The Longest Married Gay Couple in the U.S. Reflects on That Moment 48 Years Ago: WATCH

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Jack Baker and Mike McConnell, who obtained a marriage license in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 1971 because the state’s laws did not explicitly say that marriage had to be between a man and a woman, hold the title of the longest-married gay couple in the United States.

Baker and McConnell are reflecting on that moment in a new clip from Minnesota local station WCCO.

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Megan Rapinoe hopes USA vs France is a ‘total shitshow circus’

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Rapinoe wants a spectacle for the World Cup quarterfinal.

The United States scraped by Spain in the round of 16 at the World Cup, holding out against some rough fouls, lengthy waits on VAR calls, and their own inability to finish. A 2-1 win, with both goals coming from penalties, isn’t exactly a vote of confidence ahead of a quarterfinal matchup against France, but that’s just been the trend for the big powers in this tournament as they one by one showed their weaknesses. France was exposed earlier by games against Norway and Nigeria, but the United States eventually got their turn as they got picked apart here and there by Spain.

But both tournament favorites are through, and are now meeting up early, due to meet each other on June 28 in Paris. No one, from Megan Rapinoe to Alex Morgan to Jill Ellis, flinched away from the possibility when asked about meeting the host nation this early in the tournament.

Rapinoe’s face instantly stretched into a gleeful smile when the question came up in the mixed zone. “Hopefully a complete spectacle,” she said, describing her ideal atmosphere. “Just an absolute media circus. I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted. I think we want it. Seems like they’re up for it. [The media] of course are up for it, and all the fans. Maybe it’ll be a pretty even split between the fans in the stadium. We’ve been traveling pretty deep in this World Cup.”

Pinoe didn’t even pause as she jumped headfirst into her denouement, announcing, “I hope it’s just a total shitshow circus. It’s gonna be totally awesome. I think this is what everybody wants and these are the biggest games that you dream about as a kid.”

She also didn’t think playing in the sticky 90-degree weather in Reims would have much of an impact on the US’ physical recovery. “It was hot,” she said, “But I mean, this is like 30 degrees cooler than any NWSL game we ever play in for like five months straight, so I think the heat wasn’t too much of a factor for us today.”

Jill Ellis was slightly more circumspect about her hopes for a USA-France meetup. “I might not be as colorful as that,” she said when told about Rapinoe’s pardon-my-French moment from the mixed zone. “So many times when we play in big games, it’s actually where I get more excited,” she said, “So when we have our pregame meetings, it’s more, because it means more, it matters more, there’s more at stake and that’s why you do this. So I think you don’t go into one, professional sports, or two, coaching if you’re not in it for those purposes.”

“This was a tricky game,” she said, “Probably the hardest game in the 16 round. So for me I think it was good. I think it actually has energized our players. Again, it’s all kind of how you look at things. If the glass is half empty, maybe you look at it differently, but I’m half full and I’m like, holy shit that was awesome and let’s move on because the players are in a really good place. For sure this is the game, you want this game.”

Ellis also referenced France being just as ready to face the United States, invoking her counterpart, head coach Corinne Diacre. “I’m sure a lot of people want it later in the tournament, but it is what it is, so I think probably myself and Corinne are both like, we’ve got good players, good teams, good setup, and let’s go for it.”

Alex Morgan was matter-of-fact in her assessment of the matchup to come. “They played 120 minutes, which is 30 more than us,” she said of France’s R16 bout with Brazil. “And they get an extra day of rest. But you’ve seen that they’ve struggled at times. And so we’re going to have to look at that and pick apart the weaknesses that they showed and capitalize on those.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that neither the players nor the coach would show any apprehension, at least not in front of the press. Rose Lavelle might have summed it up pretty neatly when she was asked about potentially avoiding France after the United States had just beaten Sweden in group. “I think if you’re scared to play in a Women’s World Cup you honestly don’t deserve to win it,” she said.


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The 8 NBA season awards actually worth caring about

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Best Fits of the Year, Best Instagram Account, the Jennifer award and so many more.

lThe 2019 NBA Awards will be given out on Monday night, and we’re likely to see Giannis Antetokounmpo win MVP, Pascal Siakam win Most Improved Player, and so on. Those honors should be fun to watch, but it’s time we gave awards to the non-basketball, basketball heroes of the world.

There’s more to the game than the final score. Putting the ball in the hoop is entertaining, but Michael Jordan’s outfits were well below replacement level. Paul Pierce is a franchise legend, but his emojis are a disaster.

Here, SB Nation will honor those who are best at the untraditional aspects of hoops. Without further ado.

Best Fits: P.J. Tucker

Fit God won this award before the season even started, for obvious reasons such as:

And:

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Not to mention:

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Bruce Leroy.. i got the glow

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Special thanks to Jordan Clarkson, Kevin Love, Kelly Oubre, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Kyle Kuzma for being incredibly dressed, too.

But a newfound friendship with Donatella Versace is only the beginning for P.J.:

Best Instagram award: Kevin Love

Kevin Love had an injury-riddled season in Cleveland without LeBron James, but that didn’t stop his IG from going off. K-Love won this award because he used a “down year” to rebrand as a very fit vacation dad to an excellent dog.

Follow along as we live through Kevin and his Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock’s vacations to Utah and Thailand:

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Special shouts to the couple’s new dog, Vestry, too. She and Kevin give off extreme Don’t Talk To Me Or My Daughter Ever Again vibes, and she fits perfectly into his dad aesthetic.

Best James Harden Impersonation: Steph Curry

Several coaches and players — and especially the Warriors — spent the better part of the past two seasons complaining about the legitimacy of James Harden’s stepback move. But the champion of this category is Stephen Curry for attempting one himself during a game and getting whistled for a travel.

Congrats on becoming everything you hate, Steph!

The ‘You Hate to See It’ award: The Boston Celtics

They’re days away from losing both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford after a season of passive-aggressive fighting and hoops disappointment.

Say it with me now.

You

Hate

To

See

It.

The Truth Will Set You Free award: Paul Pierce

After 11 years, Paul Pierce finally admitted his famous wheelchair incident in the 2008 NBA Finals was because he pooped himself, not because he was actually injured.

That’s all that needs to be said. Thank you for the honesty, Paul.

Best Twitter Account: Richard Jefferson

The trio of K-Love, Channing Frye, and Richard Jefferson is tremendous, but RJ specifically stands out on Twitter.

There was the time he told us the Cavs partied the night before crushing the Knicks:

And the time he tweeted the same thing three times in a row during the Trail Blazers-Warriors series because Portland kept blowing double-digit halftime leads.


RJ only has 179 tweets. He’s very efficient with his time. Follow him!

The ‘Jennifer’: Jennifer

Jennifer deserves an award for getting the Blazers into the Western Conference Finals with one tweet:


They even met in person!

Moment of the Year: Kawhi Leonard’s laugh

“Ahahaha ha h ha ha ah haha ha ah hah,” said Toronto’s best basketball player ever.

The best part is that he did the laugh all over again at the championship parade!

Congrats forever, Kawhi!


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What we know about the Tyreek Hill allegations

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Police were called to the home of Tyreek Hill twice in March.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was under investigation by police for an alleged battery and one other alleged incident. In June, the Kansas City Star reported the investigation was closed and no charges were filed.

The Johnson County District Attorney announced earlier in the spring that the investigated was closed and that neither Hill nor his fiancé would be charged with a crime. That announcement came despite the office’s belief “that a crime has occurred.” The DA reportedly said “the evidence does not conclusively establish who committed the crime.”

But the investigation was reopened after KCTV aired recordings of a conversation between Hill and his fiancé an hour before the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, shedding new light on the abuse.

For now, the Chiefs receiver has avoided legal trouble, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be punished by the Chiefs or the NFL. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the NFL has considered putting Hill on the commissioner’s exempt list — a rare move during the offseason.

Hill is expected to meet with NFL investigators at the end of June.

The league previously said it was staying out of the way of the police investigation.

He was also suspended by the Chiefs from all team activities.

Here’s what we know so far:

What was Tyreek Hill accused of?

According to KCTV 5, Overland Park (Kan.) police were called to the home of Hill on March 5 and March 14. The first call was to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect, and the second was to investigate battery of a juvenile. The Kansas City Star reported that the incident was against Hill’s son, resulting in a broken arm.

In April, KCTV 5 reported Hill temporarily lost custody of his son as a result of the ongoing investigation.

The released recordings of a conversation between Hill and his fiancé appeared to indicate that Hill was responsible for the alleged abuse of his son:

Hill’s lawyer disputed the allegations a week after the release of the recordings, and provided text messages that he said showed a different perspective.

Tyreek: “Crystal you know I didn’t cause any bruising or harm to [our son.] But for some reason I still may be charged.”

Crystal: “I know you didn’t. I did. I hurt [our son.] I’m the one that did it. I was hurt and mad at you so I blamed you for everything.”

Hill’s lawyer called the comment that “[Espinal] should be terrified, too” inexcusable, and says that Hill wouldn’t ask him “to defend that here.”

The accusation of violence wasn’t the first for Hill, though.

Hill was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation in December 2014, following an incident in which he reportedly punched and choked his then-pregnant girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team before finishing his collegiate career at the University of West Alabama.

Hill completed his probation requirements and the case was expunged from his record.

What are the Chiefs saying about the investigation?

Not much. The Chiefs acknowledged they were aware of the ongoing process. Head coach Andy Reid has spoken about Hill, but hasn’t said a lot:

Reid didn’t speak about Hill again until the Chiefs began offseason workouts in the middle of April. Hill was in attendance, and Reid was vague once again.

“I know you’re going to potentially ask about Tyreek,” Reid said to reporters, via Arrowhead Pride. “Tyreek is here. I don’t have anything further to tell you from the statement we put out. There’s been no new news on it and so I’m going to leave it at that. I have had a chance to say hello to him. I have done that, and again, see him in the meeting.”

Just prior to the news of the alleged battery, Hill was close to a “record-setting” contract extension with the Chiefs, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Talk of an extension hasn’t bubbled up since, although Jay Glazer of The Athletic did say there “were some rumblings” of a trade involving the receiver.


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Ravelry, Lori Lightfoot, Frank Bruni, Bernie Sanders, Mastercard, Giant Squid, Madame X, Manic Monday: HOT LINKS

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FRANK BRUNI. The gay truth about Trump: “His treatment of gay people perfectly reveals the flabbiness of his convictions and his willingness to stand at odds with a majority of Americans if it pleases the smaller number who adore him. He’ll suffer our anger for their ardor. Decency and principle don’t enter into it.”

LORI LIGHTFOOT. Chicago’s first African-American female and LGBTQ mayor speaks with Stephen Colbert.

RAVELRY. Popular knitting website bans support of Donald Trump: “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

STUDENT DEBT. Bernie Sanders announces plan to cancel all student debt – $1.6 trillion.

GMCLA. Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to honor David Mixner with Lifetime Legend award. “David is a pioneer, hero, and legend, in our community and many others for the past six decades.”

LIT. 19 iconic NYC buildings to be lit for upcoming WorldPride.

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. NPR goes to Sao Paulo’s Pride which is politically charged this year given the atmosphere created by Brazil’s anti-LGBTQ president Jair Bolsonaro.

BUCHAREST. Thousands join Pride parade in Romanian capital: “On June 22, nearly 10,000 people braved rain to march the length of Calea Victoriei, a major avenue in central Bucharest, dancing and waving rainbow flags. Organizers said the march was bigger than the pride parade in 2018.”

MADAME X. Madonna has her ninth #1 album.

MINNESOTA. St. Paul City Council member urged to resign after homophobic social media posts surface: ‘Busuri says his Muslim faith does not support homosexuality and that criticizing his previous posts amounts to Islamophobia. He says he will represent all his constituents regardless of sexual orientation but won’t recant his past statements…In one 2014 post, Busuri said he was “going back to Uganda” after the country approved a law criminalizing homosexuality.’

SCARING THE CHILDREN. Nancy Pelosi on what she told Trump about ICE raids.

BUCHENWALD. Ceremony held to remember gay victims of the Holocaust: “About 50 people marched through the grounds of the Buchenwald Memorial holding a rainbow flag and placed flowers at a marker for 650 camp prisoners who were assigned uniforms with pink triangles between 1937 and 1945.”

MASTERCARD. “True Name” program is a first for the credit industry: ‘Imagine being unable to pay for dinner or getting harassed at a checkout line because the name on your credit card isn’t who you are. That’s a reality for many transgender and nonbinary people, and one that MasterCard aims to address with its new True Name program. Cardholders will soon be able to swap out credit, debit or prepaid cards with their “dead name” with new ones featuring the names they actually use. Experts say it’s a first for the financial services industry.’

MOUNT EVEREST. John Oliver takes a deep dive into the tourist industry at the world’s highest peak.

007. Toilet camera found on James Bond 25 set.

SUMMER BOD. Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys some fun in the sun in Cannes.

CHARLES LESLIE LOHMAN. How a self-taught art curator because a gay rights champion: “The ’60s was the barest beginning. You had gay art and straight kids taking off the shackles of the Eisenhower years. The ’70s was like a flower opening up. There was hedonism. Everything got surprisingly gay: art, music, dance, theater. The ’80s was a terrible shrinkage because the plague got everyone. The ’90s was about recovery. We discovered artists didn’t go into hiding; there were still a few private venues that showed work. We reestablished ourselves. During the new century things were sort of back to normal. This new decade has brought a new audience of people who weren’t even born when the AIDS crisis was here.”

DEPRESSION. Lizzo is opening up about hers: “There’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts.”

UNDERSEA KRAKEN OF THE DAY. Giant squid caught on camera for second time ever. ‘The video was captured by a team of researchers on an expedition funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who were studying the impacts of light deprivation on deep sea creatures living in the “midnight zone,” 3,280 feet (1000 meters) below the surface.’

FAT BURNER OF THE DAY. Coffee.

COOKING VIDEO OF THE DAY. 63 ways to cook a potato.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Prince “Manic Monday”.

MONDAY MUSCLE. Saeed Alfarhat.

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Retired priest reinvents himself as gay adult film star at age 83, says he’s “having a party!”

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Norm Self

Norm Self describes making his adult film debut at age 83 as “splendid.”

The retired clergyman from North Carolina tells The Sun he feels “more vibrant” than ever, because his “erotic energy has taken over” since pivoting from a lifelong career in the church to a late career in adult entertainment two years ago.

So far, 85-year-old Self has appeared in four gay adult films since 2017. And while he hasn’t been paid for his work, he’s really not too concerned about that. Self is mainly in it for the sex.

And to inspire future generations not to feel trapped “in the norm.”

Self, who recently appeared in the documentary “On The Game: The Sex Business,” says his career change happened a few years ago when the person he was living with asked if he would ever consider doing gay porn.

“My housemate asked me if I’d be in a film,” he recalls. “I was invited in and all of a sudden all this attention comes to me.”

“We are going to have sex anyway so why not make it a liberating and bonding experience instead of hiding it away in the shadows?”

Last year, Self, who came out as gay in 1997, told Huffington Post that making his first adult film was simply “delightful,” saying the “best part was just being there and doing it.”

“It was splendid! How could it not be? (I was in) a blessed rural setting, surrounded by a cast and crew of loving, competent, supportive brothers intent on sharing the good news of the healing power of pleasure. What could be more delightful? And, if you’ve seen the video, with the two adorable models performing, what else could be lacking?”

Four films later, he’s still having a blast. Or, as he put it, “having a party.”

When asked by HuffPo what is the biggest misconception about older people and sex, Self replied, “I would speculate that the biggest misconception is that sex ‘wears out’ and isn’t for elders.”

“I would dispute this fabrication by pointing to many elders I know (even older than I am!) who regularly enjoy this sweet intimacy.”


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Billy Porter & Andy Cohen have some exciting news

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced their annual list of inductees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among them: queer celebrities Billy Porter and Andy Cohen.

Porter, best known for his role on Pose and for prolific stage work, including his Tony-winning performance in Kinky Boots, will receive a star in the Live Performance category. Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live will be inducted into the television category.

“This year’s choices were particularly unique,” Selection Committee Chair and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona explained. “We were able to recognize the talents of thirty-five artists who have already built a legacy here in Hollywood. Also, we were able to celebrate many new talented artists who’ve touched our hearts in film, television, radio and a variety of musical categories.”

Both Porter and Cohen tweeted out their shock and appreciation over the announcement. “Thank you. I’m kind of in shock,” Cohen said via Twitter. Porter had more pointed words. “I’m in #Hollywood for good now bitches!” he wrote.

Porter and Cohen join esteemed honorees for the year including Oscar-winners Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Spike Lee, Laurence Fishburne, Dave Chappelle, Alycia Keys and even Batman (seriously).

Cohen and Porter will receive their stars in special presentations later this year.


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Elton John Receives France’s Highest Civilian Honor: WATCH

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Elton John received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian honor, from French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday.

Macron praised Elton for his work on AIDS and urged the international community to push harder to end the epidemic, calling on world leaders to donate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Said Elton: “Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d’Honneur.”

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You’ll never guess the queer director replacing Bryan Singer on ‘Red Sonja’

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Producers of the upcoming Red Sonja reboot have fired embattled director Bryan Singer and announced his replacement: out-queer director Jill Soloway.

Soloway, best known for creating the show Transparent, came out as non-binary queer in 2017. Prior to their work on the series, Soloway also wrote and produced the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under.

Singer landed the job helming Red Sonja despite his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody late in shooting and several allegations of sexual misconduct. Millennium Films, the production company with the rights to Red Sonja, initially stood by Singer, though as more allegations of misconduct surfaced, they removed him from his role.

Related: Bryan Singer just got some bad news

Soloway’s debut feature Afternoon Delight premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and nabbed Soloway the coveted Directing Award at the festival. Millennium Films has announced they will take on writing duties as well as directing chores on the big budget action film.

Created by Roy Thomas, Red Sonja spun off from his popular Conan the Barbarian stories and first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1973. After her family is murdered, a goddess bestows incredible fighting skills on Sonja, on the condition that she swear off sex with men unless they defeat her in combat.

The character previously received the cinematic treatment in 1985 with actress Bridgitte Nielsen playing the title role.


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‘Friends’ actress doesn’t think show was homophobic, despite copious amount of gay jokes

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Whether the beloved ’90s sit-com Friends was homophobic still sparks fierce debate among modern audiences and longtime fans. And, apparently, the show’s actors, as well. (Spoiler: It was! But it was also a product of its time.)

Now, one of the actresses who played part of the show’s lesbian couple is sharing her thoughts about it.

Jane Sibbett played Carol, the ex-wife of Ross, played by actor David Schwimmer. In the sit-com, Carol leaves Ross after coming out as a lesbian and partnering off with another woman, Susan, with whom she later goes on to raise a child.

The awkward dynamic between Carol, Susan, and Ross was a frequent subplot throughout the series’ successful ten-year run.

In a recent interview with the TODAY show, Sibbet, who identifies as heterosexual, said, “We were never poking fun at being gay.”

“We were poking fun at a person who didn’t get it,” she explained, “who was uncomfortable with the concept of us being together.”

“That was the great beauty; the great truth in that the joke’s on the people that don’t get it. That this is all about love.”

Yeah, we’re really not sure that’s what network TV writers were thinking in 1994.

A few years ago, someone compiled all the homophobic and transphobic jokes made throughout the show’s 10 season run… It lasts for almost an hour.

Audiences have frequently noted that Chandler’s (played by actor Matthew Perry) obsessive fear of being perceived as gay is problematic.

And earlier this year, the show’s own creator, Marta Kauffman, acknowledged that the transphobic jokes certainly wouldn’t fly today, adding that if she could it over again, she probably wouldn’t have included them.

Related: Did You Know That Friends Was A Homophobic, Transphobic, Xenophobic, Misogynist Sitcom?


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Brandon Flynn addresses Richard Madden relationship rumors

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“It’s hard not to feel like something in my personal life is not being scandalized because that’s kind of the way it feels when you read headlines about yourself, especially when you read headlines that have this big bang to them, and then you read the article and you’re like, ‘Why did you write that article? There is actually nothing there.’

It’s all just something to egg on some sort of rumor cycle that will just keep going around until you finally get something that will actually just make it all true or false.

So, it’s hard not to feel scandalized. It feels like a slight. But no one wants to write that article or read that article that would be like, ‘Oh! Brandon is with this person and we are so happy for them!’

There’s always something behind it and there’s always some sort of scandal that wants to be revealed, and that’s frustrating. And in fact, it wouldn’t be there if I was with a woman.”— Brandon Flynn to Variety addressing rumors he’s dating ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Richard Madden.


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A timeline of Jalen Ramsey’s hatin’ ass trash talk

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The NFL’s best young cornerback isn’t afraid to speak his mind, which makes things fun for everybody who is a fan of the game.

Jalen Ramsey is one of the NFL’s best young cornerbacks and trash talkers. Anybody can talk some trash, but having the skills to back everything up makes for a lethal combination.

That’s Ramsey, making him a big part of why the Jaguars have gone from a dud team for the past decade to one of the NFL’s most exciting teams to watch. And since he entered the NFL, Ramsey has showed no sign of ever biting his tongue. That’s good news for everybody — except perhaps NFL wide receivers and other targets of his.

Keeping track of all of Ramsey’s hatin’ ass trash talk can be a tough, however — there’s a lot of it. For that, we have you covered. Below is timeline of all of his best moments since he entered the NFL in 2016. We’ll be updating it, so that you can keep up with Ramsey, his trash talk, and everything else that comes with it for as long as he’s producing.

Sept. 25, 2016: “Who got in who head?”

We knew Ramsey was a dog early in his career, because one does not simply talk trash to or about Steve Smith. And yet, he did — just three weeks into his career!

Smith approached Ramsey after the game and got in his face. After the game, Ramsey told reporters about Smith: “The game over with. You still mad because I was locking you up? Alright, go sleep on that.”

“Any time I lined up on him. Hmm. You’re done,” Ramsey said. “Y’all go watch that. Y’all go watch that. Y’all tell me who got in who head.”

The fact that it took Ramsey just three weeks into his NFL career to give us a signature quote, “Y’all tell me who got in who head,” is perfect. If that’s not in your vocabulary, add it.

Aug. 16, 2017: “6 quarterback options to replace Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles is high up on the list of NFL Starting Quarterbacks Who Get Shit On Constantly. Jokes get tossed around about pretty much everybody nowadays on social media, but things are bad when your own teammates start going in.

That’s basically what Ramsey did by liking an Instagram post of a Big Cat Country article on potential Bortles replacements.

This is basically the NFL equivalent of openly talking shit about a coworker, but not knowing they’re around the corner. Bortles wasn’t exactly around the corner on this one, but the internet was there to relay the message.

Bortles got some love after not playing as poorly during the postseason, and Ramsey has backed him up since. But we can’t forget this one. It also serves as a great reminder that people can always — always — see what you’re doing online.

Nov. 5, 2017: When he got in A.J. Green’s head

A.J. Green is a fairly quiet and laid back guy, as well as a spectacular wide receiver. But Ramsey brought out a side of him we had never seen before when the Bengals and Jaguars met up in Week 9 of the 2017 season.

Ramsey was in Green’s head the whole game, and after a shove that sent Green to the ground, it was on. Green went from a seven-time Pro Bowler to a mixed martial artist:


Both players were ejected for the scuffle. Later in the year, ESPN’s Darren Woodson showed Ramsey a picture of him and Green, and asked what came to mind. “Soft,” Ramsey said. “Charmin Soft.”

Woodson then asked what he could have possibly said to Green to make him go off like that. “I told him he was soft,” Ramsey said. “I just kept telling him he was soft, he’s soft.”

“He just got fed up,” Ramsey added. “That was it.” Unfortunately for all of us, the Bengals aren’t on the Jaguars’ schedule this season.

Jan. 12, 2018: Ramsey doesn’t know who Mike Mitchell is

Ahead of the Jaguars-Steelers AFC Divisional Round game, Ramsey was asked about comments made by Pittsburgh’s Mike Mitchell. Mitchell told SI, “We’re going to play [the Patriots] again. We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England. … We’re gonna win.”

When asked if that comment was dismissal of the Jags by focusing on Steelers-Patriots, Ramsey said, “Who’s focused on them? Y’all focused on them?”

After a reporter clarified there had been talk of that matchup, Ramsey asked, “Who?” The reporter replied, “The one Leonard trucked in the game.”

Then, the memories came back. “Oh,” Ramsey said, “I don’t much know him.”

June 26, 2018: Ramsey says Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t belong in the NFL’s Top 100 list

The NFL offseason can feel like a never-ending drag, which the league combats by putting out a list of the top 100 players in the game. Most of the time, athletes make headlines by being outraged over where they think they should be on the list.

But leave it to Jalen Ramsey to take a jab at somebody else instead, and start something that way. Ramsey told NFL Network that he felt Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t deserve to be in the Top 100.

“Not yet,” Ramsey said. “What he played five games? He has good potential, I think he’ll be a good player. But in my experience playing him it was a lot of scheme stuff, it wasn’t like he was just dicing us up. It was a lot of scheme.”

That’s not some super burn, or even his best trash talk by any means. But the fact that Ramsey is OK with putting that out there as opposed to giving the typical cordial answer and moving along says everything about him.

July 4, 2018: His NFL Mount Rushmore that was him, him, him, and…. him

Hey! Another fun offseason thing bored media outlets like to do is ask people to construct a Mount Rushmore. NFL.com asked that question with an NFL slant, and Ramsey had the best answer by far:

“My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions.”

When you’re Jalen Ramsey, that’s the only answer. It’s not so much “hate”, but when you have the chance to put some of the game’s greats on a hypothetical Mount Rushmore, and you just choose yourself, that’s worthy of being on this list. Ramsey is also the standard for confidence goals.

Aug. 15, 2018: He just… vomited hella gems to GQ Magazine

Shouts out to Ramsey for replacing your morning coffee with zinger after zinger in his GQ interview with Clay Skipper. Here are all of the best bits of trash talk, condensed.

On Bills rookie QB Josh Allen:

I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that.✞ He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.

On Ravens QB Joe Flacco:

And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks.

On how 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo might not be all that great:

They were like, “He beat the number one defense.” It was all schemes. He didn’t beat us. It wasn’t like he diced us up. It was literally all schemes. They were doing flat routes to the wide open fullback, and he’s running for 20 yards down the field four times during the game… So he didn’t really dice us up. It was their fullback and their tight end on over routes. But if you know how to work within your scheme then it means your good. I guess you could say he’s good.

It took a lot of him to call Rams QB Jared Goff good:

Jared Goff, he’s average to above average. He reminds me of Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. Year one, he wasn’t good. He wasn’t even good enough to earn his own starting role. Like, if you the number one pick, you expected to start now. Period. He wasn’t ready to do that. He wasn’t able to do that. Then when he did get in, he didn’t really do that good. But in his second year, they got a new offensive coordinator. Your offensive coordinator is just your brainiac. When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.

On Giants QB Eli Manning:

Eli [Manning]… It’s not really Eli. I think it’s Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won’t say Eli’s good, I’ll say Odell’s good.

On Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger:

Big Ben [Roethlisberger], I think he’s decent at best… It’s not Big Ben, it’s [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it. He has a strong arm, but he ain’t all that. I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame and all that.

On Colts QB Andrew Luck:

Andrew Luck—I don’t really think he’s that good.

On Falcons QB Matt Ryan:

I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care. You know what that tells me? That tells me [Offensive Coordinator Kyle] Shanahan left, went to San Francisco, got Garoppolo, made Garoppolo this big thing. And now Garoppolo is a big name—and now [Matt Ryan] has this bad year? Alright, well, was it really you, or was it your coach? He was doing what was asked of him and it was making him look really, really good.

Aug. 30, 2018: More players who aren’t good!

In an interview with ESPN the Magazine’s Mina Kimes, Ramsey added people to his extensive list of players who Aren’t Good.

Danny Amendola:

In general, Ramsey continues, fans underestimate the effect that quarterback play has on wide receivers. For example, he says, look at Danny Amendola, who just signed with Miami. “Or is it Edelman?” he asks out loud. He mulls it over. No — he’s thinking of Amendola. “He just got a brand-new contract and he is terrible,” he says. “People think he’s so great. No, he’s not. Tom [Brady] made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I’d be a first-team All-Pro.”

Rob Gronkowski:

When I mention that the Patriots still have All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, he makes a face. “I don’t think Gronk’s good.” Registering my involuntary blinking, he course-corrects. “Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”

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I ask him what Gronk did in the AFC championship. “Literally nothing. He may have had, like, one catch,” he says. (Ramsey is correct, though Gronkowski left before halftime because of a concussion.)

Sept. 13, 2018: He’s not worried about Rob Gronkowski

“I don’t fear no man, period,” Ramsey said Thursday before the Jags’ Week 2 game against the Patriots. “So he’s going to have to come out there and line up on me. Or however it goes. He’s got to play us this year.”

Ramsey’s comments from GQ were brought up as well. He was told that Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said that anyone who believes Gronkowski is overrated is crazy. He said in response, “Might be crazy.” He added, “I don’t care.”

”… He’s good. He’s good, now. We ain’t going to get it twisted. He’s good, but, you saying this to me, is this supposed to bring fear to me or something?”

Oh, and he also said he would hit his grandma on the field:

When a reporter tried to give him a chance to take it back, he doubled down. Nobody’s safe, apparently.

Oct. 4, 2018: He doesn’t hide his feelings about Tyreek Hill

“If he wants smoke, it’ll get there,” Ramsey said about Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, before a highly anticipated matchup in Week 5.

The day before, Hill had told reporters that he couldn’t wait to face off against “top dog” Ramsey.

That, predictably, got back to Ramsey, who let everyone know he doesn’t see Hill as a real receiver.

“He made All-Pro, as a return specialist — let’s get that right — as a return specialist his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist. Return specialist. Two years, I made All-Pro in my position as a corner. Went to the Pro Bowl as a corner, so it’s not a wide receiver vs. corner matchup,” Ramsey said.

Hill wanted a challenge, and it looks like he’s got one.

June 24, 2019: Ramsey passes on another chance to dump on some quarterbacks

This summer, Ramsey declined to weigh in on the quarterbacks he’ll play against in 2019. Instead, he took the opportunity to praise new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles:

Maybe Ramsey is moving on from constant trash talk. He did, after all, refuse to get involved in a Jaguars vs. Titans social war of words:

Or maybe his eventual new contract or the Jaguars’ 5-11 season caused him to dial it back. Either way, we don’t expect him to hold his tongue forever.

This timeline will be updated for more hateration throughout Ramsey’s career.


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Adam Lambert Tells RuPaul He Met His Boyfriend on Instagram: WATCH

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Adam Lambert sat down with RuPaul for the Drag Race mogul’s new talk show and talked a bit about his new relationship with Javi Costa Polo, revealing that the two met on Instagram.

Asked Ru: “Aren’t you scared of meeting freaks on Instagram?”

Replied Lambert: “I love meeting freaks on Instagram.”

Lambert also talked about how his mom asked him about his sexual orientation when he was 18 and they were driving home together, and the complete acceptance of it by both of his parents immediately.

The post Adam Lambert Tells RuPaul He Met His Boyfriend on Instagram: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.


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What if the Clippers don’t actually have a bright future after all?

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The overwhelming optimism about the Clippers’ future ignores just how precarious that future actually is.

So many of the communal narratives attached to NBA franchises are tied to subjective but universal specifications on what teams ought to do. Consider the Los Angeles Clippers, who disintegrated a flawed contender and built around hungry players to stay afloat.

The Clippers of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were sometimes feared, but more frequently mocked for falling short. The residual Clippers are beloved and beknighted by many neutral parties as a franchise built around the right qualities: toughness, work ethic, hunger. In unrelated news, the latter Clippers are much less imposing on the court than the earlier edition.

Since letting CP3 go and trading Griffin in a particularly cold deal within months of convincing him to be their forever star, the Clippers have quote-unquote “done things the right way.” Because of that, and because Kawhi Leonard has been rumored as a sensible target given his Southern California history and potential future, the franchise has been seen as having a bright tomorrow.

But what if they don’t?

What if Leonard stays with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, as rumors now suggest he might? What if Patrick Beverley, the team’s bulldog spirit animal and starting point guard, moves on in free agency as the Clippers chase bigger game? What if Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and all of the other big names turn away from L.A.’s step-sister team? What if the Clippers come up empty in 2019 and get leapfrogged by the hated Lakers and the young, exciting Kings in the standings next season?

What if this is as good as this version of the Clippers get?

It’s happened before. Eleven years ago, the Clippers were three years removed from a thrilling playoff run — their first in a decade — and looking to put a true star next to 29-year-old, two-time All Star (and free agent) Elton Brand. (No offense to Chris Kaman or Corey Maggette, the latter of whom was way better than most people remember and would have been a hero of the analytic age.) Brand had missed basically all of 2007-08 with an Achilles injury.

Meanwhile Baron Davis, an L.A. native, had led the We Believe! Warriors to their best record in ages, but Golden State missed out on the 2008 playoffs due to wild West quality. (Sound familiar?) Davis had a massive player option, but was expected to return to the Warriors.

Just before free agency began on July 1, 2008 — literally hours before — word spread that Davis was not opting in and would join Brand with the Clippers, signaling the rise of L.A.’s second team. Except Brand wasn’t all of the way on board, and soon signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Clippers’ grand plans developed and went poof within a couple hours.

Davis ended up stranded in L.A. with a bad team, and L.A. ended up stranded with Davis. The Clippers lost their season opener against the Lakers by 38 points and finished 19-63, bad enough to land Blake Griffin in the lottery. They stayed bad for a few more years, even winning the No. 1 pick again in 2011. Bad news: they’d traded that pick, which became Kyrie Irving, unprotected to the Cavaliers to move off Davis’ contract (whoops!). Eventually, Basketball Reasons brought them Chris Paul and glory.

2019 isn’t a close match to the Clippers’ 2008. The team is better and better managed, and there’s no real star on the team to get worried about.

That’s both a blessing and a curse. Because there’s no star, every piece feels essential (hence the worry about Beverley’s wanderlust), and there’s fear an established star won’t want to compete in the West without a fellow All-NBA player. But because there’s no central star, the organization doesn’t feel like a teetering tower reliant on the stability of a single brick.

If expectations are set properly, there’s a lot to look forward to in L.A. even if Kawhi stays north. But there’s no indication that expectations are being set properly. In fairness to franchisee Steve Ballmer, when you spend $2 billion on a basketball team, you should be excitable. You just don’t want to disappoint fans who have bought the narrative that the Clippers are a franchise on the rise.

Because in the end, whether the Clippers are a near-term contender depends less on the accepted narrative that the front office has done a solid job grinding through a multi-year retooling while remaining competitive. The fate of the Clippers, and every team, depends a whole lot more on the whims of mercenary superstars.

Good luck.


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