Tag: Sports governance

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Sports

Dolphins owner appalled by bullying scandal

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Fred GoodallAP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he’s appalled by Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle by text. ” I look forward to meeting with Jonathan Martin, discovering the facts,” Ross said.

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Opinion

‘Whitewashing’ by Black NFL players must stop

Dear Editor: In the Black community the Black professional athlete is often seen as a hero and role model. They are viewed as individuals who have overcome the barriers of poverty and racism.Some of these athletes make millions of dollars while other athletes make a comfortable living. Being a professional athlete affords many liberties that the average person does not have. The most important of these liberties is the ability to speak out and be heard. Some of our greatest athletes of the past used these liberties to help the civil rights movement. It appears that some Black NFL players of today use these same liberties to “whitewash” racist rants made by White teammates. For example, when Philadelphia Eagle wide-receiver Riley Cooper viciously used the -n- word at a Kenny Chesney concert, many Black players rushed to his defense.

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Sports

Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, and the NFL’s future

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (CNN) — Allegations of racial slurs and threats of violence against Dolphins linemate Jonathan Martin have left Pro Bowler Richie Incognito suspended from the Miami Dolphins and sparked widespread chatter about just what kind of behavior is tolerated in the NFL.

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Sports

Majority-woman crew officiates D-2 football game

Women referees, from left, back judge Krystle Apellariz, field judge Sebrina Brunson, head linesman Yvonda Lewis and line judge Tangela Mitchell pose for a portrait prior to the start of an NCAA college football game between Lane College and Miles College in Fairfield, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by John ZenorAP Sports Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The officials sprinted around the field keeping order, throwing flags and even telling the Miles College band to hush once. It was a typical college football game Thursday night except that four of the seven people wearing the black-and-white stripes were women. The Southern Intercollege Athletic Conference billed the Miles-Lane game as the first majority-female officiating crew for an NCAA game.

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Sports

Jason Collins came out; NBA should let him play

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman (CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it? That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.

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Sports

NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships

In this March 30, 2012 file photo, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell acknowledges the crowd after speaking at a campaign stop for President Obama at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) by Mark ScolforoAssociated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs. Five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17, college sports’ governing body said. The NCAA said the decision was based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who has been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor.