Sean "Diddy" Combs may be interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers after the NBA officially banned owner Donald Sterling from all involvement with the league and team following a racist display caught on audio tape.
Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old Jewish lawyer, real estate investor and owner of the Clippers, was banned for life from NBA proceedings by NBA commissioner Adam Silver Tuesday. After TMZ released audio of Sterling telling his former mistress V. Stiviano not to associate with black people, the NBA fined him $2.5 million and said he was working to overthrow his position with a 75 percent vote from other NBA team owners.
If that does indeed happen, 44-year-old rap mogul Diddy has expressed interest in buying the team. more >>
Donald Sterling is banned from the L.A. Clippers organization, the NBA, and any associated organizations for life, effective immediately, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday afternoon. In addition, the longtime Clippers owner will also be fined $2.5 million for his racist commentary leaked by his ex-mistress V. Stiviano.
Donald Sterling's punishment for his racist commentary to Stiviano was meted out quickly during the New York City press conference, which included an apology to the NBA players, fans and Magic Johnson. The Jewish NBA owner is physically banned from any league events, but some of his family members that operate in official capacities for the Clippers will not be affected.
Silver said that Sterling admitted to the "deeply offensive and harmful" comments when asked, and the commissioner, who has known the owner for over 20 years, said he knew it was his voice on the tape. more >>
The success of a Seattle-area sports training program for baseball and softball players, in which more than 10,000 youths of all ages enroll each year, is because of the organization's concern for a person's spiritual and family life first, before athletic life, says its founder.
In the last 14 years, Jose Rijo-Berger has seen more than 1,000 participants of the training program move on to play college ball and more than 60 have played professional baseball. Rijo-Berger, who says God told him to give up his career as a professional baseball player at the age of 23 in order to start the youth training program, told The Christian Post recently that family comes first in his own life and that's what his staff emphasizes to the youth and families while training.
"The kids that come into our program and work with us know we care about them as people," the husband and father of five said. "If you work with someone and they know you care about them as a person first they will play their heart out for you. If you are just a coach that tries to get them better at their sport, but you don't care about them as a person they will never play hard for you. It's so much more than that." more >>
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's troubles over racist comments attributed to him during the weekend got even worse Sunday night when his estranged wife, Shelly, distanced her family from his comments and dismissed them as "despicable."
"Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices," said Mrs. Sterling in a TMZ report.
"We will not let one man's small-mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love," she continued. "We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team." more >>
The wrestling team of a high school in West Virginia is fighting to keep a Bible verse on team t-shirts despite a complaint from local atheists and members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A local atheist reportedly contacted FFRF regarding a Bible verse that adorned the walls in Parkersburg South High School's wrestling room, the wrestling team's website and t-shirts purchased by parents for team wrestlers. The verse is Philippians 4:13 and reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
The verse has reportedly served as the team's motto for the past 10 years. more >>
NASHVILLE—Country music star Carrie Underwood and her husband, professional hockey player Mike Fisher, surprised Q Conference attendees in Nashville, Tennessee, Wednesday when they appeared on stage for a Q&A session about marriage and callings with host Gabe Lyons.
Underwood, 31, and Fisher, 33, who've been married since 2010, told Lyons that the itinerant nature of their respective careers has made it challenging, at times, for them to stay connected; the musician commented that even Skype has been insufficient.
Lyons inquisitively asked the couple about the single issue that has caused the most conflict in their four-year union. more >>