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Logan Paul is annoyed that the Internet believes the brawl between his brother, Jake Paul (right), and all-time Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Floyd “Money” Mayweather (left), was fake.

Logan insists the fisticuffs was NOT a scripted stunt to promote his and Floyd’s upcoming exhibition match that headlines a SHOWTIME PPV event on Sunday, June 6.

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“I f**king wish that wasn’t real,” Logan (right) tells TMZ Sports. “I wish it was staged,” Logan added, “That s**t is not funny. It’s not fun for anyone.”

Logan, aka “The Maverick, met face-to-face with Floyd on Thursday at a media event to preview their special exhibition match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Jake stole the spotlight from his brother and got right in Floyd’s face, then snatched Floyd’s cap and fled — with Floyd in hot pursuit.

“It’s one thing to sell a fight, and people can say what they want, but one thing no one is going to do, is disrespect me,” said Floyd.

“Floyd came out of retirement, just to get re-retired,” said Logan. “I’m about to beat the greatest fighter of all time!”

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Floyd was PISSED — chasing after Jake while screaming that he was going to “kill” the YouTube superstar.

TMZ spoke with 26-year-old Logan after the violent incident involving his younger brother, Jake, 24.

Logan told the gossip outlet the incident gave him even MORE motivation to destroy Floyd when they step in the ring on June 6.

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“That s**t just got personal by default. It was supposed to be like a cute little press conference… come together, get people excited for the fight. Not people talking about killing people! What the f**k!?”

When asked if he had a message for Floyd, he responded, “This is gonna be the craziest f**king evening to ever take place in the history of combat sports.”

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“My message to Floyd is this … we’re gonna get you that hat back, Floyd.”

Thursday’s event also included former NFL star wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, who will be making his boxing debut in an exhibition match against an opponent to be announced on the pay-per-view undercard.

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The pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will also include WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal and two-division world champion Badou Jack in a 12-round rematch in the co-main event.

Plus, former unified super welterweight champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd returns to the ring to face Luis Arias in a 10-round bout.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit Hardrockstadium.com/mayweather-v-paul/



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1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones REFUSES to teach at UNC Chapel Hill after ‘powerful donor’ blocked her tenure

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Nikole Hannah-Jones is refusing to teach at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill after her tenure was blocked following her controversial work on the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project is named for the year the first African slaves were brought to the English colony of Virginia.

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the 1619 Project, a collection of essays, podcasts and poems developed by Hannah-Jones, writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine.

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history” by declaring the birth of the nation occurred when African slaves first arrived on America’s shores.

Scholars criticized the 1619 Project, and even The New York Times disputed the date of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.

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In this historical photo, freed slaves are pictured on the deck of the USS Vermont. The U.S. Navy hired freed slaves during the Civil War in 1861.

Last year, Hannah-Jones was invited to teach at her alma mater the UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism.

The Knight Chair is usually offered tenure — a guaranteed permanent teaching position at the school.

The last two Knight Chairs were granted tenure upon their appointments.

However, Hannah-Jones was furious to learn her application for tenure had been rejected by the University Board of Trustees.

Walter E. Hussman Jr., a millionaire news mogul who donated $25 million to the journalism school named after him, was among the donors who objected to Hannah-Jones’ hiring.

The donors criticized the validity of the 1619 Project and questioned Hannah-Jones’s credentials.

The decision faced backlash from her peers in the new industry, students and athletes, who wrote letters supporting her.

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Kodak Black probably shouldn’t have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe’s fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team’s yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: “I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant… #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now.”

Kobe’s fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: “The helicopter not sitting right w me.”

Another wrote: “The man and his daughter died in one.”

And a third user wrote: “I think the helicopter was a little to much.”

But some of Kodak’s followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: “He honoring him if anything.”

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Celebs Out & About: Lori Harvey, Naomi Osaka & Cordae, Justin & Hailey Bieber, Irina Shayk, A-Rod, and more

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Lori Harvey concealed her toned midriff as she headed to a pilates class in West Hollywood on Monday.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka enjoyed dinner with rapper boyfriend Cordae at celebrity hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood on Sunday, after she withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships. Play begins on June 28. Naomi also withdrew from the French Open after refusing to participate in post-match press conferences.

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America’s A-list couple Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber shared a romantic dinner, after attending a reception for French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Fans slammed Justin and Hailey for dressing inappropriately to meet with the president. Hailey wore a club dress by LaQuan Smith, while Justin opted for a grey business suit with a pair of blue and white Nike Dunk sneakers.

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Alex Rodriguez stopped to take a selfie with a fan after having lunch with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Alex and Cynthia (not pictured) were joined by their kids Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez for lunch at Bar Pitti.

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American tennis star Venus Williams was spotted out and about in the South of France wearing a Louis Vuitton cropped jacket, black leggings, a black bonnet and a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions in Europe.

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