Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Word on the Street: Is Kobe sorry for slur?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Kobe fined for gay slur

After receiving a technical foul in last nights game, Kobe Bryant called referee Bennie Adams a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught on cameras on the nationally broadcast game and started a debate on Twitter. After looking into the matter, the NBA fined Kobe 100,000 for the slur.

Kobe released an official statement through the team today:

What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone. (Pro Basketball Talk)
Valet worker files suit against LeBron's mom

A valet at a Miami Beach hotel is suing Gloria James, claiming she verbally abused him and assaulted him while he was working. Rock Feller Sorel says he suffered pain, loss of income, and is seeking more than 15,000 in damages.

Attorneys for Gloria were reviewing the complaint.

LeBron's mother was arrested and charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication last week. (MiamiHerald.com)

Marquette signs O.J. Mayo's brother

Buzz Williams has another reason to be excited for next year: Todd Mayo has signed a letter of intent with Marquette.

Mayo is a 6-3, 190-pound guard from Huntington, W.V.and the brother of Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. He joins forward Juan Anderson and point guard Derrick Wilson in Marquette's 2011 recruiting class.

Williams said that Mayo is the "perfect complement" to his returning squad. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ex-Maine East guard signs with DePaul

DePaul added guard Charles McKinney to its incoming class. The Chicago native played at Maine East for three seasons before competing last season at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. McKinney is ranked by ESPN.com as a top-60 shooting guard.

The 6-foot-4 guard's addition makes DePaul's class a top-25 group nationally, according to CBSSports.com. McKinney enters DePaul with other Chicagoland signees Jamee Crockett and Macari Brooks along with Shane Larkin and Derrell Robertson.

"Were really pleased to add Charles to the fold, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said in a statement. He is the kind of tough athlete from a winning program that we need to build with. Hes anxious to be here and were anxious to have him. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

What’s next for Cubs and Jason Hammel?

What’s next for Cubs and Jason Hammel?

PITTSBURGH – Making a risk-reward decision, the Cubs will shut down Jason Hammel and not start him Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds, leaving his playoff status and future in the organization uncertain.

Hammel said he’s been feeling tightness in his right elbow for weeks, which may have dulled the sharpness to his slider and explained some of his second-half struggles, which have put him on the postseason-roster bubble, if not on the outside looking in. 

After Friday’s TBD, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are still scheduled to start the season’s final two games at Great American Ball Park, putting them at the front of a playoff rotation that didn’t figure to include Hammel anyway.

“That decision lays in their hands,” said Hammel, who has been playing catch and throwing off flat ground during this week's spring-training-like series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. “Health-wise, I’m not stressing about it. Collectively, we talked about it. And for being available through October, is it really worth something right now happening in a game that – more or less – doesn’t really matter?”

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The Hammel 2.0 reboot still has to be considered a success, with another All-Star-caliber first half, a career-high 15 wins, a 3.83 ERA and an overall resume that would look dramatically different if he didn’t have three starts allowing nine or 10 runs. 

The Cubs hold a $12 million option – with a $2 million buyout – for next season that could make Hammel an attractive trade chip given this winter’s shallow pool of free agents.   

“Obviously, not happy with the way things ended,” Hammel said. “But I would say for 9/10ths of the season, I was very good. I’ll take that into the offseason and add onto what I added (last) offseason.

“Some crazy freak incident like this can derail it, but overall my body feels good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, which was to make 30-plus starts and be competitive, save for five, six starts. Out of 30, I’d say that’s pretty good.”   

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Could Jay Cutler lose his starting job as Bears QB?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Could Jay Cutler lose his starting job as Bears QB?

Tonight's panel include Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times, Hub Arkush from Pro Football Weekly, and NFL Analyst Dan Pompei. The guys discuss whether Jay Cutler could lose his starting job to Brian Hoyer, question if Joe Maddon is managing his starting rotation properly heading into the postseason, and talk about whether Robin Ventura will return to manage the White Sox next season.

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