*OK. I guess a recent interview with GQ magazine caught our boy Dave Chappelle having a “moment.” He said – apparently with a straight face – that he doesn’t think it was fair to force Donald Sterling to sell the team he has owned for 33 seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers. This, he says, in spite of the “awful” racial remarks made by the tenured businessman in a private phone conversation.
Well, with a straight face, I am thinking, “We’re talking about racist-ass Donald Sterling. Why should “fair” be part of the equation?”
Chappelle, 41, said that, ultimately, he doesn’t think the 80-year-old “Sterling should have lost his team.”
“I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful,” he explained.
*Here’s a bit of good new out of the NFL – because we all know they could use some these days. Wink. Wink.
In a gesture of brotherly love, Ma’ake Kemoeatu, left the rivalry between his former team, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers – who his sibling once played for – in the past. He had something much more important to do: donate a kidney to the Steelers’ former guard – who happened to be his younger brother, Chris Kemoeatu.
Though the two teams are known to be heated rivals, this one act proved the old cliche is true, blood IS thicker than mud!
*(Los Angeles, CA) – Los Angeles’ premiere hotel (rooftop), LUXE, held some of the greatest names in sports uniting for a good cause, honoring Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, at the 3rd annual Champions for Choice event for the AFC in conjunction with the 2014 ESPY Awards.
The event was hosted by celebrity ambassadors: boxing champion Laila Ali, WNBA and six-time Olympian Lisa Leslie, NBA Veteran Jalen Rose and sports expert for ESPN Stephen A. Smith.
*While some LeBron James fans may have gripes about his leaving the Miami Heat to return to Northeast Ohio to rejoin the Cavaliers, word is the return of the star forward will have an astonishing $500 million a year impact on the local economy as a result of the expected boost in direct and indirect spending. This according to Bloomberg.com.
Prior to James’ exit the first time, he had been with the Cavaliers from 2003-2010 without much fanfare in regard to attract other high-end players to the team; but since that time, his star power has increased, and now, with two NBA championships behind him, so has his worth.
The Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office has already forecast what an increase in attendance motivated by James’ return will generate – about $268 million. And this does not even tap into the money that will come from the spending windfalls at hotels, restaurants, and convention business; along with an anticipated $34 million increase in annual spending by fans at the games. Continue reading →
The Williams posing nude this time, intentionally, is Venus. And she wants you to see all 6’1″ of her in her spread for ESPN Magazine’s sixth annual Body Issue, set to hit newsstands on July 11.
But it sounds like, in a moment of “Ok, ok, I’ll do it!” Venus may have signed on the dotted line before reading the fine print. But she was a good sport about it anyway.
You think the check had anything to do with it?
“It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance,” she said in an interview with ESPN. Continue reading →
*At 9-years old, Jaden Newman already has a To-Do-List; and we’re not only talking household chores.
While girls her age are wondering which new outfit their favorite doll is going to wear, or what shade of pink to have daddy paint her room; little Miss Newman was at the University of Miami to take a tour of the school she may one day attend. You see, the women’s basketball coaching staff wants her to keep the Hurricanes in mind when it comes time to make her college choice.
Yep, little Miss has already been recruited to play B-ball at the university level.
Obviously, the girl is good! She has two seasons as a guest on the girls high school varsity team at Downey Christian School, a 300-student private school in Orlando, under her belt. And she is believed to be the youngest girls player ever to get recruited by a Division I program.
In the video below, Newman shows off the official recruiting letter sent to her by The University of Miami. Continue reading →