Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry but feels he was "baited" to make racist comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.
The recording triggered a firestorm that led to Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has asked the other 29 owners to force Sterling, the longest-tenured owner in the league, to sell the Clippers.
Within the same few weeks, another scandal hit headlines.
Not long after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, some made clear his reaction was not welcome.
Shortly after learning of his selection by phone, a visibly emotional Sam turned to his boyfriend and kissed him.
"I'm sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv," former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted.
"Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen," he added.
Ward is now reportedly receiving death threats. Are people no longer to express their opinions, even if they're bigoted and controversial?
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