The Rush: “Shots on A’ja” as Wilson wins MVP, soccer star arrested in bar dispute

Ranked no. 22, Frances Tiafoe is officially the underdog darling of the US Open in the men’s bracket, becoming the first Black American male to make the semifinals of the tournament since Arthur Ashe in 1972. Aces star A’ja Wilson continues building her legacy with a second WNBA MVP award in the last three seasons. USMNT soccer player Miles Robinson is arrested after allegedly failing to pay for a $5 shot of liquor at an Atlanta bar. Plus, Las Vegas head coach Becky Hammon gives an Oscar-worthy performance in surprising A’ja Wilson with news of her MVP award while Aces teammate Chelsea Gray makes a hilarious demand following the announcement.

Video Transcript

- And that's it. Francis Tiafoe has always loved the big stage, and now it's his. Straight sets.

JARED QUAY: The tennis world officially has a new breakout star, and his name is Francis Tiafoe. The 22nd seed Tiafoe defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets, becoming the first Black American man to advance to the US Open semifinals since Arthur Ashe way back in 1972.

- It's about damn time.

JARED QUAY: Not only is Tiafoe so fun to watch, but his backstory is something out of a Hollywood movie.

- Hello, Hollywood.

JARED QUAY: The son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, Tiafoe and his twin brother lived at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, where his dad worked as a janitor. That's how he got his start playing tennis. And check out the kids at the Tennis Center watching him win on Wednesday.

[CHEERING]

[SNIFFLES]

Man, there must be some seasonal allergies in the studio. I'm not crying. Anyways, me and those little kids will be cheering on Tiafoe in the Semis.

- Let's do this.

- Lastly, I'd like to just say that I've known since Saturday, but A'ja Wilson is MVP.

[CHEERING]

JARED QUAY: How great is Aces coach Becky Hammon's deadpan delivery of the news that her star player, A'ja Wilson, won the WNBA MVP award?

- And the Oscar goes to--

JARED QUAY: A'ja is taking home all kinds of hardware these days. The Aces powerhouse paint protector already won Defensive Player of the Year this season, and at age 26, this is now her second league MVP award. Averaging more than 19 points and 9 rebounds per game and getting Las Vegas back to the finals this season, A'ja earned it, and her teammates know it.

- MVP! MVP! MVP!

JARED QUAY: With greatness on the court comes great responsibility off it, according to teammate Chelsea Gray.

- Nobody can say [MUTED], but shots on A'ja.

[CHEERING]

JARED QUAY: Shots are a great way to celebrate good times as long as you don't skip out on the bill. Just ask US Men's National Team soccer player Miles Robinson, who was arrested after allegedly refusing to pay for a $5 shot of liquor at an Atlanta bar.

- You cannot be serious.

JARED QUAY: According to the police report, Robinson took the shot off a drink tray without paying. And when told that he could avoid being arrested by handing over $5, he said, quote, "all of this over $5, bro?"

- That's unfortunate.

JARED QUAY: Robinson claims the bartender was racist, and that's the reason behind the arrest.

- The plot thickens.

JARED QUAY: Man, I like that story so much better when it's just about a drunk dude being a cheap idiot, but now we've got to bring racism in it, so it needs to be a little more serious. Because, I mean, $5 ain't nothing. But at the same time, you should have $5. I mean, they are paying you more than they're paying the women's team, and let's not even get to that. I'm just saying, man, pay the tab. And at the same time, if you are being a racist bartender, please stop that.