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Conor McGregor defends Joe Rogan following Stephen A Smith UFC feud

Published: 27/Jan/2020 0:34

by Brent Koepp


Conor McGregor defended Joe Rogan on Twitter, after popular ESPN commentator Stephen A Smith responded to his criticisms in an epic rant.

Joe Rogan criticized popular sports broadcaster Stephen A Smith during his January 24 MMA show, for calling fighter Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone a “quitter” after his recent loss at UFC 246.

However, the ESPN personality responded to the podcast host calling his criticisms “unwarranted” in a three minute video, which caused Conor McGregor to jump into the feud and tell him to “apologise.”

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UFC star Conor McGregor called out Stephen A Smith on Twitter.

Conor McGregor tells Stephen A. Smith to “apologise”

On January 25, Smith uploaded a three minute response video where he stated he had “mad respect” for Rogan, but believed he was wrong. “Me being at the Conor McGregor fight, saying that he didn’t show us much in 40 seconds, that warrants “it’s not good for the sport. It’s not good for ESPN”?” he asked.

The sports broadcaster then defended his years of experience. “I certainly don’t claim to be the aficionado that you are, or anybody else covering this sport. But excuse me, I have been a reporter for 25 years. I have covered sports on a variety of levels,” he continued.

In his response, he shied away from addressing Rogan’s criticism of him calling Cowboy a quitter, but instead said, “Cowboy in his first pay-per view match, folded. I respect him, but he folded like a cheap tent. Joe Rogan if you need me, you know where to find me.”

Soon after posting the video, UFC legend Conor McGregor weighed in on the two commentators’ feud, and defended Rogan’s critical takedown of the ESPN personality, stating, “Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit.”

Echoing what Rogan said during his podcast, he exclaimed, “Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk, deserve full respect!” before calling on him to “apologise” to Cowboy.

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McGregor replied to Smith on social media and defended Rogan’s criticisms.

Stephen A Smith replied to the MMA fighter, but refused to address his initial comments, instead stating, “Tremendous respect for you along with Joe Rogan. Both of you are fantastic for the UFC. I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much without the both of you. But we clearly disagree with Cowboy’s performance on Jan. 18.”

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The ESPN commentator said he respected both McGregor and Rogan.

At the time of this article, Stephen A Smith’s response video amassed over 2.2 million views and over 33k likes, putting a further spotlight on their disagreement.

Whether the hatchet will be buried between him and Rogan remains to be seen, as the UFC commentator has yet to reply, but perhaps the ESPN host can be a guest on his podcast where they can work out their differences.


Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun


Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.