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:

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.

Eastern Michigan Wide Receiver Demarius Reed Found Dead from Gunshot Wound

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Eastern Michigan University Football Player Demarius Reed Found Dead from Gunshot Wound

Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death in the hallway of an apartment complex early Friday morning. The Ypsilanti police have launched an off-campus homicide investigation.

Reed, a junior from Chicago, made 18 receptions for 171 yards in nine games as a wide receiver last season. He scored one touchdown.

EMU President Susan Martin released a statement saying “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic news this morning involving Easter Michigan University student Demarius Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and his teammates on the football team.”

Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke said, “Demarius was an influential leader who thrived in the classroom and on the field. Everyone gravitated to him and often described him as the ‘life of the locker room. Our hearts go out to Demarius’ family. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes.”

 

Arkansas Pine Bluff Football Player Lydell Hartford Jr. Accidentally Killed by 16-Year-Old Friend

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Arkansas Pine Bluff Football Player Lydell Hartford Jr. Accidentally Killed by 16-Year-Old Friend (Photo credit:  UAPB)

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff freshman linebacker Lydell Hartford Jr., was shot to death early Tuesday outside his home in Waggaman, La., by a 16-year-old friend who was playing with a gun.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said the teen apparently thought the gun was unloaded when he squeezed the trigger several times. Hartford was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck.

According to a news release on the school’s athletics website, the sheriff’s office said the .38-caliber gun belonged to Hartford’s mother. Hartford and the 16-year-old were in a car belonging to Hartford’s mother that was parked in the driveway at the Hartford residence when the 16-year old found the gun. Source: Post Crescent

Here’s a statement from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff:

According to authorities, a 16-year-old boy identified as Hartford’s friend was playing with a gun and accidentally shot and killed him early Tuesday morning. Hartford, 20, was pronounced dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the JPSO.

Hartford and the teen were inside of a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to Hartford’s mother. The car was parked in the driveway of Hartford’s home, Boyd said. The teen discovered a .38-caiber pistol that also belonged to Hartford’s mother inside the car and began to remove the bullets. Hartford warned him to stop, but the teen ignored Hartford and kept unloading bullets until he thought the gun was empty. The boy squeezed the trigger three or four times until the pistol fired a bullet that hit Hartford in the neck. The teen pulled him out of the vehicle and laid him on the driveway. Hartford died about an hour later, Boyd said.The 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked with negligent homicide. The Sheriff’s Office is not identifying the teen because he is a juvenile.

“It is a shock to us all,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander. “We are saddened by the news of his death and offer our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Jamaican Sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Trainer Christopher Xuereb Under Criminal Investigation

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Jamaican Sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Trainer Christopher Xuereb Under Criminal Investigation

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell and teammate Sherone Simpson, as well as their trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were formally placed under criminal investigation for violating Italy’s doping laws, the Mercury News reports. This comes one day after Italian police raided a hotel where the three were staying in Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes’ testing positive for banned stimulants.

Udine prosecutors believe the three violated Article 9 of the doping laws, which calls for punishment for anyone who administers or consumes banned substances.

Police were still analyzing the seized substances to determine whether they were legal.

Being formally placed under investigation is a step up in the Italian justice system from someone simply “informed of the facts,” which is how a person can be questioned by police. That occurred after the raid early Monday, when the three were brought to a local police station.

Police told The Associated Press that the raids were executed after a tip from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Paul Doyle, the agent for the two sprinters, said they worked in conjunction with WADA on the raid after becoming suspicious that Christopher Xuereb, their newly hired trainer, might have given them supplements laced with a banned substance. Doyle also said that Powell and Simpson were aware of the impending raid, but Xuereb was kept out of the loop.

Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell and US Sprinter Tyson Gay Both Test Positive for Banned Substances

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell and US Sprinter Tyson Gay Both Test Positive for Banned Substances (Wikipedia)

WTF? US sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell test positive for banned substances. Sherone Simpson also failed a drug test. http://t.co/uhoG3hV1Go

Gay, 30, the joint-second fastest man over 100m, was notified by the US Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that his A sample from an out-of-competition test in May had returned a positive. Powell confirmed in a statement he had tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine.

Another Jamaican sprinter, Sherone Simpson, has also failed a drug test. The Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist said on Sunday she had tested positive for oxilofrine at last month’s national championships. Source:  BBC

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson’s failed drug tests come one month after fellow Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.

Jamaican Star Athlete Veronica Campbell Brown Tests Positive for Banned Diuretic

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Jamaican Star Athlete Veronica Campbell Brown Tests Positive for Banned Diuretic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown tested positive for a “banned diuretic under the rules of the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency],” the Jamaica Observer reports. I would urge people not to pass judgment until the investigation is complete.

Late last night it was revealed that Campbell Brown’s ‘B’ sample confirmed the finding of the ‘A’ sample. It is understood that the athlete and her management team will be visiting the laboratory where the ‘B’ sample was tested. Campbell Brown’s samples were taken after she performed at the May 4 Jamaica Invitational Meet.  Source:  Jamaica Observer

I will only say, that if true, this isn’t good for Jamaica and its athletes, who are always scrutinized to the max. It would be a blight on the country.

The 31-year-old, who won consecutive 200 meters crowns at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as well as a 4 x 100m gold at the 2004 Games, can expect a two-year ban unless she can provide an innocent explanation for the presence of furosemide in a urine sample she provided to anti-doping officials at the Jamaican International Invitational on May 4. Source: Telegraph

 Jamaican Star Athlete Veronica Campbell Brown Tests Positive for Banned Diuretic

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth First Black American Named as CEO of National U.S. Soccer Body

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Kim Roberts Hedgpeth First Black American Named as CEO of National US Soccer Organization (Photo credit: Zimbio)

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth became the first black America named as chief executive of a major national U.S. soccer organization. She was named National Executive Director of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Kim Roberts Hedgpeth will begin her new role on April 1.

“We see Kim as the ideal person to support the change management of the AYSO Strategic Plan,” said AYSO President Paula Berriz, in making the announcement.  “We believe that Kim’s diverse and successful background brings many talents and unique capabilities that will impact our organization in many new and exciting ways as we approach our 50 year anniversary.  Kim is a proven leader for our national staff and is a very welcome and important addition to our organization.”

Hedgpeth helped negotiate and implement the 2012 merger of AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild. Upon completion of the merger of the two unions, she chose to step down from her executive role to pursue personal projects.  Source

FSU Sprinters Ronell Mance and Stephen Newbold Suspended After Poolside Shooting Incident

Two top sprinters at Florida State UniversityRonell Mance and Stephen Newbold, were suspended from the university hours after they were arrested following an early-morning poolside shooting incident. SMH.

Ronell Mance, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games  in the 4x400m relay and Stephen Newbold, a MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, were arrested after police were alerted that shots were fired at the off-campus apartment complex at about 3:30 a.m.

Stephen Newbold was arrested for discharging a firearm in public and resisting without violence. Ronell Mance, who also goes by Joshua, was arrested for the unauthorized use of an ID and resisting without violence. He reportedly had Newbold’s ID with an altered date on it, which is considered a third degree felony in Florida.

If the allegations are true, Ronell Mance and Stephen Newbold just jeopardized their own careers. How incredibly stupid.

Michael Vick Cancels Appearances to Promote New Book Amid Multiple Death Threats

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Michael Vick Cancels Appearances to Promote New Book Amid Multiple Death Threats

MICHAEL VICK CANCELS APPEARANCES AT BOOKSTORES:  I must admit, I have no intention of purchasing Michael Vick’s new book, “Michael Vick: Finally Free,” because I am not a big fan of his, but it’s very troubling to learn that he cancelled appearances to promote his book at three Barnes and Noble bookstores after receiving death threats. Multiple death threats have also been made against his family, store employees and store property. People are crazy.

Vick was set to sign copies of his book, “Michael Vick: Finally Free” at three Barnes and Noble locations: in Atlanta, New Jersey and Exton, Pa. All have been cancelled because of safety concerns. The Atlanta appearance was scheduled for this Saturday.

“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances,” said Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”

There has been a recent uptick in what a source close to Vick calls “credible threats of violence” directed toward the Eagles quarterback and his family. Source

So, Martha Stewart lied under oath, served time in prison and Macy’s and J.C. Penney are fighting in court over who has the right to carry her wares in its stores. Better yet, ‘Junk Bond KingMichael Milken, who almost brought down Wall Street, served two years in prison, paid millions in fines and settlements for civil lawsuits, but was welcomed with open arms. Michael Vick served his time and paid his debt to society. Don’t get me wrong, dogfighting is barbaric and reprehensible. I have been a dog owner for many years and absolutely found his dogfighting enterprise sickening, but he paid his debt to society. He’s allowed to rebuild his life and seems to have become a better person.

Here are some of the comments left on Barnes & Noble Atlanta store’s Facebook page:

–Wish I could get to Atlanta and slap you across the head w my copy of “the Lost Dogs” at this signing. You have no right to come and request an audience or to be a role model AND you especially do not deserve to own a dog. Eff Barnes and noble, pet smart and you. I hope u burn – Oxman, Grumpy, Dayz, Taco, Mama and Demi.

–I hope you have a slow painful death.

Michael Vick you sick f*ck should be shot or even better dragged behind a car till u all most dead.. then we all must be there to watch you suffer!!! here where i am from would have put a tyre over you and set you alite, i really hope one day you read this all…

Vick, Vick, Vick..you’re such an intolerable *ss. I hope someone snaps your neck on the field. Douche.