Posts tagged "sports"

Jose Canseco Tweets Rape Accuser’s Name, Phone Number, Photo

This afternoon, former baseball player Jose Canseco livetweeted the police arriving at his house to allegedly charge him with drugging and raping a fitness model — and then he tweeted the rape accuser's name, phone number and a photograph of her in a bikini. He eventually deleted a bunch of the tweets, although many of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

German Athlete Has A Sex Change After Being Unwittingly Doped With Steroids

Back in the '70s, when there was still an East and West Germany, East Germany was very serious about winning international sports competitions, and was known to regularly dope their athletes (see also: East German swim team). Athletes were fed "performance enhancing drugs" (PEDs) -- aka anabolic steroids -- that bulked them…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 21, 2013

Filomena “Phyllis” Tobias: What You Need To Know About The Crazy Miami Heat Fan Who Flipped Off Joakim Noah

Did you guys see this crazy picture of rabid Miami Heat fan Filomena "Phyllis" Tobias flipping off Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah? It's pretty crazy, right? Well not nearly as crazy as Phyllis's back story. See, in 2008, she was accused of murdering her husband.
By: Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013

World Crowns Its First Female Waterbombing Champion

Waterbombing. Heretofore it's been a male-dominated sport -- for the last eight years men have taken the top spot in this highly competitive field. But no more. On Wednesday night, in Sheffield, England, 20-year-old Charlotte Rowney took top honors with a perfect score. Which means nothing to you, if you're not familiar with waterbombing, of…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 2, 2013

The Soapbox: Too Chunky To Cheer?

On April 22, Anna-Megan Raley, under the pseudonym of Claire Crawford, wrote a blog post for CBS Houston titled, “Is This Girl ‘Too Chunky’ To Be An OKC Thunder Cheerleader?” In the post, she spotlighted Kelsey Williams, a three-year veteran of the Thunder Girls, the dance team that performs during the home game…
By: Jessica Luther / May 2, 2013

UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

[UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not "translate" well, and adding "Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour." — CollectiveAction DC] Now here's a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2013

Girl Talk: Why I Love MMA Fighting

The first MMA fight that I saw was by accident. I was visiting a friend at her apartment and her boyfriend and his friends were watching the last battle in a trio of fights between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, two notable MMA fighters. I’d always had a healthy respect for the craft of boxing…
By: Courtney Young / March 19, 2013

UFC Fighter Rashad Evans Speaks Out For Gay Rights

"I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 12, 2013

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox Comes Out As Trans

After six years of competitive MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting as a woman, Fallon Fox has come out of the closet — against her wishes — as trans. In an interview with OutSports on Tuesday, Fox explained how she was born into a male body, but never felt right. Ten years ago, she…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Basketball Player Offers The Ball To Special Needs Player On Opposing Team

Is there anything more awesomely inspiring and redemptive than a good sports story? No. Despite the fact that I cannot properly toss a baseball or dribble a basketball, I love a good team sports story (see also: "Friday Night Lights," "Moneyball," and "Rudy"). Coronado High School Thunderbirds team manager Mitchell Marcus has a developmental disability,…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 27, 2013

NBA Star Kenneth Faried Of The Denver Nuggets Introduces His Lesbian Moms

This video had me tearing up: here's NBA star Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets and his two moms, Waudda and Carol. They talk about how they've been a couple for 11 years, have supported each other through health scares, and how special it was for them to marry. Faried and his two moms filmed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 25, 2013

Is Pole Dancing A Sport?

As a girl who defined herself as a ballerina from ages three to 21, I've had the argument over whether dancing is a sport or art many times over. I don't care what any guy friend says: it's both. Hey, you try and make dancing on your toes look effortless! An article i…
By: Sarah Gray / January 23, 2013

Notre Dame Star Manti Te’o’s Uplifting Story Was A Hoax

Sports website Deadspin has uncovered a doozy of a scoop in the world of college football: This year's inspirational tale of woe about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o looks to be an elaborate hoax. All season, fans heard how Te'o drew inspiration from girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who died of leukemia. Except Lennay Kekua never existed,…
By: Newser / January 17, 2013

Lingerie Football League Is Klassin’ Things Up

"Imagine if fondue wanted to end its association with melted cheese." This is how ESPN reported on plans by the Lingerie Football League to rebrand themselves into a classier institution. Good luck with that!  They're trying to be taken seriously as an actual football team for women ... as opposed to, say, a sexist travesty…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 17, 2013

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

Last week, ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who is black, shared on Twitter a horrifically racist and sexist letter that she received from a viewer. It's pretty fucking awful. [Clutch Magazine, Huffington Post] I don't even want to know about a "bulimia machine." [Jezebel] Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2013

Indonesian City Bans Slutty Ladies From “Straddling” Male Bicyclists

Women in the Indonesian city of Lhokseumawe must now ride side-saddle on bikes and motorcycles, because "straddling" a male bicyclist from behind as he peddles in front is now verboten.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2013

ESPN Radio Hosts Suspended For Calling Trans Athlete An “It”

ESPN Radio "temporarily" suspended hosts who made transphobic comments about a trans basketball player, including referring to her as "it" and saying that no one who is trans should be allowed to play sports. [Queerty] Susan Rice is officially withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State. [Twitter.com/NBCnews] On Victoria'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2012

Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki Accused Of Racism For Mimicry Of Serena Williams

The Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of racism after she stuffed her bra and skirt, to give the appearance of ample breasts and butt, on the court yesterday, apparently mimicking her fellow women's tennis player Serena Williams. Wozniacki was playing a game in Sao Paolo, Brazil, against Anna Kournikova when, with a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would…
By: Erica Watson / December 6, 2012

College Basketball Player Fat-Shamed After Quitting Team

Today In Totally Awful News: Josh Smith, a junior on the UCLA basketball team, left the team in response to accusations that he simply wasn't in good enough shape to play -- and to a chorus of professional sports commentators and fans claiming he was "too fat." "I have made the decision to leave the…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 29, 2012
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