Elton John blasts Putin for saying liberalism is 'obsolete'
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called out Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for saying that liberalism is "obsolete" and conflicts with the "overwhelming majority" in many countries.
In a story published by the Financial Times newspaper, Putin said, "the liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population." John said in a statement released Friday that he disagrees with Putin's "view that pursuing policies that embrace multicultural and sexual diversity are obsolete in our societies."
Putin also said Russia has "no problem with LGBT persons ... let everyone be happy" in the interview.
John called Putin's words hypocritical since a Russian distributor censored LGBTQ-related scenes from "Rocketman," the film based on John's life and career.
Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade to cover NBA 2K20 video game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis will be the cover athlete for the second time of a popular 2K Sports basketball video game.
The game company announced Monday that Davis will be featured on the front of NBA 2K20's standard and deluxe editions. The six-time All-Star shared the cover with Stephen Curry and James Harden for NBA 2K16.
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade, who recently retired, will cover the legend edition.
Davis had played seven seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Los Angeles Lakers recently agreed to trade for him. The agreement cannot be finalized until July 6.
Davis said in a statement that being the cover athlete "means the world to me."
Nike pulls flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.
The Air Max 1 USA shoe had already been sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, the Journal reports.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lashed out at Nike over Twitter, saying that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentives for the company to locate there.