Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, the NFL Hall-of-Famer, is the latest public figure to cause a stir when speaking out about homosexuality in the context of Christianity.
Sanders, 47, took to "Larry King Now" on Ora TV where the professional interviewer questioned the former football star about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. The hall-of-famer has been vocal about playing with known gay teammates on each of the five teams he has played during the span of his 14 year NFL career.
"He's not the first gay guy in the NFL, he's the first one to come out," Sanders told Larry King. "Let's get that straight." more >>
Pop icon Justin Bieber attended a prayer meeting and Bible study with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
Bieber, 20, has often been seen at Bible studies across the nation, and even though it's unknown how he came to be in the same Bible study as the football stars, he was made most welcome. Many of the players took photos with Bieber and tweeted out their gratitude for his presence.
"In #NYC you can meet all the stars… Nice meeting you @justinbieber at chapel service today! Young Money Bieber rockin for Jesus!" Robert Golden posted to Instagram. more >>
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed veteran point guard Ish Smith with a hardship exception, as granted by the league. The Thunders currently have eight players with injuries and are sidelined, thus the hardship exception. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Mitch McGary, and Anthony Morrow are included in the injury list, all of which are out for at least two weeks.
The hardship exception is a certain condition granted to teams if four of their players will be sidelined for at least two weeks to exceed the 15-player maximum roster. To qualify for the exception, all four players must miss at least three consecutive games while sitting out those two weeks.
In addition to the four mentioned above, Grant Jerrett, Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb, and Perry Jones are all injured as well, totalling eight injured players for the Thunders. Jones had injured himself on Tuesday night in the team's match against the Toronto Raptors. He has been diagnosed with a knee contusion. more >>
The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a shaky start after acquiring their third loss agains the Portland Trail Blazers with a 101-82 final score. LeBron James' homecoming has not been exactly easy going, and it's partly because the team doesn't quite know how to play together yet. After their loss against the Trailblazers, James and Kyrie Irving had exchanged words in the locker room.
"There's a lot of bad habits, a lot of bad habits been built up the past couple years. When you play that style of basketball, it takes a lot to get it up out of you," James said.
Apparently, Irving and James discussed about the flow of their offense. more >>
The second round of the 2014 NBA Draft landed the New York Knicks with Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo and the team has high hopes for the two players, especially with Antetokounmpo. While Early has gotten most of the attention, the Knicks have been excited about Antetokounmpo.
The latter had been in Greece over the summer when he got a call from the Knicks president. While the team didn't have any open roster spots, they had been hoping that the second-round pick would agree to join the team. At the same time however, he had also gotten an offer from a European team with a reported $500,000.
Antetokounmpo had chosen to be with the Knicks. more >>
The Boston Celtics have just recently revealed the new look of their sleeved jerseys, with fans and players alike sharing the same sentiments: the jerseys aren't very attractive. The traditional sleeveless jerseys have been prevailing over the sleeved ones but slowly, teams have been giving them a try.
The sleeved jerseys have been once a one-off marketing ploy but now it seems that it has evolved into a fully-fledged one, with various teams already sporting sleeved jerseys. While many players seem not to like the shift, the trend is here to stay and will continue to spread to other teams.
The Celtic's unveiling of their new sleeved jerseys is branded as "Parquet Pride" Thursday earlier this week alongside an introductory video. more >>