WAS THERE TENSION BETWEEN FUTURE AND DESIGNER BACKSTAGE OF THE BET AWARDS?

Rumor has it that there was tension behind the scenes between not only Future and Desiigner, but also between their crews backstage at the 2016 BET Awards. Desiigner has been taunted since the beginning as fans, and even some in the industry, believe he completely jacked Future’s style and sound.

Allegedly, there was much tension between the two rappers, and a source said the drama was so unnecessarily hyped up and instigated by those around them.

We would like to believe that both Future and Desiigner are indifferent about the whole comparison, but it seems like Future really does feel some type of way as he said that fans at one of his concerts must have been Desiigner fans as he tried to warm up the crowd. From the clips that have appeared online from a Desiigner’s listening session, it sounds like his whole ‘New English’ mixtape may sound like Future. LOL.

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FORMER RAP MOGUL SUGE KNIGHT SUES CHRIS BROWN FOR 2014 CLUB SHOOTING INCIDENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight might be in jail but he still has access to the courts. So he’s sued Chris Brown and the owners of a popular nightclub on Monday because he was shot seven times at a 2014 party hosted by the R&B singer.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Brown and the West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak of failing to have adequate security and allowing at least one armed person into the venue during the party.

Knight survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm. The Death Row Records co-founder has cited complications from those injuries, including a blood clot, in court appearances on an unrelated murder charge.

His attorneys, however, are trying to connect the two events: They say Knight’s fear months after the shooting led him to flee when he was attacked in his car, running down two men and killing one. Knight, who is a two-time convicted felon, is in jail awaiting trial.

The lawsuit does not state how much money Knight is seeking, but it asks for a judgment ordering the defendants to pay past and future medical expenses for his injuries.

An email sent to Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, was not immediately returned Monday. 1 Oak’s owners declined comment. The club also has venues in New York, Las Vegas and Mexico City.

The lawsuit contends 1 Oak should have taken special security precautions because events hosted by Brown have a history of violence. It accuses Brown of gang ties and a “well-documented track record of hosting events and/or parties in which violence frequently erupted.”

Brown has completed probation in a 2009 felony assault case in which he attacked singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. He has not been implicated in the August 2014 shooting, and no arrests have been made.

“As a result of the negligence of the defendants, one or more unknown individuals were allowed access to the event with weapons, including firearms,” the lawsuit says. “As a foreseeable result, gunshots were fired by those admitted into the event and (Knight) was shot and seriously injured.”

Singer Pia Mia, who co-hosted the party, is also named as a defendant. An email sent to her publicist was not immediately returned.

Knight also was shot and wounded at a 2005 party hosted by Kanye West in Miami Beach. He sued the rapper, blaming him for lax security, but a judge ruled in West’s favor after concluding there was no evidence a shooting was foreseeable.

Knight has a string of legal problems dating back more than 20 years and was charged in two separate cases soon after the 2014 shooting.

Chris Brown performs in June 2015 in East Rutherford,
Chris Brown performs in June 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo: Scott Roth, AP)
The 51-year-old and comedian Katt Williams were accused of stealing a celebrity photographer’s camera in Beverly Hills within days of the shooting. Both men have pleaded not guilty to robbery charges.

Months later, Knight was charged with running over two men with his pickup truck outside a Compton burger stand, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Knight’s attorneys have said he was fleeing armed attackers in the January 2015 collision.

They say Knight was acting in self-defense when he struck Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was punching Knight through the window of his pickup truck, and also hit Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Attorneys J. Tooson and Jeremy Lessem linked Knight’s injuries from the nightclub shooting to the Compton incident, saying he was afraid for his life and still recovering.

“Mr. Knight was still extremely frail from his gunshot injuries less than five months earlier,” Tooson wrote in a statement. “When the facts are finally revealed in this case, we’re certain it will be apparent that our client was simply trying to flee for his life.”

Knight was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s and has been kept under tight security since he turned himself in to authorities after the deadly collision.

His Death Row Records label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Knight pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years’ probation for assaulting two rappers in 1992. He was sentenced to prison in 1997 for violating his probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car.

LEGENDARY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH PAT SUMMITT DEAD AT 64

Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died today in Tennessee, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced this morning. She was 64.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, said in a statement, “She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.”

Pat is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head; son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt (AnDe); sister, Linda; brothers, Tommy (Deloris), Charles (Mitzi) and Kenneth (Debbie).

Tyler’s statement continued, “She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.”

The obituary on the Pat Summitt Foundation website, read, “A private service and burial for family and friends will be held in Middle Tennessee. A public service to celebrate her life will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Details for the celebration of life will be shared at a later date.”

The obituary read, “On Tuesday, June 28 2016, Pat passed away peacefully, following a courageous battle with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type.” This disease attacked a lifetime of precious memories, memories that she has now won back as she rests in her eternal home. Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life.”

The obituary continued, “This is one simple statement that Patricia Sue Head Summitt embodied, lived by and passed on to so many throughout her 64 years of life. She ‘won’ every day of her life because of the relationships she developed, nurtured and cherished. Relationships with her family and friends. Relationships with players, coaches, and fans. And most importantly, a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. She also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976, the first year there was an Olympic women’s basketball tournament, and took home a silver medal.

Summitt was widely know for her stare — an icy look she would flash to players after a bad play.

In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1952. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows.

“I look back now and I think that just made me who I am, in terms of my drive and my work ethic,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Peter Jennings in 2005.

She and her three older brothers learned to play basketball using a hoop her father put up in the hay barn.

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you,'” Summitt told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in a 2011 interview.

When she was named head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s team in 1974, Summitt was just 22, barely older than her players. The university had originally offered Summitt an assistant coaching job but promptly promoted her when the team’s head coach announced she was taking a sabbatical.

In those early days under Title IX — the landmark federal law that led schools and colleges to dramatically increase access to sports and other programs for women — women’s basketball games weren’t televised and attendance was poor. The Lady Vols were so strapped for cash that Summitt washed her players’ uniforms at home and drove the team to games.

“I remember nights I was driving the van and I’m about to go to sleep, and I’d just roll down the window and stick my head out,” Summitt told Roberts.

WATCH A REAL ALL-STAR LINEUP OF MUSIC ARTISTS HONOR PRINCE AT THE 2016 BET AWARDS

BET had a lot going for its Prince tribute at this year’s BET Awards ceremony.

After the Billboard Awards’ Madonna-lead tribute to the legendary singer received mix results, BET released a video on social media to subliminally throw shade at Billboard and promised that their show truly honor Prince like it should have been done.

Fortunately, BET successfully said goodbye to The Purple One by recruiting a star-studded lineup including Erykah Badu, The Roots, D’Angelo, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Bilal and several other artists.

Introduced by Dave Chappelle, whose comedic portrayal of Prince earned him a long-lasting friendship with the singer, the 6-minute tribute squeezed in so many songs from Prince’s catalogue to make it feel like one long album of his best songs.

Erykah Badu started the tribute by singing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” followed by Bilal singing “Beautiful Ones.”

Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly then sang “Take Me With You,” followed by stellar cover of “Purple Rain” by Jennifer Hudson and Roots guitarist Kirk Douglas.

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DRAKE AND FUTURE WIN AT 2016 BET AWARDS

Drake and Future won Best Group thanks to their hit album What A Time To Be Alive. The duo beat out Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’ ColleGrove group, as well as The Internet, Puff Daddy & The Family and Rae Sremmurd.

So far, Drake has also won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Check out Future accepting the award, since Drake isn’t attending.

BEYONCE AND KENDRICK LAMAR GET AGGRESSIVE WITH “FREEDOM” AT 2016 BET AWARDS

Beyonce suprised attendees at the 2016 BET Awards, when she hit the stage for a performance with Kendrick Lamar.

The two literally gave a fiery performance of the song with Bey drenched in water. “Freedom” is taken from her hit album Lemonade.

Check it out.

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DERRICK ROSE TRADED TO THE KNICKS

The Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard.

New York traded center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which shipped guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to the Knicks.

A Chicago native, Rose was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 1 overall pick out of Memphis in 2008. A source close to Rose said he was very emotional about leaving Chicago because of all his great memories there but that he wanted the big stage of New York.

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Once Rose got word the Bulls were looking to trade him, the source said, he hoped it would be to the Knicks.

“His first choice was New York,” the source said. “He wants the spotlight.”

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called the trade a “hard one” to make.

“Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did,” Reinsdorf said in a statement. “While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart.”

ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose. Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading its point-guard position in the offseason.

End of An Era for Rose in Chicago
• 1st overall pick in 2008 NBA draft
• 2008-09 Rookie of the Year
• 2010-11 NBA MVP
• 1 conference finals appearance (lost to Heat in 2011)
• Signed 5-yr/$94M extension in Dec. 2011
• Tore ACL in 2012 first round vs. 76ers
• Missed entire 2012-13 season; played 10 games in 2013-14
• Played in 39 percent of possible games since 2012-13 season
— ESPN Stats & Information
Rose has battled injuries since he was named NBA MVP in the 2010-11 season. However, he did show improvement in 2016, averaging 17.7 points (including 8.4 in the paint), 45.3 percent shooting from the field and 55.3 percent shooting on drives to the basket during the new year. That should help the Knicks, whose starting point guards averaged a league-low 7.6 points per game in 2015-16 and shot just 44.7 percent on drives to the hoop.

“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”

Rose, 27, is owed $21.3 million in the final year of his contract. He will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

A six-year veteran, Rose seemed like the perfect fit for Chicago after it drafted him.

He led the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference in the 2010-11 regular season, leading the franchise to success it hadn’t enjoyed since the Michael Jordan era. But he wrecked his knee for the first time in the playoffs the following year, and since then, he hasn’t had the speed that once made him one of the league’s most dazzling young stars and a seemingly perennial All-Star.

Rose In Decline
A look at Derrick Rose’s performance in the four years after he was drafted and since shows numbers that have dropped off.
1ST 4 YRS SINCE
PPG 21.0 16.9
FG pct 46.4 41.2
APG 6.8 4.8
Pct games played 89.4 38.7
— ESPN Stats & Information
Rose hasn’t been back to the All-Star Game since 2012 and has often had trouble just playing in the real games. He sat out all of the 2012-13 season, made it back for 10 games in 2013-14 and appeared in a little more than half the Bulls’ games in 2014-15.

But he did play in 66 games last season, his most in five years, and averaged 16.4 points.

A source said Knicks star Carmelo Anthony reached out to Rose’s camp in the days leading up to the trade but the sides were unable to connect.

Former Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler thanked Rose in an Instagram post.
Lopez, an eight-year veteran, started all 82 games for the Knicks last season, averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.57 blocks.

Calderon, another NBA veteran, started 72 games in 2015-16, posting averages of 7.6 points and 4.2 assists.

Grant was selected 19th overall out of Notre Dame in the 2015 NBA draft. He played in 76 games as a rookie, averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 assists, which ranked eighth among first-year players.

Lopez ($13.5 million), Calderon ($7.7M) and Grant ($1.6M) are owed a total of $22.8 million next season. Trading all three players cleared up more than $13 million in guaranteed money from the Knicks’ books for the summer of 2017.

The Knicks will need to replace Lopez this offseason, and some members of the organization would like to target Bulls center Joakim Noah, sources say. Noah is close with Rose and also has a good relationship with Anthony.
Another potential option for New York is free-agent center Dwight Howard. The Knicks are one of several teams that Howard would consider in free agency, league sources say, but their interest in Howard is unclear at this point.

The club will have at least $30 million to spend in free agency.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said the club was eager to add Lopez, who he said adds “toughness” to Chicago’s roster.

“As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team,” Forman said. “This trade is a significant step in that process. Our goal is to get younger and more athletic, and this trade moves us in that direction and allows us to start changing the structure of our team. In Robin Lopez, we are acquiring a starting center who is a good defender, good rebounder, and brings a toughness to our team. Jose Calderon is a proven veteran who can run an offense and knock down threes. Jerian Grant was high on our draft board last year as someone with a great skill set and positional size. All three players are great teammates and have tremendous work ethic, and we are excited to welcome them to the Chicago Bulls organization.”

The Knicks will have a news conference Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the deal.