Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angles Clippers made very disturbing and racist comments earlier this year regarding “black people” and how he feels. He was saying these disgusting things to his girlfriend in the privacy of his own house. Donald’s girlfriend was recording their conversation and Mr. Sterling was well aware of it. Once the video leaked out into the media it upset many people and became the most popular news all over America. His own team was against him and protested the event by wearing their shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo. Everyone from President Barack Obama to NBA legends Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan expressed disgust at all the comments. The comments were so bad that the Commissioner Adam Silver had to make a major decision weather to ban Donald or just fine him. Silver finally announced that Donald Sterling is banned for life. This includes all MBA games, faculties and practices. Also Sterling was fined $2.5 million and that money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti- discrimination and tolerance efforts. There are still many questions that remain, will Donald Sterling fight this decision and did Mr. Silver make the right choice by banning him? When the question was asked about Donald fighting it his lawyer would not answer so only time will tell on that. Weather silver made the right choice or not is just your personal opinion and I believe that banning him and along with fining him $2.5 million was over excessive I mean the man was in his own home when all this stuff had been said. It was wrong of him to say what he did but at least it was in the privacy of his own house. Donald Sterling grew up when there was discrimination toward African Americans and he cant be too racist cuss he is dating a girl that is half black. But back to him being in his own house I mean you have the right to say anything you want on your own property and shouldn’t get judged for it. My opinion is that Donald got punished way to hard for this, he does deserve some punishment because it got out into the public but he did not deserve the fine plus the ban it should have been one or the other.
Taylore, The Zone
The Detroit Pistons general manager/president, Joe Dumars steps down as there president, as of Monday April 14, he will no longer be playing a major role into shaping the Detroit Pistons. Since the Detroit Pistons lost on there final home game against the Toronto Raptors, with one game left in the season,in Dumar's words, "Its time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one." The Detroit Pistons were a wonderful team back in 2003-2008, when they had reached the Eastern Conference every year, but once Dumars signed Ben Gordon, Charlie Vilianueva and traded Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson,the lineup could never bounce back into what they used to be and Dumars knew he had made a mistake. People are very comfortable about the decision that Dumars made, he is getting back some positive feed-back from other staff. I feel like Dumars made a great decision because the Pistons weren't getting anywhere, and I guess he feels like if he's not doing something right to make the team a good team, I guess he can give someone else a chance to do what he couldn't do.
-Kylicia Smith, The Zone Radio
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni thinks that we’ve seen the last of Steve Nash on the court for the 2013-2014 season. Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last seven games after returning from nerve root irritation to play a four-game stint in early February. During his short return, he collided with Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, with the point of impact occurring in almost the same spot on his left leg where he suffered a fracture last season. Nash has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers, set to pay him $9.7 million. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Los Angeles Lakers could waive Nash during the stretch provision before the start of training camp. Steve Nash said that if he is waived then he will not play for another team. Nash also said that the stretch provision was a key motivator in him coming back in February after being sidelined since November 10. The Lakers have approximately $22 million in cap space available to pursue free agents this summer, but the team would have more flexibility if Nash’s entire $9.7 million was coming off the books instead of having it stretched over three years. Already the oldest active player in the league, Nash said he intends to play next season. -T.J. Sims, Overtime Radio
All around the world, everyday their are people who get caught for illegal content and pay the price, then there are athletes who get caught with the same content and somehow live life as normal as before. Colin Kaepernick the most recent athlete thats most likely going to get away with his sexual assult charge, even though he's being investigated doesn't mean he will be sent away or even have a punishment. There are so many players who get caught with breaking the law and somehow make it out without a scratch, a slap on the hand. I believe that if a teacher gets a DUI and has to loose their job, then a athlete should pay more of a price for the mistakes they make. The excuse of "oh I wasn't that drunk" or "it'll never happen again" is a lie that happens more and more everyday and affects more and more people every time someone goes out and breaks the law. A athlete is just a normal person who used to live a normal life, with a mom and a dad, brothers and sisters, went to school and back then had to pay a price for the mistakes they made back then so what has changed? They get paid for the sport they love, they live in big houses? Thats no excuse for a crime that has been committed by another human being towards or around another human that might not comfortable with the activities you are participating in. Athletes should do the same about of jail time, same amount of probation, and they restrictions should stay the same if you are the best athlete out there or just a simple house mom. We all make mistakes, all mistakes have consequences, no matter who the person we should all pay a price for our mistakes. - Kennedy Kirtley
Spencer Haywood a former Lakers basketball player decided soon after his coach Paul Westhead had suspended him in Game 3 of the 1980 NBA Finals he was going to pay. Finally coming out and telling the story of how after getting in a screaming match with some of his players which is what led to his suspension, he took most of his anger out on Westhead and left thinking "he must die.". Driving home he was thinking how he could kill his coach, also hyped up on a little coke called his friend and they thought out to mess with his brake lining. After taking the drugs again he decided to either spike his drink or again spike his car, but soon after talking to his mother he realized this is not what he really is about he knew God was watching him. The Lakers soon found out about his problem and gave him his sanity and holiness back on the team and sent him to Italy to get away. He understood the point of him being sent off and respected his fellow teammates and coaches and realized God had put him in a better place. Lakers coach soon gave Haywood his position on the team back, good choice or not?
I honestly don’t believe it was right of the team to give him his position back on the team, just because he obviously had thoughts of killing his coach and had at first had no regrets of doing it. The drugs he did get help on and got back into his religion and set his life straight, but there are people who do way less of serious things and get a actual punishment which I believe should have happened to Haywood. He soon left which I think he should have just left before getting back from Italy and from his childhood he played tennis and golf which he did go back to playing, but said “I will always love basketball”
As a big fan of the great American game, I wanted to touch upon one of the biggest issues in the game of baseball; that being weather or not steroid users deserve a bid in the Hall of Fame. Many would say yes and many would say no. I, on the other hand, am not presenting this hot topic with an answer, but rather facts to consider both sides. Many would make a case for Bonds, Sosa, Clemens, or McGwire that they were falsely accused and never tested positive. However the evidence states otherwise and some players, such as Mark McGwire (the father of juicing), have even admitted to using PEDs. Where is the moral compass in that? But one would argue some of those who are in the Hall have failed to meet moral standards. Gaylord Perry, long time pitcher, “doctored” the baseball by using Vaseline to increase pitch movement. Ty Cobb was a racist who sharpened his spikes before games to maim opponents. Even Hank Aaron used performance-enhancing amphetamines throughout his career. Steroids have no business in sports, as it takes a toll on those who abuse it, mentally and physically. So if steroids have no business in baseball, then do steroid users belong in the hall among the greats?
Holden Haifley, Overtime Radio
Lacy T. is an NFL Oakland Raiderettes cheerleader. She has always dreamed of cheering for her home team but never thought it would cause this much trouble. The day Lacy made the team they gave her a “secret bible” which guides Raiderettes in everything from folding a dinner napkin correctly to the way you are suppose to look. The team gave Lacy a picture of her self next to a shot of actress Rachel McAdams. Lacy was expected to look just like her with light reddish-brown hair and 11/2 inch diameter curls, starting with a $150 dollar dye job at a squad approved salon. Lacys fingers and toes were to be French- manicured and skin is to be maintained by an artificial sun kissed hue into the winter months. Thighs have to be covered in tights at all times and her false eyelashes have to be perpetually glued to her eyelids. Randomly they require the team to get on the scale and can’t weight more then four pounds over their baseline of 103 pounds. All of the things that were required for a Raiderette to maintain their look was being paid for out of their pocket. Normally that would be understandable but they make less than minimum wage. All Raiderettes are required to attend practice 3 times a week, dozens of public apperances, photo shoots, fittings and nine hour shifts at all home games for a salary of $1,250 at the end of the season. Pay is also deducted for many things from forgetting pompoms to gaining weight, many cheerleader found them selves with no pay at all. Lacy T. filed a law suit against her team alleging that the Raiders fail to pay their cheerleader minimum wage for all hours worked, withhold pay until the end of the season requiring cheerleaders to cover there own business expenses, don’t provide lunch breaks all of which constitute violence of the California Labor Code. Out of the 26 teams in the NFL Seattle is the only team that publicly advertises that they pay its squad and hourly minimum wage. The NFL cheerleads are a big part of football and are on the sidelines cheering on the football players that are making millions of dollars and they cant even get minimum wage for all there devotion and hard work. They deserve a change and it will be coming soon thinks to Lacy T who took a stand. _ Taylore Moore, The Zone