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Steph Curry takes shot at Under Armour CEO calling President Trump an 'asset.' 'Remove the et'
jake becker Feb-08-2017 84 0


After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday as an “asset” to the country, the Warriors star responded to his sponsor’s comment with a shorter, sharper label for the president.

“I agree with the description, if you remove the 'et' from asset,” Curry told The Mercury News.
Curry, who is one of Under Armour’s top endorsers, has mostly avoided using his status as the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP as a platform for political commentary. He said he was surprised to see Plank praising Trump in an interview with CNBC and felt compelled to have a chat with his sponsor.

“I spent all day yesterday on the phone with countless people at Under Armour, countless people in Kevin Plank’s camp, my team, trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue,” Curry said.

Plank has reportedly reassured the Golden State guard that his Trump compliment was meant in the business sense and not in regards to the president’s controversial statements that have angered minorities and policies that have affected immigrants. Under Armour also released a statement clarifying Plank's position on Wednesday.

Curry has largely kept mum on politics compared to his coach, Steve Kerr, who hasn't minced words about his dislike of the new commander-in-chief. Curry said he preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump in September but chose not to elaborate on his political preferences.

In July, Curry said "it's disappointing" that the NBA chose to move this year's All-Star Game from his native North Carolina because of the state's controversial bathroom bill, but added that he understood the league's decision. 

Curry indicated Wednesday that he is more concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump's values than any business deals.

"There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off if it wasn’t in line with who I am,” Curry said. “... It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating: how inclusive we are, what we stand for. He’s the President. There are going to be people that are tied to them. But are we promoting change? Are we doing things that are going to look out for everybody? And not being so self-serving that it’s only about making money, selling shoes, doing this and that. That’s not the priority. It's about changing lives. I think we can continue to do that.”

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Ryan Jones, a former linebacker who signed contracts with two NFL teams, was shot and killed Sunday evening, his former high school coach and the Washoe County (Nev.) Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday. He was 26.

About 8:20 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 200 block of Talus Way, north of Rancho San Rafael Park, where they found three men who'd been shot. One of the men – later identified as Jones – died at the scene.

The other victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening conditions.

Reno Police Department spokesman Officer Tim Broadway said he could not comment on the circumstances the led up to the shooting as of Tuesday afternoon.

"We can't go into details yet because it's an ongoing investigation," he said. Broadway said "several people" were still being interviewed.

Rollins Stallworth, Jones' football coach at Hug High in Reno, said he started receiving a deluge of texts Monday morning about his former player. Stallworth said Jones touched a lot of people during his life.

“We’re all mourning this horrible tragedy and hopefully we can get past this and stay very positive on what Ryan was able to accomplish and pursue in his short lifespan,” Stallworth said.

Jones played for Montana Tech from 2011-13. Jones jumped onto NFL scouting radars with a strong pro day. He wasn't selected in the 2014 NFL draft but signed a free-agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones was the first Montana Tech player to sign an NFL contract.

“He was the perfect example and perfect role model for kids who thought it was Division I or bust," Stallworth said. "He showed that if you give it your all and play really hard, there’s a college and a level for you. His ego wasn’t too big that he wouldn’t go to junior college and his ego wasn’t too big that he wouldn’t go to Montana Tech at that level and excel, and he still got an opportunity with two NFL teams."

Jones was waived by the Ravens a month after signing and given an injury settlement. In 2015, Jones was signed by the New York Giants before being waived again with an injury settlement two months later.

After his football career ended, Jones spent time training in mixed martial arts at a Reno gym. His last fight was May 20 when he won a King of the Cage match at the Silver Legacy Casino Resort.

“He was really positive, had a lot of friends, made a lot of friends quickly," Stallworth said. "But he wasn’t afraid of hard work. That’s what he always had to do. He always was told that he wasn’t good enough to do this or that, he wasn’t big enough or wasn’t strong enough.

"Here’s a guy who went through high school with people telling him that, through junior college and they told him that, went to NAIA and they told him that, went to the pros and they told him that and ultimately he went into MMA and they told him that.”

On Monday, Jones’ popular hashtag, #IBVibiN, began circulating social media with friends paying homage to Jones. The hashtag was shorthand for "I Be Vibing," meaning to always have a positive attitude and do all you can to be great.

Siva Ali, 35, said he knew Jones for more than five years. What first started as a working relationship – Ali was Jones's tattoo artist – developed into a friendship.

"Everything that happened to him just doesn't match everything he was about," Ali said. "He was the good guy. When Ryan would come into the room, you would notice him. He's so tall and so big and had a good smile. ... He was the big fish."

Ali said Jones was always talking about his future and his family, two subjects Ali said Jones was passionate about.

"He did well for himself," Ali said. "He had his life together. He's just gone too soon."

Stallworth said he will remember Jones as a kind, respectful, humble, hard-working kid who pursued his dreams.

“He didn’t have any fears and ultimately that lack of fear got him into the situation he got into the other night," Stallworth said. "Ryan accepted challenges. He never backed down from a challenge. He was married to his career. The last three or four years that I’ve seen at the barber shop or in the community, he was busting his butt working out with Duke Williams and Courtney Gardner (both Hug alums who also signed NFL contracts) trying to make a pro career or he was doing his MMA workouts. He was driven to become a success.”

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John Annese Jun-12-2017 70 0
Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was busted early Sunday on gun charges after police found him with four loaded guns and a bulletproof vest in Brooklyn, officers said.

Cops arrested Telfair, 32, and a second man, Jami Thomas, 18, after noticing their 2017 Ford F-150 parked on a median on Atlantic Ave. near Classon St. in Prospect Heights, at about 2:50 a.m., officials said.

The pickup tried to drive off without headlights, but cops pulled it over, then smelled pot and saw a lit blunt on the dashboard, NYPD Sgt. Brendan Ryan said. Police found three handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, the vest and ammo, along with two bags of marijuana, Ryan said.

Telfair, a Brooklyn native and the cousin of former Knick Stephon Marbury, went straight from Brooklyn's Lincoln High School to the NBA in 2004 when he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers.

He’s played for several NBA teams, and in December 2014 signed with the Xinijang Flying Tigers in China, after he was released by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Telfair and a buddy were busted on gun charges in 2007, after police in Yonkers found a loaded handgun in his car. The next year, he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and got three years' probation.
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The body of former NFL player James Hardy III was found in an Indiana river on Wednesday, USA TODAY Sports confirmed.

Hardy’s cause of death has not been determined, according to Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator Rebecca Stuttle. A city employee found his body in the Maumee River Wednesday afternoon.

“Everything is still under investigation,” Stuttle said.

Hardy, 31, was a second-round pick (No. 41 overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL draft. He had 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons. He also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, though he never appeared in a regular-season game for the team, before playing in the Arena Football League.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today," the Bills wrote in a statement Thursday. "We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss."

A standout at Indiana who first joined the school to play basketball, Hardy still holds the Hoosiers' records for career receptions, yards and touchdown catches.

In May 2014, Hardy was arrested for after attacking three police officers, but a judge ruled he was not mentally competent to stand trial.
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Authorities say former Los Angeles Lakers player and ex-New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he flipped his vehicle on a California highway.

The California Highway Patrol says neither Fisher nor his passenger, former “Basketball Wives” reality star Gloria Govan, were injured in the crash early Sunday.

Authorities say Fisher was driving on US 101 in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles when his 2015 Cadillac veered onto the right shoulder while approaching an interchange.

The car hit the shoulder’s concrete curb and guardrail, overturned and came to a rest on its roof.

The Highway Patrol says officers discovered that Fisher had been drinking and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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While LeBron James is gearing up for the NBA Finals, a Los Angeles home owned by the Cavaliers superstar was vandalized with the N-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to police.

Detectives are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime, with police arriving at the house early Wednesday morning after receiving a vandalism call at 6:44 a.m. local time, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told the Daily News. 

Eisenman added that a racial slur was painted over by property management.

“Oh, it’s a hate crime. It’s a person who has a problem with him, obviously, ” a source at LAPD’s West LA division told The News, confirming it was the N-word. “It’s an active case right now and detectives are there, going over the scene, looking for any video.”

Investigators are hoping security footage from James’ neighbors could help identify the unknown culprits.

“No suspects right now,” the source said, adding that there haven’t been any other recent incidents like it in the neighborhood.

James, who spends a lot of time in Cleveland, was not at the house, which was purchased in 2015, at the time of the incident.

“He wasn’t there. He has a game to play tomorrow night in the Bay Area,” the source said. “I think he’s concerned about that championship win right now, not his property.”

James and the Cavaliers face off against the Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday at 9 p.m. This is LeBron’s seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
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Tiger Woods needed to be woken up by an officer as his Mercedes was found stopped on a Florida roadway early Monday morning, before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court and police records.

"It should be noted (that) Woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up" the arresting officer said in the police report. "The vehicle was running and the brake lights were illuminated as well as the right blinker flashing."

A breath blood alcohol test administered showed no signs that Woods had alcohol in his system, although he failed a field sobriety test after his vehicle was found “stopped on the roadway at 2:03 a.m. Monday in the right-hand lane and right shoulder” in Jupiter, Fla. Woods was cited for improper parking, along with the driving under the influence citation. 

"Woods stated he didn't know where he was," the officer wrote. 

Woods told the officer he "takes several prescriptions." 

Woods couldn't complete several tasks during the field sobriety test, including reciting the national anthem backwards. The officer wrote that Woods appeared, "Sluggish, sleepy, unable to walk alone.”

Woods, 41, is scheduled to be arraigned in Palm Beach County circuit court on July 5.

Woods claimed in a statement that the DUI arrest was the result of "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications" and not due to the consumption of alcohol. Police didn't specify the chemical or substance that led to the DUI arrest.

“I understand the severity of what I did, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets Monday evening.  "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

Woods, who owns a home on Jupiter Island, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at  7:18 a.m. ET on a single count of driving under the influence. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

"I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism,” Woods said in the statement. 
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Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida, Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said.

Woods was booked into a local jail and released on his own recognizance with no bond a few hours later, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's online records.

Woods, 41, who has undergone multiple back surgeries in recent years, hasn't played competitive golf since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

His most recent operation was just more than a month ago when he underwent fusion surgery on his back. Woods said in a blog post published Wednesday that "it was instant nerve relief."

"I haven't felt this good in years," he said.

Woods also said in the post that his long-term prognosis for returning to professional golf is positive, but that he won't be able to twist his back for another two to three months.

"Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me," he wrote. "I am concentrating on short-term goals.

"I want to thank my doctors for their great work and support throughout this process. I also want to thank the fans for your phenomenal support. It means more than you know. There's a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free."
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Lindsay H. Jones May-23-2017 364 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.
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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.
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