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It’s pretty common to see a male celeb dating a younger woman. In fact, it’s expected. But nowadays celeb women are looking for their own PYT (pretty young things), and we are so here for it. Check out these 15 celeb women who are getting their cougar on!
The world’s biggest athletes will receive honors for their achievements at the 2015 ESPY Awards tonight. With so many Black athletes commanding their courts, fields, stages, and rings, we decided to look at 15 of today’s biggest and most dominant Black athletes in the world of sports.
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— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) June 17, 2015
It seems like everybody and their mama turned on the tube to watch the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers battle it out on the basketball court. According to CNN Money, ABC had the highest rated NBA finals since the network became its exclusive broadcaster in 2003.
The 2015 NBA finals, with Golden State’s Steph Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James as the stars, reeled in a 13.9 average rating, up from 2014’s 10.6 rating. The sixth and final game, which aired on Tuesday, ABC posted a 15.9 average rating.
“It is the highest game six in ABC’s history of airing the Finals,” Entertainment Weekly said. “The ratings reached a peak with an 18.8 rating in the 11:45 p.m.-midnight window.”
Whether audiences were pleased with the results or not, massive numbers of people watched the Warriors kick the Cavaliers’ butt in a 105-97 victory — an estimated 20 million tuned in, according to Variety. These numbers are record-breaking for ABC, but in league history, Michael Jordan’s 1998 finals game was the biggest draw ever.
“That series received an average overnight rating of 18.9, continuing a long trend of big numbers for the Finals during the 1980s and 1990s,” SB Nation wrote. “…the Bulls topped the Utah Jazz in six games thanks to Jordan’s heroics.”
The 2015 NBA Finals champions, the Golden State Warriors, also experienced their own record-breaking achievement. It’s been 40 long years since the Bay Area team won a championship — and Curry is finally basking in all its glory.
“I’ve seen [this trophy] on TV so many times,” said Curry, according to Yahoo! Sports. “You dream about what it would be like to pour champagne on yourself. And when that moment comes, holding the trophy and the champagne is falling in my face, that’s when it all sinks in.”
“This is real. It’s the best champagne I ever tasted in my life,” he added.
SBNation concluded that the NBA Finals broadcast was a “major success.”
At last night’s playoffs match against the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers aired an arena video that rubbed many of their fans the wrong way.
In the video, a couple attempts to reenact the famous dance scene from 80s cult classic Dirty Dancing. Mid routine, the man tosses his girlfriend after he realizes that she’s rooting for the Bulls instead of the Cavaliers.
The commercial concludes with the couple sitting on the sofa while the woman holds an ice pack on her head.
“When it’s playoff basketball time, you have to be all in. So don’t make the same mistake she made,” a man says in a voiceover.
“I thought you were all in,” the actor says to his pretend girlfriend, who ditched her Bulls t-shirt for a Cavaliers one.
“I’m all in now. Let’s just watch the game.”
It was obvious that the team was trying to put their own spin on a popular United Healthcare commercial that depicts a similar scene—minus the domestic violence nod, of course—but this clearly went horribly wrong.
Earlier today, a spokesperson for the Cavs released a statement of apology regarding the video. It reads:
During a timeout at last night’s Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a 1-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie ‘Dirty Dancing.’ While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue. We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video.
The Cavaliers organization has a strong and lengthy track record of supporting domestic violence-related causes and efforts. We will continue to proudly work with our regional partners at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in support of their numerous programs to end domestic violence in our country once and for all.
Check out Cavaliers’ in-arena video and the United Healthcare commercial that inspired it on the next page. Let us know your thoughts.
— msnbc (@msnbc) September 8, 2014
Another day, another sports scandal. This time it’s the Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson who’s admitted to sending an offensive email in 2012 that said basically the Hawks games were populated by too many Black people.
The email came to light after June free agent discussions began. During the course of talks and a review of various documents, the email was discovered.
In it, Levenson expressed concern that White fans were “scared away” from Hawks home games because the fans in attendance were overwhelmingly Black, as were everything from the bars to the cheerleading squad to the kiss cam. In this respect, he says, the Hawks games don’t “look like” the games for other teams in the league.
“I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don’t care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tixs demo,” the memo reads in part, explaining that this isn’t the first time he’s spoken about these feelings. He expressed his belief that the lack of White fans was having a business impact, with the Black fan base lacking the money to purchase season’s tickets. He also noted his belief that it kept corporations away, who are also usually season ticket holders and big spenders at sporting events.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement last night saying that Levenson came to him with the email and his decision to sell his controlling interest in the team. “He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family – fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners – for having diverted attention away from our game,” the statement says.
Levenson had actually been vocal about ousting Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after a racist audio rant from him was made public.
Atlanta is 54 percent Black and 34 percent White and has close ties to the city’s history in the civil rights movement. The Black population actually declined from 62 percent in 2010.
Moreover, as The Washington Post notes, the city is known for having a larger than average Black middle class, even if they took a hit from the economic recession.
Atlanta’s identification with the black middle class makes Levenson’s claims all the more mystifying. Though African Americans households lost more than half of their net worth in the Great Recession, NPR said Atlanta was “virtually synonymous with the black middle class” in 2011. Though it said that African American median income was much lower than that of whites, the Root pointed out in 2010 that Atlanta has the largest concentration of black millionaires in the country.” Among them at the time: OutKast and real-estate developer Herman Russell.
Hawks CEO and part-owner Steve Koonin will be in charge while the sale takes place. Today, he issued a statement on the team’s website, addressed to Atlanta residents and fans:
Today’s statement from Controlling Owner Bruce Levenson is extremely disappointing and the email that he sent over two years ago was alarming, offensive and most of all, completely unacceptable and does not reflect the principles and values of the Hawks organization. In partnership with the NBA, we will work to ensure that a new ownership team will be put in place that is united and committed to the Atlanta community.
During a set in his Drake VS Lil Wayne concert series, Drake accidentally made comments that prompted the NBA to fine the Toronto Raptors. Oops. Did he do that?
While performing in his hometown Toronto, Drake gave a shout out to NBA MVP Kevin Durant who was in the audience: “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” The crowd chanted in response.
The NBA league deemed his statement a public recruitment pitch. ESPN reports Durant will become a free agent come summer 2016. Teams like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, LA Lakers and his home state team, the Washington Wizards, are vying to snag Durant with salaries that will out match each other. Drake, who has served as the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador since 2013, violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. Therefore, he landed the Raptors a fine of $25,000.
Below is a video of the incident occurring. Hopefully Drake’s innocent shout out will be a lesson to fellow team ambassadors.
Update: The NBA allegedly offered to drop the $25,000 fine if the team removed Drake as their global team ambassador. Thankfully for Drake, the Raptors remained loyal and passed on that option. It should be noted, Drake’s ambassador position is unpaid. Globe and Mail reports: “The Toronto hip-hop star has a title, but it cannot be claimed he is an employee of the basketball team. By definition, an employee works for wages. Drake draws no salary. When the Raptors gave out Drake-branded OVO T-shirts at a game in January, they were purchased at cost. Drake didn’t make a nickel of profit from them.”
Amid the Donald Sterling racism scandal the NBA itself has come under scrutiny. A close look shows that out of 92 teams, there is only one black principal owner.
The lack of diversity in the NBA, as well as in the NFL and Major League Baseball, is outlandish. Blacks play on the field and the court but are not in the boardrooms or ownership boxes. In 2013, 76.3 percent of NBA players were African-American and about 43.3 percent of NBA coaches were black compared. But only two percent of the league’s majority owners are black, according to a report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. And of the NBA’s 49 majority owners, former baller Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats was the only person of color, reports FiveThirtyEight.
Now the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders are pushing for increased diversity in NBA front offices and among suppliers, and they have met Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss the issue.
The group of civil rights leaders including Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks. They discussed the matter with Silver for more than an hour at the league’s Manhattan offices in a session described as constructive, reports The Grio.
“There must be serious dialogue around ownership and business engagement in the black community,” Sharpton said. “It is offensive that we only have one black majority owner in the basketball area when over 80 percent of the players are black.”
Morial added, “We’re pleased that it appears that they’re on their way out as owners of the Clippers. However, the larger discussion about ownership, supply diversity and the future of the National Basketball Association is what we as civil rights leaders are going to focus on with the NBA.”
Reports say Donald Sterling has decided to turn ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers over to his wife Shelly who will then sell the team voluntarily. USA Today says it spoke with someone familiar with the situation on an anonymous basis. It’s unclear why Shelly is changing her mind after telling Barbara Walters during a televised interview that she would fight for her part of the team. Another source says she would like to hang on to a “minority interest” in the team. We will have to wait from word from the NBA about those terms because Donald Sterling was banned from the league on April 29 and, technically, the team is owned by the Sterling Family Trust. Both Donald and Shelly Sterling are named on behalf of the trust.
Donald Sterling is the league’s longest-tenured owner, according to The Washington Post. He made it clear during his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he felt he’s too old to fight for the team. (Among other things he made clear during that interview.) Since he was banned, he’s vowed not to pay the $2.5 million fine he received and, just this week, was formally charged by the NBA.
TMZ says the team could reap $1 billion for the couple, adding to the billions Sterling already has. “We’re told Shelly realizes the NBA wants the team sold, but she has significantly more leverage and credibility with the league than Donald. Her end game is simple — she won’t object to the sale, but SHE wants to call the shots,” the site says.
Update: Mark Cuban has apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin for his remarks about racism and prejudice.
“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” he posted on Twitter. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
However, “beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview,” he wrote.
On June 3, Cuban and the other NBA owners will vote on whether or not to force LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team. Cuban said, when he first heard the remarks Sterling made, that he found them “abhorrent” and said, there’s “no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with.” But, he said, forcing Sterling to sell the team could be a “very slippery slope.”
Mark Cuban, a noted entrepreneur and owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, spoke with Inc about prejudice and racism, a timely topic in light of recent controversy surrounding his fellow NBA owner Donald Sterling. In his remarks, he starts by owning up to a personal prejudice, but also stating that everyone is prejudiced in some way.
“If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face–white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere–I’m walking back to the other side of the street,” he says to the camera.
Stating that “we’re all prejudiced in one way or the other” and that some people just have trouble adapting, adopting and evolving new ways of thinking, he says he’s an advocate for trying to help someone who makes racist comments or has prejudiced beliefs rather than just firing them or sending them away.
“It’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try and solve it. Not just to kick the problem down the road because it does my company no good, does my customers no good and it does society no good,” he says.
What do you think of Cuban’s comments?
Although L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been making headlines with his racist comments, his wacky interview with Anderson Cooper, and news of his defying the NBA imposed fine of $2.5 million, he had yet to be officially charged by the league — until now. The NBA has finally formally charged Sterling with damaging the league and its teams with his racist remarks. And the league has set up a June 3rd hearing after which the other owners could vote to terminate Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers.
According to the league, Sterling, who the NBA has already banned for life, has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.
“All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements,” the league said in a statement.
Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation before the board of governors, reports The Grio. While Sterling can have a lawyer at the hearing, strict courtroom rules of evidence are not applicable. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the board chairman, will preside over the two-day hearing in New York.
Sterling wants more time. His attorney, Maxwell Blecher, requested a three-month delay, according to a person with knowledge of the situation said, confirming a report by SI.com. But don’t expect the league to grant it, says an inside informant.
“Among other things, Mr. Sterling disparaged African-Americans and ‘minorities’; directed a female acquaintance not to associate publicly with African-Americans or to bring African-Americans to Clippers games; and criticized African-Americans for not supporting their communities,” the NBA said.
But it gets worse for Sterling. The NBA also claims that Sterling destroyed evidence and provided false and misleading evidence to the NBA investigator. They also charge that the Clippers issued a false and misleading media statement about the situation. The league cited “a failure to use best efforts to see to it that the sport of professional basketball is conducted according to the highest moral and ethical standards.”
“Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion; damage the NBA’s relationship with its fans; harm NBA owners, players and Clippers team personnel; and impair the NBA’s relationship with marketing and merchandising partners, as well as with government and community leaders,” the league said.
And if Sterling fails to respond to the charge within five business days, or does not appear at the hearing, it would be seen an admission of the “total validity of the charges as presented,” according to the constitution.