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ESPN (sort of) apologizes for Michael Sam shower report

Michael Sam RamsAfter initially defending its report about Michael Sam’s shower habits in the St. Louis Rams locker room, ESPN finally received enough pressure from the masses to issue a half-hearted apology on Wednesday.

“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,” the network said in a statement. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”

For those who missed it, Josina Anderson discussed how Sam is fitting in with his teammates by passing along information she got from players about when and with whom Sam has been taking his showers. One Rams defender supposedly said Sam is “respecting our space” while two others said they weren’t keeping track of when the former Missouri star cleans himself. Shocking, I know.

[WATCH: ESPN shares report about Michael Sam's showering habits]

Rams defensive end Chris Long later sent a tweet directed toward ESPN, basically saying Sam’s sexual preference is no longer a topic of interest for anyone but the World Wide Leader. ESPN initially defended Anderson’s reporting on Tuesday.

“In response to recent questions about Sam fitting in with the team, multiple Rams brought up the shower topic and we relayed that information as part of our reporting,” the network said, via Shutdown Corner.

We get that Anderson was just passing along information, but it didn’t seem like there was enough there to constitute a news story. To me, the report represented an uncomfortable invasion of privacy.

Chargers announcer Hank Bauer suspended for Jewish joke (Audio)

San Diego Chargers radio color commentator Hank Bauer was suspended from broadcasting the team’s final preseason game on Thursday after telling an anti-Semitic joke at the end of Sunday’s broadcast.

In the closing seconds of Sunday’s Chargers-49ers preseason game, Bauer, broadcasting on 105.3 KIOZ, cracked a Jewish joke about how copper was invented (drop a penny between two Jewish people).

“But then again you know how copper wire was invented? Somebody dropped a penny between Josh and his family member,” said Bauer. “I say that respectfully and endearingly, my partner.”

The joke was aimed at play-by-play voice Josh Lewin, a Jewish announcer, who commented about the crowd leaving early and said he would have stayed the whole game if he were a paying customer.

Hank Bauer Chargers

Bauer made the following apology on Twitter Tuesday:

The Chargers issued a statement in response and said it was Clear Channel, the broadcasting company, that decided to suspend Bauer for the game.

“Although we know Hank had no ill-will behind his remarks, we agree the comments were inappropriate. Per Clear Channel’s decision, Hank will not be broadcasting Thursday night’s game,” the statement said. “Hank has been a strong radio voice for the Chargers for the past 16 years and a passionate supporter of the team since his playing days. We look forward to Chargers fans receiving the same high-quality broadcast from Josh (Lewin) and Hank when he returns to the booth for the regular season.”

FOX host Eric Bolling asks Mo’Ne Davis about playing a ‘female friendly’ sport like soccer

Mo’Ne Davis is the star pitcher of the Taney Dragons of Center City Philadelphia and led her team to the Little League World Series. She will become the 13th girl in over 68 years to participate in the Little League World Series, and she’ll be counted on to take her team for a ride.

But should Mo’Ne be playing Little League baseball or a more “female-friendly” sport?

“FOX & Friends” interviewed Davis on Wednesday and host Eric Bolling asked her about playing Little League instead of a more “female-friendly sport” like soccer.

I’m not sure exactly what Bolling was trying to ask because he worded it so poorly. He didn’t even ask a full question. But his implication was that girls shouldn’t be playing Little League. I’m sure hearing comments like that have to do wonders for Davis’ self-confidence. As if she didn’t already feel different enough because of her gender, now she has media members reminding her of that. Hopefully she keeps playing until she no longer wants to.

Mone Davis Little League

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Kirk Minihane: Erin Andrews is a ‘gutless bitch,’ should drop dead (Video)

Erin-AndrewsKirk Minihane is about to become a household name. Minihane is the third man in studio on WEEI Boston’s “Dennis and Callahan Show.” Those who listen to the show know how outspoken he can be, but Minihane crossed the line with his criticism of Erin Andrews on Wednesday morning.

After Adam Wainwright told reporters he grooved a fast ball to Derek Jeter in the first inning of Tuesday night’s All-Star game, the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher backtracked in an interview with Erin Andrews. Minihane disagreed with the way Andrews handled her line of questioning, to say the least.

“I hate her! what a gutless bitch! Go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault?

“I hate her. Don’t you love social media? Yeah … social media is — shut up. Shut up. I’m sure she’s a nice person, but she’s … she’s probably a bitch. I hate her.”

Personally, I didn’t see any issue with the questions Andrews asked. Wainwright’s initial comments about serving one up to Jeter had already become a big story, so she was simply doing her job. And since the All-Star Game is a light-hearted affair to begin with, I don’t see the issue with the “Don’t you just love social media?” comment.

Like his collegues John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Minihane is a blowhard. Disagreeing with a line of questioning is fine, but there’s no need to call Andrews a bitch and tell her to drop dead. There are plenty of other ways to get attention if you’re that desperate.

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Rick Reilly compares Martin Kaymer’s US Open dominance to Nazi Germany

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ESPN is likely thrilled that Rick Reilly recently retired after the tweet the former columnist sent on Friday afternoon. Martin Kaymer dominated the US Open field on Thursday and Friday and is currently the tournament leader at 10-under heading into the weekend. Kaymer is from Germany. You can take it from there, Rick.

For those of you who didn’t pay attention in history class, Reilly was making a Nazi Germany reference. The Germans, along with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland in 1939 and quickly took control of the nation. That basically sparked the beginning of World War II.

Surprisingly enough, Reilly did not delete the tweet — at least as of several hours after sending it. I guess that’s what retired life is all about?

Reporter Bobby Ramos laughed at by LeBron James for terrible question (Video)

Some clown by the name of Bobby Ramos became a major hit after Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, but it was for all the wrong reasons.

Bobby Ramos reporterRamos, who somehow got approved by the league to cover the game, asked some of the dumbest questions you could imagine to the Miami Heat guys after the game. Check that, what he asked of Erik Spoelstra wasn’t even a question.

But let’s start with what he did to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Ramos was approved to ask a question to James and Wade, who were at the podium answering questions together like usual. Ramos appeared to sort of puff his chest out, knowing that this was his opportunity to show everyone how hot his sports takes are or how bold he was for being (in his mind) the only reporter in there with the sack to ask the tough questions.

And what did he hammer LeBron and Wade with? “Is your problem your lackluster offense, or is it your lackluster defense?”

Keep in mind that it took Bobby a solid 10-15 seconds to spit out what could have been a very simple question.

LeBron’s reaction was just priceless.

GIF: LeBron and Dwyane Wade's reaction to that question ... on Twitpic

The guy had a smirk on his face and you could totally tell he wanted to bust open laughing. He probably thought, just like the rest of us, that Ramos’ presentation was comical. The guy was so serious with the way he was asking the question. And the balls on this guy to tell LeBron and Dwyane Wade that they have lackluster offense and defense. Seriously. The balls on this guy. You know that’s exactly what LeBron was thinking, which is why he started laughing and eventually deferred to Wade, who answered the question without answering the question.

Now what’s great is that even before the question to James and Wade, it was head coach Erik Spoelstra who got the Ramos treatment. Check out this video, where instead of asking a question, Ramos gives his made-for-sports-talk-radio opinion straight to Spo’s face:

Spo answered about the only way one could in that situation, saying, “clearly.”

You know all three members of the Heat were thinking the exact same thing the rest of us were: who let this guy in the building?

It’s a real shame for Bobby that on the biggest night of his career, his website was maxed out in traffic and couldn’t load. Too bad, because I really was interested in reading more of his great sports opinions.

H/T CJ Zero

Chris Sheridan only person not to vote LeBron James All-NBA first team

LeBron James trophiesKevin Durant was the only unanimous All-NBA first team selection when the vote was revealed on Wednesday. LeBron James was on 124 of 125 All-NBA first team ballots, with Chris Sheridan being the only voter not to include him on the first team. Instead, Sheridan picked Durant and Blake Griffin as his two forwards and has taken a lot of heat for his pick, as well he should.

Sheridan wrote a post on his website to defend his selection and explained that he put Durant and Griffin 1-2 in his MVP voting, which is why he had them on the first team All-NBA. Here’s part of his reasoning:

And by the way, Griffin got my second-place MVP vote because he was a rock over the course of the season for a Clippers team that posted more victories (57) then the two-time defending champion Heat (54). And they did it in a tougher conference.

Blake Griffin had a fantastic season and showed tremendous improvement as a player. He really developed a good jump shot and rounded out his game. He was deserving of an All-NBA selection, but not over LeBron James and Kevin Durant. That’s why all the other voters had KD and LeBron on the first team.

LeBron is the best player in the NBA and that’s just the simple truth. To not include him on the first team All-NBA is inexcusable. It’s even worse when you consider there are two forward positions and you still leave him off. There wasn’t any justification for the selection, Sheridan.