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Mike Carey avoided refereeing Redskins games because of team name

Mike-CareyThe Washington Redskins team name debate may have emerged as a hot topic over the last year, but there are plenty of people who have had a problem with the racist undertones associated with the nickname for years. Former NFL referee Mike Carey is one of them.

Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as an NFL ref and is now the rules analyst for CBS Sports, began quietly protesting the term Redskins back in 2006. It was then that Carey asked that the NFL not assign him to any Washington games for the preseason or regular season, and the league honored his request.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” Carey told Mike Wise of the Washington Post. “And I will continue to call them Washington. The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington. It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think.”

Carey, the first African-American official to ever work a Super Bowl, was one of the most respected referees in the NFL. He said he kept his request private and never went to Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey explained. “I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

Carey’s interesting revelation comes in the wake of two prominent NFL broadcasters saying they will avoid using the term Redskins this season. We’re guessing Mike Ditka would strongly disagree with Carey’s social stance.

Curt Schilling has mouth cancer, believes it was caused by tobacco

Curt-SchillingCurt Schilling revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, more commonly known as mouth cancer, back in February. Schilling had previously chosen not to reveal the type of cancer he was battling but discussed his health issues in more detail during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon.

“This all came about from a dog bite,” Schilling said, via Boston.com. “I got bitten by a dog and I had some damage to my finger and I went to see a doctor, and the day that I went to see the doctor, I was driving and I went to rub my neck and I felt a lump on the left side of my neck. And I knew immediately it wasn’t normal. So there happened to be an ENT [Ear, Nose, and Throat] right next door to the hand doctor, and I thought what the heck, let me just stop in and see and so I waited in the office and went in there and they did the biopsy, and two days later, they diagnosed me with squamous cell carcinoma.”

Schilling said one of the reasons he did not reveal the type of cancer he had been diagnosed with is that he did not want to become a part of baseball’s chewing tobacco debate. He is, however, convinced that using smokeless tobacco led to his cancer.

“I didn’t talk about it for two reasons,” he explained. “No. 1, I didn’t want to get into the chewing tobacco debate, which I knew was going to come about, which to me, I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got … absolutely, no question in my mind about that. And the second thing was I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I didn’t want the pity or any of that stuff…

“I ended up spending about six months in the hospital because I had a bad reaction. I had a staph infection. I had what’s called C. diff. I had a couple different problems and there was a week there, there’s a week of my life I don’t remember while I was in the hospital going through this.”

As we all know, Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer earlier this summer and had previously stated that he believed years of tobacco use led to his disease. His death has inspired a number of players to give up the nasty habit. Schilling is fortunate to have achieved remission. Hopefully his story also serves as a wake-up call.

Mike Ditka bashes liberals, thinks Redskins name debate is stupid

Mike Ditka BearsMike Ditka is as old school as they come, so it’s probably no surprise that he believes the Washington Redskins should keep their nickname. But what is surprising is how strongly he feels about the subject and why.

Ditka did an interview with Redskins Historian Mike Richman this month and his comments received publicity after The Washington Post wrote about it Tuesday.

Here’s what Ditka said:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much horses— it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

Ditka continued to blast the PC liberals.

“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”

While many people will be in disbelief over Ditka’s thoughts, many more will love him for them. This is Da Coach we’re talking about. The same guy who called Jonathan Martin a baby. The same guy who criticized Matthew Stafford for wearing his hat backwards. Of course he’s going to want the Redskins to keep an offensive name to save tradition. And of course old school folks will love him for standing up for what they believe is right.

When you’re evaluating the merits of Ditka’s argument, just keep in mind that he’s the same guy who thought it was a rational idea to trade his entire draft for Ricky Williams. That is all.

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches lets home get into foreclosure

Siohvaughn Funches Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches has not been doing well since she split from the Miami Heat star several years ago. There has been plenty of evidence of that over the years, like, for example, the fact that she has reportedly allowed her home to get into foreclosure.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Wade has stopped making payments on the $225,000 he owes on his 7,800-square foot home in South Holland, Illinois. Wade and Funches lived there together with their two children before Funches filed for divorce in 2007. However, Wade’s people say he doesn’t owe anything — Funches does.

D-Wade’s attorney told TMZ that Wade and Funches finally reached a settlement last year after years of battling in court. In addition to a large sum of money, Funches got the Chicago suburb home and assumed the mortgage payments. Wade’s attorney said Funches simply stopped making the payments but they are not Wade’s responsibility.

Some of the divorce proceedings between Wade and Funches are still ongoing. Siohvaughn recently asked a judge to step down from their case because she believes he is too star-struck by Wade. This is the same woman who sued the police department and once pretended to be homeless on the streets of Chicago to make Wade look bad. She is, by all indications, a mess.

Photo via Baller Alert

New Mexico women’s soccer hazing allegations include stripping, urine splashing

New-Mexico-LobosSeveral members of the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team claim they were brutally hazed by teammates on Sunday night. According to KOB 4 News, one of the victims ended up in the hospital after someone called 911 to report the incident.

One victim’s parent told KOB that their daughter said the team’s freshman players were forced to strip naked and drink dangerous amounts of alcohol. They were also allegedly “sprayed” with urine. At least one victim’s family has reportedly hired an attorney.

A number of UNM students said they were shocked by the allegations, including volleyball player Keaton Alley, who described the women’s soccer team as a “really close-knit team.” Another unnamed student said she or he is familiar with a lot of the players on the team.

“I know a lot of the soccer girls, and I’m surprised that any of them would even do that to someone,” the student told KOB.

New Mexico is one of just six US states without any anti-hazing laws, though that does not mean any claims of hazing would be ignored. Forcing teenagers to drink large amounts of alcohol and splashing urine on them would go well beyond the realm of playful initiation antics.

For more hazing stories, click here.

H/T Gawker

Brian Orakpo on Johnny Manziel middle finger: ‘It was hilarious’

Johnny Manziel flips the bird

The Washington Redskins seemed to have a lot of fun with Johnny Manziel on Monday night. At one point, they were having so much fun with Johnny Football that they inspired the rookie to flip the bird to the entire Redskins sideline. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo thought the gesture was entertaining.

“It was hilarious,” Orakpo said, per John Keim of ESPN.com. “We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain’t college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun. Manziel flipped us off. It was something funny. We were all laughing on the sidelines.”

[Related: Brian Orakpo does Johnny Manziel hand gesture after sack]

Redskins safety Ryan Clark agreed that Manziel flipping the bird was “funny” and that “nobody cares.” DeSean Jackson, who for some reason thinks he has the right to get on a high horse despite some of the controversial hand gestures he has flashed in the past, sounded a bit more offended.

“Being young, things happen sometimes [and] you don’t know better,” Jackson said. “It’s unfortunate he did get caught, but he’ll learn from it. It’s nothing too nice to do. We’re out here competing with each other.”

The real reason the Redskins didn’t care about Manziel flipping them off? The Heisman Trophy winner completed just 44% of his passes (6-of-17) and was sacked three times. He did not look sharp at all, which is probably why he was frustrated enough to flip the bird. The learning curve continues for Johnny Football.

Also see: Johnny Manziel middle finger memes are fantastic

Tony Dungy, Phil Simms will try not to use word ‘Redskins’

Washington Redskins helmetMost major television networks have left it up to their television personalities on whether they want to use the term “Redskins” this season or not. With increasing pressure from politicians and other influential groups, the Washington Redskins seem destined to change their nickname at some point. The process might be accelerated if people just stop using it.

“My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,” Simms told The Associated Press, via NBC 4 Washington. “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

Dungy, who is a major staple of the NBC Sunday Night Football telecast, agrees.

“I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington,” Dungy said. “Personal opinion for me, not the network.”

But for every Simms and Dungy, there are plenty of broadcasters and analysts who say they will commit to using the term Redskins as long as that is the name of the team.

“There are so many Redskins fans that take great pride in the name,” CBS’ Rich Gannon, who spent a season playing in Washington, said. “(Owner) Daniel Snyder has said he’s talked and visited with (many) American Indian nations who are supportive of the name. And there are those who oppose it who are being heard. It’s an important topic.”

Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason, Solomon Wilcots and Troy Aikman also said they will continue to call the Redskins by name until it is no longer their name.

There are even some prominent former Redskins players who believe owner Daniel Snyder should change the name of his franchise, but Snyder has refused to back down. In fact, Snyder recently bought some “Keep the Name” T-shirts from a street vendor. Still, I believe it is only a matter of time before he is forced to fold.