What Had Happened Was: 8/1/16
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Happy August and happy Monday, fam. What kind of weekend was it? Well, there’s a headline on ESPN that reads, “Draymond Green apologies for penis picture, says he pushed the wrong button,” so there’s that.
Seriously, though, Green’s misfire on Snapchat this weekend brought up a host of interesting questions and subplots. First, Green tried to use the tired excuse most athletes use when anything pops up on their social media that the public doesn’t seem to like: I got hacked.
That he decided to come out soon afterward and tell what really happened, embarrassment be damned, is a good, commendable thing.
“It was a situation where it was meant to be a private message. I hit the wrong button. Sucks,” Green said with his arms folded, according to The Vertical. “It was meant to be private. We’re all one click away from placing something in the wrong place, and I suffered from that this morning … Hopefully all this stuff will help propel me to the next level as a basketball player, but more importantly, as a man. I don’t live my life with regrets. I apologize for the situation.”
He owned it, apologized and explained. Green isn’t the first or last athlete to make this mistake, and at its core, it seems more silly and sophomoric than dangerous and damaging. But … well …
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) July 31, 2016
The “I got hacked” excuse has learned to be met with skeptical eyes over the years, but this might take the cake. Sorry, Draymond. The Twitter hounds have now been released. Hackers and all, you know.
draymond green is like a late-blooming JR Smith
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 31, 2016
[draymond green sliding headfirst into DMs like it's second base]
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 31, 2016
— ISC Indiana Pacers Coverage (@PacersCoverage) July 31, 2016
"@NBA_Skits: Recap of Draymond Green's day. 😂
— Larry Trezvant (@FastLifeLivin44) August 1, 2016
Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer met and shook hands with baseball legend and Hall of Famer Willie Mays on Sunday to round out the month of July.
Got to shake hands today w Willie Mays… But hearing him talk trash on Dusty made it priceless!
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) July 31, 2016
Bonus: this compilation of Instagram videos by Buzzfeed showing the U.S. men’s basketball team singing Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles. It’s spectacular, especially Carmelo Anthony’s lack of enthusiasm. This song is a classic and no one should be above its magnetic pull.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 31, 2016
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, we now know the famous 9-year-old is Demarjay Smith, who has raced Usain Bolt, gone to the 2016 NBA All-Star game and been on Ellen on several occasions. Smith is from the Bronx and walks around his block motivating his neighbors to be fit.
We don’t know the name of this kid. We don’t know where he lives, how old he is or any other significant identifier. What we do know is that he will grow up to be a great motivational speaker (or whatever he chooses to pursue.)
He did another video with his friends in which they were doing pushups, and he kept them motivated by exclaiming, “No weakness!” This time, he decided to impart his motivational words on a basketball court. Watch this if you’re in need of a serious pick-me-up.
let the children lead the way. https://t.co/M20mi4e8HW
— deray (@deray) July 30, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Rapper Snoop Dogg — yep, that’s right, Snoop Dogg — will executive produce a new MTV comedy called Mary + Jane. The show follows two “ganjapreneurs.”
There are so many good guest features on DJ Khaled’s latest album Major Key that they need to be ranked. Now.
The black-and-white video for rapper Kanye West’s song Wolves is out and worth seeing.
A look at Pokemon Go after dark — in Tokyo.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
First question too? Nah you gotta walk off the stage after that. pic.twitter.com/s1FOrMByew
— 𝕂𝕠𝕗𝕚𝕖 (@KofieYeboah) July 30, 2016
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) July 31, 2016
Melo and Durant trolling Draymond about covering his junk during USA Team pic got me rollin pic.twitter.com/6btS69fsPM
— Wobibrow (@World_Wide_Wob) August 1, 2016
If you haven’t yet seen it, Netflix’s Last Chance U is a gripping, intense look at a junior college football team chasing down championship hopes. Our brother Jerry Bembry got the inside scoop on the show:
The opening 100 seconds are jarring, capturing a ferocious game fight that’s beautifully shot by Whiteley’s crew (and plays a more prominent role later in the series). What follows is an entertaining six hours where the language is raw, the football is brutal and the storytelling is compelling. This isn’t a junior college version of Hard Knocks, the popular HBO series that follows a different NFL team during each preseason. The access for the entire season, the story development and the combination of machismo and vulnerability displayed by the players bears more of a resemblance to Hoop Dreams, the 1994 critically acclaimed documentary that followed the lives of two Chicago-area high school basketball stars. It’s the juco setting that makes this documentary special. None of the players want to be in Scooba, a town of just over 700 people. They hope this is just a brief pit stop on the way to big-time college football.
When the Arthur meme war and musical artist Frank Ocean’s lack of an album at the end of July collide:
When Frank Ocean says his album is coming out in July and it's the 31st… pic.twitter.com/PGmrOwj4x6
— Shaun Lowrey ⚡️ (@TheGuyShaun) July 31, 2016
we just want the album frank pic.twitter.com/i3dPVQDy1d
— Demetrius Harmon (@meechonmars) August 1, 2016