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President Trump was received warmly by the champion Washington Nationals one week after their fans drowned him in boos at a World Series game. Addressing Nats fans on the White House lawn, catcher Kurt Suzuki donned a red “Make America Great Again” hat, earning a hug from a grateful Trump. Ryan Zimmerman, the longtime face of the franchise, thanked Trump for making the U.S. “the greatest country to live in the world.” At least seven players were absent, including relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, who cited Trump’s “divisive rhetoric,” “enabling of conspiracy theories,” and mockery of a disabled reporter. Yet the celebration, attended by more than 1,000 Nats fans, was largely positive. “America fell in love with Nats baseball,” said Trump, who followed with a quip: “That’s all they wanted to talk about—that and impeachment.”
Kanye West praised God last week for helping him kick his “full-on pornography addiction.” Speaking about the religious transformation that inspired his new gospel-rap album, Jesus Is King, West said his porn habit began when his father left out a copy of Playboy when West was 5. “It’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life,” he said. When his mother died in 2007, West said, other people might have drowned themselves in drugs. “I drowned myself in my addiction.” Now devoted to Christianity, West asked colleagues not to have pre-marital sex while they worked on the album. “I just thank God for saving me physically, mentally, spiritually,” he said.
The Cleveland Browns released safety Jermaine Whitehead this week after he threatened to kill hecklers following an embarrassing loss. The four-year pro returned to the locker room and saw Twitter users mocking his tackling, including getting run over during a Denver Broncos touchdown. “Imma kill you,” Whitehead, 26, told one fan during his tantrum. He called two people “cracker,” including analyst Dustin Fox, and gave out the address of the Browns’ practice facility while daring a fan to come fight him. When Whitehead warned one critic, “Don’t get shot at,” the fan replied, “You’d probably miss.” ■