his concert did not come without backlash.
In front of what was supposed to be a family-friendly audience, Snoop Dogg cut no profanity from his lyrics, brought out a woman on a stripper pole, and shot fake $100 bills into the crowd with a money gun.
Naturally, the university was less than pleased with the concert. Kansas athletics director Jeff Long claimed they “expected a clean version of the show” after discussions with Snoop Dogg’s management before the performance. Long extended a “personal apology to those of were offended.”
Kansas Men’s basketball head coach Bill Self also voiced his displeasure with Snoop Dogg’s performance.
However, Snoop Dogg claimed he had “the time on his life” on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ Tuesday, and is anything but apologetic.
Snoop Dogg went on to say that the crowd loved the show, and the university should know better, as “When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you’re going to get Snoop Dogg.” Snoop also denied the report that he was forced to leave campus immediately after the show.
Meanwhile, raunchy concert only distracts from the real controversy Kansas athletics is facing. Recently, the university was charged with five Level I and two Level II violations from the NCAA, including “Lack of institutional control.” The allegations targets both the Football and Men’s basketball programs.
While Kansas has good reason to be upset over Snoop Dogg’s performance, the university should worry more about cleaning up their athletics than censoring their performers.
Why the NBA’s New Height Listing Regulations are Short-Sighted
NBA players are notorious for embellishing their height. Often, players will stretch their listings to appear more impressive on paper, and better fit the positions they want to play.
However, coming next NBA season, your favorite player might be knocked down a size.
The NBA recently announced all teams must report their players’ precise height and age by the end of training camp. Also, players are no longer allowed to wear shoes during their measurements.
It’s no secret that NBA teams have been inflating their player’s listed heights for decades. One of the most notable examples is the viral photo of Kevin Durant, listed at 6’9, who’s clearly taller than his former teammate Demarcus Cousins, listed at 6’11.
However, while the new regulations may stop some of the league’ height fraud, this new system causes more problems than it solves.
Unless you’re Mike Miller, players always compete in shoes, which generally adds an inch or so to a player’s height. By listing a player by his without-shoes height, the NBA presents its players at a shorter height than they are on the court.
The NBA Draft Combine even recognizes the difference, as they take measurements of players with and without shoes, but ultimately list the with-shoes height for their prospects.
The new rules also make it difficult to compare players historically. If future NBA players are only measured without-shoes, there is no reliable way to compare their heights to past NBA players that only have with-shoes measurements.
The regulations may also change the height standard considered for its on-court positions. If players across the league lose inches on their listings, the average height for positions will follow suit.
Collegiate and NBA prospects would receive the blunt end of this, as players could become pigeonholed at different positions they wouldn’t otherwise play due to height standards.
For example, if the average height for an NBA small forward drops from 6’8 to 6’7, then a prospect listed at 6’8 would now be more likely to be seen as a power forward, whereas before the rule change, he would have been viewed as a small forward.
This new policy ultimately creates an unnecessary adjustment in development for young players that wouldn’t further bring on any positive benefits.
Overall, while the NBA’s new policies have the right intentions, the consequences of the new regulations are far greater than its benefits.
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