Protesters rush Ryan Lochte on stage during ‘DWTS’
Monday’s live premiere of the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” got some major drama when Olympian Ryan Lochte was rushed by audience members while he was receiving feedback from the judges about his performance. According to reports, no one was hurt or even touched, but a handful of protesters were yelling and two men — Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh — made it as far as the dance floor. The pair, who were wearing shirts that said “Lochte” with a red circle and slash through the name, were tackled by security and arrested for trespassing. The incident wasn’t aired; instead the camera was on judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who stopped her critique to yell “excuse me” and “back off” several times. Host Tom Bergeron could be heard saying “I’ll tell ya what, we’ll take a break ... get to the rest of the judges comments.” After the break, Bergeron said there was “a little incident,” but did not elaborate. After the show, Lochte told CNN he “had to brush it off.” “You know, at that moment, I was really heartbroken,” he said. “My heart just sunk. It felt like somebody just ripped it apart.” His professional dancing partner, Cheryl Burke, said she was in shock, but proud of Lochte. The swimmer made headlines after the Rio Olympics after he admitted to embellishing a story involving the Rio authorities. He was banned from USA Swimming for 10 months and lost several endorsement deals.
Lil Wayne: ‘I have never dealt with racism’
Rapper Lil Wayne told Fox Sports’s “Undisputed” co-host Skip Bayless that because he has performed for predominantly white audiences that “there was no such thing as racism.” “I don’t want to sound like I’m on the wrong ... if there is a side, but I thought that (white people at my concert) was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” Wayne said. The New Orleans native went on to say that he has “never dealt with racism.” “I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings ... but it is my reality.” He said he thought racism was over, but “obviously it isn’t.” Wayne also cleared up rumors that he was retiring, saying he’s not.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will welcome home the L.A. Rams
The rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform before the Rams-Seattle Seahawks game Sunday. It will be the first NFL game in Los Angeles in 22 years, as the Rams return to L.A. Last month the band welcomed the team back to the city of angels with a Sky Ads airplane banner that read “Red Hot Chili Peppers Welcome the Rams back to L.A.” “Since I was a little boy, I’ve taken joy in the beauty of the Rams,” bassist Flea said in a statement. “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, ‘Well, where I’m going they've got the Rams. It’s going to be all right.’” RHCP also features Grand Rapids native Anthony Kiedis on vocals, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Lahser High School graduate Chad Smith.
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