Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pleaded for forgiveness for his controversial racist comments that got him banned for life from the NBA. He also noted that he was baited into making the racist remarks by his female friend.
"I'm not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I'm here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I've hurt," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview on Monday.
Michael Sam made history on Saturday night when he became the first openly gay football player in the National Football League (NFL) after the St. Louis Rams made him the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft.
The announcement of the selection of the Missouri defensive end triggered celebration among gay advocates nationwide. A video of Sam reacting after receiving the call from the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher shows him celebrating with his boyfriend and other friends and family.
Responding to a suggestion that his Christian convictions may have contributed to his firing as head coach from the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson said this week that if that had been one of the owner's concerns, it reflected a double standard.
"You mention your faith and it's been floated out there that your faith may have been an issue, may have been part of the problem in the relationships [with ownership.] How do you feel about that?" Jackson was asked in the aftermath of his firing on "Bucher, Towney & Huff" on Bay Area sports station, 95.7 The Game.
"I was hired when I was a pastor. I think it's unfortunate because if it was true, you don't encourage media to come do a piece on my church, on my ministry, the work on my faith. Don't do it when it's convenient and you're searching for something. I never went around beating people in the head with a Bible," said Jackson. more >>
Jack Burkman, head of the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm J.M. Burkman & Assoc. who is seeking to ban gays from the NFL, says he intends to build a national coalition to boycott any football franchise that picks openly gay football player Michael Sam in the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In a release issued Thursday, Burkman said he would "leverage his political clout" to ensure that the franchise that selects the 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end from Missouri would get "roughed up financially."
"We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football," said Burkman. "In short, we shall be relentless." more >>
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder delivered an emotional and heartfelt speech when he accepted the NBA's Most Valuable Player award for the 2013-2014 season at a crowded reception event in Oklahoma on Tuesday evening.
After the 25-year-old Durant was introduced to deliver his acceptance speech, the forward delivered an emotional tribute to God, his teammates, and mother, recalling his difficult upbringing without a father and his mother's undying support for him and his basketball career.
"First off I'd like to thank God for changing my life [and] letting me really realize what life is all about. Basketball is just a platform in order for me to inspire people, and I realize that," Durant said. more >>
Nelly, the rapper who was born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., is speaking out about professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr after rumors swirled about a relationship with the latter's ex-fiance.
Shantel Jackson, the aspiring actress and model who was previously engaged to Mayweather, became the subject of controversy after she was spotted at a recent playoff game with Nelly. The sighting may have sparked some emotions in Mayweather, who took to Instagram to let the world know that he broke up with Jackson because she aborted their twin babies.
While the comments sparked outrage on Twitter, Mayweather continued to make remarks about Jackson and her friend Nelly. He appeared on the V-103 radio show with Big Tigger to make some questionable comments about the rapper. more >>