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jayson williams gets moved to riker's island

by Lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World

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carl eller 2004 

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.

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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.

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

One of my favorite films of all-time was "War of the Roses," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. In the film, a divorced couple starts down a dangerous and hilarious path of mutual destruction, where the goal of each is to make the other person’s life miserable. At the end of the movie, both parties find that while it was their goal to destroy the other person, they actually ended up destroying themselves. Just for the record, each character dies at the end.

I think about "War of the Roses" when I see the custody battle between NBA star Dwight Howard and his ex-wife, Royce Reed. Of course I don’t expect anyone to end up dead, but it’s already clear that Royce and Dwight have made each other’s lives as miserable as possible. Royce recently called the cops after Dwight picked up her son from daycare at a time when he was not scheduled to do so. Before that, Dwight had filed a lawsuit against Royce for referring to him as a "douchebag" on the TV show, "Basketball Wives.

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Anyone even remotely familiar with the sports world is well aware of reports that former USC star Reggie Bush is at risk of having his Heisman Trophy taken away from him. The return of the Heisman would likely be related to NCAA violations that allegedly took place within the USC program during the time when Bush played for them. Bush didn’t speak in detail on the issue when he was asked about it.
"At this point, it’s kind of out of my hands," Bush said Wednesday after practice with the New Orleans Saints.
Bush would not confirm or deny whether he spoke with the Heisman Trophy Trust about losing the award. Executive Director Robert Whalen said that no decision has yet been made.

 

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

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.

 

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