Look out, America, I’ve taken the 53rd and 72nd media markets by storm (I kid– they were nice to have me on), talking on the radio today about LeSean McCoy and the incident at Recess on 103.3 THE EDGE in Buffalo and 95.1 ROCHESTER. My path to stardom runs right through Upstate New York. Next stop: Austin, Massachusetts.
In an in-depth report on Buzzfeed today, Katie Notopoulos discovered a serial catfisher who may have ruined Diddy’s relationship with singer Cassie by touting a fictional affair. I do not care about that. But in laying out the catfisher’s CV, Notopoulos unveiled that Mychal Kendricks, the handsomest Eagle (don’t @ me), was once catfished by the same person.
The character who may have destroyed Diddy’s relationship, Seriya Gebru, was just one of a number of fictional people created by the same sociopath, who once got in touch with Kendricks.
Lucia Cole, another pseudonym of Seriya Gebru, was a singer/songwriter who passed off early Jessica Simpson music as her own. She fooled Shaq. She was interviewed by Bossip. And she asked Mychal Kendricks to be in her music video, which wasn’t real:
Philadelphia Eagles player Mychael [sic] Kendricks got an email, sent to his manager, from someone claiming to be part of Lucia Cole’s “team” saying that Cole wanted him to appear in an upcoming music video of hers, and she was willing to pay — $16,000. It was the offseason, and a good chunk of change, so Kendricks agreed. After back and forth between their managers, Kendricks and Cole texted and talked on the phone. Cole opened up to him about her life, her past relationships, her difficult childhood. Kendricks’s degree is in social work from UC Berkeley, and its in his nature to want to help someone. “She really made me feel like she like a bruised bird,” he told BuzzFeed News over Facetime. “She tried to make me feel for her.”
But he was still interested in doing the music video since it was a business deal, and the fact that her photos were so easy on the eyes didn’t exactly hurt. “She’s bad, bro,” he said about Reese Crowell, the real woman behind Cole’s photos (“bad” meaning “hot”). Cole tried to flirt with him and asked him to send photos of himself, but he turned her down. He wanted to keep the relationship professional. “As a social worker, you understand how to keep barriers that are appropriate for both parties,” he explained.
Eventually, Cole was exposed as a fraud, and Kendricks’s friend sent him a link about it. “I was like, I knew something was weird as sin! I fucking called it!” But he was also upset about it. “I was mad. I messaged her and said, ‘This is such a bitchy thing to do. I don’t know who you are on the other line, but you need some help.’” …
Kendricks thinks of this as a funny story, and at worst kind of an annoyance that he didn’t end up with the 16 grand he expected.
First off, I don’t think I’ve respected a pro athlete more than I now respect Mychal Kendricks for not sending pictures back because he “wanted to keep the relationship professional” as a social worker. That’s amazing. [Edtior’s note: I have the complete opposite interpretation of this– he’ll never get Rihanna with that sort of passivity. That’s the type of chick who wants to see a picture of your grundel, none of this boundaries nonsense.] Plus, the catfisher is a total babe: Continue Reading
Credit to TMZ for getting clearer video of the fight at Recess involving LeSean McCoy. Indeed, the person in our video entering the fray whom we believed to be Shady appears to be the same person in TMZ’s video shown throwing a punch and having to be restrained multiple times. In fact, this looks to be a different angle of a portion of the video we posted yesterday. I’d expect Shady to surrender to police any day now.
Our video: Continue Reading
In response (presumably) to ESP’s report this morning that Fletcher Cox was about to being a very, very rich man:
Can the reporters please stop the nonsense nothing is true to what they are reporting … SAD
— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) February 9, 2016
Cox is presumably hard over playing in a 4-3 this year and entering a contract year. The Eagles should try to extend him for as long as they can.
According to Fletch’s tweets, that’s not happening. Yet, at least. Still, I’d wager that the numbers in ESP’s report were fairly accurate.
Here’s another misstep.
Scott O’Neil tweeted a shorthand apology this morning after a bobblehead promotion for last night forgot to include, you know, the team’s most important fans. The promotion was that fans purchasing single-game tickets using code “BOBBLE76” would receive a Jahlil Okafor bobblehead.
Fair enough. But the added step of having to use a code to get one is a rather remarkable one in its lack of awareness. As you might expect, season tickets holders were not happy. Also, they were confused:
This comes on the heels of… the Sixers raising ticket prices at the last minute for Kobe Bryant’s last game in Philly… a miscommunicated promotion that fans attending the SNOW GAME a few weeks ago would receive free tickets (and Scott O’Neil’s ensuing snark)… the news that StubHub will handle all ticket sales starting next year… the petty feud with the Wells Fargo Center (which the Sixers lost)… all while they’re pounding their chests over their $82 million taxpayer-funded practice facility in Camden.
This, this is what I mean when I write that the Sixers are taking chinks out of the goodwill armor. You can’t do these things. Not when you’re, intentionally, the worst team in the NBA. There’s already enough fair skepticism surrounding ownership’s motives – rebuilding, or cost-cutting to flip team? – so consistently nickel-and-diming fans at every corner, or neglecting your most loyal fans on little stuff like bobblehead giveaways, erodes trust in the organization.
What’s more, I have genuine concerns about the news that StubHub will process all Sixers ticket sales beginning next year. StubHub sent out a letter to its top brokers yesterday explaining how “this is good for the whole marketplace!” And while that may be true (for the Sixers and resellers), it means the Sixers have a middleman through which they can adjust pricing on the fly and control the market without taking the PR hit for jacking up prices. Oh, that $500 ticket floor price for the Spurs? THAT’S JUST THE FAIR MARKET VALUE, BABY!
I’ve been pretty complimentary of the Sixers’ overall business efforts. They’re forward-thinking, progressive, and are setting themselves up for financial (and maybe on-court) success. But, I don’t trust them, and they’re currently operating like a minor league team with these bungled promos and other amateur-hour missteps. Get it together, guys.
This is a day old but we were a bit busy with the McCoy thing yesterday.
Sixers local TV ratings are up this year (about 45% more, for the league’s third-biggest audience gain). They are averaging about 1,000 more fans per game. I would bet a good chunk of those sales go through StubHub, which is great, because next year, it may be the only option.
Starting next season, StubHub will be the exclusive ticket marketplace for the Sixers. Jonathan Tannenwald with Philly.com explains it:
The 76ers announced Monday that they’ve struck a deal with StubHub to give the company control of the team’s entire ticket sales operation. It is the first time ever that StubHub will operate the “primary” ticket sales market for a team.
When the deal begins for the 2016-17 season, you’ll see tickets on sale straight from the team and tickets up for resale by fans all in the same place.
It’s not a totally new concept – TicketMaster does it for teams whose secondary ticket exchanges it runs. But StubHub’s presentation will look very different, because there won’t be any designation of whether a ticket is a primary or secondary sale. You’ll see the entire available inventory at once, no matter the price to fans.
That data will then be fed back to the team in real time. The team’s press release on the StubHub deal said the system “will allow box offices to maximize pricing, while owning and controlling all buyer data.”
Ah. Yes. There’s the rub. Because there won’t be any designation of whether a ticket is a primary or secondary sale and will allow box offices to maximize pricing. That raises a question: How will you know primary sale tickets haven’t had their prices jacked up? This sounds like it allows the Sixers to adjust ticket prices based off of demand for individual games. I’m guessing there’s some sort of canned response about controls being in place to prevent gouging, but a partnership like this feels like it will leave a lot of room for dark-matter, back-channel price
fixing – ah, adjustment – that the public will never see. This happens to a degree already – teams make tickets available for secondary sellers and liquidations channels (helllllo, Score Big!) – but the blending of secondary market and team tickets raises some eyebrows.
We’ve reached out to the team for comment and clarification, and we’ll update if and when we hear back.
Howie Roseman is about to check another item off his offseason to-do list (item #1. Usurp Chip): According to Eliot Shorr-Parks, Cox and the Eagles are inching toward a massive deal:
Cox could end up with a deal that has over $50 million in guaranteed money, and one said the smart bet is to take the over. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Cox’s new deal have an average cap hit over $15 million.
That’s Ndamukong Suh money, without having to worry about the risk of constant suspensions. Cox is worth it, but the question remains whether a contract this size would hinder the Eagles’ efforts to improve in other areas. We’ll have more on this when the deal gets done, but it’s looking like a MASSIVE COX agreement is all but guaranteed.
From tonight’s Philly-set episode:
Sometimes it’s the things you love that hurt you the most.