*In the wake of a video of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper saying he would “fight every NI*GER here!” going viral, he’s become the target of threatening messages.
Riley told the team about the threats on Sunday, but says he doesn’t know who made them. The team has notified the league’s security department, reports the AP.
“Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public,” the team said in a statement. “He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening.
“We promptly alerted NFL security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”
The video of Cooper was taken at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Cooper apologized profusely both Wednesday and Thursday.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has said Cooper’s roster spot is not in jeopardy. Cooper has just 46 catches and five touchdowns in three years with the Eagles, but had been practicing with the starters after Jeremy Maclin’s season-ending knee injury.
Asked when Cooper will return to the Eagles, Kelly said there’s no time frame.
“When we do, we’ll make sure we announce it so it’s not going to be a surprise to anybody,” Kelly said.
*As we reported, Rick Ross recently received some death threats from alleged gang members.
Though Ross, the ‘Bawse,’ says he’s not worried about it, the Chicago Police Department has launched an investigation, according to TMZ.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Chi-town-based “Gangster Disciples” posted a video, demanding Rick Ross to cut a check for the group’s founder, Larry Hoover.
The video went viral and later the rapper canceled his remaining tour dates.
But he says the cancellation had nothing to do with the video, and everything to do with bad promotions. He also says he’s not scared of anybody because “Ricky Ross is a boss.”
Speaking of being a boss, he had a run in with Young Jeezy at the BET Awards and claims he tried to choke him.
“This is nothing personal to me,” Ross said. “At the BET Awards it basically just boiled down to me running across Young Jeezy, he had five security guards in front of him, five police officers behind him and we crossed paths I said ‘what’s up?’ soon as he said ‘what’s up?’ I tried to choke him. His security guards hemmed me up; whoever the big black dude with the bumps on his face, he should give that dude something special for Christmas.”
All you can do about this is laugh.
Below Ross discusses the issue while at Miami radio station WEDR-FM/99 Jamz:
*A Manhattan paparazzo who claims he was roughed up by Kanye West at a May 2008 bash has filed a lawsuit against the rapper in New York.
According to New York Daily News, Michael Vazquez claims he was “assaulted, battered, beat and threatened” by West and his crew when he tried to photograph the rapper at Guastavino’s, a city landmark underneath the Queensboro Bridge.
The event marked the 25th anniversary of Casio’s G-Shock watch and the 33-year-old emcee was paid a cool $1 million to perform for the occasion, which included a rendition of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” alongside four topless women who donned astronaut helmets.
Vazquez is seeking unspecified damages, alleging pain and suffering stemming from the scuffle that included bruises and a dislocated shoulder.
*It looks like Shaquille O’Neal is not taking his divorce from Shaunie O’Neal like a man and moving on. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Shaq ordered their son to deliver death threats to her new boyfriend Marlon Yates.
Here’s what TMZ is reporting:
Shaunie O’Neal’s lawyers just fired off a letter to Shaq’s people, claiming the bball star “interrogated” the couple’s children to tell him everything they knew about her new man … “to the point that they felt intimidated and scared of him.”
Shaunie also claims Shaq told their 6-year-old son to tell her boyfriend that Shaq “is going to kill him” — and that Shaq even screamed at the kid and said, “Say it now! My daddy is going to kill you!”
Shaunie’s lawyers are demanding Shaq halt “further inappropriate discussions” with their children — which is an alleged violation of the non-disparagement provision of their divorce judgment.
TMZ says they’ve asked asked Shaq’s attorney for a comment, but at EUR press time he hadn’t gotten back to them.