Former NBA Rookie of the Year award winner Michael Carter-Williams, nearly averaging more trades (one) than assists (1.3) this season, was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Chicago Bulls and subsequently released by the Bulls all on the same day. Former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, somehow the most unscrupulous former member of a 2010-11 Orlando Magic roster that included Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas, has become the mouthpiece for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers his critics “terrorists” and has blacklisted private citizens suspected of dissent. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose, overreacting like Bill O’Reilly during a dress rehearsal, told his detractors to “kill yourself” after being asked an innocuous question about him and the team moving on from recently fired head coach Tom Thibodeau. USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who at least won’t “pout” when he inevitably reneges on the commitment he made to the Trojans just a month ago, will interview for multiple head-coaching jobs in the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, learning nothing from former sports-team-owner-turned-wrestling-impresario Ted Turner, announced he is a “lead investor” and “backer” of new professional wrestling organization All Elite Wrestling. Boston Celtics guard Jayson Tatum, hoping to trade in baked beans for beignets, reportedly said he would “trade me too for Anthony Davis” if the Celtics attempted to acquire the five-time All-Star forward. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who in 2017 said, without proof, that the league was “suffering negative [financial] effects” from national anthem protests, purchased a $250 million superyacht. Like a member of the high school debate team ordering a letterman jacket because debate is “competitive too,” CNN host Jake Tapper called President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address a fact-checker’s “version of the Super Bowl.”