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)

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson plans to buy one very expensive Pepsi.

When it comes time to make his first big purchase, the White Sox shortstop already has a good idea what he's going to do.

As he quickly rose through the minors, Anderson — who signed a six-year deal Tuesday that could pay him $50.5 million through 2024 — talked to his mother about her retiring if he ever reached the big leagues. But all Lucille Brown joked that she has wanted from Anderson is a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. Anderson said on Thursday morning that he intends to make good on his promise and then some.

"She always told me, 'I don't want anything from you, I just wish you the best. The only thing I want from you is for you to buy me a Pepsi,'" Anderson said. "Pepsi is her favorite soda. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to buy her a Mercedes and I'm going to buy a Pepsi and put it in the cup holder for her."

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An outpatient healthcare worker, Brown and her husband Roger — who are Anderson's aunt and uncle — raised Anderson along with their three children. Anderson said he and Brown have discussed her retirement over the past few years and will broach the topic again in the future.

If Lucille decides to retire, Anderson thinks she might take up decorating houses, which she did for the second-year player after he recently purchased a home in North Carolina. But for now, Anderson wants to take care of his family for helping him attain his goal of playing in the big leagues, which led to the "life-changing" contract.

"I think she's going to retire," Anderson said. "We haven't picked up on that conversation yet, but we'll talk about it.

"I feel like nothing but good people have been in my circle from the time that I got drafted."

Alshon Jeffery spurned ESPN's Adam Schefter after getting free agent contract advice

Alshon Jeffery spurned ESPN's Adam Schefter after getting free agent contract advice

This is an enlightening glimpse into the craziness that is the world of NFL free agency.

The MMQB published a longform recap of 24 hours in the life of ESPN's Adam Schefter at the start of NFL free agency and apparently it also included a moment where he advised Alshon Jeffery on the receiver's contract situation.

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Before Jeffery signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the former Bears wideout called Schefter to see what the market was like for receivers:

But here's the kicker:

The MMQB circled back on the news later and Jeffery never called Schefter back, instead giving the news to Schefter's ESPN colleague Josina Anderson to break about the Eagles deal.

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