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Khristina Williams Is Shining A Light On The WNBA With Girls Talk Sports TV

The landscape of sports journalism is ever changing. Grassroots and individual media outlets have taken the media industry by storm due to mass layoffs and the ability to reach consumers and provide instant access through social media.

For Khristina Williams, being a Black woman attempting to break into major media outlets was a daunting task for the former student-athlete and journalist. Her breakthrough came when she carved out her own niche in the industry by betting on herself and launching Girls Talk Sports TV in 2018, a digital media platform that brings women from the sidelines to the front and center of sports conversation. Girls Talk Sports TV aims to present sports content that is unique, connecting, and engaging for fans (both women and men) directly from their favorite athletes.

“My mission is to give women a voice and visibility in the sports industry,” Williams tells Dime. “I am developing and delivering honest content told by women. A few years ago, when I wanted to get started, no one wanted to give me the opportunity. I saw a lack of representation in terms of women that look like me on the TV screen and on the sidelines. I found it hard to break into the sports broadcasting industry, even with having prior professional reporting experience and a degree in journalism. I was seeking opportunities from all the major media corporations and wasn’t hearing back from them. It was very discouraging.”

With Girls Talk Sports TV, Williams says she married her two passions: sports and journalism. The Hunter College graduate, double majoring in journalism and theater, started as a reporter in fashion and entertainment, appearing on networks like FashionOne, MTV, and WhereIsTheBuzz Media Group.

“During my time at FashionOne, I was a fashion and entertainment reporter,” Williams said. “I did one on one segments with the world’s top designers, covering New York Fashion Week’s red carpet. My background is so diverse and different. So it’s amusing when people think that I’ve just kind of created a platform and ended up here. You can’t box me in. I didn’t just end up here. I didn’t. I’m not a superfan that created a sports account, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, that’s just not me. No, but I’m a journalist, and I’m a digital journalist and a public speaker on many things.”

That background in reporting has paid dividends in her move to the sports world. She’s covered the BIG3 and served as sideline reporter for the Dyckman Basketball summer league in 2018, but most notably has become a trusted newsbreaker for WNBA stories like Converse covering Natasha Cloud’s salary for 2020 season, the WNBA trademarking WUBBLE, Chiney Ogwumike executive producing a WUBBLE documentary, and Ogwumike getting an ESPN radio show.

Williams combines her reporting chops with relationships she’s been able to build within the WNBA to become a trusted voice both for fans and those in the league.

“Khristina has a unique ability to connect with players and bring out their personalities in interviews,” a WNBA league executive told Dime. “Also, she’s been able to break the news from players and provide a new perspective to WNBA coverage. Most importantly, she’s been very consistent in her coverage of the league, and oftentimes people who cover the WNBA do not stay involved with the league for more than a couple of seasons. A lot of the most comprehensive and in-depth WNBA coverage comes from independent outlets such as Girls Talk Sports TV, Next Hoops, Winsidr, Her Hoops Stats, and many others. This both creates a pipeline of great reporters and puts pressure on mainstream media to cover the league and expand their efforts. Women’s sports deserve way more coverage, and that’s inclusive of grassroots media, traditional media, and other forms. What grassroots media does is create more consistency in the coverage, which leads to more overall coverage. Many grassroots media have either expanded their own channels or gone on to mainstream platforms which both elevate WNBA coverage.”

Part of what separates Williams in the WNBA media space is that she is a Black woman, which means she has a natural connection with those in the league who have shared experience with her, and having that perspective is so important to bring to WNBA coverage.

“The WNBA is a league made up of approximately 80 percent Black women,” the executive says. “It’s critical that Black women are well represented in all aspects of the league, from coaches to front office executives to support staff as well as in the media. The entire sports media landscape needs more women and people of color and reporters who share backgrounds with the athletes they cover.”

Williams wholeheartedly agrees, and is proud of building a platform that allows her to amplify Black women and tell stories others don’t.

“I love sports, but it’s bigger than basketball for me,” Williams says. “And so, however, I can use my voice and my platform is what really matters most. Women’s sports only received four percent of all media coverage and roughly one percent of sponsorship dollars. The league is having such a hard time with marketing these players and I feel like partially it’s because of, you know, people being afraid to tell the athletes stories. I think that that can only happen when there’s diversity in a newsroom. You have news editors that accept only certain pitches. And it’s very important for people of color to tell stories of people of color, and there needs to be diversity in the newsroom, because then we’ll see a reflection of the athletes’ stories being told, and you know, just from the media perspective inside, that was super important for me, as someone who grew up playing a game coach in the game that I saw the representation of women that looked like me.”

Growing up, Williams was a creative kid, attending LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts — the high school in which Fame is based on — to study visual arts. While in middle and high school Williams spent four weeks each summer taking rigorous art programs from theater, visual arts, film, and studying various things. She credits her parents invested in her artistic interests, which she’s now been able to combine with her passion for sports through Girls Talk Sports TV. Her connection to basketball began by watching former WNBA and Tennessee Vols player Shannon Bobbitt on the court in the projects across from where Williams lived.

“My love for the game started there too,” she says. “Just seeing Bobbitt on different basketball courts in that housing project beating guys and be recruited by the legendary Pat Summit was special. She was successful in her career, coming from the hood and then making it to the WNBA.”

While in college, she started volunteering her weekends, growing the local community game, mentoring and coaching youth girls basketball at the Greenwich House Malakoff Girls Basketball League. She still coaches whenever her schedule allows it.

Khristina Williams

Williams’ advocacy for women in sports started at a young age, thanks to her participation in the Harlem Children’s Zone, a program created by Geoffrey Canada to help underserved families. Williams said about the program, “Every summer, we would have a summer program, and then they would do the peace march. The march really helped us as kids to recognize that we have a voice and that we have the right to protest things that are not right.”

She took that message to heart and applied it from an early age to push for equality in the world of sports. During her fifth grade year, she advocated for a girls basketball team after noticing the school only had a boy’s team, and the girls were only offered cheerleading. She knew that wasn’t right, so she hounded the coach so much that the school started a girl’s team in her sixth-grade year, and of course, she joined.

In 2020, advocacy for justice and equality from figures in sports became a dominant story, and Williams was uniquely positioned to speak on that through her platform. After sports went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams launched “Kickin’ It with Khristina,” a digital interview series turned podcast that was conceptualized during quarantine and features candid conversations with top athletes about sports, justice, and life.

Past guests included Sheryl Swoopes, Natasha Cloud, Renee Montgomery, Sydney Colson, and more. All of that work paid off in a major way at the end of 2020, as she signed with CSE Talent and was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2021 in the sports category.

“It’s such an honor to be listed on the Forbes under 30 Sports category,” Williams says. “It just confirms or validates everything that I’ve been doing up until this point, especially as someone like me, who’s a young African-American woman who’s independent, who’s created something, or works from the ground up and completely original. It means a lot to be recognized for this prestigious annual award. I feel like being listed will also inspire many people who are probably on the fence or want to take that first step in investing or betting on themselves. I can’t even believe it.  I’m just still shocked I was voted on that list. Thank you so much to all the judges, Mark Cuban, Billie Jean King, Emmanuel Acho, and Lyle Ayes. I am so honored that they saw my vision amongst thousands and thousands of people who could have been chosen to be listed in honor this year. That means a lot.”

Along with Williams, Arielle Chambers of Bleacher Report and the voice of HighlightHer was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2021 in the sports category. Chambers worked with Williams at Girls Talk Sports TV and the two have watched each other rise in the media space, supporting each other along the way.

“Khristina and I met at Whole Foods in Harlem and shared our passions,” Chambers explains. “It was dope that she envisioned starting a platform featuring women who knew sports. I felt like it was great to contribute my W(NBA) passion and knowledge, so it was great seeing how women could come together and work toward a greater good. It’s amazing to see how it’s become a leader in W coverage.”

Chambers says that Girls Talk Sports TV has consistently shone a light on the W. It has shown that the WNBA can be covered year-round and emphasizes that these players and news surrounding them matter. It’s the consistency that matters to her.

For both Williams and Chambers, representation matters. To them, it was with much pride for both to see the Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2020 comprised of 40 percent women and 49 percent people of color. “It goes to show you that we are the culture and we won’t be silenced, so give us our flowers while we are here,” Williams said.

“We belong in these spaces! We have broken down barriers, and we belong,” Chambers says. “When one of us wins, all of us win, and I’m so proud of our tribe. We’ve completely shattered the ceiling and made our own table, and now we can all eat. Players see themselves in us. We get things out of them because we, ourselves, are Black women too. We share unique experiences with the athletes, so there’s a distinct level of trust there.”

It’s a matter of sharing those experiences, and promoting them to the best of their ability, with hopes that coverage of women’s sports will continue to grow.

“Women’s sports receives less than four percent of all sports media coverage,” the WNBA executive adds. “So if we only highlight mainstream media and traditional outlets, WNBA reporters are less likely to be acknowledged. I thought it was great that Forbes honored Khristina and Ari Chambers and put them on the same platform as reporters covering men’s sports. This shows that covering the WNBA is not a stepping stone but rather a priority for great reporters like Khristina.”

Williams created her own path to success. She hopes that little Black girls and other Black women follow in her footsteps to achieve their dreams by betting on themselves and knowing that they belong and are important in the industry.

“You don’t need a million dollars, a blue check on social media to make a difference,” Williams said. “You can make a difference where you are.”

Or, as W.E.B. Debois so eloquently put it, “There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.”

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The MyPillow Guy Is Outraged To Be Dropped By Bed, Bath, And Beyond (And More), And People Love To See It

Mike Lindell, a.k.a., “the MyPillow guy,” is finding out that there are consequences for telling seditious lies. Not only has he been threatened with a lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems — and Lindell had best take heed of that threat, since Dominion has already sued wacky Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for a whopping $1.3 billion for pushing election-fraud lies — but Lindell’s bottom line is fixing to take a major hit after MyPillow’s been dumped by multiple retailers. This is all happening because Lindell persists in fueling false QAnon conspiracies about the 2020 election being “stolen” from Trump.

Not only has Lindell disseminated these falsehoods, but he also helped to incite the failed MAGA coup that left five people (including two police officers) dead. Here’s Lindell ranting on his private jet (Rex Chapman posted the video on Twitter, though it was originally uploaded to Parler) as he blatantly lied to the MAGA crowd while declaring, “Donald Trump’s gonna be your president for the next years.” He apparently filmed this clip following (and as a response to) January 6’s insurrection on Capitol Hill.

The fallout’s not going too well for the MyPillow guy. On Sunday night, he spoke with Right Side Broadcasting Network while sharing that his products have been pulled from shelves at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Lindell was outraged and declared that this was also happening with Kohl’s and other retailers. In doing so, Lindell railed against “fake people” who he says threatened boycotts and forced stores to make this move. He also lashed out against the Sleeping Giants watchdog (which Lindel called “the most evil people on the planet,” but you can read about their anti-Breitbart and anti-QAnon cause in a New York Times profile), which he accuses of “attack[ing] vendors” who are supported by the QAnon crowd.

Oh, and Lindell also revealed that he still talks to Sidney Powell multiple times per day.

Sleeping Giants, by the way, did help alert a lot of people to the “QANON” discount code for MyPillow that’s apparently in use for many retailers.

Naturally, people are giddy, and the jokes are rolling in as this last (disastrous) phase of the Trump presidency rolls to a close. Many are vowing to do more shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond and hoping for a special Dominion section.

In a little over a day, it will be inauguration time for Joe Biden.

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Charlie Puth Thinks He Knows Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release Date

In 2020, Drake spent a lot of time teasing his upcoming album, Certified Lover Boy. He even gave fans an approximate release window, revealing that the album is set to drop in January. Well, it’s January, and there are only a couple weeks left in the month, so it would seem the album will be arriving at some point soon. It would also seem that Charlie Puth, for some reason, knows exactly when that is.

In a now-deleted tweet that was posted on Monday (as HotNewHipHop notes), Puth wrote, “Drakes dropping on the 21st.” It’s not clear if Puth provided any production, songwriting, or performances to the album, nor has he been publicly linked to it in any way until this. So, it’s not clear why Puth would know the release date for Certified Lover Boy.

Puth has shared some thoughts about Drake over the past year, though. Back in March, he speculated on Twitter, “If Drake put out a record that had the same tempo as Vogue by Madonna, and maybe even sounded a little bit like it, it would be the biggest thing ever.” He also seemed to agree with Drake’s list of the best rappers and he’s a fan of the Justin Bieber-starring “Popstar” video. He and Kehlani also covered “Hotline Bling” in 2015.

Drake producer Cardo previously indicated the album would be released on January 29, so time will tell if Puth or Cardo is correct, or if neither of them are.

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Don Lemon Called Out The Hypocrisy Of Trump Allies Paying Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. With ‘Empty Tweets’

Many prominent Republicans politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, praised Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday’s holiday celebrating his birth, despite their tireless support of a president who used “race to pit Americans against each other.” That’s according to CNN’s Don Lemon, who unloaded on the GOP on Monday night for “empty tweets” like this one…

“The Biden-Harris administration was elected to represent all Americans with more than 81 million people voting for them. But it was voters of color who put them over the finish line, even as the current president until Wednesday at noon, anyway, deliberately tried to divide us,” Lemon said.

Lemon then noted that the Trump administration tried to disenfranchise “millions of Americans, many of them voters of color” with his fraudulent claims of election fraud. Lemon then went through a roll call of the bad tweets:

“Those Republicans like Mike Pence, putting out 50 tweets quoting Dr. King’s words, can you believe it? Like Mitch McConnell, who supported the president whose actions go against everything Dr. King stood for. Like Lindsey Graham, who allegedly called Georgia election officials to get them to throw out legal votes, including large numbers from Black voters. Ted Cruz, who even after the riot on Capitol Hill, still voted against certifying the electoral college vote. Ivanka Trump, who called the rioters American patriots, and then deleted the tweet. One Republican after another, apparently hoping that you’ll forget their support for a president who used race to pit Americans against each other.”

Lemon also shared a quote from Dr. King about “white people who just didn’t get it,” who “stood in the way” of making progress. “I quote here: ‘Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Luke warm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.’ You might want to read it. You might want to stop and pay special attention to this part,” he said. “Another quote. ‘The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love, for the preservation of justice or the extension of justice?’” Lemon concluded, “We know what kind of extremist Dr. King was. And what kind of extremist Donald Trump is. Donald Trump created an environment where white supremacists and conspiracy theorists overran the Capitol of the United States of America. He used race to divide us from the very beginning.”

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Michael Jordan Once Shunned Anthony Anderson Over A Vicious Game Of Dominoes

Black-ish star Anthony Anderson appeared on this week’s episode of Conan Needs a Friend to talk about his sitcom, his relationship with his mother, and the ABC game show that’s hosted by Anderson and his mother, “To Tell the Truth.” Conan O’Brien, however, wanted to talk about Michael Jordan, with whom Anthony Anderson has a close friendship.

“He’s very competitive,” Anderson told O’Brien. “He talks a lot of sh*t, and he’s a fun dude to hang around with. But every little thing with MJ can be a competitive thing.” For example, Anderson spoke about playing golf with Michael Jordan, who is a better player than he is. One game, however, Jordan gave Anderson 10 extra golf strokes on a bet, and Anderson had a particularly great game — I was “on fire” — and was able to beat Jordan with the handicap. “He threw the money he owed me at me, and said, ‘You’re never getting strokes again.’”

That, however, is nothing compared to the first time Anderson and Jordan met. Jordan and Anderson were in the Bahamas for an opening of some sort, and Anderson traveled with his own dominoes. He had no idea that Jordan would be there, so he brought a set of dominoes with Jordan’s Jumpman logo on the case, which led to a conversation between the two (MJ wanted to know where Anderson got the case). Anderson eventually challenged Jordan to a game, telling MJ that he considered himself to be “the Michael Jordan of dominoes.”

“He turned to my wife,” Anderson continued, “and he said, ‘Sweetheart, I suggest you go to the bank and take out as much money as you can because after I whip his ass, he will not be able to provide for you and your children.”

Anderson was shocked. “I just wanted a friendly game of bones with my basketball hero!”

The next day, Anderson and Jordan played, and Anderson brought his camera along to document the game (Ahmad Rashad was there playing, as well). Anderson declined, at first, to talk trash to Jordan because he just wanted to enjoy a friendly game. However, “MJ is talking cash sh*t. He’s talking about my momma. He’s talking about cash trash, and I just had to sit there and take it.”

At one point, however, Anderson gained an advantage in the game, and fed up with all the trash talk, he turned to Jordan and said, “This is going to be the hardest 25 points you’ve ever had to score in your life. Let’s go.” Anderson put aside the fact that he was playing his basketball hero and stepped up his game.

“Conan,” Anderson says. “I commenced to whip his ass in dominoes. He doesn’t score another point. I am talking so much trash that, before I domino, I say, ‘Oh my God, I wish me and my wife could go upstairs and make another baby right now because we would name him or her MJ just so we could relive this moment right now, and when my baby got older, she would say, ‘Daddy, why did you name me MJ’ and that’s when I’d relive the moment when I just whipped your ass. DOMINO, MOTHERF***KER.”

After the game, Anderson and Jordan had to spend the next three days on the island together, and Jordan was so sore about losing to Anderson in a game of dominoes that “he refused to talk to me. Whenever we were taking a group photo, he’d ask… no, he didn’t ask. He told me to get out of the picture.”

“And that’s how our friendship started,” Anderson said.

After doing more than 100 of these podcasts, Conan confesses to Anderson that his Jordan story is “one of my favorite things to ever happen” on his show. It’s definitely worth listening to, and it starts around the 42-minute mark in this week’s Conan Needs a Friend.

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Foo Fighters Find Hope In Despair In Their ‘Waiting On A War’ Video

On Dave Grohl’s birthday last week, Foo Fighters marked the occasion by releasing a new single, “Waiting On A War.” On the track, Grohl wonders if there’s more to life than the threat of turmoil. Now the band has shared a video for the track, and it touches on similar themes.

The video shows what seems to be a bunch of children in a sparse, seemingly war-torn urban landscape, dark and desolate. After they reminisce about better days and lament the state of the world, as the song picks it, they appear to be filled with hope.

When the band initially released the song, Grohl shared a statement about it, writing, “Last fall, as I was driving my 11 year old daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank in my chest as I looked into her innocent eyes, because I realized that she was now living under that same dark cloud of a hopeless future that I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote ‘Waiting On a War’ that day. […] This song was written for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does.”

Watch the “Waiting On A War” video above.

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Michael C. Hall Has Explained Why The Time Is Right For The ‘Dexter’ Revival

Showtime’s announcement (back in October) of the Dexter revival wasn’t shocking in and of itself. What was surprising, however, is that it took this long for a revisiting of everyone’s favorite moonlighting serial killer to get an official greenlight. A few months later, we know that Dexter will once again be an East coast guy and that he’ll be accompanied by an almost entirely new cast. The question of the timing still floated around out there, but star Michael C. Hall has now remarked upon why the time is right for the series to right the biggest wrong of all: that much maligned lumberjack ending.

As Hall told Entertainment Tonight, there were at least three near misses (“legitimate ideas or concepts of what we might do”) from those who hoped to dig back into those blood slides. The newest attempt felt both timely (that’s where the emphasis is for Hall’s reasoning) and appropriate, and here’s why things came together for a 2021 release:

“This one, a lot of it has to do with time passed. This is going to happen in real time, as if as much time has passed since the finale happened. And yeah, we kind of just got the creative band back together again… And Marcos Siega, who is one of the directors. He’s like, ‘We’re gonna shoot it like a long, 10-hour movie. It was a combination of the scripts and the timing. I always thought maybe the time will reveal itself when it’s the right time to do it and it did. And I’m excited.”

Hall added that he’d already visited the sets, and “it’s really happening.” Those sets, by the way, are situated in Massachusetts, which will be pinch-hitting for upstate New York. No more Miami, in other words, which must be a big reason why we’re not seeing returning names from the O.G. cast. Yet showrunner Clyde Phillips is returning after helming four seasons of the series, and hopefully, we’ll at least hear something about Jennifer Carpenter making a ghostly dark passenger appearance. That’s gotta happen, right? I’m also holding out for the whole “time has passed” reference by Hall to turn into Dexter’s son, Harrison, tracking dad down and teaching him a lesson. That’s a long overdue “reunion,” no doubt.

(Via ET Online)

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The Warriors Erased A 19-Point Deficit To Stun The Lakers In L.A.

The Golden State Warriors, for the second time this month have erased a monstrous deficit to beat one of the L.A. teams, this time, taking down the Lakers in Los Angeles after falling behind by 19 points in the second half.

The Lakers looked to be on cruise control, headed for a league-leading 12th win, before Golden State turned it on in the fourth quarter for another improbable comeback win over a full-strength L.A. squad. The much maligned wing duo of Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins had strong performances, combining for 41 points on strong efficiency. Eric Paschall likewise gave the Warriors a big boost off of the bench with 19 points as it was the reserve unit that did a lot of the damage in closing the gap in the fourth before they turned to Stephen Curry to close the game out.

Down the stretch it was Curry and Draymond Green working their magic, with Curry slicing to the bucket for an and-1 early in what was a 15-2 Warriors run, and Green finding a timely bucket at the rim to give Golden State its first lead of the game with just under three minutes to play.

Then, after trading buckets with the Lakers, it was Curry who gave Golden State some brief breathing room with a vintage stepback three after mesmerizing Anthony Davis with some slick dribbling.

Curry finished the night with 26 points and seven assists and while he struggled much of the night to find his shooting stroke, going just 3-for-12 from three, he found it when it counted. The Lakers did have a chance to tie or win the game after Curry missed a floater and L.A. brought the ball up with plenty of time to get a good look. After forcing a pass from LeBron James to Dennis Schröder, who was the Lakers leading scorer on the night with 25, the Lakers couldn’t find a good look and had to call timeout with under two seconds to play. On the inbounds play they got LeBron the ball at the top of the key, but his long three pointer hit the back iron and fell harmlessly to the court as the Warriors, somehow, escaped with a win to move to 7-6 on the season.

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ESPN Uncovered Unsolicited Explicit Photos That Mets GM Jared Porter Sent A Foreign Journalist In 2016

The New York Mets hired Jared Porter as their general manager back in December, and his tenure with the team may very well be an incredibly brief one. On Monday night, ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Mina Kimes published a story detailing how Porter sent a foreign journalist numerous unsolicited photos of himself, some naked, over the course of a few weeks after the two met in an elevator at Yankee Stadium and briefly talked international prospects while he was the director of professional scouting for the Chicago Cubs.

The story includes screenshots of the text messages, with explicit photos blurred and censored while other selfies of himself offering concrete proof that it was indeed him sending those texts.

The journalist, who spoke with ESPN on the condition of anonymity after having gotten out of the business (she refused to speak about it in 2017 when Passan was first made aware of the texts), explained why she wanted to come forward now that Porter was in an even greater position of power and could do something similar to another woman in the industry.

“My number one motivation is I want to prevent this from happening to someone else,” she told ESPN through an interpreter. “Obviously he’s in a much greater position of power. I want to prevent that from happening again. The other thing is I never really got the notion that he was truly sorry.

“I know in the U.S. there is a women’s empowerment movement. But in [my home country], it’s still far behind,” the woman said. “Women get dragged through the mud if your name is associated with any type of sexual scandal. Women are the ones who get fingers pointed at them. I don’t want to go through the victimization process again. I don’t want other people to blame me.”

The details in the story are rather horrifying, as the woman, who cited not having a full grasp of English language and customs, found herself getting explicit texts at which point she stopped replying, before he sent 62 unsolicited texts pursuing her further with more pictures including one of an exposed, erect penis.

Once she recognized the sexual nature of the bed picture, she resolved to cut off communication, she said.

Porter would send 62 unanswered texts – including seven photos – between July 19 and Aug. 10, the day before a final flurry from Los Angeles that included the nude photo.

The Mets issued a brief statement, saying that Porter “expressed remorse” — although when initially contacted by ESPN he claimed he never sent photos, then when told they had the texts, insisted the explicit photos were “stock” photographs and then never offered further comment after asking for some more time.

The results of the investigation likely won’t come for a little bit of time, but given the details of the story it seems as though it would be pretty unfathomable for Porter to remain in his GM role for much longer.

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The Trumps Are Reportedly Planning To Completely Snub The Bidens When They Arrive At The White House On Inauguration Day

Donald Trump never agreed to a peaceful transition of power if he lost, and sure enough, it’s been anything but peaceful. Though it appears the Secret Service won’t have to drag him, kicking and screaming, from the Oval Office, there is one thing that almost certainly won’t be happening: As per CNN, the 45th president and his FLOTUS, Melania, will not do the usual showing around as the two presidential couples pass the baton.

The tradition is this: The outgoing president welcomes the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico, at the front of the White House. They then ride to the Capitol together. Meanwhile the outgoing First Lady shows the incoming First Lady around. But this time — after two months of baseless voter fraud accusations, even a failed MAGA coup, to say nothing of Trump’s grim financial and legal future — when the new president arrives the old one will already be gone. Instead, the Bidens will likely simply be greeted by White House chief usher Timothy Harlet — a Trump hire who likely won’t last much longer.

This will be not be the first time the incoming and outgoing presidents have not partaken in this tradition. Richard Nixon wasn’t there when Gerald Ford took over, but that’s because Nixon had resigned rather than be impeached and removed. Woodrow Wilson didn’t greet Warren G. Harding at the door, but only because he was ill. The last time the snub was intentional was when Andrew Johnson, a Southern boy, refused to meet with former Union army general Ulysses S. Grant, in part because, like Donald Trump, Johnson had just been impeached.

Then again, maybe it’s for the best. When the Bidens return to the White House following a series of traditional ceremonies, such as wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, the joint will have been thoroughly de-Trump-ized:

By that time, all Trump paraphernalia will be gone, and a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of the entire White House campus will have been completed. Deeper cleaning protocols were arranged via the White House with outside contractors, on top of regular cleaning done by staff, including specialized attention to rugs, carpets, curtains and surfaces, to tackle any possibility of lingering germs, of the Covid-19 sort or otherwise.

The Bidens will even be receiving new mattresses and box springs for their bedroom, but that is mere standard operating procedure. It’s worth noting that Trump reportedly spent his administration sleeping alone, in a room that has previously been used as a study or den.

As for Trump’s send-off, he reportedly wants it to be huge, with a splashy gathering at Joint Base Andrews, where he and Melania will board Air Force One for the last time, bound for Mar-a-Lago. He’s demanding pomp and circumstance — a 21-gun salute, red carpet, military Color Guard. But though they’ve invited hordes of people, an administration official told CNN, “So far, there haven’t been a lot of RSVPs.”

In any case, it’s not surprising Donald wouldn’t want to shake hands with Biden, but the Melania snub does rankle. After all, it seems to go against what she has been arguing would be her lasting legacy as FLOTUS.

(Via CNN)