This week is an interesting mix of sports stories that go from a petition to finally get Greg Louganis on a Wheaties box to a former NFL quarterback’s suicide attempt.
President Obama honors Phoenix Mercury
This is the Phoenix Mercury’s second trip to the White House where President Obama honored them for winning the WNBA Championship. Read the full story here: www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/08/26/president-obama-honors-2014-wnba-champion-phoenix-mercury
Griner won’t have to pay Johnson following 28-day annulled marriage
A county superior court judge in Phoenix has ruled that Brittney Griner will not have to pay the $20,000 a month in spousal support for Glory Johnson, her wife for just 28-days before the marriage was annulled. They were married May 9, just three weeks after they were arrested on domestic violence charges. Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were both suspended for seven games. Johnson, who is pregnant with twins, will serve her suspension next year when she returns to the game. Read the full story here:
Petition begins to add Greg Louganis to Wheaties box
After watching the new HBO documentary “Greg Louganis: Back on Board,” Julie Sondgerath was touched by the fact that Louganis, one of the finest representatives of his sport, was never put on a Wheaties box after winning Olympic Gold. Homophobia and the initial fear of AIDS appear to be the only reason he was overlooked. A change.org petition has been set up to ask General Mills to let him take his place on the General Mills Hall of Fame. Read the full story here: www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/sports/olympics/movement-builds-to-honor-greg-louganis-on-a-wheaties-box.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2
NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter tells rookies to get a “fall guy”
It has been confirmed that Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter told attendees at the NFL 2014 rookie symposium to get a “fall guy” among their friends to take the blame if they ever get into trouble off the field, saying “I let my homeboys know, y’all want to keep rolling like this, then I need to know who gonna be the fall guy, who’s going to be driving. Y’all not going to all do the right stuff now. So I’ve got to teach you how to get around all this stuff, too. If you’re going to have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail. We’ll get him out. … If you’re going to have a crew, make sure they understand, can’t nothing happen to you. Your name can’t be in lights, under no circumstances. You all understand that?” He has since apologized for his remarks as being inappropriate. Read the full story here:
Former NFL QB survives suicide attempt
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer is alive following a suicide attempt. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to a motel for a welfare check and found him with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. His ex-wife reported he’s been suffering from depression. Read the full story here:
Chinese conglomerate buys Ironman for $650 million
Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. (“Wanda Group”), one of China’s leading private conglomerates, has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Ironman for an equity value of approximately $650 million from Providence Equity Partners. The Ironman brand is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Read the full story here:
MLB adopts new policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse
According to m.mlb.com: “Major League Baseball and its Clubs are proud to adopt a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity and the sensitivities of these significant societal issues,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We believe that these efforts will foster not only an approach of education and prevention but also a united stance against these matters throughout our sport and our communities.” Read the full story here:
Jon Stewart Attacks WWE Star
In the continued tradition of non-wrestling celebrities jumping into the WWE ring, Jon Stewart took a folding chair and attacked John Cena. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQDzDyfxJ04
“Super Hero” Stephen Amell Attacks WWE Star
Star of CW’s Super Hero Series “Arrow,” Stephen Amell attacks Stardust on Raw. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz1KXqGbW6s
Followup—Stephen Amell joins Neville in the Summerslam takedown of Stardust and King Barrett. See the video action here:
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