Kevin O’Leary does NOT agree with Colin Kaepernick‘s kneeling — but he DOES respect a good financial haul … which is why he’s praising CK for settling with the NFL.
“I think the outcome was good for him,” the “Shark Tank” star told us on his way out of Craig’s.
“He was not the best QB in NFL history, but he monetized the situation in a good way. And, I appreciate that as an entrepreneur.”
The terms of Colin’s settlement are confidential — but some NFL reporters are saying CK walked away with close to $ 100 MILLION for agreeing to end his collusion case.
Kevin says Colin has turned himself into a brand — which is REALLY hard for pro athletes to do.
But, when it comes to Colin’s chances of making an NFL roster, Mr. Wonderful says there’s “not a chance in hell” he ever makes it back to the league.
“He will never play in the NFL ever. Not in this lifetime and not in 10 lifetimes.”
As for Colin, he has yet to speak about the settlement — but took a photo with his legal team the day after his announcement … and judging by the smile on his face, he sure seems like a guy who thinks he won.
Kevin Hart had a visceral reaction to our photog who asked if there was any equivalency between Michael Jackson and R. Kelly.
We got Kevin Friday night in WeHo leaving The Nice Guy, and we wanted his take on whether people would react to “Leaving Neverland” the same way they did to “Surviving R. Kelly.” Kevin seemed to visually show a combo of shock and disdain … but wouldn’t elaborate.
As we reported, the 2 accusers featured in the MJ documentary — Wade Robson and James Safechuck — were front and center for the premiere of the MJ doc Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. It was so emotional people in the audience were sobbing.
Earlier in the night we got Kevin in Bev Hills at Avra restaurant and asked about The Game‘s sexual references re: Kim Kardashian West. It seemed he hadn’t heard, but he did talk about respecting someone’s wife.
Wanda Durant‘s son, Kevin (heard of him?), might just be the smoothest scorer in NBA history, but Mama tells us she’s even more proud of what her boy does OFF the court for his community.
KD — a 4-time scoring champ, league MVP, 2-time champion, and 10x All-Star — recently opened his Durant Center, an after-school facility in his hometown focused on helping low-income students get to college.
Kevin put up $ 10 million to get the Center started, and when we talked to his mom and asked her which part of her son’s life she’s most impressed by, she went with the outreach, and not the NBA accolades.
“Off The court, of course. Off the court really shows who he is as a person.”
Don’t get Wanda wrong, she said she LOVES watching Kevin play (she was fly as hell and on her way to the game) but you could hear in her voice how proud she was of the man he is in his community.
Kevin Durant blew off practice with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday — BUT IT WAS FOR A GREAT REASON — the guy just opened his new after-school facility in Maryland!
KD had made a $ 10 MILLION donation to the project last year — to cover “construction and operating expenses” for the center in Prince George’s County … where Durant is from.
Durant had teamed up with College Track to create the facility. The mission is to help kids from low-income areas get the resources they need to get to college.
On Wednesday, Durant met with some of the kids from the inaugural 69-person class — and everyone seemed super excited!
The NBA superstar talked about the project to the Washington Post … describing it as the “full circle stuff that you dream about.”
He added, “So many people that meant so much to me at that time, and to see my name on the building … Hopefully, that inspires kids in the area.”
Kevin Gates claims everything’s cool with fellow Louisiana rapper Boosie now, but he has a warning shot to anyone else thinking about doing him dirty.
The Baton Rouge MC sat down with Raquel Harper for a new episode of BET’s “Raq Rants,” and he insists rumors of a long-standing feud with Boosie are overblown. Boosie was tried and acquitted in the murder of one of Kevin’s rap affiliates.
Kevin now claims he doesn’t have problems with anyone, but also told Raq … he wouldn’t hesitate to “do a life sentence” if anyone tests him.
You gotta see how he says it. It’s pretty intense, especially because his toddler son was sitting right next to him at the time.
For what it’s worth, Boosie did seem to confirm they’d squashed all hate last year by recruiting Kevin to play his music festival.
Check out Kevin’s full interview on “Raq Rants,” Tuesday night at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or DirecTV, it’s on at 8 PM.
Shaquille O’Neal is calling for people to back off Kevin Hart … saying he shouldn’t have to keep apologizing for his old homophobic jokes and wants everyone to “just move on.”
“Some people feel he made a mistake,” Shaq said … “He apologized for his mistake. I always thought comedians were allowed to crack jokes.”
“Anyone that knows Kevin Hart should know that anything he said was never malicious.”
Of course, Shaq is referring to some of Hart’s tweets and stand-up bits from 2009 to 2011 — when the comic described how he’d react if he found out his son was gay.
“Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay,'” Hart tweeted in 2009.
The material resurfaced after Hart was named the host of the 2019 Academy Awards — and after a backlash online and a demand for renewed apologies, Hart pulled out of the show and only apologized after stepping down.
“He shouldn’t have to keep apologizing,” Shaq said … “He apologized twice.”
“People should just move on. Everyone makes mistakes.”
Of course, Shaq and Kev go way back — Hart was a headliner Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam back in 2009 and they’ve been friends ever since.
Shaq’s not the only big star who’s come to Hart’s defense — Ellen DeGeneres also went to bat for the comic … backing Kev’s stance that he’s evolved and said it’s his right to host the Oscars.
If the Philadelphia Eagles win another Super Bowl, they should cut the crap and make Nick Foles the full-time starter for the 2019 season … so says Kevin Hart.
Kev is a HUGE Eagles fan (remember when he drunkenly tried to grab the Lombardi Trophy last year?) … so when we saw him leaving the Barstool Sports offices in NYC on Thursday, we asked how he’d solve the looming QB battle.
TMZ: “If Foles wins you guys another Super Bowl, what do you do with Carson Wentz?”
Kev: “We tell Carson Wentz that he is the reason for our success … we have to go with Foles right now ’cause Foles is the hot guy.”
He continued, “Doesn’t mean that Carson Wentz isn’t our guy, but ultimately you gotta understand the underdog and the underdog story. Foles is helping build that story.”
The QB issue is becoming a hot topic — because Foles is now 4-0 in his last 4 playoff games … and the team is playing pretty great right now.
Here’s the problem … if the Eagles want to keep Foles they’d have to pick up his $ 20 MILLION option — which Foles has to approve. Lotta cash to spend on a backup QB.
Another option … the Eagles could franchise Foles for $ 25 mil and then trade him if the plan is to go with Wentz as the starter.
Decisions, decisions …
So, Kevin Hart saying there IS a chance he’ll host the Oscars this year … is one way to take what he just told us in NYC.
We got Kevin leaving an Equinox Tuesday in NYC, and asked him where’s the smart money going IF you’re inclined to wager on whether he returns to the Oscars hosting gig. It’s the obvious question after he issued a very direct apology Monday to the LGBTQ community for his homophobic remarks in the past.
You gotta see Kevin’s response — he used the word “slim” to describe the chances he’ll host, BUT … he also said a lot of complimentary things about the Motion Picture Academy.
One thing’s clear … if it doesn’t happen this year, Kevin’s open to hosting the big show sometime in the future.
But again … he’s NOT totally ruling it out for this year.
Kevin Spacey was allegedly molested by his father — and it’s something he first endured, but later enjoyed before becoming a monster himself … at least that’s what his brother is claiming.
Randy Fowler went on ‘The Drew and Mike‘ podcast out of Detroit hours after Spacey appeared in a Massachusetts courthouse for arraignment in his sexual assault case.
Randy, Kevin’s estranged older brother, says they were both molested by their dad. Randy says he was able to escape it in early adulthood but, apparently, Kevin didn’t. Randy says Kevin stuck around the family home for years to come and claims he morphed into their father, who Randy calls the “creature.”
Kevin pled not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery in the Mass. case.
As for his brother’s allegations — we’ve reached out to Spacey’s attorney for comment, but no word back yet.
Kevin Hart is apologizing to the LGBTQ Community once again … the second time he’s done so since being pulled as the host of The Academy Awards.
Hart was on his “Straight From the Hart” podcast Monday where he got into a deep discussion about his past homophobic jokes and tweets. Hart — who previously claimed he’d apologized for the remarks years ago — admitted the prior apologizes had been “chopped up.”
During Monday’s show, Hart said, “Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.”
It was several years ago when Hart tweeted, “If my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'” Hart also said in one of his comedy specials, “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”
Last week Hart appeared on Ellen and DeGeneres seemed to say the gay community is fine with Hart’s vague apology back in 2014 and his more recent post in 2018, in which he said, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Still no word on whether or not The Academy has had a change of heart and will ask Kevin back.