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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it is suspending all games until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.

The NBA's decision is the latest overreaction to growing hysteria over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. this year.

Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

The Jazz's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday was postponed after the tip-off and the fans were sent home.

Gobert, 27, is a 7-foot-1 French national player who was drafted 27th overall in the 1st round in 2013.

He playfully touched reporters' recorders and microphones to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease before Wednesday's game.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

So far, the 33 deaths in the US are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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Last year, social media bloggers claimed retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was unhappy with the head coach of his son, Zaire Wade's basketball team. It seems the reports were true.

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Wade, 38, is reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on LeBron James's son Bronny James (pictured), a rising star on the highly touted Sierra Canyon High School basketball team.

Before Zaire suffered a foot injury in early December, Wade reportedly had a heated argument with Sierra Canyon head coach Andre Chevalier over Zaire not getting enough playing time.

When Zaire recovered from his injury, he still didn't get the coveted playing time that Wade is paying for.

Wade, who was hired by TNT as a sports analyst, was asked whether he would attend Saturday's State Championship game.

"I will not be there. My son ain't playing and I don't want to do nothing to the coach," he said, suggesting they might come to blows. He added, "I won't be there but I'll be rooting for the kids."

Wade's conflict with the head coach threatens to drive a wedge between Wade and James, 35, who is staying out of the drama.

Zaire was touted to follow in his superstar dad's footsteps. But he has not lived up to the hype at Sierra Canyon. That's a hard pill to swallow for Wade who lives vicariously though his children.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the 30-4 Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny.

Zaire, a 17-year-old senior, and Bronny, a 15-year-old freshman, are bench players on a team that boasts Amari Bailey, the No. 6 high school player in the nation, and Brandon Boston Jr., a five-star recruit heading to Kentucky next year.

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Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, pictured with Zaire, share 19-month-old daughter Kaavia James, and Wade fathered a son, Xavier, 6, with his fan, Aja Metoyer, 36.

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Barry Booker is on the chopping block after he made "sexist comments" about female gymnasts during a broadcast of a men's basketball game.

The 53-year-old former Vanderbilt basketball player joked during the promo for an upcoming SEC gymnastics event to be covered by the SEC network.

Booker made the comments during Saturday's live broadcast of the Arkansas-Missouri basketball game.

"Honey, I'm going to hang out with the ladies," Booker said live on the air. "I mean, I want to go see some scantily clad girls."

His fellow announcer, Richard Cross, quickly made it clear that he did not condone such behavior. "No!" Cross said, before adding that gymnastics meets "one of the great family atmospheres that you'll find in all of college athletics."

But Booker kept going, clearly thinking his typical male locker room talk was just jokes.

"I'll stay home and watch," he said. "Actually, I'll be on the road. I'll be somewhere. I'll be in my hotel room watching 'Friday Night Heights.'"

After the predictable backlash from the gymnastics community, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey condemned Booker's locker room talk as "inappropriate".

Sankey noted "the SEC's women's gymnastics student-athletes deserve our support for many reasons" and that Booker's comments were highly "inappropriate and do not meet the expectations we have for the SEC network."

The SEC and ESPN networks also issued statements condemning Booker's comments.

Enraged Twitter activists called on Sankey to fire Booker immediately.

Twitter user @MGrizzle wrote:

"Barry Booker's comments about college gymnastics and scantily clad women is totally inappropriate. It may not have been heard widely, but surely the standard for what is acceptable commentary is higher than that."

Former gymnast Sydney McGlone tweeted:

"As a former gymnast in the SEC, I am disappointed in the comments made yesterday towards gymnasts during the ARK/Mizzou basketball game. However, I'm glad the commentator is being reprimanded and we are able to address the issue."

McGlone later told the Washington Post she was disappointed that Booker made the comment "with ill intent and sexualizing of a sport that has already faced so much when it comes to sexual abuse."

Booker was a standout guard who helped lead the Vanderbilt Commodores to the school's only back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (1988 and 1989).

He still holds Vanderbilt's record for 3-point shot percentages. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelors degree in economics. He earned an MBA in finance from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1987.

Booker works for CBS Sports and Fox SportsNet covering local Vanderbilt basketball games in his hometown of Nashville, where he resides with his wife, Rena, and their two sons Clay, 7, and Bryan, 5.

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The XFL football league considered extending an offer to NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but he wanted too much money.

The XFL, owned by Vince McMahon, has seen a resurgence in popularity since it was revived in 2017.

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck tells National Public Radio he extended a contract offer to Kaepernick, who has been out of work since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Luck said Kaepernick's salary requirements were too high for the fledgling league. Kaepernick demanded $20 million or more (an average of $2 million per game).

Luck hinted that Kaepernick isn't worth $20 million.

"I don't know," Luck said. "That was well over a year ago, so I don't know what kind of shape, you know, Colin is in. And, you know, we haven't followed that because... we want the best players who are interested in playing in our league."

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Kaepernick, 32, sabotaged an opportunity to workout in front of 25 NFL teams in Atlanta last year. He switched the location of the workout at the last minute, causing many teams to cancel their appearances.

Kaepernick's problems began when he was benched by the 49ers, and he chose not to stand for the National Anthem as a form of protest against his benching.

He later claimed he was protesting police brutality and violence against unarmed Black men in America.

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The NBA postponed Tuesday night's game between the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers out of respect for the Lakers organization.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others on Sunday.

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According to TMZ, the Lakers players and coaches are "simply inconsolable" to play on Tuesday.

"The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the league office said in a statement on Monday.

"The game will be rescheduled at a later date.”

A news crew captured footage of Lakers star LeBron James and other players sobbing on the tarmac after the team's plane arrived at LAX airport following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.

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Bryant and LeBron James jockeyed for position during a game in this photo dated January 27, 2008.

16 teams played on Sunday following the news of Bryant's death. The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs took intentional 24-second violations in honor of Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24.

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LeBron James was in attendance at a sold out high school game between Sierra Canyon (California) and Paul VI Catholic School at a tournament in Springfield, MA on Monday.

LeBron's son, LeBron James Jr, aka Bronny, 15, is a freshman guard for Sierra Canyon, an elite private school in California where the tuition costs $37,000 per year.

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40 police officers worked the game at Springfield College to provide extra security for the NBA superstar and 4,000 basketball fans who paid to see the progeny of LeBron (Bronny) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade) play for Sierra.

Late in the 3rd quarter, while Bronny was waiting to make an inbound pass, a young fan pelted him with a piece of candy.

LeBron, 35, sat about 50 feet away shaking his head slowly as the game was stopped so police officers could eject the fan who threw the Starburst candy.

Bronny, who has not started for Sierra this season, took two shots during the game, missing both.

He is averaging 2 points per game this season. His play seems to be affected by the intense pressure he is under. ESPN aired the game live on ESPNU network.

"You'd be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through," said teammate Ziaire Williams. "It's not fair, but he doesn't let it faze him at all. I'm learning how to be more like that from him and he's younger than me."

A boy took to YouTube.com to apologize and take responsibility for the candy toss. The unidentified boy claimed to be a Lakers and LeBron fan.

"Hi James family. I just want to apologize that I threw an orange peel at Bronny."

But another video posted on Twitter.com shows a toddler throwing the candy at Bronny.

LeBron vented his frustration on Twitter.com. "Hating has no age limit! #JamesGang is build [sic] for it and well equipped. As we proceed."

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"It's just disrespectful," LeBron said later. "And it was a little kid, too I don't know how old that little kid was. I don't know if he learned that on his own, or her learned it at home."

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LeBron, who took a helicopter to the campus to avoid Boston's traffic, hugged his son after Sierra's loss to Paul VI Catholic School, before heading back to Boston where his Lakers lost 139-107 to the Celtics on Monday night.

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Tristan Thompson (left) was ejected from the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Memphis Grizzlies for trying to slap Memphis star Jae Crowder on the butt.

There was a time when the butt slap in sports was an expected part of the game. Players slapped each other on the butt as a way of saying "good job" or to motivate their teammates.

But with the increased focus on homosexuality and transgenderism in the media, the butt slap gesture has fallen out of favor with many macho players.

WENN.com reports the incident happened after Cavaliers star Thompson made his first of two free throws during the game on Friday, Jan. 17.

Crowder was walking near the free-throw line to leave the game when Khloe Kardashian's ex reached to give him a pat on the backside - which Crowder immediately rejected by slapping Thompson's hand away.

While the referee closest to the action let the gesture slide, another ref blew his whistle and gave Thompson his second technical foul of the game, which resulted in an automatic ejection.

Explaining the incident after the match, the part-time reality TV star commented:

"They might have taken it the wrong way probably because they forgot that, I don't know, we were teammates for half the year, so it feels like playing anyone else, like if I was playing Kyrie (Irving) or something. The same thing. They teched us. I'm definitely calling the PA (Players Association) to appeal that - one thousand per cent."

Thompson and Crowder were previously Cavaliers teammates from 2017 to 2018.

The Memphis Grizzlies won the game 113-109.

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In a similar incident, NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. was nearly arrested when he got carried away and slapped a cop on his butt during a post-college national title celebration in the LSU locker room

A warrant was issued for the wide receiver's arrest but the warrant was later dropped when the cop withdrew his complaint.

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Serena Williams won her first tennis title in three years at the Auckland Classic on Sunday. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat unseeded fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-4 to win her 73rd WTA title overall.

It is Williams' first title since she won the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia in 2017.

"It feels good. It's been a long time," Williams said. "I think you could see the relief on my face."

"I have been playing for so long and been through so much and I'm happy to be doing something I love," she told reporters.

The 38-year-old mother of one celebrated with her 2-year-old daughter Olympia on the court. Williams will donate her $43,000 prize money and her match-worn tennis dresses to a fund to battle bush fires in Australia.

Williams seeks to tie tennis legend Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open, beginning on January 20.

Williams and her doubles partner Caroline Wozniacki were beaten 6-4 6-4 by Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend in the women's doubles final.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter.com to congratulate Williams on her big win. Trump called Williams "a great player and an even greater person."

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Sports writers and Lakers fans claim that a replay in the final seconds of the Christmas Day NBA game between the L.A. Lakers (24-7) and their division rivals the L.A. Clippers violated the "spirit of the rule."

The Clippers (23-10) won the game 111-106 after point guard Patrick Beverley blocked a three point shot attempt by Lakers forward LeBron James late in the 4th quarter. The ball went out of bounds while the Lakers were down 3 points with three seconds left on the clock. After reviewing the replay, NBA refs confirmed the ball went off James' fingertips.

Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard received the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made both of his free throws to seal the win.

The replay call sparked heavy criticism online, that the NBA's replay protocol needs to be changed.

"The defender strips the ball clean out of the offensive player's hands, the ball goes out of bounds, possession stays with the offense," CBS Sports argued.

CBS Sports added that, it's only natural, when an offensive player has the ball knocked out of his hands, "that the ball is going to graze his fingertips. He should still keep possession of the ball."

CBS Sports claims the out-of-bounds replay has "cost numerous teams on numerous occasions," because it puts "the play through a magnified, frame-by-frame digital interrogation."

"There's a responsibility not to compromise the entertainment value of the game in search of an impossible standard of officiating perfection."

Other reporters made similar arguments, that the game shouldn't be decided based on the offensive player's fingertips grazing the ball before it goes out-of-bounds.

"It's clearly off LeBron. He touched [the ball] last. That's not the point of this," tweeted ESPN NBA writer Royce Young, who added, the ball should automatically be off the defender who knocked it out of the offensive player's hands.

"Such absolute nonsense. We need a rule, because it's simply common sense... Beverley is the one that knocked it out. Fix this, NBA," he tweeted.

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But James, 35, insists the game wasn't decided by that blocked shot.

"That wasn't the game right there," he said. "I mean, it's a big play and you want to try to get it right, but it wasn't where the game was lost."

The Clippers are now 2-0 over the Lakers this season. The two teams meet again on January 28.

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NFL star Janoris Jenkins was let go by the NY Giants after he insulted a fan on Twitter.com and then refused to apologize.

Jenkins responded to a Twitter user’s comment by calling him a word that is hurtful to people with special needs and delayed developmental disorders.

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When asked about using the word - which is banned by organizations such as the Special Olympics, Jenkins shrugged and said it was just "hood" talk.

The Giants asked Jenkins, 31, to publicly apologize, and when he refused, he was fired. Jenkins is nearing the end of his career. The cornerback struggled on the defensive line, which didn't help the Giants' dismal 2-11 record this season.

All of which means Jenkins may not be signed by another NFL team.

This is bad news for Jenkins' baby mama, Sontaevia Armstrong, who received an increase in child support for her two kids in 2016.

Jenkins, who signed a $62 million contract with the Giants in 2016, was paying Armstrong $4,000 a month. But Armstrong asked a judge to increase his voluntary child support after he signed that fat contract.

Jenkins has had his share of troubling headlines. In 2018, his brother was charged with manslaughter after a dead body was found in the basement of Jenkins' mansion.

Police arrested William Jenkins and charged him with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene.

Janoris told TMZ that Rene was a "good friend" and "it hurts my heart to know the he's passed."

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Sports reporter Jane Slater suspected her ex-boyfriend was cheating when his heart rate spiked on his Fitbit watch at 4 a.m. one morning.

Fitbit, which was purchased by Google for $2.1 billion, is a technology wristwatch that track a user's heart rate, steps they take, sleeping pattern, and more. The Fitbit device ranges in price from $49.99 to $199.99.

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Earlier this week, the NFL correspondent recounted a story on Twitter about how she caught her boyfriend cheating after his vitals spiked on his Fitbit device.

Thanks to the fitness tracker, the 38-year-old NFL Network reporter discovered her ex-boyfriend was strenuously working out at 4 a.m. But he wasn't in a gym and he wasn't alone.

"An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it," she tweeted. "We synched up, motivated each other... didn't hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app," she wrote.

"Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4am," she wrote in a follow-up message.

Slater said she "sobbed uncontrollably" when she discovered another woman was making his heart race. But now she laughs when she looks back on the story.

"It's a story my friends and I def laugh about now," she told one Twitter follower.

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Caroline Wozniacki, 29, rocked the tennis world on Friday when she announced she is retiring from tennis to start a family with husband David Lee.

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Wozniacki and Lee are pictured on holiday in Venice in 2017. The former world No. 1 tennis champion announced her retirement in a lengthy post on Instagram. The unselfish star told her followers "there is a lot more in life that I'd like to accomplish off the court."

"I've played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time, I've experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I've accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court."

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Wozniacki probably realizes she only has a handful of years to carry healthy babies to term without going the IVF route.

"I've always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it's time to be done. In recent months, I've realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David [Lee] was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward."

Doctors urge women to get pregnant before age 35 to avoid increased risk of birth defects or genetic defects.

According to the National Institutes of Health, if a woman gets pregnant at age 25, the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome is about 1 in 1,250. At age 40, the risk is 1 in 100.

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The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for 1 game for saying Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard to stop because his dark skin is the same color as the football.

Ryan made the incendiary remark on Monday during a show on the 49ers' flagship radio station KNBR, according to CBS News.

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Ryan was describing Jackson's fake handoffs that usually result in the potential MVP keeping the ball and running it in for a touchdown. Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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"He's really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson," Ryan said on the radio show Monday.

"But when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point."

 

Jackson's exploits on the field this season drew comparisons to another famed dual-threat quarterback, former Atlanta Falcons superstar Mike Vick.

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While many are happy that a Black quarterback is the frontrunner for the NFL league MVP, others are bitter and hateful.

Many Twitter users defended Ryan, saying they didn't see anything wrong with what he said.

One Twitter user wrote:

"He points out that it's difficult to see someone with dark skin holding a dark football and all black. There is nothing racist about this. It's just a fact that the contrast with the background made him difficult to see."

Another user tweeted, "He's right. I can barely see the football!"

And a third Twitter user wrote: "One game suspension means they know he's right, but they have to pretend for the idiots".

Some Twitter users suggested making the football a lighter color.

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The annual Egg Bowl college football rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State ended in bitter defeat for Ole Miss because of the selfish act of one player.

Ole Miss was down 21-14 when wide receiver Elijah Moore scored a touchdown with four seconds remaining in regulation.

With Mississippi State holding on to a slim 21-20 lead - and with Moore's family watching on Thanksgiving Day - Moore crawled to the back of the end zone on all fours, raised his leg and pretended to pee like a dog.

Moore was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty, setting the ball back 15 yards further than normal for a 2-point conversion try. Ole Miss had to settle for an extra point kick to possibly tie the game. But Luke Logan's extra point kick missed wide right, giving MSU the win that clinched bowl eligibility with a 6-6 record for the season.

After the game, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke called Moore "a good kid who got caught up in the moment." He said Moore's dog pee celebration was "disappointing" and "not who we are" as a team.

But ESPN analyst Louis Riddick called Moore's stunt the "ultimate act of selfishness". Odell Beckham was also flagged for doing the same thing during an NFL game.
 

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A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.

According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.

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Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.

According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."

The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.

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An appeals officer upheld Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension for bashing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet during a game last week.

Garrett attended the appeals hearing in New York City on Wednesday. He was suspended indefinitely without pay for using Rudolph's helmet "as a weapon." He was also fined $45,623, according to ESPN.

Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a former NFL linebacker, decided the Cleveland Browns star's punishment was fair, despite Garrett's claims that he swung the helmet at Rudolph's head because the quarterback called him a racial slur.

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Rudolph, through his agent, "vehemently" denied the accusation. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett's claim and “found no such evidence."

Garrett never mentioned a racial slur in interviews after the game, even though reporters asked him whether Rudolph said anything to him.

Garrett stood by his claim in a Twitter post, saying he didn't want his accusation against Rudolph made public.

"I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension," he wrote.

"This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed. I know what I heard. Whether my opponent's comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans."

Garrett, who was considered the best player on the Browns team, will not play for the rest of the season and he will likely miss some games next year as well.

Steelers player Cameron Heyward defended Rudolph, suggesting Garrett made up an excuse to save his NFL career.

Heyward said Rudolph was "distraught" over Garrett's allegation. "Mason came to me and said, 'I did not say that.'"

Heyward added: "I think using any kind of racial slurs has no place in our country whatsoever, but I think fabricating a story where somebody used a racial slur is a lot more damaging."

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Terrell Owens angered Stephen A. Smith when he said a white co-host was "Blacker" than the outspoken ESPN host. Owens made the remark during a guest appearance on ESPN's First Take on Thursday morning.

Owens and Smith engaged in a heated debate on the issue of Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. Smith has been criticized for mocking the unemployed quarterback whose recent NFL workout was dismissed by Smith as a PR stunt.

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Owens pointed out that Smith's co-host, Max Kellerman, who is white, defended Kaepernick, saying the NFL and critics were unfair and racist toward the hapless quarterback.

"What (Colin Kaepernick) wanted was transparency - for people to see the full workout, to see the full Colin Kaepernick... I'm in the streets. Max (Kellerman) almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A., with his commentary," Owens said to Smith. "I'm just saying. I'm just saying. I'm just saying."

Smith, who is Black, was livid. "Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. With all due respect, my brother, wait a minute. I'm-a check you right now. You've done crossed the line. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Wait a minute. You've done crossed the line," Smith replied.

After the show, Smith said he was "offended" by the former NFL star for challenging his Blackness and basically calling him a coon.

"T.O. obviously offended me very, very much by questioning my blackness the way that he did," said Smith.

"I thought it was bush league. I think it's BS. But I forgive him. He's my brother. And I got love for him. And it is what it is. There's a lot of black people out there in America at this particular moment in time that have a problem with the position that I take. That's fine. I want to assure everybody in the black community; I'm not backing up one damn bit. I'm not changing my mind. I'm not bowing down to y'all vitriol and the venom that y'all are aiming in my direction. Keep it coming. I don't give a damn. Because I know I am right on this 

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The Miami Dolphins waived running back Mark Walton following his arrest early Tuesday for hitting a pregnant woman.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Walton is accused of pushing the woman into a wall and punching her in her face and head.

The woman is reportedly five weeks pregnant with Walton's baby, according to ESPN.

Walton, a 22-year-old Miami native, led the Dolphins with 201 rushing yards on a 3.8 yards-per-carry average and 15 receptions for 89 yards this season. But he couldn't overcome his off-field troubles.

Walton was 2 games into a four-game league suspension for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse policies related to two arrests during the off season earlier this year.

Walton accepted a plea deal for his most serious felony offense for carrying a concealed weapon during his March arrest after a police chase.

The plea deal reduced his charge to a second-degree misdemeanor open-carry. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after those arrests, but the Dolphins gave him another chance by signing him in May, according to ESPN.

The Dolphins released a statement after Walton's dismissal on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

"We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time," general manager Chris Grier said in a statement.

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Not a single NFL team contacted Colin Kaepernick after his much-hyped NFL tryout in Atlanta over the weekend.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, no team reached out to the unemployed quarterback after he snubbed the NFL by switching the location of his workout in Atlanta on Saturday. Florio writes: "Per a league source, Kaepernick's representatives have not heard from any teams with either an invitation to work out privately or an offer to sign a contract."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the private workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout from the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. to a high school in Riverdale, Ga.

Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with "KUNTA KINTE" on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.

The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was "no-show" at the workout where 25 teams had assembled to watch him throw passes. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the workout. The news media was also invited to the school.

Kaepernick, 32, later said he moved his workout because the league asked him to sign a liability waiver that protects the NFL from further legal action.

Despite his claims that he is a victim, Kaepernick was heavily criticized for pulling yet another attention-seeking stunt.

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Stephen A. Smith ripped into Kaepernick and his pal, current NFL player Eric Reid, who still kneels during the National Anthem before games.

During his sports talk show on ESPN on Monday, Smith said, "How is Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid doing us any favors today? Sticking out their chests in defiance of the man when you've got your hand out for an opportunity from them?"

Smith went on to slam Reid for calling the NFL racist while still collecting paychecks from the league.

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Colin Kaepernick made enemies in high places after his latest PR stunt. According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

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According to Complex, "a source close to the situation" informed them that Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick turned his workout into a publicity stunt.

Kaepernick, 32, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday to prepare for his big workout at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. He last played in the NFL three years ago when he opted out of a contract with the 49ers.

All went well until three hours before the start of the private workout, when Kaepernick's camp informed the NFL that the workout was moved to Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga, about 60 miles away. The news media was invited to attend.

Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with "KUNTA KINTE" on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.

The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was "no-show" at the workout. The league said 25 teams attended the workout. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the moved workout.

Kaepernick's people responded, saying the NFL asked the unemployed quarterback to sign a "liability waiver" that protects the league from further legal action.

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Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid, left, settled a grievance against the NFL and team owners for blacklisted him after he led protests by kneeling during the National Anthem.

The reaction from the sports world was swift, with many saying Kaepernick was finished. ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Kaepernick doesn't want to play in the NFL. He "wants to be a martyr."

In a video, Smith said:

"This man wanted a chance. Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility—state of the art facility, NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything, and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Because of some issue with a liability waiver, Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue. You don't want to work. You just want to make noise and you want to control the narrative."

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Colin Kaepernick is in Atlanta preparing for his big workout for the NFL on Saturday. 13 NFL teams have confirmed their scouts will attend the workout at the Atlanta Falcons training facility.

NFL wannabes, such as Migos rapper Quavo Huncho, pictured left, reportedly reached out to Kaepernick in hopes of participating in the workout.

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Unemployed wide receiver Antonio Brown (pictured) is also eager to catch passes from Kaepernick during Saturday's workout.

Brown, 31, was sent packing by the New England Patriots after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The workout was reportedly arranged by rapper Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant and halftime entertainment coordinator.

ESPN's Josina Anderson said the teams she spoke with were unaware of the workout until Kaepernick tweeted about it earlier this week.

A memo from the NFL left teams scrambling to rearrange their schedules at short notice.

13 teams, including the Falcons, Browns, Dolphins, Lions and Giants, confirmed their attendance. But one team that has no plans to send a scout is the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked by 105.3FM the Fan if the Cowboys were sending a scout, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear the Cowboys wanted nothing to do with Kaepernick.

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"That's not correct," said Jones, who is close friends with President Trump. "We're not going to have anybody there."

The NFL will provide tapes of Kaepernick's workout and interview to all 32 teams. Jones conceded that his scouts may look at the tapes if necessary. "We'll look at the tape if we need information there."

Kaepernick last played in an NFL game in 2016. No other team showed interest in him after he opted out of renewing his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Insiders say Kaepernick's inflated ego will not allow him to settle for a backup quarterback spot.

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Myles Garrett is suspended indefinitely and will not suit up in a Cleveland Browns uniform for the rest of the season.

Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Ogunjobi were also suspended for their roles in the ugly brawl at the end of Thursday night's Browns vs Steelers game.

The sports world was shocked and saddened by the violent act committed by Garrett, who bashed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet.

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NFL spokesman Michael Signora tweeted the league's decision. Garrett is suspended indefinitely. Steelers center Pouncey has been suspended for three games for kicking Garrett, and Browns defensive tackle Ogunjobi has been suspended for one game for shoving Rudolph to the ground.

All three players are suspended without pay, Yahoo Sports reports. Each franchise has been fined $250,000.

ESPN's "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith agreed with the NFL's disciplinary action. "It's unfortunate, Myles Garrett has to be suspended for the rest of the season... as a Black man, we're going to be judged as a societal issue."

Garrett, a 23-year-old No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, tackled Rudolph, who no longer had the ball. Rudolph took exception to the late hit and began tussling with Garrett on the ground.

Garrett, not wanting to injure his fist on Rudulph's helmet, ripped the 10-pound helmet off Rudolph's head and beat him with it.

Sports analyst Adam Schefter did not mince words on ESPN's "Get Up", saying, "What we saw Thursday night was the closest thing to an on-field criminal act that there's ever been in NFL history."

Fans sitting at home were horrified to see a player rip a quarterback's helmet off and swing the helmet at his head. Such a criminal act was never seen before in the annals of NFL history.

One Twitter user wrote, "The disrespect of hitting a QB with his own helmet. I'm flabbergasted. I don't watch football like that, but that's crazy."

Another tweeted: "@PopeyesChicken, if you’re looking for a store manager, it looks like @MylesLGarrett will be free the rest of the year."

And a third user tweeted: "Bye Myles Garrett!! You don't deserve the privilege to play this game at any level. I'm disgusted!"

It's being reported that Rudolph's agents are considering taking legal action against Garrett.
 

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LeBron James, right, and former NBA star Dwyane Wade (not pictured) led the celebration for their pal Carmelo Anthony, left, who signed a 1-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers this week.

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Wade, left, tweeted, "It's about damn time!" While James retweeted Wade's post, adding, "RIGHT!!!!"

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The 10-time NBA All-Star sat out for one year as teams passed him over after the Houston Rockets traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls and the Bulls waived him one month later.

At the ripe old age of 35, Anthony is no longer considered a superstar role player who can lead a team to the playoffs. Anthony, who won the league's scoring title in 2012-13, has a reputation as a selfish player who alienates his teammates.

Many fans mused that the Trail Blazers gave Anthony one last chance to go out at the bottom of his game.

Anthony will join his new teammates on Saturday for a six-game road trip.

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A brawl at the end of Thursday night's Brown vs Steelers game could end the NFL career of the Browns's best defensive end, Myles Garrett.

The violent incident occurred with 8 seconds left in the game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Thursday, November 14.

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Garrett, considered one of the NFL's premier defensive ends, tackled Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, who no longer had the ball. Rudolph took exception to the late hit and gave Garrett the business.

Garrett, not wanting to injure his fist on Rudolph's helmet, ripped the 10-pound helmet off Rudolph's head and beat him with it.

Fans sitting at home were horrified to see a player rip a quarterback's helmet off and swing the helmet at his head. Such a criminal act was never seen before in the annals of NFL history.

Many fans tweeted calls for police to arrest Garrett after the 23-year-old was ejected from the game.

One Twitter user said a fine and a suspension weren't enough for Garrett's dangerous behavior. The fan said about 6 months' jail time was the appropriate punishment.

The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7.

Question: did you watch the Cleveland vs Pittsburgh game last night? Does Garrett deserve jail time for assaulting another player with a deadly weapon?
 

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Colin Kaepernick is preparing for his big workout in Atlanta this weekend, but he won't know which teams will be in attendance ahead of time.

The washed up quarterback was given a second chance at reviving his career by rap mogul Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant who arranged the "highly unusual" workout, to be held at the Atlanta Falcons training facility near Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 15.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL will not release the names of team executives, scouts and coaches who will be attending Kaepernick's workout.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that the NFL would release the names of teams planning to attend, but an NFL source said few coaches and scouts have responded to the NFL's memo to attend the workout.

According to Vladtv.com, the Falcons and Detroit Lions are the only two the franchises who are confirmed to be in attendance at Saturday's workout.

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After Kaepernick was demoted to the bench by the 49ers in 2016, he suddenly found his calling as an activist and began kneeling during the National Anthem. When he opted out of a $110 million contract with the 49ers, he couldn't find work with any other team.

Kaepernick filed a grievance with the NFL and owners, claiming they were preventing him from earning a living wage. He settled with the league for a reported $10 million.

Now that he wants to play for the same owners he accused of racism, they are not enthusiastic about enabling his delusions of grandeur.

A source with an NFC team told ESPN's Josina Anderson: "We have nothing to lose by attending Kaepernick's workout, but I still think for us it would just be an information-gathering trip."

Anderson also spoke with the Browns, who have no plans to send a scout. "I'm told the #Browns are currently not planning to attend Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday," she tweeted. She added that a Ravens coach told her, "he'd fit us as a player, but we have our guys."

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According to published reports, Jay-Z, pictured with his boss NFL commish Roger Goodell, is responsible for arranging the private workout to help facilitate Kaepernick's return to the NFL - which Kap previously claimed was a racist organization.

Jay-Z was heavily criticized for partnering with the league as a social justice consultant and halftime entertainment coordinator.

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The NFL has arranged a private workout for free agent Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta to possibly facilitate his return to the NFL.

Kaepernick, 32, claimed he was not aware of the scheduled workout until the NFL informed his representatives on Tuesday.

According to published reports, the league arranged a private workout session to give teams a chance to look at the unemployed quarterback. The workout will be held at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga on Saturday, Nov. 16.

On Tuesday, an ecstatic Kaepernick took to Twitter to share the news with his followers.

"I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."

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Kaepernick, once considered one of the NFL's elite duel threat passers, led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. But by 2016, Kaepernick was benched behind a second string quarterback. Kaepernick protested his demotion by refusing to stand for the National Anthem before games.

When reporters questioned his apparent lack of patriotism, Kaepernick claimed he was protesting police brutality and racism against Black men in America.

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Kaepernick's much-hyped kneeling protests drew the attention of President Donald Trump who said the NFL should fire any player who disrespected the National Anthem.

In 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his $110 million contract with the 49ers. And just like that, he was out of the NFL.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners for allegedly colluding to deprive him of his livelihood. In February 2019 Kaepernick reached a settlement with the league worth a reported $10 million.

According to The Washington Post, Kaepernick will participate in on-field drills, the 40-yard dash and an interview on Saturday. Videos of his workout and interview will be provided to all teams.

The Washington Post noted that it is "highly unusual" for the league to arrange a tryout for a single player, particularly a washed up quarterback who has been out of the game for three years.

If we learned anything during the Michael Sam fiasco, it is that teams are wary of the drama and distractions that narcissists bring to a locker room.

Team owners and GMs are not enthusiastic about enabling Kaepernick's delusions of grandeur.

A source with an NFC team told ESPN's Josina Anderson: "We have nothing to lose by attending Kaepernick's workout, but I still think for us it would just be an information-gathering trip."

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Michael Jordan weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers decision to rest star Kawhi Leonard for certain games in a NBA trend called "load management".

The NBA season is still young, and Leonard has missed 6 or 7 games to decrease risk of injuries. But Clippers fans feel cheated and are yelling foul.

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Well-respected sports announcer and NBA analyst Doris Burke criticized Leonard for sitting out a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks and the league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo at the Staples Center.

"It is mind-boggling to me that Kawhi doesn't want to play against the reigning MVP and he'd rather play against Portland tomorrow night on TNT," Burke said. "Kawhi not playing is ridiculous at this point."

Leonard seems unfazed by the criticism. But when Michael Jordan speaks, everyone listens.

The NBA legend and owner of the Charlotte Hornets is making sure his own players don't get the wrong idea about the work ethic that is expected of them.

According to Steve Clifford, current Orlando Magic coach and former head coach of the Hornets, Jordan addressed the issue of load management in team meetings.

"Being with Michael in Charlotte, Michael used to tell them every year, you're paid to play 82 games."

Clifford added that lazy players stood out from the rest: "I've been doing this for 20 years, and playing 82 games used to be a badge of courage for a lot of guys. There were always a lot of guys who didn't want to play. They stood out more."

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Washington Nationals fans expressed outraged after U.S. President Donald Trump embraced catcher Kurt Suzuki who wore a "Make America Great Again" baseball hat during a ceremony to welcome the 2019 World Series Champions at the White House in Washington, DC, on Nov. 4, 2019.

Hundreds of Washington Nationals fans gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday to celebrate their team's World Series win over the Houston Astros in 7 games.

"I love you all, I love you all. Thank you," Suzuki said, as the crowd roared.

"I didn't know that was going to happen," Trump said after Suzuki put on the red cap that is considered a racist symbol of white nationalists.

One player, Sean Doolittle, declined the invite to attend the ceremony at the White House because his wife's parents are lesbians.

"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country," Doolittle told The Washington Post. A handful of other players also didn't attend.

President Trump was booed when he and his wife Melania Trump attended game 5 of the World Series in D.C. Those same fans took to Twitter to complain about young Suzuki's patriotism.

One fan tweeted: "Did Trump think Kurt Suzuki was someone else’s wife in this picture???"

Another Twitter user wrote: "People keep comparing that pic of Trump and Kurt Suzuki to Titanic, but his administration already hit the iceberg awhile ago."
 

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Jermaine Whitehead was released by the Cleveland Browns hours after he went ballistic and issued death threats on Twitter.com following a team loss on Sunday.

The former Browns defensive back went on a profanity-laced Twitter rant that included racist language and death threats after the team lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Whitehead targeted Browns TV and radio broadcaster Dustin Fox after Fox tweeted "Whitehead's effort tackling today is a joke."

Whitehead reacted by calling Fox a "cracker" and warned the reporter not to "get smoked", which is urban slang for getting shot.

Whitehead, 26, also issued death threats to Browns fans and offered one fan a place to meet him to fight.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Athletic's Zac Jackson reported that Whitehead was still wearing his Browns uniform when he lashed out on Twitter.com and that a team public-relations staffer separated him from media in the postgame locker room, where Whitehead did not speak with reporters.

Twitter suspended Whitehead's account and the team released a statement addressing Whitehead's tantrum.

"Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the statement reads. "We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments. The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This matter will be further addressed internally."

On Monday the Browns cut Whitehead from the team, according to the Associated Press.

Whitehead was in his second season with Cleveland. He was signed last year after the Green Bay Packers waived him two days after he threw a punch during a game. The Browns are 2-6 on the season.

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Last year, L.A. Lakers player Dwight Howard was outed by an effeminate man who claimed he was the NBA star's ex-boyfriend. Well, something strange happened over the weekend that added fuel to the rumors.

During the Lakers recent win against the Utah Jazz, Howard fell on another player and appeared to diddle the player with the middle digit of his left hand. The unwanted diddling prompted Jazz player Georges Niang to try to fight Howard.

A fan recorded the interaction and the video clip went viral. Many fans recall other incidents in which the 33-year-old Sagittarius molested and inappropriately touched other NBA players.

Last year, effeminate author and transsexual Masin Elije filed a lawsuit against Howard alleging that Howard and his camp "sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated" him. Howard vigorously denied the allegations and threatened to file a countersuit against Elije.

Elije dropped his lawsuit earlier this month.

Watch the video below and judge for yourself.
 


 

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