Dennis Rodman had a busy day on Friday pushing his own special form of advocacy.

First, he used Twitter to endorse the U.S. presidential candidate who most closely exemplifies the title of "Political Dennis Rodman."


And the Donald Trump Mojo Machine completes yet another remarkable revolution.

But Rodman wasn't done yet. Perhaps inspired by his bold stand to endorse Trump, Rodman returned to Twitter and defended the character of Hulk Hogan, a man fired by WWE because of racist comments made on a sex tape the action star made eight years ago.


Rodman also called on Mike Tyson, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and former teammate Scottie Pippen to rise up in Hogan's defense and stop this widespread character assassination.


So far, none of those guys have responded. But what the people really want to know is, who among them is ready to throw their endorsement behind Trump 2016?

ESPN's Adam Schefter is one of the most dogged reporters in sports. He's constantly breaking stories on his Twitter feed, and the tireless 48-year-old was even dubbed a "NFL reporting machine" by the Washington Post.

Schefter enhanced his reputation Wednesday with a bold move that caught many observers off guard.

Schefter tweeted a photo of Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records to prove that the New York Giants defensive end had a finger amputated after a Fourth of July fireworks accident.


Schefter did not reveal how he got those images, but questions were immediately raised regarding the ethics of publishing private medical records. Even the Giants' trainer couldn't get access to Pierre-Paul, yet somehow Schefter got his hands on these records.

Some on Twitter wondered whether Schefter violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the privacy of certain healthcare information.




At one point late Wednesday, both "Adam Schefter" and "HIPAA" were trending on Twitter.


Legal and medical experts say it's not Schefter who violated the law, rather it's whoever took the photo and sent it to ESPN.




One year after being snubbed for the United States' World Cup roster, Landon Donovan is still bitter.

Or is he?

While watching the United States defeat Germany in the Women's World Cup semifinals, the retired MLS star and former national team captain sent a tweet that appeared to be a dig at national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. But the next day he walked the initial tweet back.

Here's the first tweet about Abby Wambach, the leading scorer in men's or women's international soccer, who came off the bench against Germany for the third time this tournament.


At the risk of reading too much into a tweet, it sure seems like Donovan is doing more than simply complimenting Wambach. He's ripped Klinsmann before for leaving him off last year's squad, and he continued to disparage the coach after the United States lost in the knockout stage.

Alexi Lalas, the former national team member and current ESPN soccer analyst, had this funny rebuke for Donovan:


On Wednesday, Donovan attempted to clarify his tweet, claiming he meant it as honest praise for Wambach and nothing more:


This seems more like damage control than clarification, because even if Donovan really didn't have any ulterior meaning to the initial tweet, he should have realized many people would see a pointed criticism of Klinsman. The initial tweet has gotten upwards of two thousand retweets, more than any other message Donovan has sent out during the Women's World Cup.

Jalen Rose has a nice job as one of the top NBA commentators for ESPN. At Thursday night's NBA draft, Rose stretched his credibility to its limit -- and some would argue he went far beyond the limits of reason.

Throughout the broadcast, Rose punctuated the night's events with strange noises and celebrations blurted out-of-turn. But nothing was better than his string of player comparisons, which were a mix of extreme hyperbole and senseless commentary.

His observations often seemed based on nothing but a quick five-second glimpse of an incoming rookie, followed by some excited sputtering of famous names from the NBA's past.

Basically, Jalen Rose turned his job of interpreting the NBA draft into a word association game. It was awful journalism, but great television. And several NBA players chimed in on the performance.


One of Rose's best/worst moments came at the 22nd overall pick, where the Chicago Bulls picked Arkansas' Bobby Portis. Sure, it looked like a good pick, given that some had projected Portis as a lottery pick and he fell all the way to the lower third of the round.

But Rose was quick to overstate Portis' potential. He immediately compared him to Rasheed Wallace, a four-time NBA All-Star who might make it into the Basketball Hall of Fame someday.

The apparent equation Rose used: Portis' height + shooting range + crazy streak = Rasheed Wallace.

So when you break down the math, you can see how easy this game is. But some players still took issue.



In fact, Rose had a player comparison for almost every player selected in the first round. Karl-Anthony Towns? Patrick Ewing! Willie-Cauley Stein? Tyson Chandler! Sam Dekker? Wally Szczerbiak!

Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer offers a simple guide for approximating the strategy Rose was using to assess incoming players:


But if you're expecting Rose to regret his actions, guess again. At the draft's conclusion, he heard the criticism his comments were getting. But no one could ruin his mood:


Congrats to this year's NBA draft class, which, according to Jalen Rose, is filled with future All-Stars and Hall-of-Fame players. Good luck filling those shoes.

As part of its celebration of Father's Day, ESPN's NFL Twitter account sent out this seemingly harmless tweet:


The tweet looks innocuous at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals another picture. In a league in which roughly two-thirds of the players are African-American, only one of the eight men featured in the photo is black. That would be Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, himself a father, noticed this and called out ESPN:


ESPN did have diverse programing on Father's Day, and this tweet wasn't meant to represent the NFL's racial breakdown, but it might have been prudent to include more African-American players.

Hawkins' son, Austin, has become a viral sensation over the past year thanks to a couple of cute videos.

Hawkins himself is coming off a strong year for the Browns, as he posted career highs in receptions (63) and receiving yards (824).

In a popular segment called "Superlatives," Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dedicated part of Wednesday night's show to featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks. The comedy bit uses less-than-flattering pictures and pairs them with creative, funny captions.

It's always a well-received bit, even when viewers don't know the people in the photos, usually because the pictures and captions stand on their own. Imagine the type of photo paired with the superlative, "most likely to star in Aladdin on ice." Hint: It's shockingly close to what you would expect.

Anyways, all is fair in love and comedy. On Thursday, the Lightning shot back at Fallon with a legitimately great superlative of their own:


Beyond being great exposure for the NHL, this has proven to be a worthwhile exchange. No word yet on whether Fallon has seen it, but if he finds the response funny it might make an appearance on his Thursday night show.

Here's the full segment, if you haven't seen it:

President Obama's first Twitter chat Thursday -- #AskPOTUS -- was focused on climate change, but there are also some conversation about student loans, the trade bill and ... the NBA. Here's the president responding to questions about the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers, and the Bulls' firing of coach Tom Thibodeau:



Secretary of Education Arne Duncan played basketball at Harvard when Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Crimson. Duncan endorsed Thibodeau to the Bulls during the hiring process in 2010.

When it comes to tweeting at Nike, be careful what you wish for.

Last week a 23-year-old man named Charles Henderson, who goes by the Twitter name "ShoeDealer," asked a simple question:


Even though Henderson didn't tag Nike in his post, it appears as though someone on the company's social media team noticed the tweet.

Henderson told SoleCollector.com that he tweets at the Nike Store's Twitter account often, inquiring about Nike's cork sneakers and the "Oreo" Flyknit racers:



This week Henderson found a package on his doorstep from Nike. This is what he was expecting:



This is what he got:


"I kinda laughed but I realized that this is really dope," Henderson told SoleCollector.com about the prank. "They care that much."

The Nike Store had this to say about the troll job:


It appears Henderson eventually got his hands on the Oreos:


Determined not to let a natural disaster get the bulk of the media's attention, Colin Kaepernick inserted himself into the chaos consuming Texas, posting an insensitive photo to Instagram regarding the flooding that shut down the Houston area Monday night.

Kaepernick has recently embraced the hashtag #7tormsComing, which is his personal pledge to be a force on the football field next season. (Kaepernick wears No. 7 for the San Francisco 49ers.) He uses it in a number of different ways, many of them meaningless except to show his consistent focus on his football goals.

After the flooding in Houston, though, Kaepernick used the hashtag in a different way -- to tease the city and playfully suggest that the disaster was a product of messing with the quarterback.

The weekend flooding has killed at least two people, with at least 40 more people still missing.

Kaepernick deleted the post from his Instagram feed soon after publishing it. He used Twitter to apologize:


Between his football and his poor PR judgment, though, isn't it somewhat poetic that Kaepernick has nicknamed himself after a natural disaster?

According to the Twitter bio for the account @NYPDMTN, Deputy Inspector John B. Hart is the commanding officer for that precinct of the New York Police Department. On Wednesday, as David Letterman had his farewell show, Hart had the chance to take a photo with Peyton Manning outside the theater.

Hart posted the photo on Twitter, and the way he chose to describe Manning in the text of the tweet is classic New York:


As long as Eli's brother trails Eli in the category of Super Bowl rings, this kind of treatment is going to come with the territory, especially when that territory is New York City.

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