Add another name to the list of NFL players who are stepping up in a big way during a time of need. Houston Texans, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has opened up his heart and his wallet, donating his first game check to stadium staff who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Watson, 22, donated his first paycheck to three cafeteria workers at NRG Stadium. All three suffered major losses due to the storm.
"You never complain," Watson told them, "and I really appreciate y'all." He also thanked the women for all they do and offered additional assistance.
Deshaun Watson may only be a rookie, but he is showing everyone exactly how to be a great professional and role model.
According to ESPN, Louisville has fired their longtime men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. They have also reportedly dismissed the school's athletic director Tom Jurich. The firings come a day after the program was linked to a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting.
On Tuesday, 10 men -- including a top Adidas executive and four college assistant coaches -- were charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors. Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company.
Interim president Greg Postel later confirmed Louisville is part of the investigation. It marked the latest case of Pitino and his Louisville program being in the news for impropriety.
The allegations against an unnamed school in Kentucky -- later identified as Louisville -- include payments of $100,000 from Adidas to the family of an unnamed player, identified as "Player-10," to ensure he signs with the school.
Pitino, 65, released a statement after news of the charges was announced Tuesday, saying, "These allegations come as a complete shock to me."
Pitino has won two national championships (his first was with Kentucky in 1996), reached seven Final Fours and won 770 career games. He's in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Carmelo Anthony is moving on from the New York Knicks. The 10-time All-Star forward has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls), according to league sources.
Anthony, 33, will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker to accommodate the deal, league sources told ESPN.
A trade call is scheduled for Monday to finalize the deal with the league office, sources said. Anthony is planning to arrive on Monday afternoon in Oklahoma City to take a physical and be available to practice Tuesday at the opening of the Thunder's training camp, according to league sources.
Anthony would only waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources said. His no-trade clause will go with him to Oklahoma City.
President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge protests during the pregame national anthem, saying Friday night that he wished those players would be released. He also encouraged fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums.
Speaking at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired! He's fired!'"
Trump said the protests are "hurting the game." Trump also said referees are "ruining the game" by calling 15-yard penalties for "beautiful" tackles.
The NFL responded Saturday with a statement from commissioner Roger Goodell.
"The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," the statement said.
When it comes to the NFL, this year race is a major subject. After last years anthem protest by then San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, many fans are now divided over things like race, social injustice and police brutality. As this season takes shapes, more and more players and fans are beginning to protest the anthem and it often leads to other fans speaking out.
On Sunday at the season opener for the Detroit Lions, a fan saw other fans sitting during the national anthem. The fan took it upon himself to pull out his phone (during the anthem, btw) and snapped a picture of an African American man and women sitting. He then posted the picture to social media, including Snapchat and Facebook, with the caption “ignorant [racial slur].”
Initially, the fan, identified as Detroit-area business owner David Doptis, denied posting the picture, but then appeared to change his story in a Facebook post.
The Lions released a statement earlier this week that did not mention the slur on Snapchat, but the team stressed that “all fans are respectful and considerate to each other regardless of their personal beliefs or differences.”
The team code of conduct for fans states that tickets can be revoked for behavior including inappropriate behavior toward others, such as using foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.
The woman in the photograph, also a season-ticket holder, told Detroit affiliate Fox 29 that she had no idea her picture was being taken. She has been sitting during the anthem in protest of the third stanza of the song, which condones killing self-emancipated slaves.