Richard Sherman’s charity softball game, which drew over 22,000 spectators at SafeCo Field on Sunday. Participants in the game included Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy, Macklemore, Kobe Bryant, Shawn Kemp, Russell Wilson, and a bunch of Sherman’s other Seahawks teammates. Kobe homered and later claimed he hadn’t swung a bat in 20 years, which, more likely than not, was a blatant lie. Sherman also went deep, and that zany Russell Wilson tagged Kobe out at third base with the hidden ball trick. He knows what it takes to win.
A reunion performance by Justin Timberlake and *NSYNC was the headline news at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, but the ceremony took on a sports angle later on. Jason Collins, who in April became the first athlete in one of the four major sports to come out as gay, took the stage with rapper A$AP Rocky. “The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Collins told the crowd before introducing Seattle rapper Macklemore, who performed his gay-rights anthem “Same Love,” which one the award for Best Video With a Social Message.
In 2008, the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics left the Emerald City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. They’ve since gone on to become one of the league’s hottest young teams, powered by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Seattle sports fans, meanwhile, have been left team-less, and many of them are still bitter over the move. You can count hit-making rapper Macklemore among the angry. Macklemore, a Seattle native, took to Twitter this week to express some beef over the Thunder using one of his songs as an in-arena pump-up jam.
Seattle fans are waiting to find out whether they’ll get a new NBA team soon, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten how the SuperSonics were taken from them in 2008. Seattle rapper Macklemore, one of the breakout stars of 2013, got wind that the Oklahoma City Thunder have been using his song “Can’t Hold Us” to pump the crowd up at home games, and reacted about how you’d expect.