A district judge in Harris County Texas granted Megan a temporary restraining order on Monday, which allows her to put out music despite the label’s attempt at blocking her new releases.Crawford has not been reached for comment, but he’s no stranger to ludicrous contracts. In 2011, he signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox. He collected the money despite never playing a full season on the deal due to injuries. He was traded to the Dodgers, who released him after playing in just 30 games. He was paid his full $21.8 million salary in 2017 despite not being on the team.As the famed rapper would say, “Money good.” This week has been a Hot Girl Bummer for former baseball star Carl Crawford.The ex-left fielder, who played for the Rays, Red Sox and Dodgers, is being sued by Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper who rose to superstardom with her 2019 hit “Hot Girl Summer.” Megan Thee Stallion, whose full name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is suing Carl Crawford and his company, 1501 Certified Entertainment, demanding that the label renegotiate her original deal.Crawford founded the Houston-based label after his retirement in 2016 and was the first person to sign Pete to a contract in 2018 at age 20. Pete claims “[she did not] understand some of the verbiage” when she signed the initial contract, and is suing for at least $1 million in damages.MORE: Watch Mike Trout hit a gosh darn golf ball to Pluto, because why not?According to TMZ , Pete claims in her lawsuit that her current deal allows 1501 Certified to get 60 percent of her recording income. The remaining 40 percent goes to her, but she uses that money to pay engineers, mixers, featured artists and others who help work on her music.Megan also claims that the contract calls for all money from Megan’s touring and live performances to go directly to 1501 Certified. She says the label is supposed to give her a proper account of what she’s owed, but claims what they’ve provided is incomplete, and “purposefully and deceptively vague.”Megan Thee Stallion says that 1501 isn’t letting her drop new music due to her requesting to renegotiate her contract. pic.twitter.com/4Uz5vXwmD0— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) March 1, 2020Pete’s career trajectory led her to sign with 300 Entertainment in November 2018 and a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in 2019, but Crawford and his label still receive a cut because of her original signed deal. Pete announced Monday that her latest album “Suga” has been delayed as a result of the renegotiation attempt.FAGAN: How one mail-order ad turned New Era into the MLB hat king almost overnightPete also claims Crawford has been using his relationship with Rap-a-Lot Records founder J. Prince to intimidate people. In the suit, Pete says that Crawford threatened a producer to hand over beats by saying Prince would be upset.”Prince is notorious in the industry for strong-armed intimidation tactics, and the comment was taken as a physical threat of harm,” Pete claims.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Agriculture has launched a program to help pork producers deal with hogs they can’t take to market after coronavirus shutdowns at packing plants.Ag Secretary Mike Naig says it’s something no producer wants to deal with. “Farmers are doing everything they can to avoid having to take the step of euthanizing and disposing of animals,” Naig says. “They are finding alternate ways to market, they are selling direct to consumers, they’re changing their feed ration to slow down the rate of gain — they are doing everything they can. This truly is an action, a decision of last resort.”The Ag Department is offering producers $40 for each animal to help cover some of the disposal costs for market-ready hogs. “It won’t cover all costs, but it is a part of the cost that they’ll incur to euthanize and dispose of animals,” he says. Naig says they are still hoping for federal help to cover the lost of revenue from the hogs.Iowa State University estimates that by mid-May there were approximately 600,000 pigs in Iowa that were unable to go to the packing plants. Iowa producers were faced with killing thousands of chickens and turkeys during the aviation influenza outbreak five years ago — and Naig says they learned some things from that response.“One of the key learnings from that was to really empower producers to make decisions and to take control of the situation,” according to Naig. “They know their operations better than anyone else. And they also know the resources at their disposal better than anyone else. We learned that back in 2015.”He says they will hand out the funding in at least three rounds. “The first round closes Friday of this week, and farmers will need to reach out to our office. They can call the main number or they can go to IowaAgriculture.gov and there is a way to apply there. And then we will subsequently roll out rounds two and three,” Naig says.Naig says this will help producers deal with the short-term problem. In the long-term, he says they need to continue to get making the packing plants safe for workers. He says that will allow the employees to confidently show up and know that they can work safely. “That’s ultimately what it takes to return to full processing capacity. Today in Iowa we are running at about 75 percent of our normal processing capacity — an again that number steadily improves each day.” Naig says.He says this could continue to be a problem throughout the summer. Each applicant who is approved will receive funding for at least 1,000 animals and up to 30,000 each round, depending on the number of applicants. The money comes from federal coronavirus relief funding.