Mets boycott New York Post over Bartolo Colon fat jokes

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The New York Mets boycotted New York Post writer Mike Puma on Friday after he and his newspaper wrote some unflattering things about overweight pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Puma tweeted the following line about Colon on Thursday and then used it as the lede for his article later in the day following the Mets’ win over the Cardinals:

And here was the lede to his article:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

Puma also used the adjective “rotund” to describe Colon in the second paragraph of his story.

As if that weren’t enough, the headline The Post used for the story was “Lardball,” as seen in the image at the top of this post.

The team must have been upset over the paper/writer’s mocking of Colon, because the New York Daily News reports that the team refused to talk to the media after Friday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

The Post can be downright nasty towards the subjects it covers, so kudos to the Mets players for taking a stand against the negativity. Not only are Bartolo Colon fat jokes mean, they’re just so easy to make and require no creativity. Plus, the real folks have transitioned from Colon fat jokes to Colon batting jokes.

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Jean Segura hit in face on Ryan Braun warmup swing (Video)

Jean Segura left the Brewers-Cubs game in the first inning and needed medical attention after being hit in the face on a warmup swing by teammate Ryan Braun on Saturday.

Braun was at the top step of the Brewers’ dugout leading to the on-deck circle and warming up for his at-bat. Segura walked behind him and wasn’t paying attention, and was whacked in the side of the face by Braun’s bat.

Segura was taken out of the game and helped down the dugout to be treated:

Jean Segura Brewers

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Racist Donald Sterling tells girlfriend V. Stiviano not to bring black people to games (Audio)

Donald Sterling’s ugly racist side has been caught on tape, and the audio recording is not pretty.

Donald Sterling girlfriend V StivianoAccording to TMZ, which received and posted the audio recording, Sterling was upset with his girlfriend V. Stiviano for posting a photo to Instagram of her with Magic Johnson on April 9.

Sterling, who has owned the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981, is heard asking Stiviano why she takes photos with minorities. He goes on to explain how he lives in a culture where there is a divide among races that he follows.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling is heard saying.

Some of his other disgusting comments include the following:

“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.

“Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring [Magic Johnson] to my games.”

The irony, of course, is that Stiviano is Black and Mexican.

Sterling is a real estate mogul and has faced discipline and lawsuits from the Department of Justice over his alleged discrimination against Hispanics, Blacks and people with families when it came to renting out units. He also was sued by former Clippers GM Elgin Baylor for alleged discrimination. Baylor alleged that Sterling had a “plantation mentality.

TMZ got a hold of Magic Johnson, who had this to say in response to Sterling:

“It’s a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans,” Johnson said via TMZ. “He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority fan base.”

Sterling has also heckled his own players, which led to former Clippers point guard Baron Davis losing his love for the game.

In a related story, Sterling’s wife, Shelly, is suing Stiviano and alleging that the young lady had an affair with Donald. Shelly is claiming that Stiviano targets wealthy men. Here are some of the details of the suit, which was filed in March, via CBS LA:

According to the suit, Stiviano has several aliases, including Vanessa Perez, Monica Gallegos and Maria Valdez.

Stiviano reportedly met Sterling at the Super Bowl game in February 2010 and that same year began a sexual relationship with him, the suit states.

The suit asks for a return of all cash, land, expensive cars and other items that under California law are the community property of the Sterlings.

The timing of this audio leak is not accidental. I have no doubt that this was leaked to TMZ from Stiviano’s lawyer as a counter move to the Sterlings filing the lawsuit. Sue me? I’ll leak audio of you being racist and publicly ruin your reputation.

And I wouldn’t doubt that the Stiviano was instructed by her legal team to set up Sterling with this audio recording. Just listen to the way she talks — she makes herself out to be an angel while catching Sterling saying nasty things. She knew she was recording things and wanted to sound good.

Regardless, the calls for the NBA to act against Sterling will come loud and strong. Groups will likely be calling for him to be stripped of his ownership of the team, and they will have plenty of reason to do so.

Trent Baalke: Rumors of friction with Jim Harbaugh are ‘totally off base’

Jim HarbaughThe word over the past several months has been that San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke don’t get along, but both have dismissed that talk.

In December, the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami reported that there was some tension between Harbaugh and Baalke. A few days later, Pro Football Talk reported that the tension described by Kawakami is real.

Harbaugh’s issues with Baalke or the organization in general appeared to manifest themselves when there was talk of the team trading the coach to the Cleveland Browns. But The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Greg Bedard spent a few days with the Niners organization and came away with the conclusion that despite clashing on some issues, the relationship with Baalke and Harbaugh remains a working one.

In fact, Baalke dismisses all the notions of friction when speaking with Bedard.

“I’ve seen so much written that it doesn’t make sense to me,” Baalke told Bedard. “They don’t know us. And to put words into our mouths is unfair. To read into it is unfair. This is a competitive business, and the only way to survive is to be highly competitive. And everyone in this organization is highly competitive, just like any other.

“It’s a highly competitive environment. We like that. That’s what we thrive on. So to say that the relationship is strained or it’s a relationship that can’t coexist is totally off base. Totally off base.”

Harbaugh similarly dismissed any issues, describing the relationship as “healthy” and “successful.”

Maybe they really are just two competitive guys who happen to clash at times the way many co-workers would. Or maybe they’re good at masking the issues.

But the real way to show that there aren’t any problems will be for Harbaugh to finally sign a contract extension with the team. Why would they shop him to Cleveland if they weren’t OK with him leaving?

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Joakim Noah reportedly gets into heated exchange with Wizards’ security

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah is always an emotional player, but the Chicago Bulls center got his blood boiling much earlier than he typically does on Friday morning. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Noah got into a heated exchanged with a Washington Wizards security staffer during his game day shootaround.

Noah is typically the last player off the court when the Bulls hold their shootaround. When Wizards security manager Jackie Miles came onto the court to tell the Bulls to wrap things up because the Wizards were about to take the floor, Noah reportedly became angry.

Miles came onto the Verizon Center hardwood and started screaming for Bulls players to exit so the Wizards could start their shootaround. Noah is usually the last Bull off the court in shootarounds, going through his morning routine, and wasn’t having any of it.

Noah told Miles, “Get the [bleep] out of here, I’m not done … get the [bleep] out of here.’’

Miles started firing back with, “Don’t [bleeping] talk to me that way,’’ and then again telling Noah to leave the court.

Cowley said Noah and Miles went back and forth for at least another minute while Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was speaking to reporters just off the court. Miles reportedly did the same thing when the Bulls visited Washington last month, yelling at the players to “get off my court.”

For what it’s worth, Noah didn’t listen. He finished shooting around and did not exit the floor until his routine was complete. We know how particular players can be about what they do on game day. Noah isn’t the most reasonable player in the league, but it sounds like Miles was being a hard ass for no reason.

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Hawk Harrelson: Hemorrhoids kept me from winning Triple Crown

Hawk HarrelsonChicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is notorious for not having a filter. Whether he’s flipping out over a blown call or making a racist comment without realizing it, we’ve come to learn that we shouldn’t be surprised with anything that comes out of the 72-year-old’s mouth — even if he talks about his hemorrhoids.

Harrelson chatted with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on MLB Network’s “High Heat” on Thursday, and he was asked about the great season he had when he was an All-Star with the Boston Red Sox in 1968. Hawk credited Carl Yastrzemski for his uprising and butt pain for his downfall.

“Well in ’68, it was all because of Yaz,” Harrelson said. “Over the winter I had dedicated myself to — I said, ‘I’m gonna stick it up Carl’s behind in ’68.’ And that was my motivation. I was just going to go ahead and play as hard as I could and things worked out pretty good. In fact, I was going for the Triple Crown up until I got the hemorrhoids and then at that point I fell out of that…”

To his credit, Mad Dog skipped right over the comment and acted like he didn’t even hear it. He probably could have made things a lot weirder. Skip ahead to the 2:08 mark of the video below to hear Harrelson’s hemorrhoid talk for yourself.

As Deadspin’s Tim Marchman noted, Harrelson hit .297 with 31 home runs and 99 RBI through August 15 of the 1968 season. He hit .219 with four homers and 10 RBI the rest of the way. Did they have Tuck’s medicated wipes back then? It sounds like Hawk could have used them.

Chris Paul not called for foul on Steph Curry’s last shot (Video)

Chris Paul got away with what many felt was a foul on Steph Curry on the final play of the Clippers’ 98-96 win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

Golden State had 7.8 seconds left and sent the ball in to Curry who was in iso against CP3. Curry pushed off to free himself, then went for the step-back 3-pointer. Paul appeared to make contact with Curry on the elbow, but the real contact was down lower where CP3 pushed Curry with his left forearm.

Chris Paul Steph Curry foul

“Chris did a good job of putting his hands on [Curry]. When he went up for the shot, you’re supposed to be able to come down,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after the game via SI’s Ben Golliver.

There was definitely contact there from both players. Curry pushed off, and Paul nudged Curry backwards during the shot. But was that enough to warrant a foul call? I didn’t think so.

Here’s the pushoff by Steph that many are conveniently omitting from the conversation:

Steph Curry CP3 pushoff

That’s also a slick veteran move by CP3. While everyone’s looking up at the shot, hit ‘em down low. That’s a classic magician’s deception move right there.