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NBC pulls ‘Bodies in Motion’ video after receiving backlash

NBC removed a video from its website after receiving criticism for the way the video appears to objectify women.

The video (seen above) is entitled “Bodies in Motion,” and it mostly focuses on specific female body parts. Unsuspecting viewers are greeted with a compilation of clips depicting female athletes often bouncing around in slow motion, with the shots frequently focusing on the women’s backsides and chests.

The tone for the video is set in the first few seconds when a track and field athlete (believed to be Jessica Ennis) is shown stripping off her pants. Couple that with a musical bed in the background more suited for a soft-core adult movie, and the result is a video that seems designed to leave males with their tongues wagging rather than celebrate the athletic prowess of women at the Olympics.

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Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells upset Lolo Jones is focus of media’s attention (Video)

Lolo Jones entered the London Games as one of the US’s most well known Olympians, but she was ridiculed after finishing a disappointing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday. Two of her teammates who finished better in the competition expressed resentment toward the amount of media attention Jones receives.

Dawn Harper, who won silver in the 100-meter hurdles, and Kellie Wells, who took bronze, spoke about their lack of attention during an interview with NBC’s Michelle Beadle:

Below is a transcript of their conversation (via SB Nation):

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NBC apologizes for airing ill-timed commercial of monkey on the rings after Gabby Douglas’ win (Video)

NBC apologized for the timing of one of its commercials that featured a monkey on the Olympic rings. The commercial was promoting NBC’s upcoming sitcom “Animal Practice” and it aired immediately after Bob Costas discussed Gabby Douglas’ gold-medal winning effort in the women’s all-around gymnastics. You can see the awkward segue below:

The poorly-timed commercial received plenty of attention online, and NBC has apologized for it.

“Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance last night was a historic and inspiring achievement,” NBC said in a statement to the Daily Mail on Friday.

“This spot promoting ‘Animal Practice,’ which has run three times previously, is one in a series with an Olympic theme which have been scheduled for maximum exposure. Certainly no offense was intended.”

It’s rather silly that NBC actually had to apologize for this. The commercial is for a show called ANIMAL PRACTICE and has been running throughout the Olympics. It’s a pure coincidence it aired at that moment and I don’t fault NBC at all. The network has made some mistakes for which they should be blamed, but this was not one of them.

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Jacksonville anchor Dan Hicken blows up at Bob Costas (Video)

One local news anchor was not happy with NBC’s Bob Costas for apparently going over his designated time frame last week during Olympics coverage, so he spent the first minute of his newscast ripping into the veteran broadcaster.

Dan Hicken, who as been the sports director of 12 News in Jacksonville since 1991, ranted about Costas taking up too much time doing Olympics coverage.

“Bob doesn’t know that 12 o’clock means 12 o’clock,” Hicken ranted. “It doesn’t mean 12:02, it doesn’t mean 12:04, it certaintly doesn’t mean 12:07. Bob, when it’s 12 o’clock, you say ‘goodnight.'”

“I love him, though,” Hicken said. “He’s a great broadcaster.”

So maybe Hicken isn’t so crazy after all? Yes he is. He apparently began railing on Costas via Twitter well before his TV meltdown.

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Hope Solo calls out Brandi Chastain

The US women’s soccer team beat Colombia 3-0 in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Summer Games in London. Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd all scored for the US, but the real games began after the contest ended. That’s when goalkeeper Hope Solo went off on NBC commentator and former Olympic gold medalist/World Cup winner Brandi Chastain. Here are all the tweets she sent after the match:

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Mark Cuban, Bill Simmons in Twitter argument over Mavs’ personnel moves

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ESPN writer Bill Simmons aka “The Sports Guy” spent part of Sunday and Monday arguing on Twitter. It all started with a comment from Simmons on Friday that jeered the Mavericks for picking up Elton Brand off waivers after he was amnestied by the 76ers, and for signing free agent Chris Kaman. Brand and Kaman were teammates on the Clippers for five seasons and Simmons made a crack about Dallas signing both players.

Sorry, Mark, but we have to award this round to Simmons, even if Dan Gilbert is backing you up. The Mavs took a big gamble by breaking up their championship team with an eye toward signing Dwight Howard and Deron Williams this summer. They could still land Howard, but they missed out on Williams. And I agree with Simmons about their decision to acquire and then let Tyson Chandler go.

Cuban took a shot with Dallas and missed. He needs to recognize that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go into full rebuilding mode in a few years. After all, we know his thoughts on running a mediocre team.

Kirk Herbstreit still defending Joe Paterno’s legacy

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke about Joe Paterno’s legacy on Thursday and showed little understanding about the significance of the Freeh commission’s findings.

Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, was one of the few people who used his platform on ESPN to defend Joe Paterno the day the late coach was exposed for covering up years of Jerry Sandusky’s pedophilia.

“Obviously I think a lot of us in the college football world are stunned by the details of the report,” Herbstreit said. “I think it’s very easy to sit here today and look at all the things that Joe Paterno did not do, and clearly that’s going to have a major, major impact on his legacy.

“At the same time, there are so many former Penn State players that I’ve met over the last 15 or 20 years. If there’s one school that I’m always impressed with their alumni and always impressed with the guys who played football for Joe Paterno, of all the universities out there, the one school that I would say that seems to be a step above everybody else, it’s the Penn State players. And Joe Paterno had a lot to do with how those guys went through that program and how they turned out to be. I think to completely turn away from that is doing his legacy an injustice.”

Famed college football announcer Brent Musburger was too disgusted by the report’s findings to discuss Paterno’s legacy. Mark May, another ESPN college football analyst, termed Paterno as “morally culpable” as Jerry Sandusky. Herbstreit sung a different tune.

“This is going to have a long-term effect. People are talking about bringing down the statue, Nike’s already stepped up and they’re going to take his name off of what they’ve done out there, so it’s going to have a big impact. But at the same time,” Herbstreit said, “I’m also going to choose to remember some of the good that he did, and the lives that he touched of young men that went through his program.”

Herbstreit was then asked how the findings would impact Penn State’s football program moving forward. I guess they missed the big message that Penn State’s problem was prioritizing football over everything else.

As for a response to Herbstreit, Paterno may have positively impacted many lives, but how much is that worth when compared to the lives of innocent children he severely damaged because he wanted to protect his football program? Not much to me. For an extremely well written piece on Paterno’s damaged legacy, read this brilliant column by Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel.