Among those on the opposing end is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who labeled the concept as “an atrocious idea.”
*Michael Vick has reportedly patched up his bank account following a 2008 bankruptcy filing and is a millionaire once again.
According to new court records obtained by Radar, at the start of April 2013, he had close to $5.2 million in the bank. And after he paid all his bills, ($12,500 in child support, $835,000 in taxes, an $11,000 home mortgage and more than $360,000 in living expenses), he still had more than $4.5 million in cash.
By the end of September 2013, he had roughly $4.5 million, and had lowered his living expenses from $360,000 per month to $85,000. In contrast, when Vick filed for bankruptcy, he had $1.5 million in the bank.
*Talk of the NFL penalizing players using the N-word on the field has received a thumbs up from the Rev. Al Sharpton.
In an editorial in the New York Daily News, Sharpton praised the penalty as “a recognition that there is a problem in football specifically, and in sports in general.”
Despite the acknowledgment, the “Politics Nation” host mentioned that the penalty should “go further” to include “immediate termination with the player having the right to all due process.”
*Former NFL safety Darren Sharper has surrendered to police for the alleged rapes of two women in New Orleans last year.
An acquaintance of Sharper, Erik Nunez, 26, also is facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident, which police said occurred at an apartment on Sept. 23, 2013.
Earlier this month, Sharper was charged with seven felonies in Los Angeles in which he’s accused of drugging and raping two women he met at nightclubs. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.
*With the NFL considering a rule that would penalize use of the N-word during games, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was asked if he would support a similar ban in the NBA.
“It’s a very tough situation,” Bosh told reporters after Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks. “If that’s the case, they should ban all slurs. And I know it’s a big deal, because I think that word is used too much, especially in the mainstream nowadays.”
Bosh, who is black, said he hears the N-word used by players during games and that it creates uncomfortable situations, although he says it’s used primarily “in a friendly” way.
*Australian golfer Steve Elkington sparked outrage today with an offensive joke on Twitter about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old, who won the 1995 PGA Championship, tweeted that Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, would be the only athlete competing in the “handbag throw” at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine…. No one else expected to throw today — Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014