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Carmelo Anthony Calls for Unity, Urges Athletes to Speak Out Against Police Brutality

19 July 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carmelo Anthony wants more than Olympic gold as he heads into the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - he wants a better nation. The New York Knicks forward is calling for his fellow athletes to speak out about injustice in the wake of several police-involved shootings that have gripped the nation. "It's unfortunate, it's sad," Anthony, 32, said on Monday, Espn reports. "You can't really put into words what's going on throughout the whole country, throughout the whole world. For us as a country, we have to stand united. We have to come together." Anthony's comments come after the fatal »

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Kobe Bryant Challenges Kids to be ‘Legendary in Their Own Right’ at Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

15 July 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Some of sports’ finest made their way to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion Thursday evening, one night after the 2016 Espy Awards. Full of key slime pie eating contests, a human bowling competition and even more slime, kids had the chance to receive wise words from their favorite present-day athletes at the show, which handed out awards for football basketball, boxing and track and field.

Russell Wilson returned to host the event for the second year, and opened the show in character as Granny Wilson to challenge Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in a game of “Smash Mountain.” The biggest star of the night, however, was Kobe Bryant.

“It seems like it was yesterday I was your guys’ age and I had a dream, I had ambition for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time,” said Bryant as he accepted the Legend Award. “And »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Inside the 2016 Espy Awards: 5 Things You Didn't See on TV

14 July 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The cameras didn't catch it all at the 2016 Espy Awards.  While we chuckled along with host John Cena during his kid-friendly press conference, felt empowered by journalist Craig Sager's tearful acceptance of the Jimmy V Award or were downright emotional as Carmelo AnthonyChris PaulDwyane Wade and LeBron James called for an end to the racial violence and injustice plaguing many Americans, there were some moments we simply could not see from our couches on Wednesday night.  Fortunately, we're taking you behind the scenes with an insider guide to all the candid bits that just didn't make it to air, including Usher's missed chance with a dance cam and »

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John Cena Brings the Funny While Hosting the 2016 Espy Awards

13 July 2016 8:49 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ok, John Cena. We see you. Some may have been thrown off-guard with the network's choice to have the wrestler host tonight's Espy Awards (something even Cena pokes fun of during the show), but the E! star came out swingin' with some great one-liners and memorable zingers. The best was when Cena couldn't help but laugh at his own jokes. And believe us when we say, nobody was safe from being called out tonight. Following a somber and powerful speech by NBA's Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on the recent tragedies and injustice involving law enforcement and people of color, Cena took the stage to kick off the show with an impressive monologue. Right off »

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LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade Open 2016 ESPYs With Powerful Black Lives Matter Message

13 July 2016 6:34 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade opened the 2016 Espy Awards tonight with a powerful message. The four NBA stars spoke about the recent shooting deaths and exclaimed that "enough is enough." Paul told the crowd, "We stand here tonight accepting our role in uniting communities. We stand before you as fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles, and in my case, as an African-American man and the nephew of a police officer, who is one of the hundreds of thousands of great officers serving this country." He continued, "But Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, this is also our »

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul Deliver Powerful Black Lives Matter Opening Speech at ESPYs

13 July 2016 6:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 2016 Espy Awards opened with a powerful Black Lives Matter message from four of the biggest names in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took the stage on Wednesday to spread a message of love and acceptance during a week riddled with gun violence and fear - including the shooting of 12 police officers at a Dallas Black Lives Matter march and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Anthony, a forward on the New York Knicks, opened with a statement on behalf of Paul, Wade and James. "The four of us we cannot ignore »

- Rose Minutaglio, @RoseMinutaglio

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul Deliver Powerful Black Lives Matter Opening Speech at ESPYs

13 July 2016 6:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 2016 Espy Awards opened with a powerful Black Lives Matter message from four of the biggest names in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took the stage on Wednesday to spread a message of love and acceptance during a week riddled with gun violence and fear - including the shooting of 12 police officers at a Dallas Black Lives Matter march and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Anthony, a forward on the New York Knicks, opened with a statement on behalf of Paul, Wade and James. "The four of us we cannot ignore »

- Rose Minutaglio, @RoseMinutaglio

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ESPYs Kick Off With Black Lives Matter Speech: ‘We All Have to Do Better’

13 July 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Espy Awards used the platform to send a message on the recent Black Lives Matter protests and police shootings of African-American men, with a quartet of athletes taking the stage Wednesday night.

“We stand here tonight accepting our role in uniting communities,” said Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. “We stand before you as fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles, and in my case, as an African-American man and the nephew of a police officer, who is one of the hundreds of thousands of great officers serving this country. But Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile — this is also our reality.”

“The racial profiling has to stop,” said NBA star Dwyane Wade. “The shoot to kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop. But also, the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas »

- Alex Stedman

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Watch NBA Superstars Open ESPYs With Black Lives Matter Call to Action: "We All Have to Do Better"

13 July 2016 5:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 2016 Espy Awards opened with an important message. Before WWE champion John Cena took the stage to host the annual sports awards, NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James spoke directly to their fellow athletes to preempt the night of celebration. "We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America," Anthony opened, listing off the injustice, distrust and anger the country has experienced in the last week from the shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota to the attack in Dallas. "The system is broken." He continued, "The problems are not new. The violence

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Espy Awards: The Complete Winners List

5 July 2016 10:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LeBron James and Stephen Curry are facing off once again this summer. The pro-basketball stars — James' Cleveland Cavaliers beat Curry's Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last month to take the team's first-ever championship — are both vying at the Espy Awards on Wednesday night in two of the same categories: best male athlete and best NBA player. (James is in the running for the latter for a 12th consecutive year.) James and his teammates, along with Curry, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Washington Nationals right-fielder Bryce Harper, also lead the overall Espy

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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