Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault this weekend following an altercation at the Falls Music and Arts Festival near Byron Bay, Australia that allegedly left a security guard with a broken nose.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Brooklyn rapper, born Jo-Vaughn Jalani Virginie, was getting ready to hit the stage for a performance before he was approached by the guard around 8:30 p.m.
Bada$$ allegedly retaliated after he was provoked by the guard.
“A 20-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face by a man while working as a security guard at the festival,” stated a Byron Bay Police spokeswoman to Sydney Morning Herald. “The man was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries.”
The Pro Era leader was arrested by Byron Bay Police after his performance and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Bada$$ was bailed after a court appearance on Saturday (January 3) and is scheduled to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 19.
The “Curry Chicken” rapper’s debut B4.DA.$$ is still scheduled for a January 20 release.
During the fourth quarter of the Cowboys vs. Lions NFC Wild Card game, Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens appeared to interfere with Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a third-down pass play intended for Pettigrew. A flag was thrown and the game’s referee announced a pass-interference penalty.
The Lions, up 20-17 with eight minutes to play, would have gained a critical first down while looking to all but put the game away with a touchdown drive. Here’s a screenshot from the play:
Seemed simple enough. But wait! Seconds later, the referee picked up the flag and the apparent penalty was not enforced. No one knew why and no explanation was immediately offered by the NFL or game officials. During the confusion, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant ran from the sideline onto the field to protest the call — which should have been a personal foul penalty.
Officials miss calls all the time — ragging on referees is a favorite pastime of NFL fans — but this? This was super weird. To have a call made, then mysteriously ignored — as opposed to simply missed in the first place — mystified longtime NFL players, coaches and observers:
Instead of continuing on their potential scoring drive, the Lions were forced to punt. Dallas would go on to win the game 24-20. Detroit blew its lead for a variety of reasons, including plenty of mistakes of their own, but the “wait, never mind” pass interference non-call was the game’s pivotal moment.
Former NFL officials were baffled:
Even Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was angry! He wrote on his personal LiveJournal blog (yes, he has a personal LiveJournal blog) that “If I was a Detroit Lions fan, I’d be screaming for referee blood about that.”
After the Cowboys sealed the deal, this tweet from the NFL’s official account seemed to beg for bitter responses:
The game’s ultimate result sets up a playoff matchup next week between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers — arguably the NFL’s two most iconic franchises clashing in a game that’s sure to draw monstrous ratings.
Was the fix actually in?
The #fix hashtag was full of venom toward the NFL after the controversial play, but an actual fixed result is a heady, heady charge that would need much, much more supporting evidence for anyone to come anywhere near proving.
Of course, it’s already a problem that NFL referees are held in such low regard, so much so that a suggestion of a tampered result can gain traction. The moment was, in every way, awful for the league. It’s also worth mentioning that the past few months plagued by domestic violence scandals have done anything but give the NFL an appearance of transparency and credibility.
Here’s how referee Pete Morelli explained the sequence of events after the game: “The back judge flew his flag for pass interference. We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn’t warrant pass interference. He thought it was face-guarding.”
Face-guarding is a penalty in college football, but not in the NFL. In the NFL, penalty calls are not reviewable.
Now, for the truly conspiracy-minded, there is a juicy little nugget from this past August: Executives from around the NFL were peeved when footage emerged appearing to show Dean Blandino, the NFL’s head of officiating, carousing with several women and the son of Dallas owner Jerry Jones aboard a bus adorned with the Cowboys’ logo. As one amateur detective once said:
After releasing her Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart sophomore album in December K. Michelle is coming to a city near you next month. The R&B songstress will embark on the 12-date My Twisted Mind tour starting February 5th in San Francisco.
K. Michelle – “My Twisted Mind” Tour Dates:
Feb. 5 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
Feb. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theatre
Feb. 13 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 15 – Baton Rouge, LA – River Center
Feb. 16 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Feb. 20 – Shreveport, LA – The Strand Theatre
Feb. 21 – Greenville, SC – Convention Center
Feb. 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Feb. 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Feb. 27 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
March 5 – Cincinnati, OH – National Theatre
March 6 – Indianapolis, IN – The Music Hall
EMPIRE is a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and premiers January 7th 2015 9pm.