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LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

When asked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, former Miami Heat star LeBron James had one question:

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“How is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Nikolas Cruz, accused of the killings, is actually 19 and legally bought the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon that was used during the Feb. 14 incident. Still, James, the Cavaliers’ superstar, and other players with ties to South Florida could not make sense of the tragedy.

The players were asked about the shooting during Saturday’s media day for the NBA All-Star Weekend.

“We have a kid who wasn’t legally unable (sic) to buy a beer at a bar, but he can go buy an AR-15?” James said “It doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying it should be legal for him to go buy beer. But how is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Heat guard Wayne Ellington, who was fourth in Saturday’s 3-point contest, said the nation has to “come together” to makes changes so these mass shootings do not continue to occur. The shooting was the ninth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, five of those coming in the last six years.

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“I was at a loss for words,” Ellington said. “I couldn’t understand what’s going on, why (this) is going on in the world. Do we need to change? These young people doing unexplainable things, hurting each other and hurting innocent people it’s so unfortunate and sad, it’s something I don’t know how we can change but it’s something we need to come together and figure out.”

John Collins, the Atlanta Hawks rookie from Palm Beach County, was calling home to try to understand what was happening.

“It was a real shock to me,” said Collins, who played in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. “Obviously, I never expected something like that to happen. I know a couple of people that were affected by that tragedy. You got to say your prayers and sending your condolences and thoughts to the victims.”

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James, though, was the most outspoken in calling for gun control.

“We’ve seen these schools and these tragedies happen in America and there’s been no change to gun control,” James said. “I don’t have the answer to this. But we have to do something about it. We’re all sending our kids to school, right? We drop them off at 8 o’clock. At 3:15 they’re going to be ready to get picked up. Either we’re picking them or someone in our family is picking them up or they have to take a bus or there’s aftercare and they stay until 5. If they have study hall they stay until 5:30 or whatever. But we all feel like our kids are going to return, right?

“To the families in Parkland, down in Broward County, it’s sad and I’m sorry and it’s just a tragedy and I hope we don’t continue to see this because it’s too many in the last 10 years with guns.”

James, meanwhile, has been embroiled in a social media debate with Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said that athletes like James should "keep the political commentary to yourself.”

“Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble,’” Ingraham said.

Ingraham was referencing an interview that James and Kevin Durant taped in January with ESPN’s Cari Champion for a show called “Uninterrupted.” The two NBA stars spoke about the political climate in the United States and had harsh criticism for President Donald Trump, ESPN reported.

Durant, in an interview with USA Today on Friday, said Ingraham's comments were "racist." 

“That was definitely an ignorant comment (by Ingraham). I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think -- or even louder.”

James, on his Instagram account, posted a photo of a neon sign that read “I am more than an athlete.”

Ingraham released a statement Saturday defending her comments, ESPN reported.

"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks and Barbra Streisand, who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics,” Ingraham wrote. “If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they're called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

The Boston Police Department is apologizing Monday morning after it faced scathing backlash for honoring Red Auerbach, a white man, in a Black History Month tweet Sunday night.

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The tweet posted to the Boston Police Department's account began by saying, “In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth,” but goes on to celebrate the accomplishments of Auerbach, who was white.

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“We pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the tweet read.

The tweet was deleted about an after it was posted after the backlash.

"Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this," Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli."

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Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.

“BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” the tweet read. “Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.”

– WFXT has reached out to the Boston Police Department for comment but has not yet head back.

Cops: NBA player arrested after going 73 mph over speed limit

An Atlanta Hawks player was arrested early Friday after he was caught racing another vehicle in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, police said.

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About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.

“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.

The Charger was clocked going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-85 near Buford Highway, according to Hannah. The officer was not able to obtain an exact speed on the first vehicle.

Bembry was stopped in the 1900 block of Piedmont Circle without incident and arrested on charges of reckless driving and speeding, Hannah said. His vehicle was impounded.

Bembry was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center and released on a cash bond. 

The Hawks selected Bembry, who played college basketball at St. Joseph’s University, with the 21st pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

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He was recently brought back to the Hawks after a stint with the Hawks’ G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. 

During Thursday’s game against the Magic, Bembry sat on the bench in uniform so the team would have the minimum number of players dressed out in Orlando. The Magic edged the Hawks, 100-98.

The team released a statement following Bembry’s arrest.

“We are aware of an incident involving DeAndre’ Bembry earlier this morning,” the Hawks said. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Russell Westbrook won't be fined for shoving fan that confronted him on the court

The NBA will not discipline Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook after the Thunder star shoved a fan after Thursday night’s game in Denver, ESPN reported.

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The fan walked onto the court and went face to face with Westbrook after the Nuggets beat the Thunder 127-124 with a buzzer-beating shot.

Westbrook shoved the fan aside before security removed the fan from the court. The fan has allegedly been banned from future games, ESPN reported.

“We can confirm that the Denver Police Department was involved as well as arena security officials,” the Nuggets said in a statement. “The matter has been passed on to the NBA and they will be investigating the incident further and handling the matter internally.”

Video of the bizarre confrontation showed the man walk onto the court and scream in Westbrook's face as the Nuggets and fans at the Pepsi Center celebrated Gary Harris’ game-winning 3-pointer.

Westbrook was walking off the court when the fan blocked his path, ESPN reported. Westbrook pushed the fan in the shoulder with his left hand before a referee and an arena employee separated the two men.

Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single car crash early Wednesday, according to TMZ and later confirmed by The Associated Press.

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The report said Butler lost control of his Range Rover and struck a parking meter before crashing into a wall about 2 a.m. in Studio City, California. Police believe Butler had been speeding prior to the accident, according to the report.

Butler, a 13-year veteran of the NBA, was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 and went on to play for several different teams during his career. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season before retiring later that year.

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During his career, Butler also played for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

He also played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.

Pelicans fan sneaks onto court during warmups, takes practice shot

Who passed that guy the basketball?

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That’s a question that remains after a New Orleans Pelicans fan managed to step onto the court during warmups before Friday’s game against Houston. While All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins ruptured his left Achilles tendon late in Friday’s game, this fan certainly won’t be a substitute.

The fan was sitting courtside and wearing a full set of team gear, SB Nation reported. He suddenly left his seat and began stretching next to his Pelicans “teammates,” doing jumping jacks and loosening up his arm muscles.

Finally, after asking for the ball, someone passed it to him. That’s when the fan blew his cover, throwing up a lame shot that even the security guard recognized as a bogus attempt.

The guard removed the fan and gave him an angry lecture, SB Nation reported. The fan didn’t care, as he was laughing all the way back to his seat.

But, who threw him the ball? He’s at least a foot shorter than the 6-foot-11 Cousins.

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI chargeThe Associated PressCNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest.

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The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. in Newport Beach, California.

Rodman has "struggled openly with alcoholism the past 17 years," Rodman agent Darren Prince told CNN, adding that the former NBA standout has "been dealing with some major personal issues the last month, and I know it's time he checks back into a rehab center to work through them."

Rodman has pleaded guilty and no contest to DUI in the past, and also faced charges related to a hit-and-run.

In his post-NBA days, Rodman has made headlines for increasingly bizarre statements about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman sees as a friend.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Watch: Pistons’ Boban Marjanovic gets down with ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic showed off some of his dance moves with teammate Tobias Harris in an Instagram post, grooving to Webstar’s “Chicken Noodle Soup.”

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At 7-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Marjanovic knows how to clear it out when guarding the basket. The native of Serbia also displayed some nimble footwork and flexibility as he danced to the rap song.

Naturally, he finished off the dance with a soda on the side.

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Jazz guard fined $35,000 for slapping phone out of fan's hand

Making the wrong call proved costly for Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood.

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Hood was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Friday when he knocked a cell phone out of a fan’s hand after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, ESPN reported.

The 6-foot-8 reserve guard was ejected after picking up his second technical foul during Utah’s 107-104 victory. As he left the court, a fan sitting in a seat at Capitol One Arena in Washington appeared to be taking a photo or video of Hood’s exit. As Hood walked past the fan, he slapped the cell phone out of the man’s hand, ESPN reported.

“I apologized to the man. It wasn't intentional,” Hood said Friday. “I regret it. You just learn from it and move on from it.”

Hood is the fourth player to be fined for an incident with a fan. Previously, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers each were fined $25,000, ESPN reported.

Watch: Shaq takes handoff from Tebow, bowls over Barkley

Charles Barkley has tangled with Shaquille O’Neal during his pro basketball career, but the former NBA star wanted nothing to do with Shaq in a football situation.

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During a segment of “NBA on TNT,” 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow dropped into the studio and ran a few plays with Barkley and O’Neal. When the former quarterback handed off to O’Neal, Shaq made a beeline for Barkley and knocked him off balance.

When O’Neal challenged Barkley to tackle him, but Barkley demurred, saying he hurt his shoulder. 

When Barkley switched to offense, he also avoided O’Neal, who was intent on delivering a hard hit.

Watch their skirmishes:

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