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Kelce's epic parade rant immortalized in legendary tattoo

Kelce's epic parade rant immortalized in legendary tattoo

Jason Kelce’s legendary speech on the steps of the Museum of Art will live on in the memories of Philadelphians forever.

Sports fans like to throw hyperbole around pretty frequently, but Kelce’s impassioned rant will go down as the greatest celebration speech in this city’s history.

And Kelce’s majestic Mummer’s attire and expletive-laced speech will live on one fan’s leg for the rest of his life.

Jordan Clarius shared an image of Kelce’s beautiful mug rocking his Mummer’s hat with the simple words “F*CK EM” underneath. The Internet loved it.

We spoke with Clarius on Friday about his new ink that was done on Thursday night by one of his best friends, Keith Reed, at Xtreme Ink Tattoo in West Chester, PA.

Clarius, a 37-year-old West Chester resident who has been a Birds' fan since he was nine, is "completely covered from his hands to neck" in tattoos so the new Kelce jawn was a logical addition.

"It wasn't a huge deal to me," he said. "I was planning to get an Eagles championship tattoo for a while. I was thinking maybe a talon holding the Lombardi trophy but then we were sitting at dinner last night after attending the parade on Broad and I was scrolling through Twitter and I saw the image of Kelce in the Mummer's gear."

Clarius took a screen shot from his phone and sent it to the artist.

"I texted it to my buddy Keith and asked him if he could do something with it. He said the shop was a little slow and that I should go over tonight. I showed up an hour later, he had the image of Kelce's head sketched out, with the 'F*CK EM' under it. I was like, 'I'll totally get a tattoo of that.'"

"If I didn’t think you would, I wouldn’t have drawn it,” Keith replied.

So how did Clarius feel this morning waking up with Jason Kelce on his body?

"Pretty awesome to wake up to. I got it super high on my thigh. One of the best parts is that Kelce is right next to a portrait of Ol' Dirty Bastard I got done about 15 years ago."

But the tattoo hasn't been without its repurcusioins.

"It was hysterical. Getting ready for work this morning, my phone just kept blowing up, I've been extremely unproductive at work today."

Haven't we all.

Here's Clarius with his daughter on Broad Street at the parade and a shot of his ODB tat from when he first got it 15 years ago:

 

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement on his Twitter and Instagram, where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.