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Sports & Race
There is no one quite like Jackie Robison for America’s other favorite sports, for a number of reasons. But it still took great courage and conviction to be the first black player in the NBA, NFL, NHL, the PGA and even NASCAR. Let’s look back and remember these individuals on Jackie Robinson Day.
AC Milan’s newly acquired striker Mario Balotelli has received a warm, Italian football welcome from club vice president Paolo Berlusconi. At a political meeting near Milan, Berlusconi called the black Italian striker “n***** di famiglia,” or “the family’s little n*****.”
Over the weekend, reports came out that Lance Armstrong would admit to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview, however, was preempted by a brief Armstrong visit to Livestrong, the foundation from which he resigned in November. According to an anonymous source, Armstrong apologized and shed a few tears, but did not admit to doping outright.
Racism is a serious problem in international soccer, and at a recent friendly match, AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng decided enough was enough. See him take matters into his own hands – and why that could be important – after the jump.
Why yes, this is a guy dressed up as a clown holding a “Dwight Power” sign. He was attending a counter-protest to a National Socialist and Klu Klux Klan rally in Charlotte, North Carolina – the basic premise being that they would counter the KKK with silliness, because KKK hate speech shouldn’t be taken seriously. Thus, Dwight Power. [CNN, via @TrueHoop]
“F—ing Jews!” Delmon Young’s Boozy, Anti-Semitic Scrap Outside Manhattan Hotel Leads To Plea Deal, Trip To Tolerance Museum
Back in April, when he was in town playing the Yankees, Delmon Young had a bit of an incident outside of a Midtown hotel. By “a bit of an incident,” we mean he drunkenly yelled “f—ing Jews!” at a group of men before throwing one of them into a wall and tackling him. This all happened at 2:30 in the morning, although we’re assuming you knew that, because things like this tend to happen at 2:30 in the morning or thereabouts.
Is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office white-washing their team on purpose? That seems like one crazy notion here in 2012, but it’s one local black leaders in the Twin Cities have picked up and run with. Read more after the jump.
Via Fox News: “Chelsea defender John Terry apologized for using language including a reference to “color and/or race” on Thursday, and will not appeal a suspension and fine from the English Football Association.”
After the Reds beat the Pirates 4-3 in 14 innings last night, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips took to Twitter to make a rather serious charge against an unidentified player. The tweet (and some video of the incident it might have stemmed from) after the jump.