Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin will not be a member of the team's starting five when the season opens tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Patrick Beverly, who played consistently during the Rockets' preseason games, has been given the opportunity instead.
While 2013 is not the first time in the 80-year Washington Redskins history that the team has encountered criticism for their nickname, its critics may be the most prominant and loudest yet. In the past six months President Barack Obama, sports commentator Bob Costas, and 10 members of Congress have called on the team to reject its nickname, arguing that it racially slurs Native Americans. Slate and The New Republic have said they will no longer refer to the team as the "Redskins" and the Oneida Indian Nation has released radio ads criticizing the name — though some stations have banned the commercials.
Donnie Begay, who is Navajo and works with Native American college students with Nations, Cru's Native American focused campus ministry program, believes that Christians ought to join the chorus calling on the Redskins to change their name.
"I think Christians should be concerned because it's how we love others and how we treat others, not just in what we do, but in what we say," Begay told The Christian Post. "I think Christians could be at the forefront of righting some of the wrongs. Everything I've read, even the secular people, say it's the right thing to do." more >>
The president of a track and field ministry has said that the United States Olympic Committee's decision to add homosexuality to its anti-discrimination policy is problematic as it could paint Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin as discriminators.
"Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. So does that means that Christians are discriminators? Also, do we add other sin categories to the Olympic charter?" Steve McConkey, president of 4 WINDS, said in a statement on Thursday.
"What about a scenario where a Christian clothing manufacturer or business chooses to not support gay events or athletes? Or how about sports ministries that provide international trips? Will they now have to include gay athletes? Will sports ministries have to have gays in leadership positions?" more >>
Westboro Baptist Church, recognized by most in the Christian community as a hate group and not associated with any traditional Baptist congregations, plans to picket Games 3 and 4 of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. this weekend "to remind this nation that organized sports has given itself wholly over to the fag agenda."
The controversial group said in a statement that both Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals fans have brought on recent catastrophic and fatal events to each of the team's states including the Boston Marathon bombing and the deadly 2011 Joplin, Mo. tornado because of their sins. They also argue that fans worship "strutting peacock" athletes who in turn play sports to glorify themselves.
"You brutes had better heed our warning and put away your proud sin. Get your idolatrous butts out of those stadium seats, and bow down to your Creator, mourn for you sin, and obey Him! @MLB is a hotbed of proud fag/enabling sin (with their false-tongued-&-hearted profiteering about "bullying" on "Spirit Day," etc.)," they stated, referring to the Cardinals' LBGT night, an event the team hosted in support of LGBT youth and promote anti-bullying. more >>
It took until the end of the current Washington Redskins' player Kedric Golston's senior year in college before he finally "got tired of using God as a good luck charm."
Golston, who had suffered several years of injuries in collegiate football, was anxious about what his future would be post-Division I football. Walking back from his dorms one day, he started praying out loud, expressing his fears and asking God to stay with him, throughout the journey.
The following week, he received what he interpreted as a sign from God. An opposing player that he'd been taunting and blocking all day came up to him after the game. more >>
An accomplished rookie quarterback with the National Football League has stated that he became a Christian after Jesus visited him in a dream.
Russell Wilson, a native of Richmond, Va., who quarterbacks for the Seattle Seahawks, explained in a recent video about his religious background and spiritual decision.