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If A 71-Year-Old Dude Dissed You Via Twitter, What Would You Do?

The New York Knicks have been the NBA’s best telenovela, from the offseason to the recently-kicked-off playoffs (and the Knicks didn’t make it to the playoffs). Before the season began, when Derrick Rose was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks, he proclaimed he was joining a “super team” on par with the Golden State Warriors. He was quickly roasted for it.

After losing six of their first 10 games, the Knicks were clearly not as “super” as Rose thought. By the All-Star break, the Knicks season was already being pegged as “disappointing.” Soon after, things got rough. Rose mysteriously skipped a game due to “family issues.” Later in the season, team owner James Dolan had Knicks legend Charles Oakley thrown out of Madison Square Garden. The incident, which spread quickly via social media, only made the already unpopular Dolan even more loathed by fans.

Then, the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations, Phil Jackson, decided to fire some lowkey shots at Carmelo Anthony, the team’s often-criticized star.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding published an article stating that Jackson should have known Anthony didn’t have the same will to win as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Jackson, who coached both Jordan and Kobe, commented on the story via Twitter.

In the tweet, Jackson implied he was aware that Anthony, who is blamed for the Knicks’ woes, did not have a similar will to win. Jackson has every right to his opinion, but when you’re the prez of basketball operations, it’s usually better to keep quiet.

Melo probably read the tweet like:

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“Doesn’t he know better than to talk s*** about a player with a no trade clause?”

A few days ago, in a press conference, Jackson revealed he had learned his lesson about Twitter and pledged to tweet a lot less.

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But he didn’t have a change of heart about Anthony. Instead, he doubled down on his comments:

“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship.”

Anthony, whose contract does not expire until 2019, decided to reply via Instagram:

REALLY ?? #StayMe7o

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“REALLY ??
#StayMe7o,” wrote Anthony.

Although Anthony found Jackson’s comments funny, the National Basketball Player’s Association did not. They released this statement:

“We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson. If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.”

Where will Melo end up? Will Jackson cool it on the s***-talking? Find out next time en el próximo capitulo de los New York Knicks!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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