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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.

https://twitter.com/JJRedick/status/965277620823822336

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfXY8UYD5-R/?hl=en&taken-by=jjredick

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.

Fan who ran into subway pole gets big surprise from the Eagles

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Fan who ran into subway pole gets big surprise from the Eagles

Here’s a story that has a happy ending.

Remember the guy who ran into the pole in the infamous viral video from before the NFC Championship Game? Of course you do. Well, things have turned out alright for Jigar Desai because he’s going to see his favorite football team play in London ... for free.

“From ‘mind the pillars’ to ‘Mind the Gap’… London, here we come!” Desai told the Associated Press.

Because of the wildly popular viral nature of the video, the NFL reached out to Desai and got him involved with a short film in which he returns to the scene of the crime, talks about his love for the Eagles, makes peace with the pillar he is famous for colliding with and is awarded free tickets to see the Eagles play in London from Swoop and the cheerleaders.

So, there you have it. We hope Jigar and his family have a great time in London and cheer the Eagles to victory. He posted a little more insight on social media in response to NBCSPhilly's tweet.

Have a safe trip.

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Former Phillie Erik Kratz admits to taking $2,000 dare

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Former Phillie Erik Kratz admits to taking $2,000 dare

Philly fans probably remember Erik Kratz most for his pretty funny commercials promoting Godshall's Quality Meats, specifically its turkey bacon.

But Kratz's name found its way back onto our radar this MLB postseason because of his surprising performance for the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason.

We wrote about his unexpected turn in the spotlight this October about a week ago. You can check that out here. The Brew Crew face elimination this weekend at the hands of the Dodgers, but we're here to talk about a Kratz story that took place way back on opening day in 2016 down in Texas when Kratz played with the Houston Astros.

ESPN's Buster Olney posted the video today of Kratz stumbling out of the dugout, taking a header into the ground, and says it was on purpose. 

"Heard a classic story about the highly respected and greatly appreciated Erik Kratz today: When the Astros went through Opening Day intros in 2016, an Astro offered $1,000 to anybody who would do a face plant. Kratz: I'll do it."

Kratz responded to Olney's tweet pointing out that he actually did it for $2,000 but would have settled for $250.

Long live #TurkeyBacon.

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