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Native Americans Force Sports Fans to Think About Racism

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of Northern California paid a “substantial” amount of money to air a one-minute version of this ad in seven major American cities during the NBA Finals. It is compelling, persuasive and powerful.

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NBA Commissioner Denies Donald Sterling’s Hearing Delay Bid

Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA would not grant Donald Sterling an extension for a planned hearing and added he is confident it will be able to force the Los Angeles Clippers owner to sell the team.

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NBA to Name Chief Executive to Oversee Clippers

With Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life from NBA activities, the league said Saturday it would name a chief executive to oversee the club.

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Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

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Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

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AP/Danny Moloshok

The Biological Remedy for Racism

The racial attitudes of men like Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy belong to another day. Younger people taking the stage will carry with them views that reflect a better America.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



Mike Licht (CC BY 2.0)

The Sterling Racism Scandal: What About Associating With Muslim People?

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Tokowitz Sterling has a long history of discriminatory practices.

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AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan Blast Clippers’ Donald Sterling Over Racist Remarks

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing a professional and personal debacle of cataclysmic proportions after the release Friday, courtesy of TMZ, of recorded racist comments he allegedly made to a friend about African-Americans.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Derrick Gordon

The NCAA Division I basketball player’s coming out makes it easier to believe the next generation of Americans are more socially tolerant than their elders.

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College Sports Has Its First Openly Gay Male Star

Derrick Gordon is young, talented and gay. He tells Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler that life in the closet and teasing from his teammates almost caused him to quit basketball.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Kobe Bryant Plays for a Destiny He Realized at Age 6

If this weekend’s All-Star Game was a retirement party for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers look pretty dumb giving him $48.5 million over the next two years.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

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Rutgers

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NBA: How Much for the Jersey Off My Back?

The NBA is debating whether to sell ad space on its players’ jerseys, according to a report in the SportsBusiness Journal.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

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NBA: We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When

Professional basketball players Monday responded to NBA Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum to accept a bad offer from team owners or face a worse one by dissolving their union in order to sue the league for billions of dollars. (more)

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AP / Mary Altaffer

We Can Live Without Leagues

If bad times bring out the best in ordinary people, sports labor brings out the worst in the privileged lives of owners and players.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Anti-Gay Slur Costs Bulls’ Noah $50,000

The NBA fined Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah $50,000 for calling a fan “faggot” during Sunday’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Miami Heat. Noah apologized immediately after the game. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was fined twice as much in April for directing the same word at a referee. (more)

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AP / Chris Carlson

Being Kobe Bryant Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

I was just about to get over this whole Kobe Bryant thing when I hit the sports page and was reminded of his insulting non-apology.

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The Real Madness of March

Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. In his damning special now available on PBS’s “Frontline” website, viewers are shown the side of “amateur” athletics that’s almost never discussed inside the beery bubble of sports media.

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The Policy Bracket

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Real March Madness

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What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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NBA Leads Sports in Diversity

Professional sports have long had a disconnect between the players and management where diversity is concerned, so hats off to the NBA for setting an example for baseball, football and that weird boring ice game. The basketball league scores an A in both racial and gender diversity, with women sitting at 44 percent of the desks in league offices.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


‘Los Suns’ Protest Immigration Law

The Phoenix Suns pro basketball team will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys—in part to protest their home state’s anti-immigrant law. Steve Nash, the team’s star (and an immigrant himself), explains rather eloquently why he opposes the law.

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These Devils Wear Privilege

A country founded on anti-royalism and defined by anti-aristocrat political rhetoric will naturally profess disgust for, say, Ivy League presidential candidates and Duke basketball.

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AP / Matt Sayles

March Mildness: How the NCAA Tournament Lost Its Swagger

The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

The Winner and Still Champion, the Olympic (Ka-Ching!) Movement

In the wake of the just-concluded Winter Games—aka They Can Even Sell This Stuff?—it’s amazing to think how little was left of the Olympic movement in 1984, when it crawled into Los Angeles on its last legs.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

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AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



Life After Massachusetts Edition

After the jump: A comprehensive roundup of why the Democrats suck, the all-white basketball league and how classical music can be used as punishment for schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP photo / David J. Phillip

A Strapped L.A. Won’t Pay for Laker Parade

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers brought the NBA championship trophy back to Los Angeles and with it cause for celebration, but how can a city struggling to make ends meet justify the traditional $2 million victory parade? By making the team and private donors pay for it.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


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China to Censor Online Porn, Possibly Basketball

Starting July 1, every computer sold in China will come bundled with software designed to block access to pornographic sites and whatever else parents—and, critics fear, the government—want to keep at bay. As one of the software’s developers explains, “If a father doesn’t want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all Web sites related to those things.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE



lakers.topbuzz.com / change.gov

Obama Picks Lakers in 6

Dress the White House in purple and gold, the president is backing Los Angeles in the NBA finals. It’s probably because of his uncommonly good taste and high basketball IQ, but it could also have something to do with the 39 percentage points by which he won Los Angeles in the presidential election.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Talks Banks, Bonuses and Basketball on Leno

The merger of the entertainment and political spheres is now complete. Witness this lengthy chatfest between President Barack Obama and Jay Leno on Thursday’s “Tonight Show.” During the broadcast Obama cracks jokes about the Secret Service, the Special Olympics (oops) and “American Idol” between more serious discussions about the economy and alternative energy.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


Barkley
uab.edu

Barkley Shooting for Governor’s Post in Alabama

He wasn’t always known for his coolheaded leadership skills during his 16-year NBA career, but now, after almost 10 years off the court, Charles Barkley is apparently gearing up to compete in the political arena, telling the New York Daily News that he aims to run for governor of Alabama in a few years.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Wiki Commons

NBA Ballers Responding to Strong Euro

Last week it was Budweiser that was sold to the Europeans, this week it is the NBA that fell victim to a global economic shift that’s seen the dollar nose-dive vis-à-vis the euro. Respected young forward Josh Childress accepted a fatter offer from a Greek club than the one his U.S. team reportedly was making. He may not be the last.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


amaechi
cnn.com

Ex-NBA Star:  Olympians Should Speak About Human Rights in China

John Amaechi is not your typical basketball star. The former center for Utah, Orlando and Cleveland is the first NBA alumnus to openly declare that he’s gay, and now he’s combining sports and cultural politics in another sense by serving as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador to this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Basketball Foul

Truthdig wasn’t around in the year 2000, but if we had been, we probably would have posted this clip of John McCain blowing it in a big way. In light of the Republican Party’s racial sensitivity research, this seems timely, even eight years later—and how sad is that?

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Don Imus
culturekitchen.com

The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

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