August 17, 2011
by Lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World
Lawyers for the NFL, the players’ union and a group of retirees were back in federal court in St. Paul, MN. The retirees, led by former Vikings star Carl Eller, say they were shut out of the settlement deal that ended the lockout. At issue before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson is whether or not to order everyone back into mediation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan helped broker the deal.
July 25, 2011
by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
A Los Angeles high school student received $40,000 dollars in scholarship money then turned around and gave it all away. No, Allan Guei is not crazy. He is a young man with a big heart willing to help his fellow students along the road to success.
Guei, whose parents are from the Ivory coast, won the scholoarship money through a free throw competition held at Compton High School in March of this year and sponsored by the advertising firm Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener. After this 18-year-old student found out that he was the recipient of a full basketball scholarship at California State University Northridge, he felt that some of this peers could benefit more from the $40,000 than he could. This is a tremendous act of generosity on Guei’s part because in actuality, the National Collegiate Athletic Association rules permitted Guei to keep the $40,000 and the basketball scholarship.
September 7, 2010
NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton has a great deal to apologize for this week. During a broadcast of an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, Hampton thought it would be funny to bring up that little thing called Hurricane Katrina. Making reference to the fact that the Vikings needed to show up with their A-game, Hampton said, "The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina."
Bad move buddy, bad move.
There isn’t much to say about Dan Hampton other than the obvious. It didn’t take him long to realize that it might be inappropriate to make jokes about an event that led to the death and displacement of tens of thousands of people. Hurricane Katrina affected real lives in a very real way, and Hampton needs to understand that. Additionally, invoking Katrina into the fantasy world of professional football is only productive to the extent that the success of the Saints has helped to heal the hearts of New Orleans residents who’ve lost everything. So, if you can’t bring Hurricane Katrina up in a positive and uplifting way, please don’t bring it up as a joke.