UConn Star Shabazz Napier: “I Go to Bed Starving” Due to College Athletic Poverty

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UConn Star Shabazz Napier: “I Go to Bed Starving” Due to College Athletic Poverty (Fox Sports Video Screengrab)

SHAMEFUL: UConn star Shabazz Napier, who led the team to a decisive victory in the NCAA men’s basketball championship against the Kentucky Wildcats, Monday night, created buzz off the court when he told Fox Sports that he’s so poor he can’t afford food beyond what’s offered by the university’s cafeterias.

College athletic poverty is an open secret the NCAA and the colleges try to ignore — treating the players like modern-day slaves while they rake in millions. Still, this has always been a very polarizing subject. That’s evident from the comments left on the YouTube video. The flip side of Napier’s position is that UConn gave him an athletic scholarship, which accounts for a big chunk of money that his family didn’t have to come up with for his education.

Shabazz Napier told Fox Sports, “We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything.”

He added, “We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed.” Napier also said, “When you see your jerseys getting sold, it may not have your last name on it, but when you see your jersey getting sold and things like that, you feel like you want something in return.”"Like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I am starving. So something can change, something should change.”

UConn spokesman Phil Cardis countered Shabazz Napier’s claims saying being given food is a part of his athletic scholarship. Cardis said, “Shabazz Napier, like all our scholarship athletes, is provided the maximum meal plan that is allowable under NCAA rules. UConn does not have a cafeteria devoted specifically to student-athletes, but they have access to the same cafeterias which are available to all our students.”

State Rep. Matthew Lesser weighed in, “He says he’s going to bed hungry at a time when millions of dollars are being made off of him. It’s obscene.” He added, “This isn’t a Connecticut problem. This is a NCAA problem, and I want to make sure we’re putting pressure on them to treat athletes well.”

Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, Fiancee Arrested After Fight at AC Casino

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Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, Fiancee Arrested After Physical Fight

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for getting into a physical fight with his fiancee Janay Palmer at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City Saturday night.

The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice’s attorney confirmed the arrest, saying it was over  a ‘very minor physical altercation.’ Janay Palmer was also arrested and charged. The couple have been together since 2008 and have a daughter, 2-year-old Rayven Rice.

 

OSU Star Marcus Smart Shoves Texas Tech Fan Jeff Orr for Calling Him N-Word

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OSU Star Marcus Smart Shoves Texas Tech Fan Jeff Orr for Calling Him N-Word

UPDATED: Marcus Smart, star guard for Oklahoma State University, was suspended for three games after he pushed a Texas Tech fan during a game in Lubbock, TX, after allegedly being called the n-word. The fan has been identified as Jeff Orr. Smart issued an apology Sunday evening. He said, “This is not how I condone myself, this is not how I was raised.”"I take the responsibility and the consequences that come with it.”

The Cowboys were down by two points when Marcus Smart ran back on defense and blocked a lay-up by Jaye Crockett with just seconds on the clock. Smart was called for a foul. He stumbled over someone standing on the baseline and fell in the front row of the stands. As he was helped up to his feet, he turned towards the stands and immediately went after Jeff Orr, who was clearly saying something to him. Smart pushed Orr with both hands to the chest. The older man stumbled but didn’t fall.

Marcus Smart was given a technical foul and sat out the rest of the game on the bench. Now, if Jeff Orr called Marcus Smart the n-word or ‘a piece of crap,’ he was clearly in the wrong and was very disrespectful. Being a superfan doesn’t give him the right to verbally abuse Texas Tech opponents. But it’s equally shameful that Marcus Smart put his hands on this man. Two wrongs don’t make it right. He should have taken the high road.

Jeff Orr also issued a statement, saying he will stay away from Texas Tech games for the remainder of the season. He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball program.” “My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech – a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a `piece of crap’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”

Video of Marcus Smart shoving Jeff Orr:

Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas Mom and Grandmother to Watch Superbowl from Prison

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Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas Mom and Grandmother to Watch Superbowl from Prison

Denver Bronco’s receiver Demaryius Thomas‘ mother and grandmother will watch the Super Bowl on Sunday from behind bars. His mother, Katina Smith, is in a Florida prison after being sentenced to 20 years, while her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, who had two previous drug convictions, received two life sentences.

Smith could have gotten a lighter sentence by testifying against her mother, but she refused.

They’ll watch Thomas play in his first Super Bowl Sunday, when he will be matched against Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman for much of the game.

“I think that drives me more to know that they’re there and they’re watching me,” Thomas said. “I try to go out there and play my best because they’re going to talk about it to the people in the jailhouse.”

Thomas’ father was serving in the Army and stationed in Kuwait when his mother and grandmother were arrested. He went to live with an aunt and uncle, Shirley and James Brown, a Baptist minister who lived six miles away. Source: Denver CBS Local

People should talk about the man Demaryius Thomas has become. He seems to have triumphed through the adversity. His aunt and uncle, Shirley and James Brown, rescued him and helped him to see there was a better way. They should be commended. The story shouldn’t just be about his mother and grandmother’s choices, but about his achievement in the face of unspeakable odds.

Carmelo Anthony Gets NY Daily News Cover Love for 62-Point Game Record

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Carmelo Anthony Gets NY Daily News Cover Love for 62-Point Game Record

NY Knicks star player Carmelo Anthony got cover page love from the New York Daily News for his 62-point record. Carmelo Anthony broke the Knicks’ single-game scoring record. He’s baaaack!!!! The team was playing against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Fox Sports Reporter Pam Oliver Attacked on Twitter for Horrible Hair Weave

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Fox Sports Reporter Pam Oliver Attacked on Twitter for Horrible Hair Weave (Credit: Twitter)

Fox Sports’ sideline reporter Pam Oliver came under some serious attack on Twitter over her ragged looking hair weave. Her hair is usually a hot mess, but her hair looked especially disturbing from the sidelines at the 49ers and Seahawks game. It was pitiful. The memes and tweets rolled. Um, if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones. #PamOliverhair

Here are some of the tweets mocking Pam Oliver’s weave:

Jets QB Geno Smith Claims He Was Kicked Off Virgin Airlines for Being Black

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Jets QB Geno Smith Claims He Was Kicked Off Virgin Airlines for Being Black

Jets quarterback Geno Smith (@Eugene GenoSmith) pulls the race card after he was kicked off Virgin America airlines out of Los Angeles International Airport on Friday for refusing to get off his cell phone. He was asked by the flight crew three times to get off his phone and he didn’t comply. Egotist. #GenoSmith

Geno Smith’s response to the dustup:  The Daily News reports a source said “he didn’t know why he was being kicked off the flight. He said it was because he was black.” Like Rev. Al Sharpton says of the underhanded Republican tactics — nice try, but we got you! Traveling while black doesn’t apply to Geno Smith. He was just being rude and having a sense of entitlement. #IJS

Virgin America didn’t allow him to re-book his flight. The pilot reportedly didn’t want him on the flight.

Of course, the airlines’ account differs dramatically from Geno Smith’s account. The source told the NY Daily News that a flight attendant ripped off Geno Smith’s headphones, which started the whole dustup.

Evander Holyfield Apologizes for Gay Comments, Punching Horse

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Evander Holyfield Apologizes for Gay Comments, Punching Horse (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield apologized on Twitter for offending people with his comments about homosexuals.

Holyfield tweeted ”I am deeply saddened by any offense I may have caused anyone based upon what I said. I am sorry to any person I may have hurt or offended.”

Evander Holyfield made the offensive statements on the UK show Celebrity Big Brother, during a conversation with Luissa Zissman, who is a former star on The Apprentice. Zissman asked Holyfield if there were any gay boxers. He said yes but there weren’t any openly gay, and she responded that it was bad that no one “stands up and says it.” He responded,”That ain’t normal.”

He also apologized for punching a horse after falling off it. He tweeted that he was a man of compassion and believed God loves everybody.

Here’s Evander Holyfield’s tweet:

Dennis Rodman Apologizes for Dissing Kenneth Bae, Says He Had Been Drinking

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Dennis Rodman Apologizes for Dissing Kenneth Bae, Says He Had Been Drinking (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized for his outburst during an interview on CNN earlier this week, when he was asked about American citizen Kenneth Bae, who is imprisoned in North Korea. He said he had been drinking and was stressed out.  This came after his bizarre rendition of “Happy Birthday” to dictator Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Um, he was trying to recapture Marilyn Monroe’s rendition to Mr. President, John F. Kennedy.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN’s “New Day,” Rodman provoked outrage by appearing to suggest that Kenneth Bae, who has been held in North Korea since 2012, may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years of hard labor.

“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family,” Rodman, 52, said Thursday in a statement released by his publicist Jules Feiler. “I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo.”

“I embarrassed a lot of people,” said Rodman, who traveled to North Korea with other former NBA players for a basketball game against a North Korean team. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”

He said the day of the interview had been “very stressful.”

“Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates,” he said, adding that his dream of “basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart.”

“I had been drinking,” he said. “It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed.” Source: CNN

It is pretty clear that Dennis Rodman is getting paid for these so-called goodwill trips to North Korea. Yeah, North Korea of all places. He has yet to realize that if this nut, Kim Jong Un, can order the execution of his uncle, it leaves little to the imagination of what he would do to Dennis Rodman, if he crossed him. Also lost on Rodman, who has exhibited bizarre behavior throughout his NBA career and beyond, are the thousands of people in concentration camps in his ‘home boy’s’ country.

Jovan Belcher’s Mom Sues Kansas City Chiefs for Wrongful Death

 Jovan Belchers Mom Sues Kansas City Chiefs for Wrongful Death

Jovan Belcher’s Mom Sues Kansas City Chiefs for Wrongful Death

Cheryl Sherpherd, the mother for former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL team on Tuesday, after his body was exhumed so that his brain could be examined for evidence of a degenerative condition tied to repeated concussions. To put it simply, the lawsuit blames the team for negligence leading to the murder-suicide in which he killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before taking his life.

According to the lawsuit filed in Jackson County circuit court, Shepherd alleged her son was subjected to ”repetitive head trauma,” and that the Kansas City Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed Perkins and then committed suicide last December. Ms. Shepherd is seeking a jury trial and $15,000 in damages.

Belcher’s body was exhumed at the family’s request earlier this month so that his brain could be tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a degenerative neurological condition. CTE has been linked to multiple concussions and has factored in the deaths of former professional athletes such as former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau.

The lawsuit also alleges that Chiefs failed to warn Jovan Belcher of the short-term and long-term risks of concussions. It also accuses the team of failing to identify and remove Belcher from practice or grams after sustaining head trauma and failing to provide appropriate counseling.