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What Had Happened Was: 9/21/17

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  • Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter opened up about former teammate Kevin Durant’s Twitter antics. While appearing on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday, the Turkish big man was candid about the comments Durant tweeted about his former team using what he thought was one of his alias accounts. “We now know how he felt about us,” Kanter said. “That made us really sad. We were in a war together when he was here. We won together, we lost together, but we never tried to blame each other. We never tried to blame Kevin or he never tried to blame us when he was here.” Durant left Oklahoma City in 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors, and he recently took to Twitter to criticize the group of players he had around him before he parted ways with the Thunder.
  • Former NFL-player-turned-actor Bernie Casey has died at 78. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Casey died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a brief illness. In 1961, the San Francisco 49ers selected Casey with the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft. He played eight NFL seasons at wide receiver for both the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1967. After his playing days ended, Casey took his talents to the silver screen, starring in 1970s blaxploitation films such as Black Chariot, Black Gunn, Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde and Cleopatra Jones before landing many other roles across different film genres. Casey finished his NFL career with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns.
  • A football player from Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, died from an injury suffered while tackling. Sophomore cornerback Robert Grays was pronounced dead on Tuesday after he was injured while attempting a tackle just minutes into his team’s game against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Sept. 16. “Robert touched many lives while attending the university, but perhaps he will be remembered best for his smile,” Midwestern State president Suzanne Shipley said in a statement released by the school Wednesday morning. “He was an inspiration on and off the field to those around him, and he will be remembered with love and affection by his friends, classmates, coaches, and teammates.” Grays was 19 years old.

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On this day in sports history

Michael Spinks lands a body blow on Larry Holmes during their IBF Heavyweight Title fight on September 21, 1985 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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On Sept. 21, 1985, Michael Spinks defeated Larry Holmes to become the new heavyweight champion of the world. Heading into the bout, Spinks’ first fight in the heavyweight division, Holmes boasted an undefeated 48-0 record, one victory shy of the seemingly untouchable 49-0 record held by Rocky Marciano. But with the loss, Holmes fell to 48-1, and he also lost his next two fights: a rematch against Spinks in 1986 and a title fight against Mike Tyson in 1988.


Aaron Dodson is a sports and culture writer at Andscape. He primarily writes on sneakers/apparel and hosts the platform’s Sneaker Box video series. During Michael Jordan’s two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s, the “Flint” Air Jordan 9s sparked his passion for kicks.