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Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will reportedly return in new Disney Plus series – The Verge

Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but this time, he’ll be taking on a starring role in a new Nick Fury TV series for Disney Plus.

Details are slim on the project — reported by both Variety and Deadline — which is still in the early stages and has yet to be formally ordered to series. Kyle Bradstreet, best known for his work as a writer for Mr. Robot, is also said to be on board the project as a writer and executive producer.

Jackson has played the role of the leader of super-spy agency SHIELD in the MCU films since the original Iron Man was released in 2008. Appearances by Jackson as Fury have been a key part of the connective tissue between the various films in the expansive film franchise, with Jackson’s appearances used to bring characters together or tease upcoming movies in post-credit scenes. The new Disney Plus series would mark the first time that Jackson has filled the lead role for a Marvel series and could see the actor play a similar role in tying together the various TV series planned for the service.

The new Nick Fury show would join an increasingly long list of Marvel Studios spinoffs that are in the works at the streaming service, including WandaVision (due out later this year), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (delayed until 2021), and Loki, along with the animated What If…? (also due for release in 2021). Marvel Studios has also announced four other series in various stages of preproduction: Hawkeye, which will reportedly see Jeremy Renner reprise his role as Clint Barton; Ms. Marvel, set to focus on the popular Kamala Khan iteration of the stretching superhero; She-Hulk, which recently cast Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in the lead role; and Moon Knight, which has yet to announce much information.

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Lamar Jackson says he’s still hoping Ravens sign Antonio Brown – ESPN

As the Baltimore Ravens start training camp, Lamar Jackson is still keeping his fingers crossed that the team will sign mercurial All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“I was hoping we would get him,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I’m still hoping — a little bit.”

In April, Jackson worked out with Brown, who is the cousin of Ravens first-round pick Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Jackson later said he would be “happy” if Baltimore signed the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout.

On Wednesday, Jackson reiterated his stance on Antonio Brown.

“We want to win, and I can tell in him [that] he wants to win,” Jackson said. “He wants to play ball.”

Ravens officials have never shown any public interest in Brown and have repeatedly tried to obfuscate the situation when asked about Brown, never even mentioning him by name in their responses. In April, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said he would keep his thoughts about Brown “in-house.” In May, DeCosta named every skill-position player on the Ravens roster when questioned about the team’s interest in Brown before adding, “We’re excited about those guys.”

The addition of Brown appears unlikely because it would take a major change in Baltimore’s philosophy. Since 2015, owner Steve Bisciotti has said the Ravens would stay away from players with domestic violence in their past. That policy dates back to when running back Ray Rice was cut after a video of him hitting his future wife became public.

A former trainer of Brown’s has filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually assaulted by Brown on multiple occasions. He also was accused of sexual misconduct by an artist who was working at his home in 2017. The NFL has been investigating Brown under its personal conduct policy.

Last week, Brown wrote an Instagram post in which he indicated that he wants to play in the NFL again and urged the league to resolve its investigation.

Jackson said he’s never had a problem with Brown.

“I just feel, around us, he was a great guy,” Jackson said. “You don’t see anything going on at all. He’s a cool, down-to-earth guy. He’s passionate about the sport of football.”

Jackson was the unanimous NFL MVP last season in leading the Ravens to a league-best 14-2 record. But the Ravens have one of the youngest wide receiver groups in the NFL. Eight of Baltimore’s 10 receivers are 25 or younger, and no one is older than 27.

Brown, 32, was the NFL’s most productive receiver from 2013 to 2018, leading the league in catches (686), receiving yards (9,145) and touchdown catches (67). But he hasn’t played in an NFL game since the New England Patriots released him after a Week 2 victory in Miami in September.

In their throwing session, Jackson was impressed with Brown’s work ethic. According to Jackson, Brown lifted weights before and after their workout.

“There’s no quit with him,” Jackson said. “That’s the type of guy we need in our locker room. I feel like the locker room here is different than any other locker room. There’s a brotherhood going on. None of that outside noise. It’s strictly inside.”

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DeSean Jackson shares anti-semitic quotes attributed to Hitler on Instagram –

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DeSean Jackson shared anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story over the July 4th holiday, and continued to use the quotes as a conversation piece during several posts on the social media network on Monday afternoon.

The controversy started with a single story post over the weekend, in which Jackson shared the following quote purportedly from Hitler:

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The quote’s origin* and the original source is dubious at best, traced backward to e-books published by authors of little repute, though that seems to be beside the point, as Jackson appears to believe Hitler is the source and is (at least passively) endorsing the message, filled with anti-semitic tropes about Jewish people secretly controlling the world.

(*Research suggests the screenshotted passage is from the book “Jerusalem” by Dennine Barnett, as the font in Jackson’s post matches text in that book. But Barnett attributes the quote to a book by historian Robert Edwin Herzstein, “The Nazis World War II,” published in July 1980.)

MORE: Eagles, NFL, and DeSean Jackson all release statements about Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram posts

Jackson’s original post follows what appears to be a July 4th weekend where he spent a considerable amount of time watching and listening to Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, with Jackson posting several times about his hours-long speech in the days since. 

“This man powerful,” Jackson said. “I hope everyone got a chance to watch this!! Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on!!”

Farrakhan, who has routinely been dubbed anti-semitic and homophobic by watchdog groups, first came under fire for anti-semitism in the mid-1980s, when he reportedly referred to Judaism as a “dirty religion” and later said Hitler was “a very great man” after being dubbed “Black Hitler” by the Chair of the Anti-Defamation League:

Here the Jews don’t like Farrakhan and so they call me ‘Hitler’. Well that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn’t great for me as a Black man but he was a great German and he rose Germany up from the ashes of her defeat by the united force of all of Europe and America after the First World War. Yet Hitler took Germany from the ashes and rose her up and made her the greatest fighting machine of the twentieth century, brothers and sisters, and even though Europe and America had deciphered the code that Hitler was using to speak to his chiefs of staff, they still had trouble defeating Hitler even after knowing his plans in advance. Now I’m not proud of Hitler’s evil toward Jewish people, but that’s a matter of record. He rose Germany up from nothing.

More recently, a video Farrakhan recorded for Facebook was removed from the social media platform for violating hate speech policies. In the video, Farrakhan referred to Jewish people critical of his views as “termites.” During his Saturday speech, Farrakhan accused Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates of attempting to “depopulate the Earth” through the use of a future COVID-19 vaccine, though he has repeatedly denied that he is an anti-semite.

Undeterred by Farrakhan’s record of anti-semitism or the nature of posting a quote he believed to be from Hitler, Jackson offered Monday that anyone who believed the quote to be hateful to the Jewish community, “took my post the wrong way.” In an additional follow-up post, Jackson shared the image of the passage once again, leaving only the following block of text: “The [sic] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”

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Jackson’s continued posts were met with strong criticism across social media on Monday evening, with former Eagles President Joe Banner, a Jewish man, calling Jackson’s actions, “absolutely indefensible.”

If a white player said anything about AA’s as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews tonight there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss. Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible.

— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) July 7, 2020

PhillyVoice attempted to contact the Eagles about the matter on Monday evening, and a request for comment had not yet been returned at time of publication.

UPDATE [Tuesday, 11:50 a.m.] — The Philadelphia Eagles have released the following statement regarding DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts: 

UPDATE [Tuesday, 12:02 p.m.] — Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson released an apology on Instagram in response to the reaction over his previous posts with quotes attributed to Hitler.

“I post a lot of things that are sent to me. I do not have hatred towards anyone,” Jackson wrote. “I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused.”

He also posted this video to go along with the above comments…

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“Now ain’t the Time”: Stephen Jackson Strongly Supports Kyrie Irving Against the League’s Resumption – Essentially Sports

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson wasn’t in favor of the league resuming amidst the protests in the country with views similar to Kyrie Irving’s. Jackson was among the first ones to react after the death of George Floyd. He called him a “twin” while remembering him in an Instagram post. He later also took part in a rally in remembrance of Floyd.

“Nobody is going to be talking about getting justice for all these senseless murders by this police,” Jackson said.

Jackson also wasn’t happy with the NBA leadership. He felt the majority of them haven’t taken any stance against the issues that people have been fighting. He believed the resumption of the NBA would bring them money but there were more important things than the game of basketball.

“None of these white owners have spoken up,” Jackson said. “None of them are taking a stand. Yeah, they might post a video when the season starts saying what we should do, but they ain’t doing nothing.

“Playing basketball ain’t going to do nothing but make them money and take the attention of what we’re fighting for, what we’re marching for. It’s bigger than all of us, and it’s bigger than the game. It’s sad that we’ve still got to explain that to people, bro. It’s sad.”

Stephen Jackson says now isn’t the time to be playing basketball

“None of these white owners have spoken up. None of them are taking a stand…Playing basketball ain’t gonna do nothing but make them money and take attention off what we fighting for.”

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 14, 2020

Stephen Jackson echoes Kyrie Irving

Jackson’s views are similar to what Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving recently suggested. On Friday, Irving led a conference call with around 80 players where he was not in favor of the league’s resumption. He felt that the NBA resuming would shift the attention of the people who have been fighting. Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers’ Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard were also reportedly among those who were against the season’s restart.

However, not all NBA players had similar views. LeBron James was among those who felt resuming the league would not affect the protests in any manner. Also, Houston Rockets’ Austin Rivers wrote on Instagram saying it would only help the ongoing protests.

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