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Why Rihanna’s Song Was Pulled From Last Night’s Ravens VS Steelers Game

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In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, Thursday night’s Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers game was set to be one of the most watched games this season. If you tuned in, you probably noticed two things: 1. How strong the Ravens played and 2. Rihanna’s voice was missing from the pregame show.

RihRih’s track “Run This Town” was set to be featured during last night’s game, but CBS pulled the plug because they didn’t want to feature the singer who too was the victim of a high profile domestic violence case.

“It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

The opening segment would have featured Rihanna’s song while Don Cheadle introduced the teams. Instead, CBS opted to run a report from Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday.
Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely after a video surfaced of the former player assaulting his then fiancée, Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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