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Jeremy Lin says he gets stopped by arena security because he’s Asian

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin has played 25 or more minutes per game in each season since he became a household name with the New York Knicks four years ago, but he apparently still has trouble with security staffers not recognizing him when he shows up to work.

In a lengthy interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Lin was asked if he still encounters racism on the job or in everyday life. He hinted that he believes he is a victim of racial profiling when he’s stopped by arena security.

“I still get stopped when I try to go through away arenas and stuff, and I’m walking with my teammates, and obviously none of them are Asian but I’m the only one that gets stopped, and they ask for my credentials, stuff like that,” Lin explained. “‘Hey, we need your credentials,’ or ‘Are you part of the team?’ Stuff like that. But I really don’t let it affect me. … I’m so used to it now. It doesn’t bother me.

“There’s gonna be racism everywhere I go, and some of it’s more subtle, some of it’s less malicious. I mean, every day there’s guys with certain stereotypes or whatever, and it’s not just me. But yeah, I still go through it.”

Lin also said he sometimes has “really racist things” said to him on Twitter, but he understands that is an unfortunate part of the world we live in.

If you remember, Lin dealt with insensitive racist jokes almost immediately at the height of his “Linsanity” era in New York. Some of it came from his own team, and there were also ignorant marketing ploys from major companies. It’s a shame he still has to put up with it.

Report: Indians have best deal on table for Aroldis Chapman

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The winning bid for Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman may be coming from a fellow American League club.

According to a report by Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM on Sunday, the Cleveland Indians have the best offer on the table for Chapman. The Washington Nationals are also said to be “very aggressive” in their pursuit of the Cuban.

Word emerged late Saturday that the Yankees have been telling teams they’re close to trading Chapman but will keep Andrew Miller. The Chicago Cubs have been said to be very much in the mix for Chapman.

Chapman, 28, has recorded 20 saves for the Yankees this year with a 2.01 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts. Though the likes of Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, and their other attractive young pieces are likely close to untouchable, the Indians have a heap of talent to offer from the minor league level. Cody Allen has been an excellent closer for them with 77 saves over the past three seasons. But it may prove difficult for Cleveland to turn down a very real opportunity to land a scorcher like Chapman.

H/T Rotoworld

Report: Diamondbacks making Shelby Miller available via trade

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One of the biggest names moved during the most recent MLB offseason is already available again.

The Diamondbacks have reportedly made pitcher Shelby Miller available in trade talks, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Miller trade has been nothing short of a disaster for Arizona. He’s just 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA, and has not come remotely close to the numbers he put up in both Atlanta and St. Louis. The Diamondbacks have been vague about what’s troubling him.

It’s unclear what Arizona could get back for Miller at this point. He’s a good buy low candidate, but the asking price may still be higher than what teams would pay. There’s no salvaging what a disaster it’s been for the Diamondbacks, though. The fact that the deal supposedly made another key acquisition unhappy is just icing on the cake.

Rio mayor offers to put kangaroo in Olympic village to please Australians

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Rio de Janeiro appears nowhere close to prepared to host the Summer Olympics in less than two weeks, but the city’s mayor does not seem overly concerned.

On Sunday, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was asked about the Australian Olympic Committee deeming the athlete’s village “uninhabitable” after running some tests at the dorms over the weekend. Rather than reassure people that the accommodations will be suitable, Paes cracked a kangaroo joke.

The mayor was just full of wise cracks, also noting that he never promised Rio would be able to host the Olympics without some issues.

Some of the issues the AOC discovered at the athlete’s village were significant and no laughing matter. When you factor in stories like the one we heard about what was found near the Olympic volleyball courts last month, it seems like Rio has a lot of (potentially way too much) work to do before Aug. 5.

Joe Maddon makes Chris Sale joke when discussing trade rumors

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The Chris Sale situation is providing fodder for some quality one liners both in and out of Major League Baseball.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon piled on Sunday when discussing the trade rumors surrounding the team. He couldn’t help but make reference to the current issues surrounding the Cubs’ south side neighbors.

If you don’t understand the joke, this will clarify things for you.

I don’t really care if that’s intentional or not. It’s savage either way, and it turns out that the people of the internet aren’t the only ones making jokes at Sale’s expense.

Michael Bennett: Contract saga is ‘never-ending,’ wants Seahawks to pay him or move him

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Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is still unhappy with his contract, and he’d like the team to do something about it one way or another.

Bennett told Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post that he’s tired of being underpaid and wants the Seahawks to pay up — and if they don’t think he’s worth that, let him go.

“It is never-ending,” Bennett said. “Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me.”

The 30-year-old said he tries to balance his issues with his contract with his desire to be a good teammate, but definitely isn’t pleased being the 27th highest-paid defensive lineman in the NFL.

“I just want to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league,” Bennett said. “I’m definitely one of the top five defensive ends.”

Bennett has stuck up for teammates who wanted new contracts before. It’s his turn to make the demands. He’s set to make $5.5 million this season, which is not in line with the contracts being handed out to top players at his position. Bennett’s position is completely understandable in that context.

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family’s intervention attempt

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Friends and family have been trying to convince Lamar Odom to seek help in the wake of him resorting to some of his old habits, but the former NBA star is reportedly not interested in hearing what other people have to say.

A report from Extra claims some family members made an unsuccessful attempt at staging an intervention for Odom in New York Friday night. A source told the gossip publication that Odom’s aunt, children and ex-wife were among those in attendance, but an “extremely surprised” Odom walked out.

Odom’s cousin has reportedly reached out to Darryl Strawberry in an attempt to have the former MLB player convince Odom to start a program at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Florida. Strawberry is said to have joined the intervention via video chat.

Things do not appear to be going well for Odom more than eight months after he nearly lost his life to a drug overdose. His estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has kicked Lamar out of the home she was renting for him, and Odom reportedly caused a scene on a plane recently and had to be removed. He obviously needs professional help.

H/T Black Sports Online

Chris Sale suspended by White Sox for ‘destroying team equipment’

Chris Sale White Sox

The Chicago White Sox announced on Sunday that starting pitcher Chris Sale has been suspended for five days following an incident in the clubhouse before Saturday night’s game.

In a statement announcing the disciplinary action, the White Sox essentially confirmed reports that Sale threw a fit over not wanting to wear throwback uniforms.

In what has turned out to be one of the most unbelievable stories of the MLB season, Sale was scratched from his start against the Detroit Tigers just before game time after he reportedly became irate over the team placing too much focus on its attire. Sale is said to have cut up several jerseys with a knife. You can read more details about the incident here.

The White Sox were entertaining trade offers for Sale before the outburst, so you’d have to think the left-hander is close to finished in Chicago.

Cubs reportedly trying hard to land Aroldis Chapman, Nationals fall behind

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The Chicago Cubs may be the favorites to land pitcher Aroldis Chapman as trade talks remain fluid, according to various reports.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday morning that the Cubs are very much in for Chapman, but there is no deal yet.

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball wrote that a mystery team has entered the mix, with the Nationals, who have Chapman as their top trade target, having apparently fallen behind in the race with the Yankees unimpressed by their offers.

The San Francisco Giants were also involved, but do not sound optimistic about getting a deal done.

At this hour, things sound good for the Cubs and less good for the Nats, who have targeted a reliever of Chapman’s caliber. We’ll wait to see who the mystery team is, but it sounds like this is moving toward a conclusion.

Olympic village in Rio has clogged toilets, deemed ‘uninhabitable’

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With the official start of the 2016 Summer Olympics less than two weeks away, the city of Rio de Janeiro should probably be ready to host by now. But is it? Let’s just say if the Games started today, the athletes would have nowhere to live.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday night that the athlete’s village in Rio has been deemed “uninhabitable” for the time being due to a series of major issues. Some of the dorms are apparently both unfinished and unsafe.

“Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean,” AOC chef de mission Kitty Chiller said. “In operations areas water has come through the ceiling resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring.”

Chiller said the AOC has been working to get its section of the village up to standards, but a test run over the weekend went terribly wrong.

“We decided to do a ‘stress test’ where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house,” she explained. “The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring.”

Unfortunately, clogged toilets isn’t even the worst of what has gone on in Rio in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. Let’s not forget what was found near the volleyball courts last month. Officials need to work very quickly to address the problems.

H/T The Big Lead

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