*At press time on Monday afternoon, we still didn’t know who won the Iowa Democratic caucuses due to “inconsistencies” and concern over vote reporting, difficulties in using the new app to report their results and complaints about long hold times to report results by phone. CNN commentator Van Jones said all of Iowa needs to be put on punishment over this.
“Iowa needs to be put in time out. This is a…springboard for [the Democratic] Party, and the springboard broke,” @vanjones68 says as results from the Iowa caucuses are still delayed. https://t.co/9v320q261h pic.twitter.com/4O4Tp6FBwB
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) February 4, 2020
For what it’s worth, the Iowa Democratic Party said they’ll announce a winner today at 5 p.m. EST. We’ll see.
Rafer Johnson: Olympic Gold Medalist/Actor/Humanitarian Has Died. He was 86 / Tribute VIDEO
*Rafer Johnson — a decorated Olympian and American hero — has died. He was 86.
Johnson, an exceptional athlete and Olympic gold medal winner became an adored symbol of good sportsmanship and civic generosity, died Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, California.
The Olympian’s death was confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Here’s more via the LA Times:
Johnson’s legacy was interwoven with Los Angeles’ history, beginning with his performances as a world-class athlete at UCLA, and punctuated by the night in 1968 when he helped disarm Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin at the Ambassador Hotel.
The son of Texas farmworkers who moved to California when he was young, Johnson rose to become the World’s Greatest Athlete, the unofficial title bestowed on the winner of the Olympic decathlon at a time when track and field stars received the adulation that today is bestowed on the best of the NFL and NBA.
At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Johnson was the U.S. team’s flag bearer, the first Black American so honored. His decathlon battle that year with C.K. Yang — his training partner at UCLA — ranks among the classic moments of Olympics history.
In an eventful life, Johnson broke racial barriers, played an unexpected role in the international relations of the Cold War and immersed himself in the turbulent politics of the 1960s. To help disabled children, Johnson co-founded the California Special Olympics in 1969 and served as its president for 10 years.
In contrast to the anything-to-win attitudes often found in sports today, the deeply religious Johnson was always a vocal advocate for fair play and good sportsmanship. He eschewed drugs and alcohol and, in track races, refused even to try to anticipate the starter’s gun, believing that it was a form of cheating.
“It seems funny to say winning is not all-important — I always want to win, and no one likes to lose,” he once said. “But when you start out on the field, everyone is equal. That is the important idea.”
Get the rest of this story on the passing of Rafer Johnson at LA Times.
Japan Nike Ad on Bullying, Racism Sparks Calls for Boycott [VIDEO]
*A video ad from Nike Japan against bullying and racism has sparked calls to boycott the company.
The ad, “Keep Moving: Yourself, the Future,” released on Nov 30, features biracial athletes and minorities of Korean descent. The commercial shows several teen girls bullied in school over their differences, but they ultimately find confidence through their athletics, namely soccer.
The video has been viewed 14.1 million times on Nike Japan’s Twitter feed and has garnered plenty of critical comments.
Check out the ad below.
— Nike Japan (@nikejapan) November 28, 2020
As noted by Reuters, Nike Japan noted on its website: “We have long listened to minority voices, supported and spoken for causes that fit our values. We believe sports have the power to show what a better world looks like, to bring people together and encourage action in their respective communities.”
Meanwhile, successfu mixed-race athletes such as tennis star Naomi Osaka are challenging the country’s racially homogeneous imgae.
Osaka, who was born in Japan, rose to fame after beating Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open.
Earlier this year, she surpassed Williams as the highest paid female athlete, earning $37.4 million in the past 12 months via tournament payouts and endorsement deals.
“To those outside the tennis world, Osaka is a relatively fresh face with a great backstory,” David Carter, a sports business professor at USC’s Marshall School of Business, told Forbes. “Combine that with being youthful and bicultural, two attributes that help her resonate with younger, global audiences, and the result is the emergence of a global sports marketing icon.”
As noted by Yahoo, “Osaka’s $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements is also the highest ever for a female athlete, passing the $29.7 million payday Maria Sharapova earned in 2015,” according to the report.
“I’m really interested in seeing a young business grow and adding value to that process,” Osaka told Forbes last year. “I tasked my team with finding brands that align with my personality and my interests.”
‘Life After Lockup’ Exclusive Clip – Michael Could Lose Custody Battle After Missing Court [WATCH]
*WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all-new episode that finds Michael and Sarah caught up in a nasty child custody battle.
This season, Sarah and Michael face off in court over custody of their two daughters. Will Michael fight or agree to Sarah’s request for full custody?
Will Sarah’s new boyfriend Malcolm stick around if he hears Michael is still hanging around, and is Sarah still carrying a flame for Michael?
This week, Michael misses his court date with Sarah and the reason will shock you.
What will be the repercussions for his actions?! Check out our exclusive clip above via the YouTube video, and watch“Life After Lockup” Fridays at 9/8c.
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