Category: Controversy

Commissioner to Adrian Peterson: 'No More Whoop-Ass'

Commissioner to Adrian Peterson: 'No More Whoop-Ass'
If he bungled the punishment for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on domestic violence, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knew he had to get it right for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson about child abuse. As reported by the Boston Globe, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith went on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show... Read more »

Late for National Bullying Day....Wait, It Gets Better!

Late for National Bullying Day....Wait, It Gets Better!
Bullying almost claimed its next generation in my family this week. When my niece earned a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida, it was one of the happiest days of her life. The scholarship was worth $30,000. Two days ago, two months into the school year, in tears, my niece transferred to a... Read more »

NFL, Baltimore Ravens finally serve justice on Ray Rice...but need more

NFL, Baltimore Ravens finally serve justice on Ray Rice...but need more
Sunday night, at Rivet News Radio, I did a report about the Baltimore Ravens’ opening day loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It started “No Ray Rice…no win for the Ravens?”  (download the app via Google Play or the App Store) I mentioned Rice was serving a two-game suspension after knocking out his now-wife in an elevator.... Read more »
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A Thank You Letter to Barbara Walters

A Thank You Letter to Barbara Walters
“I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn’t pronounce my R’s. I wasn’t a beauty.” Barbara Walters, I owe you, big-time. On the day of your retirement, I want to thank you for so much. Without you: I wouldn’t have seen a woman co-host a morning news... Read more »

Whitney Young girls deserve recognition, apology, from Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Whitney Young girls deserve recognition, apology, from Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been my U.S. Congressman (5th Congressional District), and now, as a Chicago resident, he’s my mayor. And up until now, I thought of him as one who shared my views of equality in this world. After all, his dogged pursuit of legalizing gay marriage in Illinois resulted in this Tweet:... Read more »

Two Reasons Why You Shouldn't #BoycottClippers

Two Reasons Why You Shouldn't #BoycottClippers
This is not a good day to a member of the Los Angeles Clippers organization. For the past several days, the #BoycottClippers movement has gone viral, spewing venom against their owner, Donald Sterling for making racially charged comments to his girlfriend regarding her association with African-American individuals, singling out NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson,... Read more »
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Sports 2013: Four Stories of a Changing America

Sports 2013 hinted at some major-league changes in our society, including increasing gender and sexual equality, a plea from the new Pope Francis to be less judgmental of each other, and a wider acceptance of  mankind.  Even ageism is less acceptable. (Thank you, Gary Player!) With that, here are my top four stories of national... Read more »

Nelson Mandela and My Dad

Nelson Mandela and My Dad
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” —  Nelson Mandela The death of Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 brought a physical end of life to yet another one of my heroes. President Mandela’s belief that he and his followers, the Black African Congress,... Read more »

Richie Incognito...What's Love Got To Do With It?

Richie Incognito...What's Love Got To Do With It?
“My actions were coming from a place of love. No matter how bad or how vulgar it sounds, that’s how we communicate, that’s how our friendship was. Those are the facts and that’s what I’m accountable for.” Miami Dolphins’ offensive guard  Richie Incognito to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, on his relationship with Jonathon Martin A place of... Read more »
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Charlie Trotter: A Brilliant Chef and a Funny, Complicated Man

Charlie Trotter: A Brilliant Chef and a Funny, Complicated Man
I remember the first time I ever saw Charlie Trotter. He made me laugh. In 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz, the scene opens on a bustling restaurant kitchen. Panning around the kitchen, cooks painstakingly put together intricate designs of meat and vegetables on artfully decorated plates, while... Read more »