Mark Cuban Says In Radio Interview: “If I think the ethical thing is to vote the other way of the 29 other guys, I will.”

On May 29th  Mark Cuban said, during an interview on Spike Lee’s radio talk show on SiriusXM NBA Radio[1], concerning the vote to oust Donald Sterling, that if he had to vote differently than the other 29 owners he would have. Here are some highlights (or lowlights depending on your opinion) of what he said:

“I don’t know. If I think the ethical thing is to vote the other way of the 29 other guys, I will. I haven’t made up my mind on anything because I don’t know all the details. I’m not going to jump to conclusions. It’s not fair to the process. Mess up the process and then he (Sterling) has a lawsuit forever. I’m not going to know until I hear the presentation (June 3). What he (Sterling) said was awful. It was horrific, it was racist. There’s no place for it in the NBA, but it’s not going to force me to make up my mind without hearing all the facts. When all this went down, I was probably the only owner that sat down with all my players and we discussed everything. Everything. Everybody’s gotta be careful because everything has changed. And that’s the slippery slope, part of the slippery slope I talked about. We’re all going to be held to a different standard going forward.”[2]

From what I can surmise from his words he feels that even though he might disagree and even find disgusting what Sterling said he wants to protect himself on two fronts. The first being that if the league were to conduct things too rapidly and mess up anything with the legal process then Donald Sterling could have legal grounds to sue the NBA. The NBA has lawyers and so does Sterling, and if he wanted to he could drag this issue on forever. That, in turn, could look bad for the league and affect the owners bottom lines. Mark Cuban is not only an NBA owner, but he is also an entrepreneur and business man. He may see voting to oust Sterling as a bad business move in the long run. The second has to do with setting a precedent. Again, even though what Sterling said was reprehensible, Cuban may want to guard himself and other owners from having their team possibly stripped from them because of something they said in what they thought was the privacy of their homes.  The words don’t necessarily have to be racially charged, but it could be a myriad of things from having affairs or having arguments with your spouse. If the NBA decided to say that those supposedly private actions hurt the image of the league, could the owner then be stripped of their team?

To hear the complete segment click below or follow the link:

https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmnba/mark-cuban-says-he-doesnt-know-how-he-is-going-to-vote-on-donald-sterling-siriusxm-nba-radio

 

 

What Do You Think?

 

Works Cited

[1] SiriusXM Radio. Web. 2 June 2014. <https://www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmnbaradio&gt;.

[2] “Mark Cuban on Why He Hasn’t Decided How He’ll Vote on Donald Sterling Issue.” SportsDayDFW.com. Dallas Morning News, 29 May 2014. Web. 2 June 2014. <http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20140529-mark-cuban-on-why-he-hasn-t-decided-how-he-ll-vote-on-donald-sterling-issue.ece&gt;.

 

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Mark Cuban’s Comment’s: What Is Prejudice?, Where Does It Come From? and How Do We Overcome It?

Mark Cuban, who is known primarily as the owner of the NBA team The Dallas Mavericks, recently made comments during a sit down with Inc. Magazine’s Growco Conference[1] online that has gotten the sports world buzzing. What did he say exactly to get people talking? He acknowledged his prejudices and expounded on the subject as a whole, highlighting that everyone- famous or not, black or white- has their own prejudices whether or not they would like to admit it.

I can understand the sensitivity people may have to Cuban’s comments due to the climate surrounding the NBA at the moment. The Donald Sterling situation, where he appeared to say racist statements about African Americans[2], is still heated and does not appear to be going away anytime soon, even though it seems like former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just bought the L.A. Clippers for a reported two billion dollars[3]. This is pending the approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors (the owners). Sterling vows to sue the league[4].

Donald Sterling’s History of Racism and Discrimination

His behavior is egregious and disgusting. It is deep within his soul, and as his history shows, it will never change.  He has made his racism into more than a 30 year career. His prejudice, racism, and acts of discrimination have been well documented from not paying his African American coaches[5] to refusing to rent apartments in buildings he owns to African Americans or Latinos, for which he was sued by the United States Department of Justice for housing discrimination[6] in 2006.

The Difference Between Prejudice, Racism And Discrimination

Now I think that it is important to highlight the various distinctions of three terms: Prejudice, Racism, and Discrimination. Prejudice, as stated in the word itself, is to judge something or someone only on what you see, hear or what is in front of you. Racism stems from someone feeling superior to another person, whether in intelligence or ability, because of their race. Discrimination involves the act of treating someone unfairly or different. The reasons for discrimination could vary from race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. Some people upon hearing either one of these terms may automatically think of the other two because they may assume the terms are mutually exclusive; as to say if someone hears that another person has a prejudice then that must mean that they are racists or that they practice discrimination. Although they can co-exist in certain scenarios, they are not the same and not exclusive to one another.

The Evolution of Prejudice?

Prejudice is something that is hardwired in to every human being who is capable of forming thoughts. It is something for which we have evolution to thank.

Homo sapiens[7], or modern day humans, you and I, came into evolutionary existence around 100,000 years ago. Back then there were no laws, no supermarkets, or highly structured societies. Back than it was kill or be killed. 100,000 years ago every animal and disease was trying kill and/or eat the human being. In order to survive those conditions you had to be choosy not only about what you ate, but also about whom you associated with.

If you saw a berry or a plant you had to make a decision by smell or sight on whether or not something was safe enough to eat, because eating or drinking the wrong thing could mean severe sickness or death. When humans began to travel in groups of hunters and gathers the prejudice expanded to not just what you ate, but also the people you allowed to be in your group. You had to quickly judge and think “is this person a friend or a foe?”, “Can I trust this person?”, “is this person a good hunter/gather?” and “how can they help the group?” Even though they might not have had the language to say those things their actions conveyed such thinking.

Having certain prejudices not only helped in selecting food or groups it also played a role in choosing a mate for the survival of the species. Known as ‘sexual selection[8]’ by Charles Darwin, mates could be chosen based on a variety of factors, one of them being strength. Even though sexual selection can be seen as the female having the choice to pick the male that is not always the case. In certain instances males can become the ones with the choice while the female compete[9]. If you were successful enough to find a partner that meant your genes and not that of your competition would be passed on. Sexual selection still goes on in the animal kingdom today; take for example the peacock [10]that will show off his bright tail in hopes that a female may want to mate with him or birds singing[11] in order to attract a mate with their song.

 If You’re Going To Use Darwin’s Theory To Explain Hatred… DON’T!!!

It is important to note that Darwin’s theory was meant to be used to describe how a species could survive and adapt. Anyone who tries to use his theory to explain their racism or hateful prejudice or bigotry is misusing and distorting it.

Where Does Prejudice Come From?

Prejudice stems from FEAR. Fear of the unknown. Someone may be afraid of someone else by the way they look or dress or speak, but as soon as they begin knowing each other the prejudice can be lessened or go away. Now, that is not to say that certain prejudices or bigotries can be solved as easily as a math problem; saying ‘this minus this equals that’ does not work in these cases. Prejudice, racism, and discrimination are all far too complex for someone to solve in an article no matter how long it is.

Prejudice As HATE

At times during the course of human history that fear of the unknown has been used as a way to turn populations against themselves not as a means of survival, but as a form of hatred just because someone or a group may be different from you. These examples include the holocaust (around 6,000,000 Jews were murdered including 91% of the Jewish population of Poland[12]), the anti – Irish sentiment[13] in the U.S. and Britain in the 19th century, the prejudice and discrimination against Muslims after 9/11 (according to a report from the Department of Justice[14] from 2011 “The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reported a 1,600% increase in anti-Muslim hate crime incidents in 2001), the caste system[15] (which still exists) in India in which you are treated differently based on what family you happen to come from. The worst victims of the caste system are known as the ‘untouchables.’ They are systematically denied food, proper housing, medical care and an education. And of course America’s all too well known history of prejudice, discrimination AND racism with slavery and the Jim Crow laws[16].

I would detail the crimes against the Native American’s[17], but that would require five more pages just to start.

Everyone May Have Prejudices, but Not All Prejudices Are Equal

Now, it is important to note that not all prejudice should be treated the same. To say so would be illogical and just plain nonsense. I point this out as to say trying to compare Cuban’s comments to that of Donald Sterling is incorrect in my opinion. Trying to compare the two would be like saying one guy stole a pencil and the other rubbed a bank at gunpoint and they should both get 50 years in prison. Although, they both committed crimes under the law wouldn’t 50 years in prison for stealing a pencil a little excessive?

A Form of Acceptable Prejudice?

As a people most, if not all of us, are aware (consciously or unconsciously) that at least some forms of prejudice, for a variety of reasons, exist in our society and we have come to accept them, take for example judging someone based on appearance. Anyone who has a job or who is looking for a job knows how important dressing well for an interview is. If you were to go interview to try and land your dream job would you show up in sweatpants, sneakers, wearing a white tank top or even in denim jeans that are down to your knees exposing your underwear? Most of you, man or woman, would probably not. Now look at it from this perspective: if you were an employer and someone walked in dressed like that would your first instinct be “I have to hire that person?” probably not.  Your resumé may clinch the job for you, but anyone who has had to go through the job process knows that appearance and presentation matters.

In 2011 an article on BusinessInsider.com[18] listed several factors associated with appearance and presentation. Several studies indicated colorations between how someone spoke, dressed or even the color of their hair, among other attributes, could affect whether they were given a job, promoted or even paid more. Among some of the results were if you were a woman “64 per cent of directors said that women who wore make-up look more professional and 18 per cent of directors said that women who do not wear make-up “look like they can’t be bothered to make an effort”. If you were a man “60% of businessmen without beards or moustaches feel that these features are a bad sign. Some feel [sic] that the person can’t be bothered to shave and others that they are hiding something.”

Is that fair? Depending on who you ask the answer may be ‘yes’ or it may be ‘no.’

These characteristics of how someone is judged in the corporate world can seem downright ridicules, but they are there.

Some years from now that may change and society may feel that dressing however you want to go to a job interview is acceptable and that will be the new norm, then the businesses and employers would have to change to that norm, but that has not happened yet.

According to Malcolm Gladwell[19], in his book Blink[20]: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, we make snap judgments or what he calls ‘thin-slicing’ as soon as we “meet a new person or have to make sense of something quickly or encounter a novel situation…Snap judgments are, first of all, enormously quick: they rely on the thinnest slices of experience … they are also unconscious.”

No One Should Rely On Anyone Else To Eliminate Their Prejudice… That’s Their Job!

In different segments of society there are different ways of dressing and speaking or acting that are deemed acceptable or not acceptable. I bring that up because although in certain situations (such as a job interview) where someone may have to conform at least a little that should not always have to be the case. It should not be the job of the person who is prejudiced against to conform to the person who has shown such prejudice. The person who has that prejudice should acknowledge that it is there and work on it.  Especially, in today’s world with laptops, tablets and Smartphone’s where it only takes a few key strokes to find out information on a culture or segment of the population once unknown to them; it is their job to educate themselves and eradicate their ignorance. Once they educate themselves that fear that may have once been there, can no longer be used as a crutch, as it once was. If that person still holds such prejudice it is by choice. In an age of technology where access to the internet is as easy as looking at your cell phone ignorance is a choice not something set in stone.

Shining a Light on Prejudice

I share this information not say that we, as a society, must accept someone’s prejudice or condone it, but instead to say that when we see or hear prejudice we must, as a collective, call it out and give it a voice. If we pretend to be such an evolved species that we do not have prejudices, no matter what they are, we are fooling ourselves. The way to battle prejudice is not to pretend it doesn’t exist and sweep it under the rug, but to shine a light on it and try to figure out why someone would have such intolerance. We must not only be aware of others’ prejudice, but also the ones within ourselves.

In Closing: The Difference Between Donald Sterling and Mark Cuban and Becoming More Informed

The difference between Donald Sterling and Mark Cuban is that Sterling has systematically, over time, used his racism to discriminate and transgress against others. His racism runs as deep as the ocean. Over the years there has been no evidence to suggest that he wants to change. Whereas someone’s prejudice that stems from fear can change with knowledge, his racism will always be with him. He will always feel that he is better than someone else because he is white and they are not, no matter who they look or their other qualities.

Cuban admitted to having prejudices and bigotries and admitted that having them is wrong. In that interview I didn’t hear him say that it was someone else’s job to teach him how not to feel that way. He took ownership of his feelings and said that he, not anyone else, had to change them. In Cuban’s history, which we know of, there has never been a documented or suspected case of him discriminating against someone. Could he have used better analogies or examples to prove his case, certainly, but a couple of seconds or bad wording should not lead someone to throw away his entire argument. I would say that the fact that he thought it appropriate, at the time, to use those descriptions lends to his point that he obviously needs to become more informed.

After the interview with INC. Mark Cuban issued an apology to Treyvon Martin’s family concerning his ‘hoodie’  comment, but stood by the rest of his argument.

The statement read:

“In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview. I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it.”

 

                                                                                                                                                      

Links for further reading and viewing:

Reading:

Origins of Slavery in America, History.com – http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery

• Tale of the Peacock, PBS -www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/6/l_016_09.html

• Understanding Prejudice – http://www.understandingprejudice.org/

• What does it take to spark prejudice in humans?, BBChttp://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130409-what-sparks-prejudice-in-humans

• Critical Thinking and the Nature of Prejudice, criticalthinking.org –       http://www.criticalthinking.org/data/pages/19/cbb793a3159353eb2051dc5f5804cffb5135355a9cf6a.pdf

• Test Yourself for Hidden Bias, Southern Poverty Law Centerhttp://www.tolerance.org/Hidden-bias

• Musicians’ Appearances Matter More Than Their Sound, Nature.comhttp://www.nature.com/news/musicians-appearances-matter-more-than-their-sound-1.13572

• How We Are Judged by Our Appearance, Psychologytoday.com –     http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/subliminal/201206/how-we-are-judged-our-appearance

 Videos:

First Take Reacts to Mark Cuban’s Comments — Part 1

First Take discuss society’s challenges with racism

Works Cited

[1] Aspan, Maria. “Mark Cuban, Post-Sterling, on Combating Racism: ‘We All Have Our Bigotry’.” INC. N.p., 2014. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.inc.com/maria-aspan/mark-cuban-discusses-bigotry-post-donald-sterling-fiasco.html?cid=sf01001&gt;.

[2] Golliver, Ben. “NBA investigating Clippers owner Donald Sterling for alleged racist comments.” Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company, 29 Apr. 2014. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://nba.si.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-nba-investigation-racist-comments-clippers/&gt;.

[3] “Clips Sale Pending Board Approval.” ESPN Los Angeles. ESPN, 30 May 2014. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/11008952/nba-approves-steve-ballmer-bid-buy-los-angeles-clippers&gt;.

[4] “Donald Sterling Files $1B Lawsuit.” ESPN Los Angeles. ESPN, 30 May 2014. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/11008282/attorney-says-los-angeles-clippers-owner-donald-sterling-suing-nba-1-billion&gt;.

[5]Adande, J.A. “Legal Filings Show Frustration of Clipper GMs.” ESPN. N.p., 6 Jan. 2011. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/23649/legal-filings-show-frustration-of-clipper-gms&gt;.

[6] “Sterling Sued by DOJ for Housing Discrimination.” ESPN. Associated Press, 7 Aug. 2006. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2542741&gt;.

[7] “Origins of Humankind .” Evolution. PBS, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/humans/humankind/o.html&gt;.

[8]“Darwin, Beauty and Sexual Selection.” Endless Forms Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Unversity of Cambridge, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.darwinendlessforms.org/gallerydarwin/darwin-beauty-and-sexual-selection/&gt;.

[9] Stockley, Paula, and Jakob Bro-Jørgensen. “Female Competition and Its Evolutionary Consequences In Mammals.” Biological Reviews 86.2 (2010): 341-66. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.liv.ac.uk/mbe/pdf/11_Stockley_BR.pdf&gt;.

[10] Brennan, Patricia L. R. “Sexual Selection.” Scitable. Nature Education, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014.      <http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/sexual-selection-13255240&gt;.

[11] Mayntz, Melissa. “Bird Courtship Behavior.” About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://birding.about.com/od/birdingbasics/a/courtshipbehavior.htm&gt;.

[12] “Statistics of The Holocaust.” The History Place. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/h-statistics.htm&gt;.

[13] Daniels, Jessie. “St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-Americans and the Changing Boundaries of Whiteness.” Racism Review. N.p., 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2012/03/17/st-patricks-irish-whiteness-2012/&gt;.

[14] “Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later .” United States Department of Justice. N.p., 19 Oct. 2011. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/post911/post911summit_report_2012-04.pdf&gt;.

[15] The Impact of India’s Caste System on Woman. Narr. Urmi Basu. Perf. America Ferrera. Independent Lens, 2012. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://video.pbs.org/video/2276630812/&gt;.

[16] “Jim Crow Laws.” Separate Is Not Equal: Brown V. Board of Education . Smithsonian National Museum of American History, n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/1-segregated/jim-crow.html&gt;.

[17] Lewy, Guenter. “Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?.” History News Network. George Mason University, Sept. 2004. Web. 30 May 2014. <http://hnn.us/article/7302&gt;.

[18] Shontell, Alyson. “If You Look Like This, Your Pay Check Will Be Higher Than Average .” Business Insider. N.p., 26 Feb. 2011. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.businessinsider.com/if-you-have-any-of-these-20-physical-features-your-pay-check-will-probably-be-higher-2011-2?op=1&gt;.

[19] Gladwell, Malcolm. Gladwell.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://gladwell.com/&gt;.

[20] Heathfield, Susan M. “Why “Blink” Matters: The Power of First Impressions.” About.com Human Resourses. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://humanresources.about.com/od/workrelationships/a/blink_effect.htm&gt;.

 

In a League Where there is a Person Being Held In Prison on Murder Charges; Why Is Michael Sam’s Sexuality Being Called A ‘Distraction’?

Ever since 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam came out as gay[1] it seems like all I’ve been hearing on TV and radio from the sports pundits and NFL insiders, including former players is on ESPN and other sports networks, is “will the others in the locker room be ready to accept Sam and be comfortable around him?” and “is the NFL ready to have an openly gay player?”

In order to try and answer these questions as fully as possible one must try to look at statistics and facts to get a clearer picture. Let’s begin by trying to answer the first question.

“Will The Others In The Locker Room Be Ready To Accept Sam and Be Comfortable Around Him”?

According to the Pew Research Center[2], in an article dated June 6, 2013, 51% of Americans are in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to marry. In the same research it shows that 87% or nearly 9 in 10 Americans personally know someone who is gay or lesbian, which is up from 61% in 1993. When it came to people under 30 years of age 65% of them supported gay marriage.

I bring up these statistics only to show that the views on this issue are changing. Older NFL players will retire and younger players will replace them. That younger generation, if we are to believe these statistics, will be more accepting of their gay teammates.

Taking Michael Sam’s teammates at The University of Missouri as an example they can illustrate what can happen when it is not made an issue as well as how views are shifting. When he told his teammates and his coaches that he was gay no one protested and said they wouldn’t play, no one made him feel uncomfortable, it didn’t affect his game on the field, and most importantly no one ‘outed’ him. He told the world who he was because he wanted to. In fact, after he told his truth to the world his teammates tweeted their support[3] for him.

Now let’s try and answer the second question.

“Is the NFL Ready to Have An Openly Gay NFL Player?”

According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law[4], a think tank that deals in sexual orientation law and public policy, wrote in 2011 that ‘an estimated 9 million (about 3.8%) of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Within those numbers 1.8% identified as bisexual, 1.7% as gay or lesbian and 0.3% as transgender. However, it must be stated that those numbers may be misleading because many people may not admit to being LGBT do to the stigma from others around them. The report states that men tended to under-report more than women. There are other statistics[5] that claim that at least 1 out of 10 people are gay while others say it may be 1 out of 20.

Now, try to remember those numbers because now it’s time to do some NFL math.

The NFL is a league which is compromised of 32 teams. Every team is composed of a 53 man roster. Now if you do the math that means that there are a total of 1,696 players on NFL rosters (53 x 32). Going back to the statistic of 1 out of 10 people being gay that would mean that 5 men in any given locker room may be gay. (53/10 = 5.3). On a larger scale that comes out to at least 160 men around the league (5 x 32). I know that only 46 men can dress up for a game, but the numbers were similar I didn’t want to bore you with the same math. Also, if you are familiar with the rules of the NFL[6] each team has to have 11 players on the field. That would mean that both teams had at least one gay player on the field.

So whether players and coaches want to admit it or not they are already probably playing and showering alongside a gay player.

The key term for many people reading this article will be ‘openly.’ To that I would say again to look at Michael Sam’s teammates at University of Missouri. Hopefully, the NFL and its current players can handle it as well as college football players can.

Those questions within themselves bring up other questions; questions like ‘why does a person who wants to peruse their dream in the NFL have to do it at the cost of denying who they are if they happen to be gay? Why does it have to be an either/or situation? Do I play in the NFL at the expense of my true self or do I live my true self and not play in the NFL? Another important question raised is ‘Why does a person have to wait to the NFL is ready?  Shouldn’t the NFL make itself, as a league, ready to make these players feel welcome? For a league that has a revenue around 9 Billion dollars[7] shouldn’t it be on them to make not only the gay players, but the LGBT merchandise, ticket buying public comfortable as well? Or did they think only straight people buy their product?

If Michael Sam is drafted by an NFL team – which looking at his college stats[8] seems likely- then he will become the NFL’s first openly gay player; and if the NFL doesn’t allow this to become a distraction then it won’t. Through a series of tweets[9] former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth took down the argument on Sam being a possible distraction.

With everyone’s take on the whole situation about the possibility of the NFL having an openly gay player, including mine, Jon Stewart’s take in a segment called ‘Friday Night Rights’[10] summed it up perfectly.

 

Works Cited 


[1] “Missouri DE Michael Sam Says He’s Gay.” Outside the Lines. ESPN. 9 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10429238&gt;.

[2] “In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ’Inevitable’.” The    Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The Pew Research Center, 6 June 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/06/in-gay-marriage-debate-both-supporters-and-opponents-see-legal-recognition-as-inevitable/&gt;.

[3] Bradley, Ken. “Missouri teammates show support for Michael Sam.” Sporting News. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2014-02-10/michael-sam-gay-missouri-teammates-show-support-on-twitter-nfl-draft&gt;.

[4] Gates, Gary J. “How Many People are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender?.” The Williams Institute. UCLA School of Law, Apr. 2011. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/how-many-people-are-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender/&gt;.

[5] Johnson, Ramon. “Gay Population Statistics: How Many Gay People Are There?.” About.com: Gay Life. Article.  n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://gaylife.about.com/od/comingout/a/population.htm&gt;.

[6] “Rule 5 Players, Substitutes, Equipment, General Rules.” NFL.com Rulebook. PFD., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/8_2013_Players_Subs_Equip_GeneralRules.pdf&gt;

[7] Burke, Monte. “How The National Football League Can Reach $25 Billion In Annual Revenues.” Forbes. N.p., 17 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2013/08/17/how-the-national-football-league-can-reach-25-billion-in-annual-revenues/&gt;.

[8] “Michael Sam Bio.” mutigers.com. University of Missouri , n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/michael_sam_452639.html&gt;.

[9] Parziale, James. “Ex-NFL WR’s series of tweets about Sam shoot down distraction argument.” FoxSports.com. MSN, 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/ex-nfl-wr-s-series-of-tweets-about-sam-shoot-down-distraction-argument-021114&gt;.

[10] “Friday Night Rights.” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Comedy Central. 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/welua3/friday-night-rights?xrs=share_copy&gt;.

Four Hofstra University Players Charged With Multiple Counts Of Burglary After Thousands Worth Of Electronics Goes Missing From Dorm Rooms

On Friday it was reported by police that four Hofstra University basketball players were arrested late Thursday on charges of burglary. The players charged are Kentrell Washington, age 18, of Las Vegas, Jimmy Hall, age 18, of Brooklyn, Dallas Anglin, age 18, of Montclair, N.J., and Shaquille Stokes, age 20, of Manhattan.

According to police the thefts happened between the dates of Oct. 4th and Nov. 5th. The players charged are alleged to have targeted six unlocked dorm rooms. However, Nassau County Detective Lt. Raymond Cote believes that there other unreported burglaries that began as far back as the beginning of the semester.

The items that were reported to have been stolen include: several laptops, iPad’s, more than one iPod Touch, headphones, cellphones, and cash. Detective Cote says that since the players’ arrest late Thursday several of the stolen electronics were found for sale on Craigslist. At least $10,000 of electronics has been recovered.

The team’s coach, Mo Cassara, also reported that he had items stolen in May which included cash, credit cards and computer equipment. However, according to Hofsta this was before any of the players were at the school.

Pending the outcome of the case all four players have been suspended from not only the team, but also classes, residence halls and the use of other student facilities.

The Associated Press puts the charges as follows: “Stokes was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. Washington was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. Hall was charged with four counts of second degree burglary. Anglin was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of tampering with physical evidence.”

Each player pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday at the First District Court in Hempstead, N.Y., and was released after setting bail. None had any prior arrests on their record.

When it comes to how the arrests of these players will impact Hofstra on the court the numbers say that it could have a negative effect.  The Hofstra Basketball team plays in the Colonial Athletic Association and is currently 3-5 after their 73 – 47 blowout loss to Southern Methodist University (8-1), who is coached by Larry Brown, on Saturday.

Hall, a freshman who is 6’7, averaged 12.7 PPG making him the team’s second leading scorer, and led the team with 9.4 rebounds a game.

Stokes’, a sophomore, who transferred from the University of Hawaii to Hofstra in June in order to be closer to his grandmother, who was ill, was averaging 10 points in six starts this season which ranked him forth on the team. The N.C.A.A. granted his hardship waiver in November. According to ESPN.com a hardship waiver is “for student-athletes who are compelled to transfer because of financial hardship, or an injury or illness to the student-athlete or a member of their family.”

Washington and Anglin, both freshmen, have seen regular playing time off the bench.

This is not the first time the Hofstra basketball team has had to deal with player issues. The Associated Press reports that “last month, Hofstra suspended two other players, Taran Buie and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, for violating team rules. The suspensions were for two preseason events and two regular-season games.” Those players should be back on the court soon.

The lawyers for each player have not commented on this matter.

When asked about this after his team’s win Larry Brown was quoted as saying “You hate to see kids have to go through something like this… A lot of us have made mistakes in our lives, but I don’t think at the time you realize the impact it has not only on your life but all the people around you that care about you.”

Asked about the impact on the court Brown said: “You can’t lose four quality players in one day and expect to have success.”

Hofstra’s coach Cassara said “[t]here’s nobody that feels worse about it than me. There’s nobody more disappointed—almost heartbroken, in many ways.”

All four players are on athletic scholarships. It has not yet been determined what will happen to their scholarships.

Information from ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan , The Associated Press’ Frank Eltman, Zagsblog.com, and New York Times writer Zach Schonbrun were used in this article

The End of ‘Macho Time’: Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho Dies at 50

Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho died Saturday after being taken off life support at the request of his family. He was 50. On Tuesday he was shot in the face and was declared brain dead on Thursday. He was shot while sitting in a car with a friend in Bayamón, Puerto Rico where he was born. The friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, died instantly. Police have not released much about the crime other than to say that cocaine was found in the car. The Associated Press reports that the bullet fractured his vertebrae and was wedged in his shoulder.

Hector Camacho was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, on May 24, 1962. When he was three years old his mother separated from his father and moved to New York’s Spanish Harlem. Although he began boxing at 11; as a teenager he ended up in jail before turning to boxing as a way to release his aggression.  At the age of 15 he entered a Manhattan high school for troubled youths. As a teenager he won three New York City Golden Gloves titles.

Camacho began his career against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980.  During his three decade long career he fought some of boxing’s biggest names: Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, and Edwin Rosario.

On August 7, 1983 he would win his first of three world titles by beating Rafael Limon in Puerto Rico. Two years later he moved to lightweight and defeated Jose Luis Ramirez for the title and then defended his title against Edwin Rosario. That fight would bring his record to a sparkling 38 – 0.

After that fight he would go on to lose a split decision to Greg Haugen at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 1991. He would go on to win the rematch. After that fight Camacho would go on to lose to Julio Cesar Chavez in a unanimous decision at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. With the win Chavez would retain his lightweight title.

When speaking to ESPN-Radio Formula in Mexico Chavez said: “He was a very fast fighter, he faced everything and it was very hard for me. He revolutionized boxing… It’s a shame he got mixed up in so many problems.”

In 1997 he would go on to beat Sugar Ray Leonard in a knock-out in the fifth round. Also in that year he fought Oscar De La Hoya, the then welterweight champion, and lost by a unanimous decision.

Drug, alcohol, and domestic abuse claims plagued Camacho throughout his boxing career and after. In 2007 he was sentenced to seven years in prison after being involved in a burglary at a store in Mississippi in January 2005. During his arrest police also found him in possession of the drug Ecstasy. However, the judge in the case gave Camacho a suspended sentence on six of the seven years and placed him on probation. He would end up serving two weeks in jail after violating his probation.

In 2012 there was a warrant out for his arrest due to Camacho allegedly beating one of his sons. He turned himself in. A trial was pending at his death.

His last fight was his defeat by Saul Duran in May 2010. He had a career record of 79-6-3.

His over the top attire, as well as his larger than life personality made him standout in the crowd. In a boxing world with names like Sugar Ray Leonard, De La Hoya, Chavez and Trinidad he had to make sure that his legacy would endure. However, it would be a shame if his persona overshadowed his record of a champion.

He won titles as a super featherweight (maximum 130 pounds), a lightweight (135 pounds) and a junior welterweight (140 pounds).

In 2010 Camacho told the Associated Press: “This is something I’ve done all my life, you know?”… A couple years back, when I was doing it, I was still enjoying it. The competition, to see myself perform. I know I’m at the age that some people can’t do this no more.”

Police are looking for two suspects who were seen fleeing from the scene.

He is survived by his mother, his three sisters Raquel, Estrella and Ester, his brother Felix and four sons Hector Camacho Jr., Taylor Camacho, Christian Camacho and Justin Camacho.

Information from ESPN, The Associated Press, and New York Times writer Bruce Weber were used in this article

Miami Marlins Owner Takes Heat Over Blockbuster Trade

The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto.

The Marlins will get shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick (OF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Justin Nicolino (LHP) and Anthony DeSclafani (RHP).

This trade has angered many of the Marlins fans in Florida, and after looking at the numbers associated with the Marlins and their new ballpark how could it not. The total cost of the new home for the Miami Marlins was $ 634 Million dollars. In the deal to get the new stadium Dade County agreed to pay more than $300 million, the city of Miami would pay around $119 million, and the Marlins would pay $100 million and any other cost of the stadium. However, when it comes to the extra cost of the other parts of the building those bills will be paid by Florida taxpayers. According to ESPN’s official reports the entire cost of the stadium would run the taxpayers 2.4 billion dollars over a 40 year span.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today called it “the ultimate Ponzi scheme, getting South Florida taxpayers to pay for a new ballpark to watch a product that simply doesn’t exist.”

After looking at the numbers it is easy to understand the fans frustrations. After spending over 100 million dollars last season to stock up on a-list players it is no surprise why this trade would come to many as a shock. After this trade the Marlins expect to gain around $150 million of salary relief.

When this trade is complete and all the papers are signed the Marlins, according to ESPN, would have traded 12 payers since July.

After finishing in last place last season Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told CBSSports.com “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”

When asked about the trade City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said “The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from a baseball standpoint, it won’t be viewed by the general public as a positive move.”

Players Traded Since July

3B           Hanley Ramirez traded to Dodgers

RP           Randy Choate traded to Dodgers

RP           Edward Mujica traded to Cardinals

1B           Gaby Sanchez traded to Pirates

SP           Anibal Sanchez traded to Tigers

2B           Omar Infante traded to Tigers

RP           Heath Bell traded to Diamondbacks

SS           Jose Reyes traded to Blue Jays

SP           Josh Johnson traded to Blue Jays

SP           Mark Buehrle traded to Blue Jays

C             John Buck traded to Blue Jays

CF           Emilio Bonifacio traded to Blue Jays

Information from ESPN, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, CBS Miami’s  Tim Kephart and CBSSports was used in this article

England Loses 4-1 to Germany As Controversy Looms

One of the favorites to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup was sent home on Sunday when England was bested by Germany, losing 4-1. In soccer terms that’s what’s called a blowout. The game’s first goal was scored by Germany’s Miroslav Klose 20 minuets into the game. Germany went on to score again in the 32nd minute with a goal by Lukas Podolski. With England being down two they would go to cut that deficit in half when England’s Matthew Upson scored a goal in the 37th minute of action.

Controversy would soon come into the game when England thought they had scored the tying goal that would then be overturned. It began when England’s Frank Lampard scored what seemed to be the goal that tied the game 2-2 in the 38th minute. However, referee Jorge Larrionda called it a non goal because he either felt or had not seen that the ball had broken the plane. During the second half Germany would all but seal England’s fate when Thomas Mueller went on to score two goals within 3 minuets of each other, one in the 67′ and the other in the 70′ and close the win for Germany.

The talk centers around allowing replays for goals, which in my opinion is a good idea. It’s not like there is going to be ten goals in a game and you would have to review all of them. Ten goals in a game would be an anomaly. Lets be honest at the most there would only be two goals to review and in this new sports age where mistakes that can make the difference between winning and losing can be fixed why not. The NBA, NHL, NFL, Tennis and even MLB all have replay in various degrees. This will be something that FIFA has to look at if it wants to save any credibility to its sport to its fans as well as newcomers to the sport.

On the issue of using replay FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said that FIFA would begin censoring replays in the stadium after in the game between Mexico and Argentina the Mexican players began to argue after seeing on the screen that Argentina’s Carlos Tevez was offside when he scored a goal in the 26′, which therefore meant that the goal should have been disallowed. Nicolas Maingot went on to say that replaying that was ” a clear mistake” and that “[t]his will be corrected and we will have a closer look into that”,…”[w]e will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played.” In my opinion that sounds like ten steps back.

Donovan’s Penalty Kick in 62′ Not Enough For A Victory As Gyan Scores Second Goal in Overtime

On Saturday June 26th the magic of Team U.S.A. ran out. Team Ghana helped extinguish the U.S.A.’s hopes of being the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions with a 2-1 win. The United States fell behind early, which they had done in their previous games. Kevin Prince Boateng from Ghana put the team ahead when he scored a goal just five minuets into the game. Hoping karma would repeat itself I was nervously waiting for Landon Donovan to hit the game tying goal like he had done in the previous game. I felt that they still had some magic when he did just that. In the 62nd minute Donovan scored the tying goal off a penalty kick given when Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah pulled down U.S.A.’s Clint Dempsey. But as fate would have it this time there was no final minute miracle. Just three minuets into the overtime Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan scored the team’s second goal; the goal the U.S.A. could not come back from. Ghana did the exact thing they did the last time they met the U.S.A. in the World Cup, eliminated them. In my opinion the biggest factor that caused the U.S.A.’s loss was their own sloppy play at the beginning of the game. It set the tone of having the pressure for a comeback. Although the magic was still around then, it eventually evaporated and Team U.S.A. was not able to pull out another victory.

Landon Donovan’s Kick Helps Power Team U.S.A. to Next Round

Let me start off in full disclosure by saying that I am in no way a fanatic about the sport of soccer or Football as they call it other parts of the world. In my opinion as an I feel that we have been programed to admire scoring; whether it be Baseball, American Football, or the NBA. I am aware that in baseball you can have a 1-0 game and that in American football you can win by a field goal.  The thing is that in those games there is most of the time many opportunities to score. Even in tennis there is anticipation of seeing who is going to win the match point. For me watching a group of 10 or 11 men running up and down the field for 90+ minuets and not scoring is not for me. How does it make any sense that a game can end in a 0-0 tie??? What?! or that the time still ticks off as a player gets injured or the team is celebrating. I have tried to embrace soccer, I truly have, but for me as well as many other Americans it just isn’t happening. Years ago when Pele came to the U.S. the sports world said that this country would embrace soccer… didn’t happen, then the same with Beckham… Still didn’t happen.

All that being said I find myself sucked in watching the U.S. soccer team play in the World Cup. I find myself, especally at the end of the game, at the end of my seat wondering if they are going to score the winning goal. Many Americans are on the same boat as me. I guess it has to do with the playing field on which this is happening, the 2010 World Cup. It is not about one soccer team from one state going against another team in another state. This is US V. THEM; country versus country. When it comes to most Americans nothing unites them more than cheering for their country. I do feel a sense of pride when it comes to watching the U.S. win and I probably would watch much less if they weren’t in it. But it is also because  they (we) are seen as underdogs and according to many in the sports nation they would not even get out of the first round. That is why during the game versus Algeria I was so nervous, and at the edge of my seat. All we needed was to score one goal . Every time it appeared that Algeria would score a goal my teeth would cringe. As time began to expire I was beginning to feel panic. I knew the ramifications if the U.S. didn’t get that goal and beat  Algeria . England and Slovenia would advance and the U.S. would be eliminated. When 4 minutes of stoppage time was added I knew that this was their last opportunity to score, but felt that it was all for not and that it was time for them to go home. They had been having bad luck the entire tournament up to that point having had two previous goals disallowed, one in this game as well as one in the previous game. However in the 91 minute I felt jubilation when Landon Donovan, the U.S. team’s most well known and accomplished player in the team’s history, kicked in the game winning goal off a rebound with 3 minuets left in the game. That goal not only guaranteed that the U.S. would move on to the next round with England and that Slovenia had been eliminated it also meant that the U.S. team would finish at the top of their group. The U.S. team proved the doubters in the sports nation incorrect and made millions of Americans happy and proud. I am not sure and highly doubtful that I will watch much of soccer after the 2010 World Cup, but for now I am enjoying the ride.

The U.S. Team’s next game: Saturday June 26, 2010 at 2:30 PM on ABC