Pacers fans were rightfully disgusted with the team for falling behind by 21 points in the first half of Game 5 of their playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks, and one disgusted fan’s heckling was captured by NBATV.
After Paul George was called for traveling on Indiana’s final possession of the first half, one fan could be heard giving the forward some crap.
The fan scolded George for traveling, questioned him for not playing up to his All-Star level, and then got on him for losing the game (and series) to Atlanta.
Pacers fans aren’t having any of this bullcrap!
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is disgusted by Donald Sterling’s racist remarks and wants to force him out of the NBA. Because the league’s bylaws do not allow the owners to get rid of Sterling, Alexander wants to take a drastic measure that he believes would drive the Clippers owner out.
“I thought that there’s got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team,” said Alexander of a solution he suggested to commissioner Adam Silver. “I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents.’”
Alexander does not want to break up the Clippers but rather back Sterling into a corner where he’d be forced to sell the team. He apparently was the first person to suggest the idea to Silver, who said he was taking it under consideration.
Sterling has owned the Clippers since 1981, and his racist attitude has been known for years. What’s different is that this time instead of allegations of racism coming up in a court case, we have pretty concrete proof of his racist attitude via audio recordings.
“This kind of behavior can’t be allowed in the NBA by owners, players or anybody,” Alexander said via the Houston Chronicle. “This guy has no place in the family of the NBA. Whatever it takes, we have to make sure this kind of event never happens again.”
- Leslie Alexander
Teddy Bridgewater’s draft stock appears to be falling, but fear not — the man still stands to strike it rich! Well, that’s what misleading headlines would lead you to believe.
Bridgewater was initially thought to be a definite top-10 pick in the NFL draft and potential No. 1 overall pick, but since struggling at his pro day and in workouts with individual teams, his “stock” has supposedly fallen.
Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had Bridgewater being selected in the second round of the draft in his recent projection. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said he wouldn’t take Teddy in the first round.
Even though Bridgewater’s stock is falling, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that the former Louisville quarterback took out a loss-of-value insurance policy connected to an injury policy prior to the draft. The eye-catching headline makes you think that thanks to the policy, Bridgewater would cash in on $5 million if he falls out of the first round.
But it’s not that simple.
In order to collect the $5 million, Bridgewater would have to prove that an illness or injury is the reason why he fell in the draft.
As far as we all know, Bridgewater is neither sick nor injured. Even if he were, you know how difficult insurance companies make it to collect?
Bridgewater taking out the insurance policy was probably a smart idea as some sort of protection, but don’t expect him to strike it rich through it. His best chance of becoming rich is by playing well in the NFL and proving the current doubters wrong.
- Teddy Bridgewater
The Miami Heat showed their support of the Los Angeles Clippers by removing their warmups and wearing their undershirts inside-out just like the Clippers did on Sunday before Game 4 of their playoff series with the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron James was outspoken on Saturday, saying there was no place in the NBA for Donald Sterling’s racist attitude.
The Heat formed a pile with their warmups during pregame just like the Clippers:
The Miami Heat show solidarity w/ Los Angeles Clippers by removing warmups and leaving at half-court pre-game pic.twitter.com/UYE1DjBEPz
— 3030 (@jose3030) April 28, 2014
Echoing Clippers yesterday, Heat come out for warmups, throw logo shirts down at midcourt & wear warm ups inside out pic.twitter.com/3bNQEd8woq
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 28, 2014
Even after the game began, the Heat players still wore their warmups inside-out:
- Miami Heat
One such story is his lawsuit with Alexandra Castro, a woman whom Sterling paid for sex from 1999-2002. Sterling met Castro in Las Vegas at Al Davis’ birthday party over July 4th weekend in 1999. Sterling and Castro developed a sexual relationship where Sterling paid her for what he described as the best sex he’s ever had.
Sterling transferred title of a property to Castro and her mother, but he sued to get it back after Castro broke off their relationship. It was during the procedures of that suit in 2003 when Sterling gave a deposition where he detailed some aspects of their sex life.
Sterling paid Castro $500 a pop for every time they had sex, which he says occurred all over the place, including around his work office. In the deposition, Sterling describing the sex and how it was the best ever is pretty mind-blowing. You can see all the dirty details below. I pulled what I felt were the highlights from what The Smoking Gun has on its site:
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist rant is one of the biggest stories in America right now. Naturally, the other incredibly wealthy Donald has been asked for his take on the sensitive subject.
During an appearance on FOX News on Monday morning, Donald Trump called Sterling’s racist views “despicable” but expressed more sympathy for him than others have. More specifically, he ripped V. Stiviano for setting Sterling up.
“It’s terrible,” Trump said. “He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend. Let’s face it. She’s (sic) the girlfriend from Hell. … It’s so bad. She was baiting him and she’s a terrible human being. He gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.
“What he said was terrible and despicable. Very strong action is going to be taken. There’s no question about it.”
In addition to noting how horrible Stiviano was for recording Sterling, Trump also wondered if the 81-year-old NBA owner has all his wits about him. Otherwise, how could he not have realized he was being baited with a series of questions about race?
“I think he could be out of it, frankly,” Trump said. “Based on his actions he could be pretty much out of it, in terms of his whole mentality. The way she led him on — he should know, if he was there or he was with it, after one or two of those questions that she was asking that there’s something going on here.”
In other words, Trump feels the same way New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick feels about Sterling’s age and mental capacity. As I said earlier, that’s no excuse for his actions. Sterling owns the Clippers. It’s not like someone recorded him from a nursing home. He’s a racist and always has been a racist. Stiviano just provided the world with hard evidence.
Stiviano apparently is not too interested in speaking with the media, because when she did leave her place, she was looking like Darth Vader with a huge bee keeping type of mask/reflector shield over her head and face.
Do you think she used that as a tool in the bedroom when she and Donnie had happy spanky time?
- V. Stiviano
As most of you know, the NFL put a rule into place this offseason that will ban dunking on the goal posts as a form of celebration next season. Any player who chooses to go Jimmy Graham on the big yellow posts will be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes he has found a loophole in the rule.
“I’m still going to dunk,” Johnson told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press over the weekend. “I just won’t touch the rim.”
Sorry, Megatron, but I don’t think that will work. NFL officials have enough to worry about during the game, so I doubt the league is going to ask them to determine whether or not players actually touched the goal posts while throwing the ball threw them. It’s going to be a penalty if you do that whether you make contact with the crossbar or not.
Johnson isn’t the only one who plans to boycott the rule. Graham said last month that he is expecting to be penalized plenty next season.
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 25, 2014
Chances are both guys are just messing around. If it was a matter of being fined, that would be one thing. But I doubt either player is going to jeopardize his team by taking a 15-yard penalty just to celebrate a certain way. The No Fun League has spoken. Unfortunately, it’s time to adjust.
H/T Eye on Football
- Calvin Johnson
Rick Neuheisel is an analyst for the Pac-12 Network, while his son, Jerry, is a backup quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team. UCLA had its spring game over the weekend, and Rick had a chance to interview his son after the game. The result will blow your mind.
Jerry is a total clone of his father. He looks the same. He talks the same. He has the same personality. He’s like a younger version of his dad.
I always called him “Lil Ricky” as a joke, but I had no idea he was this much of a chip off the old block. Goodness. And how great were they together on camera?
What’s cool is that Jerry is totally aware of the similarities:
For all those people who say my Dad and I look and sound alike here's an interview to completely prove you right! http://t.co/vdpWL9UaY1
— Jerry Neuheisel (@jerryneuheisel) April 27, 2014
Tip via Andy
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Michael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire collegiate and NFL career. His clothing line, V7, was built around his jersey number. When Vick signed with the New York Jets, it quickly became obvious that he would have to choose a new number for the first time in his 11-year NFL career. That number is 8.
On Sunday evening, Vick posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a No. 8 Jets jersey.
“I want to see everybody in there MV8 jerseys this year,” he wrote. “I appreciate all the fans that helped. Fresh start..new me! #JetsNation #GangGreen #V8”
As most of you know, Geno Smith wears No. 7 for the Jets. Vick looks awkward wearing 8, but we’ll get used to it. I’d say people might confuse Vick with Steve Young while he’s running around wearing No. 8 throwing passes left-handed, but Young typically threw to his own players. Vick has more of a tendency to throw to the other team.
- Michael Vick