November 14, 2013 |
The first real test of the Doc Rivers era has appeared, and it can appropriately be described in less than 140 characters. Can the new Clippers coach practice the same toughness that he preaches? Less than a month into his first season as the Clippers' $7-million savior, Rivers must start by repairing his own locker room after one of his players threatened to blow it apart. The player's name is Matt Barnes, his motive was anger, his weapon was Twitter, and 20 seconds worth of his insensitive typing could rattle this team for weeks.
November 13, 2013 |
Having gorged myself, along with the rest of the country, on “Bullying in the NFL” pieces, I've been loath to pile on, figuring there was little to add to the conversation about Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins lineman who was suspended over his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin. But there's a reason so many such pieces have been written and why this isn't a topic that's likely to go away soon. Unlike far more serious issues in the NFL this year - a star tight end arraigned on a murder charge, for example - there really isn't a clear-cut answer here, despite what the “boys will be boys” apologists and moralizing scolds would have us believe.
November 11, 2013 |
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin 's allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening," Ross said.
November 10, 2013 |
When suspended Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito told Fox Sports' Jay Glazer in an exclusive interview aired Sunday morning that his behavior was reflective of NFL locker-room culture, the league's latest nightmare worsened. Incognito, a nine-year NFL veteran and the leader of the Miami offensive line, says he knows language he used in texts and voice mails to teammate Jonathan Martin "are not right. " Incognito said that "what I want people to know is, the way Jonathan and the rest of the offensive line and how our teammates, how we communicate, it's vulgar.” The Dolphins are the focus of an NFL investigation into bullying and harassment charges stemming from Martin, a second-year tackle, leaving the club Oct. 28, reportedly to seek treatment for emotional distress.
October 16, 2013 |
The Lakers were swept out the playoffs last spring by the San Antonio Spurs as Dwight Howard was ejected in Game 4 while Kobe Bryant sat in the locker room because of a recently torn Achilles' tendon. Minutes after Howard stormed to the locker room, Bryant hobbled out on crutches to the Lakers' bench to a standing ovation -- making his first public appearance since he had surgery April 13. "It was the first time I ever felt that kind of love from a crowd," Bryant told Sports Illustrated . "Oh, my God, I was fighting back the tears.
October 12, 2013 |
The week before he won his first game as USC's interim coach, Ed Orgeron visited only one Friday night high school game to recruit. "Hopefully, in the future, I may be able to get a helicopter and get to about four or five," he joked, "but we're not doing it yet. " He is now. Orgeron, who guided USC to a 38-31 victory over Arizona on Thursday, was scheduled to helicopter over the Southland on Friday night in search of future Trojans....
October 4, 2013 |
Peninsula will hold a dedication ceremony on Saturday for its new football locker room that underwent a $30,000 renovation through donations and fundraising. Eric.email@example.com
September 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Watching Yasiel Puig uncork a bottle of cheap sparkling wine and spray his teammates during the Dodgers' postgame celebration Thursday, Manager Don Mattingly shook his head and laughed. “He's the fastest champagne opener in the business,” Mattingly said. Evidently, the 22-year-old Puig is as quick a learner with a bottle in his hands as he is with a bat. Puig said that back in his native Cuba, champagne was never part of locker room celebrations. “In Cuba, we used water,” Puig said.
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September 6, 2013 |
A spokeswoman for California Lutheran University says the women's locker room where a man was allegedly caught peeping and committing lewd acts was not used by students and enhanced security measures should prevent similar incidents in the future. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has filed a peeping and lewd conduct case against 39-year-old David Tenebaum with prosecutors, who will be asked to issue an arrest warrant if the man fails to answer a court summons for the misdemeanor charges.
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September 5, 2013 |
A 39-year-old Thousands Oaks man faces charges of lewd conduct and peeping in the women's locker room at California Lutheran University, authorities said Thursday. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has filed its case against David Tenebaum with prosecutors, who will be asked to issue an arrest warrant if the man fails to answer a court summons for the misdemeanor charges, Det. Marty Luna said. The case comes after Tenebaum allegedly gave incriminating statements to Ventura County sheriff's detectives following a three-month investigation that started after Thousands Oaks police received two calls -- one in May, the other in June -- regarding a man seen entering the women's locker room at the Gilbert Sports Arena.