It’s been a busy week for sports – some of it great, some of it not so much. Enjoy this week’s roundup.
Michael Sam leaves CFL for personal reasons
The Montreal Alouettes confirmed that Michael Sam, who played his first game with the team just last week, has announced that he is leaving for personal reasons and has once again been added to their suspended list. In a three-part text Sam said the last 12 months “have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time.” He continued by thanking the team for the opportunity to play, saying he hoped to be back on the field “soon,” and thanked “you all for your understanding and support.”
There have been a number of reports that Sam was unpopular with his teammates for receiving preferential treatment, particularly in terms of salary. Read the full story here:
Junior Seau’s daughter permitted to speak at HOF ceremony
Due to the public clamor, the Pro Football Hall of Fame reversed its decision and permitted Junior Seau’s daughter Sydney to speak for her father at his recent HOF enshrinement. Following Seau’s suicide and subsequent findings of brain damage, the family has filed a lawsuit against the NFL. Many speculated that the family would usurp the moment to make a statement about the league’s continuing concussion controversy.
By all accounts Sydney was a class act, choosing to only celebrate his career in only the most positive way. Unveiling her father’s bronze bust along with her brothers Tyler, Hunter and Jake, Sydney said that “First and foremost, he would thank the seven buddies out on stage with him tonight. I know this isn’t my speech to give. This is his. He spent 20 years with them in the league and he deserves this moment.”Read the full story here:
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe engaged to Sara Cahoone
Congratulations to Megan Rapinoe who is engaged to longtime partner, Sera Cahoone. Between winning the World Cup and getting engaged, she’s having a great year. Read the full story here: www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/us-womens-soccer-star-megan-rapinoe-engaged-to-girlfriend-201578
James Corden supports gay high school basketball player
In his “Late Late Show” monologue, James Corden spoke in support of Dalton Maldonado, the star basketball player at Betsy Layne High School in Kentucky who had his picture omitted from the yearbook. “He’s a gay basketball player,” Corden said. “Or as I like to call him, a basketball player. Because there’s no such thing as gay basketball.” See the full story on this video:
Tom Brady suspension for Deflategate still not settled
Wednesday’s hearing to settle Tom Brady’s suspension appeal doesn’t resolve the issue. Although Brady started in the Patriots’ pre-season opener, the legal scuffle between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over Brady’s four-game suspension isn’t over. To sort out the mess, Michael McCann has listed the legal takeaways from the hearing. Read the full story here:
Ray Rice still looking for an NFL team to sign him
His act of knocking his now-wife unconscious in an elevator and then dragging her out into the hall of a casino got Ray Rice cut from the Baltimore Ravens before their 2013 season started. And while Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy have made it back to the gridiron, Rice, a free agent running back, is still looking for an NFL team to hire him.
The Cleveland Browns aren’t happy with their running backs and team owner Jimmy Haslam has given the green light to bring Rice on but he’s leaving the decision to those running the football operations. Coach Mike Pettine told SI.com that they’ve talked about signing Rice but aren’t ready to do that at this time. In the meantime, Rice is continuing to stay in shape, hoping to get a second chance to play. Read the full story here:
Jets cut linebacker who broke QB’s jaw
New York Jets linkbacker IK Enemkpali sucker punched QB Geno Smith over a $600 debt and broke his jaw. Smith is out for 6-8 weeks. Cut by the Jets on Tuesday, Enemkpali was picked up by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. Read the full story here:
MLB hires firm to promote diversity
Major League Baseball, seeking to increase the number of women and minorities in key positions, has a new partnership with search firm Korn Ferry. According to Buzzfeed, “The move is one of many personnel-related initiatives baseball has implemented in recent years. Commissioner Rob Manfred, who assumed the role in January 2015, has made the inclusion of minorities and LGBT people a priority of his tenure.” Read the full story here:
Red Sox manager diagnosed with cancer takes a medical leave
John Farrell, manager of the Boston Red Sox announced that he has a “highly curable” form of cancer and will take a medical leave for the season’s remainder to deal with it but expects to be back for spring training. Farrell said the cancer was discovered during hernia surgery he had earlier this week in Detroit. The Red Sox currently are holding down last place in the American League. Read the full story here:
Barry Bonds cleared by Feds on steroid prosecution
After almost 10 years, the 51-year-old former San Francisco Giants star has finally ended. According to Fox Sports, “The government’s pursuit of Bonds ended July 21 with a one-paragraph motion by the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction.”
The potential Hall of Famer often referred to as the home run king for his 762 homers said in a news conference with the Associated Press that it feels like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders. A seven-time NL MVP over his 22 big league seasons, Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record of 755 on August 7, 2007. Read the full story here:
Frank Gifford dead at 84
NFL Hall of Famer and former Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford died August 9th at the age of 84. Read the full story here:
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