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Must Read: Check Out This Powerful Essay On White Privilege And The Washington Redskins Moniker

"The Washington Redskins is a racist moniker from an ugly part of America’s history."

We’ve had great discussions on PITNB about the language we use to describe ourselves and others— what is offensive versus what is empowering. When is it racist, when is it racial, and when is it just plain stupid? These conversations are reflections of ongoing discussions in celebrity, pop culture, and now even sports. For years people have been trying to get the owner of The Washington Redskins to change the team’s name to something that isn’t, well, a racial slur. And, for just as many years, people have been defending the name. Is this about the love of football and tradition? Or is this about white privilege in 2014? Click inside to read a powerful work by Asante Jones— an actor, a ginormous sports fan, and maybe (definitely) my cousin.
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The LA Clippers Basketball Team Has Been Sold For $2 Billion Dollars

In just about a month’s time, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was forced to sell his ownership of the NBA basketball team in the wake of the revelation of racist comments that he made to his former girlfriend/assistant. On April 29, Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and was fined $2.5 million dollars. Earlier this month, the NBA started formal proceedings to strip Sterling of his ownership of the Clippers. Last weekend, Sterling handed over legal control of the team to his wife Shelly Sterling and last night she sold the team to Steve Ballmer for a reported $2 billion dollars. Dang. More »

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Watch: 50 Cent Throws The Worst, Most Embarrassingly Terrible First Pitch Ever In The History Of Baseball

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Worst. First Pitch. Ever.

So … 50 Cent was invited by the NY Mets to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field in NYC last night ahead of their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and he proceeded to throw the ABSOLUTELY WORST FIRST PITCH IN THE RECORDED AND UNRECORDED HISTORY OF BASEBALL. I mean, Fitty‘s pitch was so bad that it will likely go down in recorded human history as the worst thing to ever happen … EVER. LOL. Click the video above to see this epically horrrrrrrrible first pitch thrown by 50 Cent and do your best not to fall out of your chair with laughter ;)

In an effort to save a bit of face, Fitty commented on his horrid first pitch on his official Instagram profile, see what he had to say below. More »

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Donald Sterling Is Now Attempting To Sell The LA Clippers On His Own Terms

Wife Shelly Sterling is now in control of the team

Earlier this week we learned that the NBA has started formal proceedings to force embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his basketball team in the wake of the release of audio recordings that feature Sterling making horribly racist comments to an ex-girlfriend. Last month, Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and was fined $2.5 million dollars but the real punishment is that the NBA wants to strip ownership of the Clippers from the Sterling family. Today, Donald Sterling has transferred control of the basketball team to his wife Shelly Sterling and the plan now is for the Sterlings to sell the basketball team on their own terms. More »

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The NBA Formally Initiates The Plan To Strip Donald Sterling Of Ownership Of The LA Clippers

Here we go ...

Last month the NBA issued a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million dollar fine against LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of audio recordings of racist comments he made to ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano. In spite of the horrid apology he made on TV, the NBA has moved forward today with the formal plan to strip Sterling and his wife of their ownership of the LA Clippers. Sterling has vowed to fight the NBA so from here on out — it’s war. More »

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Watch: LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Finally ‘Apologizes’ For Making Racist Comments

"Am I entitled to one mistake? ... I’ll never do it again.”
"I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness"

Weeks after he was punished with a LIFETIME BAN from the NBA and a $2.5 million dollar fine, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling gave an interview to Anderson Cooper on his show Anderson Cooper 360° in order to formally apologize to the public (and the NBA) for his actions. Throughout the interview, Sterling proclaimed over and over again that he is not a racist. The full interview will air on CNN tonight but portions of the interview have been released. You can watch 5 minutes of Anderson‘s interview with Sterling above. Personally, it sounds to me that Sterling has finally come to the realization that the NBA is serious about forcing him to sell the LA Clippers and this is an attempt to try and sway that decision … in some way. While Sterling appears to apologize for his “mistake”, he also lays a lot of blame at the feet of V. Stiviano, the woman who recorded him making those racist remarks and he even publicly attacks Magic Johnson (the person inadvertently drawn into this controversy by appearing in that photo with Stiviano that started this whole mess). I’m not impressed with Sterling‘s apology, to be honest. I can’t blame him for doing whatever he can to hang on to his basketball team ownership but as the president of the NBA made clear, racist people like Donald Sterling have no place in the NBA.

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Watch: Michael Sam Kisses His Boyfriend After He Was Drafted By The St. Louis Rams Football Team

Sam is now the FIRST openly gay player in the NFL
Michael Sam is now a St. Louis Ram

Back in February, University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out publicly as gay a full 3 months before the NFL Draft was to take place this weekend. Just a short time ago, Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams to play professional football for their team … making Michael Sam the first openly gay player in the National Football League. In celebration of his draft pick, Michael did what any other professional athlete would do as soon as he heard the good news … he was first overcome by raw emotion and then happily kissed his partner live on ESPN. Click the video above to see the emotional moment when Sam got the good news and see the sweet kiss he shared with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano. Then, click below to see another cute video of Michael and Vito celebrating today’s very happy news. More »

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LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has Been BANNED FOR LIFE From The NBA

Bye Felicia

In the wake of the release of audio recordings that feature Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers basketball team, making extremely racist comments, the NBA has decided to issue a lifetime ban on Sterling from the NBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is right now making the announcement about this punishment. Read on for all the known deets about this hard and swift punishment. More »

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Listen: Pitbull Teams Up With Jennifer Lopez For The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song

'We Are One (Ole Ola)'
Ole Ola Ole

The official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been released and it features Pitbull singing Ole Ola Ole along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. To be honest, Pitbull‘s music isn’t really my thing but I don’t mind this song very much. The song really picks up when J. Lo starts singing so, yeah, check it out in the video embedded above and see what you think!

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Britney Spears Smiles Up A Storm At Jayden James’s Soccer Game

Happy Days

Britney Spears was ALL SMILES here in SoCal over the weekend as she watched her younger son Jayden James play a soccer match. As you may know, Britney recently spent some time in Hawai’i with her family while she is on a break from her Las Vegas concert residency Britney: Piece of Me for a few weeks. As you can see in the photos presented in this gallery, life looks like it’s going pretty well for our dear Britney these days. Her laugh and smile are EVERYTHING. I love seeing her look so great, don’t you?

[Photo credit: WENN]

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