•   
  •   
  •   

Sport Los Angeles Sparks GM Penny Toler used racial slur in playoff tirade

22:00  03 october  2019
22:00  03 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Tim McGraw honors 'best friend' Faith Hill on her 52nd birthday

  Tim McGraw honors 'best friend' Faith Hill on her 52nd birthday Tim McGraw celebrates wife Faith Hill's 52nd birthday with sweet Instagram tributeIn honor of Hill's 52nd birthday, the country singer shared a makeup-free photo of the stunning "Breathe" songstress casually clad in yoga pants, writing her a stunning tribute.

The Los Angeles Sparks finished atop the Western Conference with a 22-12 regular-season record. Their season ended unceremoniously in the second round at the hands of the Connecticut Sun, who swept the Sparks out of the postseason in three games.

Penny Toler, Candace Parker are posing for a picture: Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks poses with Penny Toler after receiving her award for Western Conference player of the month prior to a game against the San Antonio Stars in Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Semi Finals at Galen Center© Andrew D. Bernstein, NBAE/Getty Images Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks poses with Penny Toler after receiving her award for Western Conference player of the month prior to a game against the San Antonio Stars in Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Semi Finals at Galen Center

In Sunday's Game 3, coach Derek Fisher had the entire starting five, including key players Candace Parker, Alana Beard and Nneka Ogwumike on the bench as the third quarter ended and the game unraveled. The decision, ESPN reported, may have had to do with a postgame tirade from general manager Penny Toler following Game 2.

Christina Anstead, Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young celebrate Taylor's 9th birthday together

  Christina Anstead, Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young celebrate Taylor's 9th birthday together Christina Anstead, Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young hang out for the first time in honor of Taylor's 9th birthday. The "Flip or Flop" stars proved that over the weekend when they reunited to celebrate their daughter, Taylor's 9th birthday -- along with Tarek's new girlfriend, Heather Rae Young.

ESPN reported that Toler entered the Sparks' locker room after the loss on Sept. 19 and began an obscenity-laced speech that included racial slurs. Toler did not dispute the use of the "N-word" during the tirade.

"By no means did I call my players the N-word," Toler told ESPN. "I'm not saying that I couldn't have used it in a context. But it wasn't directed at any of my players.

"It's unfortunate I used that word. I shouldn't. Nobody should. ... But you know, like I said, I'm not here to defend word by word by word what I said. I know some of the words that I'm being accused of are embellished. Did I give a speech that I hoped would get our team going? Yes.

"I think that this whole conversation has been taken out of context because when we lose, emotions are running high and, unfortunately and obviously, some people feel some type of way."

Birthday girl Catherine Zeta-Jones posts pic with Kirk Douglas, 102

  Birthday girl Catherine Zeta-Jones posts pic with Kirk Douglas, 102 Catherine Zeta-Jones posts a rare picture with the Hollywood legend on her birthday.On Wednesday, the "Chicago" star posted a picture with the Hollywood legend. In the snap, she leans into the "Spartacus" actor while he relaxes on a chair.

One player told ESPN: "You can't say that in 2019."

Some players believed Fisher made the decision to bench the starters because of the tension stemming from Toler — Toler and Fisher argued the benchings were meant to spark the team, rather than be punitive.

Additionally, Toler was adamant the slur was not directed at anyone in specific.

"I didn't mean to offend anyone," Toler, who scored the first basket in WNBA history and has been in her current position for 20 years, told ESPN. "But my point is, I was saying what I was thinking. And I have the right to do that as the GM. I've been the GM for 20 years and this is the first time something like this has occurred. Clearly, some people were offended. That wasn't the message I was going for, obviously. And that clearly is not the reason we lost Game 3."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Los Angeles Sparks GM Penny Toler used racial slur in playoff tirade

Racist slurs, vandalism left at black-owned Mississippi restaurant

  Racist slurs, vandalism left at black-owned Mississippi restaurant A popular black-owned restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was vandalized late Sunday or early Monday with a racial slur and messages telling the owners to leave. © Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American A popular downtown restaurant was vandalized Sunday night or Monday morning and a racial slur written on a bathroom mirror. Sept. 29-30. Owner Vikki Layne Terrell of the restaurant bearing her name — Vikki Layne's Bar and Grill — said the incident happened after she locked up around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

'Stranger Things' star David Harbour's romance with Lily Allen heats up .
The couple were spotted kissing and spending time with his dad in NYC after David hosted Saturday Night Live.Lily was in New York City to support the actor when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 12. MailOnline published photos of Lily, 34, heading to the "SNL" afterparty with David, 44, and his father, Kenneth, in the early-morning hours of Oct. 13.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 3
This is interesting!