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Is a disgruntled third party biggest concern of Jimmy Butler-Brett Brown drama?

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Is a disgruntled third party biggest concern of Jimmy Butler-Brett Brown drama?

Now that Sixers swingman Jimmy Butler and coach Brett Brown both had the chance to respond to a story about a supposed confrontation between the two, it’s probably safe to say whatever happened wasn’t quite on the level of Latrell Sprewell choking P.J. Carlesimo — though, that is one way to get coach to call more pick-and-rolls.

If nothing else, Butler and Brown did a nice job downplaying any discord, and in all honesty, I believed them about the nature of the infamous film session. Their version sounds like a healthy dialogue between a coach and star veteran still finding his role in a new offense with a new team, nothing more.

The real question is who in the Sixers organization took that conversation the wrong way?

It’s legitimately concerning, and not just because Butler could leave marks around Brown’s neck for team photo day. It’s concerning because it might reveal potential issues in the Sixers locker room if either A) some players don’t feel comfortable challenging an authority figure and/or B) somebody has a problem with or feels threatened by Butler’s presence.

A is obviously a lot less sinister than B, and plausible given the relative youth of the roster. No doubt, J.J. Redick, Wilson Chandler and Amir Johnson have seen some things as 10-plus-year vets — as Butler said, basketball is still a job, and people do occasionally disagree with their bosses in the real world, too. The rest of the guys, most of whom have never played anywhere else in the NBA or started careers in any field, may not feel comfortable being as vocal yet.

That would be a relatively minor problem, assuming there was any validity to the idea at all. It’s only a guess, but would be preferable to the other possibility.

Somebody in that locker room or building simply doesn’t care very much for Butler.

It’s difficult to envision how anybody benefits from this story leaking, and even Brown insisted it wasn’t planted. Fine, nobody is actively trying to sow dissension within the Sixers. Regardless, somebody felt Butler was being disrespectful, to the point it became discussion-worthy around the league.

Sounds like there might be an ax to grind there. If I’m the Sixers, I’m more worried about who got annoyed and started running their mouth about Butler than I am about Brown’s throat. Between this, the complicated Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons dynamic and the Markelle Fultz saga, infighting might be a bigger threat to the team’s short-term and long-term success than Butler’s antics.

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Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz came to the podium on Wednesday afternoon wearing a T-shirt that read "Landon's Light" on it and went on to explain the significance of the shirt and the life that inspired it.

"For those that don't know Landon [Solberg], he actually threw out the first pitch at the [Carson Wentz] Charity Softball game. He lost his life to cancer yesterday. Trying not to get emotional, but a good kid like that who was able to go through our AO1 Foundation's program, we got to know him really well and his family. To see his fight and his faith through his fight, his faith in Jesus, really inspired me," Wentz said.

"My prayers have been with his family. I know Landon's up there celebrating with Jesus. So that's something we can celebrate."

Wentz also posted a video and moving message to his social media accounts:

We are so thankful to have known this special young man and will always cherish the memories we have been able to make with him. His confident hope, unwavering faith and unquenchable joy has pointed so many to Jesus. He is the true definition of a conqueror: in the darkest of moments, he kept his focus fixed on the light — JESUS.⁣

Our hearts ache for the Solberg family and all those who had the privilege of knowing Landon. Let us cling to the same HOPE Landon held so tightly to - the hope of Jesus!⁣

You can watch the video below.

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Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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