CBS Sports Basketball Analyst Greg Anthony Arrested on Solicitation of Prostitution Charge (Update: Anthony Suspended Indefinitely)

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CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony has been arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute in the District of Columbia. According to reports, Anthony was arrested at 5:47 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Greg Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that’s punishable by up to 180 days in jail. He was released from jail on Friday night, but this is only the beginning of Antony’s problems. The story was originally broke by ABC 7/WJLA.

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Lt. Kelvin Cusick tells The Associated Press that Anthony was arrested at 5:46 p.m. on Friday. He said Saturday that Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that’s punishable by up to 180 days in jail.

Cusick says the 47-year-old Anthony was released Friday evening. No further details were available.

According to the NCAA website, Anthony was scheduled to announce the Michigan State-Maryland men’s basketball game Saturday in nearby College Park, Maryland.

UPDATE I: Greg Anthony suspended indefinitely by CBS.

CBS announced Saturday morning that Anthony has been suspended indefinitely  following his arrest on solicitation charges.

A CBS spokeswoman says “Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season.”

Turner Sports also suspended the TV commentator and says it “will have no further comment.”

UPDATE II: Greg Anthony issued an apology on Saturday to his wife, family and colleagues

How could some one just piss away their entire career like this? He has ruined his entire life over sex with a prostitute. UNREAL. Most likely this is the cockroach principle, for ever one you see, there are hundreds you do not.

“With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself,” he said. “I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.”

TOP 10 AP Sports Stories of 2014 … NFL Domestic Violence #1 … However, They Missed a Few, Including #22 Lauren Hill

AP has released their TOP 10 stories of 2014. Some I would agree with; however, I think they missed a few glaring oversights, in favor of the cause-celeb issues of the day. At least in the mind of the media and not the common sports fan. AP made the NFL domestic violence issues their top story, which sadly, I do agree with. Although, it is not like domestic violence is something new to the NFL. It has been around for decades, it has just been swept under the carpet, much like the steroids and concussion issues.

Does anyone notice a glaring omission from AP’s stories below? With all the clamor about the Washington Redskin’s and their offense name, how come that one was no where to be found?

1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.

But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely. And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar. [editors note: looks like AP forgot Carolina Panther's DE Greg Hardy, Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald who was just released by the 49ers after another allegation of domestic violence.

The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players' union is balking at Goodell's role in the disciplinary process.

2. CLIPPERS' STERLING BANNED
3. LEBRON GOES HOME:
4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES - [editors note: not sure if this story gets top 10, not because of not being important, more so because Michael Sam never made a starting roster and was eventually cut from the Ram's practice squad and never resigned by another team].
5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES
6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF – [editors note: This was a huge story for college football; however, it will soon be changed to 8 teams and not 4.]
7. TONY STEWART:
8. WORLD CUP:
9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL – [editors note: Once again QB Peyton Manning choked in the big game as the Legion of Boom and Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos 43-8. I am not even sure if the game was that close. The score was 36-0 before Broncos decided to score a meaningless TD.]
10. SOCHI OLYMPICS:

Many of the above stories were covered by Scared Monkeys, I think a couple should be added that are glaring commissions from AP’s top 10.

All my life I have been a Boston Red Sox fan and have hated the vile NY Yankees, but I will be the first to admit that the retirement of Derek Jeter should have easily been in the top 10. What about the NCAA College basketball center of the universe being located in Storrs, Connecticut? In 2014 the UCONN Huskies Men’s and Women’s teams were proved they were both “Best in Show” as they won National Championships. The  men for the 4th time as the #7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54. Then, the following night, Geno Auriemma’s (40-0) Lady Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58  for their 9th title.  This accomplishment had only happened one time before in D1, by the UCONN Huskies in 2004.

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Maybe the best sports story of 2014 and maybe the most inspirational of 2014, which was completely missed by all sports pundits, is the story of freshman forward Lauren Hill of the Division III Mount St. Josephs. Lauren is dying of inoperable brain cancer. It is a story that will touch your heart. I will write more about this in a separate post as it is my #1 story of 2014 in a year that had so many negative ones.

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Lauren Hill

Daily Commentary – Friday, May 30, 2014 – Donald Sterling is Now Claiming the NBA Violated His Constitutional Rights

  • Claiming they don’t have the right to force him to sell.

Update: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wins bidding war for Cliipers with $2 billion offer.

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GOOD GRIEF … Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Wins Bidding War for NBA’s LA Clippers with $2 Billion Offer (Update: Donald Sterling Vows to Sue)

REALLY … 2 BILLION DOLLARS!!!

Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, has won the bidding war for the Los Angeles Clippers at a reported offer of $2 billion. That is if you can call paying $2 billion for the Clippers a win. The 58 year old Ballmer is worth a reported $20 billion, well make that $18 now if the deal is approved by the NBA commissioner Donald Sterling and three-fourths of the 30 NBA owners.  Ballmer has reaffirmed his promise o keep the team in Los Angeles and not move it to home in Seattle. The sale price is almost four times the highest previous NBA franchise sale price, the $550 million paid earlier this month for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sorry, Steve Ballmer is not the winner … the real winner is Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling.

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Well folks, don’t ask for things they might just come true. The next round of complaints will be that it is unfair for banished from the NBA for making racist comments, Clippers owner Donald Sterling, make such an amazing profit on the sale of the Clippers. Sterling paid $12 million in 1981. OUCH, from $12 million to $2 billion, that is quite the investment. Look for cries of foul that Sterling made money for racist comments. But I don’t see any complaints from Obama about income inequality when it comes to Ballmer and the other richest sports owners.

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Steve Ballmer and Dr. Evil … Separated at birth.

Dr Evil

1 MILLION 2 BILLION DOLLARS!!!

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with a $2-billion offer that would set a record price for an NBA team.

Ballmer bid higher than competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

he Geffen group offered $1.6 billion and the Ressler-Karsh group $1.2 billion. People familiar with both those offers said they were rejected.

Ballmer and Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling concluded a deal late Thursday afternoon. But Bobby Samini, an attorney for Donald Sterling, said as he left the team co-owner’s home: “There’s been no sale. There can be no sale without Donald’s signature.”

The sale price would be almost four times the previous NBA franchise high: the $550 million paid earlier this month for the Milwaukee Bucks. It is the second highest price ever paid for a sports team in North America. The Dodgers sold in 2012 for $2.1 billion.

UPDATE I: Donald Sterling ruled mentally unfit, can’t prevent Clippers sale.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not have the authority to stop a $2 billion sale of his team because he has been determined to be mentally unfit to make decisions related to the family trust, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The Sterling Family Trust owns the team, with Donald and his wife Shelly each owning a 50% share. The trust spells out provisions and procedures related to the mental capacity of the trustees, and Donald Sterling did not meet the standard in a determination by experts, giving his wife sole decision-making power for the trust, the person said.

UPDATE II: NBA confirms L.A. Clippers sale to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA confirmed on Friday that the Los Angeles Clippers have been sold to former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, the largest ever for an NBA franchise.

The NBA’s statement said:

The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team. Because of the binding agreement to sell the team, the NBA termination hearing that had been scheduled for June 3 in New York City has now been cancelled. Mrs. Sterling and the Trust also agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling.

UPDATE III:  Donald Sterling Vows To Sue

The statement came as NPR’s Tom Goldman received word from Sterling’s attorney that his client would sue the NBA for $1 billion in damages for terminating his ownership of the the team.

Tom says: “I communicated with Donald Sterling’s attorney Max Blecher via email. He confirms there will be a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.”

The lawsuit is “based on multiple counts, including antitrust violations, invasion of constitutional rights, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty,” Tom says.

“This is a lawsuit against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, who of course banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and is in the process of trying to remove Donald Sterling from the ownership of the Clippers,” he says.

Kevin Durant’s Incredibly Amazing and Humble NBA MVP Acceptance Speech … Thank God for Changing My Life … And Said to his Mom, “You Sacrificed For Us. You’re the Real MVP.”

An amazing Mother’s Day gift from the NBA’s MVP, Kevin Durant.

There has been so much negative news coming out of the NBA these days; however, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder MVP speech is all about what is good. Durant won the MVP award for the first time, but that is not the story. The struggle to get to the top is the real story. There are so many amazing stories of sacrifice and behind one of the game’s best players, is his mom. Durant thanked God for changing his life, humbly thanked his teammates and last but certainly not least tearfully thanked his mom. Durant called his mom “the real MVP”. THIS IS MUST WATCH VIDEO.

And last, my mom. I don’t think you know what you did,” he began, sniffling and wiping away tears. “You had my brother when you were 18 years old — three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against us; single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old. Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here.”

“You made us believe, you kept us off the street, you put clothes on our backs, food on the table,” he added. “You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Daily Commentary – Friday, May 2, 2014 – Will Donald Sterling be Forced to Sell the Clippers?

  • Gabe Feldman, director of the Sports Law Center at Tulane University, said forcing an owner to sell usually involves “extreme” circumstances

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NAACP With Their Own Blind Eye, Says that Donald Sterling’s Lifetime NBA Ban Is Not Enough … This Coming from the Folks Who Were Set to Give Clippers Owner Another ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

THE NAACP WAS FOR GIVING A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO DONALD STERLING, BEFORE THEY WERE AGAINST IT.

The NAACP says that the lifetime ban from the NBA for LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments recorded on audio tape talking to his ex-girlfriend is not enough.  The NAACP called for NBA commissioner Adam Silver to to meet with other owner’s to ensure that Sterling’s bigotry and racists views “remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league.”  They also stated, “Sterling’s long-established pattern of bigotry and racist comments have not been a secret in the NBA. Yet until now, they have been tolerated and met with a gentle hand and a blind eye.” REALLY? Donald Sterling’s racist past was no secret to anyone. I guess the NAACP missed the multiple federal lawsuits for violating the Fair Housing Act based on race when his company refused to rent to African-American prospective tenants. But that did not stop the NAACP from giving Donald Sterling a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2009 and was about to give him another in May 2014 when it hit the fan. WHO TURNED A BLIND EYE? The NAACP looked the other way as to Sterling’s actions and instead took his money donations for years. Why else would Sterling get an award from a co-called civil rights organization at the same time in 2009 came just before he agreed to pay a $2.765 million settlement in a case that alleged he discriminated against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County? LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, SERIOUSLY?

A note to the NAACP, you might want to evaluate your own policies as to how you vet individuals before you give them awards before you lecture anyone.

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Several civil rights organizations are applauding the NBA for its lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling because of racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

However, those groups still want to meet with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss diversity in the executive ranks of the professional basketball league and to figure out ways to ensure such situations don’t happen again.

The National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation issued a joint statement cheering Silver’s announcement that he banned Sterling for life and that the league would attempt to force him to sell the Clippers.

That decision, the statement said, was “a bold, courageous and resolute message that the views expressed by Sterling do not represent the National Basketball Association as an organization today or the kind of organization that it seeks to be in the future.”

But Sterling’s suspension isn’t enough, the groups said, calling for Silver to meet with them to ensure Sterling “remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league.”

“Sterling’s long-established pattern of bigotry and racist comments have not been a secret in the NBA,” the statement said. “Yet until now, they have been tolerated and met with a gentle hand and a blind eye.”

The Gateway Pundits reminds us that with all the moral outrage from the NAACP … they are still keeping Donald Sterling’s money.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans for Life Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from NBA … Pushes to ‘Force Sale’ of Team Over Racist Comments

BANNED FOR LIFE …

Ahead of a possible boycott of NBA playoff games, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives LA Clippers owner the basketball death penalty. Silver announced that the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was banned for life and is not to have any dealings with the Clippers. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million  which will be donated to anti-discrimination organizations. The commissioner is also going to push owners to force Sterling out of the league. Currently, under NBA rules, 75% of the league’s owners must approve the removal of a franchise owner.

Silver spoke to the press at an 11 a.m. news conference from New York, stating he will “do everything in my power” to force the sale of the Clippers.

“The hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage,” Silver said. “I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers association or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, he may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or decisions involving the team.”

VIDEO – CNN

The Los Angeles Clippers released a statement following the lifetime banning of owner Donald Sterling: “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”

The LA Clippers united last night  … “WE ARE ONE” and won their game 5 playoff game last night over the Golden State Warriors 113-103 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in their best of 7 series.

Al Sharpton Wants Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Axed and Have NBA to Strip Him of the L.A. Clippers for Racist Comments… ‘Prepared to Rally In Front of NBA’

Hypocrite and opportunist Al Sharpton is at it again …

Al Sharpton says that the NBA should strip LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling of his basketball team because of  his racist comments. Sharpton stated that, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” Hmm, does that mean that others who make racist comments, no matter what their color, should have their livelihoods, jobs and companies taken away as well? What Sterling did was repulsive and disgusting and I certainly do not defend the ignorant and easily manipulated bigot, but should people’s property be forcibly taken from them? That is a terrible precedent to set and does it go both ways? Although I guess Sterling could go the way of former MLB owner of the Cincinnati Reds Marge Schott following her “Hitler” comments.

Where was Al Sharpton demanding this same action when Donald Sterling was sued by the federal government for violating the Fair Housing Act based on race when his company refused to rent to African-American prospective tenants and misrepresented the availability of apartment units to African-American prospective tenants in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles? Hell, just the other day you All were going to be both attending Los Angeles NAACP 100th Anniversary gala where Donald Sterling was going to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Sharpton said, “No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.” He then added his often repeated threat of mobilizing a protest:

We are prepared at National Action Network to rally in front of the NBA headquarters if this matter is not immediately dealt with.

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 I am pretty certain that the market will have a way of working this out. The NBA commissioner may suspend Sterling from operations, but to take away his team may not be in his power. That being said, what player would ever want to play for this man, white, black, Hispanic, Asia, European, or whatever.  It is pretty hard to own a team with no players.

Mr. Sharpton, you know what they say about people in glass houses and stones, right? Just curious Al, should individuals also lose their livelihood and never be heard from ever again when they take part in a phoney rape hoax accusation against a police officer?

UPDATE I: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans for Life Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from NBA … Pushes to ‘Force Sale’ of Team Over Racist Comments.

UPDATE II: Thank you to Fox News.com and Eric Bolling for the link … ‘Donald Sterling is a racist and liberal media are hypocrites‘.

Barack Obama Responds to LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling’s Comments as “Offensive Racist Statements”

You pretty much knew Barack Obama would weigh in on the racist comments from  LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape telling his girlfriend not to bring black friends to his NBA games. Obama blasted “ignorant” Sterling for his “offensive racist comments.” But where is the LEFT claiming that Republicans are racists? Oh, that is because Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is a Democrats.

The Washington Times:

President Obama called the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team “ignorant” Sunday for reportedly making racist remarks about black people.

“The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference in Malaysia. “I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves. When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.

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