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Ben Simmons sets Twitter ablaze with tweet to LeBron James

Ben Simmons sets Twitter ablaze with tweet to LeBron James

Minus a post of appreciation for former general manager David Griffin, LeBron James has been noticeably absent from any Cavaliers news this offseason.

That was until a report surfaced on Tuesday from USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt stating that James is frustrated with the Cavs’ efforts — or lack thereof — this summer.

“Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office, declining days before the draft and free agency to bring back general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden,” Zillgitt said.

“Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports.”

It appears Ben Simmons took notice of the report. With King James set to be a free agent after next season, the Sixers' rookie tweeted out a simple emoji directed at his friend that set the internet ablaze.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/887414039365562368

And the responses are entertaining, to say the least. Here are some of them, which included a few shots at the Sixers.

Flyers mascot Gritty gives Mike McKenna thrill of a lifetime with autographed mask

Flyers mascot Gritty gives Mike McKenna thrill of a lifetime with autographed mask

What an honor for Mike McKenna.

Not only did he get to meet Gritty Wednesday night, but he also got the Flyers' mascot to sign his mask, which sports a drawing of the fuzz ball (see story).


(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)


(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Looks like Gritty didn't love McKenna questioning his pregame meal — it's obviously 10 plates of pasta … the guy needs fuel.

McKenna is the Flyers' seventh goalie of the season, while the Flyers are the seventh team of McKenna's career.

Now he'll have a special signature to always remember it.

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Eagles fan mad about loss allegedly put girlfriend's dog in microwave

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Eagles fan mad about loss allegedly put girlfriend's dog in microwave

Eagles fans have been known to take their frustrations out on horses in the past, but now we can add cruelty to canines to the long list of strange behavior by Philadelphia sports fans.

Kirsten Gaskins was arrested on Sunday evening at a hotel in Hanover Township and has been charged with simple assault, harassment, cruelty to animals, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Gaskins was at the hotel as "a getaway" from Philadelphia with her girlfriend. She was drinking while watching the Eagles game against the Saints and allegedly became angry once the Saints won, according to police. Gaskins allegedly struck the victim in the face multiple times before threatening to harm her Pomeranian.

Gaskins was not present when police arrived but when she returned and they entered the room they found the dog inside of the microwave. The microwave was never turned on and the dog was reportedly OK.

It's unclear if the Pomeranian had any rooting interest in the game. Dogs usually don't care.

[NBC 10 | Morning Call]

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