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December 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
ESPN on Thursday suspended commentator Rob Parker for 30 days for calling Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother" during a discussion about race. "ESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday's episode of 'First Take,' " the network said in a statement. "Our review of the preparation for the show and the re-air has established that mistakes both in judgment and communication were made. As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing.
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April 27, 2014 | Ben Bolch
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who for 30 years has presided over the city's second NBA franchise, became the object of national outrage and the target of an NBA investigation Saturday after allegedly making derogatory remarks about blacks. In an audio recording, released by celebrity gossip site TMZ, a person identified as Sterling argues with his girlfriend, criticizing her for posting a picture of herself on Instagram posing with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling allegedly says, later adding, "I'm just saying, in your ... Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
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April 5, 1986
So ABC and Dennis Swanson want to move Frank Gifford from play-by-play to commentator. Please, Roone, say it ain't so. A move like this would be like having Vin Scully only do the postgame interview. STEVE BITTICK Newhall
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April 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
During a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, President Obama criticized racial comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The global reach of Sterling's purported words came into focus when the president addressed the matter after answering a question regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy Obama, an avid basketball fan, never used Sterling's name, but expressed confidence that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would deal with the situation.
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December 2, 1986 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Bobbi Fiedler, who gave up her west San Fernando Valley-southern Ventura County congressional seat to run for the U. S. Senate, is negotiating with KABC-TV Channel 7 to become a political commentator for the Los Angeles station after her term expires Jan. 3. The three-term Chatsworth Republican said in a recent interview that she has no plans to run for political office again but would not rule out the possibility.
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January 9, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington -- Tony Blankley, who gained notoriety as press secretary for Newt Gingrich during the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1990s and later as a conservative commentator on radio and television, has died. He was 63. The British-born Blankley, who was a child actor while growing up in Los Angeles, died Saturday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, said his wife, Lynda Davis. He had stomach cancer. With his British accent, eclectic tastes and sharp tongue, Blankley turned his stint with Gingrich from 1990 to 1997 into a career as a commentator.
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December 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Martin Bashir has learned something Alec Baldwin already knows: Even a cable news host can say too much. MSNBC announced Wednesday that Bashir, a commentator and host of the 4 p.m. hour, is leaving after an uproar over his remarks last month about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Disputing Palin's position that compared the national debt to slavery, Bashir during an on-air segment called Palin "America's resident dunce" and then suggested a slave-like scatalogical punishment for her. (Entire video is below; warning: strong language.)
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January 8, 1985 | LARRY STEWART
Quarterback Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins has been hired by ABC to work as a commentator on the Super Bowl telecast Jan. 20, the network announced Monday. Theismann will work with Frank Gifford, the play-by-play announcer, and Don Meredith, the other commentator. It had been reported earlier that both Meredith and O.J. Simpson, the regular "Monday Night Football" commentators, would not be in the booth during the telecast, but ABC apparently changed its thinking about Meredith's role.
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February 15, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
The budding broadcasting careers of Joe Montana and Warren Moon ended, at least for now, on Wednesday. Montana, through his management company, IMG, announced he has decided to give up his job as a studio commentator for NBC after one season so he can spend more time with his family. Turner Sports, meanwhile, announced that Moon, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, was told in January his services would no longer be needed.
NEWS
April 7, 1987
Arraignment of former U.S. Sen. John V. Tunney on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge was postponed until April 28 after his attorney said he needed more time to confer with the 52-year-old California Democrat. The California Highway Patrol said Tunney was arrested on March 6, when he was allegedly speeding and weaving in his 1985 Mercedes-Benz on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. Officers said it was a first offense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Ruben Vives
From President Obama to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, there has been swift condemnation from political circles to a recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making remarks about blacks. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia. Sterling's alleged comments also met with criticism by L.A. officials.   Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling.  "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
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April 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - The Clippers seemed weighed down Sunday afternoon in Game 4 by all the controversy that has engulfed them. And even though it was not of their own making, but that of owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers were in the storm and tried to stay afloat. But they could not avoid their albatross and a hot Golden State team, dropping a 118-97 decision to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. BOX SCORE: Golden State Warriors 118, Clippers 97 Instead of talking about the best-of-seven first-round series being tied at 2-2 or about regaining home-court advantage with their Game 3 win, the Clippers had to talk about Sterling's alleged racist comments about African Americans.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp woke up Sunday morning to suddenly find himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal, as TMZ released another audio clip said to be of the Clippers owner speaking to his girlfriend. In the recording, the man purported to be Sterling voices displeasure about the woman's Instagram pictures of her with African Americans, including Kemp. “Racism is kind of old, for real,” Kemp said. “Honestly, I just feel sorry for him, that he feels that way about African American people.” Kemp is friends with Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
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April 27, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
Michael Jordan, a Hall of Fame player who now owns an NBA franchise, issued a statement Sunday blasting Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged comments about African Americans. "I look at this from two perspectives -- as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly," Jordan said.
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April 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The national condemnation of racist comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling includes several fellow NBA owners. While many owners remained silent or deferred to the rapid investigation of the matter promised by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, other team owners spoke out against one of their own. “If @TMZ recording is true, we must have zero tolerance. Fully support commish Silver @NBA,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadive tweeted . Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy In a statement, Heat owner Micky Arison said Sterling's alleged comments were “appalling, offensive and very sad.” Spurs CEO Peter Holt adopted a more cautious tone, but noted Sterling's extended history of racial missteps.
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public opinion and called on the Palestinian leader to "tear up" his recent pact with the militant Islamist movement Hamas. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times," said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA.
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September 5, 2003 | John Weyler
Incessant mist and drizzle that forced U.S. Open tennis officials to postpone more than 100 matches this week turned into a good old-fashioned rainstorm Thursday morning in New York. The USA network had already televised virtually every minute of tennis played to that point, in tape delay, along with half a dozen classic matches featuring the likes of Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras. At one point, commentator Jim Courier quipped, "Coming up next, a first-round match from Cincinnati."
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October 15, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's Jess Marlow "who's coming home" to KNBC Channel 4 Nov. 24. KNBC has launched a mystery ad campaign to promote the return of the calm, reasoned Marlow to Channel 4 as a commentator on its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts to succeed Jack Perkins. Newspaper ads show the facial outline of an unidentified man beneath the headline: "Guess Who's Coming Home?"
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April 26, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audio recording first reported by TMZ  Friday have drawn plenty of reaction from the basketball world, and former NBA star Charles Barkley was among those calling for the NBA to take action on the issue. During Saturday's TNT halftime show, Barkley said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has to suspend Sterling if the league proves it's him on the tape making the statements. “This is the first test of Adam Silver.
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April 26, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
The Los Angeles Clippers have issued a formal response to racist statements allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling on an audio recording that was reported by TMZ late Friday . Clippers President Andy Roeser says in the statement that the team does not know if the man recorded is Sterling but that the statements do not reflect Sterling's "views, beliefs or feelings. " Furthermore, Roeser claims the woman on the tape is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Sterling family that claims she embezzled more than $1.8 million.
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