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MEEK MILL ASKS JUDGE TO NOT FORCE HIM TO BE QUESTIONED ABOUT CONCERT SHOOTING: Meek Mill says he doesn’t know anything about the shooting that killed two people outside of his concert in 2016. According to The Blast, the rapper is asking a judge to not depose him in the ongoing legal battle. Meek says that until the people suing him can prove he has information on the shooting, the judge should shut down their demands that he sit for a deposition. The rapper went on to say that if the court makes him, then he will ask for a protective order that will order any videotape of his deposition be sealed and not released to the press.
RETIRED BOXER SUES JAY-Z AND ROC NATION SPORTS: A retired boxer has sued JAY-Z and Roc Nation Sports over brain injuries. According to Complex, Daniel Franco is suing the management agency over brain injuries he sustained in 2017, two years after he allegedly signed to Roc Nation Sports with a 10-0-3 record. Franco claims JAY and the agency forced him to participate in three fights within a 79-day period, despite his lack of preparation. He allegedly asked Roc Nation to postpone a March 23, 2017 fight because he came down with the flu and had not properly trained in three weeks. Per legal documents obtained by The Blast, Franco was told he "must go forward with the fight," which he ultimately lost by TKO. The second fight took place on May 12th and the third on June 10th. Franco says he believes he did the third fight with two fractures on his skull and a brain bleed. He lost the match on June 10th and shortly after, Franco allegedly went into a coma after he suffered a brain hemorrhage. The lawsuit says that documents had to surgically remove a part of his skull to relieve pressure. Franco reportedly came out of the coma two weeks later, but says he is still suffering from physical and cognitive issues. Franco also claims he must wear a protective helmet to prevent further damage to his brain. He is suing Roc Nation, JAY-Z and Live Nation for negligence and is seeking unspecified damages.
BROOKLYN STREET TO BE NAMED AFTER NOTORIOUS B.I.G.: The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation announced that The Notorious B.I.G. will he honored with his own street. According to Rap-Up, St. James Place at Fulton Street in Brooklyn will be renamed Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace Way in honor of the late rapper. Biggie’s mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace and his children, T’Yanna and Christopher, will be in attendance during the ceremony, which will take place on June 10th. The ceremony starts at noon and is open to the public.
NBA YOUNGBOY OFFERS TO COVER FUNERAL EXPENSES AFTER SHOOTING DEATH: The Blast has reported that NBA YoungBoy and his label, Atlantic Records, wants to cover the funeral expenses for 43-year-old Mohamad Jradi, who died earlier this month during a shooting that was targeted at NBA. Jradi was hit with a stray bullet during the Mother’s Day shooting that took place as NBA and his crew were leaving Trump International Beach Resort in Miami.
THE TORONTO RAPTORS GIFT DRAKE WITH CUSTOM OVO JACKET: The Toronto Raptors gifted Drake with a custom OVO jacket that is worth $769,000. According to Complex, the jacket is studded with Drake’s owl logo and the Raptors’ slashed basketball sigil. The fabric for the jersey is from a French mill by Toronto's Garrison Bespoke. According to The Star, Michael Nguyen — the clothier behind the jacket said, "This is truly a 1 of 1 piece. Both the jersey inside, which Drake himself helped design, and this very special piece of cloth. And the diamonds, of course."