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Lindsay H. Jones May-23-2017 300 0
Seahawks Hall of Fame defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy has died at age 48, TMZ first reported.
Orlando police confirmed Kennedy’s death to TMZ and the Blytheville Courier News, saying there was "nothing suspicious" about it. An investigation is ongoing.

Kennedy played 11 years with the Seahawks and made eight Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams after being drafted out of Miami in 1990. He was the 1992 Defensive Player of the Year. Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Luther Campbell, better known as Uncle Luke, remembered his late friend on Twitter.

Kennedy totaled 58 sacks and 568 tackles over the course of his career.
Andrew Blankstein May-22-2017 47 0
After nearly a decade behind bars, O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year.

Simpson is set to face a parole hearing this July, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. His actual hearing date won't be set until mid-June.

The former NFL star has been serving 33 years in a Nevada prison on burglary and kidnapping charges unrelated to the so-called "trial of the century" that transfixed America following the murder of Simpson's ex-wife and her friend in 1994.

Simpson was sentenced in 2008 for the burglary, thirteen years to the day that he was famously acquitted of the California murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The case has remained open and Simpson cannot be retried for the murders.
Simpson was found liable for the killings in a 1997 civil case.

Simpson was granted parole on some of the charges against him in 2013 for the incident that involved the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room, but he faced at least four more years in prison on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively.
Simpson could be released as early as October, depending on the results of the July hearing, officials have said.

Typically, parole hearings in Nevada come a few months before the official parole date.
Former Chairman Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners Thomas Patton said Monday that the board's current options were to "grant release on parole, deny parole at this time and reconsider OJ for parole at a later date, or deny parole and require OJ to serve the remainder of his final sentence."

"State law requires that the board consider the severity of the crime and various risk and other factors before deciding whether or not to grant parole," Patton said in a statement.
"The board members are intelligent professionals and I am confident they will arrive at a very carefully considered decision," he added. "And unlike some I cannot and have no desire to try to predict the outcome."

The charges Simpson was granted parole on in 2013 were two kidnapping charges, two robbery charges an burglary with a firearm, according to parole board documents.
Stephen rex brown May-18-2017 92 0
Racist managers at the high-end shoe designer Gianvito Rossi gave tennis superstar Serena Williams a smaller discount than ones granted white celebrities because the company does not want black women wearing its merchandise, a former employee alleges in a new suit.

Whitney Wilburn, who was hired to oversee Rossi's boutique business, alleges in a suit filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was marginalized and eventually fired because of the racism of Grace Mazzilli, the company's global retail director.

As an example of the alleged racism, Wilburn points to managers' reaction when Williams' staff asked for a discount on her "extensive purchases," papers read.

"Gianvito Rossi managers responded with racially disparaging comments about Ms. Williams which made it clear that the company did not want African-American women to wear its shoes," according to the suit.

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The managers called Williams "disgusting" and initially refused to offer any discount, papers read. Only after a "contact" at Vogue magazine intervened did the store grant the discount.

"They offered only a fraction of the discount that white celebrities typically receive," papers read.
Whitney Wilburn, who was hired to oversee Rossi's boutique business, alleges in a suit filed Thursday that she was marginalized because of the racism of Grace Mazzilli, the company's global retail director. Wilburn, 46, alleges that Mazzilli reduced her responsibilities, sabotaged her work and eventually fired in January "without rational basis." She'd been on the job less than two years.

"White employees were not subject to such treatment," the suit says.

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An email to Gianvito Rossi's press office was not returned. Mazzilli could not be reached. Wilburn's attorney, Eric Baum, declined comment.

An email to reps for Williams was also not returned.
ap May-16-2017 73 0
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran.

Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor's request after a plea agreement. He sentenced Jones to time already served -- two days -- on the obstructing official business count. Police said he kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a downtown hotel employee.

However, Jones, who has twice had lengthy suspensions in his career, still faces potential NFL discipline.

"We have been monitoring developments in this matter, which continues to be reviewed under the personal conduct policy," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email. "We have no timetable on any potential discipline."

Jones, 33, apologized in court for his behavior and specifically to Cincinnati police Sgt. Jarrod Cotton. Police video showed Jones in the back of a police cruiser making profane comments and telling the officer: "I hope you die tomorrow." His attorneys said he has been receiving treatment, including for anger management.

"I truly apologize for what I did, my actions," Jones said. "I'm trying to get better every day."
He said he also wanted to apologize "to all the kids" for not setting a better example.

The judge cited Jones' apologies among a "multitude of factors" for his sentence.

"I don't take into account celebrity," the judge told The Associated Press. "I have 99 percent non-celebrities in my court."

The Hamilton County prosecutor earlier dismissed a felony count alleging Jones spit on a jail nurse.
He was suspended as a Tennessee Titan by the NFL throughout the 2007 season, then was suspended again during the 2008 season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Jones pleaded an equivalent of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in a 2007 Las Vegas strip club melee. Jones was blamed for instigating violence that led to the shooting by someone else of two club employees, one left paralyzed from the waist down. He was ordered to pay more than $12.4 million in damages.

The Titans made the Atlanta native the sixth overall pick out of West Virginia University in the 2005 draft. His NFL career was in doubt by the time the Bengals signed him in 2010.
SI Wire May-12-2017 73 0
Former NFL linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in Alabama and charged with numerous offenses, including weapons and drug charges, according to Morgan County, Alabama Sheriff's Department.

According to the Decatur Daily, McClain was part of a traffic stop in which officers pulled over a vehicle for a window tint violation

Officers smelled marijuana upon approaching the vehicle and conducted a search.

McClain was found with marijuana and he also had a firearm without a permit.

He subsequently charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a permit and a misdemeanor equipment and was being held in the Morgan County jail on a $2,000 bail.

The 27-year-old was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders and also signed with the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL suspended McClain indefinitely in December for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, which was his third suspension since the end of the 2014 season.

He will be unable to reapply for reinstatement until November.

Thomas Lott Apr-28-2017 199 0
Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, the three most notable shoe companies for NBA players, currently have no interest in signing Lonzo Ball to a deal, ESPN.com reports.

LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father, confirmed the three major shoe companies were moving on. LaVar is seeking something beyond a traditional endorsement deal for his son, telling the shoe companies he wants them to license his Big Baller Brand.

LaVar has previously put a $1 billion price tag on a combined shoe deal for Lonzo and his two younger sons.

"Never in the history of modern day shoe endorsements have the big companies all stepped away from a potential top pick nearly two months before the NBA draft," ESPN's Darren Rovell wrote. "But the proposition that LaVar, who has been representing Lonzo on the deal, was offering also has no precedence."

But LaVar Ball is not one to give up. He has other shoe companies on his mind and is looking as far as China to find a deal for his son.

"Ball said he will reach out to the Chinese brands, which include Peak, Li-Ning and Anta, and he's not counting out taking on an entrepreneurial partner outside the business," Rovell continued.
Lonzo Ball is currently projected to go No. 2 overall in the draft by Chad Ford.
Vincent Frank Apr-26-2017 118 0
Long considered a lock to go in the top five, former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has seen his stock take a major tumble in the week leading up to the event. Earlier in the year, Foster was sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis after getting into a heated argument with a hospital worker. Then, last week, reports surfaced that Foster tested positive for a diluted urine sample at the combine itself.

Now potentially set to fall completely out of the first round, Foster has not been invited to the draft in Philadelphia this week.

“Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was not invited to attend the 2017 NFL draft because of an incident at the NFL scouting combine in March, ESPN’s Katherine Terrell reported on Tuesday.

As Terell notes, the non-invite stems from the aforementioned altercation in Indy earlier this year. Though, there’s surely reason to believe that the NFL bypassed on inviting this former All-American linebacker because of how bad it would look if he were still in the green room waiting for his named to be called following Thursday’s first round.
Peter Burke Apr-24-2017 109 0
The father of a former Florida State University football star was killed during the weekend in an accidental shooting at a South Florida adult nightclub, authorities said.

Darryl Rudolph was found early Saturday in a back storage room at Sugar Daddy's Cabaret in West Palm Beach with a gunshot wound, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.

Barbera said Rudolph, 55, was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he later died.

A search of the Palm Beach County medical examiner's office website shows that Rudolph died Saturday.

Rudolph is the father of former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, who left school early to declare for the upcoming NFL draft.

Travis Rudolph, who graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, made headlines last year after he ate with an autistic boy who was sitting alone while the Seminoles were visiting a Tallahassee middle school.

Barbera said an investigation determined that Darryl Rudolph was at the club repairing items when he was shot. She said the gunshot came from an adjacent room while another co-worker was moving a gun off a shelf.

Although the investigation continues, Barbera said the shooting was accidental
Jason Lisk Apr-20-2017 249 0
Cyrus Kouandjio, offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills and former Alabama player, was part of what is called a "bizarre incident," according to Vic Carucci. Kouandjio was found a short distance from the scene of an accident, having abandoned his vehicle. He was in a field "not fully clothed", after climbing an electric fence, and allegedly yelled "shoot me" at an Erie County Sheriff's deputy.

Kouandjio was not arrested, and was transported to a medical facility for observation. No explanation has been offered for Kouandjio's behavior, and the team has issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the matter involving Cyrus and are carefully monitoring his condition and gathering more information," the Bills said in a statement. "We don't have all of the details, so we won't have any further comment at this time."
AP Apr-19-2017 101 0
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.

Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.

Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said.

Fallon said he's not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and stressed that an investigation is ongoing. He said that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.

Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fianc?e Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.

But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

Hernandez's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hernandez's death comes the same day the Patriots are making their visit to the White House today to mark their Super Bowl win. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday.

Massachusetts State Police remain on the scene investigating the death.
KEVIN McGILL Apr-18-2017 129 0
It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is about to learn his punishment.

Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his December trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.

But New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said soon afterward that he believes Hayes deserves a 60-year sentence: the maximum 40 years for Smith's death, to be followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife Racquel.

Wednesday's sentencing hearing set for state District Judge Camille Buras' courtroom is likely to echo the drama of Hayes's trial, including testimony from Racquel Smith about the effect the shooting had on her and her three children.

"You'll see a Cliff's Notes version of the trial," predicts Donald "Chick" Foret, a criminal attorney and legal analyst.

And it will likely draw a crowd, including local sports figures. Saints stars past and present — including coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and former running back Deuce McAllister — often dropped in to the trial to show support for Smith's friends and family.

Smith was cast during the trial not only as a football hero — part of the Saints team that lifted the stricken city's spirits after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the one that won a Super Bowl in 2010 — but also a beloved community leader who settled in New Orleans after retirement.

Expect the defense to again characterize Hayes, a former semi-pro football player and the owner of a tow truck business, as the affable, loving father to his 6-year-old son. The defense has noted the absence of any serious criminal record and has said Hayes feared for his life when he encountered a drunken, belligerent Smith following a traffic crash on the night of April 9, 2016.

Jurors heard at trial that Hayes's Hummer had rear-ended Smith's Mercedes SUV that night, shortly after the SUV appeared to have tapped the rear of Hayes's car.

Although prosecutors said Hayes deliberately rammed Smith's vehicle, Hayes insisted he was trying to get Smith's license number when the second crash occurred. The jury appeared to believe Hayes on this point, finding him not guilty of aggravated criminal damage to property.

Hayes said he armed himself only after he and his own passenger were accosted by Smith and Richard Hernandez, a passenger in Smith's Mercedes. He insisted he fired at Smith, hitting him once in the side and seven times in the back, only because he believed Smith had retrieved a gun from the SUV. He insisted on the stand that he heard a "pop" before he started shooting and that he did not shoot at Racquel Smith, who was hit in the legs.

A gun was found in Smith's SUV — loaded but unfired. There was no other witness and no forensic evidence to back up Hayes' claim that Smith was armed.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that the former Saint had a high blood-alcohol level after spending a day at the city's annual French Quarter festival and the evening dining and drinking with friends. But they said he did nothing to provoke the shooting.

For all the expected emotion, legal experts say there is little chance Buras will be influenced by either side. She presided over the trial and is familiar with all the issues raised in pre-hearing motions and a pre-sentence report she ordered.

"She's well aware of the facts of the case," said attorney and Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino. "There's not going to be a whole lot that can be said."

Ciolino said Buras likely will have a sentence in mind when she enters the courtroom.
Foret agrees. "Most judges have their minds made up when they take the bench the morning of sentencing," he said. "I would be very surprised if either the state or the defense will present any information to Judge Buras that will significantly change the sentence that she is prepared to impose."

AP Apr-17-2017 132 0
A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a rape charge against former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald after prosecutors said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify.

Judge David A. Cena dismissed the charge -- one count of rape of an intoxicated person -- on Monday. Santa Clara County prosecutor Chris Lamiero said in a statement he tried to convince the victim to testify, but she refused.

The woman said she slipped and fell on a pool deck at McDonald's San Jose home in December 2014 and continued to fall after that because of her initial head injury and alcohol consumption. She accused McDonald of carrying her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulting her.
McDonald faced a maximum of eight years in prison.
Adam Himmelsbach Apr-16-2017 350 0
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed.

According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.

King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure. Chyna Thomas, 22, died at the scene of the accident, King said.

“Still doesn’t seem real,” said the source close to the Thomas family. “Absolutely devastating.”

Chyna Thomas is the daughter of Thomas’s father, James, and stepmother, Lanita.

Isaiah Thomas took part in the Celtics’ practice on Saturday afternoon in advance of Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the Bulls, and was not aware of the accident at the time. As of Saturday night, Thomas was planning to stay in Boston for the game on Sunday, the source close to the family said.

“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”

This season Thomas was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive year. He averaged 28.9 points and 5.8 assists per game and led the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

After Friday’s practice, he spoke excitedly about getting a fresh chance on the NBA’s biggest stage.

“I’m ready for it,” he said.
Dan Wetzel Apr-14-2017 97 0
In the end, a Suffolk County jury simply couldn’t buy the entire story that Alexander Bradley, the compromised star witness for the prosecution, was spinning.

So they found Aaron Hernandez not guilty on Friday of murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston’s Theatre District. The jury deliberated for 37 and a half hours, spread out over six days.

As the not-guilty verdict was read, some family members of de Abreu and Furtado rushed out of the courtroom in tears. Hernandez’s fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who only days earlier arrived in court with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, sobbed.

“We based our decision on the evidence and the law,” foreperson Lindsey Stringer said in a brief statement.

Hernandez was found guilty of the unlawful carrying of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey A. Locke to four-to-five years.

The decision changes little for Hernandez, who was already serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in a Massachusetts prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. While that first conviction will be automatically appealed, it is unlikely the former New England Patriots star will be granted a new trial, let alone ever walk free.

The not-guilty verdict comes one day before the two-year anniversary of Hernandez’s conviction for the murder of Lloyd.

As he walked out of court escorted by at least four officers, heading back to prison, Hernandez turned toward Jenkins-Hernandez and mouthed, “I love you.”

The verdict is a difficult blow for prosecutors and the families of two innocent men who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time – running into Hernandez and Bradley on a summer Sunday night in a Boston nightclub. The Commonwealth tried the case in an effort to deliver justice and closure for the victims and their supporters.

It is a massive victory, however, for Jose Baez, the celebrated defense attorney hired to defend Hernandez. Baez, who was not in court for the reading of the verdict reportedly due to a medical issue, can add this high-profile victory to helping young Florida mother Casey Anthony beat a charge that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.

Too much of this case relied on the word of Bradley, an admitted drug and gun dealer who is serving time in Connecticut for an unrelated incident in which he shot up a Hartford nightclub after being involved in a gunfight. Bradley testified that Hernandez, angry at de Abreu for spilling a drink on him at a nightclub, was still fuming some two hours later when he unloaded five shots into the BMW carrying de Abreu and Furtado.

The defense countered that it was, in fact, Bradley who pulled the trigger due to a drug deal gone bad.

Neither side disagrees that Bradley was the wheelman that night. He proved, however, to be the only witness who identified Hernandez as the triggerman. Bradley had multiple motives to lie – from an immunity deal to his own hatred of Hernandez, whom allegedly shot Bradley in the face in 2013 and left him to die.

On the witness stand Bradley acknowledged he was testifying as a means of revenge only because his preferred method – murdering Hernandez – was not available due to Hernandez being incarcerated.

With so little physical evidence it was not simple to determine whether it was Hernandez who was the triggerman or Bradley. On that precise, but all-important point, there was clearly reasonable doubt.

“The man who committed these crimes was given immunity by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will be out of prison soon,” defense attorney Ronald Sullivan said, referring to Bradley and according to Chris Villani of the Boston Herald.

Hernandez, 27, may have beaten the charge of the actual killings, but he was hardly innocent that night. He didn’t report the crime and afterward helped stash the murder car in a Connecticut house garage he was connected with.

The fall of Hernandez ranks among the most baffling and tragic in modern sports history. He, at the very least, was witness to the murder of de Abreu and Furtado just months after catching a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl and just weeks before signing a $40 million contract extension with the New England Patriots. He and his longtime girlfriend/fiancée had a baby on the way at the time.

The trial played out across six weeks in downtown Boston, just across the street from where Hernandez’s former teammates held another Super Bowl parade and celebration in February.
Apr-10-2017 119 0
Otis Nixon, a former major-league outfielder, was reported missing Sunday by the Woodstock Police Department in Woodstock, Georgia.

According to the Woodstock PD, Nixon was last seen Saturday morning as he left his home in a gray 2011 Range Rover.

WSB-TV Atlanta reports that Nixon never arrived for a scheduled tee time at a local golf course. The former major-leaguer apparently left his home clad in all black and hasn't been heard from since.

In 2013, Nixon was in the news due to an arrest on charges of crack cocaine possession, though he claimed it belonged to his son.

Nixon, 58, played in parts of 17 big-league seasons from 1983 until 1999 with 10 major-league teams. Perhaps best-known for his seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Nixon had a career-best 72 stolen bases in 1991 - his first with the team.
Apr-08-2017 86 0
Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested for the second time in 11 days in San Antonio on Thursday.

Boykin turned himself in for a violation of his probation and was released on bond according to Bexar County.

Boykin's legal trouble started in San Antonio prior to the Alamo Bowl in January of 2016. In June, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of resisting arrest and was given one year's deferred adjudication probation and community service.

An incident less than two weeks ago in Dallas is what violated his probation.

According to WFAA, on March 27, Boykin was in a car that struck pedestrians in Dallas. He was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

The Dallas Police Department says eight people were injured and that seven people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Boykin is currently a backup quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks.
A.J. Perez Apr-06-2017 122 0
Patrick Ewing’s hire as the head coach of the Georgetown basketball team appears to have cost his son a job.

Patrick Ewing Jr. had been on previous coach John Thompson III’s staff as the Hoyas’ director of basketball operations since August 2015. But the elder Ewing told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that school nepotism policies prevent him from keeping his son on as an assistant.

“I wish that that would be the case,” Ewing said. “They have a nepotism clause, and unfortunately they are going to stand by it.”

Mike Carey, a spokesman for Georgetown’s athletic department, was unable to provide immediate comment on the school’s nepotism rules.

Ewing said that NCAA rules wouldn’t prevent him from hiring his son, and “it’s a Georgetown thing.” Ewing was hired Monday to succeed John Thompson III, who was fired last month after 13 seasons at the school.

The policy seems odd for a school where either John Thompson III or his father, John Thompson Jr., held the position for nearly 40 out of the last 45 years.

“Please do,” Ewing said.When hosts on the sports talk show said they’d lobby for a rule change, Ewing welcomed it.

Patrick Ewing Jr., 32, graduated from Georgetown in 2008 and was taken by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of that year's draft. He only played in the NBA for seven games with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2010-11 season, but he also spent time playing overseas.

DENIS SLATTERY Apr-06-2017 103 0
With the NBA playoffs less than two weeks away, ESPN is making a major roster change.

Veteran basketball analyst Sage Steele, who has courted controversy with her conservative comments on social media, will be replaced by Michelle Beadle as host of “NBA Countdown” on both ESPN and ABC, the networks announced Tuesday.

Steele will continue to appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and she will have an “expanded on-site presence at events such as the Masters, World Series, Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff, and College Football National Championship,” according to a statement.

Steele, 44, has been with the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” for a decade, but found herself in hot water recently as she weighed in on some hot button issues.

She took to Instagram in January to complain about crowds protesting President Trump’s travel ban.

“So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights,” she captioned a photo of a demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport.

She also blasted NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem and cut short an interview with Arcade Fire’s Win Butler when he began to voice his political opinion after last year’s celebrity All-Star game.

In February, Steele, who is biracial, caused another stir when she shared her experiences with racism at a Christian forum in Tampa.

“The worst racism that I have received [as a biracial woman married to a white man], and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience,” she said during a conference on race at the Crossing Church. “But even as recent as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here, and it’s 99% from people with my skin color.”

Social media users, who have taken Steele to task over her conservative commentary, had a field day with her demotion.

“I guess ESPN was fed up with Sage Steele. Lord knows we are too,” tweeted @ceonelly.

“ Yeah I was finally done with Sage Steele when she complained about being “inconvenienced” by the protesters during the Muslim ban. #girlbye,” wrote @nikki2002h.
EVAN GROSSMAN Mar-21-2017 111 0
Colin Kaepernick may be out of a job and he may have pledged to end his kneeling protest of the national anthem, but he continues his work to make the world a better place.

Kaepernick recently made twin $50,000 donations to Meals on Wheels America and the Love Army for Somalia, a social media campaign that’s trying to raise $2 million for food and water for starving people in that African nation.

Since he began his social justice crusade last year, Kaepernick has donated an estimated $500,000 to assorted charities and community groups. On the free-agent quarterback’s website, kaepernick7.com, there is a running log of the donations he’s made.

In January, the last month listed on the site, Kaepernick donated $25,000 each to Brooklyn-based Black Veterans for Social Justice and 350.org, the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Since October, Kaepernick has donated $100,000 a month, mostly in $25,000 increments, to a variety of social and community programs dedicated to helping the less fortunate among us.

While President Donald Trump, among others, continues to rip Kaepernick for kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” (and recently presented a federal budget that aims to de-fund programs like Meals on Wheels), Kaepernick has worked to improve the lives of veterans, poor people, minorities, women and immigrants.

It makes you wonder, exactly, who is really working to Make America Great, and who is full of it.
Paula Rogo Mar-18-2017 61 0
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to make philanthropic waves after securing a way to provide relief to the people of Somalia.

After joining a Twitter campaign begging Turkish Airlines to send a cargo plane with aid, the former quarterback announced on Twitter Friday that he had secured one from the airline to bring supplies to the East African nation.

Colin Kaepernick ? @Kaepernick7
We got the plane! Now it's time to raise funds for food and water. You can donate at http://GoFundMe.com/lovearmyforsomalia … #LoveArmyForSomalia

“Amazing news, Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia, a 60-ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people,” said Kaepernick in a video. “Now we’ve started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water. We’ll make sure every cent goes to help these people.”

Turkish Airlines is one of the few that travel to Somalia, and the flight is expected to take place March 27.

The GoFundMe page’s goal is $1 million, a number it quickly surpassed in 24 hours.

“This is a victory for the people, this is a victory for the people of Somalia,” said Kaepernick. “It was done out of love, out of respect for these people. We wanted to bring structure to this so we’re going to use the name Love Army for Somalia. So use the #LoveArmyforSomalia. This is amazing, let’s keep building, let’s keep going.”
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