Nicolas Anelka Under Fire for ‘Anti-Semitic’ ‘La Quenelle’ Gesture After Scoring Goal

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Nicolas Anelka Under Fire for Anti-Semitic ‘La Quenelle’ Gesture After Scoring Goal (Credit: Telegraph)

Soccer star Nicolas Anelka has found himself in the eye of a storm over a ‘Nazi’ gesture he scored his first goal in the game between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham on Saturday. Anelka celebrated his goal with a gesture known in France as ‘la quenelle’ (the dumpling).

The Daily Mail reports that the gesture, with the left hand held across the shoulder of the right arm pointing downwards, is also known as a reverse-Nazi salute. France’s Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron was quick to condemn the star striker’s actions, saying, “Anelka’s gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There’s no place for anti-Semitism on the football field.”

Nicolas Anelka said the gesture was to honor his comedian friend Dieudonné Mbala. Of course, rather than apologize for any hurt his actions caused, Nicolas Anelka sent a tweet with a photograph showing President Obama, rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce, with a similar gesture. Nice try but the two gestures aren’t comparable. President Obama and the others in the photo gesture was in reference to Jay Z’s hit song “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” The corresponding gesture was meant to symbolize brushing away other people’s personal attacks.

UPDATE (12/30/13) ITV News: Nicolas Anelka has agreed not to perform a controversial goal celebration again which was widely considered as anti-semitic in France, a statement released by his club West Bromwich Albion said.

It said: “The club fully acknowledges that Nicolas’ goal celebration has caused offence in some quarters and has asked Nicolas not to perform the gesture again. Nicolas immediately agreed to adhere to this request.”

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has also apologised “for causing any hurt to anyone” after a picture emerged of him appearing to make the quenelle gesture.

He said it had “absolutely nothing to do with being anti-semitic”.

Watch Nicolas Anelka’s alleged ‘anti-Semitic’ gesture:

Gold Medal Jesse Owens Won at 1936 Berlin Olympics to be Auctioned

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Gold Medal Jesse Owens Won at 1936 Berlin Olympics to be Auctioned (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is there anything that’s sacred any more?  IOC president Thomas Bach said it’s difficult to accept that a gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will be auctioned and possibly bought by a private collector, Yahoo News reports.

The medal, one of four golds that Owens won at the Berlin Games in front of Adolf Hitler, is ”a part of world heritage,” Bach said Wednesday.

”(It has) an importance far beyond the sporting achievements of Jesse Owens, which is part of world history,” the IOC president said in an interview with The Associated Press at an anti-doping conference in South Africa. ”To put this up for an auction is for me a very difficult decision (to accept).”

The International Olympic Committee will not intervene in the sale. SCP Auctions says the medal could go for more than $1 million when the auction opens later this month.

According to the auction house, Owens gave the medal to his friend, movie star Bill ”Bojangles” Robinson, to thank him for helping the athlete find work in the entertainment industry after he returned from Germany. It is being sold by the estate of Robinson’s late widow.

Jesse Owens, who died in 1980, won gold medals at the Berlin Olympics for 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay and the long jump.

Utah Jazz Deletes Retweet of Fan Tyler Christensen’s Blackface Photo of Karl Malone

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Utah Jazz Deletes Retweet of Fan Tyler Christensen’s Blackface Photo of Karl Malone (Photo credit: Twitter)

The Utah Jazz was quick to apologize Sunday after retweeting a picture of one of its fans in blackface. Yep, blackface is in vogue these days.

The Utah Jazz official Twitter account retweeted Tyler Christensen’s photo of himself dressed as Karl Malone with both his face, arms and chest colored a darker shade. Tyler Christensen and another guy in the photo were attempting to recreate John Stockton and Karl Malone’s pose in a team photo.

Here’s the apology from the Utah Jazz:

For the record, blackface worn by anyone is just not cool. It’s insensitive and just plain racist.

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.”

 

Alexander Poulides Apologizes for Throwing Banana Near Adam Jones

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Alexander Poulides Apologizes for ‘Indiscretion’ for Throwing Banana Near Adam Jones (Photo credit: Zimbio)


Alexander Poulides apologized  for “an indiscretion” after throwing a banana on the field near Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones during a game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday.  Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana from a nearby catering cart and tossed it onto the field in frustration, and that the action was not racially motivated.

“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”

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Alexander Poulides says banana thrown near Orioles’ Adam Jones not racial


After the game, Adam Jones called out the fan who threw the banana on Twitter:

Should Sochi Olympics Be Relocated Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

I am against boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because the athletes have trained so long and so hard. I also don’t think moving it to another location, at this juncture, is the best move to make. Still, George Takei offers a compelling narrative on why it should be moved:

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Should Sochi Olympics Be Relocated Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws? (Allegiance.com)

It’s been bubbling for some time, but the controversy over Russia’s draconian “gay propaganda” law has now boiled over.Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported.Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia….

There have been urgent calls for boycotts of the Olympics and of Russian exports like vodka. These are understandable: It just doesn’t seem right to see any of our dollars flowing to that nation. But a boycott of the games would punish athletes who have trained for years to participate, and a boycott of Russian vodka isn’t going to effect the kind of change needed. Besides, with Russia’s confirmation that it will enforce its law, our LGBT athletes are in real danger, and their safety must be paramount…

NBC and the corporate sponsors of the Olympics should be paying close attention, too, and should get behind the “Move the Olympics” movement now, while there is still time to do so. If the Winter Olympics proceed in Sochi, Russia, all of the goodwill they have spent millions to build will evaporate in noisy protests, boycotts, and terrible publicity. I personally will be beating this particular drum loudly, as will many other LGBT actors, activists and allies. Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi Olympics….

There is a petition gathering strength demanding the Olympics be relocated to Vancouver, which played host in 2010. All of the facilities are still in good condition, so this would likely be the easiest of possible alternatives. If you agree, and I hope you do, please take a few moments to sign the petition here. With enough support, maybe the IOC and the sponsors will realize that this is a disaster in the making, and the best course is to move immediately and decisively to relocate the Winter Games of 2014.

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.

Carlos A. Ortiz Arrested in Connection with Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez Murder Case

Carlos A. Ortiz, of Bristol, Conn., has been arrested in connection with the Aaron Hernandez murder case.  Hernandez, former Patriots tight end, who grew up in Bristol, was charged on Wednesday with what prosecutors called the “orchestrated execution” of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s last communication was a text to his sister apprising her that he was with Aaron Hernandez, the Courant reports.

As a result, Ortiz, of Federal Street in Bristol, was charged Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice and later appeared in Superior Court in Bristol, Preleski said. Ortiz waived his right to an extradition hearing, he said.

All documents related to Ortiz’s arrest and incarceration have been sealed.

Ortiz’s original charge in Massachusetts was violation of probation, Bristol police said. They would not confirm that the arrest is related to the Hernandez investigation.

Court records indicate Ortiz has a record of larceny and criminal mischief convictions and was on probation at the time of his arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Separately, Aaron Hernandez is under investigation in connection with a earlier double homicide.