Spurs Lock in Victor Wembanyama with the First Pick in the NBA Draft
French phenom Victor Wembanyama is headed to the San Antonio Spurs. With the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the five-time Finals champs selected the 7’5″ wunderkind on Thursday night in Brooklyn. Now, Wemby won’t officially be a rookie until he puts pen to paper on a deal, but it doesn’t hurt to wonder how much the 19-year-old stands to make in his first year. Per Boardroom’s Sam Dunn, the Spurs’ 2023-24 salary scale is $9,983,300. Keep in mind, Wemby is also likely to attract a slew of endorsements in addition to his contract, adding to his current Nike deal. At long last, the Spurs (hopefully) have their next franchise guy.
Aaron Rodgers Advocates for Psychedelics at National Conference
New York Jets frontman Aaron Rodgers spoke at a psychedelics conference in Denver earlier this week and made a bold pitch for the substance to be legalized. Earlier this year, Colorado voters ensured that the state joined Oregon in decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms. Rodgers recalls a recent experience with ayahuasca with his teammates as “radically life-changing,” adding, “The response from other people in the sports industry has been incredible. To see basketball players and baseball players and surfers, entertainers and my own teammates and colleagues across the league reach out and either share their story about their own medicine journey or ask to be a part of an upcoming one was pretty special.”
Fortress Investment Group Wins the Bid for Vice Media
Vice Media is set to be acquired out of bankruptcy by three investment companies, including Fortress Investment Group, for $225 million. According to CNN, Vice plans to present the sale to a bankruptcy court on Friday with expectations of the acquisition to close soon after, the company said in the memo obtained by the outlet. Vice Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-May. “Under new ownership, we look forward to a new chapter in VMG’s history, with a renewed focus and commitment to creating world-class content for our audiences and partners,” Bruce Dixon and Hozefa Lokhandwala, co-chief executives of Vice Media Group added in the memo to staff.
Snoop Dogg Secures His First Diamond Record in 31-Year Career with ‘California Gurls’
It’s been three decades since the world was introduced to Snoop Dogg, and the West Coast rapper continues to make history. After 13 years, “California Gurls,” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, is officially certified diamond. The 2010 collaboration crossed the 10 million sales mark on Tuesday, as first reported by TMZ. Other songs certified diamond include “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Hills” by The Weeknd, and “God’s Plan” by Drake.
Mitchell & Ness and Spalding Team with Tiffany to Document Winning History with New Book
Tiffany & Co. and Spalding are collaborating once again and this time, unveiling a new jersey with Mitchell & Ness. According to Hypebeast, the special release coincides with the brand’s Crafting Victory at Tiffany & Co. publication with Assouline. The swingman jersey features the iconic Tiffany Blue base with black/white banding, embroidered Tiffany & Co. logo, and “TIFFANY/57” personalization, complete with Mitchell & Ness branding. The luxury jewelry and goods company is responsible for manufacturing the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, and Eastern and Western Conference NBA Championship trophies.
MLS, Marvel, & Adidas Unveil New Co-Branded Capsule
MLS, Marvel, and Adidas announced Thursday that MLS merchandise will feature legendary Marvel Super Heroes as part of a three-way collaboration. The superhero-inspired apparel features an Avengers-inspired warm-up jacket, pants, and official match ball that will debut during the MLS All-Star Game on July 19 at Audi Field in D.C. Later this summer, a Captain America-themed unisex warm-up tops will drop, followed by Avengers-inspired tops in August. This is all a part of the League and Continental Tire’s efforts to raise awareness and funds during Kick Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Benny the Butcher Announces First-ever Butcherfest Boxing Event
Benny The Butcher‘s love for boxing has turned into a monumental event with the announcement of his first annual boxing match, Butcherfest. Scheduled for July 1 in upstate New York, festivities will feature multiple fights and include a performance by the rapper himself. The main event features UFC fighters Jordan Griffin and Brok Weaver squaring off. “IRVING, NY We havin the Biggest Fight event JULY 1st you gonna wanna be at,” he wrote via Instagram “Multiple fights, amateur and Professional, Vendors & performance by The Butcher. It’s Belts, Trophies and Pride on the line. FACEOFF GOIN DOWN TODAY.”