Joe Pesci, Vanessa Bryant, NFL Kickoff Commercial, Matt Araiza Allegations

Happy Friday everyone! There’s a lot to discuss that’s been happening this week in Sports, Movies and Music. So let’s get to it.

In return to acting — and television — Oscar winner Joe Pesci will star opposite Pete Davidson and Edie Falco in Bupkis, Peacock’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy that tells a heightened, fictionalized version of Davidson‘s life. Pesci will be playing Davidson’s grandfather and Falco as his mother. 

Rappers Lil Wayne and Pusha T starred in a commercial kicking off the upcoming NFL season that surfaced online. The Young Money boss is wearing an Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers jersey and holding a t-shirt gun, while Pusha T is wearing a Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey and riles the crowd up on a microphone.

Uncompromising news if you’re a Buffalo Bills fan or part of the organization. Matt Araiza, the Buffalo Bills punter who came to prominence in college football as the “Punt God” last season, has been accused of participating in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in a civil lawsuit. 

The lawsuit alleges that Araiza, then an All-American at San Diego State, had sex with the minor outside his off-campus house. At the same time, she was intoxicated at a party in October, then brought inside a room where multiple men repeatedly raped her.

Vanessa Bryant has plans to donate the money to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, the nonprofit named in her husband and daughter Gianna’s memory. 

The foundation, established by Kobe in 2016 and renamed after the crash in 2020, is dedicated to providing funding and sports programming to underserved athletes.

A jury awarded the $16 million to Bryant and an additional $15 million to Chris Chester, whose wife Sarah and daughter Payton also died in the crash, on Wednesday, ending a legal battle that had been in the works for two years. 

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