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Roger Mason Jr. believes LeBron would not play next season if Sterling still owns Clippers

LeBron James chest poundThe NBA has been all business in punishing Donald Sterling, and a big reason for that is because they know the players have been watching the situation closely.

The Golden State Warriors had elaborate plans to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series with the Clippers if Commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment didn’t satisfy them. Many other teams may have joined them in protest.

And one player who has been outspoken on the issue is LeBron James, who less than 24 hours after the audio recordings were released said “there’s no room for Donald Sterling” in the NBA.

LeBron apparently feels so strongly about the issue that he would not want play next season if Sterling is still an owner. Or at least that’s the message James conveyed to Roger Mason Jr., his former Heat teammate who is also First Vice President of the NBA Player’s Association. That’s what Mason told Jim Rome in an interview slated to air on “Jim Rome on Showtime” Wednesday.

“If it’s not handled by … the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason told Rome. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron … At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members … Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”

It’s nice to see the players come together, bond and take a stand over this issue. As we saw in his interview with Anderson Cooper, Sterling is a pretty despicable character and terrible representative of the league. I wouldn’t want to be associated with him either. And I really like that the best player in the league also leads when it comes to social issues; he understands he is an influential voice and exercises it when necessary.

Ryne Sandberg says he got food poisoning from Shake Shack at Citi Field

Shake Shack Mets

If Ryne Sandberg looks a little lighter to you, it’s probably because the Phillies manager dropped a couple of LBs in the past few days.

According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Ryno told reporters Tuesday that he lost six pounds in two days because of food poisoning he got from eating a burger at the Shake Shack at Citi Field where the Phils were playing a 3-game series.

I’m not sure how well the people of New York are going to take this. Shake Shack is a beloved chain. Sandberg saying he got sick from it won’t go over well.

Then again, we’ve seen countless examples in the past of visiting players/coaches getting sick from the food they ate in the opponent’s city. Never trust them!

H/T Hardball Talk

Gilbert Arenas accepts Donald Sterling’s apology

gilbert-arenasDonald Sterling is one of the most hated men in America at the moment, and his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper changed the minds of very few people. Sterling appeared completely out of touch and proved that he has no concept of how others view him. Despite that, Gilbert Arenas is willing to forgive the 81-year-old.

“I’ll be the first to accept ur apology,” Arenas wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Sterling. “As a man who’s made a mistake or two in life I know how hard it is to look at your self in the mirror when you let so many ppl down but for anybody who can’t and won’t accept his apology u need to look in the mirror because were not perfect..forgiveness will destroy racism not more hatred..”

Very few people will agree with Gil. It should be noted that he wrote the comments about Sterling on Monday — before the full interview with Cooper was aired. Sterling made himself sound even more ignorant during the interview and spent a lot of time attacking Magic Johnson. He didn’t do himself any favors.

As expected, most of the feedback Arenas got on Instagram was negative. Several followers said he sounded just as ignorant as Sterling, which is pretty harsh. Sterling’s not a good person, and some people choose to not waste their time thinking about people like him. Maybe that’s the point Arenas was trying to make.

H/T Washington Post

Teddy Bridgewater: I told my agent I didn’t want to go to Browns

Teddy BridgewaterThe Cleveland Browns and Teddy Bridgewater appear to be playing a little game of “you can’t fire me, I quit.”

On Monday, we shared a bizarre report with you that indicated the Browns were 10 seconds away from drafting Bridgewater but decided to go with Johnny Manziel at the last second. Bridgewater claims it doesn’t matter, because he didn’t want to go to Cleveland anyway.

During an appearance on Tuesday’s edition of “The Dan Patrick Show,” Bridgewater said he told his agent the Browns aren’t the team for him.

“There was a chance, but I actually told my agent that that’s not the place I want to be,” Bridgewater claimed. “Throughout this entire process I’ve felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a family environment and the players (are) a great group of guys, so I felt comfortable wanting to play here.”

Were the Browns about to draft Bridgewater when the former Louisville star’s agent informed the team that he did not want to play there? That seems doubtful. I’m more inclined to believe that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam strong-armed his football people into taking Manziel. Plus a homeless guy told him to do it, so…

H/T Paul Pabst

Patriots rookie Jimmy Garoppolo voted better looking than Tom Brady

Jimmy Garoppolo

It’s going to be a while before the New England Patriots find a quarterback who can replace Tom Brady on the field, but they already have found a quarterback who can replace him in the looks department: Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garopollo played college ball at Eastern Illinois and was voted the Ohio Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns last season. The man broke Tony Romo’s school records for career passing yards and touchdowns. His body of work was enough to convince the Patriots to draft him in the second round on Friday, 62nd overall, and he’s already quite popular among some NFL fans.

Outsports.com, which is the leading sports site covering gay athletes, ran a poll Friday after Garoppolo was picked and asked their readers who is hotter: Jimmy or Tommy?

As of Monday, dimple cheeks had a commanding lead over dimple chin on OutSports’ poll:

Jimmy Garoppolo Tom Brady poll

There’s no denying that Garoppolo is a very handsome man and capable of snagging a supermodel wife. But the real question is will he be able to play like dreamboat Tommy?

Report: Browns were 10 seconds from drafting Teddy Bridgewater over Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

How certain were the Cleveland Browns that Johnny Manziel was their guy when they traded up to the No. 22 spot in the first round of the draft? That depends on who you ask.

According to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, there is a “story going around” that Browns general manager Ray Farmer was about to select Teddy Bridgewater with the 22nd pick when team owner Jimmy Haslam stepped in at the last second.

A source told me that the card prepared to be given to Commissioner Roger Goodell for the official announcement in Radio City Music Hall originally had Bridgewater’s name on it. Then with 10 seconds to go, a new card replaced it with the name of Johnny Manziel, as a result of owner Jimmy Haslam’s order.

Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert told Grossi that he was in the draft room and that never happened. Farmer reiterated that Haslam did not force the Browns’ football people into making any decisions on draft day.

“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Jimmy Haslam at no point demanded, requested or tried to influence the process in any way,” Farmer said. “He definitely asked questions. He’ll definitely give his opinion of what he thinks and all of those things are fine, but at the end of the day he trusted the football staff to make the decisions that we thought were the right decisions for this football team.”

There has been little to no buzz surrounding the Browns over the past several years, so you can understand why Haslam would have wanted to pick Manziel. He’s also a very good football player who brings a winning attitude. Plus, Haslam said a homeless person convinced him to draft Manziel when he was out to dinner days before the draft. There’s no way the change was made with 10 seconds left on the clock, right?

H/T The Big Lead

Marshall Henderson boycotting ESPN because of ‘nasty ass’ Michael Sam coverage

Michael Sam kiss boyfriend

As you have likely heard and/or seen by now, ESPN showed former Missouri linebacker Michael Sam giving his boyfriend a kiss after he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. We knew the decision to air the embrace would offend some, and we shouldn’t be surprised that former Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson falls under that umbrella.

On Monday morning, Henderson ripped ESPN for showing Sam kissing his boyfriend and expressed concern that his younger brothers had to see it. He called the coverage “sickening.”

Henderson has never been shy about expressing himself on Twitter, so no one should be surprised. Still, his comment is pretty pathetic. You don’t see any outrage when a player is shown kissing his girlfriend or wife after being drafted, so people need to get over it. It’s 2014.

Related: Dolphins DB tweets ‘omg’ and ‘horrible’ after Michael Sam pick

UPDATE: Marshall Henderson defends himself, says it was an experiment