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)

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here